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15 Delicious Ideas for the Best Italian Food in L.A.

December 10, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

Looking for some of the best Italian food experiences in Los Angeles? You’ve come to the right place.

While no one L.A. neighborhood can lay claim to being the epiccenter of our Italian food scene, the range and diversity of available Italian dining is impressive. From fast-casual spots with mom-and-pop vibes to James Beard Award-winning pastries and rustic regional specialities, there is no shortage of options to pick from.

This list was specifically compiled with hospitality, heartiness, and quality in mind, so even if you can’t make it to Italy this year, here’s your chance to experience eating at a trattoria without leaving the West Coast.

Presented in no particular order, numbered only for reference…

Buon Appetito!

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1. The Mozza Restaurant Group: Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca, & Pizzeria Mozza (Hancock Park)

The Mozza Restaurant Group, a partnership between Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, and Joseph Bastianich, is behind some of the best Italian eateries in L.A. and is known for taking basic ingredients and elevating them in a way that’ll make you feel like you’re trying it for the first time. It should also be noted that Silverton changed the bread game in Los Angeles with La Brea Bakery and at Osteria Mozza she took on cheese, developing a mozzarella bar highlighting small, cheese-centric dishes. This year, Dahlia Narvaez, longtime pastry chef at Osteria Mozza, was honored in 2016 as Outstanding Pastry Chef at the ultra-prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards. Chi Spacca, on the other hand, is all about the protein (the name is Italian for “he who cleaves”), with finely crafted meat-centric dishes by executive chef Ryan DeNicola at the helm. The highly acclaimed Pizzeria Mozza is a testament to Silverton’s talent as a bread maker, with pizza crusts that are simultaneously chewy and crunchy. All the options are solid, but the egg, bacon, Yukon Gold potato and Bermuda onion pizza will blow you away.

Must-trys at Osteria Mozza: squid ink chitarra freddi, anything from the mozzarella bar, rosemary olive oil cakes

Must-trys at Chi Spacca: testa frittata, beef cheek and bone marrow pie

Must-trys at Pizzeria Mozza: any pizza and butterscotch budino

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2. Angelini Osteria (Fairfax)

Since opening in October of 2001, Angelini Osteria has become arguably the best Italian restaurant in the city. Chef Gino Angelini exudes authenticity through his dishes, particularly his mom’s famous lasagna, praised by Giada de Laurentiis, and his grilled branzino, Wolfgang Puck’s favorite. All this big flavor is packed in a tight, minimalistic space, so it can get a little cramped and loud on a busy night, but when the food is this good, it’s worth it.

Must-trys: lasagna verde “omaggio nonna elvira,” branzino, fegatini

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3. Bestia (DTLA)

Bestia (“Beast” in Italian) embraces a more rustic style of Italian cooking courtesy of chef Ori Menashe and wife/pastry chef Genevieve Gergis. It remains a favorite among Angelenos and critics alike, so making reservations a month in advance is a necessity. The menu is sprinkled with options that go beyond the usual Italian staples, though for non-adventurous eaters there’s still the tried-and-true margherita pizza and casarecce al pomodoro.

Must-trys: the pan-roasted chicken gizzards, roasted marrow bone, cavatelli alla norcina, charcuterie

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4. Jon & Vinny’s (Fairfax District)

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the masterminds behind Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, and Petit Trois also own a casual Italian spot churning out comfort foods like pizza and spaghetti and meatballs. They’ve dubbed the cuisine at their pizza place “California-Italian,” where they make it a point to buy fresh ingredients from the local farmers’ market nearly every day of the week. The pizza crust, made with sourdough in their wood and gas-fired stone hearth oven, is charred, thin, and crispy.

Must-trys: the marinara-braised meatballs and the L.A. Woman pizza, made with local burrata, tomato, basil, olive oil, and sea salt with a side of crust dip

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5. The Factory Kitchen (Arts District)

This Northern Italian trattoria tucked away inside a renovated factory complex is Chef Angelo Auriana and restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi’s latest project. Auriana has developed a devoted following from his time at Valentino in Santa Monica. His star dish is the delicate mandilli, “handkerchief” silky-smooth pasta topped with Ligurian almond-basil pesto and pecorino Sardo.

Must-trys: focaccia di Recco, paccheri (an off-menu item), peperú (stuffed peppers), 24-month parma prosciutto with a lightly fried sage dough, stracciatella

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6. Spumante (North Hollywood)

This family-owned white tablecloth restaurant was established in 1988 by Joe Salas and reopened in NoHo after years in Studio City. They make their pastas in-house, and serve bruschetta as a dip that sounds simple enough, but with flavor that explodes in your mouth. The wine list includes a mix of Italian and California reds and whites and six champagnes, though the restaurant’s named for the Italian sparkling white wine.

Must-trys: elephant garlic, pumpkin ravioli, linguine salmone, Joe’s tiramisu

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7. Bruce Kalman’s Restaurants: Union and Knead & Co (Pasadena & Downtown)

Chef Bruce Kalman is the man behind Union and Knead & Co. At Union, the menu balances Northern Italian flavors with seasonal West Coast produce. Start your meal off the right way with bread and giardiniera. This Italian staple of pickled veggies is made here using farmers’ market cauliflower and baby carrots. Second, order one of Kalman’s famed pasta dishes, like spaghetti alla chitarra made with browned garlic and Fresno chiles. Over at Knead & Co in DTLA, Kalman describes the food as a mix of dishes from Jersey, Italy and California, with all the pasta made using locally milled flour from Grist & Toll in Pasadena. They also cure their own ham and make their own ricotta!

