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Things to Do in Southern California: Traxx Resturant

10446670_10153249810740616_507066276722125531_nUnion Station in Los Angeles recently celebrated it’s 75th birthday. Quite an accomplishment for a station that almost didn’t get made. If left up to the separate railway companies at the time, it wouldn’t have been. Thankfully, it was made after ten years of struggle and legal proceedings. For it’s birthday, the Metro (who own the station) gave it a face lift. The gorgeous art deco building was updated and refurbished. It’s definitely a treat for the thousands of people who pass through it every day.

I spend a lot of time in Union Station because I commute via Metrolink, but I hadn’t been at the famous Traxx restaurant until recently. This white table restaurant is tucked into the fabulous main lobby of Union Station right by the front entrance to Alameda Street. While there are several fast food options within Union Station, Traxx gives a glimpse into the era when train travel was a classier affair. If you have time for a more leisurely meal I highly recommend stopping in. The decor and ambiance are first class. You are seated within the main area so people watching is a huge plus here. The restaurant area is small and I was sure it would be too noisy with most of the tables being outside the restaurant, but it was surprisingly peaceful.

My favorite part of my experience was the staff though. My server Tom was top-notch and on top of making sure my service was splendid. Even the bus boys were polite and sweet. Sometimes in a white cloth restaurant you feel like you’re bothering the waitstaff, but not so with Traxx. From the minute I walked up to the host until I left I felt like I was, indeed, a star. It’s easy to feel that there’s something glamorous and magical about Union Station with a service like the one you get a Traxx.

For my lunch I tried the hanger steak. It was tender, moist, and fantastically presented. I was full, but the desert menu also looked amazing. Everything tasted fresh and the wait time for my food was not long at all.

Great little piece of LA and a great piece of history. If you’re in the area or traveling through Union Station, be sure to check it out.

 

Yes Mother: Em and Sue watch Psycho II (and What We’ve Been Watching)

PsychoIIHey guys- We took a break from Buffy and watched the 1983 sequel: Psycho II. We also discussed a little of what we’ve been watching lately including: The Conjuring and The Innkeepers (which we watched together while visiting our other sisters), Em watched Orange is the New Black, Frank and Robot, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Movie. Sue watched True Blood, rewatched 6 Feet Under, Done the Impossible, Odd Thomas, and An Idiot Abroad.

Come join us! By the way… if you’re only interested in Psycho II (and who wouldn’t be???) our discussion on it starts almost exactly at the 1:00:00 mark).

IdjitCast Season One Episode Thirteen “Route 666″

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Dean is called by an old flame, and the boys go to Missouri. There, they investigate the trouble of a ghostly truck menacing the roadway, having killed several black men before vanishing into the night. Could some of the darker days of race relations in this Missouri town be literally haunting it?

Join us this week as…

We learn a little geography…

Paul’s hands get tired.

We also learn a bit about swamps

And Paul says “Edit Point” but then leaves it in…

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IdjitCast Season One Episode Twelve “Faith”

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In a pitched battle with a nasty creature, Dean is supertased by his own weapon. His heart is massively damaged and he is given a matter of weeks to live. Sam is told of a faith healer who is “the real deal.” Dean is healed, but when he learns of a coincidental death the same time he is healed, they realize there is something other than faith involved in Reverend Roy LaGrange’s miracles.

Carol from McKinleyCast guests once again as:

We gradually build our host count.

Paul gives first aid tips on the use of automated defibrillators.

Yvette deals with cold medication.

Paul drops a subtle Jonathan Coulton reference…

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Sue Watches Buffy #05

Angel_&_buffy_season_three_episode_one_anne_episode_stillEm and Sue are back, and have moved on to season 3.  In this particular podcast they review the first 5 episodes including: Anne, Dead Man’s Party, Faith Hope & Trick, Beauty and the Beasts, and Homecoming.  Did Emily chose this picture because Sue was excited to see Angel again or did she chose it just to bug Sue?  Listen to find out.  Also, listen after the closing song if you’d like to hear Em and Sue’s Emmy nominations rant.

IdjitCast Season One Episode Eleven “Scarecrow”

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Scarecrow done come to life, yo…

Listen in as we:

Make a Good Pie+Small Town=Twin Peaks equation, but Dean can’t get coffee…

Contemplate whether the show will be able to deliver on buildup about not seeing Dad.

Paul displays compulsive song referencing for the second week in a row.

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“AVP: Alien vs. Predator” Maze Hits Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Nights!

Image Credit: Universal Studios (used with permission)

Image Credit: Universal Studios (used with permission)

If you’re looking for an amazing reason to attend Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando or Florida this is it. Universal Studios has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to create an Alien vs. Predator Maze that puts you right in the middle of one of the most epic smack-downs in history. To mark the 35th anniversary celebration of Alien, and the 10th anniversary of AVP: Alien vs. Predator, “Halloween Horror Nights” guests and fans of these celebrated films will have a chance to live the horror of these diabolical beasts as they come face to face with the terror of Aliens and Predators.

Here’s a sneak peek of what the experience will be like:

“We’re thrilled to be working with Universal Studios to create mazes in Orlando and Hollywood that will bring fans face-to-face with the horrifying and iconic characters of AVP.” said Greg Lombardo, vice president of global live and location based entertainment at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The technology being leveraged will surely be a new benchmark and provide a uniquely terrifying and visceral encounter that puts guests right in the middle of an epic extraterrestrial battle for survival.”

The two mazes (on in Hollywood and one in Orlando) sound slightly different from each other. According to the press release the maze in Orlando is set in one of Weyland-Yutani’s secret facilities and the maze in Hollywood seems to be set after the spaceships crash land on earth.

“‘AVP: Alien vs. Predator’ is by far the most technically complicated and ambitious maze we’ve ever created for ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights. To help with the complicated and ambitious they’ve recruited Academy Award®-winning make-up artists, Tom Woodruff and Alec Gillis from Amalgamated Dynamic Inc. (ADI) (both of whom worked on the original creatures of the AVP franchise).

If you’re nearby or want to plan a get away, be sure to check it out!

Tickets and vacation packages for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando are on sale now at HalloweenHorrorNights.com\Orlando

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online atHalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood

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