LA Eats: June 14-20

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

After 4 years of renovations, the historic Firestone Tire shop on Miracle Mile has found a new purpose. Still completely intact of its historical features, patrons can now enjoy craft beer and cocktails and a tasty taco stand. All Season Brewing Company opened this year and the LA eatery has continued to be the buzziest spot on La Brea ever since.  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

For the best banchan in LA, head to Shiku, the Korean food stall in Grand Central Market. Grand Central is already home to some of the best food in town. Likewise, it should come as no surprise to be an LA eatery of choice. Enjoy homestyle Korean food that makes for the perfect lunch or dinner.

Cha Cha Cha

LA eatery

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

This year, a slice of Mexico city arrived in DTLA. Mexico City-born, LA-raised chef Alejandro Guzman opened the sister property of Mexico City’s Terraza Cha Cha Cha in the Arts District in March. The new LA eatery offers chic mid-century modern style and delicious food like the pipian mole and chicharos de sierra.

 

Westside/Beach Communities

Ubuntu Cafe

LA eatery

Location: 335 Nieto Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

In Long Beach resides the culinary masterpiece that is Ubuntu Cafe. From the stunning and delicious Strawberry Fields Ricotta Toast to the uplifting Lavender Latte, the cafe’s food is absolute perfection. Stop by the Long Beach establishment for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

Heritage Barbecue – San Juan

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

Located in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, Heritage Barbecue offers quality BBQ and great service. The food is prepared central Texas-style and one of the first to do so in the state with restrictions on operating a traditional texas outdoor offset. Overall, you can almost immediately taste the difference in dishes like the whole hot briskets and beef ribs. 

Nueva

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

Marina Del Rey’s Nueva offers a relaxed Cantina with a modern twist to classic dishes from Mexico. Chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Mesraim Llanez have perfectly encapsulated the flavors of Mexico in dishes like the Hamachi Tostadas and Chilaquiles.

SFV and Conejo Valley

Katsuya Glendale

Location: 702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

You can never go wrong with grabbing sushi at Katsuya. The LA eatery has an equally delicious spot in Glendale offering their inventive sushi options. Most importantly, enjoy sushi rolls like the Salmon Lemon. You will love the ambiance at this elegant, modern Japanese restaurant.

Love Ramen

Location: 18635 Soledad Canyon Rd #104, Canyon Country, CA 91351

At Santa Clarita’s Love Ramen, you’ll fall in love with practically everything on the menu. Above all, enjoy a range of options like the Tori Rich ramen using 8-hour slow boil whole chicken broth topped with green onion and spinach.

Vinh Loi Tofu

Location: 18625 Sherman Way #101, Reseda, CA 91335

At Reseda’s Vinh Loi Tofu, you’ll have an array of vegan Vietnamese dishes to choose from. Many of the dishes are made with housemade tofu, like the Iron Man Pho. The setting is bright and simple. Likewise, making Vinh Loi Tofu perfect for a casual outting.

Pasta|Bar

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

For fans of Sushi Bar and Scratch Bar, comes Pasta Bar. The restaurant offers a multi-course Italian tasting menu and sits adjacent to both Sushi Bar and Scratch Bar & Kitchen. Likewise, enjoy handmade pasta with ingredients like clams and black truffle and indulging desserts like the calamansi budinos.

Kobee Factory

Location: 14110 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

A Syrian restaurant offering classic Middle Eastern cuisine, Kobee Factory is a Van Nuys gem. As a result, the late Jonathan Gold referred to the restaurant’s mjadara as “a plate that could sustain a civilization. And it has.” In short, while the storefront may not be what you would expect, the food will be beyond what you could imagine. 

Weekend Events: June 11-13

Enjoy a screening of fan-favorite films or take in the boys in blue at Dodger Stadium. Make the most of your weekend with our weekend events guide.

Los Angeles

screening

Pride Night at Dodger Stadium

When: June 11, 2021

Where: Dodger Stadium

What: This Friday, LA Pride and the Dodgers team up for Pride Night, featuring drink specials, a special recognition of frontline workers from Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community, and a few other surprise guests. After the game fans can stick around for the Friday night fireworks show Grab tickets and get info

‘Hacks’ Virtual Screening

When: June 11, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Where: Virtually

What: Join KCRW Virtual Cinema and Behind the Screens Event: ‘Hacks’. After the screening of the hit HBO Max series, there will be a special conversation with Madeleine Brand and the cast and crew from the show. You won’t want to miss out and since you can watch from home you don’t have to. 

Cinespia @ the Greek Presents: ‘Beauty and The Beast’

When: June 12, 2021

Where: Cinespia at The Greek Theater

What: Join Cinespia at The Greek Theatre for a picnic on the lawn with DJs, and a movie in the heart of Griffith Park. This tale as old as time is sure to bring joy to your Saturday evening, with Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Westside and Beach Communities

screening

Grand Opening of The Row on Harbor

When: Jun 12, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Where: The Row on Harbor

What: Join The Row on Harbor for its highly anticipated Grand Opening Extravaganza. Featuring food specials, live music, a beer garden (age 21+), kid activities, and more! Kick-off the Summer fun at this culinary family experience for all senses.

