Out and About: Laguna Beach Edition

We aren’t reminiscing of everyone’s favorite realty show of the early 2000’s, but the OC is worth a visit, at least for the day. With Laguna Beach being a household name, the quirky seaside city lives up to its hype. Follow along palm-tree studded streets, strings of art galleries and sites to sit and sip amongst the buffs. Spend some time out and about in Laguna Beach:The Real OC (and our last mention of the show).

To start your day…

At the eatery the NY Times said had “the best avocado toast in the country”. The Stand Natural Foods has served as the town’s vegan centric restaurant go-to since the 70’s. With other deliciously hearty treats like their raw organic nut milks, you’ll be fully charged to start your day.

Afterwards why not take a stroll to the Laguna Art Museum, where you can view California based artwork in this custom-built gallery. The Museum was originally established in 1918 by the Laguna Beach Art Association, where local artists met in rustic cottage before moving a decade later to its current home.

For a one-stop-shop of activities for the whole family, The Ranch at LB is another place of daytime fun. While you can chose to stay overnight, the country club turned resort offers a range of things to do. From stargazing to cooking and mediation classes, garden tours, and even birdwatching. You’ll forget your on a day trip!

By the afternoon…

If you manage to tear yourself away from all that The Ranch has to offer, then make your way make to the bluffs for an afternoon reprieve and some light splurging.

The Montage Laguna Beach is a favorite among california locals and celebrities alike. With it’s Instagramable views and luxury offerings, lunch at their oceanside Mosaic Bar & Grill is almost too idyllic. But necessary. Take in the cool breeze and scenic views while enjoying gourmet cuisine in a serene setting.

After lunch, it only makes sense to enjoy some light retail therapy. For a beachy upscale vibe, Laguna Supply, a light filled boutique offers the perfect array of options for a modern OC woman.

And for the men, North Menswear is a fail proof spot, with Freenote shirts, Levi’s denim and more.

But if you prefer something with more of a nod to Laguna’s roots, then Thalia Surf Shop along PCH is a must. Focused on the towns rich surf history, is a trusted mix of clothing and gear dedicated to Cali’s most famous leisure activity other then hiking.

In the evening…

Selanne Steak Tavern restaurant, patio and interior

As the sun starts to set, opt for an early dinner at one of Laguna’s many culinary hotspots. Selanne Steak Tavern is a cozy, two story cottage built in 1934 feels like eating at your friends home, and co-owner Teemu Selanne, former NHL hockey player for the Anaheim Ducks, apparently likes it that way.

If you don’t quite feel like taking the trek back home, don’t forget The Ranch serves as a perfect staycation spot and under the Laguna night sky, s’mores fireside isn’t a bad idea.

Weekend Events: January 18th-20th

While it has been a rainy week for us Angeleno’s, don’t let the weather dampen your fun! With so many events happening in and around the city, make the most of your weekend fun. Check out our round-up of activities, shows and concerts taking place January 18-20 in the city of stars!

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, Jan. 18th

City Lights at Skyspace

If you haven’t been to Downtown LA’s sky-high attraction–Skyspace, their Friday night soiree is the perfect opportunity for a visit! From 1,000 feet above the sea of lights enjoy a dance party in the clouds. On the 69th and 70th floor you’ll enjoy premium sounds, entertainment and even a ride on the outdoor glass “Skyslide”.

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A Night of French Short Films

Culture yourself with a night of Parisian cinema. Showcasing a variety of stories, the screening is a selection of short films nominated for a 2019 Cesars(French Oscars). If your first fret is the lack of french language skills, all films will have english subtitles. The event is brought to you by Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles with the L’Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles.

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Family Astronomy Night

venture to the city of Pasadena for Family Astronomy Night. The evening is a fun free event for all featuring scientists from Carnegie Observatories. Stargaze with their team and see the moon, Mars and more.

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Saturday, Jan. 19th

Odd Nights At The Autry

It would be strange for you to be miss Odd Nights at The Autry. The Gallery stays open until 9 p.m. for a collection of vendors, gourmet food trucks, children activities and more every third Friday of the month.

