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A Waffles & Beer Fest, Funfetti Pancakes & other Tasty News Bites

March 20, 2018 by Christina Champlin

Another week, another new checklist of tasty spots to checkout in the city of angels.

Cocktail lovers can test their taste buds with a Glazed Ham Cocktail at pop-up bar Bad Housekeeping. Breakfast fans can head to Silver Lake for Funfetti pancakes thanks to by CHLOE. Happy Hour fans should definitely stop by We Have Noodles (also in Silver Lake) for their new $5 food menu.

This week there are several exciting drink and food events you’ll want to look into. Highlights include: A Greek Wine party, Boomtown Brewing oysters and beer pairing night, the Latin Food Fest, the L.A. Zoo Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series, a Waffles and Beer Festival and a BBQ Championship at Santa Anita Park.

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

Pop-up Bar Bad Housekeeping Serves Glazed Ham Cocktails & Other Weird Stuff in Highland Park

Bad Housekeeping’s “Chocolate and Wine’ cocktail Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

Good Housekeeping is a bar in Highland Park serving delicious craft cocktails but on Wednesdays now through May 30, the bar transforms into an alter ego Bad Housekeeping serving up libations inspired by recipes of the past like Glazed Ham or Hot Dogs. Don’t worry the cocktails are actually enjoyable to drink and you can read all about it here.

New Happy Hour Alert

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

There’s a new happy hour in Silver Lake thanks to We Have Noodles. Starting this week from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. everyday, diners can score Crispy Pork Gang Gang, Eggplant Nahm Prik, Salt Pepper Wings and Fried Tofu Bites for $5. Seasonal draft beers and a grapefruit lager for $5 and a selection wines are $7 a glass during the one hour special.

by CHLOE. Specials Menu Update

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Photo Credit: by CHLOE.

The fast casual eatery by CHLOE. in Silver Lake has updated their vegan specials. Highlights include a carrot ginger soup, roasted asparagus with tahini vinaigrette, a smashed avocado toast, basil lemongrass lemonade and Funfetti pancakes.

Checkout our visit to Silver Lake’s tiny eatery Scout

Scout’s spicy chicken sandwich. Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

Silver Lake’s new cafe Scout is a 240 square feet breakfast and lunch spot with a market highlighting local makers. They serve a variety of beverages including smoothies and coffee along side fresh salads, bowls and sandwiches, as well as breakfast burritos and toasts. Read all about our visit here.

Where to Find Vegan Pan Dulce

LA Taco recently highlighted a spot making vegan pan dulce in Highland Park. It’s called Delicia’s Bakery and they make them free of dairy and eggs. Owned and operated by the same Mexican family since 1990 the new assortment of baked goods is baked by Jose Casimiro Bran Ramirez, who has worked there for a decade. Expect concha, elotitos, cuernitos, cochinitos, and bizcochos at the bakery. Read more about it here.

Crustacean in Beverly Hills Reopens After $10 Million Remodel

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Tuna Cigar Box at Crustacean. Photo by Wonho Frank Lee via Crustacean

One of the most popular restaurants in Beverly Hills Crustacean just reopened after an eight-month and $10 million remodel. We experienced a preview dinner last week and wrote a play by play of what you can experience now at the new Crustacean. Read all about it here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Oysters and Beer Pairing at Boomtown Brewing

Oysters and Beer Pairing at Boomtown Brewing

Tuesday March 20th, 2018

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 March 21st, 2018

Odyssey: A Grand Tasting & Exploration of Greek Wines comes to the Petersen Automotive Museum with nine award-winning wineries spanning Greece, from the Islands to the north. Taste wines made from indigenous grapes found only in Greece and meet all the winemakers. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to LA Kitchen.

Thursday March 22nd, 2018

Boomtown Brewing will host an oysters and beer pairing. Guests can expect to be introduced to three oyster varietals and three Boomtown beers to enjoy.

Friday March 23rd, 2018

The 2018 Latin Food Fest is two days of food, beer & wine booths, celebrity chef demos, a michelada bar, a spirits expo, live performances and more. Happening in Santa Monica March 23-24.

The L.A. Zoo will once again host their annual Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series. Kicking off the series is the theme “Dinner Digest,” featuring Fiddlehead Cellars from Lompoc and L.A. Zoo Animal Keeper Kevin Gorowski at Ludden Plaza inside the Zoo’s Australian habitat.

Palm Desert Food & Wine returns to the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert for three days of tastings from leading chefs, breweries, and wineries; live cooking demonstrations; celebrity chef appearances; and other dining experiences.

Saturday March 24th, 2018

The new Waffles and Beer Festival debuts at Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles March 24-25 to celebrate the Swedish tradition known as Waffle Day. The festival will offer a wide variety of savory and sweet waffles and an array of craft beers for sale along with live music and more.

7th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship at Santa Anita Park is a delicious competition featuring BBQ from local and national restaurants, chefs and grillmasters. 

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Places to Eat on St. Patricks Day & other Tasty News Bites

March 13, 2018 by Christina Champlin

The luck of the Irish is with us this week bringing Angelenos a plethora of things to do and places to eat. You can celebrate St. Patricks Day early with a few limited time food specials featuring corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, green poke bowls, corned beef hash pizza and loads of Irish Whiskey.

The weekend will usher in all the crazy St. Paddy’s Day parties including Casey’s St. Patty’s Street Festival in DTLA, a 15-hour party at The Irish Times in Palms and a Stout Festival in Torrance. Celebrate responsibly and don’t forget to wear green.

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

We Like L.A. Epic St. Patricks Day Round Up

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Photo credit: The Irish Times LA

Firstly, be sure to check out this list of  24 Fun Things To Do for St. Patricks Day. We’ve curated an eclectic list of events (yes there is food and alcohol involved) that will satisfy any green wearing partygoer. Find a Cahuenga Block Party, corned beef tacos, Casey’s famous St. Patty’s Street Fest, bar crawls, bagpipes, green food, block parties, a beer festival and much more. Now on to the eats…

Where to Eat Irish-ish this St. Patricks Day

Baldoria in Little Tokyo will host a special Corned Beef Hash Pizza on Friday and Saturday (March 16-17) for $8. Shots of Bushmills Irish Whiskey will be $3 on these days as well.

The Oinkster brings back a holiday favorite for their Burger Of The Month. The Saint Patrick’s Burger is made of ground corned beef brisket patty topped with a fried potato and cabbage bubble n squeak round, Oinkster horseradish mustard and pickles on a potato bun. There’s also a Shake Of The Month too made of Fosselman’s Pistachio Ice Cream with white chocolate chips.

Daily Grill will offer Corned Beef & Cabbage served with steamed red potatoes, braised cabbage and horseradish. During brunch a Corned Beef Benedict will be offered as well.

The Morrison in Atwater Village will celebrate St Patricks all week through March 17 with special drink and food menus. You’ll find items like a Lucky Quesadilla, Warp O’ Gold and Irish Car Bombs to wash it all down.

Prank in DTLA will offer Bangers and Mash or Corned Beef Hash for $12. The bar will also have Guinness and Irish meets Canadian Whiskey pairing for $9.

Sip on The FLATS Red Beard cocktail, created by Head Bartender Shaun Summers, this drink pays homage to the red beards that rule the land of Ireland. Made with Bushmills Red Bush Whiskey, ginger, lemon, Angostura and a touch of honey.

