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Get Your Bearings: From ...
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Cities/
LAX
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Sidewalks paved with stars
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IT’...
GLAMOUR. FUN. SHOPPING. DINING. ENTERTAINMENT.
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SantaMonica
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  1. 1. WHERE EVERY MOMENT
  2. 2. IS BREATHTAKING
  3. 3. FEATURES 4WelcometoLosAngeles From the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. 6TheRegionsof L.A. Get Your Bearings: From bohemian beach cities to Hollywood glamour, get acquainted with the many sides of the City of Angels. 16MyL.A. Life Nina Dobrev, star of The Vampire Diaries, shares some of her favorite local hot spots. 19Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story: Stargazer, romantic, history buff…we’ve got a plan for every personal style. Plus: First-timer? Here’s what you must see in L.A. 38GreatSports Q&A with Brian Wilson: The Dodgers’ wildly popular, hard-throwing relief pitcher, aka “The Beard,” talks about his morning commute, outdoor workouts, and looking good in Dodger blue. Find out where to keep score in L.A. 42DininginL.A. Trendsetting Cuisine: Top chefs talk about what’s new in the city’s dynamic restaurant scene. Also, quintessential L.A. eateries. 46CalendarofEvents Spring and Summer in L.A.: Save the date! You won’t want to miss what Angelenos have in store. 48AllThingsL.A. In the Know: What to expect during your stay and how to learn more. 50AirportReport LAX’s VIP Experience: The inspired design of the Tom Bradley International Terminal creates a new kind of travel day. 52GettingAround See L.A. Car-Free: Go anywhere and everywhere on Metro. THE DIRECTORY Yourguidetowhere tostay,whattodo,and wheretoeatinL.A. 54Attractions&Recreation 70Arts,Music&Entertainment 75Dining 82Nightlife 85Shopping 87VisitorResources 89Transportation 93Accommodations 2 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 Contents ON THE COVER: Los Angeles through the lens of locals: Santa Monica resident Pat Blake captured early morning on Manhattan Beach; John Mander caught the Griffith Observatory just after sunset during a hike on the Griffith Park trails; and Candace C. Montgomery snapped a glowing Disney Concert Hall. LOWER RIGHT: Hollywood Sign/Joseph Sohm/ Visions of America/CORBIS. 42 38 24L.A. trendsetter, Chef Suzanne Goin Knuckleballs from Dodger Brian Wilson The Getty Villa: romantic culture Tender Greens’ fresh local fare LOS ANGELES VISITORS GUIDE SPRING & SUMMER 2014 SUZANNEGOIN:DAVIDYOUNG-WOLFFPHOTOGRAPHY;BRIANWILSON:JONSOOHOO/LADODGERS
  4. 4. 4 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 What’sYourL.A.Story? Listings in this publication are based on information provided by members as of May 2014. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication. Copyright © 2014 by L.A. Tourism, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. No portion of this publication may be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or re- produced in any way without the express written permission of L.A. Tourism, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. L.A. Tourism and Los Angeles Magazine Custom Publishing make no endorse- ment, representation, or warranty regard- ing any goods or services advertised or listed in this publication. Listings and ad- vertisements are provided by the subject companies and L.A. Tourism and Los An- geles Magazine Custom Publishing shall not be responsible or liable for any inaccu- racy, omission, or infringement of any third party’s rights therein, or for personal injury or any other damage or injury whatsoever. 333 S. Hope St., 18th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071 www.discoverLosAngeles.com Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances Tom Mullen Vice President, Communications Susan Lomax Senior Director, Marketing John Boudouvas CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS   5900 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.801.0100   Publisher Erika Anderson Associate Publisher, Advertising Sales Michael Petruncola Associate Publisher, Marketing & Brand Integrated Solutions Tracy Seng Content Solutions Director Mitch Getz   To advertise, contact Michael Petruncola, 323.801.0051, mpetruncola@lamag.com LOS ANGELES IS THE ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL of the world—the place to catch a glimpse of stardom or just get a taste of the A-list life. Filled with the lifestyle playgrounds and landmarks of the famous; trendsetting nightlife and fashion scenes; acclaimed dining and cultural attractions second to none, the options are endless in L.A. It’s also a city all about stories. Not just screenplays and novels, but real-life stories that could only happen in L.A. Maybe it’s an action- adventure story. A fantasy. A romance. We’ve developed this Los Angeles Visitors Guide to help you find the backdrops and the experiences to put your L.A. story together.  For even more detailed information on where to go and what to do, visit our website at discoverLosAngeles.com. And to share your story or to get ideas from others, check out our social media channels at facebook.com/LosAngelesFan, @discoverLA on Twitter, discoverLA on Instagram, and discoverLA on Pinterest. Read on to discover all that’s happening in the City of Angels, one of the most exciting cities in the world! Ernest Wooden Jr. PRESIDENT AND CEO LOS ANGELES TOURISM & CONVENTION BOARD Welcome! Follow your style and this guide to create your unique Los Angeles experience. »FOR A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE LOS ANGELES VISITORS GUIDE, VISIT DISCOVERLOSANGELES.COM.
  5. 5. WHEN YOU TAKE TO THE CITY, TAKE YOUR AMERICAN EXPRESS® CARD ©2014 American Express Company. All rights reserved. Explore Los Angeles withusHit the beach for oceanfront dining or the Fashion District for SoCal style. Watch a live taping of a TV show or your favorite team on their home turf. Wherever your L.A. adventure leads, experience more with your American Express® Card.
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  7. 7. Beach Cities/ LAX Not one oceanfront, but many [ RUNNING ALL ALONG THE COASTLINE FROM 33 MILES NORTHWEST TO 16 MILES SOUTHWEST TO 24 MILES DUE SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN ] L.A. FRONTS THE PACIFIC OCEAN and has a strand and a burg for every beach visitor. Venice Beach has a counterculture vibe and a perpetual carnival of dancers, drummers, and street performers, while bikers on beach cruisers weave through all the fun. Just inland, Venice turns trendy—even edgy—along Abbot Kinney Boulevard, lined with cafes and unique boutiques. Up the coast is Malibu, rural and laid-back, where surf central is Surfside Beach at the Malibu Pier. Down the coast is Marina del Rey, L.A.’s upscale small-boat harbor, where you can take a stroll, enjoy a sunset sail, or paddle around by kayak or paddleboard. Continuing south, below LAX, are the South Bay good- time towns—Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach—barefoot hangouts with friendly eateries, good surf, beach volleyball, and an endless people- watching show. L.A.’s southernmost beach city is the harbor town of San Pedro, home of the battleship USS IOWA and Harbor Breeze Cruises. San Pedro is full of small- town charm, walkable and family friendly. Take the ferry from here to Catalina Island for a Mediterranean-style seaside village vibe. 1 Spring & Summer 2014 | discoverLosAngeles.com | 7 LosAngelesspansbeaches, deserts,mountains,and islandsandrisesto10,068feet fromsealevel.Here’syour guidetothevastgeography, famouslandmarks,and distinctivetownsthatmake upthelandofendlesssummer. MAP ILLUSTRATION BY LINZIE HUNTER The Regions of L.A. Get Your Bearings
  8. 8. BeverlyHills No charge for looking [ 13 MILES NORTHWEST OF DOWNTOWN ] IT’S A FACT THAT L.A.’S VENERABLE seat of luxury—the place the world equates with all things sumptuous, exquisite, tasteful—does not charge an admission fee. There are no gates around Beverly Hills. This show is free. Of course the 90210 offers every opportunity to live the life of luxury. That might be at one of its hotels like the Beverly Wilshire or The Beverly Hills Hotel, aka Pink Palace, with its refurbished bungalows and classic rendezvous spot, The Polo Lounge. Take a suite, or simply take a cup of coffee and enjoy the elite ambience. You can shop Rodeo Drive for Chanel, Cartier, Fendi, Armani, et al., or simply window shop as you let everyone wonder who you are. Naturally, you can splurge for dinner—at Bouchon, CUT, or Urasawa—but there’s always lunch, or you can choose from plenty of casual eateries. More interested in real estate? Whether you’re lookie-looing or ready to shell out eight figures, the grand estates are mainly out in the open, and it’s a visual treat to drive by and revel in their beauty. Downtown/ L.A.Metro Now cool, and knows it DOWNTOWN KNOWS IT’S HOT, AND DOESN’T MERELY PEG its pride on the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s shimmering undulations—though how many buildings anywhere do you actually want to touch? Thanks to a flurry of redevelopment, Downtown is now practically giddy with music, art, sports, and actual residents. It’s a living place, and at all hours. Enjoy dozens of small galleries, eclectic bistros for a bite or brew, or rooftop cocktails. Buildings command respect, even awe, such as the Central Library and Union Station. Downtown at times feels happily nostalgic, like when you queue up for a French dip sandwich or a wee-hours breakfast, or stumble on crazy bargains in the Fashion District or Jewelry District. There’s ample glitz, too—like the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, as well as the STAPLES Center, L.A.’s eminent big-concert venue that also hosts Lakers and Clippers basketball and Kings hockey. Beyond the skyscrapers is the L.A. Metro area, where the Space Shuttle Endeavour has landed in Exposition Park and where neighborhoods on the rise like Silver Lake and Echo Park blend trendy with rich architectural heritage. 2 3 Walt Disney Concert Hall Downtown skyline Two Rodeo The Regions of L.A. Get Your Bearings BEVERLYHILLS:TRAVISCONKLIN(TOP),MEDIOIMAGES/PHOTODISC(BOTTOM); DOWNTOWN:TRAVISCONKLIN(TOP),RICHARDCARROLL(BOTTOM) Beverly Hills City Hall Beverly Hills City Hall
  9. 9. 7000 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90028 T: 323 466 7000 W: THOMPSONHOTELS.COM