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Cinderella: The Musical

Enjoy what Time Magazine has helmed their “Pick of the Month!”, Rudie-Decarlo’s production of Cinderella! The all-time favorite classic tale takes the Santa Monica Playhouse stage with a twist. Offering romantics from all walks of life the chance to try the glass slipper, it is a perfect fairytale for today’s generation.

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Asian American Expo

The Asian American Expo returns to the Fairplex as the universally recognized largest Lunar New Year celebration in America. Now in it’s 38th year, the expo will feature a diverse lineup of new and returning exhibitors, sponsors, and activities. Click here for more details!

Sunday, Jan. 20th

Beautycon POP

Beautycon is offering a pop-up experience this weekend only for a scaled down taste of their annual convention. The limited engagement will feature immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

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Digital Color by Renowned Photographer Ralph Gibson

Opening this weekend and extended through February 24, Digital Color pays tribute to the milestone 80th birthday of renowned photographer Ralph Gibson. The exhibit will be presented by Leica Gallery Los Angeles with a series of captivating digital pieces taken by Gibson.

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Music: Los Angeles Piano and Wind

Enjoy a complimentary concert at LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art or LACMA for short. Gavin Martin (piano), Susan Greenberg (flute), Jonathan Davis (oboe), Michele Zukovsky (clarinet), Judith Farmer (bassoon), and Laura Brenes (horn) perform a medley of classics at the Bing Theatre.

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The Best Deals for Dine L.A. Week

Don’t miss out on some of the best dishes available during LA’s favorite bi-annual restaurant event. Dine L.A. will be gone before you know it and so will these amazing opportunities to try the best in cuisine the city has to offer!

Ma’am Sir

Silverlake

The relatively-new upscale-Filipino spot was one of our picks for the best new restaurants of 2018 thanks to chef Charles Olalia, who first made a name for himself at the no-frills Rice Bar downtown before expanding into this beautifully designed date-friendly Silverlake location. For DineLA, they’re doing a 3-course dinner for $39 that includes a glass of wine.
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APL

Hollywood

Another best-new-restaurant pick, this steakhouse from Jimmy Kimmel’s best pal/BBQ expert Adam Perry Lang’s part of DineLA’s new “exclusive” series, which highlights some of LA’s most high-end spots. It’s worth it here, though: there’s a room especially for dry-aged steaks below the restaurant, and Lang puts intense amounts of care into each cut. The steakhouse’s special menu is a $115 five-courser — pricey, but a huge savings on their traditional dinners.

Fundamental LA/Fundamental DTLA

Westwood/Downtown

The beloved casual mini-chain has locations in both Westwood and Downtown that are great for a quick lunch or a more sit-down-y dinner. Though they’ve got a four-course for $39 option in the evening, Stacey’s pick is for their great lunch deal: $15 gets you a sandwich or salad, a side, and a dessert or a drink.

Eight Korean BBQ

Koreatown

This KBBQ restaurant is known for eight different flavors of pork belly, which usually sets you back $60 — but during DineLA’s, the special menu here drops 4 flavors of pork belly, seafood and soybean stew, and mozzarella fried rice for $39.

Superfine Pizza

Downtown

This new-ish pizza spot’s from the chef behind beloved Italian restaurants Rossoblu and Sotto; here he’s using his deep Italian know-how for thin-crustiness that draws from both the NYC and Neapolitan styles of pie. For DineLA, he’s slinging whole pies with a salad and two drinks for $29, a crazy-good deal for a couple on a casual date-night.

Lawry’s

Beverly Hills

The beloved steakhouse is known for tableside service and old-school hospitality in totally Grandma-friendly digs — in keeping with that trend, the special menu is intent on filling you up for DineLA with BOTH a lobster tail and prime rib (!!). You also get their famous spinning salad, a side, and a dessert for $59 all-in.

