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Dating, Love and Ever After, Even After Valentine’s Day


The NoHo Arts District dot com team is comprised of a lot of talented and unique folks who are dedicated to their craft. So it’s a thrill for us to introduce North Hollywood to Cristina and Andrea Morara, the fabulous couple who gives us honest, straight-forward dating and love advice. Their successful advice promoted them to start Stellar Hitch, a boutique matchmaking company with a romantic “Dolce Vita” approach to dating.

“The dolce vita of dating is about slowing down, being authentic and open, reserving judgment and not letting practicality dictate your every move.” explains Cristina.


Stellar Hitch www.nohoartsdistrict.com

First of all. We have to ask how you two met.
I was a casting director in Milan casting for a bank commercial surrounded by beautiful Italian men in suits. Andrea was one of the actors. We were all business. I took him behind a red velvet curtain to direct him in the scene. It lasted 3 minutes. We flirted for two. Then I took a Polaroid picture of him. I could barely breathe standing that close to him. At that moment, I knew. After he left, he called his agent to ask about me. Soon after, I did the same: "....tell me about my future husband”. And she did.

Why did you start Stellar Hitch?
When we moved from Milan to Sarasota, FL, we decided to open up a wine bar in a bungalow from the 1920s. It was an intimate, charming spot that attracted singles and romance. Soon our customers started confiding in us about their dating woes. We noticed two things. First, that people’s perception of themselves was not congruent with what they were actually putting out there. It didn’t matter how attractive or successful they were, there was always a blind spot or sabotaging behavior that got in their way. Second, people were completely unprepared for finding the person with whom to spend the rest of their life. They were winging it or saying things like “Well that’s just who I am…” Meanwhile, people do anything and everything to shine for an important job interview. Why wouldn’t they do the same for their love life? That became the inspiration for Stellar Hitch and why we choose to work with our clients before we introduce them to their match.

Stellar Hitch www.nohoartsdistrict.com

What sets Stellar Hitch apart from other matchmaking services?
We believe three things set us apart. First, they are everything that online dating is not: personal, intimate, elegant and safe. Second, clients get a male-and-female perspective on dating: Andrea teaches women how to flirt demurely and allow the man to lead while Cristina reminds gentlemen how to take a more confident approach to courtship. Third, feedback is king. “Our pre-dating preparation dramatically improves our client’s romantic life and is the #1 reason why Stellar Hitch has such a high success rate.

What is the most common advice you give your clients?
To stay in the moment, be open minded and detached to the outcome. Dating should be treated like an adventure where you bring your best and most playful self to the table and reserve judgment. Be authentic and don’t let practicality dictate your every move or get too far ahead of the script.

What are your top dating no-nos?
For the women, lead with your feminine side, not your CEO side. Men care more about the woman in you than your resume. For the men, listen as much as you talk. Successful men are used to being interesting but we are constantly reminding them to be interested, too!

What are you looking for at this moment?
The holidays and Valentine’s Day is a very busy time of year for Stellar Hitch. We currently have a lot of stellar lady clients with whom we’re working. Since we’re a word-of-mouth boutique business, we’d love to give a shout out to all of the eligible bachelors out there. We’re always looking for quality gentlemen ages 30-75 to meet our ladies….it’s complimentary to join our portfolio.

Stay tuned. Cristina and Andrea are currently working on their book "The Dolce Vita of Dating: How A Vintage Approach To Romance Will Lead You Straight To The Altar." In the meantime, make sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

http://www.stellarhitch.com/

Facebook/StellarHitch

Twitter/DatingDivaDigs

http://datingdivadigs.blogspot.com/



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Riding on the Metroooooooo of love (sung in your best BERLIN voice)


“So how did you two meet?”
“We met on the METRO Red Line.”

The Los Angeles METRO is not only helping North Hollywood ease traffic, or helping us commute and explore L.A., it’s also helping us find love this Valentine’s Day. What? Yes, our pals at METRO are doing speed dating on the Metro Red Line from 11am-1pm on, yes, Valentine’s Day. So get your TAP card and get ready for some Love on the Red Line!

Metro Los Angeles Red Line Speed Dating reports www.nohoartsdistrict.com

What: Speed Dating on the Metro Red Line

When: Friday, February 14 from 11am-1pm. Registration is from 10:30am-12:30pm (see train schedule on back).

Where: Metro Red Line. After registering, go to the LAST car of the train heading towards North Hollywood Station or the FIRST car headed towards Union Station if you are starting in the NoHo Arts District. Look for decorations on the train.