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: The Sandlot

When: Jun 13, 2021 @ 8:30 PM

Where: The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica

What: A PIECE OF PARADISE A HALF BLOCK WIDE AND A WHOLE SUMMER LONG. It’s the summer of 1962, and Scotty Smalls is the new kid in town. A budding ballplayer, Scotty is taken under the wing of baseball prodigy Rodriguez and joins a neighborhood gang of sandlot kids for a series of misadventures. Get your weekend movie fix at The Drive-In!

Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale

When: June 12, 2021, 10:00 am

Where: Montana Avenue

What: Mark your calendars! This Sunday, the Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale is back on. Shop along Montana Ave from 6th to 17th Street. Don’t miss great deals on clothing, accessories, beauty, home goods, and gifts for up to 75% off!

 

SFV Valley and Conejo Valley

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Electric Dusk Drive-In presents Black Panther

When: Jun 12, 2021@ 8:30 PM

Where: Sears Glendale Parking Lot

What: Enjoy the Valley’s favorite drive-in this weekend Wakanda style with a screening of ‘Black Panther’. Tickets can be purchased early or same-day. Films are screened in the Glendale Sears Parking Lot. 

California Dance Academy presents Spring Showcase

When: June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

What: Join the California Dance Academy for their Spring Showcase. Tickets are available through TicketMaster for their Saturday afternoon performances. The showcase will take place at the Fred Kavli BofA Performing Arts Center.

Angel’s Envy Personalized Bottle “Father’s Day” Event

When: June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Oak & Iron, Thousand Oaks

What: Join Oak & Iron for a special afternoon celebrating Angel’s Envy – handcrafted, small-batch whiskey produced by Louisville Distilling Company. A “Bourbon” ticket includes access to the event, one personalized engraved bottle of Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon, one Angel’s Envy cocktail, and smoked eats from Bludso’s Bar & Que. Tickets are available to purchase through Eventbrite.

LA Eats: June 7-13, 2021

Finding a quality meal in LA is not just about the setting or the trendiness of the restaurant. When you dine it comes down to one thing. Good food. That’s why in this week’s blog, we’re focusing on quality, from trendy spots in 90210 to hidden gems inside of a Chevron. Read on for the best options of the week.

Los Angeles

La Morra Pizzeria

good food

Location: 8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Last year, pop-up and frozen pizza purveyor La Morra Pizzeria opened up their brick and mortar location to high anticipation from its pizza fans. Since then, the pizzeria has continued to serve good food in a now permanent location. At La Morra Pizzeria you’ll enjoy blistered to perfection Neapolitan-style pizza like their classic Margherita or TMNT.

Mirame

good food

Location: 419 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Mirame brings contemporary Mexican cuisine with a California twist to 90210. The restaurant was founded by Michelin Star chef Joshua Gil and Matthew Egan and has become a destination for good food and a relaxing ambiance. Enjoy rustic, seasonal menu selections like the Colorado lamb belly barbacoa or a 32 ounce Wagyu cote de boeuf.

Sant’olina

Location: 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

When it’s h.Wood group, you can expect good food, great service, and incomparable ambiance. The newest venture for the successful restauranteurs is Sant’olina, a breezy Mediterranean rooftop restaurant located at the iconic Beverly Hills Hilton. At Santolina, your taste buds will be on a tour through delicious dishes like the roasted chicken with harissa potatoes and merguez lamb burger.

Westside/Beach Communities

Bull & Butterfly

Location: 12775 Millennium Dr, Playa Vista, CA 90094

When it comes to great steak and good food, look no further than Bull & Butterfly. The Playa Vista restaurant offers a modern California steakhouse format, with plenty of chops and grilled vegetables. If you’re not in the mood for steak, the local Baja Striped Bass makes for an excellent choice.

Malibu Farm Cafe

Location: 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

What we love about Malibu Farm Cafe besides the location are the options. Whether you’re stopping by for something quick to grab at the cafe or seeking a full experience, Malibu Farm has you covered. The cafe is open until the late afternoon for to-go and outdoor dining with options for breakfast and lunch. If you prefer to sit down for lunch or dinner, Malibu Farm restaurant has a variety of choices. What’s our favorite? Well, that would be the Cauliflower Steak made with chimichurri green beans, cucumber, vegan sour cream, and mushrooms.

Maple Block Meat Co.

good food

Location: 3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

LA’s burgeoning BBQ scene continues to provide next-level good food options and we are not complaining. Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City provides tasty BBQ that will have you coming back for more. The Housemade Pimento Cheese sandwich upgrades whatever you thought you knew about grilled cheese sandwiches. And the meats? We recommend the Trifecta Plate, where the name truly speaks for itself.

SFV and Conejo Valley

Glendale Pho Co.

good food

Location: 102 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

You’ll find large portions and good food at this family-owned Vietnamese restaurant. Glendale Pho Co. provides a plethora of pho options and delicious rice dishes. Entrees like the Com Ga Chien offer marinated and deep-fried Cornish Hen and a bed of rice for a meal that always delivers.

Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita

good food

Location: 5938 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

For those seeking good Tortas, you’ll some of the best at Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita. Their featured dishes include shredded beef and potato tacos, pig’s foot tostadas, and tortas ahogadas. Finish off your meal with a jericallas (a custard-like dessert) at this destination for the taste buds.

