We Have Noodles is My New Favorite Noodle Spot

February 14, 2018 by Christina Champlin

I discovered at a very young age that a delicious bowl of noodles was my happy place. Being born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley I know noodles. I love noodles. We Have Noodles in Silver Lake gets it right.

Silver Lake isn’t exactly renowned as a noodle haven. But at We Have Noodles, Darren’s Sayphrara team is redeveloping traditional noodle recipes like chicken pho and Khao Soi, making them their own in a way that still respects the origin of the dishes. This is not “fusion” but instead an innovative take on beloved street style noodles that work for both traditionalists and people trying Asian noodle for the first time.

Walk into the 800 square-foot space and you’ll be greeted with a noise rock soundtrack, a menu on the wall and a modest counter where you order from. There’s light seating inside and on the patio, either offering a view of bustling Sunset Junction. Small plate options range from chicken karaage to black truffle dumplings depending on the season. You can also order from a rotating selection of beer and wine. Around six noodle dishes are offered each day including a Veggie Pho, Spicy Miso Ramen and a cold Green Noodle. Prices are reasonable and range from $5 to $15.


Photo Credit: We Have Noodles

The day that I went in they offered Chicken Pho served in a large metal bowl with poached chicken breast and a poached egg, all topped by enticing aromatics, herbs, and pieces of crispy chicken skin. The portioning is more than enough for one person, but I recommend sharing so you can sample other dishes.


Chicken Pho at We Have Noodles Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Another highlight is the Roasted Eggplant Nahm Prik served with root vegetable chips and refreshing crudite. If you like tom yum flavor like I do, the kick from this shared starter will keep you coming back for more.


Roasted Eggplant at We Have Noodles. Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Of the several dishes I tried at We Have Noodles my favorite was the cold Green Noodle, a bowl of spinach noodles dressed in light sesame oil, served with kale, fried broccolini, fried onions, green herbs and an assortment of green veggies. Mix it all together and you get a bite that is chewy, crunchy and complex. It’s a delight.


Green Noodle at We Have Noodles. Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

At We Have Noodles there are a handful of shared plates and noodle dishes on the permanent menu. Specials change regularly, and might include items like crispy duck khao soi, beef brisket and cumin lamb ribs, all currently available. On that note I’ll definitely be back soon to see what’s new.

Sayphrara, an L.A. native with Chinese, Vietnamese, and Laotian heritage, has a background in mostly in fine dining. He first opened his noodle business at Smorgasburg LA in 2016, with this brick-and-mortar spot popping in the heart of Silver Lake in 2017.

We Have Noodles takes over the space formerly occupied by Berlin Currywurst on the corner of Sunset and Hyperion right next to Pazzo Gelato.

We Have Noodles is located at 3827 W Sunset Blvd Suite C in Silver Lake.





Where to Eat on Valentine’s Day, Fat Tuesday in L.A. & other Tasty News Bites

February 13, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Ready to to sample Hurricane cocktails, King Cake, fluffy beignets and boudin balls? It must be Fat Tuesday, and below we’ve got the skinny all the best eats you can try on the day before Lent.

Also this week: Valentine’s Day. If you have not yet planed your special night we’ve got your back with a massive list of 35 ideas on how to spend the holiday including fun activities, where to eat and all the adorable treats being offered around town.

If V-day isn’t your thing, the weekend will bring The Great Boozy Bake Off at Angel City Brewery in DTLA, the 40z & Waffles Brunch Series, The Chocolate & Art Show and more.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

Valentines Day Things to do and Where to Eat

Check out our massive list of 35 Things to do on Valentines Day for ideas on what to do and where to eat. In addition below are some last minute additions we think are worth looking into as well.

BigBar welcomes guest bartender, Katy O’Donnell for a romantic night of the crafting the ultimate Stevie Wonder mixtape and cocktails inspired by the iconic music man. There will be a Stevie Wonder bingo with lovely prizes for all winners throughout the night.

Rosaliné in West Hollywood will offer a three course “Love to Share” menu featuring Ensalada de Beterraga with beets 3-ways, Spanish Mackerel Ceviche with aji Amarillo ponzu, Chaufa Paella and red velvet con leche. The prix fixe menu starts at $85 per person and includes choice of white wine, red wine, the Bellicose Warrior or a Pisco Sour.

Gelateria Uli will celebrate Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped sorbet popsicles. The $6 treat is made with homemade raspberry sorbet and hand-dipped in dark chocolate.

Silver Lake’s gorgeous resturant hideaway Cliff’s Edge will offer a three course prix-fixe menu that also includes an oyster amuse and a granita intermezzo.

There’s a Valentine’s Day “Sour Exes” Party and Aurora Lutea Bottle Release happening at Arts District Brewing Co. Expect a stellar list of sour beers to be available that night from Beachwood Blendry’s, De Proef Brouwerij and more.

Cake Monkey Bakery is offering Naked Cakes (frosting free), Rose mini cakes, Pop Heart hand shaped pies and other assortments of Valentine’s Day-inspired treats at their

Fat Tuesday Events

Today is Fat Tuesday and that means some L.A. restaurants and bars will be celebrating the Big Easy style. Below are some noteworthy foodie events happening in Los Angeles.

The Little Easy Mardi Gras Party: From noon to 7 p.m. this DTLA establishment will host happy hour, a Abita New Orleans tap takeover, $8 Hurricanes, beads and live music.

Little Dom’s will offer a Mardi Gras Menu: A New Orleans native, Chef Brandon Boudet will bring Big Easy flavors to the Los Feliz restaurant on Tuesday featuring gumbo, soft shell crab po’boys, beignets, pork belly cracklins, king cake, boudin balls, red beans & rice and cocktail specials.

Harold & Belle’s 48th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration: From 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. the Jefferson Park cajun restaurant will feature live music in the bar at 3 p.m. and in the Peacock Lounge at 6 p.m. Rémy Martin and Hurricane drink specials will be held all day long and the Geaux Food Truck will be outside serving a limited menu all day.

The Attic on Broadway 3 Course New Orleans Meal: Dine on a three course meal that starts with a shrimp cocktail, and moves onto a main course of Crawfish Boil and ends with a traditional New Orleans style King Cake. Find the baby in the cake and win a prize! The meal coast $50 per person and includes a cocktail, reservations are recommended.

Fat Tuesday at the Original Farmers Market: Dance to Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros from 6 to 9 p.m. and grab food from The Gumbo Pot who serves crawfish, Jambalaya, gumbo, beignets and more.

Fat Taco Tuesday at The 6740: Beer, beads, bands, $2 tacos and happy hour all day long at this Whittier bar.

Fat Tuesday at Black Cat BBQ: Head to the Highland Park farmers market and grab a bite from Black Cat BBQ. They’ll be serving Cajun dishes from 3 to 7 p.m.

Fat Tuesday at FiveOFour: From February 13-14 this Hollywood bar will host live entertainment, 2 for 1 drinks, $6 Abitas and free beignets!

Fat Tuesday Party at The French Quarter Creole Bar & Grill in Bellflower: The parking lot party will feature two bands, pony rides and loads of cajun food like crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya smoked oysters and more.

Mardi Gras Celebration at The Slip Bar & Eatery: The Redondo Beach spot located on the boardwalk will offer $6 Hurricanes and a secret recipe jambalaya for one day only. There’s also a vegan version so all can enjoy Fat Tuesday!

BongChu Braised Chicken Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

Koreatown’s Newest Restaurant BongChu Only Serves One Dish

Koreatown newcomer BongChu only serves one thing, and it’s jjimdak a braised chicken dish from South Korea made with vegetables and glass noodles. We Like L.A. contributor Juliet Bennett Rylah stopped in to try jjimdak this past weekend. The verdict? Pretty damn tasty.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Wednesday February 14th, 2018

Angel City Brewery hosts a night of Gypsy Jazz in the Arts District.

Ever Bar at the Kimtpon Everly Hotel in Hollywood is throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party. From 4-7 p.m. gusts can enjoy drink specials, conversation heart cookies and the opportunity to “shred your ex.”

Thursday February 15th, 2018

Greenbar Distillery presents Spirited Trivia night at L.A.’s oldest organic distillery. Enjoy craft cocktails while competing with locals. You have to be a member of the distillery to join but membership is free!