Who: All Metro riders over 18 years old with a valid ID. You must sign a waiver and wear a valid event wristband to participate. Before you board, don’t forget to tap your valid TAP card.

How It Works: Upon boarding, Metro staff will announce that each participant should select a seat of their choice. After two minutes, you can remain in your current seat, select a new seat, or get off the train and board another train.

See full list of RULES and how much fun you’ll have this Valentine’s Day!

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The NoHo Arts District is officially just one-square mile but the neighborhood has many fun things to do, especially for Valentine’s Day! Our unique, NoHo original restaurants are cooking up some delicious fare and also serving up some great burlesque. We don’t escape the theatrical in North Hollywood, afterall, we do have 20+ theatres. So if you’re looking for dinner and then see a show, check out our NoHo Theatre Guide.

The Federal Bar LaLas www.nohoartsdistrict.com


The Federal Bar North Hollywood features a performance by The Lalas, L.A.’s hottest burlesque show! The restaurant, which features its recently unveiled winter menu, will offer a la carte dinner specials all weekend long. Signature dishes include Smoked Gouda Ziti, Roasted Root Veggie Skewers; and the Raw Brussels Sprout Salad. Carnivores will be happy with The Federal’s massive Pastrami Burger and Sherry Chicken.

The Federal Bar: 5303 Lankershim Blvd. www.thefederalbar.com

A few blocks away, Bow & Truss Restaurant and Bar offers a special four‐ course prix fixe menu to celebrate the romantic holiday, featuring Pan‐Latin selections from the new menu, sure to stoke the ardor of that special someone! Selections include; Komodo Oysters, squash soup, kale and quinoa salads, pork loin, a fish bowl, Mary’s Chicken and chocolate covered cherries for dessert. Wine and beverages are included.

Bow and Truss Prix Fixe dinner is $65 inclusive of wine and beverages (gratuities are extra). Call 818-985‐8787 or make reservations online at http://bowandtruss.com

Bow & Truss: 11122 Magnolia Blvd.

Bow and Truss www.nohoartsdistrict.com


Hearts on Fire at The Eclectic!

Executive Chef Margarito Gutierrez has created a specialty menu for the happy day. They will serve a lot of yummy starters like Fresh Blue Point Oysters, Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip and Lobster Bisque Soup. Their full Valentine’s Day menu is below.

The Ecelectic: 5156 Lankershim Blvd.

To guarantee your reservation please go to theeclectic.com, on Open Table or call directly at (818) 760-2233.


The Eclectic www.nohoartsdistrict.com

Entrées
Grilled Wild Yukon River King Salmon
Simply Grilled, Mediterranean Medley of Roasted Shitake Mushrooms, Pine Nuts, Sun-dried 28 Tomatoes, Basil, Balsamic Vinegar, EVOO, Mascarpone Risotto

New Zealand Rack of Lamb Roasted Artichokes, Olive Tapenade, Mustard Jus, Mint Yogurt, Baby Oven Roasted Potatoes 38

Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops
Brown Butter, Sage, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Creamy Polenta, Fresh Baby Winter Vegetables 28

Wild Striped Sea Bass
Pan Seared, Tomato Beurre Blanc, Roasted Baby New Potatoes, Pear Tomatoes, Spinach 28

Pan Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast
Bing Cherry Pan Reduction, Seared Parmesan Risotto Cake, Fresh Baby Winter Vegetables 26

Filet Oscar
Dungeness Crab, Bernaise, Grilled Asparagus Spears, Mashed Potatoes 40

Grilled Rib Eye Steak
Herbed Steak Butter, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Baby Winter Vegetables 34

Grilled Filet Mignon & Broiled Lobster Tail
Herbed Steak Butter, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Baby Winter Vegetables, Clarified Butter 55

Broiled Lobster Tail
Clarified Butter, Spicy Curry Risotto, Crisped Spinach, Fresh Baby Winter Vegetables 45

Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Risotto
Porcini, Portobello, Crimini, Shiitake, Garlic, Basil, Parmesan 26

Dessert


Dark Chocolate Torte
Belgium Dark Chocolate, Crème Anglaise, Fresh Berries, Fresh Whipping Cream 9

Sicillian Donuts
House Made Chocolate Sauce, Crème Fraiche Whipping Cream 9

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Cultivate the art of romance and celebrate this Valentine’s Day - La dolce vita style

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