Hip Hot

Monterey Park

A Jonathan Gold favorite (of course), this SGV Sichuan spot’s known for their spiciness — in fact, Mr. Gold called said their crab is stir-fried with “ungodly amounts of chiles and szechuan peppers.” If you’re into the heat, though, during DineLA, for $29, you’re getting an app, an entree, soup, dessert, and a coconut water to chill out your palate in between bites.

189 By Dominique Ansel

Mid-City

When Dominique Ansel — the inventor of the cronut and other sweet goodies — opened up his first full-service restaurant last year, the food world took a collective breath: Could he pull off savory as well? The answer’s a resounding yes, although the desserts are still the star of the show to many; at DineLA you’ll get to try ‘em both, since the $49 deal includes three courses (plus coffee!)

The Bellwether

Studio City

Ted Hopson’s bistro-ish spot in Studio City was one of the, uh, bellwethers of the Valley’s emergence as a dining destination. He’s going for broke with their deal, with eight choices on their DineLA menu and patrons picking any three for a $39 dinner: Options include wagyu steak tartare, meatballs, and the cheeseburger.

Fishing With Dynamite

Manhattan Beach

David LeFevre’s tiny seafood spot has been a long-standing neighborhood standby, thanks to its quaint charm and — more importantly — LeFevre’s penchant for getting the best seafood in town, all the time. The raw bar platter’s the longtime favorite, and it’s one of the offerings during DineLA as part of a four-course menu that also includes a glass of bubbly for $59 — a totally ridiculous deal.

Viale Dei Romani

West Hollywood

James Beard-nominated chef Casey Lane’s been an LA favorite for years thanks to Venice’s beloved Mediterranean spot Tasting Kitchen; his new Viale Dei Romani at the La Peer hotel has a gorgeous firepit-abetted courtyard and beautifully plated dishes. The lunch is the go-to for DineLA, but come hungry because $35 gets you four courses: a starter, a pasta, a protein, and dessert.

Courtesy of Thrillist.com

Fit for the New Year at LA’s THE WALL

Ok, so we are well through January but still working through our new year goals. Maybe thats revamping your home, or trying a new diet fad(we see and hear all about you Keto). If getting fit in the 2019 is on your vision board, then we have a treat for you! Discover LA’s newest luxury fitness center-THE WALL.

THE WALL

THE WALL is a revolutionary hybrid fitness center offering a luxury state of the art experience. Every visual detail is an expression of their philosophy to break through and rise above both physically and mentally. The studio designed to facilitate the 123 STACK and lead clients through an active journey in three distinct spaces. Click here to learn more.

THE WALL

Breakthrough to a new you!

Text “BREAKTHROUGH” to 323.676.0968 for a FREE week pass to THE WALL!

LA Eats of the Week

It’s a new year and a new you so why not try something new when it comes to dining. Don’t opt for your usual lunch spot when LA is always dishing out something fresh. Whether it is AM, MIDDAY, or PM, we have you covered with a list of savory options.

Rise and Shine!

Daughters Deli

Daughters Deli- LA Eats of the Week

Location: West Hollywood

Continuing off of the legacy her parents started at the famed Langer’s Deli, is Daughter’s Deli-the hip new WEHO sandwich shop. Abit more refined than her family’s famed eatery, Daughters deli offers breakfast sandwiches along with deli classics.

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Souffles

Souffle- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Koreatown

Hearing the name Souffle one might think of just the dessert found at your nearest fine dining eateries. Well Souffle in Koreatown offers that and more with their varying flavors of pancake style sweets. The perfect treat for anytime of day can be found here!

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Fiona

Fiona-LA Eats of the Week

Location: Los Angeles

Longtime LA baker and pastry queen Nicole Rucker opens this daytime bakery and cafe on Fairfax serving crafted breads, pastries, and toasts with a helping hand from former Simbal chef Shawn Pham. Dishes get an LA-style infusion of Asian flavors like miso chicken soup and Japanese sesame butter toast with service from morning until 8 p.m. Starting this month, Fiona will take hours to 10 p.m. with a larger savory menu to serve the neighborhood.

