L.A. Chinese New Year Celebrations

The Chinese New Year officially began on February 5th, and continues through the 19th, welcoming the Year of the Pig.  With huge Chinese communities throughout L.A., including Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles, Monterey Park, San Marino, Anaheim and Long Beach, there are about 530,000 Chinese-Americans.  We are 2nd only to New York in population numbers, so look for many activities throughout the area. When in L.A. one can visit the Chinese American Museum in DTLA, located at 425 N. Los Angeles Street.  Upcoming events include the March 7th Survival and Loss: A Joint Discussion of Los Angeles and San Francisco Chinatowns. The Original Farmers Market in Hollywood also has dozens of Lunar New Year “Lucky 8” Specials between now and February 10th.  

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The Best Sushi in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

The cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills have no shortage of outstanding sushi restaurants.  They range from the all-you-can-eat, to the money-is-no-object dining experiences. Some of the most popular spots include strip mall no-frills storefronts. This includes a few of our favorite locations.  Look into Sushi Park at 8539 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.  This spot is pure fish, with no rice in sight.  Specialties include the blue crab hand roll, toro and uni. Because this spot pushes right up against the Hollywood Hills, it’s also a favorite of celebrities. Ventura Boulevard, in and around Studio City, is home to literally dozens of sushi restaurants block after block.  Sushi Katsu-ya Studio City is our go-to for a consistently great 

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Booking a Private Tour of Los Angeles

Spring and summer are just around the corner.  There’s no better time to start planning your trip to Los Angeles. Whether it’s just an extended layover at LAX or Burbank Airport, or a week or more in Los Angeles, utilizing your time in the city is crucial to leaving with a great overall perspective. At Glitterati Tours, you’ll find highly rated professionals at customizing a private L.A. sightseeing tour to meet your needs, and your things-to-do list. Our most popular tour is called the “Essential LA.”  This is perfect for a visitor that really wants the must-see sights in Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  This includes everything from a close up photo opportunity of the Hollywood sign, to the 

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Discover Los Angeles and dineL.A. 2019

It happens twice a year, and now is one of the times for foodies to unite.  It’s Discover Los Angeles and dineL.A. 2019!  This first experience takes place January 11-25.  It’s your chance to experience special menus from over 400 restaurants in and around Los Angeles. For lunch, look for 2+ courses for $15, $20, $25, and $35. For dinner, 3+ courses will be $29, $39, $49, $59, and $99 which would be part of the dineL.A. Exclusive Series. It is the perfect opportunity to revisit one of your old faves, or try something completely new.  Remember, Los Angeles is incredibly diverse, so look for awesome options in Chinese, Mexican, Peruvian, traditional American, Thai, Japanese, Russian, Brazilian, and Armenian. Check 

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When is Award Season in Los Angeles?

We’re barely into the new year, and award season is officially kicking off in Los Angeles.  We have back to back ceremonies throughout the city. In just a few short hours, we have The Golden Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by Sandra Oh, and Andy Samberg. As always, look for the major players in both TV and film.  Special awards this year will go to Jeff Bridges for the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award for film achievement, and Carol Burnett for the annual award for TV achievement.  The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills will once again be home to this red carpet affair. January 27th, 2019, look for The Screen Actors 

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Christmas at The Grove Los Angeles

Christmas in Los Angeles has its perks. You can feel your nose, toes, and fingers. You don’t have to worry about blizzards and snow ruining any holiday plans, and there is no running out to your car to start it 15 minutes before you leave anywhere. Really the only downside is we don’t have a natural refrigerator to help keep all the drinks cool when your fridge runs out of space from all of the holiday goodies! That being said, sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas without a light dusting of snow and a slight crispness to the air. Luckily for us we have zero humidity this time of year and the evening can give you that slight chill 

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Christmas at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Polo Lounge

Built in 1912, The Beverly Hills Hotel is just as luxurious, glamorous, and desired as it was 107 years ago.  It was known as “the hotel between the city and the sea,” because it was almost perfectly centered between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica.  Plus, it gave those looking for real estate in the old lima bean fields, a place to spend the night as they looked for the perfect property to build a home.  A few years later, the hotel would have famous neighbors like Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. The legendary Polo Lounge is a must for anyone staying at, or visiting the property.  A few of us just made our annual 

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What Are Some Things to Do in Beverly Hills?

What Are Some Things To Do In Beverly Hills? You’ve come to the right city.  Beverly Hills is connected to popular locations like West Hollywood, and parts of Los Angeles, like Bel Air and Westwood. Here’s a short list of the most popular things to do when in the 90210: Stay.  Where to start?! Hotels are obviously top notch and most are perfectly centered and walkable to venues.  Look into The Waldorf Astoria, The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Montage, The Sixty, The SLS Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, The W Westwood, The Peninsula, Luxe Rodeo, The Viceroy L’Ermitage, and The Four Seasons. Shop.  You’ve got one of the most famous shopping streets in 

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Marina Del Rey Christmas Lights

Just because it’s warm in California doesn’t mean we can’t have Christmas magic of our own. We may not have the typical white Christmas, but there is plenty to do to keep the spirits bright. Just steps away from the beaches, Marina Del Rey has created a beautiful park for you all to waltz about feeling the warmth with their spectacular Christmas lights. You can see the festive holiday lights dazzle and sparkle all throughout Burton Chace Park every evening during the holiday season, but the real magic happens Saturday evenings. Marina Del Rey puts on a beautiful evening full of festive cheer. From 4pm to 6pm The Wonderettes perform holiday classics in the vein of 1950’s and 1960’s tunes. 

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Pinks Hotdogs in Hollywood

We often talk about the many must-try restaurants in Los Angeles for foodies.  Of course this includes comfort food.  Always on the list, look into In N Out Burger, See’s Candies, Sprinkles Cupcakes, John Kelly Chocolates, and Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles. Since 1939, one of the most popular spots is Pinks Hotdogs in Hollywood. What started off as a tiny push cart, has grown into an institution near the corner of La Brea and Melrose.  Hotdogs back in the day were sold for 10 cents, and a coke was half of that.  Now hotdogs average about $5.  Currently, Pink’s sells over 2000 hotdogs a day. When at Pink’s, enjoy their wall of fame, which includes 100’s of famous actors 

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