Friday February 16th, 2018

The Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex in DTLA on February 16-17, with chocolate fondue, the work of up-and-coming artists & more.

Jack Daniel’s has been selling its whiskey since 1866 and this weekend they will bring a pop-up shop to Los Angeles for just three days. From February 16-18, the Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg General Store will offer Angelenos a unique assortment of goods, services and events featuring live music and Southern food from Miss Mary Bobo’s, a Lynchburg institution for over a century.

Saturday February 17th, 2018

The 40z & Waffles Brunch Series is back for NBA All-Star Weekend. Not your ordinary Sunday Funday, attendees will enjoy brunch, cocktails, a surprise live performance and more at Viva Hollywood. Early-bird tickets are currently $40.

Sunday February 18th, 2018

The Great Boozy Bake Off will take place at Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Sunday. The bake off will feature bakers testing their skill at incorporating booze into cupcakes, candies, breads and more. A $2o ticket gets you a sampling of all the contestants creations and all proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will also be games, a cookie-decorating station and more to be announced. Beer is not included in the ticket price.




Things To Do

30 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [2-9-18 to 2-11-18]

February 8, 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. (February 9-11) includes a Cupid’s Undie Run in Santa Monica, the San Gabriel Lunar Festival, a Broke Hearts Circus at Angel City Brewery, a Reggae Fest at the Queen Mary, 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.


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Santa Monica Beach Boardwalk

Santa Monica Beach boardwalk. Credit: Brian Champlin

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Friday February 9th, 2018

1. Visit the Skirball Cultural Center this Friday for Open Shabbat, a communal meal, held outdoors, featuring a farm-fresh vegetarian menu. This reimagined version of a Jewish ritual is meant to be a meaningful life practice for all.

2. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at Cinespia’s special 25th anniversary screening of Poetic Justice at Downtown Los Angeles’ Palace Theater.

3. The 9th Annual Edwardian Ball & World’s Faire returns to the Globe Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday buy the day before that there will be a World’s Faire held. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

4. Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour is one hour long and guests will have a chance to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of the Greenbar portfolio. NOTE: Guests can get a free distillery tour & tasting with code LAHEART when booking.

5. There’s a one-man, family-friendly adaptation of Charles Dickens Great Expectations at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Performances will run February 8 through 11. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

6. Head to The Madelin Garden in Pasadena for high tea and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

7. The Last Bookstore presents a reading and discussion with Laurie Penny about the Feminist Future. Penny is an award-winning writer, critic, political journalist and author of five non-fiction books. FREE

8. The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 8-19. Now in its 26th year, the 12-day festival will showcase over 100 new films and the talented artists who created them.

9. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlings performing this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

10. Free admission at: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday February 10th, 2018

11. See more than 100 pieces from one of America’s most iconic artists when Something Resembling Truth, a new show focusing on the work of Jasper Johns, opens at The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles on February 10.

12. Cupid’s Undie Run returns to The Victorian in Santa Monica for a “brief” run for a great cause. The event starts at the Victorian in Santa Monica, where you party, run roughly a mile, then party some more.

13. Street Food Cinema presents Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on the big screen at Downtown Palace TheatreDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. The One Love Cali Reggae Fest returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach February 10-11 for an entire weekend of dancing to your favorite reggae music on Los Angeles’ historic cruise ship. See Nas, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Matisyahu, Yellowman and more.

15. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with another free show at The Virgil. FREE

16. The 9th Annual Edwardian Ball takes over the Globe Theatre in DTLA  for a whimsical celebration of art, live music, riveting theatre, fashion, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey. The 2018 season will focus on Gorey’s story The Raging Tide: or, The Black Doll’s Imbroglio. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

17. Positive Vibes a free Silent Disco YOGA taking place at FIGat7th is an all-day outdoor party that inlcludes disco yoga, sound bath sessions, tarot card readings, Dublab music, vegan food and much more. Attendees can also enjoy temporary tattoos, body painting, DJ sets and a live band curated by Dublab, arts and crafts, vegan food and drink options, a beer garden and lounge area by Spaceland. FREE

18. The L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show, at the Anaheim Convention Center February 10-11 features baking demos and workshops, celebrity chefs and special guests, five different stages and hundreds of samples all day. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival taking place in the San Gabriel Mission District will feature a street food fair, a marketplace, carnival games, a chalk art contest, live music, and a kids’ zone.

20. Retro style aficionados can checkout the Vintage Fashion Expo at The Reef in DTLA February 10-11. Shoppers will find clothing, jewelry, and accessories from dozens of dealers. Exhibitors will showcase their vintage couture, period pieces, fine jewelry, and more from the late 18th century through the 20th century.

21. Descanso Gardens invites patrons and newcomers to visit for a day and give back to the community during Community Service Day. FREE

22. Looking for a little free comedy this weekend in NELA? The Frogtown Show is a free monthly comedy show that takes place at Spoke Bicycle Cafe along the L.A. River. Light bites, wine and beer specials will be available for the evening. FREE

Sunday February 11th, 2018

23. FLAX Project presents “The Dialectic of the Stars,” a free art festival taking place at five iconic venues in Los Angeles in the month of February. The festival will feature stimulating arts events incorporating cinema, music, mobile artworks, a concert of motorcycles, dance and more. This Friday the event kicks off at Lloyd Wright’s iconic Sowden House in Los Feliz. FREE

24. Angel City Brewery’s festival for the lovelorn, the Broken Hearts Circus, returns to Downtown Los Angeles for a lively pre-Valentine’s Day bash. Enjoy games from Two Bit Circus, a stilt walker, circus performances from TRIBE, artisan vendors, food and live music. It’s free to attend. FREE

25. Take free dance lessons with Debbie Allen at The Wallis. The famed actress/dancer/choreographer will teach a salsa class this Sunday. FREE

26. 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)

27. The Skirball and LA’s oldest literary arts organization, Beyond Baroque will celebrate it’s fiftieth anniversary with an afternoon of readings and discussion focused on the legacy of writer-activist James Baldwin. Alfre Woodard will host the program, which includes remarks by LA poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis and performances of Baldwin’s work by actor Jussie Smollet. FREE

28. The Seventh Annual Chinese New Year Celebration in Beverly Hills taking place at the Saban Theatre will feature the “Charming Jing-Jin-Ji” variety show with live acrobatics, musical performances and more.

29. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

30. Free admission at: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

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The Best Wings in L.A., the Cookie Con & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

February 6, 2018 by Christina Champlin

The Super Bowl might have come and gone, but cravings for chicken wings persist year-round. Los Angeles Magazine recently put out a list of their favorite spots, and I think it’s worth checking out.

On the events front: This weekend brings an Open Shabbat dinner at The Skirball, Speed Dating at Carmela Ice Cream, a Broken Hearts Circus at Angel City Brewery and the annual Cookie Con, which has moved down to the Anaheim Convention Center.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL = a bucket of wings & beer 🏈🍗🍻 #mnf #barrelandashes

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Where To Get The Best Chicken Wings in L.A.

Los Angeles Magazine answers that question in their latest round up on where to get those saucy messy bites of joy. From Ye Rustic Inns crazy spicy wings to Mohawk Bends vegan cauliflower wings there’s a well rounded variety included on the small but mighty list.

Wolfgang Puck Celebrates Chinese New Year

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will celebrate the Year of the Dog at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck on Friday, February 23 with a night market-inspired feast to celebrate Chinese New Year. Guests can enjoy dazzling panoramic views of the city while dining on signature menu items such as squid ink shrimp steamed dumplings, a roasted Peking duck garnished with golden pineapple, a specialty cocktail themed for the Year of the Dog and a mochi waffle dessert. The restaurant will also host live dragon dancers fully decked out in traditional Chinese costume in honor of the New Year. The experience cost $56 per person. Guests can make reservations with the hostess by calling (213) 743-8800.

Japanese hornet and lobster medallion 🐝🍴

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Love Bug Dinner

There’s a Love Bug Dinner happening on February 13 at Cafe Demitasse in Santa Monica where bugs are the main course and every course! For $55 guests will enjoy a seven course meal that includes Termite Potato Poppers, Mealworm Pasta and more.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday February 6th, 2018

The Walt Disney Concert Hall will host Chamber Music & Wine Tasting. This Tuesday The LA Philharmonic will perform pieces from Czech.