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Midday Cravings

Pikunico

Pikunico-LA Eats of the Week

Location: DTLA

A sister restaurant of the famed Hinoki and the Bird in Century City, Pikunico is Top Chef alum Kuniko Yagi’s newest establishment. This venture is a bit more of a casual karaage restaurant at DTLA’s The Row competing in LA’s fried chicken war. See for yourself as a lunch time reprieve.

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Jolie

Jolie- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Bel Air

New to the hills of Bel Air is this French Riviera inspired eatery offering a fresh array of lunch and dinner options. Jolie’s French-Mediterranean menu is the work of chef Cody Dickey, who was previously running the show at Carbon Beach Club in Malibu, and was also in the kitchen at Gato in New York City. Let your tastebuds travel to the Cote D’Azur.

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Washoku

Washoku- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Studio City

Katsu-ya brings affordable omakase to the valley with Washoku, a traditional sushi spot not far from the original location. Have your pick of classic sushi dishes or opt for the all-star multi course option at a wallet worthy $28. Arrive early if this omakase selection fancies you as only six orders are available per day.

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What’s for Dinner?

Blackship

Blackship- LA Eats of the Week

Location: West Hollywood

Italian is fused with Japanese at Weho’s new favorite date spot. Blackship is helmed by another Hinoki and the Bird alum, chef Keiichi Kurobe and dazzles with fascinating dishes. Opt between the hamachi bolognese or carbonara ramen with chashu as you sit beneath a dazzling outdoor patio space.

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Los Balcones

Los Balcones- LA Eats of the Week

Location: Studio City

The long-standing Peruvian favorite of Hollywood has expanded to the Valley. Los Balcones takes over the former location of Girasol on Moorpark with hot take son classic dishes. Try the Chuleta Adobo porketta with smoked tomato pepian corn and pickle escabeche. Or savor over the Locro Pappardelle with roasted pumpkin ragu, goat cheese, zapallo hummas, and pepitas.

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Atrium

Atrium-LA Eats of the Week

Location: Los Feliz

Los Feliz, with its limited retail space, doesn’t often get big new restaurants. With Beau Laughlin and Jay Milliken working on this restaurant for what seemed like years, Atrium is finally opened behind Skylight books with a wide, crowd-friendly menu of innovative Californian fare from chef Hunter Pritchett. The soaring space feels modern and fresh while the warm service help push out everything from passionfruit hamachi crudo to a robust dry-aged steak au poivre with Sichuan peppercorns.

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Out and About: Hollywood Edition

This edition of Out and About is really a no brainer. What would the city of L.A. be without it’s star-studded history and sites. And while there are the obvious tourist options, there are also quite a few hidden gems. So spend a day the L.A. way out in Hollywood.

To start your day…

Runyon Canyon

While it may seem cliche, hiking Runyon Canyon is truly one of the better ways to start your day whether it be a Hollywood outing or a weekly routine. The trail is pet friendly and offers stunning views of the city as well as a fun workout.

Lake Hollywood Park

If thats not enough fresh air, we recommend venturing to Lake Hollywood Park for a slight stroll as you gaze up at the Hollywood Sign.

Jane Q Cafe

Once your finished there, if you haven’t grabbed a morning bite, Jane Q is the ideal pitstop for a dose of AM energy. Tucked in the Kimpton Everly Hotel, the restaurant offers a chic cafe feel with gourmet dining options.

By the afternoon “bell”…

TCL Chinese Theatre

If your inner tourist is up for the crowd a stroll down the walk of fame is always an enjoyable outing if not just for the characters along the way. From famed handprints at the TCL Theatre to a bounty of hop on hop off tours, you’ll have no shortage of options.

Hollywood and Highland Center-Hollywood

If you feel like splurging, Hollywood and Highland Center is just down the street with options that are wallet friendly. For more unique digs, Scout offers a plethora of vintage finds.

