Out and About: St. Patricks Day Edition

If there is one thing to be said about St. Patrick’s Day, it is that here in the U.S. our celebration of the holiday is pure art. Well…maybe not art but we do know how to make some pretty cool green colored drinks. So if your out and about on St. Patty’s day discover your inner Angeleno with the luck of the Irish and LA’s best events to ring in the day of green and gold!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Redondo Beach

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no jig, but this St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Redondo Beach is a lively way to spend the Irish holiday. The 5K run/walk (8am) is followed by the Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold (9:30am); both races start near the intersection of Catalina and Elena Avenues. All participants earn a festive T-shirt.

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival

Location: Casey’s Irish Pub, DTLA

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Downtown at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, hosted by Casey’s Irish Pub. Early admission to the bar begins at 6am—yeah, it’s never too early for an Irish coffee—and the street festival begins at 11am. Expect a whopping 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, more than 30 bartenders, and of course all the traditional Irish fare straight from Casey’s kitchen. Enjoy musical entertainment from a few local DJs and bands, and plenty of festive drinks all day and night long—both the pub and the festival run until 2am. Blimey.

St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Hit up a slew of one-night-only Irish pubs as the Queen Mary transforms its salons into festive drinking dens. Fill up on Irish fare while listing to traditional tunes from a trio of bands.

Rock and Reilly’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

Location: Rock and Reilly’s, West Hollywood

Stock your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with an afternoon equal parts pretty faces and green beer at Rock and Reilly’s annual bash, held in the lot behind the Sunset Strip pub. The fest promises more booze and less morals with each installment thanks to eight full bars and more than 100 kegs of Bud Light and Guinness—sorry brew snobs, but let’s be real, you’re not coming here for the Celtic culture. Stay fed with the bar’s own delicious drinking fuel—corned beef sliders and Irish nachos—or from food trucks and a pizza, sandwich and salad station. This year, a portion of the proceeds from will benefit the Animal Rescue Mission.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Original Farmers Market

Location: The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

Stop by the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen. Glen “the strolling bagpiper” will be playing Celtic tunes in the afternoon, while other bands will park themselves on the east patio during lunch and the west patio during dinner.

Courtesy of: Time Out LA

The Benefits of Solar Panels for your Home

Here in California, we lead the forefront in the nation for our clean energy initiatives and green living. It should come as no surprise then, that so many people are switching over to Solar Power for their homes. Sunny California is home to the top two solar installers(Telsa/SolarCity) as well as the world’s most efficient solar pane manufacturer(SunPower). Factor that in with the state’s high cost of electricity  and notably lower solar prices and its a no brainer. Read below for our tips on switching over to Solar Power and save your energy of searching the web on your own!

 

1. Compare all your options: get as many quotes as possible

If you are considering installing solar, research and consider every option that you can. Various resources such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratorythe California Solar Initiative and others can offer pricing data. Additionally, there is a long list of companies in the state that can provide free PV quotes.

2. The largest installers will not necessarily offer the best price

Although large companies will often bring out superlatives like ‘biggest installer’ in their sales pitches, this does not mean that they offer the best value. The premise is simple: massive installers already have market share and brand awareness and thus do not need to offer the best prices and value. When small installers compete in a price auction, on the other hand, the result is some of the lowest bids you can find in the U.S. for a PV installation. Make sure you price compare to ensure your getting the best value!

3. Different products for different people

Just as a Lamborghini might not be the right choice for everyone in the market for a car, the same concept applies with solar. Not everyone needs to shop for the most expensive solar PV equipment. There are many different types of solar panels and inverters for different needs and preferences. For the price-oriented, value-focused consumer, it is easy to save thousands simply by choosing standard solar panels instead of a premium top-of-the-line brand.

There is a hefty list of solar panel brands that offer a wide range of features and prices.

How much could I save?

Solar panels offer homeowners a wide range of financial benefits. This is largely based on the sizes of the rooftop solar systems, average electricity rates, and local incentives.

As an example, let’s assume that you live in Los Angeles and fit the average profile for an L.A. homeowner:

  • You are paying 20.3 cents per kWh (48.2% more than the national average)
  • You’ll purchase 7,200 kWh of electricity each year
  • You pay an average of $92 per month for your power bill (but that’s climbing)

If you were to install a 2.4 kW solar power system on your home, you could see the following savings over the course of the system’s 25- to 30-year lifetime:

  • Monthly Savings: $80-$145 (more over time depending on rate hikes)
  • Lifetime Savings: $25,000-$43,000 (more over time depending on rate hikes)

Investing in your home

Saving on power bills isn’t the only financial benefit to going solar. A commonly overlooked personal benefit is how it affects your property value.