  10. 10. 10 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 Hollywood Sidewalks paved with stars [ JUST NORTHWEST OF DOWNTOWN ] IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT IN HOLLYWOOD, SHOW BUSINESS hangs in the air. It also stocks the boutiques (you just might find some memorabilia here) and even paves the sidewalks. Reading the names embedded in the Walk of Fame’s star-studded walkways along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street is a nostalgic treat—and a bit of a trivia game, since no one is likely to be familiar with all 2,500 celebs. The heart of it all is the TCL Chinese Theatre, where on the famous forecourt you can match handprints, footprints, and hoofprints with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Carmen Miranda, and Trigger, Roy Rogers’ palomino. You can also take your star search inside at the Hollywood Museum, or sit beneath the kind of stars that shimmer in the sky by taking in a concert at the beloved Hollywood Bowl. If you’re keen to glean the workings of star-making machinery, visit Universal Studios Hollywood . It’s more than a theme park filled with thrills; it is also a working movie studio where chance celeb encounters happen. Universal Studios Hollywood is also home to CityWalk® , where to walk is to be entertained (the massive signs are a show unto themselves), to dine is to be entertained, and where a night at the movies is, appropriately, an event. 4 Westside Sophistication within reach THE WESTSIDE IS BRIGHT AND SHINY L.A., affluent and sophisticated, but not in a nose- up-in-the-air way. We’re talking upscale walkable clusters where artsy enclaves and museums give culture an accessible spin, often within strolling reach of some of the city’s best hotels. Walk around. Window shop. Lose yourself in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or The Getty museum, two of the world’s great cultural institutions. In Brentwood, enjoy a neighborhood where locals spill from hillside mansions into streets lined with boutiques and eateries that sport three or four dollar signs apiece. Culver City is emerging and always changing. Walk its hip downtown or gallery district, then return tomorrow to find galleries and sidewalk cafes that weren’t there yesterday. But don’t neglect Westside standbys like L.A.’s original Farmers Market, with its 100-plus purveyors of goodies. Finally, salute the Westside for having shopping malls that are walkable attractions in themselves. The Grove, the Beverly Center, and the Westfield Century City—airy and entertaining—confirm that L.A. is the place to shop. 5 Pantages Theatre The Getty Center LACMA HOLLYWOOD:GLENNCORMIER(TOP),ROBERTLANDAU(BOTTOM) The Regions of L.A. Get Your Bearings
  11. 11. GLAMOUR. FUN. SHOPPING. DINING. ENTERTAINMENT. THERE’S ONE PLACE IN LA TO FIND IT ALL. TheGroveLA @TheGroveLA thegrovela.com Splendid Vince Unionmade J.Crew J.Crew Mens Shop Nordstrom American Girl Place Topshop Topman Anthropologie Michael Kors Apple Coach Nike Running Madewell MAC Cosmetics Barneys New York UGG Australia Madewell Fresh See’s Candies Umami Burger Sprinkles Cupcakes The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge La Piazza Ristorante Italiano Bar Verde at Nordstrom partial listing 189 THE GROVE DRIVE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90036 323.900.8080
  12. 12. SantaMonica Superlative seaside scenes [ 15 MILES WEST OF DOWNTOWN, ON THE SHORELINE ] SEASIDE SANTA MONICA IS A CITY OF SCENES, VISTAS that you can plug into to suit your mood. Ideally, your mood has to do with a taste for fun, because you just can’t do Santa Monica without having a good time. Maybe start with a stroll of Palisades Park, a scene of strollers and joggers, yogis and gawkers, and also a bluffside overlook for killer views—ocean, mountain, miles of beach—long, sandy, perfect. You’ll have a great view of Santa Monica Pier, too, but the pier wants your presence, not just your admiration. Make your way down to its Pacific Park for a brightly colored spin on timeless carnival fun. A few blocks inland is Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, equal parts pedestrian shopping zone and stretched-out stage for some of the West Coast’s best street performers. Even minus street entertainers, the sidewalks of Montana Avenue—Santa Monica’s upscale shopping scene—are pretty entertaining, lined as they are with one-of-a-kind boutiques and cafes. Be sure to give equal time to Main Street, a place for bargains and finds and friendly coffeehouses tucked into historic buildings, where time slows just a bit in on-the-go Santa Monica. Pasadena Timeless and timely [ 12 MILES NORTHEAST OF DOWNTOWN ] IMAGINE A TIMELESS SOCIETY MATRON (or patron) finding a happy marriage with a supercool young hipster, and you start to get a picture of Pasadena. Grand, elegant, traditional. Lively, happening, youthful. Nowhere is that blessed union more apparent than in Old Pasadena, where scores of historic brick buildings have been thoroughly restored and where even the alleyways are gussied up. The whole district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The old buildings house scads of up-to- date shops and more than 100 bistros, cafes, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Thousands come to stroll the streets on any given weekend evening, a parade nearly as entertaining as the world-famous annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1. But don’t limit yourself just to Old Town. Get out to ogle elegant neighborhoods like Oak Knoll or the Lower Arroyo Seco, with its many Craftsman homes. Take in art and the arts (e.g., The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; the Norton Simon Museum; and The Gamble House), tour the historic Rose Bowl Stadium, or comb for treasures there at the monthly (second Sunday) Rose Bowl Flea Market. 7 6 Santa Monica Beach Pasadena City Hall 12 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 PASADENA:KEITHJOHNSON(TOP);SANTAMONICA:JOHNPAUL“BOOMER”LACOANGELO(TOP) The Regions of L.A. Get Your Bearings
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  14. 14. 14 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 TheValley Show biz’s sprawling home [ NORTHWEST 17 TO 44 MILES FROM DOWNTOWN ] WHEN ANGELENOS USE THE PHRASE “THE Industry,” locals know exactly what they mean: Show biz. Movies. Television. Much of the Industry is ensconced in the Valley, where you can scarcely go for sushi without passing by a movie studio. There’s Disney, NBC, and Warner Brothers—the last has one of the best and most intimate studio tours in L.A. Show biz goes live in the Valley, too, in the NoHo Arts District, where a couple dozen live theaters have energized a boho scene. Speaking of sushi, Ventura Boulevard seems to have more raw fish than anywhere east of Tokyo. The 18-mile boulevard is also the heart and spine of the Valley. It epitomizes Valley geography—mostly flat and stretched out—and variety, as in a gazillion great places to eat and shop. The Valley extends west, to a shrine honoring a man from the Industry who went on to be president of the United States—Ronald Reagan, whose legacy lives in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. The Valley stretches east, too, to the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens and Griffith Park, where parklands spread across an area nearly five times the size of New York’s Central Park. L.A. DOESN’T MIND BEING judged by the company it keeps. Its neighboring cities and towns, nearby mountains and deserts all help define a region of dazzling variety. You can ski in the morning near Big Bear Lake and surf in the afternoon in the Beach Cities. Take a winding escape on the Angeles Crest Highway through the San Gabriel Mountains—those high-rises that form Downtown’s dramatic natural backdrop. Or head east toward the low desert, and hit Desert Hills Premium Outlets on the way to Palm Springs. Escape the heat on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, where a rotating tramcar delivers you to the cool slopes of Mount San Jacinto in just 10 minutes. You’ve probably heard of Disneyland Resort; the Magic Kingdom is just 45 minutes south of Downtown. 8 WestHollywood L.A.’s epicenter of great taste [ DUE WEST OF HOLLYWOOD ] WEST HOLLYWOOD IS NOT ONLY A CITY UNTO ITSELF, IT’S a 1.9-square-mile universe. It’s where L.A. gets very hip—think Whisky A Go Go, launching rock careers on the Sunset Strip for five decades now (The Doors were once the house band). And it’s where L.A.’s LGBT dance clubs, bars, and drag revues are generously sprinkled along main drags like Santa Monica Boulevard, so bar crawls and scene shifting are an easy and festive matter. Nearly as numerous are gay-wedding sites, ranging from romantic gardens to groovy hotels to nontraditional settings like the Pacific Design Center or the House of Blues. Speaking of which— the House of Blues remains L.A.’s classic midsize club for live music, ranging from metal meltdowns to blues (of course) to gospel. Gospel? Yep, Gospel Brunch is every other Sunday, and it rocks. As for the Pacific Design Center, the massive showcase for all things tasteful is open to the public, and a great way to kick off an exploration of Melrose Avenue and the West Hollywood Design District. It all adds up to a dazzling concentration of fashion, fine art, and food. 9 10 Palm Springs Ventura Boulevard The Pacific Design Center NeighboringRegions A backdrop of dazzling variety [ NORTHEAST TO SOUTHEAST POINTS INLAND, 25 TO 107 MILES FROM DOWNTOWN ] THEVALLEY:TRAVISCONKLIN(TOP),STEPHENBERKMAN(BOTTOM);WESTHOLLYWOOD:JOHNPAUL“BOOMER” LACOANGELO;NEIGHBORINGREGIONS:COURTESYOFPALMSPRINGSBUREAUOFTOURISM(TOP)
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  16. 16. REPRINTEDWITHPERMISSIONFROMLAMAG.COM.FORMOREPROFILES,VISIT“MYLATOZ”ATLAMAG.COM. LEFTTORIGHT:JAKEBAILEY;NINEZEROSALON;SEANBARLEY;DAVIDZANZINGER;CAFEGRATITUDE 1. Nine Zero One Salon Riawna Capri is my hairstylist and one of my best friends. I started working with her before she went off and started her own salon. It’s beautiful, warm, and welcoming, and the whole team that works there is smiling, friendly, and happy. You go to get your hair done, but it’s more like going to hang out with your friends. They do a great job and they’re so talented. Riawna also patented the Braid Bar, so you can go, get a braid or a blowout, and get your nails done. One-stop shop. 2. Point Dume There’s a rock face there that you can climb, or you can go sit on the beach and hang out. It’s more private and more secluded than going to Santa Monica or Venice. I met one of my best friends on the rock face there, right when I first arrived in L.A. She’s from Australia and we have done some traveling together since then. She’s the absolute best. 3. Hal’s Bar & Grill A little restaurant known for their turkey burger—at least I know them for their turkey burger. It’s delicious, really fresh and juicy. And they put some sort of arugula or special sauce on it. Seriously, it’s mouthwatering. Aside from that, Hal’s is also a good place to go with your friends to have a drink. 4. Café Gratitude I tried the whole vegan Venice- area thing for half a second, but it didn’t work for me. That said, I still enjoy eating healthy. The food at Café Gratitude is so fresh and clean. They have salads and imitation meat and coconut smoothies. You feel healthier just from standing in the room even if you don’t eat anything. The restaurant itself is beautiful, too. It feels kind of New York— clean, vibrant, and everyone is enjoying themselves. 5. Moksha Yoga L.A. Moksha yoga classes are Canadian, and I’m Canadian, so I started doing classes there when I was 16. I was really happy when they moved down to the States. I go to yoga to unwind and relax. No one can reach me; I can’t talk to anyone. It’s my “me time.” It’s also fully sustainable— the flooring, the walls in bathrooms—it’s all green, which is the Moksha practice. They do hot yoga there, too. It’s such an intense workout, so cleansing and rejuvenating. Inside is another place called Clover Juice, so right after you work your body out you can put good things in it. The charming star of the CW series The Vampire Diaries shares where to find a great blowout, a near-private beach, fresh clean food, and a green yoga space. Nina Dobrev 1 2 4 3 The Goods Local Favorites MYL.A.LIFE 16 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014
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  18. 18. A DESTINATION WITH EVERYTHING L.A. LIVE is the leading entertainment district in Los Angeles. Home to the LA Lakers, Clippers, Kings, six live entertainment venues, a 14-screen cinema, the GRAMMY Museum,® and over 19 dining experiences, L.A. LIVE provides the best options in entertainment. L.A. LIVE has more than 1,000 hotel rooms and is the host of the 800 W. OLYMPIC BOULEVARD • LOS ANGELES, CA 90015 LALIVE.COM • 213.763.5453 THE MOST ENTERTAINING PLACE ON THE PLANET. THE RITZ-CARLTON LOS ANGELES • JW MARRIOTT LOS ANGELES L.A. LIVE BOCA • THE FARM • FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR • GLANCE • KATSUYA LA MARKET • LAWRY’S CARVERY • LIVE BASIL PIZZA • THE MIXING ROOM • NEST RED MANGO•ROCK‘N FISH•ROSA MEXICANO•SMASHBURGER•STARBUCKS COFFEE TOM’S URBAN • TRADER VIC’S • WOLFGANG PUCK BAR & GRILL • WP24 • YARD HOUSE STAPLES CENTER • NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE • GRAMMY MUSEUM® • CLUB NOKIA THE CONGA ROOM • LUCKY STRIKE LANES • REGAL CINEMAS L.A. LIVE STADIUM 14
