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NOSTALGIA BAR & LOUNGE
HIGH TIMES IN SANTA MONICA

There’s something reassuring and comforting about nostalgia. Whether it’s reminiscing about good times from ‘back in the day’ or looking back at the classics, especially when it comes to cuisine and cocktails, the combination of old and new is often a good recipe for success. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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YONATAN CHAITCHIK
CURATES AN IMMERSIVE INSIDERS FOOD EXPERIENCE

Talented young tastemaker Yonatan Chaitchik—of SAGA NYC, a fine dining restaurant in New York’s Financial District—has embarked on a new culinary model in the foodie mecca that is NYC. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘HAPPENING’
SIXTIES ABORTION DRAMA AS TIMELY AS EVER

It’s not often that a film set nearly sixty years ago can be so timely and relevant to what’s going on today but that’s exactly the case with French film Happening. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CELESTINO RISTORANTE & BAR
SPECIAL SICILIAN CHEF MENU

I’ve been a fan of Pasadena’s Celestino Ristorante & Bar for years.  Ever since I first reviewed the Italian restaurant, I’ve returned again and again to celebrate my birthday, for special family gatherings or just to enjoy a delicious dining experience. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BANANA LEAF
FLAVORFUL INDIAN DISHES COME TO CULVER CITY

Just so that there’s no confusion—as I was originally dumbfounded for a brief minute—there is a Banana Leaf in Culver City that offers extremely flavorful South Indian dishes, and then there’s a Banana Leaf at the Original Farmers Market that offers tasty Far East food from Singapore. (Story continued click on picture above)

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vespertine

MY FAVORITE DINNER OF 2021
VESPERTINE AT HOME’S “PARIS”

2021 saw life return closer to normal than the previous year. Thanks to vaccinations we were safer to venture back out and once again visit restaurants and bars. Yet probably my favorite dinner of the year was at home, thanks to posh Vespertine and its At Home takeaway program. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘SEXUAL DRIVE’
SATISFYING CARNAL & CULINARY APPETITES

A crowd-pleasing recipe, whether for a delicious dish or a cool cocktail, comes down to carefully taking care of your essential ingredients.  In this case, add equal parts thriller, sex comedy and gastronomy and you have Japan’s Sexual Drive—an unconventional trilogy that examines the appetites of three couples, both carnal and culinary. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TAY HO
TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE FOOD TO-GO

If we’ve learned anything over the last two years it’s that restaurants that offer quality food to-go as well as delivery options are built for success.  And that’s exactly what San Gabriel’s Tay Ho is counting on. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SWEETFIN
FUELING LIFE THROUGH FRESHNESS

For the last seven years, Sweetfin has been fulfilling its mission of fueling life through freshness with its scratch-made poke. Thanks to its innovative, healthful poke and plant-based bowls, it’s a go-to destination for quick and healthy eats. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ALASKAN NETS
A SLAM DUNK FOR HOOP FANS

While life as we once knew it is making a comeback, for me, a sense of a return to normalcy definitely meant going back to a movie theater.  But I must confess that I didn’t mind watching films at home over the last two years.  There is a sense of comfort with that experience, but some movies just need to be seen on the big screen. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT
HOME TO HOUSE-BREWED, GERMAN STYLE BEER & PUB FARE

A popular go-to destination for beer lovers, Gordon Biersch has been serving diners and drinkers for over 30 years. Known for combining German precision brewing with American craft beer, each restaurant (there are seven throughout the USA) has an on onsite brewery where local brew-masters brew to the highest German standards and use pure ingredients to create clean, fresh German lagers and fine American craft beer. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE BOURBON ROOM
HOLLYWOOD’S NEWEST HOT SPOT

Hollywood has many famous institutions—havens for live music, grub and drinks. On the Sunset Strip there’s The Rainbow Bar & Grill to drink and dine and do all things debaucherous. Nearby, there’s the Roxy and Whisky A Go Go for live music. Now, in the heart of Hollywood, get to know The Bourbon Room for your dining, drinking and rockin’ pleasure. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MASTERS OF TASTE 2022 RETURNS
APRIL 3 WITH HOST CHEF VANDA ASAPAHU

A mile marker to a return to normalcy that I’ve really been looking forward to is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Masters of Taste--L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival that will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2022, from 3pm to 7pm on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ELLA
A NEIGHBORHOOD GEM OPENS IN BEVERLY HILLS

Our good friends at Melrose Umbrella Co. have slowly been taking over L.A.’s hospitality scene. During the height of the pandemic the popular Umbrella Co. was a haven for to-go cocktails and quality eats. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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WALTER ERRA HUBERT’S SOLO EXHIBIT “PROMISING SKIES”
AT BUILDING BRIDGES ART EXCHANGE THRU APRIL 9

Building Bridges Art Exchange announces its upcoming solo exhibition “Promising Skies” by artist Walter Erra Hubert and curated by Marisa Caichiolo, which takes place thru April 9 at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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EL GRANJERO CANTINA
COOL COLORFUL CANTINA COMES TO FARMERS MARKET

There’s a new look at an old favorite these days as El Granjero Cantina is the newest addition at The Original Farmers Market, offering contemporary and comforting Mexican classics alongside margaritas, tequilas and mezcals, and cerveza. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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KITCHEN UNITED MIX
WHERE FOODIES WHO LOVE VARIETY MIX IT UP

For foodies who like to have options on what to feast, consider Kitchen United MIX as your casual go-to dining destination. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘A TASTE OF HUNGER’
WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE FOR A MICHELIN STAR?

In the refined restaurant business, it’s all about the mighty Michelin star.  Such a sensational star can make or break a chef’s career and secure a restaurant’s position in the gourmet food world. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

jds-vegan

JD’S VEGAN
ALT-MILK VEGAN ICE CREAM BY JERMAINE DUPRI

Producing, penning and crafting hit songs is business as usual for artist Jermaine Dupri—owner of 16 #1 hits on the Billboard charts. But now the hitmaker is hitting it big with his ample array for vegan ice creams. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SUNDOWN
DEPRAVED FUN UNDER THE ACAPULCO SUN

As the well-to-do Bennett family vacations in sunny Acapulco, tragedy strikes back home and the posh Brits must cut their trip short and return to the UK. That is except for patriarch Neil Bennett, who is delayed—and then delayed some more. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE COMMON GOOD
COMFORT FOOD WITH SOUL

Everybody loves a hidden gem. A delicious dining destination that delights while earning you some solid street cred. The Common Good is just such a place. Located at Food Lab (In the Alley), it’s a cool comfort food restaurant located in the alley behind the Yum Yum Donuts parking lot, yes, the same lot where Chef Ludo’s Petit Trois is. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES
GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MOVIES

In L.A., everyone always cares about box-office numbers. We just have to know if something is a hit or not? (Story continued click on picture above)

 

uncle-paulies

UNCLE PAULIE’S
NYC-INSPIRED DELI BLOOMS IN L.A.

