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Now, that everyone (except maybe Gronk) has recovered from the Super Bowl XLIX game and its subsequent celebrations, let's break down one Big Game-goer's experience traveling to the Super Bowl so that come next year for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco area (the Roman numerals are being ditched for this game), you will know exactly what to do.
Of course, just like on the field, be prepared for some last-minute scrambles. And whatever you do, don't pass it into the end zone. Run it. Run it!
TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO THE SUPER BOWL, FROM SOMEONE WHO'S JUST DONE IT
A wise super bowl go'er once said "Hotel, Transportation, Tickets, if you overpay for all three it is going to be a very expensive weekend." Even though seeing the most spectacular sports show in America, up-close and in person is going to cost you, and cost you more than you've ever paid for a weekend getaway, the trick is not to overpay for all three items. Let's start with getting to the game:
The hub airport (PHX this year, SFO, OAK and SJC next year) will begin raising all SB weekend rates to and from a couple weeks before the game. If you book early (meaning you don't care what teams are playing) you will pay less. If you book after the NFL Championship weekend, look at surrounding airports, and then car rental rates.
That car rental will come in handy in a sprawling location lacking in public transportation (PHX), however, if the game is in a place like San Diego, or San Francisco, you can take the train into the game and could nix the car. The Super Bowl will probably lock down transit on game day, so a game ticket will be a must before nearing the stadium (see below.)
Again, location dependent. If you can take public transportation comfortably, do so. If you find a free shuttle to and from the game, hop on. If you are driving, pre book your parking spot online so you roll in with a pass.
Hollywood is so over. Yes, we realize we may never lunch in this town again for saying that but we'll be ok. That's because we have these four, clutch and totally casual Venice restaurants to dine at, whether it be for lunch, breakfast, dinner or brunch. No power suits needed. And they are all a bike ride away from the beach (but you know you'll just drive anyways.)
So, see you there?
1. Superba Food & Bread: Situated on Lincoln Boulevard, just north of Venice Boulevard, Superba is the brightly colored home of the everything croissant stuffed with cream cheese. This will blow your mind (especially if you love bagels) and make you forget about any cronut or cronut spin-off that ever existed. The bakery and coffee bar open at 7am but proper table service doesn't begin until 9am. Which is probably when you should go as the place fills up in the later morning hours. Aside from the everything croissant, do not leave without ordering some avocado toast or the Moroccan eggs. Superba also serves lunch and dinner (until 10pm most nights) and you can expect the same creative mash-up of wholesome ingredients and comfort foods that you see at breakfast.
With a lineup that includes AC/DC, Jack White, David Guetta, Ryan Adams, FKA Twigs, Drake, and 100 other acts spread out over over two weekends, its no surprise Coachella 2015 sold out in record time. (Again.) But, if you missed out on last week's ticket release, there's still hope.
The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was one of Google's most searched music festivals in 2014, takes place each April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This year's fest will be held during two separate weeks--April 10 - 12 and April 17 - 19.
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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.
The release of Tim Burton's Big Eyes may have been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding another Christmas Day release, but that hasn't stopped the film's subject, Margaret Keane, from enjoying her rekindled fame.
Big Eyes follows the drama behind Keane's famous big eyes portraits, which her husband, Walter Keane, passed off as his own until they eventually divorced and she took him to court.
Believe it or not, but as of a few weeks ago there were absolutely no Jack in the Box locations within airports. We say "as of a few weeks ago," because the first has just barely opened, and you'll find it at San Diego International Airport.
Head to SAN's Terminal 1 to order a Jumbo Jack, but it's not a problem if you’re arriving or departing from Terminal 2 East. That terminal gets a location as well, as the fast food chain focuses on some of the best sellers and essentials at the airport—as in don’t expect the full menu.
According to Doctor Who star Karen Gillan, you're never too old to spend your birthday at Disneyland.
Gillan spent her 27th birthday hitting every ride in the park, including Big Thunder Mountain, as she proudly wore a little mermaid tiara and carried a magic wand. She completed her birthday ensemble with personalized Happy Birthday pin courtesy of Disney.
That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).
For years and year it was known as Taylor's Refresher, but now it’s called Gott’s Roadside. The name may have changed but the roadside restaurant and its “tray gourmet” has remained the same. Sure Napa Valley is known for its wine, the English muffins over at The Model Bakery, and that perfect pork chop at Mustards Grill; however, to us the burger and fries are the reason we continue to visit year after year.
We realize that there are best of lists from here to eternity when it comes to burgers, but we have to say our pick is the Western Bacon Blue Ring at Gott’s Roadside. The thing is topped with barbeque sauce, an onion ring, local blue cheese, pickles, red onion, and bacon—and all of those ingredients are doing their thing between a toasted egg bun.
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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The accident immediately killed test co-pilot Michael Tyner Alsbury [memorial fund] and wounded pilot Peter Siebold, who emergency ejected and parachuted to the ground.
Preliminary NTSB reports note that no explosion occurred, and that an early deployment of the craft's feathering systema function that adjusts SS2 into something of a shuttlecock shape for re-entrymay have been the cause of the spacecraft's breaking apart.
Many are wondering if this will shut down the program, but Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides are clear in their statements that this tragedy is an obstacle, not an end. "Space is hard—but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together."
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Above: SpaceShipTwo (center) hangs from her carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, as they prepare for today's test flight at MHV
[Update: California Highway Patrol verifies that, of the two SpaceShipTwo pilots, one is confirmed dead and the other suffered serious injuries and was transported from the scene by helicopter. The names of the pilots have not been released.]
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was destroyed during a test flight today, shortly after setting out under its own rocket power over the California desert.
The spacecraft first left the runway under its carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, at 9:19am PST this morning. SpaceShipTwo was then released and fired up her rocket engine around 10:07am, which is when Virgin Galactic tweeted, "Ignition! #SpaceShipTwo is flying under rocket power again. Stay tuned for updates."
Tragically the next update, only 6 minutes later, announced that the craft had experienced an "in-flight anomaly."
SpaceShipTwo currently only seats two pilots, both of whom are equipped with parachutes for emergency ejection. Early reports indicate that at least one parachute was observed after the mid-air explosion, although the status of the pilots hasn't yet been ascertained (see updates at top of story). Wreckage of the craft is visible on the ground.
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To celebrate the release of their new animated movie, Big Hero 6, Disney is giving away a trip to San Francisco.
During this Adventures by Disney getaway, one lucky winner and their family will explore the city that served as the inspiration for Big Hero 6's setting -San Fransokyo.
The four day/three night Disney Adventures San Francisco Long Weekend includes stops at the Walt Disney Family Museum and Lucasfilm, a guided tour of the Bay, a ferry to Angel Island State Park, and other activities.