Our Favorite Local Staycation Spots | Out & About

Refreshing without the lost time and hassle of traveling long distances, there are many benefits of a local staycation. Likewise, with so many amazing things to see and do in SoCal, local staycations are fun for everyone! People travel from all around the globe to experience Southern California … and, it’s waiting right on your doorstep! Here are our top picks for local staycations around the neighborhood.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

Located on the famous Sunset Boulevard, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has been a local staycation spot and Hollywood go-to for over 100 years. Guests can revel in the star-studded treatment and finest luxuries right from the moment they step onto the bold red carpet. Combining old-time elegance and modern comfort, opulent rooms feature the finest furnishings and linens, while appealing on-site amenities include the rejuvenating spa, the shimmering pool, and the legendary Polo Lounge. Occupying the perfect spot between the city and the sea, there’s a wealth of exciting opportunities at your fingertips.

Nobu Ryokan Malibu, Malibu

Be transported overseas without leaving SoCal when you check into the unique sanctuary that is Nobu Ryokan Malibu. Perfect for a soothing local staycation with your significant other, the accommodation emulates traditional Japanese lodgings. Offering a relaxed retreat enjoy this staycation all while overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The property features striking minimalistic features. Likewise, this includes a relaxing garden, gorgeous artworks, blissful teak soaking tubs, and cozy fireplaces. Just steps from the sandy beach, guests of Nobu Ryokan Malibu can use the facilities of the exclusive Malibu Racquet Club. In addition, you can take advantage of priority bookings at Cure Spa. Just a stone’s throw away, Nobu Malibu restaurant continues the Asian theme, with delectable Japanese fusion cuisine.

Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles

Situated right in the vibrant heart of DTLA, Hotel Figueroa provides the perfect retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Enjoy surrounding restaurants, museums, shops, art galleries, and performance venues before heading back to the gorgeous Spanish-colonial charms and top-class amenities. Handsome guest rooms blend classic comfort and contemporary edges, and visitors can cool down with a dip in the inviting outdoor pool and enjoy tasty meals at Café Fig, Sparrow, and La Casita, while Bar Magnolia is perfect for a nightcap.

The Portofino Hotel and Marina, Redondo Beach

Occupying a glorious position on a pretty peninsula, The Portofino Hotel and Marina is an ideal local staycation destination. Watch boats bobbing at the marina, soak up ocean vistas, visit nearby sandy beaches, and relax as a cooling sea breeze gently caresses your skin. Newly renovated rooms feature large windows and color palettes to match those of the sea, and hotel amenities include waterfront restaurants, a pool, and a fitness center. If you can’t totally disconnect, there’s also a 24-hour business center. Another plus point: the property is pet friendly.

Mt Ada, Catalina Island

Breakaway from the mainland (a little!) to feel like you’re truly on an exotic vacation and book a stay at Mt Ada on Catalina Island. Just a short ferry ride away, the island offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and exploration on a local staycation. Once the island retreat of William Wrigley Jr., guests of Mt Ada can enjoy discounted deals on tours and activities. You’ll also have your own golf cart at your disposal throughout your stay. With just six stunning rooms, the grand mansion offers a truly exclusive vibe. Step back in time to a charming era, soak up incredible views and enjoy delectable cuisine. The cozy den, once Mr. Wrigley’s billiards room and the spectacular terrace are top places to unwind.

Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7

April is here and it’s time for some weekend fun! From Corgi Day to Malibu Comedy Night and more, we have you covered on what’s happening. Read on below for the top events happening April 5 through April 7.

Los Angeles Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

When: Until June 7

Where: Natural History Museum | USC/Exposition Park

What: Escape the usual First Friday crowd for a unique experience at the Natural History Museum, where dinosaurs meet DJs. From February through June, on the first Friday of each month, enjoy a KCRW-sponsored night of music, museum tours, and scientist-led talks, suitable for all ages. Each event features a fresh lineup of musical acts and DJs, making for a memorable evening at the museum.

ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN

When: April 7 – October 6, 2024 

Where: Miracle Mile

What: This comprehensive retrospective of Ed Ruscha showcases his detailed photographs of Los Angeles streets alongside a recreated Chocolate Room. The unique installation is composed entirely of layered chocolate sheets.

LA Beer Fest

When: April 6

Where: DTLA

What: Don’t miss a full day of festivities dedicated to America’s beloved drink at the L.A. Beer Fest. This event features an array of brews from more than 80 breweries, complemented by food trucks and live entertainment. Your ticket grants access to a variety of beer tastings, with options for General Admission or the Connoisseur’s ticket, which offers perks like private restrooms, exclusive beers, and more.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

So Cal Corgi Beach Day

When: April 6

Where: Huntington Beach

What: Could it be their short legs, oversized ears, or fluffy tails that capture our hearts? Whatever the reason, corgis have won us over, along with the passionate members of So Cal Corgi Nation. This bi-annual gathering typically takes place at Huntington Dog Beach (100 Goldenwest St), near Tower 22 to the north of the southern entry. However, it’s always a good idea to verify the latest location details on the event’s website.

