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Thanksgiving Buffet with a little Champagne to Celebrate

Cafe Sierra Restaurant is hosting a Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet and Seafood & Prime Rib Dinner Buffet… and you are invited! Join us for a feast of Thanksgiving classics and and varied array of chef specialties. Entrees will include:

Roast Turkey and Giblet Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Giblet Stuffing
Chocolate Fondue Fountain and much more!

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Treat Dad Like A King This Father’s Day!

Celebrate Father’s Day with a sumptuous buffet and music performance at Café Sierra. Tell your father how much he deserves to be appreciated and applauded for being the most wonderful person in your life. 

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Treat Mom Like a Star!

Cafe Sierra celebrates Mother’s Day with our extensive Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. This unparalleled brunch experience will make every mom feel like a star.  Moms like things that are made, so make her reservations for this very special day! For reservations contact 818-509-2030

Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Horse1_158648555_HUC_2014Gung Hey Fat Choy!  Happy New Year.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival marks the end of winter. Spring and the New Year celebration starts on the first day of the first month on the traditional Chinese lunar Calendar. We celebrate the Year of the Horse in 2014. The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Celebrate this holiday with activities around Los Angeles.

Cafe Sierra Restaurant
Celebrate 2014 Chinese New Year with our exquisite Champagne Brunch Buffet.
Friday Jan 31 & Saturday Feb 1st from 6pm to 10pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26
Sunday Feb 2nd from 5pm to 9pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26

Live Chinese Instrumental Music performed every night
(Tax and Gratuity not included)
For reservations call Cafe Sierra at (818) 509-2030
Parking: $3 valet parking available
Info: http://www.cafesierrahilton.com

Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is celebrating Chinese New Year on Rodeo Drive with lion dancers, musicians and acrobats as well as refreshments. Hotels in the area will offer New Year specials and Chinese amenities throughout February.
When: Friday, February 8, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm
Where: 400 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Cost: Free
Parking: Metered street or pay lots in the area
Info:www.lovebeverlyhills.com/horse

Traditional New Year Kick-Off Ceremony at Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown
Thursday night on the eve of the New Year, the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown will open the New Year festivities with incense offerings, Taoist and Buddhist monks, dragon dancers and 550,000 firecrackers.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10 pm – 12 am
Where: Thien Hau Temple, 750-756 N Yale St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free
Parking: Street parking, pay lots within a few blocks
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: chinatownla.com

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown
Two-day Festival in LA’s Chinatown with the Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday.
When: Golden Dragon Parade February 1, 2014, Sat 1 pm, Festival Feb 1-2, 2014, Sat 12 – 8 pm, Sun 12 – 5 pm.
Where: Parade route goes north on Hill from Ord to Bernard, then south on Broadway to Cesar Chavez. Parade Route Map Festival at 715 N. Hill St.
Cost: Free to view from the street, $25 grandstand tickets available, festival is free.
Parking: Map
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: www.lagoldendragonparade.com or chinatownla.com

The Great Chinatown Hunt
A scavenger hunt through Chinatown for teams of two to four people.
When: February 2, 2014, Sunday 11 am
Where: Chinatown, start location given with registration.
Cost: $40
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station
Info: racela.com

The Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival at Olvera Street
Live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.
When: March 1, 2014, noon to 7 pm (to be confirmed)
Where: 425 Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo Historic Site/Olvera Street
Cost: Free
Parking: Pay lots in the area
Metro: Union Station
Info: www.camla.org

Source for activities: About.com/Los Angeles Travel

A Little Caroling With Your Holiday Buffet

Master Carolers Join Our Holiday Buffet!

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Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like Christmas carols. Enjoy your favorite songs of the season at our holiday buffet beginning December 13th. Pile your plate high with all the culinary delights of the season. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! For Reservations call 818-509-2030 or Click this Link

Holidays in Hollywood

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As the holiday lights begin to twinkle, and the carolers begin to sing, holidays in Los Angeles begins to fill every heart with the holiday spirit. From Santa’s reindeer to holiday entertainment favorites, Los Angeles has everything your holiday spirit needs no matter if your two or ninety-two.  We have highlighted just a few holiday activities for your next visit to LA.

Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo

reindeerromp2013Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing? Santa and his reindeer have arrived at  the Los Angeles Zoo! The Zoo is creating a one-of-a-kind holiday wonderland this year! Activities include holiday crafts and photos with Santa. The festive cheer will be spread throughout the Zoo. 