At The Raymond 1886 you can get a shot of $10 Jameson Irish Whiskey and sip on The 1917 Tipperary crafted with Irish Whiskey, green chartreuse, Carpano Antica, and orange bitters, or The Irishman, offered as a beer and cocktail special for $18 with Irish Whiskey, lime juice and syrup, and a splash of Lager with the rest of the beer served in an ice cold glass.

Spinfish Poke House will serve Green Bowls on Saturday. The bowl includes ingredients such as cucumbers, seaweed salad, edamame, avocado and choice of fish served on top of a bed of green rice.

Pi Day in Los Angeles

Making Sunday as easy as pie.

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Celebrate Pi Day on March 14, with $3.14 circular hand pie from Winston Pies. Available all day while supplies last, the hand pies come in a variety of flavors, including Harvest Apple, Blue Ridge Blueberry, Dixie Classic Cherry and Chocolate Cowgirl. One lucky pie eater will find a Golden Ticket tucked away into the packaging, good for one pie, any shape or size, sold that day.

Dinner in a Cube with Richard Blais’

There’s a month long immersive cultural experience that ties food with art presented by ArtCubed LA coming to Los Angeles from May 11 to June 3. The series is focused on an artistic experience centered around innovation in subcultures of food, film, music and nightlife. The event is called ARTXFOOD and it will be held at Goya Studios in Hollywood. The event will have guests dine in a 56-seat supper club cube created by Los Angeles-based artist Greg Ito. Chef Richard Blais’ will create a four course menu that draws inspiration from Ito’s installations tying art and food together. After dinner guests are invited to an art viewing of paintings, sculptures, and architectural installations with a high-end mixologist bar experience. Tickets start at $170.

Greenbar Distillery Wants to Donate 10K Burritos to the Hungry With Your Help

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  and make a difference while you sip on a cocktail!

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

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Tuesday March 13th, 2018

Snacky Tunes heads to the El Rey for a night of live audience recording of the podcast that covers music and food. Guest for the evening include Wexler’s Deli, NIIA and Them Jeans. Ticket includes a plate of food from Wexler’s Deli! Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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 March 14th, 2018

The 6th Annual STARS of Napa Valley Wine comes to the Peninsula Beverly Hills with magnificent tastes from around 40 of Napa Valley’s finest wineries.

Help celebrate Union’s four-year anniversary with a six-course “Farm and Field” dinner. The Pasadena restaurant will highlight local vendors that have been with them since day one including Grist & Toll, Flannery Beef, Dock to Dish seafood, DiStefano Cheese Weiser Family Farms and more.

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.

Every Wednesday Red Herring in Eagle Rock will knock 50% off their cocktail menu. We suggest trying Boss Loves Bubbles made with Mercat Cava, whiskey barrel bitters, sugar and orange twist garnish. Cheers!

Thursday March 15th, 2018

Los Angeles magazine brings its third annual Whiskey Festival to Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Meet master distillers, sip the finest whiskeys, learn new cocktail recipes and experience new labels while you savor gourmet hors d’oeuvres, listen to live music and enjoy unique experiences.

Friday March 16th, 2018

Kick off St. Patricks day weekend with a Santa Monica pub crawl (March 16 and 17) the crawl includes drink specials at around a dozen venues along Main Street.

Head to Hollywood for an epic St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl. Join hundreds of partygoers as you roam Hollywood for the best drink specials in town. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Westsiders put on your best green and partake in the annual Santa Monica Luck of the Irish bar crawl March 16-17. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Saturday March 17th, 2018

Checkout our recent post 24 Fun Things To Do for St. Patricks Day

Opera on Tap Los Angeles takes over Angel City Brewery in DTLA. A group of professional classical singers will bring opera to the people through performances in bars, breweries, and rock and jazz venues. The performance starts at 5 p.m. and is free to attend.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a whiskey tasting and education at Vertical Wine Bistro in Old Town Pasadena. The class features an introduction to whiskey basics, interactive tasting of four different whiskeys and includes appetizers served throughout the class.

Sunday March 18th, 2018

Smorgasburg LA returns this Sunday to DTLA for another round of awesome eats from some of the best local chefs without a brick and mortar. It’s free to get into the open air food and shopping market.

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The Museum of Failure Has a New Home at Hollywood & Highland

March 8, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Outside the Museum of Failure at Hollywood & Highland. Photo credit: Jake Ahles

Looks like the temporarily planned Museum of Failure failed to leave Los Angeles for good. The pop-up has found a new home at Hollywood & Highland, with doors swinging out open today, March 8.

Posited as a celebration of megaflops, The Museum of Failure features hopeless and hilarious catastrophes like Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision, Pets.com, and Google Wave. The newly opened H&H version also includes a section entirely dedicated to Hollywood’s biggest fails and a Failure Confessional where visitors can add their personal stories of failures to the collection.

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Inside the Museum of Failure. Photo credit: Jake Ahles

Conceived by psychologist and researcher, Dr. Sam West, the museum began in Sweden back in 2017 and became a successful traveling exhibit of 100-plus examples of colossal flops. The L.A. edition made its debut on December 2, 2017 at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum and was an instant success. Fails prominently featured in the first run included Donald Trump’s board game, a Colgate (yes the toothpaste brand) lasagna, a Harley-Davidson Perfume, the Apple Newton, Google Glass and even artifacts that date back to the 17th century. These examples will also make an appearance at the new Hollywood location. New products are expected to be updated about each month or so.

It has not yet been determined if The Museum of Failure will be at Hollywood & Highland permanently, but there is no set end date, so you should expect it to stay open for the immediate future.

The Museum of Failure is produced by Special Entertainment Events (SEE). SEE is responsible for acclaimed touring exhibits like Titanic, Star Trek and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel The Exhibition.

Ticket Information:

General Admission (13 years and older) – $19
Seniors (65+)/Students/Military with ID – $14
Children (6 – 12 years old) – $12
Children (Under 6) – Free Admission
Group Tickets (10 or more) – $12 each

Exhibition hours are as follows:

Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

The Museum of Failure is located at Hollywood & Highland 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 277 in Hollywood.

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New Vegan Eats in Silver Lake, The Best Fish Tacos in L.A. & other Tasty News Bites

March 6, 2018 by Christina Champlin

 

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

Grab your notepad, because this week’s news bites are full of suggestions on where to eat in Los Angeles.

First up I want to highlight a new plant-based eatery in Virgil Village with a non-steak Philly Cheesesteak. Also of note: I’ll link you on where to get the best fish tacos in the city and a few hidden food spots to get your grub on. As for this weekend, Angelenos can look forward to Smorgasburg’s 2nd Annual Pop-up on the Pier in Santa Monica, a SoCal coffee discussion, the Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival happening in Arcadia, a huge pork festival and much more.

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

Jewel Brings Health-Conscious Eats to Virgil Village

We Like L.A. paid a visit to Jewel a new plant-based eatery serving inventive and tasty food to the health conscious. On the menu you’ll find a Philly Cheesesteak, donuts and crab cakes all made vegan style. Read all about Jewel here.

Weird Places for Good Eats in L.A.

Foodies looking for good eats sans a brick and mortar should checkout Saveur’s story highlighting four weird places to eat in Los Angeles. From stuffed nann roti inside a West-L.A. Chevron to Mexican-inspired Korean tortas hidden in a swap meet these places are redefining the dining scene one bite at a time.

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The Best Baja Style Fish Tacos in L.A.

LA Magazine identifies L Fish Tacos in Boyle Heights and popular food truck Ricky’s Fist Tacos as the best places frying up pescado and goes onto compare the both letting readers know about the batter, creme, salsa bar and more.

