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Location: 445 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
Time: Mon-Fri /7am / Sat-Sun / 8am
The famed San Diego shop has recently opened its doors in Old Pasadena. Known for wild flavors and unique menu creations, Donut Bar brings you the most Instagrammable breakfast you can achieve at 7am in Pasadena. Featured on Ellen, Conan, and the Food Network, why not stop in for “The Worlds Most Award-Winning donut”
Location: 57 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Time: Mon, Wed-Fri /9am / Sat-Sun /8am/ Tues / Closed
While The Pan has already made waves in South Bay and their other L.A. locations, they also recently debuted in Pasadena. A casual comfort food spot, you’ll have your pick of great eats from pancakes to pizza and tasty sandwiches in between.
Location: 1429 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291
Time: Mon-Sat / 8a-12a / Sun 8a-11p
This Abbott Kinney hot spot is the perfect start to your day on the westside. We recommend avoiding peak times but promise Gjelina is worth the wait. With their one-of-a-kind dishes and impeccable ingredients, its no wonder it’s helmed as a Venice icon. Try the Moroccan Baked Eggs with Merguez Tomato Sauce and yogurt for a spice to your daily breakfast routine.
Location: 1403 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Time: Mon-Sat / 11a and Varies
Word famous Ippudo Ramen has recently opened up shop in Santa Monica. Having made waves in NYC and SF, the Japanese staple is sure to be equally satisfying to the LA area. Try their Karakacchan-a shoyu base filled with a unique mix of ground pork, bold umami essences, and a medley of spices! Is it lunchtime yet?
Location: 2750 Colorado Blvd Ste 4, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Time: Mon-Sun / 11a-9p
If your a fan of all things garlic spiced or flavored don’t forget to pop a breath mint after lunch. But also, you should try Eagle Rocks trendy new sandwich shop The Cloudy Garlic. Offering up everything from garlic meatball rice bowls to Korean BBQ sandwiches, its the perfect combo of comfort and spice.
Location: 408 S. MAIN ST., Los Angeles CA 90013
Time: MON-THUR/ 11:30a-2:30p/ FRI-SAT 11:30a- 3p/ SUN 11:30a-3p
“Bäco Mercat were any more of the moment, it would be a Pinterest page devoted to Tumblrs of itself, so that restaurant and metarestaurant could devour one another”-Jonathan Gold
Described by the late Jonathan Gold as a menu that reads like “a graduate exam on culinary poststructuralism”, Baco Mercat is just that. An education in Euro-Asian and South American fusion, the DTLA eatery brims with flavor. They are best known for their creation, the Baco-a signature flatbread sandwich served with various meats and sauces of your choice. With a full menu inspired by flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, north Africa, southern Europe, and Asia, sit down and enjoy!
Location: 467 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Time: Mon / 11:00a– 6:00p / Tues-Sat / 11:00a– 11:00p(Special Event Times vary)
At the corner of Canon on the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd sits a hidden Parisian gem you might miss if your not in the know. Heritage Fine Wines labels itself as an organic fine wines shop and tasting lounge, and is anything but. From their John Legend pop-up(he legitimately pops in) shop to their Michelin Chef dinner engagements, you’ll wonder where its been all your life. While this can’t be your every evening dinner go-to, it is a soiree worth planning for. Catch Michelin Star Chef, Martin Simonart and his 5-course tasing menu this Saturday! Space is limited!!
Location: 649 South Olive & 7th Street, Los Angeles, 90014
Time: Sun – Thur / 5:30p – 9:30p / Fri – Sat / until 10pm
Culinary enthusiast will be familiar of the name The Nomad from its successful roots in NYC. The hotel brings new elegance to DTLA and the Chef Daniel Humm run restaurants bring award-winning cuisine to the city of stars. Guest can opt for more casual bites in The Lobby or venture to an elevated experience from the Mezzanine. Share the Roasted Chicken with Black Truffle and Brioche Stuffing paired perfectly alongside abby turnips and a crisp Belgian Brown Ale.
