The San Gabriel Valley is home to a largely Latino population, but multicultural attractions make it impossible to pinpoint one encompassing ethnic influence. Here, you're just as likely to sit down for dim sum as you are a bacon-topped burger, or to sip a Mexican hot chocolate as you view Benjamin Franklin’s handwritten biography or works by Renoir and Cézanne. When all of these bits and pieces of culture collide, they form a distinct and colorful community that many refer to as the "Best Kept Secret in Southern California."Read More
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In 1925, a few pioneering movie studios converged on a 1.9 square mile swathe of scrubland, previously the headquarters of the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad. In true movie fashion, the area was magically transformed, beginning with the dirt road that became the iconic Sunset Strip. The newly-minted playground of starlets and producers lay outside the jurisdiction of the LAPD, making for raucous nightlife. Today, West Hollywood’s hedonistic legacy carries on in such places as the Chateau Marmont, where Jean Harlow, Dennis Hopper, and Lindsay Lohan have spent countless wild nights.Read More
There’s _Hollywood_, and then there’s Hollywood. The former seems an impenetrable fortress, accessible only to those trailed by gangs of paparazzi. But the latter contains fewer velvet ropes and far more open doors. The truth is, any intrepid visitor navigating Tinseltown’s iconic landscape can plop down in a celebrity stylist’s chair, devour a dish made by a rock-star chef, and come face to face with their favorite Hollywood A-lister—or, at the very least, their wax likeness.Read More