The Federal Long Beach Rolls Out International Menus

The Federal Long Beach has introduced “Flights Around the World” a monthly series where they highlight a different foreign country each month through special prix fixe menus. The first stop will be Ireland in March. The Lunch Prix Fixe is $25 and will include an Irish Soup of the Day, House Cured Corned Beef Brisket & Boysenberry Sandwich, and a Blackberry and Apple Cobbler topped with a Honey Whiskey Ice Cream for dessert. The Dinner Prix Fixe is a $35 three course meal with the Irish Soup of the Day, a choice between Smoked Duck Breast Confit or Herb Roasted Sirloin Steak, and for dessert, the Blackberry and Apple Cobbler with Honey Whiskey Ice Cream. There’s also an optional  “Taste of Ireland Charcuterie Platter” for an additional $17. Lastly, the restaurant will offer a flight of three varieties of Irish whiskey for $18.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday March 6th, 2018

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 March 7th, 2018

All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. Live in DTLA, from March 7-10, will feature dinners made by top chefs like Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Voltaggio, Jose Andres, Jose Garces and more. Events include a Vegetable Masters Dinner, an American Masters Dinner, All-Star Women Masters Dinner, Spanish Masters Dinner and strolling events like the Middle East Feast and Grill & Chill. Each event requires its own ticket. Check for discount tickets on select events via Goldstar before making your purchase.

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.

Marijuana Madness is an innovative burlesque and live music show coming to The Three Clubs in Hollywood this Wednesday. 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.

Thursday March 8th, 2018

Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling of Botanica will celebrate and support women in their industry and beyond by hosting two pop-up shops on International Women’s Day. There will be a pop-up flower shop from Whit Hazen, ceramics shop from D Ceramics, wine tasting of women made wines, free classes from Love Yoga and dish specials from women chefs and cookbook authors Gabrielle Hamilton, Ana Sortun, Alice Waters and Claudia Roden. See the full line up here.

The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills has partnered with Casamigos for a new, weekly “Terrace Hours” happy hour launching this Thursday and available through summer. Every Thursday from 5-8 p.m., the outdoor Terrace will feature live music and a happy hour food menu with highlights that include Shawarma Tacos with hanger steak ($9), Charred Grilled Octopus ($9), Oysters on the Half Shell ($12 for 3), and a Roasted Cauliflower Flatbread ($12). Four specialty tequila-based Casamigos cocktails will be available for $10 each including a Mexican Negroni, Anejo Old Fashioned, Spicy Blood Orange Margarita and a Cucumber Basil Margarita.

CREAM will launch a Care Bears edition of their ice cream sandwich this Wednesday at CREAM North Hollywood. Get a taste of two Good Luck Bear Ice Cream Sandwiches, created exclusively for the Care Bears as part of the 2018 Colors of Caring campaign. The sandwiches will be available only until the end of March. Expect games, giveaways and a special celebrity appearance during the public party from 4-8 p.m.

March 8 is National Women’s Day, celebrate through food with a Taste of Feastly, Women’s Edition. Enjoy an evening of food and drink highlighting female chefs!

Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica will celebrate International Women’s Day by bringing together Westside women in the community making a difference. The networking-style mixer will include an evening of pampering, appetizers by Chef Daniel Tiger, wine tastings from Prisoner Wine Company, manicures, massages and a raffle with gifts from local businesses including Philosophy and Pause Float Studio. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Westside Family Health Center’s Reproductive Health Services Program.

Friday March 9th, 2018

March 9 is National Meatball Day and Silver Lake Italian eatery Kettle Black will offer a Meatball Sandwich with fire roasted tomato, pickled fresno chili, parmigiano and basil for $7 during happy hour from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday March 10th, 2018

Stop by Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for the Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival. The festival will include local and national craft beers, ciders and food trucks right alongside the racetrack.

Join a lively panel of SoCal coffee experts as they discuss significant developments in the region’s coffee landscape, beginning with early settlers who roasted beans over a nightly campfire to the rise of local commercial and specialty roasters and coffee houses in the 20th century. The panelists will conclude by exploring coffee’s Third Wave and the espresso bars and cafés that have taken over Southern California today. A reception with refreshments will follow the talk at 11:30 a.m. The discussion is free to the attend.

Smorgasburg’s 2nd Annual Popup on the Pier in Santa Monica returns for a one-day affair that will satisfy your tastebuds through 70+ vendors including goa-taco, Amazebowls, Shrimp Daddy, Lobsterdamus, Big Mozz and more.

Sunday March 11th, 2018

The 2018 LA COCHON555 heads to Santa Monica this Sunday for a three-hour culinary experience of all things pork. Taking place at The Viceroy, this delicious nationwide culinary tour will feature 100+ prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps for a feast on responsibly raised heritage-breed pig and bottomless rounds of beverages.

Boomtown Brewery will be hosting a Spring Forward Family Fest event fun for all ages. Adults can kick back and enjoy Boomtown’s unfiltered, full flavored beers while children get their face painted, play in a bounce house, do arts and crafts, play games and more. Maple Block Meat Co will also be on hand with their awesome bbq to feed everyone. There is no fee to attend the festival.

“Top Chef” Season 14 Winner Brooke Williamson’s Hudson House turns nine on Sunday and they’re throwing a fiesta from noon to 5 p.m. The Redondo Beach gastropub will host an outdoor fiesta featuring live mariachis, a taco and elote station, cold craft beers from the Stone Hop Wagon, a Michelada bar, and Corralejo Tequila and Sombra Mezcal cocktails. Guests will also be gifted with a Hudson House anniversary t-shirt along with other fun surprises to be announced.

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Jewel Brings Health-Conscious Eats to Virgil Village

March 6, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Jewel in Virgil Village. Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

While Angelenos might roll their eyes at the mention of vegan, vegetarianism or gluten-free labels, Jewel could change that perspective with just one visit. Located in Virgil Village (tucked between Silver Lake and East Hollywood), Jewel serves seasonal, local, and sustainable plant-based food that’s both approachable and easy on the wallet. The restaurant opened its doors this past February.

Jewel is the creation of chef Jasmine Shimoda (formerly executive chef of the now shuttered The Springs), and wife Sharky McGee, a Gjelina alum. The duo is focused on offering accessible, healthy and sophisticated plates for the neighborhood.

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Avocado Toast at Jewel. Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A

On the menu diners can find cleverly disguised vegan takes on crab cakes, a niçoise salad and even a Philly Cheesesteak. Jewel’s version of the cheesesteak is called the LAPhil, which comes in the form of a wrap. Braised yuba sheets take the place of steak and shiitakes, caramelized onion, pickled jalapeno, cashew fondu and scallion mayo come together to fill out the flavor profile.

This is not the first time the LAPhil has appeared on a menu. It received a cult following when Shimoda was chef at The Springs. Fans of the former restaurant will be excited to see it resurrected at a new location.

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LAPhil at Jewel. Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

While Jewel is a plant-based restaurant, the menu is not exclusively vegan or gluten-free, as you’ll find items like breakfast burritos, pizza, noodles and donuts.

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Vegan Donuts at Jewel. Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

For now Jewel is BYOB and plans to rolled out a curated wine menu hand-picked by Den Haan from Vinovore, a wine shop steps away from Jewel who supports female winemakers.

Jewel is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Jewel is located at 654 N. Hoover St. in Los Angeles.

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15 Great Places to Eat in Scottsdale, Arizona (on a road trip from L.A.)

