Weekend Events | Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Looking for fun things to do this Thanksgiving Weekend? We have you covered! Read on for our weekly round-up of activities happening locally from November 25 – November 27. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | Thanksgiving Weekend

Los Angeles Auto Show

When: Until November 27

Where: Convention Center | South Park

What: Shift gears into the final weekend of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Car enthusiasts can test drive cool whips, meet and greet with celebrities and check out manufacturer exhibits. With the world and North American debuts from a slate of manufacturers, rev up for the machines of the future.

Blockbuster Pop-Up Bar

When: Until February 19, 2023

Where: Fairfax District 

What: It’s time for a throwback! Reminisce on the movie rentals days this Thanksgiving Weekend at a limited-time themed Blockbuster speakeasy. Each $45 ticket includes two cocktails (non-alcoholic options available), with a drinks menu that draws names and flavors from the turn of the millennium ( i.e., Gushers and Capri Sun). The pop-up bar will also begin weekend-only brunch on December 10.

LA Zoo Lights

When: Until January 22, 2023 

Where: Griffith Park

What: Head to the L.A. Zoo for Thanksgiving Weekend, as it lights up the night all the way through January. Inspired by the zoo’s wild residents, the light display is pure joy for the whole family!

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | Thanksgiving Weekend

Babies! at the Aquarium of the Pacific

When: Until April 30, 2023 

Where: Long Beach

What: Miniature sea jellies and tiny aquatic cuteness are what you’ll find at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new “Babies!” exhibition. The small gallery features baby animals as well as the stories behind them and how the institution cares for them. Make sure to head over to the sea otter habitat, too, to coo and the pups.

Joan Didion: What She Means

When: Until Jan 22, 2022

Where: Hammer Museum

What: This November, see more than 200 works of art to sketch a portrait of the late literary icon Joan Didion. The Hammer Museum exhibition represents periods of her life in places like the Central Valley in the postwar period or New York circa 1960. Featured artists include Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Noah Purifoy, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, and more than 50 others.

Seaside Cinema Holidays 

When: November 25 – November 26 

Where: Loews Santa Monica Beach

What: Enjoy holiday classics for Thanksgiving Weekend, like ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Muppet Christmas Carol’ for this weekend’s Seaside Cinema. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel hosts its fourth annual holiday program…beachside. Seaside Cinema Holidays features timeless classics, seasonal culinary treats, and more for hotel guests.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | Thanksgiving Weekend

Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot

When: November 24 

Where: Burbank

What: Get moving for a good cause this Thanksgiving Weekend. Wake up early (yes, on a holiday) for Burbank YMCA’s (321 E Magnolia Blvd) Turkey Trot, a 5K/10K run/walk.

805 Night Market | Woodland Hills

When: November 26 

Where: 21555 West Oxnard Street | Woodland Hills

What: Enjoy authentic multicultural street foods and many enticing beverages and desserts to please your palette. The Thanksgiving Weekend event features 28 curated, unique food vendors just for you to enjoy.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 Years of Joy & Wonder

When: Until March 19 

Where: Glendale 

What: The museum atop Forest Lawn’s Glendale cemetery is celebrating 60 years of the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater with a display of about 100 historical pieces, including puppets, concept art, archival photos, and an animatronic band.

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | Thanksgiving Weekend

Wild Lights and Jungle Nights at America’s Teaching Zoo 

When November 23, 25, 26 and December 2-4, 11, 16-23, 26-30

Where: Moorpark College

What: America’s Teaching Zoo shines bright this holiday season during the holiday light event – WILD LIGHTS & JUNGLE NIGHTS. Take a self-guided 45-minute stroll throughout the zoo, which will be filled with dynamic lights, immersive interactive experiences, photo ops, and seasonal magic. 

Thanksgiving Day 5K in Simi Valley

When: November 24, 8am – 10am

Where:  1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley

What: Thanksgiving Day 5K takes place at Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, on Thursday, November 24, 2022. Run along the Arroyo bike path, lined with beautiful trees for shade through the center of Simi Valley and along Arroyo Creek. Aid stations every 1.5 miles. The race starts at 8 am. This event is rain or shine.

