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Los Angeles Hike #2 – Hollywood Peak – California State Parks.

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Hollywood Peak - Travel photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet). https://hotndelicious.com/
Hollywood Peak – Travel photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet).
https://hotndelicious.com/

Wicked hike the other night!

It’s been a hectic week or two at Hot & Delicious HQ with a couple of brand new clients in Australia and the UK on board and I only had a 1/2 day off last week, so this hike up to Hollywood Peak from Griffith Observatory is EXACTLY what I needed!

I’d seen Hollywood Peak from Griffith Observatory and shot sunset silhouette photos of its majesty before, but hadn’t had the chance to scale her heights… and boy am I glad I did! With sweeping 360-degree views of the city of Los Angeles, Downtown LA, the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park below, this climb (and it is a climb in parts – you can also take the easy, winding route) it the perfect place to spend a Californian sunset.

You can either Uber/Lyft/public transport it to Griffith Park and then hike up in 2 stages (about 1.5 – 2 hours one way) to Griffith Observatory then Hollywood Peak or drive/Uber to Griffith Observatory and then hike/climb the rest of the way up the top to Hollywood Peak.

Smashing way to clear the head and man… when you hit the top… Glorious!

Article & travel photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).
Map to Griffith Park Observatory and Hollywood Peak.
Map to Griffith Park Observatory and Hollywood Peak.

Want any suggestions for all the cool Cali hikes to check out next time you’re in Los Angeles? Check out my photography below, stayed tuned on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet blog, hit me up on Twitter, check out more of our USA travel photography on Instagram or via email info@hotndelicious.com. I’m more than happy to share my faves. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet entrepreneur podcast!

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter@hotndelicious 
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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

For photography, blog & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com.

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Dan recently wrapped up his position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australiato pursue freelance social media contracts, influencer/public speaking opportunities and further build his own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Brand new Radiohead single ‘Burn The Witch’ released after social media storm!

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Radiohead release 'Burn The Witch'.
Brand new Radiohead single ‘Burn The Witch’ released after a social media storm!

Radiohead have dropped their brand new single ‘Burn The Witch’ after the band caused a stir in recent days when they deleted the band’s Facebook content, Tweets and website content fuelling speculation that a new album was on the way.

This morning the band dropped the new track complete with a ye olde stop-motion video by director Chris Hopewell called ‘Burn The Witch’.

Listen to it here first!

Article by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

For photography, blog & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com.

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Lake Hollywood Park. A Hidden Hiking Gem in Los Angeles – Travel blog & photography.

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Lake Hollywood Park hikes with Aussie actor Andrew Bongiorno.
Lake Hollywood Park hikes with Aussie actor Andrew Bongiorno.

Lake Hollywood Park. Truly the most spectacular views of the Hollywood Sign that I’ve seen in LA yet!

One of the most challenging parts of spending an extended period in a new city is networking and meeting new people…

This is not an issue that I’ve had in Cali. I already know a bunch of peeps here including my close friend and Aussie actor Andrew Bongiorno, who’s currently playing the lead role in the West Coast premiere of The Boy From Oz! musical. An absolute champion and on ANZAC Day we hit one of L.A.’s most spectacular and underutilized hikes.

Lake Hollywood Park. Picture perfect blue skies & practically the place to ourselves… BEST! ️

Article & travel photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).

Stayed tuned on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet blog for more travel stories & wicked Cali hikes, hit me up on Twitter, check out more of our USA travel photography on Instagram or via email info@hotndelicious.com. I’m more than happy to share my faves. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet entrepreneur podcast!

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter@hotndelicious 
Instagram
@hotndelicious
Facebook.com/HotnDelicious

Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

For photography, blog & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com.

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Travel blog & photography – Get Lost & Go Hiking in California State Parks.

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Discover the magic of Los Angeles hikes. Travel photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet).
Discover the magic of Los Angeles hikes. Travel photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet).

6 weeks ago I touched down in the USA for 90 days and man… has that time just flown!

Texas for podcasts and music photography at SXSW, Georgia for The Masters and the past 3 weeks checking out what life’s all about in Los Angeles, California.

The 23-year-old me would have partied all night and slept all day once I hit LA (don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of that and meeting new people mixed in on weeknights/weekends), but apart from creating content and networking, my focus has been soaking up all that SoCal mountain parks have on offer… getting in as many of the amazing hikes as I can that the greater city of Los Angeles has on offer… Brand Park and Wildwood Canyon in Burbank, the surprisingly quiet, but rather beautiful Lake Hollywood, Runyon Canyon (currently closed for 4 months for pipe-works)… and this very sunset hike up Griffith Park Trails to LA’s iconic Griffith Park Observatory.

Multi-weekly hikes in Los Angeles are just the BEST! They keep me sane, a wonderful way to catch-up with friends/make new ones and the perfect reset for all of the madness and buzz that is Tinseltown.

Just beautiful! 

Article & travel photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).

Want any suggestions for all the cool Cali hikes to check out next time you’re in Los Angeles? Check out my photography below, stayed tuned on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet blog, hit me up on Twitter, check out more of our USA travel photography on Instagram or via email info@hotndelicious.com. I’m more than happy to share my faves. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet entrepreneur podcast!

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter@hotndelicious 
Instagram
@hotndelicious
Facebook.com/HotnDelicious

Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

For photography, blog & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com.

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Dan recently wrapped up his position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australiato pursue freelance social media contracts, influencer/public speaking opportunities and further build his own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Nestlé work with Didier Drogba and YouTube star Louis Cole in Ivory Coast on Kit Kat’s New Global Sustainability Ads.