February 27, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Dining at FnB. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

This article is part three of our three-part guide on a road trip to Scottsdale. In part one we provide an overview of the best times to go and where to stay. In part 2 we highlight fun things to do in Scottsdale. In part three we discuss great places to eat in Scottsdale.

I’ve been eating in Los Angeles as a profession for almost a half decade now. My love for the food here can’t be understated. But now, after multiple visits and many meals, I realize Scottsdale has a growing place in my heart.

There is something extremely personal about eating in Scottsdale. I always look forward to trying something flavorful, something new, and something memorable, whether it’s the use of hyper local ingredients– like a glacier lettuce that resembled a fuzzy succulent– or spectacular combinations like sprout nachos drizzled in hot-pink beet creme.

I know I’ve only just begin to scratch the surface of all of the wonderful food available in Scottsdale, but I think I’m giving you a great starting point for a few culinary adventures of your own.

1. FnB

Chef Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic have one of the most beloved and recognized establishments in Arizona. What they are doing is truly special and from the heart. From cooking with hearty native beans to glacier lettuce, a leafy succulent locally grown in the desert, FnB is a culinary love letter to Arizona. They are one of the few spots pouring Arizona wine (Milic is a winemaker himself). The menu changes often and ingredients are sourced from local growers and makers, so you might not get the same thing twice. Start with a few appetizers, order lots of vegetables and for the main courses, get a steak and chop if available. Dishes are all designed to share.  –>  More information

2. The Mission

This modern eatery is influenced by Spanish, Mexican, Central American and South American flavors. With Arizona star Chef Matt Carter at the helm, expect superior homemade tortillas, arepas, and salsas, along with meats prepared on a plancha. The Mission has two locations, one in Old Town and another in Kierland Commons. The Kierland vibe is more modern and casual chic, while Old Town is more seductive, with a stunning glowing Himalayan salt wall. Both are very popular hot spots, so expect to meet some new friends while dining on table-side guacamole, Tecate Creekstone Skirt Steak and Short Rib Barbacoa. –> More information

We’re back at it tonight! Come through and get your weekend started! #DrinkCi

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3. Counter Intuitive

Considered one of the coolest bars in Scottsdale, Counter Intuitive is where people go for inventive drinks done right. Located in the heart of Old Town, the bar has a dark, speakeasy vibe and every drink is made with great precision.  –> More information 

4. Fat Ox

Another Matt Carter restaurant, this time a modern Italian-style fine dining concept, is one you’ll want to bring your appetite for. Designed like a traditional Italian eatery, the meal consist of a multi-course taste of Italian dishes reimagined through Carter’s eye. The format goes like this: first you choose a few antipasti, then cheeses to nibble on, after that you move onto house-made pastas and a couple of main courses that include a 40-ounce prime porterhouse and Duroc Pork Tomahawk. Yes, it’s a lot of food, but most plates are on the small side and are meant for sharing, so bring a group or order carefully.  –> More information

5. Diego Pops

This highly stylized modern-Latin eatery screams cool vibes, and the food is just as impressive. Brussels sprout nachos topped with street corn, garlic beet creme and a fried egg is the most popular item. We suggest you start with the nachos and move onto the tacos, where you’ll find succulent braised pineapple pork, beef machaca, and green chili chicken, to name a few. Any or all of the tacos can be converted into a taco bowl, which is pretty cool! –> More information

6. Hearth ’61

Chef Charles Wiley approaches the menu at Hearth ’61 with an ingredient-first mindset, pairing local produce and meats with traditional cooking styles and flavor pairings. Niman Ranch aged tomahawk ribeyes are cooked over a fiery hearth and served with rosemary truffle butter. You’ll also find a “roast of the day” seven days a week here. If available, order a side of the ancient grain risotto; complex grains replace the traditional arborio and will make you wonder why this wasn’t done sooner. –> More information

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7. Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen

Head to the Andaz Scottsdale’s restaurant during breakfast, lunch or dinner to get a taste of the desert. Borrowing from Sonoran and Native American ingredients and flavors, W&W transforms common dishes like pancakes by using blue corn, giving the breakfast favorite a satisfying crunch. As for dinner, try the whole Red River trout cooked on a plancha. If you’re looking for an even more unique dining experience the restaurant offers a glass box chef’s table where guests enjoy a front-row seat to their culinary experience from the kitchen to plate. –> More information

8. Goldwater Brewing Co.

Family-owned and operated, Goldwater Brewing Co. has 30 + years of brewing knowledge and one killer tap room with over 20 of their own craft beers on tap, as well as seasonal one-off brews. Head underground to their second tap room called Goldmine and you’ll gain access to barrel-aged beers.  –> More information 

9. North Italia

This modern Italian eatery makes their pastas, bread and pizzas from scratch. White truffle garlic bread is a great way to start the meal and their bolognese made with a traditional meat sauce is a comforting house specialty. Pizzas are handmade and can be made gluten-free by request. Popular pizza choices include Bacon & Egg, The Pig (comprised of three different types of sausage) and an experimental chef’s choice creation that changes daily. Located in Kierland Commons, this is the perfect spot to catch a meal after spending the day shopping.  –> More information

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10. Frank & Lupes

When in the Sonoran Dessert, you eat Sonoran food. Originally from New Mexico, Frank & Lupes has been going strong for over 25 years serving awesome margaritas and a gigantic menu of all the greats like tacos, enchiladas, chalupas, chimichangas and more. Locals can’t get enough of the chicken mole enchiladas, poblano cream chicken and the weekly happy hour, with half-price appetizers and margaritas. –> More information

11. ZuZu

Located inside the Hotel Valley Ho, ZuZu is a vibrant restaurant offering American fare while supporting local farmers and suppliers. On the menu you can find intriguing dishes like Hokkaido scallops in shellfish butter, braised duck pasta and a Baker’s Bacon Chop: a loin back bacon chop smoked and lacquered in honey. Perhaps the most famous item on their menu is in the dessert section, the “Show Stopper Shake,” an ever-changing theme of indulgent shakes dreamed up by Pastry Chef Audry Enriquez even has its own hashtag #zuzushowstoppershake on social media. –> More information

12. Olive & Ivy

This casual Mediterranean-inspired hot spot overlooks the Scottsdale Waterfront’s Arizona Canal. Grab a seat on their massive patio and escape for a casual meal. On the menu you can find brunch dishes, as well as a variety of flatbreads. Durning dinner service, the menu expands to include fish and meat dishes. With a space this special, the evenings tend to be busy during cocktail hour. If you’re looking for happy hour, you might want to start here. –> More information

13. Cowboy Ciao

The Stetson Chopped Salad is legendary here at this local favorite, with rows of chopped arugula, pearl couscous, super-sweet dried corn and Ciao trail — a mixture of pepitas, blackcurrants and Asiago cheese — paired with your choice of salmon, chicken breast or fresh avocado. There are also unique dishes like buffalo carpaccio served with ry whiskey-infused dijon and juniper-cured and mesquite-smoked duck breast. –> More information

14. Postino’s

Do you love bruschetta, charcuterie boards and wine? Look no further — Postino’s is your kind of place. Known for their bruschetta boards, diners get to mix and match from a dozen options including smoked salmon & pesto, brie & apple to the traditional mozzarella, tomato & basil. Come before 5 p.m. and score $5 glasses of wine! There are two locations in Scottsdale: one in Keirland and the other in Highland –> More information

15. Virtù

Attached to the Bespoke Inn in Old Town Scottsdale, Virtù is Chef Gio Osso’s intimate Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. The menu is ever-changing, featuring handmade pastas, local produce and seafood sourced from distinguished fish markets in North America and southern Europe. Libations are just as notable, offering unique spirits and fresh-pressed juices in their cocktail program. Named one of the top 20 “Best New Restaurants” in the U.S. by Esquire magazine in 2013 and nominated for a James Beard award in 2014, a meal at Virtù is a memorable one.  –> More information

Visit www.experiencescottsdale.com for more information on Scottsdale Arizona.