Bergamot Comedy Fest

When: Until April 6

Where: Santa Monica

What: The comedy festival at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica unites approximately 55 comedians for a series of shows and panels. Featuring both emerging talents and well-known figures, the festival is notable for its predominantly female-led performances. These events take place nightly at The Crow from April 1st to April 6th.

The Other Art Fair

When: April 4 – April 7

Where: Santa Monica

What: Explore emerging talent at this art fair, taking place at Barker Hangar, showcasing pieces from a diverse group of rising and independent artists. This event is thoughtfully curated to cater to collectors and enthusiasts across different budget ranges.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

Learn to Curl in Panorama City

When: Sunday April 7

Where: LA Kings Valley Ice Center

What: Have you ever watched curling in the Olympics, heard about it from a friend, and thought, “Could I try that?” Here’s your chance to discover! No prior experience is needed to explore the intriguing world of curling. Come and learn the basics, from delivering a stone to sweeping it across the ice. Understand the significance of terms like hog lines, hacks, buttons, and houses. It’s a great opportunity for families to engage in learning a new sport together.

Dream Mile Color Run 2024

When: April 6

Where: Woodley Park Section 1 (Victory Blvd & Woodley Ave)

What: Vibha Los Angeles is thrilled to announce the return of The Dream Mile event to Southern California this year, incorporating an extra layer of fun with a colorful celebration of the spring season. The Dream Mile serves as the flagship event in Vibha’s ongoing mission to raise awareness about the challenges faced by underprivileged children.

Kids Hands-On Vegetable Gardening Workshop

When: April 7

Where: Hand-Brewed Brewery | 9771 Variel Ave Chatsworth

What: Children are invited to dive into the world of edible gardening, getting their hands dirty and even interacting with worms! During this engaging workshop, participants will learn about the basics of growing their own food. Each child will also have the opportunity to plant a seedling and take it home, nurturing their connection to nature and the food they eat.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

Malibu Comedy Night

When: April 5

Where: Topanga 

What: The concept of drink minimums at comedy shows seems outdated. However, the idea of stand-up comedy at a wine bar is truly appealing. Located just across from the ocean, Malibu’s Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio offers stand-up comedy on its outdoor patio, complete with heat lamps for comfort. The show is hosted by Sean Leary.

24th Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering

When: April 7, 10am – 6pm

Where: 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

What: The Chumash Day Powwow is a gathering that honors Native Americans from across the nation, bringing together individuals from hundreds of tribes at Malibu Bluffs Park. Distinguished as a non-competitive event, it features an array of activities including food trucks, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies, and dances throughout both days. The event is open to the public with free admission, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebration of the Whales Festival at Channel Islands Harbor

When: April 7, 10am – 3pm

Where: 3350 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard

What: Scheduled for Sunday, March 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the 25th Annual Celebration of the Whales Festival will take place at Channel Islands Harbor. This event promises a day filled with family-oriented activities, including chalk art, shopping, and a fun zone for kids. The festivities will span across the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and the Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market, with a “Gray Whale Migration Trail” through Harbor View Park linking the two hubs of activity.

Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31

It’s Easter weekend and there are plenty of hoppenings all around town! From eggstravagant art shows to egg hunts and more, we have you covered. Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods March 29 through March 31. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy

When: Through Spring 2024

Where: Boyle Heights

What: In the summer of 1987, Germany hosted a unique carnival where traditional rides were embellished with art from Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Sonia Delaunay, and many others. After that summer, this distinctive carnival disappeared, tucked away in storage for years. Recently, however, Luna Luna has been resurrected in Los Angeles. Thanks to the efforts of several art world collaborators and Drake, the carnival has been meticulously restored and reassembled. It is now open for visitors in a Boyle Heights soundstage until the spring of 2024.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street

When: March 7 – June 1, 2024 

Where: Beverly Hills

What: Were you captivated by last year’s Basquiat exhibition in Downtown Los Angeles and left craving for more? Make your way to Beverly Hills, where Gagosian is set to showcase 50 seldom-seen pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat. These works, created in Los Angeles, hail from the artist’s prolific period at his Venice studio from 1982 to 1984.

John Williams Spotlight

When: Until May 19, 2024

Where: DTLA

What: In the ongoing multi-year tribute to John Williams by the LA Phil, attendees can experience “A Century of Film” from February 2 to 4. This event, conducted by David Newman, will feature a selection of pieces from several of Williams’ scores, including Indiana Jones and Close Encounters, alongside music from Batman, The Godfather, Back to the Future, Lawrence of Arabia, and other iconic films.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Stand Up for Pups

When: March 29 

Where: Playa Vista

What: Bring your dog along to a pet-friendly comedy night at Annenberg PetSpace featuring performances by Greg Fitzsimmons, Craig Conant, Ahmed Al-kadri, Andrea Vicunia, Martin Morrow, and Ashwin Jacob. Hosted by Caitlin Benson and with DJ VFRESH providing music, the event offers attendees two complimentary drinks. A part of the proceeds will go to the PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund.

