The inside of Raffallo's, 4708 Fountain Ave., Hollywood

Had a nice little dinner last night at Raffalo's on Vermont, a tiny Italian ristorante run by very friendly immigrants from Latin America. I wasn't counting on much in the way of cuisine -- but I liked that the locations listed on the sign outside were "Los Angeles, Glendale, Guatemala." Kind of a weird expansion plan, I thought. That's the kind of place hidden everywhere in my Hollywood neighborhood.

The cynical side of me wants to view Los Angeles as a series of strip malls only connected by sidewalks that have never been washed. But most experts say a thriving city is a series of neighborhoods, and LA certainly has little pockets of restaurants, shops, bars, etc. tat you could pass by a hundred times before going in and finding something special.

Like a pictureseque Italian restaurant with a menu dictated to you in Spanish.

I'm getting down to brass tacks today, so everyone who's about to mutiny over the lack of model pictures will be sated by late afternoon.

My itinerary after the jump...

The inside of Raffallo's, 4708 Fountain Ave., Hollywood

Had a nice little dinner last night at Raffalo's on Vermont, a tiny Italian ristorante run by very friendly immigrants from Latin America. I wasn't counting on much in the way of cuisine -- but I liked that the locations listed on the sign outside were "Los Angeles, Glendale, Guatemala." Kind of a weird expansion plan, I thought. That's the kind of place hidden everywhere in my Hollywood neighborhood.

The cynical side of me wants to view Los Angeles as a series of strip malls only connected by sidewalks that have never been washed. But most experts say a thriving city is a series of neighborhoods, and LA certainly has little pockets of restaurants, shops, bars, etc. tat you could pass by a hundred times before going in and finding something special.

Like a pictureseque Italian restaurant with a menu dictated to you in Spanish.

I'm getting down to brass tacks today, so everyone who's about to mutiny over the lack of model pictures will be sated by late afternoon.

My itinerary after the jump...

Wednesday, November 14

- Pick up credentials at Hollywood Renaissance Hotel

- 3:30 - 4 p.m.: Meet with five winners of PINK Stand-in Contest. (I guess three girls from Ohio won this contest, which allows them to be present at the rehearsal happening today. I was promised access to this part of the show, and I might be have to be a bit pushy.)

Thursday, November 15

- 10 a.m.: Start a series of whirlwind interviews, backstage shots, model sightings, etc. This will be the circus I'm guessing will provide much of the piece that will appear in Alive! on November 29.

- 3 p.m.: Early taping of the show. They do two; not sure what goes into to the final product.

- 6 p.m.: Access to PINK Carpet, which is the show's version of the Oscar's red carpet. Everything is PINK with Victoria's Secret. I mean, I get it: Light red can be sexy. But literally, that brand idea is all over everything, and it's always in capital letters.

- 8 p.m: Taping of the show, which runs on CBS December 4

About to head out to the Kodak Theatre, and it's very sunny out. Listening to...

Artist: The Beach Boys Track: "California Girls" Album: Sound of Summer -- The Very Best of The Beach Boys Listen