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Publisher’s Letter

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entlemen, here is our wonderful fall issue. Gentlemen’s Guide (GG) has you covered this month with everything that a beautiful city has to offer. From fashion advice, to great LA restuarants, we provide you with the perfect guide to living life to the fullest this fall. As you look thru our pages you will find a lot of great tips and information. Let’s just say it's a sultry hot evening and you're out with your friends, barbequing and enjoying a cold beer, it seems like nothing could beat this moment - but what if you could also check out a concert, hang out at a hoppin’ new eatery, get a great massage, and grab a cool coctail at a great bar in one of Los Angeles’ best new spots and get your dance on. This isn't a tease; all around, GG will provide you, gentlemen, with insider information on all the LA hot spots. GG will get you in the scoop of all aspects of living with our monthly edition of Gentlemen’s Guide. In this issue we feature: Hollywood’s Latina Leading Ladies part 2 (16), a Man’s Tux Style (10), and our Best Restaurant Reviews (28), where men can grab a great meal and have a fantastic time. For one of our feature we reviewed LA’s Top Hangouts (68). In our sports article we feature boxing’s sensation Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38). Check out, Women’s Advice to Men (82), where we give you men some love making advice. Check out some of the best outdoor venues (62) from around the city and get ready to enjoy this Fall as we get ready for the colder season. With the anticipation of the holidays, we spotlight an exhilarating local escape LA Live (34), the bustling center. Nothing is a better cure-all than exploring this venue with your partner or just a night out with the guys! For you men that have to stay local but still need to get away for some excitement, right here in Los Angeles. Gent’s remember, twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So kick off the suit and get moving. Explore, dream, and discover, gentlemen. Fall 2013 is yours to enjoy!


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Contents DEPARTMENTS

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34

102

48

Editor’s Letter

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Content Page

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Man’s Grooming

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What’s Hot

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Men’s Cars

48

Gentlemen’s Clubs

54

LA’s Hangouts

62

Gentlemen’s Fitness

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LA Girls

76

Expert Advice

82

Movie Reviews

84

Event Calendar

86

FEATURES What A Man Wants

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The Man Has Tux Style

10

Latina Leading Ladies

16

LA’s Top Restaurants

28

LA’s Entertainment District

34

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

38

Robin Thicke

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La’s Best Dance Clubs

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Want

WHAT A

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WANTS By Hugo Norman

The Gentlemen’s Guide (GG), it’s all about the man. How to look your very best, feel your best and live your best. From a specialty cocktails men are in the know and always in fashion, this one’s for you the gents.

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Style Men’s Fashion–There’s an argument to be made that there is nothing more stylish and essential for a man than a tuxedo. When you think of a tuxedo, your probably thinking black and traditional The new trend for tux’s, has now given men the licsense to use different colors and and different collar styles. The idea here is that less is more. It’s more of a European look men are going for. “There’s a big movement toward healthy living now, and guys want to show that they look healthy,” says designer John Varvatos. “For that, the fitted, proportional Tux’s is what guy’s are going for. It’s not about the loose, baggy clothing anymore.”If you’re looking for inspiration, the fitted, tight. tappered look is hot this fall, as men are dressing in stylish Tuxedos this year. The sleek, slender looks is definitely the way to go” reiterateds Varvatos. It’s OK to sport the tux, to an event this year. Or wear a different colored jacket that contrasts with the pants, whether they’re solid or patterned. Accessories are a must-have, as they are used to bring out individual style, whether it’s the bow tie, shirt selection or pocket square. Varvatos’s says bring on if your going to dress in a tux. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. A pocket square doesn’t necessarily have to match the shirt. The contrast shows off your colorful style and individuality.

Sex& Relationships

Oh, the joys of sex and relationships. Some men know what they want truly from a woman, while others are still trying to discover their boundaries. After surveying agroup of young men, we found out that men like their lady to be a lady on thestreet as well as in the bedroom, while some men prefer a lady in the streets andan uninhibited sex vixen behind closed doors. Physical Attraction The face and body is always a given when you meet someone, but this year it’s all about a woman’s height and the “ass.” Of course, attraction varies from person to person, but tall women with perfectly shaped derrières out numbered the face and boobs when it comes to physical attraction. Who knew? relationship Needs Men want self-sufficient, secure and confident women. But just because you’reconfident doesn’t mean you need to be conservative. Men want a woman who knows what she wants and knows how to have a good time. If a guy is givingyou all of his time and attention, then there’s no need for jealousy. Yep, most men vow to cut the cord when a woman is considered to be the “jealous type.” Sexual Wants Nipples, nipples, nipples. Not yours, ladies, the men are all about foreplay, and it’s all about taking care of his nipples. Sucking, licking and even biting on a man’s nipples is a sure-fire way to relax and arouse him. But you don’t have to wait until you’re having sex to play with his nipples. Give his nipples a quick tug after he’s been working out, in the shower or first thing in the morning, and watch his facelight up as if his favorite sports team has just won a game.

A MAN’S DRINK The Manhattan. Men have been opting for the Manhattan since 1870 and it was originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City, where it was invented by Dr. iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The Manhattan is a popular and classic whiskey and sweet vermouth cocktail. When properly built, the Manhattan is the only cocktail that can slug it out toe-to-toe with the martini. It is bold and fortifying, yet as relaxing as a deep massage and gents can’t seem to get enough of it.

Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 - 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently, don't bruise the spirits and cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry. Rub the cut edge of the orange peel over the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink to release the oils but don't drop it in. • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth • 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey • 1 dash Angostura® bitters • 1 maraschino cherry • 1 twist orange peel There you have it Gents! Drink up and enjoy the the Manhattan! GentlemensGuideLA.com

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The Man Has TUX STYLE Gent’s Tuxedos for Fall/Winter 2013 By Bill Green

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n the coming months of fall and winter, gents will be invited to many events, formal engagements, and black tie outtings to attend, so what’s a gent to wear? If he wants to be the man with style and dress for the upcoming occasions, it’s simple he’ll invest in a tuxedo. There’s an argument to be made that there is nothing more stylish and essential for a man than a tuxedo. After all, a man should never look better than he will look when he’s wearing one. They’re also extremely flattering to any male figure and are so ingrained in our menswear history that they will never ever go out of style. Surely, it’s worth an investment. Most gents are likely to be clad in what is surely among the more foolproof dress uniforms ever devised: the tuxedo. Yet few will manage to get it right. Why is that? Like most dress codes these days, the rules for formal wear have gone slack. You now have a license to dress with more personal style than ever, as long as you really bring it. Gentlemen’s Guide (GG) shows you and gives you tips on what to 10 GentlemensGuideLA.com

wear in our 2013 Fall and Winter Styles from the color to the collar of your tux, and how to wear it perfectly. From a purist standpoint I’m sure that I’m expected to tell you that you should invest in a black tuxedo with all the usual trimmings – grosgrain notch lapels, matching bow tie, single stripe trousers and no cummerbund. But seriously, how boring is that? But, if you what to jazz it up, then you guys will want to take this week’s style journey with me. There are plenty more choices to be made in regards to color rather than just black, such as light grey blues and tan and ways to wear it. But first, and as always, let’s make sure you get the basics down. Of course, I’m taking about fit. And this reigns true over all price ranges. It’s right that you should probably look to spend a little more than you usually do on this piece of formal wear, because it’s the one moment in your life you’re supposed to look invincible. Quality will play a big role in that. However, quality is additional whereas fit is a must. Every time. So I have no


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problem when you spend within your means on a tuxedo, my only issue is when you decide not to factor any of your budget on tailoring to confirm a perfect fit. It’s important to decide what sort of details you want before you go for a change of color. There’s nothing worse than buying an alternative tuxedo and hating wearing it because you’re not a fan of satin shawl collars. If in doubt always go for a grosgrain notch lapel as it flatters every man’s frame. Despite being given what seem to be the easy and “perfect thing to wear,” both the regular guy and celebrities are certain to commit blunders when wearing the tuxedo says, Fran Lebowitz, the humorist and herself a tuxedo wearer. “Men will wear their pants too long and puddled on their shoes, as Brad Pitt did at the recent Screen Actors Guild awards. They will wear business-like four-in-hand tie knots, as Robert De Niro routinely does, and not the requisite bow tie. They will turn up in a tuxedo that fit as though borrowed from the Dad, or in shirts with wing collars best left to maître, or in colors that make them look like Steve Van Zandt.” “That whole black shirt thing is terrible,” said the designer John Varvatos. “When you’re talking about these kind of elegant events that men have to attend, be elegant and don’t try so hard. The elegance of most of the women, the men should be a counterpoint to that.” Often enough these men display their “renegade” natures by adding loopy improvisations: sneakers or Samuel L. Jackson frock coats or open-necked shirts. They will monkey around in some way with monkey-suit perfection — unless, that is, they happen to be George Clooney. Mr. Clooney always looks Rat Pack immaculate. He has, of course, an obvious advantage. “George has an easy and understated elegance about him,” said Giorgio Armani, who has dressed the actor for years. “He wears the clothes rather than the clothes wearing him.” So, gents you can always look like you have style using these advice and tips when it comes to wearing a tuxedo for any event or engagement you may have to attend. n 12 GentlemensGuideLA.com


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GG’s

Feature

Hollywood’s Leading Latina Ladies! Part 2

By Jess Jimenez & Veronica Guevara

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or decades, Latin women have been admired by Hollywood for their exotic beauty and captivating sensuality. From musical comedy legend Carmen Miranda to 1970s siren Raquel Welch to Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara, Latinas have captivated the hearts of men around the world. Gentlemen’s Guide (GG), takes great pride in saluting our 25 favorite leading Latina ladies!