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  20. 20. P.19,THEGETTYCENTER:STEVENELSON;RODEODRIVE:MICHAELJUSTICE Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story thestttss athhtttt rhheehhaahh geerree agg zaa ezz ree RED CARPETS, FLASHING CAMERAS, couture in motion—these are some of the hallmarks of famous Hollywood moments ascribed to Los Angeles. Determined to meet a celebrity while visiting, or at least walk in her footsteps? These itineraries are a “shoe-in”—stiletto style. DayOne Check into the Hollywood Roosevelt, where suites carry the names of film legends who resided in them and open onto today’s Hollywood scene. Cross the street to stand in the concrete- imprinted footsteps of famous stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre (tclchinesetheatres.com). Follow up with a stroll down the Walk of Fame (walkoffame.com) along Hollywood Boulevard. Don’t miss the photo op: Snap a selfie on Hollywood & Highland Center’s (hollywoodandhighland. com) grand staircase. Red carpets have been rolled along this path on many an Academy Awards night. Take the elevator up to the roof to see where stars kick back at the post-Oscars Governors Ball, catered by the original celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck. TheChineseTheatreisa regulardeparturesiteforStarline Tours.BoardabustoseeMovie Stars’Homes,TMZSecretsand CelebrityHotspots,aGrandCity Tour,andmore.Orforatourof celebrityhomesandtheBeverly Hillsareainaluxuryminibus,take aridewithAllStarShowbizTours (allstarshowbiztours.com). Geared up for some celebrity face time, procure tickets (1iota.com) to a television show taping. Ideally located is Jimmy Kimmel Live!, next to Hollywood Boulevard’s El Capitan Theatre. Later that evening, indulge in some comic relief at the Laugh Factory (laughfactory.com), where funnymen like Dane Cook, Adam Corolla, and Daniel Tosh take the stage. DayTwo Rub elbows with the stars at some of their favorite haunts. Start with breakfast at The Farm of Beverly Hills (thefarmofbeverlyhills. com) on North Beverly Drive. Next, walk nearby Rodeo Drive, Brighton Way, and Canon Drive for some high-end retail therapy. Enjoy the sanctuary of the Spa attheFourSeasonsLosAngelesat Beverly Hills (fourseasons.com/ losangeles/spa). Locals know the Rejuvenating Oxygen Facial is a wonder-working treatment for a red-carpet-ready glow. Float from the spa to Culina for lunch on the patio, frequented by celebs and power brokers. After lunch, head back to the Hollywood Roosevelt to check out the scene at the David Hockney-painted pool. Later, enjoy a Moroccan-style dinner at Tagine (taginebeverly hills. com), co-owned by actor Ryan Gosling. Afterward, visit hot spotGreystoneManorSupperclub (greystonemanorla.com), where Rihanna, P. Diddy, and Bradley Cooper, have been spotted. RodeoDrive rodeodrive-bh.com The star-set shops along this showcase for fashion giants like Prada, Armani, and Louis Vuitton. HollywoodRoosevelt thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/ hollywood-roosevelt Celeb-sighting spot: Poolside near this hotel’s Tropicana Bar is a good bet. StarlineTours starlinetours. com See a red double-decker bus tooling around L.A. and it’s likely Starline Tours revealing Hollywood secrets and celeb houses. Pay your respects to celebrities past HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY (hollywoodforever. com) One of Los Angeles’ oldest, this cemetery is the final resting place of film-industry greats, such as Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, and Rudolph Valentino. Culina,ModernItalian culinarestaurant.com L.A.’s power brokers can be seen making deals for future blockbusters in the stunning indoor/outdoor restaurant at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
  21. 21. 22 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 GRANDCENTRALMARKET:ROBERTULRICH the Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story YOU NEEDN’T BREAK THE BANK to experience Los Angeles. Plenty of the city’s glitz, glam, and signature sites can be seen for free or with a miniscule price tag. Take these easy-on-the-wallet excursions, for instance…. DayOne Set in the heart of Hollywood, the Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood couldn’t be more conveniently located. Start the day just two blocks away at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater (hollywoodbowl. com) with a visit to the museum and a walk through the grounds. Depending on the day, the Los Angeles Philharmonic could be rehearsing. If so, visitors are welcome to watch for free. If you’re visiting June through September, check into purchasing tickets for a concert. Prices start as low as $1. In the opposite direction, Hollywood & Highland Center (hollywoodandhighland.com) Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/enen/ hotels/california/hilton-garden-inn- los-angeles-hollywood-laxhogi/ index.html Get superb amenities at this prime Hollywood location for minimal cost. b hehe abb raa grr agg iaa nhuhh nuu tbbnn ebbaabbttbb raarraaeeaa Save withthe GoCard For one low price, a Go Los Angeles Card all-inclusive attraction pass buys you free admission to 37 L.A. attractions, tours, and museums, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum, and Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park. You’ll save up to 55 percent compared to regular walk-up fees, and you’ll bypass ticket lines at many locations. The card comes with a guidebook of maps, attraction information, and discounts at participating restaurants and retailers. For instant delivery, get your virtual pass sent to your smartphone, or print your pass at your hotel. Smart Destinations, golosangelescard.com, 85 Merrimac St., #200, Boston, MA 02114, 800.887.9103 teems with shopping, dining, and attractions, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame (walkoffame.com), TCL Chinese Theatre (tclchinesetheatres. com), and Dolby Theatre (dolbytheatre.com). Go farther afield for a hike to the iconic Hollywood Sign (hollywoodsign.org). If it’s Sunday, scour Hollywood Farmers’ Market (seela.org/ GrandCentralMarket grandcentralmarket.com This 1917 institution is still going strong, selling produce, meat, grains, and more. Souvenir hunting? Try Grand Central Discount Store and Grand Central Jewelry. Transformers™ : The Ride—3D
  22. 22. Spring & Summer 2014 | discoverLosAngeles.com | 23 TenderGreens tendergreens. com Tender Greens turns out farm-fresh, healthy L.A. eats at an affordable price. Free-Admission Museums hollywood-farmers-market) for fresh produce packed with field-ripened flavor. Afterward, pop into Amoeba Music (amoeba. com) to buy new and used music and movies. Appetite whetted by farmers’ market fare, head to Tender Greens for dinner. For late-night fun, Lucky Strike bowling (bowlluckystrike. com/locations/california/ hollywood) is on the walk back to the hotel. DayTwo Having soaked up the Hollywood vibe, catch the Metro (metro.net) at Hollywood & Highland to Downtown to shop the bargain- ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY annenbergspacefor photography.org, 213.403.3000 This new facility displays contemporary photography exhibits, often with accompanying documentaries.** THE BANNING MUSEUM banningmuseum.org, 310.548.7777 The 1864 Greek Revival residence is the former home of General Phineas Banning, “father” of the Los Angeles Harbor.* CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM caamuseum.org, 213.744.7432 Exhibits and more than 3,500 artifacts and pieces of memorabilia share the history, art, and culture of African Americans.** CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER californiasciencecenter.org, 323.SCIENCE Science exhibits at the center are free; for a nominal fee, see the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Also visit the free, adjacent Air and Space Gallery.** FIDM MUSEUM & GALLERIES http://fidmmuseum.org, 213.623.5821 This collection of costumes, accessories, and textiles includes film and theater costumes.** FOWLER MUSEUM AT UCLA fowler.ucla.edu, 310.825.4361 Exhibits here explore past and present global arts and cultures from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Native and Latin America.** GETTY CENTER & GETTY VILLA getty.edu, 310.440.7300 Visit both locations: the center, featuring paintings, decorative arts, photography, and sculptures from the 19th to the 21st century; and the villa, a replica of an ancient Roman country house, exhibiting Greek and Roman antiquities. Free advance tickets required for the villa.** HAMMER MUSEUM hammer.ucla.edu This cutting-edge arts institution at UCLA connects the classics and the contemporary through varied collections, wide- ranging exhibitions, and provocative programs.** HOMESTEAD MUSEUM homesteadmuseum.org, 626.968.8492 On this six-acre historic site stands a Victorian- era house constructed around an 1840s adobe, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion, and one of the oldest private cemeteries in the area. LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST lamoth.org, 323.651.3704 This museum raises awareness about the Holocaust through exhibits, events, and survivor speakers. THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA paleycenter.org, 310.786.1000 A perfect stop for television buffs, this center features exhibits that focus on a particular series or time period. Roundtable discussions of various television series members often take place here.* SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART http://smmoa.org, 310.586-6488 The art museum houses contemporary works in all mediums from international, national, and local artists.* TRAVEL TOWN MUSEUM traveltown.org, 323.662.5874 This unusual display showcases restored historic train equipment (including a 104-ton locomotive) and other vehicles that played a role in the development of Los Angeles and the southwestern United States.* hunter’s paradise known as the L.A. Fashion District (fashiondistrict.org). Within its 100 blocks, you’ll find steals on apparel and accessories in Santee Alley (thesanteealley.com) and (any day but Sunday) thousands of fragrant pops of color at the Los Angeles Flower District (laflowerdistrict.com). Eat lunch at Grand Central Market, where there’s something for every palate: Horse Thief BBQ, Lupita’s Seafood, Sticky Rice…. Post-lunch, check out architectural landmarks: the Million Dollar Theatre (milliondollar.la) and the Bradbury Building (laconservancy.org/locations/ bradbury-building). If time allows, explore Chinatown (chinatownla.com), Little Tokyo (littletokyola.org),orDowntown’s thriving museum scene. To pick up the Metro for the ride home, head to Union Station (metro.net/about/union-station), L.A.’s transportation hub and another architectural must-see. But before you go, visit the adjacent El Pueblo Historical Monument and get some tacos and margaritas at Olvera Street Mexican marketplace (olvera-street.com). Or Tueday through Saturday, arrive early and take Los Angelitas del Pueblo’s free 50-minute tour (10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon). Folkloric dancers, strolling mariachis, and puestos selling handcrafted goods create a perpetual flurry of excitement. *Donation suggested. **Check website for parking availability and fees.
