It’s a Ping-Pong Dinner, There Has to Be a Twist

Great big photo of Obama playing Ping-Pong at SPiN LA at The Standard in Downtown Los Angeles

If you’ve never heard of a ping-pong club, and weren’t aware you could dine at one, fear not:

This is your moment.

At hip boutique hotel The Standard in Downtown Los Angeles, chef Micah Fields’ bright and shiny 24/7 Restaurant is just one floor below SPiN LA, actress Susan Sarandon’s new ping-pong social club.

Put the two together, add the dineLA promotion (now through February 1st), and you’ve got yourself a fun, cool, silly and thoroughly delicious night out in the City of Angels.

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Museums LA: Visit Los Angeles Museums for Free


Chris Burden’s “Urban Light,” an installation of salvaged street lamps at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

I’ve lived in L.A. since ’93, and feel very proud of my city’s cultural offerings.

(And no, I don’t mean the Kardashians. But you’re very funny.)

I love our wide array of museums, featuring everything from art to rare books, history and random ephemera.

And huzzah:

Now through November 11, when you book two or more “Museums LA” nights at participating Los Angeles hotels, you receive two free admissions to 30 of L.A.’s most prestigious museums!

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Los Angeles’ Hippest Rising Star: Downtown

I plan to have new posts up soon (no really, I swear), but much of this summer I’ve either been ill, back east visiting family, or writing freelance articles. And hooray, one of my articles was just recently published in USA Today‘s Life section!

Please enjoy Los Angeles’ hippest rising star: Downtown, an abridged version of my guide to one of the most exciting areas of the city I call home.

A longer version of this guide (which includes L.A.’s Eastside), along with my guide to Pasadena and Glendale, will appear later this month in a new version of’s travel section — links to come!


What’s to Do in Downtown L.A.

Yes, Virginia…L.A. has a real downtown.

It’s got cool restaurants, wine bars, galleries, museums, theater, music and a handful of historic tours. It’s full of bustle, grime, fancy lofts, sadness and glory.

In other words, these days, it’s where you’ll find the city of Los Angeles.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles: Get Down to Business

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles stands tall downtown

The husband and I spent a recent, relaxing overnight at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Los Angeles, right in the heart of the L.A. Live entertainment complex.

With a swanky spa, gorgeous Club Lounge and glittering skyline restaurant, it’s a brilliant place for couples to stay when one partner has business in the area.

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