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46 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-20-18 to 8-24-18]

August 20, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 24, features Dinner & a Movie at Alcove, Hello Kitty night at Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory Sunset Walk & Talk, Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Round Up Country Block Party at L.A. LIVE, DTLA Proud Festival and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!


Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.

Monday August 20th, 2018

1. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Meditative Movement & Sound Bath. FREE

2. Alcove in Los Feliz will host a dinner and a movie night in their gorgeous garden patio screening Wedding Crashers. Movie starts at 8 p.m. but we suggest going early to reserve a seat and enjoy dinner.

3. A Yeti Village has been constructed on Hollywood and Vine in anticipation for the movie SMALLFOOT. Designed to look like winter, visitors of all ages can dance in a blizzard, swing on a cloud, ride a 20-foot slide, play in a snowball pit, sing karaoke, do arts and crafts and more. The family-friendly experience is free to attend and runs through September 14, 2018. FREE

4. An Evening with Jason Bateman at the Writer’s Guild Theater.

5. COSMIC MUSINGS – “The Soul of Psyche – Mission to the Heart of a Protoplanet”- part of a special series at Griffith Observatory.

6. Silver Lake Thai wine bar Same Same will host pop-up “Same Same but Taco” from 6 to 11:30 p.m. or until tacos run out. The night will feature Thai-inspired al pastor and carne asada tacos ($8 a plate of two), $3 Singha beer, Same Same’s regular menu, as well as happy hour from 5-7 p.m.

7.  Tiki Talk: An Exotic Evening of Cocktail History hosted by the Museum of the Americant Cocktail at Momed.

Tuesday August 21st, 2018

8. Movie Nights at Tropicana Bar located at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel will throw Angelenos a movie night series every Tuesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. from June till September 3 by the David Hockney painted Tropicana Pool. ​Screening this week is Clueless.

9. British artist Lucy Sparrow has transformed the second floor of the Standard in DTLA into Sparrow Mart a supermarket art wonderland fill with over 31,000 adorable felt-covered food replicas all for sale. Part art installation, store and loads of photo worthy moments, Sparrow Mart open Aug 1-31 (closed on Mondays) is free to attend on a first come first serve basis. FREE 

10. Moonlight Movies on the Beach returns to Alfredo’s Beach Club in Long Beach a a summer of free film screenings on the sand. The series concludes with a screening of the classic Karate Kid at Granada Beach. FREE

11. There’s free meditation held by Chan Meditation at Rio San Gabriel Park in Downey this Tuesday. FREE

12. It’s Hello Kitty night at Dodger Stadium this Tuesday as the boys in blue battle the St. Louis Cardinals. Hello Kitty will be throwing out the first pitch, Dodger x Hello Kitty drawstring tote bags will be given out and iconic Sanrio character will also make appearances for photo opps before the game in the Left Field Plaza.

13. Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the fifth year in a row. From June 5 through August 28 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne. Lady Bird will be screened this week.

14. Red Herring in Eagle Rock will host a Slow & Low BBQ Slam from 5-10p.m. with all-you-can-eat pulled pork, ribs, hot links, brisket and chicken, paired with classic sides and a slice of homemade pecan pie. Tickets coast $35 per person.

15. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include Moulin Rouge and Whats Love Got To Do With It.

16. Check out LACMA’s latest exhibition, 3D: Double Vision an interactive exhibit that explores the art and illusion of 3D.

17. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Big Lebowski and more.

18. Free museum days:Los Angeles County Arboretum (note: the tram doesn’t run on this day), South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday August 22nd, 2018

19. Celebrate canines during Dog Days of Summer at the Hammer Museum. This week enjoy a free film screening of Best in Show. FREE

20. Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month led by a Park Ranger and museum guide. FREE

21. The 8th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a five-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in Los Angeles food and drink culture. Happening in Downtown L.A., Santa Monica and Beverly Hills between from August 22-26. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Back for the 15th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with free performances of A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Titus Andronicus Wednesday through Sunday. FREE

23. White Denim is set to give a free performance at Amoeba Hollywood at 6 p.m. this Wednesday.

24. The Garvey Ranch Observatory will host an evening of astronomy with members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Guest will have a chance to go into the dome to view the stars, enjoy a star party on the lawn, and learn how to build their own telescope. The observatory is open to the public on Wednesday nights only. FREE

25. 260LA is hosting a sample sale with Jonathan Simkhai and Charlotte Olympia August 22-25.

Thursday August 23rd, 2018

26. Round Up at L.A. LIVE bills itself as the ultimate country street party, featuring $5 food and drink menus, a beer garden, mechanical bull riding, live musical performances, line dancing, country-themed vendors, rodeo ropers, cowboy stilt walkers, Western-themed street art and more!

27. Skirball’s annual Sunset Concert Series features six Thursday night concerts with eclectic and inspiring artists from July 26 to August 30. Kishi Bashi is set to perform this week.

28. Celebrate summer as you enjoy the arts during Symphonic Thursdays, a series of four free concerts taking place at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park during July and August. The series concludes with a staged performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical South Pacific with the Marina del Rey Orchestra.FREE

29. Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green at Trancas Country Market every Thursday through September 13. This week Planes, Trains, and Automobiles will be screened. FREE

30. The night market at hilltop Asian restaurant Yamashiro back for 2018 every Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., through September 27. Angelenos can enjoy a farmers market, freshly prepared foods and Yamashiro’s unbeatable views of Hollywood.

31. French-based music label Kitsuné is collaborating with the NoMad Hotel for Kitsuné Afterwork. Enjoy complementary tunes by The Juan MacLean, Nancy Whang and Durant on the rooftop of the trendy hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

32. It’s Cosmic Karaoke night at Scum and Villainy Cantina. Singing starts at 9 p.m.ts will enjoy a sunset hike led by a Griffith Park park ranger and a museum guide. FREE

33. Shakespeare’s most magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for 12 performances throughout the summer, from June 3-September 3.

34. Rodeo Drive’s BOLD Summer is set to bring an energizing spin to Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle this August. Come enjoy a block party with live entertainment, special restaurant offers, and more. BOLD happens every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from August 2-25. FREE

35. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

Friday August 24th, 2018

36. The DTLA Proud Festival returns to Pershing Square for a weekend of community and diversity celebration starting with a free all ages celebration this Friday featuring live music, food vendors, artists and more representing the culture, history, and diversity of the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ community. Keep in mind Friday evening will be alcohol free and Saturday and Sunday event days are 21+ and will be serving alcohol. 

37. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2018 with a screening of Easy Rider at The Autry. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel will perform some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl with a spectacular fireworks show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. The Roadium in Torrance presents Classic Drive-in Movies every Friday night in August and the first Friday of September. Each family-friendly event features classic films projected on the screen tower. Continuing the series is a screening of Five Summer Stories.

40. The Labyrinth Masquerade Ball happening August 24-25 at the Millennium Biltmore in DLTA is a unique experience featuring extravagant costumes, performances, multiple ballrooms with dancing, mythological acts, special effects and the popular Goblin Court.

41. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will host Late Night Fridays where guests can enjoy free general admission from 5 to 8 p.m. and gain access to special activities, 3D movies, behind-the-scenes tours, live excavations, and more. FREE

42. Friday Night Fireworks at Dodger Stadium will feature a dazzling fireworks show on the field after the game paired with music. This week the boys in blue will go up against the San Diego Padres. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

43. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views.

44. The Music Center’s annual Dance DTLA series is back for 2018 with a series of Friday-night events at Grand Park. This week features Dance DTLA, an evening dedicated to Bollywood. FREE

45. Are you a Chase bank customer? Got a freebie you might want to know about. Coolhaus is teaming with the Forum and Chase to hand out free ice cream sandwiches to Chase customers on Fridays all summer long. Locations will change every Friday, and the offer is ice cream sandwich per cardholder. Get more info here.

46. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck’s Summer Supper + Show returns every Friday and Saturday, July through August, with a Asian-inspired dinner at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck followed by a movie screening on the private 26th floor hotel rooftop. This weekend they’ll screen Noting Hill.

Food Pick for the Week

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Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Triple Beam Pizza is a worthy addition to Highland Park’s burgeoning, and ever-expanding food scene. The new concept is a collaboration between two James Beard award heavy hitters: Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina. Silverton is best known as artisan baker extraordinaire, co-owner of the Mozza complex, chi SPACCA and founder of the famous La Brea Bakery. Molina is a critically acclaimed chef and co-owner of Everson Royce Bar. The two chefs have a decade-long history together, with Molina as the executive chef at Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza in his past. The fruits of this partnership are on full display at Triple Beam. Pizzas are served Roman-style, rectangular-shaped, and cut with scissors to the size specifications of each customer. And you pay by the ounce. Conceivably you could ask for a remote-control sized slice of each style and sample the entire menu in one sitting. Of course, one of the joys of having a neighborhood pizza joint is to come back again and again. Currently on the menu: summer corn, eggplant, heirloom tomato, and pepperoni.

Triple Beam Pizza is located at 5918 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042.


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52 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend [7-27-18 to 7-29-18]

July 26, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend, from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29, features KCRW’s Summer NightsSleepless: The Music Center After Hours, Ain’t I a Womxn? A Genders Promenade, The California Pizza Festival, Summer Happenings at The Broad, The Summer Playwrights Festival and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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LA River Center & Gardens. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.

Friday July 27th, 2018

1. KCRW’s Summer Nights offers free all-ages outdoor music shows over the course of the summer throughout Los Angeles and this Friday they’ll takes over Union Station with KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Jason Bentley. FREE

2. Uncorked: LA 90+ Wine Festival comes to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica featuring a curated selection of over 100 wines rated 90 points and higher from all over the world. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Movie Night at The Wiltern will screen Up in Smoke and celebrate the 40th anniversary with a Summer Smokeout of 420-friendly vendors and  photo ops. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Head to the Long Beach Crawfish Festival July 27-29 to enjoy world class crawfish, New Orleans-style food, music, dance lessons, and more by the shore. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours is back with a special edition highlighting the connection between science and art with a program that includes pop-up dance performances, sci-fi performance art, a gastronomy lab, and much more.

6. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck’s Summer Supper + Show returns every Friday and Saturday, July through August, with a Asian-inspired dinner at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck followed by a movie screening on the private 26th floor hotel rooftop. This weekend they’ll screen 50 First Dates .

7. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will host Late Night Fridays where guests can enjoy free general admission from 5 to 8 p.m. and gain access to special activities, 3D movies, behind-the-scenes tours, live excavations, and more. FREE

8. See an all-star cast in a special production of Annie at the Hollywood Bowl July 27-29. On the bill is Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Megan Hilty, Lea Salonga, Steven Weber and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Isle of Dogs, La La Land, Purple Rain and more.

10. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances. The series continues with performances of The Winter’s Tale on Friday and The Merry Wives of Windsor on Saturday and Sunday all at three different locations. FREE

11. East LA Meets Napa celebrates Latin cuisine and California’s Latino-owned vineyards while raising funds for community health center AltaMed. This years event features 80 participating restaurants and wineries serving guests outdoors at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Artist Ben Allanoff’s Perch art installation made up of woven reeds is taking up residence at Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills from July 27 until September 8. To celebrate there will be a special moonlit evening of reading and writing renku a form of Japanese poetry dating back to the 1300s. FREE

13. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema concludes this week with screenings of How Much Further at Distant Lands and 500 Days of Summer at One Colorado on Friday, then Princess Bride at One Colorado on Saturday. The series brings free movie screenings to the Old Pasadena area at select venues from July 5 to 28. FREE

14. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Non profit fair trade focused shop Ten Thousand Villages is hosting their annual tent sale July 26 -29 at their Riviera Village, Redondo Beach location with fair trade handcrafted products at 25 to 75 percent off retail price.

16. Shakespeare on the Bluff  brings Shakespeare’s greatest plays to Loyola Marymount University for free shows in June and July. The series concludes with Othello performances Friday through Sunday. FREE

17. dineL.A. will have food-lovers and connoisseurs taste, explore and enjoy various prix-fixe menus from restaurants across various L.A. neighborhoods from July 13 through 27 .

18. Are you a Chase bank customer? Got a freebie you might want to know about. Coolhaus is teaming with the Forum and Chase to hand out free ice cream sandwiches to Chase customers on Fridays all summer long. Locations will change every Friday, and the offer is ice cream sandwich per cardholder. Get more info here.

19. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views.

20. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series runs June 1 through August 18. Performing this Friday is Roger Guenveur Smith’s “Frederick Douglass Now,” featuring percussionist Marcus Miller. Via a release, “Douglass’ classic 19th-century texts inspire a radically remixed vision of the present American moment.” FREE

21. The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center this week screening Cars 3. FREE

22. Jazz at LACMA welcomes The Billy Mitchell Group with vocalist Billy Redd at the BP grand entrance at 6 p.m. FREE

23. Free museum days: Long Beach Museum of Art (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)and Free late-nights at La Brea Tar Pits Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

Saturday July 28th, 2018

24. See gender expression challenged and reexamined during  Ain’t I a Womxn? A Genders Promenade at Los Angeles State Historic Park. An evening event taking place under a full moon, Ain’t I a Womxn? unites 35 artists, art collectives, and activist groups to share spoken word, performance art, sonic art, media projections and zines.

25. The California Pizza Festival is sure to please all types of pizza-lovers. Hosted at L.A. Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles, the festival will feature unlimited pizza samples from some of the world’s best pizzaiolos.

26. Back for the 15th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Titus Andronicus on Saturday and Sunday. FREE

27. The 56th Annual California Watermelon Festival July 28-29 at the Hansen Dam Soccer Fields in Lake View Terrace will host delicious watermelon-themed activities, all-you-can-eat watermelon, carnival rides, games, contests, and live entertainment.

28. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2018 with a screening of Blazing Saddles at The Autry Museum. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Summer Happenings at The Broad is a series of late-night events featuring music, performance and art. Now in its third year, the evening series is inspired by The Broad’s new exhibition, A Journey That Wasn’t  which explores artists’ representations of time, memory and repetition. This months focus will be on German artist Joseph Beuys with performances by faUSt and Baltimore duo Matmos.

30. Heritage Square Movie Night will screen Who Framed Roger Rabbit? a comedic film, set in 1940’s Hollywood, that merges animation with live action.

31. L.A. Rare and Wild Beer Fest in Santa Monica is billed as a beer connoisseur’s one-stop celebration. Coming to Barker Hangar, the evening will inclide unlimited beer tastings and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. The Midsummer Scream Convention from July 28-29 is a horror convention featuring dozens of presentations from creative professionals, Halloween industry vets, entertainment, onsite haunt experiences and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host a free Latino-themed film screening series starting June 30th and occurring once a month till October. Continuing the series is a screening of 2006 film Walkout. FREE

34. KCRW’s Summer Nights offers free all-ages outdoor music shows over the course of the summer throughout Los Angeles and this Saturday they’ll takes over Chinatown with KCRW DJs Mathieu Schreyer and Anthony Valadez. FREE

35. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of Grease at Eagle Rock Rec Park in Eagle Rock and Space Jam at Park Center in Griffith Park. Select screenings are discounted via Goldstar. DISCOUNTED

36. Off the 405, free concerts at the Getty will host a performance by Lola Kirke and a DJ set by King Tuff in the museum courtyard. FREE

37. Cinespia is back for its 17th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This Saturday they’ll screen The Graduate.

38. Tom Gun Live brings back their Top Gun spoof party to Union Night Club in Hollywood this Saturday Night. The performance includes karaoke sing-a-longs
dance-offs, paper airplane battles, missiles ziplining through the crowd, and more. Check for discounted ticketed before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. Marina Movie Nights returns to Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey for free Saturday-night screenings of beloved musicals. This weekend it’s Dirty Dancing, with tango lessons. FREE

40. Esotouric Bus presents Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles Bus Tour. Spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the tough streets of L.A. through the famous crime writers eyes. There’s also a stop for Chandler-themed gelato. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. Join Craft in America and Heal The Bay for Craft in Action a special one hour discussion on marine pollution and view Arline Fisch’s Aquatic Bloom solo exhibition of surreal knitted jellyfish creatures. FREE 

42. Enjoy a summer movie night at Warner Ranch Park in Woodland Hills when Movies on the Green with a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. FREE 

43. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck makes its way to Westfield Culver City for a day of Hello Kitty Cafe goodies, edibles and collectibles.

44. See Hershey Felder as Beethoven at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The one-man shows will depict the iconic composer’s story through music and monologue. Hershey Felder: Beethoven will run from July 26 to August 19. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

45. Celebrate summer in the SGV during Movies in the Park, a free outdoor film series screening at Alhambra Park. This weekend they’ll screen Willy Wonka. FREE

Sunday July 29th, 2018

46. The Hammer’s Family Flicks Film Series will screen Kirikou and the Sorceress at 11 a.m. Tickets are free on a first come first serve basis. FREE

47. ICA LA presents “I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale” a staging of Jafri’s Product Recall: An Index of Innovation, which combines framed texts and “still life” photography of failed food products. Opening day will offer tours in English and Spanish, a conversation with Jafri and ICA LA curator Jamillah James and Kool-Aid cocktails. FREE  UPDATE: Organizers informed us they will be postponing the opening date of this exhibit due to unforeseen circumstances.

48. Outdoor theater Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, located in Topanga Canyon summer 2018 season begins on June 2 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

49. Check out LACMA’s latest exhibition, 3D: Double Vision an interactive exhibit that explores the art and illusion of 3D.

50. The Setup presents Stand Up Trivia Night at Bar Lubitsch. The trivia portion will be movie and comedy related and in between breaks there will be stand up. FREE

51. The Summer Playwrights Festival will show 30 plays in eight days from July 29 through Sunday August 5 at the Road on Lankershim in the Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood.

52. Free museum days: Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.) and pay what you can at Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Food Pick for the Weekend

Not long ago, Chef Wes Avila retired his much celebrated food truck Guerrilla Tacos to focus on opening his first brick and mortar in the Arts District. Luckily for taco aficionados they only had to wait about a week to get their next fix of Avila’s tacos. Guerrilla Tacos opens this Saturday, July 28, on the corner of 7th and Mateo St. right across from Everson Royce Bar. On the menu are Avila’s seasonal elevated tacos, tostadas and quesadillas, with future plans to expand into soups like pozole and albondigas. Diners can pair their tacos with a margarita rimmed with a tortilla-salt rim, craft beer and wine options. From what we can see from social media, Guerrilla Tacos will start off with limited hours. Follow their Instagram for more information on operating times and other updates.

Guerrilla Tacos is located at 2000 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.


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97-Cent Burgers at Pacific Dining Car & other Tasty News Bites

May 8, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Hold the cones! Today is Häagen-Dazs annual free cone day at participating locations. If you don’t have time to act on the sweet deal, keep in mind Pacific Dining Car is celebrating their 97th anniversary with 97-cent hamburgers now till Saturday, May 12. More details on both specials below.

The coming weekend will have Angelenos brunching hard with Mother’s Day on Sunday. Some of the best dining destinations are hosting epic brunches that will satisfy any mom. See our top picks below.

Finally, if you’re looking for more food related happenings check out the events round up below. This week includes Pasadena Restaurant Week, ARTXFOOD, Smorgasburg Fried Chicken Day, Lawry’s 80th anniversary lunch celebration and Downtown LA Beer and Music Festival.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below! Bon Appétit!

97 cent Hamburgers at Pacific Dining Car

The Pacific Dining Car will once again celebrate their anniversary with a juicy burger at a throw back price. Get a four ounce burger made with a signature blend of Prime USDA ribeye, New York sirloin and filet served on a house made brioche bun with aged Tillamook cheddar, dill pickle, lettuce and Thousand Island dressing for 97 cents. The price signifies how many years the 24 hour 1920’s railway train car restaurant has been in business. Family owned and passed down from four generations PDC is still a great spot for solid steaks with a side of nostalgia. The 97 cent burger promo is only redeemable if you sign up to reserve the burger. Once you sign up with your name, email and birthday you’ll be on their qualifying list to redeem the burger. Keep in mind it’s one burger per sign up while supplies last and redeemable only for on-site dining. The promotion ends on May 12.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day

Image via Haagen Dazs

Häagen-Dazs annual free cone day is back on May 8 between 4 to 8 p.m. at participating locations. Grab a free ice cream scoop of your choice for a mid day cool down.

 

Top Mother’s Day Brunch Picks

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Treat mom to one of the many fabulous brunches being held just for the occasion. We curated an eclectic mix of offerings you’ll want to know about. See our top picks here then make reservations fast, as the holiday is sure to make things busier than usual.

Soccer Star Alessandro Del Piero Opens Restaurant in L.A.

N. 10 Photo courtesy of N. 10

Alessandro Del Piero ventures into the restaurant business with N. 10, a modern Italian restaurant located on W. 3rd Street. According to Piero, opening a restaurant has always been his dream. Helping him make this dream a reality are chefs Nick Parker and Fabio Ugoletti. Read all about our visit here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday May 8th, 2018

Häagen-Dazs annual free cone day is back! Just be at a participating locations to grab a free ice cream scoop (cup, sugar cone, or cake cone) of your choice on Tuesday, May 8 between 4 to 8 p.m.

Greenbar Distillery hosts whisky tastings at their distillery in Downtown Los Angeles where you get to taste six kinds of whisky and learn how to identify a scotch, rye, bourbon and more.

It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week (May 6-11) diners can expect 40+ restaurants in participation offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.

Genever located in Historic Filipinotown recently launched a new happy hour offering $7 martinis, gimlets and negronis; $7-8 wines by the glass; every Tuesday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. On Wednesdays they host ‘Head-butt Hump Day’  where $10 gets you a shot of Bols Regular Genever and a Red Horse beer. That special runs all night.

Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday May 9th, 2018

E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of The Big Lebowski. Choose to just watch the movie or purchase a three course dinner package before hand. There will be concession style snacks and cocktails for sale as well.

Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

Thursday May 10th, 2018

Love and Loss in Hi Fi, a collaboration between Public Matters, and PWC (Pilipino Workers Center) are producing a series of events centered around Historic Filipinotown this week including one at female owned gin bar Genever this Thursday. Titled “Who’s Your Neighbor?” the event will center around meeting people in the community, hearing their stories, playing trivia quiz about the neighborhood and enjoying $5 San Miguel and Red Horse beers plus lumpias.

Friday May 11th, 2018

ARTXFOOD, a nightly series of communal meals merging the worlds of art and cuisine, will take place at Goya Studios in Hollywood every evening from May 11 through June 3. Top Chef All Stars winner Richard Blais will create the food, while L.A. artist Greg Ito creates art that will surround you during the evening.

Sunday May 12th, 2018

Smorgasburg Fried Chicken Day will take place at Santa Anita Park this Sunday. Chomp on chicken from the likes of Bahn Oui (fried chicken sandwiches), Baohaus (fried chicken bao buns), Bolo (fried chicken on a pineapple bun), Hot Star (Taiwanese street food-style large fried chicken) and more. At the same time, you can wager on world-class horse racing at this trackside event.

For Lawry’s 80th anniversary the iconic prime rib destination will partner up with L.A. Times Food Bowl and Jonathan Gold to host an epic lunch and panel discussion with beloved L.A. chefs Nancy Silverton, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Sang Yoon. Each chef will reinvent a Lawry’s signature dish from the spinning bowl salad to classic cart sides and dessert. The four-course lunch with wine pairings cost $150 per person. All net proceeds will be donated to The Midnight Mission, which offers paths to self-sufficiency for homeless individuals in L.A.

Downtown LA Beer and Music Festival comes to Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday with unlimited samples of 100+ craft beers. Guest will also be treated to live music by Alien Ant Farm, Mickey Avalon, and Dirt Nastyl as well as pop-up food vendors.

The Blending Lab will host a special Mother’s Day Wine Blending Class this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. All attendees will get 10% off the class in celebration of Mothers Day. The Blending Lab will also extend the 10% discount to Sunday for all glasses, flights and bottle purchases.

Sunday May 13th, 2018

A Tutta Pizza!, a festival dedicated to pizza will showcase 20-plus pizzerias, pizza restaurants, and pizza trucks at the Hollywood Palladium this Sunday. The day will include cooking workshops, cooking demos, “deep dish” conversations, and a lively panel discussion.

Downward Grog presents Mother Day Brewery Yoga this Sunday at Angry Horse Breweing in Montebello.

Speak Easy Yoga is a brand-new series curated especially for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on Sundays through the end of May. Do a down dog and namaste to music from the 1920s. If you follow your yoga session with Indigo’s Bootlegger Brunch, it will include one complimentary beverage with purchase of a brunch entrée.

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Saved by The Bell Diner Extends Its L.A. Run & other Tasty News Bites

May 1, 2018 by Christina Champlin

There are plenty of food related events happening around town this week. First up: You might already know about Saved by The Bell diner opening its doors today. Fans of the show and lovers of the 90’s will get a kick out of the menu (whose hungry for some A.C. Sliders or Mac & Screech?)

In other news, the L.A. Food Bowl kicks off their first week strong with José Andrés and Jonathan Gold at The Wiltern tonight, a Mole and Mezcal event at Panxa Cocina on Thursday, a Sichuan Summit at the Million Dollar Theatre on Friday and the Masters of Taste festival on Sunday.

Finally, if you’re in search of Cinco de Mayo celebrations I have a round up of places offering food and drink specials from North Hollywood and Downtown to Torrance and everywhere in between.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below! Bon Appétit!

The Saved By The Bell Pop Up Diner Arrives in L.A.

Saved By The Bell fans have been waiting patiently and today Saved by the Max makes its Los Angeles debut. Set to resemble The Max, a local hangout in the show, the menu will serve up heavily themed eats like the Kelly Kapowski Monte Cristo, A.C. Sliders, the Bayside Burger, the Preppy BLT and Mac & Screech. As Saved by the Max was a big success in Chicago, reservations are highly encouraged and walk-ups will be limited.

With most (all?) of the reservations filled up, word is out that Saved by the Max will offer a ‘Second Semester’ of seating reservations through September 2019. Those tickets go on sale ($40 a person) this Friday starting at noon.

Masters of Taste Returns This Sunday

Masters of Taste 2016

Masters of Taste 2016. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

A food festival for a good cause is something everyone could get behind. Masters of Taste is a food event that highlights culinary masters and restaurants in the sweets, drink, sprits and food industry. Participating this year are Crème Caramel, Sunset & Vinyl, Redbird, Spring, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Ayara Luk and many more. The event is held inside the beautiful Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Use promo code WELIKELA18 to get $15 off ticket purchase.

Things To Do for Cinco de Mayo

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The Tonga Hut in North Hollywood will host a tiki style Cinco De Mayo party all day with $3 shots, tequila tiki drink specials, tacos, a Tiki south of the boarder costume contest, prizes and more.

Brack Shop Tavern in DTLA will combine forces with El Silencio Mezcal for Cinco de Mayo. Festivities include mezcal squirt guns, an adult piñata raffle (filled with booze, candy, gift certificates and more), drink promotions, and a special food menu that includes queso, street corn, and $2 tacos.

Enjoy Bartz Barbecue taco platters, their two pound burritos, pastrami beef ribs and more during El Segundo Brewery’s Cinco De Mayo party. Food is available on pre order and guaranteed to go fast.

Casey’s Irish Pub will party with $5 tequila and beer specials, live mariachi music, and homemade tacos. Doors open at noon.

It’s Cinco De Drinko time at Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub in West Hollywood. The pub will celebrate all weekend with $5 food and drink specials with plenty of tequila to go around.

Las Perlas will open their doors at 11 a.m. for a day of mezcal, tequila and tacos.

Toca Madera will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday with an all day celebration starting at noon until 2 a.m. There will be menu specials, $8 margaritas, $20 Azuñia tequila flights and speciality cocktails. DJ Sets, musical guests and live performances throughout the day will make this a prime party spot.

Have a family and dog friendley Cinco de Mayo at Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne with vegan food trucks and live music throughout the day.

Mi Corazon in Silver Lake will host a live mariachi band, special Banderita shot trio ($8; tequila, lime, and housemade sangrita – red, green, and white shots as an ode to the Mexican flag), margarita bowls to share, mix and match margaritas and palomas – made with Maestro Dobel Silver Tequila ($9) or Mestizo Joven Mezcal ($10) – as well as Housemade Rumchata ($10), Sangria Pitchers ($20), and $8 boilermakers with Tecate and tequila or mezcal.

Madre in Torrance will throw an all-day party featuring live music, $22 Cazuela “bowls” meant for sharing and mezcal shots, Pacifico, and sangrita for $10.

Casa Vega goes all out for Cinco de Mayo with festive Mexican décor and furnishings, music from a live mariachi band and drink specials throughout the day including $7 Casa Vega Margaritas. The restaurant will also be serving a Pink Senorita cocktail for one day only, made with Patron Silver, fresh grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice, garnished with fresh mint.

Filifera, Hollywood’s exclusive rooftop bar and lounge, is hosting a Cinco de Mayo soirée beginning at 6 p.m. The party includes live music, street tacos, a mezcal tasting with Amaras Mezcal, margarita and beer specials until midnight. Tickets can be purchased in advance here and includes a plate of tacos and Filifera’s “Call It How You Want It” margarita.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

Bar Keep Tales is L.A.’s only bartender storytelling show. Set inside our city’s oldest distillery, Greenbar Distillery, guests will listen to hilarious, sad and straight up crazy stories from some of the best local bar keeps in the city.

Join José Andrés, Jonathan Gold, Zoeey Deschanel and a slew of other luminaries for The Power of Food: An Evening with José Andrés & Friends taking place at The Wiltern. The event will feature a cook-off, a showcase of rising sous chefs, discussions and a dinner reception.

Brewsday Tuesday at Golden Road will join forces with Lonely Tarts Club- a kettle soured beer fermented with French Saison yeast to give out samples and hold a Q&A with brewers behind the recipe. Event runs from 6-8 p.m.

E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood brings back their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre starting on May 1 with a screening of Pretty Woman. Tickets for just the film are $27.50. Or, for $65, guests will receive not only a ticket to the film, but a three-course, Southeast Asian meal at E.P. beforehand. There will be concession style snacks and cocktails for sale as well.

Echo Park Eats a free weekly Tuesday food truck affair takes place at Echo Park Branch Library. Guests can dine on some of the city’s most popular food trucks, enjoy live music and games.

Pasadena’s One Colorado hosts its first-ever Happy Hour Week from April 25-May 1 offering live entertainment and specially priced drinks and bites from local restaurants.

Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is the setting for the Next Gen Bowl Bash a friendly bowling competition between some of Los Angeles’ top young chefs, including Joe Perez of Winsome and Darren Sayphrarak of We Have Noodles. Join your favorite chefs bowling team, dine on dishes from the up-and-coming culinary stars and sip on a signature cocktail from The Spare Room’s Yael Vengroff. Live music, free games and bowling all night is to be expected.

The Taste of Downtown Glendale will transform Brand boulevard in Downtown into a food and wine tasting party with dozens of vendors. Expect unlimited samples from 40 restaurants including Carousel, lemonade, Porto’s, Plate & Petal, Rockbird, Shake Shack and Hot Dog on a Stick.

Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

Effervescence is a showcase of the finest Champagne and sparkling wines, taking place at four great Los Angeles venues — Republique, the Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Avalon Hollywood, and Kali — from May 3-5.  From legendary tête de cuvée Champagnes and California’s finest fizz to international bubbles produced around the world, Effervescence is offering them all at an epic Los Angeles weekend celebration of bubbly that also includes master classes led by world-renowned experts, gourmet meals prepared by acclaimed chefs, and walk-around wine tastings where you’ll have the chance to taste just about everything that sparkles. This will be America’s first comprehensive epicurean event centered on Champagne and sparkling wines.

Seven Grand will celebrate their 11th anniversary in a big way. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the bar will serve their top seven cocktails for $7 until close. Throughout the day there will be samplings of punches made by Seven Grand bartenders from past and present. In the evening a whiskey emporium will take place with tastings of various brands and live music by Rumproller Trio & Midnight Blues Revue will get folks in a partying mood.

Panxa Cocina in Long Beach will offer a special three course Mole Menu paired with Mezcal as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl.

Chinatown After Dark going down at Far East Plaza happens every first Thursday of the month and is a testing ground for chefs in our city as well as a place to enjoy local music.

