Los Angeles Trip, Impressions, $$ spent

Last week I went to Los Angeles with my partner. He was attending E3. While he was away during the day at the convention, I went out and found donuts, took a dance class, and was part of a studio audience for LMAD.  I spent a total of ~$613. My SO paid for the plane tickets and the AirBnB where we stayed. I rented the car and bought all the donuts! Here is the breakdown of my costs and what we did each day…

Los Angeles, California trip 6/10 – 6/14

Monday:
Picked up rental car – $193
In n Out at 11AM Double Double burgers with fries animal style
Picked up E3 badge
Parking Garage $2 N. LA
Donatsu –  Royal Dragon yeast donut $5 cash including the tip.
Lyft to City Hall to go to the observation deck which was free! $5.80 for the Lyft
AirBnB check in after 4PM less than 3 miles from E3
Drove to Santa Barbara and Cold Spring Tavern, split the bill – $65
Stopped for gas – $40 to fill the tank
Stopped at Ralph’s for snacks and waters

First day thoughts. LA traffic is crazy! Pedestrians, bikers, and drivers alike make crazy poor decisions regarding the usage of the road. People will stop in the middle of the road and put on flashers whenever they feel like it. If you want to make a left turn (most of them are unprotected left turns) you have to wait for the light to turn yellow and then at least two cars running the red light from oncoming traffic before you can make your left turn. This was the hottest day! The rental car process was the simplest I’ve ever been through and I would actually recommend Midway Car Rental (just make sure you get directions for getting to the offsite rental car site).

Tuesday:
Dropped SO off at E3
California Donuts – got a glazed, cream filled, and lemon filled. Donuts were $1 each and I gave $1 tip! Donuts were average – $4
Bath and Body Works and Staples to print my studio audience ticket – $1 printing, $8 bath bomb
4:15 – 5:25 BeSpun Int Upside Down Pole Tricks $35
Big Al’s Pizzeria – got Supreme and BBQ Chicken Large pizzas for takeaway – $48
Ate at Elysian Park and then climbed to the swing and lookout at the top of a hill
Stopped at CVS

I took a pole class at BeSpun. Unfortunately the air conditioning was broken! The class started out slow and then ramped up quickly. I loved the combo we did and we were allowed to take video at the end of class and I was able to dance the combo at this time. Neat little studio NW of Downtown.

Wednesday:
Dropped of SO at E3
Picked up half dozen special donuts from Crafted Donuts – $15 – these were meh
Picked up toilet paper, water, and peaches from Ralph’s nearby – $4.63
Worked at home
8:30 Benihana reservation $80.74
Parked across the street $3.50

Our AirBnB provided 2/3 a roll of toilet paper for our 4.5 day stay… So we had to get some more SMH. I was surprised that with our reservation at Benihana, we weren’t sat until 9:15PM. I’ve never had to wait that long with a reservation. I was ecstatic to find cheap parking across the street, especially since we were parked there for nearly 3 hours.

Thursday:
Dropped off SO at E3
Kettle Glazed Doughnuts $11.75 – decent donuts
Let’s Make a Deal showing 11AM (check in at 10:30AM), rented a cop costume – $25, you can look up the show at a later date with the date 6/13/19 and the code 11030
Picked up SO from E3
Leo’s Tacos $30 cash
Dunkin’ $16.47

LMAD was such a cool experience! I went there prepared to not be in costume and just watch but go so hyped up by the enthusiastic staff and other participants that I wanted to participate. I rented a costume (a cop because I’m a donut enthusiast) and worked really hard to be extroverted so that I would be chosen as a contestant but sadly I was not. It was super fun, regardless, and a little exhausting to smile for over two hours and be energetic for that long. I would definitely do this again if I go back to LA. I arrived around 10AM and drove off the lot around 3:45 so it was an all day event! My favorite part: if I didn’t rent a costume it would have been completely free to participate!