Location: 3901 W 6th St, LA, CA 90020
Time: Sun – Thur / 6p – 10p Fri – Sat / 6p – 11p
No not the Hollywood Classic film noire but the K-Town popular joint that serves up deliciously unpredictable cuisine. Here’s Looking at You serves up a diverse and vibrant blend of seasonally choice food touched by Pan-Asian influence. If the cocktails are swoon-worthy. Enjoy their Foie gras & unagi bowl with daikon, scallion, yolk, wasabi, and tobiko. Or the White corn ribs sautéed in poblano, cotija, and lime ending with a Cognac semifreddo drizzled in blueberry and caramelized white chocolate.
Looking for something fun to do for all ages? One place to consider is Universal Studios Hollywood. This film studio and theme park is one of the most popular theme parks in California! If you’re planning on visiting Universal Studios Hollywood soon, a little planning and preparation can go a long way! Take a look at the tips below. Hopefully this will help you navigate Universal Studios Hollywood like a pro.
1. Order you tickets in advance. Online general admission tickets are typically cheaper and range between $99 – $129.
2. If you’re not really sure on what day you’re planning on visiting, you can purchase their Anytime Admission tickets online. You can visit Universal on any date you choose.
3. Get Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when you purchase online tickets. The Early Park Admission allows you to enter the park one hour before it opens and is subject to availability. Check out their calendar for availability.
4. Get in front of the line to all attractions and shows when you purchase the Universal Express Pass. This will cut your wait time in half and helps during busy days like weekends and holidays. Prices typically run $169 and up.
5. Children two years of age and younger get to enter the park for free. Just keep in mind that there’s a height requirement to various rides.
6. Want to get the VIP experience? The Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience package gives you valet parking, unlimited access to shows and rides, a personal tour of the park, breakfast in the VIP lounge, access to sound stages, prop warehouse, and other restricted areas, an all-you-can-eat lunch at the Moulin Rouge dining room. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed for this package. Prices are currently around $349 and up.
7. Planning on going with a big group? Universal offers discounts for group of 10 or more. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 1-800-959-9688.
8. Stay away from third party resellers and buy directly from the park.
9. If you can help it, avoid going to the park when children are out of school.
10. Fall and spring are the least congested. The busiest season is the summer.
11. Want to see a celebrity? Check out the Universal Studios Hollywood calendar to see which celeb will be at the park.
12. Get to the park early to beat the crowd.
13. Try visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first, which is located at the front. This area can get extremely packed later in the day.
14. The park has two lots, the Upper and the Lower lot. Build out your day so you’re not going back and forth between lots. Also, the Lower lot (the smaller of the two) is usually less buy and is near some of the most exciting rides; Revenge of The Mummy The Ride, Transformers: The Ride 3D, and soon, Jurassic World, which is set to open next year in 2019.
15. Download the Universal Studios Hollywood app. The app gives you information on upcoming shows, ride wait times, restaurant and shop locations, as well as character meet and greets.
16. Free WiFi is available at the park. While at the park, use it to view wait times HERE.
17. Make sure to bring an empty water bottle into Universal Studios Hollywood and fill it up at one of the fountains inside the park. The theme park can leave you dehydrated with all the excitement and walking.
18. Non-english speakers can visit Guest Relations for tour times. Studio Tours are offered in Mandarin and Spanish.
19. Don’t care to split up from your group? Single Riders Line is a great option for you and one of the fastest ways to get on a ride.
20. Also, did you know the park offers a “child switch” program? If a child isn’t old enough or tall enough to ride—one or two adults can wait with the child in the Child Switch room while the rest of their party enjoys the attraction. When the party returns, the adults can switch with the ones waiting, without having to wait in line all over again.
21. Express passes are not accepted at Ollivanders Wand Shop. This line is the longest in the mornings when children and adults are buying their wand for the day. Wands allow you to perform magical spells at most of the Harry Potter world.
22. If you’re a die-hard Potter fan, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the place you have to visit! Here you’ll be transported into a magical world the moment you step in.
