Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9

The weekend has arrived, and this is plenty of fun things to do this October. From festivals to art installations and a batch of pre-Halloween fun, we have you covered. Read on for the best happenings this October 7 through October 9!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Family Style Fest

When: October 9

Where: Fairfax

What: When food and streetwear combine, you get ‘Family Style Fest.’ Expect brands like Nike and Gallery Dept alongside local chefs like Kato’s Jon Yao and Mother Wolf’s Evan Funke at this weekend’s event. Attendees will be able to sample bites from dozens of restaurants and popular concepts like Mr. Charlie’s and Happy Ice.

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A.

When: October 9 – December 4

Where: DTLA

What: Get your pedal on at CicLAvia! The annual ride allows participants to bike through DTLA, Echo Park, Chinatown, and Boyle Heights, car-free! Enjoy seven miles of vehicle-less road while you take in city sites.

Grand Park’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: Grand Park | Downtown LA

What: Grand Park offers more than just a flora-rich public space. The DTLA park is a hub of programs and culture. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its unveiling, Grand Park will host an evening concert this weekend. Stop by on Friday for music to delight, and then make your way back on Saturday for a family festival of fun.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Ohana Encore

When: Until October 9 

Where: Orange County

What: If you missed Ohana Festival last week, you are in luck! The encore presentation returns this weekend for two days of great sets. Catch Eddie Vedder, Alanis Morissette, and the Roots on Friday, October 8. Return back on Saturday, October 9, to close out the fest with the Black Keys, HAIM, and Band of Horses.

Ever Present

When: Until October 9 

Where: The Getty | Westside

What: Experience ephemeral performances during this experimental series presented by The Getty. This October, ‘Ever Present’ will bring dance performances led by Milka Djordjevich and wearable artworks from Victoria Fu and Matt Rich.

Shaqtoberfest

When: Until October 31 

Where: Long Beach

What: Lakers legend, DJ, and haunted house MC Shaquille O’Neal is providing a hauntingly good time this October. Don’t miss Shaqtoberfest, which will take over the grounds outside of the Queen Mary from late September through Halloween. A mix of family-friendly attractions and after-dark haunts, the fest will likewise all be narrated by Shaq.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Double Feature Night- Child’s Play & Gremlins

When: October 8 

Where: Glendale

What: Is there a better era of Horror flicks than the 1980s? We’ll let you be the judge with this weekend’s double showing of cult classic hits. Catch Child’s Play and Gremlins at Electric Dusk Drive-In. LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in invites you to Glendale to enjoy film, food, and fun!

Vegan Street Fair Nights 2022

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: North Hollywood

What: After a two-year hiatus, Vegan Street Fair returns to NoHo! Free entry for all, this beloved street fest brings 200+ vendors for an evening of community fun and food. Enjoy music, games, entertainment, and more at this festival of vegan-friendly bites.

The 22nd Annual Los Angeles Pottery Show

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: Glendale Civic Auditorium | Glendale

What: The Los Angeles Pottery Show returns this October for two days of pottery goodness. Head to Glendale’s Civic Auditorium to see a range of fine art pottery, ceramics, tile, and decorative art.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9, 2022 

Nights of the Jack

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: The scenic King Gillette Ranch and Santa Monica Mountains will be illuminated once again this October for Nights of Jack. Enjoy an on-foot, mile-long trail with food trucks, a Spookeasy, trick-or-treating (October 28-31), and more. Timed tickets are required each night; expect to spend an hour to an hour and a half there.

Haunt’oween LA

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Woodland Hills 

What: Hatched out of the hunger for car-friendly trick-or-treating options, this former Halloween drive-through is back again in Woodland Hills as an on-foot adventure. Haunt’oween will celebrate the spooky season with a walkthrough that features tons of pumpkins, a trick-or-treating–filled town, and an illuminated carnival, plus face painting, performances, games, and food trucks.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms – Friends of the Farm Weekend

When: October 1 – October 31 

Where: Underwood Farms | Moorpark

What: The 25th Annual Fall Harvest Festival returns at Underwood Family Farms this October. The farm will transform into a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience filled with games, rides, photo ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands, and more.