Paramount Studios Tour

After you’ve had you fill on the boulevard, why not take part in a tour of one of Hollywoods most famed studios. Paramount Studios is the only studio still actually residing in Hollywood and it’s tour provides you a captivating glimpse and the silver screen both old and new. Whether you partake in the adventure is on your own accord, but surely afterwards you’ll need an afternoon reprieve.

APL Hole in the Wall

APL Hole in the Wall is the perfect place to refuel before the rest of your day continues. Offering gourmet take-away dishes like the Serious Sandwich- pit-cooked shaved prime New York strip with pickle salad, sweet onions, and freshly grated horseradish.

Before the evening sets…

Ai Weiwei Exhibit at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery-Hollywood

A visit to the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery should be next on your list for a necessary dose of arts and culture. Peruse the selection of fine art but leave room for a different style of entertainment. Depending on your general mood, dinner and a show is always the perfect evening with family, friends, or that significant other.

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT — FYC @ UCB Event at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Sunset, Los Angeles

For those with a funny bone, Upright Citizens Brigade will provide the laughs you so seek having famed comedians grace their stage both past and present. But for a more quintessential Hollywood experience, enjoy a showing at the theatre where most of the city’s blockbusters are premiered.

El Capitan Theatre

El Capitan has rolled out it’s red carpet for a bounty of feature films and still serves as a taste of Old Hollywood glamour. While their show offerings are limited, the time spent there is well worth it.

Aladdin the Musical at The Pantages Theatre

For something more lively, The Pantages offers a season full of broadway hits, with past shows like Aladdin and current productions of Wicked.

Gwen-Hollywood

With your inner tourist pleased and likely tired, our last recommendation is for a night that ends enjoying the culinary wonder of Curtis Stones’ Gwen. The restaurant is one of the famed chefs notable ventures into luxury dining and it does not disappointment. Known for their selection of gourmet meat, it is both a taste experience as it is an evening highlight.

No matter how you chose to spend your day Out and About, we hope you enjoy each moment in the city of stars!!

Recharge in 2019!

Still getting over the holiday hump from 2018? Starting your new year off recharged and refreshed is crucial to a happy and successful 2019. While there are many ways to accomplish this, the team at Four Seasons Westlake has the perfect staycation retreat.

California Health & Longevity Institute at the Four Seasons Westlake Village defines refreshment.

The wellness center helps those who want to live longer, healthier lives—all in a hospitality-forward setting. For the last 12 years, the wellness center has brought world-class science to everyone from C-level executives to everyday individuals looking to make a lifestyle change.

Over four days, a bevy of workshops, meals, hikes, and daily meditation and yoga are interspersed with spa and relaxation time. Registered dietitians, sustained living chefs lead you through cooking classes. While exercise science coaches and psychotherapists provide guided meditations body testing and more to put together a personally tailored experience in a small group setting. It is revelatory to be able to ask direct questions to these experts.

For four days, you focus on yourself and resetting your lifestyle—and with a team of experts focusing on you too. The concepts they teach are not complex—the simplicity of it all is astounding. To have several days devoted exclusively to you is a revelation. There truly is nothing more luxurious than taking the time—in style, of course for yourself. 

Courtesy of: Angeleno Magazine

Your DIY NYE home decor guide!

Celebrate the New Year in style! If you perfect soiree is the one you plan to have at home we have the guide for you. Read below for a stylish round-up of DIY home decor to ring in 2019!!

Hanging Bubbly Ball Decoration

These festive ornaments are reminiscent of Champagne bubbles rising to the top of a glass — perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash.

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Shimmering New Year’s Streamers

Don’t toss those scraps of leftover holiday paper! Use them to make these glamorous streamers, inspired by the Times Square ball.

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A brightly hued citrus centerpiece, piled high with velvet leaves and silver balls, brings sophisticated cheer to an evening of Champagne toasts.