Paulina Rubio

Mexican singer, actress, TV hostess, model and businesswoman Paulina rubio (born Paulina Susana Rubio Dosamantes) started out in the pop group Timbiriche in 1984. Her ‘90s solo albums were well received in Latin America. After breaking ties with EMI Music and signing with Universal Music, Rubio released the mega-award-winning album Paulina, which sold 4 million copies worldwide and became the bestselling Latin album in the U.S. in 2001. Her follow-up CDs Border Girl, Pau-Latina and Ananda sealed Paulina’s place as a Mexican superstar of an international scale. Rubio’s innovative Gran City Pop resonated with the singer’s personal and musical experiences while traveling the world. Her latest album, Brava! ventured into electronica and moved over 20 million units globally. Today, Paulina Rubio is one of the most influential Latin celebrities and one of the sexiest pop divas in the world.

Selena Marie Gomez Selena Marie Gomez got into the acting game in 2001 as a little kid on Barney & Friends. She continued to blossom on television with smaller parts on the Disney Channel hits The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana. Those appearances paved the way for Selena to land the lead role on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. The young actress transitioned to the big screen with the animated hit Horton Hears a Who and has since starred in films such as Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo and Hotel Transylvania. Selena is set to return to the big screen in the comedy Behaving Badly and the suspense thriller Getaway. And soon she’ll have to battle her evil clone in the Waverly Place movie The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.

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Eva Longoria eva Longoria’s unlikely path to stardom began when a talent contest led her to Los Angeles in 1999. Soon after, she was spotted and signed to her first television role on the show, L.A. In A Day. Longoria went on to guest star on Beverly Hills 90210 and General Hospital. Then came her a big break, the chance to portray Isabella Braña on the CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. That opened the door to Longoria’s star making gig as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC mega-hit, Desperate Housewives. For her work on the series, Longoria received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Longoria has starred in films such as Harsh Times, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body. She’s currently shooting Frontera, a murder mystery centered on immigration.

Sofia Vergara Sofía Vergara began her career as a television comedy star in her native Colombia back in the late 1990s. Vergara has been turning heads ever since! Since her first appearance in a television commercial for Pepsi in 1989, the model/actress has appeared in print, on screens both big and small, and on stage. Her film career began with 2002's Big Trouble (with Tim Allen and Rene Russo) and the Latin romantic comedy Chasing Papi in 2003. Vergara made her Broadway debut as Mama Morton in Chicago in 2009. That was also the year she actress landed her superstar a spot on the ABC hit Modern Family. Her performance earned the actress an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Billboard magazine named Vergara one of “the most talented and powerful women in Hispanic entertainment.” She was also featured on The New York Times' "Faces to Watch" list. This multi-talented, super-busy performer has three movies in post-production, Fading Gigolo, The Smurfs 2 and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.

Eva Mendez Miami-born eva Mendes is a Cuban-American actress, model, and singer who began acting in college, studying underneath Ivana Chubbuck. She was little known until she played Denzel Washington's girlfriend in Training Day. Since then, Mendes has worked with many highly regarded directors including Robert Rodriguez, John Singleton, Antoine Fuqua, and the Farrelly Brothers. Her biggest movie was the romantic comedy Hitch, where she played Will Smith’s love interest. Eva also reps for Revlon cosmetics (joining the elite spokes model ranks alongside Halle Berry and Cindy Crawford) and is a passionate supporter of Revlon's fight against breast cancer.

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Jessica Alba Jessica Alba started acting classes at age 12, and landed an agent nine months later. In 1993, the prodigy began her first major role in the comedy Camp Nowhere, following a brief stint in commercials and independent films. Jessica entered the TV world with a recurring role on The Secret World of Alex Mack and the lead in Flipper. She went on to play prominent parts in TV shows like Venus Rising, P.U.N.K.S., Brooklyn South and Beverly Hills 90210. The adolescent siren graced the cover of "Teen Magazine" in 1995 and was featured in "Vanity Fair" in 1999, apropos to her two major roles that year, in Never Been Kissed and Idle Hands. Keeping the momentum going in the 2000s, Alba captivated audiences in the post-apocalyptic action series Dark Angel and in movies like Honey, Sin City and the Fantastic 4 franchise. Some of her upcoming flicks are Machete Kills and the Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For.

Zoe Saldana Although she was born in New Jersey, Zoe Saldana moved to the Dominican Republic when she was 10-years-old. That’s when she started ballet classes at the prestigious ECOS Espacio de Danza. Back in the U.S. at 17, Zoe was recruited by a talent agency while performing with the Faces Troupe at the New York Youth Theater. She landed her first big screen role combining her acting and dance skills in 2000’s Center Stage. Over the years, the starlet has gained respect in the industry working alongside the likes of Tom Hanks, Ashton Kutcher, Kirsten Dunst, and directors such as Jerry Bruckheimer and Steven Spielberg. She is well known for her role in Drumline and in the sci-fi blockbusters Avatar and Star Trek.

Cameron Diaz Cameron Diaz is a tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed blonde of AngloGerman and Cuban-American heritage. Self-described “adventurous and independent,” Cameron left her California home at age 16, and spent the next five years living in such varied locales as Japan, Mexico, and Paris. Going back to Cali as a model, Diaz snagged an audition for a sultry lounge singer in Jim Carrey’s wacky comedy, The Mask. Despite having no previous acting experience, Diaz landed the role. The Mask became one of 1994's biggest blockbusters, launching Cameron into stardom virtually overnight. Diaz then honed her skills in character-driven pieces like The Last Supper and Feeling Minnesota. She quickly stepped back into the mainstream with the 1997 romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding. Diaz’s status as a superstar was firmly cemented when she played the title role in the box office smash There's Something About Mary. Headlining hits like Charlie’s Angels and the Shrek movies confirmed Cameron Diaz as one of film's hottest and most multitalented ladies. 18 GentlemensGuideLA.com


Shakira Colombian singer/songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer and model Shakira (born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) emerged on the Latin American music scene in the early 1990s with a unique mixed brand of rock, Latin, and Arabic influences spiced up with her own twist on belly dancing. Shakira’s 1998 album, Dónde Están los Ladrones?, was a major success, selling over 7 million copies. In 2001, Shakira’s first English language single "Whenever, Wherever" soared to number one, with the album selling 15 million copies. Shakira followed up with the two-part project, Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2, which featured the best- selling song of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie." Shakira has always focused on giving back. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation that creates schools for impoverished children. Shakira often performs benefit concerts for humanitarian programs including the "Clinton Global Initiative."

Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez is a Bronx-bred actress, singer, dancer, producer and model who has become an international sensation. Following a small role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, Lopez landed her first high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on the groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color. In 1997 she landed her first leading role, starring in the biopic Selena. Lopez then burst onto the music scene with her breakout studio album On the 6. Between the release of her third and fourth studio albums, Lopez took a break from her music career to focus on acting, starring in the films Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance. It wasn’t until 2011 that Lopez re-entered the top of the music charts, spurred by the success and media attention on her role as a judge on American Idol.

Roselyn Sanchez roselyn Sanchez is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer of film and television. At a young age, she showed an interest in both dancing and acting and would put on shows for her family. In 1991, at the age of 18, Sánchez moved to New York City, where she took classes in dancing, acting and singing. In 1992 she returned to Puerto Rico landed her first movie role, a small part as an island girl in the Kurt Russell/Martin Short comedy Captain Ron, which was partly filmed in Puerto Rico In 2001, Sánchez was cast as federal agent Isabella Molina in the hit movie Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan smash, Rush Hour 2. Sánchez has acted in some 20 movies, including Chasing Papi, The Game Plan and the Puerto Rican film Cayo. Sanchez’s television resume includes Without A Trace, Kojak and the Desperate Housewives spinoff Devious Maids. n GentlemensGuideLA.com 19


MAN’s

Grooming

A Man’s Scent By Jess Jimenez

ith so many choices to spice and spiffy the gent up, what’s a man to do? So, Gentlemen’s Guide reviewed the latest colognes and fragrances for every type of man.

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Bvlgari’s Man Extreme Bvlgari’s Man Extreme is a light sweet citrus scent that leaves you smelling clean in an understated scent. Man Extreme is not too fruity or heavy. It seems to have the right ingredients for any man in any age group. It has just the right mix of clean and citrus sweet that will leave them coming back to get a whiff of you one more time.

Polo Black by Ralph Lauren Polo Black by Ralph Lauren is an aromatic wood-fusion fragrance created for the sophisticated and confident man who lives an urban and elegant lifestyle. With a bold fusion of iced mango, silver armoise, and patchouli noir, the fragrance creates an intriguing combination of crisp energy and dark sensuality. The result is sexy, mysterious and slightly dangerous.

Uomo by Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo by Ermenegildo Zegna is a thrilling composition of natural and innovation, a fusion of tradition and luxury, nature and man. Uomo is for the aspirational man who lives with passion and steps up towards his destiny.

Issey Miyake, L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme Issey Miyake, L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme is crisp like clean air after a rainy day with a light cool water scent that not overpowering but not too light either. It’s a middle of the road fragrance that will leave a men feeling clean & nicely scented.

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Polo by Ralph Lauren Polo by Ralph Lauren is a true classic that captures the rich heritage of the thoroughbred sporting tradition. Polo is an invigorating blend of wood, leather and tobacco, which conveys a distinctive, enduring character.

