If you don’t know from the crazy amount of butterflies migrating through the city last week, spring is in bloom. With such is the arrival of California’s Wild Flowers. A site to see for those visiting the sunnier side of Cali, the wild flowers are experiencing a Super-Bloom this year. An event not to be missed as this only occurs every 10-15 years. If you’re looking for the best way to really ring in the floral season, we have the City-Guide for you. Get some instagram-able photos and spend some time Out and About with Spring in SoCal.
From Arcata to San Diego the state flower is in full bloom and so is our guide of where to find them.
Death Valley National Park
Here is where you will find the full super bloom experience. The Mojave Desert is home to the wildflower event, although this years scarce rains did not result in its usual bloom, it’s still a sight to see.
Joshua Tree National Park
While in Death Valley, you can make your way to Joshua Tree which happens to be part of the Mojave. Blooms have already started here near the park’s south entrance and are expected to last longer thanks to cool temperatures.
Channel Islands National Park
These five islands that make up the park 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara coastline have a bounty of unique wildflower offerings. On Anacapa, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel islands, yellow coreopsis began blooming in January and will last through the month. The flowers are endemic to the Channel Islands but only found now on Santa Rosa Island.
Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area
In late March, the flanks of this summit (50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara) and nearby Grass Mountain begin bursting with a range of wildflowers. Hyacinth, shooting stars, buttercups, milkmaids, Johnny-jump-ups and poppies are just a few of the many flowers found here.
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
At this nearly 1,800-acre reserve about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, are rolling hills blanketed in poppies. The season for these hillside foliage’s begins in April, lasting through early May. While the poppies are the showstopper here, keep your eye out for other wildflowers like California Aster and blue lupine. Since this area received several more inches of rain then usual in 2019, a super bloom is expected here too.
Pinnacles National Park
Around 8-miles south of San Jose is Pinnacles National Park. The wildflowers here can be seen in March, showing most in May. Depending on rainfall and temperature one would find a mix of milkmaids, shooting stars bush poppies and orchids.
There’s more to this month then March Madness. With so many fun activities in LA we thought you might need more then the weekend round-up. Read below for a collection of events happening throughout the month and discover your inner Angeleno!
The Other Art Fair is Coming to Downtown L.A. (March 28-31)
The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to Magic Box at The Reef. The Fair takes place March 28-31 for the 3rd edition of its independent artist showcase. See a curated selection of over 140 independent artists and check out thousands of pieces for every budget in one space. -> More information
The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival (March 31)
The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park on March 31 for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. -> More information
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Celebrates César Chávez Day (March 31)
This free celebration features a guest speaker from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Xipe Totec Aztec dancers, live music by Lorenzo and the Carnales, plus art, garden, and culinary workshops -> More information
With all the hustle and bustle in LA, narrowing down the best places to grab a bite can be tricky. Rather then making your routine stop at Panera Bread, why not try something new. LA has more restaurants then there are Bird scooters. With that in mind we’ve narrowed down the best places to nosh this week.
While most restaurants don’t put too much creativity into their brunch menus, chef Jonathan Whitener is bringing fresh ideas and energy to the table. Take for instance his coconut waffle with koji, blueberries, ume (Japanese salty plums), and smoked maple syrup.This dish is far more interesting than it needs to be, going above and beyond the brunch-time status quo. Respect the waffle.
The menu weaves across the hours with a mix of rethought American classics. From breakfast bowls with activated charcoal or a smoked salmon tartine with yuzu cream cheese. To lighter lunches like grilled tuna salads or hummus and steamed mussels. For dinner there’s a full bar run by lead bartender Jamie Clark and surprises like an all-vegan beet-based bao, or a throwback filet mignon atop wasabi mashed potatoes. Throw in a daily happy hour, and it feels like Pikoh really can do it all.
Lately’s menu is an all-day savory jaunt, with their breakfast sandwich sporting an organic fried egg, gouda, and oven roasted tomato on an English muffin. They also serve biscuits, a soft scrambled toast, a heaping avocado toast, salads, breakfast bowl, and a country-fried steak sandwich.
Urban Radish, the healthy-eating oasis in the Arts District is the perfect lunchtime spot. The outdoor grill is hidden behind a row of water-circulating vertical planters brimming with kale and other greens. Look through the foliage to find one man and a stack of tickets. Skirt steak, salmon, chicken; it all hits the hot metal and gets served over healthy grains and greens to a slew of daytime diners. Yum!
