LA Eats: The Best Food Trucks in L.A.

Whether you’re craving a morning nosh or lunchtime reprieve, these food trucks are sure to satisfy. With LA having a bounty of delicious meals on wheels throughout the city, we tracked down some notable favs. So save your appetite for the best food trucks in L.A.! Your tastebuds will thank you later!!

Kogi BBQ

Various locations

Roy Choi’s Kogi truck is almost undisputedly the leader of the Twitter food truck revolution in LA. Still an absolute powerhouse of creative fusion cooking, his culinary masterpieces lead to the nationwide trend of wrapping, like, everything in a corn tortilla.
Where to find it: From West LA to Whittier, Kogi goes everywhere. Keep an eye on its stops here.

Prince of Venice

Santa Monica

No, seriously, this pasta-heavy truck is indeed owned by a real-life royalty. The dapper Prince Emanuele Filiberto, grandson of grandson of Umberto II, the last guy to ever serve as King of Italy. Filiberto’s idea was to combine Italian imports like flour, olive oil, and truffles with locally sourced California ingredients to create housemade noodles and rustic sauces and then sell it all out of a truck… as princes so often do. The result is excellent fresh pasta dishes like bucatini all’amatriciana, and orecchiette in an almond-spiked pesto, along with take-home jars of vibrant Bolognese.
Where to find it: Usually on the Westside, but sometimes LACMA or elsewhere; check the weekly schedule before heading out.

Jogasaki Sushi Burrito

Various locations

The self-proclaimed “Home of the Original Sushi Burrito,” and deservedly so. The massive rolls are like amazing poke bowls minus the chopsticks. Grab a Spicy Salmon Delight, with spicy salmon, avocado, and cucumber wrapped with sushi rice and soy paper. The Spicy Tuna Nachos are actually spicy tuna and avocado on a bed of Doritos (yup) with eel sauce.
Where to find it: Another truck that’s always on the move, you’ll want to check Jogasaki’s schedule ahead of time.

 

Mandoline Grill

Various locations

The long-running Mandoline’s bánh mì are some of the best truck bites in the city, with choices of tasty grilled pork, Hawaiian BBQ chicken, or lemongrass tofu. You can also pop any of those proteins in a taco, a bun, or even on top of tortilla chips, with scallions, jalapeño, mint, cilantro, and Sriracha aioli for some Vietnamese nacho action.
Where to find it
: Office-heavy areas like Burbank and Century City at lunch, and special events like the Eat|See|Hear outdoor movie nights for dinner. Check the schedule for specifics.

Mariscos Jalisco

Boyle Heights

The long-serving, Gold-beloved Mariscos Jalisco is an unassuming Boyle Heights-based seafood truck that sneakily serves up some of the best Mexican seafood in all of LA (and opened its first restaurant in Pomona last year). MJ’s tostadas, shrimp tacos, and ceviches are now the stuff of legend, thanks to a fiercely loyal following and nearly unbeatable prices. It’s best known for its decadent deep-fried shrimp tacos but you cannot leave without getting the Poseidon tostada – a smorgasbord of offerings including the glossy shrimp aguachile, citrus-heavy ceviche, and meaty chunks of octopus along with somehow-always-perfect avocado and cucumber all atop a crisped-up corn tortilla.
Where to find it: 3040 E Olympic Blvd, 9am to 6pm daily

Let’s Be Frank

Culver City

Sue Moore, one of the geniuses behind Let’s Be Frank, used to be the meat forager at Chez Panisse. If that’s not enough to convince you that this next-level hot dog cart (OK it’s not a truck, but whatever, it’d be wrong not to include it) is worth your time, then we don’t know what is. The meat is family farmed, humanely raised, much cleaner, and just as delicious as your typical street meat.
Where to find itHelms Bakery Complex from 11:30am to 3:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays only

The Lobos Truck

Various locations

Lobos’ waffle fry nachos are among the best in LA, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have more to offer. If you’re not getting all up in said nachos, you can also get all up in one of their monster burgers (like the Big Lobo, with two Angus patties, Cheddar, Jack, a fried egg, guac, and tomato on brioche), some fresh salads, or some Spicy Mac (mac & cheese with completely homemade, completely kickass Diablo sauce). And do we even need to tell you to finish it off with a salted caramel bacon brownie? We don’t, right? We don’t.
Where to find it: Lobos is mainly booked via private events, so you’ll need to contact the crew.

