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Get Ready for Summer Fun at Home or Away

Get Ready for Summer Fun at...
When the holidays come around you can pick up a hostess gift just about everywhere you turn: a pretty ornament, a cookie jar mix, a sweet-smelling candle, a CD of holiday favorites and so on. The summertime has its fun gifts as well. As you begin your summer travels and vacations to visit with friends and family, remember, Sakura Rent A Car at LAX has the vehicle to accommodate any sized group you need to transport. And just for fun, we also collected some great gift ideas from our staff that you might find helpful when visiting people this summer:

Homemade strawberry preserves
Favorite tea (good hot or iced)
Fun sprinkler head for the kids
Bird feeder
Homemade bottle of marinade and bbq recipe card
Miniature rose bush
A basket of fresh fruits and veggies from an outdoor market

But what about when you’re at home this summer, what can you do to have some cool fun in the extreme heat? How about planning a new indoor activity every week during the summer months? You can visit places like the bowling alley, the roller rink, the science museum, the arcade, the aquarium and the climbing gym in your LAX rental car .

When it gets too hot outside, set up a tent in the air conditioned living room, pop popcorn and tell silly stories to each other. Bring out the board games and you can even microwave s’mores. If you have a garage, move out the cars and set up a small roller rink inside the shaded, protected area. Draw chalk games like hopscotch, but make sure there’s a fan or an open breeze so no one gets overheated.

Plan a progressive dinner with neighbors. Start at one house for yummy appetizers like kettle corn, fruit skewers and yogurt, then move on to another house nearby for hot dogs and hamburgers. Then move onto another house for ice cream sandwiches and fruit pops. This is a fun activity for kids and adults alike!

We at Sakura are just as excited for summer as you are, and we hope you go into the busy summer well equipped with great ideas and fun destinations ahead!
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Surviving Memorial Day Traffic in Los Angeles

Surviving Memorial Day Traffic...
Many people are preparing to meet up with family and friends over good food hot off the barbecue this Memorial Day weekend. If you’re heading out of town to go camping, make sure you pack your portable grill because you don’t want to miss the opportunity to make one or two of these recipes for the long weekend. And don’t forget to check out our spring specials at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX because we’ve got deals on everything from minivans to mini coopers and even convertible cars! But first, get out your notes to make a shopping list…

Grill Portobello mushrooms then crumble blue cheese over top and serve it like a steak.

Grill chicken breasts topped with pineapple and Swiss cheese.

Ranch burgers: hamburger, powdered ranch, bacon pieces, and cheddar cheese.

Grill zucchini, tomatoes, and onions with basil, drizzled in olive oil, with a bit of garlic.

Fresh corn on the cob brushed with ranch dressing, pepper, and garlic seasoning.

Toss broccoli, carrots, snow peas or sugar snap peas and onions (cut in slivers) with Italian dressing, add seasoning, salt and pepper. Grill in a grill basket till desired tenderness. Usually add more dressing and seasoning as they cook.

Lemon pepper salmon: coat lemon pepper over fresh salmon fillets. Grill 8 minutes per side.

Chunks of potatoes and onions with a little ranch dressing in a foil package.

Now that you know what to buy and pack up (if you’re heading to a destination), let’s talk about traffic and beating it. The stress of stopped traffic can be such a headache whenever going anywhere, but particularly on a holiday weekend when everyone is trying to get out of dodge, you need to be even smarter or it’ll ruin your trip. Heed some important travel tips to survive the traffic jams:

Leave early, like really really early in the morning. If you get to your destination too early, even way early, be a tourist in that town or neighborhood and go check out some shops or sights on foot. You will be so happy you got up early, even at the crack of dawn to avoid traffic and spend the majority of the day outside.

Use traffic apps on your device that show you the current traffic and fastest routes. They can even re-route you the best possible way to get you there in the shortest amount of time. Just make sure someone else is navigating so you can keep your eyes safely on the road.

Go prepared with games, coloring books, tablets, movies, and snacks for the kids. Play games like I Spy, 20 Questions or the License Plate Game to pass the time. Listen to great music while you're at it.

