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    Wave at Bus Stops!

    by marinarena Updated Oct 10, 2006

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    When at a bus stop, try to make the bus driver's life easier by flagging (or waving the hand). This should signal the driver to stop for you. At the majority of stops, there at least two bus routes that will offer service.

    In downtown alone, most stops have 5 or more different routes. Don't assume that all buses will stop just because you are sitting at a bench or standing near the pole with the listed bus routes.

    bus signs, Los Angeles, CA Metro bus signs, LA, CA, USA
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    Enjoy the L.A. love for outdoor Farmer's Markets

    by marinarena Updated Sep 19, 2008

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    Particularly, L.A. loves Farmer's Markets. There is usually a nice mix of people who come to get exotic fruits and veggies, as well as prepared foods, fresh flowers, funky clothing and jewelry and various eccletic knick-knacks. There are various versions of the original on 3rd St (which is featured on my set of West Los Angeles pages), though they cannot compare. Still it is worth hunting out some if you happen to be elsewhere in L.A.

    Downtown L.A.

    (Financial District)

    along 5th St in front of Central Library
    This is a great one I have attended regularly. Food includes tamales (Mexican), Greek /Middle Eastern favorities like kebobs, baklava, hummus....
    Wednesdays, from 11AM to 3PM

    (Chinatown)

    700 Traction (near 3rd and Rose intersection), in the Arts District
    Saturday, from 9AM- 2PM... near downtown!

    Other Farmer Markets of Greater L.A. listed on website!

    Farmer's Market, 5th /Flower St,  downtown LA
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    CHARITIES ARE THE RAVE

    by travelgourmet Updated Aug 29, 2009

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    Charities are the rave in LA. If you are in town and can afford to attend one of the galas that appear almost nightly, do, do, do. It is fun to do and also you will hopefully be benefiting a worthy cause. Why a rave? Well LA is also Hollywood and the glitz and glamour of it all draws a crowd. Most are in it to be seen or see and sometimes a great meal is to be had.

    KCET Public Television gave such a party in Beverly Hills, featuring noted TV personality/ Master Chef Jacques Pepin. He was giving out his soon to be released cook book. Jacques came around to every table and signed his new book on cooking. My wife, Sue, and I had met Jacques before at a cooking class that he presented with his daughter, Claudine. Glitz? You bet! Three chefs came out and presented their food dishes with explanations of the ingredients. Glamour? You bet! High fashion and casual elegance filled the room. A great meal? You bet! With top notch chefs, it has to be. And fun was had by all. I love LA.

    KCET DINNER WITH JACQUES PEPIN FOR CHARITY ART IN  APPETIZERS MAIN COURSE DELICIOUS DELECTABLE DESSERTS MY WIFE SUE, JACQUES PEPIN, TRAVELGOURMET
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    What to make of 818...

    by marinarena Written Aug 23, 2006

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    L.A. is, like, totally, valley in the 818.... so vast....well, what can be made of her really? Like... she is tranquil, loving the less hectic environment of L.A. She is happy, quite the sunny gal basking in the constant sun. And yeah, like, she's hot too- such a hot, porn-sexy thing ! (The Valley is the porn capital of the U.S.)

    Within the 818 are quite constrasting communities- the beautiful Woodland Hills and the crappy Van Nuys (and I say that with such affection); the charming Chatsworth and the even more crappy Pacoima; the giant business center of Burbank and the tiny Toluca Lake with barely a center, etc etc...

    Depending on who you ask here, the 818 area of "the Valley" is deemed with affection or detest. Those who love it seperate it from "L.A" itself (as if it the latter were the "bad seed"), though the Valley is, politically speaking, part of the city. The Valley has almost broken away from L.A. city a few times but no successful legislation has come about yet.

    Many come in the 818 for Universal Studios and City Walk, including the Gibson Ampitheater.
    General diversion is on and off the grand Ventura Blvd, Sports and nature enthusiasts appreciate Balboa Park in Van Nuys, and arts lovers delight in the theater playhouses in North Hollywood. If not all these, just a nice drive along Mulholland Blvd makes for a wonderdful Valley evening.

    In the end, the 818 is just that "different" one that manages to stand out from the other area codes, despite also being too vast to explain in basic terms.

    San Fernando Valley area shot, California
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    See Jewish Life in Fairfax District/Miracle Mile

    by marinarena Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    If you get craving for some Matzo balls ...come here to the Fairfax District!