Egg Plantation

good food

Location: 24415 Walnut St, Santa Clarita, CA 91321

Egg Plantation has been consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Newhall since 2015 and it’s easy to see why. Specializing in breakfast with over 101 omelets to choose from, the restaurant offers something for everyone. Stop by for breakfast or brunch and see why Egg Plantation has been serving up good food since 1973.

Cilantro Mexican Grill

good food

Location: 7214 Whitsett Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605

If you were to make a stop at Cilantro’s Mexican Grill, you would be surprised by its location. Located inside of Chevron, is a prime example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Cilantro has been rated ‘Best North Hollywood Burrito’ and received the #3 spot on CBS’s L.A’s BEST Tasting Cheap Meals List. With that being said, your go-to choice should obviously be a burrito. Choose from a range of meat options from Carne Asada to Grilled Shrimp, paired perfectly with all of the traditional toppings.

Chiba

good food

Location: 7515 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

For Traditional Japanese fare, make your way to Chiba in North Hollywood. The restaurant offers freshly prepared meals from sushi to noodles, in a simple, minimalist space with a sushi bar. 

Staycation in Oak Glen

If you are looking for a staycation that’s slightly outside the regular go-to retreats, look no further than Oak Glen. This picturesque town in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains serves as a quaint agricultural destination. So what makes Oak Glen so unique? The town has been growing apples for over 100 years, making it the perfect place for picking, eating, and enjoying all that this delicious fruit has to offer. Oak Glen offers activities and fun throughout the year, with foliage in the spring and fall and snow in the winter. Read this week’s blog for our advice on where to stay, what to eat and what to do on your visit to Oak Glen, California.

Where to Stay

If you prefer to make your trip to Oak Glen an overnight one, the town has a wonderful selection of lodging that will make you feel right at home.

Stone Oak Manor

Have you always wondered what it would be like to have an entire manor to yourself? Well, at Stone Oak Manor, you’re invited to do so. The almost 100 years old estate has not yet reopened its bed and breakfast for multiple bookings because of the pandemic. Instead, visitors can now rent out the manor entirely via AirBnB. Rates for the five-bedroom estate start at $1000 per night with accommodations for up to 16 people. 

Fun Fact: The estate was designated as a Historic Point of Interest in California. Formerly, The Baumann Manor was built in 1926 by Murle & Samuel Baumann and architect Reginald Inwood. The house was made from local stones gathered from all over Oak Glen. 

Rileys Farm

While you can only stay overnight at Riley’s Farm for specific overnight events, it’s still worth the visit. The working apple orchard and living history farm feature a bounty of activities. From masquerade balls in their barn to pick-your-own fruit and dinner theater, you’ll have a blast. Their offered stays are historically themed, so be ready to get into character for this particular choice in lodging. 

Oak Glen Retreat

For those seeking to rough it out a bit more, the Oak Glen Retreat makes for a great option. Their campground features everything from luxury cabins to simple tent sites. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with plenty of amenities and activities to entertain you. The camping site offers two large pools, a spa, a miniature golf course, horseshoes, hiking, and much more. Call (909) 790-1801 for more information.

What To Do & Eat

One of the obvious activities will be picking apples when visiting an apple orchard community, but there is so much more in Oak Glen. 

For apple picking…

Los Rios Rancho

The Los Rios Rancho orchard has over 300 acres, with over 10,000 apples to choose from on this family-owned farm. Not a fan of apples? The farm also produces raspberries, corn, strawberries, and pumpkins for picking.

Willowbrook Apple Farm

Make a planned visit to the 100-year-old Stayman-Winesap apple farm. Willowbrook Farms offers over 300 acres of apples for you to pick. What’s even more fun is the chance to participate in activities like pressing your own apple cider.

Oak Tree Village

At this local community hub, there is no shortage of activities. Pursue through multiple artisan shops and food stands for tasty treats to eat or take home. Enjoy live music, a petting zoo, and even ax throwing for a perfect Oak Glen day.

Wilshire’s Apple Shed

Who doesn’t love complimentary cider? Visit the tasting room at Wilshire Apple Shed and try their hard cider samples for free from Oak Glen Cider Company. Once you feel hungry, you’ll definitely want to enjoy a pizza from their wood-burning pizza oven for a truly delicious day.

Apple Annie’s Bakery And Restaurant

One of the most popular restaurants in the area, Apple Annie’s bakery and restaurant, makes for a perfect spot to grab a bit. They are best known for their 1/4 mile-high apple pie, among other delicious baked goods. Since it’s popular, you should know you will need to book in advance.

Weekend Events: June 4 – June 6

Enjoy all that the first weekend of June has to offer. Now that we are officially in summer territory, the options are endless, from in-person to at-home virtual fun. Whether you live in Los Angeles, the Westside, or the Valley, we have an event for you!

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Westside, Valley Weekend Events

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

When: June 4, 2021 | 6-8 PM

Where: Online

What: The virtual series First Fridays Connected returns with a new format. Tune into lively discussions, DJ sets, and live music performances from wherever you are. This season the museum will explore Los Angeles at the Intersections.

Hike to Yoga LA 2021

When: June 5, 2021 | 8-10 AM

Where: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

What: Find your inner Zen with Hike to Yoga LA. Their weekly yoga series will increase individual self-awareness and collective physical health by connecting nature, community, and intentional movement. The event is FREE and beginner-friendly. Advanced registration is required. 