WonderCon

When: March 29 – March 31 

Where: Anaheim

What: Comic-Con International takes its distinctive celebration of super-fandom to Orange County with its yearly event. Fans of comics, anime, gaming, movies, and TV are invited to the Anaheim Convention Center for three action-packed days featuring exclusive sneak peeks, Q&A sessions, premiere screenings, and appearances by special guests.

The Mean Girls Experience L.A.

When: Until April 21, 2024 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Get ready to immerse yourself in a Mean Girls-inspired adventure in Santa Monica where you might just hear some “you can’t sit with us!” exclamations. With each ticket, you’ll enjoy a meal consisting of an entree and side (such as the “Stab” Caesar salad and cheese fries) in a cafeteria-style atmosphere. Additionally, you’ll have access to the Cool Mom Bar and numerous photo opportunities, including Regina’s bedroom mirror, the Burn Book, and the talent show stage.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Nature Walk

When: March 29 

Where: Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

What: Embark on a journey of tranquil discovery with FoLAR at this month’s guided Nature Walk through the lush landscapes of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve!

Vegan Easter Hunt at Love Always Sanctuary

When: March 31 

Where: Sun Valley

What: Join us for a fun-filled day at Love Always Sanctuary, a beautiful Farmed Animal Sanctuary in California! Our Vegan Easter Hunt is the perfect event for all ages. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a day of excitement, laughter, and of course, delicious vegan treats!

All-Age Skate Night

When: March 30

Where: Moonlight Rollerways Glendale

What: Join Moonlight Rollerway for All-Age Skate Night on Saturday night, 8 PM to 11 PM. Entry is ticket-only, with skate rentals available at the door for $7.00.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Vegetable Garden Tips – Get Ready for Spring

When: March 30 

Where: Topanga Nursery

What: One can kickstart their spring vegetable garden with insights and techniques from the resident garden specialist. This session will cover soil preparation, planting methods, companion planting, fertilizer use, pest control, and more. After the lecture, the knowledgeable staff will be available to answer questions and assist attendees in cultivating a thriving vegetable garden, setting the stage for a bountiful harvest. The class also includes one 4-inch vegetable seedling of the attendee’s choice.

Egg Scramble Event at Rancho Santa Susana Park

When: March 30, 9am – 10am

Where: 5005 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley

What: Celebrate the eggcitement of the coming of spring at the Egg Scramble for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley starting at 9 a.m. Bring your cameras for Easter Bunny photos between 8:15-9 and 9:15-9:45 Call 805.584.4456 for more information. www.rsrpd.org

Easter Eggstravaganza Event in Camarillo

When: March 30 

Where: 1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010, USA

What: Join the Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 10am to 1pm at Community Center Park, Camarillo, for a free celebration with crafts, the Easter Bunny, food trucks, live music, and more. Don’t miss this festive day of fun for the whole family!

The Best Korean BBQ Spots Around Town | L.A. Eats

In Southern California, you’ll find a vast array of dining options. With a large Korean community, there are also some superb Korean BBQ options. In this week’s blog, we are sharing our favorite spots you’ll love. Read on and try out one of these delicious bites in Southern California.

Los Angeles Korean BBQ

Jeong Yuk Jeom

Location: 621 S Western Ave #100 | Los Angeles

You can always find a table at this huge, two-story Korean BBQ joint, even on the weekend during peak hours. It has a great selection of prime-grade short rib and dry-aged cuts.

Daedo Sikdang

Location: 4001 W 6th St | Los Angeles

Located on a massive, sleek building on W. 3rd Street, this is the only US location of the illustrious Seoul steakhouse. The primary focus of its short menu is premium cuts such as the rib eye roll, dry-aged strips, and marinated Angus beef.

Parks BBQ

Location: 955 S Vermont Ave G | Los Angeles

Parks BBQ offers high-quality Korean BBQ. It has an extensive menu with several combo platters that include a magnificent parade of meats like banchan, short rib, bulgogi, and rib eye. The quality of meat in Parks BBQ is unmatched.

Westside and Beach Communities Korean BBQ

Galbi King

Location: 11267 National Blvd | West Los Angeles

You’ll find all your favorite cuts there, including flavorful and tender beef belly as well as some fantastic pork jowl. This local spot is also easily accessible and has plenty of parking.

Mom & Bop

Location: 1707 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s Mom & Bop is the perfect spot for a quick bite and delicious Korean BBQ. It serves top-tier cuts of meat, making it ideal for an important business meeting and date night.

Wharo

Location: 4029 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey

At Wharo in Marina del Rey, you are likely to find some fantastic eats. The dining spot is a great choice for well-to-do professionals to casual friend outings or anyone looking to enjoy some awesome Korean BBQ.

San Fernando Valley Korean BBQ

House of Galbi

Location: 15927 Ventura Blvd | Encino

This neighborhood spot menu focuses on relaxed, simple bites. At this Encino spot, you can expect large portions and excellent customer service.

