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It was announced wayyyy back in December 2011 that the west coast would eventually enjoy their own Harry Potter-land at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, but there's no updates since. Sad face!
That is, until now, until Universal Studios dropped the news that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will boast a Hogwarts Castle and will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016, along with their "Transformers: The Ride 3D." That's quite a long time to wait, considering the excitement has been brewing since 2011, but not to worry as Universal Studios will keep you busy with a slew of new rides in the meantime.
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Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in the new movie Chef, about a world-class chef who finds redemption in a food truck. Wondering what real-life L.A. food trucks inspired the director? He recently shared a few of his favorites.
Favreau worked closely with famed L.A. chef Roy Choi on the movie so his Kogi Food Trucks were an obvious choice. Choi helped create the menu for the movie and trained Favreau for his role. Kogi is pretty iconic in the Los Angeles food truck scene for starting the Korean Mexican taco movement. You can find the trucks' schedules at kogibbq.com.
Tacos and Mexican food may be the first things to come to mind when you think of the food scene in Los Angeles, but don't sleep on the city's other ethnic offerings that, according to The Daily Beast, score big points for their unwillingness to cater to a general audience.
"(The restaurants are) making no concessions to you, and the food thrives because of that," said Kogi BBQ Chef Roy Choi. "They’re cooking from the heart. They’re not considering, ‘Uh, would that be too spicy?’ You’re just in their part of town. You are the one percent.”
In the event you haven't heard, as many as 25 baggage handlers at LAX were involved in the theft of thousands of dollars in valuables from checked luggage, according to the NY Daily News. Items stolen included jewelry, electronics, and clothing, among others.
We know it is so easy to have a little faith and toss your jewelry bag or iPod into your checked luggage, but as this sting proves, it really, truly is not a 100% guarantee that your things will come out the other end. As you might imagine, the process to file a claim for a missing item is equivalent to chasing a rabbit down a hole, so the best line of defense is to keep valuables close.
This week, Saudi Arabia's flagship air carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines, completed the first run of its new flight to LAX from its capital city Riyadh. The flight will go three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with a stop over in Jeddah.
“Saudi's inaugural flight to Los Angeles is a manifestation of our continued efforts to expand our global reach to better service our valued customers,” said Chief Executive Officer and Director General Designate Abdulaziz Alhazmi. “The services to LAX, following our launch to Toronto, Canada in October last year and the resumption of our flights to Manchester, UK, are just some of the components of this initiative to claim our rightful place among the world`s leading carriers.”
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Looking to create a home away from home, the Flying Kangaroo has revamped the previously tiny lounge that's also shared with British Airways and Cathay Pacific in lieu of a more spacious area. The new escape will offer a wine bar, signature cocktails, and a circular fireplace area to get cozy before flying. Our friends down under at Australian Business Traveler got the inside scoop that the lounge will offer some local fare with a nod to typical LA street-food.
Shameless star Emmy Rossum was spotted at LAX yesterday after taking what sounds like the most relaxing American Airlines flight ever.
Rossum tweeted from the flight, writing, "#100happydays The peace of flying in an airplane makes me happy. #4happychicks."
Happy St. Patrick's Day, LA!
Operations are normal this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, despite the city shaking from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake at approximately 6:35am PST. It was originally reported as a 4.7-magnitude, but was downgraded. According to Dr. Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey, the quake was a shallow one and “epicentered in the Santa Monica Mountains between Westwood and Encino, closer to the Valley side, about five miles below the surface."
The city is conducting an emergency survey by ground and air to confirm that the earthquake hasn't caused any damage, but the LA Times did speak with a Westwood bagel shop owner who noted that "No bagels fell off the shelves and 'everything stayed in place.'"
These days Celebrity Homes Tours can be easily duplicated online, a little embarrassing for the passengers, and often overrun with visiting families - moody teenagers and all. But, for all of their flaws, the tours can still be a fun way to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip and peek into a way of life most of us regular folks can only dream of.
Here is a look at three Celebrity Homes Tours that are still worth the ticket price:
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
A collection of National Geographic magazines from decades past may take up shelf space, but it’s hardly something to take for granted. We recently leafed through a few mid-1960s issues from the small library in the lobby of Miami’s Freehand Hotel, and struck retro travel ad gold in this United page touting their helicopter transfer service from LAX.
These were the days of Boeing 707s, United’s campaign as “the extra care airline,” and obviously putting far too much text in magazine ads. The fine print explains it all:
You guys, we have a sad bit of news to share. The Encounter restaurant in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles International Airport has closed its doors, with no indication that it'll ever again welcome visitors for overpriced eats.
We previously shared our tips for making a long LAX layover a little more interesting by popping out of the terminal and heading up to this restaurant. Now that it's closed, there's no longer much reason to leave the secure side of the airport for a breath of Los Angeles air.
Those traveling with kiddos have a new airport option when it comes to finding fun stuff during a layover. As part of their renovation and revamp the folks over at Los Angeles International Airport have added a whole new spot for the kids to run wild.
The play area is just one aspect of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. The new place is after security—perfect for connections—and roughly 1,000 square feet for little kids and big kids to burn off some energy before or after flights. The place is open for those between ages 2 and 8, and it’s created with a beach theme in mind. In fact they’re calling the place ‘LAX Beach.’