LA’s best new taco stand has landed a highly visible location in Koreatown. Meaning it’s the best time to stop by during weekdays. Ask nicely for the chicharron de queso con hongos, paired with the stand’s excellent mushrooms. The best part about Tacos 1986 is its accessibility, placed right in the heart of Koreatown. Located at a crossroads for anyone traveling to Hollywood or Downtown, South LA, or Mid-City. What’s better than a taco pit stop?
With open seating and rapid rounds of sushi hitting plates, KazuNori is the place to find some of the LA’s freshest fishes. It’s not uncommon to find a long line, which can be surprisingly short thanks to the restaurant’s efficiency. Choose from three to six hand rolls, which are made in plain view. The chefs transform the sea bream’s tender flesh and shiny silver skin into an elegant and perfect hand roll. Order a Sapporo and watch the chefs do their magic.
Newly opened, Tartine Bianco is a hot ticket dining spot. The chicken liver toast is an early stand out and quite possibly the most thoughtful dish. The base of the matter, a crusty slice of the restaurant’s famous bread, sturdily held onto the pretty pink liver, as well as dollops of kumquat puree and blood orange segments. Balance comes among the varied components, hitting the brightest of notes with just enough richness to bring it home.
Jame Enoteca is well on its way to becoming a new kind of standard for the city of El Segundo. The corner strip mall option makes all of its pastas in-house and keeps a cozy but refined sort of vibe. Of particular noteworthiness (though all of the pastas seem to be pretty delicious) is the off-menu occasional lasagna with assorted foraged mushrooms. Pair it up with some vegetables to start and maybe a glass of wine, and be well on the way to a very full and very relaxed time in the South Bay.
The chefs at Atrium have whipped up pristine dishes with flavors that are unique and strong, just the way Angelenos like it. The beef carpaccio, inspired by the chef’s love of carne asada, is topped with crispy potato matchsticks, a thick salsa macha, and avocado crema. Those crunchy, salty, and savory layers makes for fun eating, but one plate might not be enough.
As we settle into the shortest month of the year, our weekends shouldn’t be cut short on lack of fun. With so many activities to chose from in and around LA, fill your time with the events we’ve rounded up below!
Friday Feb. 8th, 2019
Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys at Law
Location: The Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles
The legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show. It’s an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious. Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys At Law Opening Night Party is Friday, February 8th. Tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets (specialty cocktails, beer, and wine), catering from The Darkroom, and an awesome show! This event is 21 and over only. ID required.
Lookin’ to groove right into 2019? One Love Cali Reggae Festival returns to the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach on February 8 – 10 for its fourth annual music fest with all of your favorite bands and artists. This three-day festival boasts a long line-up of musicians. Performers include Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, and more. Attendees can also enjoy nightly after parties on the water with Don Carlos on Friday, February 8, Collie Buddz on Saturday, February 9 and Fiji on Sunday, February 10.
The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 7-18. Now in its 27th year, the 12-day festival is the largest black film festival in America. PAFF’s legacy is evidenced by the success of storytellers and talent who’ve contributed works to the festival such as Will Packer, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Coogler, Berry Jenkins, Taraji P. Henson, Ava Duvernay, and countless others. This year’s program features a robust schedule including the Filmmakers Brunch, ARTFest, PAFF Institute Panels, StudentFest, LOL Comedy Series, Children’s Fest, SpokenWord Fest, Seniors’ Connection and much more.
Come help the Hammer Museum celebrate their newest winter exhibitions with an opening-night party on February 9. From 8 to 11 p.m., attendees can view these brand-new exhibits during late-night hours, enjoy music by DJ Nubar and DJ ShyBoy from MaDonna Summer and Bootie LA/SF. See works by Los Angeles-based artist and view are newly acquired works. There will be a cash bar and The Original Grilled Cheese food truck will be parked on Lindbrook Drive if you want to grab a bite. As always, Hammer Museum events are free until they reach capacity.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce presents the 120th Golden Dragon Parade along North Broadway in Chinatown on February 9. The celebration centers around the Lunar New Year, which is one of the biggest holidays of the year for nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. Gathering thousands of individuals, this parade will include almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The overarching theme of the parade is ethnic diversity, Chinese culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses.
