L.A. Eats of the Week

With as many restaurants as there are Bird scooters, we’ve decided to simplify your options of the week by dishing out the best places to grab a bite from power lunches to elegant fare. Read below for our nosh worthy eats throughout L.A.

“Breakfast is the most important deal of the day…”

Spring Place

Spring Place BH

Location: Beverly Hills

Chef Mirko Paderno has a new gig at the fancy culinary edition to the BH dining scene. There’s only one hook: It’s not open to the public.  Spring Place restaurant is part of a private co-working/art community of the same name (sort of like a Soho House) which recently debuted it’s west coast outpost in 90210. The cuisine will offer the same rustic Italian cuisine those familiar with Chef Paderno are used to(think Estrella). Still, the place is rather upscale with some 200 seats indoor and out, so apply for membership and call it your new business go-to.

Little Ruby

Little Ruby

Location: Santa Monica

Breezy Australian import Little Ruby has all the friendly vibes that makes it a morning meal go-to. Thankfully it serves “brekkie” daily, which means the restaurant’s airy ricotta hotcakes layered with honeycomb-inflected butter and fresh bananas can be had on the regular.

 

Destroyer

Destroyer

Location: Culver City

Destroyer, whose name references a comet, is a tiny, 16-seat breakfast and lunch space in the Hayden Tract, an industrial zone turned design district known mostly for its experimental architecture. The café is counter service only, with a menu that changes daily. For breakfast you might have a slice of Icelandic rye with cultured butter and preserves, or a bowl of oatmeal — which looks more like a Scandinavian snow globe than a bowl of porridge — studded with wild foraged currants and topped with a frozen disc of skyr.

“Brunch, Lunch, 2nd breakfast?!”

Uovo

Uovo

Location: Santa Monica

This reasonably priced pasta destination in Santa Monica takes a lot of inspiration from Italy’s greatest restaurants and puts them in a casual, bar-like setting. Using pasta hand made by artisans in Italy then flown in weekly, Uovo serves tonnarelli al arrabiata, tortellini in brodo, and ragu around $16 to $18 a serving when they can go for nearly twice as much in other restaurants.

Mizlala

Mizlala

Location: Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks option Mizlala has taken the Valley lunch scene by storm. Owners Danny and Justine Elmaleh are turning out Middle Eastern fare that competes with the best that LA has to offer, and all from one very colorful space.

Hasiba

Hasiba

Location: Los Angeles

Right in the heart of Pico-Robertson’s predominantly Jewish neighborhood, the Lodge Bread team has opened up Hasiba, an Israeli cafe with hummus, pita sandwiches, and more, in a casual, reasonably priced storefront. Everything’s vegetarian too, with a few vegan options as well, which makes it a great pick for those avoiding meat.

“Whats for Dinner?”

Michael’s

Michael’s

Location: Santa Monica

Chef Miles Thompson is steering a pretty big boat these days with Michael’s in Santa Monica. The long-standing restaurant has been in the hit-making business for decades, helping to launch the career of countless well-known chefs, but it’s all now in the hands of the eager wunderkind who navigates between classic menu items like foie gras and all-new interpretations like hamachi collar with fish-sauce caramel. Add in the gorgeous leafy patio, the always eclectic crowd, and the fun-loving Michael McCarty himself working the room, and it’s smooth sailing at one of LA’s most iconic restaurants.

n/naka

n/naka

Location: Los Angeles

Niki Nakayama’s phenomenal California-Japanese kaiseki might possibly be the most impressive restaurant to visit in Los Angeles. If the Michelin Guide were still rating in LA, n/naka would be a strong contender for three stars. The hidden-in-plain-sight building in Palms hosts one of the warmest, loveliest dining rooms, with fantastic wine pairings and pristine seafood prepared with a master’s touch. Reservations required, often weeks in advance.

Shaanxi Garden

Shaanxi Garden

Location: San Gabriel

There are so many phenomenal restaurants in San Gabriel Valley, but this one has a great mix of hand pulled noodles, stir-fried specialties, and regional Shaanxi favorites with plenty of space to bring a crowd. Order the biang-biang noodles, lamb “burgers”, and more.

Out and About: Pacific Palisades

Over the hill and through the woods to Pacific Palisades we go! Heading down Sunset and past Brentwood, you’ll find this hillside-oceanview  neighborhood  abundant in luxury homes nestled perfectly into the bluffs. From stunning estates to the Getty Villa and Will Rogers State Park, why not make a day of it in L.A.’s westside escape.