  23. 23. 24 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 HOLLYWOODBOWL:ADAMLATHAM;MALIBUWINESAFARIS:DAKOTASELMERPHOTOGRAPHY A LITTLE BIT OF ROMANCE can be found around every corner of Los Angeles, from its dramatic mountains that tumble into the ocean to its city streets lined with swaying palms. The best spots for stealing kisses? Here are two full days of them. DayOne Check in to the Hotel Bel-Air, widely regarded as one of the most romantic hotels in the world. It would be easy to just settle in for a day at the hotel, but must-see romantic sights lie ahead. Take a drive west on Sunset to the sigh- worthy Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Convertible top down and eyes drawn to the ocean, it’s easy to miss The Getty Villa’s entrance tucked in the mountainside. At the villa, many spots beyond the galleries allow for relishing stolen kisses. Our pick: around the Outer Peristyle Garden’s fountain. With the day still young, drive into the Santa Monica Mountains for a Malibu Wine Safari. After communing with the zebras and toasting the landscape, head back down PCH to experience sunset andthestar-linedseashore. Dine on Executive Chef Bijan Shokatfard’s California cuisine at Geoffrey’s Malibu (geoffreysmalibu.com) beside panoramic views of the sun making its nightly dive into the sea. After dinner, head south again to the Santa Monica Pier and the best kissing place of all—atop Pacific Park’s Ferris wheel. DayTwo Linger in bed over brunch, then set out for further indulgence: spa treatments at Le Petite Retreat. Palm-lined streets announce your arrival in Hollywood near Paramount Studios. Pampering awaits at Le Petite Retreat, where a section of the spa menu is devoted to couples. Enjoy tea by the fireplace, a candlelit champagne bath in a copper tub, and a warm stone massage in the couples’ cabana. Afterward, walk through quaint Larchmont Village and get picnic provisions from Café Gratitude (cafegratitudela. com) for the evening ahead. HollywoodBowl hollywoodbowl.com This iconic L.A. concert venue is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States and home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Final stop: the Hollywood Bowl for a classical, Broadway, jazz, or world music concert under the stars. Nestled against the mountains, the idea strikes—what an ideal spot for a kiss. HotelBel-Air dorchestercollection.com/en/los- angeles/hotel-bel-air The rich and famous retreat to this peaceful getaway minutes from Beverly Hills. TheGettyVilla getty.edu/visit This ancient Roman country house replica has gardens to meander, galleries of Greek and Roman antiquities to peruse, and expansive views of the Pacific to revel in. MalibuWineSafaris lasafaris.com Board a safari truck to taste wine and see vineyards, zebras, camels, bison, and more. ‹ ‹ rorr moo amm naa tnn iciithe Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story
  24. 24. 26 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 Hollywood Boulevard. Settle in on a couch near a fire pit and sip an Avenue of the Stars. Eat at St. Felix Hollywood (barstfelix.com), where you’ll find award-winning food, handcrafted cocktails, and an unpretentious vibe. If a real dance club is next on your list, visit Create (createnightclub.com). The popular venue features tables just off its large dance floor, great sound, and a VIP balcony (you can buy tickets in advance at createnightclub.com). The Sunset Strip is rife with thethth owlhtht DAYTIME IN LOS ANGELES serves up sunny beaches, rolling golf courses, and the hike-inspiring Santa Monica Mountains. But when night falls, another side of the city awakens. This is when the town comes alive with dining, music, clubbing, and much more. Get ready for L.A. after hours…. legendary music venues. Where to go next? Just a few of the choices: House of Blues, Viper Room (viperroom.com), Whisky A Go Go, and The Roxy (theroxy. com). Hit them all, then grab late- night grub at the Rainbow Bar & Grill (rainbowbarandgrill.com). DayTwo Decisions, decisions. A late- morning breakfast of red velvet pancakes at The Griddle Café (thegriddlecafe.com) or a burrito from Pinches Tacos (pinchestacos.com)? Afterward, inspired by last night’s live music, go downtown to the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. After boning up on rock n’ roll history, plan to hear some serious beats on a four-stop L.A. Epic Club Crawls (laepicclubcrawls.com) tour of such venues as The Colony, Lexington Social House, Supperclub, and Lure. First, fuel up on Thai street food at Night + Market (thenightmarket.blogspot. com). Then, get ready to rock as your club crawl gets underway. DayOne Set up headquarters at the storied Chateau Marmont. Hip and glamorous, it makes a perfect roost for night owls. Relax at the pool and have lunch on the garden terrace at The Restaurant while you plan out the evening ahead. Up for a walk? Scope out the area’s many hot spots along Sunset Boulevard, where the restaurants, hotels, and rooftop perches all seem to have famous names. Start the evening off at the Bar Marmont, a deceptively cozy spot, whose low-key glamour invites movers and shakers from Annie Leibovitz to Sophia Coppola. Then head to Station Hollywood (stationhollywood. com), an outdoor oasis just off of ChateauMarmontchateaumarmont.com A Hollywood legend that lives up to its name, each of the Chateau’s 63 rooms, cottages, and bungalows is a home of its own. GRAMMYMuseum® atL.A. LIVEgrammymuseum.org This four-floor museum’s 24-plus exhibits feature rock, hip-hop, country, classical, Latin, R&B, and jazz. ‹ ‹ HouseofBlues houseofblues. com/venues/clubvenues/losangeles Catch concerts here by headliners like Wanting, Craig Morgan, and Nile, or acts like Nomad & Lola or The Lost Astronauts, in Crossroads’ Voodoo Lounge. Don’t miss the Gospel Brunch every other Sunday. WhiskyAGoGo whiskyagogo. com Take in a live set at this legend on the L.A. rock scene, an anchor on the Sunset Strip since 1964. ‹ ‹ Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story WHISKYAGOGO,GRAMMYMUSEUM:LAURENSCHUMACHER
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  26. 26. 28 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 MOCA:MARISSAROTH;MOCHICA:CATHYDANH Art (LACMA), next door to the Ice Age-focused Page Museum at the La Brea Tarpits (tarpits. org). LACMA installations begin on the grounds: Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass on the Resnick North Lawn is a 340-ton granite megalith perched above a 456-foot-long slot. Outside the BP Pavilion, a cluster of 202 illuminating antique street lamps comprises Chris Burden’s Urban Light. Venture inside to see works the THE THRIVING ARTS SCENE IN L.A. could fill a lifetime and begins for visitors with the Public Art and Exhibitions Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Just have a couple of days? Not to worry. That’s enough time to get immersed in plenty of culture, from classic to contemporary art to music and dance to cuisine. from other greats like Alexander Calder and David Hockney. EataMediterranean-inspired lunchonthepremisesatRay’sand StarkBar(raysandstarkbar.com). The Getty Center is a must. En route are venues that call for future visits: Hammer Museum (hammer.ucla.edu), MAK Center at Schindler House (makcenter. org), and Annenberg Space for Photography (annenbergspacefor photography.org). The Getty tram transports visitors high above the city, and the mountaintop gardens and views are masterpieces unto themselves. Inside are paintings, decorative arts, photography, and sculptures from the 19th to the 21st century. There’s no need to leave at dinnertime; the diverse fare at the museum’s Restaurant pleases a variety of palates. A tip: Look for menu items that may be inspired by special art exhibits. For some evening performance art, check The Getty Center schedule for live music. An option for theatre lovers, the nearby Geffen Playhouse (geffenplayhouse.com) in Westwood stages productions starring notables such as Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Alexander, and Annette Bening. DayTwo Check out the Downtown art scene. Up first: the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), where more than 6,800 works represent abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, conceptual art, and postmodernism. Catch Cinema Vezzoli, artist Francesco Vezzoli’s look at celebrity-driven cultural DayOne From your room at The Hotel Wilshire, head up to the rooftop for breakfast by the pool, or a yoga class. Several museums are within walking distance: Across Wilshire are the Craft & Folk Art Museum (cafam.org) and the Petersen Automotive Museum (petersen.org), with its three floors of historic vehicles. Steps away lies the Los Angeles County Museum of MOCA moca.org The three-venue Museum of Contemporary Art has headquarters on Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo, and MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. HotelWilshire hotelwilshire. com Topping this urban oasis is The Roof on Wilshire, where celebrity chef Eric Greenspan dishes out American bistro fare. Mo-chica mo-chica.com Lima- native chef Ricardo Zarate serves updates of Peruvian classics in his colorful Downtown restaurant. afaa iff cii icc oii noo ann daa oddarthehe oonnooo aan Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story
  27. 27. BCAM:WELDONBREWSTER;LACMA:MUSEUMASSOCIATES/LACMA TheGettyCenter getty.edu Art immersion is participatory at the main Getty campus in classes like fresco painting and on garden, architectural, and exhibition tours. influences on art and public imagination, April 27–August 11. Close by in Little Tokyo, more tantalizing visuals await in The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, housed in a former police vehicle warehouse that was transformed by famed architect Frank Gehry. For lunch, modern Peruvian cuisine at Mo-chica is an art form of its own. Afterward, stroll along Downtown’s Gallery Row (galleryrow.org), ducking into Redcat, CB1 Gallery, Machine Inspired Art, Fold Gallery & Curio Shop, GR Space, and more. If this whets your appetite, plan to experience Art Walk, held the second Thursday of each month. Have dinner at Patina (patina restaurant.com), conveniently located at the next destination, Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil. com; if time permits, take a tour of the hall). At this unique Frank Gehry-designed home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, music director/conductor Gustavo Dudamel weaves the air with performances to remember. LACMA lacma.org In Chris Burden’s popular kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II (above), at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, tiny cars speed along an intricate road system. Heralded by its bright jutting profiles, the museum’s three-story modern wing, Broad Contemporary Art Museum (left), was designed by prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. World-FamousWorksofArt The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough PAINTINGS » The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough » Pinkie by Sir Thomas Lawrence RARE DOCUMENTS » Original Gutenberg Bible » One of the earliest illustrated manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales Los Angeles County Museum of Art lacma.org, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.90036, 323.857.6000 PAINTINGS » La Tour’s 17th-century The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame » Rivera’s Flower Day » Magritte’s Treachery of Images Museum of Contemporary Art moca.org, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 90012, 213.626.6222 COMBINE PAINTING » Robert Rauchensberg’s Coca-Cola Plan Norton Simon Museum nortonsimon.org, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91105, 626.449.6840 PAINTINGS » Rembrandt’s 17th-century Self-Portrait » Rafael’s 16th-century Madonna and Child with Book » Van Gogh’s iconic Mulberry Tree » Zurburan’s Still Life with Lemons, Oranges, and a Rose Don’t miss the chance to see these masterpieces residing in the permanent collections of L.A.’s leading museums. The Getty Center getty.edu, 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A. 90049, 310.440.7300 PAINTING » Van Gogh’s Irises The Hammer Museum hammer.ucla.edu, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 90024, 310.443.7000 PAINTING » John Singer Sargent’s Dr. Pozzi at Home The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens huntington.org, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino 91108, 626.405.2100
