JIMMY'S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPOTLIGHT

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Jimmy's suggestions for a great time when visiting Los Angeles. Word to the wise: If you don't act like a tourist...you won't be treated like one.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TOUR: The best tour in town. a great inside peek into the magic of making   movies. 

UNIVERSAL CITYWALK: Right   next to the studio tour. Great shops, great restaurants...great people watching.   Bring your bucks.

 

B.B. KING'S HOUSE OF BLUES: A part of Citywalk. If you love blues, you'll love this place. Great    outside patio. You really get the feel of Tinseltown. Good food too. 

PINK'S HOT DOGS: Best  hot   dogs in town! Choice of the stars. Watch for stretch limos to  pull up for   takeout. Odds are, there are stars inside. My choice: The  Pink's Chili Dog with   Mustard. Order two with plenty of napkins. 

MAGIC MOUNTAIN: If you're   into thrill rides, this is the place for you. Go early in the day to avoid long   lines. 

MAGIC CASTLE: If you're   into magic, this is the place for you. Great view of Hollywood. Good eats,   almost as many treats as tricks.

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VIPER ROOM: Very dark  bar,   with very loud music. You never know who you'll see. If you want  to stay, leave   your camera and autograph book at the hotel. Outside is  where River Phoenix died   on the sidewalk. 

GRAVELINE TOURS: Ride in a   hearse and visit the final resting places of many stars.  Also you'll see places   where many a star met their maker. To say the  least, this is a very unique tour.   WARNING: Don't buy those "Maps To  The Stars" They're a rip-off. Most of the star   don't live there  anymore. Most of the stars aren't even alive anymore. 

KOI: A  high-tech   restaurant where you'll see stars and beautiful people.  Bring your life savings   as that's what you'll spend. Don't even think  of pictures and autographs. 

JERRY'S DELI IN THE VALLEY: Best sandwiches in town. You have to "go over the hill" as we say to  get   to the San Fernando Valley. It's worth the drive. Yes, bring your  cameras and   autograph books. 

CHIN-CHIN ON THE STRIP: The most unique and tasty Oriental food in town. Get an outside table and count   the Rolls Royces.

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ZUMA BEACH: Up the  coast,   not far from Malibu. Don't bring the camera and, if you're  brave, your clothes.   Even though it's not legal, this beach has had  its share of skinny-dippers. 

SAN DIEGO: Rent  a car and   drive to the most beautiful city in America. Check out Old  Town, the Gaslight   District, Petco Park, the Zoo and San Diego Bay  tours. Plan on spending a few   bucks and a couple of days. 

TIJUANA, MEXICO: While  in   San Diego, take the Red Train to the border, get on the Red bus to  cross the   border and plan on sampling a taste of Mexico. The bargains  aren't what they   used to be, but it's still fun to wheel and deal  using what you remember from   your 8th Grade Spanish class. TWO TIPS:  Eat at The Hard Rock Cafe and DON'T give   your change to panhandlers,  no matter how cute they look. If you do, you'll be a   "mark" that won't  be left alone for your entire visit. The city of Tijuana   agrees with  my warning. 

FARMERS MARKET: Back  in LA   located next to CBS Television at the corner of Beverly Blvd.  and Fairfax Ave.   You might see stars...CBS soap stars. Great shopping.  All kinds of food. While   you're there, go next door to CBS...you  might get on "The Price Is Right." 

IT'S A WRAP: A clothes   shop on Melrose Ave. selling items that have been worn by stars in the movies.   Bring big bucks. $$$$$ 


There you go. Follow my suggestions and I'll bet   you'll have a great time on your next visit to Southern California.