Meat + Meet
Gather your group for tropical cocktails and vintage vibes.
It’s not easy to get the press to brave the traffic of midday Hollywood and show up for the launch of a bottled tomato sauce. But when Rao's Homemade introduced their latest flavor—Tomato Herb—they had a full house of food writers and bloggers. And everyone left happy.
The Mr. Plant cocktail is named for Robert Plant, legendary vocalist and lyricist of Led Zeppelin. He is one of many rock legends, including The Doors, The Who and The Rolling Stones, who used to stay at the hotel that was known as Riot House back in the day. Reports have it that Plant shouted “I am a golden god!” from a hotel balcony overlooking the Sunset Strip, inspiring the well-known scene from the movie Almost Famous. Mr. Plant has been a house favorite at the hotel since. After changing hands several times, it became Andaz West Hollywood in 2009.
We’re only a couple of weeks into 2017, and already there’s tons of good news to celebrate in Los Angeles. (Some of it, however, comes at the expense of other great California cities.) The Chargers announced that they would be relocating from San Diego to LA beginning with the 2017 NFL season. Just 12 months earlier, the Rams had returned to Los Angeles after 20 years in St. Louis. And, so, after more than 20 years without an NFL team, LA suddenly has two.
One of the most anticipated hotel openings in Los Angeles is Dream Hollywood. The 179-room property, which will occupy nearly half a city block on the corner of Selma Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard, will begin welcoming guests in January 2017. The 10-story property is designed to be a social hub for both hotel guests and locals with a pedestrian alleyway that will feature retail shops, restaurants and public art, and an expansive rooftop space with a pool and lounge that is set to be a major nightlife venue.
During this year’s IMEX America in Las Vegas Oct. 18–20, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board launched Virtual Discovery L.A., a virtual reality travel platform that gives meeting professionals an immersive 360-degree viewing experience of 50-plus venues and locations across Los Angeles—the most comprehensive virtual tour of any place on the planet.
Early morning, and the sea crashes behind a veil of fog so thick the coastline can only be sensed, not seen. Walkers and joggers move like apparitions along the California Coastal Trail, a paved path that wanders for miles atop 100-foot bluffs, dropping here and there to a pocket beach or a broad strand where surfers bob in the lineup, waiting to catch a wave.
At the busy intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards in West Hollywood, tour buses wait to make a left turn at a notoriously long stoplight while passengers crane their necks in hopes of catching a glimpse of someone, anyone, famous.
Just down the block, at the Bikes and Hikes LA shop, owner Danny Roman can be found convincing visitors that there’s a better way to see Los Angeles. Roman and his staff organize independent, guided tours on bike, foot, sailboat and kayak.
California's cities are so rich in culinary treasures, there aren’t enough meals in a day to give visitors a fair taste. Food tours offer a solution, allowing groups to experience a half-dozen or more gastronomic options, while learning about the destination’s history and landmarks. A plus: Food is a universal language. Tacos, pizza and chocolate are some of the most e ective means of bringing together people of di erent cultures, job types and ages. Here are six delicious adventures, from San Diego to Sacramento.