 

From Twitter’s Edit Button to Peloton Row and More! | Tech News

As October speeds on, we are speeding through this week’s tech news to give you the latest. Read on for a bite-sized version of major headlines happening across the web. From Twitter’s edit button to the Peloton Row and more, we have you covered!

Over the Counter Hearing Aids will Soon be Available

The USDA has announced it had finalized a rule that will allow hearing aids to be sold over the counter. The move will allow buyers to purchase a hearing aid without a prescription. Federal health officials are hopeful the change will allow people to have more affordable access and convenience in purchasing a hearing aid. With hearing loss varying based on the person, the FDA has set the device to be for a certain level of hearing loss. The OTC hearing aids will be for adults with “perceived mild to moderate hearing impairment.” This is according to Tricia Ashby-Scabis, senior director of audiology practices at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Of course, what this means is that it will more than likely be for consumers who are just now noticing a change in hearing. 

Peloton Launches New Rowing Machine for At-Home Fitness

With products like the Peloton Bike and Peloton Tread, it should come as no surprise that the company is expanding its range of products. This month, Peloton launched the Peloton Row. The smart rowing machine, which was announced in May, has now begun taking pre-orders. The basic Peloton Row package will cost you $3,195 USD. The company hopes the device will help even users at a beginner level to become better rowers. 

Scientists Look to Laughing Gas as New Sign of Life Indicator on Other Planets

As scientists seek out biosignatures as indicators for life outside our solar system, oxygen and methane have been the main focus. A team of astrobiologists has proposed looking for nitrous oxide as another biosignature indicator. “There’s been a lot of thought put into oxygen and methane as biosignatures. Fewer researchers have seriously considered nitrous oxide, but we think that may be a mistake,” said astrobiologist Eddie Schwieterman in a University of California, Riverside statement on Tuesday. The researchers suggest observatories like the James Webb Space Telescope for observation. this is because the telescope has the ability to study exoplanet atmospheres and could be used to search for nitrous oxide.

Google Unveils Google Pixel 7 Pro at Made by Google Event

The Pixel 7 Pro has officially been unveiled at this month’s Made by Google event. The new Pro phone comes preloaded with the Android 13 operating system and is powered by Google’s new Tensor G2 chip. Consumers will be able to choose from three colors that include a polished aluminum camera bar. In addition to selfies, Pixel 7 Pro’s front-facing camera can be used to unlock your phone using facial recognition technology. You will also be able to unlock your phone using the under-display fingerprint reader.

CES 2023 Expected to Drawn Over 100,000 AttendeesWith 2023 around the corner, the Consumer Technology Association is forecasting large crowds for CES 2023. Kicking off on January 5 in Las Vegas, this would be the largest crowd the conference has seen since pre-pandemic. “We are optimistic we can hit our attendance goal of 100,000, which would make it the largest independently audited post-pandemic tech event,” Gary Shapiro, president, and CEO of the CTA, said in a statement. CES is the tech industry’s largest in-person annual trade event. Thousands of companies every year descend upon the 2.5 million-square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center for the annual trade show. 

Twitter Rolls Out Edit Button for Paid Subscribers

If you have been eager to edit your tweets…you’ll need Twitter Blue. The popular social media app has finally begun its rollout of the edit button in the US for paid subscribers. The launch began in countries like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand before finally becoming accessible to US users. When a paid subscriber finally gets the rollout, the feature will be accessible in the apps Labs section. Of course, not all tweets can be redone, as the feature will not be available for replies, retweets, and polls. Likewise, since the feature is still in testing mode, some changes can be expected in the coming weeks and months. 

The Best Local Diners | L.A. Eats

As far diners go, LA has a range of options. From LA to the Westside, San Fernando to Conejo Valley, there are plenty of places for an old-fashioned meal. Read on for our pick of the best local diners. 