 

In the morning hours

Getty Villa

What better way to start your morning then amongst the art found at Getty Villa. Based on the remains of Villa Dei Papiri in Herculaneum, the faux villa is the home of J. Paul Getty’s Mediterranean antiquities. Hours could pass as you tour through roughly 1,200 artifacts on display at any one time.

Eames House

If your historical interest is peaked then head to the next famed abode, Eames House. Designed by couple Charles and Ray Eames, it stands as one of Southern California’s most beloved examples of modernist design. The Pacific Palisades abode stuns with its Mondrian-style color-block exterior and environmentally-sensitive siting.

Will Rogers Historic State Park

If you’ve had your fill on architecture and art, fresh air should do the trick by making your way to Will Rogers State Historic Park. The grounds originally served as the former home of writer and first honorary mayor of Beverly Hills-Will Rogers. Maintained as it was in the 1930s, the 186-acre park is a destination spot for ocean views, polo matches, and horseback riding lessons if your feeling indulgent.

 

For a midday reprieve 

Pacific Palisades

By the time the afternoon hits, famished is an understatement. Make your way to the new Pacific Palisades Village for a range of dining options to appease your midday cravings.

General Porpoise

General Porpoise is L.A.’s first concept from James Beard Award-winning chef Renee Erickson.  The famed Seatle doughnut shop brings L.A. rows and rows of sugar-coated goodness freshly baked daily.

Hanks

Blue Ribbon’s first take on the sports bar fits cozily into one end of the Palisades Village complex at Hank’s. With the eatery brings flat-screen TVs, beers, cocktails and some serious burgers to the neighborhood.

Jennifer Meyer Jewelry

Before you leave be sure to check out the shops as the village also includes first time L.A. flagships from Rachel Zoe and Jennifer Meyer Jewelry.

Gladstones

If you prefer to grab a bite a bit closer to the cliffs then Gladstone’s will serve as your landmark destination. Situated where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Coast Highway, it’s become a place of Southern California legend. Gladstones offers a menu plucked from the very ocean it overlooks, serving modern renditions of classic dishes.

Evening fete 

Parfumerie at Theatre Palisades

With what is likely a day of bites, sites, shopping, and Palisades fun, your evening should be spent somewhat scaled down. On the weekend catch a stage performance at Theatre Palisades. While the 2018 season comes to a close with E.P. Dowdall’s Parfumerie holding the spotlight through December, the 2019 season is sure to wow.

Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi

If your looking for your nighttime feast, indulge at Il Ristorate di Giorgio Baldi. This Pacific Coast Highway-facing trattoria has welcomed everyone from Tom Hanks to Tom Cruise. Once you’ve sampled the kitchen’s fresh pastsa dishes like the agnolotti with corn and white truffle sauce, you’ll understand why.

Shore Bar

For after dinner drinks we recommend anchoring down at Shore Bar, a cape cod inspired craft cocktail favorite for Palisades locals. Swim through  a sea of sophisticated cocktails, designed by Master Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella of Copa D’ Ora.

Whether you spent your day indulging in one destination or the other, there is no doubt that the Pacific Palisades serves as the perfect Oceanside spot to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. 

 

 

 

 

Best places for Thanksgiving Dinner in L.A.

Alright, so your no Curtis Stone in the kitchen and thats ok. With Thanksgiving creeping up sooner than Holiday songs on the radio, we’ve rounded up your go-to “go out” options to spare you the culinary turmoil. So put the deep fryer back in storage and ditch your Mom’s famous stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving the L.A. way.

Akasha

Akasha

Culver City

This Thanksgiving-Akaska in Culver City is dishing out their take on modern California inspired fair. The menu is pre-fixe and full of items like the persimmon-and-pomegranate salad, gluten-free cornbread and herb-roasted organic turkey. In the mood for dessert, enjoy an entire “pie buffet”. Need we say more? Reservations are from 1-8pm and prices are listed as $80 for Adults; $35 for Children (10 and under). 

Polo Lounge

Polo Lounge

Beverly Hills

Nothing is more quintessential Beverly Hills then the Polo Lounge and Thanksgiving in the Pink Palace is nothing short of luxury. Also offering a pre-fixe menu selection(like most restaurants in L.A. on a holiday), the pairings do not disappointment. Opt for the traditional Turkey-organic of course-or take a chance with something outside the box, there menu always pleases. And be sure to save room for dessert as the Sweets buffet will be serving a range of customer confectionaries courtesy of their in-house pastry team. Their Brunch will be hosted 11am-3pm with dinner commencing at 5pm-8pm, with the fixed menu priced at $175 per Adult, $60 per Child. 

Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak

Glendale

If Glendale is your local, Bourbon Steak is your destination this Turkey Day. Their three-course dinner will feature traditional-roasted heritage turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry compote. Or opt for the exotic like pan-seared scallops with roasted cauliflower and tamarind brown butter. Not feeling the bird, there’s also an 18-ounce dry-aged, bone-in ribeye. If that catches your feasting eye, reservations are available from 2-8pm at $75 with wine pairings available at an additional cost.

Craft

Craft Century City

Century City

Tom Colicchio’s acclaimed restaurant rings in the day of thanks with family-style starters like their pork belly with butternut squash and sage, and entrees like braised lamb, fish and pasta. Share a range of family-style sides such as sausage-and-raisen stuffing and Brussels sprouts. Lastly is of course a premium selection of Fall-inspired desserts, artfully whipped up by pastry chef Shannon Swindle. Reservations are available 1-8pm with menu pricing offered Ala Carte.

Crossroads Kitchen

Crossroads Kitchen

Melrose

For the none Turkey-Eaters (and just non-meat eaters in general), Crossroads is a perfect plant based option. While the idea of such may seem oft for this particular Holiday, Crossroads is a cut above the rest in offering dishes that beguile its patrons as to wether or not its just plants. This year’s menu is four courses of autumn-appropriate dishes like butternut squash bisque with nutmeg creme fraiche; spiced chickpea cake with cranberry cabernet sauce, and mashed potatoes with porcini gravy. Stimulate your dessert senses with delights like their pumpkin mousse verrine. Hours for the evening are noon-5pm with the menu priced at $75 pp.

Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

Gwen LA

Hollywood

You didn’t think we’d mention the famed chef with out spotlighting his holiday menu? Chef Curtis Stone’s Hollywood outpost-Gwen already amazes with decadent classic fare every day of the week and the Thanksgiving Menu holds to that tradition. Dishes like the white onion veloute pair perfectly with traditional heritage turkey and his green bean casserole. Finish off the evening with a selection of perfectly prepared pies and your absolutely acceptable 4th glass of wine. This festive fete is offered 2-6pm at $75 pp.

Cecconi’s

Cecconi’s

Melrose

Your possibly thinking, Italian for dinner how strange? While the famed West Hollywood eatery dishes out the best southern Italian fare in the L.A. area, their thanksgiving feast is every bit as traditional as you would hope and savor over. Served family style, the courses provide the same familiar heartiness found in their comfort dishes mixed into America’s favorite cuisine. Indulge on porcini corn bread stuffing, squash tortellini and truffle mashed potatoes, as well as a selection of seasonal sweets including apple-pecan crostata. Thanksgiving with an Italian touch is served at $95 pp from noon-10pm. 

Cafe Pinot

Cafe Pinot

DTLA

This California-French restaurant with a gorgeous, tree-dotted patio will be serving your choice of a three- or four-course prix-fixe dinner with both traditional fare and a few brow-raising dishes, to boot. Find sliced turkey breast with heirloom cauliflower and mole; sunchoke soup with a red wine and shallot jam; and filet mignon au poivre. Finish with pumpkin mousse or an apple crumble to really get into the fall spirit. Dinner is served 2-8pm, with a $70 per three-course meal, $90 per four-course meal; and $29 per child 10 and under.

Playa Provisions

Playa del Rey

Take Turkey to the beach at Playa Provisions, which is offering a downright steal of a meal: just $38 to feast on roast turkey or honey mustard ham, plus a variety of sides, including chicory salad, roasted acorn squash and cranberry sauce. Finish with a selection of seasonal desserts including but not limited to pumpkin pie and cran-apple pie. This is a highly kid-friendly option, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adult, round the corner to Playa Provisions’ whiskey bar, Grain, which will be offering à la carte holiday specials in liquid form. Satisfy your turkey cravings from3-8pm at $38 per adult, $20 per child.

Saddle Peak Lodge

Saddle Peak Lodge

Calabasas

Head to this rustic mountain lodge for a four-course meal that lets you choose from hearty dishes like buffalo tartare, seared elk tenderloin with a foie gras and mushroom sauce, roast turkey with sausage-and-apple stuffing, and grilled quail with spiced cherries. Pro tip: Don’t leave before the pumpkin pie or banana-huckleberry bread pudding. Start off the day from noon-8pm, with the menu priced at $105 per adult, $65 per child 12 and under.