Keeping up with your health goals? Take a Desserts for Your Sweetheart & Your Heart class at BLVD Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. You’ll learn to make German Chocolate cake, brownies, truffles, Cherry Cobbler and more all without using sugar, gluten and dairy.

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 February 7th, 2018

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, BEAR CITY brings free comedy and free pizza to Que Sera in Long Beach.

Thursday February 8th, 2018

Boomtown Brewery has joined forces with Chef Justin Disbrow of Savage/Alchemy for the next installment of the breweries Chef Series. Guests will enjoy a three course meal that includes Marinated Vermilion Snapper paired with Bad Hombre Mexican Lager and Oak Barrel Smoked Berkshire Pork Belly paired with a Long Grind Cappuccino Stout. See the full menu here. Tickets cost $80 a person.

L.A. native Lesley Telléz will head to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes to share her insights and dishes from her cookbook, Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas this Thursday.

Friday February 9th, 2018

Visit the Skirball Cultural Center this Friday for Open Shabbat, a communal meal, held outdoors, featuring a farm-fresh vegetarian menu. This reimagined version of a Jewish ritual is meant to be a meaningful life practice for all.

Carmela Ice Cream is hosting two Speed Dating events where $15 gets you a scoop of ice cream and mingling with local singles. On Friday the event will be held at the 3rd location  and Saturdays event will take place in the Woodland Hills location.

Head to The Madelin Garden in Pasadena for high tea and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Saturday February 10th, 2018

The L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show, at the Anaheim Convention Center February 10-11 features baking demos and workshops, celebrity chefs and special guests, five different stages and hundreds of samples all day.

Sunday February 11th, 2018

Angel City Brewery’s festival for the lovelorn, the Broken Hearts Circus, returns to Downtown Los Angeles for a lively pre-Valentine’s Day bash. Enjoy games from Two Bit Circus, a stilt walker, circus performances from TRIBE, artisan vendors, food and live music. It’s free to attend.




Lifestyle, sightseeing

A Complete Guide to Palm Springs Modernism Week 2018

February 1, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Palm Springs Modernism Week returns February 15-25 to celebrate all things mid-century modern, including architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture. The 11-day event will host engaging talks, panel discussions and presentations with leaders in the field, along with a packed roster of stellar home and building tours.

This past October I attended a Modernism Week Preview where I was able to see some of the best that’s in store for 2018. As a mid-century modern fan I was ecstatic to get a glimpse inside some of the most fascinating homes of the California desert, and of course I’m eager to share the highlights from my visit with readers of We Like L.A.

If It’s Your First Time at Modernism Week

For first-timers I highly recommend taking the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour. This was where I learned key mid-century modern terminology, as well as the locations of celebrity homes both past and present.

the gand house palm springs

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

Did you know, for example, that the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Elvis Presley honeymooned in a round pink house? It’s called The Alexander House. That’s the kind of stuff you’ll learn and see while on the tour.

alexander estate palm springs

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

There will be a number of self-guided tours at some of the most stunning homes in Palm Springs, as well as cocktail parties and receptions at select homes. You’ll likely leave Modernism Week with new knowledge, a keen eye for design, and fond appreciation for the city of Palm Springs and its ongoing efforts to preserve and celebrate the impact that mid-century modern design has had on the city.

If you do plan on attending Modernism Week, I’d recommend you also check out our guides to Palm Springs for more Fun Things To Do and Best Places To Eat to complete your visit.

Okay, now on to the Modernism event highlights!

palm springs mondernism week

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

Modernism Week 2018 Highlights

This is one jam-packed week of events! So far, tickets for the earlier half of the week are almost sold out, but don’t worry: almost all events repeat themselves daily, so chances are there are still tickets for the latter half of the week.

New this year is the Modernism Week Showcase Home featuring three distinct architectural gems. You can visit a Moroccan Modern built in 1975 that was designed by architect Hal Lacy; Hidden Frey, a newly restored 1966 tennis estate designed by renowned Palm Springs architect Albert Frey; and Maison a l’Orange, a stunning home featuring a soaring roofline and a Googie-inspired lounge with exquisite retro vibes. Tickets are $30 (plus fees) for each home showcase.

moroccan modern thomboy properties palm springs

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

Also added is the Atomic Ranch Live: Seminars, Workshops + House Tours. Trusted mid-century modern resource Atomic Ranch will present expert advice on real estate, interior design, and restoration with a three-part series moderated by Atomic Ranch brand leader Sarah Jane Stone. Each session will be followed by a tour of local “mid-mod” homes where attendees can meet with the makers and experts that turned the homes into the gems they are today. Tickets cost $45 a person.

Modernism Week will also offer a new Architecture and Design Film Series. Created in conjunction with the American Documentary Film Festival, the three-day series will be held at Palm Springs’ Camelot Theatre. Most programs are priced at $12, with the exception of two feature films. A special VIP screening pass allowing entry to every film in the series is available for $159.

del marcos hotel palm springs

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

Here are my personal event suggestions to attend, along with direct links to more information. Most events mentioned are recurring, so check for suitable additional dates to fit your visit.

Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour
Architectural Bike Ride (North)
Shag’s “The Imposters” Print Release Party w/Martini Kings Playing Live!
Modernism Week Showcase Home – Moroccan Modern
Tiki Beat at Royal Hawaiian Estates dance party
El Rancho Vista Estates Home Tour
Merito Manor: Iconic folded-roof homes by Barry Berkus, 1961
“Albert Frey: Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy” World Premiere Film and Reception
“Living the Modern II” Home Tour and Cocktail Reception
ARRIVE 2 Year Anniversary Party
Carl E. Haymond Residence Tour
Hotel Lautner opens for the first time as The Lautner Compound
Modernism Week Featured Home – Maison a l’Orange
Modernism Week Featured Home – Hidden Frey
Albert Frey’s Architecture: Technology and Nature in Harmony
Sunmor Estates Mid-century Home Tour
From Googie to Gehry
Da Vaal Estates home tour puts the X in Extraordinary
Modernism Yard Sale

Tickets for Modernism Week events vary in price, starting at $10 and going up from there. Keep in mind that there are many free events throughout the week as well.

Keep in mind Modernism Week also functions as a non-profit charitable organization providing scholarships to local Palm Springs students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design, as well as giving grants to local and state organizations for their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California. A portion of each ticket sold goes to benefit these causes.

Find more information as well as tickets at

Also Worth Knowing

The 18th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center February 16-19 in conjunction with Modernism Week. This special event showcases contemporary cutting-edge home-design products and technology. Guests can meet design creators and buy directly from the source. Tickets for the Friday preview gala are $85. Weekend admission costs $20 and gets you return entry and a catalog.








Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Los Angeles & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

January 30, 2018 by Christina Champlin

This weekend it’s all about the big game. While the Philadelphia Eagles go up against the New England Patriots, thousands of Angelenos will be digging into 50-cent wings, bottomless beers and $2 shots. So where will you be? Check out our top picks on where to watch, eat, drink and play on Super Bowl Sunday.

Folks looking to get the party started earlier in the week can hit up one of the many new happy hours happening around town. We identified a handful of worthy and delicious menus from Glendale to Santa Monica.

Not so big into football? I’ve also go tidbits on other events happening this week including CoffeeCon, Boomtown Brewery’s three-year anniversary party, Smorgasburg Dumpling Day and Taste of SteelCraft

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

Where to Enjoy The Super Bowl in L.A.

DTLA’s Brack Shop Tavern will open its doors at 1 p.m. and offer 50 cent wings and $15 pitchers (60oz) of Budweiser and Goose Island IPA. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. and deals will last until the end of the game.

Baldoria located in Little Tokyo will be showing the game and offering happy hour throughout the entire game. Happy hour includes $8 pizzas and 20% off all beer, liquor, and wine. $2 shots will also be offered during every touchdown.

Mohawk Bend located in the heart of Echo Park, will host a Vegan Tailgate Party from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with special game day offerings like the ‘Vegan Tailgate Platter’  from 2 p.m. until halftime, featuring vegan versions of sausage, pulled pork sliders, beef jerky and fried chicken paired with Anchor Lager for $23. In addition, Bowl of Wings will start at 3 p.m. serving real chicken wings with three different sauce choices for $12.