LOS ANGELES DINERS

Clark Street Diner

Location: Los Angeles

When it comes to retro cool diners, Clark Street Diner is where it’s at. Enjoy a menu of options with responsibly-sourced ingredients. Our recommendation is the breakfast sandwich, served on crusty sliced bread instead of a bun. Yum!

House of Pies

Location: Los Feliz

Don’t let the name fool you; there are more than just pies at this Los Feliz Diner. At House of Pies, Breakfast is served all day, and Thanksgiving dinner is served year-round. Likewise, this beloved joint serves up not to be missed pies. Stop by any time of day, from am to pm and even late night.

Sapp Coffee Shop

Location: Los Angeles

We know what you’re thinking…a coffee shop on a diner’s list? Well, Sapp Coffee Shop is not your traditional American diner. From the food to the vibe, expect unique choices to nosh on. Try the fried egg-topped fried rice or soulful noodle soups like the famous boat noodle soup that Anthony Bourdain popularized in the late aughts.

WESTSIDE DINERS

Ronnie’s Diner

Location: Culver City

As far as Westside diners go, Ronnie’s is doing everything right. Enjoy great renditions of diner classics. Tasty options include pillowy cinnamon roll pancakes topped with a swirl of vanilla icing, a chorizo breakfast bowl, and more.

The Serving Spoon

Location: Inglewood

With so many diners around town, the iconic ‘The Serving Spoon’ deserves to top the list. Located in a strip mall in Inglewood, you can enjoy great options like eggs, waffles, French toast, and fried chicken. Owners Angela and J.C. Johnson took over from Angela’s father back in 2004, but the Serving Spoon, which has been operating since 1983, continues to weather the changes in the neighborhood by leaning on old-fashioned customer service and charm.

Ocean Diner

Location: Hermosa Beach

One of the South Bay’s most beloved diners, Ocean Diner is a toss-back to 1940s kitsch. Though the restaurant itself is only about 25 years old, the look and feel of the place are pure timeless Americana.

 

SAN FERNANDO DINERS

Lancers Family Restaurant

Location: Burbank

This pastel-toned Burbank diner staple continues to turn out some of the Valley’s best breakfasts for generations of families. Opt for a cozy booth, or squeeze into a counter seat for even faster service.

Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop

Location: Sherman Oaks

This Valley staple comes with a hearty side of Mexican breakfast classics, from chorizo and eggs to more inventive scrambles and lunchtime fares like burgers and meatloaf sandwiches.

Mel’s Drive-In

Location: Sherman Oaks

With multiple locations in LA, from Sherman Oaks to Hollywood and West Hollywood to Santa Monica, this enduring ‘50s-style diner serves from morning to late night for hungry students and night owls in need of a hefty meal at an affordable price. Perhaps the vintage look of the restaurants is more appealing than the actual food, but that’s totally acceptable.

CONEJO VALLEY DINERS

Bo’s House of Omelettes & Waffles

Location: Thousand Oaks

Long-standing in the neighborhood, Bo’s House of Omelettes & Waffles has much to offer as far as diners go. The low-key hangout features hearty breakfasts, sandwiches & Mexican staples.

Lovi’s Delicatessen

Location: Calabasas

At Lovi’s, you can expect what most Delicatessens offer – great deli options. Enjoy the classic deli sandwiches, sushi, all-day breakfast & cocktails, served in a casual-chic space.

Agoura’s Famous Deli

Location: Agoura Hills

Settle into one of the comfortable booths at Agoura’s Famous Deli. This Agoura Hills eatery features breakfast favorites, sandwiches & smoked fish, plus homestyle entrees.

Our Favorite Local Pumpkin Patches | Out & About

Spooky season has arrived, and it’s time for a good old-fashioned visit to the pumpkin patch. Find your perfect jack-o-lantern at one of the many local pumpkin patches around town. Read on for our list of the best pumpkin patches around for October 2022!