Tavern

Tavern

Brentwood

Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and chef de cuisine Joel Walsh are bringing a little something for everyone to their Thanksgiving table, with options for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. Settle in for a three-course meal that offers herb-roasted organic turkey breast and stuffed leg with mashed potatoes, gravy, Brussels sprouts with pancetta and thyme, cranberry sauce with mint and orange, sweet potatoes with sherry, and sourdough stuffing with turkey sausage. There’s even the “vegan thanksgiving extravaganza” option, which offers sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, Italian broccoli and Suzanne’s stuffing and wild-mushroom persillade. Your day at the Tavern starts serving 1-8pm, with pre-fixe at  $95 per adult; $45 per child 10 and under; free for children four and under.

Catch

Catch Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Enjoy your Turkey Day seaside at Catch in the Hotel del Mar, because chef Gemma Grayis whipping up all the classics and even a few contemporary plates right at the beach. Look for a prix-fixe involving slow-roasted organic turkey with apple and chestnut stuffing, as well as roasted cauliflower pie with wild mushrooms, and Japanese snapper crudo with pumpkin vinaigrette. Spend the day seaside from 11am-10pm at $110 pp.

 

 

Your Halloween Event Round-up

If your brave enough to venture out on a weeknight we’ve got you covered. We scoured the dismally long list of Halloween events happening throughout L.A. this Wednesday. So sleep well on Hallows eve because this round-up is sure to keep you jolted till dawn.

Annual Halloween Party for DTLA Kids

DTLA Halloween Festival

Location: Grand Hope Park, DTLA

Getting to downtown for trick-or-treating may seem like the real Halloween scare but its worth it when you make it to The Annual Halloween Party for DTLA Kids! The locals know how to throw quite the shindig and the event continues tor hive as parents celebrate the spookiest night of the year with bounce houses, puppet shows and faux trick-or-treat-doors.

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Vampyr + Halloween After-Party

Vampyr + Halloween After Party

Location: Theatre at The Ace Hotel, DTLA

Menace lurks behind every shadow in a remote village filled with secrets. The LA Opera’s annual Halloween mash-up of opera and cinema returns to the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel with filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s surreal 1932 masterwork, one of the most unsettling vampire movies ever made. LA Opera and The Theatre at Ace Hotel invite you to be our guest immediately following Vampyr for a Halloween party with music and cash bar. Included with ticket to the 10/31/18 Vampyr performance.

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Mickeys Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

Mickey’s Halloween Party

Location: Disneyland, Anaheim

Perfect for all ghouls and goblins is this Halloween Extravaganza at the Happiest Place on Earth. Mickey’s Halloween party brings out all your favorite Villains from Cruella to Lady Tremaine. Delight at a Ghostly Space Mountain and Tim Burtonized Haunted Mansion as lively Jack-O-aterns line Main Street.. Trick-or-Treat throughout the park until the evening hours end with a spectacular Halloween Screams Firework show. Be sure to arrive early if you’d like a true thrill on any of the rides up to three hours prior to the event.

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West Hollywood Carnaval

West Hollywood Carnaval

Location: Santa Monica Blvd(Starting at Doheny), West Hollywood

Considered the largest Halloween street party in the world, there isn’t really a better place to be for the true costume aficionado. Yes the crowds are massive and to some quite rowdy but the amazing display of themed attire and general merry-making spirit deem it as at least a worthy stop along your way. Enjoy dancing in the streets, festive beverages in the bars and a night full of spooky fun!

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Cabaret de L’Enfer

Cabaret de L’Enfer

Location: The Edison, DTLA

Spend your Halloween underground–alittle closer to the dearly departed–at the Edison. The clubs Cabaret L’Enfer will feature DJ sets, live performers, stilt walkers, tarot card readers and an “extraordinary selection of Attractions Diaboliques”. Like most other parties at the Edison, expect an old-time but sleek subterranean shindig. Costumes are not required but recommended(come on it’s Halloween!)

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Haunt Massive

Haunt Massive at Avalon

Location: Avalon, Hollywood

Since coming back from the dead a few years ago, Hollywood and Vine’s historic playhouse Avalon has put on a ghoulish extravaganza each All Hallows’ Eve. Break out your provocative costumes and make your way to the dance floor and four themed areas.

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L.A. Eats of the Week

With as many restaurants as there are Bird scooters, we’ve decided to simplify your options of the week by dishing out the best places to grab a bite from power lunches to elegant fare. Read below for our nosh worthy eats throughout L.A.