Thus concludes our three-part series! If you’re looking for more road trip and/or getaway ideas originating from Los Angeles, check for our guides to Ojai and Palm Springs.

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16 Fun Things to do in Scottsdale, Arizona (on a road trip from L.A.)

February 27, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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This article is part two of our three-part guide on a road trip to Scottsdale. In part one we provide an overview of the best times to go and where to stay. In part 2 we highlight fun things to do in Scottsdale. In part three we discuss great places to eat in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale really does offer something for everyone. Sports fans come for spring training, the Cactus Bowl and to golf at the many links. Year-round there are events and tours at a bucket-list of architectural and artistic spaces including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, and Arcosanti, an experimental micro-city built by Paolo Soleri. For the outdoorsy type, hikes in Scottsdale are picturesque, with towering saguaros dotting the landscape as far as the eye can see. If you’re more into shopping and digging for vintage treasures, the city is filled with antique stores and boutiques, not to mention a huge mall.

For whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for in Scottsdale, start with the list below and you can build your own itinerary that’s custom suited for your personal tastes and the time of year you’re visiting.

1. Taliesin West

A national historical landmark built by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West is home to the FLW Foundation and SOAT, an architecture school. The headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship established in 1937, Taliesin West was built by FLW and his apprentices on acres of isolated land in the middle of the desert where they created a community in balance with the surrounding environment. Today it is considered one of Wright’s masterpieces and the best example of personal architecture. Seven original apprentices still live there today, and students from all over the world come to study at the school each year. One of the most stunning examples of FLW’s work on the West Coast, the community is a must-visit for those interested in design and architecture. Taliesin West is open to the public for tours, and reservations are strongly recommended. –> More information

2. Cattle Track

Tucked away on a dirt road in a residential neighborhood is Cattle Track, an arts compound of great historical significance. Built in 1937 by engineer George Ellis, the community is comprised of workshops and homes to forward-thinking artists and craftsmen. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, Catttle Track provides students and artists a place to continue their work and explorations in their perspective fields. Past residents include sculptor Louise Nevelson, Native American painter Fritz Scholder and painter Philip C. Curtis, who went on to found the Phoenix Art Museum. Today, the studios of artists-in-residence can be toured for free Monday through Saturday. If you’re lucky, you might get artist and manager of the compound Mark McDowell to guide you. He’ll tell you all about the history of Cattle Track and introduce you to some of the artists and their work. –> More information

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3. Canal Convergence

View larger-than-life art installations over the Scottsdale Waterfront and canal during the annual Canal Convergence. Free and open to the public, guests can participate in workshops, interact with engaging art pieces and enjoy live performances. The 2018 Canal Convergence will take place February 23-24 and March 2-3. –> More information

4. Scottsdale ArtWalk

Every Thursday, the Arts District turns into the Scottsdale Artwalk. From 7 to 9 p.m., dozens of galleries open their doors to the public for a nighttime art-viewing party. A 40-year tradition, the ArtWalk is a great way to get to know the Scottsdale art scene, which includes Southwestern art, Russian Impressionist and contemporary. I suggest making a reservation at a nearby restaurant or planning a cocktail stop to make a full night out of the ArtWalk. –> More information 

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5. Hike The McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve encompasses over 30,000 acres of permanently protected land for the public to enjoy. There are a handful of trailheads with varying levels of difficulty. We hiked the Gateway Trailhead, a 4.5 mile loop of easy-moderate difficultly with no shade, and gradual inclines and declines.  Here visitors can catch a view of thousands of towering Saguaro cacti, neon green palo verde trees and wildflowers. Additionally, the preserve provides a home for wildlife including roadrunners, desert birds and the javelina, an Old World pig found in the Southwestern parts of the United States. If you are looking for a fun and educational visit, consider hiking with Arizona Outback Adventures. A guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a tour on foot or by bike while providing water and snacks for the trip, as well as local knowledge of the plants, animals and general history of the area. You can take a look at all AOA’s services here. Finally, let me just offer another reminder that if you are in Scottsdale in the hotter months, plan your outdoor activities, such as hiking, in the early hours of the morning to avoid the desert heat, sunburn, and/or dehydration. –> More information

6. Vintage Shopping

Arizona has a plethora of vintage shops, but not all are created equal. Fashion by Robert Black is an upscale store organized by color that carries highly sought-after labels like Chanel and YSL. Vintage By Misty is also a hot spot for gently-used labels. If you are more of an antique mall type, head to Antique Trove and search through the many booths of goodies from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and beyond. Lastly, if you drove from L.A. to Scottsdale, you would have passed the city of Phoenix along the freeway and seen a Costco-sized building called Brass Armadillo. This is the biggest antique mall I personally have ever seen and it’s become one of my all-time favorite places to search for retro hidden treasures.

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7. Cosanti

Located in Paradise Valley, Cosanti is a designated historical site designed by Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri. This studio and gallery feature experimental earth-formed concrete structures built by Soleri and his apprentices. This is also where Soleri’s famous bronze bells are cast every weekday morning; visitors are invited to observe the process in the foundry. The wind bells can be purchased and are seen hanging all over the outdoor gift shop and beyond. –> More information

8. Arcosanti

If you visit Cosanti, you will hear about Arcosanti, located in Mayer, Arizona about 1.5 hours away from Scottsdale. Paolo Soleri’s life’s work was to build a micro-community that wouldn’t negatively impact the environment. The space never fully took off, but Soleri’s vision lives on today. At Arcosanti, you’ll see students, artist, architects and the general public who come to experience life in this futuristic community. Open to the public for tours, Arcosanti is also a place you can stay at for next to nothing — as little as $30 a night. Guests are granted access to the in-ground pool (seasonal), nightly views of the Milky Way, complimentary breakfast in the café, and workshops where you work with Arcosanti residents and others. Just know it’s not a five-star resort, but more of a place to get in touch with nature and Soleri’s work as you live mindfully for a few days. –> More information 

9. Golfing Scottsdale

Arizona is a golfer’s dream. There are over 200 golf courses between Scottsdale and Phoenix, and each one offers unique layouts set on breathtaking landscapes and resorts. It’s hard to pick just one spot. My two suggestions are complete opposites of one another. Troon North in Scottsdale is considered the most scenic, with desert terrain weaved across the course and an unbeatable view of the vistas of Pinnacle Peak. McDowell Mountain Golf Club, tucked away in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, provides an eco-sensitive design featuring wetlands, mesquite and cactus on the course. –> More information 

10. Arizona Wine Tasting

It may come as a surprise to learn that Arizona has a wine scene, but go for a wine walk in Old Town Scottsdale and you’ll soon be sipping on chardonnay, merlot, grenache, syrah and more at one of their many tasting rooms. –> More information

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11. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) exhibits some of the coolest contemporary art in the world, as well as Arizona artists. I highly suggest paying a visit to the museum, especially to check out Knight Rise, artist James Turrell’s Skyspace located in the courtyard of SMoCA. Visitors can walk into the space to observe the ever-changing light of the desert sky and, of course, snap a few photos. –> More information

12. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Explore the history of the West at this award-winning museum. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West features exhibits of Hopi pottery, rare cowboys and Indians movie posters, and unique stores from the Greater Western region of America.

