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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. Didnít 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 itís 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 dayís notice thanks to the Reserve app. So what makes this place so hot? It could be the allure of restaurantís ďgrittyĒ 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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Photos: Cathay Pacific's First Class Menu by Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

February 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once you fly in First Class, on a long-haul international flight, it's quite difficult to return to coach on another flight having tasted what's on offer in the front of the plane. This is especially true for First passengers on Cathay Pacific, not only because the First Class seats were recently updated and remain a flyer favorite, but because the airline enjoys showing off in the in-flight dining department.

For 2015, Cathay Pacific's big treats for First Class travelers are monthly menus designed by Executive Chefs from Mandarin Oriental properties around the world. We already gave you an exclusive preview of the MO New York February meals, but now it's time for March and Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

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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 dressedóthereís a lot to discuss this morning regarding the Academy Awards. For those who truly love the Oscars itís sad that itís 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 wonít 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, ďit will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.Ē

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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, Iím 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. Iím 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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Where to Visit The YouTube Star Lion Who Put On A Show, Then Went To Sleep

February 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Call it global warming. Call it natural climate change. Call it sheer good luck. But every year spring seems to arrive a little earlier and so - even though it certainly doesn't feel like it this week - zoo travel season is just around the corner.

That means it's about the time of year when travel writing flips from irritating airline security and travel politics stories to cute animals doing cute animal things.

It's not just us, either. The London-based Daily Mail published a story this week all about one of the male lions who live in our beloved San Diego Wild Animal Park, which of course was renamed the San Diego Safari Park a few years ago. The video that sparked the story is embedded below - after spending a day flying around social media - and you should make sure that you watch the whole thing. Easily worth a minute of your time.

The Daily Mail description is exactly right: the spectacle is "spine-tingling," but then the lion "got bored and retired for a nap." Because...cat.

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How to Travel to The Super Bowl: Tips for Super Bowl 50

February 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

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:

TRANSPORTATION

Air:
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.

Ground:
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.)

Parking:
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.

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4 Totally Casual Places to Eat in Venice, California

January 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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How to Make Good Use of Your New Fringed Boots and Get Tickets to Coachella 2015

January 13, 2015 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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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 yearís soiree is well underway. Check out the above photo of the under-construction ballroom tweeted by LA Times film writer Amy Kaufman yesterday. Itís nearly ready for its close-up.

While the annual Globes might be the most prominent event to grace The Beverly Hilton, the hotel has ó perhaps unsurprisingly ó 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 hereís a quick digest of some of the most hotelís 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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Where to View the Art Inspiration Behind the New Movie, 'Big Eyes'

December 26, 2014 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Guess Which Restaurant Just Opened Its First Airport Location

December 22, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 youíre 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 airportóas in donít expect the full menu.

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'Doctor Who' Star Karen Gillan Takes the Touristy Route Around LA

December 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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