Jan 05

Hey LA hikers!  It’s a New Year and the perfect time to get outside for a breath of fresh air (the recent warm weather doesn’t hurt either).  Be sure to check out LA Trail Hikers, a great local group that hikes the many beautiful trails in the Los Angeles area, from Griffith Park to Sycamore Canyon.

For a list of upcoming hikes for March and April, click here

And be sure to “Like” LA Trail Hikers on Facebook to get the latest news and info about trail hiking in Los Angeles.

Dec 20

Hey all you adventurous foodies!  We’re partnering with one of our favorite local food blogs - Deep End Dining - on a delicious year-end promo.  Sign up for ntro with the code DED and you’ll have a chance to win dinner for two at Animal restaurant in Los Angeles, a $150 value!

Download ntro for free on iPhone or Android or visit ntro.com to learn more.

View full terms & conditions of the promotion here.

Dec 07

Have you ever dreamed of having your favorite food truck show up at your home or office with free food for you and all your friends? For one lucky winner, that dream is about to become a reality!

Click the image below to learn how to enter the Feed Your Friends Sweepstakes

Dec 01

Great article on ntro in Techcrunch this morning, check it out!

Nov 15

With the holiday season just around the corner, we wanted to leverage our launch in L.A. to give back to the local community.

Today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Los Angeles Suitcase Party (an awesome charity event) to help raise funding for their network of children’s charities.  Now through Dec 31st, we’ll donate $2 for every valid sign-up, up to $10,000!

To participate, download ntro for iPhone or Android and enter the code SUITCASE during sign-up.  Yep, it’s that easy!  Please spread the word to your friends so we can reach the maximum donation!

Learn more at www.ntro.com/suitcase

Oct 05

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a bike up a wall?  Ride a bike without breaks?  Ride a bike without worrying about cars?  Take a trip to The Home Depot Center Velodrome - America’s largest indoor velodrome - and experience Track Cycling.

Track Cycling is a form of bicycle racing held on specially-built banked tracks called velodromes.  A track bicycle is unlike road bikes - it’s a fixed-gear bicycle with a single gear, no freewheel, and no brakes.

Held at the Summer Olympic Games every 4 years, Track Cycling is particularly popular in Europe, where it’s often used as off-season training for road racers.

For those curious to try out the sport, check out the L.A. Velodrome’s introductory classes which also include track bike rental.  They also offer training programs for youth, beginner, intermediate, and advanced track cyclists. 

Looking to join up with a Track Cycling group?  Download ntro for iPhone or Android and enter “Track Cycling” as an interest.

Perhaps the most fashionable dog breed of all time, the Bouledogue Francais - better know as the French Bulldog - has been the coveted pet of Parisian society ladies from the late 1800’s to the celebutantes of today.

Often described as “a clown in the cloak of a philosopher,” the French Bulldog is small and muscular with heavy bone structure, a smooth coat, a short face and trademark “bat” ears. Prized for their affectionate natures and even dispositions, they make wonderful companion dogs.

Check out these links to learn more about French Bulldogs:

Some “famous” French Bulldogs include Stella from Modern Family, Sonny from the movie Due Date, and many other Frenchie film cameos.  Curious which of your favorite actors owns a Frenchie?  Check out these French Bulldogs and their celebrity owners.

Looking to set up a play date for your French Bulldog?  Download ntro for iPhone or Android and enter “French Bulldogs” as an interest to meet other Frenchie owners in Los Angeles.

Oct 04

The Coen Brothers are responsible for some of the most thought-provoking dark comedies ever.  Their body of work includes cult classics such as Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, and True Grit. 

Although they write, direct and produce their films jointly, Joel receives credit for directing and Ethan for producing.  They alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film credits for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes.

Joel, the elder brother, and Ethan started making movies together as kids.  Joel saved up enough money from mowing lawns to buy a Vivitar Super-8 camera and together they remade movies they saw on television.  After going to separate universities (Joel to NYU, Ethan to Princeton), the brothers rejoined creative forces in 1984 to write and direct their first film, Blood Simple.

For tons of Coen Brothers info, reviews and trivia, check out these sites:

Looking for other Coen Brothers fans to geek out with?  Download ntro for iPhone or Android and enter “Coen Brothers” and some of your favorite films as interests.

Sep 30

The Downtown Art Walk is a free community event that takes place on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-10pm, in and around the Historic Core and Old Bank Districts of Downtown Los Angeles.

Every month, thousands of art-loving Angelenos descend on the dozens of galleries on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th, to eat, drink, listen to live music and of course appreciate a wide range of unique art offerings.

For a listing of participating galleries and a schedule of events, visit the Downtown LA Art Walk website.  Also, make sure to check out these other local art festivals:

Looking for fellow art lovers to explore downtown’s burgeoning creative scene?  Download ntro for iPhone or Android and enter “Downtown LA Art Walk” and your favorite artists and genres as interests. 

Located on the infamous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Book Soup has been serving the LA community since 1975.  As one of the last surviving and leading independent bookstores, Book Soup packs over 60,000 titles in-stock, specializing in art, film, photography, music, controversial non-fiction, and literary fiction. 

With a deep commitment to university, International, and small presses, you’ll be surprised by the rare gems found on their shelves.  Known for their floor to ceiling bookshelves, high profile events, signed titles, and celebrity clientele, Book Soup is a “must see” for any serious reader in L.A.

Put down your iPad and rediscover the feel of “real” books again.  Looking for someone to browse with or join a book club?  Download ntro for iPhone or Android and enter “Book Soup” and some of your favorite books and authors as interests.