Ayara Lūk will host their popular Game Day Viewing party that will have football fanatics stuffed with bottomless Singha beer and AYCE Thai eats like Pad Thai, Chicken Satay and Spicy Tahi “Lobstah Roll.” There will be a 100 inch screen playing the game and tickets cost $60 in advance, $75 at the door and kids under 5 are free.

Chicas Tacos will team up with Boomtown Brewery in DTLA for a Big Game Fiesta from noon to 10 p.m. Guests can purchase eats by Chef Eduardo Ruiz while they watch the game on two 16-foot projection screen at Boomtown Brewery who will serve cool brews and wines all day.

Laurel Tavern in Hermosa Beach will play the Super Bowl on an extra-large projector and offer food and drink specials like $20 Corona buckets, $4 draft lager, $1 Smoked Louisiana Wings, and 2 for $4 sliders.

Recently re-opened Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey will host a Super Bowl House Party with food specials like Buffalo cauliflower $9, Buffalo Chicken pizza $15, Vegan Chili fries $9, Soft Pretzel with Beer Cheese $6 and $5 canned beer all day.

The Standing Room is hosting a Football Tailgate Party with a $45 all-you-can-drink and $6 off-menu food specials. The AYCE drink deal includes domestic, draft, wells, and house red or white wine. Food specials include Chicken Wings (Korean or Hot), Pork Rib Wings with Knob Creek BBQ Sauce, and Chili Cheese Hot Dogs, all of which are not on their daily menu. The deal starts at 1 p.m. and ends when the game is done.

We have something big coming up…😉

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Free Halo Top When it Rains

Starting February 1, Halo Top Creamery located in Canoga Park will launch a new soft serve giveaway that offers complimentary sundaes to the first 10 visitors who come in and say “It’s Sprinkling” on rainy days. This promotion last through Tuesday, March 20, 2018 the last day of winter.

New Happy Hours

Glendale’s newest eatery, Rinjani, is launching happy hour Mondays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. offering $2 off all beer, wine, sake and appitizers.
Menu of Indonesian appetizers include: Gado-Gado, Satay, Roti Prata fried flatbread with Indonesian chicken and much more.

Filifera, the rooftop bar and lounge atop the Hollywood Proper Residences, recently launched “Golden Hour,” which takes place Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. offering six craft cocktails and select wines for $9, $5 craft beers and elevated bites that run $5 to $10.

Madre, Torrance’s newly opened authentic Oaxacan restaurant just launched a new happy hour menu that includes $8 cocktails such as the Smokey Mule, Frosé and eats like Tostada de Mole ($6), Shrimp Ceviche ($7), and Garnachas ($8).

Ruby’s Cafe in Santa Monica launched a new happy hour that runs every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Drink specials include $5 beers, $6 glasses of wine and $7 spritz. Food specials listed on the menu include Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta, Creamy Chicken Pasta, Chicken Avocado Salad, two burger options all paired with a beer or glass of wine for $12.

MiniBar’s Winter Happy Hour will serve two mini versions of a dirty martini for $5 each from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every night through the end of February. Offerings include the “Fat Cow” with Black Cow Vodka, mushroom-soaked vermouth and a pickled mushroom and the “Dirty Bird” with London Dry Gin stirred with olive juice, pickle juice, vermouth and mini pickles.

In the mood for some noods. • #woonkitchen

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Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday January 30th, 2018

Join Los Angeles magazine at their headquarters for the 5th annual Best New Restaurants Celebration, where they’ll shine a spotlight on some of their favorite local restaurants, chefs, and culinary masters.

Wednesday January 31st, 2018

The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee with a money prize, bee-themed prizes and guaranteed slurring if you choose to participate.

Thursday February 1st, 2018

Los Angeles-based pop up noodle cart, Woon will team up with Highland Park’s neighborhood cocktail bar, ETA, for a one-night event featuring noodles, pork belly baos, drink specials and music by Dublab’s Jasmin Blasco. Happening from 6 p.m. until the food sells out.

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.

Head to Angel City Brewery for LOL’s and cold beer when Last Laugh Comedy celebrates their one year anniversary this Thursday.

Friday February 2nd, 2018

Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour is one hour long and guests will have a chance to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of the Greenbar portfolio.

Saturday February 3rd, 2018

CoffeeCon happening at The Reef in DTLA February 3-4 features a tasting floor, top coffee experts, tasting seminars and even hands-on brewing labs. Some of the classes from CoffeeCon 2017 included Intro to Grinding, Advanced Espresso, Latte Art, Turkish Coffee and more. General admission for one day cost $20, a general admission with tasting seminar cost $45 while weekend general admission cost $25 and if you tack on one tasting seminar your ticket price will be $50. Check for discounted tickets up to 50% off on Goldstar before making your purchase.

Boomtown Brewery will celebrate their three-year anniversary with a free 14-hour party. Stop by beginning at noon and enjoy a brand-new Anniversary Beer, a White Imperial brewed with rose petals and raspberries, plus T-shirt screen printing, a photo booth and food vendors serving food all day.

Smorgasburg Dumpling Day at Santa Anita Park will introduce the most interesting new dumplings in So Cal, from the likes of Workaholic, Brothecary, and more. Tickets cost $30 a person.

BLVD Kitchen in Sherman Oaks will host a little pre-Valentine’s Day celebration where you can meet the BLVD Sweets Artisans, taste some treats and decorate some cookies. The event is free to attend and open to all ages.

SteelCraft Long Beach will celebrate their one-year anniversary this Saturday with Taste of SteelCraft a mini food festival with live music, a kids’ movie screening at sunset, raffle and more. Tickets cost $30 and will include samples from Steelhead Coffee, DeSano Pizzeria, Pig Pen Delicacy, Tajima Ramen, Waffle Love, PLUS a full size beer from Smog City Brewing or a refreshing shave ice from The Fresh Shave.





A Rick and Morty Pub Crawl, the L.A. Beer & Food Festival & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

January 23, 2018 by Christina Champlin

I’m usually not a big fan of pub crawls, unless they include the smartest / drunkest scientist in the known animated universe. Rick and Morty (possibly my favorite cartoon of all-time) is getting its own themed-crawl in Long Beach this Saturday. If the thought of seeing hundreds of people dressed up as Pickle Rick, Robot Dog, Tiny Rick, Pencilvester, and Evil Morty makes you giggle and smirk, then I suggest you head to the LBC this weekend.

In other food related news, does anyone remember the “Got Milk?” ad campaigns from the 90’s? A revival of the messaging is coming to some of L.A. finest eateries where diners will “order” a glass of milk and unlock a free dish. Take advantage by reading all the details after the jump.

Also: Don’t forget TODAY is Free Chili Day at Philippe’s from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and three restaurant weeks are all happening at once!

Finally, this weekend brings plenty of other things to do including the L.A. Beer and Food Festival, Uncorked Wine Festival, La Hoja Cannabis Dinner, Margo’s Anniversary Party and more.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

L.A. Beer & Food Fest

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Dessert Trends to Try Now

Resident sweets expert Nastassia Johnson of Let Me Eat Cake helped We Like L.A. predict the 3 Dessert Trends That Will Take Over L.A. in 2018. You might be surprised at the choices but don’t worry it’s not rainbow covered everything, that’s so 2017.

Salted caramel sticky buns. Spelt, hard white. #wholegrain #flourambassador

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Got Milk Partners with L.A. Restaurants for Freebies

Starting now through January 30, Got Milk has partnered with some Los Angeles and Orange County restaurants for a secret promotion. Simply ask for a glass of milk at the locations listed here and you’ll unlock a freebie like Prawn’s Savory Milk Pudding Dish or Restauration’s Oxtail Doughnuts. Read all about it here.

A Look Inside David Chang’s First L.A. Restaurant

Eater LA recently checked out David Chang’s highly anticipated west coast restaurant majordōmo. Located just north of Chinatown in an industrial area,
majordōmo’s menu will feature a mashup of asian inspired dishes with Chang’s signature intense flavor bombs. Eater LA reveals he’ll be serving Chinese bing, Korean ferments, noodles, smoked meats and even shaved ice. David’s version of the icy dessert will be coffee-horchata flavored. Sounds delicous and I can’t wait to eat everything. For now there is no official opening date but it could be any day now. Read more about David’s vision, the menu at majordōmo and the restaurants design here. UPDATE: News has broke that majordōmo will be open for dinner starting tonight, January 23. (via Eater LA)

Most Iconic Dishes in L.A.