Spend an evening with your favorite animal friends after hours aboard Noah’s Ark. Wear your favorite PJs (adults, too!) and play with puppets, tell stories, make new friends, and celebrate the winter. Enjoy a tasty dinner together and have loads of fun!
Location:City Council Chambers (at the West Hollywood Library)
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the West Hollywood Library present the 2018-19 Winter Sounds FREE Indoor Concert Series. Zetz Klezmer is a delightful ensemble whose show weaves together music, stories, history, educational demos, and jokes. Their original and traditional music is rooted in klezmer traditions of European Jews, but also fuses sounds from across the globe.
Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles
On Sunday, February 10 the second annual Forge Festival celebrates the art of blacksmithing through live demonstrations, hands-on activities, musical performances, tomahawk throwing, artisan metal and craft marketplace and other family-friendly activities. Hosted by Adam’s Forge, a blacksmithing school founded 2002, The Forge Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the and tickets are $25 (children 12 and under are free).
Watch Healthy Spot’s Grooming team go paw-to-paw to transform some of Annenberg PetSpace‘s adoptable pets in hopes of helping them find their furever homes. This Japanese style grooming competition will be judged by celebrity guest, Kenichi Nagase! Kenichi is a renowned Japanese Pet Grooming Stylist, recently featured in the Netflix docuseries, Dogs. Your pet is more than welcomed to join you! Stop by and enjoy: A friendly grooming competition, Q&A with Japanese Style Grooming experts, Kenichi Nagase, Jess Ronaand Patricia Sugihara, Adoptable pets from Annenberg PetSpace, Treats and takeaways, Raffle prizes and giveaways!
Location: Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, Tarzana
Treat your little ones to A Fairy Tea Party! Each table will be hosted by one of A Faery Hunt’s charming faeries. English Tea Sandwiches, shortbread cookies, faery fruit and veggies, and Fairy Tea will be served; catered by their amazing Fairy Caterer. Come dressed in your faery; prince or princess finest attire. Enjoy circle-time story time with the faeries, music, dancing, and surprises. Space is limited for the Fairy Tea Party, so get your tickets now for this catered event.
Location: The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen returns with the 4th season of FREE, outdoor dance events for the whole family. This weekends event will feature BREAK THE FLOOR: HIP HOP! An introduction to Hip-Hop class with a fun and energetic routine taught by Chantel Heath.
As Angeleno’s we know LA has no shortage of places to grab a bite from am to pm. On this holiday of love, our favorite spots will be raising the bar and prices for their Valentines Day offerings. Whether your preference is pre-fix or simply exquisite cuisine, we’ve rounded up the best places to dine with your special someone.
Inn of the Seventh Ray
Forget the Topanga stereotypes of burning sage and healing crystals (OK, they sell those here, too). Off Old Topanga Road, love-stricken diners can enter a bucolic, wooded city escape: a multi-tiered outdoor dining space draped in lights, lilac and oak trees—and, yes, the wafting scent of incense that hits you on your way in. Take in the serene, creekside surroundings under heat lamps and twinkling stars. This idyllic setting will be offering both Brunch and Dinner for the Hallmark holiday of love. Menu’s are pre-fix(with some a la carte dinner options) and can be viewed here.
Location: Santa Monica
Escape to Nantucket at this beachside destination seducing lovers and landlubbers alike, where you can grab front-row seats overlooking the Pacific. If that’s not enough to impress your sunset-discriminating friend, cozy up to the roaring fire over surf and turf plates such as fresh pasta with lobster, seared scallops with bok choi and soy caramel, 24-day–aged rib eye and Sunday-night prime rib dinner served table-side. The quiet dining room jazzes up, literally, come nightfall with live piano and jazz in the hotel’s Living Room lounge, perfect for graduating on to cocktails and more fireside canoodling. View there Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu here.
Transport yourself to another place and time at this Downtown bistro where it’s all about the outdoor patio. Settle under olive trees decked in twinkling lights and a towering skyline overhead, with the Art Deco Central Library as your up-close-and-personal view. When it comes to the menu, expect an extensive wine list, eclectic flavors and elegantly-composed plates from this Patina-owned restaurant. Those seeking romance can pine over the lavish Valentine’s Day pre-fixe menu which can be viewed here.
