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Ring in Spring in Los Angeles

Ring in Spring in Los Angeles
Happy first days of spring! We’ve caught spring fever at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX and we can’t help thinking of all the exciting things yet to come this year, starting this season. Let the flowers bloom and the longer days come…check out what’s happening locally in the southern California region this season:

Electric Dusk Drive In. If you have never experienced the thrill of an outdoor movie theater, especially the kind where you can stay in your car, roll down your windows, bring your own snacks, blanket, etc., you have got to experience it firsthand this spring. One of our LAX rental cars with convertible rooftop would be an excellent choice for this unique spring activity. https://www.electricduskdrivein.com/

Los Angeles Beer Festival at LA Center Studios. Over 200 beers from 80 breweries, food trucks, live music and more. If the spring sunshine has you hopping for hops, this is the place you want to go Saturday, April 8th.

Broke LA Music and Arts Festival. It’s sort of the counter event to Coachella lovingly endeared as Brokechella. Come experience live music, comedy and art all in one place for a fraction of the price of the more well-known festivals and concerts. Happening April 8th. http://brokelafest.com/

LA Winefest. There’s no whining at LA’s biggest wine event. Get a taste for wine from all over the world this June when you register for Winefest. Shop artisan merchandise, taste good food, and there’s even beer for when you need a wine break. http://www.lawinefest.com/

Dodgers Baseball. Take me out to the ball game, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…or a great big Dodger dog! Nothing better than basking in the sun while your home team wins. Grab some tickets to celebrate a new season of baseball! http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/schedule/

Long Beach Grand Prix. Come watch six spectacular races, participate in family fun, listen to live concerts, taste some good old comfort food. The Toyota Grand Prix is a unique way to get the adrenaline running through your body. We know a little something about cars where we work, and can appreciate these special race vehicles. https://gplb.com/

Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Bringing to life kings and queens, knights of the roundtable, dragons and more, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is an exciting journey back in time for the whole family. With live performances, great food, kid activities, and lots of incredible costumes, you won’t want to miss this event happening thru May. http://renfair.com/socal/
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles

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In the spirit of getting for ready for St. Patrick’s Day, we want to give you some yummy things to think about, in preparation for a day of all things green. Check out some simple ideas to make March 17 more fun and memorable, add any of these to your shopping list and you’re sure to be the hit at the dining room table or at the office or at the St. Paddy’s party…

- Bake regular cookies, just add food coloring. White chocolate chips make it look greener with fewer drops.

- Wash green grapes but leave them a little wet. Sprinkle a box of lime Jell-O over them and you have St. Patty's Day sour treats.

- Put Lucky Charms in green milk.

- Put corned beef in the oven on 250 degrees drenched in Guinness (the alcohol will cook out). Cook shredded cabbage in Guinness on high heat in a frying pan for a few minutes and drain.

- Make green eggs and ham! Food coloring does wonders.

- Bake "green velvet" cake (instead of red velvet) with green icing and serve with green punch or green-colored milk.

- Fill egg roll wraps with shredded cabbage and carrots, corned beef, salt, pepper and a pinch of vinegar. Seal and fry them up.

If you’re looking to get out around the town to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, drive your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car to one of these trendy spots. Just make sure you wear green or you’re bound to get pinched!

Shamrock ‘n Roll Aboard The Queen Mary. Live modern music and Irish comfort food, pub games and beverages will be flowing.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Experince bagpipers, floats, horses, marching bands and all things dressed in green at this fun family parade where over 100 businesses, organizations and school marching bands participate.

Rock & Reilly’s St. Paddy’s Block Party. Live music, photo booths, games, face painting, food and lots of beer to get you in the spirit of things. Proceeds from ticket sales go to charity.

Casey’s Irish Pub 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. This one goes all night. Well, till 2 am. Traditional Irish fare and lots of happy revelers abound.

Rockin’ Shamrock 5k, 10k, Half Marathon. Instead of getting your fill of Irish food, how about getting your fill of exercise? Work off the corned beef before you put it on at the Shamrock run.

