11 Sep

Welcome to my English 381 Blog! 


Just Vine It By V.Acosta

6 May



Tired of looking at pictures and not knowing exactly what all is happening in that moment? Well fret no more, there’s now a means to be able to see every scene up to and after that moment! Vine is a new social media sensation taking over the Los Angeles area. Started to keep in touch with your friends mundane activities, Vining is trending all over the west coast giving a new definition to the phrase #westcoastbestcoast. Love your Instagram? Perfect! Vine is definitely an application you shouldn’t be caught with out. A continuous feed of your friends’ short videos, Vine will always keep you on top of their social lives! The new form of stalking can give you a break from your routine Facebook or Twitter followings and mix it up while getting the same effective results. Only 7-second snippets, you can get a taste of what everyone is up to! Running on a constant loop, you can continue to watch these videos as many times as it takes to make you feel as though you were actually there. Videos ranging from your obese pets to your exciting everyday activities, you can share your oh so exciting college study schedule with anyone willing to watch! Definitely give Vine a try, if anything it’s sure to give you a good laugh.


Run and get that for me? By V.Acosta

5 May


Do you know a college student in that’s to stressed out about finals to worry about getting food or picking up their dry cleaning? Maybe you’re that person? Well lucky for you and your friends, there is a new, easy solution! Task Rabbit is a website on which you can list anything you need to be done for you from picking up your dinner to getting your car washed and people near you can respond to do your work for you! You can set these tasks at any price you deem it worthy and wait for someone to ask to run your errands. Why do the basic tasks everyone else has to do when you can just pay someone to do it for you? With a variety of locations you can now be lazy from all over the United States! With no start up fee and only a short survey to join, you’re items are surely guaranteed to be completely safe. Task Rabbit is a new website designed for those who just can’t seem to find the time in their schedule to do the smallest and simplest of tasks! If you don’t feel like interacting with the world, it’s ok, just post it on Task Rabbit!

Last Stop: The Zoo by H.Chisholm

1 May


You can’t visit LA or live in LA without taking advantage of our amazing zoo. Some say once you’ve been to one zoo you’ve seen them all, but that is false. The Los Angeles Zoo has so much to offer just outside of the city. The location is convenient to get to from all of the LA freeways. You are sure to make memories that will you far beyond your visit! You can learn a lot at a zoo, and see thousands of different species in one day! This is an opportunity that all should take advantage of especially because our zoo has so much to offer. There are many scheduled tours and shows throughout the day so gear up for a busy day at the zoo, but you can also leisurely peruse the zoo on your own time! The zoo is a fun time for all ages. They have exhibits just for young kids, and shows that adults can enjoy as well. Come see all of the amazing animals and plants at the Los Angeles Zoo

To find out more, and plan your trip visit the zoo’s website: http://www.lazoo.org

Thank you for reading our blog! Enjoy Los Angeles! 




Cookie Central by H.Chisholm

29 Apr


Next time you find yourself in the Brentwood, Westwood, UCLA area make time for one stop. DIDDY RIESE!!!!!!!!! Located on Broxton Ave. is the greatest ice cream sandwich & cookie place in the world! You won’t miss it because there will be a line of fans along the sidewalk. Don’t be fooled, the line moves quick because of the efficiency of the employees! Diddy Riese is cash only, but the prices are unbelievable! A single cookie costs .35 cents while an individualized ice cream sandwich costs $1.75!!!! The second you walk in you can smell the cookies baking! When you order an ice cream sandwich you can pick from all of the different flavors of cookies, and then you get to choose what kind of Dreyer’s ice cream you want sandwiched in between! I kid you not, this is the BEST ice cream sandwich you will ever eat! Diddy Riese is in the college town that serves the UCLA student body so you are sure too see  tons of college aged kids roaming the streets which makes for a fun vibe. Westwood is a great place to get dinner & DESSERT, and spend the evening walking around in a fun environment! Don’t miss out on this sweet treat next time you are in town!!! 




An All White Affair

29 Apr


Villa Blanca is the perfect mixture of elegance and class. Set to an all white background of feminine décor, this gorgeous restaurant is absolutely stunning. In addition to the superficial aspects, the food is incredibly delicious as well. I have never had something that was less than out standing! The head chef, Francis Dimitrius, makes the most amazing steak and seafood dishes. Located in Beverly Hills, next to the famous Rodeo Drive, the prices are a bit higher than your typical college cuisine. Though not an everyday restaurant for those on a budget, this is a great place for a special night out! Owned by the Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, very own Lisa Vanderpump, Villa Blanca is a great place to run into your favorites from the show! I myself have run in to her twice, as well as Jiggy, Brandy and Ken. And even if you don’t know the show and just want some delicious food in a beautiful restaurant, this is the place for you! Equipped with live music and undeniably attractive wait staff, Villa Blanca is sure to become your new favorite restaurant! The next time you want to try a new, high-end place Villa Blanca is a definite must.

Diddy’s Delectable Desserts by V.Acosta

28 Apr


Need a place that you can get delicious desserts for next to nothing? Diddy Riese is a small cash only bakery located right off UCLA’s campus in Westwood. Favored by many students throughout the Los Angeles area, including UCLA, LMU and USC, this is only place that is delicious and unbelievably inexpensive! Open until midnight and only $.35 a cookie, it is the perfect place for a late night snack. Offering a variety of options from ice cream cookie sandwiches to brownies to Hawaiian shaved ice, Diddy Riese has it all! My personal favorite is the classical chocolate chip cookie sandwich with cookie dough ice cream. A little too boring of a dessert for your taste? No need to fret, the multitude of options and combinations of cookies, brownies and ice cream will sure to never disappoint your cravings. Whether you’re in need of a study break or just exploring Westwood, this is the perfect place to go. Every time you go there is a line out the door, but no need to feel discouraged, you’re almost always through within 5-10 minutes! (And trust me, it’s definitely worth the wait) This favorite place is an absolute must try if you’re within the Los Angeles neighborhood.