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Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, aka the last day before Lent, and a time to fill your bellies in the spirit of final excess. For anyone of Polish heritage, however, the last Tuesday before these few weeks of going without is considered Paçzki Day. This holiday celebrates deep-fried goodness filled with fruit preserves (traditionally: prune, apricot, raspberry, cheese or custard) and topped with powdered sugar or glazed.
The traditional reason for making paçzki (pronounced: poonch-key) was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, since those were forbidden to consume during Lent. What better way to empty the house of the food you can't eat but to use it all to make a delicious little doughnut? Traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday), the treat has since taken over Mardi Gras.
If we've enticed you enough to sniff out the doughy goodness, here are some of the best bakeries to score a taste of an iconic Polish treat;
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Brian Sumers - the Los Angeles reporter who covers all things airports - promised us that we would "enjoy" the video below, which he took this week at a ceremony celebrating the groundbreaking of a new light rail line set to go from L.A.'s Mid-City to the general vicinity of LAX. He very specifically wrote "trust me" and then he followed up with "you'll enjoy it."
Brian Sumers fucking lied to us.
Let's discuss, shall we?
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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.
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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Los Angeles to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sprawling suburbs and events in each, there’s plenty of spots to ring in the New Year around LA. That makes it difficult to just pick that one perfect spot to welcome 2014, as there are several different firework displays from which to choose.
You could always climb aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for one last (fake) cruise to end 2013. There will be different ports of call—in theory—and upon the arrival at each port the ship’s horn will blow as an announcement is made to welcome guests to the next stop on their journey. Signature cocktails are available to get you in the mood for your visits to India, Brazil, and New York City before the fireworks. Boarding passes start at just $99.
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is celebrating the upcoming 2014 Hollywood Awards Season by giving away a glamorous prize pack to five lucky fans.
Winners will get two highly sought after tickets for the red carpet bleachers at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18. The SAG Awards bring together the best actors from TV and movies as they are recognized by their peers. Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lawrence, along with the casts of Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, and Arrested Development are all expected at this year's event.
Everything you need to know about this story can be summed up by the fact that, when the Associated Press wrote about it last week, the wire began their article with the phrase "brown water." We'd have to check, but we're pretty sure that in the entire history of journalism there has never been a single article that began with the phrase "brown water" and then went on to describe something happy. "Brown water" is always followed by sadness, as near as we can tell, both journalistically and otherwise.
At issue is the drinking water outside the Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX. Someone leaked emails to the Los Angeles Times about the condition of said water, which as you may have guessed by now turned brown. The color wasn't a random coincidence. It turns out that - per the Times - the water "contains high levels of bacteria and particles of copper, brass and rust."
Tourism New Zealand is once again capitalizing on their connection to The Hobbit Trilogy with a new exhibit in Los Angeles.
Yesterday, they kicked off the campaign by unveiling the World's Largest Pop-Up Book in Beverly Hills. The "book" includes original set pieces and props used in The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug, which premieres in Hollywood tonight.
Instead of holding a lottery for red carpet tickets as they've done in the past, this year the Academy Awards will harness the power of social media to find The Oscars' biggest Fans.
December 2nd, 2013 will mark the beginning of Academy Fan Appreciation Week. During that week the folks behind Hollywood's highest honor will reach out to their biggest fans on social media and offer them a pair of tickets to the 2014 Oscars Fan Experience. Fan experience tickets will include a coveted seat along the red carpet on Oscar day.
The AFI Fest has just passed its halfway mark but there are still of plenty of red-carpet galas, special screenings, and conversations left to check out.
The American Film Institute's annual festival is taking place in Los Angeles through Nov. 14 and will feature screenings of Nebraska, Lone Survivor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Inside Llewyn Davis this week.
Over the weekend the rich and the famous got into the Halloween spirit at four of Los Angeles' biggest costume parties.
Glee star Matthew Morrison hosted his fourth annual masquerade soiree at the Hollywood hotspot Warwick. Dozens of Matthew's celebrity friends came out for the bash at the warehouse-turned-nightclub, including Chris Colfer (dressed as a "sexy" R2D2), Chace Crawford (in a police uniform), Revenge actress Christa B. Allen, and Chord Overstreet (wearing a beard as Jax from Sons of Anarchy).
Leave it to Rob Zombie to combine three horror attractions and an epic music festival and create a "Great American Nightmare."
The horror attraction will feature three haunted houses, based on Zombie’s own movies, Lords Of Salem: Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses.. Each will be "shocking and sometimes disturbing" and will offer "a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salaciou shumor that will make one scream with fright and laughter."