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Classic Halloween Candy Meets Milk Chocolate Frosting And Crazily Colored Cake

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How could Halloween candy chunks, loads of milk chocolate frosting and white cake hyper colorized with massive amounts of fun food coloring be anything but an acid trippy, party pleasing edible centerpiece! You already know its gonna be finger lickin’ good!

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Meat Crafting Has Never Been SO Horrifying !!!

Halloween Meatloaf of Rat

Halloween Meatloaf of Rat is what happens in the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen when it’s the season of scary and a couple extra pounds of ground round are lying around. Crafting a Halloween Meatloaf of Rat is beyond easy. And you, yes, you, can do it!

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lax theme building

The Theme Building rocks my world, always and without fail. Nothing reaches out and says, “Yooou’ve arriiived” in Los Angeles quite like this iconic, sci-fi styled superstar.

In 1961, it gracefully landed on earth as the centerpiece and crowning touch of the ultra modern jet-age expansion of LAX. Much more than just an airport accessory, the space age structure houses a non-revolving, but helluva-view restaurant, and up top there’s an observation deck with an even better view. Who knew?

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Classic Breakfast Cereals Meet Cake (At Last)

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The marriage of classic breakfast cereal and cake has been baking in the oven of my mind for a while now. So, I finally decided to fire up the test kitchen and give it a whirl. But, just one cake and cereal combo wasn’t going to be enough, so I settled on six delicious duos, which, once filled and finished with frosted flake frosting, stacks up to be one very tall cake!

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SOW - MERMAIDS in MONTANA

As if the turquoise upholstery, multi-colored, giant bubble carpet and grass shaky ceiling isn’t enough to count the Sip ‘n Dip as an honest to goodness great American kitsch classic, it is one of two remaining vintage bars in the country, with a window into a motel swimming pool.

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There’s something interesting around every corner, no matter where u go.

And the corner of Bellflower and Artesia Blvds, is no exception. For it is there that, snuggled in the vast sea of suburbia, sits one SoCal’s most precious places. Chris' & Pitt's BBQ.

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Experiencing breakfast at the world’s only clown-themed Googie coffee shop, Pancake Circus, in Sacramento since 1961, has been on my to-do list ever since I first heard this place existed. Finally, thankfully, I arrived! Curiosity pulled me there like a magnet.

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