Spending the Day at Universal Studios | Out & About

With the arrival of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios, there is no better time to visit the SoCal park. Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood is an incredible experience. Likewise, with a bit of extra preparation, you’ll be navigating the park like a pro! Check out our tips now to ensure that nothing slows down your fun-filled day at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Planning Your Visit

Tickets for Universal Studios start at $109 for General Admission and go up to $349 for a VIP Experience. For those hoping to beat the lines in the Mushroom Kingdom, Universal Studios is offering Early Park Admission for Nintendo World. The pass gets you in one hour early before the park opens to the general public. Of course, the new addition to the park won’t officially open until February 17.  Children under the age of two receive free admission. Just make sure that little ones meet the required height for particular rides – it’s time for family fun at its best!

Once you have arrived at Universal Studios

Make sure to beat the crowd and maximize your fun at Universal Studios Hollywood! Get there early for a chance to experience all of its unique attractions. From exploring Harry Potter’s magical world, delving into Nintendo-themed adventures, or catching an unparalleled show – there’s something exciting waiting around every corner! Make planning even easier with their helpful app that provides ride wait times, restaurant locations, and so much more. Plus, you can stay connected while adventuring through the park; complimentary WiFi is available throughout!

Tips on Rides and Shows

Looking for a quick and easy way to ride without splitting up from your group? Single Riders Line is the solution! Plus, did you know that with their “child switch” program, adults can take turns waiting in line, so everyone gets to experience all the attractions?! But when it comes to Ollivanders Wand Shop – you won’t need an express pass because no one ever does. This line quickly builds early on as kids and parents alike pick out magical wands of their own, so they’re ready to cast spells throughout Wizarding World. If you visit Universal Studios, make sure to catch The Studio Tour! Guests will get to see some of the most iconic movies that have been filmed, like JAWS and Psycho. In addition to that, you’ll also get to experience King Kong 360-3D and a ride-along tour with the cast of Fast & The Furious, a hyper-realistic journey with a crazy car chase adventure.


Where to Dine in Universal Studios

Get a taste of Britain without having to cross the pond! Gather up your friends and experience a magical meal at The Three Broomsticks in Wizarding World, where you can enjoy Fish & Chips, Beef Sunday Roast, Shepherd’s Pie—and even “The Great Feast” for larger groups. Or head over to Springfield, U.S.A., full of restaurants from beloved TV show favorites that will have everyone grinning with delight! Looking for something Mario and Luigi approved? The highly anticipated Toadstool Cafe offers a range of dishes that you won’t want to miss.

Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5

The first week of February has arrived, and there are plenty of fun local things to do. From more lunar new year celebrations to free museum day and more, we have you covered. Read this week’s round-up of events in your neighborhood!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5 

Museums Free-For-All

When: February 5 

Where: Various locations

What: This Sunday, check off your cultural bucket list for free! Over 30 incredible museums around the city are dropping their admission fees. From exploring film history at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to learning about Japanese-American culture at the National Museum, there’s something captivating and educational waiting just for you – you’ll only need to pay extra if special exhibitions require a ticket or parking. Get ready to explore without breaking your bank account!

Listening by Moonrise

When: February 5 

Where: Chinatown

What: This February, be immersed in an unforgettable experience celebrating Black History Month. Head over to Clockshop’s quarterly sound series alongside the majestic L.A. River! Enjoy captivating readings from Mandy Harris Williams and Leah Thomas, as well as powerful performances by Tonina – all while soaking up nature’s beauty. Plus, there’ll also be delicious eats provided by Hugh’s Hot Bowls available for a perfect picnic atmosphere, so don’t miss out on this unique celebration of culture right here in Los Angeles!

Regeneration Summit: A Celebration of Black Cinema

When: February 3 – February 5

Where: Academy Museum

What: Attend three days of workshops, panels, screenings, and live entertainment tied to the Academy Museum’s excellent “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971.”

 

Westside and Beach Communities | February 3 – February 5 

Puppy Bowl Pup Rally

When: February 4

Where: Playa Vista

What: Who needs football when you can have an amazing pup rally? Enjoy your day with furry friends at L.A.’s Wallis Annenberg PetSpace! Get ready for a tail-wagging good time full of photo ops, snacks (yum!), and agility games that’ll keep everyone entertained. Plus, there will be you can grab a bite from Vurger Guyz food truck and some caffeine from Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.

Ubu the King

When: Until February 5

Where: Culver City

What: Culver City’s the Actors’ Gang marks its 40th anniversary by reviving this absurd Alfred Jarry satire with new direction from artistic director Tim Robbins.

