Listen to Some Really Good Gay Travel Storytelling with Dennis Hensley and Ed Salvato

24 02 2017

Ed Salvato on Dennis Hensley's podcast, Dennis Anyone?

Here’s what one listener said after my recent interview with Dennis Hensley on his podcast, Dennis Anyone?

I booked a gay cruise (Atlantis) last week and knew I made the right decision after hearing you on the podcast. You were so good on Dennis’ show, so upbeat and positive, and such and good storyteller. 

— Robert 

Check it out here and let me know what you think. Dennis Anyone? Podcast

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Come to our Booth and Travel Panel at the LA Travel & Adventure Show Feb 18-19

14 02 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-5-40-48-pmMeet the ManAboutWorld team at an LA travel show and pick up free stuff(!) at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show February 18-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.

ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 19 at 2:45pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information (and free guides) for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

THE LGBT TRAVEL DREAM TEAM AT THE LA TRAVEL SHOW!

Travel experts include:

Meet the LGBT travel dream team at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, Feb 11-12





Dennis Hensley’s Los Angeles

11 01 2016
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

The times I most often find myself thinking, ‘This could only happen in LA,’ are the special film screenings that happen all year-round all over town. I’ve seen Flashdance in the company of Jennifer Beals; Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta; Singing in the Rain with Debbie Reynolds; and earlier this year, Showgirls with Nomi Malone herself. That’s right, kids; freaking Elizabeth Berkley was in the house — well, the cemetery — and touchingly thanked the gay community for embracing the movie when the rest of the world turned against it. What a moment! It was like my Stonewall.

A well-traveled friend of mine once remarked, “Truly great cities don’t have to constantly tell you how great they are.” That observation comes to mind when I think about Los Angeles, the city I’ve called home for the last 29 years. L.A. is fine if you show up thinking we’re all about shallowness and smog and silicone because then we get to blow you away with our ever-evolving array of sights, smells, tastes, sounds and yes, guy candy.

Dennis Hensley is a writer and host of the podcast Dennis Anyone? with Dennis Hensley, available on iTunes and at

Dennis Hensley writers about Los Angeles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

http://www.dennisanyone.net. He’s also a ManAboutWorld global correspondent. This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue ofManAboutWorld.

Brunch: Hedley’s
Though this intimate charmer is right in the heart of West Hollywood, it’s rarely crowded, the food is delicious (I alternate between the salmon scramble and the breakfast quesadilla) and the star-spotting ain’t bad either. There are only like 10 tables in the whole place, and there’s usually a famous face like Drew Barrymore, Jason Gould or Greg Berlanti at one of them.

Cocktails: Casita Del Campo
Delicious Mexican food, strong drinks and a sexy Silver Lake crowd make Casita Del Campo my pick for the spot tourists don’t know and locals love. After dinner, venture downstairs to the Cavern Club Theater, where irreverent gay favorites like Jackie Beat, Nadya Ginsburg, the Nellie Olesons and Chico’s Angels have been delighting crowds since the ‘90s.

Workout: GROOV3
For me, this deejay-accompanied, hip-hop workout is a cross between a dance party and church because I always leave sweaty, spent and totally uplifted. Whether you’re an experienced dancer or a beginner, you’ll feel right at home thanks to the no-attitude crowd and infectious spirit of GROOV3 founder Benjamin Allen whose motto is Dance Sweat Live.

Outdoors: Runyon Canyon
For a challenging hike and breathtaking photo ops of the Hollywood sign, downtown and on a clear day, the ocean, it’s hard to beat Runyon Canyon. It’s right in the middle of the city but you feel like you’re in the boonies and the shirtless hottie parade will have you repeatedly asking the time-honored L.A. question, ‘Is that dude a gay guy, soap star or both?’

Hidden gem: NOHO Arts District 
I’m thrilled to report that North Hollywood, my neighborhood since 1989, has gone from ‘How can you live there?’ to ‘How fabulous!’ in the last few years. Casual coffee hangouts like Tea Pop and the Republic of Pie have popped up alongside hip eateries like the barrel-shaped Idle Hour, which was restored to its 1940’s splendor earlier this year after decades of disrepair and endangerment.

Hotel: The Redbury  
Conveniently located near the Pantages Theater and the Red Line subway, this 57-room, Boho-styled boutique hotel houses my favorite restaurant in the city, the Middle-Eastern shared-plate paradise Cleo (order the brussels sprouts and thank me later). The Redbury also happens to be where they shot several scenes for the award-winning 2012 gay film “I Do.” (See photo below.)

The Redbury in Los Angeles

The Redbury





Gay Pride Is Busting Out All Over

25 06 2015

16061907243_28142df2fd_zGay Pride is simply bursting around the world as you can see in these photos:

  • Rainbow-wrapped double-decker bus in London (above)
  •  Our very own publisher Billy Kolber on a rainbow bedecked Citi Bike (below top)
  • A gay crosswalk in West Hollywood (below middle)
  • The London Eye bathed in gay lights  (bottom)

And just imagine how much pride is really going to gush in the event of a favorable ruling on marriage equality in the U.S. by the Supreme Court expected tomorrow or Monday.

Gay pride rainbow wrapped Citi Bike in London as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!





FREE Gay Travel Guide to West Hollywood

24 06 2015

Gay West Hollywood as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineDid you miss our gay West Hollywood Twitter chat yesterday? It included a link to obtain a free Gay Travel Guide to the little city that’s the beating gay heart of Los Angeles. It’s a mere 2 square miles, a pink dot in LA’s sprawling 500 square miles but it packs a punch beyond what its surface area would suggest.

You’ll find fabulous hotels, scrumptious restaurants, a boozy, exciting array of great gay nightlife options but also outdoor space and art, very cool design (clothing as well as home), and loads of cultural options. You don’t even need a car to get around. (Thank you Uber and Lyft.)

Here’s a link to the Twitter chat, where you can find some truly insider tips from local experts (and some saucy photos! Did we mention the locals are hot?!).

Download the ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play for tablet or smart phone and get the guide for free. For a free three-month subscription to the magazine, click here.

 





Los Angeles Dodgers To Host LGBT Pride NIght

9 06 2015
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LA Dodgers gay pride night as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

 

On June 19, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host LGBT night, featuring a first pitch by Lisa Vanderpump, a special appearance by Lance Bass and the National Anthem will be performed by Ty Herndon. Show your pride and come out to celebrate. Each ticket PACKAGE includes a ticket to the game and a VOUCHER redeemable for a commemorative LGBT night t-shirt. Tickets range from $38-$73.

 

 





Hidden in Plain Sight: A New LA Favorite

19 11 2014

thebungalowJust off the ocean, The Bungalow is a part of Santa Monica’s Fairmont hotel property, but it’s a world unto itself, tucked away behind shrubs and ivy, and lit with lights and fire pits, this multi-room bar is the stylish bungalow beach house of your dreams. Monday through Thursday, it’s relatively calm, and a favorite of ours to play ping pong, pool, or hang out with friends for a drink. Come the weekend, it’s more hectic, more alive, and one of the city’s yes kept secrets. And if you have an extra $100 grand laying around, you can even rent the place out for your friends.








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