LA Magazine put out a drool worthy bucket list of The 100 Most Iconic Dishes in Los Angeles. It’s an entertaining run down that spans across most of Los Angeles County. The list includes Philippe’s French Dip, the Pho at Golden Deli, Chicken Noodle Soup at Greenblatt’s, Strawberry Donut from The Donut Man to the Cheeseburger at Pie N’ Burger. Find the full list here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday January 23rd, 2018

Philippe The Original will once again host their popular Free Chili Day on Tuesday. Sponsored by Dolores Chili, Philippe will serve the first 500 people a free cup of chili, with or without beans, and all the fixins from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dine on specially priced lunch and dinner menus at one of SGV’s best dining destinations through Taste of Alhambra Restaurant happening January 22-28.

dineL.A. the city’s restaurant week (January 12-26) kicks of 2018 with another round of exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries.Want to know where to eat among the huge list of choices? Start here, with our picks for 20 can’t-miss menus.

Redondo Beach Restaurant Week is back from January 12 to 26. Dozen of eateries from the beach city’s growing food scene will be participating by offering either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only special offers.

Wednesday January 24th, 2018

Team SoCal are heading to Angel City Brewery for Plant Nite a succulent D.I.Y. event where guest get to create their own terrariums.

Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Wednesday for Beer, Bingo, & Trivia Night.

Thursday January 25th, 2018

Chef Justin Taylor will once again host The Chef’s Table experience at Riot House located inside The Andaz in West Hollywood. The third installment of the exclusive series (only 8 seats) will focus on “A Vegetarian Experience” offering seven plant based courses.

Friday January 26th, 2018

Chuck Wagons: The First Food Trucks is a new tasting event coming to The Autry this Friday. Get a taste of traditional 1880s chuck wagon cuisine of the Old West, then experience updated versions from contemporary chefs. Tickets include plates from multiple food stations, access to the galleries and garden, and presentations by chefs and food history experts.

Greenbar Distillery will host their popular cocktail class this Friday. The theme is “Fresh Produce,” guests will get to experiment with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs along with a variety of Greenbar organic liquors. Must be a member to sign up for classes, membership is free.

Saturday January 27th, 2018

The second annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake with 50 independent craft brewers and complimentary bites from favorite local restaurants and purveyors of fine foods.

Uncorked Wine Festival is headed back to the iconic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles with over 150 wines, gourmet food and live entertainment.

There’s a Rick and Morty Pub Crawl happening in Long Beach this Saturday. Hundreds of Ricks and Mortys will gather in downtown Long Beach to drink the night away!

Sunday January 28th, 2018

Motivate. Elevate. Celebrate. comes to Angel City Brewery in Downtown L.A. with a pop-up donation based yoga class, free rock climbing and a seminar on the best local hikes in L.A by Modern Hiker.

La Hoja Winter Wine Dinner hosted by Chef Luke Reyes of DTLA’s La Hoja and Guest Chef Joel David Miller of The Wallace will take diners on an elevated culinary experience when they add  a natural wine pairing and the ingredient of the night, cannabis to the mix. The dinner includes a happy hour, passed appetizers and a five course dinner. Trust us it’s nothing like your high school expereince with THC, no brownies will be served here. The event will be held at a private DTLA loft space and tickets cost $200 per person.

Margo’s in Santa Monica will celebrate its one year anniversary this Sunday from 5 p.m. to close with $1 beer, $1 champagne and passed bites in the bar and lounge area.





Free Chili Day at Philippe’s, a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Carnival & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

January 16, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Who doesn’t like free? Over the next seven days Los Angeles businesses are offering some tasty and fun deals you won’t want to miss.

Notable freebies this week include free Margherita pizzas at MidiCi in Century City and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream carnival experience. Also mark your calendars for Free Chili Day at Philippe The Original happening on Tuesday, January 23!

Also a quick reminder: Three different restaurant weeks are happening this month including dineL.A., Redondo Beach and Taste of Alhambra. Plan your food bucket list accordingly.

As always, enjoy  all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

8th Annual Free Chili Day at Philippe The Original

Philippe The Original will once again host their popular Free Chili Day on Tuesday, January 23. Sponsored by Dolores Chili, Philippe will serve the first 500 people a free cup of chili, with or without beans, and all the fixins from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week

Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week 2018`

Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week

From January 22-28, food enthusiasts can explore the diverse culinary scene of Alhambra through a variety of lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus. The city of Alhambra is home to some of the best Asian restaurants in Los Angeles but also has a notable Peruvian, Italian, Mexican and American presence. For restaurant week specially priced menus will be broken down to $15 or $30 for lunch, and between $20 to $50 during dinner. Participants include Mancora Peruvian, Budda Belly Modern Kitchen, Charlie’s Trio Café, 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, Sage Bistro 626, Limerick’s Tavern, Diner on Main, Bon Appetea Café, Side Bar Grill, Tokyo Table, Big Catch Seafood, Dickey’s BBQ Pit Alhambra, and Mahan Indian.

Gourmet Meals On The Go in The SGV

The folks behind the 626 Night Market have a new takeout concept called Chef Box that functions as a creative platform to showcase local chefs. Read all about it and grab a bite there to support local makers. Aspiring chefs can also apply for the program for a chance to be featured in their daily rotation.

Where to dine in Costa Mesa

We recently put out a quick and easy guide of Fun Things To Do in Costa Mesa that includes a profile of the thriving food scene. Discover great beers in the O.C. grab some Cuban bites, fresh seafood, a meal from Top Chef finalist Amar Santana or an epic friend chicken sandwich from The Crack Shack. Find it all in our guide here.

Guerrero. ‘Nuff said. 01.16.18

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New Happy Hour Alert

Michael’s Santa Monica will debut a happy hour menu today. Available Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar + lounge, the menu features elevated takes on classic bar bites like seared deviled eggs ($8), confit chicken wings with fish sauce caramel ($10) and for those looking for more than just a bite, a “Guerrero” burrito ($14) is also available on the menu. Guests will find small production and natural wines as well as specialty cocktails ($8) and beer ($5) on the happy hour menu. There’s also a $1.79 cocktail offered from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. as a nod to the year Michael’s opened (1979).

New Opening Alert

West Hollywood tapas concept, Chef’s Not Here will open its doors for dinner service this Wednesday, January 17. Situated on trendy Melrose Ave., the new spot is owned by chef Ressul Rassallat and will focus on small shared plates influenced by global flavors. It will co-share an intimate rooftop space with the newly opened Sea Salt Poke (also owned by Rassallat) which is open all day. Customers will be able to order from both places during Chef’s Not Here’s dinner service. See the full menu below.

chefs not here menu

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday January 16th, 2018

Ben & Jerry’s is throwing a pop-up carnival to announce their newest ice cream flavors. Happening at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street, ice cream lovers will have a chance to partake in carnival games, rides and sample the Pint Slice flavors totally free. FREE

dineL.A. the city’s restaurant week (January 12-26) kicks of this Friday with another round of exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries. Want to know where to eat among the huge list of choices? Start here, with our picks for 20 can’t-miss menus.

Get a free Margherita pizza during the grand opening of MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company in Century City. Happening Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limit one per guest. FREE

Redondo Beach Restaurant Week is back from January 12 to 26. Dozen of eateries from the beach city’s growing food scene will be participating by offering either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only special offers

Wednesday January 17th, 2018

Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Wednesday for Beer, Bingo, & Trivia Night.

Thursday January 18th, 2018

Stop by the Skirball for “Mexican Today” a conversation with celebrated chef Pati Jinich who grew up in Mexico City, writes about food for the Washington Post, and has cooked at the White House for President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. The event is free to attend.

Looking to step outside your culinary comfort zone? Savor a five-course meal where each dish features a bug or insect at a EatBugEvents dinner in Culver City this Thursday.

Friday January 19th, 2018

Greenbar Distillery will host their popular cocktail class this Friday. The theme is “Fresh Produce,” guests will get to experiment with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs along with a variety of Greenbar organic liquors. Must be a member to sign up for classes, membership is free.