While some expect rooftop solar to devalue a home, it actually increases your home’s value. Most homebuyers save on electric bills with a solar home and are willing to pay more for it.

The National Bureau of Economic Research found that solar panels add, on average, between 3% and 4% to a home’s value. In fact, it’s one of the smartest investments you can make on your home.

In the San Diego area, the price premium added from 3.1 kW of solar panels reached $22,554. This is roughly the cost of installing those panels. That means you could easily recoup your solar panel expenses if you needed to sell your house.

Leslie Kavanaugh list home in Malibu’s coveted Point Dume

Rodeo Realty’s Leslie Kavanaugh has acquired the listing for an extraordinary property in Malibu’s most desirable neighborhood–Point Dume.

The estate is offered at $8,888,888 and has received am influx of media coverage in various publications. The estate is located steps away from one of Malibu’s most pristine beaches. It is truly an exceptional opportunity to reside in the coveted Point Dume neighborhood.

Fox 34 News has named the listing “one of Malibu’s Best Homes” on the market right now.

6950 Point Dume Drive sits on over one acre of land with Smart Home technology. It comes equipped with all the entertainment necessities one could ever need.

From a 10-seat theatre to it’s woodwork office, private gym and swimming pall, this estate has it all. Designed by renowned architect Douglas Burdge, this stunning abode is a seaside dream!

More about Leslie Kavanaugh:

A native Californian, Leslie Kavanaugh began her real estate career in 1979. A top-producing agent, Leslie specializes in the Westside communities of Bel Air, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Beverly Hills.
She has received both the California 100 and the Circle of Distinction awards, President’s Elite Circle and National President’s Circle in recognition of her sales record and extensive experience, having served as a sales associate, estates director, marketing director and training director as well as in management for several major real estate firms.
Leslie has personally represented more than 200 estate sales in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Malibu area, and Rodeo Realty is very proud to welcome her to our Beverly Hills office.

For more information on this listing. 

Weekend Events: March 8-10

We are almost midway through the March Madness and hopefully almost done with LA’s rainiest year. But don’t let few pre-spring showers rain on your weekend parade! There are a bounty of exciting things to do this weekend in Los Angeles. So grab your umbrella and venture out into the city of stars and possible rain clouds.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, March 8th

ArtNight Pasadena

 

Location: Pasadena, CA

Twenty Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music , and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year and estimated 16,000 guest cane through and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children Museum, The Gamble House and more, There will even be free shuttles to transport guest to their next destination.

Click here for more info.

We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective

Location: Montalban Theater, Hollywood

March is Women’s History Month, so what better then to send this Friday amongst art in celebration of women. We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective will be showcases a portrait gallery, live performances and artist unveilings if works. Enjoy cocktails while you peruse a cultural selection of feminist highlights at the historic Montalban Theatre.

Click here for more info.

Star Party

Location: Hilltop Park, El Segundo

The city of EL Segundo Recreation & Parks Department along with the South Bay Astronomical Society will host a Star Party this Friday. Enjoy an evening of gazing at the night sky away from LA’s usual hustle and bustle.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, March 9th

Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk

Location: Dodger Stadium

Susan G. Komen will hold the newly rebranded More Than Pink Walk(formerly Race for Cure) at Dodger Stadium this Saturday. There is something for all in attendance to enjoy. The event will feature a Kids Zone, Expo, Survivor’s and areas, Reflection Tent, in addition to the More Than Pink Walk. The event is expecting an attendance of 6,000, nearly 400 survivors ad over 900 members on the largest corporate team. Through events like this the Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk, Komen Los Angeles County invest 75 percent of funds raised to support local breast health services with the remaining 25 percent to national research to find cures.

Click here for more info.

Los Angeles Ballet presents Serenade & La Sylphide

Location: Royce Hall

This passionate program offers two masterpieces choreographed by the two “Mr. B’s”. August Bournonville’s  La Sylphide, in 2 acts, is a captivating story of love and loss. George Balanchine’s Serenade, stirring, sweeping and romantic, is one of Balanchine’s best-loved works.

