Los Angeles

Flight Review: Delta’s upgraded Economy service from JFK to LAX proves they’re best in class

February 26, 2020

One of the US airlines who are repeatedly proving themselves to be the best in market are Delta, with rapid improvement of their fleet, as well as the services they offer on and off the aircraft. Little things like being able to track your bag in their fantastic App will finally remove the question, “did […]

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LAX ferries rideshare & taxi passengers away from the terminal with “LAX-it”: Three months in, does it save time?

February 24, 2020

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been undergoing a number of welcome changes over the last couple of years: long overdue upgraded terminals, new walkways connecting terminals post-security, and a wide range of enhancements designed to make the experience of being at one of the world’s busiest airports all that better. Higher quality food, […]

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LA’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open this December

February 11, 2020

A December 2020 has been set for the opening date of the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Announced by film legend and co-chair Tom Hanks at the 92nd Academy Awards, the date will see an historic new institution come to life, celebrating the art and science of movies through exhibitions, screenings and public and […]

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Australia to L.A. return flights are going for as low as $765 right now

January 24, 2020

Travellers keeping a key eye on cheap flights from Australian the to U.S. today might have noticed a particularly exciting pop-up over at trusty deal-slinger iknowthepilot.com.au. The bargain tracker regularly comes with the goods, but this one seems almost too good to be true. A return flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles on Air Canada […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia upgrades its economy meal service and impresses Melbourne to LAX (VA23)

December 23, 2019

Earlier this month, I jumped on board Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 five-times-a-week service from Melbourne to Los Angeles, and was surprised to find a number of enhancements to their Economy service – which mainly floated around the quality of their meal services. Read on to see what a VA trip across the Pacific Ocean is […]

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What to expect when transiting from Canada to the USA at Toronto Pearson International Airport

April 22, 2019

Late last year, I flew with Canadian carrier WestJet from Halifax, Nova Scotia to LA via Toronto. It’s a long journey – about as far from one side of North America to the other as you can get. And there’s no way to do it direct. You start off with a two hour flight from Halifax […]

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Flight Review: Delta Air Lines – Los Angeles to Sydney (DL41)

March 26, 2019

US airline Delta has been delivering daily service between Sydney and LAX since 2009, around the same time that “V Australia” – Virgin Australia’s then international brand – was introduced to the same route. The competitors then partnered up in late 2011, with each airline offering codeshare on the trans-Pacific route. This allowed for seamless […]

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Album Review: Earl Sweatshirt is still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, but on Some Rap Songs (2018 LP) his vision is clearer

December 3, 2018

After three years of intermittent presence and mystique Earl Sweatshirt has returned with a fifteen track exploration of himself and all things in his periphery. Some Rap Songs only weighs in at twenty-five minutes, but each short track is laden with quote-ready lyrics and vulnerability that acts as a reflective point for his career and personal life […]

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Flight Review: A weekend away to the US with Delta Air Lines – Sydney to Los Angeles (DL40)

October 29, 2018

Earlier this month, I travelled to the US for the weekend with Delta Air Lines to cover the Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam Festival in Los Angeles. You know, the one that “Nirvana” reformed at. Yes, with flights to the US more affordable and more frequent than ever, the idea of a weekend getaway to the […]

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Review: Foo Fighters’ festival Cal Jam 18 proves a joyous celebration of Rock n Roll

October 9, 2018

This weekend, I travelled about an hour outside of Los Angeles to San Bernadino, to experience the second year of the festival Cal Jam – an event programmed and run by the Foo Fighters, featuring an eclectic mix of rock bands from around the world, and celebrating the 25 years of the band’s career with […]

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Hotel Review: InterContinental’s ambitious Downtown L.A. property is a stunner

August 15, 2018

It’s not everyday you spot a helicopter buzzing around Los Angeles at eye-level. Dramatic and impressive, the check-in at the sky lobby of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is an astounding way to usher in the guest experience at this (almost) one-year-old luxury hotel; reception is placed on the 70th floor, surrounded by enormous floor-to-ceiling glass […]

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Everything you need to know about Cal Jam 18; Dave Grohl’s music festival featuring Gang of Youths

August 13, 2018

They may have just announced – and then sold out – their own mini-festival in Brisbane, but before that happens, Sydney group Gang of Youths are heading to California in October to play Cal Jam 18, a festival curated by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. This is the second consecutive year the event has been […]

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Exploring Downtown L.A.’s underground tunnels is a glimpse into 1920s prohibition

July 22, 2018

There are millions of interesting little details threaded through the rich, and often controversial, history of Los Angeles: one of the most storied cities in the world thanks to its confluence of just about everything you can think of. It’s one of North America’s most multi-cultural, famed for it’s (mostly) sunny weather and largely distinct […]

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Celeste Barber’s Guide to Hollywood and Los Angeles

July 12, 2018

Celeste Barber has made a name for herself on Instagram by impersonating (or, more to the point: parodying, often unflatteringly) Instagram “celebrities”, so much so that the Australian comedian has become something of an Instagram Celebrity herself, amassing no less than 4.3 million followers on the platform. This popularity has led to a live show, #CelesteChallengeAccepted, […]

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Exploring Downtown L.A.’s extensive underground tunnels is a glimpse into 1920s prohibition

June 22, 2018

There are millions of interesting little details threaded through the rich, and often controversial, history of Los Angeles, one of the most storied cities in the world thanks to its confluence of just about everything you can think of. It’s one of North America’s most multi-cultural, famed for it’s (mostly) sunny weather and largely distinct […]

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Hotel Review: The InterContinental Century City proves a comfortable hideaway amongst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood

April 25, 2018

It’s the weekend of the Oscars. There’s a buzz in the air as I check into the InterContinental Century City with ease – and just a slight delay as they finish preparing my room, which was unexpected considering my early morning arrival (common for Australian travellers). The hotel has a definite sense of glamour as […]

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Review: Los Angeles’ Mari Restaurant blends Californian and Japanese Flavours in the InterContinental Century City

April 2, 2018

Opened in 2016, the on site restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, Mari Restaurant blends together Japanese and Californian flavours for a truly original menu offering. They serve an evolving menu throughout the day, from breakfast, through to lunch and dinner – every menu getting slightly more Japanese flavoured than the […]

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In the final days of Virgin America, we put their service to the test against new owners Alaska Airlines

January 29, 2018

On 11th January, Virgin America made its final flight under the callsign “redwood”. It’s now flying as “Alaska”, as Alaska Airlines moves towards the completion of its merger with the much loved airline. This said, the airlines continue to each fly with their respective branding and flair, at least until April 25th (though it will take […]

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Hotel Review: Hollywood’s newest Kimpton Everly cuts no corners with spectacular views in a prime location

January 25, 2018

Branded as being situated “between Hollywood and the Hills”, the Kimpton Everly – which opened in August- is in an unbeatable location. A block away from Hollywood and Vine, the building sits right behind the classic Pantages Theatre (where Disney’s Aladdin is playing to March 31st) and the iconic Capitol Records building. Right next to […]

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Flight Review: How does Delta’s Sydney to LAX Service (DL40) compare to partner Virgin Australia?

September 25, 2017

If you fly regularly to US with Virgin Australia, as I do, chances are you may have ended up on a Delta aircraft on one of your trips; with the two carriers codesharing services across the Pacific, providing ticketed passengers for either the option to fly with the other. I recently did just that, flying […]

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Hotel Review: Ramada West Hollywood offers beautiful, luxurious rooms and spiral staircases

August 6, 2017

Seriously though, how many hotel rooms do you ever get to stay in that have a spiral staircase? Like, actually in the room? My first thought entering my room at the luxurious Ramada West Hollywood was that I was in a room far fancier than I was used to. The bottom floor of the room is […]

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Hotel Review: The recently renovated Farmer’s Daughter and TART Restaurant are hidden gems in Los Angeles

August 3, 2017

“Oh, rustic,” I murmured as I entered my room at The Farmer’s Daughter on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. The room is indeed rustic. A twin share, the room has more in common with an old world cabin than it does an upmarket hotel room. Nevertheless, the luxuries are there even if they aren’t apparent […]

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Review: Hotel Indigo offers a significant piece of the Downtown Los Angeles metamorphosis

July 28, 2017

Most hotels have some kind of unifying design manifesto that ties the entire place together. Hotel Indigo in a departure from the Golden Age Of Hollywood aesthetic that has become so common in LA hotels, is all about the history of the Downtown district in which it is located. Found on Francisco Street, and (at […]

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Review: Hotel Palomar (Beverly Hills) provides a much needed moment of quiet in fast paced Los Angeles

June 19, 2017

I’d never visited Los Angeles before this week. After 17 hours in the air, a turbulent Auckland-Los Angeles leg and with the jetlag still in that quiet moment before your body realises everything is wrong, I was ready for a moment of quiet. Thankfully, quiet is exactly what the Hotel Palomar in Beverly Hills gave […]

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Los Angeles is getting its very own museum dedicated to Ice Cream

April 11, 2017

With more museums than any other city in the U.S.A., it seems natural that Los Angeles (California) would need to start thinking outside the box when it started to add new additions to its roster. In the case of a new pop-up museum due to arrive, it seems they started thinking inside the cone, as […]

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Eat your way through eleven of the best brunches in Los Angeles

November 3, 2016

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a 2am snack, Los Angeles has you covered. It’s not like New York, however, where you can wander the streets on a Sunday morning and eventually stumble across a diner for your brunch – but in LA that’s going to be an unlikely feat. You need a car (or […]

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Hotel Review: SIXTY Beverly Hills (Los Angeles, CA) is contemporary elegance from lobby to rooftop

October 27, 2016

It shows how delicious a hotel is when even after a 15 hour flight you crave exploring its ins and outs instead of falling into the comfort of their beds. SIXTY Beverly Hills combines contemporary glamour with Los Angeles exclusivity. Glass, wood and marble detailing meets you as soon as you step into the foyer, and […]

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The incredible revitalisation of Downtown Los Angeles takes us back to the city’s Golden Age

August 31, 2016

There’s a scene in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, when Gil, played by Owen Wilson, is reminiscing about a time he never lived in; “Imagine this town in the ’20s,” he said of Paris. There was something forlorn about it, a regret that he was living now instead of then. Though Allen portrays this romanticisation […]

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We talk about the Global Angel Wings Project with Los Angeles based artist Colette Miller

July 31, 2016

Californian based artist Colette Miller was recently in Australia as part of an event to promote travel to Los Angeles, showing off her iconic “Angel Wings” artworks – one of which she painted at a special event in Sydney. While she was there, I spoke to her about the origins of the piece, which she’s now painted […]

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Flight Review: Premium Economy to London with Air New Zealand – Leg Three – Los Angeles to London (NZ2)

July 7, 2016

Over the last week, we’ve taken you on board Jennifer Quinlin’s journey from Melbourne to London with Air New Zealand atypical route for Australian travellers, via Auckland and Los Angeles. So far she’s taken us through legs one and two of the journey, as well as her experience in transit in Los Angeles. Now today […]

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