Saturday January 20th, 2018

Iron Triangle turns two this Saturday with an epic BBQ Showdown where you decide the winner. $20 gets you a three item plate from competitors Moo’s Craft Barbecue and Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen, feast and then vote for your favorite. The BBQ starts at 1 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. or until the food runs out. Iron Triangle will also have new beers on tap including Sluice Gate IPA, Blasting Cap Vienna Lager, Stock and Trade: English Pub Ale on Nitro and Barrel Aged Jawbone Stout.

Sunday January 21st, 2018

The 3rd Annual Playa Provisions Snow Day is family friendley fun for kids and adults. There will be sledding and other wintery activities going on while the Playa Provisions team grill up hamburgers and hot dogs all afternoon. As for dessert folks can gather around the fire pits to create their very own s’mores.





20 dineL.A. Menus You Need to Know About for January 2018

January 9, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Normally I like to use the space in my Tuesday column to tell you about the best food happenings in Los Angeles, but this week we’re going to focus on just one: dineL.A. Now back for its 10th anniversary, dineL.A. highlights our city’s finest restaurants through special lunch and dinner menus offered over a two-week period from January 12 through January 26.

The winter edition includes 300+ eateries with menu deals that are affordable for all budgets. Lunch menus run $15, $20, or $25 depending on the restaurant and $29, $39, or $49 apply to dinner menus. The only exception is a small set of experiential menus from the Exclusive Series which are priced at $95 and up. Even that is a small price to pay when you can dine at Michael Cimarusti’s award winning Providence or Wolfgang Puck’s iconic Spago in Beverly Hills. Now the only question is, where to begin?

It’s a tough call, but I’ve scoured every single menu to narrow it down to the 20 most drool-worthy options I think deserve your attention (and tastebuds!) Below you will find all recommended menus organized into sections for lunch, dinner and exclusives with details on what’s being offered and what to order.

One other quick note: American Airlines will help commemorate the 10th anniversary with a contest, “dineL.A. Golden Dish” will award one lucky winner with 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. Simply participate in dineL.A. this year and if you get served a dish on a gold commemorative plate you’ll be deemed the winner. Obviously the more dineL.A. restaurants you visit, the more chances you’ll have to win. Good luck!

dine la 2018

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Top Lunch Deal Picks

1. Redbird ($25)
Chef Neal Fraser has created a two course brunch/lunch menu for dineL.A. Guests can dine on creations that any curious eater would want to try including Salmon Pastrami, Bacon Wrapped Trout and Rabbit Tinga. Other options include: Liberty Farms Duck with gochujang friend rice, Salmon Pastrami, Bacon Wrapped Trout and Rabbit Tinga. –> Full Menu Here

2. spring ($25)
Elevate your lunch without compromising your wallet during spring’s dineL.A. lunch menu. The three course prix fixe opens with a salad or soup and moves onto main courses like Branzino with lemon confit and pickled grapes. Your choice between a Louis XV or an Apple and Tea Crumble Panna Cotta will end the meal on a sweet note. Other options include: Branzino, Pasture Raised Flat Iron Steak and Panna Cotta. –> Full Menu Here

3. Cosa Buona ($20)
Zach Pollack’s Echo Park pizzeria is as good as it gets if you like a nicely burnt, chewy crust with a just-sweet-enough red sauce to top it off. Diners can get a two-course meal plus marinated olives to snack on for $20. Other options include: Pasta Salad, Broccolini, Margherita Pizza and Sausage Pizza. –> Full Menu Here

4. Badmaash ($20)
Hip Indian mash up eatery Badmaash will offer a dineL.A. lunch menu on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose an appetizer of Bean Sprout “Bhel” Salad or a Punjabi Style Onion Fritter and your choice from four main courses served with a side of daily pickles, yogurt raita and basmati pilaf. Other options include: Classic Butter Chicken, Goan Pork Curry, Good Ol’Saag Paneer and Punjabi Style Chickpeas. –> Full Menu Here

5. Kali ($25)
Chef Kevin Meehan creates a hyper seasonal and local dineL.A. menu this winter. The three course meal will have diners choose between a Charred Avocado Salad or a Black Barley Risotto made with black garlic and local cheese for starters. As for the main course it’s a tough choice when Mary’s Chicken and Uni Pasta is involved. Lastly, there are two options for dessert, a Meringue Gelato with sugar cured egg yolks or a Chocolate Cremeux. Other options include: Charred Avocado Salad, Black Barley Risotto, Uni Pasta and Meringue Gelato –> Full Menu Here


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6. Nick + Stef’s ($25)
Patina owned steakhouse Nick + Stef’s will offer a decadent lunch where you get a starter and a main course like a hanger steak with your choice of a side (there are four to choose from.) Guests will also have the option to make an entree “Oscar Style” where jumbo lump crab is topped on your dish for $10. Other options include: Oak Grilled Salmon, Hanger Steak and Jidori Chicken. –> Full Menu Here

7. The Stalking Horse ($15)
New to dineL.A. the British pub inspired restaurant will serve a two course lunch that’s fitted for vegans or carnivores. Options like their American Burger and Chicken Pot Pie can be made sans meat. Other options include: Chicken Pot Pie, American Burger, Welsh Rarebit and French Onion Soup. –> Full Menu Here

8. Gratitude Beverly Hills ($25)
Elevated plant-based eatery Gratitude’s special lunch menu starts with a small bite of chips & gauc and moves onto a starter then an entrée and ends with dessert. Other options include: Kelp Thai Noodles, Gratitude Blue Plate Special and Key Lime Pie. –> Full Menu Here

Top Dinner Deal Picks

9. Rossoblu ($39)
An Authentic Italian meal can be found at Chef Steve Samson’s Rossoblu. His Downtown eatery has become one of the most popular places to dine in the last year, landing at #10 on Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Resturants. For dineL.A. diners get a three course meal that include comforting Chopped Winter Vegetable Soup, Lasagne Bolognese, Roasted Lamb Shoulder and Zuppa Inglese an Italian dessert layering custard and sponge cake. Other options include: Warm Calamari & Clam Salad, Chopped Winter Vegetable Soup, Lasagne Bolognese, Roasted Lamb Shoulder and Zuppa Inglese. –> Full Menu Here


Photo Credit: Marie Buck for The Bellwether

10. The Bellwether ($29)
Dinner at Ted Hopson’s Studio City restaurant will usually run over $30 but during dineL.A. The Bellwether will let diners choose three items from a list of ten tasty choices. Other options include:  Tempura Cauliflower, Saffron-Mushroom Ragu, Cheese Platter and Jameson Bread Pudding. –> Full Menu Here

11. Petrossian ($59)
If you enjoy caviar you can get it in three courses and even have dessert in the end for a shocking $59 at Petrossian. The three course menu featuring decadent dishes like Crème Brulée made with Foie Gras will also offer a Tsar Imperial Caviar Flight for a $50 supplement. Other options include: Caviar Flight, Foie Gras Crème Brulée and Caviar Risotto. –> Full Menu Here

12. Manhattan Beach Post ($39)
Michelin-starred Chef David LeFevre’s much beloved M.B. Post will offer a four course meal sectioned by vegetables, seafood, meat and sweets. Simply choose from each section of the dineL.A. menu and expect to be surprised by his flavor combinations like lamb belly with plum sauce and trout with Fuji apple chimichurri. Other options include: Weiser Farm Roasted Sunchokes, Japanese Hamachi Sashimi, Milk Braised Pork and The “Elvis” a chocolate pudding with peanut butter mousse and bacon brittle. –> Full Menu Here


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13. Ray’s & Stark Bar ($29)
Create a full day event around dineL.A. by heading to LACMA for a museum day and having dinner on campus at Ray’s and Stark Bar. The special set menu includes a Black Kale Salad, a Neapolitan-style Margherita pizza and a signature cocktail of your choice. –> Full Menu Here

14. Herringbone Santa Monica ($49)
Find Big Eyed Tuna Carpaccio, Buffalo Octopus, Whole Roasted Branzino and other seafood options on the special three course dinner menu during dineL.A. at Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone. –> Full Menu Here