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13. Musical Instrument Museum

Music fans can check out the Musical Instrument Museum featuring instruments from around the world and special displays such as John Lennon’s piano and Jonny Cash’s guitar. For those looking to get more hands on, head to The Experience Gallery, where the public is encouraged to play a variety of instruments from the collection. –> More information

14. Spring Training

Baseball fans will want to head to Scottsdale during spring training to catch some of their favorite teams from around the United States play. The weather is perfect during the early spring, making this a great day out with sports-loving friends and family. –> More information 

15. Take a Walking Tour of Public Art

Explore Scottsdale’s public art collection by using an interactive map to discover 70 permanent and 30 temporary artworks that include George-Ann Tognoni’s famous bronzes, James Turrell’s Skyspace, Paolo Soleri’s Bridge and much more.  –> More information

16. Arizona Biltmore

If you’re a Frank Lloyd Wright fan then the Arizona Biltmore, while not technically in Scottsdale, is definitely worth the 30-minute drive. Opened in 1929, this legendary hotel became known as the “Jewel of the Desert.” Frank Lloyd Wright served as consulting architect on the project, which was led by Wright’s former student Albert Chase McArthur. The property sits on 39 acres of land and was regarded as a playground for the rich and famous in its earliest days. Today it’s considered an architectural landmark. Featuring an epic art deco pool with a waterfall, champion golf course, and AAA Four Diamond dining, the Arizona Biltmore is an all-around luxury getaway. –> More information  

Next up: Great Places to Eat in Scottsdale

Visit www.experiencescottsdale.com for more information on Scottsdale Arizona.

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An Angeleno’s Guide to a Scottsdale Road Trip

February 27, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Looking for an uncomplicated and unconventional road trip this year? Consider Scottsdale, Arizona. The journey from Los Angeles is a snap, there’s lots to do, and the food won’t disappoint. In short, it’s the perfect drivable destination for Angelenos looking to change things up.

Known for its golf courses, spa resorts and stunning desert trails, Scottsdale is a quintessential vacation spot. But this desert city has a whole lot more to offer than pool time and tee times. There is a thriving wine scene, superb restaurants and exceptional hotels. For art enthusiasts, the city is dense with culturally significant artist communities, historical architecture built by icons such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri, plus numerous publicly funded community art works and projects.

To get you started on your exploration of Scottsdale we’ve put together a three-part guide to fill you in on all the sights and bites. In this section, we’ll cover the best times to visit, plus a few exceptional lodging options. In part two, we’ll dive into the best things to do in Scottsdale. Lastly, part three will provide a list of great places to eat.

So fill that tank, grab a friend, and pack your overnight bag. The southwest is calling.

When is the Best Time to Go to Scottsdale?

Peak season to visit Scottsdale is from January to April. Highs temperatures average in the low 70s to low 80s during this period, making it both the most desirable and most expensive time to visit. If golfing, hiking and other outdoor activities (like MLB Spring Training) are on your agenda, this is probably your ideal window to be in town.

From May to June, the area experiences a dry summer where temperatures often spike into the triple digits during the day. This dry period is followed by the “wet summer” from July to mid- September. The daytime temps stay up, but the air is more humid, with afternoons cooling off and sometimes inviting thunderstorms via air drawn up from the Gulf of Mexico.

If you wish to avoid the high temperatures and humidity, consider visiting during the winter season, when temperatures are mild and nights are brisk. Fall temperatures are in the high 80s — still pleasantly warm, but the city boasts clear skies and crisp evenings.

My road trip to Scottsdale took place during mid-May, and for what it’s worth I experienced both sides of the weather coin. On the first half of my trip in I was in pleasant 80-degree weather teetering into the 90s at times, which was enjoyable when exploring the city and taking a morning hike at the Sonoran Preserve. The last two days the mercury leaped up to 105. I spent most of my daytime indoors at attractions like The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Regardless of when you choose to visit Scottsdale there are going to be some tradeoffs. The benefit of traveling in the off-season is scoring a big discount on extraordinary hotels. The downside? It’s HOT!

Also here’s one final pro-tip: Whenever someone offers you a bottle of water, always take it! Hydration is key.

Getting There

The drive to Scottsdale is a 5.5-hour (sans traffic) straight shot on the 10 freeway. You’ll pass through the San Gabriel Valley, Riverside and Palm Springs. Ultimately Blythe will be the last California city you’ll see before entering Ehrenberg, Arizona.

There’s a certain stark, minimalist appeal to the landscape along the way. You might just call it barren. For me the real highlight was when I started seeing majestic brick red mountains and towering saguaro cacti that line the Sonoran desert. It’s said it takes about 10 years for a saguaro to reach even 1 inch in height, and it isn’t until around 70 years of age when the plant will reach over 6 feet tall and finally begin producing its first flowers. On my drive, and all during my stay in Arizona, I routinely saw 10 to 20-footers. It inspires a certain kind of awe, I think.

One note: Be sure to stop for coffee and gas up in Palm Springs because there isn’t much in the way of gas or food once you keep driving east, or at least not in between Indio and Blythe.

Where Should You Stay?

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Hotel Valley Ho

Standard room: $300+ for peak season & $150+ for offseason

Hotel Valley Ho, located in Downtown Scottsdale, was originally designed by Edward L. Varney in 1956. Recently restored back to its glory days by Westroc Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Valley Ho has been described by famed author and architect Alan Hess as “one of the best-preserved mid-century modern hotels in the country.” The 241 rooms on the property include swanky suites located in The Tower, a Presidential Loft Suite and funky boutique rooms. I stayed in one of the Tower Suites equipped with a full kitchen, walk-in closet, a washer/dryer, living room and a private balcony. The total mid-century immersion had me getting in touch with my inner Don Draper. Aside from a hip vibe, the resort has everything vacationers need: a spa, multiple pools, top notch room service, and a seasonal American restaurant and bar located on the property. One tip: Be sure to stop by the concierge desk where resident historian Ace Bailey can tell you all about the history of the hotel and its strenuous redesign, alongside interesting tidbits on how old Hollywood spent their time at the hotel. –> More information

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Standard room: $379+ for peak season & $194+ for offseason

Occupying 23 acres of desert landscape, the Andaz Scottsdale is a mid-century modern beauty paying homage to the local art scene that inhabited the surrounding area long before the hotel’s conception. At every turn guests are introduced to artwork from Cattle Track, a historic art community that has a residency at the resort. You’ll find artists on the grounds making pottery, painting and creating. On occasion, the hotel also hosts workshops with the artists. The theme continues when you set foot in one of the bungalow style rooms, where you’ll see a mix of mid-century and local art. On premises activities include dining at Weft & Warp Bar + Kitchen, taking a dip in the three picturesque pools, and relaxing at the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary.  –> More information

Mountain Shadows

Standard room: $414+ for peak season & $153+ for offseason

Interested in a calm and serene stay while in Arizona? Minimalist modern luxury resort Mountain Shadows, located in the heart of Paradise Valley, is just a short drive from Scottsdale. Tucked away in the shadow (literally) of Camelback Mountain, the highly stylized resort was originally built in 1959 and has recently reemerged as a luxury resort featuring 183 guests rooms, 42 condominiums and suites, a restaurant, two pools and an 18-hole golf course. The amenities and the stunning backdrop will make it hard to leave the premises while on your trip. –> More information