Santa Monica St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl. St. Paddy’s wouldn’t be complete without a pub crawl option on record. Get in your green-themed attire and be ready to take over Main street with other party-goers.
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Spring Forward and Stay Alert

Spring Forward and Stay Alert
The good news is the days will get longer. The bad news is we lose an hour of sleep when we adjust our clocks this weekend for daylight saving time. It’s only an hour, so why does it hit some of us so hard? Well, at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX , we’re not the experts on our body’s biology so we don’t have that answer, however, we do offer some good ideas as to what you can do to combat grogginess that may occur in the days following. We’ve been there, done that, just like the rest of you, so we’ve compiled a list between our staff to give you some ideas to consider for the coming week.

Try not to nap. You may be extra tired next week but napping will only throw off your sleep schedule. Work thru the tiredness so you can climb into bed and hopefully get a full, good night’s rest.

Eat a healthy breakfast that includes carbohydrates, lean protein and fiber. Don’t skip breakfast, it really is the gas that gives you the go for the rest of the day. Without that proper fuel, you may struggle to stay awake.

Drink a glass of water before starting your day. You probably have a cup of coffee, so do we. But do you get enough water before you leave your home?

Exercise on most days. Get your heart pumping and your energy will skyrocket. It’s hard to get the motivation to start some days, but if you do even a small workout, you’ll thank yourself later.

Let natural light into your home. When you get up, soak in the sunshine. The natural light gives us a natural burst of energy.

Stop hitting snooze. Don’t train your body to sleep thru snooze, train your body to wake up when you hear that first alarm and over time it should be easier to jump out of bed.

Change your alarm to happy songs. If you wake up to music, why not wake up to a playlist or station of songs you know will lift your mood?

Take a morning shower. Get an energizing body wash and shower in the morning to help wake you up and put a little pep in your step.

Don’t watch TV before bed. It’s said the bright light of the screen can affect your sleep quality, so try turning it off an hour before bedtime. Read a book or play some relaxing music.

However you cope with the spring forward, we sure hope you have plans to get out and around the Los Angeles area to experience that extra daylight! If you need an LAX rental car to get to your destination, we can put you in one that is clean, reliable and price-competitive. Call us at Sakura today!
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Big Name Concerts Coming to L.A. this Spring

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People often travel to Los Angeles to get their fill of big entertainment, whether it’s the theme parks or the concerts and festivals, we’ve got a lot going on all year round. We’re coming into spring season which is kind of perfect in Los Angeles, not too hot, not too cold. You can start to dig out your sandals and let those toes breath a little more. Put the sweaters away for next year, and get those arms a little sun-kissed. Sakura Rent A Car at LAX will make it easy for those of you flying into the city, whether it be for a vacation or business trip, to get to where you need to go. We just want to make sure your experience is easy and flawless, and we know you’ll be happy with the quality and care of our LAX rental cars . For now, check out some of the hottest concerts coming to town this spring…

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The iconic 90s band is making its way to the Staples Center March 7 – 8 and you’ll likely get a good mix of some of their breakout hits such as “Californication,” “Give it Away,” and “Scar Tissue,” but they’re also touring to promote their latest album, The Getaway. You’re bound to be spellbound by Anthony Kiedis and Flea jamming together on stage – it’s like they never grow old and their music never goes out of style. Definitely a show to behold.


It’s a three-day lineup of bands from all over. Hundreds of thousands of music lovers come to camp, party, dance and sing at one of the most lively, epic music festivals in the nation. You’ll get the local performers, regional musicians you love and then you’ll also see top headliners like Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar on stage. This popular festival, which also features food and art aside a picturesque mountainous background, takes place in Indio from April 14 – 16 and April 21 – 23.

In May things really start to heat up for concert season. You can see iconic psychedelic 80s band The Flaming Lips at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 9. Prepare for a night of colorful costumes and synthesizers to complete the experience. Train will be at the Hollywood Bowl on May 13 to play some new tracks and belt out some of your old favorites such as “Hey, Soul Sister” as well. No doubt you’ll learn the catchy new songs in a heartbeat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield will be the openers for that concert. Because he is smooth like Tennessee whiskey, Chris Stapleton is set to impress everyone who comes to see him at The Forum on May 20. His raspy lyrics are hard to miss, and even harder not to feel deep down in your soul. Bryan Adams, famous for his gravelly-voiced love ballads returns to L.A. for a night at Greek Theatre in Griffith Park on May 20. Take your sweetheart and fall in love all over again. Finally, U2, one of the most mega-famous, most popular bands in the universe plays at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena May 20 – 21. If you can get tickets, it’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime show.
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One Less Thing to Stress