Leo’s Taco Truck

Various locations

You’ll love anything you get from this taco institution, but you probably won’t love anything more than the al pastor that’s made Leo’s such a fan favorite. You’ll see it getting sliced from the trompo, a huge, vertical gas grill. Served with pineapple, it’s truly one of the tastiest tacos in the city — and at $1, one of the cheapest as well.
Where to find it: With eight trucks open until the wee hours, you’ll be able to easily score a taco when you need it.

Dinas Dumpling

Various locations

The eye-catching pink truck offers a gloriously streamlined menu of five types of multi-hued Chinese scratch-made dumplings daily. These include beet-red beef, a carrot-orange chicken variety, and mushroom-and-tofu dumplings made of spinach-spiked dough. While it used to be mainly Pasadena-based, you can now catch Dinas rolling through Hollywood, Culver City, Burbank, and beyond.
Where to find it: Often outside big offices like Cartoon Network in Burbank or feeding the Silicon Beach set in Playa Vista. Also at NoHo’s Vegan Sunday fest. Check the truck’s Twitter page for the latest locations, or view the projected schedule here.

Merci Clement Truck

Various locations

What’s better than velvety gelato on a scorching summer-in-LA day? When said gelato comes on a stick, of course. The truck of treats (which now operates a brick-and-mortar outpost in Santa Monica) offers straight-laced flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut in addition to swirled varietals of strawberry cheesecake and tiramisu and artsy popsicles dipped in flavored praline crunch or chocolate-spiked graham crackers. Non-dairy types can also get in on the action with vegan sorbet sticks, all on display in the gleaming glass case.
Where to find it: Frequently wheeling and dealing in front Little Tokyo’s Japanese Village Plaza, though they don’t seem to give much of a heads up on social media.

Ricky’s Fish Tacos

Los Feliz

If you want to make a living selling Baja-style fish tacos, it certainly helps to be born in raised in the seaside town of Ensenada, as owner Ricky Piña was. His fish and shrimp tacos (the only two types the truck typically offers) are some of the best in the city, and that light-and-crunchy batter is a big part of what makes them so dreamy, done up with classic crema, pico de gallo, and cabbage on a white corn tortilla. You can take down these tacos five days a week under the Hyperion overpass.
Where to find it3201 Riverside Drive, Wednesday through Sunday afternoons.

The Rooster 

Venice, Mar Vista

If it’s your first time, you’ll want to go straight for the Rico Suave: a hefty flour tortilla loaded with greasy-crunchy Tater Tots tasty ingredients like bacon, a Cheddar-cotija blend, over-medium egg. You could also do an avocado brioche toast, bacon, egg & cheese sandwich on ciabatta, or an egg-topped wagyu burger.
Where to find itWeekends only. Out front of Blue Bottle Coffee on Abbot Kinney in Venice on Saturdays from 7:30am to 2:30pm, and on Sundays at the Mar Vista Farmers Market from 9am to 2pm.

Steamy Bun Truck

Various locations

If you stuff it they will come sounds like the perfect motto for this popular bun truck. Filling its puffy steamed dough with everything from traditional pork belly to a soy-and-hoisin-infused angus burger patty, can we say yum! You can also load up on sides of shrimp chips, egg rolls, chicken empanadas, and the Footine fries piled with Japanese beef curry, gravy, sour cream, and Sriracha. Good God.
Where to find it: At the Hollywood Night Market on Thursday evenings, Abbot Kinney First Fridays, and other festivals and events. Keep an eye on the truck on Twitter.

