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Blog: What Do People in Studio City Want (for Valentine's Day)?

Since we don't have a Tar jay or Sprinkle's Cupcake ATM machine we must make do with what Studio City has to offer its residents.

The rule is simple: always follow the parade of Lexii and Prii to find their favorite destinations when searching for a gift, any gift! 

We don't have a Tar-Jay or a Sprinkle's Cupcake ATM machine here in Studio City (ethnic breakdown 78% white), but we make the best of it.

It might take a little extra effort to score a parking space at TJ's (Trader Joe's to you non-cognoscenti) or Whole Foods, but it'll pay dividends in the end.  Once inside the emporium of your choice you can relax a bit knowing you've made the right choice for your gift-buying expedition.  TJ's has done away with 2-buck Chuck, sad to say.  Instead of $1.99 that bottle will now cost $2.49. 

People living in Studio City have a mental list of their favorite items.  You can't go
wrong with:
1.   Any and all items made by Tom in Maine (New Hampshire or Vermont  respectively).
2.   Sushi
3.   Hummus
4.   Sea Salt
5.   Wine
6.   Pretty Bottled waters
7.   Vegan cookies
8.   Kitchen gadgets from Bed, Bath and Beyond
9.   Doggie Hoodies for their dogs (naturally)
10. They also have a fondness for picking their own fruit, buying New Balance at Big Five, scarves, listening to NPR, recycling, bicycles, wearing jeans, Yoga, meatless Mondays, writers workshops, Netflix and Farmers Market, pancakes at Du Par's, specially-blended smoothies, wheat grass shots, listening to black music that black people don't listen to anymore and anything labeled "organic."

If you don't mind spending $15-plus for a hamburger - a Umami gift
certificate.

The big draw is always coffee whether it's Starbuck's, Peet's, Coffee Bean or Aroma Cafe (if you can score a table for your laptop, cell phone, messenger bag and other office  paraphenalia you have struck the motherlode!  You can work on your screenplay or produce the great American novel and hog a table for the entire day without paying rent.  Be sure to keep the used, nearly empty cup on display).

You can save yourself big bucks by wearing workout clothes and jogging down  Ventura Boulevard to give the impression that you own a current membership to LA Fitness.  With  the money you've just saved you can buy personalized license plates for your car (W8ER or PRDCR) as long as it's black.

Candy -- too caloric!  Flowers -- they die!  Better off with some tomato plants or veggie seed packets!

The final trending touch is to inquire in Italian restaurants, "Can I get that Gluten-free?"  No doubt you'll endear yourself to the wait staff and become their primary topic of conversation.

Use this post as your guide and you'll hit a homerun every time, I guarantee!

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Irene DeBlasio February 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM
@IlonaSaari You're so right! I loved listening to a comment by Steven Spielberg who was being interviewed by one of the alphabet networks. He said something to the effect that "his Lincoln" (we always try for the auteur designation) was the best, most brilliant piece of writing he had ever read! He just neglected to tell us the author's name. And, the beat goes on...
Ilona Saari February 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Probably because he either thought everyone knew it was Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner or, like most directors, writers are to be rather seen and not heard - just ignored... most directors actually think they can make movies w/o writers - and consider writers just an annoyance... Drives me nuts.
Irene DeBlasio February 14, 2013 at 12:59 AM
@IlonaSaari My mother always thought the actors made up their dialogue on the spot. It wasn't until I gave her some scripts to read that she began to realize what actually goes on. It reminds me of a brilliant quote of PJ O'Rourke: "Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away from things they don't understand, such as working for a living."
Ilona Saari February 14, 2013 at 01:10 AM
LOL - I love PJ O'Rourke!
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