Astra Lumina

When: Until January 15, 2023

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes

What: Stroll through a garden illuminated by celestial-inspired lights during this year-end event at South Coast Botanic Garden. Astra Lumina will set up about an hour-long nighttime trail through the Palos Verdes garden, with eight starry installations along the way.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5

Yoga in the Park

When: February 4 

Where: Verdugo Park | Glendale, CA

What: Enjoy a morning of yoga, inspiring music, fresh air, refreshments, and community. Part of the new “Go Heart” wellness program – this event is free to the public. The project is a partnership between Adventist Health, the American Heart Association, YMCA, local wellness studios, and many others to support healthy hearts and stronger communities.

Valentine’s Love & Paint

When: February 4 

Where: Belgium Waffle Haus | Studio City

What: Fall in love again this Valentine’s Season! Enjoy painting, champagne, and goodies with a live acoustic performance of beloved love songs. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience. 

Crafts and Beer

When: February 5 

Where: San Fernando Brewing Company | San Fernando

What: Do you have an interest in paper crafting? Have you ever wondered how to make beautiful paper flower art for your home? This Sunday, the San Fernando Brewing Company invites you to join them for an afternoon of beer and crafting. Likewise, an excellent duo.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5 

Moorpark Groundhog Day 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

When: February 4 

Where: 4500 Tierra Rejada | Moorpark

What: This Saturday, round up the family for a day of fun and fitness at Moorpark High School’s Groundhog Day 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run! Everyone – from elite athletes to leisurely joggers to kids 11 and under – can find something exciting with live music, finisher medals, t-shirts… and even more surprises along the way. Plus, all proceeds go back into our school’s cross-country programs, so you know your presence will make an impact in our community. So get ready – it’ll be a race worth running!

Conejo Valley Cars & Coffee Meetup 

When: February 4

Where: 350 W Hillcrest Drive | Thousand Oaks

What: Conejo Valley Cars and Coffee meets every first and third Saturday of the month from 7am to 10am at the Firestone Auto Center, The Oaks Mall, 598 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The general public and car aficionados are welcome to enjoy classics, muscle cars, and exotics. 

Chinese New Year Celebration in Thousand Oaks

When: February 4

Where: Fred Kavli Theater | Thousand Oaks

What: The Chinese New Year Celebration returns to the Bank of America Performing Arts Center this Saturday. This is an annual event organized by the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association (CCCA) for more than 30 years. Each year, over 300 children and adults participate in stage performances, with about 200 volunteers helping organize, direct, and produce this event.

 

Our Favorite Steakhouses | LA Eats

If you’re after a phenomenal steak dinner, look no further! Our LA Eats blog has rounded up the greatest steakhouses in town to ensure your meal is nothing short of extravagant. From juicy cuts and melt-in-your-mouth flavors to unbeatable service – these are some of our top picks for fine dining that should not be missed.

Los Angeles Steakhouses

Gwen

Location: 6600 Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles

From the culinary mastermind of Curtis and Luke Stone, Gwen serves as an absolute must for LA steak lovers. The half butcher shop and half fine dining establishment have an array of upscale options to choose from. Dig into gourmet selections like grilled octopus and squid ink tagliatelle or dry-aged cuts. Either way, Gwen tops the list as one of the best steakhouses around town.

Matū

Location: 239 S Beverly Dr. Suite 100 | Beverly Hills

If you happen to be in search of a new top-tier steak spot, look no further than Matū. The Beverly Hills eatery offers an understated dining room with a compelling menu to tempt your tastebuds. With five courses that offer various cuts of New Zealand-grown wagyu beef from First Light, Matū is a steak haven. The tasting menu changes daily but the grilled ribeye, wood-grilled maitake mushrooms, and iceberg lettuce salad are highlights. 

Chi Spacca

Location: 6610 Melrose Ave. | Los Angeles

Easily still considered one of the best steakhouses in town, Chi Spacca has received rave reviews since its opening. The Italian-style steakhouse offers bistecca fiorentina, a 50-ounce dry-aged prime porterhouse. If 50-ounces is a tad too much, you can also opt for their costata alla fiorentina. A prime dry-aged, bone-in New York steak that registers only 36 ounces, perfect for any steak connoisseur. 

Westside & Beach Communities Steakhouses

Golden Bull Restaurant

Location: 170 W Channel Rd. | Santa Monica

The Golden Bull Restaurant has served as one of the best steakhouses on the Westside since 1949. Santa Monica’s old-school dining room offers stellar chops with a side of superb customer service. 

Fia

Location: 2458 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Fia Steak is a transcendent, multi-experience space featuring two distinct dining rooms, a Carrera marble bar, and a tucked-away, outdoor patio.

The Arthur J

Location: 903 Manhattan Ave. | Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach’s mid-century modern steakhouse relies on a white oak grill to deliver delectable steaks to the South Bay. As one of the best steakhouses in Manhattan Beach, even offers a Japanese wagyu beef rib-eye that’s out of this world.