Click here for more info.

Connect with Rescued Wolves

Location: Wolf Connection Ranch

Wolf Connection is a youth empowerment program with rescued wolves and wolfdogs as the centerpiece. With the help of these animals, individuals lear about nature & conservation on a beautiful 165-acre ranch. At Walk with Wolves you will begin with a guided tour of the wolf and wolfdog sanctuary where you’ll learn the story of each pack-member and the species history.

Click here for more info.

Sunday, March 10th

Disney’s “Silly Symphony”-Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra

Location: The Soraya-The Valley’s Center for the Performing Arts

Share with your family the early days of Disney animation as it vividly comes to life through the magic of a live orchestra. CSUN Symphony accompanies some of Disney’s best-loved originals on our big screen, including The Skeleton Dance (1929), The Ugly Duckling (1939), and Three Little Pigs (1933). Disney is thought to have created his 75 Silly Symphony shorts as a showcase for his studio’s talented animators and composers as they prepared for the creation of their first full-length animated feature in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Click here for more info.

Michael J Fox’s Trot 5k Run/Walk for Parkinson’s Research

Location: Griffith Park

Join The Michael J. Fox foundation’s Fox Trot 5k Run/Walk  for their annual tradition of raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. The event is in effort to bring the community together in support of research being done with every step being closer to finding a cure. It is a family friendly event with runners and walkers of all experience and speeds welcome!

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45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite

Location: Redondo Beach Pier

45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite is presented by Miller Children’s and WOmen’s Hospital, Redondo Pier Association and Sunshine Kite Comapny. The Redondo Pier host one of the longest-running kite festivals in the country. The event is free and suited for all ages with prizes going to the best hand-made kite. The event is scheduled to coincide with Daylight Savings Time. The festival will feature live music, dance performances, demonstrations, giveaways and more.

Click here for more info.

 

LA Eats of the Week

With all the hustle and bustle in LA, narrowing down the best places to grab a bite can be tricky. Rather then making your routine stop at Panera Bread, why not try something new. LA has more restaurants then there are Bird scooters. With that in mind we’ve narrowed down the best places to nosh this week.

Breakfast is the most Important meal of the day!

Here’s Looking at You

Location: Koreatown

While most restaurants don’t put too much creativity into their brunch menus,  chef Jonathan Whitener is bringing fresh ideas and energy to the table. Take for instance his coconut waffle with koji, blueberries, ume (Japanese salty plums), and smoked maple syrup.This dish is far more interesting than it needs to be, going above and beyond the brunch-time status quo. Respect the waffle. 

Pikoh

Location: Los Angeles, CA

The menu weaves across the hours with a mix of rethought American classics. From breakfast bowls with activated charcoal or a smoked salmon tartine with yuzu cream cheese. To lighter lunches like grilled tuna salads or hummus and steamed mussels. For dinner there’s a full bar run by lead bartender Jamie Clark and surprises like an all-vegan beet-based bao, or a throwback filet mignon atop wasabi mashed potatoes. Throw in a daily happy hour, and it feels like Pikoh really can do it all.

Lately

Location: Chinatown

Lately’s menu is an all-day savory jaunt, with their breakfast sandwich sporting an organic fried egg, gouda, and oven roasted tomato on an English muffin. They also serve biscuits, a soft scrambled toast, a heaping avocado toast, salads, breakfast bowl, and a country-fried steak sandwich.

Power Lunch

Urban Radish

Location: Arts District

Urban Radish, the healthy-eating oasis in the Arts District is the perfect lunchtime spot. The outdoor grill is hidden behind a row of water-circulating vertical planters brimming with kale and other greens. Look through the foliage to find one man and a stack of tickets. Skirt steak, salmon, chicken; it all hits the hot metal and gets served over healthy grains and greens to a slew of daytime diners. Yum! 

Tacos 1986

Location: Koreatown

 LA’s best new taco stand has landed a highly visible location in Koreatown. Meaning it’s the best time to stop by during weekdays. Ask nicely for the chicharron de queso con hongos, paired with the stand’s excellent mushrooms. The best part about Tacos 1986 is its accessibility, placed right in the heart of Koreatown. Located at a crossroads for anyone traveling to Hollywood or Downtown, South LA, or Mid-City. What’s better than a taco pit stop? 