Friday:
AirBNB checkout 12PM
Parked at 2100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 $9 for parking (the most we paid)
Muscle Beach being renovated so it wasn’t open 😦 We walked along the boardwalk
Drove to Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee (gluten-friendly, huckleberry, vanilla glazed) $10.75
Drove to CVS for last minute supplies
Drove to the airport
Picked up In n Out for SO $8.81
Midway Car Rental drop off 4:00PM

I was sad that muscle beach was being renovated but there was a slick little outdoor acrobatic gym? It had two ropes to climb, a balance beam, two rings, and some pull-up bars.

Places I still want to go:

  • the Upside Down House
  • The Last Bookstore
  • Donut Friend
  • Eaton Canyon Falls
  • Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
  • SKS Donut & Croissant
  • The Manufactory
  • Angels Flight Railway
  • Birdies Fried Chicken and Donuts
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Foodie Fridays: Week 2 and Week 3 LEAP diet – What it Cost

Week 2: $275.61

$7.37 2/8 Trader Joe’s cereal, fruit wrap, and hot cereal

$6.98 2/9 Fred Meyer for Cashewgurt and a mango

$11.04 2/8 Amazon cake pan for Instant Pot

$40 halfvsies at Costco for Boom Chicka Kettle Corn, Kirkland Signature beef, lettuce mix, brown rice

$97.05 Fullscript supplements: Bio-Zyme, PureLean Nutrients

$10 Flying Apron Bakery loaf of gluten free bread 2/11/18

$103.17 Fullscript supplements: Support Minerals, Amino-NR, PurePaleo Protein unflavored

Week 3: $100.74

$24 halfsies at Fred Meyer 2/16 for various groceries including my favorite pickles!

$21.29 at Fred Meyer 2/19 for dented cans of pear, applesauce, avocado, soy free Earth Balance butter, etc.

$3.45 Fred Meyer 2/21 cereal and 2 teas

$52 halfsies at Costco 2/21 for peanuts, hot dogs, eggs, kettle corn, lettuce

 

Foodie Fridays: One Week LEAP diet – What I Ate

What I spent on a week’s worth of groceries: $182.22 (one of the trips was halfsies and I also bought some bathroom supplies from Amazon). This does not include my monthly supplements.

My new favorite gluten free/dairy free finds:

 

Without further ado – a week in meals

Bonus:2018_MyfitnessPal_FoodLog_Dec23-Jan3

 

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Lafeens Donuts Ice Cream And Espresso – Burlington, WA

Lafeens Donuts Ice Cream And Espresso

Burlington, WA

320 N Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 98233

(360) 755-0195

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: Blueberry Fritter
Signature shop donut: Bigfoot
Most popular US donut: glazed
2nd most popular US donut: Boston crème
Donut Hole: Yes

What I tried:

$7.91 total for a Glazed, Bismark, Maple Bigfoot, and Blueberry Fritter.

What to expect:

This is your stereotypical donut shop with all the classics and not much creativity. The shop even has some ice cream (they don’t make it in house).

My favorite:

I was very unimpressed with this donut shop and don’t recommend it. I would never eat another one of their donuts. They were not fresh (the donuts tasted a day old) and I bought these donuts before noon! It’s all about the donuts and theirs were underwhelming.

 

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Daily Dozen Doughnut Company – Seattle, WA

Daily Dozen Doughnut Company

Seattle, WA

93 Pike St #7, Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 467-7769

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: the mini-donut!
Signature shop donut: maple bacon
Most popular US donut: Not available
2nd most popular US donut: Not available
Donut Hole: No

What I tried:

$5 for the assorted half dozen

What to expect:

A line. The daily dozen is well known and everybody wants a bite! There’s always a line and they only take cash – so come prepared! They are just around the corner from the fish-throwers. They only have plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles, maple, and maple bacon.

 

My favorite:

The machine that makes the donuts is super cool and you get to watch them getting made as you wait patiently in line for a fresh donut.

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Steve’s Doughnuts

Steve’s Doughnuts

Snoqualmie, WA

7730 Center Blvd SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

stevesdoughnuts.com

What I tried:

Sugar twist, classic glazed, Boston Creme, Butter Bar, Cinnamon Roll, Maple Bar

~$8.25. Buy 5 get, the 6th free!

What to expect:

The donuts are hearty. If you want a donut that is thick and delicious, this is the place to get it. The shop owners are friendly. The shop itself is small and homey. You can find their treats at some of the local coffee shops in the area. They have a different special type of donut they make every day.