 

San Fernando Valley Steakhouses

Larsen’s Steakhouse

Location: 16101 Ventura Blvd, Encino

With numerous locations across the valley, it’s easy to see why Larsen’s serves as one of the best steakhouses in town. The classic Encino chophouse has the perfect Prime Dry Aged Filet Mignon that any steak lover will enjoy.

Mistral

Location: 13422 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

While Mistral may be a french bistro, their array of delectable steak options easily places in the category of the best. Indulge in options like their New York Steak “Au Poivre”. Or go for something more unique like the Prime Beef Steak Tartar, Toast Points, French Fries, and Green Salad. Bon appetite!

Terra e Mare

Location: 13251 Ventura Blvd Unit A | Studio City

At Terra e Mare “the earth and sea come together in culinary harmony”. The delicious eatery has long been considered one of the best steakhouses and seafood restaurants in Studio City. For an extravagant option, we recommend the Tomahawk Steak with vegetables and roasted potatoes.

Conejo Valley Steakhouses

Lucky’s Malibu

Location: 3835 Cross Creek Rd Suite #18 | Malibu

The new year brought about a new steakhouse for Malibu locals. Lucky’s, since its opening, has easily become one of the best steakhouses around town. The eatery offers an exquisite menu of buttery-grilled steaks that are seared to perfection.

Old Place

Location: 29983 Mulholland Hwy | Agoura Hills

The former general store turned upscale eatery has been a long-standing favorite for the Agoura Hills community. With a western-style feel and quality eats, you truly cannot go wrong and Old Place. Dig into the Steak and Eggs Oak grilled Sirloin for breakfast or the 12 Oz Old Place Cut Sirloin for dinner. The cuts are exquisite and the hospitality is every bit as welcoming as you’d expect.

The Grill on the Alley

Location: 120 Promenade Way | Thousand Oaks

When it comes to the best steakhouses in town, no list is complete without The Grill on the Alley. The beloved restaurant has been a destination for locals seeking meat-centric American fare. What is even better is that the Westlake Village restaurant offers outdoor dining, which creates the perfect setting for an alfresco meal.

Weekend Events | January 27 – January 29

And just like that, it’s the final weekend in January. With 2023 in full swing, there is plenty of fun to be had around town. Enjoy all the happenings in your neighborhood this January 27 through January 29. 

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Uncorked Wine Festival

When: January 28

Where: DTLA
What: Spend the perfect Saturday exploring Union Station’s Uncorked Wine Fest, featuring more than 150 different varieties of wine! From 5-9 pm (or 6-10 pm for VIPs!), attendees can sample a variety of delicious drinks while also enjoying good food from local trucks and live music. Grab your ticket today to experience an evening filled with great company and tasty beverages…and perhaps discover some new favorite wines along the way.

Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

When: January 28

Where: Chinatown

What: Experience the vibrant sights, sounds, and tastes of one of Los Angeles’ oldest traditions – the 124th Chinese New Year celebration! Don’t miss out on Saturday’s Golden Dragon Parade as it snakes through Chinatown from Hill and Ord Streets to Broadway and Cesar Chavez. Revelers can expect a truly captivating spectacle along with delightful culinary delights outside during its 1 to 3 pm time frame.

Judd Apatow

When: January 27

Where: La Cienega

What: From humble beginnings as a small-town Long Island kid to the pinnacle of comedy directing, Judd Apatow’s story is one of incredible hard work and success. You can catch him along with some famous friends at his “Judd Apatow & Friends” shows or surprise visits to The Comedy Store!

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Stand Up for Pups

When: January 27

Where: Annenberg PetSpace | Playa Vista

What: Get ready to laugh and have a paw-some time at the Annenberg PetSpace Comedy Show! Take your furry friend along for some good old-fashioned canine fun. Enjoy jokes from top talent like Ian Edwards, Dana Moon, Callahan Welsh, Darran Davis, and Justin Klose – all hosted by Caitlin Benson with music from DJ VFRESH. Tickets come complete with two drinks so you can raise your glass (or bowl) in support of the Extraordinary Care Fund – now that’s truly something to bark about!

Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place

When: January 28

Where: Santa Monica

What: Santa Monica Place is celebrating the Lunar New Year with an array of festivities, including ethereal lion dances, whimsical balloon and dough artworks, and enchanting cherry blossom wishing trees! Make sure to take part in all these magical experiences before they’re gone.

Astra Lumina

When: Until February 15

Where: Rolling Hills

What: Take your winter night to new heights with Astra Lumina – an illuminating event at the South Coast Botanic Garden. You will be guided along a magical hour-long nighttime trail featuring eight breathtaking celestial installations that are sure to sparkle among the stars!

