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Exploring California: The New Tesla Supercharger in Kettleman City

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The exterior of the new Tesla Supercharger in Kettleman City

With the holidays upon us, more people will be hitting the road. For Tesla owners, this can mean long wait times at Supercharger stations. For those traveling on the I-5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco, there is good news. A 40 stall Supercharger station just opened in Kettleman City.

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Panorama of the Kettleman City Tesla Supercharger

I visited the spanking new supercharger on Saturday and was wildly impressed. It looks like something straight out of the Jetsons. In addition to the well designed and shaded layout and of the solar charging stalls, the Kettleman City Supercharger offers amenities for Tesla owners. There are bathrooms and a guest lounge where you can order a craft beverage from a Tesla barista while enjoying free wifi. There is even Tesla merchandise for sale.

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Kettleman City Supercharger Entrance 

The Kettleman City supercharger should help relieve the burden at the Bakersfield and Harris Ranch Superchargers during heavy traffic times, as well as when the Tesla Model 3s start to add additional traffic.  Access to the facilities is gained by an access code sent directly to guest’s Tesla touchscreen.

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Solar covered charging stalls at the Kettleman City Supercharger

There are quite a few dining options near the Kettleman City supercharger, including California favorites In-N-Out Burger, Bravo Farms and Baja Fresh.

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Pretty Tesla Chargers all in a row

The astroturf lawn is perfect for walking your pets.

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Kettleman City Supercharger

Another 40 stall Tesla Supercharger is set to open this week in Baker, for those driving between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

My Tesla did not list the Kettleman City supercharger as an option last Thursday (a day after it opened) so be sure to ask your Tesla navigation system for specific directions.

Kettleman City Supercharger

27675 Bernard Drive

Kettleman City, CA 93239

Roadside Assistance (877) 798-3752

Charging
40 Superchargers, available 24/7, up to 120kW

 

 

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Exploring Los Angeles, California: The Museum of Ice Cream

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Obligatory selfie at the Museum of Ice Cream

One of my favorite things about Los Angeles is how many interesting and quirky events there are to check out. Last week I got a chance to visit the highly instagramable Museum of Ice Cream in the downtown LA Arts District.

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Great people watching at the Museum of Ice Cream

Part pop-up art gallery, part interactive ice cream experience (featuring artisanal frozen goodness from L.A. faves Salt & Straw and Coolhaus) the Museum of Ice Cream is an offbeat place to explore and get a sugar high while learning some interesting ice cream facts and history.

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Popsicle art 

25 year old Laguna Beach native Maryellis Bunn came up with the idea for the MoIC was recently profiled in Forbes magazine. The Los Angeles version of the MoIC opened in late April and is currently sold out for it’s extended run through August. It may be extended, so sign up here for updates.

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Pink telephone room at the Museum of Ice Cream

Ms. Bunn hopes to open Museum of Ice Cream locations in San Francisco and Miami by the end of the year, and is rumored to be thinking about a permanent location in New York City.

The banana swing room was my favorite installation 

My friend, photographer Rebecca Adler joined me at the museum of ice cream and shot this video in the banana swing room.

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Sweet decor details at the Museum of Ice Cream

The whole experience was fun and everyone from kids to hipsters to tourists were enjoying the MoIC. Workers were rocking pink denim Canadian tuxedos and entertained guests with fun factoids about ice cream. The employee who seemed to be having the least good time was the sprinkle sweep, in charge of explaining the rules to visitors before they are allowed to play in the four foot deep pit full of plastic “sprinkles.”

Slow motion sprinkles = good times

Be warned— those sprinkles get EVERYWHERE!

Visitors exit through the gift shop where they can buy ice-cream related items ranging from $10 Unicorn Snot body glitter to a $10,500 limited edition MoIC x Elevate tennis table.

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Cute museum of Ice Cream goers

I really enjoyed my interactive Museum of Ice Cream experience and think it’s a perfect opportunity for summer fun. The people watching was really great as well.

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Getting cozy with a giant gummy bear at the Museum of Ice Cream

Ticket holders should arrive ahead of time, as they are strict about entry times.

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Charcoal cookie dough”ice cream” in front of an installation by artist Abel Benton

The Museum of Ice Cream is yet another fun draw to Los Angeles’ Downtown Arts District, which gets more impressive every time I visit.

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Left: the sprinkle pit Right: Bon-Bon Jovi’s star at the MoIC’s walk of fame

Workers were checking IDs (one per group) against the names on tickets, so be warned if you are planning on attempting to buy a ticket on the re-sale market.

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You can buy this custom tennis table in the gift shop

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Neon sweetness at the Museum of Ice Cream

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Unicorn snot for sale in the gift store

Museum of Ice Cream

2018 E 7th Place Los Angeles, CA 90021

Adult ( age 13 +) $29

Child (age 3-12) Senior (age 60+) $18

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Retro 70s Aviation Fun: The Pan Am Experience at Air Hollywood

One of the lovely stewardesses aboard The Pan Am experience at Air Hollywood

Since I flew over 100,000 miles in 2014, it might seem a bit odd that I spent one of my non-flight evenings aboard a fake flight to nowhere.

My boarding pass for the Pan Am Experience

But it’s not every night you get a chance to “relive the magic of flying onboard a luxurious Pan Am 747” circa the glory days of air travel, even if it’s in a soundstage in Pacoima.