23. Consider taking the Studio Tour if you decide to visit the park. Guests will get to see some of the most iconic movies that have been filmed like JAWS and Psycho. In addition to that, you’ll also get to experience King Kong 360-3D and a ride along tour with the cast of Fast & The Furious, a hyper-realistic journey with a crazy car chase adventure.
24. Looking to attend one of the most popular shows in the park? Make sure to see WaterWorld. Run time for this show is 20 minutes, so head on over when you need a break or are tired of standing.
25. The old Jurassic Park closed earlier this year. Universal Studios Hollywood plans to update the ride as Jurassic World in 2019.
26. Looking for a perfect cool down option for the little ones? The Wet Zone area known as Super Silly Fun Lands, offers more than 80 water play features.
27. Enjoy a dazzling light show by Night Time Lights at Hogwarts Castle. This is available during the summer and in the winter time as well.
28. From November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019, enjoy holiday themed everything at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Expect Christmas décor, and holiday themed food and drinks.
29. During the holidays, enjoy the return of “Grinchmas”. This annual event will take place weekends on December 1 and 2, 8 and 9, and daily from December 14 – 30. Here you can catch performances by Martha May Who-vier and the Who-liday Singers, as well as see a 60-foot tall “Grinchmas” tree.
30. Don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Universal Studios Hollywood will have various party areas filled with drinks, music, and dancing. At midnight, enjoy a countdown and fireworks!
31. Another fun time to visit Universal Studios Hollywood is during the Lunar New Year. For 2019 the park plans to have a Dragon Warriors Kung Fun training show, live performances, and Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop.
32. Feast on Hogwarts approved British fare at the Three Broomsticks in Wizarding World. This rustic tavern has a menu that includes Fish & Chips, Beef Sunday Roast, and Shepherd’s Pie. For a group of five, consider “The Great Feast” which includes roasted chicken, ribs, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, and steamed vegetables.
33. Harry Potter fans can enjoy a taste of Butterbeer inside Hogs Head Pub. Here you can order the exclusive Hog’s head Brew or the Pumpkin Juice, wine, spirits, and other beer selections.
34. For a variety of food options, consider Springfield U.S.A. This place has many eateries, bars, and items from the show.
35. Also, CityWalk has many food options such as Karl Strauss, Margaritaville, and Voodoo Doughnut.
36. So, remember you can go in and out of the park. Hold on to your ticket and get your hand stamped.
Location: The Fairplex at Pomona
This specially crafted multicultural event features more than 1,000 handcrafted pieces that create a plethora of beautiful color and light displays.
This year’s theme is “The Wild,” which will feature animals represented in lanterns from five different areas of the world, Oceania, Africa, Antartica, Asia, and America. The event will be held at from November 15 – January 16 at The Fairplex at Pomona from 5:30 – 10 p.m. on Thursday – Sundays, including holidays. For additional information, click HERE.
Location: Griffith Park
LA Zoo will be decorated in winter splendor during Zoo Lights. While the adult portion will feature a happy hour lounge and live entertainment, kids will get to enjoy Reindeer Village. How old were you when you found out Reindeer are real? If your answer is today years old, your welcome(if not congratulations on knowing your mammal species) and also your in luck. This holiday season you’ll find your antlered friends hanging out in Reindeer Village at Griffith Park. Along with Comet and Blitzen as the main attraction, the zoo will also be decked in bells of holly. Just Kidding. But it will feature a splendor of winter decor and sites for all to enjoy.
Location: Royce Hall, UCLA Center for Performing Arts
Head down to Royce Hall at UCLA for a specially crafted intimate and engaging event with David Sedaris. The event, which takes place annually, sees the bestselling author reading newly written work that has not yet been packaged and published in a collection of essays or otherwise. The program is put on by UCLA’s Center for the Performing Arts. Sedaris’ first reading at the famous L.A. university happened on Nov. 6, 1998, making this a near-perfect 20th anniversary for the yearly visit. This event kicks off at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, you can visit the link here.