Gifts aren’t just for humans this holiday season – the Zoo’s animals will also partake in the festivities with special behavioral enrichment including presents to unwrap for the enjoyment of all!

Visit their website for more information: http://www.lazoo.org/reindeerromp/

The Magical Christmas Caroling Truck

MagicalChristmasCarolingTruck (1)Every year on Christmas Eve from 5-11 pm, the Magic Christmas Caroling Truck drives through the north Los Angeles neighborhood of Toluca Lake. Decorated like a holiday parade float, the festive flatbed is laden with volunteer musicians and singer who carol through the community.

The tradition began in 1984 when a group of 12 studio musicians wrapped a recording session and decided it would be fun to go play Christmas carols in their neighborhood from the back of a pickup truck. Today over 200 volunteer singers and dancers perform to a backing track recorded in the same studio, with new songs added every year. The route covers 10 miles of streets in Toluca Lake and North Hollywood.

For the route map, sing-along lyrics and other information visit www.christmascaroling.org

Heritage Square Museum’s Holiday Lamplight Celebration

Homes-at-night-smallThis year’s Heritage Square Museum’s Holiday Lamplight Celebration returns to their original tradition with the Victorian homes dressed in holiday decor from different time periods. Enjoy warm apple cider and holiday treats, music, dancing and singing.

This event is not recommended for children under 6 or for people with mobility issues due to uneven terrain, dim lighting and tight indoor spaces. Reservations are required.

Holiday Fare with Holiday Carolers

CarolersCelebrate the Season at Cafe Sierra Restaurant. Culinary treats will delight your palette and warm your heart. Holiday classics combined with signature items, including:

King Crab Legs, Oysters, Mussels on ice, Broiled Lobster Thermidor, Sushi, Sashimi, Peppered Shirmp, Peking Duck, Prime Rib and Leg of Lamb Carving Stations, Pasta Station, Crepe Station, Chocolate Fondue Fountains, Bananas Foster, and much more…

Christmas Eve
Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet
11am-2:30pm
$32.00 per person for Adults
$15.00 per person for Children (3-10)

Christmas Day
Holiday Champagne Brunch Buffet
11am-3pm
$42.00 per person for Adults
$20.00 per person for Children (3-10)

Abalone, Seafood, Prime Rib & Lobster Holiday Christmas Buffet
5pm-9pm
$56.00 per person for Adults
$26.00 per person for Children (3-10)

Master Carolers performing your favorite Christmas Songs from 6:30-9:30pm. Appearing on Dec. 13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24 and 25.

For reservations, please contact Cafe Sierra at 818-509-2030

Thanksgiving with LA Flair

images (3)Los Angeles has always been known for bucking tradition, so it’s no accident that Southern California gives those who visit during Thanksgiving ample opportunity to do the same. With average temperatures well into the 60s with many attractions open for at least part of the day, Thanksgiving in LA is as stuffed with activities as that turkey about to be carved. Our friends at DiscoverLA have complied this list for you all to enjoy.

Special Events

Nov. 16, 2013: CITY FARM TURKEY TROT – GRIFFITH PARK
The 1st Annual City Farm Turkey Trot at the Autry Farmers Market takes place in Griffith Park on Saturday, Nov. 16. Families, friends and children are invited to participate in a fun day of running, food, live music, games, free gifts, and much more. The 5K/10K Turkey Trot starts at 8:00 a.m. and features a 5km or 10km course that travels along the dirt trail around the LA Zoo, Autry Museum, and Griffith Park Golf Course. Children age 5 and up can join the 1K Kids Turkey Dash, a run through the park with a loop along the dirt path and a final sprint on the Autry grass. The Turkey Dash starts at 9:30 a.m. and finishes at the race expo. Parents are welcome to run with their children. The 200-meter Turkey Toddle is a free run designed for children 2-5 and the parents who want to run alongside them. The 200-meter dash starts at 10:00 a.m. and takes place on the Autry grass, lined with cheering volunteers and festive decorations. Registration is $40 for the 5K/10K Turkey Trot and $15 for the 1K Turkey Dash.

TURKEY TROT LOS ANGELES
The first-ever Turkey Trot Los Angeles is taking place in Downtown LA on Thanksgiving morning. Turkey Trot LA features 5K and 10K routes on the historic streets of Downtown, a post-event festival atGrand Park, costume contest and much more. Early bird entry fees start at $35 for the 5K Run/Walk (ages 17 and up), $40 for the 10K Run/Walk, $50 for the 5K/10K Combo, and $10 for the Widdle Wobble, a half-mile kids and family run/walk.