Take the long way. You read that right. Take your LAX rental car , especially the convertible options, and take the longer more scenic route. Maybe it’s longer but it’s not jam packed with cars, so instead of staring at tail lights you'll see more scenery. You may get there later but if you have a more enjoyable ride while you’re at it, it may be the win you need.
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Memorial Day Remembrance in Los Angeles

Memorial Day Remembrance in...
"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."

Moina Michael, the woman who wrote these words in the early 1900s, had an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day to honor those who died serving our nation. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers to benefit servicemen in need. The act of wearing a red poppy on your shirt is a beautiful way to remember and honor our fallen heroes.

Many folks await Memorial Day to get an extra day in the weekend. The idea of picnics and beach trips and barbecues come to mind. Before you go play, however, we want to remind you to take a moment and reflect on what the upcoming Memorial Day is about. It’s a day to remember with respect, honor and a grateful heart those who have died serving our country. Pay respects to the young and old who took up courage to leave family and friends and later perished, sometimes in a distant land.

More often than not, the true reason for Memorial Day is lost on folks who are not closely tied to any casualties of war. But if you live in the United States and enjoy your many freedoms, you’re absolutely tied to a stunningly large number of them.

So what can you do to pay your respects? It’s very easy. You might raise a toast among friends and family to pay tribute to the fallen heroes. You might make a commitment to shake the hand of the next soldier or veteran you see in uniform. You might offer help to a widow of war that you know with yard work or something else. You might hang an American flag outside your home. You might take flowers or mini flags to a grave site. You can drive your LAX rental car to the Los Angeles National Cemetery which has extended hours on Memorial Day. Here is the information for a few more cemeteries and you can call ahead to see what sort of memorial ceremony they will be having:

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego, CA 92106

Los Angeles National Cemetery
950 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92518

Evergreen Memorial Park and Mausoleum
4414 14th Street
Riverside, CA 92501

As you plan your travels and activities for Memorial Day weekend, contact Sakura Rent A Car at LAX to get you some great travel deals on vehicles, big to small. Ask about our spring specials today!
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Top Momisms and How to Spoil Her for Mother's Day

Top Momisms and How to Spoi...
Mom: probably the hardest-working person on the planet. Able to come up with sensible answers to nonsensical questions at the drop of a hat. She is able to make up a wild bed time story with no forewarning. She is the disciplinarian and the nurse maid. The educator and the nurturer. The advocate and the best friend. She may be funny, or lovely, or plain, or athletic, or wise, or humble, or proud, or opinionated, or crafty, or musical, or extremely hard working, but she is uniquely yours – and there is something you will take from that.

You probably remember your mom dishing out a few good sayings that, admit it, you adopted into your own vernacular. That's what happens when we hear "momisms" so often growing up that they become embedded in us, only to be uprooted when we ourselves become parents. That's when it hits you, you are becoming your mother! So, in honor of moms this month, who have passed down witty words of wisdom throughout the generations, we delight in sharing some of our favorite, well-used momisms...

1. Why? Because I said so, that's why.
2. I'm going to give you till the count of 3...
3. It's all fun and games till someone gets hurt.
4. Don't get smart with me.
5. Money does not grow on trees.
6. I'm not running a taxi service.
7. If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?
8. Someday your face will freeze like that.
9. Were you born in a barn?
10. I brought you into this world and I can take you out.

For Mom this Mother’s Day, there are a zillion things you can do for her and a zillion more places you can take her in L.A. to spoil her like she deserves to be spoiled. Think brunch, wine tasting, spa, rose garden, any or all of those things.

Viviane has a 3-course brunch for only $45 per person. Spago also has a 3-course brunch for $88 per adult and $40 for kids under 12. Hotel Bel-Air Spa is offering 60-minute treatments to whisk Mom away for a pamper and primp she won’t soon forget. Brunch and spa, you can’t go wrong.

Or, get creative and pack a picnic, drive Mom to the Los Angeles Exposition Park Rose Garden in your LAX rental car and enjoy a garden lunch together. In the evening, Esters Wine Shop & Bar has a special wine tasting on Mother's Day from 3 to 5 p.m. The price is $25 per person and includes wine and cheese.