72nd Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade

When: November 26 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Santa Paula

What: The 72nd Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade returns Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 6:30 pm. The family-friendly parade will feature marching bands, toy soldiers, floats, automobiles, equestrians, and community groups, and Santa Claus will be part of the festivities. The 72nd running of the Santa Paula Holiday Parade will be headlined by Deaf Santa Claus, who is traveling directly from the North Pole to participate in the holiday festivities. This year’s parade theme is “A Celebration for All.” 

 

From Bob Iger’s Disney Return to Domino’s EV Move and More! | Tech News

Keep up with the latest buzz in the world of tech! We’ve rounded up the leading news stories happening this week so you can stay informed. From Bob Iger’s Disney Return to Domino’s EV Move and more, check out our weekly tech news round-up!

Bob Iger Returns as CEO of Disney as Bob Chapek Steps Down

It’s the return of…Bob Iger. The former Disney CEO will once again take on the helm of leading the media and consumer entertainment giant Disney. Bob Iger will serve a two-year term as CEO, during which he will pick and groom a long-term successor. Disney’s board chair Susan Arnold said in a statement, “We thank Bob Chapek for his service to Disney over his long career, including navigating the company through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the Company through this pivotal period.” Bob Chapek was not quoted in the press release.

Elon Musk to Make Twitter DMs Encrypted and Add Video and Voice Calling

In a recent presentation, new Twitter owner Elon Musk revealed to employees that the company would encrypt DMs. In addition, the company will also begin working to add encrypted video and voice calling between accounts. “We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, [or] without being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or think that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs,” Musk said. “That’s obviously not going to be cool, and it has happened a few times before.” Musk also stated that the company is in talks to work with Signal, the encrypted chat app, on achieving this latest venture for the app.

Domino’s to Build Electric Pizza delivery fleet with Chevy Bolts

Delivery that’s fast and eco-friendly? That’s what Domino’s is looking to achieve with its new EV vehicle initiative. The company is gearing up to put more than 800 all-electric pizza delivery vehicles into service in the coming months. Likewise, it will be starting out with a lower number of 100 vehicles, rolling out in November. The company went with the compact Chevy Bolt EV and is wrapping the vehicles with custom branding. For the new Bolts, drivers will not be equipped with the built-in pizza warming oven that the DOmino’s XP came with in 2015. Domino’s Bolts will be delivering from select franchise and corporate stores throughout the US. “Electric delivery cars make sense as vehicle technology continues to evolve,” reads a statement from Domino’s CEO Russell Weiner.

Facebook to Make Teen Accounts More Private by Default

New privacy settings are underway for Facebook users under the age of 16. The company has stated it will enable more private settings by default in announcements made in the past week. The default settings will go into effect for new accounts with a display prompt, encouraging activation of the privacy setting for accounts that are already active. The settings restrict details on an account so that only a teen’s friends can view the posts they’re tagged in, their friend list, and the pages, people, and lists they follow. They also require users to review the posts they’re tagged in and allow only friends to comment on their public posts. Instagram already rolled out similar overarching privacy features for teens in August. The changes come as the company works to make its platforms a safer space for all users.

The Best Local Pie Shops | LA Eats

Hosting Thanksgiving? No festive feast is complete without pie! We’ve rounded up the best local pie shops around town. Read on for top pie shops in the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and Conejo Valley areas.

Los Angeles Area

Knowrealitypie

Location: Eagle Rock

This pie shop has won many awards for its pies, which is what you would expect, considering its pies are handcrafted. They also offer mini pies that serve a person or two. This pie shop has unique flavors that will make you want to try every flavor profile. Some of their pies include sweet potato cornbread pie, expresso chocolate pecan pie, triple berry cabernet pie, and many more.

The Pie Hole

Location: Hollywood

Not only do they bake the best pies in Hollywood, California, but they also do catering too. They have several different pies to choose from, ranging anywhere from everyone’s favorite pecan pie to the most unique choice, earl grey tea pie.

Westside and Beach Communities

Winston Pies

Location: Brentwood

One of the best pie shops in town, Winston Pies is a true delight! They have pies that range in a variety of sizes. You could order a pie for one person or enough to feed twelve people. A popular choice is a Funfetti pie and the Carmel Twix pie. With so many flavors to choose from, you can’t go wrong with any one of their choices.