Chanel’s Bleu Chanel’s Bleu is a woody aromatic fragrance for the man who defies convention and isn’t afraid of women flocking to him for another whiff. This fragrance, a provocative blend of citrus and woods, liberates the senses. Leaving you feeling fresh, clean, profoundly sensual, only from the signature collection of Chanel.

Polo Blue Sport by Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Sport by Ralph Lauren is an aromatic citrus fragrance with a vibrant, modern appeal. The unique fragrance was created for the modern, active sportsman that harnesses the power of water and the exhilaration of victory. Issey Miyake, L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme-Sport Issey Miyake, L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme-Sport is a breath of fresh air with a light lime scent that leaves any man feeling cool and refreshed after using. This is great cologne to use for those days or nights that you don’t want to feel so uptight and serious. This fragrance is classy but playful.

Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale is a deep-sea blue scent of cool ocean breeze blended to be a refreshing and somewhat heavy aroma. essenziale is a must-have for the gent that likes to be out day or night. Men surveyed really enjoyed its unique deep roots of sea and coastal breeze scent.

Tom Ford’s Noir Tom Ford’s Noir is a fragrance and an experience, which leaves men feeling handsome, and its scent, is folksy with a sharp fresh lavender scent. It has a unique blend of mixed aromas that sets a man free and awakens him and those around him. A splash of Noir leaves you with a deep rooted and ground scent that makes a bold statement. If you like Tom Ford’s brand you’ll love this cologne. n GentlemensGuideLA.com 23


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Review

Feel the difference, with Pure-Formance Shave Cream with its rich and refreshing aroma and natural herbs and oils. Aveda.com

$18

Look your best with this Post-shave Serum packed with soothing herbs. Bioelements.com

$27

Nourish your skin with this weightless and equalizing Organic Male Moisturizer. Om4men.com

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Impress and get groomed effortless with this 3 in 1 styling tool that shaves, edges and trims. Available in local drug stores.

$18

Complement your shaver with this transparent and non-foaming gel that gives you control. Available in local drug stores.

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LA’s Top

Restaurants Looking for something casual or upscale, this list will guide you in picking hot dining spot!

By Jess Jimenez, Jose Huerta, & Veronica Guevara Valley. It is the most authentic and delicious ith its vast and diverse population, Los Middle Eastern food we have tried. With a full Angeles is home to some of our array of menu just recently they added a bonus nations greatest restaurants. This city feature – a lunch and dinner buffet that serves up has some top eateries that gentlemen can sink their an international feast. Some of our favorites are teeth into. Gentlemen’s Guide (GG) reviewed 16 their Faltoush (vegetable salad with cracked LA restaurants and their tasty menus in an effort to bread), Kubbeh Balls, Lamb Kebab, and Beef provide you, gents, a guide with a variety of Shawarma Sauté. It was a treat to eat at this cuisines and ambience. You will be a hit when you great local restaurant that opens its doors to all take that special someone or even your buddies. who love Mediterranean cuisine. We give it our Here are several dining spots that we had the highest marks. • 910 E. Main St., Alhambra, CA pleasure of trying. Tell them and us what you think. 91801, 626-281-1006.

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Bollini’s Pizzeria Napoletana – bollinispizzeria.com

So much more than just your regular pizza joint, Bollini’s Pizzeria Napoletana is one of its own that focuses on Southern Italy cuisine. They offer wood fire oven finished pizzas and pastas with a twist on tradition. You must try their signature dishes like Cioppino, Spaghetti Carbonara, and of course their Margherita Pizza, delicious in every bite! The owner and Chef Christiano felt the need to keep the family recipes alive and continue the legacy of serving great food with a modern flair. Gents, if you like fine dining but in a relaxed atmosphere, this is the place for you, here you can enjoy a pasta dish or a rib eye steak along with some blues music. • 2315 S. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754, 323-722-7600.

Wahib’s Middle Eastern Restaurant – wahibmiddleeast.com When you think of Middle Eastern in the metropolis of LA you must include the 32year establishment of Wahib’s Middle East Restaurant in San Gabriel

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Luciano’s Ristorante

This hidden gem is nestled in a corner of a shopping mall; one would never know that Luciano’s Ristorante serves up some great mouth watering authentic Italian Cuisine. We recommend the Rigatoni ala Luciano and the Cappellini, and we hear their Napolitana Pizza is a must-try. The very personable owner, Luciano, only uses fresh ingredients and as he puts it, this is “real cooking,” making every dish from scratch from the great tasting balsamic to the savory pasta sauce. Open 7 days a week and offering catering for any occasion, this eatery will be a winner for gentlemen wanting to enjoy a local place with an international flavor. • 117 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-440-0637.

Thai Purple Restaurant

This is one of the best-hidden gems in San Gabriel Valley to experience real authentic Thai food with a Taiwanese twist. The food here is top notch and served up with great presentation, care, and love. The must try dishes are the Pineapple Fried Rice, Green Curry, and their specialties are the Thai Japanese Fusion Ramen Soup, and their Orange Chicken. The restaurant just


added a bar-lounge area in the back part of the restaurant so patrons can enjoy a savory Soju, Sake or an assortment of their craft beers along with a new finger-foods menu. We give Purple Thai, a high rate because of its great service and delicious food and drinks. • 27 N. Garfield Ave., Alhambra, CA 91801, 626.300.9083.

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant -angelosalhambra.com

Since 1962, Angelo’s Italian Restaurant has been serving fresh ingredients, tasty sauces, and great quality dishes at an affordable price. This familystyle diner specializes in Sicilian style pizza and baked pastas; their Beef Lasagna and Angelo’s Deluxe pizza was excellent. They also have a mean Chicken Parmigiana and Meatball Sandwich. Their hearty portions can be paired with their house Burgundy or Peroni Beer. Try to leave some space for their Ice Cream Pie or Tiramisu. It was just remodeled a couple of years ago, yet with their veteran chef the food remains the same great flavor. They also offer large party trays for when you want more of Angelo’s • 1540 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91803, 626.282.0153.

belly), Premium Chadol, and the usual like the Yangyum Galbi and Beef Bulgogi, along with their scrumptious side dishes. If you are looking for a swanky environment with delicious food and personable personnel, this is the place for you, plus this is an ideal hangout for a group outing or celebration. • 68 West Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801, 626-407-2858.

Rodeo Mexican Grill – rodeomexicangrill.com

Rodeo Mexican Grill is a fascinating eatery that really surprised us. The food is delicious at a reasonable price and the service was friendly and very accommodating. This place serves up all the traditional meals that a Mexican restaurant has to offer, with must-try dishes like the savory Carne Asada Plate or the Chicken Asada Plate both served with delicious salad, rice and beans. They also provide a breakfast menu all day and have some mighty drinks from the classic margarita to their version of a B52, served either cold or hot. They are open daily from 7am to 11pm with several locations conveniently throughout Los Angeles. Some advice, the place gets packed so come earlier and eat plenty. • 1721 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-738-5252.

Gen Korean BBQ House Wow what an experience, Gen Korean BBQ House hit a homerun with us, the food was spectacular, the service was great, and the place and ambience is modern and trendy. They offer a premium all you can eat lunch or dinner in their four locations, with Tustin being their original. You must try their signature dishes like the Hawaiian Steak, Samgyubsal (pork

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant

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Tarantino’s Pizzeria has been serving home-style Italian food for 30 years. The menu boasts crisp salads, hearty soups, savory pizzas, chicken, pasta, fresh seafood, and paninis. Our favorites were the Pepe Salad, Spicy Tomato Penne, Spicy Shrimp Linguini and their garlic rolls are a must. Split a delicious pizza with a group, or a date or come alone and order by the slice, complement it with the tap Italian beer. Their home-cooking family recipes along with the best prices in town, will make you not want to leave. You can take-out and they have some great lunch specials. • 784 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-796-7836.

Guisados – www.guisados.co

This true neighborhood eatery that makes their food with local fresh ingredients and feature local artists, brings food lovers from everywhere. Guisados, which means stews in Spanish, opened in 2010 and offer traditional stews and braises from around Mexico all served up in handmade tortillas. They offer various tacos for every taste, from vegetarian Calabacitas (squash), Quesadilla (cheese) to Bistek en Salsa Rojo (beef) to a spicy Cochinita Pibil (pork). You can accompany them with their freshly made Aguas Frescas, try the Armando Palmero, a blend of lemonade and hibiscus juice. For a casual eclectic experience, good service, delicious food all for a reasonable price, this is your place. They also have an Echo Park location. • 2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033, 323.264.7201. 30 GentlemensGuideLA.com

Mama Petrillo’s

Jaragua Salvadoran Restaurant

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The Brownstone Bistro –

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A much-needed hangout, The Brownstone Bistro is located on Pico Boulevard, between Redondo and La Brea. Come during happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday from 4-7pm, enjoy their full bar and big screen TVs, and unwind with a special “Rum Punch” or Mojito. Savory drinks aside, you can expect a truly fine dining experience when you bring your lucky lady to The Brownstone Bistro for some delicious international cuisine. Don’t miss delicious starters like Coconut Shrimp and Jerk Chicken Wings, or authentic American bistro entrees like Fresh Pan-seared Salmon Penne Pasta and Aromatic Braised Oxtail & Butter Bean. Owner Clive Jackson is one of the only certified chefs in town, and brings his unique experience and creativity to this tasteful menu. • 5047 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019, 323.965.9400.

Smitty’s Grill – smittygrill.com

Smitty’s Grill is a fun and elegant dining experience with a great ambience and delicious comfort foods that will leave any man and their woman delighted. From their special concoctions straight from the bar to their sparkling wines, the variety of drinks fills up almost the whole menu! With its great quality food and service, it is one of the top restaurants of Pasadena. The restaurant is upscale, but anyone who enters will feel relaxed and blissful. For what awaits guests is great American cooking at its best. The next time you want to try Smitty’s, look out for their delicious chili, juicy rib eye, and satisfying chicken pot pie. • 110 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-792-9999.