These ideas are just a drop in the bucket. You can find plenty to do in our big city. Take advantage of our spring deals at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX right now, and whisk Mom all over town in a convertible or buzz around in a cute Mini Cooper.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Lo...
Many people believe Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s independence day, but in fact, it’s not. You have to wait till September 16th for that. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victorious battle over Napoleon III and his French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. For most people in the States, of Mexican heritage or not, we’ve adopted this date as a day to celebrate Mexican culture, particularly with food!

So, since we love to celebrate diversity at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX , we want to share with you a guacamole recipe sure to impress any dinner guests. This stuff doesn’t last long, so be prepared with lots of tortilla chips.

Chunky Salsa Guacamole

3 Avocados, ripe, mashed somewhat
1/4 - 1/2 cup Pico de Gallo or Chunky Salsa (your favorite)
Nice fat sprig cilantro, chopped
1 T. Lime juice
1/4 Onion, chopped
1 Clove Garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Simply mix all the ingredients, put out the chips and stand back. It’s very simple and sure to be a hit at any Cinco celebration you’re attending. If you’d rather keep the cooking to someone else, here are a few other things to consider for the day…

Have you seen the Descanso Gardens yet? 150 acres of botanical beauty located in La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County. If you haven’t been there, this is your opportunity. Get in your LAX rental car from Sakura and drive over to partake in a Cinco de Mayo celebration hosted by the Patina Restaurant Group inside the garden itself. It’s a true fiesta with a full Mexican buffet, mariachi band and dancers. It takes place on the main lawn and kids are welcome. Homemade tamales and a taco station are just a couple of the amazing entrees included. Register here: https://store.patinagroup.com/store/?id=507

If you’d like less of an event and simply a place to eat out, a few notable area restaurants include La Velvet Margarita Cantina known for its gothic décor and outdoor bar. El Compadre Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard is sure to be busy with its casual, comfortable and colorful environment. El Carmen serves up large drinks and plates in a unique setting.

And honestly, just keep driving your Sakura Rental Car around the LAX area long enough and you’re bound to find a gem of a restaurant or food truck serving up delicious Mexican food. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the Best Medicine
We've all heard the expression: Laughter is the best medicine. Laughing is supposed to relieve stress, strengthen the immune system and the heart, aid depression and more. It’s been said you can even fake laughter and get the same effects.

But why fake it if you don't have to? We can find joy in the simple things, whether we learn to keep an eye out for it, or we create it. You can even go in search of it. Have you ever walked into a card store and spent an hour browsing and laughing at greeting cards? The best thing to do is pick a few friends and family members, make a list, and walk into the store on a hunt to find funny cards that match their humor. Allow enough time for this and we bet you’ll laugh your head off. Plus, your friends get a good laugh delivered to them too, unexpectedly!

If you need some ideas on where to go in the Los Angeles area, you might drive your LAX rental car to one of these stationery destinations: Sugar Paper (sugarpaper.com) in Santa Monica sells high-quality artisan design cards and more. Cordially Invited (cordially-invited.blogspot.com) in Los Angeles has been described as “quirky” with laugh-out-loud greeting cards in store. Lula Mae (lulamae.com) in Pasadena is a boutique card shop with over-the-top funny to ultra sweet finds down the aisle. All of these stores have a lot of other unique gifty type stuff to enjoy as well, so go get your smile on.

Try laughing more, even if you need to plan it out. Go as far as telling a friend you need a good laugh and see what they come up with. Search for funny books to read. Visit The Last Bookstore (lastbookstorela.com), California’s largest used and new bookstore right in L.A. They’ve got 22,000 sq. feet of books, books and more books. Records too! Watch a classic movie that had you in stitches the first time you saw it. Eat spaghetti with chop sticks, play an innocent prank on someone, have coffee with a funny friend; you might seek out LAMILL COFFEE Boutique (lamillcoffee.com) in Los Angeles which has good seating and good eating too.