Bad Chkn

DTLA/Glendale

Opened by three culinary school pals, Bad Chkn now parks in front of a body shop in Glendale most nights. If you want to skip the sandwich, try the Cheddar-and-chive-grits poppers served with beer-battered shrimp and tossed in the same super hot sauce. They’ve also got wings, loaded crinkle-cut fries, and fancy truffle upgrades. Is it a crazy idea to launch a first-time food truck in 2019? These guys are gonna find out.
Where to find it: Monday through Friday, 10:30am to 2pm at 1933 S Broadway, Downtown LA, and 6:30pm to 10pm at 801 S Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale.

Fun Things To Do in August!

While summer dwells on into September, August is really considered the end of the season. At least when it comes to the city’s best summer fun! That’s why you shouldn’t let the month pass you by without some necessary excitement! Read the list below of all the fun happening around town this month and make the most of your August adventures!!

LA Taco & Beer Festival returns on August 10 with unlimited tacos and craft beer from top restaurants around California and beyond. There will be live Lucha Libre wrestling every 30 minutes in addition to art, boutique vendors, games, food trucks, and DJ’s.

The Los Angeles Tea Festival brings together 45+ exhibitors, 20+ classes, and over 4,000 attendees to sip on quality tea and engage in in-depth discussions and presentations on teas from every region. Attendees will be able to try unique tea pairings and craft tea-infused cocktails and boba.

Beauty Con is a two-day beauty convention and featuring makeup tutorials,, fireside chats, tips on self-care, more than 150 top brands, 500 influencers and creators, plus plenty of Instagrammable photo opportunities.

Echo Park Rising celebrates the creativity, diversity, music and businesses of Echo Park with a four-day celebration featuring food, drink, and live music.

The world’s largest Korean culture convention stops in Los Angeles from August 15 to 18 (first year it’s been four days!) for a celebration of music, workshops, meet-and-greets, and more, plus two nights of concerts at Staples Center.

Pod Save America, a podcast hosted by former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer, is going on tour for a live conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency. The tour will feature guest co-host Jemele Hill and performances by Maggie Rogers, Amanda Seale, Best Coast & My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.

The LA Taco Festival aims to bring the city together to eat tacos and support a good cause – helping homeless youth succeed. Jovenes, a nonprofit working to help homeless youth ages 18 to 25, created the festival in 2009 as a way to bring people together, support youth, and enjoy tacos. Admission is free for all ages, with tacos available for purchase.

CicLAvia presents Meet the Hollywoods, an event where West Hollywood, Hollywood, and East Hollywood will be turned into a public recreational space for the day. Attendees can walk, bike, roll, or stroll though some of LA’s most iconic streets from the Hollywood Walk to Fame to West Hollywood’s rainbow crosswalk.

L.A. Food & Wine 2019 kicks off on Thursday, August 22 with a selection of special dinners at restaurants across the city. August 23-25 the focus shifts to the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport for three days of themed-out events hosted by top chefs.

DTLA PROUD Festival 2019 returns to celebrate the culture, history, and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in DTLA. There will be a lineup of local stage talent, community booths, art installations, retail vendors and more.

LATINAFest returns to bring thousands of women together for a one-day event. Featuring 100 Latina entrepreneurial vendors, talk sessions and panels with thought leaders, a cocktail garden, workshops, and more.

Head down to Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge in Long Beach for a Tiki Swapmeet and social. The fun event will feature live tiki bands and DJs, games, and selected tiki vendors from across SoCal.

Twilight Concerts return on August 21. This will be a kick off of six consecutive Wednesdays of free music on the Santa Monica Pier.

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair comes to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on August 24 for an all-day literary extravaganza.

Brick Fest Live, the #1 LEGO event in the U.S., returns to the Pasadena Convention Center! The two day fest features insane builds, hands-on activities, and sets to buy.

The L.A. County Fair returns to Pomona for a enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more. The fair runs through September 23.

The L.A. Times hosts its 10th Annual The Taste celebrating Southern California’s culinary scene. Curated by the Times’ Food Staff, there will be unlimited tastings from regional restaurants, wine, beer, and cocktails, plus access to cooking demonstrations. -> More information.