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The Saguaro

Standard room: $180+ for peak season & $92+ for offseason

Located in Old Town, The Saguaro is central to everything you’ll want to see while in Scottsdale. A short walk from the hotel, you’ll find the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, hip restaurants, shopping, art galleries, Arizona wine tasting rooms and popular bars. The rooms are hip, colorful and a notch up from your standard chain hotel, but with competitive pricing, making The Saguaro one of the more affordable places to stay in Scottsdale. –> More information

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Standard room: $432+ for peak season & $170+ for offseason

Looking for a family-friendly hotel option? The Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch is the perfect choice. The 27-acre property features a waterpark, indoor rock climbing and even something called Camp Hyatt offered daily for parents looking for a parental break. Kids don’t have all the fun at this resort — there’s also a great golf course, live concerts during certain seasons, an in-house spa, ten pools with waterfalls and even a gondola where classically trained singers serenade guests as they head to several restaurants located on the grounds of the Hyatt.  –> More information

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Standard room: $483+ for peak season & $190+ for offseason

Looking for an ultra-sophisticated getaway? Look no further than Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, an award-winning resort on 53 private acres housing casitas, suites and private estate homes, each with breathtaking views. Located in Paradise Valley, the luxury resort is also home to elements, Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillian’s restaurant–> More information

Next up: Things to do in Scottsdale

Visit www.experiencescottsdale.com for more information on Scottsdale Arizona.

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Food

New Happy Hours, an IPA Festival & other Tasty News Bites

February 27, 2018 by Christina Champlin

It might be cold and rainy outside but the happenings this week are coming in hot!

Today is National Pancake Day and IHOP will once again be giving away one free short stack to every guests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are also new happy hours to try and a handful of food festivals that range from sweets to Japanese-specific. If you love beer, keep in mind there’s an IPA Festival going down at Mohawk Bend this weekend with 60 beers on tap, all from the Golden State.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

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L.A. Resturants that Made Yelp’s 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.

Yelp recently released their Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. list with over 35 restaurants in California and 11 in the L.A. County on the list. The data science team from Yelp calculated the list by factoring in both ratings and the total number of reviews. See who made the list in L.A. here.

That #cheesepull never gets old. Pesto perfection.

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New Happy Hour Alert

Hayden in Culver City just launched a Golden Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, featuring $1.50 oysters, $6 aperitivo, and select $8 wines, and $3 beers.

Deep dish pizza spot Blackbird Pizza Shop, offers daily happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. and all day Monday. Diners can enjoy a personal deep dish pie and a PBR Tall Boy can for just $12 and $2 off local draft beer, $1 off 40+ craft beer cans, and $5 select wines by the glass.

Cocktail bar Sam First rolled out a new happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $8 Old Fashioned, $8 margaritas, $10 shot & a beer, and $6 house wines.

Union in Pasadena Turns Four

On March 14, Bruce Kalman and Marie Petulla’s critically acclaimed Northern Italian restaurant UNION turns four. The “Farm & Field” dinner will highlight the purveyors and patrons that have been there since day one. The evening will feature a four-course dinner created by Chef Kalman, which will feature
Pasadena’s local miller, Grist & Toll; sustainable butchery from Flannery Beef and seafood from his Dock to Dish program; Pomona’s favorite cheese mongers, DiStefano Cheese and Tehachapi’s very own family owned and operated Weiser Family Farms. Dinner takes place at 6 p.m. and the meal cost $175 with wine pairing per person.

Baldoria Launches a Month Pizza Making Class and New Beer Special

Starting on March 6, Baldoria will launch Tart N’ Tasty Tuesdays where diners get 30% off all sour beers on the menu. There will also be a suggested sour beer and food pairing each week. In addition, the Little Tokyo eatery will host monthly pizza making classes starting Sunday, March 11 and offered every second Sunday every month at 6 p.m. for $30 per person. Guests will make their very own pizza and receive a complimentary glass of beer or wine.

Italian Wine Dinner at Officine BRERA

Officine BRERA will be hosting an “Uncorked Italy” wine dinner on Tuesday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. where the Factory Place Hospitality Group’s sommelier, Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi will guide guests through 13 tastings, followed by a four-course dinner with pairings. Guests will dine on off-menu dishes such as Pisarei Delle a duckling sugo, a Carnaroli Risotto Mantecato with a spit roasted California quail and chestnut semifreddo. The event cost $145 per person and reservations can be made online from now until Wednesday, March 7.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday February 27th, 2018

It’s National Pancake Day this Tuesday and IHOP will give away one free short stack to every guests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while raising money for local children’s hospital and health organizations for every stack served.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 will host specially priced prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants. From February 25 through March 3, dozens of Long Beach restaurants will offer two-course brunch and lunch menus for $10, 15, or $20 per person, and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person.

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 28th, 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.

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.

Been thinking about giving back to the community? Checkout Burrito Project L.A. a meet-up that preps burritos to be delivered to folks in need. They’ll be prepping this Wednesday.

Taste of Grand Central Market is a 1.5 hour guided food tour of the historic open air food hall. Your guide will help you navigate the dozens of stalls while sampling from vendors both old and new. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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

Thursday March 1st, 2018

The Planned Parenthood Food Fare is an annual food event featuring samples and demonstrations by L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants. This annual event began in 1979 with Julia Childs and has since become one of the most popular food events in Los Angeles.

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 March 2nd, 2018

The first annual Food Book Fair, headquartered at the Ace Hotel, hits Downtown Los Angeles March 2-4 for a delicious weekend of events for foodies and food publishing.

The Japanese Food Festival takes over the InterContinental in Downtown for two days (March 2-3) of food, sake, and travel exhibitions from over 50 participants.

Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Saturday March 3rd, 2018

Treat Yourself LA, a new food festival, will takeover the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, with all-you-can-eat samples of Southern California’s most drool-worthy treats, both savory and sweet. You can savor hot fried chicken, crispy waffles on a stick, the meltiest grilled cheese sandwich and more. Participating restaurants include The Pie Hole, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Cheezus, Ridges Churro Bar, Rollin’ Creamery and many more.

The 5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival returns to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park on March 3-4 tapping 60 IPAs this weekend, all made by Golden State breweries.

Pasadena’s beautiful Storrier Stearns Garden is hosting A Taste of Japan dinner and fundraiser where guests will sample delicious treats from various food and drink stations. Savor Okonomi-yaki provided by Otafuku Foods,  Japanese dishes from The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, and creative onigiri will be available.  Whiskies by Beam Suntory, different local sakes and Nigori Sake Sayuri by Hakutsuru Sake of America Inc., and iced Japanese teas will also be on hand.

NoMad Los Angeles just launched brunch in the Lobby restaurant. The new menu from Daniel Humm and executive chef Chris Flint offers a breakfast Burrito with suckling pig, Avocado Toast as well as baked goods from executive pastry chef Mark Welker. If you love a good Bloody Mary NoMad has variations from bar director Leo Robitschek that includes the Bloody Bull with tomato, veal jus, lemon & horseradish; and the Sherry with amontillado sherry, tomato, beets & hot peppers. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sunday March 4th, 2018

The Tongo Hut in North Hollywood is hosting the ultimate tiki party in honor of an amazing 60 years in service! From 2 to 10 p.m., Mai Tai-lovers will have a chance to celebrate with live music, drinks and shopping. Highlights include Tonga Tom spinning tunes outside, Durango’s Tacos, an art show, and a chance to create art based on a Tikiyaki song. Entrance to the event is free, but drinks and food are available for purchase.

