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Dots Cupcakes!

Last week, on a whim, I ventured into Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena to buy some Halloween cupcakes for my boyfriend.  While waiting in line I noticed a framed InStyle Magazine  article sitting on a shelf in the tiny shop.  The article detailed the June 2007 wedding of Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell, who rather than serving the traditional wedding cake at their nuptials, opted instead for country apple and red velvet mini-cupcakes from none other than the very bakery I was standing in!  So of course I had to ask Dots owner and founder, Hyo Kwan, a few questions.  🙂

Kwan told me that she had no idea who the cupcakes were for until she arrived at the couple’s Calabasas ranch the day of the ceremony and met Rebecca Romijn.  A few days later she had reporters from TMZ swarming her shop asking all sorts of questions about the celeb nuptials.  She actually thought I worked for TMZ, too, with all the questions I was asking, and I had to convince her that I was actually just a stalker.  🙂   Since the InStyle  spread, Kwan has been featured in several bridal and food magazines and I couldn’t help but think to myself how much I’d like to have her bake cupcakes for my wedding.  🙂  Dots will also be providing the desserts for Rebecca Romijn’s upcoming baby shower.  Besides the O’Connells, other celebrity fans of the small shop include my fave Shannen Doherty, the Black-Eyed Peas, and Oscar De La Hoya- at least I think Kwan said Oscar De La Hoya frequents the shop.  She mentioned some sports star with a multi-word last name, but once someone starts talking sports, I pretty much just tune out.  LOL  But celebs?  Celebs I remember.  🙂  Kwan said that when Shannen Doherty stopped in, the shop was actually completely sold out of cupcakes!  Shannen was very gracious, though, and did not throw any sort of hissy fit about not getting her cupcake fix.  See, I knew she was nice!!!  🙂

Hyo, a former events manager for the L.A. Dodgers, was only 29 years old when she opened up Dots with virtually no baking experience whatsoever – just a love of cupcakes.  An endeavor that began in her kitchen with a borrowed mixer has grown into a 5,000 cupcake-a-day business.  And, after only a year and a half, Kwan is ready to branch out and will be opening up a second Dots location in Old Town Pasadena early next year.  Kwan really could not have been nicer, entertaining me for a good 15 minutes with stories about her adventures baking for celebs.  She even introduced me to a reporter for Pasadena Weekly Newspaper  while I was there and told her about my blog.  🙂  You can read more of Hwan’s story here.

Dots cupcakes are FABULOUS and I HIGHLY recommend stalking the tiny shop!  I have long been a fan of Magnolia Bakery in New York City – even though I am diabetic!  LOL – so when the gourmet cupcake craze hit L.A. last year, I could not have been more excited.  I swear I hit up every single cupcake shop in the greater L.A. area hoping to find a brand that could hold its own against my beloved Magnolia.  Sadly, not a one of them was any good.  Celeb favorite Sprinkles (pictured above), Yummy Cupcakes, Le Cupcake – they were all just mediocre.  But on Thursday, as I bit into a Dots cupcake for the first time, I was floored!  They are FABULOUSLY YUMMY and rank a very close second to Magnolia.  I’ll definitely be satisfying my cupcake cravings there from now on when I can’t get to the East Coast.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Dots is located at 400 S. Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena.  You can visit their website here.  The bakery is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm.  They are closed on Sundays.  Dots new store will be opening up in the next few months on Fair Oaks Avenue in Old Town Pasadena, right next door to J. Crew. 

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Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

I cannot tell you how excited I am that October is finally here!  Halloween has always been my very favorite holiday, most probably because I love nothing more than to dress up in costume.  For the past three years during the month of October and in honor of Halloween, I have dragged my boyfriend out on my very own “Haunted Hollywood Tour”.  Our tour consists of visiting houses from famous scary movies, sites of famous Hollywood deaths, and rumored haunted hot spots in the L.A. area.  Since I have accumulated a fairly large list of scary spots from these yearly tours, last night I decided that, in honor of my favorite holiday, I would blog about all things spooky in Hollywood from now until October 31st. 

But I can’t very well do that without first writing about my fave Halloween location – Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.  I dragged my boyfriend out to Mr. Bones last October after seeing the West Hollywood patch appear countless times in US Magazine.  For those of you who don’t read US, during the month of October Mr. Bones is THE place to be seen in L.A. and literally anyone who’s anyone makes an appearance at the famous patch.  Last year Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marky Mark, Tobey McGuire and his jewelry designer wife Jennifer Meyer, Sarah Gilbert, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Lisa Rinna, Corey Feldman, and Lindsay Lohan all got their pumpkin on at Mr. Bones.  It is literally the Les Deux of pumpkin patches.  So, of course, I had to stalk it!       

   Last year, as my boyfriend and I walked up to Mr. Bones, I was floored to see at least forty paparazzi standing around the perimeter of the fenced in patch, long lense cameras in hand.  The paps were going absolutely agro – some standing on top of cars or on ladders trying to see over the patch’s high fences for the perfect photo op.