Location: San Fernando Blvd, Burbank
Burbank’s Holiday Street Fair will take place November 17 at noon, but after 4 p.m., you and your 21+ friends can enjoy the Winter Wine Walk. The event gives you a complimentary tasting cup. Enjoy the multitude of wine and beer tasting spots around San Fernando Blvd. During your walk you can also enjoy the live entertainment, holiday lights, and even snowfall! For info on this event, click HERE.
Location: Pershing Square, DTLA through Santa Monica
Grab your tennis shoes and participate in The Great Los Angeles Walk! The 13th annual event will be held November 17 and begins at 9 a.m. in Downtown at Pershing Square and goes all the way to the ocean by way of Santa Monica. To join in on the all-day strut, email firstname.lastname@example.org. No entry fee is necessary. To learn more on this event, visit this link: www.greatlawalk.com/
Location: Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
Enjoy a day of fun and airplanes at the Taxiway B at Long Beach Airport. The 2018 Festival of Flight is a celebration of flight with dozens of aircraft displays throughout the day. In addition to the aerial shows, attendees will also enjoy many activities such as helicopter tours, live entertainment, and kids activities. The event will take place Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is completely free to attend. For more details, click HERE.
Location: Decanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge
Experience a night filled with lights and scenery at Descanso Garden’s 2018 Forest of Light now through Jan. 6th. View the large displays taking over the park for a one-mile walk. Some of the new additions added this year include the neon-lit benches around the park, the Lightwave Lake, and the dining options that overlook the body of water. The Forest of Light will open daily from November 11 – January 6. For tickets and additional information, click HERE.
Location: Chase Bank Parking Lot, 10050 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, 91602
The Toluca Lake Homeowners Association invites you to The 6th Annual Toluca Lake Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 18, 2018. To participate, there is a $10 donation and all proceeds will be supporting the North Hollywood LAPD PAL (Police Activity League). Chaired by Ryan Kugler, this year’s event will prove to be fun for the entire family!
Location: The Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood
Do you have the E! News or TMZ app on your phone? Are you always in the know of who’s who and what’s what in Hollywood. Well our dear Pop Culture addicts, your in luck. This weekend features NY Mag’s Vulture Festival at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Come see all your favorites in music, TV, film and more in a two day festival extravaganza! This year’s participants include Constance Wu, Busy Philipps, Eric Bana, Connie Britton, Chloe Grace Moretz and more. Tickets can be purchased for each event here: http://vulturefestival.com/
This beachy entrant by the Rustic Canyon group was meant to host happy hour crowds. The menu available weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. offers steep discounts on favorites like the nachos sencillo, alongside new dishes like steak tostadas and a variety of tacos. Of course, there’s a requisite $8 margarita.
This modern Indian restaurant just steps from the beach in Santa Monica features happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays with mini kabob burgers and two kinds of dosas either stuffed with fried chicken or mozzarella, tomato, and basil chutney. Burgers or dosas come with a beer for $11.
E.P. & L.P. have a new rooftop happy hour on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. with $8 cocktails and $5 Asian-inspired street snacks. Bites include fried chicken sliders, szechuan fish tacos, and soy caramel popcorn to go along with a drink called Pineapple Skies, with tepache pineapple liqueur, ginger beer, and lime.
This Southern-inflected restaurant has all the mores of a chain restaurant, which it is, but with an expansive Beverly Center dining room and a wide menu of comfort dishes, it’s hard not to recommend as an after work hangout. It serves $7 bites from 3 to 7 p.m. such as brisket biscuits, barbecue shrimp, and disco fries, plus cocktails like a Frenso watermelon mojito for the same price.
There’s a new late night happy hour for West Hollywood denizens at Santa Monica Boulevard mainstay Connie & Ted’s, with $1 oysters Sunday to Thursday evening from 9 to 10 p.m. Connie & Ted’s also has an afternoon happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., but the late night is the only time to get those dollar oysters. Afternoon happy hour features $5 beers, $6 wines, and a $7 margarita, too.
