Guo Nian – Happy Lunar New Year!! Year of the Rat.

Guo Nian! which means to Celebrate The New Year in Chinese. Chuc Mung Nam Moi! means Happy New Years in Vietnamese

It is 2008 and the year of the rat. And the world is gearing up for this wonderful celebration of life and family. All the way from Los Angeles, to China, Vietnam, Korea, San Fransico. and to New York City.

Lately we have been going to the celebrations in Los Angeles due to travel and convience because of where we live. Chinatown businesses in Los Angeles pretty much closes down 1 – 3 days prior to the celebration to adhere to some of the New Years traditions. So roughly from Thursday and Friday of February 7th to the 8th many of the business will be closed. And the celebrations pick up on the morning of February 9th.

Chinatown in Los Angeles has a parade on February 9th, 2008. Get your seat early. There will be huge crowds. At times exceeding over 100,000 people plus. Be sure when the dragons pass you during the parade that they pass directly in front of you. You will be more blessed with luck during the year. And for the children, be mindful, and respect your parents and other adults and wish them a happy and prosperous New Year. There are many red envelopes to be had. The children will find money in the envelopes. Usually one will find anywhere between a nickel up to no more than $4.00. You are considered real lucky if you receive an envelope with $8.00(for its homophone for “wealth”). Sometimes they will find chocolate coins in the envelopes as well.

Prior to the parade you may want to enjoy some of the traditional Chinese and Vietnamese styled restaurants with more of the authentic foods. Not really much of the American-Asian fusion food one would eat outside such enclaved cities. All are wonderful in taste and variety. I always enjoy the traditional bowl of Vietnamese soup called Pho’. One of the many pho’ restaurants I frequent is on Broadway by the name of Pho’ 79. Order the simpliest soup called Pho’ Tai. It is pretty much a steak and noodle soup dish. One may top the soup with bean sprout, basil, hoisen sauce, nuc mum(fish sauce) and a green chile or two.

You may want to do a walking tour of the many shops that have great deals on textiles, art, clothing, toys and food at reasonable prices. You may also be surprised of the many Asian and American galleries spotted throughout Chinatown. It is also rumored that a few Hollywood stars have bought lofts in the area as well. I hear that Quentin Tarantino may be one of them. You know the producer/director/writer of such films as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and From Dusk to Dawn.

If you are unsure what Chinese Zodiac(Horoscope) you fall under, you may find out your animal sign here. Your sign will come every 12 years. If you would like to know more about the legend of the 12 signs, you may read more about it at Chinese Zodiac Page.

Everything Roses – New Years Day – Los Angeles

Eight Miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles is the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Rose Parade is traditionally done every year on New Years Day. The Rose Parade started January 1, 1890. Following the parade is the Rose Bowl football game. The Rose Bowl football game started January 1, 1923. Many of the local television stations will carry the Rose Parade live and Continue reading

California Medical Use of Marijuana – The important thing to note

The important thing to note is that Medical Marijuana is approved in California, so much so that patients who reside here no longer suffer from chronic pain associate with some of the otherwise critical illness that other persons throughout the world suffer with, and if they do they still have one other option that probably the rest of the world does not. The remarkable thing about this is that here Continue reading

Los Angeles – Long Beach US Coast Guard blog

The weather is getting hot. Of course, on the summers hot days there’s no better place to spend your time than on the beach or on a boat. For those of you that plan to boat, I recommend that you check out the The United States Coast Guard’s Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach blog. The offical weblog provides provides information concerning Coast Guard operations, missions, functions, and responsibilities Continue reading

Three Kings Day Celebration (Tres Reyes Magos) Los Angeles January 6, 2009

Today is Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) to celebrate the three kings visit to baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The Festival de los Reyes Magos is considered the last day of Christmas. It’s traditional to eat a sweet cake called Rosca de Reyes.

This afternoon, the 4th Festival of the Wise Men in Los Angeles (Festival de los Reyes Magos en Los Angeles) will be held 12:00 noon Continue reading

Cigar Rollers, Cigars to the Stars(TM) and Cigar Catering(R) Los Angeles

Dominicana Cigars has officially launched Cigars to the Stars(TM) and their newest addition to their Cigar Catering(R) service featuring on-site Cigar Rollers and Cigar Servers for special events. Cigars to the Stars(TM) events are similar to consumer promotions however, they are catered to the luxury of red carpet celebrity events.

An event for Fox 24 including the producers and the show’s cast enjoyed a Red Carpet event at trendy Les Continue reading

Win a trip to Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles

Captain Morgan(R) Original Spiced Rum has announced the second summer of the “Ultimate Pose Off” campaign to find the best adaptation of the “Captain’s Pose” depicted on the label of the Captain Morgan bottle. Contestants will face off against each other in more than 1,200 “Pose Off” contests hosted by Captain Morgan and his Morganettes. The in-bar events will help find the “Ultimate Captain Morgan Poser” who will win a Continue reading

Sergio Rossi Opens Melrose Place Los Angeles Boutique

Salma Hayek and Vanessa Williams joined the opening celebration of the Sergio Rossi boutique on Melrose Place. The Italian luxury shoes and accessories brand, Sergio Rossi opened its 1,500 sq. ft. store with a dinner at Bastide co-hosted by Sergio Rossi Creative Director Edmundo Castillo and Salma Hayek on January 16, 2008.

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Anime Los Angeles Convention on January 2-4, 2009

The Anime Los Angeles will open on January 2-4, 2009 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Los Angeles, CA. At-Door Ratesare $50 weekend; $20 Fri; $30 Sat; $20 Sun.

Events include Anime Screening(s), AMV Screening(s), Workshops, Autographs (free), Charity Auction and other events. The guests are Zac Bertschy (Editor, Anime News Network), Johnny Yong Bosch (Voice Actor)
Eyeshine (Band), Kevin Lillard (Convention Photographer, A Fan’s View), Scott Ramsoomair (Web Continue reading

Los Angeles Ban on New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Invalid

The ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries is invalid ruled a Superior Court judge on Monday. The ruling blocks Los Angeles’ efforts to close medical marijuana stores. The Superior Court judge also ordered an injunction against enforcing the ban against Green Oasis, a dispensary in Playa Vista on Jefferson Boulevard just west of the 405 Freeway. In a complaint, it was alleged by a narcotics officer that the medical marijuana Continue reading