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On Sunday, I was sitting in Terminal 4 at LAX, having a coffee at Campanile during a layover. I was seated in one of the last bar stools, right by the glass display case where sandwiches and salads are sold to go. I was enjoying this seat for the sake of people watching, but for the most part I was minding my own business.
Then, someone came up and bought a salad, and I almost fell off my bar stool. I couldn’t believe what the charge had been for the chicken Caesar salad, the one in the clear plastic take-away container. I also couldn’t believe the customer had gone through with the purchase after he heard the price. Ready for this? Including tax, $19 and change!
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Jack Black has once again put together a first-rate lineup of musicians and comedians for Festival Supreme, taking place October 25th at the Sports Arena and Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles.
The show's main focus is comedy, with stand-up performances by Cheech and Chong, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Dr. Demento, Norm MacDonald, Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and many more on the roster.
We told you to expect some frustrations and disruptions at LAX over the next few years as it remodels, but the good news is that we're already starting to see the benefits of the modernization in the form of new restaurants, shops, lounges, aesthetics, and other conveniences, such as new checkpoints, baggage screening, and gate designs.
We've seen firsthand how nice the Tom Bradley International Terminal turned out to be, and if you'd like to know what's going on and what to look for next time you fly through, LAX has designed a website to keep you in the loop.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, as over the weekend they defeated the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three years. The National Hockey League takes to the streets today in Southern California, as it’s time for a victory parade. Things take place today—Monday—so be sure to plan an escape plan from work sooner than later.
Although the city isn't necessarily known for its hockey fans there were around 250,000 in attendance a couple years ago, so we can only expect even more today when things kick of at around noon—local time. Downtown is where things will take place, as stuff will start at the corners of Figueroa and West 5th streets, and then the people and players will move south along Figueroa Street and end at LA Live. Things should run for no more than 45 minutes or so, and then there will be a fan rally inside the Staples Center—unfortunately it’s already sold out.
FX's most beloved series Sons of Anarchy is coming to an end, which has fans scrambling to find out where they might be filming their final episodes. Luckily you have us to ask; here's a look at three filming locations where you'll be able to catch Jax and company shooting throughout the summer:
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Last summer, United launched a partnership with Mercedes-Benz at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and began picking up its elite flyers planeside and driving them to their connecting flights. It was not an industry first, but it was far from industry standard here in the States. Now, just a year later, United has expanded this service to its hubs in Chicago, Newark, San Francisco, and, most recently, Los Angeles, with no signs of stopping.
If you're not familiar with the service, what United and other airlines have now started doing is meeting its most favored flyers on the tarmac when they land and escorting them to their connecting flight. In United's case at LAX, it picks up its Global Services members and United Global First customers in a Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC SUV.
Summer is synonymous with vacation, but apparently the warmer weather also brings plenty of airport construction. We’ve already mentioned that both Newark and San Francisco will have their share of delays thanks to upgrade ands and improvements, and it looks like the construction crews are on the move once again—this time they’re headed over to Los Angeles and LAX.
The airport is in the middle of billions and billions of renovations, and airport officials recently admitted that traveling to or through the airport over the next few years might just be a pain. Even getting to the airport is going to take a little extra time and patience, as crews will be repaving and resurfacing the roads in and around the property.
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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.”