KazuNori

Location: Los Angeles

With open seating and rapid rounds of sushi hitting plates, KazuNori is the place to find some of the LA’s freshest fishes. It’s not uncommon to find a long line, which can be surprisingly short thanks to the restaurant’s efficiency. Choose from three to six hand rolls, which are made in plain view. The chefs transform the sea bream’s tender flesh and shiny silver skin into an elegant and perfect hand roll. Order a Sapporo and watch the chefs do their magic. 

What’s for dinner?

Tartine Bianco

Location: Los Angeles

Newly opened, Tartine Bianco is a hot ticket dining spot. The chicken liver toast is an early stand out and quite possibly the most thoughtful dish. The base of the matter, a crusty slice of the restaurant’s famous bread, sturdily held onto the pretty pink liver, as well as dollops of kumquat puree and blood orange segments. Balance comes among the varied components, hitting the brightest of notes with just enough richness to bring it home.

Jame Enoteca

Location: El Segundo

Jame Enoteca is well on its way to becoming a new kind of standard for the city of El Segundo. The corner strip mall option makes all of its pastas in-house and keeps a cozy but refined sort of vibe. Of particular noteworthiness (though all of the pastas seem to be pretty delicious) is the off-menu occasional lasagna with assorted foraged mushrooms. Pair it up with some vegetables to start and maybe a glass of wine, and be well on the way to a very full and very relaxed time in the South Bay. 

Atrium

Location: Los Feliz

The chefs at Atrium have whipped up pristine dishes with flavors that are unique and strong, just the way Angelenos like it. The beef carpaccio, inspired by the chef’s love of carne asada, is topped with crispy potato matchsticks, a thick salsa macha, and avocado crema. Those crunchy, salty, and savory layers makes for fun eating, but one plate might not be enough.

 

Your Mardi Gras in LA Guide

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras!! While we can’t all hop a plane to Rio or New Orleans for a real celebration, we can have come close here in LA. With a bounty of Carnaval celebrations happening this weekend, grab your king cake and paint the town yellow,  purple and green!

 

Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park

When: Saturday, March 2nd

Long Beach Mardi Gras

When: Saturday, March 2nd

  • Join thousands of people for the Long Beach Mardi Gras happening at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. The afternoon will feature music, art, festivities, dancing, a parade and more.

The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras

When: Saturday March 2nd-Sunday March 3rd

  • The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will bring a taste of NOLA right to Los Angeles. A family-friendly celebration the day includes New Orleans’ food, a musical line-up of Cajun and Zydeco music and Mardi Gras activities. The Dog Bakery’s Annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade will also take place. The celebration commences on Saturday, March 2, running through Sunday, March 3 and ending on Fat Tuesday, March 5.

5th Annual Venice Brazilian Carnival Parade

When: Saturday, March 2nd

 

Weekend Events: March 1-3

Kickstart the month of March this weekend! Spend your time in the city of stars with so many fun activities and events. From Museum exhibits to Mardi Gras, your inner Angeleno deserves a day or weekend of fun!

Friday March 1st

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys 

Location: Start Los Angeles 

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys will house over 100 items created by comedian Jeff Wysaski including fake toys, actual toys with new names, and actual toys with fake facts. The show runs March 1-17 at Start Los Angeles, in Harvard Heights. A free opening reception will be held this Friday at 7 p.m. Otherwise, tickets are $10 and can be reserved online. 

Click here for more info! 

Digital Nature

Location: LA Arboretum

Digital Nature has its final weekend at the L.A. Arboretum this  March 1-3! Stop by for a dazzling display inspired by nature and technology. Artists works will be projected onto the arboretums lush landscape during the evening hours with interactive works that can include live music . Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. 

Click here for more info!

Beauty + Balance

Location: Westfield Topanga

Experience exclusive make-up tutorials, open air Yoga classes, or indulge in an evening of seasonal delights from Il Fornaio. A month of beauty, health & wellness await you at Westfield Topanga. Don’t miss out on the Beauty+Balance goals gift with purchase when you attend!

Click here for more info!

Saturday March 2nd

Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: South Coast Botanic Garden

With a short blooming season, many believe Cherry Blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life. It is also the national flower of Japan. Join South Coast Botanic Garden for a “hanami” or Cherry Blossom viewing!  As you stroll or picnic in the Upper Meadow, travel to Japan through sight, taste and sound with picnic bento (lunch) boxes for sale by Okamoto Kitchen and live performances throughout the afternoon. Enjoy live demonstrations and workshops while celebrating the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms! 