  28. 28. THEBAZAAR:JAMESMERRELL;PHINS:DAVIDZAITZ/ MARINADELREYCONVENTIONS&VISITORSBUREAU the ADRENALINE. THAT’S WHAT adventure seekers require in a destination, and Los Angeles delivers. Endless hiking trails beg exploration in recreation areas like Runyon Canyon, Fryman Canyon, Sycamore Canyon, and Griffith Park. Stair workouts challenge the fittest in Santa Monica, Studio City, and Downtown Los Angeles. Still craving more? Here’s a two-day, action-packed itinerary that guarantees goose bumps. DayOne Set up digs at W Los Angeles - Westwood, a perfect home base for active visitors, who can pamper sore muscles poolside at the end of the day with in-house Bliss Spa “Blissages.” Seize the day by taking on the Pacific Ocean. In Marina del Rey, choose from PHINS’ menu of water-mastering activities— from kayaking, rowing, and stand-up paddleboarding to guided paddleboard yoga and paddleboard martial arts classes. Or explore the landscape on a Pedal… or Not (pedalornot. net) Pedego electric bike tour. Private and semi-private tours of Santa Monica, Venice, and the Venice Canals take cyclists to destinations like the Marion Davies Guesthouse, or the Farmers Market for an Ingredients Tour. Ready to take on new heights? Rockcreation (rockreation-la. com) offers classes in fighting gravity with its 9,000-square-foot climbing wall. When hunger strikes, options go beyond being waited on in a restaurant. Pull up the Find LA Food Trucks (findlafoodtrucks. com) app on your mobile device and chase down some of the city’s best cuisine on wheels. A few to scout: Kogi BBQ, Flying Pig, and Grilled Cheese Truck. DayTwo How to see L.A. in a day? Take a Bikes and Hikes LA (bikeshikes. com) tour. This biking/walking adttvttddtt ehheehvv neeeeee tnn ureerr ree PHINS (phinsclub.com) Let the sea be your gym: Burn 800 calories kayaking, rowing, or paddleboarding. ForMoreAdventureinL.A.… SEE THE CITY FROM ABOVE Celebrity Helicopters, Inc. (celebheli.com) Group 3 Aviation (group3aviation.com) TheBazaar (thebazaar.com) Dining in this SLS Hotel Beverly Hills eatery becomes a communal event as patrons spy dramatic preparations being delivered. CirqueSchool (cirqueschoolla. com) Classes in circus arts from aerial fabric to contortion are open to “Anybody with Any Body.” expedition highlights diverse attractions ranging from Muscle Beach and Skateboard Park to the Frank Gehry Beach House and Pacific Design Center. Come evening, take a Cirque School LA class to hone trapeze, contortion, and aerial ropes skills. After performing under the “Big Top,” reward yourself with an innovative dining experience at The Bazaar by José Andrés, featuring avant-garde Spanish cuisine. Must-try: the Liquid Nitrogen Caipirinha cocktail. TRY A FREEFALL— NO PLANE (OR ’CHUTE!) NEEDED IFly Hollywood Indoor Skydiving (iflyworld.com) WLosAngeles-Westwood (wlosangeles.com) This idyllic base camp has a state-of-the-art gym and a heated outdoor pool. Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story
  29. 29. Breezy, contemporary and totally coastal – Marina del Rey draws you in with picture perfect views and surrounds you with seaside attractions, Marina del Rey is your perfect destination for Check out VisitMarinaDelRey.com or call 310 305 9545 for special hotel rates. EXPERIENCE L.A.’S URBAN WATERFRONT. Get connected with Marina del Rey
  30. 30. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (lazoo.org). Sharing the zoo’s parking lot is the Autry National Center of the American West (theautry.org). Pan for gold and lay your eyes on historical Western art and artifacts in the collections of this museum named for that famous singing cowboy, the late Gene Autry. Next door, ride the rails at the Griffith Park Train Rides (griffithparktrainrides.com). Afterward, take the reins at Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables. Mosey down park trails on the Sunset Dinner ride and spot another attraction to visit later—the renowned Griffith Park Observatory (griffithobs.org). Or during baseball season, take the L.A. IS READY TO FULFILL fantasies for young and old with enchanting forays into the worlds of the Old West, exotic jungle creatures, and Hollywood movie magic. kids to Elysian Park to experience a famous local tradition, a Los Angeles Dodgers game, complete with a dinner of Dodger dogs. DayTwo Get immersed in the art of moviemaking at Universal Studios Hollywood. Glimpse behind the scenes on a backlot tour and experience thrilling 3-D rides and attractions like TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D and Jurassic Park®–The Ride. DayOne Sign up for the Loews Loves Kids program at Loews Hollywood Hotel for an extra-special welcome and a host of family- friendly benefits including a “Kids Closet” stocked with toys and gear, books and car seats, night-lights, and strollers, all available for use during your stay. Then, take advantage of a cluster of family favorites. Start by visiting the more than 1,100 critters residing at the LoewsHollywoodHotel loewshotels.com/Hollywood-Hotel/ experiences/kids This kid-friendly hotel offers unique Hollywood activities, programs, and services. LosAngelesZoo &BotanicalGardens lazoo.org More than 29 of the zoo’s 250 species are endangered. Opening this summer: a new habitat, Rainforest of the Americas. SunsetRanch sunsetranchhollywood.com Cowpokes age eight and up can hit the trail on horseback. A favorite ride, the Sunset Dinner Tour winds through five miles of Griffith Park to Viva Cantina for Mexican cuisine. ForMore Family Fun… KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM kidspacemuseum.org 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena 91103 626.449.9144 ZIMMER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM zimmermuseum.org 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles 90048 323.761.8984 UniversalStudios® Hollywood universalstudioshollywood.com Universal’s newest 3-D ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. 32 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 familyfunfaaf ma sese LAZOO:JAMIEPHAM Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story
  31. 31. The Happiest Place on Earth Keeps Getting Happier! First, keep pace with Lightning McQueen at the expanded Disney California Adventure® Park, featuring the 12-acre Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and World of Color nighttime water spectacular. Then, enjoy the one-and-only original Disneyland® Park, with its world-famous attractions, Mickey and the Magical Map show, Fantasy Faire character meet-and-greet and so much more. Extend your stay and power up for a whole new level of fun! Purchase your multi-day Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets by visiting www.discoverlosangeles.com. CS-14-32197 ©Disney ©Disney/Pixar
  32. 32. FRIENDSHIPBELL:KENSHELTON;BATTLEIOWA:MICHAELJUSTICE;RONALDREAGAN:RONALDREAGANPRESIDENTIALFOUNDATION. in vintage sites downtown (see “Downtown Treasures,” right) and as a centralized jumping- off spot for an excursion to the city’s historic port at San Pedro (sanpedrobid.com). Upon arriving in San Pedro, stop first at Fort MacArthur Museum (ftmac.org), a former U.S. Army post that guarded Los LOS ANGELES IS RICH WITH LANDMARKS of times gone by. From architectural works like the 121-year-old Bradbury Building to artifactssuchasSpaceShuttleEndeavour,thecitybrimswithechoesof the past. And with two other benchmarks of historical significance a bit farther afield—the port town of San Pedro to the south and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley to the north— visiting history buffs are assured plenty of fodder for their passion. Angeles Harbor from 1914 to 1974. Visit the Pacific Battleship Center to see the USS IOWA. Commissioned Feb. 22, 1943, the vessel earned the moniker “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” and nine battle stars for its World War II and Korean War service. Next, stop at Angel’s Gate Park to see the Korean Bell of Friendship. A gift from the Republic of Korea in honor of the U.S. bicentennial, the massive bell is a symbol of good relations between the two countries. When hunger hits, head to The Whale & Ale (whaleandale. com), a British-style pub known for its fish and chips; Ports O’ Call Lounge & Patio DayOne Check into the stately Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. Luminaries who’ve graced its doorstep include President John F. Kennedy, Cecil B. DeMille, Clark Gable, and Bette Davis. The hotel is ideally located for taking 1812 1776 1812 the history 1776thethe MillenniumBiltmoreHotelLosAngeles millenniumhotels.com/millenniumlosangeles Plenty of historic splendor resides within the halls of the Millennium Biltmore, host to presidents, dignitaries, and celebrities for more than 90 years. buff oryory BattleshipIOWA pacificbattleship.com The USS IOWA began its 50 years of service taking President Franklin Roosevelt to meetings with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. 1812 1776 1812 » BRADBURY BUILDING laconservancy.org/locations/ bradbury-building Constructed in 1893, this ornate Romanesque structure is the oldest commercial building in central L.A. » FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S ENNIS HOUSE ennishouse.com, 2607 Glendower Ave., Los Angeles Designed by the famous architect and built in 1924, this textile block-style house has served as a location for such films as Blade Runner. » LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY laconservancy.org This nonprofit group offers fee-based, docent-led walks to historical Downtown sites and free downloads for self-guided tours. Our pick: the Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial Walking Tour. » THE ORIGINAL PANTRY CAFÉ pantrycafe.com Since it opened in 1924, this restaurant has charted its history through the Great Depression, WWII, and more recent times. Over the years, it has appeared in numerous films and television shows. » PHILIPPE philippes.com AND COLE’S 213nightlife.com/ colesfrenchdip Both of these 106-year-old rival eateries claim to be the originator of the French Dip sandwich. » SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR californiasciencecenter. org See the California-built vessel and discover its many scientific achievements at the California Science Center. » WATTS TOWERS wattstowers.us This artistic complex of pinnacles reaches 99 feet tall. It was built by Italian-immigrant construction worker Simon Rodia, primarily from refuse. DowntownTreasures 34 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 1492 1776 1812 1989 1944 Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story
  33. 33. (portsocalldining.com) for waterside seafood appetizers and drinks; or San Pedro Brewing Company (sanpedrobrewing. com) for all-American fare and handcrafted ales and lagers. If it’s Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, check out CRAFTED (craftedportla.com), an artisanal craft market housed in World War II–era waterside warehouses. Stay at the waterfront into the evening to catch a live performance or film screening at the historic art deco Warner Grand Theatre (grandvision.org). Built in 1931, this palace of the performing arts is still going strong today with “rockumentaries” to Whether it’s your first time to Los Angeles or you’re a frequent visitor, don’t miss out on these highlights. MUST-SEEL.A.! TheRonaldReaganPresidentialLibrary&Museum reaganfoundation.org Museum visitors can board the craft that flew President Reagan more than 660,000 miles to 26 countries and 46 U.S. states and also served presidents Nixon, Carter, Ford, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush during its 1973–2001 tenure. performances by the likes of Orquesta Charangoa. DayTwo Set out for The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley. Exhibits dedicated to the Secret Service and presidential motorcade include an on-board tour of Air Force One, the plane that transported Reagan and six other U.S. leaders during their presidencies. A full-size replica of the Oval Office lends insight into Reagan’s day- to-day life as president. Get a bite at the museum’s Irish pub, and don’t miss the peaceful memorial site, where President Reagan was laid to rest on June 11, 2004. KoreanFriendshipBelllaparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/ angelsgaterc.htm Designed to resemble South Korea’s Bronze Bell of King Seongdeok (771 A.D.), the bell resides in a traditional pavilion and is engraved with nationalistic emblems, peace symbols, and Korean spirits mingling with torch-bearing representations of Lady Liberty. Griffith Park laparks.org/DOS/parks/ griffithPK/index.htm Covering more than 4,310 acres, Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. Highlights include the Griffith Observatory, the L.A. Zoo, the Autry National Center, and 53 miles of trails. The Hollywood Sign hollywoodsign.org Get a good view of the landmark from Hollywood & Highland Center or from one of the trails leading from the back corner of the observatory in Griffith Park. Hollywood Walk of Fame walkoffame.com The iconic stars embedded in the sidewalks along a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street honor entertainment notables including actors, musicians, directors, producers, and musical groups. L.A. LIVE lalive.com The sports and entertainment complex that surrounds STAPLES Center and the Nokia Theater buzzes with red carpet and sports events and holds more than 22 restaurants, including the celeb-owned Conga Room. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County nhm.org Originally opened in 1913, the museum has been reinvented during a 10-year renovation, and debuted its new Otis Booth Pavilion, Nature Gardens, and Nature Lab in June 2013. Suspended in the new Pavilion is a prized specimen: a 63-foot fin whale skeleton with a sound system on the display glass that emits a low-frequency whale song. Olvera Street/ Little Tokyo/ Chinatown olvera-street.com, littletokyola.org, chinatownla.com Historic centers of culture, cuisine, and shopping, these ethnic enclaves are all located in the downtown L.A. area. Universal Studios® Hollywood Studio Tour universalstudios hollywood.com Go behind the scenes on the legendary studio tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio. Venice Beach Boardwalk laparks.org/venice The Boardwalk is a virtual sidewalk circus, the place to go to shop and gawk. During the summer season and on weekends, street entertainers perform all along Ocean Front Walk. Spring & Summer 2014 | discoverLosAngeles.com | 35 Venice Beach Boardwalk Natural History Museum Little Tokyo MUSTSEEL.A.(LEFTTORIGHT):MATTMARRIOTTPHOTOGRAPHY;TIMBONNER;JUPITERIMAGES
