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  • Restaurants
Katsuya plus Starck in Hollywood equals one haute sushi equation

December 3, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, USA – It really doesn’t get any more trendy than this: the trendiest cuisine (sushi) in the trendiest of towns (Hollywood) in a restaurant designed by the trendiest of designers (Philippe Starck). Add to all that the chef that first touched off the California-style sushi trend (Katsuya Uechi), and… (more)
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  • Spas
Of skin and intimacy (“skintimacy”?) at the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie

December 2, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, USA – As it turns out, the anti-aging revolution is being waged on incredibly small turf: your skin’s cells. Whether you want to combat wrinkles, brown spots, or other “side effects” of the aging process, science is finding that the youthful integrity of your skin lies at its… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Much more than just a noodle house at Crustacean Beverly Hills

December 1, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, USA – I have two words for you: garlic noodles. It’s impossible to talk about Crustacean, Beverly Hills’s Vietnamese hotspot, without starting right there. The An family, which owns the restaurant, closely guards their top-secret recipe for this addictive, buttery-garlicky noodle dish, and with good reason. Once you’re… (more)
  • Sights & Activities
Beaches to fit your LA fantasy at Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach in Malibu

November 28, 2012

MALIBU, USA – It’s a universal travel truth: newcomers to Los Angeles arrive expecting to sun themselves at resort-style, palm-tree-lined beaches á la Hawaii or the Caribbean. But soon enough, reality settles in: the Pacific Ocean is freezing, summer at the coast is often foggy, and there’s nothing at all… (more)
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  • Hotels
Scene-grabbing digs, by design, at SLS Beverly Hills

October 8, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, USA – At the SLS Beverly Hills, it’s a case of Philippe Starck strikes again. The hotel’s hipster-glam “it” factor rests solidly on the merits of the French designer’s edgy-bordering-on-wacky interiors. In the guest rooms, off-the-wall elements like tea-cup chairs and mirrors-cum-TVs lend a through-the-looking-glass feel. Starck’s brand… (more)
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  • Shopping
From “9 to 5″ to “Hang 10″ at ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica

October 7, 2012

SANTA MONICA, USA – Coming to Los Angeles on business can be a little bit of a buzzkill. What good is that expanse of ocean and steady California sun if you’re stuck in a suit in a downtown highrise? At ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica, the antidote to your… (more)
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  • Shopping
Not exactly roughing it at the Malibu Country Mart and Malibu Lumber Yard in Malibu

October 6, 2012

MALIBU, USA – When I think of a country mart, it calls to mind visions of a rustic marketplace where local artisans hawk wares like homemade jam and calico. Likewise, the term lumber yard makes me visualize a rough-hewn supplier of raw timber. Shelve any such pastoral notions you may… (more)
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  • Nightlife
Channel your inner Dixie chick at South in Santa Monica

October 3, 2012

SANTA MONICA, USA – Los Angeles prides itself on being dubbed “The Southland,” and to get any further south than its wide metropolitan radius (which seems to sweep Orange County and San Diego into its orbit too), you’d practically have to skip the border into Tijuana. But at South, a… (more)
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  • Nightlife
  • Restaurants
Take a chill pill, Malibu style, at Moonshadows

October 1, 2012

MALIBU, USA – It’s hard to find a word that adequately captures the vibe of utter relaxation that pervades the Malibu dining/nightlife spot Moonshadows. First off, you’re in California, and secondly, you’re right on the waterfront of one of the state’s most beautiful sunny beaches, so laidback doesn’t even begin… (more)
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  • Nightlife
The Mad Hatter of Los Angeles Nightlife at Bar Marmont

September 30, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA – Among Hollywood’s leading men, there are the pretty boys (no matter how hard he tries, Brad Pitt will never be gritty) and the quirky character actors (sorry, Jim Carrey, you’ll never be a heartthrob). Few strike the balance between hotness and believable eccentricity. The same might… (more)
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