The Langham in Pasadena’s ‘Teddy Bear Tea’ starts this weekend

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena‘s holiday family tradition starts off this weekend. “Teddy Bear Tea” features Christmas festivities like holiday decorations, a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers, and a picture with Santa. PB % J sandwiches, gingerbread cookies, hot chocolate and other goodies will be available. $50 a person December 10 & 11 and December 17 to 23 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Reservations required, call 626-585-6218. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

Photography provided by The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

Taste Terminal’s holiday gift guide wrap up

Three different gift guides for the ones you love or for yourself

The holidays are just around the corner and we scoured the web, from self heating gloves to beer soap, for gift ideas so you won’t have to. Here’s Taste Terminal’s holiday gift guide wrap up.

2011 holiday gift guide for the traveler
Give a travel gift this Christmas or make your holiday a travel Christmas. You get the idea.

2011 holiday gift guide for the drinker
We’re sure you know someone who can appreciate these items that we’ve picked out, even your alcohol free buddies.

2011 holiday gift guide for the foodie
Anyone who eats or cooks, will find a special place for these gifts we picked out.

Events & Festivals

See Andrew Zimmern, Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer at L.A. Travel & Adventure Show

Held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Jan. 14 and 15

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The largest travel show in the west returns for the 7th year. The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show is a weekend convention loaded with stuff to do and see. Travel Channel speakers include Andrew Zimmern and Samantha Brown with other industry experts giving valuable tips. This year’s show will be hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center on January 14 to 15 from 10 AM to 5 PM each day. $10 at the door, $7 if purchased online with code: LAPR. Details on events and speakers. Read More

Virgin America now flying from SFO and JFK to Palm Springs

PSP is the 16th destination for Virgin America

Golfers and resort-goers can rejoice. Starting December 15, Virgin America will offer daily nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to PSP. The seasonal flights will run from December 15, 2011 to April 30, 2012.

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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing’s patio now open and Sierra Nevada ‘Beer Camp Dinner’

Plus an ugly sweater party

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach is celebrating the opening of their patio with an Ugly Sweater Party all day on December 10. House beers discounted $1 with your ugly sweater + enter the Polaroid contest for a chance to win a gift certificate.

Also, on December 14 at 6 PM for $45, they’ll be hosting a a Beer Camp Dinner with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada beers will be paired with camp themed foods like trail mix and s’mores. Read more for the complete menu. No reservations required. 210 E. 3rd St. Long Beach, CA. Read More