Click here for more info!

The Old Man and The Old Moon

Location: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

“It’s like watching child geniuses at play.” –The New Yorker

Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. The Old Man and The Old Moon takes the stage March 2-7. Recommended for all ages.

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Colburn Orchestra

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Colburn Orchestra performs Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov at the Walt Disney concert hall this Saturday. The performance will be led under the direction of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director Xian Zhang. The concerto is followed by Scheherazade, a piece that brilliantly brings Rimsky-Korsakov’s powerful storytelling to life.

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Sunday March 3rd

6th Annual Stouts n Staches Brew Fest & Big Roast

Location: Clutch VeniceThe 6th Annual Stouts n Staches Brew Fest & Pig Roast is a block-party style event happening on Sunday March 3 at Clutch Venice. The party will feature BBQ, pig roasting, craft beer, whiskey tastings, beard and stache trims, cigar rolling, live entertainment and more in the mission to raise awareness for the Movember Foundation. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase.

Click here for more info!

The Secret City

Location: Bootleg Theatre

Non-profit arts organization The Secret City comes to the Bootleg Theatre for an afternoon of over the top music, art, performances, food, storytelling, joyful interaction, community and kooky outfits. Event is free with a suggestion of a donation. Childcare is also free for parents.

Click here for more info!

17th Annual Carnival at The Pier

Location: Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier

Play and laugh while giving back at the 17th Annual Angelic Auxiliary Carnival at the Pier! Admission includes private use of the park, lunch and carnival snacks, game tickets, unlimited amusement park rides and more!! Come and enjoy one of Southern California’s leading attractions while helping raise funds for the Children’s Bureau’s work to prevent child abuse.

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Weekend Events: February 22-24

If your like the rest of us normal Angeleno’s, this weekend will be just like any other. Aside from the entertainment industry’s version of the Super Bowl a.k.a the Oscars. Just because you’re not jetting off from one Academy bash to the next, doesn’t mean you’re days off shouldn’t be award worthy. Ditch the usual, and spend this weekend discovering the best events LA has to offer. Read our round-up of this Friday through Sundays top events happening in and around the city.

Friday Feb. 22

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles

Location: The Vortex

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex for two nights (Friday and Saturday) of art, live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate.

Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Oscar Film Week

Location: Culina at The Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

The 3rd Annual Oscar Film Week returns to Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills February 19 – 23 with a meal and screening of all eight “Best Picture” Oscar nominated films in 2019.

Click here for more information.

4th Fridays on 4th Street

Location: Long Beach

4th Fridays on 4th Street activates the “Retro Road” business district in Long Beach on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. through extended hours, dining specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music, double decker bus rides and more.

Click here for more information.

Saturday Feb. 23

Bob Baker Day Celebration

Location: Los Angeles Historic Park

It’s Bob Baker Day at Los Angeles Historic Park. The day pays homage to the famed puppeteer with a carnival like event featuring live music, entertainment, puppet-making workshops, round-the-clock puppet shows, a pop-up puppet museum and lots more.

Click here for more information.

Santa Monica Wine Festival

Location: Barker Hanger, Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar for two days of wine tasting from a diverse group of wineries from around the world. The event will also offer complementary masterclasses.

Click here for more information.

4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo

Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

The 4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo happening February 23-24 at the Pasadena Convention Center is an all-ages event featuring retro games, toys, merchandise, and much more.

Click here for more information.

Sunday Feb. 24

Afro-Latinx Festival

Location: Museum of Latin American Art

There’s an Afro-Latinx Festival happening at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach this Sunday. Expect salsa music, workshops, tasty delights and a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas. 

Click here for more information.

SRLA 18 Mile Friendship Run
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Location: Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace

The 18-Mile Friendship Run is the premier training race for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. The 18-mile course consists of two 9-mile loops starting in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The course travels along streets that are closed to traffic and, then, crosses the two-mile dam. Registration is open to the public and priced at $75.

Click here for more information.

National Theatre Live Presents I’m Not Running

Location: UCLA-James Bridges Theater

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by Academy Award nominee and Oliver and BAFTA winning writer David Hare. Premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas, don’t miss this breathtaking performance.