Sweet Laurel

Location: Pacific Palisades

If you are a dessert lover, you will love Sweet Laurel. The Pacific Palisades sweet shop has treats for all, from exquisite paleo to grain-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free. The bakery will be dishing out its limited edition upgraded take on the traditional apple pie only for the month of November.

San Fernando Valley Area

Creme Caramel LA

They are located in Sherman Oaks, and they are known for their upside-down pies. They have several different upside-down pies to choose from, such as their strawberries n cream upside-down pie, cookies n cream upside-down pie, pumpkin spice upside-down pie, and there’s more to choose from.

Sweet Lady Jane Bakery

They use the freshest of the freshest ingredients with their own two hands. They have pies that will get you in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, such as the pumpkin cheesecake pie and the traditional pumpkin pie.

Conejo Valley Area

Suburban Pie & Treats

This bakery is most known for its handcrafted crusts. They have several different flavors for you to try, such as blueberry pie, lime pie, and pear pie. They add in fresh fruit for a much more scrumptious taste.

Sticky Fingers Baking Company

They have a little bit of everything in this shop, including gluten-free and vegan menu options. Their pies are very carefully formed and added with fresh fruit, including strawberries, apricots, apples, and more flavors.

Wine Shops Around Town | Out & About

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and there is one thing your dinner cannot be without…Wine. Get through your annual family gathering with a curated selection of fine wines from your local wine shop. Read on below for wine shops around town to save the day this Thanksgiving.

Los Angeles Wine Shops

HONOR WINES AND SPIRITS

Honor Wines and Spirits combines convenience with class, offering hand-selected favorites and curbside pick-up. For those interested in dining in, however, the shop is located right next door to the popular South Beverly Grill and offers bottle service while you dine. 

WALLY’S

When it comes to wine shops, Wally’s in Beverly Hills is known for its vast selection of wines from around the world. Bottles line the walls from floor to ceiling, and the location is chilled to cellar temperature, creating the perfect environment for a wine-tasting session complete with cheese and hors d’oeuvres.

Westside and Beach Communities Wine Shops

DOMAINE L.A.

Domaine L.A. specializes in natural, organic, and biodynamic wines. With a concentration on grower-producers, this wine shop’s selection of nearly four hundred wines from Europe, Australia, and Chile, as well as some of the most innovative and unique blends from producers based right here in California.

ESTER’S WINE SHOP & BAR

Ester’s Wine Shop & Bar is famous for its chic yet comfortable atmosphere and well-curated selection of unique wines. Whether grabbing a seat at the bar or settling in on the patio, patrons will enjoy a delicious menu of perfectly paired cheeses and carb-rich entrees. Ester’s additionally offers weekly wine-tasting sessions every Sunday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm! We love wine shops that have it all!!

San Fernando Valley Wine Shops

VENDOME WINE & SPIRITS

Vendome Wine & Spirits is another family-owned shop known for being both a wine store and a local hangout spot. The location has a dedicated wine-tasting bar perfect for those looking to explore new varieties, and the staff is happy to serve any bottles purchased from the selection.

WOODLAND HILLS WINE CO

Woodland Hills Wine Co is a family-owned store with incredibly wine-savvy staff. The store boasts a comprehensive selection from around the world, currently offering over 2,500 wines. Woodland Hills Wine Co additionally has an in-house, direct importing program, allowing them to directly obtain some of the world’s finest, and sometimes rarest, bottles.

Conejo Valley Wine Shops

LUCAS SELLERS WINE

Lucas Sellers Wine is another boutique-style winery and tasting lounge. The location seeks to create an atmosphere conducive to fun and camaraderie. The wines are highly rated, serving as a passionate backdrop to gatherings and get-togethers. Wine tastings are available, and the staff is happy to share their knowledge and expertise in helping patrons make their perfect selection.

ALMA SOL WINERY

Alma Sol is described as a boutique winery known for producing and selling locally sourced artisan wines. They offer distinctly Californian blends, including their newly award-winning Rhone variety and a luxury wine-tasting experience.

8 Thanksgiving Host Hacks to Know | Home Tips

Cut out the stress when it comes to Thanksgiving hosting this year! If you are taking on the major task of being the head host on Turkey Day, you deserve some ease. Read below for ten helpful hacks to ensure your Thanksgiving is a breeze!!