Friday May 4th, 2018

Little Dom’s will turn 10 this year! The Los Feliz American Italian restaurant will celebrate with food and drink specials from Friday through Sunday. Executive Chef Brandon Boudet and Pastry Chef Ann Kirk will bring back items from the original opening menu.

There’s a Sichuan Summit at the Million Dollar Theatre as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl showcasing chefs from Los Angeles that include Hip Hot, Meizhou Dongpo and Sichuan Impression. Yu’s Family Kitchen from Chengdu China will also make an appearance. The event will feature cooking demos, a panel led by L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold and a family style dinner the following day.

Saturday May 5th, 2018

If you have a passion for tacos, head to Hecho in LA: Taco Madness at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles. Savor the city’s best tacos, listen to great music, drink micheladas, and try the best local craft L.A. beer. This event is brought to you by L.A. Taco and I LOVE MICHELADAS produced by SUAVICREMA.

Downward Grog presents Brewery Yoga this Saturday at Indie Brewing Company.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Tacos & Beer Fest 2018 at Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy tacos, cerveza, music, games, piñatas, mechanical bull rides and more.

Margo’s will honor Derby Day with $5 Mint Juleps and $6 Fried Chicken from 1- 5 p.m. Those who wear a festive Derby hat, will also get a free specialty cocktail upon arrival.

Sunday May 6th, 2018

The Masters of Taste food and drink festival returns to the Pasadena Rose Bowl this Sunday for the ultimate spread of delicious food and drink all for a good cause. Proceeds go directly to the Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena. This one-day mouthwatering festival will feature culinary delights, sweets, and beverages from over 40 master chefs and restaurants, as well as handcrafted cocktails from master mixologists.

Vegfest 2018, the all-vegan festival will feature 100+ vegan speakers and 50+ vegan food trucks and booths. Admission is free for all attendees and will include a vegan international food court, live music, kids activities, animal adoptions and an eco-marketplace.

Speak Easy Yoga is a brand-new series curated especially for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on Sundays through the end of May. Do a down dog with music from the 1920s and if you choose to follow your yoga session with the Indigo’s Bootlegger Brunch, you’ll enjoy your first drink free with proof of yoga ticket purchase.

Visit Tujunga Village for the first-ever Springtime in the Village Wine & Jazz Festival and Street Faire. The event, taking place outside classic Italian restaurant and jazz club Vitello’s, is a great opportunity to taste over 100 wines, meet the winemakers, sample bites and enjoy live music.

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48 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [4-27-18 to 4-29-18]

April 26, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (April 27 to April 29) includes a Gala in the Gardens, Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival at Grand Park, The Eclectic free music festival and art walk in South Pasadena, Street Food Cinema, Santa Monica Wine Fest, Taste of the Eastside and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Guests line up for Taste of the Eastside 2016 at LA River Center & Gardens. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Friday April 27th, 2018

1. Alcove and Big Bar presents their annual Gala in the Gardens spring time festival. Guests can expect five completely different experiences and signature cocktails to go with each space. Highlights include a boozy tea garden and a Putt Putt Goose mini golf experience. Admission is free. FREE

2. Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival at Grand Park is a weekend long art celebration featuring visual art showcases including dance, music and theatre performances, alongside traditional art pieces. The three-day event takes places April 27-29. FREE

3. The TCM Classic Film Festival, will return to Los Angeles from April 26 to 29 bringing over 80 movie screenings — including new restorations of landmark films — and panel discussions at several iconic Hollywood venues.

4. There’s a SURVIVOR themed comedy show happening at The Virgil featuring stand-up vs. sketch comedians with hilarious challenges to determine who is the comedy SURVIVOR. FREE

5. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of The Montalban in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA with multiple screenings this weekend that include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Silence of the Lambs and more.

6. Immerse yourself in eight days of French film, documentaries, and TV shows when the COLCOA French Film Festival takes over the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Hollywood from April 23-30.

7. Amy Herzog’s Belleville continues its first-ever Los Angeles run at the Pasadena Playhouse this weekend. The play stars Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom) in a production that Entertainment Weekly calls a “shocking thrill ride that will leave you breathless.” Performances run this Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.), with engagements continuing on select dates through May 13.

8. Pasadena’s One Colorado hosts its first-ever Happy Hour Week from April 25-May 1 offering live entertainment and specially priced drinks and bites from local restaurants.

9. Visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, a majestic Mediterranean masterpiece built in 1915 and designed by distinguished architect Reginald Davis Johnson, from April 22-May 20. The tours have been going strong since 1948, it’s also one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country.

10. Happy Place has found a new home at LA Live’s Event Deck, opening on April 26 and running through May 27 the very Instagram friendley experience will feature a giant pot of gold and indoor confetti dome, a bath tub filled with rubber duckies and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Museum of Failure has a new location on Hollywood and Highland with new exhibits and products that include Juicero, Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision, Pets.com, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical Blues in the Night kicks off a three-week run at The Wallis this Friday.

13. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.

14. On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with hundreds of showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.

15. The VOID’s virtual reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is now open in the Glendale Galleria. The “hyper-reality” experience puts players in a 360 virtual world allowing them to touch, smell, and sensing their surroundings.

16.  260LA will host a Paul Smith sample sale event April 24-29 in Beverly Hills with mens and women’s apparel, shoes and accessories at a steep discount.

17. Stash House, a new escape room in L.A. will allow you and your friends to get actively involved in a crime drama — with zero chance of going to prison. Happening all week.

18. Step inside The Museum of Illusions in Hollywood and find yourself in a classic painting, part of a cartoon, part of current events, inside movies and much more. Highlights include watching the Titanic go down, “climbing” a sheer cliff and other eye popping visuals. Happening all week.  (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar.

Saturday April 28th, 2018

19. The Eclectic, a free music festival and art walk, returns for its 10th year along the streets of South Pasadena for an afternoon of entertainment on four outdoor stages, along with ten other venues, and 50+ musical performances planned with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlining the event. There will also be open houses at art galleries and studios. FREE

20. The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes to Union in Arlington Heights featuring over 150 local artists, live body painting, live art, an eclectic lineup of live musicians and DJs, and more. Come hungry , there will be a FREE pancake bar all night long.

21. Street Food Cinema returns with its first event of 2018, a screening of Dazed and Confused. at L.A. State Historic Park

22. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, five of Bob Marley’s sons, Tom Morello and a host of reggae superstars will perform at Kaya Fest, a music and awareness festival commemorating Bob Marley’s landmark album Kaya, at National Orange Show (NOS) Events Center in San Bernardino on April 28-29. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Spend a day sipping tea in a gorgeous garden while enjoying the ocean view during Tea by the Sea at the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. There will also be garden tours, craft booths, self-guided lighthouse tours, and more.

24. Enjoy two days in the sand listening to some sweet sounds when Travis and Fedley’s Back To The Beach Festival hits Huntington State Beach April 28-29. The music lineup includes many ska and 90’s rock favorites, including 311, Sublime with Rome, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone (with the original line up), Goldfinger (featuring Travis Barker), The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Less Than Jake and many more special guests.

25. Japan House Los Angeles (JHLA) presents Takeo Paper Show titled SUBTLE, an experimental exploration of paper, on view from April 13 through May 23, 2018. The exhibit will showcase innovative paper creations that will have you look at paper in an entirely different way. To celebrate this exhibit JHLA will host several free air vase workshops where you’ll learn how to make a vase with paper on Saturday. FREE

26. The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar on April 28-29 for two days of wine-tasting with over 50 wineries. Santa Monica Wine Fest benefits the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

27. de Plume gallery’s spring group show titled Skin and Bone will examine the human figure through the eyes of artists THEOHUXXX, Gino Belassen, Matthew Floriani, Ilaria Bochicchio and Bo Bosk. The opening reception from 6-10 p.m. is free to attend. Skin and Bone will be on view till May 24, 2018. FREE

28. The Smokers Club Fest comes to the Queen Mary Waterfront in Long Beach April 28 29 for a two-day hip-hop music festival by the water. Line up includes Wiz Khalifa, School Boy Q, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Isaih Rashad, and Lil Pump.

29. Jackalope is an indie fair that boasts over 150 handmade makers ranging in products from home décor, food and houseware, to fashion accessories and body products will take over Pasadena Central Park on April 28-29.

30. Smog City Brewing in Torrance celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lively party and loads of beer. Your ticket gets you a gift bag with new brew, Awkward Teenager, a haze-influenced, murky IPA brew. There will also be beer cocktails, creatively concocted with fruits, salts and cordials.

31. Contribute to the beauty of the City of Angels by volunteering to clean up the L.A. River. This Saturday FOLAR will be working at Compton Creek at Del Amo Metro Station, Golden Shore Marine Reserve, and Willow Street Estuary.

32. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale for another year of fun every Saturday and Sunday from April 7 through May 20. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. ROW DTLA teams up with Unique Markets for several Unique L.A. mini markets to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The shopping event will feature a monthly rotation of hand-picked local artists, designers, and emerging brands.

34. Get a glimpse of what Los Angeles looked like during the Victorian era when the Homestead Museum’s Victorian Fair of the Far West on April 28-29 takes place.  The fair will include live music, dance lessons, pie-eating contests, self-guided tours of the museum’s historic houses, crafts, a petting zoo, and more. Admission and parking are free and Victorian dress is encouraged. FREE

35. On Saturday, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with activities for all ages. Bookworms can enjoy poetry readings, guests authors, a book drive, give-aways, signings and special story times with visits from therapy and rescue dogs.

Sunday April 29th, 2018

36. Taste of the Eastside returns to Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for a day of celebrating food and drink from Eastside neighborhoods including Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and beyond.

37. The family-friendly Puppet Festival at the Skirball will feature various performances & storytelling through the art of puppetry, as well as a chance to make your own puppets.

38. The Pickwick Vintage Show returns to Pickwick Gardens in Burbank with an array of vintage clothing and items from the last century for sale from over 65 exhibitors from across Southern California.

39. Speak Easy Yoga is a brand-new series curated especially for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on Sundays through the end of May. Do a down dog with music from the 1920s and if you choose to follow your yoga session with the Indigo’s Bootlegger Brunch, you’ll enjoy your first drink free with proof of yoga ticket purchase.

40. The go-to flea market for vintage 20th century design is back this Sunday. Downtown Modernism will take place at the Modernica factory showroom, where attendees can browse over 80 vintage modern dealers.

41. AutoCon Los Angeles, a celebration of all things automotive, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday.

42. Take a stroll down the T.V. Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. Dedicated to television pioneers, you’ll see a 27-foot Emmy Award, a life-sized statue of Johnny Carson and other legends of the small screen contained in the plaza. FREE

43. ETA in Highland Park is throwing a Luau for their 2nd anniversary on Sunday. The shindig will take place from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature Hawaiian Kulua Pork, tiki cocktails, and DJ tunes. No cover.