Location: West Hollywood
Soft, flattering lighting that bounces off the delicate gold wallpaper? Check. An artful, at times decadent, menu that’s perfect for sharing bites with your date? Double check. Traditional Japanese technique meets California flavor at this intimate bungalow on the edge of Chateau Marmont. Pro tip: For an even more intimate experience, huddle over sake and cocktails at the front bar. For next Wednesday they’re offering a stunning Valentines version of their Kaiseki menu. Click here for more information.
Location: Eagle Rock
There’s romance even in the story of this Eagle Rock gem. The cozy Craftsman bungalow turned bistro is run by—of course—a husband-and-wife team. Chef Sean Lowenthal and Deborah Schwartz-Lowenthal cook up a hyper-seasonal New-American menu romance filled setting. Share your way through braised meatballs, duck liver mousse with sherry gastrique, and charred flat iron steak. Outdoors, the lights flip on when the sun goes down, providing an intimate patio that glows as much as your date will. For more information click here.
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
Location: Central LA
This Valentine’s Day, plan a night as unique as your romance. With three outstanding José Andrés experiences to chose from, the way to the heart begins with a feast for the senses. There are multiple dining rooms, each with a different menu focus and ambience. Dine dangerously in the more masculine, matador-themed banquettes or opt for comfy-yet-modern seating. For more information on their menu options click here.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Location: Bel Air
Since opening its doors in 1946, Hotel Bel-Air has been the site of Old Hollywood’s (then-new) city escapes. From honeymoons to camping out in the secluded hills away from the lights. The Mediterranean-influenced menu sees glimpses of old and new with updated Puck favorites. Finish with a stroll by the fabled Swan Lake for a fairy-tale ending. Click here to view their Valentine’s Day menu offerings.
Scopa Italian Roots
Oh, Scopa, what are you doing to us? Those crispy squash blossoms and house-made meatballs are making our hearts melt. Not to mention the intoxicating glow of the fully-stocked liquor bar that lights up the restaurant. Couples canoodle in dark booths, sharing plates of rigatoni in vodka sauce and fusilli tossed with capers, olives and anchovies. Chef Antonia Lofaso has a knack for churning out quality comfort food in a date-worthy atmosphere. End the night with a fried fluffernutter (trust us). To view their menu click here.
Location: Santa Monica
Ask anyone in L.A. what the best fine-dining spot is, and Mélisse always comes out toward the top of the list. Serving dinner only, suited waiters bring course after course. You can opt for the basic four, seven or 10 courses, plus caviar service—of artfully-composed plates of pure decadence. (If that doesn’t seduce you, we don’t know what will.) While two private dining rooms offer a more intimate setting, the main dining room hosts couples, who should request a booth. To view their pre-fixe menu options click here.
Location: Echo Park
Because vegetarians are lovers, too. This Echo Park haunt is a date night go-to for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Fall for the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu that changes with the season. Call ahead to claim a spot with your date inside the cozy, matchbox-size dining room. Sip on any number of wines—all natural wine, of course—and toast over vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Click here to view their menu options.
Location: Studio City
Firefly may be the closest thing to a modern-day secret garden in L.A., walls of tangled ivy included. The fine-dining restaurant offers Modern-American cuisine in a romantic, cozy setting. Their heated, fire-lit patio is decorated in candles and twinkling lights, while the library-like bar area offers an ideal date-night vibe. In this secret garden, you’ll be fed exquisitely constructed dishes off their pre-fix Valentine’s Day menu which can be viewed here.
When the parsley sprinkled over the house-made pasta you’re eating has come from a garden right outside the restaurant’s doors, you know you’re eating fresh. Such is the case at the picture-perfect mar’sel, where an onsite herb-and-vegetable garden is mere steps from the kitchen, its goods incorporated throughout the menu. Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, mar’sel is the perfect place to impress your date. Their menu options can be viewed here.
Location: Beverly Hills
If a restaurant could make you weak at the knees, Il Cielo would have diners dropping left and right. Serving dinner under a canopy of twinkling lights, the romantic Italian eatery aims to be a “country restaurant in the city”. Bubbling fountains and white tablecloths create a darling ambiance to rival a Tuscan trattoria. Their decadent Valentine’s Day menu is sure to rival other as well and can be viewed here.