My friend, Mike, rocking 70s polyester slacks, outside Air Hollywood studios

Fortunately Air Hollywood offers the Pan Am Experience a few times a year and I had a few aviation geek friends willing to join me. Upon arriving at Air Hollywood, you’re greeted with a mockup of the LAX sign and a red carpet for “boarding” the event.

Left: red carpet at the boarding gate Right: getting ready to board the Juan T. Trippe

Air Hollywood is an aviation-themed movie studio. They have standing sets of plane interiors and mock ups that get rented out for filming feature films, television shows, commercials, and music videos. This is where you’ll find the plane from Lost and the cabin from Bridesmaids. Check out this list of projects shot at Air Hollywood.

My friends boarding the Juan T. Trippe for the Pan Am Experience

The Pan Am experience is 70s themed. So I channeled my inner Sharon Tate and had my hair teased with so much hair spray I might have been flammable. There is a dress code for the event, since Pan Am customers did not fly with full size pillows and pajama pants that say PINK across the bottom.

Checking in for the Pan Am Experience

Once you’ve checked in for the event, you get to relax and grab a cocktail in the Clipper Class Lounge, complete with a bar stocked with classic cocktails (Tom Collins anyone?) as well as modern faves.

left: enjoying a classic cocktail in the Clipper Lounge prior to boarding Right: Vintage Pan Am playing cards

There is a lot of really cool vintage Pan Am memorabilia on display. Once you board the plane, the evening gets a bit surreal. The crew gives you safety directions prior to fake take off. Once you’ve reached fake cruising altitude, the stewardesses serve Pan Am nuts and cocktails. This experience is just wacky enough that everyone loosens up and starts having a good time.

One of the Pan Am Experience stewardesses working the main deck

After a cocktail or two, you start to forget you’re on a fake plane. The whole experience is fun, unusual and a good time is had by both passengers and crew members alike. On the Main Deck, they show a documentary about Pan Am.

Here’s a time lapse video I made of the event from the Upper Deck:

Pan Am Experience Upper Deck Time Lapse Video

First glimpse of the Upper Deck

Next comes the meal service, which is better than actual airplane food but “airplane food inspired.” There’s shrimp cocktail and Heirloom tomato salad. For the entree, passengers have choice of roast chicken in peppercorn sauce, Chateaubriand tenderloin, or vegetarian pasta. I went for the beef since it seemed the most 70s.

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The whole event is an evening of retro aviation themed goodness.

Chateaubriand tenderloin with demi-glace sauce

The cheese and fruit card with Port wine for dessert

Some of the Pan Am Experience Crew

Air Hollywood Founder & CEO, Talaat Captan, was on hand to give us a tour of some of the other sets at Air Hollywood after our Pan Am Experience was finished.

Captain Anthony in the cockpit for the Pan Am Experience

Left: a standing set at Air Hollywood Right: a cabin set

The highlight of my evening was meeting Otto the Pilot from the film Airplane!.

Meeting Otto the Pilot from Airplane!

You can buy tickets for upcoming dates of the Pan Am Experience here. Even better, book out the entire plane for a unique private event or party.

The Pan Am Experience at Air Hollywood

13240 Weidner Street
Los Angeles, CA 91331
Phone: 818.890.0444
Fax: 818.890.7041

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The Last Bookstore: a Photo Essay from Downtown LA’s Bank District

Arches cut through books at the Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles

Good brick and mortar bookstores are few and far between these days. Fortunately Los Angeles has a few, including The Last Bookstore.

The Last Bookstore puts the crime section cleverly in a bank vault

The Last Bookstore combines two things I love: books and re-purposed buildings. Located in Downtown LA’s Old Bank District, The Last Bookstore is over 16,000 square feet of inspired space filled with books, records, and pop up galleries filled with the works of local artists. Best of all, it smells like books.

One section of the bookstore is organized by color of the book spines

The Crime section tucked away inside an old bank vault. There’s a section arranged by the color of the book spines. And there are plenty of nooks and crannies where you can grab a chair and read. 

Comfy seating chairs at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore has become a hot spot for everything from intellectual hipster weddings, holiday parties, and movie shoots (that steamy “library” sex scene in Gone Girl was shot here).

If you get a chance, check it out.

The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring Street, ground floor
Downtown LA | 213.488.0599
Mon-Thurs: 10 AM-10 PM
Fri-Sat: 10 AM-11 PM
Sun: 10 AM-6 PM

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Check Out The West Hollywood Cocktail Scene (and Photography Tips) in my Guest Post for Andaz Salon

The Saints Day cocktail at Laurel Hardware

I was very excited when my friends at Andaz reached out to me to write a guest post for Andaz Salon, their lifestyle blog. Check out my guest post with tips for Exploring (and Photographing) the West Hollywood Cocktail Scene here.

While I love the drinks at Laurel Hardware, their food is great too. Behold a pizza!

Brunch cocktails at The Church Key

Tequila on display at Tortilla Republic

Rebecca of Rebecca Adler Photography took this photo of me at the Andaz WeHo

Andaz West Hollywood

8401 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood, California, USA, 90069

Tel: 1 323 656 1234

Fax: 1 323 650 7024

This post would not be possible without my friends at Andaz and my hand models slash friends: Devony, John, Mike and Sydney

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