Pride Shining Through

When: June 5, 2021 | 8PM

Where: Online

What: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles goes virtual for Pride 2021. Join the celebrations online with this streaming, hour-long set and enjoy tunes like “Hallelujah” to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

Westside

Los Angeles, Westside, Valley Weekend Events

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo Presents: The Greatest Showman

When: June 4, 2021| 7:30PM

Where: Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo

What: Join the Rooftop Cinema Club as they turn 10 this June! They’ll be kicking things off with a weekend that celebrates their founder’s journey! This month’s films are Circus-related, starting with the critically acclaimed film “The Greatest Showman.” 

Santa Monica PRIDE Rainbow Road Art Walk

When: June 4, 2021 | 10AM-11:30PM

Where: Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

What: Enjoy13 incredible one-of-a-kind art installations by LGBTQIA+ artists as a part of Santa Monica’s Pride Month celebrations. The art walk is presented in partnership with Allies in Arts. The event is FREE and open to the public. 

June Bloom Wellness Fair

When: June 6, 2021 | 12 – 5PM

Where: 6781 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

What: RSVP for June Bloom, the Wellness fair from Peak State Yogas monthly Pop Up. The event features various vendors, from vegan foods to hand-crafted items, clothing, functional art, and more! The event is FREE, with advanced registration required.

Valley

Los Angeles, Westside, Valley Weekend Events

Pickwick Vintage Show

When: June 5, 2021 | 9AM – 5PM

Where: Pickwick Gardens, Burbank 

What: The Pickwick Vintage Show returns this Saturday. Make your way to Pickwick gardens for this fair featuring vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more from over 65 local vendors. Entry will be limited to (2) Hour windows, and reservations are required.

National Trails Day

When: June 5, 2021 | 8AM–12PM

Where: Camarillo Grove Park

What: This day is set aside to recognize all the incredible benefits that trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature. Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District invites the community to come out to help maintain the hiking trail system at this natural park for all to enjoy. The event will also feature an educational presentation about the area, followed by a guided hike. Advanced registration is required.

Makers Market at Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: June 6, 2021 | 11AM–3PM

Where: Valley Relics Museum, Van Nuys

What: Enjoy a fun-filled day of taking in the relics of the San Fernando Valley Relics Museum and this Sunday’s Open-Air Market. Pursue through artifacts of Pop culture and take home your own hand-crafted finds. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

The Great LA River CleanUp: Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex

When: June 5, 2021 | 8AM–4PM

Where: Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex, Van Nuys

What: The River needs YOU! This summer, join FoLAR for a series of small, in-person cleanups to prevent waste from polluting LA’s watershed and urban waterways. Together, you’ll make a collective impact to tend to the vibrant urban ecosystems that thrive throughout Los Angeles. All registered volunteers will receive a CleanUp Starter Kit.

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: School of Rock

When: June 6, 2021 | 8:20PM–10:20PM

Where: 211 West California Ave., Glendale

What: Everyone’s favorite Valley drive-in returns this weekend for a rockin’ screening of ‘School of Rock’. Tickets are available to purchase early or same-day. 

Weekend Events: May 28-30, 2021

Make the best of your memorial day weekend with our roundup of the best events in town and online. With a trip down memory lane with Motown and Symphonic sounds from the cities best, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From LA to the Valley, this is your weekend events guide

Los Angeles

Immersive Van Gogh

When: May 27, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

Where: Secret Venue

What: Immerse yourself in the work of one of history’s most famed artists. The Immersive Van Gogh exhibit, aside from being safe to Gogh, is also 100% worth the ticket price. While availability is limited for the immersive experience, you may be able to snag your spot if you happen to be an AMEX cardholder. Don’t miss out on what news outlets are calling “The future of experiential art.”

Motown: The Sound Of Young America

When: Until Feb 28, 2022

Where: The Grammy Museum, South Park

What: Explore the culture-defining history of the famed record label that dives into the history of all things Motown. The decade-spanning exhibit includes stage outfits from the Supremes, the Jackon 5, and Boyz II Men. Enjoy newly added additions like Stevie Wonder’s harmonica; and a station where you can learn the Temptations’ signature dance moves!

Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture

When: May 26 2021-Feb 27 2022

Where: California African American Museum, USC/Exposition Park

What: The CAAM’s latest collection examines how stereotype-challenging organizations support young Black women. Explore an array of photographs and ephemera at the California African American Museum from the 1890s to the 1960s. 

Westside and Beach Communities

Melissa Meier: Laced/Skins/Masks

When: May 28, 2021

Where: 2525 Michigan Ave, Space A2, Santa Monica, California CA 90404

What: bG Gallery offers a fascinating look at the work of  Brazilian artist Melissa Meier. The internationally multi-hyphenate artist has been recognized for her evocative 3-dimensional installations, found-object sculptures, collages, and photography. Admission is free.

Memorial Day Weekend Concert Live Stream

When: May 30, 2021

Where: Online

What: Join the Santa Monica Symphony in a pre-recorded digital concert live stream on Sunday, May 30 at 2 PM. A Zoom Q&A will follow the concert with the performing artists, moderated by classical KUSC’s Rich Capparela. Registration for the event will close on May 30 at 10:00 am.