44. There’s a free seminar on humanely coexisting with wildlife at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Topics include how to prevent wild critters from visiting your property and steps to take when a wild animal is seen in your neighborhood. No RSVP is required. FREE

45. Checkout some local businesses during Angel City Brewery’s Beer Bazaar. Enjoy some beers and food truck eats as you shop Tiger Moon Designs, The Sellout, Dang GIrl, Petralis, Rock & Socks and more.

46. Dutch King’s Day Celebration takes over the ShoreLine Aquatic Park in Long Beach for an Amsterdam style street festival. Get a taste of Dutch dining, shop a Dutch style flea market, dance to Dutch tunes and more.

47. Downward Grog presents Brewery Yoga this Sunday at Forgtown Brewery.

48. Museum of Selfies opens on April 1 and will run till May 31 with 10 interactive exhibits that welcomes visitors to take a closer look into the cultural phenomenon. The curators of the Glendale museum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy.


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Free Tacos, Free Meatball Subs, Free Beer & other Tasty News Bites

April 24, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Are you the kind of person who has a hard time saying no to free? Brace yourself: This week in Los Angeles food features free tacos, free ice cream, free meatball subs and free Angel City beer.

Let’s start with today. Pirolo’s Panino will give away free subs for their grand opening on Melrose avenue starting at 11 a.m. Also today, La Halo Top scoop complimentary ice cream at their new Culver City spot. Finally, all locations of Tocaya Organica celebrate their anniversary on Tuesday with free tacos.  You can find more details on all three offers after the jump, and a little info on the upcoming the Liquid Intelligence event that includes free samples from Angel City (just scroll down to the events section).

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below! Bon Appétit!

Belgian Brewpub Bluebird Brasserie Now Serving in Sherman Oaks

Moules Marinieres Photo courtesy of Bluebird Brasserie

Belgian brewpub Bluebird Brasserie recently opened on a popular stretch of Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks. Bluebird brews their own Belgian-style beer onsite and features Belgian dishes that include beer cheese croquette and meatballs, steak frites and moules-frites. They also offer vegan Impossible Foods meat for a number of dishes served. Overall, a great addition to the valley. Read all about our visit here.

Daikokuya to Open New Ramen Restaurant

The ramen empire that is Daikokuya are adding another ramen joint in Little Tokyo. According to DTLAer, Hachioji Craft Ramen is slated to open later this spring and a team of chefs from Daikokuya are currently in Japan honing their skills. The new ramen spot will take a more modern approach on dishes.

L.A. City Council Votes to Draft Ordinance Legalizing Street Vendors

A fruit vendor Photo: Stu_Spivack/Flickr

While Los Angeles City Council supports decriminalizing sidewalk vending last year, vendors still face citations, fines, and harassment. Things are about to change (hopefully) recently the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-4 to draft an ordinance to allow street vendors to obtain a permit, making their business operation a legal one. This ordinance could go into effect as soon as July.

NoMad Invites Public to Rooftop

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Photo Credit: NoMad

Did you know the NoMad Los Angeles just opened the Rooftop Café to the public for reservations only? Now you do so grab a reservation this week and enjoy a  rooftop menu that includes Prawn Roll with cremé fraîche and apple on toasted brioche; a Club Sandwich with roasted chicken, bacon, lettuce & tomato; and a Cookies & Cream ice cream sandwich with vanilla and caramel. New cocktails will be offered including a Dewin’ It with jalapeno-infused tequila, mezcal, size, roasted poblano pepper and lemon, the Blistered in the Sun with whiskey, sherry, passionfruit, lemon and a weekly featured frozen cocktail. Hours vary on different days and are listed online. Guests can make their reservations through Resy. Although the café is open to the public keep in-mind the poolside area is still only for hotel guests.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

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Tuesday April 24th, 2018

Tocaya Organica will celebrate their two-year anniversary with a free taco giveaway for the first 100 customers at each location this Tuesday, April 24. The modern organic Mexican restaurant will be offering one free taco per customer, which will include their choice of taco style, protein (options to include: achiote chicken, chicken tinga and adobo tofu) and queso. For customers who didn’t make the cut in time, keep in-mind it’s also Taco Tuesday and there’s a 2-for-1 special and happy hour all day long! Tocaya Organica includes locations in Venice, Santa Monica, Playa Vista, West Hollywood and Century City.

On Tuesday, April 24, Halo Top Creamery will open it’s second scoop shop in Los Angeles at Westfield Century City. On opening day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Halo Top will be giving away free soft serve and ice cream during their grand opening. The shop will have over 50 specialty toppings and a variety of flavors. Guests can also show off their cold creations at the interactive photo booth and check out a 3-D art installation displayed for the party.

By way of Miami Beach, James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef Michael Pirolo, will bring his famed Italian sandwich pop-up, Pirolo’s Panino to Los Angeles. Pirolo’s Panino will open on Tuesday, April 24 at 7461 Melrose Avenue. To celebrate the opening day, they’ll host a meatball sub toast with local officials and give away free paninos to the first 100 guests who follow their Instagram @pirolos.

50 Oregon wineries will be represented as The Oregon Wine Trail comes to The Line Hotel this Tuesday. In addition to generous pours of select Oregon–based wines, guests will enjoy a few goodies from Olympia Provisions, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Bingo Night at Innovation Brew Works takes place every Tuesday and will include lots of prizes, beer, pizza and more.

Wednesday April 25th, 2018

Liquid Intelligence will take over The Mixing Room from 6-7 p.m. for one hour of complimentary tastings of Angel City Brewery’s Kumquat Kettle Sour. FREE

Pasadena’s One Colorado hosts its first-ever Happy Hour Week from April 25-May 1 offering live entertainment and specially priced drinks and bites from local resturants.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach April 25-26 will takeover the East Village Arts District with samples of food and drinks from restaurants from in the area. Admission is free and guests pay to eat by purchasing booklets of tickets.

Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

Golden Road Brewing presents Hip HOPS Night on the last Wednesday of every month. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. guests will enjoy $5 food + drink specials, DJ tunes and a handful of live performances as well as live art and pop up shops. Admission is $5.

Angel City Brewery will host Plant Nite a succulent D.I.Y. event where guest get to create their own terrariums while sipping on beer and snacking on bites.

Take a Gin Crafting Class at Greenbar Distillery this Wednesday. Taste a flight of six gins while learning about the history, then guests will learn how to craft their own gin while enjoying gin cocktails.

Thursday April 26th, 2018

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles is hosting Mexican Street Food of L.A.: Elotes, Discrimination and Politics this Thursday. The event will touch on what the future of street vending will look like in L.A. while featuring food samples from local Boyle Heights street vendors.

Visit Eastown in Hollywood for Animals, Embers & Green Things this Thursday. Part of Feastown Collective’s Dinner & Story Series, Chef Royce Burke will offer up a casual “kamayan style” grilling event inspired by Argentinian asado with a twist.

Marijuana Madness is an innovative burlesque and live music show coming to Hervelle’s in Santa Monica. Travel back in time to 1937, when National Marijuana Prohibition became American law. Learn the truth behind the mass propaganda that insisted that cannabis led to moral decay and debauchery, resulting in persecution of marijuana users.

Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Thursday for Retro Game Night where they’ll be hosts a Tetris Battle Gaiden for Super Famicom. Free to join and Maravilla Latin Cuisine food truck will be on-site for those who need to grab a bite.

The L.A. Zoo will once again host their annual Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series. The theme “Raptors and Reptiles,” featuring Romona Ranch Vineyard & Winery, the dinner will take place on the Cambodia Terrace at Elephants of Asia.

The night market at hilltop Asian restaurant Yamashiro back for 2018 every Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., through September 27. Angelenos can enjoy a farmers market, freshly prepared foods and Yamashiro’s unbeatable views of Hollywood.

Friday April 27th, 2018

Alcove and Big Bar in Los Feliz will transform their space into a cocktail filled wonderland with extravagant themed out areas for their annual Gala in the Gardens spring time festival. Guests can expect five completely different experiences and signature cocktails to go with each space. Highlights include a boozy tea garden and a Putt Putt Goose mini golf experience. Admission is free. FREE

Dublab will take over Grand Central Market to bring you groovy sounds from around the world from 7 to 10 p.m. while you wine and dine at the food halls many delicious vendor stalls.

Greenbar Distillery has teamed up with The Burrito Project and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. Simply go to a bar on the list and order a CITY Bright gin cocktail from there Greenbar Distillery will donate a burrito to The Burrito Project. Get more info here.

Saturday April 28th, 2018

The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes to Union in Arlington Heights featuring over 150 local artists, live body painting, live art, an eclectic lineup of live musicians and DJs, and more. Come hungry , there will be a FREE pancake bar all night long.

Spend a day sipping tea in a gorgeous garden while enjoying the ocean view during Tea by the Sea at the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. There will also be garden tours, craft booths, self-guided lighthouse tours, and more.

The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar on April 28-29 for two days of wine-tasting with over 50 wineries. Santa Monica Wine Fest benefits the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Red Herring located in Eagle Rock just rolled out their new spring menu. Dishes include a Crispy Confit Duck Leg with beluga lentils, tasso ham, creamed mustard greens, Duroc Pork Chop with cranberry beans, grilled escarole, fennel emulsion, chermoula, and a New York Steak with smoked heirloom potatoes, charred spring onions, green garlic, rosemary aioli.

Smog City Brewing in Torrance celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lively party and loads of beer. Your ticket gets you a gift bag with new brew, Awkward Teenager, a haze-influenced, murky IPA brew. There will also be beer cocktails, creatively concocted with fruits, salts and cordials.

Sunday April 29th, 2018

Taste of the Eastside returns to Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for a day of celebrating food and drink from Eastside businesses like Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and beyond.

Speak Easy Yoga is a brand-new series curated especially for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on Sundays through the end of May. Do a down dog with music from the 1920s and if you choose to follow your yoga session with the Indigo’s Bootlegger Brunch, you’ll enjoy your first drink free with proof of yoga ticket purchase.

We Have Noodles located in Silver Lake is now serving brunch on Sundays. The menu features a tight selection of dim sum inspired bites like the Chicken and Black Truffle Shumai and Thai Sausage Scotch Egg. Two appetizers are also offered; a savory scallion pancake and soy sauce chow mein. Entrees during the new brunch include four noodle dishes including something called Breakfast Ramen.

Kali Supper Klub will host their first ever day time event called “Sunday Funday Fish Fry!” themed to the music of Lil Wayne. The lunch will include all things fried like Cajun Fries and a variety of Po Boys ranging from soft shell crab to catfish. There will be New Orleans beer pairings and if you’re into Mint Juleps you can go bottomless for an extra fee.

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4/20 Food Specials & other Tasty News Bites

April 17, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Today’s rundown starts with the dreaded Tax Day, but I’m here with the thinnest of silver linings: $1 drinks from a bevy of local bars, available today only.

By week’s end we move on to celebrating another American tradition: 4/20. Now that cannabis is legal some local bars and restaurants aim to help Angelenos celebrate with CBD cocktails and food inspired by the munchies. Check the rundown of specials below.

