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Thursday, January 16, 2020

REVIEW : Store : MMD Hollywood Cannabis Dispensary - Hollywood, California

       REVIEW : Store : MMD Hollywood Cannabis Dispensary - Hollywood, California

  Like I said on my socials, I had just got off the plane at LAX with a quick stop to visit an actress at her home in the Hills, then dropped my bags off where I was staying on Carlos Ave... and then headed out to wander the Hollywood Blvd / Vine / Sunset Strip.

                                Three guesses as to what kind of store I went to first?

                     Here's the front entrance of MMD Hollywood at  1515 N Cahuenga Blvd                                       

MMD is one of Hollywood's premier legal adult recreational use cannabis dispensaries --- and let me tell you, it's pretty great to see this after a long flight!   Tell me that isn't a welcoming storefront!

They looked after me both times I was in Hollywood.

HIGHLY recommended.

It was exactly the way I had left it the year before when I was in Hollywood with a different client ....

(I'll do a flashback blog post about that trip later!). 

  You walk in and present your ID (in this case my passport) to the girl at the counter  - flip through one of the free cannabis themed magazines there -  the last issue or two of the local cannabis magazine.   The girl behind the counter gives you back your passport and waves you to a seat where you wait with a couple of others for a few minutes since they only let a few people into the store area at a time... That's down the stairs.  The uniformed security guard stands at the bottom of the stairs, you pass him and you are in.

I guess I should have taken a bunch of pics inside but I didn't know I'd be doing a travel blog at that time.. and that seems kind of awkward.  Besides, if you have seen one great cannabis dispensary you pretty much seen the mall and as a Canadian, I’ve been to a lot of dispensaries ... so there was really nothing particularly notable for me here - that's not to say that it wasn't awesome... it was!  Great selection of cannabis flower, edibles, vape pens, drinks and extracts! 

The one different thing was the unfamiliar California state signage and health warnings that seemed weirdly inappropriate... after all it’s not like this is some kind of dangerous substance or something we’re just talking about pot so I went down and I made my choice...


  I bought a half quarter each -    I guess I should be calling it an eighth like the Americans do -
 - of Chiva pineapple chunk, mimosa, and OG kush...and a vape pen... when you accounted for the fact that it was American dollar prices it was a bit more expensive than Toronto but not too much...I  paid 35 US for a half quarter - (Compared to my experience in Washington DC just a month and a half later that was a bargain -  ouch Washington where I was hearing highway robbery prices like sixty US dollars for a half quarter at their medical dispensaries.)  

 OG Kush, Mimosa, Chiva Pineapple Chunk and a vape pen
ALL spectactular! 

and this : 

 Great :

The cannabis

The cannabis products

The location

The budtenders

The range of prices

The variety of products

Overall :  5 stars

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WHERE?   1515 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States

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International Publicist On the Move - Arriving Back In HOLLYWOOD!

International Publicist On the Move 
...Back In HOLLYWOOD! 

                                                             Lucky, lucky girl.

                                    It’s moments like this that I really love the work I chose.

                                           Yep.  I highly recommend being a publicist!

14 days after returning home from Jamaica with my family....yep... I was at Toronto airport again .. stopping for a quick snack with my passport in my hand a a ticket to ride --  heading to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).

this time waiting to board the plane with another client, on a totally different project - sans family, who had to stay behind on Hamilton Mountain in Canada (still recovering from that Seven Mile Beach, Negril sunburn I was telling you about before.

So there I was once again at Pearson Airport - ready to board another international flight.

The boarding pass clutched in my hand was for a place I had been to once before, almost exactly a year before.

                                                                 The City of Angels.

                                                                     Paradise City.


                                                               Yep.  Los Angeles.

                                        More specifically. I was heading right to Hollywood.


Ever amazed at the cool places my work takes me - to do interesting things with fascinating people - I still didn’t quite believe I had been there the first time.  After all my 2018 trip was not only whirlwind but totally unexpected - not only did I not know I would be going to LA even days before I got on the plane - but I had never met the Ottawa based client who flew me there in person - and had only just met him on Linked In 48 hours before… that’s another story though, and even though it’s from last year it’s more than interesting enough for me to go back in time and tell you that story in a future blog post. (Watch this space for that epic tale in another post...)