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Los Angeles

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch delivers a country-escape feel to its Sepulveda Blvd. city location. Above all, get lost amongst corn stalks, straw bales, and mounds of pumpkins. Likewise, Shawn’s shriek-fest activities include an inflatable pumpkin, arcade games, face painting, and a giant tiger slide.

Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Los Angeles 

Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch has six locations spread across California, making this multiverse of patches convenient to many locations. Of course, activities vary between locations, but all sites include pumpkin decorating, carving, and photo stations. Most importantly, there are petting zoos, pumpkin bounce houses with slides, pumpkin bowling, and tumbling tombstones.

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Sherman Oaks

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch at Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks certainly has a bounty of activities for the kids, including train and pony rides, an obstacle course, a bounce slide, and a straw maze.

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Long Beach

The folks at Pa’s Pumpkin Patch have more than forty years of experience serving up Halloween snacks, pumpkin-carving hacks, and adventurous activities. Additionally, its extensive ride list includes carnival-type attractions such as toon cars, a merry-go-round, and a dragon race.

Tanaka Farms

Location: Irvine (Tanaka) | Costa Mesa (Hana Field)

There’s no spooky smoke and mirrors at Tanaka Farms, which has one of Orange County’s only real pumpkin patches. Get in touch with nature in the u-pick veggie and pumpkin patches, enjoy wagon rides and tractor climbs, and hang out with the barnyard and pasture animals. Additionally, Tanaka’s smaller sister farm of Hana Field offers a similar scaled-down experience in Costa Mesa.

The Pumpkin Factory

Location: Corona

The Pumpkin Factory in Corona offers a cornucopia of activities. Entertain the kids with archery, paintball, and the bee train ride, carousel, spinning pumpkin, go gator coaster, and helicopter. Most importantly, the affiliated Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm is the largest outdoor pumpkin patch in Southern California.

The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Location: Pomona

The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival & Pumpkin Patch is staged at the polytechnic’s agricultural college over five weekends in October. Likewise, farm fun includes animal petting, hay wagon rides, and a giant corn maze. 

The Best Autumn Home Decor Ideas | Home Tips

Embrace the fall season with chic autumn home decor. From magnificent fall colors and minimalist aesthetics, there is a fall decor idea for every type of home. Here are a few autumn home decor ideas to get you started.

Fall Tea Light Display

Are you crafty? Then maybe a fall tea light display may interest you. Carve out the center of a small half-log. then place pine cones and tea lights in an alternating pattern on the log. This autumn decor idea is perfect for an entranceway or coffee table.

 

Front Porch Decor

Bring a smile to the faces of friends and family alike with autumn decor for your front porch. Try arranging pumpkins, both regular-sized and mini, orange and white, with various gourds around your porch chairs and tables. Intersperse them with orange mums for an especially seasonal look.

 

Autumn Corn Wreath

Many people display evergreen wreaths during the holidays but consider an autumn wreath as well. Autumn wreaths that are beautiful and reflective of the season include corn wreaths of varying colors and wreaths made of wheat or dried flowers.

 

A Cornucopia Centerpiece

The cornucopia, the symbol of plenty and of a bountiful harvest, serves as a perfect fall home decor centerpiece. Consider stuffing it with wheat stalk, small gourds of varying types, and apples and pears for a colorful and attractive presentation.

 

Framed Leaves

As summer becomes fall, green leaves explode into reds and oranges and yellows, hinting at endings and new beginnings. For an autumn wall decoration, consider framing leaves of different sizes and colors in mismatched frames for an exquisite gallery of fall leaves.

 

A Seasonal Bar Cart

Keep the fall theme going throughout your home with rolling bar carts. Arrange wheat stalks, pine cones, pumpkins, and gourds around your normal bar cart fare for an autumn mantel on wheels feel. A great and simple way to bring fall home decor to any room.

September 30 – October 2, 2022 | Weekend Events

Say goodbye to September and hello to October (aka Spooky season) this weekend! From Pup-o-ween to Shaqtoberfest and more, there’s is tons of joy and even scares to be had around town. Read on for our weekend round-up of happenings this September 30 through October 2. 