Rhythm and Prana Flow – Dance Walk Yoga in Nature

When: May 30, 2021 | 11:00am-2:00pm

Where: Corral Canyon Loop Trail | Malibu, CA 90265

What: Find your zen during this movement meditation journey in the Santa Monica-Malibu Mountains. Rhythm + Flow brings together the power of nature, yoga, and movement meditation in community. Registration for the event will close on Friday, May 28th.

The Valley

Studio City Farmers Market

When: Every Sunday from 8:00am-1:00pm

Where: Studio City

What: Is there anything more perfect than spending your Sunday at the farmers market. Plan your visit to Studio City’s weekly and family-friendly outdoor marketplace. With so many fresh and local produce and craft items, what’s not to love?!

Conejo Valley 2021 Summer Concerts in the Park Series

When: May-September, 2021

Where: CRPD’s Conejo Community Center, Thousand Oaks

What: This summer concert series presented by the Conejo Recreation & Park District makes for a fun and family-friendly way to spend your weekend. The concert series will kick off with a Memorial Day weekend concert, with the next show slated for July 4. Due to the city ordinance on covid-safety for events, capacity will be limited, and advance ticket purchase is required.

Scenes at the Greens: New West Symphony Trio 

When: May 28, 2021

Where: Los Robles Greens, Thousand Oaks

What: The ‘Scenes at the Greens’ concert series is not one to be missed. Taking place outside, you can enjoy live soothing music from world-class artists, all while enjoying the beautiful Thousand Oaks weather. The May 28 show features familiar tangos by Piazzolla, Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, and Russian dance by Tchaikovsky. For more information and to purchase tickets visit Conejo.com.

San Fernando Valley Master Chorale presents American Voices

When: May 28, 2021

Where: LIVE on Facebook & YouTube

What: Don’t miss out on this fantastic virtual concert from the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale. Featuring home-grown locally-sourced melodies, the virtual show will represent musical styles and backgrounds throughout our country’s history. Listen to iconic sounds, from gospel, folk, and bluegrass to contemporary works.

Art in the Park – Summer Concert Kickoff

When: May 29-May 30, 2021

Where: Libbey Park, Ojai

What: After a postponement last year, one Ojai’s favorite summer events, the Ojai art show returns for the 44th year. Walkthrough downtown Ojai’s Libbey Park and enjoy fine art in a stunning setting. Admission is free—Call 805-646-0117 for further information.

LA Eats: Our Favorite Places to Eat this Week

With as many restaurants as there are Bird scooters, we’ve decided to simplify your options of the week by dishing out the best places to grab a bite from power lunches to elegant fare. Read below for our nosh-worthy spots throughout L.A., the Westside, and the Valley of this week’s eat of the week.

Area: Los Angeles

Alta

Location: 5359 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Alta is southern cooking done right. Which makes it no surprise that the restaurant received The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking honor in this year’s Michelin guide for LA. The comfort food and family-sized portions make Alta perfect for a night in or out. From golden-fried black-eyed pea fritters to fried chicken with caramelized sweet potatoes, you’ll want a family-sized portion all to eat all by yourself. 

Sunday Gravy

Location: 1122 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

If you love pasta, as most people do, then you will love Sunday Gravy. The Inglewood spot serves traditional Italian-American pasta dishes with a vintage touch. There is something for everyone to eat and enjoy with choices like fettuccine alfredo, linguini and clams, and spaghetti and meatballs.

Ronan

Location: 7315 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

A modern pizzeria whipping up suburb eats on Melrose, Ronan is a must. The seasonal share plates restaurant owned and operated by Chef Daniel Cutler and his wife, Caitlin, also received The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking honor. One bit into one of their hand-tossed Neapolitan pizzas, and it’s easy to see why. We recommend the Sweet Cheeks for a honey-drizzled surprise that will no doubt have you coming back to Ronan for more.

Area: Westside/Beach Communities

Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar

Location: 29575 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265

Spruzzo serves as a delightful family-friendly restaurant option in Malibu. The inviting Italian eatery offers generous portion sizes and delicious food to eat. Enjoy an evening out on their airy rooftop with stunning views of the ocean that take Al Fresco dining to new heights. 

Fishing with Dynamite

Location: 1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

If the name doesn’t pack a punch, the food at Fishing with Dynamite does and in the best possible way. Moreover, as one of the best restaurants in Manhattan Beach, FWD is worth the drive if you’re not local to the area. Enjoy delicious oyster-focused seafood in a trendy setting, with classic and innovative dishes you’ll love. 

Lucky’s Malibu

Location: 3835 Cross Creek Rd Suite #18, Malibu, CA 90265

The popular Montecito spot made its debut in Malibu this year and has quickly become a local favorite. The upscale Malibu steakhouse resides in the former Mr. Chow spot, but you wouldn’t know from its revamped appearance. And the menu? It’s superb! In conclusion, from fried calamari, decadent steaks and chops, sautéed sand dabs, and more, Lucky’s delivers.

Area: SFV, Conejo, Santa Clarita

Skaf’s Lebanese Cuisine

Location: 367 N Chevy Chase Dr, Glendale, CA 91206

If you find yourself in Glendale, make your way over to Skaf’s Lebanese Cuisine. Whether you are searching for lunch to-go or a relaxed dinner setting, Skaf’s can accommodate. From the service to the food, this local eatery offers delicious middle eastern food quickly and seamlessly.