As a native of Los Angeles, I grew up a fan of delis. And L.A. has some top ones in Bay Cities, Langer’s, and Canter’s to name a few. But just like pizza, New York City has the rep as of doing it better—justified or not. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘THE PIT’
LATVIA’S OSCAR ENTRY FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM

Recently I got to enjoy a lavish lunch with Latvian filmmaker Dace Puce at The Rooftop at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to celebrate her film, The Pit, being her country’s official entry for Best Foreign Film at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CANNED COCKTAILS
EASY DRINKING…ON THE GO 

If the pandemic has taught us anything, besides the healthy benefits of frequently washing of our hands and keeping a social distance to avoid common illnesses, it’s the convenience and comfort of having readymade cocktails on hand. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019
FAVE FOODIE & BOOZY MOMENTS

A time-honored tradition when looking ahead at the brand-new, upcoming year is looking back at the previous 12 months. While the New Year brings upon endless possibilities, it is fun to look back at highlights of the year gone by. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MOONFALL
WATCH THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES

If you’re a fan of bigger-is-better, than you’ll want to watch Moonfallon IMAX when the film hits theaters on February 4, 2022. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SORRY NOT SORRY
CHEF/OWNER KIM VU SAYS 'THANK YOU'

The owner of Sorry Not Sorry, Kim Vu, tells the story of how the bar was founded in the midst of COVID-19.  (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE 21ST ANNUAL iVIE AWARDS & STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
CALL FOR ENTRIES IN NOW OPEN

Media Arts Center San Diego is excited to announce the 21st Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards & Student Film Festival, presented by SDG&E. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SUGARFISH STUDIO CITY
MOVES TO NEW LOCATION

With a new location to call home, SUGARFISH Studio City is now housed at The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge, located at 12833 Ventura Boulevard. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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A THANKSGIVING COMEDY CLASSIC
JOHNNY CARSON & DOC SEVERINSEN TALK TURKEY DAY PLANS

An absolute favorite talk show moment of mine dates back to the November 1979 on the ‘Tonight Show’ when host Johnny Carson and bandleader Doc Severinsen were talking about Thanksgiving Day plans and comedy gold ensued. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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UNDERSTANDING OMICRON
THE NEW COVID-19 VARIANT

The following Q&A with Dr. Shangxin Yang comes courtesy of UCLA Heath. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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LULU
FAMED CHEF ALICE WATERS SWINGS AT HAMMER MUSEUM

It was really big L.A. news when chef Alice Waters, famous for helping craft California cuisine with her farm-to-table institution Chez Panisse in Berkeley, announced that she was opening a restaurant in the Southland. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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COQUITO
A PUERTO RICAN HOLIDAY DRINK

This holiday season I was introduced to Coquito—a festive Puerto Rican holiday drink.  I call it a Christmas cocktail, however, it can be made without booze. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

nash-bridges

THE BOYS ARE BACK! NASH BRIDGES

There’s a killer on the loose in the streets of San Francisco and with no leads, it’s time to bring in the big guns and some old-school strategy. Nash Bridges (Don Johnson) returns with his longtime partner, Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin) (Continued click on picture above)

 

the-wyman-bar

THE WYMAN BAR AT THE BRADBURY
‘BLADE RUNNER’ BAR OPENS IN DTLA

I was very excited to hear about the opening of The Wyman Bar at the Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A. A new drinking spot in a cool setting, come on!  What’s not to love? Sadly, the bar at the Bradbury NeueHouse didn’t meet my expectations. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PLANT-BASED
FAST FOOD OPTIONS

We’re always looking for healthy food options, so much so that the popularity of plant-based dishes has been on the rise for quite some time now. Impossible, and Beyond Meat, both of which are plant-based meat substitutes, are no longer thought of as some odd fad. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘NIGHTSHOOTERS’
ACTION…HORROR…MARTIAL ARTS & LAUGHS

If you still don’t feel comfortable to go back to a movie theater, then consider watching Nightshooters in the comfort of your own home as it’s the perfect action, laugh-out-loud romp guaranteed for a good time. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HOT TACOS
TEXAS’ FAVORITE TACOS COMES TO L.A.

Known for having one the best tacos in the USA, the Veracruz All-Natural team from Austin, Texas has set up shop at The LINE Hotel in Koreatown. Rebranded in L.A. as Hot Tacos, owners Reyna and Maritza Vazquez and introducing Angelenos to their beloved migas breakfast tacos, in addition to other tasty menu items such as cauliflower al pastor to grilled steak, fish, and mama’s own cochinita pibil recipe. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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COMEDY CLASSICS
FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN AND JOEY BISHOP

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EL TORITO HONORS VETERANS
WITH A FREE MEAL ON VETERANS DAY

To honor military veterans, El Torito will offer complimentary combination plates this Veterans Day. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TAIL O’ THE PUP
RETURNS TO WEHO IN EARLY 2022

One of L.A.’s most famous and beloved hot dogs is making its return to town. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

the-breakfast-club

THE BREAKFAST CLUB OFFERS
B’FAST BOOZE AND HAPPY HOUR

Hollywood’s The Breakfast Club is a festive go-to spot for all day breakfast and fun breakfast-themed cocktails.  It also offers a standout weekday happy hour and a notable cocktail menu. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK
LARGEST GORILLA FOUND IN THE CONGA! - BRAVE MISSION

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‘COMING HOME IN THE DARK’
ONE HELLUVA DARK ROAD TRIP

No one will ever confuse the New Zealand thriller Coming Home in the Dark as a feel-good film.  Instead it is a deeply dark adventure where a school teacher is forced to confront a brutal act from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take him and his family on a nightmare road-trip. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

the-breakfast-club

THE BREAKFAST CLUB
BOOZY BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME

The concept of boozy breakfast served all day and night, sometimes billed as breakfast for adults, isn’t a new concept but kudos to The Breakfast Club in Hollywood for doing it right.  But just like Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar did it oh so many years ago (and still does it), there’s something so very pleasing and comforting about breakfast with cocktails after the sun goes down. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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U.S.A. FOR AFRICA - WE ARE THE WORLD

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THE MAKING OF "THE EPIC SPLITS" JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME

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la-county-mandate

L.A. COUNTY TO REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION
AT BARS, NIGHTCLUBS AND MORE

Big props to L.A. County for implementing a new public health order to take effect starting October 7 that will have massive ramifications on the hospitality and events industry by requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to gain entry to a multitude of public events and spaces, including bars and nightclubs.  All that’s missing is restaurants and movie theaters. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

barfly-holiday-themed-baarware

BARFLY INTRODUCES
HOLIDAY THEMED BARWARE

While it may not be the holiday season just yet, tis the season for cool gifts is fast approaching and the folks at Barfly have just introduced cool holiday themed barware to get you and your party in the festive spirit. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

sensorio-paso-robles

SENSORIO PASO ROBLES
STUNNING OUTDOOR EXHIBITS LIGHTS UP WINE COUNTRY

During a recent wine country trip to Paso Robles for my first getaway in 18 months, I was absolutely blown away by Sensorio Paso Robles, a dazzling display of lights that absolutely overwhelms. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

immersive-van-gogh

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH
WHERE ART COMES TO LIFE

While COVID-19 has still not gone away and the Delta variant seemingly running rampant, the question of gathering indoors is tricky and actually somewhat scary these days. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

healthfest-la

HEALTHFEST L.A.!
BENEFITTING LATINO COMMUNITIES

Olvera Street welcomes back families when HEALTHFEST L.A.! taking over the historical plaza on Sunday, September 19 for a full day of fun, activities and entertainment. From event producers who brought the biggest street festival (Fiesta Broadway) to Los Angeles, comes a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration like no other. Families are invited to this free, one-day event, designed to get Latino L.A. healthy again while celebrating Hispanic heritage, culture and tradition. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ROOFTOP MOVIES
RETURN TO THE MONTALBAN

Because everything is safer outdoors these days, the popular rooftop movie series is returning to The Montalbán for some outside fun. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM
WHERE THE 818 LIGHTS UP

Depending where in Los Angeles you call home, the perception of the San Fernando Valley varies.  Some laugh it off as the porn capital of the U.S.; to others it’s suburbia away from the Big City; and to many it’s home to studios like Disney and Warner Bros. and is its own mini Hollywood. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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GIRL & THE GOAT
OPENS LOS ANGELES OUTPOST