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

The Magical Films of LAIKA

When: Throughout October

Where: The Academy Museum | Miracle Mile

What: See 4K remasters of the magic of LAIKA’s magical stop motion movies all through October. This family-friendly screening series includes such classics as Coraline, Paranorman, and more! In addition to the screening, Q&A sessions with filmmakers like Chris Butler and Arianne Sutner will also be available.

Jamie xx

When: September 30 

Where: Hollywood Bowl

What: Jamie Smith (aka Jamie xx) takes his talents toward the dance floor with his latest solo record. Head to the Hollywood Bowl for a stripped-down mix of shuffling kicks and snares, drum melodies, and more. Joining the lively lineup will be Caribou.

Pup-O-Ween

When: October 2 

Where: Chinatown

What: Spooky season takes a turn for the adorable this weekend at Pup-o-ween! Take your pup for a day of fun at this Halloween-themed dog-friendly fest at L.A. State Historic Park. Festivities will include pup massages, professional portrait sessions, and a costume contest, of course!

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

Ohana Festival

When: September 30 – October 9 

Where: Orange County

What: Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival heads back to Doheny State Beach this weekend through October 9. Catch an incredible line-up that includes Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder (of course), Jack White, and P!nk. The rest of the lineup includes the likes of Khruangbin, St. Vincent, Brittany Howard, and more.

 

Shaqtoberfest

When: Until October 31 

Where: Long Beach

What: Lakers legend, DJ, and haunted house MC Shaquille O’Neal is providing a hauntingly good time this October. Don’t miss Shaqtoberfest, which will take over the grounds outside of the Queen Mary from late September through Halloween. A mix of family-friendly attractions and after-dark haunts, the fest will likewise all be narrated by Shaq.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: Until October 31 

Where: El Segundo 

What: It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus and a lot of fun at El Segundo’s favorite al fresco movie night. Join the Sanderson Sisters for this weekend’s Rooftop Cinema Club showing of Hocus Pocus. Feeling a little less Dinsey, they’ll be showing the OG Scream too. 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

CatCon

When: October 1 – October 2

Where: Pasadena Convention Center

What: Hey there, Cat-lovers, this ones for you! CatCon takes over the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend for a feline-friendly festival. The two-event will include speakers, meet and greets, furniture, art, toys, and clothing. Expect a panel of feline-friendly speakers as well as meet and greets. 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: 1984 Double Feature Night – Ghostbusters and Nightmare on Elm Street

When: October 1

Where: Glendale

What: Is there a better era of Horror flicks than the 1980s? We’ll let you be the judge with this weekend’s double showing of cult classic hits. Catch Ghostbusters and Nightmare on Elm Street circa 1984 at Electric Dusk Drive-In. LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in invites you to Glendale to enjoy film, food, and fun!

JONATHAN KARRANT & THE JOE ALTERMAN TRIO

When: October 1

Where: Feinstein’s at Vitello’s | Studio City

What: Acclaimed artists, singer Jonathan Karrant and pianist Joe Alterman team up for an evening of music on Saturday, October 1st, at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s. Don’t miss this one-night-only collaboration!

 

CONEJO VALLEY EVENTS WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

Nights of the Jack

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: The scenic King Gillette Ranch and Santa Monica Mountains will be illuminated once again this October for Nights of Jack. Enjoy an on-foot, mile-long trail with food trucks, a Spookeasy, trick-or-treating (October 28-31) and more. Timed tickets are required each night; expect to spend an hour to an hour and a half there.

 

Haunt’oween LA

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Woodland Hills 

What: Hatched out of the hunger for car-friendly trick-or-treating options, this former Halloween drive-through is back again in Woodland Hills as an on-foot adventure. Haunt’oween will celebrate spooky season with a walkthrough that features tons of pumpkins, a trick-or-treating–filled town, and an illuminated carnival, plus face painting, performances, games, and food trucks.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms – Friends of the Farm Weekend

When: October 1 – October 31 

Where: Underwood Farms | Moorpark

What: The 25th Annual Fall Harvest Festival returns at Underwood Family Farms this October. The farm will transform into a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience filled with games, rides, photo ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands, and more.