“Breakfast is the most important deal of the day…”

Little Vitaly

Location: Beverly Hills

Little Vitaly-L.A. Eats
Little Vitaly

Your morning just got molto buona”!  Little Vitaly has opened up in the golden triangle serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner the Italian way. Start your day off with their Malaya Fruit Bowl, a blend of mango, pear, pineapple, and banana in rich coconut milk and granola topping. For more information click here.

Lately

Location: Chinatown

Lately-L.A. Eats
Lately

Lately…you’ve probably had you usual breakfast go to(pun title intended). Enter, “Lately”, chinatown’s busting new breakfast and lunch eatery established by Master Chef finalist Becky Reams. The cozy space offers contemporary California comfort bites like Cake Donuts and Green Tomato sandwiches from their window service. A perfect place to stop when your on the go or owe the office breakfast. For more information click here.

Go Get Em Tiger

Location: Echo Park

Go Get Em Tiger-L.A. Eats
Go Get Em Tiger

Delivering the best morning mantra and delicious breakfast burritos is Go Get Em Tiger in Echo Park. The cafe style spot offers patrons counter service or sunny window spot seating along with an expansive menu of options. Choices range from the GGET Breakfast sandwich to the Chickpea Frittata or Yeast Raised Waffles. Pair one of these alongside their Almond Macadamia latte or Fizzy Hoppy Tea to get you in jet-set mode. For more information click here. 

“Lunch, Brunch 2nd Breakfast!”

Joss Bites

Location: Beverly Hills

Joss Bites-L.A. Eats
Joss Bites

New to the lunch scene is Joss Bites, a deep space worthy eatery in beverly hills serving pan-asian cuisine. While the design is futuristic the meal options are fairly straight forward and of course delicious. Chose between steamed buns with duck confit or pork Jia Jiang mein. The ambience will feel something similar to the Starship Enterprise but the eatery is casual so leave your laser beams at home. For more information click here.

Guerrilla Tacos

Location: Arts District

Guerrilla Tacos-L.A. Eats
Guerrilla Tacos

Dishing out some of the cities most inventive tacos, is Guerrilla Tacos in the heart of the Arts District. While this area of downtown is known for being a cuisine hotspot, Guerrilla brings a true homage to Chicano-American comfort food with Chef Wes Avila at the helm. The Sweet Potato Taco is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy notes drizzled in Almond Chile and topped with Feta, Fried Corn and Scallions. Opting for something from the sea? The Fried Oysters in burnt Tomato Chile, Red Pepper Escabeche and a Horseradish Cream Parsley is screaming with seaside fusion flavor. For more information click here. 

Entre Nous

Location: Pasadena

Entre Nous-L.A. Eats
Entre Nous

Entre Nous debuts with Traditional Southern French are in Pasadena. The new bistro is helmed by French chefs Mathias Wakrat and Jean-Christophe Febbrairi who bring their French Riviera expertise to Old Town. Expect specialities like their Marseille Bouillabaisse to be your new lunchtime go to if your not full off of the sumptuous Duck Confit. If your midday meal permits, the international wine experience is worth at least a glass from regions in New Zealand all the way to Saint-Tropez. For more information click here. 

“Whats for Dinner?”

Conservatory

Location: West Hollywood

Conservatory-L.A. Eats
Conservatory

WEHO welcomes a new Conservatory to it’s sprawling landscape of trendy eateries. The restaurant stands at the landmark spot former Irv’s Burgers stand on historic Route 66 and dishes outa bounty of flavor. Choose to start off with the Grilled Lamb Kafka and sumac Tzatziki or a light pairing of the Seared Ahi Crudo drenched in sesame ginger vinaigrette. Move onto entrees like their  simmering Roasted Cauliflower steak in Golden Raisin Chutney. Or if your feeling “Fall-ish”, the Fall Squash Burrata in a pumpkin seed pesto does not disappoint. After dinner head over to the Society Room for cocktails like the “Miso Wari” whipped up by Josh Goldman of Soigne Group. For more information click here. 

Capital Seafood

Location: Beverly Hills-Restaurant Row

Capital Seafood-L.A. Eats
Capital Seafood

Quality Dim Sum has arrived at Capital Seafood in Beverly Hills. Joining the famed restaurant Row, the evening sot takes over former;y housed New Port Seafood. With successful locations in the Valley, Capital Seafood brings an extensively rich menu to it’s patrons. Go traditional with the Peking Duck perfectly seasoned inside fresh handmade buns. While dishes like the Garlic Gai Chai hot pot offer a supreme vegetarian alternative option. For more information click here. 