For local foodies not in the know, Girl & the Goat in Chicago is a dining staple located on the famed Restaurant Row in the West Loop.  Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat Chicago opened in 2010 with a goal of serving bold, global flavors to its local community (and visitors).  So, it was a really big deal when the Girl & the Goat Los Angeles outpost opened recently in the Arts District in Downtown L.A. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

arth-bar-kitchen

ARTH BAR + KITCHEN
MODERN INDIAN RESTAURANT OPENS IN CULVER CITY

 While the Culver City dining scene has really picked up over the past year with weekend outdoor dining making the downtown area appear chic and cool to be at, the dining scene has elevated with the debut of Arth Bar + Kitchen, a modern Indian restaurant offering classic fare in a completely new way. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

dca-news

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
OFFERS GRANTS FOR NONPROFITS & FEST PRODUCERS

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) released its 2022-23 Cultural Grants Program Guidelines for nonprofit organizations and festival producers seeking grant support for free and/or low-cost cultural events to take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

la-bars-proof-of-vaccine

SOME L.A. RESTAURANTS ARE
NOW REQUIRING PROOF OF VACCINATION

We recently published a list of L.A. bars that are requiring proof of vaccination in order to drink inside. Well, now local restaurants are also requiring proof of vaccination in order to dine inside. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

the-jonah-medal

INTRODUCING…
THE JONAH MEDAL

“So this is midlife,” singer Bjorn Baillie ponders on the his latest release, “From M to M”. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MICO TEQUILA LAUNCHES
ITS OWN MICO SELTZERS

Mico Tequila recently celebrated National Tequila Day in grand fashion all over L.A. with a cool boozy brunch in Venice Beach and a chic rooftop pool party in downtown to launch its new line of Mico Seltzer. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MASTERS OF TASTE
RETURNS FOR YEAR 5 ON APRIL 3, 2022

I have to say that I was very disappointed at the cancellation of last year’s Masters of Taste food fest due to the pandemic, but I am happy to announce that the Fifth Annual Masters of Taste, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival, will return on Sunday, April 3 on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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JOE BELL
A TOUCHING FATHER AND SON STORY

Stories about fathers and sons are often moving and poignant.  Such is the case with Roadside Attractions’ Joe Bell, a true and complicated story about a father who wanted to memorialize his son while spreading an anti-bullying message of acceptance. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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VEGAN SUNDAY SUPPER
PLANT-BASED READY-TO-BAKE LASAGNA

You might question the concept of vegan lasagna and I wouldn’t blame you.  Vegan food has come a long way but I’ve never been a fan of vegans’ failed attempt at replicating cheese.  That is until now.  Say hello to Vegan Sunday Supper and its inspired plant-based ready-to-bake lasagna. (Story continued click on picture above

 

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OCEAN PRIME BEVERLY HILLS
NOW OFFERING COCKTAIL KITS TO GO

You may think that it’s a little late to get into the cocktails-to-go game, but, two things come to mind, one, better late than never, and two, with cocktails-to-go apparently here to stay for quite some time, then why not get involved? It’s definitely a win-win situation for local thirsty imbibers. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SUNRIGHT TEA STUDIO INTRODUCES
DO-IT-YOURSELF BOBA MILK TEA KIT

SoCal’s newest bubble tea shop, Sunright Tea Studio, is making it a fun summer with its do-it-yourself Instant Boba Milk Tea Kit to enjoy at home or while back in the office. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SECOND ANNUAL BURGER WEEK
JULY 11 – 17 IN LA, OC, LBC & PASADENA

Calling all burger-heads, get ready to chow down during the Second Annual Burger Week taking place throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach and Pasadena from July 11 – 17. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DODGER DOGS
NOW AVAILABLE AT SO CAL RETAILERS

When it’s time for Dodgers baseball, it’s time for the world-famous Dodger Dog. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

lobo-wines-truffle-shuffle

LOBO WINES + TRUFFLE SHUFFLE
A GREAT HOME COOKING EXPERIENCE

I must say that while my home bar skills vastly improved during the pandemic, my cooking skills did not. I am no chef, that’s for sure. So when the folks at Lobo Wines and Truffle Shuffle offered the opportunity to cook lemon ricotta gnocchi from home, I wasn’t very confident in my abilities but the end result was some delicious pasta and a damn good time. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DR. SHICA’S BAKERY
SOUTHERN SWEET MAKER TO THE STARS

As the story goes, from the time that Shica Little got her first Easy-Bake Oven, she knew that she loved to bake. Growing up in South Carolina, she baked with her grandma and learned that the best desserts come from using the best ingredients. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BISTRO 1759
PRIVATE TROLLEY DINING AT THE GROVE

Who isn’t a of fancy fine dining?  But who also demands bang for their buck?  I am guilty as charged on both counts, that’s for sure. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DIRTY SUE
BLOODY MARY SPICE MIX

I always say it ain’t brunch unless it’s a boozy brunch, otherwise it’s just a late breakfast or an early weekend lunch.  And a staple of any respectable brunch is a fine Bloody Mary—an absolute classic of a day drink. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE
NEW NORMAL WORKPLACE

With COVID-19 positivity rates hovering just above 1% in Los Angeles County recently, many local businesses are looking to transition away from the remote-work structure dictated by the pandemic and start bringing employees back into offices. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

juicefly-wine-spirits

JUICEFLY WINE & SPIRITS
HIGH-END CULVER CITY LIQUOR STORE THAT DELIVERS

During the pandemic, amidst the turmoil and tension, one moment of relief was that our favorite bars offered cocktails and booze-for-purchase for delivery or takeout. Well now, Juicefly, a high-end liquor store in Culver City, is your new go-to place for quality spirits on the West Side—delivery included. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

gozen-bistro

GOZEN BISTRO
GET ZEN AT THIS JAPANESE SAKE BISTRO

Let’s give Gozen Bistro a rousing high-five for its outstanding service and presentation. In Japanese, “Go” means “five” and it’s the combination of good water, good sake, good meat, good seafood and good vegetables that creates the great Gozen dining experience. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

sunright-tea-studio

SUNRIGHT TEA STUDIO
X MARKS THE SPOT WHEN IT’S ‘TEA TIME’

For anyone looking for a caffeine pick-me-up, move over ‘coffee break’ because it’s ‘tea time’ at Sunright Tea Studio—SoCal’s newest bubble tea shop. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

sorry-not-sorry

JINYA RAMEN BAR
SERVING SIZZLING & SENSATIONAL COMFORT FOOD

What is comfort food?  Think of it as hearty eats that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value—often characterized by a high caloric and high carb count. And it’s often followed by food coma. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

all-season-brewing

TACOS & BEERS RULE AT
ALL SEASON BREWING

Maybe it was people clamoring from some semblance of normalcy again but when All Season Brewing opened at the corner of La Brea and Eighth Street, it became an instant hot spot.  Nowadays people lineup for 90 minutes of beer, tacos and cocktails. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

lanea-cocktail-bar

LANEA COCKTAIL BAR
OFFERS KILLER CINCO DE MAYO SPECIAL

At Lanea, the mission is simple, bring the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica. And they do so by offering a hand-selection of over 400 tequilas and mezcals and authentic cuisine from the East L.A. family run restaurant Barba Kush.  And that’s exactly the goal for Cinco de Mayo this year. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

sorry-not-sorry

SORRY NOT SORRY
WOWS WITH WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS

What’s better than happy hour?  How about an entire evening of drink specials that will definitely make you happier for longer than just a single hour?  And that’s exactly the case at West L.A.’s Sorry Not Sorry during its weekly Whiskey Wednesday promotion. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE WATERFRONT
VENICE WATERING HOLE SHINES

They say to never judge a book by its cover and in the case of The Waterfront, a Venice Beach boardwalk watering hole (at least you’d think so from the outside), truer words have never been said. From the outside, The Waterfront looks like any other Venice destination to drink, but step inside and you’ll be wowed by its space and décor. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MARKET TAVERN’S SUNDAY ROAST
A BRITISH TRADITION DELIGHTS AT FARMERS MARKET

While the British may not be known for possessing fine elevated cuisine, their beloved Sunday roast is a highly popular traditional meal that consists of roasted meat, roast potatoes and accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, gravy and mint sauce. And at Market Tavern, a contemporary British put at the famed Original Farmers Market, the Sunday Roast has become a popular scene where Brits and beyond feast on hearty comfort food. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ONO HAWAIIAN BBQ
ALOHA IN EVERY BITE

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, not every meal needs to be a four-star event. Sometimes, hardy comfort food is as good as any fine dining meal. And when it comes to hardy comfort food, a favorite of mine is Ono Hawaiian BBQ – a family owned fast, casual restaurant serving authentic Hawaiian Plate Lunches and other island specialties since 2002. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY
EXPANDS ON APRIL 1

On April 1, any Californian who is 50 or older will be eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Two weeks later, beginning on April 15, all California residents who are 16 or older will be eligible to book their shots. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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GOZEN JAPANESE SAKE BISTRO & LOUNGE
COMING SOON TO WEST HOLLYWOOD

As life is starting to lean back towards normalcy, new possible hotspots are opening around town. A new one that sounds exciting is Gozen Japanese Sake Bistro & Lounge, which will open on March 31 on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ROBATA JINYA
INTRODUCES PREMIUM TO-GO SUSHI BOXES

A popular dining destination along trendy Third Street in West Hollywood, Robata JINYA has been a foodie favorite for years. Specializing in sushi, sashimi, robata-yaki and ramen, Robata JINYA is a beloved authentic Japanese izakaya style restaurant that has just elevated its game with its new premium to-go sushi boxes. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CATALINA ISLAND REOPENS TO LEISURE TRAVEL
CATALINA EXPRESS EXPANDS DAILY DEPARTURES

As L.A. County reopens to leisure travel, staying close to home and enjoying the great outdoors are key trends according to TripAdvisor. Catalina Island is just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and known for providing visitors an experience that has been compared to the Mediterranean. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BIZZY BONE PENS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
“INSIDE A BIZZY MIND” NOW AVAILABLE

Rapper Bizzy Bone, a founding member of Bone thugs-n-harmony, has penned his riveting autobiography aptly titled Inside a Bizzy Mind, soon to be available in stores and online. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE RAYMOND 1886
WINTER 2021 PANDEMIC MENU

The start of a new season is always a special occasion for me as it, for years, has meant the release of a new cocktail menu from the lovely mad scientist bar staff at The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PLAYA TO PARK TRAIL
BUILDING A BRIDGE FROM BALDWIN HILLS TO THE BEACH

After months of Los Angeles residents having limited options for recreation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Park to Playa Trail is complete just in time to offer Angelenos a long-awaited and safe opportunity to explore the outdoors. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MGD KOREAN BBQ EXPRESS
CHINATOWN DRIVE-THRU HITS THE SPOT

The M, the G and the D in MGD Korean BBQ Express stands for Meat, Grill and Drinks. And the concept at this new Chinatown spot is simple, drive-thru for hearty and tasty cuts of grilled meat. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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28th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

28th San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) will open this year’s film festival with a wonderful Drive-In experience at the classic South Bay Drive-In. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TREJO’S COFFEE & DONUTS
NOW SERVING BREAKFAST

What started off as an immediate booming taco empire quickly morphed as actor and now restaurateur Danny Trejo launched a coffee and donuts outpost, and then founded his own cerveza (beer) to sell to the masses. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CULT
THIRD STREET PROMENADE’S NEW COZY CORNER CAFÉ

The Third Street Promenade corner directly across from the mall is prime Santa Monica real estate. For years, it was home to a cool crepe spot that was vacant for some time. Now, from our friends at nearby Lanea, comes Cult—a casual café offering hearty cult classics. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CIRQUE SCHOOL:
PREPARING YOUR MIND & BODY FOR NEW HEIGHTS

Health & Fitness: Tucked very unassumingly on Hollywood Blvd, in a back alley warehouse, Cirque School is like no other gym in town. Actually, founder Aloysia Gavre doesn’t like to use the G-word. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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STRAY
POWERFUL POOCH PIC

Described as the ultimate love letter to dogs, Stray is a powerful documentary about stray dogs living on the streets of Istanbul. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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U.S. VETERANS CHOICE COMEDY AWARDS

It has been said that laughter is the best form of medicine and that mantra was put to the test and passed with flying colors at the first annual U.S. Veterans Choice Comedy Awards, which were held at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43. (Story continued click on picture above - Watch Full Show)

 

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EXTREME BOOT CAMP
GETTING YOU FIT FROM SILVER LAKE TO WEST HOLLYWOOD

Are you looking to get fit this summer but you need some extra motivation? Look no further than Extreme Boot Camp to get you there. Wanting to try something new and take my workouts to a new level I decided to take the challenge and give their 6-week boot camp a try. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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OSTE
CUCINA ROMANA HITS WEST THIRD STREET

We all love a good old-fashioned pizzeria that serves fab pizza, but what exactly is an Italian “pinsa”?  From the Latin word “pinsere”, it means “to press” and in fact, this ancient style of pizza-making dates back to the Roman Empire. And now, Oste, a truncated version of Osteria and a new pinsa parlor on trendy West Third Street, has modernized the original Roman pinsa recipe. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE GASTRO GARAGE
'MAD MAX' ROOFTOP DINNER THEATER

Foodie fans with a fondness for pyromania and a love for all things Mad Max take note because 'Thunderdome' is coming to the W Hollywood rooftop as the Gastro Garage crew, known for cooking by blowtorch, sets up shop with its latest culinary experience Torched. The 'gastro mechanics' are inviting daring foodies to come get their tank torched. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MARKET TAVERN
CONTEMPOARY BRITISH-CALIF PUB AT FARMERS MARKET

Opening a restaurant during a pandemic is definitely not an ideal situation. In fact, as a record number of restaurants shuttered in L.A. in 2020, it took a lot of hutzpah for business partners Gary Twinn and Brendan Collins to open Market Tavern at LA’s famous Original Farmers Market back in August. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TRAVEL THE WORLD
IN A COCKTAIL GLASS

With COVID-19 related restrictions increasing daily and with holidays plans having to be cancelled in order to prevent further spread of the virus, you’re still free to travel the world—in a glass that is. This holiday season, opt for a liquid vacation. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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LONDON’S CONNAUGHT BAR
NAMED THE WORLD’S BEST BAR

London’s lofty Connaught Bar has been named 2020’s World’s Best Bar, according to the prestigious The World’s 50 Best Bars list. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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COQUITO
A PUERTO RICAN HOLIDAY DRINK

This holiday season I was introduced to Coquito—a festive Puerto Rican holiday drink.  I call it a Christmas cocktail, however, it can be made without booze. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE WHITE STRIPES
YULE LOG VIDEO

The White Stripes have released a 90-minute animated yule log video featuring greatest hits songs, acoustic tracks, rare b-sides, and “Candy Cane Children”—an original Christmas song. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

essentia-water

TRAVEL THE WORLD
IN A COCKTAIL GLASS

With COVID-19 related restrictions increasing daily and with holidays plans having to be cancelled in order to prevent further spread of the virus, you’re still free to travel the world—in a glass that is. This holiday season, opt for a liquid vacation. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE MOST IMPORTANT
COCKTAIL INGREDIENT

What is the important ingredient in any cocktail? (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BATTLE FOR L.A.’S
BEST QUARANTINE COCKTAIL

If there’s one good thing about our current quarantine life is that we can purchase quality cocktails from handcraft bars for pickup or delivery. It doesn’t replace the bar experience we enjoyed pre-COVID-19 but it has allowed us to up our home drinking game while we improve our home bartender skills. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE PERFECT
“DAY DRINKING” DAY IN LONDON

Over the holidays last year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas--just before the start of 2020—when life as we now know it was completely different, I spent a week in London—a city that is easily an imbiber’s nirvana. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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UMBRELLA TACO
IT’S TACO TIME!