There’s a new happy hour at this high-ceiling Italian restaurant on West Third from 5 to 7 p.m. daily with $10 pizzas, 6 oysters for $12, and the excellent polpette al forno for $8. Nab an Aperol spritz or Negroni for $7, which makes a post-work hangout pretty darn affordable.
West Hollywood locals have a new after-work go-to thanks to Gesso’s weekday happy hour. From 5 to 7 p.m., an eclectic set of everything from hummus plates to anchovy toast to pate banh mi is all on the menu for $10. Specialty cocktails and wine by the glass also float around the $7 mark.
This Melrose standby encourages diners to get social with its extended “Social Club,” available all day Monday and at the bar Sunday through Thursday. It’s surely a pleasant way to bring people together over $8 classic and specialty cocktails and $5 antipasti.
This intimate cocktail lounge in Little Tokyo has a low key bar bites menu that’s even more reasonably priced during happy hour. Running from 5 to 8 p.m. daily, drinks are $1 off while the kitchen churns out some snacks like nori guac and pickled eggs. For something more substantial, there’s tangy chicken wings at just $1 each.
With a sleek dining room and welcoming bar, Bone Kettle prepares Indonesian-inflected bites from 5 to 6 p.m. in Pasadena with $7 drinks. Food includes the highly regarded oxtail dumplings, steak tartare, bone marrow with scallion confit, and chicken wings.
Courtesy of Eater LA
Josh Flagg’s success as “one of America’s most successful and sought-after Luxury real estate agents, having complete $2 Billion in residential real estate sales in the past 13 years” was among their notable remarks. Adding his 2012 Forbes 30 under 30 honor and recent Hollywood Reporter and WSJ distinctions as attributes of his work. Also making mention was his high-profile clientele base by stating that “Flagg has been the agent for many of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Merv Griffin, Adam Levine, Steve Aoki, Shonda Rhymes, and Chicago’s Robert Lamm to name a few.”
Adi received recognition on her success in being one of the top realtors for “Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate “and on being one of the country’s top realtors nationwide. Other mentions included her various and consecutive honors including winning the Presidents Circle Elite award and one of a very select group of awardees who won the Chairman’s Award for production in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Additionally, noted was Adi’s features this year like her most recent place in Real Trends Top 250.
Both agents were regarded as among those leading the pack in real estate nationwide as well as being the top producing agents for their distinctive offices. The Los Angeles Business Journal also noted Josh and Adi’s relentless commitment and level of service to their client base as well as their highly regarded work ethic in the real estate market.
Mornings are best spent starting off with a perfect caffe au lait, in Brentwood there is no shortage of options. Stop by Caffe Luxxe and get your morning pick-me up within the historic Brentwood Country Mart.
The eatery picks and roasts their own coffee giving new meaning to hand-crafted. Select from freshly baked delights courtesy of Red Rooster Bakery and be on your way.
After your AM charge, explore some of Brentwood’s architectural masterpieces for a light dose of dream home FOMO.
Between the Hunt, Sturges, and Nesbitt house, you’ll have quite the day exploring these post-war artfully designed properties. A Paul R. Williams design, the Hunt Residence was built in 1921 with elements of the Regency Revival style. The George Sturges house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1939 features Wrights Usonian style.
After geeking out on home design of the retro times, venture off to see a different style of art at the Getty Center. A wonder on the scale of both culture, art, and design, the 24-acre Richard Meier designed campus boasts panoramic city views and renowned collections. Once you reach your afternoon craving stop point then have a seat in their lush garden for a midday picnic. The Getty Center boast exceptional dining options and a plethora of seating choices.
If one prefers to head back into town for their afternoon meal, the Farmshop is the perfect destination. Founded by Chef Jeff Cerciello, the eatery is a staple of the Brentwood Country Mart. With imaginative recipes and locally sourced ingredients, its the best afternoon pick me-up.
Once, day turns to night, a show at the Skirball Cultural Center is almost a given. Just north of the Getty, the center explores heritage, culture and ideals through permanent collections, rotating exhibits, film screenings and live performances.
