2nd Annual LA Food & Wine Fest

The second annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will be held August 9-12 throughout Southern California and once again, it features a mouthwatering serving of culinary events and delectable presentations by both acclaimed local and celebrity chefs, including Wolfgang PuckGuy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis.

The festival offers an array of gourmet  lunches and dinners at some of the area’s finest restaurants, including Cut, ink., and Street.  It also offers a variety of presentations with tempting names like Swine & Wine: The Marriage of Pigs & Pinot, Cooking with Cheese, and The Southern Bunch, Perfected. Take a peak at last years amazing event that had any foodie coming back for more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels. Last year, the chefs raised $400,000.  For more information on Los Angeles Food & Wine, click here.

Make it a Weekend

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a three day event. Why not stay close to the action and enjoy all three days. Make the most of your weekend and book a Bed & Breakfast package which includes overnight accommodations, and complimentary breakfasts for two – from healthy to decadent – our Bed & Breakfast packages are the perfect way for you to relax, recharge and stay close to all the delicious action. Book your weekend escape today http://bit.ly/HUCBBPkge.

Blog Source: RadarOnline.com

Celebrate The Moon Festival 2014

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as The Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival dating back over 3,000 years. The Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese Calendar.

The festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says Yi (or Houyi) was very good at archery. There were once ten suns in the sky, which made plants wither, and fierce beasts run wild to imperil people. It was too hot to live under the suns. To save the people, Yi started to shoot the suns. He shot down nine of them one by one, and he might have shot the last one if it was not called off by others. Thus the severe drought was gone. He also got rid of those fierce animals for the people.

It is said Yi’s wife was Chang’e, a legendary lady in the famous story, “Chang’e flying to the moon.” Chang’e swallowed the elixir stolen from her husband, and she flew to the moon and became the goddess of the moon, who has lived in the palace on the moon ever since. You may see Chang’e dancing on the moon during the festival.

The Moon festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.

Cafe Sierra

Join us September 28th for a specialty dinner buffet. Bring the whole family to this annual event with instrumental entertainment from live Chinese musicians. Enjoy chef specialties and featured items, including the following: Seafood soup – abalone – Chinese cold cuts – lobster & prime rib carving stations– assorted sushi & sashimi – fresh seafood selections – authentic Chinese entrees – honey walnut shrimp – Live stir fry Mandarin action station-Whole BBQ roasted pig-Peking duck – Alaskan wild snails – salt & pepper shrimp – Chinese egg custard-assorted fresh pastries & desserts – chocolate fondue fountain – cotton candy – authentic moon cake.

Saturday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, September 8th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Adults $56 / children (3-10) $28

Make your reservations today by calling (818) 509-2030 or clicking this link http://bit.ly/CafeSierraReservatons

Sunset Strip Rocks LA

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Get ready to return to The Sunset Strip for the biggest party of the year when SSMF returns September 20th & 21st! The two-day street festival will include three outdoor stages, interactive experiences, food, beverage and much more, transforming the Sunset Strip into the ultimate concert destination. With headliners like Jane’s Addiction and Empire of the Sun, this two day music festival will rock LA! Click HERE for tickets and more information

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Stay Minutes Away!

Don’t miss out on a single minute of this musicpalooza! Stay just minutes away from the action and travel in your Enterprise rental car to the festival when you book our Room Vroom Package which includes Overnight accommodations, Mid-size car (Corolla, Caliber, and similar) each night of your stay provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car® local office – upgrades available with deals, and Complimentary self-parking at our hotel during your stay. Book your stay today http://bit.ly/ROOMVROOMPackage

Sizzling Summer LA Concerts

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Summers in Los Angeles heat up as the sun goes down with some of the best local entertainment all free for music lovers to enjoy. Sip on your cocktail as you listen to an up and coming band at one of these amazing free summer concert locations. We want to thank CBS Local for the following list.

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The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300
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After spending the day enjoying the artwork and gardens of the Getty, linger longer as DJ sets and concerts wind down the sunset-laden Saturday evenings. Up-and-coming bands headline each event and food service is available until 8:30 p.m. nightly, with a cash bar on site during the show. Concerts run 6 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard and are free.

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California Plaza
350 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 687-2159
grandperformances.org

Your weekends in downtown are about to get better. Starting June 21 and running through Aug. 24, be sure to head to California Plaza to enjoy food, drinks, beautiful (working!) fountains, and a fantastic lineup of great music running the gamut of musical styles and themes. From Latin to dance, to classical to rock, and even sock puppetry, this free concert series is a must visit. Select events feature family-friendly lineups (start the fun by taking Angel’s Flight to the venue) and free bike valet to encourage sustainability.

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Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500
skirball.org

Two summer-long performance series give both families and adults the chance to enjoy outdoor performances. Kids and their parents can dance and sing to world music concerts each Saturday and Sunday afternoon from June 22 through Sept. 1st; additional hands-on activities, including up-close encounters with wild animals, are included in the series (activities included with price of admission.) Thursday nights, July 25 through Aug. 29, be sure to check out the free Summer Concert series boasting bands with musical traditions from around the world, including music from America, Israel, Sierra Leone, Iran, and Brazil.