Click here for more info.

LA Eats: Valentine’s Day 2019

As Angeleno’s we know LA has no shortage of places to grab a bite from am to pm. On this holiday of love, our favorite spots will be raising the bar and prices for their Valentines Day offerings. Whether your preference is pre-fix or simply exquisite cuisine, we’ve rounded up the best places to dine with your special someone.

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Location: Topanga

Forget the Topanga stereotypes of burning sage and healing crystals (OK, they sell those here, too). Off Old Topanga Road, love-stricken diners can enter a bucolic, wooded city escape: a multi-tiered outdoor dining space draped in lights, lilac and oak trees—and, yes, the wafting scent of incense that hits you on your way in. Take in the serene, creekside surroundings under heat lamps and twinkling stars. This idyllic setting will be offering both Brunch and Dinner for the Hallmark holiday of love. Menu’s are pre-fix(with some a la carte dinner options) and can be viewed here.

One Pico

Location: Santa Monica

Escape to Nantucket at this beachside destination seducing lovers and landlubbers alike, where you can grab front-row seats overlooking the Pacific. If that’s not enough to impress your sunset-discriminating friend, cozy up to the roaring fire over surf and turf plates such as fresh pasta with lobster, seared scallops with bok choi and soy caramel, 24-day–aged rib eye and Sunday-night prime rib dinner served table-side. The quiet dining room jazzes up, literally, come nightfall with live piano and jazz in the hotel’s Living Room lounge, perfect for graduating on to cocktails and more fireside canoodling. View there Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu here.

Cafe Pinot

Location: DTLA

Transport yourself to another place and time at this Downtown bistro where it’s all about the outdoor patio. Settle under olive trees decked in twinkling lights and a towering skyline overhead, with the Art Deco Central Library as your up-close-and-personal view. When it comes to the menu, expect an extensive wine list, eclectic flavors and elegantly-composed plates from this Patina-owned restaurant. Those seeking romance can pine over the lavish Valentine’s Day pre-fixe menu which can be viewed here.

Chateau Hanare

Location: West Hollywood

Soft, flattering lighting that bounces off the delicate gold wallpaper? Check. An artful, at times decadent, menu that’s perfect for sharing bites with your date? Double check. Traditional Japanese technique meets California flavor at this intimate bungalow on the edge of Chateau Marmont. Pro tip: For an even more intimate experience, huddle over sake and cocktails at the front bar. For next Wednesday they’re offering a stunning Valentines version of their Kaiseki menu. Click here for more information.

Little Beast

Location: Eagle Rock

There’s romance even in the story of this Eagle Rock gem. The cozy Craftsman bungalow turned bistro is run by—of course—a husband-and-wife team. Chef Sean Lowenthal and Deborah Schwartz-Lowenthal cook up a hyper-seasonal New-American menu romance filled setting. Share your way through braised meatballs, duck liver mousse with sherry gastrique, and charred flat iron steak. Outdoors, the lights flip on when the sun goes down, providing an intimate patio that glows as much as your date will. For more information click here.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

Location: Central LA

This Valentine’s Day, plan a night as unique as your romance. With three outstanding José Andrés experiences to chose from, the way to the heart begins with a feast for the senses. There are multiple dining rooms, each with a different menu focus and ambience. Dine dangerously in the more masculine, matador-themed banquettes or opt for comfy-yet-modern seating. For more information on their menu options click here.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

Location: Bel Air

Since opening its doors in 1946, Hotel Bel-Air has been the site of Old Hollywood’s (then-new) city escapes. From honeymoons to camping out in the secluded hills away from the lights. The Mediterranean-influenced menu sees glimpses of old and new with updated Puck favorites. Finish with a stroll by the fabled Swan Lake for a fairy-tale ending. Click here to view their Valentine’s Day menu offerings.

Scopa Italian Roots

Location: Venice

Oh, Scopa, what are you doing to us? Those crispy squash blossoms and house-made meatballs are making our hearts melt. Not to mention the intoxicating glow of the fully-stocked liquor bar that lights up the restaurant. Couples canoodle in dark booths, sharing plates of rigatoni in vodka sauce and fusilli tossed with capers, olives and anchovies. Chef Antonia Lofaso has a knack for churning out quality comfort food in a date-worthy atmosphere. End the night with a fried fluffernutter (trust us). To view their menu click here.