  34. 34. 36 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 RamadaLosAngeles DowntownWest ramada.com/hotels/california/los- angeles/ramada-la-convention-center/ hotel-overview RitzMilner losangeles.milner-hotels.com VagabondInn vagabondinn-los-angeles-hotel.com romantics HotelPalomarLosAngeles- Westwood hotelpalomar-lawestwood.com IntercontinentalLosAngeles CenturyCity intercontinentallosangeles.com Mr.CHotel mrchotels.com SLSHotelatBeverlyHills slshotels.com/beverlyhills nightowls JWMarriottDowntown LosAngelesL.A.LIVE marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxjw-jw- marriott-los-angeles-la-live/ LuxeCityCenterDowntown LosAngeles luxehotels.com/luxecitycenter SofitelLosAngelesatBeverlyHills sofitel.com/gb/hotel-0937-sofitel-los- angeles-at-beverly-hills/index.shtml?utm_ source=contemporan TheStandardDowntownLA standardhotels.com/downtown-la WHollywood whollywoodhotel.com artaficionados AceHotel acehotel.com/losangeles DoubleTreebyHiltonHotel LosAngelesDowntown doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ california/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-los- angeles-downtown-laxdtdt/index.html TheLine thelinehotel.com OmniLosAngelesHotel atCaliforniaPlaza omnihotels.com/findahotel/losangeles- californiaplaza.aspx adventurers FigueroaHotel figueroahotel.com HotelNormandieLA hotelnormandiela.com family fun-seekers TheBeverlyGarlandHotel beverlygarland.com Farmer’sDaughterHotel farmersdaughterhotel.com HiltonLosAngeles/UniversalCity www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/ hilton-los-angeles-universal-city-buruchf/ index.html SheratonUniversal sheratonuniversal.com Sportsmen’sLodge sportsmenslodge.com WarnerCenterMarriott WoodlandHills marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxwc-warner- center-marriott-woodland-hills/ historybuffs BestWesternPlus SanPedroHotel&Suites bestwestern.com DoubleTreeSanPedro sanpedrodoubletree.com MillenniumBiltmoreHotel millenniumhotels.com/usa/millennium- biltmorelosangeles TheWestinBonaventure Hotel&Suites thebonaventure.com stargazers HotelAngeleno hotelangeleno.com HyattRegencyCenturyPlaza centuryplaza.hyatt.com/en/hotel/ home.html TheRedbury theredbury.com/hollywood TheRitz-Carlton,LosAngeles ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LosAngeles bargain hunters BestWesternPlusCarriageInn bestwesterncalifornia.com/hotels/best- western-plus-carriage-inn-sherman-oaks BLVDHotel& SuitesHollywood blvdhollywood.com DixieHollywoodHotel dixiehollywoodhotel.com HiltonGardenInn LosAngeles/Hollywood hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ california/hilton-garden-inn-los-angeles- hollywood-LAXHOGI/index.html HotelErwin hotelerwin.com OHotel ohotelgroup.com 1492 1776 1812 1989 1944 Choose from a sampling of superb accommodations that cater to your travel goals. calaa lhohh meoo placesto hhoh meoo » FOR A FULL LIST OF ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS, SEE PAGE 93. Itineraries Write Your Own L.A. Story
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  36. 36. with BrianWilson The Dodgers’ wildly popular, hard-throwing relief pitcher, aka “The Beard,” talks about his morning commute, outdoor workouts, and looking good in Dodger blue. Great Sports H IS IS THE BEARD THAT LAUNCHED thousands of fans—and even one Airbus A320. Brian Wilson and his infamous lush black beard made their debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers just last summer, and Chavez Ravine, site of the team’s namesake stadium, hasn’t been the same since. Even though the hard-throwing, right-handed relief pitcher came to Southern Cal from the rival Giants in NoCal, the forgiving L.A. fans took to him immediately. “I was used to getting booed here,” said the former San Francisco Giant when he arrived at Dodger Stadium last August. “Now that I’m double zero, maybe I’ll get oooed.” Maybe? Fans now sport their own beards, Mohawk hairdos (yes, Wilson has a Mohawk, too), and 00 Dodger jerseys whenever Wilson pitches. They have so much love for number 00 that they even voted for a Brian Wilson bobblehead night. (June 26 against the St. Louis Cardinals is Fan Vote Bobblehead night. Better get your tickets now!) We caught up with Wilson on the fly as he was heading out to sign autographs at Dodger Fan Fest day. We wanted to ask him how he felt about his new life in Los Angeles. True to his atypical character, outsized personality, and offbeat sense of humor, “The Beard” did not give us any of the usual sports cliché responses! (Oh, and about that Airbus: In 2011, Virgin America unveiled an A320 emblazoned with the Giants logo and Brian Wilson’s iconic facial hair surrounding the cockpit. We imagine they’ve had to do some major repainting.) L.A. VISITORS GUIDE What do you like best about L.A.? WILSON The weather. L.A. VISITORS GUIDE Anything else? WILSON I don’t find anything negative about Los Angeles. L.A. VISITORS GUIDE What do you love about being a Dodger? WILSON The fact that I get to wear blue. I feel like I look good in blue. L.A. VISITORS GUIDE What about the historic stadium? WILSON I enjoy the stadium a lot because there’s a lot of outdoor space. When I come here early, I like to work out outdoors. And I have all this room to myself. I really enjoy that. L.A. VISITORS GUIDE What’s your favorite route to the stadium? WILSON I live in West L.A. I like taking my time. I take Sunset. Sometimes I take the 101 to maybe Alvarado. Maybe Silverlake Boulevard. Just depends on how frisky I wanna get and how I’m feeling that morning. I come extremely early on game days so it’s a breeze getting here. L.A. VISITORS GUIDE Any food recommendationsforfansandL.A.visitors? WILSON I haven’t had the opportunity to taste the food in the stadium because I’m usually playing. People rave about the Dodger Dog, which I haven’t tried yet. L.A. VISITORS GUIDE Best seat in the house? WILSON My family and friends would love to sit in the dugout. But they haven’t experienced that yet! Sometimes they’ll get tickets right above the dugout, which is a special treat, but they can’t get tickets there all the time. Q A& ROBERTBECK/SPORTSILLUSTRATED/GETTYIMAGES 38 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014
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  38. 38. Dodger Stadium dodgers.com, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 323.224.1507 Opened in 1962, this ballpark is the third oldest in Major League Baseball. With views overlooking downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel mountains, every Dodger game is a winner in this picturesque shrine to baseball. STAPLES Center staplescenter.com, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213.742.7100 Opened 15 years ago, STAPLES Center is the indisputable mecca of sports in the city and serves as home to four professional sports franchises: Los Angeles Kings HOCKEY http://kings.nhl.com Los Angeles Lakers BASKETBALL nba.com/lakers Los Angeles Clippers BASKETBALL nba.com/clippers Los Angeles Sparks WOMEN’S BASKETBALL wnba.com/sparks Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena lacoliseumlive.com, 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90037, 213.747.7111 This coliseum (now a Federal Historic Landmark) has played host to USC Trojan football every fall since 1923. Over the years, the grand old stadium has served as home field for many of the city’s pro and college teams—including the NFL’s Rams and Raiders, the Dodgers, and UCLA football—as well as hosting two Olympiads (1932 and 1984) and international soccer championships. The Sports Arena, right around the corner, opened its doors in 1959 with a bantamweight boxing title match. Once, the arena was home to the Lakers, the Clippers, USC and UCLA basketball, the Kings, the Ice Dogs, the Blades, the Sharks, and the Cobras (arena football). Today, it still hosts boxing and wrestling matches. StubHub Center stubhubcenter.com, 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90746, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills With its soccer stadium, tennis stadium, track and field facility, and indoor velodrome, StubHub serves as home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy (lagalaxy.com) and Chivas USA (cdchivasusa. com). The center is also a training site for the U.S. Soccer Federation, United States Tennis Association, USA Cycling, and USA Track & Field. The Doll Factory derbydolls.com/la, 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 The L.A. Derby Dolls, a league of more than 150 female roller derby skaters, play a full-contact game at breakneck speeds on a 100x60-foot banked track in their Doll Factory, located in downtown L.A. Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club northerntrustopen.com, 1250 Capri Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 310.454.6591 Since the 1920s, Southern California golf fans have been lucky enough to witness Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and many other champions of the PGA tour vie for the title of what locals call the L.A. Open. Where to Keep Score in L.A. Great Sports 40 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 Root for baseball greats like Brian Wilson at the historic Dodger Stadium. JONSOOHOO/LADODGERS
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  40. 40. 42 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 Top chefs talk about what’s new in the city’s dynamic restaurant scene RENDSETTINGCUISINE lots of restaurants offering house-made meat products (aka charcuterie), like sausage, ham, and bacon (Bestia downtown and Chi Spacca in Hollywood are just two). For the most part, however, “we’ve found a happy medium now,” Mahin says, “approachable food that has fun elements to it.” Walter Manzke, chef-owner of two L.A. eateries—République, a new mid-city French bistrosetinabuildingwhereCharlieChaplinoncehad offices; and Petty Cash, a bustling taqueria nearby— agrees: “I feel we’re going back to well-paired simple ingredients, not over-garnished, not overworked.” At République, for example, Manzke offers classic French dishes such as escargot, steak frites, and his take on the traditional frisée lardon salad, served with wood oven–roasted Brussels sprouts. VEGGIESRULE! CARNIVORE, OMNIVORE, VEGETARIAN, VEGAN. These categories barely matterinLosAngelesanymore,wheresteakhouseslovinglyprepareveg- etables that can compete with the flavor of a prime rib, and vegetarian FOODPHYSICSADVENTURESTORUSTICCLASSICS FOR A WHILE, MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY was the trend, as food sci- ence transformations like beef foam, liquefied olives, and anchovy bubbles popped up in dishes all over town. After that, the pendulum swung back toward rustic. “Suddenly every restaurant in Los Angeles was serving offal [organ meats] and making their own charcuterie,” says Jeff Mahin, chef-partner of the wildly popular Stella Rossa Piz- zeria in Santa Monica, and its sister establishment, Hollywood’s Stella Barra Pizzeria. You can still find organ meats in L.A. (b.o.s. in Little To- kyo,forinstance,servesuptonguecarpaccioandsweetbreadtacos)and From Cobb salads to the French dip, and pop-up eateries to farm-to-table cuisine, Los Angeles is the birthplace of countless culinary trends. We talked to some of the city’s leading chefs on what’s new when it comes to dining in this spectacularly diverse and inventive city. Jeff Mahin Stella Rossa Pizzeria Stella Barra Pizzeria WHERE THE CHEF EATS: Los Cinco Puntos Boyle Heights “The food here is modest, but amazing. So much love and effort is put into everything that’s served, and the chefs have amazing knowledge. I always learn something that I can use in my cuisine, too.” Mahin’s Shaved Mushroom Pizza MAHIN:ANJALIPINTO;TRACHT:JOELLIPTON,LISATHOMPSON Dining in L.A.