Location: Silver Lake
This hidden gem’s patio is one of the prettiest on the east end of the city. An open structure that’s outfitted in hanging lights and a fireplace under a huge banyan-like tree. The menu reads like an exotic escape—to the Mediterranean or Asia, perhaps—with a California influence. Enjoy menu items like French butter lettuce with radish, quinoa, or whole branzino with papaya salad and nuoc cham. To view their full menu click here.
Location: West Hollywood
Long heralded as one of the top restaurants in the city, Melrose Avenue’s Lucques continues to draw foodies and the fashionable set. The menu takes cues from the season with local farmers’ market ingredients highlighted on the plate. While the bar menu features a separate selection of eats and seasonal concoctions, another experience and reason to visit. Indulge by flickering candlelight over a bottle—the well-curated wine selection features worlds both old and new—and don’t skimp on desserts. View their seasonal menu here.
Aside from watching this Sundays big game, there are plenty of other fun things to do in LA for the non-sports fans. Since time is of the essence (especially on our rainy days), we have rounded up the best activities this weekend provides. So ditch your usual weekend routine and check out one of the events below…or all of them! The choice is yours this Super Bowl Sunday!!
Friday, January 1st
Night of Ideas
Location: National History Museum
Join the Consulate General of France in at the National History Museum this Friday for Night of Ideas Los Angeles. The evening will include engaging lectures, live musical and dance performances, readings and art installations.
While there us still plenty of time for you to snag a date before Valentines Day, celebrate your singleness at the Breakup Bar Popup. Hosted by the Severance Wine Bra, this limited engagement event is the ultimate anti-valentines day. Enjoy breakup appropriate movie screenings, a Wall of Broken Relationships, and a bounty of themed cocktails and bites. Bring your friends or even your date for a trip down memory lane, or at least some pre-V-day fun.
Let your inner bookworm roam free this weekend as Rare Books L.A. comes tot he Pasadena Convention Center. I know your asking, what does this event have that my local bookstore doesn’t? Well for starters, in LA bookstores are nearly extinct. Aside from that new-age fact, Rare Books LA brings you literary treasure from around the world. The fair will feature one hundred of the finest specialist in antiquarian books, fine prints, photography, and ephemera form the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
The 2019 Japanese Food Expo comes to Universal City this Saturday. The event will feature food, sake, and travel exhibits from 50+ exhibitors. Whether you just love eating Japanese food or want to be the Japanese food guru among your friends, this is the event for you!
Two food events in one weekend?! We know the choice is hard so leave it up to your palette to decide. If your feeling something on the sweeter side, this is the event for you. Enjoy baking demos and workshops, celebrity chefs and hundreds of samples all day long. Can’t make it on Saturday? No worries, this is a two day event, so these delicious treats will be awaiting you Sunday as well. Now you don’t have to chose which food event to do!
A musical afternoon with a full symphonic performance from Long Beach Symphony celebrating things that fly. From bumblebees to birds, kites to magic carpets, dragons to aliens, and superheroes to starships, it’ll be endless fun! Enjoy an afternoon of interactive musical activities, face painting, sing-alongs, conducting, dancing, and MORE!
Featuring over 65 exhibitors from across Southern California, the Pickwick Vintage show will feature collections of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories, textiles, inspiration, and findings. The event invites all collectors, connoisseurs, the design community, and fashionistas to check out the showcase of goodies spanning all eras. The Pickwick Vintage Show boasts treasures for all tastes and budgets– a little something for everyone.
Super Vegan Sunday! Try to say that three times fast. And after your done with that, don’t miss this foodie approved 2nd annual event. Vegan Street Fair, Eat Drink Vegan, and Smorgasburg LA join forces and transform into a vegan food haven. Not vegan? Don’t worry… Smorgasburg LA will not be going 100% vegan for the day. Smorgasburg LA is always the perfect place for everyone and anyone to grab a bite, and Super Vegan Sunday will be no exception, with your favorite vendors serving vegan and non-vegan options all day long!
Yes we could include another event to fill-up your Sunday. But if you live in LA, your angeleno, so it is basically your resident duty to cheer on the LA Rams at some point. Saving you the hustle and bustle of finding a place to support our home team, we have a list of the best bars to catch the big game. Read our weekly feature Out and About: LA Sports Bars Edition at the link below for a roundup of Super Bowl Sunday approved spots.
You don’t have to throw or go to a big Super Bowl bash to enjoy this weekends big game. With so many new sports bars opening up along with the tried and true favorites, this weeks Out and About has you covered. So hang up the apron and throw on your Rams gear as we list off the city’s best sports bar options for Super Bowl LIII!