Hippo 

Location: Highland Park

Hippo-L.A. Eats
Hippo

Established by James Beard Award winning chef Matt Molina, Hippo serves up seasonal Cali fare. Tucked away behind Triple Beam Pizza along Figueroa is an approachable and perfectly priced dining spot full o flavor. Try the Barbecued Quail wrapped in pancetta  or their Cedar Smoked Ocean Trout all grilled on Almond Wood. Pair your meal alongside their Organic selection of wines from regions sprayed across Europe and California. Be prepared, “Hippo is a dangerous animal” For more information click here. 

 

Weekend Events: Oct. 19th-21st

Dear Evan Hansen at The Ahmanson Theatre

With all the hustle and bustle of our weekday routine we bring you a curated list of the weekends top activities happening throughout the city of stars.

The pumpkins are lined by the walkway with care in hopes that Jack Skellington will..sorry wrong holiday.  It’s 2 weeks until Halloween. By now you should have figured out your costume and party plans. The last worry you should have is scouring event pages for the best things to do in the weekends leading up. Well, we thought so too and rounded up another segment of this weekends top activities. So no fret, read below and….

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Limited engagements taking place this Oct. 19th-21st.

FRIDAY OCT. 19TH

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Baader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Location: Skirball Cultural Center

Regardless of what side of the aisle your on, we can all mostly agree that RBG(Ruth Bader Ginsburg if your not for the slang) is a political Icon. And as such many works have been created in her likeness. Starting this Friday through Nov. 18th,  your invited to explore an original exhibition based on the book of the same title while viewing a range of contemporary art, archives, and more at the Skirball Cultural Center. Each gallery section will also feature a song by another cultural icon–the Notorious BIG showcasing a playful similarity between the two. For more information on the exhibit click here.

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen at The Ahmanson Theatre
Dear Evan Hansen at The Ahmanson Theatre

Location: Ahmanson Theatre, DTLA

The Broadway show everyone’s been talking about finally debuts in L.A. at the Ahmanson Theatre! In this captivating original musical, high school student Evan Hansen is thrust into social relevance after a classmate’s suicide. Benj Pasek and Justin all’s score combine well-crafted lyrics and an exciting pop sound, and Steven Levenson’s book gives all the characters shaded motives.

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“Photo Ark”

“Photo Ark”

Location: Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City

Seasoned photographer and author Joel Sartore has contributed to National Geographic magazine for over two decades. Now, Angelenos will have a chance to see a glimpse of his stunning photos of some of the world’s most threatened species with this selection of 100 large-format prints. Sartore’s Photo Ark project has brought him to over 40 countries to capture portraits of 8,000 species in his quest to catalog all of the world’s animals before they disappear. For more information click here.

SATURDAY OCT. 20TH

Harry Potter-Inspired HIGH TEA

HiSocieTea Presents Harry Potter High Tea

Location: HiSocieTea @ The W Hollywood

Suitable for Wizards and Muggles of all ages, the W Hollywood is hosting a HP Inspired High Tea this month only. With three seatings to chose from (12pm, 3pm, and 6pm), be treated with three tiers of Great Hall favorites. Sip on Liquid Luck(for adults) or Triwizard Tea for the wee ones while you enjoy Rock Cakes and themed sweets. Guest are encouraged to dress in their best magical or house pride attire. For adult libations it is $75 pp and $60 pp without. Send your owl to RSVP or click here for more info.

Oktoberfest at Pershing Square

Oktoberfest at Pershing Square

Location: Pershing Square

Don’t miss the 3rd annual Oktoberfest at Pershing Square. Taking place Oct 20-21st, the two event will feature local and Californian brews along with authentic German Ales for tasting and purchase. Of course traditional sausages, pretzels, and more tasty best will be onsite to cater the experience along with live music. General Admission is FREE, with pre-purchase and VIP tickets available here.

Front Porch Cinema Presents: The Addams Family 

The Addams Family @ Front Porch Cinema
The Addams Family @ Front Porch Cinema

Location: Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family! Now that that’s stuck in your head make your way to the Santa Monica Pier enjoy this film classic under the stars and with the ocean as a backdrop. The event will allow guests to relax on the Pier, with access to all the fun amenities.  This is including rides, games, food and more! So grab put on your best Wednesday or Cousin It attire and head to the pier for the ultimate movie night. Just don’t invite Debbie! Click here for more info!