TOFURKY TROT 2013 – ROSE BOWL STADIUM
The Tofurky Company invites the entire family to join in Tofurky Trot 2013, taking place on Thanksgiving Day at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. The 5K (3.1 miles) race is a run, trot, or walk that’s open to all levels of physical fitness. Prizes and coupons will be awarded to the top male, female and children finishers, as well as for best costumes and random prize drawings. The Tofurky Trot starts at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $25 for online pre-registration, or $30 for on-site registration. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable, vegan food and other donations for the homeless and their animal companions. Proceeds benefit the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS).

20TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY RUN & FOOD DRIVE – LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
The 20th anniversary Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive takes place at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge. The event is a major fundraiser for the Community Center and proceeds are used to support its year-round programs. The 5K run/walk has been a local tradition and a community favorite for two decades – as many as 2,000 participants have run along Foothill Boulevard at this popular annual event. The race is professionally timed, and begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The Kids’ Mile is perfect for children age 12 and under. Parents are encouraged to run alongside registered children at no additional cost. Kids receive a t-shirt before the race and an award as they cross the finish line. The Kids’ Mile begins at 9:30am. Pre-registration for the 5K is $35 and $40 on-site. Pre-registration for the Kids’ Mile is $15 and $20 on-site. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be dropped off at Memorial Park on Thanksgiving morning and donated to families in need.

34TH ANNUAL FREE THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST – LAUGH FACTORY
The world-famous Laugh Factory is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Feast, welcoming the underprivileged, the homeless and anyone who is alone for the holiday to a day of free food, fun, and comedy. Top comedians will greet and help serve guests, as well as perform live shows following each of four meals served at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Past celebrity guests have included Dane Cook, Tim Allen, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Kennedy, Dave Chappelle, Bob Saget, and the late Richard Pryor, among many others.

Stay Near the Fun!

Don’t miss a minute of this turkey time fun. Stay close to the action and save on your second room with our Holiday Staycation Package. Reserve one room and receive 50% off the second with a three night stay minimum. Make your reservations today

 

When LA Freezes Over

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We can now officially complain about how cold it is in Los Angeles, and with the holidays coming up, it’s time to get into the spirit of what passes for autumn and winter around here. Your local big box superstore may already be over-reaching with Christmas decorations, but when it comes to good old fashioned fun, the most important season is upon us: Ice skating!

Here’s some info about five area seasonal outdoor ice skating rinks open or opening soon:

ICE in Woodland Hills
ICE got a head start on outdoor ice skating on October 21, and is open for its third season through February 5, 2012. The rink is over 7,000 square feet of real ice located within a 30,000 square foot facility at the corner of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Erwin Street. One-on-one instruction is available, and the ICE skating school, with its 8-week program, is enrolling now for its November 28 start.

ICE in Santa Monica
Another ICE, this time right in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. This rink, in its 5th year, opens November 11, and runs through January 16, 2012. Located at 5th and Arizona, the rink is just blocks from the beach. (Isn’t that crazypants cool?!?) You can try the rink for free during their Community Grand Opening Celebration from 5-10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15th, too. The rink will host themed events, and offer hockey clinics and skate lessons, too.

Downtown on Ice
Pershing Square will be home to Downtown on Ice for the 14th year, from November 17 through January 16, 2012. The rink touts itself as the biggest rink with the smallest admission fee. Bonus: It’s right near the Metro for easy car-free access–plus a partnership with Metro and Montebello bus lines allows riders to receive a $1 discount on skating sessions.

CHILL at the W Hotel in Westwood
For a more “chic” ice skating experience, check out CHILL at the W Hotel in Westwood’s 1,600 square foot custom shaped hybrid-ice rink. They explain: “Guests are invited to ice skate amidst a backdrop of bright lights, fanciful candlelit votives and snowfall every hour. Enter a winter world of luxury – as each outdoor cabana is outfitted with a playful and elegant mix of lavish and modern décor by Z Gallerie; from chic mirrors to white deer heads and handmade rugs to modern textiles.” Oooh la la! Runs November 18 to January 1, 2012.

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live
You guessed it: The L.A. Kings host an outdoor rink at L.A. Live. It will be open this season from November 26 to January 5, 2012.

Skate Away The Weekend

Have a Holiday fun filled staycation right here in LA and discover the delights of the season in your own backyard & receive 50% off your second room when you book our Family Staycation Package.  For more information or to make reservations please visit http://bit.ly/KNb3pK

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