    One of the major enclaves of Los Angeles is the conjoined Fairfax District and Miracle Mile neighborhood, best experienced along Fairfax Blvd. One will encounter several delis, markets, gift shops and other Jewish establishments. Orthrodox, Hasidic and Reform Jews make up a majority of residents but others do mix into the community. There is a good number of Russian Jews in the area, which is very close to Hollywood and West Hollywood where there is even bigger concentration of Russians.

    Come in this neighborhood on Fridays and Saturdays, in the early evenings to see the Jewish community in the heights of the Sabbath.

    the heavily Jewish enclave of L.A.- Fairfax Dist.
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    Get your Talk Radio, Traffic Reports...on L.A. AM

    by marinarena Updated Feb 23, 2011

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    Here's a rundown of popular AM dial choices (subject to change, check website for updates):

    570 AM KLAC- sports talk featuring Laker, Raider, Avenger and UCLA games, Fox Radio, Dan Patrick (of ESPN fame) and that fiery hothead (and hottie) Jim Rome

    640 AM - Hear political heavyweights from the right talk in lefty L.A. , namely Rush Limbaugh

    690 AM Extra- en espanol

    710 AM- ESPN Radio (Disney), catch USC football and baseball, also many national pro ball games and commentary

    790 AM - Get your fix of Don Imus and Sean Hannity

    830 AM- official Angels of Anaheim baseball station, plus Duck games and, yes, even Notre Dame football (I mean, why sorry Notre Dame in L.A?)

    870 AM- various news opinion, including Dennis Miller and Dennis Prager

    980 AM- Headline news

    1070 AM- news perspective, with top of the hour news (much from CBS Radio) and frequent L.A. traffic updates (a must listen-to if driving in L.A.!)

    1090 AM The Mighty- Home of the San Diego Padres, Mighty Ducks, SDSU, Del Mar Race Track
    (San Diego based, may be available in some LA areas)

    1150 AM KTLK- Hear the lefties talk in lefty L.A.

    1330 AM- ESPN Deportes en espanol, home of the Angels of Anaheim, the LA Lakers, NFL, Chivas soccer, Super Liga soccer, US soccer and LA Avengers

    1510 AM Station of the Stars- Inland Empire (East of L.A. based) station that is home of the MLB Angels of Anaheim baseball team

    1540 AM The Ticket- sports radio, get Charger and Raider games

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    Shelling out on a beer

    by Paisleypaul Written Aug 9, 2009

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    Never knew this existed, and not sure if it is avaiable elsewhere in US but it was only around LA and the Southwest (Las Vegas NV, Phoenix AZ, Yuma AZ) that I found this Clamato beer.

    Light in colour as some Europeans might call lager rather than beer, it is flavoured with tomato and clam.

    Worth trying for- well, its oddness, but not a favourite. By Budweiser, in Bud & Bud Light varieties, I think I bought it at Circle K or 7-11.

    Bud Light Clamato, can and poured Bud Light and Budweiser varieties
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    Walking - It's possible, but frowned upon.

    by Mickeytor Written Jan 15, 2007

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    Everyone knows that LA is a driving city. For the most part you will need a car to get around.

    I like walking though, so I decided to be rebellious. On my last trip, my travel companion and I hiked all over Hollywood, once even hoofing it from Rodeo Drive all the way back to Hollywood and Vine, taking in all the fun of Sunset Strip along the way.

    For anyone looking to avoid the car, subways and buses aren't too bad an option. Cabs are a little more difficult. You'll have to call ahead to get one - or pick one up at a nearby hotel.

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  • Free Papers

    by henrykrinkle Written Aug 23, 2005

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    There are two free weekly newspapers that are the local 'what's on' guides: The LA Weekly and the City Beat. The LA Weekly is larger, and is a very comprehensive paper with tons of listings and lengthy articles of local interest, while the City Beat has a more truly 'in-the know' quality.

    Hip people read the City Beat for the more out-of-the-mainstream articles and reviews, but EVERYONE reads the Weekly as the 'find-anything-and-everything' guide. Both are found everywhere, from newstands to boxes on the corners to bars and restaurants.

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    SIM cards in the USA for open phones

    by cochinjew Written Mar 14, 2010

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    Someone from Oz had the same query, so yesterday when I was in Miami, I went to check with AT/T, one of the two companies that offer prepaid sim cards. First of all, they are useful only for telephone calls and text messaging. Internet browsing and emails are not allowed. the price is pretty steep when you compare the other plans available: 25 cents per minute incoming and outgoing calls, 25 cents per text.
    I have an unlocked phone (majority of the cellphones in this world are unlocked) and i just buy sim card whichever country i am travelling to: USA France India Malaysia Cambodia Vietnam Singapore all would allow sim cards.
    I have an ipod touch with wifi connection. i can use it, with skype, to call friends and family either for free or for very little.

