Los Angeles has many qualities, but two of the most enduring are its rich diversity of global cultures and its ability to make even the most extravagant dream a reality. No other city can claim to be the Entertainment Capital of the World and also be home to cultures that speak more than 200 languages. There’s no better time to combine these two attributes than on the eve of 2013. LA offers dozens of opportunities to spend the entire last day of 2012 ringing in the New Year while cities are doing the same thing around the world. Here are a few selected options.

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For more than a century, the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena has been a festival of flowers, music and sports celebrated by a parade and college football. But the Tournament is much more: it's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry.

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There are no shortage of huts, stands, storefronts, butchers and specialty eateries serving sausage these days. While many simply purchase products off the shelf from wholesalers, others work much more closely with their purveyors to develop or execute recipes and techniques passed down through generations or learned from honing their craft in kitchens the world over.

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Cake doesn’t just have to come out for weddings, birthdays and office parties. The versatile dessert, snack or coffee companion is welcome just about anytime. Here are a baker’s dozen of the best cakes in Los Angeles.

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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.

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We are blessed with a lot of good Mexican food in Los Angeles. But for sheer number and breadth of Mexican restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops, you can’t beat Boyle Heights. Sound far? It’s really just a couple minutes from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, on the other side of the river. You can even take the Metro there, destination Mariachi Plaza.

 

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Los Angeles is the television capital of the country, and for decades many of TV’s most successful comedy series have been filmed at famed L.A. landmarks like Universal Studios Hollywood, the Studios at Paramount and Warner Bros. And not just the sitcoms with storylines set in Los Angeles. Even many shows strongly associated with another city—Seinfeld and New York, for example—were mostly shot in Los Angeles on a soundstage. The upside of all this Hollywood magic is that visitors to L.A.

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Beverly Hills is often associated with a rich and luxurious lifestyle, but the truth is that there are also many affordable activities and fun things to do for those on a budget. Whether it’s free museums and attractions, or happy hours and famous cupcakes, learn how to do Beverly Hills like an insider. 

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Generations of filmmakers have featured Beverly Hills landmarks, restaurants and hotels in movies that range from iconic romantic comedies like Pretty Woman to hit action flicks such as Beverly Hills Cop. Beverly Hills has also played itself in many a starring role. Read on for some of the best movies that take place in Beverly Hills.

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At night, Hollywood Boulevard is a catwalk lined with velvet ropes, stylish socialites and paparazzi. Hollywood's vibrant nightlife features some of the coolest bars and hottest lounges in LA. Read on and find out more about some of Hollywood's top nightspots, all located a short distance from each other, for the ultimate Tinseltown bar crawl.

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