Once every 4 years it’s time to curl up on the couch and watch some serious athletes compete in the winter games.  Whether you prefer the speed (and slight ludicrousness) of the luge, the grace of the figure skaters or the fearlessness of the snowboarders, it’s all spectacular for family viewing.  But you and your Bode Miller, Shaun White or Gracie Gold wanna-bes can also get out and get a little Olympic action (and history) of your own, even in sunny SoCal…

Eat Rustic! In a Casual Cafe

If you don’t want a fancy setting, but want a pre-Olympics watching party lunch, or to get some grub to go, we'd pick Traktir. The authentic Russian food (our picky Russian friends promise) is a wonderful introduction for the kids to dumplings and blinis. (There are sweet versions of each, to ease them in.) Go adventurous, with borsht and herrings, or find things the kids will gobble, like the fresh baked bread and cold cut plates - no one will go home hungry.

Traktir Restaurant
8151 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Phone: (323) 654-3030
Online: http://www.traktirrestaurant.com

One last fun fact: Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics twice and both times it was by default, as no other city bid to host either the 1932 or 1984 games.

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What sport are you looking forward to catching in the 2014 Winter Games?  Let us know in the comment section!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Abigail Batchelder via Creative Commons, Jennifer Clare via Creative Commons, Woodland Hills Ice via Facebook, pointnshoot via Creative Commons, lightcap via Creative Commons, planetc1 via Creative Commons, elfidomx via Creative Commons, Lindsey K. via yelp, wikimedia and Traktir’s facebook page.