But first, I gotta get through these last three months or so of travel from THIS year - the stuff that inspired this blog.

So for now, I’m at the Toronto airport ready to head to Los Angeles with my friend and client Karen Wallington, celebrity loctician and hairstylist, founder of Modlocks in Toronto and co-founder of the unique hair product Noggin Oil.  Noggin Oil, formulated especially for dreadlocks, braids, extensions and other sectioned styles is truly awesome - and I also can’t tell the story of this trip to Los Angeles without it, so go ahead and google it now so you know what I’m talking about.  Check out the Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/nogginoil/ for a true understanding of just how different it is.  Go to the website at https://nogginoil.com/ --   Order some.

There.  Told you I was a publicist !

Now…. back to the airport.

(But really, order some!  It’s awesome!)

Like it’s co-founder Karen Wallington, my companion on this flight.

  Let me tell you a little bit about how we got here.  After all, we have some time…

It’s a few hours before our flight to Cali.

Unlike my last two day whirlwind trip to Los Angeles where I literally had ten hours between hearing about the trip and boarding the plane, THIS time I had a little more planning time.

I had found out about this trip about five weeks before.  Two put it into perspective that was a week after I heard I was going to Jamaica, three weeks before I left for a week in Jamaica on another clients project (which I returned from 14 days before the day I was flying out again to LA…).

I’m exhausted at the airport because of a late night party that I couldn’t avoid the night before we had to leave at 5 am for our flight.   I live in Hamilton Mountain about an hour outside of Toronto and it woulda been a nightmare getting to the airport that early - but timing had become almost impossible when thinking about how my husband and I would get to famed Canadian broadcaster Steve Anthony’s (another client of mine, part of the project I had just been sent to Jamaica on)  60th birthday party in Toronto’s east end, party til midnight, make it back to Hamilton for like an hour sleep and then get back on a GO bus or in an Uber to the airport? That made no sense.

Karen solved the problem by giving me a key and suggesting I crash in their spare room after the party.  So my husband and I had dropped my luggage off at Karen’s, headed to Steve Anthony’s celebrity studded party.
With my friend and client, TV's Steve Anthony 

 Most of Toronto’s television personalities from the last few decades were there as well as Mayor John Tory and a bunch of other big names enjoying drinks and this awesome cake :

The Mayor, a long time friend or Steve’s had brought along an “official proclamation” for Steve’s birthday that had a joke about his age in it.  When someone said “can you do that??” The mayor jokingly  said “I can do what I want’.  It was a fun night.

                                       Here are a few pics from Steve’s birthday party.

With Mayor John Tory at Steve Anthony's Birthday party 
*This pic is hilarious! 

With Celebrity spokesperson and internet influencer Jacqui Childs 

With musician, host and long time MuchMusic VJ Michael Williams

Dave and I left the party around midnightish.  I was to head to King and Bathurst to meet Karen at her place, and Dave was heading to Union Starion to take the bus back to our home in Hamilton.
 We took the subway together and I got a little teary eyed for a minute saying goodbye - I know it was just for five days but California is a long way away for me to leave the family behind.

Saying goodbye on the subway pic :

I got to Karen’s and went straight to sleep in her spare room.  I woke up at 5, Karen was already up, we gathered our stuff and and Karen and I hopped on TTC and headed to the airport for our early flight.

Karen is a frequent flyer with the Nexus border crossing thing so she and I went through a different line at customs. She got through faster of course and was waiting for me on the other side in the secure area as I cleared customs.

Take off my shoes, go through the thingy, put cell phone and laptops and everything in pockets into the bins for inspection...

 Quick and simple process with one funny moment as the customs officer said “Why are you going to Los Angeles?”

I responded “For a party.”

He looks confused. “what do you do?”

“I’m a publicist.”

                                                                 He waves me through.

I proceed to where Karen is waiting for me near the duty free which brings us back to where this post started- there in the airport about to board our flight to LA.

And I am super excited about my second trip to Cali.  It’s going to be a super busy work trip but we plan to get some fun in too - we hope to go up and get a pic of the Hollywood sign - something I hadn’t done on my first visit the year before.  I also plan to spend a little time in Beverly Hills which I had only passed through before.  And Karen says we have to hit an LA comedy club.  I’m in!