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos –

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Cheval Bistro –

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Why not head out for a classic French bistro that serves up great traditional food. When in Old Town Pasadena consider this restaurant, it really sets itself apart from other restaurants. The ambience resembles a French eatery with red mahogany and bright red running throughout its décor. Their specialties include Escargots, three-cheese platter, steak frites, and from the bar, various types of French wines to compliment your wonderful dinner. However, before you leave, you must try the chocolate soufflé and the opera cake. It will leave you craving for more and want to return to this great French bistro that is truly one-of-a-kind. • 41 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-577-4141.

Cook’s Tortas –

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Offering mouthwatering Latin style sandwiches or tortas, you need to try Cook’s Tortas for a filling meal that will hit the right spot. Located in Monterey Park off the 60 Fwy, in the 5 1/2 years of its business, its acclaimed menu has brought customers from all areas. The difference is in the freshly made

Mama Petrillo’s

If you’re looking to eat some of the best Italian food west of New York or New Jersey, then Mama Petrillo’s is your place. Everything here is made from scratch and is served up fresh daily. According to owner John Petrillo and our taste buds, the place is known for its great brick-oven pizza and has been in business for 52 years making food “the right way”. We tried the Tomato Pesto and the Pepperoni pizza and these were one of the best we have tasted! Our favorite dishes were the Shrimp Angelo and the Chicken Marsala, not to forget the Antipasto salad topped with their homemade Italian dressing. You can also visit their other location in La Verne, which has a full bar. • 9082 E. Las Tunas Dr., Temple City, CA 91780, 626.285.0228.

Jaraguá Salvadoran Restaurant –jaraguarestaurant.com

A nice surprise, familyowned Jaraguá Salvadoran Restaurant, nestled in Koreatown, is both a friendly intimate eatery and a happening full bar with their The Copper Still. You will find all the delicious Salvadoran staples like their specialty the hand-made and handcrafted pupusas, plaintains, and yucca. Gents, we recommend the rib eye dish, Churrasco Tipico and the grilled steak, Bistec Encebollado. Not only do they offer authentic Salvadoran dishes, but they also add an American-style twist, like their Carmela’s Cesar Salad with chipotle dressing. Be sure to top off your meal with a Pilsner or Old Fashioned Bourbon. • 4493 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323.661.1985. Cheval Bistro

Thai Purple Restaurant

of soul” and that it is. Gents, we found their savory tacos with healthy and fresh ingredients a true delight. You must-try their specialty Shrimp, Chicken, and Potato tacos all filled with lots of flavor that bursts in your mouth. Yet, tacos are not all they offer, we recommend their Sky Burger, out of this world and served on grilled sourdough bread. Wash your meal down with their hibiscus blend, Sorrel Lemonade. You can also find them at their mobile food truck everywhere the LA area. They have a patio area for social gatherings and offer catering as well. • 5408 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019, 323.932.6253.

bread and the combination of delicious ingredients. Gents, we recommend you to try the Bombero (steak, roasted pepper mayo), BBQ Pulled Pork (red onion, cole slaw, avocado), or the Milanesa (breaded steak, tomato, jalapeño) sandwiches, all served with your choice of sides like the sweet potato fries or red potato salad. Accompany your meal with their aguas frescas made daily in house. • 1944 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754, 323.278.3536.

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LA’s Entertain District: LA Li

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.A. Live is an entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to the Staples Center. L.A. Live cost approximately $2.5 billion and was developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Wachovia Corp, Azteca Corp and investment firm MacFarlane Partners with help from the Los Angeles taxpayers. Built to be the most entertaining place on the planet, LA Live is the new mecca for Angelinos and its guests to come together in the downtown area to eat, play, dine, wine, stay, see a concert, movie or sporting event. Initial construction at L.A. Live began in September 2005. The first phase opened in October 2007 and it contained the Nokia Theatre, the Nokia Plaza, a retail plaza, as well as an underground parking garage, holding a fraction of the project's expected total of 4,000 parking spaces. L.A. Live is also host to a set of mid to high scale dining including Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya, Lawry's, Rock'N Fish, Rosa Mexicano, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Trader Vic's, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and Yard House.

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This is a 40,000-square-foot open-air plaza that serves as the central meeting place for L.A. Live. The plaza provides a broadcast venue featuring giant LED screens as well as a red carpet site for special events. Nokia Plaza hosted the first WWE SummerSlam Axxess event on the weekend beginning August 22, 2009, leading up to the 2009 SummerSlam event on August 23 at the Staples Center. On many occasions, the plaza is the official red carpet premiere of movies and concerts in Los Angeles. At the time of print Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez were having their press conference here for their upcoming September 14, 2013 battle for the world championship.

Nokia Theatre and Club Nokia

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2008. The first scheduled event held at Nokia Theatre was a concert featuring The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks on October 18, 2007. National events hosted since have included the American Music Awards on November 18, 2007. The venue has also hosted the finale of the seventh, eighth and ninth seasons of American Idol. Recording artist John Mayer's live album, “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles” was recorded at the Nokia Theatre. On March 11, 2008, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced with AEG that the venue would be the home to the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony from 2008 until at least 2018. In addition, the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards were held at Nokia Theatre on September 12, 2010.

Grammy Museum

On May 8, 2007, it was announced that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences would establish a museum dedicated to the history of the Grammy Awards. The museum opened on December 2008 for the Grammy Awards 50th anniversary. It consists of four floors with historical music artifacts. It has featured a number of exhibits, including the John Lennon, Songwriter exhibit, October 4, 2010–March 31, 2011. Embedded on the sidewalks at the LA Live streets are bronze disks, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring each year's top winners, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Hotels and Residences

The centerpiece of the district is a 54-story, 1,001room two-hotel hybrid tower, constructed above the parking lot directly north of the Staples Center. Designed by Gensler and built by Webcor Builders, the skyscraper contains both an 879room JW Marriott Hotel on floors 3 through 21 and a 123-room Ritz-Carlton Hotel on floors 22 through 26. Floors 27 through 52 hold 224 Residences at the Ritz Carlton condominiums. The tower's architectural design evolves from a "geometric pattern of glittering, blue-tinted glass. Thirty-four different types of glass were installed to create the uniquely patterned facade. The project was completed in the first quarter of 2010.

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ing studio, as well as an ESPN Zone restaurant built on the corner of Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court. In an effort to expand coverage of West Coast sports, ESPN began broadcasting the 1 AM ET (10 PM PT) edition of Sports Center from the studio on April 6, 2009.

Regal Entertainment Group

The $100 million, 140,000 square foot, Regal Entertainment Group movie complex includes 14 screens and 3,772 seats. It includes a threestory art-deco-style atrium and an 806-seat theater called the "Regal Premiere House" intended for "lucrative" premieres. The theater complex became the West Coast flagship location for Regal, the largest theater chain in the United States. The Michael Jackson film This Is It was the opening film at the theater.

Farmers Field & Future Expansion

Plans are being developed for the NFL to return to Los Angeles with a new stadium being planned on the campus, to be called Farmers Field. The Los Angeles City Council approved a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with AEG in a 12-0 vote on August 9, 2011. This non-binding MOU clears the way for AEG to start the next phase of the project, which is completing a development application and obtaining environmental clearances. The development application will include schematic designs of the stadium as well as an Environmental Impact Report. Once completed, the development application will be submitted to the City of Los Angeles for its consideration and possible approval. The stadium is anticipated to open in time for the 2016 NFL season. The Los Angeles Downtown News reported on November 11, 2009, that AEG plans to submit significant expansion plans to the Planning Department on November 12. It includes 332,618 square feet of office space and a 269,182-squarefoot broadcasting studio that could accommodate a nationwide cable television network, a 275-room hotel and a 25-story residential building with 65 units adjacent to the L.A. Live campus. With the termination of the proposed sale of AEG and the departure of Tim Leiweke, which were announced on March 14, 2013, the construction of Farmers Field appears unlikely.n

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Floyd mayweather Jr.

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. the Best Boxer in the World? By Christine Luong

loyd Mayweather Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) has been a boxer all his life. Currently undefeated as a professional, he’s a five time-division world champion. The champion has won eight world titles since turning professional in 1996.