From the NASA Dart Mission to Amazon Scribe and more | Tech News

As the week and the month of September end, we are diving into a new batch of technology news. From the NASA Dart Mission to Amazon Scribe and more, read on and stay connected with the world of technology and science!

McDonald’s Unveils Happy Meal for Adults – The Cactus Plant Flea Market Box

For an optimal dose of nostalgia given a modern twist, Mcdonald’s has unveiled its Happy Meals for adults box lunch. The Cactus Plant Flea Market Box is a collab between the fashion brand of the same name. Inspired by the childhood joy of Happy Meals, the adult-focused box lunch will be available at participating McDonald’s while supplies last. For those eager to try the Cactus Plant Flea Market Happy Meal, you’ll have a choice between a Big Mac or 10-piece McNugget meal. Likewise, each box comes with an artsy take on Happy Meal toys. The four collectible figurines will be abstract takes on McDonald’s characters like Grimace, Hamburgler, and Birdie, the Early Bird.

Meta Launches Make-A-Video, AI-Generating Tool

Facebook parent company Meta has launched its latest social media feature. Make-A-video is a new artificial intelligence system and Meta’s latest research foray in technology that can create content from text prompts. In addition, to images, the technology can also create videos from images or similar videos. Meta believes its research into “generative AI” has the potential to open new opportunities for artists and creators. Of course, other companies have been exploring this side of technology as well. OpenAI, the company behind the service Dall-E, has also been experimenting with text prompts to create visual art. In fact, just this week, the tool was opened to everyone. In addition, Google also launched its AI program this past May. 

Instacart Goes Healthy with Latest Business Model

In an effort to make healthy food more accessible, Instacart is launching a new business model. The initiative will focus on increasing food security and nutrition. Called Instacart Health, the new model will embrace “food as medicine.” This concept will focus on the health benefits of certain types of food as it applies to health care. The model includes Care Carts, a new Instacart product the company says will enable health care providers and caregivers to order groceries on behalf of someone else. In addition, there will also be Fresh Funds, a service that will allow health organizations, an employer, or insurance companies to give people funds for buying food via Instacart. 

NASA Telescope Captures Successful DART Mission

As millions watched around the world, NASA completed a successful mission of crashing its DART spacecraft into an asteroid. NASA deliberately crashed the DART spacecraft into the asteroid as a part of a planetary defense mission. Since the spacecraft crashed into the asteroid, it’s not clear how big of a dent it left on the rocky surface. The ATLAS project, which takes advantage of telescopes across the world, grabbed a great video of the moment of impact, which occurred about 7 million miles from Earth. The DART mission is a test to see if we can knock space rocks off course, should they ever be headed our way.

Amazon Unveils E-Ink Tablet for Writing and Reading

A new kindle has arrived, and this time it’s re-writing what you thought about Kindle…literally. The Kind Scribe is Amazon’s latest reading device. With a 10.2-inch E Ink screen, a stylus that attaches to the side of the device, and a bunch of new software, the $339.99 Scribe packs a lot into one device. The Scribe is available for preorder today, and Amazon promises it’ll be out before the holidays. The e-commerce giant hopes this latest iteration of its Kindle Reader will make it a bigger competitor with other smart tablet devices. Likewise, only time and consumers will tell. 

The Best Places for a Plant-Based Bite | L.A. Eats

Whether you’re vegan or craving a simple healthy meal, our list of the best plant-based bites around town is sure to cure your cravings. Read on for the best vegan spots that are 100% plant-based around town!

LOS ANGELES

CROSSROADS KITCHEN

Location: 8284 Melrose Ave | Los Angeles 

When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in L.A., it’s hard to top Crossroads Kitchen. Open since 2013; the plant-based menu offers stunning creations you would genuinely be surprised are vegan. We recommend the Artichoke Oysters as a starter, with the Spaghetti Carbonera for a main dish worth remembering.