The flight is pretty uneventful it takes about five hours but by hour for I’ve had enough ...(as, of course, i pointed out on socials.  I actually made the status below on the plane - their wifi wasn't working- and it uploaded to FB and instagram when I landed ...

Karen and I aren’t sitting together so there's no one to talk to ( the wifi on the plane isn't working and  I’ve watched a couple of the Netflix show that I downloaded onto my device and read some of my magazine ...Yep I was ready to land.

 ...and then of course the plane finally did and I went to retrieve my luggage and of course take my first selfie in Los Angeles for this trip.

(I had also posted this during the flight without wifi... so as Karen and I were getting our luggage,
and then heading over to the rental car area to pick up our car for the week and about to deal with a vehicle issue I will tell you about in a moment, my social media audience got this...)

Then over to the rental car area to pick up our car.  We drove off the lot with it only to find the Sirius XM radio in the car didn’t work.  Karen said that was just not acceptable for driving around LA so we went back to get another one which ended up getting us a nicer car with a sunroof to enjoy for the rest of our trip.  Now we were styling!  We promised ourselves for our next visit we would get a convertible!

                            But for now we were settled in our ride, sunroof open, radio on! 

First stop : A beautiful house in the Hills overlooking the city where an actress from the TV show Bosch, a client of my clients (Karen does her amazing, blue dreadlocks) lives.
                            (Above is an image of her from imdb, the lovely Verona Blue.)

                                I got to meet this sweet little guy - one of her rescue dogs.

  This is where Karen stays whenever she is in LA.  Her plan is to bring her bags to where she is staying and maybe do her clients hair before a read through she has later that day.  My plan is to connect with some legal California weed and smoke a joint overlooking Los Angeles while we map out our day.

Less than two hours after our plane hits California soil, I am able to report to social media :

                                                                ...mission accomplished!

 I got a fine #hybrid #cannabis #strain - #pineapple was my first taste of California cannabis ever!

                                ...kicked off my winter shoes for these summer sandals...                                                                                           
                                                   And got my Hollywood Hills on!

                         After I got to enjoy a smoke and some California sunshine ....
                                We got back into the car and turned on the tunes.

                                                       Next stop : Hollywood!

Karen was taking me to Hollywood to get settled where I would be staying.  I was hoping it was going to be ok - I had only seen it online and read the reviews but had never actually been to this place.  It looked great online, but who knows.

I had chosen it for three reasons : I was on a budget - I didn’t want this work trip to cost me extra money after all the extra spending in Jamaica on that work trip with the family, I was on my own and planning to spend all my time outside in LA - both working and turbo touristing - and not inside the hotel.  And I was thrilled with the location. Because I don’t drive the walkability of an area is important.  And also, before I left Canada I had checked weedmaps to find out how I could access some of that legal California cannabis ...and MMDHollywood - a dispensary I had visited on my previous visit - was an 11 minute walk away.  Planning!  (I had told Karen before we even left Toronto that the dispensary will be my very first stop

I chose a travellers hostel, that looked bright and airy in the pics, had great reviews, was insanely reasonably priced - I would never have found anything as cheap in Toronto for that price!

 It consistently surprised me - both on my previous trip to Los Angeles and on this one - how much more affordable it is than Toronto is - from restaurants to renting.  When you are from Toronto you don’t even get sticker shock in Beverly Hills.

The H Hotel Hollywood is on Carlos - literally steps from Hollywood Boulevard right near the Capitol records building - true old Hollywood.

 It's also a  block from the W hotel well I had attended an Oscar’s pre-party last year.

The H Hotel, on Carlos, just off Hollywood Boulevard

As soon as you walk in the door, you see this at the desk...

So guess who had to take a selfie with it?  


 I still couldn’t believe the accommodations were so cheap less than $40 Canadian per night includes a full breakfast ...eggs, sausage, beans, two kinds of cereal or oatmeal, croissants, waffles, toast, cream cheese, yogurt, tea and coffee and orange juice!

This is some of the breakfast they served in the morning, help yourself to as much as you want kinda thing :

- sure it was hostel style dormitory accommodations - I  shared the room with three other people visiting LA  - but the place was beautiful!  And clean and safe.