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Mayweather has been the Ring magazine Fighter of the Year twice, (winning the award in 1998 and 2007) as well as the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award in 2007 and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Mayweather is the WBC welterweight champion, WBA (Super) super welterweight champion, WBC Super welterweight champion, recipient of the WBC diamond super welterweight belt, current Ring #1 ranked welterweight, and Ring #1 ranked junior middleweight. He is considered by many to be the best pound-forpound boxer in the world. Financially, the champion tops the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012, and is expected to retain that honor this year. Mayweather comes from a family of gifted boxers. His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was a welterweight contender, and his uncle is a former IBO super-featherweight champion. Another uncle is a former World Boxing Council super-lightweight champion. Almost as soon as Mayweather Jr. could walk, his father introduced him to the gym. He was fitted for his first pair of boxing gloves when he was seven. Beginning as a four round fighter, Mayweather easily dominated his opponents in his first 19 amateur fights. After racking up an amateur record of 84-6, Mayweather made his professional debut in 1996 at the age of nineteen, fighting Roberto Apodaca, whom Mayweather beat by split decision. He then went on to tame the likes of Oscar Del La 40 GentlemensGuideLA.com

Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and most recently Canelo Alvarez. Mayweather kept the light-middleweight title after beating Alvarez by majority decision on September 14, 2013. The fight grossed a record-setting $150 million in pay-per-view sales. Many spectators hoped that Alvarez would finally be the one to defeat Mayweather, while others felt that Alvarez was too inexperienced to beat the champion. Some contend that in a future rematch, the tables would turn against Mayweather. After all, Alvarez would have a few years more experience and Mayweather would be past his prime. If this rising star couldn’t keep up with the top boxer, who can? It’s no secret that Mayweather is a great boxer. Boxing writer David Avila goes so far as to call Mayweather “a master of his craft.” The combination of his defense, skill, hand speed, and his intelligence make him unbeatable. According to Avila, one of Mayweather’s lesser-known qualities is that “He’s super intelligent. There’s this intelligence he doesn’t display.” Instead, Mayweather is known to talk trash and flash his money. Some even call him arrogant, but doesn’t the undisputed “best boxer in the world” have every right to be arrogant? Avila suggests that Mayweather “knows that people want to see him beat, so they’re going to pay money to see him beat.” But who will be the one to beat him? Boxing enthusiasts have been anticipating a matchup between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather since 2009. Both fighters were largely considered the top


pound-for-pound fighters of their time. Negotiations for the fight were cancelled when Mayweather demanded Olympic-style random blood and urine tests. Pacquiao refused, citing a fear of needles and a superstitious belief that drawing blood too close to the fight would weaken him. Three years later, it seemed like the fight was close to happening, but ‘Money’ Mayweather only offered Pacquiao $30 million, while planning to keep an estimated $160 million in PPV earnings for himself. Pacquiao rejected that offer. Whether it is Pacquiao’s superstition or Mayweather’s greed, something has always prevented this fight from happening. After Juan Manuel Marquez delivered a brutal knockout to Pacquiao on December 8, 2012, much of the hype for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight died down, along with whispered rumors that Mayweather was afraid of Pacquiao. After that embarrassing knockout, are there any boxing fans out there still eager to see Mayweather fight Pacquiao? Does Pacquiao stand a chance against Mayweather? Boxing writer Jesús Jiménez, publisher of Uppercut Boxing Magazine, thinks so. Jimenez states “Mayweather is great, but Pacquiao presents an interesting challenge for Mayweather. Jimenez went on further to say that “Mayweather still has yet to be truly challenged. Manny Pacquiao would be the ultimate challenge for Mayweather.” However, Avila disagrees.

But these are only speculations; the only way to know for certain is to watch the fight happen. So the question remains, will the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ever take place? If not Pacquiao, then who will be the next challenger to face Mayweather? It seems Mayweather is running out of viable opponents. He is in his last remaining years of boxing, although he shows no signs of slowing down. In a press conference, the 36-year-old fighter said he would be getting back in the ring on May 3, 2014. Rumors are abuzz that his next bout will be against British boxer Amir Khan at the MGM Grand Arena. The 26-year-old Khan has a 28-3 record, with 19 wins by knockout. Alvarez had a much more impressive record of 42-1-1, with 30 wins by knockout and he was still no match for Mayweather. How can Khan stand a chance? Mosley couldn’t do it. Cotto couldn’t do it. Alvarez couldn’t do it. For years, people have been asking who will be the one to defeat Floyd Mayweather? Now the question becomes can anyone defeat Floyd Mayweather? n

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Topping Off The Charts: Robin Thicke Has Arrived Again! By Christine Luong

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his past summer, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” became a worldwide hit; topping the Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and reaching the number one spot in 13 other countries. The song was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, and Best Collaboration. The 36-year-old singer has also been nominated for several other awards including the 2007 Best Male R&B Artist and the 2012 Centric Award. Thicke was born in sunny Los Angeles,

California and comes from a family of entertainers, his parents are actress-singer Gloria Loring, who appeared on U.S. daytime drama Days of Our Lives, and Canadian actor Alan Thicke, who is known for his role on the TV sitcom Growing Pains. Thicke is a dual Canadian and American citizen and resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Thicke began dating his high school sweetheart, actress Paula Patton, at the age of 16 and eventually married her in 2005, they have a son, Julian Fuego Thicke, born April 6, 2010. In 2002, he debuted his single “When I Get You Alone”. The song was moderately successful, reaching the Top 20 in Australia, Belgium, and Italy, the Top 10 in New Zealand, and the Top 3 in the Netherlands. His first full-length album A Beautiful World, released in 2003, was not as successful. In 2005, he was signed to The Neptunes label Star Trak. Under Star Trak, he released his second album “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” in 2006. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. During this time, he opened for such artists as John Legend and Beyoncé. His second single from that album, the ballad "Lost Without U", began getting a lot of radio airplay in Urban & Rhythmic stations

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towards the end of 2006 and early 2007. With the assistance of radio airplay, the song became his breakout hit, reaching as high as number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the first Caucasian male artist to top that chart since George Michael. With album sales over 1.5 million copies sold domestically after the rerelease as a Deluxe Edition (which includes three new bonus tracks) on February 13, 2007, “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” became a commercial success in the US.

Two songs on the album “Magic” and “The Sweetest Love” reached number two on the Urban AC Charts. He performed the two songs on ABC’s The Bachelor for the remaining female contestants. A year later, the singer released his fourth album “Sex Therapy”. It featured other artists such as Estelle, Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. In 2011, Thicke released his fifth studio album “Love After War,” which debuted at number 22 on the Billboard 200 and number six on the Top R&B/HipHop Albums.

Thicke released his third album “Something Else” in 2008. It reached number three on the Billboard 200 Charts and sold nearly 140,000 records the first week.

Thicke released his sixth studio album, Blurred Lines, in 2013. In an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Thicke explained the album got this name because "we all think we're living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right in-between those straight lines. And everything you thought you knew, the older you get, you realize, 'Damn, I don't know nothing about this. I better pay attention, I better listen and keep learning.' That's what I've been realizing these past few years." The lead single also titled “Blurred Lines” features T.I. and Pharrell Williams. The music video for the song, released on March 20, 2013, featured scantly clothed models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M’Bengue, and Elle Evan. Thicke said he received permission from his wife before shooting the video. Critics say the video objectifies women and promotes rape culture. In defense, Thicke said the video was meant to be ironic and not meant to be taken seriously. He tells GQ, "We're the perfect guys to make fun of this. I've always respected women, Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.” Robin Thicke’s infamous performance of “Blurred Lines” with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Award became the most tweeted about event in history, with audiences criticizing the performance for being raunchy and sexist.

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Thicke revealed that his goal was to shock the audience, telling Star Magazine, “Yeah, we kind of knew when we were in rehearsal and we were like, ‘OK, if you touch me with your foam finger all over my crotch, obviously a few people are going to have something to say about this.’ But that was the whole point. I mean the whole point was to excite and provoke and entertain.” Thicke defended Cyrus stating that the performance was “ silly and funny, she was being humorous and naughty, but it wasn’t sexually charged at all. That’s who she is, that’s how she likes to dance, she was just being herself and I was just being myself.”

Besides audience criticism, Thicke has also come into some legal trouble with Blurred Lines. On August 15, Thicke filed a preemptive lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s family requesting a ruling that Blurred Lines does not infringe on “Got to Give it Up.” Thicke reportedly offered members of Gaye’s family a six-figure sum to preempt a lawsuit, but they turned it down. When asked by TMZ whether the family will be suing, Gaye’s son responded with "What do you think?" before adding, "My counsel is right now in the process of taking care of business, and like I said, once again I'm here to uphold my father's legacy." n

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Cars

Gents, Start Your Engines The New

Tesla Model S Has Arrived By Kaitlyn Fajilan

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et ready for the newest in luxury electric cars to hit the street of Los Angeles. It’s been called revolutionary and it is the 21st century standard in car luxury. Motor Trend and Automobile magazine voted it as the Car of the Year for 2013, Consumer Reports gave it a 99 out of 100 rating, and Time magazine listed it as one of the best inventions of 2012 First displayed as a prototype at a Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, the full-sized, four-door hatchback made its official U.S. debut in June of 2012 at Fremont, California. Now, lauded as the World Green Car of the Year (no tailpipe emissions or use of gasoline) and garnering a fivestar safety rating by the NHTSA, the electric Model S has taken the automobile world by a storm. The business magnate and inventor, Eon Musk (founded PayPal and SpaceX), stated that the new Tesla boasts a sleek, sexy exterior, an impressive electric power train, and a lithium-ion battery pack, an array of on-demand features, and unprecedented range and performance. Consequently, it’s being hailed as the upcoming, upscale electric vehicle for both A-listers and VIP gents. So why does the Tesla Model S manage to be above the rest? It has impressive speed, great mileage and safety, an excellent interior, and incomparable style. Additionally, its electric components means it is environmentally friendly—a pretty welcome sight in an age of petroleum skies and exhaust-filled atmosphere. Electric cars often get flak for limited range and battery development.