HONEYBEE BURGER

Location: 1820 N Vermont Ave | Los Angeles

Bite into a burger that’s grilled to perfection and 100% meat-free. That’s what you can expect at Honeybee Burger, the vegan fast food stop in Los Feliz. Enjoy your burger with a side of sweet potato fries and a shake for a classic off-the-grill lunch with a healthy twist.

SHOJIN

Location: 333 S Alameda St Suite310 | Los Angeles

If you are in the mood for sushi or ramen, Shojin in Little Tokyo is one of the best vegan restaurants for Japanese food. Get your serving of their baked “crab” hand roll, or enjoy a hearty kabocha squash ramen. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES

DE BUENA PLANTA

Location: 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

If you happen to be a fan of Butcher’s Daughter in Venice, the popular spot has a great vegan option for you! De Buena Planta opened in the past year and has quickly risen to be one of the best vegan restaurants on the West Side. From gorgeous cocktails to delicious cauliflower and mushroom tacos, what more do you need? Go ahead and indulge; it’s healthy! 

PLANT POWER FAST FOOD

Location: 5095 Pacific Coast Hwy | Long Beach

With a California coastal menu that’s equal parts pretty and delicious, Plant Power Fast Food in Long Beach has been fast to reach a top spot on our list. Along with the convenience of a drive-through for those on the go, Plant Power offers breakfast and lunch options to help you power through the day. Enjoy house-made burger patties and a horchata milkshake that will have you coming back for more! 

PLANT FOOD + WINE

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

Abbott Kinney has no shortage of healthy dining options, vegan and otherwise. At the top of that list is Plant Food + Wine. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, P.F.W.’s’ menu brings together a rich array of tasty options. 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

H.O.P.E.

Location: 11943 Ventura Blvd. | Studio City

Healthy Organix Positive Eating is what you will find at H.O.P.E. and also what their acronym means. It’s both eclectic and enchanting, with a delicious and vast menu offering Asian specialties and even a few Mexican dishes. Enjoy burgers, wraps, and more for a vegan dining spot to suit any appetite.

O’CADO RESTAURANT

Location: 14568 Ventura Blvd | Sherman Oaks

Offering plant-based fusion with sustainable Wine, craft beer, and cocktails, O’cado serves as a perfect choice for an enjoyable evening out. The food offering ranges between Latin, Mediterranean, and American for culture-infused bites to delight your taste buds.

VEGGIE GRILL

Location: 16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino

Open from the early afternoon through the evening, Veggie Grill makes for the perfect stop if you search for a casual lunch or dinner option. When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in the Valley, Veggie Grill has plenty to offer that lads it on our list. While it may be a chain restaurant, the quality remains consistent in everything from the Far East Bowl to the Meatball Sandwich.

CONEJO VALLEY

NATURAL CAFE

Location: Westlake Village

Fresh, quirky, and tasty are just a few of the ways we would describe Natural Cafe. The Westlake Village vegan spot has an almost endless list of plant-based options to enjoy. We recommend the Buddha Burrito or Portobella Mushroom sandwich for a mealing that’s both filling and delicious!

INN OF THE SEVENTH RAY

Location: Topanga Canyon

When searching for a spot that offers both zen and quality food, Inn of the Seventh Ray is just as it sounds. A picture of tranquility in Topanga Canyon, the restaurant is tucked away from the street hustle and bustle and nestled in the canyon alongside a flowing creek. Stop by for lunch, brunch, or dinner for a day at one of Conejo Valley’s best vegan restaurants. And for those seeking a healthy kombucha boost, they have no shortage of in-house specialties to boost the mind, body, and soul.

SAGE PLANT-BASED BISTRO

Location: Agoura Hills

A casual plant-based neighborhood eatery, Sage Plant-Based Bistro offers its best to Conejo Valley and indeed delivers. You’ll find plenty to enjoy at this delicious vegan gem, from the tasty Buffalo Cauliflower Wings to the Jackfruit Stuffed Avocado.