TaeKwon 92

Location: 250 W Valley Blvd ste p | San Gabriel

Located on the San Gabriel Valley, Taekwon 92 offers three tiers of All You Can Eat deals, none of which compromises on quality. Devour as much prime short rib or dry-aged rib eye as you can stuff your face with.

Musse

Location: 8456 Reseda Blvd | Northridge

Offering authentic Ban Chan, Musse is a must-try spot in Northridge. Enjoy the finest meat cuts in town, including must-orders like marinated short rib and skirt steak.

Conejo Valley Korean BBQ

Janchi Korean BBQ

Location: 165 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks

Here you’ll find an All You Can Eat, “Self-Grill” set-up, so one should ensure they come hungry. Likewise, we recommend spicy pork bulgogi, beef bulgogi, and marinated short ribs. Good options include pork dishes and marinated beef.

Heat KBBQ By MGD Hollywood

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Location: 1714 Newbury Rd, Thousand Oaks

Enjoy premium all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, especially for a casual evening out. The restaurant offers a number of delicious options to choose from to meet every taste.

TJ Korean BBQ

Location: 17623 Sherman Way, Van Nuys

For a premium selection of meats, look no further than TJ Korean BBQ. Likewise, TJ takes pride in its wet-aged meat so you can expect a memorable dining experience.

Local Bookstores Around Town | Out & About

Finding the perfect book to read is about more than just grabbing the first thing off the shelf at your local location of a chain bookstore. Rather, you want to find a book that really speaks to you, something that fits your idea of a perfect day, something unique, something special. That’s why finding local bookstores is so important because they can provide you all of that and more.

The Last Bookstore

Location: DTLA

One of LA’s most famed local bookstores, the Last Bookstore has a collection of the latest books by the top authors. In addition, they also have a collection of over 500,000 used and collectible books. If you’re looking for a particular book, whether new, used, or collectible, chances are you’ll be able to find it here. After all, it is almost an entire block in size.

Book Monster

Location: Santa Monica

For local bookstores on the wetside, visit Book Monster. The shop offers old and new books with the added convenience close to the beach. You can pop in and find a great read before a relaxing seaside day. Open every day of the week, you’ll never run out of new things to check out, including CDS and DVDs.

The Illiad

Location: San Fernando Valley

As far as epic names and cool local bookstores, The Illiad has it all. At this small shop, you get the experience of going to the library, except you get to keep the books, and there are cats. You’ll find this cute shop with its beautiful murals and giant books outside to be more than ready for a few photos. And you may even get the opportunity to cuddle up with a cat or two while you’re selecting your next read of the packed shelves.

Skylight Books

Location: Los Angeles,

As far as local bookstores in LA Skylight Books offers a selection of great reads related to the arts and literary fiction. In addition, they have a fantastic primary focus on LA history. You’ll also find plenty to do in this shop if you’re looking for a place to hang out because they offer special artist and author events frequently.

Village Well Books & Coffee

Location: Culver City

A freshly brewed coffee and a great book? Yes, please! For local bookstores in Culver City, you’ll love Village Well Books & Coffee. They offer plenty of great book options and a place to meet fellow book lovers. In fact, they have a book club available for those who are interested in reading something new with some new friends.

Once Upon a Time

Location: Montrose

If the name doesn’t say it all, Once Upon Time is perfect for a family bookstore visit. This little shop is focused on children’s books so it’s a great place to take the little ones to foster a love of reading and get something new to read together.

If you’re looking for your next great read you can’t go wrong with any of these local bookstores, and while you’re there, you just might find a new favorite.

Weekend Events | March 22 – March 24

Enjoy all that the weekend has to offer with our round-up of events happening from March 22 through March 24. From food fairs to TV reunions and more, we have you covered! See what’s happening in your neck of the woods below!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | March 22 – March 24 

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street

When: March 7 – June 1, 2024 

Where: Beverly Hills

What: Were you captivated by last year’s Basquiat exhibition in Downtown Los Angeles and left craving for more? Make your way to Beverly Hills, where Gagosian is set to showcase 50 seldom-seen pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat. These works, created in Los Angeles, hail from the artist’s prolific period at his Venice studio from 1982 to 1984.

John Williams Spotlight

When: Until May 19, 2024

Where: DTLA

What: In the ongoing multi-year tribute to John Williams by the LA Phil, attendees can experience “A Century of Film” from February 2 to 4. This event, conducted by David Newman, will feature a selection of pieces from several of Williams’ scores, including Indiana Jones and Close Encounters, alongside music from Batman, The Godfather, Back to the Future, Lawrence of Arabia, and other iconic films.