SUNDAY OCT. 21ST

LA CANCER CHALLENGE 5K WALK/RUN

LACC Annual 5K

Location: UCLA

October 21, 2018 marks the 21st Annual LA Cancer Challenge 5K Walk/Run, the signature fundraising event of the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Held on the beautiful campus of UCLA where much of the foundation’s research is conducted, So Cal’s best Halloween-themed fitness event includes a Fit Family Expo with food & beverage booths, activity tents, a stage with a huge video screen, a Candyland Kids Zone and more.  General registration includes a chip-timed event, commemorative t-shirt and custom runner’s bib. For more information and to register click here.

The Beverly Hills Art Show

BH Art Show

Location: Beverly Gardens Park

On the final day of the semi-annual BH Art Show, enjoy 4 block of art by over 245 artists from around the nation. The FREE showcase features work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawing and printmaking. It doesn’t hurt that the event also features a Beer & Wine Garden along with Top Choice food trucks. Skip the usual Sunday brunch and culture yourself in the 90210! Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Click here for more info.

 

What Happened When

What Happened When Presented by the Echo Theatre Co.
What Happened When Presented by the Echo Theatre Co.

Location: Atwater Village

It was a dark and stormy night for three siblings—and for audience members gathered around them. Written by Rattlestick Playwright Theater’s Daniel Talbott, this peace is described as part ghost story, part memory play. For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Festive Fall Beverages

Whether your hosting, pot-lucking, or just in the fall spirit-we’ve put together a list of the best beverages to try this October. So skip the generic apple cider and read below for tasty recipes sure to delight even your most ghoulish guest. 

Halloween Bloody Mary Shooters

Halloween Bloody Mary Shooters

Homemade Bloody Mary mix is topped with a layer of black vodka in these spooky shooters. They’re just the thing for getting a Halloween party started.

Vampire Vodka Cocktail

Vampire Vodka

Fit for Dracula himself! Sweet homemade grenadine serves as the “blood” in this inspired Halloween cocktail.

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Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

Plum and Thyme Prosecco

A bubbly balance of fresh fruit and sparkling wine makes this cocktail ideal for day or night.

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Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini

These martinis taste like a boozy, bodacious pumpkin pie.  This cocktail is smooth, creamy, sweet and rich with nuances of pumpkin and cinnamon.

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Blood-Moon Punch

Blood Moon Punch

The perfect concoction to serve to even the tiniest of terrors, the Blood Moon punch can be made sans spirits for family gatherings or spiked to appease grown up ghouls.

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Spiced Cider Margaritas

Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

The smokiness of the mezcal perfectly complements the warming spices in the cider, yielding a complex, subtly sweet cocktail that was basically fall coziness in a glass. 100% delightful.

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Ghost in the Graveyard Cocktail

Ghost in the Graveyard

Serve up a little black magic in the form of a cocktail made with vodka that’s as dark as night — with a scoop of ghostly-white vanilla ice cream floating on top.

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Long Island Apple Iced Tea

Long Island Apple Iced Tea

A long island classic turned fall inspired with apples and apple cider to enjoy all fall and winter.

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The Peddler’s Moon

Its namesake comes from the Stephen King classic “The Dark Tower,” and its flavors are inspired by late summer and early fall.

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Apple Bobber Bourbon Punch

Apple Bobber Punch

This Halloween classic game turned festive libation is sure to please with its blend of crisp apple and soft notes of bourbon.

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CANDY CORN MARTINI

Candy Corn Martini

Whether your a candy corn lover or hater, nothing screams hallows eve or day quite like candy corn. This trick-or-treat essential turned cocktail is a Halloween must for those opting to sip their treats instead of snack.

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Garden-of-Evil Punch

Garden of Evil Punch

Beckoning jewel-toned fruits are cleverly frozen into a block of ice using a cake pan, then floated atop a Halloween punch spiked with sake and plum wine. Pomegranate juice gives the drink a very apt blood-red hue.

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All Hail the “Pumpkin Keg”

If your not one for festive cocktails then no fret! Select your favorite seasonal beer or lager and bring out your inner craftsmen with this how to for the perfect Pumpkin Keg.

The “Pumpkin Keg”

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WHETHER YOUR ON HOSTING DUTY FOR THE EVENING OR SIMPLY LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT TREAT TO PAIR WITH YOUR FAVORITE SCARY MOVIE, WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OR FESTIVE SUGGESTIONS. REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY AND MAYBE CUT YOURSELF OFF THE CANDY AFTER A HANDFUL OR SO!