                                     Watch for a later blog post where I do full review !

The sitting room

The kitchen

The dining area 

The outside sitting area

 Karen and I dropped off my bags -....it was so cheap that even though I had prepaid I totally expected them to charge me more but it turned out I was indeed paid up for four nights in five days in Hollywood ...for just $300 Canadian - breakfast included.   Wow. I definitely recommend it for those travelling alone especially if you don't drive and want quick access to Hollywood Blvd. Great for those on a budget.

Right around the corner from the iconic Frolic Room at  Hollywood and Vine, the last bar The Black Dahlia was seen in before her murder in the 1940s...

This is what I said on social media about it :

"#ElizabethShort who became known as the #BlackDahlia was last seen here before she was found #murdered in an iconic unsolved #Hollywood #murder case from the 1940s. Several movies were #filmed here. It was originally a #speakeasy that became a #bar when #prohibition of #alcohol ended. #JudyGarland and #FramkSinatra were regulars here and writer #CharlesBukowski wrote about it and came here all the time. #academyawards used to be held next door with tons of stars stopping in. The beauty is it’s still the same simple #dive #bar it’s always been ... I didn’t know of it. I am just wandering #HollywoodBoulevard enjoying my time tonight - it looked like a neat little place and since everything in old #Hollywood has s story I googled it and learned all this and totally had to come in for whatever #cocktail the #bartender suggests. A strange mix of #locals and #tourists come in here / the doorman greeted the tourists and noises at me with a “hey” like he had seen me here before ... lol #hollywood #hollyweird"

It's also a classic dive bar for serious drinkers where all of Hollywood used to meet in the days when The Academy Awards were held in the theatre next door.

 Of course I had to hit it… but that was a little later.

                                                                             First stop ?

                                                                 MMD dispensary baby.

                      This is their front entrance, a welcome site to the eyes of a weary traveller :).
                          1515 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States

                    For  more on my visit to MMD Hollywood Dispensary see my review at :


Saturday, January 4, 2020

The End of Our Idyllic Trip To Jamaica

Well they say all good things must come to an end...and of course our idyllic trip to Jamaica was no exception. 

After seven beautiful days, the day finally arrived when we had to pack up the shorts and tshirts and summer dresses and bathing suits and sunscreen and prepare ourselves to head back to our cold March in Hamilton, Ontario (that's about an hour outside of Toronto, for my international readers,)

We woke up, got dressed, smoked the last of the joints we had on that beautiful balcony.


Husband Dave

                      ...and ate our last amazing breakfast at the Blue Hole Mineral Springs.

                    (See my previous Jamaica posts and the review for more on the Blue Hole.) 

                Visit the OFFICIAL Blue Hole Mineral Springs and Hotel page by clicking HERE

We said our goodbyes to the awesome staff and family members of the owners who had treated us so well and welcomed us into their family.  We took pictures together and hugged and promised that somehow we would all see each other again someday,

The business group that had travelled together posed for a last picture in the outdoor dining room.

And a group pic with our hosts

Then we prepared to get into Lion's van for the two and a half hour drive through half of Jamaica back to Sangster International Airport in the city of Montego Bay.

                                                 In the van on the way back to the airport

 I had been hoping we would have a little time to explore the city but it didn't look like that was going to be the case.  Oh well. Just another reason to make sure we get back for another visit!

Just as we were getting ready to leave, Leo comes running up the hill with a giant cone joint and a big smile. Normally he didn't get to the Blue Hole that early, but he knew we were leaving and he wanted to bring us his goodbye present. This was the same Rasta Elder who is nicknamed me Mama fire earlier in the week. Oops I'm sorry, he corrected me when I said nickname he said it is not a nickname.  "It has been revealed to you," he said.

This was the present :

Last #joint in #Jamaica - fine #cannabis grown with #naturalmineralspringwater in #OrangeHill - a parting gift from the #rasta named Leo who named me “Mama Fire”

Anyway we said our goodbyes hugged everybody and regretfully piled into the van. But we still had a few more Jamaica experiences in store before we got on the plane.

Soon we were driving back through Jamaica the way we had come 7 days earlier with our driver Lion skillfully driving at the wheel. 