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy

When: Through Spring 2024

Where: Boyle Heights

What: In the summer of 1987, Germany hosted a unique carnival where traditional rides were embellished with art from Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Sonia Delaunay, and many others. After that summer, this distinctive carnival disappeared, tucked away in storage for years. Recently, however, Luna Luna has been resurrected in Los Angeles. Thanks to the efforts of several art world collaborators and Drake, the carnival has been meticulously restored and reassembled. It is now open for visitors in a Boyle Heights soundstage until the spring of 2024.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | March 22 – March 24 

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden

When: Until March 24

Where: Palos Verdes

What: Do you and your furry companion feel inseparable lately? Enjoy more bonding time together with the dog-friendly events at Palos Verdes’ South Coast Botanic Garden. Every third Sunday, explore the garden’s vast 87 acres with your four-legged friend. Humans need to book a reservation, and all dogs must be leashed at all times, even in the parking lot.

The Mean Girls Experience L.A.

When: Until April 21, 2024 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Get ready to immerse yourself in a Mean Girls-inspired adventure in Santa Monica where you might just hear some “you can’t sit with us!” exclamations. With each ticket, you’ll enjoy a meal consisting of an entree and side (such as the “Stab” Caesar salad and cheese fries) in a cafeteria-style atmosphere. Additionally, you’ll have access to the Cool Mom Bar and numerous photo opportunities, including Regina’s bedroom mirror, the Burn Book, and the talent show stage.

Poppy Day

When: March 23

Where: Westside Waldorf School

What: Westside Waldorf School invites families with children ages 0 – 6 to join them for a day of springtime fun and joyful play at their Poppy Day event. This gathering brings people together to celebrate the earth and the renewal of the spring season. The event features a range of activities, from outdoor play and seed planting to crafting, puppet shows, and shopping, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Friends and families are encouraged to head down to Westside Waldorf School for a day filled with laughter, age-appropriate amusement, and unforgettable memories. It’s an opportunity not to be missed for those looking to make the most of the spring season.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | March 22 – March 24 

Vegan Street Fair

When: March 22 – March 24

Where: North Hollywood

What: Check out the Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts District, featuring 50 vendors offering everything from pizza to ice cream and burgers, along with drinks, crafts, and unique out-of-town options. Located on Chandler Boulevard, between Tujunga and Vineland Avenues, it includes stages with DJs, carnival rides, and games on Lankershim Boulevard and near Vineland. Entry is free, with food and activities pay-per-item, but a $55 fast pass is available to bypass lines.

Bluegrass Bonanza & Buffet

When: March 23

Where: Simi Valley

What: The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise is extending an invitation for an evening filled with TV Memories, Music & Food at the Sunrise Bluegrass Bonanza & Buffet in Simi Valley. The Sunrise Bluegrass Bonanza offers a perfect setting for those who hold dear the narratives of family, community, and the pioneering spirit. It provides an opportunity for enthusiasts to come together, exchange stories, and delve into an ambiance that echoes the pioneer culture.

Intro to California Native Plant Garden Design

When: March 22

Where: Theodore Payne Foundation

What: Prepare to dive into landscaping with native plants through this unique beginner’s course! This session will guide you in learning to evaluate, map, and design your home or community garden with considerations for light, irrigation, space, and other factors. It’s an excellent opportunity for those eager to begin their landscaping journey. Tim Becker, the Theodore Payne Foundation’s Director of Horticulture and an experienced landscaper, will lead the class.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | March 22 – March 24 

THOUSAND OAKS PHILHARMONIC OPUS 64 CONCERT

When: March 22-24, 204

Where: Scherr Forum Theater

What: Opus 64 will feature 9 amazing young musicians along with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, conducted by Maxim Kuzin. Experience the enchanting music concertos by Schröter, Hayden, Vivaldi, Mozart, Barber, Grandjany, Saint-Saëns performed with passion and skill. If you have any inquiries or need assistance, email tophilharmonic@tophil.org.

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CAST REUNION & FESTIVAL

When: March 22-24, 2024

Where: RANCHO SANTA SUSANA PARK | Simi Valley

What: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic television series, “Little House on the Prairie,” at this 3-day festival and cast reunion. The festival will take place at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley. There will be 1870s-style food, music, and entertainment. Reserve Tickets at: https://littlehousefestival.com/event-info.

YOGA ON THE MOUNTAIN

When: March 23

Where: King Gilette Ranch

What: Join instructors Greg and Dawn for a yoga session at King Gillette Ranch. All skill levels are welcome. Participants are advised to bring their own yoga mat. This is a free event with free parking. Reservations are required. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Instagram-worthy Places to Dine | LA Eats

Los Angeles is known for its amazing food scene, but it’s also home to some of the most visually stunning restaurants in the world. Whether you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy spot or simply want to dine in a beautiful environment, we have got you covered. Here are some of the best aesthetically pleasing places to dine in LA!

Instagram-worthy Places to Dine in the City

Catch Steak

Location: 650 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Catch Steak is a contemporary steakhouse in a 10,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Fig & Olive on Melrose Place. The restaurant has warm wood details, leather banquettes, and blackened metal touches, with an abundance of greenery throughout the 375-seat space, providing a verdant setting for both indoor and outdoor dining.

Musso & Frank Grill

Location: 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Musso & Frank Grill is a timeless restaurant that has been relevant for decades. The restaurant’s dark woods, yellow lighting, and red jackets add to the classic continental fare and excellent service, which attracts locals and tourists alike.

