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4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA

March 3, 2015 at 10:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hollywood is so over. Didn’t we already tell you that? The new place to be when visiting Los Angeles is Downtown, affectionately called DTLA.

The previously disregarded area of LA is experiencing a major development boom. The building of apartment buildings and hotels has been going on for about a decade now, so it’s not a brand-new boom but Downtown has really been upping its game in terms of restaurants and bars.

Here are 4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA. And yes, these are totally worth the traffic on the 10. (But may we suggest going at lunch when possible.)

BESTIA
This is one of the hottest, and hardest, reservations to get in LA right now. One of our friends was told it was a three-month wait but then was able to get in on a day’s notice thanks to the Reserve app. So what makes this place so hot? It could be the allure of restaurant’s “gritty” location in a former industrial warehouse on E. 7th Street (which is pretty east in DTLA.) The valet stand (oh yes, they still these here) is in a back alley. But we think it has to do with the mouth-watering food and the bumpin' vibe. The menu is mostly Italian and almost all meat. Meat of all kinds. But the best dishes are the ones that combine the excellent pasta with the tender meat, like the roasted bone marrow filled with a spinach gnocchetti. As for the ambience, when we walked in, Biggie Smalls was playing. Throughout the meal, the music continued to be the early 90s rap and hip hop that we grew up on. Pasta, meat, and rap? Dream come true.

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The Academy Museum Will Cure Your Oscar Hangover (But Not Until 2017)

February 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

From the winners and losers to the best and worst dressed—there’s a lot to discuss this morning regarding the Academy Awards. For those who truly love the Oscars it’s sad that it’s only a one-night affair, but there is hope. Officials behind the award are hard at work to provide a year-round place to pay tribute to those little gold statues, and the movies and people that won them.

While you won’t be able to cure your Oscar hangover with a visit this week, there are plans in the works to create and construct something known as The Academy Museum. Think cutting edge galleries, plenty of exhibition spaces, ample movie theaters, and a few spots to hold special events. As they put it, “it will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.”

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Lights, Camera, Bucket List Action: One Woman's Dream Trip to Los Angeles

February 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of people love to talk about what's on their Travel Bucket List but today, Jaunted's Charyn Pfeuffer tells us what it was like to actually fulfill a Travel Bucket List for a close friend, proving that you don't have to go somewhere far far away to have the trip of a lifetime.

As much as I love making to-do lists, I’m not a big fan of bucket lists. I believe in making things happen ASAP instead of stockpiling a bunch of dreams to accomplish over the course of a lifetime. I’m a gotta have it now kind of gal; patience is not my strong suit.

But when dear friend of mine, Mary, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a small group of friends and I decided to take her on a trip of a lifetime. Her trip of a lifetime. We listened to what Mary wanted to do, took her health into consideration, and planned a getaway fit for a princess. (Mary loves all things pink and sparkly.)

Her destination of choice? Mary wanted to go to Los Angeles and attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since these tickets are tough to get, we booked this part of the trip first. Once we did that, we bought her First Class nonstop tickets on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Burbank.

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Why HBO's Sunday Night Line-Up is The Most Travel-Inspiring Night on TV

January 16, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the return of Girls, Looking, and the debut of Togetherness, Sunday night on HBO has become the most travel-inspiring night on TV.

Each show perfectly captures the city in which it is set, for Girls, that means Brooklyn, for Looking its San Francisco, and now, Togetherness is showing us a new side of L.A.

Hannah might be moving to Iowa on the show but, in reality, she never leaves Brooklyn. A few of the new locations to look out for in season four of Girls include Brooklyn's Ditmas Park neighborhood, which is playing Iowa on the show, to the dismay of locals.

Another location that is new for this season is The Gutter in Williamsburg. According to Bustle, the cast and crew spent two days filming at the Brooklyn bowling alley last summer.

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Why The Host Hotel for The Golden Globes Might Be One of LA's Most Historic Spots

January 9, 2015 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Stock up on salsa and chips and get start warming up your live-tweet thumbs. The Golden Globes broadcast is happening this Sunday, January 11.

Now in its 72nd year, the annual ceremony has taken place at The Beverly Hilton (in Beverly Hills, duh) every year since 1961. And the setup for this year’s soiree is well underway. Check out the above photo of the under-construction ballroom tweeted by LA Times film writer Amy Kaufman yesterday. It’s nearly ready for its close-up.

