Starline Tours LGBT Itinerary for Los Angeles

02/03/2014

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Starline Tours is featuring a new LGBT Itinerary for Los Angeles, providing an insider’s guide to experiencing the many LGBT faces of LA. Using the Starline CitySightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off service, LGBT visitors can enjoy touring the city from the unique viewpoint of an open-top double-decker bus. With this itinerary, LGBT visitors can cover a week’s worth of excitement in 48 hours and go back home with unforgettable memories from one of the world’s most dynamic and LGBT-friendly cities.

The LGBT Itinerary features many locations of interest to LGBT travelers, along with the corresponding Hop-on Hop-off tour routes and stops numbers, and is downloadable from the Starline CitySightseeing website. Discounted 48-hour unlimited tickets may be purchased in advance at www.citysightseeingla.com.

Following are a few of the highlights featured in the Starline Tours LGBT itinerary, with stops spread out along the main Starline Hop-On Hop-Off routes.

Lucky Chinese Dishes in Los Angeles

02/02/2014

Clarissa Wei

The Chinese New Year began on Jan. 31, 2014. It’s the start of the Lunar Calendar and the onset of the agricultural season. For the Chinese, this date is single-handedly the most important holiday of the year. It’s a 15-day soiree - a time of reunion, a time for family. Each day has a new theme. The first day is for lighting fireworks and bamboo sticks, the fifth day is for dumplings, and so on. The last day of the festival is called the Yuan Xiao Festival, reserved for eating tang yuan – a sweet rice ball stuffed with sesame paste, grounded peanuts or red bean. The common link for each day is food: the half-month is filled with an abundance of dishes. After all, food is the cornerstone of Chinese culture. Traditional dishes are steeped with symbolism – many of which are homophones for lucky phrases.

Here are ten auspicious Chinese dishes and where to get them in the greater Los Angeles area.

Ten Romantic Los Angeles Movies

01/30/2014

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With L.A.’s sunny weather, breathtaking scenery and spectacular sunsets, it’s no wonder that romance seems to be everywhere in the City of Angels. Filmmakers have made romantic movies in Los Angeles for generations, and we’ve picked ten of the best, from the silent era to the near future.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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