Petit Trois

Location: 13705 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

An expansion of the original french bistro from the Trois Mec team, Petit Trois offers Parisian delicacies in a cozy setting. Enjoy French classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Chef Ludo at this Sherman Oaks hot spot. Bite into all-day options like the Brittany Wild Sole Meunière or Big Mec ( a delightful French twist on the Big Mac).

Furn Saj Bakery

Location: (3) Locations in Granada Hills, Calabasas, and Glendora

Serving traditional homemade Lebanese food since 2013, Furn Saj Bakery and Restaurant offers delicious meals and baked goods. Using the finest and freshest natural ingredients, it is easy to see why they’re considered one of the top-rated Mediterranean restaurants in the valley. Above all, whether you’re in search of a quick bite or something more filling, you’ll find no shortage of options to eat at Fun Saj.

Carney’s Express Limited

Location: 12601 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Are you really an Angeleno if you haven’t been to Carney’s? The fast-food shack has been serving up tasty hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries since 1975 and is a staple in the city of LA. In short, whether you opt to visit the Sunset or Valley train, add this to your stop on your next lunch outing. 

Black Market Liquor Bar

Location: 11915 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Black Market Liquor Bar is far more than the name suggests. Certainly, with American eclectic cuisine skillfully navigated by Executive Chef Antonia Lofaso, it is a much-needed upgrade to traditional bar food. Likewise, serving up dinner and brunch in an elevated setting, BMLB offers a refined approach to casual dining. For instance, indulge yourself with their Deviled quail eggs with ahi tuna and dill, for starters. You can do no wrong in entree selections like the Ricotta Gnudi with brown butter or pistachio or their juicy Friend Chicken and fries.

Goat Yoga, The BH Art Show and Jurassic Park | Weekend Events May 14-16

Don’t miss out on this weekend’s best events! It’s a jam-packed week in the city of angels, so we’re sharing the best things to do in L.A., the westside, and the valley. From finding your zen with goats at the Gamble House to the bi-annual BH Art Show. Enjoy all that your community has to offer with these family-friendly activities!

Los Angeles

BH ART SHOW, Goat Yoga, Outdoor Movies
Goat Yoga at Gamble House

When: Until July 10, 2021

Where: Pasadena

What: You’ve probably already heard of the goat yoga craze, well now you can take part in it at the famed Gamble House. Get your zen on while a trip of goat’s throat around during this relaxing series on the front lawn of one of SoCal’s most beautiful homes. Presented by Pasadena’s Arts and Crafts, you’re invited to get in touch with your inner yogi through stretch and practice. Oh, and did we mention you’ll have 15 minutes for petting and pictures with the goats in attendance.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Gallery Talk

When: May 18

Where: Virtual

What: Hildur Guðnadóttir, the Oscar-winning Joker composer, joins Academy Museum curator Jenny He to discuss her work. Join them in conversation about Guðnadóttir’s compositions and her approach to designing the museum’s composer’s inspiration gallery.

The Beverly Hills Art Show Online

When: May 10 – 16, 2021, 24/7

Where: Virtually 

What: The BH Art Show goes virtual this year for the bi-annual event. Enjoy interviews with artists, painting instruction, and more! The virtual online gallery will provide the chance to view artwork from over 200 artists from around the country. As in previous years, the BH Art Show will showcase a selection of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and more. Also, like in previous years, artists will have artwork for purchase as well.

Westside

BH ART SHOW, Goat Yoga, Outdoor Movies
Ai Weiwei: Trace

When: May 15-Aug 1

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

What: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings his Alcatraz exhibit “Trace” to the Skirball Cultural Center in this limited engagement. The exhibition displays portraits of activists and prisoners of conscience made from millions of LEGO bricks. Ai Weiwei was inspired to create this installation after being imprisoned in Beijing due to his political activism.

 

Rooftop Cinema Club – Final Dates

When: Until May 31, 2021

Where: Santa Monica and El Segundo

What: Everyone’s favorite outdoor cinema experience has just a few more showings left before summer officially kicks off. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies have a range of flicks that you can catch outdoors on the big screen, from Mean Girls to Grease. Choose between the Santa Monica drive-in and a new rooftop in El Segundo for your weekend movie fix.

 

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

When: Until August 16

Where: Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades

What: Take a trip back in time, a few millennia, to be exact, for the Getty Villa’s latest exhibit. View ancient jewelry, sculptures, and cuneiform writing from the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. The objects on loan from the Louvre are broken up into three galleries. Because tickets must be timed for social distancing purposes, be sure to book your spot in advance.

 

The Valley

Street Food Cinema Presents Jurassic Park

When: May 15

Where: King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

What: Let’s all head to the movies! Enjoy outdoor movie season at the drive-in with Street Food Cinema. The beloved summer series has made some friendly-socially-distanced tweaks for their current schedule. You can bite into this weekends showing with Jurassic Park and their range of delicious food trucks. 

Old Town Newhall Farmers Market

When: May 15, 2021, at 8:30 am

Where: Old Town Newhall Library

What: If you are searching for some of your fresh market favorites, look no further than this weekend’s Old Town Newhall Farmers Market. Specialty food purveyors and California farmers come together each Saturday, rain or shine, to bring you the finest in fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. At this local event, you’ll also be able to pick up baked goods, flowers, herbs, cheeses, and prepared foods.  The Market offers locals a chance to come face to face with their food source. And the parking… it’s free and plenty.

