Tips and Articles for Los Angeles

Lisa Eisner

Film junkies who've always wanted to know exactly which Lexington Avenue subway grating exposed Marilyn Monroe's assets in The Seven Year Itch, or where... Read More

The Clan with the Not-So-Mini VanWhen Ingrid Otteson and Pascal Demilly bought their 2004 Dodge Sprinter for their family of six—their kids are Nadia,... Read More

See our slideshow of America’s Best Retro Escapes.Does your generic local multiplex get you down?Are you pining for a little movie action under the... Read More

In a 1940 American Magazine article entitled "Camps of Crime," FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover waged something of a war against motels, which he labeled "a... Read More

Are Eastern-inspired cordials the new frontier in cocktails—or a flash in the pan?Some new arrivals are making us wonder. Ty Ku is a sake-based liqueur... Read More

BeijingThe sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38... Read More

Swedish massages and basic facials can be found on nearly every spa menu, but they're no longer enough to entice savvy spa-goers. The 10 exotic... Read More

We have just arrived in San Francisco for the weekend, and the desk clerk at the game-themed Serrano Hotel invites us to roll the dice for an upgrade.... Read More

Get the Facts "The thing about L.A. is that it really is all the clichés you imagine it to be," Sofia Coppola tells me. We're sitting poolside at the... Read More

Photographer Peter Bennetts and Lonely Planet cofounder Tony Wheeler explore the tiny nation of Tuvalu in Time & Tide (Lonely Planet, $20). Vibrant... Read More

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333 or 212/308-9100; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $425. The good people at Ritz-Carlton spent four... Read More

"Can't you go a little faster?" Diane von Furstenberg asks as she and her daughter, Tatiana, drive through Coldwater Canyon, a posh residential... Read More

Around the world, the strip club has suddenly gone tasteful and upscale. • In Paris, at Pink Paradise (49-51 Rue de Ponthieu; 33-1/58-36-19-20), a well... Read More

With the opening of three dermatologist-staffed "clinical spas" in California and New York, the complexion-obsessed can receive the safest skin care... Read More

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of... Read More

“I remember the first time I drove out to Casa Malibu. A friend of mine was staying there, and I had the address on a scrap of paper. I drove past all... Read More

It seems like practically everyone in Hollywood, from David Geffen to Tori Spelling, is opening a hotel these days. Now Ritz-Carlton wants in on the... Read More

Officially, I was booked on the 1 p.m. Garden Tour at Ramirez Canyon Park in Malibu. In the privacy of my shallow, starstruck head, I had been jumping... Read More

At West Hollywood's just-opened day spa Kinara, the food is as decadent as the treatments, thanks to co-owners Olga Lorencin, the exuberant Yugoslavian... Read More

A trio of Gallic-inspired openings has caused a stir on the L.A. food scene. At Opaline (7450 Beverly Blvd.; 323/857-6725; dinner for two $85), the... Read More

As a child in Seoul, I spent countless hours in neighborhood mokyork (bathhouses) watching my mother move from sauna to tea-infused hot tub to cold... Read More

Have you lost that old enthusiasm for the bowl of green apples on the reception desk?Tired of the sight of yet another bellman in black Chinese pajamas... Read More

Washington, D.C. | 14th StreetAlways a magnet for the pinstripes-and-pearls set, the District is now attracting a fashion-forward faction rather than... Read More

Cresting over the international cultural landscape are the openings of two much-anticipated centers for the performing arts, by architects known for... Read More

Searching for red-carpet glamour without a $500-an-hour celebrity stylist?These Los Angeles boutiques can give you free star treatment, access to... Read More

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