L.A. Eats of the Week

With as many restaurants as there are Bird scooters, we’ve decided to simplify your options of the week by dishing out the best places to grab a bite from power lunches to elegant fare. Read below for our nosh worthy eats throughout L.A.

“Breakfast is the most important deal of the day…”

The Gables

331 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Gables
The Gables

The Gables is a counter-order, neighborhood restaurant, serving an all-day, market-driven menu of homestyle California cuisine and fresh baked goods by Chef Vicki Fan Matsusaka. We recommend the Bodega Breakfast  Sunny, a pairing of busted eggs, nueske’s bacon and American cheese on ciabatta.

Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy
640 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA  91105

The crispy diner-style hashbrowns, loads of melty cheddar, eggs, and bacon make the breakfast burrito at Lucky Boy the absolute platonic ideal. If you only eat one breakfast burrito for the rest of your life, it should be this one.

The Village Bakery

The Village Bakery
3119 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Village Bakery and Cafe is a neighborhood place, located in a real neighborhood: Atwater Village in Los Angeles. All of of their food is prepared right in their kitchen every day from fresh and natural ingredients, including farmer’s market fruits and vegetables.  Our go to is the Atwater Special–Grilled polenta cake topped with parmesan cheese, scrambled eggs, spinach, tomatoes and crumbled bacon. Served on a parmesan crisp plate. Morning Perfection!

“Lunch, Brunch 2nd Breakfast!”

Sushi Note

Sushi Note
13447 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

The restaurant is a collaboration between some of LA’s best names in wine and sushi, with an extensive wine selection and food from celebrated chef Kiminobu Saito. Gibbs’ sushi and wine approach is a casual one, as he wants diners to pair anything their hearts desire, even if it’s a delicate piece of snapper with a bold Napa red. Chef Saito has also brought on Takeshi Matsuzaki from Tama Sushi as his second in sliced-fish command.

Milk Bar

Milk Bar
7150 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Not exactly lunch  but we all need an afternoon pick me up from time to time. Milk Bar is an award-winning bakery led by chef and owner Christina Tosi. They believe in a world of endless possibilities, and create playfully nostalgic desserts that celebrate innovation and quality. Indulge in the seasonal favorite Pumpkin Dulce De Leche- a sweetness overload of vanilla spice cake, milk crumbs, roasted pumpkin ganache, dulce de leche, and roasted pepitas. Your inner fall fanatic will thank us later!

Roberta’s

Roberta’s
8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA

Greater Los Angeles’s pizza moment continues with Roberta’s at the Platform project in Culver City. The famed Brooklyn pizza joint that counts Beyonce and Jay-Z as fans fired  out their popular East Coast menu. West Coast Roberta’s carries much the same menu as the original, with a lean on blistered pizzas as well as wood-fired vegetables, pasta, and cured meat. There’s room for lots of funky wines as well, and a full bar for cocktails to boot.

“What’s for dinner?”

Simone

Simone
449 S Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

The long-awaited restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Jessica Largey is now open in Los Angeles’ Arts District. The multifaceted space features a dining room serving relaxed, produce-driven California fare, with a classic, elevated wine list by Beverage Director Jordan Egan (NoMad), and craft cocktails from Bar Director Iain McPherson (Edinburgh’s Panda and Sons).

Ronan

Ronan
7315 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This fresh addition to Melrose, called Ronan, is a newcomer project from Daniel Cutler (Sotto and Alimento) and his wife, Caitlin, whose resume includes experience at popular LA spots Hatchet Hall and Huckleberry, Eater Los Angeles reports. On the menu, expect to see shareable dishes such as chicken liver pate; pollen-dusted pork chops; and grilled snapper with fermented green tomato and roasted fennel. Craving pizza? Come try wood-fired specialties like the White Dynamite with ricotta, basil, garlic and Calabrian chili oil; or the Pixxa — a pie topped with mole rosso, squash blossom, Jersey ricotta and coriander flower. (You can check out the dining menu here.)

Asanebo

Asanebo
11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

If you want to understand Asanebo, the sleek Japanese restaurant at the heart of Studio City’s sushi bar strip, you could do worse than to look at the tiny dish of chawanmushi there, the inevitable beginning to one of the long, multi-coursed omakase meals that are the restaurant’s reason for being. All Asanebo asks from you is an open mind, plus rather a lot of money. In exchange, you spend an hour or so in an elevated state of being.