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    The LA Times

    by jrs1234 Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    Los Angeles is home to one of the world's great newspapers - the LA Times. It's well worth picking up a copy while you're there. Check out the website at www.latimes.com. You have to register these days, but at least it's free...

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    The tour guide.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 22, 2005

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    When we first arrived we were a bit overwhelmed with all Los Angeles had to offer. We read about fine-art museums, Hollywood, beautiful beaches, exceptional restaurants, Downtown LA, exciting theme parks, Venice and non-stop shopping.

    We contacted a sightseeing touroperator and they served us a memorable experience and therefore a great trip. It's maybe the best thing to do, because the overwhelming size of the city and the unknown dangers are a struggle and may keep you away from spots you actually want to see.

    Our toure guide. Job well done!
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    If you're intending to do lots...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you're intending to do lots of shopping here in LA, remember to bring along an extra bag in cloth material (like what I did). :-))

    If you're coming from Europe or Asia, buy ONLY the American brand products. They are really, really worth it (read: cheap).

    Brands like Clinique, Prescriptives, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Estee Lauder etc. are really good buys.

    I gave Calvin Klein products a miss because there are just too many imitations right now in the market (to say it's being flooded is an understatement). Sorry, Calvin.

    If you're really SERIOUS about coinciding your holiday with a MAJOR sale, I can't think of a better time than the 4th of July sale. O.K., for those who absolutely MUST know how cheap American products really cost in the U.S.A., here's a rough guide.

    Let's take the brand Clinique as an example. Their LARGEST bottle of Clarifying Lotion cost only US$15.50 (excl. sales tax) in U.S.A. That same bottle costs:-

    450 French Francs in Paris/ Nice (France).
    US$34 (S$58) in Singapore.


    Elsewhere, it costs even more..... Scary huh?!

    Happy Shopping!


    Photo below: Lovely clothes at the Badgeley and Mischka boutique here in LA...

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    Since its inception in 1967,...

    by la_beba Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Since its inception in 1967, the Ahmanson Theatre has presented a wide variety of dramas, musicals, comedies and classic revivals, including 13 plays by Neil Simon (six world premieres) and the works of such leading American playwrights as Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, A.R. Gurney, John Guare and Edward Albee. The Ahmanson has been represented on Broadway as a co-producer of the award-winning productions of Amadeus, Mathew Bourne's Swan Lake, Smokey Joe's Cafe, August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars,and Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella. With the closing of The Phantom of the Opera in August 1993 after a record-breaking four-year run, the Ahmanson embarked on a $17 million renovation project. The redesign enhanced theatre acoustics, improved sight lines and brings artists and audiences closer together by moving the mezzanine and balcony nearer to the stage, lowering the ceiling, reducing the width of the auditorium, and developing new side boxes. In addition, the unique, state-of-the-art reconfiguration provides for variable seating capacity from 1,600 - 2,000 seats, allowing the theatre to adjust the size of the house to accommodate a greater variety of plays, from the intimate to the spectacular. The project also included the remodeling of the theatre lobbies, as well as the forecourt between the Ahmanson and the Mark Taper Forum. The new Ahmanson re-opened in January 1995 with a limited nine-month engagement of the musical sensation Miss Saigon. The premiere season in the new Ahmanson began with Candide, which was directed by Gordon Davidson. Since 1989, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County has been under the guidance of Artistic Director/Producer Gordon Davidson, who has also served as the Artistic Director for the CTG/Mark Taper Forum for the past 34 years. Center Theatre Group believes that theatre is a cultural force and has the capacity to transform the lives of individuals and society at large. CTG is dedicated to theatrical work that positively affects perceptions of the world, expands the sense of the possible, and illuminates the human experience. This is where I had the opportunity to see my all time favorite play..... of course: Les Miserables!!!!!!!

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    SIM cards in the USA for open phones

    by cochinjew Written Mar 14, 2010

    Someone from Oz had the same query, so yesterday when I was in Miami, I went to check with AT/T, one of the two companies that offer prepaid sim cards. First of all, they are useful only for telephone calls and text messaging. Internet browsing and emails are not allowed. the price is pretty steep when you compare the other plans available: 25 cents per minute incoming and outgoing calls, 25 cents per text.
    I have an unlocked phone (majority of the cellphones in this world are unlocked) and i just buy sim card whichever country i am travelling to: USA France India Malaysia Cambodia Vietnam Singapore all would allow sim cards.
    I have an ipod touch with wifi connection. i can use it, with skype, to call friends and family either for free or for very little.

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