Bake Ahead to Get Ahead 

How do you have a delicious Thanksgiving feast without stress? Rely on make-ahead options for the big day! If you’re used to homemade Thanksgiving rolls, then get the jump start on your from-scratch dough. Make sure your rolls are prepped, in the fridge, and ready to go on Thanksgiving day. 

Opt for White Plates

Along with being picture-perfect for food, white plates are a neutral color that is easy to mix and match with other holiday table settings. No matter the dish, you’ll shine as a Thanksgiving host with a feast that takes center stage on simple dishes.

Prep Your Pans

Make sure you have all the essential kitchen tools you need before you start baking. The night before, set out your baking dishes and label each one with a sticky note. Major hack: You can even purchase one-time-use pans at the grocery store to make clean-up easier.

Mulled Wine and Holiday Cheer 

Welcome your guest in for the holiday with a warm mug of mulled wine. With mulled wine, you can prep it ahead of time in a pot or your slow cooker. With ingredients like wine (of course), spices, fruit, liquor, and fruit juice, it’s an easy drink to make! Check out this recipe from NYT Cooking for simple steps to follow.

Let Your Guests Play Mixologist

Another way to be the ultimate Thanksgiving host? Skip playing bartender this year. Set up a well-stocked bar cart and let your friends and family do the rest. Your guest can create their own drink, or you can print out instructions for holiday-inspired cocktails. Just make sure you have the essentials like the following:

  • Liquor like vodka, tequila, whiskey, gin, and rum.
  • Fun mixers like club soda, tonic water, fruit juice, and simple syrups.
  • Garnishes like olives and fresh fruit.
  • Basics include ice, cocktail napkins, and straws!

Simplify the Centerpiece

Create a simple platter filled with seasonal gourds to give the table a festive feel. You can assemble a Thanksgiving centerpiece lightning fast with just a few sprigs of grass, autumn gourds, and pillar candles.

Keep the Kids Entertained

Looking for easy crafts to have for your Thanksgiving kid’s table? Try opting for printable holiday placemats to spark creativity and avoid boredom. All you need are pencils and crayons, and kids can amuse themselves by filling out silly puzzles and drawing a turkey feast of their own!

Show Some Love to the Slow Cooker

Create some space on your stovetop this Thanksgiving. As the Thanksgiving host/chef for the day, you can free up space on the stove with your slow cooker! Use it for recipes like mashed potatoes or stuffing, for a dish that can be hands-off and ready to go right on time.

From the Launch of Artemis 1 to the Future of AR Glasses and More | Tech News

This week, we are talking about all things tech and zero things crypto or Twitter related (you’re welcome). From the successful launch of Artemis 1 to major changes in the AR world and more, we have you covered on major tech headlines. Read on below and stay connected!

Amazon Launches Virtual Care Center

In conjunction with One Medical, Amazon has officially launched its virtual care clinic. The clinic is available in 32 states and provides a message-based service for care. The services provided are for more than 20 everyday medical issues, as per Amazon’s announcement this week. Those seeking care can do so by visiting the Amazon Clinic site, selecting your ailment, and filling out an intake form. While the service does not take insurance, it is FSA- and HSA-eligible. The Amazon Clinic telehealth physicians will be able to treat and prescribe medication for acne, asthma refills, birth control, cold sores, and more. Amazon hopes to expand to additional states within the next couple of months.

NASA Begins Historic Return to the Moon with Artemis 1 Launch

A return to the moon is one step closer for NASA with this week’s launch of the most powerful rocket built to date. Artemis 1 launched this past Wednesday, lifting off from Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center. “We are all part of something incredibly special,” launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson said just before getting her tie cut — a lovely NASA tradition that humbly marks the first solo flight of a deserving team member. “The first launch of Artemis. The first step in returning our country to the moon — and on [to] Mars.” The launch of Artemis 1 comes after years of delays and setbacks. With the success of the mission would come the groundwork to place astronauts back on the rocky surface and, eventually, one day, on the red sand of Mars. 