We Rise 

When: Until May 31

Where: Various locations

What: Don’t miss the  ‘Celebration of Wellbeing’ for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month.  Taking place at various locations throughout the Valley and Los Angeles, you can participate in various activities and information related to mental health. 

David Ruggeri: Call of the Wild Exhibit

When: Until May 31, 2021

Where: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center

What: ‘Call of the Wild’ and exhibit by artists David Ruggeri is in its last two weeks at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center. This installation, SCORE (Southern California Open Regional Exhibitions), celebrates the artistic relationship with flora and fauna in nature. 

Sound Mind Mental Health Music Festival

When: May 20, 2021

Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

What: While this event is not taking place until next Thursday, we wanted to give you the heads up so you can reserve your spot. Enjoy music from artists like All Time Low, Fitz, and the Tantrums, lovelytheband, and Charlotte Lawrence for this drive-in concert. Taking place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, proceeds from the event support the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ventura.

LA Eats: Local Favorites in LA, the Westside and the Valley

With as many restaurants as there are Bird scooters, we’ve decided to simplify your options of the week by dishing out the best places to grab a bite from power lunches to elegant fare. Read below for our nosh-worthy spots throughout L.A., the Westside, and the Valley of local favorites.

Area: Los Angeles

Soulmate

Location: West Hollywood

Set in the heart of West Hollywood, this modern eatery draws its inspiration from the Spanish Mediterranean. Soulmate and Chef Rudy Lopez utilize SoCal’s best local ingredients set against the backdrop of a live-fire and open-air concept setting. The dishes are as stunning as the restaurant itself, with choices like their Uni Toast and Vegetable Fiduea. Just make sure you end the evening with what is considered one of the best Vodka sodas in WeHo from their hand-crafted cocktail collection and you can’t go wrong.

Big Boi

Location: Sawtelle-Los Angeles

If you are a fan of B Sweet Dessert Bar, then your in for an equally sweet treat with their newest venture Big Boi. The restaurant offers Filipino comfort food by Chef Barb Batiste. While they are currently only offering pick-up, their menu is perfect for a night in. The Chicken Adobo is their most popular dish and rightly so, with its ideal combination of garlic, soy, vinegar marinade. You can also treat yourself to their famous butter selection for a tasty morning spread. Choose from flavors like Ube, Buko Pandan, or Ensaymada. 

Meals by Genet

Location: Little Ethiopia

Rated with a Bib Gourmand by Michelin, Meals by Genet has been a long-standing city gem. The restaurant is perfect for a date night or evening out and offers fare that is ‘stunningly good’ as the Michelin guide suggests. Enjoy the pan-fried freshwater trout or Hirutye’s yebegsiga alitcha, a lamb dish featuring tasty and slightly spicy berbere and awaze paired with spongy injera. With every item on the menu being as delicious as the next, you can do no wrong.

Area: Westside/Beach Communities

Reel Inn Malibu

Location: Malibu

While a far less formal option for dining, the Reel Inn serves up seafood fare that has placed it on the list of local favorites year after year. The restaurant offers a fresh selection of seafood options from Lobster to Mahi Mahi and no shortage of seating in their sprawling seaside eatery. 

Gracias Madre Newport

Location: Newport Beach

Do you love Gracias Madre West Hollywood? Great, because the local favorites Newport Beach location is just as delicious with a slightly different setting. Their Heart of Palm Ceviche Toast is a perfect lunchtime choice for a sunny day, with ingredients like roasted coconut, mango, banana pepper, jicama, cucumber, coconut milk, and fennel. If you prefer something heavier, we suggest the Crab Cake Torta or Mole and Mushroom Tamale. 

Ollo

Location: Malibu

Another perfect local favorites spot for lunch, brunch, or even dinner, Ollo offers dishes using ingredients sourced from various local farms. Opt for one of their delicious artisan pizzas like the Burrata or Wild Mushroom and Spinach. Equally delicious choices also include the Zucchini Pasta or Tandoori Spiced King Salmon. We don’t have favorites because we genuinely love every dish on their menu, and we’re sure you will too!

Area: SFV, Conejo, Santa Clarita

Chick Next Door Hot Chicken

Location: Glendale

Chick Next Door Hot Chicken comes from the mind and skills of award-winning Chef Steven Velichnian. Their Chicken Sliders are some of the best that can be found on the west coast, turning comfort food into a destination for the taste buds. If you’re feeling a little chicken about spicey food, they have other options for you that are equally delectable. You can do no wrong with an order of Cheese Fries as long as you finish everything off with a churro or two. 

Szechuan Place

Location: Northridge

There is something about hidden restaurant gems in strip malls that always deliver, and that is, even more, the case with Szechuan Place. Considered one of the best Chinese restaurants in Northridge, they could easily be called one of the best in the valley. Try the Scallion Pancake or Cumin Beef, and then make it a point to try everything else on their menu because every dish is that good. 