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Nestlé Cocoa Plan fuelling sustainable Kit Kat chocolate the world over Sponsored Post.

As a digital media professional who’s worked agency-side with an international chocolate brand, I am all too aware of the challenges faced with the volume of chocolate we’re consuming as a planet versus the supply of a sustainably-produced of cocoa beans.

In a landmark moment in the industry’s history, Kit Kat chocolate is the first chocolate brand to announce that from 2016 they will only use sustainably sourced cocoa in their Kit Kat chocolate bars around the world as part of Nestle’s broader Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

To learn more about the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, check out the first of this fascinating video series by Kit Kat featuring Louis Cole and Didier Drogba.

In this first video, Didier and Louis discuss the partnership between The Didier Drogba Foundation and the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

The YouTube star and the Ivorian professional footballer make a surprise visit to the kids at one of the 40+ schools in farming regions that Nestlé have built in the Ivory Coast through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, the Côte d’Ivoire of course being the largest producer of cocoa beans in the world.

The broad smiles and elation on these young, shiny faces is instantly visible and Didier “takes a break” with the kids playing football with an innovate football creation – a football that also doubles as a battery and charges kinetically as Didier and the kids kick it around the schoolyard together. The football/battery then has a special light attachment that can be used at night when the kids get home from school as a light source while they study their homework.

As the series continues, viewers can learn about the other areas of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, which is designed to improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products, including the prevention of child labour, education and new tools for farmers and support for women looking to generate income for their families.

Wonderful to see big business making an effort to create inspired and innovative marketing projects that not only benefit their brand, but the global community at large! 


Article by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).

This post has been presented by Nestlé, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

For photography, blog, influencer & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Dan recently wrapped up his position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australiato pursue freelance social media contracts, influencer/public speaking opportunities and further build his own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

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Snapchat 2.0 – Social platform updates strengthen position as preferred communication tool for the millennial market.

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Just a few days ago Snapchat announced & rolled out updates to the platform, which further strengthens its position as the preferred digital communication tool for the millennial market.

In this current age where digital platforms are evolving so swiftly, the youth market are adopting Instagram and Snapchat as their preferred methods of broadcasting content and interacting with fans, friends and family.

In the latest improvements to the Snapchat platform, you can now starting talking or video chatting instantly live once one of your friends is on Chat at the same time.

With Snapchat 2.0, they have also introduced Stickers and Auto-Advance Stories, so that when you finish a Story, the next one begins automatically — you simply swipe to skip ahead, or pull down to exit as you need.

But don’t take my word for it… open up Snapchat and have a play today!

AND you can follow my trip to the US Masters golf tournament this week at Augusta (Georgia) in California and throughout the USA over the next 2 months on Snapchat using the @-handle hotndelicious. Follow me!

Get on board! Toot toot!

Article by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

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Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

For photography, blog & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com.

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Dan recently wrapped up his position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australiato pursue freelance social media contracts, influencer/public speaking opportunities and further build his own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Soak up Austin at it’s finest by the Colorado River at Radisson Hotel & Suites.

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RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES AUSTIN DOWNTOWN Photos by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet). info@hotndelicious.com https://hotndelicious.com/
RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES AUSTIN DOWNTOWN
Photos by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet).
info@hotndelicious.com
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Touchdown Texas!

It’s a sunny spring afternoon in Texas as me and my friends cruise into Austin for the world’s largest Music, Film and Interactive conference, South By South West (SXSW) and life is good!
 
First stop… The Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown.
 
From the minute that we walk into our warm King Suite room decked out with bright colours, a massive king-sized bed and picturesque sunset views of the Colorado River, we feel welcome.
 
Situated on the edge of downtown Austin just 5-7 minutes walk from Austin Convention Centre, the infamous music mecca that is 6th St and a vast array of restaurants and bars, the Radisson is the perfect escape and location for those who are in Austin for SXSW or on business and want to be close to downtown, but not feel like they’re trapped in the concrete jungle.
 
Whether you desire a morning run along the beautiful Colorado River, a long breakfast at their premium in-house restaurant, Dine, or soaking up the afternoon Texas sunshine with the most delicious, classic margaritas by their glorious pool, I found the Radisson Austin and surrounding areas to be the perfect escape from the exciting, madness that is Austin during SXSW.
 

As an ex Emirates flight attendant, I’ve stayed in premium hotels the world over and I can honestly say that I look forward to being welcomed back to the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown in the not-too-distant future. 

Such an amazing week! 

Key Hotel Highlights:
  • King Suite Room – Beautiful sweeping views of the Colorado River, super comfortable, firm king-sized bed and spacious lounge area with queen-sized sofa bed.
  • Proximity to Austin Convention Centre, iconic music strip 6th Street and Downtown Austin.
  • Cocktail Bar – Views/Food/Drink:
    • Sunrise & sunset views of Colorado River.
    • Try the salmon Ceviche – it’s absolutely divine!
    • Classic Margaritas with fresh lime and salted rim.
    • The extensive local craft beer & wine selection. My personal favourite is the 512 IPA brewed locally in Austin, Texas.
  • Fitness & Leisure:
    • Picturesque morning runs along the Colorado River.
    • Soaking up the afternoon rays by the beautiful pool.
    • Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding hire nearby.
Article by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).

Book your next stay in Austin at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown.

Book your next stay in Austin at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown.

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Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter@hotndelicious 
Instagram
@hotndelicious
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Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:

For photography, blog, influencer & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Dan recently wrapped up his position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australiato pursue freelance social media contracts, influencer/public speaking opportunities and further build his own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

For photography, blog, influencer & social media business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com