Qualcomm’s AR Chips Point to a Next Generation of Smart Glasses

With VR headset demand on the rise, Qualcomm has hinted that the next big product wave may be AR glasses. The company’s recent event was focused on chips. Introduced the newest Snapdragon phone processors and a new line of AR-optimized eyewear. The next generation of smart glasses will likely arrive between 2023 and 2025. Likewise, features for the tech-forward spectacles include eye tracking, hand tracking, and wireless streaming to phones or from the cloud. Qualcomm’s shared a vast list of big tech companies who will be on board to utilize the AR2 chip. These companies include Lenovo, LG, Niantic, NReal, Oppo, Pico, NTT Qonoq, Rokid, Sharp, TCL, Vuzix, and Mi.

10-Minute Flights to the Airport Are the Way Forward with Archer Air Taxi

Imagine breezing over traffic, above the clouds, and arriving right o time for your flight. Archer Aviation is seeking to make this a reality, starting off in New York. The company has unveiled its electric aircraft that would take passengers from downtown Manhattan to Newark, New Jersey’s Liberty International Airport. The company aims to launch the service by 2025 with 10-minute flights starting at $100 each way. The San Jose-based Archer is among several companies building a new type of aircraft called an EVTOL. The acronym is short for electric vertical takeoff and landing. The company hopes to change urban travel while reducing emissions. “Over time, as we scale urban air mobility and you see lots of these planes out there, we can have a significant impact on reducing emissions,” CEO Adam Goldstein.

Airbnb Anti-Party Technology Goes Live

Consider party-going at Airbnb a thing of the past. The vacation rental platform has officially launched its reservation screening technology this week. The new system has already been put into place in the US, Canada, and Australia, and the company plans to expand the technology worldwide in spring 2023. The “proprietary reservation screening technology” works by evaluating a number of factors, such as the history of positive reviews and the length of time a guest has been on the platform. In addition, it also checks the length of stay, distance to listing, and whether the guest made a booking for a weekend or weekday, an Airbnb spokesperson said. Airbnb has also expanded its guest identity verification. It may request a customer’s legal name, address, phone number, government ID, or selfie, Airbnb said. This applies to booking guests traveling to the top 35 countries and regions on the app, and it will expand worldwide in the spring as well.

Lab-Grown Meat Gets FDA Approval 

The future of lab-grown meat is progressing forward. The FDA has given the green light to Upside Food and its production of chicken made from real animal cells grown in bioreactors. The approval marks a major milestone for the cultivated meat industry after years of venture capital funding and small-scale efforts. Upside’s production facilities still require a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition, the food itself will need a mark of inspection before it can enter the US market. These two steps are likely to be completed much more quickly. “It’s the moment we’ve been working toward for the past, almost seven years now,” says Uma Valeti, Upside’s CEO. “Opening up the US market is what every company in the world is trying to do.”

November 18 – November 20 | Weekend Events

The weekend has arrived, and there is plenty of fun to be had. From holiday craft fairs to fun film screenings and more, we have you covered this November 18 through November 20. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | November 18 – November 20 

Renegade Craft Fair

When: November 19 – November 20, 2022

Where: Chinatown

What: Don’t miss the craft fair of all craft fairs! Renegade is a locally-focused marketplace that brings together hundreds of contemporary indie craft artists. Check out DIY fun like classes and demos, free photo booths, and tons of tasty food trucks.

LA Zoo Lights

When: Until January 22, 2023 

Where: Griffith Park

What: Head to the L.A. Zoo as it lights up the night all the way through January. Inspired by the zoo’s wild residents, the light display is pure joy for the whole family!

Elton John

When: November 17 – November 20 

Where: Echo Park

What: Bid your goodbyes to live shows from Sir Elton John as the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour makes its last LA stop. The iconic performer takes his bow on touring life while taking the audience on a massive visual journey spanning his entire 50-year career. 

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | November 18 – November 20

Designer Con

When: November 18 – November 20 

Where: Anaheim

What: Calling all toy geeks, illustrators, and underground-art lovers, you won’t want to miss the annual DesignerCon. Bringing together more than 700 vendors and artists, the weekend fest will showcase toys, art, design, and collectibles at the Anaheim Convention Center. 

Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories

When: Until March 12, 2023

Where: Westside

What: See how American quilters have knitted together stories since the 1600s at the Skirball’s celebration of quilt makers. The exhibit will be on display until March and features over 40 artists.