This August The Cure headlines and curates the Pasadena Daydream Festival. The summer headline event features their favorite artists such as Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, and Throwing Muses. The festival takes place Saturday, August 31 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Brookside at the Rose Bowl. -> More information

Golden Road Brewing hosts its third Made in LA Music and Arts Festival. Taking place on Labor Day Weekend, it’ll celebrate Los Angeles’ best art, music, food and California-inspired beer. The block party features live performances from Phantom Planet, Donavon Frankenreiter, Lematire, Pell, and Lauren Ruth Ward.


Check out this list above a number of free ongoing events series during August:

LA Eats: Best Rooftop Bars in L.A.

The scene is set and the time is summer. With so many dining options throughout L.A. why not take in a little skyline with your go-to drink? We’ve gone through LA’s array of rooftop bars and rounded up our picks. Read on for the best rooftop bar’s in town and enjoy your sips along with some sites!

E.P. L.P. Rooftop Bar 

Location: 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

L.P. rooftop bar is one of the largest format roof decks in Los Angeles that serves hand-crafted cocktails and Asian inspired street food. This is the place to bring your family and friends to enjoy spectacular views of the Sunset Strip and Hollywood Hills.

Elephante

Location: 1332 2nd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This indoor-outdoor space feels like the perfect living room that features design pieces from Northern Africa and Southern Italy. With their all-day rooftop restaurant and bar which serves seasonal cocktails, Elephante is the perfect location for brunch, lunch or dinner!

Spire 73

Location: 900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 73rd Floor

The tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere is located atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown’s seventy-third floor. With breathtaking views of the entire city, signature cocktails and chic designs, Spire 73 provides the ultimate experience.

Moonshadows

Location: 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90265

Breathe in the aroma of salty, ocean air with enjoying panoramic Pacific views and signature dishes with Italian, American and Asian fusion influences. Moonshadows is located right on the Malibu beach providing the ultimate casual dining setting.

The Standard Downtown L.A. 

Location: 550 South Flower 6th, Los Angeles, CA 90071

This spacious deck feels more like a veranda around the building because it wraps around the center core of the hotel tower. In addition to the stunning, panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles, The Standard rooftop consists of a dance floor, colorful furniture, waterbed pods, a heated pool and more to provide the ultimate experience!

Perch LA

Location: 448 S. Hill St. 13th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

With patterned tile floors, decorative lights and a dead-on view of the Central Library, the ambiance at Perch LA is unique at every turn. This French-inspired rooftop bistro offers indoor and outdoor dining experiences, fireplaces and pits and lounge seating to enjoy skyline views!

Mama Shelter 

Location: 6500 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

The bright and colorful décor at Mama Shelter Los Angeles provides a fun atmosphere for friends and family! This Hollywood hotel offers rustic, home-cooked comfort food along with signature cocktails and Mama’s own mule bar.

Broken Shaker

 

Location: 416 W. 8th, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Located in the heart of Downtown LA, Broken Shaker is one of the most celebrated cocktail bars in America. There is an effortlessly casual aesthetic that consists of vintage furniture and colorful art and décor that surrounds the heated pool.

Margot 

Location: 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

This Culver City restaurant located atop Culver City’s PLATFORM just might be the coolest new rooftop in Los Angeles. With a massive patio of the indoor-outdoor space, Margot provides the ultimate experience with weekly jazz nights, Mediterranean inspired menu and up to 200 wine options.

Upstairs

Location: 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Perched atop the Ace Hotel is a Moroccan oasis with an eclectic, welcoming atmosphere. You will be more than pleased with the attentive waitstaff, live DJ, city views and more at Upstairs!

LA Eats: Best Brunch Spots

The best part of summer on the weekend is finding the perfect brunch spot. With so many options in L.A, we decided to cut the culinary clutter. Read below for our pick of the best brunch spots to try throughout the city and treat yourself to a Mimosa…or two!