Take a Train Trip from LA | Out & About

Tired of road trips that involve driving? Take a train trip from LA! While train travel may seem old school, it still remains one of the best ways to take in the California coast. Luckily for you, Union Station is ideally located downtown, making it the perfect gilded-age stop along your local travels. Read below for our list of the best train trips from LA via Amtrak to get all aboard for some fun!

San Diego

In San Diego, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From festivals to concerts and more, it’s ideal for a train trip from LA. Party in the Gaslamp Quarter, cruise the harbor or visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. After enjoying your scenic train route, explore Balboa Park, experience the USS Midway Museum, and shop at Seaport Village.

San Luis Obispo

Great for a family getaway or wine trip, San Luis Obispo is perfect for a train trip. Being that it’s 5.5 hours away from L.A. Downtown, you may want to start your day early or stay overnight. Once in town, check out a number of museums like the children’s museum, railroad museum, and historic mission. For adults, there are many wineries in the area and great hikes at Valencia Peak and Bishop Peak (both have amazing views).

Santa Barbara

About 3 hours away from Los Angeles on the train, Santa Barbara is a beautiful one-night getaway. There is a zoo, harbor, wharf, bike path, coastal park, and historic mission to explore. Plus, wine is a top attraction that adults can enjoy locally or on a day trip.

Paso Robles

For a great train trip and wine vacation, Paso Robles is a fantastic option. There are some activities for families, but overall, this destination is best for an adult trip. Visiting wineries is the top thing to do, with more than 200 to choose from. Due to the 6.5-hour train commute and one daily Coast Starlight train, you’ll need to stay overnight for at least one night.

San Jose

Looking for an urban getaway? San Jose is another great train trip. Taking 10 to 11 hours away on the Coast Starlight, it’s definitely meant for an overnight stay. Head to the SAP Center for concerts and NHL hockey games. For other top attractions, check out the Municipal Rose Garden, Santana Row commercial district, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

The Best Plants for Your Fall Garden | Home Tips

With Autumn around the corner, it’s a great time to add a touch of fall to your garden. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite fall plants to accompany the season. Read on below for a list of garden delights.

HELENIUM

Heleniums are simple plants to grow and are a top choice for any fall garden, whether it’s in the planning stages or already in blossom. These lovely flowers range from gold, red, and brown and come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Because of these unique traits, Heleniums are more than capable of being the solo plant species in a garden, as it provides a world of interest all on its own, with not one bed identical to another.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS

As the meaning of its name implies, the “golden flower” chrysanthemums originally came only as gold, but now they’re found in a variety of colors, from the most vibrant reds to the softest lavenders. Chrysanthemums are amazing fall plants for any garden because of their balance of youth and maturity and limitless possibilities of design.

MARIGOLD

Marigolds are popular garden plants because of their rich blends of yellow to orange and long-lasting bloom. Active during spring, summer, and fall, these easy-to-grow flowers offer a bright welcome to many companion flowers, so pairing has little to no hassle. Marigolds also give the overall appearance of any garden an attractive pop that can light up your day.

PURPLE FOUNTAIN GRASS

The purple fountain grass is popular for its beauty and versatility as a centerpiece or sophisticated border. The unique blend of white and purple and the natural, elegant pose of this plant make it a beautiful accompaniment to fall gardens of many arrangements. The plumes, or feathery seeds at the tips of the flowerheads, can also be used for dried flower arrangements for your home.

SHRUB ROSE

Shrub roses are hardy fall plants with long-lasting times of bloom and have a natural resistance to disease! Able to be planted from spring to fall, these plants are easy to care for. They also require little hassle or later nurturing. Their color ranges from humble white to eye-catching purple. This makes the garden arrangement a breeze when pairing with your other plants.

PANSY

Pansies are a classic spring and fall plant because of their easy care and variety of colors. These charming flowers are hardier than they appear, able to last up to eight months if planted in the fall. This means you’ll have a colorful array of petals all throughout fall, winter, and spring to bring an endless light to your garden.