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Tesla Motors, fully aware of this marginalization, decided to add several dimensions of speed and energy to their new car in order to compete with gasoline vehicles. With the Model S, you’re offered two trim levels—standard and performance—and two battery packs: the 60 kWh and the 85 kWh (with option: 85 kWh performance). The standard model has a 302 hp electric motor, and, with the 85 kWh battery pack, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. The Performance model, on the other hand, using the 85 kWh performance battery pack, boasts an hp of 416, with the ability to hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and a top speed of 130 mph—pretty fast! The Model S also has the lowest drag efficiency of any car on the market, with the exception of certain Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class models that have been released since the Model S’ debut. Since it’s an electric vehicle, the mileage isn’t anything to snooze at either, according to Fueleconomy.gov, the official U.S. source for fuel economy information. The Model S has a combined gas mileage of about 95 mpg. With the Performance model’s range of 300 miles and the car’s propensity toward speed, traction, and awesome design, the new Tesla combines the gritty thrill of a sports vehicle with all the grace and pinnacle of a sedan, bringing the ride-ready gentleman the best of both worlds in high-energy performance and cool luxury. For the high-rolling gentleman, the Model S offers a myriad of fancy built-in features, including a seven speaker stereo system, heated front seats, dual front USB ports, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, and a 17-inch touch screen with Google Maps navigation, an Internet browser, Bluetooth wireless technology, a hi-def backup camera, HD radio, GentlemensGuideLA.com 49


and energy consumption visuals. It’s even got a third row of 60-40 split-folding-rear seats that you can adjust to economize cargo space. The Tesla also comes with a panoramic moon roof that is constructed entirely from lightweight safety glass and opens with a single swipe of the touch screen, blocking out 98% of visible light and 81% of heat. The door handles reduce drag by retracting when not in use in order to streamline airflow; sliding back into place the key is no longer in use. With another touch of the key, the car can turn itself on while you fasten your seatbelt. Press a button on your connector, and the side taillight opens to reveal a hidden charge port. The new software update even includes an energy-saving “sleep” function that allows you to power off the cabin display and electronics whenever they’re not in use. The new Tesla is all heady refinement with sizzling sex appeal. With its hardy, lustrous bodywork (available in red, signature red, blue, gray, white, pearl white, black, silver, brown, and green), seductive leather uphol-

stery (also available in a range of colors), and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, the Model S is the perfect vehicle for cruising around town with a lady friend. Offering smooth rides to women everywhere won’t be the only good service you’ll be doing the community—the environment will thank you, too. Instead of burning refined petroleum like gas-powered vehicles and hybrids, the Tesla runs solely on electricity (which can be harnessed from a number of alternative energy sources, including hydro, solar, coal, and wind power), resulting in greater overall energy efficiency for the user. In the end, the new Tesla offers the public diversity. Though it’s certainly carved itself a top spot in the marketplace due to a tantalizing blend of speed, range, design, and gadgetry, the true ingenuity of this vehicle lies in the fact that it will revamp the automobile industry by offering a sporty sedan for consumers who are looking to go green and haven’t yet been sold on lower plug-in electric vehicles like the Volt, the Prius, or the Leaf. n

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Gentlemen’s Guide LA’s TOP GENT’S CLUBS LA’s Top Gentlemen’s Clubs By Tomy Davis

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GENTLEMEN’s uys want to go to a strip club, but don’t know which one to go too?,Don’t worry we have some suggestions for you. Our Gentlemen’s Guide writer reviewed 12 for you. Get the scoop on hottest Gentlemen Clubs in town. Here’s our list, in every part of town. Gents go visit these and find out for yourself which is your best club.

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Cheetahs

If you fancy yourself a bit of a badass, too edgy to succumb to the wiles of your average bottle-blond stripper but not above ogling pretty girls in general, Cheetahs is probably for you. Thanks to the tattooed, punk rock, Suicide Girl vibe of the place, you can feel like you're the sexual equivalent of eco-conscious by not buying into unrealistic standards of beauty, and since the dancers don't get naked, you can also get drunk enough to justify getting a lap dance. Pat yourself on the back and tip your dancer, my friend. • 4600 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-6606733, cheetahsclubhollywood.com.

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4Play

This venerable L.A. hotspot has appeared on local and national best-of lists, solidifying its place as a favorite among Angelenos after 15 years in business. 4Play offers VIP bottle service as well as limo service and, on Tuesdays, up-and-coming pole dancers vie for cash prizes at its Amateur Beauty Night competition. The club apparently has drawn celebs, as 4Play features a video on its website of someone they claim to be Spencer Pratt. Hankering for brunch and willing to eat stripclub food? 4Play serves dishes such as steak and eggs, as well as pancakes. • 2238 Cotner Blvd., 310-575-0660, 4playclub.com. 56 GentlemensGuideLA.com

Clubs 3 Seventh Veil

Urban legend holds that the neon sign blinking outside the Seventh Veil on Sunset served as the inspiration for the Mötley Crüe song "Girls, Girls, Girls," and history tells us that parts of the music video were filmed there. But if old-timey hair-metal lore isn't enough to entice you to the club, how about this: Two stages. All nude. Skeezy enough that you feel like your dirty mind will be welcome, not so skeezy that you feel like maybe you should towel off the chairs before sitting down. • 7180 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-876-4761.

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Dames & Games

Strip club in Downtown Los Angeles is an elegant upscale Club and has beautiful girls. With Dames & Games, Spearmint Rhino is into food having this topless club and sports bar—in Downtown LA. And to celebrate, they're now offering cheap eats along with their cheap tricks. Though the "one of a kind establishment," according to, isn't an actual topless sports bar, it does offer the best of both worlds under one roof. On one side entertain the topless dames, while the sports bar serves up eats and drinks on the other. What more could you possibly ask for? Perhaps a burger with a price tag under $3? •2319 E Washington Blvd., 323-589.2220, damesngames.net.

5 Fantasy Island

Say you were on a road trip, and you were looking for the weirdest, most Raoul Dukeesque titty bar in town. In such a scenario you would find yourself thrilled to stumble upon 4. Fantasy Island in West L.A. The flashing but worn-down exterior looks like a haunted carnival, and the interior keeps up the façade with bright house lights, girls


dressed in neon sporting menacing neck tattoos, and a lap-dance "room," which is really an open area that has all the privacy of a jailhouse. • 11434 W. Pico Blvd., 310-4735678, fantasyislandclub.com.

6 Sam’s Hofbrau

Sam’s Hofbrau is one of the most reliable strip clubs that serves alcohol in Los Angeles. Sam’s has topless strippers and a full bar. Sam’s is inexpensive and in an industrial neighborhood. Cheap beers and no cover charge make it a really low commitment to just stop by and check it out for a drink . The women at Sam’s range a lot. You have nice looking gals but you also have really tight supermodel bodies as well. Stage shows are mild but can be sexy. Lap dances depend on the girl but are $10 and are done in a bikini with no nudity and with no privacy because you are in the same main room as everyone else. • 1751 E. Olympic Blvd., (213) 6233989, samshofbrau.com.

7 Candy Cat Too

The Valley is a veritable goldmine of factorystyle strip clubs like Déjà Vu and Spearmint Rhino, but sometimes a person just wants a beer and some boobs. For that, there's Candy Cat Too. The little topless bar in Canoga Park has stale pretzels resting on the counter and patrons who all seem to know each other, horsing around like a bunch of high school buddies at their 25th reunion. As for the girls, they're good dancers and low-maintenance. Just don't fuck with them. 6816 Winnetka Ave., 818-999-

9 Crazy Girls

The lights and stage here are like something out of a B movie, but don't expect things to get too blue at Crazy Girls. It's been a bikini bar (no nudity) for years, though the get-ups are teeny-eeeny. All the better to show off the ample ink decorating the rock chicks who shake here. Though it's somewhat divey, it's never actually crazy, dodgy or dangerous. Its heart of Hollywood locale (and live rock nights) attract a less aged-perv type and a more bodacious booze- and sex-seeking scenester contingent. • 1433 N. La Brea Ave., 323-969-0055, lacrazygirls.com..

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8 Déjà Vu

Complex ranked Noho's Déjà Vu 29th among its list of America's 50 best strip clubs. The club has been around for more than 15 years and offers a bunch of amenities for its customers, including more than 30 dance couches and six VIP booths outfitted for bachelor parties. The warmly lit interior may remind visitors of the '70s, as disco balls hang from the ceiling above plush, red couches on the main floor. • 7350 Coldwater Canyon Ave., 818-982-1199, dejavu.com. GentlemensGuideLA.com 57


10 Rouge

Rouge is the kind of behemoth strip club that makes you lose all sense of time and place, with five private dance areas and enough seating on the main floor for all of the bachelor parties, ever. The plush red velvet furniture in this Van Nuys strip emporium likely will remind you of opulence, which in turn will remind you of how much money you're shelling out to bear witness to these goddesses of night time nudity, which you should try to quickly forget. • 14626 Raymer Street, 818-786-1822, rougegentlemensclub.com.

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Spearmint Rhino

The Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club is in downtown Los Angeles and is one of our top five est strip clubs in Los Angeles. If it’s not to busy, the place is great! it is newer and is better than most of the clubs on the Westside or the South Bay. Spearmint rhino has several other locations abs sister clubs through out. The best time to go is during the week. This club is highly visible from the freeway, is a widely recognized brand, and has been around longer than many of the other clubs you can get excellent treatment here if you want lap dances and if the place is not to busy $10-20 admission sometimes a drink for $5-6 is required and parking after 6pm is $5 and if you don’t user their lot you will probably lose your car to a chop shop. $20 topless $40 nude and something like $300 VIP. • 2020 E. Olympic Blvd., 213-629-9213, spearmintrhi-

bikini lap dances, topless lap dances, nude lap dances, private lap dance rooms, and a VIP room. • 1109 S Santa Fe Ave., 213-489-2000, playclubs.net. n

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The PlayPen

A gem that shows gents a great amount of fun, with pretty women, that aren’t stuck up or snobby. This place is amazing and has a juice bar, non-smoking, DJ, bikini dancers, topless dancers, nude dancers,

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Free Things to do in LA this Fall What to do around the city. By Jenny Lu

So many great and fun things to do in Los Angeles Here are some fabulous hangouts that you should considered. 1. Explore Sunken City

This under-the-radar stretch of terrain is located in San Pedro. Decades before, cliffside homes suffered a devastating landslide, leaving behind chunks of concrete serving as the perfect blank canvases for graffiti. Nowadays the Sunken City area is gated and sneaking in is technically trespassing, but the gate is easy to surpass and the juxtaposition of summer skies, ocean and [sub]urban art is especially worth it.