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Pup Without Borders Howliday Party!

When: January 29

Where: 6628 Van Nuys Blvd

What: Put on your party hats; it’s time to celebrate! Pups Without Borders is proud to present its first-ever (belated) Howliday Party – a magical night of delicious food and drinks combined with fun pup activities. Plus, enjoy the expertise of globally acclaimed wedding planner Stef Cove and Company, who have pulled out all the stops for this special holiday event. Get ready for an unforgettable evening that you won’t soon forget!

Home Composting & Urban Gardening Workshop

When: Every 4th Saturday of the Month

Where: Lopez Canyon Environmental Center | Sylmar

What: Learn how to transform your kitchen and yard scraps into valuable fertilizer! A team of ten green waste specialists from LA Sanitation & Environment are here to provide essential advice on composting. In the second part of our workshop, we’ll cover monthly urban gardening topics alongside friends from LADWP, who will be sharing water-saving tips and rebate information – get ready for some real growth in sustainability!

Bob Baker Marionette Theater Presents ‘The Circus’

When: Until March 26 

Where: Highland Park

What: Celebrate the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s diamond jubilee with a spectacular show featuring over one hundred handcrafted marionettes! Enjoy an array of clowns and elephants — inspired by the big top circus. Founded in 1940s Los Angeles by the late great puppeteer Bob Baker, this classic performance predates both its current Highland Park location as well as previous sites where it was first staged for local department store window displays.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Emergency Preparedness Fair

When: January 28 

Where: 1600 Erbes Rd, Thousand Oaks

What: From presentations on topics like Evacuation 101, Water Storage, Alternative Energy, CPR/First Aid, and The Well-Stocked Pantry to hands-on activities with the Fire Department’s Touch-A-Truck event – there is something for everyone. Kids will love their special Puppet Show about water safety, as well as having chances to win preparedness items in our raffle drawings. Join and make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency!

Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Simi Valley

When: January 29

Where: 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley

What: Come join the fun at this year’s Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K and 10K! Enjoy a mostly flat course with post-race tacos to celebrate your success on Sunday, January 29th. Starting off bright and early in 2023 – don’t miss it!

Malibu Wine Tasting Experience

When: January 28

Where: 3835 Cross Creek Rd | Malibu

What: Make the afternoon magical with a unique Malibu Wine Tour – sip delicious wines, soak up gorgeous views and enjoy some time at idyllic beaches. Whether you’re visiting or flying solo, make memories to last a lifetime!

 

Spending the Day in Silver Lake | Out & About

Silver Lake is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, known for its bohemian vibe, picturesque streets, and beautiful views of the city. If you’re looking for a fun and unique day out, Silver Lake is the perfect destination.

Starting your day in Silver Lake

One of the best ways to start your day is by visiting the Silver Lake Reservoir. The reservoir is a popular spot for runners, walkers, and cyclists and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and the city. Take a leisurely stroll around the reservoir, or rent a bike and explore the area.

Grabbing a Bite in Silver Lake

After working up an appetite, head over to one of Silver Lake’s many trendy cafes and restaurants. Some popular options include Sqirl, a cafe known for its delicious brunch dishes and unique jams, and Night + Market, a Thai restaurant that serves up spicy and flavorful dishes.

Shopping in Silver Lake

If you’re looking for some shopping, you’ll find plenty of boutiques and vintage shops to explore here. Check out the selection of vintage clothing and home decor at the vintage shop, Yesterday’s News, or the curated selection of clothing and accessories at General Store.

Spending the afternoon in Silver Lake

In the afternoon, take a hike up to the Griffith Observatory, which offers panoramic views of the city and the Hollywood sign. The observatory also has several exhibits on astronomy and space science, as well as a planetarium.

Enjoying the evening

As the day comes to a close, grab a drink at one of Silver Lake’s many bars and lounges. Tiki-Ti is a popular spot known for its vibrant atmosphere and unique cocktails. For something equally hip, check out the Short Stop for great drinks and live music.

Overall, this is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood with plenty of things to see and do. Whether you’re into shopping, food, or hiking, there is much to enjoy in this unique corner of Los Angeles.

Our Favorite Vegan Restaurants | LA Eats

Are you looking to add some vegan goodness to your life? Look no further. This week’s blog has rounded up the top vegan hot spots in SoCal, everything from casual eateries to gourmet gems!

LOS ANGELES

Shojin

Location: 333 S Alameda St Suite310 | Los Angeles

Are you looking to discover a plant-based gourmet experience? Head over to Shojin in Little Tokyo for an unforgettable culinary journey! Make sure not to miss out on their “crab” hand roll, baked with vegan goodness – or the robust kabocha squash ramen. With these dishes, you’ll be bound for flavor paradise!