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We live in one of the busiest cities in an already complicated world, and it’s so easy to let stress get the best of you. The good news is there are things that can be done to fight off stress. Little things like waking up 15 minutes earlier so you don’t feel so rushed in the morning. Cleaning out a closet. Really. It’s that whole declutter your life, declutter your mind tactic that seems to help. Fix something that’s broken, and if you can’t fix it, donate it or toss it. Get rid of things that aren’t useful to you or don’t give you any pleasure.

Then there are things that may be more difficult to do. Like saying “no” when you’re already overburdened. Or fitting in some play time or rest time each day. Or quitting a bad habit. Or quitting a bad relationship. Something that really helps in situations like these is calling up a good friend. When you need to vent, when you need encouragement, when you need help, lean on someone you trust. Don’t try to bottle up your stress and frustrations.

Believe it or not, volunteering for a good cause is a great way to ease stress. When you feel good about what you’re doing, it’s hard for stress to creep in. Plus, when you’re helping people who really need it, you gain perspective and appreciate all the good in your life you may have taken for granted. Gratitude will kick stress into last week!

And finally, just be you. Just be human, and know it’s okay to have really bad days once in a while. And on those bad days, here are a few places to consider escaping to around the Los Angeles region to rejuvenate your mind and body:

Suiho-En The Japanese Garden, Van Nuys

Yoga Circle Downtown

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, Downtown

The Last Bookstore, Downtown

Tanner’s Coffee Co., Culver City

Eaton Canyon Nature Reserve, Pasadena

When you're searching for LAX rental cars to get you to your relaxing destination in Southern California, be sure to contact Sakura Rent A Car, conveniently located at LAX International Airport. We have all the modern rental cars, from economy to passenger vans, equipped with modern features you want at a competitive rate. We make your car renting experience as stress-free as possible.
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Love Songs for the Road

Love Songs for the Road
Whether it makes your heart flutter or ache, a good love song can strike just the right chord when it comes to your romantic situation. Since it’s Valentine’s Day today (hopefully that didn’t come as a surprise to any of you), we at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX took the opportunity to compile a list of love songs you should download for the road. Whether you’re stuck in Los Angeles I-5 traffic or you’re on one great epic road trip, any of these songs will help lighten the mood and entice you to sing along. If you really want to wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine's Day, do it with lyrics. Start with these modern songs to help you build your playlist...

All Of Me - John Legend
Love Don't Die - The Fray
Unconditionally - Katy Perry
Love Somebody - Maroon 5
Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
To Be Loved - Michael Bublé
Who You Love - John Mayer & Katy Perry
Stay - Rihanna & Mikky Ekko
True Love - Pink
Mirrors - Justin Timberlake
Red - Taylor Swift
When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars

All of our LAX rental cars are modern and maintained so you can plug in your phones and playlists and sing along to your favorite tunes while visiting our Southern California region. Every good trip deserves good music to get you where you need to go.

And by the way, for the music buffs in your life, check out some of the area record stores for the real vinyl gems. Permanent Records on Sunset Boulevard is a cozy record store with all the greats from yesterday. It’s got a hip vibe with a cool staff and you’re sure to impress someone you love by taking them there. The Record Parlor on Selma Ave and Touch Vinyl on Sawtelle Blvd are very similar venues, offering the best in vinyl records, vintage sound systems, posters, even live music on occasion. And these shops tend to staff people who love music, know a lot about music, and love to talk about music, so go have yourself a ball getting reacquainted with vinyl records.
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Treat your Valentine to Something Special

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On Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, there is a special bakery called Duff's Cakemix and it’s a one-of-a-kind DIY cake decorating experience, perfect for a unique date night and equally perfect for a family fun night. This is why we at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX highly recommend Duff's for a special Valentine’s Day treat for your loved ones. It shows creativity, planning, fun and most of all, it shows you put some real heart into planning for a special event. The gift of experiences are often the most memorable, so try Duff's Cakemix this Valentine’s Day. And if they’re too busy, offer an IOU date for another day, which might be preferable since it could be a pretty popular place on Cupid’s holiday. If you don’t have time to decorate, the bakery generally offers to-go Valentine cupcakes you can pick up in your LAX rental car and take home.

