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Culture Connoisseurs & Art Adventurers (https://www.meetup.com/CultureArt/) is a community of adventurers and connoisseurs who meet to share experiences about the arts, culture, history and cuisine -- in gatherings, tours and discussions.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Silicon Valley of LA (Playa Vista) Tour

Spruce Goose Hangar

$25.00

Buy discounted tickets at: https://silicon-valley-of-la-tour-1.eventbrite.com

Come and visit beautiful Playa Vista, a community built in 2003 that included a new elementary school, a library and a preserved area of the wetlands just east of Playa Del Rey and north of LAX.

Playa Vista is also known as Silicon Valley South due to Google, YouTube, I MAX and EA calling it home. Smaller tech firms that have also made it their home, are Thrive Market, Flexport and ChowNow, to name a few.

Playa Vista was also built on land that was owned by the famous billionaire Howard Hughes and who formed Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. Due to the need for aircraft during World War II, Hughes commissioned aircraft hangers be built and one of them is still standing today. Google is now using the original aircraft hanger for office space and has preserved the building.

Our tour will show you the outside of the legendary aircraft hanger that was used by Hughes Aircraft Company and later Boeing and movie studios for filming the movie Titanic and Independence Day. Google has transformed the aircraft hangers into unique office space.

Our tour will start at Google’s offices in Playa Vista. We will see the aircraft hanger’s building and then make our way to the heart of Playa Vista where there are businesses such as a movie theatre, CVS, and restaurants.

Playa Vista has a unique combination of homes, condominiums, & apartments along with 3 dog parks, numerous parks for young children and a thriving business community. We will end our tour at Sol Mexican Cocina for mingling 12775 Millenn Drive, in Playa Vista, 90094.

Tour hosted by,
Karen

Malibu Hindu Temple Tour (Cultural & Foodie Tour)

Malibu Hindu Temple

$25.00

Buy discounted tickets at: https://malibu-hindu-temple-tour-50.eventbrite.com

Preview tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQeyJOJlAuU

Isn't Malibu just stunning? The mountains, fresh air and just peace of mind. It is the perfect blend of human and nature. CityGyd is excited to announce its first tour in the heart of Malibu within the Santa Monica mountains. Let's explore the Malibu Hindu Temple, a cultural hub, filled with history and stories.

We begin our tour at the entrance of the temple complex, which is dedicated to the Hindu god Venkateswara, a form of the Hindu god Maha Vishnu. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu (Venkateswara) came to earth searching for the goddess Lakshmi with whom he had a fight with in Vaikunta and she left. However upon reaching earth, he couldn't find her. However to know more about this story and many more, join us at the Malibu Hindu Temple Tour.

We will explore the large complex and take in the serenity of our surroundings as we do so. There will be 10 minutes of meditation at our tour as we do so and feel our true inner peace.

Our tour will be concluded by making a trip to the food area of the temple, where all sorts of South Indian food is available at nominal prices such as $3 and connect with our group as we do so.

Persian Foodie Days Tour @Little Persia

Saffron & Rose Ice Cream

$25.00

Buy discounted tickets at: https://persian-foodie-tour-1.eventbrite.com

Tour preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMY6zPLsKoA

What we provide:
- Free Samples of Saffron & Rose Ice Cream
- Curated tour of little Persia and Persian food
- Mixer Session at Shamshiri Grill accompanied with complimentary bread with any purchase

Let's begin a journey through "Little Persia" in the heart of Westwood as we explore culture, cuisine and connection. Our meeting point will be the ever so popular Saffron & Rose Ice Cream, where we will be having a lovely tasting of Persian Ice Cream. The founder Ali Kashani- Rafye began making ice cream in Tehran over 75 years ago, and mastered the art of creating authentic Persian-style ice cream. So whether you're looking for floral-flavored ice creams such as lavender, orange, jasmine. etc or the traditional dairy free Faloodeh (sorbet with vermicelli sized noodles), they have it all.
Next we will move on to the Tochal market where we will explore the nitty-gritties of authentic Persian cuisine. The spices, the recipes and everything that goes in to the making of our favorite kabobs and stews.

Followed by which we will saunter on to Damoka a Persian rug store, which has the best collection of antique carpets and Persian rugs in all of the West Coast. Always wanted to take a closer look at the colors and design, wondered how these rugs come in to their beautiful formation? Let's find out!

Lastly, we will end our adventure at the taste arousing restaurant, Shamshiri Grill. Truly Persian in ambiance and presence, with a wide variety of authentic cuisine and dishes. These range from Chelo Kebabs (Flat tender slices of all filet mignon, marinated in special house recipe and broiled open flame).

Join us for a fun evening of foodie delights and a never ending cultural experience only with CityGyd, hosted by food & cultural expert, Mo.
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A Taste of Mexico (ft Foodie Tour)

Cielito Lindo

$25.00

Buy discounted tickets at: https://a-taste-of-mexico-10.eventbrite.com

View a tour preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vz5Nd8Ad98

"Calle Olvera" better known as , Olvera Street is the oldest part of los angeles known to Southern California.

This popular tourist attraction was originally established in the early 1800's, and has since evolved into a marketplace where one can purchase and enjoy quaint nicknacks, eateries of genuine mexican cuisine and walking tours that showcase and elaborate the origin of the area throughout its evolution.

We will begin our journey on a 45-50 min walking tour , hosted by a local descent who will elaborate historic buildings and platforms built in the early 1800s and the changes that have occurred in the area throughout the years...

Second, we will visit "the adobe house", the oldest house built in los angeles, in 1818. This home exhibition takes about 20 min to see. It showcases three large rooms that you can walk through and that are set up to look like what the area would have looked like in the 1840’s.

We will end our tour to enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine at
"La Glondrina Cafe" . Best known as "Casa La Golondrina Cafe", which was the first Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, originally La Mission, opening in the current site of LA’s City Hall in 1922. Consuelo Castillo de Bonzo, an immigrant from Aguas Calientes, Mexico, was invited to relocate to Olvera Street in the Pelaconi House, built circa[masked].
The food is delicious and authentic, especially the enchiladas , salsa and margaritas !

Past events (821)

A Slice of Japan Tour

Daiso japan

$25.00

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