Crossroads Kitchen

Location: 8284 Melrose Ave | Los Angeles 

If you’re looking for a vegan dining experience that eclipses all expectations, Crossroads Kitchen is the place to be! This award-winning restaurant has been serving delicious plant-based cuisine since 2013 – and their Artichoke Oysters as an appetizer are definitely something special. For your main course, the Spaghetti Carbonara might just become one of your favorite dishes…ever.

Honeybee Burger

Location: 1820 N Vermont Ave | Los Angeles

Have you ever wanted to experience all the flavor and sizzle of grilling a burger without consuming any meat? Now, at Honeybee Burger in Los Feliz, that dream is a reality! Try their tantalizingly delicious vegan burgers with an accompaniment of sweet potato fries – or treat yourself to one of their shakes for good measure. It’s lunchtime perfection down to every last bite.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES

Plant Power Fast Food

Location: 5095 Pacific Coast Hwy | Long Beach

Take a trip to Long Beach for an unforgettable meal at Plant Power Fast Food. Enjoy healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch options that are full of flavor – made with house-crafted burger patties, enjoy the convenience of their drive-through, or simply dine in. To top it off, don’t miss out on their famous horchata milkshake! With such amazing food choices, Plant Power is quickly becoming a favorite spot coastwide!


De Buena Planta

Location: 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

Craving a delicious vegan feast? Look no further than De Buena Planta, the acclaimed new spot in Venice! Whether you’re sipping on brilliantly crafted cocktails or indulging in some of their famous cauliflower and mushroom tacos – this plant-based paradise is sure to satisfy. So make your way over to Butcher’s Daughter for an unforgettable meal that won’t hurt your health goals!

Plant Food + Wine

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

If you’re looking for healthy vegan eats in Abbott Kinney, Plant Food + Wine is the place to be. From locally sourced ingredients comes a delectable fusion of flavors that will make your taste buds sing! Their succulent plant-based dishes are so good they’ll have you questioning why meat was ever needed at all.


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

O’cado Restaurant

Location: 14568 Ventura Blvd | Sherman Oaks
Enjoy a unique night out at O’cado, where you can experience the perfect harmony of traditional Latin and Mediterranean flavors with modern American inventions. Start off your evening by sipping on sustainable Wine, craft beer or craft cocktails -all designed to perfectly complement our culture-infused bites!

H.O.P.E.

Location: 11943 Ventura Blvd. | Studio City

Healthy Organix Positive Eating – or H.O.P.E – offers an eclectic and enchanting variety of vegan dishes, ranging from Asian specialties to Mexican favorites like burgers, wraps, and more; all served with love in a relaxed atmosphere that’s sure to please any palate!

Veggie Grill

Location: 16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino

Veggie Grill is the perfect destination for those who seek a delicious and casual lunch or dinner option. Regarded as one of the top vegan restaurants in town, Veggie Grill serves up plant-based dishes that everyone can enjoy – from vibrant Far East Bowls to savory Meatball Sandwiches. Each bite remains consistent across all its locations, ensuring an enjoyable culinary experience every time!


CONEJO VALLEY

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Location: Topanga Canyon

Escape to the charming Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon, a hidden haven boasting serene vibes and delicious vegan dishes. Enjoy lunch or brunch by day, followed by an evening meal with a side of refreshing kombucha–the perfect way to boost your mind, body, and soul! Experience one of Conejo Valley’s best eateries for yourself; you won’t be disappointed.

Natural Cafe

Location: Westlake Village

Natural Cafe in Westlake Village offers an imaginative and sumptuous range of vegan fare that’ll tantalize even the most discerning taste buds. Discover delectable dishes like the Buddha Burrito or Portobello Mushroom sandwich – a mouthwatering fusion of flavors sure to satisfy!

Sage Plant-Based Bistro

Location: Agoura Hills

For the freshest flavors, nothing beats Sage Plant-Based Bistro! This vegan hotspot in Conejo Valley serves up a plant-based feast that’s sure to satisfy. Enjoy savory Buffalo Cauliflower Wings or indulge with Jackfruit Stuffed Avocado – your taste buds will thank you later!

Weekend Events | January 20 – January 22

The weekend has arrived, and so has our round-up of fun local things to do. This January 20 through January 22, step out into your neighborhood and explore. From Lunar New Year celebrations to art exhibits and more, there is plenty of fun to be had!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22

Sounds of L.A.

When: January 21 – March 19 

Where: Westside

What: Enjoy the sounds of a vibrant music scene at this free series, presented by the Getty. Discover up-and-coming talent from January’s REBOLÚ and February’s Los Cenzontles & Los Originarios del Plan, with an exciting third act yet to be announced for March!

Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park

When: January 21-January 22

Where: Monterey Park

What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year in style at this two-day extravaganza taking over five blocks in Downtown Monterey Park! Be dazzled by folk art and delicious eats, bask in a carnival zone atmosphere, and marvel as firecrackers light up the sky, accompanied by dragon and lion dances. This vibrant street fair has attracted more than 100,000 people, so make sure to plan ahead!

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

When: January 20 

Where: La Cienega 

What: From Elizabethan dialogue to British accents, this Chicago-based improv show uses a variety of Shakespearian devices in unexpectedly delightful ways. Enthusiastically received by audiences across the city, its success speaks volumes for how good improvisers can truly shine when given free rein!

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22 

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden

When: January 22 

Where: South Coast Botanical Garden

What: Calling all animal-loving adventurers! Now is the perfect time to explore 87 acres of lush greenery with your furry sidekick. Palos Verdes South Coast Botanical Gardens; their dog-friendly series welcomes you and your pup every third Sunday, so don’t forget to make a human reservation in advance—and keep those leashes securely fastened at all times for an unforgettable day out together!

Astra Lumina

When: Until January 15

Where: Rolling Hills

What: Take your winter night to new heights with Astra Lumina – an illuminating event at the South Coast Botanic Garden. You will be guided along a magical hour-long nighttime trail featuring eight breathtaking celestial installations that are sure to sparkle among the stars!

Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories

When: Until March 12

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

What: Explore the longstanding legacy of American quilt makers and their powerful stories at Skirball’s celebration. In an immersive exhibition featuring 40 celebrated artists plus a complementary showcase in response to COVID-19, “Together for Good: Caron Tabb and The Quilting Corner”, visitors will also experience the outdoor sculpture by Chloë Bass as part of this pioneering commemorative event.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22 

Goat Yoga Hike

When: January 22

Where: Burbank Foothills

What: Unwind and reconnect with nature during an all-levels yoga experience led by Rae Scharfman. Embark on a journey to the canyon trailhead, where you’ll strengthen your core, open up your heart, and smile as you deepen stretches along the way!

Under the Pine

When: January 22 

Where: Burbank

What: Spend a magical evening listening to talented local artists perform under the stars, surrounded by gorgeous pine trees in Burbank! Come hear amazing music and create unforgettable memories.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

 

CONEJO VALLEY COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22 

Bridal Premiere Wedding Expo 

When: January 22, 2023

Where: Hyatt Regency | Westlake 

What: Plan your Dream Wedding at the 40th Anniversary of the Bridal Premiere Wedding Expo! The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village, on Sunday, January 22nd, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. 

Ventura County Astronomical Society Presentation “Comet Observing”

When: January 20

Where: Moorpark

What: Charles S. Morris has been witness to a spectacular celestial show — over 300 comets! Inviting an audience along for the journey, he’ll provide insight into visualizing these wondrous objects of our night sky and offer tips on digital photography alongside them. Immerse yourself in some of his breathtaking images as Charles shares what contributions everyday stargazers can make to science before culminating by highlighting significant comet appearances coming up in 2023.

Underwater Parks Day Festival at Sea Center in Santa Barbara

When: January 21

Where: 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

What: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center located on Stearns Wharf is offering free admission to its Underwater Parks Day Festival on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 10:00 AM–3:00 PM, thanks to support from the Moeller Lab at UC Santa Barbara.

 

Our Favorite Restaurants of the Week | LA Eats

Step outside your normal dining routine with our list of LA eatery options. From the new to the local classics, we’re simplifying the plethora of choices in town. Read this week’s blog for our favorite choices throughout LA, the Westside, and the Valley.

Los Angeles

All Season Brewing Company

LA eatery

Location: 800 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

All Season brewing is the place to be for craft beer and cocktails and a tasty taco stand. Open since 2021, the LA eatery has continued to be the buzziest spot on La Brea.  Enjoy their selection of brews to quench your thirst. For bites, you have popular Mexican micro-chain Chicas Tacos.

Shiku

LA eatery

Location: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Craving a bite of classic Korean flavor? Stop by Shiku at Grand Central Market, Los Angeles’ premier food hall. Here, you’ll be served up homestyle specialties that are as delicious an accompaniment to lunch or dinner plans as they come! With the market already renowned for its exceptional culinary options, it’s no wonder Shiku is LA eateries favored spot.

Cha Cha Cha

LA eatery

Location: 812 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Chef Alejandro Guzman brought the buzz and flavor of his hometown with him when he opened Cha Cha Cha. Step inside this chic mid-century modern eatery for recipes like no other; try their signature pipian mole or unique chicharos de sierra to experience Mexican cuisine at its finest.

