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
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One can only imagine the tales that have taken place within the walls of Culver City's oldest hotel. Clark Gable, Buster Keaton, Joan Crawford, and Ronald Reagan all laid their heads in the Culver Hotel at one time or another, many using it as their temporary residence during filming. Legend has it that Charlie Chaplin once owned the historic inn, but lost it to John Wayne in a poker game. And when MGM filmed _The Wizard of Oz_ in 1939, almost all of the 124 munchkins stayed there, traveling to and from the movie studio through a secret underground tunnel that shielded them from legions of fans. Indeed, the Culver Hotel's storied history is a microcosm of the city itself, whose glut of production companies, speakeasies, nightclubs, and restaurants have forged a modern city worthy of its legends.Read More
According to legend, pizza was first introduced to Los Angeles in 1939 by Patsy and Franklin D’Amore—brothers and restaurateurs from New York City who won endorsement from celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and James Dean. Ten years later, LA locals flocked to the D’Amore stand at the farmers’ market to get a taste of Patsy’s pies at the going rate of 20 cents a slice. Today, purists can still find LA’s original pizza at the market, but the competition has grown considerably. Thanks to a flock of Neapolitan-trained chefs and an abundance of fresh, local ingredients, LA-style pizza has managed to build upon its East Coast roots to become a culinary tradition in its own right.Read More