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 Elegant! In a Russian Grandma’s Cottage

Our very favorite place to sample the kinds of cuisine that Olympic athletes will be savoring in Sochi this year is at Mari Vanna, a spot your kids will instantly take to because it feels like Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother’s cottage (if it were in Russia) come to life. Blini, borsht and salmon are all on the menu (as is black caviar that ranges from $100-$600, not to mention all kinds of lovely infused vodkas – come back for date night!), but best bets for the kids are to come weekdays at teatime or for brunch on Sunday when they can indulge in sweet blinis and honey cake.

Mari Vanna LA
8475 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood
Phone: (323) 655-1977
Online: marivanna.ru/la

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

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