Finally, we recommend for your evening conclusion to dine as locals do, at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s acclaimed Tavern. The destination restaurant features a tastefully prepared seasonal menu with a who’s who of patrons.
October 26th-January 6th
Location: The Arboretum, Arcadia
Enjoy the wonder of the season at the Arboretum’s Moonlight Forest, a full fledged winter spectacle for all ages. The event debuted at the end of October but churns on well into the new year featuring art, food trucks, “adult beverages, and a whole lot of fun.
November 9th- January 6th
Location: Disneyland and California Adventure, Anaheim
So this one is a given. There is nothing quite like celebrating the Holiday season at the happiest place on earth. From cinnamon scented “snow” flurrying through the air at the close of the holiday parade to Mickey’s jolly best, Disneyland is a festive no-brainer. A celebration of ALL holiday traditions is represented throughout both parks as the perfect day of fun for the entire family.
November 15th-January 21st
Certainly, one does not have to be Michelle Kwan or Adam Rippon to enjoy a day or night on the ice. That being said, Pershing Square’s DJ-led free skate sessions set the scene for their outdoor ice rink in the middle of DTLA.
November 16th-January 6th
Location: Griffith Park
How old were you when you found out Reindeer are real? If your answer is today years old, your welcome(if not congratulations on knowing your mammal species) and also your in luck. This holiday season you’ll find your antlered friends hanging out in Reindeer Village at Griffith Park. Along with Comet and Blitzen as the main attraction, the zoo will also be decked in bells of holly. Just Kidding. But it will be decorated in winter splendor during Zoo Lights, which includes NYE festivities, a happy hour lounge and more.
If your looking for something to combine giving back and the exercise you’ll need alongside your festive feast, the Turkey Trot answers that call. A charity race through DTLA benefiting The Midnight Mission, give thanks this season to your cardio incentive.
November 23-January 6th
Location: The Queen Mary, Long Beach
The Queen Mary is a graceful step back in time. Whether you opt to enjoy their first class dining on Thanksgiving(November 22nd) or prefer to savor an extra day until the annual Christmas celebration begins. Decked out in twinkling lights that nestle perfectly with the night sky is a months worth of live music, food & drink, and family activities to delight the all aboard the iconic ship.
Location: Hollywood Blvd, Holllywood
Also, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is returning this month! The parade, which will be held November 25, will feature many performers including The Village People, Ruben Studdard, Tom Dixon, and many more! A great event to add to your things to do list! Also, attendees will enjoy a night filled with marching band shows, larger-than-life balloon figures, and even an appearance from Santa. A concert for ticket holders will be at 5 p.m., with the procession starting at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $32 – $85. More details HERE.
Location: Grand Park
Looking for more things to do this month? Head down to Grand Park to see the official L.A. County Holiday Tree lit up in a special ceremony. One of the most noteworthy events, the tree lighting ceremony is scheduled from November 26 from 5:30 – 8 p.m., and will include performances from local artists and community groups. Also, the event is free and all ages are invited to attend. For more details on this event, click HERE.
Location: The Langham, Pasadena
The landmark Langham Hotel host their final Heritage with Heart event of the year. Already regarded as one of the premiere luxury resorts in southern California, the hotel will usher in the holidays stylishly. Enjoy the hotels tree lighting ceremony, a live performance by the Lythgoe Family, holiday food and of course Santa.
November 27-December 31st
Location: Arts District, DTLA
A fun winter pop-up helmed by Va’La Hospitality and Westbound’s original founder Sarah Meade, is Here & Now. The holiday themed limited engagement in DTLA’s Art district will feature a snow machine, themed entertainment and all the spiked hot cocoa and festive bites you can consume. Just remember to celebrate responsibly!
Location: Hotel Constance, Pasadena
Holidays arrive early with this Wine enthusiast treat. Enjoy access to unlimited wine tastings(and some beer options) along with tasty bites at this vino centric festival at Pasadena’s Hotel Constance.