Melrose Rooftop Theater

When: On-going

Where: E.P. & L.P. | West Hollywood

What: It’s a weekend of iconic cinema at Melrose Rooftop Theatre! Slide on through on Friday for Risky Business, head to detention on Saturday with The Breakfast Club, or prep your best bend and snap for Sunday’s screening of Legally Blonde.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | November 18 – November 20

805 Night Market | Woodland Hills

When: November 19 – November 20 

Where: 21555 West Oxnard Street | Woodland Hills

What: Enjoy authentic multicultural street foods and many enticing beverages and desserts to please your palette. The weekend event features 28 curated, unique food vendors just for you to enjoy.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 Years of Joy & Wonder

When: Until March 19 

Where: Glendale 

What: The museum atop Forest Lawn’s Glendale cemetery is celebrating 60 years of the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater with a display of about 100 historical pieces, including puppets, concept art, archival photos, and an animatronic band.

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Double Feature Night

When: November 19 

Where: Glendale

What: Action-packed and family-friendly, there is a film for everyone at this weekend’s Electric Dusk Drive-In Double Feature. See the Oscar-winning feature CoCo and this summer’s blockbuster smash hit Top Gun: Maverick for this weekends November approved features! Electric Dusk Drive-In is LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in and invites you to Glendale to enjoy film, food, and fun!

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | November 18 – November 20 

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

When: November 18

Where: The Promenade at Westlake | Westlake Village

What: Join the Promenade at Westlake for their annual Tree Lighting ceremony and community celebration. Enjoy a whimsical holiday show featuring a variety of musical entertainment, the arrival of Santa, and a fireworks finale. Pre-show festivities include strolling entertainment, kids’ activities, and a curated Holiday Market featuring a variety of treats from your favorite restaurants and retailers.

Holiday Vendor Faire at Cat + Raven Collective 

When: November 19

Where: Thousand Oaks

What: It’s a holiday vendor fair, and you’re invited! Enjoy this Saturday’s Holiday Vendor Faire as it brings together local vendors and artists peddling their wares and goods. Light refreshments will also be offered.

Walk 3to9 5th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Research 

When: November 20 

Where: Memorial Field, Thousand Oaks

What: On November 20th, Walk 3to9 is asking walkers, crewmembers, survivors, and sponsors from around the country to join in person OR virtually. Walk, run, hike, or bike to help end breast cancer! As a participant, you’ll receive a Walk 3to9 bundle, which includes a limited-edition bandana, swag bag, custom walker bib, and social media toolkit to help you share your experience with the Walk 3to9 online community.

Where to Dine for Thanksgiving 2022 | L.A. Eats

If you waited until the week before Thanksgiving to lock in your plans, you have come to the right place. From traditional Turkey to fine dining dishes with a Turkey Day twist, we have rounded up the best that Thanksgiving 2022 has to offer. Read on below for our list of the top places to dine for Thanksgiving in your local neighborhood!

Los Angeles Thanksgiving 2022

H&H Brazilian Steakhouse

Location: Downtown Financial District

For a Brazilian take on Thanksgiving 2022, H&H Brazilian Steakhouse will offer an all-you-can-eat spread. The $65 pre-fixe menu will feature over a dozen types of meat, as well as roasted turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and other traditional fixings. The mini-chain’s normal dinner sides will also be available. The pre-fx menu for children ages 7-12 years of age is $32.50 for kids, and children under age 6 eat for free. 

 

Tam O’Shanter

Location: Atwater Village 

Make your way to the beloved Scottish pub Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village. The pub rang in its 100th anniversary, and it’s celebrating Thanksgiving with one of the best à la carte holiday dinner menus in town. For $34, you will get a traditional turkey dinner plate, or you can upgrade for a bit more for their standard cuts of tender prime rib. 

 

San Laurel at the Conrad

Location: DTLA

Internationally acclaimed chef José Andrés’s new fine dining restaurant at the Conrad in Downtown L.A. ushers in its first Thanksgiving. San Laurel’s prix-fixe menu incorporates Spanish influences into a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy dishes like persimmons with creamy stracciatella cheese, Marcona almonds, and pomegranate seeds. Of course, there will be traditional roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and gravy on the menu. Guests can make a reservation for $140 per person.