Mizlala

Location: Sherman Oaks

Offering elevated Middle Eastern dishes in a simple modern setting, Mizlala is a vegetarian-friendly neighborhood delight. The restaurant now offers three locations, and it is easy to see why.  Any selection from their range of family-style dishes proves nosh-worthy. The Lamb Shewarma served on mini laffa with harissa, lebane, and tahina is a perfect selection for dinner. If you prefer to share, you can do no wrong with the Greek Grilled Octopus cooked with vinaigrette, capers, yogurt, crispy peewee potato.,

Feu Pho Kitchen

Location: Studio City

Known for serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine, Feu Pho Kitchen is a local favorite and star in Studio City. Specializing in Pho, the restaurant ups their game with ‘highly curated fresh ingredients. The Chilled Papaya and Mango salad make for a perfect starter. We recommend pairing it alongside popular pho dishes like the Ribeye Beef or Jidori Chicken. Either way, you’ll enjoy what you find in cuisine at Feu Pho Kitchen for lunch or dinner.

Firefly

Location: Studio City

Firefly delivers on ambiance, cuisine, and service, making it a must for those seeking the best evening setting. Offering a seamless melding of refined and rustic, vintage and contemporary, Firefly serves delectable dishes for both brunch and dinner. The Mushroom Pappardelle is exquisite, as is the Atlantic Salmon pan seared with summer squash, corn, shiitake mushrooms, edamame, red onion agrodolce, coconut curry broth.

Out & About | Staycation in Solvang

Out & About | Staycation in Solvang

Windmills, delicious pastries, and a charming main street in a picturesque Danish town. You won’t need your passport for a staycation in Solvang. “A little slice of Denmark in Southern California,” the city of Solvang certainly makes for the perfect local getaway. Located in the Santa Ynez Valley, this historic Danish town is perfectly situated in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Depending on where you are driving in from and, of course, LA traffic, you’ll be whisked away by the charm of this city within a 1 ½ to 2-hour drive. So what exactly do you do once you arrive? We’re sharing a few of our favorites ways to stay, eat and play in California’s favorite (and only) Danish village.

Stay Awhile
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Located on a 10,000-acre private ranch, the Alisal is ideal for those seeking a dose of western culture. Considered a world-class resort, the hotel is considered one of California’s premier guest ranches. During your stay, you can enjoy horseback riding, (2) 18-hole golf courses, tennis, or even fly fishing. 

Hotel Ynez

If you would like to add a bit of the french countryside to your danish excursion, Hotel Ynez serves as an excellent choice. The hotel, which opened earlier this year, is as tranquil as it is stunning. Located on two private acres, Hotel Ynez is the perfect escape from the urban hustle and bustle/ The property features lush gardens, bonfire pits, a pool, and an inviting outdoor pavilion where you can take in a night under the stars. 

The Landsby

If you prefer accommodations with a modern touch, The Landsby is ideal. This beautiful boutique hotel offers contemporary designs with the ambiance of Scandinavian aesthetics. Moreover, their remodeled guest rooms are bright and open, with comfortable hand-crafted furnishings and breathtaking artwork commissioned by regional artists.

Hotel Corque

A Triple AAA – Four Diamond awarded hotel, Hotel Corque is one of Solvang’s newer properties. The hotel features a modern and rustic design that highlights the relaxed nature of wine country. Hotel Corque is located in downtown Solvang, placing you steps away from all that Santa Ynez Valley has to offer.

Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

Located in the quiet downtown neighborhood, Wine Valley Inn & Cottages offers the quintessential ambiance of Solvang. With 56 spacious guestrooms, 6 charming individual cottages surrounding a private garden, and one grand suite, you have a range of options to enjoy your stay. The inn is also within walking distance of wine tasting rooms and a short drive to Santa Ynez Valley’s best wineries. 

Dine and Sip
Olsen’s Bakery

At one of the two major bakeries in Solvang, you’ll enjoy delicious kringles, cakes, cookies, and breads at Olsen’s. The bakery has been turning out delicious treats since 1970. Just make sure you arrive early if you want to grab a pastry for breakfast. As one of the town’s main attractions, they are known for having lines that stretch around the corner.

Mortensen’s Bakery

One look at the website for Mortensen’s will have you making a drive to Solvang just for their Bear Claws. The other beloved bakery in town (there are over five authentic bakeries), Mortensen’s, is another must. In short, you can’t go wrong with choices like their Pistachio Square or Danish Butter Cookie. 

Actors Corner Cafe

A family-run eatery, the Actors Corner Cafe makes for an ideal evening destination. The charming eatery and boutique wine pairing restaurant serves upscale Italian cuisine made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Their dishes are seasoned with the flavors and spices of old Europe, and they are open Thursday-Friday only. 

Mad & Vin

If you are staying at The Landsby, you won’t have to go far for Danish dining. Mad & Vin is the hotel’s charming, elegant wood-clad food and wine bar serving a seasonal menu of wine-country-inspired farm-to-table fare prepared with regional ingredients.

Aly’s by Alebru Restaurant

Featuring exquisite wine country cuisine, Aly’s has all that you could want in fine dining. Serving a seasonal menu of market-driven fare, their dishes feature local ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime beef, and housemade pasta with from-scratch sauces. 

Stroll and Play
Shopping

Treat yourself and browse through 150 boutique shops for unique treasures.

Wine Sampling

Enjoy the region’s best and sample wine & beer at 20 downtown tasting rooms offering the products of over 125 area vineyards.

Discover Danish & American Culture

Take in the culture of this quaint Danish town. Explore any of the following local museums: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Hans Christian Andersen, Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, Old Mission Santa Inés, plus Amber Museum & Hall of the Danes.