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The Jonathan Club is a private social club in Los Angeles, California, U.S. It maintains two clubhouses, one in downtown Los Angeles at 545 South Figueroa Street (built in 1924) and one on the beach in Santa Monica. Indeed, the private club’s location in a prime spot on the Santa Monica beach has been a continuing source of debate, since that portion of the beach is off limits to all but clubmembers and their guests.
The Los Angeles headquarters has dining and residential facilities, ballrooms, a health club, a library and other accoutrements. The Jonathan Club has been rated among the top five private city clubs of the United States for many years, and the Santa Monica Beach location can be showcased nicely on LA helicopter tours.
Membership in the club is by invitation. For most of its history it was for men only, but since 1987 it has accepted both men and women.
The Urth Caffé sells all organic specialty coffees, coffee drinks, teas, coffee-making equipment, high-quality health conscious meals, and exquisite desserts in a casual atmosphere through its restaurant locations. Caffé locations offer a wide selection of healthy entrees, soups, organic salads, and sandwiches. They also fresh bake their own delicious desserts with choices ranging from the most decadent to low fat, and vegan selections; it is no wonder why Los Angeles van tours often drive by identifying Urth as a hangout for celebs.
Urth Caffé – West Hollywood
Located at 8565 Melrose Avenue, (310) 659-0628, between Robertson and La Cienega, in the design district of Los Angeles.
Urth Caffé – Beverly Hills
Located at 267 S. Beverly Drive, (310) 205-9311, between Wilshire and Olympic, in the heart of world famous Beverly Hills.
Urth Caffé – Santa Monica
Located at 2327 Main Street, (310) 314-7040, between Pico and Ocean Park, in the heart of Santa Monica’s famous shopping district just a few blocks from the ocean.
Urth Caffé - Downtown
Located at 451 South Hewitt Street, (213) 797-4534, on Hewitt and 5th, in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.
Real Food Daily is the premiere organic vegan restaurant in California. With two locations in Los Angeles, Real Food Daily continues to draw crowds who enjoy delicious, balanced meals made fresh with organic ingredients. RFD attracts the someday to the everyday vegetarian, trendsetting young eaters with sophisticated palates and the mature diner seeking gourmet health supportive cuisine.
Perhaps the best person to recommend a Vegan dining establishment is someone that is NOT Vegan! Truly, RFD is is beyond tasty and will leave you wanting more. And for those of you that just finished your very own private “sightseeing tours Los Angeles” episode, RFD in frequented weekly by a variety of celebs that enjoy the healthy eats!5414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood – (310) 289-9910 OR
414 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica – (310) 451-7544
For over 30 years, Union Station Homeless Services has sponsored annual Dinners-in-the-Park on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Held in Pasadena’s Central Park, these events bring together thousands of volunteers to serve a hearty meal and holiday cheer to our less fortunate community members.
Last year this organization served 8,500 meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas to people who were homeless, senior citizens, alone at the holidays, or unable to afford a holiday meal. While there are many things to do in Los Angeles, it is events such as this that foster community and remind us all the importance of the Holidays.
Help make this holiday season special by volunteering or donating food or toys these events. For more information, please call 626.240.4550 x542.
In the early ’80s, before The Grove, this small five-block square retail village used to pack in up to 100,000 people a night. For a small moment in time it was, L.A.’s answer to Times Square. It used to be the place where a great percentage of Hollywood films opened, determined by how well they were received by the UCLA students who crammed into the theaters.
Now it is a far relaxed Village, with its mix of stores and restaurants catering to students and elegant clothing stores catering to wealthier clientele from the surrounding upscale neighborhoods, visiting makes this a great cultural addition to doing many of the “star tours Hollywood.” The stunning old bank building at the heart of the Village that has been converted into the pricey, white-hot Eurochow restaurant. Bordered by the UCLA campus, Wilshire Blvd., Gayley Ave. and Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles CA
Join GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli as he interviews GRAMMY-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. and legendary industry executive Clive Davis at the GRAMMY Museum on Nov. 11.Before an intimate audience of 200 at the Museum’s Sound Stage, Connick and Davis will discuss their collaboration on Connick’s new albumYour Songs, which features new renditions of classic pop standards. After the interview, they will take questions from the audience and Connick will perform some of the album’s tracks. This is the perfect post event to attend after enjoying one of the many Hollywood tours during the day.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the GRAMMY Museum box office or by calling 213.765.6803. Limit two tickets per purchase. All proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the GRAMMY Museum and Musicians’ Village. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
So, our hill sides in Southern California are not covered in fall foliage. So hit the beach I say! I know of no better place to combine “food and beach” than Paradise Cove in Malibu. While I think it would be the coolest place to enjoy a California Style Thanksgiving in flip flops, you must make a visit on any sunny non-holiday as well.
Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving dinner at this restaurant on the sand in Malibu will include clam chowder, salad bar, turkey with macadamia nut dressing and all the fixings, pumpkin pie and free seconds. $29.95 for adults, half price for kids 10 and under; reservations 11 am to 9:45 pm. I recommend the Cove on all of my Los Angeles tours. You must have the calamari, even if you go on Thanksgiving!
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 457-2503
I wanted to create some awareness of charitable events going on in November. So here is the first for this 2009 category. RUFF is a nonprofit 501C3 dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, unwanted or displaced animals in S OC and to providing financial assistance to those pet owners struggling to pay vet bills.
Whether you are visiting LA and looking for something inspirational in addition to doing one of the many California Adventure Tours, or you are a local looking to contribute before heading over to a family feast, this is sure to be time and money well spent!
RUFF Thanksgiving Day Feast
Date: Thursday, November 26th
Time: Seating times are from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Tivoli Terrace
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Price: Adults – $35
Children 12 and under $15
For reservations please call:
Do not let the “lights, camera, action” aspect of LA distract you from some of our city’s most interesting structures and the exhibits inside of them. Places like:
* Walt Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry
* Museum of Contemporary Art by Arata Isozaki
* Getty Center by Richard Meier (photo)
* Broad Contemporary Art Museum by Renzo Piano
* Paley Center for Media by Richard Meier
* Skirball Cultural Center by Moshe Safdie
* Japanese Pavilion at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by Bruce Goff
* Frank Lloyd Wright, the most generally renowned American architect, designed nine structures in the LA area
* The Pacific Design Center, at 1.2 million square feet, is the West Coast’s largest interior design marketplace
* The world’s first circular office building, Capitol Records, was designed to look like a stack of 45 rpm records
* The largest adobe building in the United States is Mission San Fernando in Mission Hills
* The largest concentration of restored Victorian homes in LA is the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue in Angeleno Heights
* Olvera Street in Downtown LA has 27 historic buildings
* The oldest existing house in LA is the 1818 Avila Adobe, in the center of Olvera Street LA. including:
LA boasts several of the world’s most lauded postmodern structures; some of which provide private escorted tours. With the Entertainment Industry stealing most of the spotlight with regard to