  1. Hippo – 5916 ½ N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

For those with gluten-free diets, Hippo is the place to be! Enjoy meals from buttermilk hotcakes to pasta and fresh spaghetti, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

https://www.hipporestaurant.com/

  1. Otoño – 5715 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can indulge in tapas for brunch Saturdays and Sundays at Otoño. The Catalonia-inspired menu contains savory dishes like scrambled eggs with tetilla cheese and chives, pan de la casa and more!

https://www.otonorestaurant.com/

  1. Audrey at the Hammer – 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

This brunch menu contains a nice balance of light and hearty dishes created by Chef Lisa Giffen. Meals include braised pork with beans for meat lovers and coconut chia bowls with passionfruit for non-meat lovers.

https://www.audreyatthehammer.com/

  1. Golden Bull Restaurant – 170 W. Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

If you are looking for an ideal beach day in Malibu, then Golden Bull’s classic steakhouse is the perfect place for brunch! Their menu serves everything from buttermilk pancakes and ribeye steak hash to bottomless bright orange mimosas that go perfectly with each meal.

https://goldenbullsantamonica.com/

  1. Comfort LA Inglewood – 902 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302

With just one item on the menu, Comfort LA makes it easy for you to select your meal. Their Brunch Special includes two waffles and five wings with the option to add additional syrup and waffles for a nominal fee.

https://www.eatcomfortla.com/

  1. Alta – 5359 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Chef Keith Corbin has something for everyone on his California-soul menu. Pair dishes like steak and eggs, cornmeal pancakes and avocado toast with bottomless mimosas for $20.

https://www.altaadams.com/

  1. Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar – 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

On Saturdays and Sundays, expect a Mexican-inflected fare from chefs Margarita and Walter Manke from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy some champurrado with chocolate and hazelnut with chilaquiles and black beans, a Mexican breakfast sandwich or several taco variations from their menu.

https://pettycashtaqueria.com/

  1. Alimento – 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

After only serving dinner for five years, Alimento has expanded their menu to serve brunch! Try some of their crowd-pleasing sweets such as ricotta doughnut holes, breakfast sandwiches and French toast. You won’t be disappointed!

http://www.alimentola.com/

  1. Los Balcones Studio City – 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91602

The Los Balcones team and chef Ricardo Zarate add an artful mash-up of traditional brunch classics with Peruvian flavors. Choose between Tiger prawns with scrambled eggs and a Chile relleno-stuffed breakfast burrito from their brunch menu.

https://losbalconesstudiocity.com/

  1. Here’s Looking At You – 3901 W. 6th, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This Koreatown hotspot has become one of the most innovative brunch spots in town. Chef Jonathan Whitener’s menu ranges from smoked salmon roe and herbs to cocktail offerings that are worth trying!

https://www.hereslookingatyoula.com/

Out & About: Disneyland Insiders Guide

When it comes to summer and visiting the place “Where Dreams Come True”, having a plan is the best taken route. Make the most out of your experience and wallet at the house of mouse, we’re talking Disneyland of course! Here are some tips and resourceful information that will make your trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth” truly magical!

BEFORE YOU GO

Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets

The best, safe place to purchase discounted multi-day tickets is Get Away Today. These tickets are the same as what you’d purchase directly from Disneyland, and are FastPass-enabled, and you can purchase tickets from Get Away Today that already include MaxPass and Disneyland tickets to save some money!

Disneyland FREE Crowd Calendars

The single most important part of planning a trip to Disneyland is determining when to visit to avoid crowds. Check out this totally free Disneyland crowd calendar for day by day guides as to when the parks will be least busy and busiest.

Park Times

Like all amusement parks during summer, you can expect large crowds filled with tourists and those on vacation. Disneyland provides a block out calendar filled with the days and times ranked most to least crowded to help you plan your trip. The most popular dates include: spring and summer break as well as annual holidays. Most passholders are unable to attend Disneyland during these heavy crowds because the park wants to recruit new members; especially tourists.

ONCE YOU’RE THERE

Disneyland Restaurant Reviews

The stereotype that all Disney food is unhealthy food like burgers and hot dogs is entirely false. Disneyland has inexpensive unique dining options as well as expensive fine dining. Good dining can help define a trip! Read about which restaurants are best in our dining reviews.