Lastly, this week’s event highlights include Taste of the Valley, WhiskyX, Tacos y Cervezas, a Depeche Brunch and much more.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below! Bon Appétit!

Tax Day Specials

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Today is officially tax day and that means we’ve all have given a big chunk of our bank account to Uncle Sam. But all is not lost, every year local establisments roll out special deals like $1 Old Fashioned and $5 beer flights for Angelenos to sip their pain away. Take a peek at our comprehensive list of Tax Day deals and cheers to another year of being an adult.

4/20 Events in Los Angeles

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4/20 is this Friday and we’ve rounded up a quick list of ways you can indulge.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar will offer a burger to satisfy your munchies. It’s called the High Roller burger and it’s made with a taco-seasoned beef patty, pepperoni, mozzarella, Flamin’ Hot Cheeto ketchup and cool ranch fries between two hemp seed buns. Diners also get a spoonful of cookie dough on the side. The burger special will only be available this Friday, April 20 and is priced at $11.

SameSide will team up with cannabis Chef Holden Jagger of Altered Plates for a night of CBD infused mocktails, small plates and advocating for the decriminalization of cannabis-related convictions. Tickets cost $42 per person.

Van Leeuwen’s Franklin Village ice cream shop will offer a limited-edition CBD Fudge Mini Sundae ($6) made with CBD-infused fudge. Vegan options are also available on that day.

Brack Shop will have Lagunitas’ “420 Ale” on tap, and some 4/20 schwag for guests. The bar will also offer up a Stoner Challenge – a feast of eight sliders, 16 atomic wings, Heap o’ fries and one donut. Your bill will be taken care of if you finish the $50 feast in under 42 minutes.

Find a CBD Slushie at Checker Hall in Highland Park on 4/20. It’s made with cannabidiol and Humboldt hemp vodka.

Vote for Your Favorite L.A. Burger

Los Angeles Magazine wants you to help them decide What’s the Best Burger Joint in L.A. To get things started food editor Garrett Snyder curated a strong list of 16 contenders that include Cassell’s Hamburgers, Apple Pan, Petit Trois, Burgerlords and more. The four weeklong voting rounds will end on May 14 and L.A. Mag will announce the winner during the Burgers Bourbon + Beer event on May 23 at the Victorian in Santa Monica.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday April 17th, 2018

Need a little last minute Tax Day relief? There are 9 L.A. spots offering $1 drinks on April 17, the same day that your 2017 taxes are due.

Get a taste of what South Pasadena has to offer during the 7th Annual Taste of South Pasadena. The evening will include a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl with unlimited food.

Wednesday April 18th, 2018

Angel City Brewery will host the 4th Annual Beers & Queers  a fun evening that includes a screening of 2004 comedy SAVED! a panel discussion with writer/director Brian Dannelly and more.

Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

Thursday April 19th, 2018

The Taste of the Valley, San Fernando’s largest wine tasting and food festival returns this Thursday with over 120 wineries, 45 restaurants and more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

The Pub at Golden Road will host Goat Yoga on The Lawn this Thursday where guests join in a one hour yoga session, sip on a GR beer after and meet and greet the yogi goats.

Friday April 20th, 2018

The Magic Bus Experience comes to the Reef DTLA April 20-22 for an experience outside the norm. Experience a 60,000- square foot psychedelic wonderland made up of several whimsical environments inspired by marijuana culture just in time for 420. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

The inaugural WhiskyX event will take place at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport and will feature a live concert from the band Dawes. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Greenbar Distillery has teamed up with The Burrito Project and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. Simply go to a bar on the list and order a CITY Bright gin cocktail from there Greenbar Distillery will donate a burrito to The Burrito Project. Get more info here.

Saturday April 21st, 2018

Tacos y Cervezas returns to Santa Anita Park for the ultimate pairing. Your ticket gets you taco tasting tickets, eight Mexican beer tastings and a $5 betting voucher. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Cosmic Brewery in Torrance will host a Vegan Earth Day Weekend Fair April 21-22 featuring food and apparel vendors and a doggie kissing booth.

There’s a Depeche Brunch happening at Resident this Saturday. Described as “A daytime all Depeche Mode eating, drinking, and dancing experience” the event will include food by KTCHN La (all entrées are $10), DM themed cocktails, an all DM DJ playlist and more.

Innovation Brew Works celebrates their three year anniversary with a party featuring IBW, Guest and home brewer beer tastings, live performances, food and games.

Sunday April 22nd, 2018

Tocaya Organica Playa Vista will be hosting an open Green Day LA event on Earth Day to benefit Our Backyard Homes. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, raffle prizes, food and drinks to support the youth of LA’s homeless community. There’s a suggested donation of $20 to attend and all proceeds will go to support Our Backyard Homes, a non-profit organization creating low-footprint micro-homes for homeless college students.

On Sunday, Son of a Gun will collaborate with chef Gabriela Camara and Tequila Casa Dragones for a one day only brunch featuring a three-course menu and dessert, as well as curated tequila pairings with Casa Dragones Joven, a small-batch, 100% blue agave sipping tequila. The menu includes tuna with Leche de Tigre, mussel tamal and more. The menu cost $75 per person; and the tequila pairing is a supplemental $45.

Monday April 23rd, 2018

By way of Miami Beach, James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef Michael Pirolo, will bring his famed Italian sandwich pop-up, Pirolo’s Panino to Los Angeles. Pirolo’s Panino will open on Tuesday, April 24 at 7461 Melrose Avenue. To celebrate the opening day, they’ll host a meatball sub toast with local officials and give away free paninos to the first 100 guests who follow their Instagram @pirolos.

A Future of Women Breakfast with chef Santa Caress Benitez will take place at Light Lab with a panel discussion about food entrepreneurship. The panel includes  Daina Trout the CEO + co-founder of Health-Ade Kombucha, Natasha Case the CEO + co-founder of Coolhaus and more. Tickets to the breakfast cost $35 per person.

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9 L.A. Spots Where You Can Get $1 Drinks on Tax Day (and other 2018 Tax Day deals)

April 16, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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The taxman comes for us all on April 17. No avoiding it. But you can take the edge off (of our wallets that is) with $1 drinks and other sweet deals at several Los Angeles spots this upcoming Tax Day.

In total we count nine L.A. bars offering $1 drinks tomorrow. Additionally, there are a number of bars/eateries offering their own spin on Tax Day deals, including free Hot Dog On a Stick, $5 Three Weavers beer flights, $10.40 food specials and more.

To make things easy we’ve catalogued a list of all the deals and offerings (in no particular order) after the jump. No one loves tax day, but at least you can enjoy the deals!

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1. Bigfoot Lodge

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 3172 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 -> More information

2. Thirsty Crow

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 2939 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 -> More information

3. Sassafras

$1 Old Fashioned- 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 1233 N. Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90038 -> More information

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4. La Cuevita

$1 Tequila Press – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 5922 N Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042 -> More information

5. Oldfield’s

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 10899 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 -> More information

6. Highland Park Bowl

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 5621 N. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90042 -> More information

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Old Fashioned at Idle Hour. Photo by Lesile Rodriguez.

7. Idle Hour

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 4824 Vineland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 91601 -> More information

8. Harlowe

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 7321 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046 -> More information

9. Bigfoot West

$1 Old Fashioned – 5 to 8 p.m. (while supplies last). Location: 10939 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 -> More information

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Other Tax Day Deals for 2018

Maple Block Meat Co

The bbq spot will have a few specials for tax day. A $10.99 brisket sandwich, a No Tax Taco Tuesday with 3 smoked pork tacos and a drink for $10 or a $3 taco tax free, and anyone placing a catering over $100 won’t pay tax on that order. Location: 3973 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City 90230 -> More information

Brack Shop Tavern

The bar will have Three Weavers Brewing in for a special evening of $5 flights and $5 tulips. Location: 525 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 -> More information

Pez Cantina

A Taco Tuesday special of $3 a taco, no tax charged and no limit on tacos. Their tax day drink is the Top-of-line Margarita for $10.99 all day. Location: 401 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 -> More information

Hot Dog on a Stick

Get one free Original Turkey or Veggie Dog. No purchase necessary. Location: Hot Dog on a Stick states that this will only happen at participating locations but does not offer a list of locations. Instead they suggest reaching out to locations to confirm. -> More information 

Public School on Tap

The gastropub is offering a $10 beer & a shot special, in addition to happy hour beers for $4 from 3-7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Location: Culver City, Downtown Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks -> More information

Vinovore

Stop by Vinovore and enjoy no tax on all purchases on April 17. The wine shop promotes female winemakers and carry a vibrant selection of hosting knick knacks. Location: 616 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004 -> More information

Grill on the Alley

Score the 1040 Martini for $10.40, a play on the standardized tax form. Location: 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 -> More information

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Get a 16-inch traditional cheese pizza for $10.40 while supplies last. Location: 2121 Rosecrans Ave, Ste. 1399 El Segundo, CA 90245 -> More information

Laurel Point

The Studio City seafood centric spot will be offering $10.40 martinis. Location: 12050 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 -> More information

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Spaghetti Sundays, Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s & other Tasty News Bites

April 10, 2018 by Christina Champlin

First things first. Today is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. This means free ice cream from noon to 8 p.m., so make time to head to one of the participating locations for a complimentary cool down. Got your ice cream yet? Good.

In other updates, I checked out Spaghetti Sundays at Winsome in Echo Park (a beautiful spot by the way). Also, a Cuban restaurant in Silver Lake was just awarded “Best Cuban Sandwich in the world” and I’ve got more info below.

Lastly, this week’s event highlights include a Woon pop-up at ETA, a Stay Lucky pop-up at Hayden, a Sandwich Fckrs takeover of Patio Burgers and much more.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below! Bon Appétit!

It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s TODAY!

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is today! Score a free scoop between noon and 8 p.m. at a host of locations that include LA Union Station, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica and Northridge. Find more information and a list of scoop shops here.

Spaghetti Sundays at Winsome

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Does anyone else think Sunday suppers should be as popular as brunch? At Winsome it seems to be that way. Every Sunday Angelenos can enjoy a spaghetti dish, garlic bread, a seasonal salad and a scoop of ice cream made in house for just $20. Chef de Cuisine Joe Perez offers three different pasta combinations each Sunday, with the rotation including a spaghetti bolognese, a wild mushroom spaghetti with speck, and a few gluten-free options. Additionally there are drink specials from Campari and Peroni as well as a curated list of natural wines available during dinner service. I noticed a number of families and kids there last Sunday, making Winsome a smart choice for parents who want to wind down the weekend with a proper meal.

This Cuban Sandwich Located in Silver Lake Was Just Named Best in the World

Cheers to 1st place! Best Cuban Sandwich in the World.