From our good friends at Melrose Umbrella Co. comes Umbrella Taco, a new joint that aims to satisfy foodies in the same fashion that the popular bar is a mecca for local imbibers. For months the powers that be, in particular Austin Melrose and Zach Patterson, have been promising to open a taco shop next door to Melrose Umbrella Co. Now that dream is a reality. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PETTY CASH TAQUERIA & BAR
A LETTER FROM CHEF WALTER MANZKE

The following a letter penned by Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar chef and owner Walter Manzke.  This is regards to the rather large (block-long) outdoor patio he set up along Beverly Boulevard. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DODGER STADIUM FOOD
AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY VIA POSTMATES

With no fans allowed to watch the Dodgers play at Dodgers Stadium this season, fans can still get their baseball grub fix with delivery from Home Plates via Postmates. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ART BEYOND THE GLASS 2020
A VIRTUAL TELETHON FOR COVID-19 RELIEF

The Ninth Annual Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) bartender benefit was held on Sunday, May 3rd as an all-day virtual telethon to serve as a COVID-19 relief effort. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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A GUIDE WHERE TO ORDER
BOOZE TO GO IN L.A.

Because it will only take you so long to watch every episode of Tiger King on Netflix, there is a real need to live a well-balanced life during our ‘Stay at Home’ quarantine. And that definitely includes enjoying cocktails, beer and wine just like we did before when “normal” was, well, normal. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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LANEA CELEBRATES NATIONAL TACO DAY
OCTOBER 4 WITH DRIVE-THRU TACO STAND 

Voted “Best Mexican Food on the Westside” and “Best Cocktail Bar in L.A.”, Lanea Cocktail and Taco Bar is spicing it up for National Taco Day and making their to-go options that much easier to pick up to celebrate. From 12 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, October 4, Lanea will be hosting a Drive-Thru Taco Stand to raise funds for the Santa Monica Firefighters Relief Fund. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
A TOUR OF SILVER LAKE’S PAINTED STAIRWAYS

Nowadays what can be better than an Instagram-inspired workout? Getting your cardio on in the great outdoors while posting popular social media pics is what it’s all about these days. And taking on the Silver Lake painted stairways is just the way to do it. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SORRY NOT SORRY
COCKTAILS…FOOD…ROSÉ

Owning and operating a restaurant in Los Angeles has always been a challenging endeavor. But during a global pandemic, during this current COVID-19 era, it seems like running uphill with heavy weights strapped to you. It’s tough. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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COVID-19 FUNDRAISER
FOR BARTENDERS

A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to raise funds for bartenders affected by COVID-19 (AKA Corona Virus). (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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 TREJO’S TACOS & TREJO’S CANTINA
UNVEILS BEYOND ASADA TACO & BURRITO

The new wave of meatless options is picking up even more steam as Danny Trejo and his Trejo’s Tacos and his Trejo’s Cantina have added even more vegan menu items with the Beyond Asada Taco and Beyond Asada Burrito. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CINEMAUTO
IMMERSIVE DRIVE-IN MOVIE EXPERIENCE HITS L.A.

Drive-in movie theaters made a splashy comeback during COVID quarantine and Cinemauto aims to take the experience up a notch. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘BEAST WITHIN’
CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAILER

New horror film Beast Within is billed as a “game with no players, only prey.” The trailer looks like a must watch.  The film is currently available on VOD + digital. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SUMMER COCKTAILS AT THE RAYMOND 1886
A ‘SOMEWHAT’ BOOZY RETURN TO NORMALCY

For the past ‘oh so many years’, I have always looked forward to the change of seasons because that guaranteed that a new cocktail menu from The Raymond 1886, SoCal’s leading bar for ingenious and dazzling cocktails, was guaranteed to delight imbibers. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MR LEE’S NOODLES
QUICK & EASY COMFORT FOOD

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, every meal doesn’t need to be some extravagant feast. Sometimes quick and easy gets the job done. And this summer, I discovered Mr Lee’s Noodles, which offer a new meaning to instant cup of noodles. (Story continued click on pictureabove)

 

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RAPPER WIZ KHALIFA
TO LAUNCH DELIVERY-ONLY RESTAURANT

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is getting into the restaurant business with the launching of HotBot by Wiz, a delivery-only restaurant that will launch on October 1 in Los Angeles, San Diego, and other cities, including Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., Houston, New York City, as Pittsburgh, offering comfort and stoner-friendly dishes. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CHEF CELESTINO DRAGO WELCOMES
RESTAURATEUR PIERO SELVAGGIO TO DRAGO CENTRO

For over 40 years, restaurateur Piero Selvaggio of Valentino fame has been close friends, colleagues, and a healthy competitor with fellow restaurateur Chef Celestino Drago of the famed Drago Brothers. Now, Piero has come onboard as Managing Partner at Chef Celestino’s Drago Centro. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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L’ORIGINAL PETIT TROIS
REOPENS FOR OUTDOOR DINING

Just as news that Chef Ludo’s Trois Mec restaurant has permanently closed because of COVID-19, news that his L’Original Petit Trois, located next door to Trois Mec on Highland Avenue, is reopening and will offer outdoor dining on their new parking lot patio. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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TROIS MEC
SAYS GOODBYE

A popular dining destination since it first opened in 2013, Chef Ludo’s Trois Mec on Highland Avenue in Hollywood has permanently closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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YOU CANNOT KILL
DAVID ARQUETTE

Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that supposedly stalled his acting career. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MUSSO & FRANK GRILL
NOW OFFERING TO-GO & DELIVERY SERVICES

For the very first time in its storied century-plus history, the iconic Musso and Frank Grill has introduced a bold new “Musso’s To You” program enabling patrons to place to-go orders and enjoy delivery service seven days a week. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SHOTS BOX
A MONTHLY COCKTAIL SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

As it is getting more and more difficult and unsafe to return to our previous “normal life,” which included being able to enjoy cool craft cocktails in a fun bar setting, at-home drinking has really surged since the pandemic began. I know I’ve been playing home bartender trying my very best not to have to settle for ho-hum or mediocre cocktails. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘UNHINGED’
NEW RUSSELL CROWE THRILLER IN THEATERS AUGUST 21

I don’t know what’s scarier right now, a first-rate rollercoaster thriller or going to see a movie inside a movie theater. Stepping inside a movie theater, now that sounds like the making of a real-life horror movie. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MOBY
WATCH NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “MY ONLY LOVE”