Bacetti

Location: 1509 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

In Echo Park, the Instagram-worthy Bacetti has been graced with beautiful lighting. The warm, golden hues of the wood contrast with the rust-colored tiles. The rooms are simple yet stunning, with ample glasswork that draws the eye toward the kitchen. A luxurious marble countertop featuring stunning streaks of ink blacks and grays separates the areas while still providing a seamless flow. The overall effect is a delightful mix of plants and shadows that add a splash of vibrancy to the space.

Kodo

Location: 710 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Kodo’s unique Instagram-worthy design stands out in the Arts District with its blend of light slate tones, stone, and blonde wood finishes. The restaurant seamlessly combines modern and timeless elements while incorporating both Japanese and Angeleno influences across its multiple dining spaces. Housed in a former firehouse, Kodo exudes a strong and confident presence.

Gigi’s

Location: 904 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Gigi’s is a stylish, throwback little find that hearkens to midcentury panache with a vintage feel. The restaurant’s overall look is the late architect Osvaldo Maiozzi’s last work. The Instagram-worthy interior is designed by Andrew Cosbie, and interior architect Aejie Rhyu of ARA-la Studio handles details such as brass shelving, wood paneling, and millwork. It feels like an ageless hotel bar placed street-side in Tinseltown.

Mírate

Location: 1712 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mírate, with multiple levels, two bars, and separate dining rooms, showcases Matthew Egan’s photography and murals by Jorge Telleache. The restaurant has a retractable roof and scenic views of the Griffith Observatory. The former event venue space was transformed by design firm Adean with new tiles, walled textiles, cushiony banquettes, and live plants, accommodating up to 180 diners.

Instagram-worthy Places to Dine on the Westside

Belles Beach House

Location: 24 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Belles Beach House is a restaurant located in the former location of Larry’s in Venice, which closed during the pandemic. The Instagram-worthy restaurant has an open-air patio that provides a comfortable and airy atmosphere, but it requires overhead electric heaters to keep it comfortable inside. There’s an outdoor patio that can accommodate 60 people.

Juliet

Location: 8888 Washington Blvd Suite 102, Culver City, CA 90232

Juliet is a restaurant with loads of marble, dark wood, and deep red tones. The rustic flooring, scalloped edges, and off-white fabrics create a cozy atmosphere, while the walk-up bar keeps the place lively. The restaurant can seat up to 120 people, and the ample outdoor patio adds another 1,500 square feet of street-side seating. Jeremiah Brent, the celebrated AD 100 designer, designed Juliet.

La Dolce Vita

Location: 9785 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

La Dolce Vita is a restaurant that takes patrons on a trip back in time with its burgundy leather booths and refurbished Italian chairs from almost half a century ago. Retro looks such as cheetah-printed carpets and the staff’s Denis Frison-designed uniforms contribute to the old-world charm of this Instagram-worthy restaurant.

Instagram-worthy Places to Dine in the Valley

Toadstool Cafe

Location: 127 James Stewart Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Toadstool Cafe is a quirky and cartoonish destination that has been attracting hours-long lines since it first opened. The cafe’s impossibly whimsical interior transports eaters into the world of Mario, making it a popular destination.

Nobu Malibu

Location: 22706 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Nobu Malibu is a restaurant in LA that offers an exceptional dining experience. Located very close to the waves of the Pacific Ocean, Nobu’s light wood and delicate decor attract the see-and-be-seen types for dinner and sunset. Despite being a luxury chain, dining at Nobu is not like being at a corporate retreat but more like sipping champagne at the edge of the world.

Perfect Spring Plants to Pot this Season | Home Tips

Container gardening is one of the best ways to welcome spring and say goodbye to the cold winter. This is because, at the beginning of spring, the soil in your garden could still be too cold to support the growth of most plants. On the other hander, potting soil can absorb enough heat from the sun to support the growth of plants that can significantly enhance the aesthetic value of your house. Below are some of the best plants you can consider potting this spring.

Hellebore

This is an evergreen plant that is known for doing well in shady areas. The plant can begin to bloom towards the end of winter even when there is a light snowfall. Once the blooming is over, you can relocate the plant to the landscape where it can continue thriving for years to come.

Columbine

Columbine is known for its compact foliage. With its beautiful, delicate flowers, it can grow up to two feet. Although its flowers attract hummingbirds, they are resistant to rabbits and deer. Columbine can do well with a medium amount of moisture even in a place without a lot of light.

English Ivy

English ivy has leaves that look terrific in early spring. The leaves are also known to tolerate frost. English ivy is great for its draping habit in pots. However, this is plant is highly invasive, and therefore, it is advisable to keep it in its pot instead of transplanting it to your garden.