  41. 41. Spring & Summer 2014 | discoverLosAngeles.com | 43 restaurants offer hearty, gooey dishes bursting with the meat-associated taste sensation known as umami. Sure, Chef Tal Ronnen became famous for preparing Oprah’s meals when she did a 21-day vegan cleanse, and for catering the vegan wedding ofEllenDeGeneresandPortiadeRossi.Still,hesays,hethinksofthefood at Crossroads, his sexy West Hollywood restaurant, “as Mediterranean first, plant-based second.” With dishes like truffle leek flatbread, root- vegetable potpie, and a cheese plate showcasing nut-milk cheese, this is a place even diehard meat-eaters are sure to love. And the same is true at Gracias Madre, a new plant-based Mexican restaurant in West Holly- wood. Here, a dish like flautas de camote—rolled tacos filled with sweet potatoes and caramelized onions—is as rich and flavorful as carne asada. Chefs are inspired by the bounty of the farmers’ markets here. “The availability and the quality of produce in Los Angeles keeps getting bet- ter,” says Manzke. “Vegetables and salads change every day at our restau- rants, and we love to take those vegetables that you remember hating as a kid and turn them into something remarkable.” One example: the roasted cauliflowernachosandcrispyBrusselssproutspopularizedatPettyCash. “We’re very farmers’ market–driven,” says Suzanne Goin, chef and co-owner of some of L.A.’s most acclaimed restaurants, including Lucques in West Hollywood, A.O.C. in nearby Mid-City, and Tavern in Brentwood. And she’s not just talking about the likes of kale and kum- quats (though both show up on her menus). “We’re looking for wild greens and unusual ingredients that we can play around with,” she says. “We do some pickling and fermenting.” DO-IT-YOUR-WAYDINING AT A.O.C., THE EATERY THAT HELPED LAUNCH the small-plates craze, Goinhasaddedafewbigplatterstothemenu,likeroastedchicken.When sheopenedA.O.C.adozenyearsago,“wecreatedtwo-orthree-notedishes that didn’t have to be developed into a full course,” she says. “Small plates wereanicebreakfromthetraditionalformat.”Now,shesays,“wewanted to go in the other direction with plates that are put in the middle of the table and four people can dig in.” With both small plates and big platters onthemenu,A.O.C.letsguestschoosethewaytheywanttodine.Youcan makeamealoutofthreesmallplates,opttoshareaplatterandafarmer’s plate with dining companions, or anything in between. That kind of flexibility abounds throughout Los Angeles. With com- munal tables, a long bar, a bakery, and an oyster bar, République wel- comeswalk-ins.Youcanenjoyescargotandamushroomtartwithaglass ofwinefromtheextensivewinelist,orsettleinforthreecourses.Evenat Spago, newly reopened with a small plates menu, you can make a meal of small bites at the bar. Among the choices: the revered pizza with house- smoked salmon, pork and leek chili dumplings, a soft-shell crab po’boy, and for dessert, doughnuts with black-sesame custard. THEREIGNOFCHILIPEPPERS BEING “THE GATEWAY TO MEXICAN COOKING for the rest of the coun- try,”asrestaurateurJimmyShawputsit,L.A.haslongofferedsomeofthe best,mostcreativeMexican-inspiredcuisineintheworld.Shaw,aMexico City native, owns five Loteria Grills in Los Angeles and a new Mexican- style sandwich shop, Torta Company, in Downtown. But, as he points out, youdon’tneedtogotoaMexicanrestauranttoenjoyMexican-influenced bites. “You’re seeing the interesting use of Mexican chiles everywhere in LosAngeles,”hesays,“includingathigh-endrestaurantsandhotelbars.” At the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, for example, you’ll find achiote-grilled pork quesadillas and crab tostadas at the Win- dowsLounge.Acoupleofmileseast,attheLosAngelesCountyMuseum of Art, Ray’s & Stark Bar Chef Kris Morningstar is “toasting dried chiles and using them with respect,” Shaw says, in his Mediterranean menu. Suzanne Tracht Jar WHERE THE CHEF EATS: Connie and Ted’s West Hollywood “I love to come here for a dozen oysters and a great craft beer, and then go on my way.” Brooke Williamson The Tripel, Hudson House WHERE THE CHEF EATS: Fishing with Dynamite Manhattan Beach “We sometimes stop here for lunch. I like to eat simple and clean, and the seafood here has so much flavor without leaving you feeling overstuffed.” Tracht’s sides of roasted purple yams, baby turnips, and steamed asparagus Williamson’s Charred Baby Octopus Greek Salad with Crispy Tomato Couscous and Seed Vinaigrette WILLIAMSON:COURTESYTRIPEL
  42. 42. In-N-Out Burger in-n-out.com » A must-experience L.A. tradition, In-N-Out has been handing out the freshest handmade burgers to pass through a car window since its creator Harry Snyder opened California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand in Los Angeles’ Baldwin Park in 1948. Ask for yours “animal style.” Lawry’s The Prime Rib lawrysonline.com » Serving up the best prime rib in town for more than seven decades, Lawry’s is as famous for its exquisite silver-cart-tableside, carved-to-order service as it is for the deliciously roasted slabs of beef themselves. Musso & Frank Grill mussoandfrank.com » Established in 1919, Musso & Frank’s enjoys a rich history as a place where movie deals were made and stars were born over classic martinis and luxurious cuisine. Literary greats F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner were once regulars, and silent-film icon Charlie Chaplin often laid claim to the same red-leather booth. Pink’s pinkshollywood.com » This celebrity-frequented hot dog stand has been a Hollywood landmark since Paul and Betty Pink sold their first franks from a cart at the corner of La Brea and Melrose in 1939. Try the Bacon Chili Cheese Dog, the Lord of the Rings Dog, or the dog named for Los Angeles–based Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis, featuring sautéed peppers and onions. Yamashiro Hollywood yamashirohollywood.com » The world-famous dining venue perched atop the Hollywood Hills welcomes guests to take in unparalleled views of Los Angeles while enjoying Asian-inspired California fare. On the National Register of Historic Places, the building that houses the restaurant was constructed in 1914 as a replica of a Japanese palace. Exhibiting eclectic 17th-century Japanese architectural features and surrounded by sculpted gardens and stone pools, the location has masqueraded as Japan in a variety of films and television shows. UPSCALECUISINE,COMFYDIGS LOS ANGELES HAS NEVER BEEN STUFFY whenitcomestorestaurants, but more than ever, the line between casual and fine dining is blurring. A Michelin-starred chef is serving lobster rolls and chowder in a West Hollywood seafood shack (Michael Cimarusti at Connie and Ted’s). At ink on Melrose Avenue, Top Chef champion Michael Voltaggio is dish- ing out what he calls “modern Los Angeles cuisine,” beautifully plated, elegant dishes like cuttlefish with hazelnuts and pike caviar. “This is highly orchestrated [food] in a hip-hop atmosphere,” says Jeff Mahin. In a hurry? Next door at ink.sack, you can grab a sandwich to go: banh mi, pastrami with horseradish cream sauce, or a tuna with spicy mayo. Another Top Chef contender, Brooke Williamson, co-owns both The Tripel in Playa del Rey and Hudson House in Redondo Beach with her husband, Nick Roberts. The two restaurants offer what Williamson de- scribes as “upscale comfort food with a twist, in a pub environment.” That includes things like a pulled-pork and pretzel-croissant sandwich at Hudson House and squid-ink spaghetti at Tripel. Innovative as this food is, “we don’t want to be a high-end destination,” Williamson says. “We want to be a neighborhood spot where people can come in a couple of times or more a week and be happy to be there in an atmosphere that’s relaxed but booming.” Suzanne Tracht, chef-owner of Jar Restaurant, a longstanding chop- house in West Hollywood, aims for the same cozy feeling. “A lot of our customerscomeinthreetimesaweek,”shesays.“They’llhavesomething indulgentlikecreamedspinachandpotroastonenightandsteamedveg- gies and filet the next.” Walter Manzke République Petty Cash WHERE THE CHEF EATS: n/naka West Los Angeles “This is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. The chef, Niki Nakayama, deserves more attention than she’s getting for her extraordinary food.” Suzanne Goin Lucques A.O.C. Tavern WHERE THE CHEF EATS: Canelé Atwater Village “When I want a comforting, delicious meal, I know it’s going to be great here.” Dining in L.A. FIVE QUINTESSENTIAL L.A. EATERIES Manzke’s Risotto Nero with Atlantic Calamari and Mediterranean Octopus GOIN:DAVIDYOUNG-WOLFFPHOTOGRAPHY;MANZKE:RYANTANAKA
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  44. 44. LAPRIDE ›The largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California, LA PRIDE features live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, exhibitors, food and drink vendors, and the popular Sunday morning parade. WHEN: June 6–8. WHERE: West Hollywood. TIME: Various. Regular admission $20; free for children under 12 and active military. VISIT: lapride.org DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET ›Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Grand Park hosts the Downtown Farmers’ Market, with locally grown produce, fresh flowers, and prepared food vendors. WHEN: Tuesdays. WHERE: Grand Park’s Marketplace (between Spring and North Broadway). TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. VISIT: grandparkla.org DOWNTOWN FLEA ›Browse a mix of antiques, collectibles, and vintage and handmade wares at are free. Parking is available for $4. VISIT: dtflea.com ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET ›On the second Sunday of every month, the Pasadena Rose Bowl is home to one of the world’s most famous markets. With more than 2,500 vendors offering everything from vintage hats to vinyl records, there truly is something for everyone. WHEN: Second Sunday of each month. WHERE: Rose Bowl Stadium. TIME: Regular admission starts at 9:00 a.m. VISIT: rgcshows.com/RoseBowl. aspx for ticket information. SPRING AND SUMMER INL.A. the Downtown Flea in L.A.’s Chinatown on the fourth Sunday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. WHEN: Fourth Sunday of each month. WHERE: 727 North Hill Street. TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $2; kids under 12 SAVETHEDATE! YOUWON’TWANT TOMISSWHAT ANGELENOS HAVEINSTORE. 46 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 THEORIGINAL FARMERSMARKET THURSDAYNIGHT JAZZAND FRIDAY NIGHTMUSIC ›Every Thursday and Friday through the summer, Farmers Market hosts its twin free music series, Thursday Night Jazz and Friday Night Music. WHEN: May 29–August 29. WHERE: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles. TIME: 7:00 p.m. VISIT: farmersmarketla.com L.A.PRIDE:JONVISCOTT CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  45. 45. Calendarof Events DISCOVER THE ARTS IN LOS ANGELES ›See world-class masterpieces while saving up to 50 percent on admission to more than 30 leading museums and performances during this L.A. Tourism cultural initiative. WHEN: April 7–May 18. WHERE: Various locations. VISIT: discoverLosAngeles.com LOSANGELES FILM FESTIVAL ›Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival will include world premieres of American and international features, documentaries and short subject films, as well as conversations, master classes, Music in Film Nights at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, Hollywood studio premieres, and other signature events. WHEN: June 11–19. WHERE: L.A. LIVE and multiple locations throughout Los Angeles. TIME: Various. VISIT: Ticket information available at lafilmfest.com PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL ›The 36th Annual Festival lineup includes many familiar faces along with a few new ones, highlighted by an all-star tribute to the late keyboardist George Duke that includes Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, and Ndugu Chancler. WHEN: June 14 and 15. WHERE: The Hollywood Bowl. TIME: Various. VISIT: hollywoodbowl.com for details and ticket information. BET EXPERIENCE ›The three-day festivities include a film festival, live music performances, and the BET Awards. WHEN: June 27–29. WHERE: L.A. LIVE. TIME: Various. VISIT: bet.com for details and ticket information. ANIME EXPO ›Celebrate Japanese animation, music, and popular culture at the largest anime and manga convention in North America. Around-the-clock activities include the Masquerade, Anime Music Video Contest, Concerts, Battle of the Bands, and the AX Fashion Show. WHEN: July 3–6. WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center. VISIT: anime-expo.org dineLA RESTAURANT WEEK ›Eat your heart out during this 12-day LA Tourism showcase of Los Angeles cuisine, featuring specially priced fare at more than 350 local eateries, including such fine dining venues as Bouchon, Fig & Olive, Craft, Mo-chica, Scarpetta, Night + Market, and many others. WHEN: July 14–25. WHERE: Various restaurants. VISIT: discoverLosAngeles. com/dineLA TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES ›In its 30th year, the summer music tradition features free open-air concerts at the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday evenings. WHEN: July through early September. WHERE: Santa Monica Pier. VISIT: santamonicapier.org/ twilightconcerts L.A. COUNTY FAIR ›The largest county fair in North America, the L.A. County Fair has the classic fair rides, everything-fried foods, and lots of animals, plus concerts, wine and beer tasting, specialty shows, and more. WHEN: August 29– September 28. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except Labor Day. WHERE: Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona. TIME: Various. General admission $19; children (ages 6-12) $12. VISIT: lacountyfair.com 1ST THURSDAY ARTWALK ›Galleries, shops, restaurants, and live music transform San Pedro sidewalks into a block party the first Thursday of each month. WHEN: First Thursday of each month. WHERE: Various locations in San Pedro. TIME: Various. VISIT: 1stthursday.com for details.