Westside and Beach Communities Thanksgiving 2022

Playa Provisions

Location: Playa del Rey

Head to Brooke Williamson’s beachside eatery, Playa Provisions, for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. The Top Chef alum’s Turkey Day spread this year includes a beer-brined turkey with all the fixings and a slice of pumpkin pie. The bonus? Guests can cozy up to the outdoor fir pit for pre or post-meal casual seating. Reservations for Playa Provisions are available for $68 per person.

 

FIG

Location: Santa Monica

Stroll over to Santa Monica this year for a Thanksgiving 2022 feast at FIG, the Fairmont Miramar’s lobby restaurant. Specializing in seasonal Californian cuisine, new head chef Damon Gordon is offering a traditional four-course Thanksgiving menu. Start with roasted chestnut and apple soup before the main course of a traditional Turkey with spiced citrus cranberry compote. Lastly, finish off with fig tart with local honey and yogurt sorbet in lieu of your usual pie, all for the ore-fixe price of $89 per person.

 

Etta

Location: Culver City

This upscale Culver City restaurant is offering a generous holiday spread complete with Etta’s signature “picnic” take on roast turkey and a champagne toast to kick off your meal. Start with roasted brussels sprouts, bubbling shrimp, and ragu pasta before the turkeys even roll out. This year, the $95 per person meal includes confit turkey breast and thighs, melted leek and mushroom stuffing, potato purée, charred sweet potatoes, and black truffle dinner rolls. After all, that, enjoy pear and cranberry cobbler or dessert.

San Fernando Valley Thanksgiving 2022

Wood & Water

Location: Sherman Oaks

Indulgence is the norm at Wood & Water, so there should be no surprise that the Thanksgiving 2022 selection is just as decadent. Start off with a hearty and delicious Butternut Squash soup before taking your pick of entrees like traditional Turkey, Panko, and Dijon Crusted Rack of Lamb or Rosemary Roasted Prime Rib. 

 

Castaway

Location: Burbank

This special occasion go-to in the Valley will offer a four-course Thanksgiving brunch this year—think lobster eggs Benedict, chicken, and waffles and $30 bottomless mimosas. Castaway will also be open for dinner when the restaurant’s usual à la carte menu is offered. Those seeking to stop by for brunch can enjoy Castaway’s offering for $92 per adult and $35 per child. 

 

Bourbon Steak

Location: Glendale

A dine-in meal at celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Glendale steakhouse is always a sure bet at the holidays. This Thanksgiving, you’ll find an elegant $125 per person three-course dinner. The menu features the traditional—roasted turkey with cornbread and chestnut stuffing, and cranberry mostarda. For something less traditional, the salmon Wellington with sake beurre blanc and Mina’s signature lobster pot pie is equally superb. Each entrée comes with a choice of one side, with additional sides going for $14 apiece. Want to make it even classier? There are a number of high-ticket add-ons available, including caviar and a chilled seafood sampler.

Conejo Valley Thanksgiving 2022

 

Geoffrey’s Malibu

Location: Malibu

Spend this Turkey Day taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific at Geoffrey’s, one of the best outdoor restaurants in Los Angeles. For lunch, the Malibu eatery will offer a three-course prix-fixe meal priced at $89 per adult with your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Highlights include an oven-roasted boneless quail and a crab cake with cranberry beurre blanc to start, as well as mains like pan-seared scallops and grilled filet mignon. Choose from pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate crunch bars, or a fruit tart to finish.

 

The Draycott

Location: Pacific Palisades

London-meets-California brasserie, The Draycott is offering a seasonally appropriate prix fixe menu. For $95 per person, enjoy pumpkin soup, sweet potato ravioli, and both pumpkin and pecan pie. In addition to the special menu, the Draycott is also shaking up a couple of fall cocktails, including a tasty-sounding apple cider mule.

 

Saddle Peak Lodge

Location: Santa Monica Mountains

This upscale lodge was once a celeb favorite in the 1920s, and it’s still got that Old Hollywood magic today. Saddle Peak’s rustic setting and array of game is the perfect backdrop for a hearty four-course Thanksgiving meal, priced at $130 per adult and $65 per child. Choose from highlights like a grilled pheasant Caesar salad, bison tartare, and seared New Zealand elk—though the restaurant also offers vegan and vegetarian options. 