15. Same Same ($29)
The prix fixe menu at Silver Lake’s Thai eatery Same Same includes your choice of two courses that include Thai Dim Sum, Beef Panang Red Curry and desserts like Sweet & Spicy Pineapple and a cooling Coconut Flan to combat the heat from some of the deliciously spicy dishes. Other options include: Sidewalk Pad Thai and Chicken Katieam. –> Full Menu Here

16. Westbound ($29)
Speakeasy bar and restaurant Westbound will offer market pickles to cleanse the palate, a vegetable forward snack choice and a protein as the main course. Other options include: Chickpea Artichoke Fritters, Boneless Short Rib and Mary’s Chicken with Spatzle. –> Full Menu Here

dineL.A. Exclusive Series ($95 per person)

17. Providence ($100)
Dining at a two Michelin star restaurant for $100 is rare. Take full advantage to try one of the most decorated American seafood restaurants in the city when they roll out a tasting menu designed just for dineL.A. Also important to note, for a $40 supplement you can get a taste of the rare a5 Wagyu, the highest grade given to beef in world. Other options include: Amuses, Sea Scallop, Liberty Farms Duck and Salmon. –> Full Menu Here

When in doubt, top it with buttered blue crab #petitefilet

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18. The Arthur J ($95)
The Manhattan Beach neighborhood steakhouse will feature a three-course menu where diners will start with something chilled like a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail or Beef Sirloin Tartare and move onto warm starters like Swedish Meatballs or a Farro Risotto with Black Truffles. As for the main course, guests can choose from a Petit Filet, Ribeye, Tuna Loin or Braised Lamb Shank. Steak entrées come with a choice of topping from a classic mushroom to a decadent seared foie gras or buttered crab. There’s also three different desserts to choose from. You’ll probably leave with leftovers as portions here are generous. –> Full Menu Here

19. Union ($100)
Current Top Chef contender Bruce Kalman’s California/Italian inspired eatery will take diners on a five course journey that starts with his popular bread service and moves onto cured fish, little gem salad, Agnolotti, a Flannery Holstein Beef Ribeye and Olive Oil Cake with a salted honeycomb gelato to end. Other options include: Citrus Cured Pacific Yellowtail. –> Full Menu Here

20. Spago Beverly Hills ($125+)
A special California Tasting Menu will be offered during dineL.A. Normally $145, the menu will be priced at $125 for a limited time. Guests will feast on 13 courses that include Hand Made Agnolotti with the option to add French Black Truffles for a $20 supplement. Other options include:  Snake River Wagyu Beef, Ikejime Black Cod and Slow Braised Pork Belly in Korean Gamjatang Soup. –> Full Menu Here

Interested in taking a look at the complete list of participating restaurants? Check out the lineup here.





L.A. Restaurants With Views, A Guide to Legal Marijuana & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

January 2, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Well, 2018 is here. Now time to get eating!

The first week of the new year brings news about a new dumpling eatery changing the food game, the best pasta dishes in L.A. (according to local influencers), and a handy guide to legal marijuana in Los Angeles. Also, a link out to a bucket list of eateries with amazing views and, on a sad note, a quick rundown of L.A. restaurant closures from 2017.

As always, enjoy  all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit!

stuffd dumpling

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New Dumpling Spot Opening in 2018

Can’t get enough of dumplings? Stuff’d Eatery is about to make you reimagine what dumplings are all about. The fast casual concept plan to provide guests with unique, flavor-forward offerings, from savory like Miso Black Cod to sweet flavors such as Strawberry Rhubarb Dumpling with vanilla bean ice cream. Diners can mix and match with their choice of “snack” size or the “stuff’d” option, perfect for sharing with a large party. Stuff’d is located in the former AMMO To Go space on Melrose and will be open early this year.

Where to Find the Best Pasta Dishes in Los Angeles

Our friends at Foodiamo recently tapped Los Angeles journalists and bloggers about their favorite pasta dishes in the city (including a word from yours truly). The list includes hot spots, classic establishments and even a food truck. Check it out here.

California’s New Recreational Marijuana Rules

Need some clarification on what you can and can’t do now that marijuana is legal in California? Checkout Los Angeles Magazine’s guide right here. Inhale responsibly.

Spire 73. #ElevatedPerspectives

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Where to Get a Meal with a View

Like your epic views paired with an impressive meal? SoCal Pulse identified 10 Los Angeles restaurants to do just that from the restaurant that started this trend, 71 Above to the newish Spire 73, reportedly to be the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Find the full list here.

L.A. Closures You Should Know About

Eater LA put out a post about all the notable 2017 closures in our city. Among those to close their doors in the past year include Pok Pok, Simbal, and Gil’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream. See all the closures here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

Every Tuesday night The Know Where Bar hosts a Tequila Mezcal Mashup Night where guests will get a taste of new cocktails made from the agave liqueurs.

Doctor Who Happy Hour returns to The Fox and Hound in Studio City and this time they’ll screen the very first episode of the reboot show, Rose. During the episode use the word TARDIS for $4 draft beers and $1 off wine and wells.

Wednesday January 3rd, 2018

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, BEAR CITY brings free comedy and free pizza to Que Sera in Long Beach. FREE

Geeks Who Drink is a drinking quiz game at Bareburger in Santa Monica that covers everything from troubled celebrities to wordplay to bad television.

Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Wednesday for Beer, Bingo, & Trivia Night.

Thursday January 4th, 2018

It’s Sushi & Beer night at Absolution Brewing Company in Torrance. Sushi will be provided by Shiroyama Sushi Co and a selection of new released craft ales will be on hand to wash it all down.

Friday January 5th, 2018

Greenbar Distillery will host their popular cocktail class this Friday. The theme is “Fresh Produce,” guests will get to experiment with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs along with a variety of Greenbar organic liquors. Must be a member to sign up for classes, membership is free.

Saturday January 6th, 2017

Verdugo Bar will play host to Vegan Brews & BBQ with food provided by San Diego’s Southern Fried Vegan. Beer Cheeze Battered Beyond Burgers, Hush Hawgies and BBQ Bombers.





The Turtle Races are Back at Brennan’s & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

December 19, 2017 by Christina Champlin

Who’s ready for the return of the slowest / weirdest race in Los Angeles? Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey is re-opening today after an extended renovation, and opening night will feature their most famous signature event: turtle racing.

Elsewhere: Check out our roundup below of the best Christmas Eve and Christmas menus to book this week. On top of that, you’re going to need a good cocktail to go with all that holiday cheer/stress so we’ve put out a list of the best holiday cocktail offerings around town you’ll want to sample.

As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.

Bon Appétit and happy holidays!

Brennan’s is Open Again!

Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey will re-open this Tuesday, December 19 with a fresh look and a ramped up bar menu by Culinary Director Trevor Faris. The westside pub, which was recently acquired by the Artisanal Brewers Collective, has been closed down since May for renovations. Of course the bar would not be complete without their signature turtle races, which will debut on opening night, and then continue monthly on every third Thursday. Races start at 9 p.m. on. For more information and a break down of the new look and menu check out this Eater LA profile.

casa vega ginger paloma winter cocktail

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Holiday Cocktails to Drink Now

We rounded up 15 Places in L.A. to Get an Amazing Holiday Cocktail from funky egg nogs to smoky mezcal, the best cocktail creators in the city are taking their winter drink menus to the next level. Cheers to that!

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Christmas Eve & Christmas Dinners to Book Now

1. Current Top Chef contender, Bruce Kalman of Union Pasadena will host his annual Feast of Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve. Now in it’s third year, the feast will feature olive oil poached abalone, uni risotto, halibut steamed in fig leaves and more. Reservations can be made by calling Union at 626-795-5841 or via email at rese[email protected] Advanced ticket sales only and all reservations will be confirmed via email. The meal cost $125 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

2. Tintorera will host a special brunch and dinner on Christmas Eve. Both will be served family-style with brunch available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. Guests will enjoy a selection of classic Tintorera dishes complemented by signature drinks like Michelada and house mezcal. Both meals cost $60 per person.