  46. 46. TheCoveted Climate Renowned for its glorious weather, Los Angeles enjoys comfortable temperatures and low humidity year-round. Average highs in winter and spring range from 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, warming up to 82 for summer. If you’re visiting between November and April, come prepared for the region’s few rainy days. In May, June, and July, a marine layer often casts a cloudy haze over the beach communities in the mornings, only to burn off midday. August tends to be the 48 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 All Things L.A. hottest month of the dry, sunny summer, but coastal breezes temper the heat. Evenings are cool throughout the year. Pack beachwear, comfortable layers of lightweight clothing, a light jacket, and sunscreen to make the most of L.A.’s mild climate. Accessibilityand SpecialNeeds Offering mindful access to transportation and attractions, Los Angeles is well equipped for visitors with special needs. All three major L.A.-area airports welcome visitors who have disabilities with » FOR TDD SERVICE, CALL THE CALIFORNIA RELAY SERVICE AT 800.735.2929. extra-wide parking spaces; ramped access routes; convenient elevators; roomy, handrail-outfitted restrooms; shuttle buses equipped with wheelchair lifts; and public phones with telecommunication devices for the disabled (TDDs). To make arrangements for a wheelchair, contact your airline directly. For more information on airport facilities, contact the airport at which you will arrive and depart. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) lawa.org/welcomelax.aspx, 310.646.5252 L.A./Ontario International Airport (ONT) lawa.org/welcomeont.aspx, 909.937.2700 Bob Hope Airport (BUR) burbankairport.com/ passengers/disabled- passengers.html, 818.840.8840 For more information about special needs facilities at Los Angeles International and L.A./Ontario International airports, you may also contact Los Angeles World Airports Office of the Coordinator for Disability Services at 424.646.5005. Metro Rail lines and stations are also wheelchair- accessible, and Metro buses are appointed with driver-controlled automatic wheelchair lifts. For schedules, visit metro.net, or call the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at 323.466.3876. If you have a mobility- limiting disability and will have a vehicle during your stay, you may want to apply in advance for a Travel Parking Placard for Nonresidents with Disabilities, which will grant you the privilege of parking in extra-wide spots reserved for people with special needs. For an application, contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles at 800.777.0133 or go to dmv.ca.gov. L.A.’s most popular attractions, sports venues, and theme parks feature easy- access elevators and ramps, as well as wheelchair seating. IntheKnowWhat to expect during your stay and how to learn more Hollywood & Highland Visitor Information Center
  47. 47. Information Stations Multilingual agents are stationed at Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Visitor Information Centers at Hollywood & Highland and Union Station, and at the Los Angeles Convention Center during conventions. Stop in or call for answers to questions, assistance with itineraries, directions, maps, travel guides, information about public transportation options, and recommendations lawaterfront.org PRODUCED BY Facebook.com/TallShipsLosAngeles Facebook.com/LAWaterfront TallShipsFestivalLA.com THE GREATEST SPECTACLE ON THE PACIFIC AUGUST 20-24, 2014 TallShipsFestivalLA.com on dining venues and sightseeing opportunities. At the Hollywood & Highland Center, you may also purchase discounted tickets to local attractions and events. A kiosk is also located at the Natural History Museum. Hollywood & Highland 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood 90028, 323.467.6412 Open 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., Mon.–Sat.; 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Sun.; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Feb. 28–Mar. 3 (Academy Awards weekend) Union Station 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012 Open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Mon.–Sun.; closed on New Year’s, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Natural History Museum Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles 90007 Open 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Mon.–Sun.; closed New Year’s, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90015 Open during conventions only. Spring & Summer 2014 | discoverLosAngeles.com | 49 AGuideto Gratuities Unless otherwise noted, a gratuity is not included in bills at restaurants and other Los Angeles establishments. Tipping is voluntary, but service attendants are customarily rewarded as follows: Server at a sit-down restaurant 15–20 percent of the total before tax Bartender 10–15 percent of the total Luggage handler $1–$2 per bag Parking lot attendant/ valet $2–$3 after the car is retrieved Hotel maid $1–$2 per night Taxi driver 15–20 percent of fare
  48. 48. Airport Report M ARTINIS AND CAVIAR. HIGH FASHION AND ART installations. Do these sound like elements of a day on Rodeo Drive? Yes. In this case, though, they describe a different luxury location, one you’ll find at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): It’s the Tom Bradley International Terminal (or TBIT, pronounced “ti’bit”). Opened in September 2013, the terminal, designed by Curtis Fentress, resembles a cresting wave akin to those found just outside in the Pacific Ocean. Inside, the concourse dazzles with art features, outstanding dining and shopping venues, and creature comforts most travelers have only dreamed about—until now. It’s all the result of a $1.9 billion project so environmentally conscientious that the United States Green Building Council awarded it a prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. Digital Enhancements EASING TRAVELERS’ EXPERIENCE right out of the gate are an improved ticketing process and an upgraded inbound and outbound baggage system. This, of course, leaves more time for exploring TBIT’s extraordinary Great Hall. Aglow with LED displays, the Great Hall is an interactive information wonderland. Colossal video screens flash welcoming panoramas and theater-like productions. A flight information board projects live data-feed images of destinations. An elevator/time tower represents the 24 world time zones. It all reacts to travelers’ movements with changing sound effects and transforming imagery. On the horizon: an app for mobile devices with details about destinations and concourse vendors. World-Class Shopping TBIT’S 36 RETAIL STORES RANGE fromBulgariandEmporioArmani to Hugo Boss and Michael Kors, taste adventures, and Chaya’s Asian-French fusion cuisine. Streamlined Travel EVEN THE RESTROOMS ARE designed for ease of travel. Extra-large stalls accommodate travelers and their luggage. Moving walkways make getting to gates a snap. Once there, guests can kick back in cluster and row seats, 60 percent of which sport power sockets and USB ports. As easy as departing from TBIT is, so too is returning. An elevated glass bridge leads to a split-level customs area. En route, a virtual 90-foot waterfall soothes the road-weary. Customs at TBIT features 72 immigration booths. Sixteen of them are self-serve for Global Entry program participants; 16 more of these are coming soon. At the TBIT baggage-claim area, six carousels unload high volumes of luggage, like those carried by A380-size aircraft. Now this is an airport experience to look forward to. as well as some wonderful surprises never seen before in any airport. Some are close to Angelenos’ hearts, such as local favorites Fred Segal and Kitson. Duty Free Shopping (DFS) also gets its due—Hello, Burberry, Gucci, Hermès…. Even better is DFS’ Platinum Services Club, a complimentary concierge/ personalized shopping experience for high-end, global travelers. CreatureComforts IN THE GREAT HALL’S “LIVING room,” leisure furniture offers homelike comfort, table bars supply ample outlets and charging stations where travelers can power up, and a special play area lets kids run off some steam before and after flights. Travelers can partake in L.A.-centric dining experiences at eateries representing local establishments. A few standouts: the Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar, Border Grill’s modern Mexican food, Larder at Tavern’s casual eats and baked goods, Umami Burger’s beefy The inspired design of the Tom Bradley International Terminal creates a new kind of travel day Airport Report 50 | discoverLosAngeles.com | Spring & Summer 2014 VIP EXPERIENCE
  49. 49. LEARN ABOUT OUR ROTATING SPECIAL EXHIBITS REAGANLIBRARY.COM PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY& MUSEUM 40 PRESIDENTIAL DR., SIMI VALLEY | 805.522.2977 • Step inside the Oval Office • Act in the movies • Give the Inaugural Address • Plan a State Dinner • Trail ride at the ranch • Board Air Force One & Marine One • View the Berlin Wall • Dine at one of two restaurants • And so much more! Over 26,400 square feet of state-of-the-art, highly interactive galleries await you. From Air Force One to extraordinary photos and video, to interactive games, the Reagan Library is fun for the entire family. The Most Beautiful & Unique Museum in Southern California.

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