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  • Hotels
Deco fabulous at the Sunset Tower Hotel

September 29, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD, USA – In Hollywood, Art Deco was never just an architectural style; it was a way of life. In the 1930s, the height of this modernist movement, films like Grand Hotel (with plucky heroines played by the likes of Greta Garbo) told tales of romance and decadence to… (more)
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  • Hotels
Viva la Revolución! at Thompson Beverly Hills

September 26, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, USA – Revolutionaries in Beverly Hills? Hold onto your Ray Bans. In a city where classic hotels like The Peninsula Beverly Hills are known for their chauffeured Rolls Royce courtesy cars, the Thompson Beverly Hills stands out like a hot rod—all black leather, glossy paneling, and edgy chrome.… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities
From family fun to four-alarm fires at Universal Studios/Universal CityWalk

September 23, 2012

UNIVERSAL CITY, USA – It sounded like a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster movie–New York was on fire! Entire streets were going up in flames, and even as helicopter crews from the fire department raced to the scene, four acres of brownstones, stoops, and bodegas were engulfed in the inferno.… (more)
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  • Shopping
The Continent meets The Strip at Sunset Plaza

September 22, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD, USA – Sidewalk cafés peddling delicate French pastries and strong Italian coffees. Designer boutiques crammed with European labels. A fashionable crowd of Europeans, jetsetters, and celebs. Are you somewhere on the Riviera? Nope, you’re on the Sunset Strip. Most know of “The Strip” as nightlife central, but at… (more)
  • Sights & Activities
Hit the Beach in Los Angeles

September 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES, USA - Yep, you read the headline correctly: it’s beach time! Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean prime beach season in Los Angeles is wrapping up. In fact, September is one of the best months of the year on the LA sand. The “June gloom” coastal fog… (more)
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  • Nightlife
Noir-ish glamour gone, but not forgotten, at Formosa Café

September 16, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD, USA – The Formosa Café represents a lot of things in Los Angeles that no longer exist. For starters, it’s housed in a former trolley car (and LA’s legendary traffic is a testament to the fact that the trolley cars stopped running long ago). Its location near the… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Some serious staying power at CUT

September 15, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, USA – In the 1980s, we had the power suit. In the new millennium, we have the power steak. The low-carb craze has restored dignity to once-maligned meat, and a new generation of hip, chef-driven steakhouses (STK, BLT Steak, etc.) has renewed the spirit of power-playing over huge… (more)
  • Nightlife
A starlet magnet (both living and legendary) at Tropicana Bar in Los Angeles

September 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES, USA – There’s a well-known rumor that the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a re-done relic of 1920′s Tinseltown glamour, is haunted by Old Hollywood ghosts. After the grand re-opening of the refurbished hotel in 1985, a hotel employee allegedly saw Marilyn Monroe’s reflection in a mirror even though no… (more)
  • Spas
Get walked all over, Bangkok style, at Pho-Siam Thai Spa in Los Angeles

August 26, 2012

LOS ANGELES, USA – So it turns out that both Bangkok and Los Angeles are known as the “City of Angels” (that’s what Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok’s official name, roughly translates to). You could say the two are sister cities, in more ways than one. Boasting the largest Thai… (more)
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Purple Tip: The Purple Passport to Los Angeles is FREE Today on Amazon

August 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES, USA- The Purple Passport to Los Angeles for Kindle/Kindle Apps (iPhone/iPad/Android/Mac/PC), is FREE today in the Amazon store. Essential reading for hip, discerning travelers and on-the-go locals, the guide provides insider tips on over 100 handpicked Los Angeles venues, covering hotels, nightlife, restaurants, shopping, sights, spas, and more. For… (more)
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