Location: 900 Wilshire Blvd Fl 73, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Watch the LA Rams take on the Patriots 73 floors high at Spire 73, located in the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Beginning at 1 p.m. guest can dine on game-day themed bites like ‘L.A. Rams’ Chips and Salsa, ‘L.A. Rams’ green chili pork sliders and L.A. torta burger. And for you Angeleno’s rooting for the opposing team, they’ll have some Patriots option too! The entry cost is $50 and includes a three beer bucket and after party with a live DJ.
L.A.’s first walk-up bar will be showing the game live on their big screen starting at 11 a.m.. Fans will also score big on deals with $3 to $5 cocktails during commercial breaks, chosen by Prank’s Wheel of Fun. There will also be group party games and Chef Ricardo’s Front Porch BBQ starting at 3 p.m.
Rams fans will be booming with cheer while they catch the game on Boomtown Brewery’s projection screen and all-day deals. Almost all of their beers will be discounted for the big day along with various food vendors like Republic Craft BBQ and S’moreology.
Enjoy a poolside feast while rooting for your favorite team at Hotel Shanrgi-La. The game will be shown on their big screen and your $55 entree fee includes a BBQ combo platter with a beer bucket add-on for an additional $20.
Location: 1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Not really in the mood for game-day BBQ? Casita del Campo has you covered! They’ll be showing the game this Sunday while dishing out your favorite Mexican cuisine and handcrafted margaritas. No worries to brewsky drinkers, there’s a range of ice-cold beer to chose from too!
Location: 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Talk about timing because the happy hour odds are in your favor this weekend. Baltaire’s newly rolled out Happy Hour menu will feature game day bites, beer and cocktails specials. Catch the game in the lounge and don’t miss out on door prizes!
DTLA’s Baldoria will host a Super Bowl bingo party to shake up your game-routine this Sunday. Happy Hour is all night with prize giveaways and $2 shots every time either team scores a field goal, touchdown, or safety.
Location: 6263 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
If you’re a sports fan—so, you know, most of you—33 Taps is prime seating for watching your favorite game. Plenty of flat screen TVs are available to stare intently at while you choose from one of 33 beers on tap. If you’re feeling peckish, order one of the burgers with a side of their killer sweet potato fries. Watching the big game eastward? There’s also a 33 Taps in Silver Lake.
Location: 3600 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
This Southern California chain is all about the kitsch—and the flat-screen TVs. Watch the Sunday’s game from the collection of more than 60 TVs hanging around the Mexican beach-themed bar. Enjoy bar favorite frozen drinks, 22-ounce “schooner” cocktails, beer buckets, shot specials and more.
Location: 8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The West Hollywood location is the original outpost of this mini-chain, but you can also find one in neighborhoods across L.A.: Pasadena, Westwood, Burbank, Santa Monica and Redondo Beach. You’ll find a crowd of sports bros and ladies all sidling up to the bar, enjoying one of 60 TVs (complete with sports packages galore), and imbibing in an array of beer choices. This sports staple is always a must on any sports bar list!
You don’t have to be enamoured with canines to appreciate the Blue Dog (although animal lovers may go gaga over the framed dog photos covering the wall). The Sherman Oaks sports bar is located in a 1940s-era bungalow that’s been stripped of the walls, leaving the framing exposed and allowing TVs to be visible from every seat. The beer list isn’t the largest in town, but it might be the best-edited, and come 10am, fans are fully decked out in their favorite team’s gear and all eyes are glued to the TVs.
Location: 12005 Bluff Creek Dr, Playa Vista, CA 90094
For our furry friends, the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is hosting Super Pup Sunday and it’s as cute as it sounds. Both the football game and Puppy bowl will be streamed in the Wag 1 viewing room will complimentary food and refreshments are provided. Dogs are of course welcome, just be sure to read their rules on visiting pets.
Here in LA, between all the traffic and day to day humdrum, it can be hard to find those can’t be missed activities happening throughout the city. Well here at Rodeo, we have you covered, scouring the world wide web for the best Angeleno approved events.
From FitExpo 2019 to a celebration of Mozarts birthday, ditch the mundane weekend routine and check out some of the fun below!