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Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living

Your New Years Eats of the Week

For this savory edition we’re rounding up the best places in the city of LA to dine 2018 away and brunch 2019 in! So if your more excited about five course menus versus full open bars then this is the list for you. But scroll and secure quickly, because NYE is a mere week away and reservations are filling up fast!!

Dine the Night Away!

Simone

DTLA

Nine-course Chef’s Table preview is $195/pp.

Majordomo

DTLA

Five-course Chef’s Tasting menu is $95/pp.

The Belevdere

Beverly Hills

1st Seating is $165/pp.

2nd Seating-Five course menu is $195/pp.

Fogo De Chao

Beverly Hills

The Fogo Churrasco Experience is $63.95/pp.

Hinoki & The Bird

Century City

Hinoki & the Bird

1st Seating-Four Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Five Course menu is $115/pp.

Rosaline

West Hollywood

1st Seating-Three Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Three Course menu is $105/pp.

The Henry

West Hollywood

Four Course Pre-Fixe menu is $75/pp with a la carte options available.

Gwen

Hollywood

1st Seating-Three Course menu is $85/pp.

2nd Seating-Four Course menu is $165/pp.

3rd Seating-Four Course menu and Champagne Toast is $195/pp.

Cassia

Santa Monica

Three Course Family Style menu is $135/pp with Vegetarian Options available.

Openaire

Santa Monica

1st Seating-Three Course menu is $68/pp.

2nd Seating-Five Course menu is $135/pp.

Felix

Venice

Four Course menu is $225/pp.

Five Course menu is $295/pp.

Vespertine

Culver City

Chefs Tasting menu is $350/pp.

Baltaire

Brentwood

Five Course menu is $250/pp.

Tavern

Brentwood

1st Seating-Four Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Four Course menu is $125/pp with a Champagne Toast and Party Favors.

Providence

Los Angeles

Seven Course menu is $250/pp without wine paring, $350 with wine pairing, and $445/pp with premium wine pairing.

A.O.C.

Los Angeles

Four Course menu is $140/pp with $50 supplement for wine pairing.

Mirabelle

Valley Village

Three Course menu is $35/pp.

Bourbon Steak

Glendale

Bourbon Steak

Three Course menu is $105/pp with $60 supplement for wine pairing.

The Raymond

Pasadena

The buffet style menu is $175.00/pp and includes tray passed appetizers, buffet stations (9:00 pm to 11:00 pm), all-inclusive beverages (specialty cocktails, wine, beer and Champagne toast at Midnight).

Saddle Peak Lodge

Calabasas

1st Seating-Four Course menu is $95/pp.

2nd Seating-Four Course menu is $150/pp and includes Champagne Toast and Live music.

Rise and Shine to A New Year!

Animal

Los Angeles

Animal will be offering their regular brunch menu a la carte.

Casita del Campo

Silverlake

Your choice of entree for $17.95 with choice of Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Margarita included.

Freedmans

Silverlake

Freedman’s will offer their regular brunch menu a la carte.

Castaway

Burbank

Castaway will offer their regular brunch menu a la carte.

Culina

Beverly Hills

Culina New Years Day speciality brunch menu is $55/pp.

Polo Lounge

Beverly Hills

Polo Lounge will offer their regular Sunday Jazz brunch menu for $95/pp.

Jon & Vinny’s

West Hollywood

Jon & Vinny’s will offer their regular Breakfast and Lunch menu a la carte.

Viale dei Romani

West Hollywood

Viale dei Romani will offer a courtyard buffet with a carving station, eggs, smoked fish, and more for $75/pp and optional $12/pp bottomless mimosas.

Kismet

Hollywood

Kismet will offer their regular menu a la carte.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Santa Monica

Esters Wine shop will offer a “Boozy New Years Day-Brunch” with a la carte options.

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

Santa Monica

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe will offer the regular menu a la carte.

The Exchange

DTLA

The Exchange will offer their regular brunch menu a la carte.

The NoMad

DTLA

The NoMad will offer a prix-fixe New Year’s Day brunch for $50/pp.