 

Westside/Beach Communities

Ubuntu Cafe

LA eatery

Location: 335 Nieto Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

Gourmet and absolutely tantalizing, Ubuntu Cafe in Long Beach is a must-visit for the foodie. From sweet Strawberry Fields Ricotta Toast to energizing Lavender Latte potions, every dish offered here radiates perfection – so make sure you drop by this oasis of beautiful flavors for breakfast, brunch or lunch!

Heritage Barbecue – San Juan

Location: 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Heritage Barbecue is the best place to get your Texas-style BBQ fix in historic San Juan Capistrano! Enjoy delicious dishes like whole hot briskets and beef ribs, prepared with love just for you. Experience the difference of this central Texas classic – Heritage was one of the first restaurants in California to offer traditional ‘offset’ smoked recipes with all local restrictions taken into account. Come taste why we’re praised by locals as an absolute must-try spot!

Nueva

Location: 822 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Nueva Cantina in Marina Del Rey offers an inviting atmosphere where diners can sample the unique flavors of Mexico prepared by talented chefs, Vartan Abgaryan and Mesraim Llanez. Be sure to try some Hamachi Tostadas or Chilaquiles for a modern take on Mexican cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else!

San Fernando Valley

Glendale Pho Co.

good food

Location: 102 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

Treat your taste buds to the treasure trove of treats at Glendale Pho Co.! From bold, hearty bowls of pho to their Com Ga Chien – marinated and deep-fried Cornish Hen served atop a bed of fragrant rice – you can expect generous portions each time. It’s no wonder this family-owned Vietnamese restaurant is so highly regarded around town!

Pasta|Bar

Location: 16101 Ventura Blvd #255, Encino, CA 91436

Dine on an Italian culinary adventure at Pasta Bar. Treat yourself to a multi-course tasting menu showcasing handmade pasta, delicate clams, luxurious black truffle, and decadent desserts like calamansi budinos!

Kobee Factory

Location: 14110 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

For an exquisite taste of the Middle East, look no further than Kobee Factory in Van Nuys. Award-winning food critic Jonathan Gold said their mjadara is so good it could “sustain a civilization,” and trust us – he wasn’t exaggerating! Step inside this unassuming restaurant for flavors well beyond what you’d expect.

Conejo Valley

Coin & Candor

Location: 2 Dole Dr, Westlake Village

Located in the stunning Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, Coin & Candor is a California Brasserie with unique wood-fired food. Ingredients for the restaurant’s forward-thinking menu are locally sourced. Choose from tasty brunch options like Chicken and Waffles to all-day dining choices like the Baja California red Snapper.

Noi Due

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Location: 29020 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills

If you have not made your way to Noi Due in Agoura Hills, you are overdue for a visit. The authentic Italian trattoria offers fantastic dishes like the Pappardelle ai Funghi and Risotto al Nero di Seppia. For a ‘molto buona’ meal and one of the top restaurants in the area, we recommend Noi Due.

Holdren’s

Location: 1714-A, Newbury Rd, Newbury Park

An award-winning restaurant in Newbury Park, Holdren’s offers Steaks, seafood & American cuisine in a modern setting. Indulge yourself with the “cowboy Cut”, Holdren’s Signature steak, or venture seaside with Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut. The steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner, making it perfect for any occasion.

Exploring Pasadena | Out & About

Southern California has much to offer, and Pasadena stands out as a wonderful destination for those seeking the perfect place to settle down. Before taking this important step in your life, plan a visit – you’ll be able to explore everything from exciting sites and delectable dining options to shopping areas and recreational activities, differentiating each area of interest. Immerse yourself in all that Pasadena offers – one glimpse may convince you that it’s exactly where home should be!

What to See

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Immerse yourself in beauty and culture located within a magnificent library! From viewing masterpieces of art to taking calming, peaceful strolls through the botanical gardens, this magical destination has something for everyone.

The Craftsman Style Homes

After a day of exploring the city’s fascinating attractions, you won’t want to miss checking out Pasadena’s charming Craftsman-style houses? These lovely bungalows are renowned for their attention to detail and aesthetic charm – perfect for making that dream move come true.

Where to Dine

Bistro 45

Enjoy a sophisticated evening experience at Bistro 45. Indulge in exquisite French cuisine and explore an expansive menu with something to satisfy any craving – from succulent seafood, classic pizza dishes, or hearty pasta plates. Enjoy intimate dinner service as well as exclusive events for even more unforgettable memories!

Sushi Roku

For a truly special experience, treat yourself and your loved ones to exquisite Japanese dishes in the luxurious atmosphere of this exclusive dining establishment. From succulent steak courses to sushi platters that look almost too perfect for consumption, you’ll be dazzled by both the taste and presentation of every delectable bite.

Places to Shop

Colorado Boulevard is a bustling street in Pasadena, California that offers something to enjoy for everyone – from solo outlets providing relaxation and respite, to vibrant shopping experiences with your closest friends.