Spotted Dead Nettle

This plant is an excellent option for edging your pots in spring. Although this plant is not going to bloom until May or June, its foliage will beautifully spill over the edges of your containers

Coral Bells

Coral bells are perennial plants are known for doing exemplary well even in shade. They are unfussy and cold-tolerant, meaning that they thrive even in early spring. They are known for their foliage, but their spring flowers are also spectacular.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for an excellent way to welcome the season planting spring plants will do the trick! However, the soil could still be too cold to support most plant species, particularly in early spring. The good news is that there are many beautiful plants you can choose to pot to make your home look more beautiful after a harsh winter. You just have to know what you want to achieve and pick spring plants that can help you to achieve your objectives.

Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Irish way, with a bevy of fun happenings around town. From parades to pub crawls and more, there is a clover field of local fun going on this weekend. Read on below for our round-up of the best weekend events!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Street Food Cinema: Great Gatsby Night

When: March 16 

Where: DTLA

What: Experience the opulence of Jay Gatsby’s world with a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s captivating movie, complemented by live jazz that encapsulates the essence of the 1920s. Master the Charleston with expert instruction, and savor era-inspired gourmet treats and cocktails from food trucks and vendors.

L.A. Marathon

When: March 17  

Where: Los Angeles

What: Starting at Dodger Stadium, the yearly marathon showcases physical resilience and communal unity, traversing 26.2 miles through Los Angeles. This edition circles back to West L.A., ending near Century City instead of its traditional Santa Monica finish. With over 25,000 runners, the event promises excitement not just for participants but for spectators, offering an equally thrilling experience.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Original Farmers Market

When: March 17 

Where: Fairfax and 3rd

What: Visit the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy Magee’s Kitchen’s corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes, along with green beer and Guinness at E.B’s and Bar 326. Catch the sound of Celtic melodies from a wandering bagpiper (12:30–3:30pm) and traditional Irish folk music (4–6pm).

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Holi on the Beach

When: March 16 

Where: Redondo Beach

What: Celebrate the arrival of spring at the vibrant Indian festival of colors, given a unique L.A. flair. Revel in the tradition of tossing colored powder at each other against a backdrop of ocean waves and sandy beaches—just be prepared for your attire to become a canvas. Held at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, this event doubles as a fundraiser for the Association for India’s Development’s L.A. chapter, supporting grassroots initiatives in India.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 16 

Where: Hermosa Beach

What: While Hermosa Beach may not be a green-clad shore, it embraces the Irish spirit with its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Expect bagpipers, marching bands, green-adorned cars, and festive dogs from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California to parade down the seven-block route. Starting near City Hall on Valley Drive, the procession moves west on Pier Avenue, finishing at Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street, where live music awaits at Pier Plaza.

Santa Monica St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

When: March 15

Where: Britannia Pub | 318 Santa Monica Blvd

What: Ring in St. Patrick’s Day the Santa Monica way! Take part in this Saturday’s bar crawl for a fun night out on the town. The evening kicks off at Britannia Pub and makes its way through local bars and pubs.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Swingin’ Soul Night – St. Paddy’s

When: March 15

Where: The Mayflower Club | North Hollywood

What: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a night of Swingin’ Soul! Enjoy Boilermaker drink specials, a spacious dance floor, complimentary dance lessons, and free parking. Dance the night away to the greatest soul and R&B hits from the ’50s and ’60s.

St Pawtrick’s Day Paws & Relax

When: March 17

Where: Liberate Yourself | 13323 Ventura Blvd

What: What better way to celebrate St Pawtrick’s Day then with some Sunday Self-Care Paws and Relax time with your furry best friend and mix and mingle with like-minded dog owners.

A Toast To Tony

When: March 17

Where: Valley Relics Museum

What: Pipers and drummers will entertain, setting the stage for a night of music and dancing in honor of Tony McNulty. Guests can indulge in beer, wine, and spirits from the pub and savor a unique taco bar with an Irish twist. The evening will also feature shared memories of McNulty’s St. Paddy’s celebrations, arcade games, and beverages for all ages. 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Moorpark College Theatre Arts Presents “Sweeney Todd”

When: March 15, 8pm – 10pm

Where: Moorpark College

What: Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy, and stunning terror. Don’t miss these outstanding musical performances!

Bark in the Park at Conejo Creek Park North

When: March 16, 9am – 12pm

Where: 1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks

What: Join us for a tail-wagging good time at Bark in the Park! This pup-tacular event is happening on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9 AM to noon at Conejo Creek Park North, right behind the Thousand Oaks Library. Get ready for a dog costume contest, racetrack, entertainers, agility course, and plenty of vendors. Remember, friendly dogs only, and keep them leashed. It’s all free, with food for purchase. Don’t miss out on the furry fun!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ventura

When: March 16, 10am – 12pm

Where: 211 E. Main Street, Ventura

What: Get your green on and join the fun at the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Ventura! Kicking off in front of the San Buenaventura Mission on East Main Street, this festive march will make its way up to the corner of North Chestnut and East Main. With room for up to 100 entrants, it’s a celebration not to be missed. Let’s paint the town green!

Our Favorite Sushi Shops | LA Eats

Southern California is home to many excellent eateries, with cuisines from all around the world to suit all tastes. If you’re craving sushi, here are some of the best places around SoCal to fill up on delicious bites and other Japanese fares.