And finally, if you need a good laugh, just buy one. Check out the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club (hollywood.improv.com) or the Laugh Factory (laughfactory.com) because L.A. is a mecca for good stand-up, whether it’s comics breaking into the scene or old standouts who’ve been on tour around the world. Purchase tickets to an upcoming comedy show and laugh the night away. If you need help getting to any of the great destinations, simply let the nice people at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX get you into a reliable vehicle that fits your needs!
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Spring Cleaning and Spring Specials

Spring Cleaning and Spring Spe...
Are you planning to do a little spring cleaning anytime soon? Well, before you haul away your clothes, consider this good idea that can help you save money, get new clothes and benefit charity as well. Here’s how:

- First, clean out your closet of the clothes you don’t wear anymore.

- Pick out belts, shoes, jewelry and other accessories too.

- Wash your clothes and then tag them with stickers with sizing info.

- Get together with your friends and display the clothes in someone’s house.

- Everyone draw a number out of a hat to see who gets to pick first.

- Bring treats and appetizers to make it a party.

- At the end of the night, whatever items are still unclaimed, you donate to a women’s shelter and support a good cause.

If thrift is your thing, then you should also consider some of Los Angeles’ finest consignment and vintage shops where you’re bound to find amazing style at a fraction of the cost. Drive your LAX rental car to any of these hot spots for a unique shopping experience:

Squaresville is all vintage all the time, reselling retro skirts, jackets, dresses and more in their funky boutique. You can buy, sell and trade here.

Once a month in Pasadena you can attend the Rose Bowl Flea Market, where you’ll shop from over 2,500 vendors. You can find just about anything, including food, and after all that shopping you’ll need it!

Want to wear clothing from a TV or movie set? It’s A Wrap! Is the only place that sells wardrobe and props from actual Hollywood sets. Major discounts and major bragging rights too.

Wasteland is a vintage reseller in multiple California locations and they are inspired by music, history and art. It’s a place for and inspired from artists of all kinds. Their clothes are high end, and their taste is impeccable.

Sunday’s Best Thrift Apparel located on Sunset Blvd is a trendy place to find more vintage goods. Great selection of name brand and high quality clothes for really reasonable prices. You can walk out with a full outfit for under $50.

You can spend hours at Jet Rag looking for clothes, costumes, party apparel and more. They have lots of sales and every Sunday they have a large lot of clothes offered for $1. Can’t beat that!

If you need to get around town in a reliable vehicle, thrifting to your heart’s desire, make sure to check out the Sakura Rent A Car Specials going on now. You can save 15% - 30% on a variety of cars, big and small.
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Spring Things to Do for You!

Spring Things to Do for You!
Spring is here which means out with the old and in with the new! New blooms, fresh outlook on life, maybe a new workout and new adventures in your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car. Check out this list of simple things you can do to kick off spring the right way…

Spring clean. In your car, your desk, your shed or your bedroom, pick a place that could use a little (ahem!) attention this season and make it a more desirable place to be.

Plant some seeds. In the ground, in a container or in your windowsill, put your green thumb to work and grow something this year!

Plan a spring brunch. If you’re not already doing this for Easter, get some friends or family together and put together a potluck picnic, a barbecue or a brunch and come to remember why you love these warmer months.

Take a spring break. The kids get one, why not you? Just for a day. Devote a day to unwind and relax. Take some time to refuel yourself by doing an activity you enjoy.

Bring flowers. To your office, to your friend, to your kitchen table, bring some pretty spring flowers to perk up the environment you’re in and celebrate spring.

Switch up your workout. It doesn’t have to be the same thing every day and it doesn’t have to be in a gym. Walk along the beach or lake, take a hike with your kids, stretch outside, try a group yoga class, wash the car, or get to work in the garden. Digging and planting will definitely cost you a few calories!

Feel like running on the beach these days? That’s a great idea, but this time of year beware of large crowds from spring breakers. The top 5 beaches for spring break in SoCal are Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, Laguna Beach, Santa Monica and Newport Beach. Lots of fun, but also pretty crowded. Some lesser known beaches that might be less crowded include El Moro at Crystal Cove, Sunset Beach at Huntington Beach, El Matador Beach in Malibu, and La Piedra State Beach.