While the annual Globes might be the most prominent event to grace The Beverly Hilton, the hotel has — perhaps unsurprisingly — a pretty storied history. Several other famous (and infamous) events incidents have gone down at the Hilton over the years, involving celebrities, politicos, and quite a bit of bump-and-grind.

You can see the full list over on HotelChatter but here’s a quick digest of some of the most hotel’s most historic marquee moments. And yes, this is all celeb-related. Remember that in LA, celebrity history is like, just as important as like, textbook history, or whatever you call it.

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How to Get Free Tickets to the AFI Fest in Los Angeles

November 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

On Thursday, one of Hollywood's biggest and best film festivals, AFI Fest, kicks off and its not too late to get in for free.

This year's festival highlights include Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, and The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg. Among AFI Fest's other special events is On Acting: A Conversation with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.

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Last Chance for Fans to Visit the 'Sons of Anarchy' Set in LA

October 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week Sons of Anarchy is shooting their final episode, ever. As the end of SOA nears, fans aren't just losing their favorite show, they're also losing one of L.A.'s most popular pop culture tourist attractions.

Sons' main set - the Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair Shop - is located next to their studio at 7333 Radford Ave, North Hollywood and is visible from the road, making it a must-see filming location for SOA fans visiting the Los Angeles area. Many fans have been lucky enough to see the show filming there, too.

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How to Get Last-Minute Tickets to Screamfest LA

October 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week Hollywood is going to get a little scarier.

Screamfest, the world's biggest horror film festival, kicks off tonight at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and will feature up and coming horror directors while also honoring the best in the biz.

The festival has earned a reputation for finding the next best next thing in horror. Back in 2007 they showcased the then little known independent movie Paranormal Activity which went on the earn more than $60 million at the box office in its first month.

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How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurricane Evacuation from Cabo San Lucas

September 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the days following last week's category 3 Hurricane Odile and the destruction of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, both military and commercial jets mustered and pooled resources to rescue a thousands of stranded and weary travelers. Among the airlines to provide free relief flights were United, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and Virgin America.

The September 18 relief flight by Virgin America transported pallets stacked with water and food to Cabo and brought back a planeful of trapped tourists. Flying nonstop from Los Cabos to San Francisco, they fared far better than those who ended up with transport only as far as Tijuana. Virgin America has been one of the greatest champions of Cabo travel in the few years since they began flying to SJD, in the winter of 2010.

The plane to fly the mission was N855VA, named "screw it, let's do it" after one of Richard Branson's books. The lucky passengers who made it onboard surely echoed the sentiment, after queuing down airport roads for hours in the sun, waiting for a flight any flight to get them out of there.

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Inside the New Oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX

September 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Freshly opened back in June, the new International Business Lounge within the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport is the result of a combined effort from Oneworld alliance partners Qantas, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. Located on level 5, it can accommodate up to 400 people and is open from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Earlier this month, we swung through to take a look around during an 8-hour layover from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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LAX Preps for Yet Another Crazy Major Facelift

September 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (2)

Earlier this year, LAX, the airport everyone loves to hate, unveiled their newest and flashest digs at Tom Bradley International Terminal and we thought it was pretty cool. Now it's Terminal 1 and 2's turn to revamp, and all with the help of Westfield.

After signing the $300 million check to refresh the tired space that's known as home to Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic (amongst others), airport officials now plan to create a unique experience divided up into three separate "districts." The terminal will be a far departure from the standard hallways you see now, as it introduces a "Commercial Hub" that connects to a Dining Terrace featuring plenty of lounge-style seating allowing travelers to end up in "The Strand," an open, flowing dining and shopping district with a grand, flowing staircase leading to a mezzanine with café that overlooks the common-area below.

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How to Get Tickets to the Playboy Mansion Halloween Party

September 16, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hugh Hefner is getting ready to welcome the world's sexiest ghosts and ghouls to the annual Playboy Halloween Party.

The Official Playboy Halloween Party at the Playboy Mansion, taking place on Oct. 25, is known for its haunted houses, spooky performers, musical guests, good eats and, of course, open bars.

As usual, the event is put on by Karma and though the most affordable (as in four-figure) tickets are sold out, there's still a few "VIP" packages in the low five-figures, if you're keen to see with the inside of the infamous mansion looks like. Spoiler alert: VICE found it depressing.

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