Five Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles

Dining in unique restaurants is one of the most enjoyable parts of our regular visits to Los Angeles. However, I have to admit that our dining habits have changed a bit since we’ve become parents. Fortunately, there are many excellent restaurants in the Los Angeles area that are also kid-friendly. Here are my top five recommendations.

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Ilona and Derek Take The World - Part 6

After a few days in Oahu we took flight to the Big Island. It only takes about an hour so the plane flies at a lower altitude. As a result, we were able to see Maui and the volcano Haleakala from a bird’s eye view. Make sure that your seat is on the left hand side of the plane to get this amazing view.

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Ilona and Derek Take the World Part 5 – Aloha, Oahu!

The flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu is about a five and half hour flight. Chatting with the flight attendant I told her I had flown all the way from Poland, relating to extended time spend in the air and she began to bring us free drinks. With the alcoholic beverages flowing this relaxing flight soon turned into a party. After great conversation and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean time flew by and we had arrived. Hawaii has 5 major islands, Hawaii (usually called The Big Island), Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. Of course the Hawaii archipelago has more than a hundred islands, but who has time to visit all of them, let alone many are only a handful of feet in length! We only had two weeks to explore the islands, so we decided to spend the first few days on Oahu and the rest on The Big Island.

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Five Great Places to Shop Handmade in Los Angeles

L.A. is home to many national brand-name stores, however, it’s also a mecca for locally-designed, handmade goods. The next time you’re in the City of Angels, check out these fantastic shops for truly unique pieces.

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Ilona And Derek Take The World Part 4 - How To Get To LA During The Winter Storms

Three months later it was time for another date. Unfortunately, when two people live on different continents, they cannot see each other as often as they’d like. It was Christmas, so Derek and his family were spending the holidays in Los Angeles. I had never been to LA before, and Derek bribed me with a ticket from LA to Hawaii. How could I resist that?

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