Make sure you also check out Sakura Rent A Car Spring Specials to get 15% - 30% off selected vehicles such as the Mini Cooper Convertible, the Mustang, Jeep Wrangler, Highlander, Audi A3, Toyota Sienna and more. We have the rental car to fit your needs.
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Where to Easter Brunch in L.A.

Where to Easter Brunch in L.A.
What’s on the menu for Easter Sunday? Most people already have their Easter brunch or dinner traditions set in stone, and the meal is already planned out. But then what do you do with the leftovers? Well, if ham is on the menu, as it is in many households across America, try this delightful recipe the day after for a quick and delicious way to use up the leftover meat:

Ham And Potato Casserole

8 large potatoes, peeled, chopped

4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup mayonnaise

2 cups diced, fully cooked ham

1 envelope dry onion soup mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In pot, cook potatoes in lightly salted water for 10 minutes, or until just barely tender, drain. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Spoon into well greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Watch carefully so that cheese doesn't burn. Cover for last few minutes if it appears to be getting too brown. Let stand for 5 minutes.

If you’re traveling in the Los Angeles area and seeking an Easter meal without the prep, you’ve come to the right city. Take your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car and drive to any of these destinations to spoil your palate:

Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills is serving up amazing eggs benedict and bloody marys garnished with jumbo shrimp. This will be a wonderful dining experience where surf meets turf during Easter brunch.

Toscana in Los Angeles will be serving up rack of lamb, the other traditional protein served up on Easter. You’ll get to enjoy the regular menu as well as some specials just for Sunday.

Pitchoun! Bakery in Los Angeles is where to go to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whimsically-decorated eclairs and holiday-themed chocolates and candies abound.

Del Frisco’s Grille in Pasadena will serve up a traditional brunch menu in addition to slow-roasted prime rib. Check out the truffle-chive deviled eggs too.

Dia Del Campo in Hermosa Beach is serving up brunch with a Tex-Mex twist. The beach is only a few blocks away so enjoy the latin-inspired meal and then a dip in the ocean.

208 Rodeo Restaurant in Beverly Hills will serve up a beautiful brunch on the terrace overlooking the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The foie gras French toast and crab cake benedict is sure to impress.

From all of us at Sakura Rent A Car at LAX , we hope you have a lovely Easter and enjoy some delicious food. Let us know how we can make your travels smoother, and with the sunshine at hand, come in and try out a convertible for the springtime!
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Prepare for April Fool's Day

Prepare for April Fool's Day
If you are a prankster at heart, then you’ve only got a few more days to plan your April Fool’s day joke. At Sakura Rent A Car at LAX , we’ll be on high alert for any pranks people might pull on us April 1st, but we are a friendly crew here so we won’t hold any grudges, only smiles and laughter. Do you want help figuring out some fun-loving pranks to pull on your friends or family? Check out these easy ideas we’ve heard from customers over the years…

- Add a few squirts of lemon juice in the water-filled dinner glasses. Watch your family pucker up with each sip.

- Tell your family or friends you made a special treat for dessert – brownies! Then deliver a platter of cutout paper “Brown E’s.” We highly suggest following this prank with the real thing.

- Plaster sticky notes or paper all over the bathroom mirror, so it has to be uncovered in the morning. Adding smiley faces on the notes is extra credit.

- Fill someone’s closet with blown-up balloons. When they open the door, they should all come spilling out.

- Apply self-adhesive googly eyes to bathroom products, office supplies, the milk jug, anything your heart desires.

- Place a sticker on the bottom of the computer mouse, covering the entire sensor light so the mouse arrow won’t move on the screen.

- Put a plastic beetle or spider on your target’s pillow. If you hear a screech just before bedtime, it’s been found.

Want some bigger laughs than April Fool’s can give you? How about driving your LAX rental car from Sakura to a comedy or improv show in the Los Angeles area? We have no shortage of entertainers and funny people in the region, so you might check out a show coming soon to one of these hot spots for laughter:

The Comedy Store
Hollywood Improv Comedy Club
The Comedy Union
iO West
The J Spot Comedy Club
Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Garrett Morris Downtown Blues & Comedy Club
ACME Comedy Theatre
Flappers Comedy Club- Burbank

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