Of course, you can also do-it-yourself at home too. We’ve got an easy recipe for a fun cake that takes merely minutes to prepare, and it’ll be adored by anyone who eats it. When you cut into this confection, the cake is a pink and white marbled color, which looks like you did some major work even though it’s really not that hard to get the effect. Sprinkles on top add just the right touch; Cupid himself would be impressed with your thoughtful treat…

Cupid’s Cake

1 box angel food cake mix
Red food coloring
2 containers fluffy white frosting
Optional: red, pink or white sprinkles, heart-shaped sprinkles

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon 2 cups batter into a medium bowl, and tint pink with 2 drops red food coloring. Spoon 1/3 of white batter into an ungreased angel food cake pan. Drop 3 large spoonfuls of pink batter onto the white. Cover with another 1/3 of white batter, then drop remaining spoonfuls of pink batter on top. Spoon remaining 1/3 of white batter into pan, then give a swirl through the batter with a spoon to marble the white and pink together. Bake and cool as directed on package. Transfer to a serving plate.

In bowl, combine frosting and tint light pink with a few drops of red food coloring. Frost cake using a small spatula, swirling frosting on cake with the tip of the spatula. Add sprinkles if desired.
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Clever Ways to Make Valentine's Day Special

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In Los Angeles, you have no limits to the date nights you can take your sweetheart on this Valentine’s Day. You can take her on a hike, you can take him to get a nice steak or sushi, you can take your kids to pick out cake pops at a bakery. You can visit a museum, you can go see a concert, you can head over to the coast and picnic on the sand. The sky is the limit when it comes to your choices, and the sky over LAX is usually quite nice if you’re looking to celebrate outside. Now, if you’re looking for unique ideas that are really inexpensive but meaningful, we have some ideas for you there too…

Deliver breakfast in bed. Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed? It’s a refreshing change from getting all made up and going out at night. Plus, if you hit downtown L.A. or anywhere nearby, be prepared to make a reservation, or wait in line, or be denied entry altogether. How nice does staying in bed sound now?

On the contrary to breakfast, go out to dinner – in your living room. Set up a cheese and chocolate fondue happy hour or dinner somewhere cozy where you can stack pillows on the floor and enjoy a cozy, romantic dinner, again without all the fuss of driving, parking, valet, lines, etc.

Write a poem for your loved one. And if you aren’t the rhyming or poetic type; a letter expressing your feelings will be equally as charming. In a world of rushed communication, how nice would it be to get a hand-written (even typed) letter of appreciation and love from someone special?

Grab your sweetie for a slow dance to a playlist of songs you downloaded on your device. Slip a note into his/her hand with a coupon for a couple’s dance class. Be sure to follow thru and sign up for one in your town!

Make a basket for movie night in. Literally, go get a basket, buy some popcorn, candy, maybe a pair of fun beverages, and a classic movie your partner would appreciate. Leave it somewhere to be found with a note that says, “The award for best boyfriend goes to…”

Of course, if you’re more traditional and you want to go out on the town, particularly if you’re flying into town, pick up your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car, and let us get your in a vehicle that is sure to impress your Valentine.
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How to Spend the Day in Sherman Oaks, California

Brunch at Blu Jam Cafe Photo... Brunch at Blu Jam Cafe
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At Sakura Rent A Car at LAX, our clients are often traveling all over the Los Angeles region, so we like to give tips about different pockets of the area, places such as Sherman Oaks, California. Today we’ll feature this great little city over the hill from L.A. where new school suburbia meets a healthy dose of old school old town. You’ll find a lot of great shopping and dining and entertainment throughout.

Where to Shop: Westfield Fashion Square is the mecca of shopping stores, from women’s and men’s clothing to kids' toys to electronics to household décor and much more. You’ll get a lot of the premium stores such as Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Brookstone, Disney Store, GNC, Gymboree, Papyrus, Soma, Sunglass Hut, Swarovski, Vans, Williams-Sonoma and sooo much more. That’s just a tiny sampling, really. Whether you’re shopping for a gift or for yourself, this place should do the trick. And when you get tired and hungry there’s plenty of food court options to offer sustenance.

