Posts tagged "Los Angeles"
Rollin’ on a L.A. River

Rollin’ on a L.A. River

Life is filled with defining moments and few weeks ago I had one of my own as I stared down a challenge to kayak the L.A. River with steely determination. Okay, so that’s a bit dramatic. There wasn’t actually a stare down or determination with any kind of mettle. And it wasn’t so much a...
Wildcraft: Pizza 2.0

Wildcraft: Pizza 2.0

As a general rule, I view new pizza joints the same way I view new burger stands – with a healthy dose of skepticism. I mean, let’s face it, it’s hard to improve upon a classic and when it comes to burgers and pizzas, the book has largely been written. But every once in a...
Surviving Pride

Surviving Pride

By Duane Wells In the days before LA Gay Pride, there’s excitement and anxiety in the air as those final pounds are shed, barely-there ensembles are chosen, parade floats are completed and WeHo gears up for one of its biggest, most colorful annual celebrations. During the LA Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, a strip of...
The Thompson| Beverly Hills' Hippest Address

The Thompson| Beverly Hills’ Hippest Address

Beverly Hills may be home to bigger—and perhaps splashier—hotels than The Thompson, but there is none that can claim to be cooler. Yes, it’s true that Beverly Hills has its fair share of grande dame hotels. And yes, it is equally true that each of those hotels come complete with storied histories embroidered with tales...
Let's Glamp! Urban Camping Comes to DTLA

Let’s Glamp! Urban Camping Comes to DTLA

I’ve never been a big fan of camping. In fact, I’ve never quite gotten the whole idea of “roughing it,”  because it has always seemed a contrary notion to me. Sacrificing modern conveniences that have been designed to make life easier in order to return to some vaguely romanticized idea of a simpler life has...
The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

A drink or a cocktail? It’s not the eternal question, but it is a frequently asked one. As those of us who partake know, there are times in life when you just want a drink. You know the moments. The ones where a couple shots of liquor poured over ice and mixed with juice or...
The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

Judging from the bustling scene that generally greets guests who pull up to valet at The Redbury on any given night, it would be hard to imagine that this paparazzi-ready backdrop had ever been anything but. However, it wasn’t so long ago that the structure that now houses The Redbury was a casualty of the...
Gay LA: Best Gay Power Parties

Gay LA: Best Gay Power Parties

Gay LA: Best gay power parties: Outfest If you want to mingle with the movers and shakers of gay LA, you have to know where to find them. A good start are these gay power parties, which are teeming with out insiders. Whether it’s a celebration of the arts, equality or each other, these soirées know...
Staycation Vacation: Rediscovering Home

Staycation Vacation: Rediscovering Home

There is no place quite like home. Too bad that, all too often, most of us get so wrapped up in our daily routines, work and social patterns that we forget to stop and smell the proverbial roses. And that is precisely the dilemma that staycation vacations are meant to resolve. Having lived in Los...
Raffles L’Ermitage

Raffles L’Ermitage

Beverly Hills, California Raffles L’Ermitage Who says size doesn’t matter? With standard rooms that rank as the largest in the city of Los Angeles (675 square feet), the Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is the business traveler’s ultimate home away from home in the 90210. In meeting the needs of their substantial business clientele, the hotel leaves little...
Bier Biesl: Austrian Cuisine Comes To Beverly Hills

Bier Biesl: Austrian Cuisine Comes To Beverly Hills

I love a surprise on a Tuesday. There’s always something so delightfully festive about it. So when a girlfriend invited me to lunch at Bier Biesl, the newly opened outpost of former Patina chef, Bernhard Mairinger, I thought to myself ‘It’s Tuesday…I’ve got to say yes!’ After all, it’s not every Tuesday that a boy...
Gay LA: The best gay cruising spots in Los Angeles

Gay LA: The best gay cruising spots in Los Angeles

TimeOut Los Angeles The hottest gay cruising spots to meet men might surprise you. From hardware stores to back alleys, here’s where to find a gay hook-up. Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Best gay cruising spots in LA: Circus of Books   Whether you’re in the market for drills and thrills (hello, Home Depot!) or just...
Hot in the City Trend Alert: Sur Lounge, West Hollywood

Hot in the City Trend Alert: Sur Lounge, West Hollywood

I think everyone should have a place outside of home that feels like home. For lack of a more original idea, I might call it a place where everyone knows your name. In another era, such a place might have been something along the lines of a gentleman’s club or even a country club but...
‘Hot in the City’ Trend Alert: The Painted Nail – Sherman Oaks, CA

‘Hot in the City’ Trend Alert: The Painted Nail – Sherman Oaks, CA

Nothing makes traveling more bearable than indulging yourself regularly when you’re on the road and that’s what The Painted Nail in Sherman Oaks, CA offers anyone who happens to find themselves in Los Angeles and in search of a little TLC. When The Nail Files debuted on the TV Guide Channel a couple weeks back,...
The Nickel Diner’s Homemade Comfort Food Shines With Love

The Nickel Diner’s Homemade Comfort Food Shines With Love

This week I had quite the unexpected treat when I met one of my dearest friends for lunch in Downtown Los Angeles. Nowadays it seems that every interesting new gem I unearth in the City of Angels is downtown; a part of La La land that not so very long ago was among the least...