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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Coffee Coffee and Calabama in West Hollywood

Calling all coffee lovers. One of West Hollywood’s best kept secrets and smallest establishments is getting an upgrade. Coffee Coffee sits on the corner of Santa Monica and Fairfax Avenue. If you have not heard of it or seen it don’t feel bad…if you blink you will miss it – for a few reasons. Tucked just steps back from the busy street, this small venue only allows enough standing room for a handful of people to order inside. Don’t worry, there is plenty of outdoor seating and in L.A. the weather is always perfect for a quick espresso and chat under the sun – or shade. We are sun conscious here – umbrellas will protect you from those harmful U.V. 

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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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Santa Monica Restaurant Week

Hey foodies! We have two questions for you…What exactly is a persimmon, and how could it make for a great weekend in Santa Monica? If you don’t know the answer to either of these questions, that’s okay. I myself had to look up exactly what a persimmon was (it’s an edible fruit that resembles a large, yellow tomato and has a sweet flesh. You’re welcome). If you are interested in this cheeky tomato doppelganger, this weekend is the time to try it out. The Santa Monica Restaurant Week has made the persimmon the central ingredient, and this weekend marks the final few days for great deals. Today through Sunday, you can experience some of the best food Santa Monica has 

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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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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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