New Foods to Try:
  • Fire Cracker Duck Wings– Carthay Circle Restaurant: Enjoy these tasty wings coated in lime, Sriracha and soy sauce that’s perfect to pair with a glass of wine.
  • Lobster Nachos-The Cove Bar– These nachos are topped off with chipotle crema mixed in with lobster claw meat, cilantro and additional toppings.
  • Cherry Milkshake– Carnation Café: This frosty treat was allegedly Walt Disney’s favorite due to the chunks of blended cherries.

Disneyland Ride Reviews & Guide

Disneyland has a ton of attractions, and a lot of visitors only have a day or two to spend at Disneyland. The article reviews every attraction at Disneyland, giving each a numerical score out of 10, plus highlights key attractions that we consider the best ones, which should be prioritized if you have limited time at Disneyland.

What is a fastpass vs. MAXPASS?

A FASTPASS can easily be the difference between a 10-minute and 2-hour wait for rides. To access your FASTPASS, download the Disneyland app and link your park tickets. A MAXPASS allows you to experience more of the park. Once you are set up, you will be notified of times to return to the ride where you’ll scan your phone to the scanner where the redemption code will provide access.

See below for rankings of FastPass distribution in order of end times for each particular attraction,

Disneyland
  1. Space Mountain
  2. Matterhorn Bobsleds
  3. Indiana Jones Adventure
  4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  5. Splash Mountain (summer visits only)
  6. Star Tours: the Adventures Continue
  7. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  8. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  9. Haunted Mansion
Disney California Adventure
  1. Radiator Springs Racers
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  3. Incredicoaster
  4. Toy Story Midway Mania
  5. Soarin’
  6. Grizzly River Run (summer visits only)
  7. Goofy’s Sky School

MERCH!!!!

D23 Expo- New Collections:

Disneyland is excited to share their latest with visitors! Select from various collectable items and limited-edition pieces which include: t-shirts, mugs, hats, bags, figurines and more!

  • The Lion King 25th Anniversary Collection: $129.95, Exclusively at the Disney store at D23
  • D23 Expo Loungefly Messenger Bag: $70.00, Exclusively at Disney Dream Store at D23
  • “Camp Collection: Adventure Land” Shirt for classic-park lovers: $59.95, Exclusively at Mickey’s of Glendale at D23
  • Black Panther Shadow Box: $59.95, Exclusively at D23 Expo
  • Star Wars: Episode IX merch: $69.95 for the jacket or $29.95 for the hat, Exclusively at the Disney store at D23 Expo

LA Eats: July 4th Recipes

We know what you’re thinking. It’s not quite L.A. Eats if you have to DIY. Here in the city of stars, if you’re not partaking in the usual revelry, an at home fete is the most ideal. We know there are plenty of day parties from The Bungalow to The W. But if you prefer your own Independence Day celebration, we have you covered. Not on your own attempt at bunting (good luck), but as the Chef de Cuisine of your home. So read on for our round-up of what to dish out July 4th, you’ve got a week to prep your red, white, and blue spread.

 

  • Gina’s Orzo Salad

If you are looking for a quick and easy centerpiece for your picnic this summer, you might want to try Gina’s Orzo Salad recipe!

Click here for the recipe.

  • Easy Peach Cobbler

Those who love peach cobbler but don’t know how to make it will fall in love with this simple recipe!

Click here for the recipe.

  • American Flag Caprese Salad

Create an American flag centerpiece using fresh mozzarella, purple potatoes and tomatoes.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Grilled Corn with Lime Butter

If you enjoy corn from places like the LA County Fair or Knott’s Berry Farm, then you’ll love this delicious recipe that is simple to create.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Old Bay Shrimp

You’ll want to try this five-minute flavorful shrimp seasoning recipe that allows you to explore herbs and spices!

Click here for the recipe.