Melisse

Location: Santa Monica

Ask anyone in L.A. what the best fine-dining spot is, and Mélisse always comes out toward the top of the list. Serving dinner only, suited waiters bring course after course. You can opt for the basic four, seven or 10 courses, plus caviar service—of artfully-composed plates of pure decadence. (If that doesn’t seduce you, we don’t know what will.) While two private dining rooms offer a more intimate setting, the main dining room hosts couples, who should request a booth. To view their pre-fixe menu options click here.

Elf Cafe

Location: Echo Park

Because vegetarians are lovers, too. This Echo Park haunt is a date night go-to for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Fall for the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu that changes with the season. Call ahead to claim a spot with your date inside the cozy, matchbox-size dining room. Sip on any number of wines—all natural wine, of course—and toast over vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Click here to view their menu options.

Firefly

Location: Studio City

Firefly may be the closest thing to a modern-day secret garden in L.A., walls of tangled ivy included. The fine-dining restaurant offers Modern-American cuisine in a romantic, cozy setting. Their heated, fire-lit patio is decorated in candles and twinkling lights, while the library-like bar area offers an ideal date-night vibe. In this secret garden, you’ll be fed exquisitely constructed dishes off their pre-fix Valentine’s Day menu which can be viewed here.

mar’sel

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

When the parsley sprinkled over the house-made pasta you’re eating has come from a garden right outside the restaurant’s doors, you know you’re eating fresh. Such is the case at the picture-perfect mar’sel, where an onsite herb-and-vegetable garden is mere steps from the kitchen, its goods incorporated throughout the menu. Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, mar’sel is the perfect place to impress your date. Their menu options can be viewed here.

Il Cielo

Location: Beverly Hills

If a restaurant could make you weak at the knees, Il Cielo would have diners dropping left and right. Serving dinner under a canopy of twinkling lights, the romantic Italian eatery aims to be a “country restaurant in the city”. Bubbling fountains and white tablecloths create a darling ambiance to rival a Tuscan trattoria. Their decadent Valentine’s Day menu is sure to rival other as well and can be viewed here.

Cliff’s Edge

Location: Silver Lake

This hidden gem’s patio is one of the prettiest on the east end of the city. An open structure that’s outfitted in hanging lights and a fireplace under a huge banyan-like tree. The menu reads like an exotic escape—to the Mediterranean or Asia, perhaps—with a California influence. Enjoy menu items like French butter lettuce with radish, quinoa, or whole branzino with papaya salad and nuoc cham. To view their full menu click here.

Lucques

Location: West Hollywood

Long heralded as one of the top restaurants in the city, Melrose Avenue’s Lucques continues to draw foodies and the fashionable set. The menu takes cues from the season with local farmers’ market ingredients highlighted on the plate. While the bar menu features a separate selection of eats and seasonal concoctions, another experience and reason to visit. Indulge by flickering candlelight over a bottle—the well-curated wine selection features worlds both old and new—and don’t skimp on desserts. View their seasonal menu here.

Courtesy of: Time Out LA

Out and About: Catalina Island Edition

From flying fish to laid-back luaus, here are our picks of the best things to do on Santa Catalina Island

Once a getaway for Hollywood elites to escape from paparazzi, Catalina Island has in recent decades become more of a not-so-secret treasure for everyday Angelenos and visitors looking for a simple, relaxing vacation. Cars are few and far-between on the island, and just about everything is either walking distance or a short golf-cart-taxi-ride away; whether you’re shooting for a family vibe, an outdoor-sports experience or a party-heavy hang, Catalina’s got something for everyone in both its port town of Avalon and out into the wild island interior. Here are the best things to do no matter your vibe once you hop off the hour-long boat ride from the mainland.

Flying Fish Voyage

Flying Fish Voyage

What is it: One of the only opportunities you’ll ever have to watch fish fly. Seriously.

Why go: For nearly a century, Catalina’s flying fish boat has been wowing visitors with a surreal experience that seems culled from a dreamworld. Every night over the summer, the crew lures Cheilopogon pinnatibarbatus californicus (otherwise known as flying fish) out of the water for not-quite-actual-flying-but-it-sure-looks-like-it glides up to 100 feet. Bring a jacket—it can get chilly —and keep your eyes out: the fish often end up landing inside the boat.

Wrigley Memorial and Gardens

Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens

What is it: A beautiful ode to the island’s famous founding father.

