Nordic Noir LA: Benefit Concert for Friends of Griffith Park

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As a native Angelino, I couldn't be more excited that internationally recognized film composer Jacob Groth took the initiative to create an event that leverages his musical talents and connections to benefit Griffith Park and its inhabitants. 

As a passionate supporter of urban wildlife and Griffith Park in particular, which he calls home several months a year, there was no question that he had found the perfect setting for Nordic Noir LA, a benefit for Friends of Griffith Park, scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2016. 

This world-class concert will have the participation the Danish Film Harmonics as they offer the LA community an opportunity to experience the acclaimed soundtrack for the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and more.

According to Groth...

"The Concert is a journey through 9 new renditions of my scores for both feature film

and TV-Series. They will be performed by my orchestra, “The Danish Filmharmonics,” which includes some of the most acclaimed talent from Scandinavia. 
The Concert also includes back-screen showing scenes from the different movies and more ambient/abstract moods. It is going to be an amazing audio-visual experience."

Wildlife supporters, music fans and local residents will enjoy a spectacular night of culture, music, education and fun!  Learn more about Nordic Noir and how you can also help spread their message by visiting the on:

Join me this weekend by purchasing your event tickets here. (Regular admission tickets are available for $40 - $85 each and VIP tickets are available at $200 per pair. VIP guests will enjoy complimentary Nordic cuisine and beverages at a VIP reception.)
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Unique Las Vegas

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With the arrival of fall, most Angelenos start planning their annual trek to Sin City.

And, while Las Vegas is well known for it's nightlife, growing food scene, and world class hotel resorts, here's a few ideas on things to do, places to see and foodie eats to discover the next time you head to everyone's favorite adult playground: 

Start your Day Right

I just have six words for you: Valrhona. Grand. Cru. Milk. Chocolate. Pancakes

A decadent take on the American classic breakfast staple gets elevated with Valrhona Grand Cru milk chocolate, a smooth, mellow chocolate with a bitter-sweet hint, topped over perfectly flavored pancakes that are only made better by being available

Located inside of The Mirage
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Learn a Little History

What's better than learning about Las Vegas' mob history? Being a part of it! The Mob Museum presents a bold and authentic view of organized crime’s impact on Las Vegas history, as well as its unique imprint on America and the world. Actual Events in Mob history are depicted via interactive and engaging exhibits.

300 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Taste Brazil

Not just a steakhouse, Texas de Brazil is an immersive all-you-can-eat food experience that brings the best of Brazilian Churrascaria to Las Vegas. "Gauchos” stop by your tables as often as you want to cut your freshly grilled meats tableside, while you can also select any one, or several, of the over 50 seasonal items featuring different cheeses, deli meats, a variety of salads, grilled vegetables, and homemade soups.

Town Square Las Vegas
6533 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Leave with a Little Love

The three-time Grammy Award winning LOVE by Cirque du Soleil is a Rock 'n' Roll poem, is inspired by the poetry of the lyrics of the Beatles and brought to life by a cast of world-class aerialists, acrobats and dancers. While the costumes, choreography, technology that Cirque is known for is combined with the music of the Beatles, creating a vibrant and engaging experience that will make you sing and dance in your seat.

Located inside of The Mirage
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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How to Plan to Return to College

As I start my Fall film school term, it's hard not to remember the various pro's and con's my hubby and I discussed when I made the decision to return to college and follow my dreams.

From the time commitment, to changes in our vacation plans, to the long term financial implications, my decision to go back to school was not an easy one, but it was an easy decision to follow through on.

Why? Because my husband and I were in the right place -financially, emotionally and otherwise- to make that choice.

And my privilege to do so doesn't come unnoticed.

Since returning to school I have met many women that tell me time and time again how "lucky" I am to have returned to school; but what they don't realize is that it wasn't luck.

My husband and I were planning from the moment we met without having plans.

Make no mistake, we obviously had plans. But our most important plan? To be financially sound to be able to make life choices...and having the credit to do so.

So let's go back to my choice to go back to school...

The first time you go to college and when you are under the age of 25, your parents co-sign your student loans. They probably have a house and money in the bank to ensure that your loan gets approved. Your credit and your money? Doesn't matter.

But when you're over the age of 25 and married? Guess what - it's just the two of you.

You both have to have good credit, unlike the first time around where it didn't matter.
You both have to have money in the bank.
You have to have at least one stable job/income.

And that's just the start...

Brittney Castro, founder of Financially Wise Women and  Chase’s Financial Education Partner shared a couple of simple tips to get you financially ready to go back to college:
  • To build or fix your current credit score get a secured credit card. By paying one credit card on time and keeping a low balance it will help raise your credit. 
  • Create a 50/20/30 budget: Spend 50% of your income on fixed expenses / save 20% of your income / and 30% can be your "vanity" fund.
  • Be creative on how you cut costs and where you save money.
I don't regret for one second going back to school, but a large part of it has to do with the steps I took before I did.

What I've learned through my experience is that regardless of what my dreams are, the best way to enjoy the process is to plan ahead.
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Always looking for a casual spot that offers a nice mix of something healthy and something yummy (hopefully both!), my hubby and I were recently invited to try Burgerim at its first US location in East Hollywood.

Burgerim is gourmet burger fast casual restaurant chain that is well known outside of the US for its its two, three or sixteen-burger combo boxes....but it's much more than that!

Make no mistake, Burgerim IS a burger joint, but different...

Larger than a slider, each Burgerim burger is made with an 2.8-ounce patty that's made in a variety of proteins including dry-aged beef, Wagyu beef, salmon, lamb, or even a veggie patty.

Burgers can be further personalized when adding one (or several) of the available toppings including a sunny-side up egg, pineapple, or sautéed mushrooms; or topped with one (or several) of the many speciality sauces, including the House sauce, BBQ, or spicy mayo.

To make your burger even yummier, Burgerim gives you a selection of  three artisanal buns, including a gluten-free or whole wheat bun.

Each burger box can have all of the same burgers, or different burgers (the 16-burger box can have up to four different burgers, of four of each).

The sides, round seasoned fries (Burgerim fries) or onion rings, are served with a selection of dipping sauces that will leave you wanting more.

As for other items on the menu, I was partial to the the Basket Salad, made with fresh arugula, strawberries, candied pecans, goat cheese and topped with a raspberry vinaigrette.

While my hubby loved the desserts, especially the New York-style cheesecake.

The complete menu has a nice variety of sandwiches and other lunch and late-night munchie favorites, including chicken wings, sweet potato fries and home fries.

Burgerim Hollywood is a family friendly restaurant that will soon serve beer and wine.

No reservations are needed and street parking was easy to find. But for those not in the area, they also offer local delivery.

Burgerim Gourmet Burgers
5001 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Happy Eating!
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