In support of his new release All Visible Objects, Moby has released a powerful animated video for his new single “My Only Love?” (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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KÖE ORGANIC KOMBUCHA COCKTAILS
REFRESHING DRINKS PERFECT FOR SUMMERTIME

I recently wrote about KÖE Organic Kombucha, pointing out that I’ve never been a big fan of kombucha, but that I found this particular organic, fruit-forward beverage to be extremely tasty and refreshing. I also noted that it would be ideal to mix for summertime cocktails. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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LANEA
REOPENS WITH CRUISE-UP COCKTAILS AND TACOS TO-GO

Santa Monica’s Lanea has reopened its doors in time for its one-year anniversary with a new cruise-up take-out option featuring cocktails and tacos for pick-up, as well as expanded outdoor dining, and meal packages. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ISLANDS BURGERS
DONATING MEALS TO SENIORS

I have to admit that I like this story. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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KENTUCY FRIED CHICKEN
TO SELL PLANT-BASED FRIED CHICKEN

Years ago, Kentucky Fried Chicken rebranded itself as KFC to distance itself from “fried”.  That was before the resurgence of the recent fried chicken craze. Well, now it’s almost distancing itself from “chicken” as it’s entering the popular and competitive meatless market with its own Beyond Meat plant-based offering. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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4TH STREET MARKET GRAND RE-OPENING
SO CAL’S FIRST VIRTUAL FOOD HALL EXPERIENCE

Downtown Santa Ana’s cool food hall, 4th Street Market is celebrating its re-opening this Saturday with the Taste of 4SM, SoCal’s first virtual food hall experience from noon to 8pm. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MÍRAME BEVERLY HILLS
CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN CUISINE

This year has been a really tough one to be a restaurateur thanks to COVID-19.  We’ve seen so many beloved restaurants close and others struggle to sustain. And now, as in-room dining at restaurants has been banned for safety reason, Mírame, a Beverly Hills contemporary Mexican restaurant with a California sensibility, has just opened. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE MINT
NOW OFFERING OUTDOOR DINING, TAKEOUT & DELIVERY

A favorite local live music venue, The Mint, established in 1937, is currently offering outdoor dining at its Pico Boulevard location in addition to takeout and delivery options. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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AMAZON PRIME’S ‘THE BOYS’
DIABOLICAL SEASON 2 DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 4

The long-awaited fan favorite superhero satire The Boys will return to Amazon Prime for Season Two this fall. The kickass show will premiere the first three episodes of its second season on Friday, September 4. New episodes will be available each Friday culminating in an epic season finale on October 9. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BARNEY’S BEANERY
ROCKIN’ COMFORT FOOD SINCE 1920

Now, during a time when we’re all looking for a sense of normalcy, it’s comforting to have a good friend like Barney’s Beanery back in business again. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SPOON BY H
IMPRESSIVE KOREAN LUNCH PLATE FOR TAKEOUT

Looking for something adventurous and amazing to eat during these days of being Safer at Home? If you’re getting tired of mundane meals then check out the latest and greatest offering by Spoon By H, the family-owned café and dessert shop in midtown. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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KAZAN BEVERLY HILLS
‘NOODLE HOUSE’ IS THE PERFECT COMFORT FOOD

Chef and restauranteur Ryu Isobe made a name for himself with his popular Tatsu Ramen restaurants. His new venture, Kazan Beverly Hills, which may have been the victim of unfortunate timing, is beloved for its out-of-this-world handmade soba noodles. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Once again, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are teaming up to allow movie-lovers staying in Safer at Home to enjoy first class entertainment, especially since no one is really going back to the movies these days. You want to talk about a real horror movie, I’m not heading back to movie theaters any time soon. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

barebells

KÖE
SOLID ORGANIC KOMBUCHA

I’ve been hearing about the benefits of kombucha for years but I could never get past the fact that I really don’t like its taste. I’ll be honest, I don’t care if something is good for me if it doesn’t taste good. So, imagine my surprise, when I discovered KÖE, an organic kombucha, that I think actually tastes good. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BAREBELLS
FUNCTIONAL FOOD THAT TASTES GOOD

If you’re like many of us these days, the question of what to eat while at home is a big deal. When I was working in the office, I had a daily routine of small snacks throughout the day. But while in self-quarantine, many people have said, ‘Screw the rules.’ (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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FOOD PICKUP & DELIVERY
BOOZE INCLUDED

During these “Safer at Home” days where being self-quarantined is the right and responsible way to behave, the urge for good, hearty comfort food from our favorite restaurant or enjoying a damn good cocktail is still much desired. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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101 CIDER HOUSE
DTLA CIDER HOUSE OF FUN

I’m not much a beer fan so I didn’t know where that would leave me when it came to cider. But after a recent cider tasting, much to my surprise, I liked what I tasted. Sure, I still prefer a neat spirit or a proper cocktail, but at least the ciders of 101 Cider House left quite an impression on me. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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STREAM THESE NEW MOVIES
THANKS TO CORONAVIRUS

Remember back when we weren’t living in self-quarantine? When we could go to the movies and see whatever new flick we wanted? Well, for one week, The Invisible Man was new and it was a hit. Then life changed as we know it and now we find ourselves in self-quarantine. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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STREET FOOD VENDING
BANNED BY THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

The following was reported by Eater Los Angeles.

It looks as though the most robust street food vending city in America could be without its taqueros, pupusa makers, and fruit cutters for the foreseeable future as the Los Angeles City Council presented and passed a motion that effectively places a moratorium on street vending within city limits, stating during the evening that “it is necessary to impose a temporary moratorium on street vending in the public right of way to protect Angelenos from the novel coronavirus.” (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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O.C. FOOD TREK
SUNDAY FUNYDAY FROM IRVINE TO SANTA ANA

I love a good Sunday Funday, which of course always includes boozy brunch among its festivities. Recently I made the trek from L.A. to Orange County for a pleasurable afternoon behind the Orange Curtain. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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WEHO BISTRO
NEIGHBORHOOD FAVE STEPS UP ITS GAME

I remember my first visit to WeHo Bistro, which I referred to in my review as a West Hollywood haven for fine French fare (also beloved for its free parking). It made a grand impression on me as I wrote it is a “wonderful place for delicious cuisine and tasty wines in a casual, yet inviting setting.” (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CANARY
SANTA MONICA COCKTAIL LOUNGE SOARS

Part cool cocktail lounge meets edgy nightclub, Canary is redefining the laidback Santa Monica nightlife landscape. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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GEORGIA’S RESTAURANT
REDEFINING SOUTHERN SOUL FOOD BRUNCH

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the good-for-your-soul Southern soul food of Georgia’s Restaurant, serving delicious comfort cuisine in Anaheim and Long Beach. And now, Georgia’s outpost at the Long Beach Exchange is serving up “soul-delicious” fare for brunch. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BOK BOK CHICKEN

I have to hand it to a restaurant chain with a good sense of humor. When you read the name Bok Bok Chicken you might think that it refers to some ethnic cuisine but it’s not that complex. Instead it’s named after the clucking sound that chickens make. Pretty simple. Pretty funny. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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REVELATOR: BAR AVALON
ELEVATED EATS IN ECHO PARK

Echo Park is an ever-evolving neighborhood that is enjoying a steep upswing over the past several years. It went from hoodie to trendy to borderline chic. First there were bars followed by coffee shops and dessert destinations and now with Revelator: Bar Avalon, a posh wine bar and restaurant serving elevated eats that has become a local favorite. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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NADA SURF
‘SO MUCH LOVE’ TO OFFER IN 2020