My favorite:

The freshness of the donuts. They make them in batches and on a Saturday at 8 A.M. I was able to get donuts right from the cooling rack. My favorite donut that I tried was the butter bar. It was like eating an old fashioned and a glazed combined into one flaky pastry.


S.O.S.
Save Our Shop

We are announcing our plan to survive into the next year. This
post is our plan going forward. To read about the ongoing
struggles for business on the Ridge, read 
Here.

To overcome our challenges we need to leverage our existing skills
and boost sales. Snoqualmie is our home and we want to stay, but
we can’t sell enough doughnuts on the Ridge anymore to stay
afloat, so we want to take our show on the road! We want to start
a Food Truck! This will be a two part plan:

Part 1) Kickstarter: We need to generate cash, plain and simple.
As such we are going to launch a Kickstarter campaign soon. The
purpose of this will be to catch up on power bills, ingredients,
rent and the other odds and ends that fall behind when sales drop.
We’ve been able to recruit some local businesses to help provide
some amazing incentives. We’ll publish everything soon, but
examples include S.O.S. T-shirts, Doughnut Club membership
cards, Sponsorship Decals ON THE TRUCK, and even the
opportunity to host the truck at your office where you will be
worshipped by your co-workers!

Part 2) Investors: Opening the business to investors, combined
with debt leverage, will be how we acquire the actual truck. We
will provide a full valuation for the existing business, plus
projections for the truck portion. Once this portion of the
business is online we will be able to generate an exceptional cash
flow. We will use our existing production capability to supply a
mobile retail outlet, making our slow days great days, while being
able to stay in Snoqualmie, safe and sound. If you think you’ll be
interested in investing or loaning, contact Steve!

Link to their GoFundMe

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Donut House – Anacortes, WA

Donut House

Anacortes, WA

2719 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221

(360) 293-4053

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: Fritter or Pumpkin Custard
Signature shop donut: Pumpkin Custard (seasonal)
Most popular US donut: glazed
2nd most popular US donut: Boston crème
Donut Hole: Yes

What I tried:

$12.40 plain cake, raised glazed, lemon fruit wrap, maple bigfoot, boston creme, pumpkin custard mousse bar.

What to expect:

The Boston Creme was very doughy in the middle. The dough on all the donuts was very fresh. Even the cake donut tasted fresh. The glazed was just as good, if not better, than my favorite at Henry’s Donuts. The fruit wrap was surprisingly delicious – like a crunchy crepe. On a Saturday morning, when I brought my crew, the shop had a steady stream of customers.

 

My favorite:

 Though the glazed donut was exceptional, my favorite was the fruit wrap. I also loved the fact that the Donut House had a variety of donuts and they were all delicious and fresh.

Local Event Alert! Thrill the World Redmond Town Center, WA 10/28 at 3pm!

October 28th at the Redmond Town Center

11:00am to 3:30pm

Worldwide Simultaneous Dance of
Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ at 3:00pm

Event Schedule

11:00am Event Opens – Dance Registration Check-In, Photo booth, Zombie Makeup/Zombification Zones
12:00pm Live Music: Ricky Venture Review, Seattle’s premier variety dance band
12:45pm Adult Costume Contest Adult First Round
1:15pm More Live Music from Ricky Venture Review
1:45pm Youth Costume Contest
2:15pm More Live Music from Ricky Venture Review
2:30pm Dancer Registration Check-in Closes
2:45pm Dancers Assemble in Center Court for the Check Presentation
3:00pm “THRILL THE WORLD” World-wide Simultaneous Dance
3:10pm Zombie March, Sign Out and Certificate Pick Up

 

Bard & Starlet Aftermath – Best Community Event of the Year

Didn’t get a chance to come out? Here’s the video of the first scene and the one I wrote and starred in!

The Black Dog is one of my favorite local restaurants – they have the absolute best Fritata! I love the staff and the homey feel of the building. The stage and all the great community events are awesome! It’s great that there are enough actors/actresses in the North Bend/Snoqualmie area to lend their voices to this event every year (this is the third Bard & Starlet) and they did an awesome job!