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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8901
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The 29th installment of Twilight Concerts begins July 11 and continues every Thursday all the way through Sept. 12. The lineup features a little bit of everything from both classical and contemporary artists, and their motto, “Bands + Pier + Beach + Friends + Free = Awesome x5,” couldn’t be more right on.

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The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-2000
theautry.org

This all-ages dance party features the best salsa bands in LA cranking out their hits every Thursday evening starting July 11 through Aug. 15. Enjoy the drinks and taco bar, take in the museum,learn to dance with free salsa lessons, or take the kids for a spin around the kids-only dance floor. Members can party for free, while guests pay just $10 for entry to both the sizzling night and the museum.

HH_presidentsdayStay Close to the Music

Stay just minutes away form these sizzling summer concerts when you book our Bed & Breakfast Package. With special rates and breakfasts for two- from healthy to decadent- our Bed & Breakfast packages are the perfect way for you to relax and recharge. Book your weekend escape today http://bit.ly/BBHilton2014.

The British are Coming!

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The British are coming! The British are coming! Los Angeles welcomes a British invasion as we embark on BritWeek! Every Spring, BritWeek hosts a program of events that promotes British creativity, innovation and excellence in California across multiple categories including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more. The events take place throughout Greater Los Angeles area. The events  attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders. 

Immerse yourself into BritWeek with a few activities around our hotel.

Santa Monica is the Place to Be!

3rd-streetMay 3 & 4, 2014 – 10am – 6pm Both Days
Third Street Promenade & Downtown, Santa Monica
Open To The Public
BritWeek takes over the Third Street Promenade to host an exciting festival celebrating all things British.Preview the new F-TYPE Coupe from Jaguar, get red carpet ready with a mini-makeover from Boots, meet the famous British gecko from GEICO, take your pup for a stroll down Walkers Shortbread doggy red carpet, and travel to London with The Times of London and get your picture on the front page of the iconic British newspaper.

Come celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare with exciting performances, music and dance, children’s workshops and costumes for dress-up, Shakespeare-inspired street art from LA artist Man One, and more,Live performances, including Independent Shakespeare Company, Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble, Luke Barnham, highland dancers, pipe bands, Irish step dancers, harpers, Morris dancers, acclaimed British performer Desi Valentine, leading Los Angeles and UK street artists, Clan Currie Harp Glen, The St. Andrew’s Society will be out on the Promenade, promoting Scottish culture and traditions and more.

Rock’N’Roll Brit Style!

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Doors 7.30pm, Show 8-11pm,  
Molly Malones, 575 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
Ticketed Event 
Time to turn up the volume for some new British rock’n roll!
Vocalist and 12 string extraordinaire guitarist Steve Cooke, will be joined by a highly-charged group of renowned players in a powerful non-stop two hour rock’n roll show!


Concert highlights will include special guest performances by iconic British players.
A night that’s not to be missed! 
His Current Single “Change Is Gonna Come”, Out Now On iTunes.
https://soundcloud.com/Stevecookemusic/Change-Is-Gonna-Come

Happy 450th Birthday to William Shakespeare!

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Grand Park, Los Angeles,
Open To The Public 
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM AT GRAND PARK, LOS ANGELES,

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, The Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble in partnership with Britweek, Bafta LA, The Music Center, LA County Parks and Recreation and the LAUSD will be presenting a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Melanie Andrews and produced by Paul Heller and Katy Haber, MBE.
The ICSE is proud to announce that this year it has broadened its horizons and  cast an incredible Ensemble of talented youth from more than a dozen schools within the LAUSD. The ICSE continues its collaboration with industry professionals from around the world, mentoring  students with their understanding of Shakespeare as well as the actual performance process. These one-on-one relationships have enhanced academic motivation, personal development and created lifelong, enduring associations.Please join our Shakespeare Family birthday celebration at Grand Park at 3.00pm for a free performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

For more information or a complete listing of all BritWeek events www.britweek.org.

Don’t Miss a Minute!

Bed & Breakfast PackageWhether you’re planning to attend BritWeek or simply need to unwind after a hectic workweek, make the most of your weekend and book a Bed & Breakfast package.

With special rates and breakfasts for two – from healthy to decadent – our Bed & Breakfast packages are the perfect way for you to relax and recharge. Book your weekend escape today. http://bit.ly/15bUVVZ

 

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

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

The Grinch is Coming to Town…

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The Grinch is set to deck the halls This Thanksgiving weekend at Universal Studios HollywoodSMas “Grinchmas” returns to The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM with “Whobilation” throughout the theme park, featuring The Grinch and his faithful dog Max, a lively performance at the original “Who-ville” movie sets aboard the world famous Studio Tour and a soaring “Grinchmas” tree at the heart of the park’s all-new, visually spectacular Universal Plaza, where Whos will be caroling and posing for photos with visitors.

Stay Just Steps Away From Whoville

IMAG0124Add a little Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City to your holiday and stay just steps away from all the whoville magic. Stay late and carol with you favorite characters with rates starting at $159 per night. Don’t miss out on the holiday free concerts at 5Towers located just outside Universal Studios at Citywalk. So fill your holiday with Hollywood cheer and make your reservation today at http://www.HiltonUniversal.com

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