2. Disneyland

Head to the 'Happiest Place on Earth' for fantasy encounters with

Disney princesses and Peter Pan, while you dine on the Bayou or shop on Main Street. Create joyful memories with your special friend while you walk through the past and venture towards the future in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. Or walk across the road to California Adventure and experience the thrills of Toy Story Mania, California Screamin' or the terrifying Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

3. See the Venice Canals

Too broke for Venice, Italy but don’t want to deal with the hustle-n-bustle and blazing heat of Vegas? Away from the gawkfest of the Venice Boardwalk lies a little a network of our very own canals, set against a backdrop of gorgeous homes. It’s the perfect setting for a quiet or romantic evening stroll.

4. Runyon Canyon Park

Pack up your running shoes and hit the trails of Runyon Canyon The 160 acres features trails that wind around the canyon hills. Yoga classes are also offered daily - for free! It also is the most popular dog park in Los Angeles. 62 GentlemensGuideLA.com


5. Wander through Exxoplis

Downtown’s Grand Park hosts this interactive walk-in sculpture filled with dazzling displays of luminous light and color. Inside you’ll find a maze-like environment with “winding paths and soaring domes,” where you’ll encounter performances such as Brazilian berimbau or Japanese shakuhachi. Yup… we don’t know what those are either, but now is a better time than ever to get schooled on world culture. Tickets are free and can be reserved at www.musiccenter.org/events/worldcity/1314-Season/Exxopolis/.

6. The Huntington Library

Learn about the history of California's natural scenery at this botanical garden. There are also different exhibits that are presented throughout the year. You can enjoy tea at the Rose Garden, where sandwiches, pastries, and tea are served. Located in San Marino, the Huntington

7. Enjoy a Picnic and Sip Wine at Barnsdall Art Park

Pack a picnic and join Barnsdall Art Park for one of their summer wine tastings. Atop the grassy hill you’ll find picturesque trees, a marvelous vista of the city, and even views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Obervatory. Wine tastings cost $25, include a limited edition wine glass, and are every Friday, with the last one falling on September 20.

8. Enjoy a Food Tour

If you want to expand your epicurean knowledge of the city but can’t stand to wade through the mess of snooty or non-useful reviews on

Library also has an art collection that is home to Gainsborough’s "Blue Boy." You can easily spend a day here and still not see everything, so get an early start! GentlemensGuideLA.com 63


Yelp, take a guided food tour from companies like SixTaste. Expert guides will help you explore places like Downtown, Chinatown, Santa Monica, and Thai Town, and discover the the hidden gems of each. Ticket prices include the cost of the tour, food and gratuity.

10. El Capitan Theatre

This historic Hollywood Boulevard movie palace was built in the 1920s and is famous for premiering Citizen Kane in 1941. Disney bought the building in 1991 and restored the theatre to its prior glory. It features a giant Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

9. Attend an outdoor movie

This one’s a no-brainer. With Southern California weather’s famously sunny disposition, it’s no wonder that the city’s residents take to the outdoors for communal movie showings and free concerts. See our round-ups of movies and concerts here for a convenient list of happenings.

11. View an Art Exhibit

Our city is bursting with art galleries and museums with countless exhibits. After all, Los Angeles is a hub for the arts and you never know when you’ll discover your new favorite artist. And what better way to enjoy art than with free admission? Visit the Hammer on Thursdays for free entry, and view our pick, the Maya Hayuk exhibit, for a dose of psychedelia and bright flourishes of color. 64 GentlemensGuideLA.com


12. Go on an Art Deco Tour

Jostling against our city’s jumbled landscape of concrete and dinky discount stores lies many art deco treasures. The LA Conservancy offers walking tours which allow you to discover the hidden and not-so-hidden architectural gems of downtown, including the Eastern Columbia Building (shown above), the Ray Bradbury Building (of 500 days of Summer fame), and more.

13. Shop the Downtown Flea

Replace that embarrassingly generic IKEA ensemble of furniture with an ironically ugly set of furniture from Downtown Flea! Just kidding. But really, it’s probably time to add some character to your furnishings and Downtown Flea is the perfect opportunity. Spanning four parking lots of DTLA, this new flea market is sure to carry some hidden treasures.

15. Go to the beach

Okay, this one seems like an obvious one, but a quick survey of our office reveals that nobody has gone to the beach this summer except for when we haphazardly attempted a drunken game of volleyball as an office team-building activity. Yikes! Fear of extreme heat and parking terrors have kept many a jaded Angeleno from the beach, but remember that seaside breezes help to cool you down, and the Pacific Ocean is actually quite cold. Head to Manhattan or Hermosa Beach, for example, and take advantage of the volleyball courts offered. Try dippping your feet into the ocean water. Lay out on a beach towel and catch a tan. After all, what’s the use in living in SoCal if you don’t take advantage of the region’s most envied geographical feature?. n

14. The Queen Mary

Jump on board this legendary ship and enjoy the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach skyline. Or dine with the spirits at Sir Winston’s Restaurant. After dinner, go on a guided paranormal investigation and explore the haunted areas of the ship! GentlemensGuideLA.com 65


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The Derby

Address: 4500 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027 Phone: (323) 663-8979 For 20 years, this place was home to Hollywood's famous Brown Derby and was the place to be seen if you were anybody at all. Today, the 1930s-era decor hearkens back to what might be called Hollywood's heyday. Music ranges from swing (with dance lessons) to reggae, and jazz.

El Floridita

Addresss: 1253 Vine St Los Angeles, CA 90038 Phone: (323) 871-8612 El Floridita Cuban Restaurant offers the most authentic and exciting Cuban experience in all of Los Angeles. With live music, Latin dancing, and delicious food, it’s hard to not come back every weekend.

Circus Disco

Address: 6655 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038 Phone: (323) 462-1291 A patio, VIP lounge, disco room, and "bungalow" ensure that everyone finds a place to dance and relax. Some of the best DJs in LA spin techno, salsa, and disco in the main 68 GentlemensGuideLA.com

room, and a secondary dance floor above the bar features hip-hop. The highlight of the week is Saturday night's Spundae, when celebrity DJs spin tunes into the wee hours.

The Mayan

Address: 1038 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90015 Phone: (213) 746-4674 Built in 1927, The Mayan was originally a live theater showcase. Today, it hosts some of LA's hottest salsa parties and regularly books salsa, merengue, and Rock en Espanol bands. The club enforces a strict dress code, so wear your most stylish dancing gear. When Latin tunes aren't in play, expect funk, disco, house, and retro rhythms.

Ultra Suede

Address: 661 N Robertson Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069 Phone: (310) 659-4551 All walks of life are welcome at this upbeat, primarily gay and lesbian club. A crowded dance floor fills up quickly with 20-somethings moving to disco, rap, hip-hop, and R&B. Theme nights are popular and include "Club Metro" on Wednesday, featuring a funky blend of R&B and Reggae.


LAX

Address: 1714 N Las Palmas Ave Hollywood, CA 9002 Phone: 323-464-0171 Bring your best moves, and dress to impress for a trip to this impossibly hip, airportthemed club. Lines are notoriously long to enter this celebrity hangout, but those who do gain entrance agree that the modern, sleek decor and seamless mix of hip-hop and house are worth the wait.

Sky Fox Lounge

Address: 345 S Garey Ave Pomona, CA 91768 Phone: (909) 784-3671 The Sky Fox Lounge is the best nightclub in the Inland Empire that truly offers you a Hollywood experience without the drive. It features a full bar, music, dancing, an outdoor balcony, and even gogo dancers.

Mood

Address: 6623 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028 Phone: (323) 464-6663 Offering Balinese-themed sensory overload, this ultra-hip club attracts young Hollywood and crowds of star-gazers. Nationally renowned DJs take over the both most nights and keep the dance floor full of gorgeous guys and girls. Queue early and get ready for a unique evening.

Cabana Club

Address: 1439 Ivar Ave Hollywood, CA 90028 Phone: 323-463-0005 The extravagant back patio features a reflecting pool, scaled-down waterfalls, requisite palm trees, and private cabanas with bottle service and spa treatments available. Live music gets the crowd moving on some nights when rock and hip-hop acts take the stage.

Supperclub

Address: 6675 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA, 90028 Phone: (323) 466-1900 An evening at Supperclub is delightfully enhanced through entertainment tailored to be experimental, fun, inviting, odd and wondrous. You may find yourself relaxing to down-tempo lounge music that tapers off into the final course, providing a relaxing and rejuvenating experience – or you may end up on the dance floor by second course, dancing the night away. n

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GG’s

Fitness

Stay Fit Using These Steps Follow These simple eating rules for a fit and lean look. By Michael Ferrar

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uys we've all been there: despite exercising and watching what you eat, the elastic in your workout shorts seems to be as tight as your hamstrings. Luckily, it's easier than it sounds, below Gentlemen’s Guide has come up with a list of 10 eating habits that'll help you.

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Don’t Drink Sugar

A study out of Tufts University looked at the association between sugar-sweetened drinks and the nutritional habits of 947 adults. Unsurprisingly, those who drank the most sugary beverages, like soda, had a higher risk of obesity and a lower intake of fiber. When you celebrate, opt for wine, beer, or a drink mixed with club soda.