For anyone old enough to remember “Popular”, the summer anthem of 1996, by NYC’s Nada Surf, you may have pegged the band as a potential one-hit wonder. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

the-raymond-1886

THE RAYMOND 1886
A NEW ERA BEGINS

For years, The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena has been a favorite of mine, both for its fine fare and for its SoCal leading cocktail program. It has always been home to first rate comfort food and the best L.A. libations. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BLACK STAR BURGER L.A.
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING

L.A. loves a good burger and a good conspiracy story. And in this modern era of Russian hacks and collusion, the Russians have set up shop on trendy Fairfax Avenue and are selling the most beloved of American favorites—hamburgers. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

el-tejano-tex-mex

EL TEJANO TEX-MEX
WHERE THE FUN IS TEXAS SIZE

Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? The drinks flow freely and the atmosphere is filled with fun, fun, fun. And it seems to me that El Tejano Tex-Mex is in perpetual happy hour mode as it’s just a fun place to eat, drink and be merry. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MANDARETTE CHINESE CAFÉ
A LOCAL FAVE HAS DELIGHTED FOR DECADES

In a food scene where restaurant hot spots tend to sizzle and then quickly fizzle, and dining destinations come and go with little to no fanfare, it is a very impressive feat when a restaurant can stand the test of time. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SANTA MONICA’S CHEZ JAY
OFFERS COOL, RELAXED ‘BACKYARD’ SETTING

In addition to celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019, Santa Monica's iconic Chez Jay debuted its cool Backyard, which proved to be the perfect place to chill and hangout. While it may not offer a view of the Pacific Ocean, you couldn’t ask for a more relaxed place to nosh and drink. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CATALINA EXPRESS AND HOTEL PARTNERS OFFER
‘BEST OF WINTER’ MID-WEEK PACKAGES AND DISCOUNTS

A favorite quick and easy getaway of mine is visiting Catalina Island. Talk about getting away without having to really get away. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018

I have to say, I was extremely fortunate to experience wonderful meals, cocktails and just plain damn good times in 2018. While I look forward to see and experience what 2019 has in store, it’s always fun to take a moment and look back. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE VINTNER’S TAVERN
ELEVATED CUISINE COMES TO CHINO

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I will travel for food. There’s something so very special about a great meal. When good eats combine with good company, they are the perfect ingredients for fond, long-lasting memories. We’re talking about more than just dinner—we’re talking an epic eating event. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BURRATA HOUSE
THE SECRET IS THE CHEESE

Sometimes it’s the simple things that are indeed the best. Why complicate matters if you don’t have? It’s that concept that propels Burrata House, whose motto is ‘great ingredients make great food’, soar above the competition. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SURAH
KILLER KOREAN BBQ IN BUENA PARK

When it comes to Korean BBQ, L.A.’s Koreatown is as good as it gets in the country. It’s a dining destination known around the world. But if you have to eat Korean BBQ outside of the Koreatown confines, then a trip to Surah in Buena Park will be time well spent. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MI PIACE
A PASADENA INSTITUTION THRIVES

Folks who know their Old Town Pasadena history are well aware that before it became a trendy area, it was more ghost town than dining destination. And back in the day, the only businesses on sleepy Colorado Boulevard worth a visit were Cheesecake Factory and Mi Piace. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE ALLBRIGHT WEST HOLLYWOOD
LAUNCHES AFTERNOON TEA

Staying true to its British roots, The AllBright, a chic West Hollywood private club for women, has launched Afternoon Tea service. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE RAYMOND 1886
‘AROUND THE WORLD’ IN A GLASS

Drinking at The Raymond 1886, the notable forward-thinking Pasadena bar, is always an adventure but now it’s a real journey as this season’s new menu is a globetrotting sojourn “Around the World”. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CHEZ JAY
ICON TURNS 60 AND CELEBRATES WITH ‘50S ERA PRICES

One of Santa Monica's most iconic restaurants, Chez Jay, cordially invites guests to don their dapper 1950s attire and help celebrates 60 years of business on Saturday, November 16 with a 1950s specially priced 60th anniversary throwback menu. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE ALLBRIGHT WEST HOLLYWOOD
CELEBRATING & CHAMPIONING WOMEN

We’ve all heard about the old school “boy’s club” culture where men, mostly white men, for decades met in a male-dominated structured environment where they excluded women and minorities and conducted business. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MASTERS OF TASTE
ANNOUNCES 2020 DATE & HOST CHEF

Attention all foodies! The date for the fifth annual Masters of Taste has been set. It will take place on Sunday, April 5, once again, on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl from 3 pm to 7 pm. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CLEO MEDITERRANEO
HOLLYWOOD LOCATION IN IDENTITY CRISIS MODE

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Cleo Mediterraneo as I love its look, feel and Mediterranean cuisine. But a recent visit to the Hollywood location left me somewhat perplexed. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

SANTA MONICA COCKTAIL LOUNGE COMING SOON

In the ever evolving and exciting world of Los Angeles nightlife, Canary is a new nightclub soon to take flight. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ORANGETHEORY FITNESS
SALUTES VETERANS WITH FREE CLASSES

West Coast Fitness, the leading area developer/franchisee of Orangetheory Fitness, is proud to announce that they will be offering free classes to all Veterans and Active Duty military from Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ACCOMPLICE BAR
MAR VISTA GEM IS MORE THAN JUST A LOCALS FAVE

When Mar Vista’s Accomplice Bar first opened, it was a really cool bar in a very sleepy neighborhood next door to a fab Taiwanese restaurant. Then the two somehow morphed into one great hot spot, albeit with two separate entrances. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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GRAY TAVERN
 STUDIO CITY GASTROPUB IS THE REAL DEAL

An upscale gastropub in Studio City, Gray Tavern boasts a reinvented and modern take on classic fare within a relaxed and urban setting where the fare is fresh and prepared with sustainable ingredients and features an eclectic menu by Executive Chef Josh Kennedy. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DREYA WEBER, RENOWNED AREALIST & CHOREOGRAPHER,
JOINS LUMINARIO BALLET’S 
GALA BACCHANAL

Luminario Ballet is pleased to announce that renowned arealist and choreographer Dreya Weber, who has conceived work on stage and film for Madonna, Pink, Cher and many others, will be the guest star of the Company’s upcoming 2019 Gala Fundraiser, Gala Bacchanal.(Story continued click on picture above)

 

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NEIGHBOR
VENICE TRENDY SPOT IMPRESSES

Some places just scream neighborhood hang. These are locations that are inviting and cool to spend time at. And in Venice Beach on trendy Abbot Kinney, Neighbor is that place. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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KATSUYA
COCKTAILS, SUSHI & BOLD EATS

When renowned chef Katsuya Uechi teamed up with nightlife mavens SBE, the result was a runaway hit with Katsuya, a touchstone for hip dining beloved throughout Southern California, Miami and the Middle East. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ALICE
FRESH…SEASONAL…LOCALLY SOURCED

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Bomb Brunch at Alice Restaurant at 1 Hotel West Hollywood. But dinner there is equally as enjoyable. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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PIZZA GIRL
GETS SAUCEY WITH CERTIFIED-ORGANIC PASTA SAUCE

From the family that brought us D’Amore Pizza comes Pizza Girl Pasta Sauce, a line of USDA certified-organic, locally sourced and ethically-bottle marinara, puttanesca, and vodka sauces. And just like the popular pizza chain, beloved for its pizza pies, is a line of pasta sauces that are dynamically delicious. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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LEGENDARY MUSSO & FRANK
TURNS 100 IN STYLE

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Musso & Frank Grill the oldest restaurant in Hollywood is celebrating its milestone in a big way. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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BARCITO
SOUTH PARK’S LOCAL SOCIAL SPOT