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Los Angeles Magazine recently profiled family-run Cuban restaurant El Cochinito’s recent and major win at the International Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City, Florida. Resturants from all over the world competed in the contest and El Cochinito was selected to represent the entire West Coast. The process was strenuous with a lot of rules to abide by, but in the end the experts in slow-roasted lechon asado (roasted pork) took home a towering 1st place trophy and the ultimate bragging rights. Read all about it here. Then go get yourself an award winning and affordable (it’s only $9) Cubano.

Los Angeles Times Food Bowl

The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl returns for their second year of hosting more than 200 gustatory experiences happening for the entire month of May. To help you navigate this massive event we highlighted ones that were most unique like a pizza festival at the Hollywood Palladium, a Jonathan Gold Film Festival and much more. See our post all about the L.A. Times Food Bowl here.

Why Lemons Replace Limes at Taco Trucks Every Spring Answered

We’ve all seen lemons instead of limes at taco trucks and in salsa bars at plenty of restaurants in Los Angeles. No they did not run out limes that day, there’s actually more to the story. Gustavo Arellano explains in his latest for LA.Taco.

A New Pizzeria, Creamery and Pub Now Open in Eagle Rock

Piencone in Eagle Rock is now serving pizza, ice cream and alcohol in a massive 4,500 square foot space housing several spaces including a bar, patio and atrium. Read all about our preview visit here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

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Tuesday April 10th, 2018

FARMHOUSE launches lunch this week. They’ll offer an à la carte “seed-to-plate” lunch menu and a two-course prix-fixe lunch menu ($24.) The prix-fixe includes a choice of soup, garden toast or simple salad followed by a choice of entree that includes a Chicken Avocado Sandwich, Ocean Trout Gravlax Toast, Pizza and more. Lunch is offered all week.

Greenbar Distillery has teamed up with The Burrito Project and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. Simply go to a bar on the list and order a CITY Bright gin cocktail from there Greenbar Distillery will donate a burrito to The Burrito Project. Get more info here.

Wednesday April 11th, 2018

Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

Thursday April 12th, 2018

Los Angeles-based pop up noodle cart, Woon will team up with Highland Park’s neighborhood cocktail bar, ETA, for a delicious pop-up featuring noodles, pork belly baos, drink specials and DJ tunes. Happening from 6 p.m. until the food sells out.

Friday April 13th, 2018

To Live and Di(n)e is a 35-person supper club where attendees will enjoy a fine meal, cocktails and cabaret-style performances with the ghosts of the most infamous figures in Los Angeles’ true crime history. Each course and cocktail will be inspired by a different figure and era and guests will come face-to-face with the Black Dahlia; the “Glamour Girl Slayer”; Charles Manson; the “Night Stalker,” and more infamous figures of the past.

Saturday April 14th, 2018

FARMHOUSE will launch brunch this Saturday at their Beverly Center location. Happening every Saturdays and Sundays, the new restaurant will offer vibrant brunch dishes from sourced directly from farms. Menu highlights include brioche made with Kenter Canyon Farms heritage grain, Fine Herbs Omelette and Breakfast Pizza topped with eggs, bacon, fresno chilies, and fontina.

Sunday April 15th, 2018

Ari Kolender’s Hayden will host a pop-up series with Vinh Nguyen of upcoming Stay Lucky, a Chinese concept slated to open later this year. Happening every Sunday in April from 2-9 p.m. diners can order from the Stay Lucky menu that includes Cumin Lamb Dumplings, Sichuan Wontons and Taiwanese Cold Sesame Noodles. Beverage Director Akari Yamamura will pair select wines with Nguyen’s dishes and Hayden’s regular menu can also be ordered during the pop-up.

Food and event group, Sandwich Fckrs will take over Eagle Rock’s Patio Burgers for a pop-up event from noon to 6 p.m. Chef Alex Abdel-Monem and friends will serve up a Chicago staple called the “puff” a handmade puff pastry stuffed with savory ingredients much like an empanada. There will also be a variety of beer and wine to pair with the puffs, as well as a vegan option. This event is cash only so stop by the atm before hand.

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51 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [4-6-18 to 4-8-18]

April 5, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (April 6 to April 8) includes Sleepless, SoCal Corgi Beach Day, Rooftop Cinema Club, L.A. Beer Festival, Dosshaus “Paper-Thin Hotel” installation, Foodie Con, Brewery Art Walk, Queens of the New Age Festival, Roaring Twenties Street Jam and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday April 6th, 2018

1. Sleepless, The Music Center’s beloved late-night event, returns on April 6-7 for two evenings of art, dancing, and music! This year’s theme is Disco Lives. Guests will dance, roller boogie, watch film clips of the era, and much more.

2. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftop of The Montalban in Hollywood with a screening of The Big LebowskiOther screenings this weekend include Back to the Future, The Shape of Water and more.

3. First Fridays return to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The event will explore the L.A. Backstory with NHMLA History Department and live music from Chelsea Jade and Jamila Woods.

4. From Trail to Table in the 21st Century comes to The Autry this Friday and The event will feature a discussion with modern cowboys on how to raise cattle, food stations serving natural grass-fed beef creations, access to the galleries and garden of The Autry, and presentations by chefs and food history experts.

5. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

6. Dwell on Design a design and architecture convention that runs April 5-7 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will feature speakers, panels and consultations by acclaimed architects, interior designers and design visionaries. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. Candytopia brings its immersive, oh-so-sweet Insta-friendly experience to Santa Monica, where it will remain till July 4.

8. Check out Butterfly Season at Kidspace Children’s Museum now through May 4. Activities include daily butterfly exploration in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

9. Hangout at the Aquarium of the Pacific at night and see sharks, jellyfish and more in a different light! Happening multiple times this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Descanso Gardens is hosting another edition of Tomatomania this Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tomato fans and gardeners will have a chance to purchase tomato seedlings and listen to tomato lectures.

11. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

12. 260LA will host an Equinox sample sale event April 3-8 in Beverly Hills with brands like nike, Rhone, lululemon, Spiritual Gangster and more at a steep discount.

13. Museum of Selfies opens on April 1 and will run till May 31 with 10 interactive exhibits that welcomes visitors to take a closer look into the cultural phenomenon. The curators of the Glendale musueum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. See the Hermosa Hitigrls battle the Redondo Riots in a Kentucky Derby themed all female roller derby this Friday!

15. Lauren Conrad’s fashion line Paper Crown is having a sample sale April 5-6 with up to 70% off on dresses, blouses, bottoms, outerwear and the bridesmaid collection.

16. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.

17. The Rachel Pally Warehouse Sale will run April 6-8 with 60% to 75% off retail prices on contemporary, maternity and plus lines. There’s even discount racks starting at just $10, restocked each day.

18. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Beauty Park’s one day sample sale will feature the best Korean beauty and skincare products at 50% to 80% off.

20. Step inside The Museum of Illusions in Hollywood and find yourself in a classic painting, part of a cartoon, part of current events, inside movies and much more. Highlights include watching the Titanic go down, “climbing” a sheer cliff and other eye popping visuals. Happening all week. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

21. Dogeared is having a jewelry sample sale in Culver City this Friday, everything will be priced $5 to $20.

22. Free admission at: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm) and Long Beach Museum of Art (11 a.m to 5 p.m.)

Saturday April 7th, 2018

23. Get ready to paw-ty, because SoCal Corgi Beach Day returns with more than 1,000 Corgis expected to attend. Happening at Huntington Dog Beach, lively events include cutest cardigan Corgi contest, a tiki-themed Corgi costume contest, Starboy Iggy and his Corgi Hula Hoop Show, and a Corgi coconut pie-eating contest. FREE

24. Hosted at The Reef in Downtown L.A., Foodie Con April 7-8 will feature shopping, book signings, cooking product demos, food court vendors from local restaurants and chefs, plus beer, wine and spirits for sampling. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. The 9th Annual L.A. Beer Fest returns this Saturday to the Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown L.A. for an afternoon of showcasing 80 breweries serving up 200 beers.

26. Art duo Dosshaus will transform the Corey Helford Gallery into a flop-house hotel from the 60’s made entirely of recycled cardboard hand painted to look like black & white illustrations. The exhibit will house hundreds of individual pieces including a “Paper-Thin Hotel” with several life size rooms. FREE

27. Mickey’s marks 65 years of business on April 7, to celebrate they will offer the first 65 people who come into the shop that day their choice of a free Mickey’s Combo, Sauce Sandwich or slice of pizza. Each customer thereafter that will be able to purchase those three items for only $0.65 each. The special runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

28. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale for another year of fun every Saturday and Sunday from April 7 through May 20. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. A Current Affair is a pop-up vintage marketplace with a highly curated list of vendors from all over the state is taking over the Cooper Design Space in DTLA April 7-8.

30. Celebrate the 4th birthday of Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing this Saturday. The party will include copious amounts of beer (30+), snow cones, music, games and more.

31. The Brewery Art Walk returns April 7-8 with over 100 artist in residence opening their studios to the public allowing people to view art, get to know local artists, support their work and more. FREE

32. There’s a Free Yoga Class Hosted by OLIVERS Apparel at One Down Dog in Silver Lake this Saturday. RSVP here. FREE

33. The Museum of Failure has a new location on Hollywood and Highland with new exhibits and products that include Juicero, Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision, Pets.com, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The SkyFlow Festival, at The Row in DTLA will feature six different yoga and meditation classes on two rooftops, a Festival Season Fashion Market, aura photography, a sunset dance party, and more.

35. The VOID’s virtual reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is now open in the Glendale Galleria. The “hyper-reality” experience puts players in a 360 virtual world allowing them to touch, smell, and sensing their surroundings.

36. The NERO48 Pop-up of Mexican Contemporary Design comes to Vinz on Fairfax April 7-8 for a weekend of shopping, food, wine, music, and fun that features handpicked products designed by some of Mexico’s most talented makers. There will also be workshops and lectures presented by international artists and designers.

37. Stash House, a new escape room in L.A. will allow you and your friends to get actively involved in a crime drama — with zero chance of going to prison. Happening all week.

38. Downward Grog presents Brewery Yoga this Saturday in Boyle Heights at Indie Brewing Company.

39. 23rd Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire will have dozens of vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more.

40. Greenbar Distillery has teamed up with The Burrito Project and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. Simply go to a bar on the list and order a CITY Bright gin cocktail from there Greenbar Distillery will donate a burrito to The Burrito Project. Get more info here.

Sunday April 8th, 2018

41. The 5th Annual Montrose Craft Beer Fest will feature a wide range of breweries that include Wolf Creek Brewery, Hilltop Homebrewers, Bottle Logic Brewing and Hangar 24. In addition to beers there will be food samples, lawn games and photo booths.

42. Queens of the New Age: Festival of Extraordinary Women at CAAM (California African American Museum) celebrates extraordinary women through a day of family fun, featuring DJs, live performances, food trucks, a powerful discussion with top female artists and producers, and workshops. FREE

43. Roaring Twenties Street Jam returns to the historic Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round for a Gatsby themed lawn party by day and merry-go-round dance party by night. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

44. Support local artists and teachers during the Barnsdall Art & Craft Fair. The free event will feature handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, cards, prints, paintings and more by art students and teachers for sale. Proceeds from the event will support the programming at Barnsdall Art Center. FREE

45. The 23rd Annual Tokyo City Cup and Japan Family Day returns to Santa Anita Race Track for SoCal’s biggest Japanese cultural and food festival, along with a horse-racing event.

46. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. Metro Art Presents “The North Patio” spring concert series, in the historic Union Station’s tranquil North Patio every Sunday from April 8-22. The concerts kicks off with Mary Lattimore. FREE

48. The Wallis in Beverly Hills will host “Dance Sundays” with famed actress/dancer/choreographer Debbie Allen. Suitable for the whole family, each month will feature a special dance theme, this month it’s Salsa. FREE

49. Visit Virtual Room in Hollywood for a group VR adventure in which you’ll go back in time to ensure a better future.

50. Same Same, Silver Lake’s Thai wine bar, will celebrate its second anniversary this Sunday. At 6 p.m. they’ll host a party with blessings, Thai decorations, music and dancers, and a complimentary snack for all guests.

51. Free admission at:  Museum of Latin American Art ,Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


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65-Cent Sandwiches, Extended Hours at Howlin’ Ray’s & other Tasty News Bites

April 3, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Greetings fellow L.A. food enthusiasts. Looking to satisfy your weekly craving for delicious deals and newsy food bites? Let’s talk.

Hands down the deal of the week is at South Bay’s Mikey’s. They’ll be celebrating their 65 years in business with 65-cent sandwiches and pizza on April 7. In other big news, the hot chicken gods have answered the city’s prayers! Finally, Howlin’ Ray’s will now be open an extra three hours longer and while we suspect the line will still be there, the wait time for getting your Nashville Hot Chicken fix will probably be shorter over all. More intel below.

Lastly, this week’s event highlights includes The Collective Affair by 365DOTS  ‘Business of Food’ panel, Foodie Con, The 9th Annual L.A. Beer Fest and the 5th Annual Montrose Craft Beer Fest.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below! Bon Appétit!

Cajun x Hawaiian Food in Pasadena

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Photo by: Christina Champlin/ We Like L.A.

Waikiki’s Crackin’ Kitchen just opened their second location right in the heart of Old Town Pasadena introducing Cajun cuisine infused with Hawaiian flavors developed by Michelin-starred chef Takeshi Omae. We got our hands dirty and taste tested the menu just for you. Read the full story here.

South Bay’s Mickey’s Celebrates 65 Years with $.65 cent Food Specials

The Mance family’s pizza and deli shop, Mickey’s marks 65 years of business on April 7. To celebrate Mickey’s will offer the first 65 people who come in on that day their choice of a free Mickey’s Combo, Sauce Sandwich or slice of pizza. Each customer thereafter that will be able to purchase those three items for only $0.65 each. The special runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Howlin’ Ray’s Finally Expands Hours

According to Howlin Ray’s Instagram, the Nashville Hot Chicken spot that drives insane lines of fans to their Chinatown shop sometimes with wait times as long as five hour has finally extended their hours. Now open Tuesdays through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the three extra hours (they used to close at 4 p.m.) will hopefully allow for shorter wait times, but we don’t think the line will go away any time soon.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Now Has a “Coachella Roll”

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Liu for Blue Ribbon Sushi

Blue Ribbon Sushi located at The Grove has launched a “Coachella Roll” in celebration of the popular desert festival. The roll cost $35 and will be available April 13 and April 20, the Fridays of the festival. Coachella Roll is composed of Tamara Sushi with Albacore, Toro, Uni, Tuna, Shrimp, White Fish and Salmon topped with an edible garden of garnishes made to look like a beautiful flower crown.

Piencone Pizzeria, Creamery and Pub Opens on April 4 in Eagle Rock

Piencone is a new spot set to open on April 4 in Eagle Rock serving pizza, ice cream and alcohol in a massive 4,500 square foot space. Operated by Michelle and Corey Wilton, the husband-and-wife duo behind Four Café in Eagle Rock and bar expert Herb Gualpa, the new eatery will offer artisan pizzas, house made organic ice cream and a full bar serving a curated selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails.

Diners can find items like fresh mozzarella cheese, organic Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes and naturally leavened pizza dough fired in-house in a custom-made pizza oven. On the creamery end, house-made waffle cones, a rotation of six seasonal ice cream flavors and two choices of sorbet will be available. At the moment flavors include: Vanilla Bean, Maple with house-made Brown Sugar Pop Tart, Brown Butter Lavender, Meyer Lemon Buttermilk, Chocolate Hazelnut, Sesame Caramel, Vegan Coconut Passionfruit Sorbet and Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate. Lastly the cozy 14-seat American-style saloon and library style bar will highlight 15 craft beers on tap as well as a canned beer selection; a rotating wine list; Kombucha on tap and a variety of innovative and classic cocktails.

Piencone’s large space houses five rooms including a main dining room, lounge, atrium area, full back patio and bar. Open all day, there is a counter service situation during the day and table service at night. Piencone is located at 1958 Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock.

Every Sandwich at Eggslut, Ranked by Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine recently stopped by the newest location of Eggslut at the Beverly Center to try all six sandwiches on the menu. See how the magazine ranked the egg-centric sandwich creations here.

Mi Corazon Silver Lake Launches Industry Night Mondays & Daily Specials

On Monday, April 9, Mi Corazon’s new Silver Lake location will launch Industry Night to celebrate hospitality professionals through discounted drinks and appetizers from 4-10 p.m. every Monday. Expect shots for $6, beers for $5, a “Cocktail of the day” for $9. Food specials include two mini potato flautas for $2, two mini hard-shell tacos (choice of chicken or beef tinga, or veggie) for $4 and two chicken flautas with chipotle mayo for $7. In addition Mi Corazon has daily specials that include Tacos & Tequila Tuesdays, Guero Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays and Weekend Brunch.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

LA Beer Fest at LA Center Studios

LA Beer Fest at LA Center Studios

Wednesday April 4th, 2018

The Collective Affair by 365DOTS will hold their special ‘Business of Food’ panel with food bloggers and experts at Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Wednesday. Expect food by Brack Shop Tavern, Baldoria, Edmon, Nixon Chops & Whiskey, 71 Above and Beauty Bar Chocolates,

Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

Thursday April 5th, 2018

April 5 is National Caramel Day, celebrate by walking through a life sized CANDY LAND game board in Santa Monica thanks to Werther’s Caramel and Hasbro. This pop-up only happens for one-day only on the Santa Monica Pier.

Set in the back room of old school Chinese food joint, Genghis Cohen, The Setup Comedy Show features touring stand-up comics, late-night writers, and movie stars. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Friday April 6th, 2018

The last Autry Flavors themed “From Trail to Table in the 21st Century” is this Friday and will feature a discussion with modern cowboys on how to raise cattle, food stations serving natural grass-fed beef creations, access to the galleries and garden of The Autry, and presentations by chefs and food history experts.

Saturday April 7th, 2018

Hosted at The Reef in Downtown L.A., Foodie Con April 7-8 will feature shopping, book signings, cooking product demos, food court vendors from local restaurants and chefs,  plus beer, wine and spirits for sampling. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

The 9th Annual L.A. Beer Fest returns this Saturday to the Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown L.A. for an afternoon of showcasing 80 breweries serving up 200 beers.

Celebrate the 4th birthday of Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing this Saturday. The party will include copious amounts of beer (30+), snow cones, music, games and more.

Sunday April 8th, 2018

The 5th Annual Montrose Craft Beer Fest will feature a wide range of breweries that include Wolf Creek Brewery, Hilltop Homebrewers, Bottle Logic Brewing and Hangar 24. In addition to beers there will be food samples, lawn games and photo booths.

Same Same, Silver Lake’s Thai wine bar, will celebrate its second anniversary this Sunday. At 6 p.m. they’ll host a party with blessings, Thai decorations, music and dancers, and a complimentary snack for all guests.

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Crackin’ Kitchen Brings Hawaiian-Cajun Food to Pasadena Starting This Friday

March 29, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Photo by: Christina Champlin/ We Like L.A.

Seafood boils aren’t easy to find in Los Angeles (with the exception of mega chain Boiling Crab), but there’s a new player in town coming to the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Crackin’ Kitchen, slated to open on March 30, will introduce Cajun cuisine infused with Hawaiian flavors to a spot near the intersection of Colorado Blvd and Arroyo Pkwy.

Originally from Waikiki, this will be Crackin’ Kichen’s second restaurant in the United States. The menu was developed by Michelin-starred chef Takeshi Omae who in recent years has worked alongside Iron Chef legend Masaharu Morimoto.

At Omae’s Crackin’ Kitchen, you can start with items like poke, Lomi Lomi Salmon salad, grilled oysters, seafood platter, mussel pots or a Maui Onion salad. Those looking for something more substantial can try the Guava Chicken Wings, smothered in a tangy sauce and tossed with Hawaiian macadamia nuts for added crunch. There’s also Chowder Fries, perfect for sharing and picking at during the meal. Drinks are colorful and sweet, with options including Hawaiian cocktails like Pele, Kauai Colada, and the Hawaii Blue. Most people, however, will probably come for the boils.

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Photo by: Christina Champlin/ We Like L.A.

The featured attraction includes lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams and other seafood, ordered by the pound, brought to the table in plastic bags and dumped onto the table. You get plastic gloves and bib for your convenience (you’ll need ’em).

Diners are instructed to choose a seafood combo or ala carte item (all are served by the pound), pick a signature sauce from three options, decide on a spice level and select a few side dishes. The most important decision in my opinion is the sauce. White is made of Maui onions and lemon butter it is mild in flavor and suitable for those who absolutely cannot eat spicy. Red is Crackin’ Kitchens signature Cajun sauce made with Hawaiian chili. Then there’s the black sauce, made of Hawaiian cacao and cracked black pepper, it’s sweet, spicy and complex. The black sauce reminded me of the caramelized sauce from Cá Kho Tô a traditional Vietnamese Braised Fish in clay pot dish. If you enjoy mole on the sweeter side you’re going to like this one.

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Photo by: Christina Champlin/ We Like L.A.

A meal at Crackin’ Kitchen comes with a show if you have room for the two-person dessert. . Your server literally makes an edible drawing on your table covering almost the entire area with colorful sauces and sugars creating a rainbow, palm trees and waves for dipping. This food-art combo includes sourced fruit plus Hawaiian Malasadas, a Portuguese pastry made of egg, butter and milk fried and rolled in sugar

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Photo by: Christina Champlin/ We Like L.A.

Crackin’ Kitchen is located at 115 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. The grand opening is will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30. All Dine-in Guests on opening night will receive $20 Gift Card, according to the restaurant’s website. Regular hours (starting March 31) are Monday –Friday Lunch: 11:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Sunday –Thursday Dinner: 4:30 p.m. –10 p.m. Friday & Saturday Dinner: 4:30 p.m. –11 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m. –4 p.m. .

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