For all our whisky lovers out here in Lalaland, Barker Hanger brings to you this Friday, the event you’ve been waiting for. WhiskyX comes to Santa Monica for an evening of Whisky tasting and live music. From bourbon, scotch to rye, WhiskyX is the ultimate Whisky lovers paradise.
This Friday, the Rendon Gallery debuts in DTLA with their debut exhibit Blend. The showcase will feature collaborative work from Zachary Bennett-Brook, Kyle Boatwright, and Armando Dela among others. The of the gallery described the exhibit as such:
We wanted to present the underserved artists in L.A. and from around the world–artists that are not necessarily commercial, but have a lot tp say and have a unique perspective.”-Ralph Ziman, co-founder, The Rendon Gallery
Spend your Friday night diving into Rock n Roll history with a screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. A 1982 British live-action/animated musical drama film directed by Alan Parker, was based on the hit 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name.
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center-South Hall
If your still on your new years fitness resolution, there is no better way to kickstart your Saturday then at FitExpo Los Angeles. Sponsored by Subway Restaurants, the event takes place Saturday and Sunday at the LA Convention Center. The action-packed event will offer a variety events, such a group exercise workouts and healthy eating demonstrations.
There are few cliches as well known as the “Valley Girl”, but for the sake of art let’s toss those out. 11:11 A Creative Collective showcases a group exhibition of the women shaping what it means to be a “Valley girl”. Artists at the Brand Library & Art Center show will include Rachel Apthorp, Judy Baca, and Kathi Flood to name a few. The event will also feature a pop-up newstand by the San Fernando Valley Zine Fest.
Don’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the 24-hours of Daytona live while hearing the stories of the legendary drivers of the race. The Petersen in conjunction with Rolex, Michelin, and Microsoft, will host an immersive 24 Hour Daytona viewing party. The event will offer both VIP and general admission tickets. The VIP ticket includes exclusive lounge access, networking with speakers and other VIPs, a dedicated food and bar station and other VIP treatments.
Classical music would truly not have been the same without him, as Sunday marks the 263rd Birthday of Mozart. Celebrate the day with a concert put on by The Culver City Symphony Orchestra showcasing an All-Mozart Program. And where could be a better setting for the occasion then at the mid-century icon, Culver City’s Robert Frost Auditorium? There is no better way to spend your day then with this perfect blend of arts and culture.
If you missed out on Dine L.A., don’t miss the chance to experience the diverse cuisines of Downtown Alhambra’s restaurant scene. Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week returns for its second annual event as part of “Visit California Restaurant Month”. The event is free to attend and tickets are not required as restaurants will offer 2-3 fixed course menus from $15-30 for lunch and $20-50 for dinner.
Spend your Sunday in downtown Torrance as the streets are transformed with vintage treasure from over 200 sellers. This eclectic open-air antique market will offer a range of activities along with it’s speciality finds. Enjoy DJ Ozzie in the park, local food specials, and a family and pet friendly environment.
While the famed Italian restaurant has already landed on our list before, it’s new location in Brentwood was worth the double mention. With All-day menu items like olive oil eggs to their beloved pizza and pastas, its a lineup worthy of a westside trip. If not only to try the newest breakfast winner, the LT. This Jon & Vinny’s take on a known classic combines bacon with delectable tomatoes and runny fried egg.
Farmhouse blends the idea of farm-to-table with their vibrant and seasonal dishes. A marvelous collaboration between Executive Farmer Nathan Peitso and Executive Chef Craig Hopson – a featured chef of the James Beard House and veteran of Michelin-starred kitchens. Ingredients are a showcase of each months harvest at its peak, so the menu is always changing. January delights with a $32 weekend buffet brunch that offers fig and ricotta toast to start and a croque madame as one a few entree options.
The Kelly Wearstler designed establishment provides continental fare using french techniques. Viviane is tucked into the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. While the hotel feels comfortably vintage, the cuisine at Viviane is a modern ode to California. Taste quintessential LA dishes like their Acai Bowl which blends tropical flavors of coconut and pineapple together among other added fruits. Or go for something a but heartier like the Short Rib Hash, topped with caramelized onions, arugula, and skillet potatoes.
This 24-hour elegant diner is nestled in the heart of Hollywood at The Roosevelt Hotel. 25 Degrees lets you build your own burger, perfect for those afternoon cravings with choices like rich gruyere cheese or prosciutto. Take your top-notch diner experience to the next level with one of their famed malt shakes.