One of the first things that you should know about Downtown L.A.’s Latin-themed hotspot Barcito is that they spell it “barcito” in all lower case letters; however, we’re opting for the traditional English spelling of “Barcito” as it is a proper noun. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SUPER SIZE ME 2: HOLY CHICKEN!
FILMMAKER MORGAN SPURLOCK OPENS CHICKEN POP-UP

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock made a name for himself and shined a bright light on the fast food industry with his groundbreaking documentary Super Size Me in 2004. Now, as he readies the film’s sequel, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, he has opened his Holy Chicken Pop-Up in NYC. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CULINA & VINOTECA
LAUNCH NEW PRONTO MARKET LUNCH

One of my absolute favorite meals of the year was dinner at Culina & Vinoteca at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. It was a five-hour feast of indulgence and fine fare. It hit every note perfectly. So, when I returned recently for Culina’s Pronto Market Lunch, time was of the essence this time around as I couldn’t spend all day lazily lunching. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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L.A. TIMES THE TASTE
                                     FOOD FEST DELIGHTED SO CAL FOODIES                                       

Over Labor Day weekend, for three nights the L.A. Times’ The Taste food event delighted foodies who came out in droves onto the Paramount back lot for unlimited bites and sips from an impressive lineup of restaurants that included the Bazaar by José Andrés, Rao's, Le Comptoir, Park's BBQ, SLAB, Salazar, Jitlada, Triple Beam Pizza, Employees Only, Freedman's, Ghengis Cohen, Bone Kettle and Izakaya Osen, to name just a few. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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GEORGIA’S RESTAURANT
REDEFINING SOUTHERN SOUL FOOD IN LBC

What’s good for the soul must be good for the body, right? That just seems logical. At Georgia’s Restaurant, with locations in Anaheim and Long Beach, the Southern Soul Food is good for you, your soul and for whatever else ails you. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CITRUS GROVE DISTILLERS
A RIOTOUS GOOD TIME IN THE 909

You never know where a good time can be found but it’s safe to say that if you include a bounty of booze, well, your chances for enjoyment are amplified.  So when I made the nearly 40-mile trek from Hollywood to Claremont in the 909, I didn’t really know what to expect but I was hoping for the best. Mission accomplished. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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‘HEDWIG’S’ JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
HITS THE ROAD WITH ‘THE ORIGIN OF LOVE’ TOUR

Doing things in a loud, brash and angst-ridden fashion is the only way that Hedwig, of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fame, would do anything, including his U.S. tour showcasing the songs and stories of Hedwig. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ALICE
BOMB BRUNCH AT NEW MARKET PLACE RESTAURANT

I find two of my favorite pastimes to be so relaxing. I’m talking about hotel dining and weekend brunch. Put the two together and you have the perfect recipe for a long, perfect afternoon. Such was the case when I went to brunch at Alice at the posh 1 Hotel West Hollywood on trendy Sunset Boulevard. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE RAYMOND 1886
GROOVIE 70’S SUMMER LOVIN’ TO DRINK TO

‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy.’

Those are of course lyrics to a popular song but also a SoCal mantra as those are words to live by in these parts. And those lyrics definitely rang true to me sipping on an inspired cocktail off the new 70’s Summer Lovin’ menu at The Raymond 1886 where its summertime and the drinkin’ is easy. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ALICE AFTER WORK
NOW THIS IS ONE HAPPY HOUR

Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? Any chance to dine and drink discounted always sounds good to me. And now Alice, the chic new market place restaurant at the swanky 1 Hotel West Hollywood is offering its Alice After Work.(Story continued click on picture above)

 

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DOS HOMBRES
‘BREAKING BAD’ STARS GO FROM METH TO MEZCAL

One of the most badass TV shows of the last decade was easily Breaking Bad. And in the show nobody cooked better meth than Mr. White and Jesse Pinkman. Now that dynamic duo of actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are teaming up again, only this time they’re crafting mezcal in real life. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MONDAY IS NATIONAL OYSTER DAY
CELEBRATE WITH OYSTER DEALS ALL OVER TOWN

In honor of National Oyster Day, which is Monday, August 5, here’s a list of restaurants that will be celebrating all things oysters with great deals to indulge on some tasty treats. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CELESTINO RISTORANTE INTRODUCES
NEW THREE-COURSE POWER LUNCH

One of my very favorite Italian restaurants, Celestino Ristorante in Pasadena, is introducing its new Summer Power Lunch Menu created by Owner and Executive Chef Calogero Drago offering a flavor-packed Three-Course Prix-Fixe Lunch Menu, which also includes a non-alcoholic lunchtime beverage for $32 per person. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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SOUTH CITY FRIED CHICKEN
SETS UP LUNCHTIME POP-UP AT PREUX & PROPER

We’ve all heard the saying, everything old becomes new again. Well, that motto is definitely true of the L.A. food scene but most times change is good and life without reinvention gets old fast. And with that notion in mind, the powers that be have relocated South City Fried Chicken down the street to Preux & Proper. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ‘69
EXHIBIT LOOKS IN THE WORLD OF CHARLES MANSON

Once upon a time, fifty years ago this summer in Los Angeles a series of grisly events occurred that drastically shifted culture by ending the hippie era of peace and love and altered the world’s perception of humankind as we know it. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HOTEL MAYA WILL BE SMOKIN’ HOT DURING ITS
‘LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FIESTA 2019’ AUGUST 2-4

Long Beach’s Hotel Maya is a local favorite for its live entertainment. Its brunches are always a good time combining excellent fare, drink and music, and now its upcoming ‘Latin American Music Fiesta’ taking place August 2, 3 and 4 will feature five live performances in three days at Fuego at the water’s edge. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HEALTH NUT
A HEALTH OBESSED KARDASHIAN FAVORITE

It’s always great when a restaurant has steady regulars—loyal customers. So I can only imagine that it must be a restaurant owner’s dream come true when some of your regulars happen to be world famous. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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MICHELIN RELEASES
L.A. BIB GOURMAND AWARDS

The Bib Gourmand awards are a tier below the famed and much sought-after Michelin star system, representing worthwhile restaurants that don’t quite meet the star standards. But these restaurants are still worth checking out in their respective categories and price points. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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CULINA & VINOTECA
MODERN TUSCAN CUISINE THAT SOARS

I’ve always been a fan of hotel restaurants, well, great hotel restaurants where the dining experience is akin to vacation life without actually having to get away. Enter a posh hotel and even you, a local, can feel like you’ve escaped from the mundane and the daily rat race. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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THE BROADWATER PLUNGE
PATRICK DUFFY’S FAMILY BAR IS A GEM

Depending on what generation you hail from, you may know actor Patrick Duffy from the juggernaut TV show “Dallas” (1978-1991) where he played the iconic and hunky Bobby Ewing or as one of TV’s favorite dads on the hit sitcom “Step by Step” (1991-1998). (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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HATCH YAKITORI + BAR
WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

When talking about a Japanese izakaya restaurant that celebrates yakitori, let’s first make sure that we’re up to speed with the terminology. An izakaya is a casual Japanese pub popular for after-work drinking—think Irish pub or tapas bar. (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY
COCKTAIL RECIPES THAT WORK YEAR ROUND

Here’s a fun tequila fact that you might not be aware of. Did you know that all tequila is mezcal yet not all mezcal is tequila? Yes, that’s right? (Story continued click on picture above)

 

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FOZZY
HITS THE ROAD WITH IRON MAIDEN

For old school rock purists, it ain’t summer concert season without an Iron Maiden show to go wild out.