The Best Places for Apple Picking in SoCal | Out & About

When it comes to celebrating fall weather, apple picking is an ideal experience. Aside from being Instagram-worthy, this nature-focused activity bodes all the most loved elements of fall. Southern California offers several excellent apple farms to choose from. Read on for our favorite picks of where to go apple picking in SoCal this fall.

Snow-Line Orchard

Dating back to 1898, Snow-Line Orchard has been a staple of Southern California apple farming. Founded by Issac Ford and operated for the past 36 years by Mert and Shirley Hudson, Snow-Line offers a wide variety of apples for snacking and cooking. Likewise, the farm also has a winery and cider, raspberry picking, and delicious mini-cider donuts. Snow-line is open for u-picking on the weekends only. From July to the end of August, the farm is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 to 4:00 pm, and September through December, seven days a week, 9:00 to 5:00 pm. 

Willowbrook Apple Farm

Where to go Apple Picking in SoCal this Fall

The Willowbrook Apple Farm features a Stayman-Winesap apple orchard that is over 100 years old, with original trees planted in 1910. Certainly, after picking your apples, you can enjoy apple cider, a petting zoo, a caramel apple, and clean-crafted wine by a bonfire. Beginning Labor day, Willowbrook will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Los Rios Ranchos

Where to go Apple Picking in SoCal this Fall

Los Rios Ranchos is one of the premier apple-picking farms in the area. They have 32 varieties of apples, including Gala, Spartan, and MacIntosh, but check online before you go for a listing of what’s ready to pick. Likewise, Los Rios Ranchos also has a petting zoo, store tent, apple cider, and country cooking with picnic tables. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Riley’s Apple Farm

Where to go Apple Picking in SoCal this Fall

Make your way to Riley’s Apple Farm. Riley’s Apple Farm features Glen Seedling, Gravenstein, Red Delicious, Early Fujis, McIntosh, Jonathan, Spartan, Rome apples, and more. Of course, weekends are particularly fun here, where visitors are treated to apple cider pressing, tomahawk tossing, and archery. Contact Riley’s for available u-pick times. 

Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard

Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard is a family-owned farm that features 130-year-old heirloom apple orchards. The farm uses organic growing methods and has made a dedication to sustainability and seasonality. Visitors are given a 10-minute tour where they will learn of the farm’s history and unique approach to farming. Likewise, events and workshops on various topics are offered as well as a gift shop, wine tastings, and wonderful local delicacies. Contact Stone Soup for available u-pick times. 

Apple picking time is here, get out and enjoy.

5 Great Outdoor Fire Pits for Your Yard | Home Tips

As the weather begins to cool down, the ideal addition to your yard this fall is an outdoor fire pit! From social gatherings to fall nights shared with family and friends, it’s perfect for a cozy evening. Read below for outdoor fire pits that will make a stunning addition to your yard.

Horwich Stone Propane Fire Pit by Loon Peak – $399.99

outdoor fire pit

This sophisticated gas-powered fire pit by Loon Peak would look great in your backyard entertainment area with its timeless design and easy operation over a bed of lava rocks.

This propane-powered pit is made with concrete to prevent cracks or tipping no matter the weather. It is a sturdy construction made with a ceramic polish finish in a classic wood style.

Riverside Concrete Propane Fire Pit by Real Flame – $1,059.99

This long-lasting, fiber-cast concrete fire pit by Real Flame takes little space. It also provides an attractive addition to yards, decks, and porches of all kinds.

Belle Concrete Propane Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table by Orren Ellis – $819.99

outdoor fire pit

Orren Ellis’ sleek and elegant design includes crisp lines and precise angles. It’s perfect for easy placement on any patio. This fire pit also provides ample seating room for everyone to enjoy cozy warmth.

Merser Outdoor Concrete Propane Gas Fire Pit by Sand & Stable – $739.99

Seeking a sleek and polished piece to add to the entertainment space of your yard? Sand & Stable’s outdoor fire pit might be the one for you. Made of fiberglass-reinforced concrete, this long-lasting pit is durable and stylish.

Concrete Propane Fire Pit by Ebern Designs – $669.99

Ebern Designs’ outdoor fire pit brings style and comfort with its classic, circular design.

Made with durable, lightweight concrete, it is easy to place and rearrange in your outdoor space, all while providing ample warmth within its built-in tank holder.