Where to Rejuvenate: The Sherman Oaks Galleria is another notable place to shop, but more so, you can come here for an experience. Arclight Cinemas is within the Galleria and you can go watch your favorite movie but also enjoy your favorite beer, or grab a fresh snack at the café. While you’re there, visit the Burke Williams Spa for a world-class European spa experience that will refresh and rejuvenate your mind and body. Or visit Sugar & Co a full-service nail salon offering luxurious spa-style treatments. If you need lunch somewhere in there, try the Salad Farm where you can find over 40 varieties of salads, soups, panini sandwiches, quesadillas and more freshly-made delights.

Where to Play: Now if you need to move a little bit, here are a couple places in Sherman Oaks you can have a little active fun. First, Ultrazone Laser Tag is fun for kids and adults alike, as long as you can handle a darkened room experience with some neon light flair. You’ll fee like you’ve entered another world once inside playing with friends. Second place is Castle Park where you can perfect your game of mini golf. Not into put-put? Then try the arcade games and the batting cages.

Where to Eat: Gyu-Kaku Japanses BBQ is a unique dining experience where you can be your own chef. The concept is similar to fondu-style eating, except you’re cooking your food on a grill in the center of your table instead of dipping it in a pot. You’ve got to try it just to say you’ve tried it, but also because the food is delicious. Looking to dine out for breakfast? Don’t go anywhere else but Blu Jam Café where you will discover why it was awarded the best breakfast place in L.A. two years in a row. Get in your LAX rental car and drive to that signature Crunchy French Toast with Vanilla Bean Sauce to start your day on a high note.
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The Hidden Gem that is Culver City

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The Los Angeles area has so many spots that are worth a visit, and Culver City is definitely a place that has several hidden gem destinations. Let Sakura Rent A Car get you in your perfect rental vehicle so you can see what awaits you in Culver City…

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

From the entrance, hike a mile to the scenic overlook where you can get a panoramic view of Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding mountains. Along the hike you can spot seasonal flowers and bird viewing. You can picnic with family or friends along the way. Parking is $6/day or $2 per hour and the visitor center hours are open till sunset. No pets unfortunately, but you’ll still enjoy the view.

The Culver Hotel

It’s a world-class boutique hotel with charm and history, and maybe ghosts too. Or so they say. We’ll leave that last part up to you, but it’s definitely worth a nightcap amid live jazz while relaxing in vintage armchairs. And that’s just in the lobby. Head past that to the Velvet Lounge which is “reminiscent of a 1920’s ‘Speakeasy’ with a twist of Parisian boudoir.” Culver City's historic Culver Hotel was once the part-time residence Clark Gable and Joan Crawford to Greta Garbo and Buster Keaton. Since its renovation was completed in 2013, it’s now considered the jewel of downtown Culver City.

Ramen Yamadaya

The fancy ramen food phase is only getting stronger with time. People everywhere delight in a big bowl of piping hot ramen with delicious broth from a restaurant that does it proper justice. Ramen Yamadaya in Culver City is no exception, and they specialize in the Tonkotsu broth ramen noodle, which is cooked with pork bones for more than 20 hours to produce a rich and tasty flavor. Just think. Your delicious bowl of ramen has been in the making for a whole day – now if that doesn’t prove to you the food is good, we don’t know what will. Just go, slurp and enjoy.

Sony Pictures Studios Tour

You can’t drive your LAX rental car to Culver City and not experience the Sony Pictures Studios Tour, the home to iconic films like “The Wizard of Oz,” “Men in Black” and “Spider-Man.” Maybe game shows are your thing. Visit “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” on the tour too. And who knows what else might be filming at the moment, Sony is obviously a busy production studio. Take the 2-hour guided walking tour for $45 and it will be money well spent for a memorable experience you could only get in Los Angeles.

Wheel House Cheese

Calling all cheese lovers! If you’re in Culver City and you have a thing for fromage, drop everything and head to Wheel House Cheese, where they specialize in imported artisan cheeses from around the world, as well as beer and wine and other charcuterie delights. Of course you can order off the menu, highly recommended. You can also order to-go platters perfect for a picnic or outdoor concert or at-home event. If you want to go all out, have them cater your next gathering of cheesemongers and impress the heck out of your friends and family.
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