The second annual Sweet Experience Expo returns to the South Bay with a dessert and pastry expo featuring hundreds of local dessert and pastry chefs showcasing their offerings and serving up samples.

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National Margarita Day, a New Pinball Bar, Legit Noodles & other Tasty News Bites

February 20, 2018 by Christina Champlin

It’s been a busy week on the food front here at We Like L.A. We’ve been researching noodles, stopping by a new pinball bar, comparing cat cafes and even diving deep into the world of turtle racing. Checkout our latest stories on all the latest food happenings after the jump.

Also of note: February 22 is National Margarita Day, and as such I’ve rounded up the best spots to get your margarita fix. Choices include traditional sips to adventurous takes like an agave worm salt rim and even a moonshine margarita. Cheers!

Finally, the upcoming weekend has a couple of tasty events including 100 Years of Food Truck Fare at The Autry Museum, a Chinese New Year Night Market Feast at WP24, a SAP Chili Cook Off at Santa Anita Park and Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 kicking off.

As always, enjoy all the tasty news bites below!

Bon Appétit!

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Photo Credit: Mi Corazon

Where to Drink on National Margarita Day

Thursday is National Margarita Day here are a few spots celebrating. Cheers and drink responsibly!

Mi Corazon in Silver Lake includes over 60 tequilas and mezcals to create the perfect Mexican-style cocktail. They’ll be offering two special cocktails. The Clasico made with silver tequila, agave and lime. The Lowrider Margarita with your choice of seasonal berry, cucumber jalapeno or hibiscus tea.

Laurel Tavern in Hermosa Beach serves up a Spicy Pineapple Margarita that contains jalapeno-infused tequila and mezcal, freshly squeezed lime juice, pineapple juice, a touch of agave and a tajin spiced rim.

Bar Director Rebecca Smoyer DeLeon at Checker Hall in Highland Park will offer the Carmen #6 made with tequila, pamplemousse, lime, yuzu, jalapeno and agave.

Oaxacan eatery Madre located in Torrance features an extensive beverage program boasting hundreds of different mezcals and tequilas to enjoy on their own or in specialty cocktails like margaritas. They’ll be offering two special cocktails. The Nopal Margarita made of tequila reposado, lime, homemade curacao and spicy salt. A Smokey Margarita made of mezcal joven, ancho reyes, agave, lime and sal de gusano (agave worm salt.)

Frogtown’s popular Salazar will feature a classic margarita on tap made with tequila, lime, agave and triple sec.

If you like a lot of options, celebrate this special day with over 14 varieties of the beloved Mexican cocktail at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal City Walk. Flavors include Blueberry Pomegranate, Blackberry Moonshine and Watermelon.

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

We Have Noodles in Silver Lake Gets Noodles Right

Growing up Chinese, noodles were a staple of my diet. So when I found We have Noodles near my neighborhood I had to give it a try. The menu was familiar and yet inventive. Ingredients were more thoughtful and the preparations more technical than the normal mom and pop noodle shops in the San Gabriel Valley. I was impressed by their spot on South Asian flavors so I wrote about it naming We Have Noodles my current favorite noodle spot. Read the full details on what I ordered, what I loved and background on the young chef bringing legit noodles to the heart of Silver Lake.

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

Walt’s Bar Brings Pinball, Bar Eats and Fine Beer to Eagle Rock

Last Friday Walt’s Bar quietly opened on the busy streets of Eagle Rock Blvd. We paid the new spot a visit, interviewed the owner and snapped some photos. Checkout our look inside the funky new bar here.

Crumbs & Whiskers Photo: Crumbs & Whiskers’ Facebook

Is There a Superior Cat Cafe?

Currently Los Angeles has two cat cafes. Both have adorable and adoptable kitties and while they are similar we sent Juliet Bennett Rylah, a mother of two cats to do a little investigate research on which cat cafe is best for you. See how they compare here.

Brennan’s Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

An Inside Look at the New Turtle Races at Brennan’s in Marina del Rey

Brennan’s in Marina del Rey has a whole new look, elevated menu and a new and improved turtle race. There’s no better time to check these little speedsters out. Read all about the turtles and their past lives here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

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Photo Credit: Hotville Chicken Instagram

Tuesday February 20th, 2018

Love hot chicken? There’s a Whole Lotta Hotville Chicken event presented by Feastly happening this Tuesday with Kim Prince, Owner of Hotville Chicken & Chops. If her last name sounds familiar it’s because she’s a descendent of James Thornton Prince, owner of the famous Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville Tennessee. Guest will get all the fixings and as much hot chicken you can eat in different levels of spice from “West Cost Plain” to “The ‘Ville Hot.” Tickets cost $35 per person.

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 21st, 2018

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

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

Friday February 23rd, 2018

The Urban Chuck Wagon: 100 Years of Food Truck Fare is a new tasting event coming to The Autry this Friday. Come sample dishes representing a century of food trucks and discover the historic flavors of items such as tamales and oyster cocktails, then experience the modern versions of food cart cuisine from contemporary chefs. Tickets include plates from multiple food stations, access to the galleries and garden, and presentations by chefs and food history experts. Tickets are $65 per person and reservations are recommended.

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. Tours cost $12 per person.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will celebrate the Year of the Dog at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck 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.

Visit Angel City Brewery for a free live taping of the popular podcast Go Fact Yourself quizzes comedians, actors and musicians about topics they claim expertise in. If they slip up, real experts on hand share the actual facts.

Saturday February 24th, 2018

Celebrate like it’s 1928 during Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse in Venice this Saturday. The Prohibition-era Speakeasy located below the Townhouse, which dates back to 1915 will feature complimentary whiskey tasting, appetizers and desserts from local restaurants (including Big Daddy’s Pizza, Jody Maroni’s, Larry’s, The Poke Shack and more), along with a silent auction, raffle prizes and other surprises. Tickets cost $30 per person.

In anticipation of Milk Bar opening this year, the award-winning bakery will join forces with fashion label Reformation for a tasty pop-up at their Melrose location. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. swing by Reformation to shop through the sustainable brands collection and snack on Milk Bar’s cookies, truffles, and their new Crack Pie Latte. Customers with a Reformation purchase will also get a free treat so shop away!

SAP Chili Cook Off returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for a tasty competition in the categories of red chili, green chili, salsa, CASI (Chili Appreciation Society) chili, people’s choice, and most tasted. Tickets cost $30 per person and the event is 21 and over.

Mi Corazon in Silver Lake recently launched a brunch service for Saturday and Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners can dig into dishes like Huevos Rancheros, and Chilaquiles while toasting with micheladas, bloody marias and bottomless mimosas. If you’re not familiar with the Eastside Mexican concept, Mi Corazon focuses on hormone-free, non-GMO ingredients with an emphasis on vegan and vegetarian dishes, perfect for the meal conscious.

Sunday February 25th, 2018

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 will host specially priced prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants. From February 25 through March 3, dozens of Long Beach restaurants will offer two-course brunch and lunch menus for $10, 15, or $20 per person, and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person. To launch this seven-day culinary event, there will be a FREE Chef’s Cooking and Tasting Kick-Off on February 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Friedmans Home Experience. Stella Artois will be hand to offer complimentary beer samples, while Blue Marble Cocktails will offer some pours of their own.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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