Due to the sheer amount of photogs stationed around the patch, I was absolutely convinced that TomKat and Suri or BritBrit and her kids were inside.  But it turns out the paps were actually snapping photographs of Heidi Klum and Seal and their three children.   This was actually Heidi and Seal’s second trip to Mr. Bones in less than a week and the two hung out at the patch with their kids and nanny for over an hour.  They definitely seemed to be enjoying all of the attention, too, and were most certainly hamming it up for the cameras – kissing and hugging and what not.  I could not have been more excited!  🙂

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, which has been a family-owned and operated business for over 15 years,  is the perfect place to get you in the mood for Halloween.  I highly recommend stalking the patch as much for the celeb sightings as for the Halloween festivities.  There are pony rides, face painting, great food, a Halloween store, and, of course, lots and lots of pumpkins.  It is pricey, though.  The pumpkins cost far more than they would at other local pumpkin patches – and there’s a cover charge!  Yes, you read that right.  Only in L.A., I swear!  You will have to cough up $2 per person just to gain entry to the legendary pumpkin patch.  But the entry fee can be applied to any pumpkin or Halloween merchandise purchase while there, so it’s not all bad.  What you’re mostly paying for, though, are the Halloween spirit and atmosphere – which Mr. Bones definitely has in droves.  You’ll love it!   It’s the perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit.  🙂 

And, of course, I just had to take a pic of me in front of all the paps.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is located at 702 N. Doheny Drive in West Hollywood.  This year Mr. Bones opens for business this upcoming Friday, October 10th, and they will remain open through Halloween day.  Their hours are from 9am to 8pm daily.  You can visit their website here.  Another great place to get into the Halloween spirit is Lombardi’s Ranch.  They are located at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus, near Santa Clarita.  Their pumpkin patch is currently open for business.  You can visit their website here.  Lombardi’s has live music, a petting zoo, awesome pumpkin pie, a sunflower patch, and acres upon acres of pumpkins.  It is a great place to spend a day with kids, though you probably won’t spot any celebs.

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The Sunset Tower Hotel

One of my favorite places to visit in all of LA is the Sunset Tower Hotel, located on the legendary Sunset Strip in Hollywood.  The Sunset Tower Hotel was built in 1931 by architect Leland A. Bryant for owner E.M. Fleming.  The Art Deco building, which originally functioned as an upscale apartment house, was the very first earthquake proof property to be built in Los Angeles.   While the hotel enjoyed some glory years during the hey dey of Hollywood, in the 1980s it fell into serious disrepair and was saved from demolition when it was purchased by London’s St. James Hotel chain.  Peter de Savary, owner of the St. James chain, poured $46 million into restoring the Sunset Tower and renamed it the St. James Club.  Since that time, the hotel has undergone several more renovations and name changes, until 2005 when it was purchased by New Yorker Jeff Klein, who restored the hotel to its original name and former grandeur.

During the hotel’s glory years numerous celebs called the Sunset Tower home, including Howard Hughes, Ava Gardner, Truman Capote, John Wayne, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Billie Burke aka Glinda the Good Witch, Mae West, Elizabeth Taylor, Conrad Hilton, gangster Bugsy Siegel – who was eventually evicted for running a gambling center out of his room, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Tim Curry, my fave Marilyn Monroe, and Iggy Pop, who made a habit of jumping into the hotel pool from his apartment window.  Today, the Tower is still popular with celebs.  The hotel’s restaurant, the Tower Bar, is a favorite of Jen Aniston, who dines there regularly.  Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Posh Spice, Brian Grazer and Barbara Walters have also all been spotted at the Tower Bar grabbing a bite to eat.  According to Wikipedia, during her pink-wig-wearing days, Britney Spears tried to book some rooms at the Tower.  Hotel owner Jeff Klein reportedly said to the hotel manager “If that piece of trailer trash so much as enters my driveway, you are fired!  She can’t come here with all my chic guests, she’ll ruin the place!”  LOL  Love it!  It  was during that same time period that the Bel Air Hotel also reportedly refused to rent rooms to BritBrit. 

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The hotel’s poolside Terrace Bar, my fave place to grab a drink in all of LA, is also quite popular with the celebs.  The first time I visited the Terrace, Kate Bosworth was there with her model boyfriend James Rousseau. I just had to go up to her, too, to tell her how much I loved Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.    She ended up signing an autograph for me and seemed genuinely thrilled that I had such good things to say about Win A Date.  Kate truly could not have been nicer and I can honestly say she was hands down the kindest out of all the celebs I have ever met.  And her boyfriend was a total cutie, too!!!! 🙂  I took the above pic of her with my blackberry, but it didn’t come out very well.  LOL

The legendary hotel has also been featured in countless television and movie productions, including The Player, Spinal Tap Goes to 20, Shadow Hours, Freaky Friday, Murder My Sweet, Get Shorty, Wayne’s World II , Strange Days, The Italian Job,  and  Rich Girls.  In The O.C., the hotel stood in for Newport Beach’s Four Seasons Hotel which was owned by Ryan’s rival, Oliver, on the show.  Only the exterior of the Tower Hotel was shown in The O.C.  For the interior shots of the lobby and Oliver’s penthouse suite, a different hotel was used – one which I am still trying to locate.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Sunset Tower Hotel is located at 8358 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.  I highly recommend stalking the Sunset Tower – the poolside Terrace Bar is a great place to grab a drink while enjoying one of the best views in all of LA. 

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