Top Sushi Shops to Check Out in LA

Sushi Kiriko

Sushi Kiriko is located along W Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Recognized in the prestigious Michelin Guide, chef Ken Namba creates delectable dishes that reflect the blend of authenticity and modern influences of sushi bars in Japan’s bustling capital of Tokyo. Inspired by the seasons, dishes use high-quality fish and fresh ingredients. Dining is in the traditional omakase style, where the chef decides the menu.

UMEDA

Sitting on Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue, UMEDA offers a wide variety of tantalizing dishes, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free delights. Open weekdays for lunch and every day for dinner, the extensive menu has something to suit almost any palate. In addition, the restaurant has 12 types of steamed sushi, known as wappa, including shrimp avocado, sea eel, mixed mushrooms, and salmon.

California Rock’n Sushi

For great food in a fun atmosphere, check out California Rock’n Sushi in Koreatown. Dishes are a treat for the senses, combining delicious tastes with an artful presentation, and the menu includes creative fusion fare as well as sushi. Small dishes include the jalapeno bomb, sesame chicken, gyozas, and baked mussels. In addition, there is also the signature menu includes tuna tataki, salmon oyako, crunch onion albacore, and scallop with uni.

Top Sushi Shops to Check out in Westside and Beach Communities

Sakae Sushi

A well-loved establishment in Gardena, Sakae Sushi‘s budget-friendly options appeal to a diverse crowd. In operation since the early 1960s, the family-run sushi joint offers simple yet tasty homemade bites to go. The menu features just six items — tamago, California roll, saba, ebi, nori and inari — but the usual line outside shows how popular their food is. Note: the shop only accepts payments in cash.

Jinpachi

West Hollywood’s Jinpachi is a fabulously intimate place for a casual date night, although you can definitely treat yourself to a tasty sushi feast too! Likewise, the ambiance is relaxing and the menu caters to diverse tastes and budgets. Whether you splash out on the omakase or order deals from the a la carte menu, you won’t be disappointed. In addition, the regular menu includes other Japanese favorites like tempura, salads, crab, and chicken with ginger.

Sasabune Beverly Hills

The high-end Sasabune Beverly Hills exudes classic vibes and is often listed as one of the top sushi restaurants around LA. The omakase menu features several pieces of sushi, sashimi, and a roll, all expertly crafted by chef Nobi Kusuhara. Likewise, if you want a more traditional Japanese dining experience, try the more adventurous Japanese omakase, with items like sea urchin, salmon roe, and monkfish liver.

 

Top Sushi Shops to Check out in San Fernando Valley

Shin Sushi

Located in Encino, Shin Sushi has a coveted Michelin star. Open since 2018, the restaurant is known for its formal omakase style of dining. Essentially, patrons leave all decisions up to the talented chef, Taketoshi Azumi, who prepares tasty and artful authentic specialties from fresh seasonal ingredients. Savor a starter, soup and 14 pieces of sushi in an intimate refined atmosphere.

Sushi Note

A popular eatery in Sherman Oaks, Sushi Note offers both a la carte and omakase experiences. Chef Kiminobu Saito prepares tasty rolls and sashimi made from ingredients such as Japanese scallops, Canadian albacore, Spanish bluefin tuna, and Atlantic halibut. The menu also features a variety of roles and tempting appetizers like miso soup, edamame, and soft shell crab. In addition, the establishment is especially known for its extensive wine list and expert pairings.

Daichan

Eclectic and quirky, Daichan is a top sushi spot in Studio City. The dining room is filled with knickknacks and curios to capture your imagination as you sink your teeth into homey Japanese comfort food. Sushi rolls include salmon, tuna, eel, and cucumber, and the wide selection of bowls includes vegetarian-friendly options. In addition, Poki bowls, noodles, rice bowls, and seafood plates are just a few other items that might grab your attention.

Top Sushi Shops to Check out in Conejo Valley

Banzai Marina

The long-established Banzai Marina can be found near the main street in Ventura. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, and you can also grab great food to go. In addition, you are welcome to bring your furry friend while you enjoy the nice weather on their patio. Known for its creative rolls, we recommend the namesake Banzai Marina roll, moonlight roll, ninja roll, and red dragon roll.

Q Sushi

An elegant establishment in Westlake Village, near Thousand Oaks, Q Sushi boasts an upmarket vibe, a tempting food menu, and a wide drinks menu. Try beautifully crafted cocktails with Japanese favorites made using fresh seasonal ingredients. From signature rolls, like the fire goddess, baked snow crab, and fatty bihn to luxurious carpaccio, skewers, and wagyu beef, there’s sure to be something that whets your appetite. Tempura battered Oreos and green tea churros are among the inventive dessert options.

ONYX

Located within the high-class Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, ONYX promises a sophisticated setting. The dining room is modern with chic accents and you can order fresh-to-order delicacies at the sit-down bar. Likewise, there are several types of Japanese sake to accompany your meal.