2

Go Off The Sauce

Beware of the hidden calories in sauces. Use tomato sauce instead of alfredo on pasta; substitute hummus or mustard for mayo on a sandwich; and make your own salad dressing: Add a little ranch seasoning to plain Greek yogurt, or a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar

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Make Fiber Your Friend

“Multiple studies have shown that fiber is correlated to weight loss as well as weight maintenance”, says Jennifer Vimbor, M.S., R.D. Fiber passes through your system undigested, so your body has to work harder and longer to move it out. Aim to eat at least 25 grams of fiber a day: beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. 72 GentlemensGuideLA.com

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Go All “DIY”

For nights you're too rushed to cook, stock your pantry and freezer ahead of time with these staples: vegetable and bean soups, a frozen vegetable pizza, brown rice you can microwave, a can of black beans and salsa. In order to make a brown-bag lunch as easy as possible, double dinner recipes so that you'll have leftovers.

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Avoid These 3 Roadblocks

Roadblock: Eat something with protein, carbs, and fiber like plain, fat-free Greek yogurt with a cup of berries. Roadblock: Celebrate. Moderately. Have a (small) piece of cake. No good comes of trying to "save up" calories. Eat your normal meals and snacks so you're not starving. Roadblock: Trying to stay at your lowest weight is like trying to stay at your peak fitness year round," Fitzgerald says. "When you dial back your training, expect to put on a few pounds."


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Keep It Away

Don't bring decadent foods into your home; it's easier to win the battle at the grocery store than at the dinner table.

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Rules For Daily Eats

Breakfast: Rotate three meals, says Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D., sports nutrition expert for the Runner's World Challenge. Ideas: "adult" cereal (high on fiber, grains; low on sugar), oatmeal, Greek yogurt, or eggs. Always include fruit. Lunch: Rotate three to five meals. Ideas: salads (go easy on high-calorie toppings), sandwiches on whole grain (hold the mayo), eggs (if you didn't have them at breakfast), and broth-based soups. Always include fruit or a side of vegetables. Dinner: Rotate five healthy meals like chicken, fish, and whole grains. Always include vegetables. "Keep your meals interesting by changing the vegetable and fruit sides and mixing up the preparation of the entree," Nisevich Bede says.

8

Repeat Yourself

The National Weight Control Registry is a compendium of more than 10,000 people who have maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds for at least one year. These successful losers learned to "limit their exposure to temptations," says J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., a co-investigator on the study, "and have a repertoire of healthy foods they pull from regularly."

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Pay Attention

"Before you reach for a snack, make sure you're really hungry," says Eberle, who explains we often eat when we really need sleep, play, or downtime. 'You may just need to step away from your desk for 15 minutes and chill out."

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EXPERT

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How to make Love to a Women By Reva Jones, Sex Therapist New York University

Learn How to Make Love to your girlfriend or wife

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Whether you're married or single, it is an absolute must for you to learn how to make love with your wife or how to make love with your girlfriend. Refining your skills in bed is one of the best ways to show how much you love your girlfriend or your significant other - even if it means taking an unusual route with your love play. 82 GentlemensGuideLA.com


What’s the Best Way to make Love with Your Wife or Girlfriend? During your teenage years, you might have had not-so-pleasant experiences while learning on love making. Meanwhile, men who are married would have an edge because they surely would have played around a bit prior to sticking to their ways of how to love the wife - but there's definitely no harm in brushing up on your basic skills. So what's the best ways for you to make love with your wife or girlfriend? At the end of the day, it's all about being extra attuned to her needs as a woman. Showing your care and learning new tips and tricks, for example, requires being extra sensitive to what she wants. But when it comes to refining your skills in bed, there are plenty of tips that you can follow. For example, the one mistake that most teenagers and young adult males make while loving with their girlfriends is skipping or scrimping on the foreplay. Did you know that for them, this is actually one of the best parts? Remember that the brain is one of the most erogenous zones for women which is why you should exert the extra effort into making sure that you are seducing her mind first. After that, refining your skills when it comes developing your techniques on how to make

love with your wife is all a matter of starting slow and building up to the main event. Start by setting the mood, kissing her passionately, paying close attention to her most erogenous parts, being extra attentive to her sexual needs - all without waiting for her to return the favor. By giving her utmost pleasure in bed, you are bound to get your turn and have her return the favor. If you're a couple who has been together for a long time, try to spice

things up by indulging in some dirty talk, wearing sexy costumes, role playing or even using sex toys if you need to. At the end of the day, It is all about developing that intimacy that you have as a couple. It doesn't matter If you are making love for the first time ever or not, you really need to know about the most sensitive things which girls love and become a true lover in bed! n GentlemensGuideLA.com 83


Gentlemen’s Guide LOS ANGELES Calendar EVENTS from November to December November

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Current Events 2013

November 8: Jazz at LACMA One of LA’s best free live music offerings, from April through November. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 6:00 p.m. November 9: Public Star Party Admire the moon and constellations up close with the popular and free monthly Public Star Parties. Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles, griffithobs.org. 2:00 p.m. November 10: Pacific Mambo Orchestra Featuring Tito Puente, Jr. Enjoy an evening of outstanding vocalists and soloists featuring Tito Puente, Jr. Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey, downeytheatre.com. 8:00 p.m. November 15: Arturo Sandoval Whether you are a fan of straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical music, you will hear and feel why Arturo is hailed as one of the most brilliant musicians of our time. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, thebroadstage.com. 7:30 a.m. 86 GentlemensGuideLA.com

November 24: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls Monica, thebroadstage.com. 7:30 a.m. Staples Center, Los Angeles. 12:30 p.m. November 25: Dodger Stadium Championship Tours Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. 10:00 A.M. November 25: Drake-Would You Like A Tour Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:00 P.M. November 26: Justin Timberlake Staples Center, Los Angeles. 8:00 P.M. November 27: Los Angeles Clippers VS. New York Knicks Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M.


Current Events 2013 December together every month to feature the best artists, gifts, products, and music in the area. Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles. 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. December 12: Downtown Los Angeles Art Work Self-guided tour which has more than 40 galleries and museums spread throughout the area’s many sub-districts. November 30: USC Football VS. UCLA LA Coliseum, Los Angeles. 1:00 P.M. November 30: Pomona Art Walk More than two dozen galleries feature the work of hundreds of local artists covering media ranging from painting to photography to ceramics and jewelry. Downtown Pomona, CA. 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. December 1: Los Angeles Clippers VS. Indiana Pacers Staples Center, Los Angeles. 12:30 P.M December 1: Los Angeles Lakers VS. Portland Trail Blazers Staples Center, Los Angeles. 6:30 P.M.

Sixth St. and Spring St., Los Angeles. 12:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. December 12: Truck It Fest Truck It Fest is your roaming mobile food spectacular. Delicious gourmet food trucks, with free sides of shopping and atmosphere. Third Street and Spring Street, Los Angeles. 6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. December 16: Los Angeles Clippers VS. San Antonio Spurs Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M. December 20: Los Angeles Lakers VS. Minnesota Timberwolves Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M.

December 3: UCLA Bruins Men’s Basketball VS. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Men’s Basketball Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles. 8:00 P.M. December 4: Aga Zaryan Catalina Bar & Grill, Hollywood. 8:30 P.M. December 6: Abbot Kinney First Fridays Local merchants near Abbot Kinney come GentlemensGuideLA.com 87


January

Current Events 2013-2014 Pasadena, California. 8:00 A.M. .January 1: Los Angeles Clippers VS. Charlotte Bobcats Staples Center, Los Angeles. 6:30 P.M.

December 25: Los Angeles Lakers VS Miami Heat Staples Center, Los Angeles. 2:00 P.M. December 29: Los Angeles Lakers VS Philadelphia 76ERS Staples Center, Los Angeles. 6:30 P.M. December 30: The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Years Eve Musical Revue! One of the Ten Best New Year’s Eve Events in LA raves LA Weekly. A scrumptious and sumptuous complimentary buffet supper starts off the event, then it’s on with the show! Santa Monica, Los Angeles. 4:00 P.M. December 31: Los Angeles Lakers VS Milwaukee Bucks Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M. January 1, 2014: The 125th Rose Parade The 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Dreams Come True,” featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. 88 GentlemensGuideLA.com

January 1: Los Angeles Lakers VS. Utah Jazz Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M. January 4: Los Angeles Kings VS. Vancouver Canucks Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:00 P.M. January 5: Los Angeles Lakers VS. Denver Nuggets Staples Center, Los Angeles. 6:30 P.M. January 8: Los Angeles Clippers VS. Boston Celtics Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M.


Current Events 2014 January

January 10: Los Angeles Clippers VS. Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M. January 15: Los Angles Cinema Festival of Hollywood The LACFH is here to provide independent filmmakers with the opportunity to have their work recognized, judged and awarded. We’re a traditional festival looking to showcase entertaining domestic and international materials from talented independent filmmakers. Sherman Oaks, C.A. 7:00 P.M. January 15: Los Angeles Clippers VS. Dallas Mavericks Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M.

January 18: Electric Fantasy Festival Bring Unity through Love & Music Arena Night Club, Los Angeles. 8:00 P.M. January 20: Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour Inglewood, California. 8:00 P.M January 29: Los Angeles Clipper VS. Washington Wizards Staples Center, Los Angeles. 7:30 P.M.

January 15-19: The LA Art Show The LA Art Show, the largest and most significant art fair in the West, with recordbreaking attendance of 50,000 collectors galleries reporting significant sales. LA Convention Center, Los Angeles. 7:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.

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