Things to Do for Easter in Los Angeles

If you found yourself booking a vacation for this upcoming weekend for your family – you hit the jackpot for a perfect family weekend in Los Angeles. With the Coachella Music Festival continuing on out in Indio, the masses have flocked to the desert, just east of Palm Springs. The traffic in Los Angeles is lighter, wait times at the top restaurants are shorter, and the best seats are available at theatres for all the new release movies. On top of this – this weekend marks the most family-friendly holiday there is, Easter! No matter what you celebrate, Easter is the perfect holiday to engage family members from babes to Grandma and Grandpa. Los Angeles has plenty of activities throughout 

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What Are The Best Casinos in Los Angeles?

What are the best casinos in Los Angeles, and is gambling legal?  Absolutely.  In Los Angeles county, look for some major card rooms that specialize in tournament Texas Hold’em, Omahi Hi-Lo, 21 No Bust Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em (a personal favorite, considering we’ve seen many major jackpots paid-out), Limit Hold’em, Pai Gow Tiles, Baccarat, Chinese Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, and so many others.  Of course, these selections will be dispersed amongst the most popular casinos. Most are located just south of Downtown Los Angeles.  They include The Bicycle Club, Hustler Casino, The Gardens Casino, and Commerce Casino. If Las Vegas style casino gambling is your deal, you will have to head out further east towards 

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Marciano Art Foundation Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a hub of art with museums spread throughout our city. From the Getty, to The Broad, to Museum Square with The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), there is plenty to see. Art from every era is on showcase in our city and fans of all centuries and movements of art will have something to find and admire. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood sits a smaller, but no less impressive, venue at the Marciano Art Foundation Los Angeles. The museum sits right in the middle of the Windsor Square neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful homes. The art collections inside the foundation are housed in what used to be a Scottish Rite Masonic Temple. Built in 1961 

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Brunch at République Los Angeles

You didn’t do your trip to Los Angeles if you didn’t do a solid brunch. While the city has plenty of great food options, the one thing that we certainly do perfectly is brunch. Recently a few of us here with the Glitterati gang found the need for some solid pastry and brunch food, but were a little short on time. Luckily, one of L.A.’s best French restaurants transforms on Saturday and Sunday mornings/early afternoons into a more casual (but no less delicious), brunch spot. Republique is known for its French food, bread, and pastries (DELICIOUS pastries), and their brunch definitely does not disappoint. To accommodate their many hungry guests, there is no reservation setting for their brunch.  Instead, Republique 

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The Sill for Plants in Los Angeles

You get it. We’re spoiled here is Los Angeles. We have sunshine year round and we get to see green all year round (especially with the recent rains). But plant lovers in L.A. just got another reason to be excited – and you can get excited too… The Sill is one of the top online plant shops for plant lovers. Coining the term, #PlantsMakePeopleHappy, they work hard to make sure your home is green, fresh, and full of life! Their mission is to not only get you quality products, but to teach you to care for and keep the plants alive. It takes a little more than just talking to your plants, and each one is different. Their instructions are 

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Mardi Gras at The Grove Los Angeles

We never need an excuse to stop by The Grove and Farmers Market in the heart of Los Angeles. There is always something to do or see here. It’s the perfect spot for locals and visitors to shop, eat, and just enjoy a relaxing afternoon. It never gets boring because of the constant changes in decor and events that are designed to bring the community together. This March is no different as they kick of the new month with a classic event – Mardi Gras! While we are nowhere near New Orleans, the Farmers Market always puts on a family friendly version of the celebration. Beads are flying, activities are plenty, and live music plays to bring the feeling of 

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Vinadore Cafe West Hollywood for Wine and Painting

Los Angeles clearly has some of the trendiest drink spots and clubs for anyone looking for the Hollywood experience. However, if late night dancing and standing in lines isn’t your thing, there is a cute little cafe calling your name for a fun night of wine, food, and painting. Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. the intimate and quaint cafe, Vinadore, offers a paint class and lots of laughs for anyone looking for a relaxing evening. The class is $20, comes with an instructor to guide you through the process, and a glass of wine. We all know one glass is never enough, especially for those painters just beginning and needing to let loose and not worry 

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John Kelly Chocolates LA for Valentine’s Day

Love it or hate it – Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a sweet treat. Whether you find yourself wanting to grab the perfect (or unique) chocolate for a significant other, or just want to treat yourself, February is the month to go above and beyond. Here at Glitterati Tours we are lucky enough to be within walking distance to one of the country’s best chocolatiers (or unlucky, because it’s DANGEROUSLY close…). Don’t let this discourage you if you aren’t around Los Angeles and find yourself wanting some of the best chocolate the city has to offer. We wouldn’t want to tease you.  John Kelly makes their chocolates daily, and ships them all over the country for its customers 

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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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