  •  Citrus-Spangled Spritzer

Backyard barbecues just got a star-spangled makeover with this patriotic citrus spritzer. Vibrant red, white and blue hues make it stand out from other 4th of July cocktails. Simply layer ingredients for a striking drink that will please any crowd, even in summer heat.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Red, White and Blue Wine Spritzer

White wine spritzers are a classic summer beverage for a reason. Add some blue and red and you’ve got yourself a killer cocktail for America’s birthday.

Click here for the recipe.

  •  Snow Cone Drinks

This drink is equal parts nostalgia and party-in-a-glass. Slightly on the sweeter side, we wouldn’t have too many or you made need an extra day off on the 5th.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Popsicle Cocktails

Stock up on popsicles and bubbly so you can enjoy this effortless, celebratory drink at a moment’s notice.

Click here for the recipe.

  • Firecracker Jell-O Cups

Who knew patriotism could fit into such a small cup? Add some vodka to each layer to turn the kid-friendly snack into a grown-ups-only shot.

Click here for the recipe.

Weekend Events: June 28-June 30

The weekend is here and so is your list of fun things to do! With so many activities to chose from in and around L.A., there’s no excuse to not venture out. Ditch your mundane routine and check out all that the city of stars has to offer this weekend!

Discover Your Inner Angeleno!

Friday, June 28

Game Changers Outdoor Theatre 

Location: Ford Theatre, Hollywood

 The Game Changers Outdoor Movie Screening Series will showcase four-nights of groundbreaking cinema and television underneath the stars. Presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the goal of the series is to showcase media that has impacted diversity and narrative storytelling in monumental ways. The weekend will open with Boyz N The Hood, followed by Toy Story, Stranger Things 3 and Thelma and Louise.

Click here for more info.

Dance DTLA

Location: The Music Center, DTLA

Featuring live music and/or DJs, Dance DTLA is paired alongside expert dance instructors who will be providing beginner group dance lessons for attendees. Each night has a different dance theme. The series continues with a Bachata theme on the Grand Park Performance Lawn. Dance DTLA continues on select Fridays through August 30.

Click here for more info.

Louis Vuitton X

Location: Louis Vuitton, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Louis Vuitton’s latest art exhibition titled “Louis Vuitton X” will have the fashion house digging into their archives to reveal the brand’s most notable collaborations throughout the years. From Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Yayoi Kusama to Richard Prince, fans of Louis Vuitton will have a chance to view over 180 items including creations dating back to the early twentieth-century. “Louis Vuitton X” will be on view from June 28 to September 15.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, June 29

Stranger Things Carnival

Location: Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

A Stranger Things-themed Carnival lands at Santa Monica Pier June 29-30 where Pacific Park will be made over as the fictional town Hawkins where the show is based. Highlights at this free carnival include games, 80s cover bands, eating contests, magicians, a Scoops Ahoy ice cream truck and a green-n-gooey dunking booth.

Click here for more info.

Garden Party at the Norton Museum

Location: Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum will host a summer garden party soirée during magic hour on June 29. There will be sounds and sights in the Sculpture Garden inspired by Monet’s Giverny plus live music, refreshments and art-making activities for all ages. The event is free with the cost of museum admission. Museum admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and free for children under 18, students with I.D., and museum members.

Click here for more info.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert

Location: The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert. Watch as Harry and his friends battle the Dark Lords forces right under the stars with a live performance of the original score by the orchestra will sitting in one of the best amphitheaters in the United States.

Click here for more info.

Sunday, June 30

One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival

Location: West Hollywood City Council Chambers, Weho

One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40-day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. This Sunday will be centered around a day of art with poetry pop-ups, readings, performances, panels.

Click here for more info.

SAMJAM Block Party

Location: Venice

SAMJAM Venice Block Party is one of the largest music events on the Westside of Los Angeles, focused on music, art, community, and charity. Food trucks, drinks, live art, and fun games round out this popular annual event.

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St. Andrews Community Music Festival

Location: St. Andrews Park

The Annual Jazz At St. Andrews Park is a free event with live musical performances, a children’s village, dancing, food trucks and a vendor village.

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