We drove by the warning sign "slow down" painted on a piece of a  car door we had passed in every crazy drive down the mountains.

And the little stores 

 And all of us taking pictures and video out the car window of every town and village that we passed.

Many people who I knew who had been to Jamaica before me, I told me not to miss the jerk chicken by the side of the road. And that was something I had not yet experienced. Thankfully, lying already had it all planned out. About an hour into our journey to Montego Bay, watching the time, we stopped at a traditional shocked by the side of the road in ordered a giant plate of jerk chicken each.

Cooking up some famous Jamaican Jerk Chicken by the side of the road

Even though I only got about a third of the way through it in the time that we had and no real way to take it away flaked,- I love the bites that I tried, sitting by the roadside Shack in Jamaica at the picnic table, with the cat walking around looking for leftovers.

There was a shock a little further on that sold ice cream which Cassidy my son had his eye on but it appeared to be close. Oh well. We enjoyed our jerk chicken and ting well Cassidy didn't he's a vegetarian, a quintessential Jamaica experience, smoke that last join the rest of mine had given it to the blue hole, and then regretfully got back into the van. After all we couldn't miss our plane.

More driving, more video, more pictures of the car window.

And way sooner than we wanted to be, we had arrived at the airport in Montego Bay.

Unfortunately with no time at all to check out the city. 
We did however take the opportunity to take photos around the brightly covered Montego Bay letters.

Does every city have these? I seen them in Toronto,I've seen them in Hamilton...
I'm sure those aren't the only places...

Anyway that was pretty much it our last moments in Jamaica our last moments breathing the air our last moments seeing the sights there in the parking lot in Montego Bay...

It was time to say goodbye to Lion so we thanked him for taking such good care of us through the trip enough we went into the airport on our way back to Canada.

        We board the plane.  




     Husband Dave prepared for his second flight ever : 

The flight back home was uneventful. But I did get this interesting shot of the sunset - as viewed from ABOVE the clouds...

                        Obligatory flying in the clouds travel pic

Sigh. You know your week away is over when the stewardesses hand out the Canada Border Services declaration card as you feel the airplane descending ... #almosthome #dammit

            CLICK HERE to watch Video as the airplane descends back down to Toronto, Canada 

and...Back at Toronto airport! 


The very first #Canadian who speaks to me at the #airport has a heavy #Jamaican accent and tells me he likes my (#onelove , #BobMarley) #T-shirt - lol.

                                                            And to enjoy later...

Like I said on my social media later that day :

"You can’t bring home the fine #jamaican #cannabis but you can bring home the 63 percent #overproof #rum @wrayrum #whiterum #jamaicanrum from #kingston bought on our one day in #touristy #Negril on a day trip to the #beach from @bluehole_mineral_spring #BlueHoleMineralSprings in #Brighton #westmoreland" 

And in the end....

What did I feel about it all?

I said it on socials! 

"Thoughts : Oh my god Jamaica was an amazing incredible experience !!!!! I saw seven towns and cities, the mountains, a traditional ganja farm, an art museum, stayed in a Rasta community as well as seeing the tourist traps and the beach - I feel soooooo sorry - legit - for people who just go to some gated American resort...That’s cool if you wanna hang out with Americans and Europeans all day. I will take my Jamaican village way up in the mountains full of real people. I spoke with incredibly wise people who can build a house with their hands, create a park full of amazing sculptures, make the best meals you ever ate and talk about life and philosophies all day - but who can’t tell me how to spell their name at 60 because they had to leave school to help do all these things for their families - proud people, excellent craftsmanship, compelling artists, old Christian ladies and Rasta elders and young kids - all who were kind and will treat you like family if you treat them with respect. Day one - everyone nice. By day three everyone real. By day five we are literally feeling like members of the community. The day we leave on day seven we are family with the people who originally saw us as tourists to sell things to coming up to give us giant cone joints before we leave and inviting us to come back for Christmas ..."

So, that was it, our trip to Jamaica.

Stay tuned for more exciting travel adventures.
Because like I said (on socials, of course!)

The Other Side - Hollyweird and the Museum of Death (and Serial Killers) 6031 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

        The Other Side - Hollyweird & The Museum of Death (and Serial Killers)                                                          ...