3. Downtown CHAYA’s Amuse & Four-Course Christmas Eve Prix-Fixe Menu is a Japanese style meal that starts with Kumamoto Oyster with caviar and gold flake, and Kinmedai and Wagyu Nigiri to cleanse the palate. Courses to follow include Grilled Spanish Octopus; Hudson Valley Duck Breast; Togarashi Ora King Salmon; Angus Filet Mignon served with a wasabi au jus and Macha Opera Cake served with yuzu anglaise and fresh raspberries. The dinner cost $75.00 per person and service is held between 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

4. Executive Chef Tony Esnault will prepare a Three-Course Christmas Eve Menu de Noel at Spring. The meal begins with hors d’oeuvres and moves onto your choice of Salmon, prepared with beets Hawaiian heart of palm, scallions and crostini or Magret de Canard, a maple leaf duck breast with sweet potato, pomegranate and kale, or the Flat Iron Steak, a Strauss Farm grass fed beef with forest mushrooms, pee wee potatoes and celery. Finish your evening with desserts like the Buche de Noel Traditionnelle made with a Valrhona chocolate log, orange marmalade and kumquats, and the Vacherin, with meringue, mango, passion fruit, and coconut sorbet. The dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m. and cost $76.00 per person with the option of wine pairing for $38 per person.

5. Plant based restaurant Beelman’s in DTLA will be open on Christmas Eve. Chef Caroline Concha will host a Tiki Themed Christmas with specials throughout entire day starting at noon till the late hours of 2 a.m.

6. Christmas Eve at Craft Los Angeles will offer a festive prix-fixe dinner menu served part family-style with main course choices that include apple tortelli with pine nuts; sage and roasted quail; parmesan risotto topped with truffles and more. Pastry chef Shannon Swindle will provide dessert options for the table to end the meal. Sweets include a spiced persimmon pudding, seasonal ice cream and sorbets, as well as a hazelnut, cranberry and pear tart. Reservations can be made between 5-8:30 p.m. The prix-fixe cost $135 per person.

7. Have a cozy meal inside a historic Craftsman cottage when The Raymond 1886 hosts a delectable Five-Course Christmas Eve Dinner. The feast begins with a choice of Wildhead Stealhead Roe with Lemoncello sorbet, and pickled lemon, or the Micro-Farmed Massachusetts Oyster with Yuzu-jalapeno, and Hungarian carrot. What comes next are choices of Wild Albacore from Fiji; Hand Harvested Scallops; Prime Iowa Beef; Roasted Duck Breast; Wild Caught Salmon and more. End the evening on a sweet note with a Chocolate “Blackout Cake” with chocolate malt balls, and Bailey’s Cremeux. The Raymond 1886 will be open for Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for Christmas Eve Dinner from 4-7 p.m. the Five-Course Christmas Eve Dinner cost $120 per person.

8. The Restaurant at Mr. C will host a “feast of the seven fishes” theme Christmas Eve menu featuring a four-course meal of coastal inspired dishes. Choose from a Trio of Marinated Scottish Salmon; Tuna Tartare; Lobster Risotto; Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut and more. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. On Christmas Day the restaurant will continue the seafood inspired menu starting at noon. The four-course menu includes King Crab Salad with soft avocado and citrus dressing; Baked Cipriani Mezze Maniche pasta; Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass with white wine sauce served with artichokes alla Romana; and a holiday favorite, a Panettone with mascarpone cream and chocolate fondant. Both meals cost $95 per person with an option for wine pairing at $35.

9. The Mar Vista will offer a three course prix-fixe Christmas dinner with two seatings available at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Inspired by California’s seasonal ingredients the menu will include Mushroom Fundido; Kurobuta Pork Chop with corn bread dressing; Duck Confit with lime-spiked sweet potatoes and Persimmon Bread Pudding and horchata ice cream. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at (310) 751-6773. The prix-fixe cost $50 for adults and $20 for kids.

10. Live large this holiday. Mastro’s will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas from 2-9 p.m. serving all their fan favorites like mouth watering steaks, seafood towers and decadent sides like the Alaskan King Crab Black Truffle Gnocchi Gorgonzola Mac & Cheese and Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Treat yourself to a Winter Whisper seasonal cocktail and the popular Warm Butter Cake as well.

11. Lost at Sea in Pasadena will be open for Christmas dinner featuring prime rib as a main course this Monday.

Beverly Wilshire Gingerbread House

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Where to See Life Sized Gingerbread Houses

It seems like every year the holiday decorations get bigger and better in Los Angeles. We found a handful of life sized gingerbread houses for you and your family to check out this holiday season. Check out our post here. Happy Holidays!

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday December 19th, 2017

Caffe Luxxe will grand open in downtown Brentwood with free drinks from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Long Beach seafood concept Roe will host a week long culinary Feast of the Seven (Sustainable) Fishes from December 17-24. Prepared by Chef Arthur Gonzalez, the event will focus on one sustainably sourced seafood dish per night, served alongside a dish “Catch Card” detailing the fish species, catch location or fish origin, and the names of both the fisherman and the boat.

In anticipation of The NoMad opening in DTLA in January 2018, bar director Leo Robitschek, bar manager Dave Purcell and team will takeover the Walker Inn in Koreatown for The NoMad Holiday Spectacular. The holiday pop-up will offer a festive cocktail menu, featuring “Naughty” and “Nice” selections, candy cane piña colada or pumpkin-spiced Mai Tai anyone? The series wraps up this Tuesday December 19.

Wednesday December 20th, 2017

Miracle on Santa Fe continues at Westbound now through December 31. The seasonal series will transform the craft cocktail bar into an over-the-top holiday extravaganza, complete with falling snow, specialty cocktails and a visit from Santa.

Good Housekeeping hosts a Nightmare Before Christmas Cocktail Pop Up every Wednesday now until December 27, 2017. Themed speciality cocktails, a horror holiday corner and Grasshopper Jello Shots are just a few fun things happening for the evening.

Thursday December 21st, 2017

Andaz West Hollywood’s restaurant Riot House will host a “Winter Wonderland” Chef’s Table dinner. There will only be eight exclusive seats and featured Chef Justin Taylor will prepare an impressive nine-course meal. Tickets are $70 per person and includes valet. Choose the option for a cocktail/wine pairings for a total of $125.

Friday December 22nd, 2017

Come dressed in an ugly sweater and get a free mini martini or mini Manhattan from 5:30 p.m. to close during Little Dom’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.




Food, Happenings

A Sanrio-Themed Karaoke Bar is Coming to L.A. Starting Tomorrow

December 12, 2017 by Christina Champlin

Finally a karaoke joint with a menu I would actually want to eat and take a photo of!

Today, Sanrio announced a two- year partnership with San Gabriel Valley-based Energy Bistro & Karaoke located in Hacienda Heights. Starting December 13, 2017, Angelenos can belt out guilty-pleasure tunes in the comfort of their very own Sanrio-themed rooms that include private spaces dedicated to Gudetama, Aggretsuko, and Hello Kitty.

The room rates (reservations open on December 13) break down as follows:

  • Hello Kitty (Starry Room): $5 per person, minimum 18 people, 2 hr required
  • Aggretsuko: $5 per person, minimum 12 people, 2 hr required
  • Gudetama: $5 per person, minimum 6 people, 2 hr required
  • Hello Kitty (Classic Room): $5 per person, minimum 6 people, 2 hr required

The super kawaii menu of Sanrio branded food and dessert items will be available for purchase at the venue’s bistro and non-themed rooms will also host the Sanrio food promotions. Energy Bistro & Karaoke will also sell limited-edition co-branded merchandise during the course of the partnership.

Food highlights include the following:

Gudetama Lazy Waffle Sandwich ($19) – Open-faced toasted waffle, honey ham, sunny-side egg, lettuce, tomato, maple syrup sweet potato tots with melted cheese.


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Aggretsuko Mini Rage Burger ($19)– Brioche, angus beef, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, melted American cheese thousand island, ketchup & mayo served with garlic fries & pickles.


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Hello Kitty & Mimmy Waffle & Ice Cream ($9) – Mini Belgian waffles seasonal fruits vanilla ice cream or Matcha ice cream whipped cream & chocolate sauce


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Keep in mind there are only a handful of themed rooms so if you’re interested in booking one I suggest you do it soon. Guests can book their karaoke reservations online through the company’s website at

If Hacienda Heights seems a bit too far for your liking, Sanrio and Energy Bistro & Karaoke plan to bring their Sanrio-themed karaoke rooms to a Alhambra location in early 2018.

Energy Bistro & Karaoke in Hacienda Heights is located at 2020 S Hacienda Blvd k, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745.