Why go: William Wrigley, Jr (yes, the gum guy) is responsible for the development of Catalina. So of course the garden and memorial that carries his name is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. It’s a moderate hike from the beach (you can also get up to it by renting a bike, or via golf cart—more on that in a bit). Once there you’ll be immersed in a 37-acre botanical garden focused on plants endemic to California and the Channel Islands. See breathtaking views from the tower overlook built from quarried rocks culled from the island itself.

catalina casino

The Catalina Casino

What is it: Not a gambling hall—rather, it’s a palatial special-events venue complete with a beautiful art-deco movie theater.

Why go: The sort-of-Roman-looking Catalina Casino is the most iconic building on the island, with walls full of stories. Steeped in over 90 years of history, your able to learn more about Catalina Casino on three different walking tours. If a tour’s not your thing, it’s still worth going to a movie there (first-run films show nightly at 7:30pm). The art deco theater is gorgeous, and there’s often pre-show music played through its 1920s-era organ.

Luau Larry’s

Luau Larry’s

What is it: A classic burger-and-drinks shack—with the best fries you’ll ever have.

Why go: First time visitors to Catalina can’t help but notice slews of tourists sporting straw hats. It’s because they’ve all had the Wiki Wack at Luau Larry’s. The fun signature cocktail comes with one of the ubiquitous headpieces. Grease the drink down with their curly fries, which are always perfectly crispy, and seasoned with—well, it’s a secret, but it’s gotta be magic, whatever it is. The burgers aren’t bad, and there are often live-music singalongs at night.

Descanso Beach Club

Descanso Beach Club

What is it: The ‘fancy’ beach on the island, with cabanas, booze and more.

Why go: You can set a blanket on Avalon’s main beaches for free if you’d like. But it’s worth taking a walk just past the Casino to Descanso. Here they offer rentable chaise lounges and cabanas. They’re also the only place on the island you can enjoy alcoholic beverages(for all you rose drinkers). There are also rentable paddleboards, snorkel sets and kayaks, and, over the summer, DJs and live bands on weekends.

Golf cart rental

Golf cart rental

What is it: The best way to see a large percentage of the island—and get a great view.

Why go: Sure, you could spend all your time on Catalina in town in Avalon. But if you want to explore more of the island, the best way is via golf cart. In about two hours you can see beautiful views, check out some of the historical structures and explore hidden spots.

Zipe Line Eco Tour

Eco Zip Line

What is it: A high-intensity aerial experience.

Why go: High-octane adventure seekers should seek out two Catalina experiences: the Ocean Runner boat tour, which blasts through the water at high-speeds on a ribcraft boat, and this high-flying tour, which descends over five ziplines, 600 feet above Descanso, from a unique vantage point to learn about the island’s unusual ecosystem if you’re not just in it for the thrills.

hiking

Hiking trails

What is it: An outdoorsperson’s prime reason to visit.

Why go: Catalina’s inland is covered with hiking trails and camping spots. With over 165 miles of trails to explore, you’ll have options ranging from easy to expert. Obviously, it’s a way to get closer with nature: the island’s host to tons of interesting plants and animals. These include tiny Island foxes and imposing buffalo! With some luck, on an inland hike, you may see a herd peacefully grazing.

Catalina Room Escape

Catalina Room Escape

What is it: Avalon’s newest family-friendly activity.

Why go: Just opened in 2018, the island’s only escape room (pirate-themed, naturally). It is a challenging and fun way to spend an hour if you have one to spare. Just keep in mind: duck, and then look up. We didn’t, and needed to ask for a hint. You’re welcome.

Marlin Club

Bar-hopping

What is it: A time-honored nighttime tradition.

Why go: There’s not a ton of nightlife on Catalina, which can become part of the appeal of a visit. Stop by for karaoke at El Galleon, venturing later in the night to the Marlin, before hitting the dance floor at Club Chi-Chi. Then end the evening with a final nightcap at the Locker Room. The next night? Repeat.

Mt. Ada

Mt. Ada

What is it: William Wrigley Jr’s old mansion—and your fancy lunch spot.

Why go: Mt. Ada, once William Wrigley Jr.’s mansion, and now the fanciest hotel on the island, is also an ideal dining spot. It’s only open for lunch, with a three-course menu that’s not exactly formal, but does have an air of classiness.