The Paseo

The Paseo is the perfect one-stop spot for your shopping and dining needs. Discover a variety of beloved retailers, as well as scrumptious food court options ready to satisfy any craving.

Old Town Pasadena

Old Town is a great place to shop locally! Explore the unique offerings of local small businesses like All Love Collections, Blick Art Materials, and C’est La Vie Clothing. It’s an unexpected adventure in every corner you turn!

Places for Fun

Regency Theatres

Enjoy a timeless experience at the cinema, just off Pasadena’s Main street! Tuesday nights offer a special selection of classic films, and after the movie ends, you can take your kids to play in our nearby game room.

The Rose Bowl

Come to enjoy the best of both worlds – sports and performances! From cheering on your team at the latest events to indulging in a music and arts festival. There is something for everyone here year-round.

As your exploration of Pasadena continues, the city starts to feel less like a destination and more like home. From its exciting activities to tantalizing cuisine, you can envision yourself making this vibrant place part of your future!

Weekend Events | January 13 -January 15, 2023

Another holiday weekend is underway, and it’s an ideal time to step out and explore the neighborhood. Check out local events happening for MLK weekend, this January 13 through January 16! 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Simone Forti

When: January 14 – January 15

Where: DTLA

What: From her mesmerizing lo-fi Dance Constructions to decades of drawings, videos and holograms – delve into the diverse artistry of Simone Forti during this comprehensive MOCA exhibition. Experience firsthand how she explores movement through sculpture together with contemporary dance in a captivating dialogue between visual arts and choreography.

iHeartRadio ALTer Ego

When: January 14

Where: The Forum | Inglewood 

What: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Muse, Fall Out Boy, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Beach Weather, and Rosa Linn top this radio-friendly rock fest at the Forum.

Mean Girls

When: Until January 29

Where: The Pantages | Hollywood

What: Tina Fey’s Broadway debut is a hit, blending elements of the dark comedy Heathers with the ’90s classic Hairspray. It has received rave reviews from Time Out New York in a four-star rating, describing it as “tart but sweet”. Don’t miss out on this must-see production!

 

Westside & Beach Communities Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America

When: Until May 15

Where: Peter and Susan Barrett Art Gallery | Santa Monica

What: Join us at the Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery in Santa Monica College to celebrate Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America, created by Matika Wilbur from Tulalip & Swinomish Tribes. Meet Matika herself on Oct 11th (6-8 pm) as you explore this unique exhibition that will be visible until May 15, 2023. Admission is free!

Astra Lumina

When: Until January 15, 2023

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes

What: Stroll through a garden illuminated by celestial-inspired lights during this year-end event at South Coast Botanic Garden. Astra Lumina will set up about an hour-long nighttime trail through the Palos Verdes garden, with eight starry installations along the way.

Justin Roiland: Debut

When: Until January 21, 2023

Where: Beverly Hills

What: Rick and Morty co-creator (and titular voice actor) Justin Roiland debuts his stellar work for all to see. View stunning acrylic-on-canvas paintings of his colorful, familiar characters during this UTA Artist Space exhibition.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Rembrandt Perfected, A World Premiere

When: January 13 – January 22 

Where: The Main | 24266 Main Street Santa Clarita

What: An 1839 meeting between Louis Daguerre and Samuel Morse turns into a wild scheme to identify the first human ever depicted in a photograph.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 Years of Joy & Wonder

When: Until March 19 

Where: Glendale

What: Celebrating 60 years of captivating entertainment, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Museum at Forest Lawn Glendale proudly displays an array of historical pieces, including puppets, concept art, archival photos, and even an animatronic musical ensemble. Come join us as we commemorate this iconic theater!

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Malibu Wine Tasting Experience

When: January 14

Where: Malibu Country Mart

What: What could be better than an afternoon of beaches, great views, and WINE? All that and more is waiting for you on this Malibu Wine Tour!

Ventura County’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program Celebration

When: January 16, 10am – 11am

Where: 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

What: The 37th Annual Ventura County Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Monday, January 16, 2023, and will start at 8 a.m. with a gathering at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street in Downtown Oxnard, followed by a “Freedom March” to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (OPAC), 800 Hobson Way.

CSUCI Presents Free Webinar on Ancient Nubian Jewels

When: January 16, 10am – 11am

Where: Via Zoom

What: Join CSUCI’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for an exclusive virtual tour of ancient Nubian jewels, as narrated by Getty Villa docent Scott Jones! This free Zoom webinar will provide a unique opportunity to explore the captivating history behind these precious artifacts – some dating back to 2500 B.C. Be sure to mark your calendars on Monday, Jan 16, from 10 – 11 a.m., and take advantage of this one-time online experience featuring rare pieces loaned exclusively from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston!