A signature Los Angeles holiday tradition is ice skating at the various outdoor rinks throughout the city. Take advantage of the beautiful Los Angeles winter weather and get a tan as you skate on a sunny afternoon. Or you can bundle up and enjoy the crisp night air while skating under the stars. Just remember the rules of the rink and enjoy the holidays.

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While folks in Indiana, North Carolina, New York or even, ahem, Boston may beg to differ, Los Angeles has a number of reasons to call itself the basketball capital of the world. The city’s rich basketball history includes the Lakers’ 11 NBA World Championship titles, UCLA’s 11 NCAA basketball titles, a high school system that’s developed dozens of basketball greats, and a wide-ranging pick-up basketball culture featured in such films as White Men Can’t Jump. The prestigious John R.

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The LA Galaxy will play for the fourth Major League Soccer Cup title in club history and their second straight championship on Saturday, December 1st when they host the Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup 2012 at The Home Depot Center. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m.

This St. Patrick’s Day, you can enjoy as much Guinness and Jameson as you like, just as long as you remember to enjoy them responsibly. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list that not only features some of LA’s favorite Irish pubs, but includes bars that are easily accessible via Metro.

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Dream Guest is a dineLA series that asks chefs and bartenders who they’d most like to see walk into their restaurant or bar, and what they’d serve this special guest.

Eric Alperin is the co-owner of The Varnish, the acclaimed craft cocktail bar discreetly located inside the historic Cole’s French Dip in Downtown LA. The Varnish was named the Best American Cocktail Bar at the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, the cocktail and spirits industry equivalent of the James Beard Awards.

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Krista Simmons is the Food Editor at LAist and a judge on Season 4 of Top Chef Masters. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, and the LA Weekly, among others. To stay up to speed with her culinary wanderings, you can follow her on Twitter @kristasimmons or visit her site, www.kristasimmons.com. Here are her picks for dineLA's Summer Restaurant Week!

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Emily Schuman writes the award-winning blog (and now book) Cupcakes and Cashmere, which chronicles her daily posts about everything that inspires her, from fashion and food, to beauty and interior design. Emily lives in L.A. with her husband, Geoffrey, and their two cats.

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LA Foodie is Drew Hubbard and Ben Waters. They’re looking for the best eats in Los Angeles and usually finding them. LA Foodie gives us their top picks for dineLA's Summer Restaurant Week.

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