Hidden Gems in the Westside of Los Angeles: Part 1

01/28/2014

Esther Tseng

The Mid-City area of LA’s Westside is a treasure trove of art, culture, shopping and dining. The wide range of the area's multicultural residents is exemplary of what Los Angeles is all about - there are pockets and enclaves of each that contribute to the city's beautiful patchwork quilt. And while there's no shortage of museums to see, shops to browse, or restaurants to dine at, you may want to get to know a lesser-known dimension of this side of town. Whether you're a visitor or a resident, there's something new to be learned about this area at the center of Los Angeles.

Discover Charlie Chaplin's Los Angeles

01/27/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was one of the most important and influential figures in history, named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century for the "laughter [he brought] to millions." Chaplin's extraordinary talents included acting, writing, and composing. Several of his films are considered among the greatest in all of cinema. Chaplin’s iconic “Little Tramp” character transcends the movie industry and is known around the world. At the height of his fame and artistry, Chaplin lived and worked in Los Angeles. From his favorite lunch table to his namesake studio, here are ten places where you can discover Charlie Chaplin’s Los Angeles.

The Best Nachos in Los Angeles

01/27/2014

Joshua Lurie

Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya supposedly invented nachos at the Victory Club, a Piedras Negras restaurant located just across from the Texas border. What’s now a widespread classic initially featured fried tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeños. In LA, they’re rarely so restrained, and while nachos typically appear at Mexican restaurants, that's not always the case. Here are 10 of our favorite Los Angeles nachos.

Beverly Hills Centennial Celebration

01/27/2014

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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, the City of Beverly Hills turns 100 years old. The entire community is invited to a year-long celebration that includes exclusive offers, local events and community activities that pay tribute to the past, present and future of Beverly Hills. Commemorative items include a centennial pin; a centennial coffee mug; cookbook featuring Beverly Hills chefs; and In the Spirit of Beverly Hills, a look back at 100 years of the city’s history. Events and activities include the Arts of Palm installation, photography exhibit, tree planting, time capsule and much more.

As part of the centennial celebration, several Beverly Hills hotels are participating in the Suite 100 program. Each hotel is featuring a redesigned suite that captures a time period from the last 100 years, with inspiration from celebrities, fashion and lifestyle trends. Rooms in the Suite 100 program are available for booking starting on Jan. 28, for stays from March 7 through December 2014.

For more information on the Beverly Hills Centennial, call 310.285.1080. A complete schedule of events is available online: www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/centennialcelebration.

Los Angeles Weekend Events: Jan. 24-26, 2014

01/24/2014

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Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Los Angeles Hotels

01/23/2014

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Forbes Travel Guide has released its 56th Annual Star Ratings list. The 2014 worldwide list of hotels, spas and restaurants includes 97 Five-Star hotels, the most in the guide’s history. Formerly the Mobil Travel Guide, the Forbes Travel Guide created its 5-star rating system in 1958. The guide’s in-depth hotel inspections span two nights and three days. Each property is rated according to 800 objective criteria, with an emphasis on service. Following are the Los Angeles hotels that earned the coveted Five-Star rating.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

01/21/2014

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Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, is the most significant holiday of the year in China, as well as countries and territories with large Chinese populations, and in Chinatowns across the country. The Lunar New Year is celebrated with colorful parades, festivals, and most importantly, large family gatherings. It’s also a time to honor ancestors and to give thanks for good fortune. Sumptuous meals with “lucky” dishes, red envelopes (hongbao), and firecrackers are all traditional parts of the festivities.

Los Angeles is celebrating the Year of the Horse with events ranging from a traditional temple ceremony to a lavish buffet, spectacular parade, and great deals for shopping and hotels. Gōng xǐ fā cái!

dineLA’s Restaurant Week Picks by Jonathan Grahm of Compartés

01/21/2014

Jonathan Grahm

Jonathan Grahm is one of the youngest and most prolific artisan chocolatiers in the country. He's been making chocolate since he was 14, and is known for his 200+ handmade varieties of gourmet organic chocolates, Love Nuts and chocolate bars made from scratch at his Los Angeles-based artisanal chocolate company, Compartés Chocolatier. Jonathan's unique revision of Compartés, an LA chocolate tradition since 1950, has garnered a worldwide reputation. His ornate patterned truffles and confections, made with ingredients sourced from local farmers markets around the city, represent LA with a vibrant mix of art, design, culture, fashion, food, and of course chocolate. Jonathan was recently named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30, and his chocolates were named one of Oprah's Favorite Things 2013, as well as featured in Bon Appetit, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Glamour, W, and more.

As a native Angeleno, Jonathan is very excited about the new and exciting changes and additions to LA's thriving dining scene. Following are some of Jonathan’s top picks from dineLA’s Restaurant Week.