The Nancy Silverton and Joe Bastianich run eatery-Pizzeria Mozza is one three all-star spots in the Mozza Restaurant Group. Obviously their speciality is pies. But not just any pies, the perfectly charred crust kind with a crisp exterior and tasty toppings like squash blossoms and burrata.
Enjoy mouthwatering comfort food on a picturesque patio at Grub. The foliage-covered trellises make this an ideal brunch or lunch spot to take advantage of of while feasting on croissant french toast dredged in bourbon vanilla and cinnamon batter. For a less sweet and more savory midday meal, Denise’s Famous Mac and Cheese with a spicy cayenne kick will push you over that afternoon hump.
Mei Lin’s newly opened Nightshade has quickly become the talk of the town. With a menu full of Asian-American mashups, the Top Chef has even added her own gourmet twist to blooming onion. If the name is familiar, you would know it best as Outback Steakhouse’s iconic appetizer. Nightshade’s version, the tom yum onion is twice-fried and Thai spiced. While the mapo tofu lasagna and shrimp toast are among the other notably delish dishes.
You may know Curtis Stone from his cooking show hosting days, but you may not know of his hidden culinary gem in the 90210. Maude is named after Stone’s grandmother. The restaurants quarterly menu is inspired by a specific wine region from around the world. Reservations are a little tough to come by, but well worth the hassle.
After undergoing a massive $10 million dollar revamp last year, Crustacean land’s itself back at the top spot of gourmet asian-fusion cuisine. From starters to entrees, dishes are beautifully presented and inventive — like tuna stuffed into flaky brick de feuille cigars and dipped in tobiko caviar. Cocktails also come with a distinctively Asian-inspired twist, like Thai chili-infused vodka or gin with goji berries.
We aren’t reminiscing of everyone’s favorite realty show of the early 2000’s, but the OC is worth a visit, at least for the day. With Laguna Beach being a household name, the quirky seaside city lives up to its hype. Follow along palm-tree studded streets, strings of art galleries and sites to sit and sip amongst the buffs. Spend some time out and about in Laguna Beach:The Real OC (and our last mention of the show).
To start your day…
At the eatery the NY Times said had “the best avocado toast in the country”. The Stand Natural Foods has served as the town’s vegan centric restaurant go-to since the 70’s. With other deliciously hearty treats like their raw organic nut milks, you’ll be fully charged to start your day.
Afterwards why not take a stroll to the Laguna Art Museum, where you can view California based artwork in this custom-built gallery. The Museum was originally established in 1918 by the Laguna Beach Art Association, where local artists met in rustic cottage before moving a decade later to its current home.
For a one-stop-shop of activities for the whole family, The Ranch at LB is another place of daytime fun. While you can chose to stay overnight, the country club turned resort offers a range of things to do. From stargazing to cooking and mediation classes, garden tours, and even birdwatching. You’ll forget your on a day trip!
By the afternoon…
If you manage to tear yourself away from all that The Ranch has to offer, then make your way make to the bluffs for an afternoon reprieve and some light splurging.
The Montage Laguna Beach is a favorite among california locals and celebrities alike. With it’s Instagramable views and luxury offerings, lunch at their oceanside Mosaic Bar & Grill is almost too idyllic. But necessary. Take in the cool breeze and scenic views while enjoying gourmet cuisine in a serene setting.
After lunch, it only makes sense to enjoy some light retail therapy. For a beachy upscale vibe, Laguna Supply, a light filled boutique offers the perfect array of options for a modern OC woman.
And for the men, North Menswear is a fail proof spot, with Freenote shirts, Levi’s denim and more.
But if you prefer something with more of a nod to Laguna’s roots, then Thalia Surf Shop along PCH is a must. Focused on the towns rich surf history, is a trusted mix of clothing and gear dedicated to Cali’s most famous leisure activity other then hiking.
In the evening…
As the sun starts to set, opt for an early dinner at one of Laguna’s many culinary hotspots. Selanne Steak Tavern is a cozy, two story cottage built in 1934 feels like eating at your friends home, and co-owner Teemu Selanne, former NHL hockey player for the Anaheim Ducks, apparently likes it that way.
If you don’t quite feel like taking the trek back home, don’t forget The Ranch serves as a perfect staycation spot and under the Laguna night sky, s’mores fireside isn’t a bad idea.