Must-trys at Union: tagliatelle with pork ragu, porchetta, spaghetti alla chitarra, olive oil cake with salted honeycomb gelato

Must-trys at Knead & Co: “Sunday Gravy” spaghetti and meatballs, bucatini al amatriciana, and porcini lasagnette

Smoky roasted rigatoni, Marin Sun Farms lamb Sugo, ricotta salata & sorrel #unionpasadena #outstandinginthefield

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8. Maccheroni Republic (Downtown)

Maccheroni Republic is the brainchild of Antonio Tommasi and Jean-Louis de Mori, who ran Locanda Veneta and Ca’ Brea, among others. It’s a no-fuss and reasonably priced trattoria serving up home-style pastas perfect for tucking into while enjoying a glass of wine. It does get busy and they don’t take reservations, so it might be smart to come early or during non-prime hours if possible.

Must-trys: boccoletti pasta with pesto and ricotta, bigoli della nonna, agnolotti di osso buco

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9. MidiCi (Sherman Oaks)

This fast-casual eatery has an eight-page menu of Italian dishes but the main draw is their Neapolitan pizza. The dough is made fresh daily and contains only four ingredients: non-GMO 00 Neapolitan flour, water, salt, and yeast. It absolutely requires a fork and knife ’cause it’s just that light. Their wood-fired oven (straight from Naples) cooks the pizzas at 1000 degrees, making it as efficient as the other pizza spots but with a better ambiance. Because a true Italian meal is about sitting down and enjoying a meal with friends, they’ve got you covered from appetizers to dessert, and espresso made with their Athena espresso machine straight from Italy.

Must-trys: Nutella calzone, housemade meatballs with smoked mozzarella, margherita pizza

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10. Pasta Sisters (Arlington Heights)

This family joint is about pasta in all its iterations, served up fast-casual style using their great-grandmother’s recipes. The sisters offer a pick your pasta and sauce menu that includes tagliatelle, spaghetti, pappardelle and penne, with specials like house-made gnocchi and ravioli for an extra cost. Sauces range from the classic tomato and basil to bolognese and salmon and cream.

Must-trys: panzerotti (fried calzone), meat lasagna, and arrabbiata

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11. Alimento (Silver Lake)

At Alimento (“nourishment” in Italian), chef Zach Pollack and his ample talent took one of the most casual dishes and made it exemplary. His version of pig in a blanket is made with mortadella, spelt puff pastry, and Stracchino cheese and it’s a game changer. But the real stars are their pastas. Here you’ll find a great variety from fusilli, gnòc, and tortellini to whole-wheat bigoli. FYI: Plates are designed for sharing, so order a couple of different plates, pastas and/or platters.

Must-trys: chopped salad, chicken liver crostone, octopus & barley, chicken Milanese sandwich, tortellini in Brodo, radiatori

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12. Vincenti (Brentwood)

Chef Nicola Mastronardi has been serving up classic pasta and pizza dishes for nearly 20 years, initially working with Gino Angelini (of Osteria Angelini) after being discovered by the late Mauro Vincenti in Rimini, Italy. Over the last two decades, fanfare for Vincenti hasn’t wavered, and it’s at its peak during Monday Pizza Night and Happy Hour Tuesdays through Fridays.

Must-trys: sogliola (Dover sole), prosciutto e rucola pizza

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13. Via Veneto (Santa Monica)

Upon entering the restaurant situated on the corner of Main St., you’ll immediately note the dark, romantic lighting and the intimate setting that make it a prime date spot. Owners Fabrizio Bianconi and Marco Cialini, who came from Italy more than a decade ago, give patrons a taste of Italy with an authentic fine-dining experience.

Must-trys: eggplant parmesan, shrimp with spaghetti and bottarga, ricotta and Nutella tart

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14. Gusto (Beverly Grove)

In 2011, Chef Vic Casanova and wife Jessa opened Gusto near the Beverly Center to the delight of pasta-lovin’ Angelenos. The restaurant is acclaimed for their house-made pastas, including bucatini carbonara and the blue crab linguine. Jessa presides over the wine list made up mostly of red and white, sparkling, and rose wines from all over Italy.

Must-trys: polipo, rigatoni alla norma, coconut gelato pie

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15. Osteria La Buca (Hollywood)

An L.A. hotspot since 2004, this former mom-and-son restaurant once had just 20 seats, but after a makeover, it became a rustic farm-to-table two-room eatery with chef Cameron Slaugh at the helm. Previously a sous chef at New York’s Eleven Madison Park, Slaugh is now creating dishes in Cal-Italian style with ingredients straight from La Buca’s West LA garden. Last year Slaugh introduced a Sunday brunch menu with items like sautéed farro with greens, sausage, and poached eggs, polenta and ricotta skillet cake with Meyer lemon jam and honey, and short rib hash.

Must-trys: guanciale pizza, squash fussilli, nero spaghetti

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Honorable Mentions:

Madeo

Sotto

Little Dom’s

Valentino

Il Tramezzino

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The Pershing Square Ice Skating Rink is Back Starting on Nov. 10

October 27, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

The winter season in Los Angeles won’t exactly be snowy and white, but at least you can still go ice skating (on real ice).

Starting on Nov. 10 L.A.’s largest outdoor ice skating rink returns to Pershing Square for its 19th annual winter run. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square presented by Bai will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16.

During that two-month plus time frame Pershing Square will be at the heart of several free community holiday events including the Ice Breaker: Opening Celebration, a DJ Spotlight Series taking place on select Thursday evenings, the Polar Bear Skate, Learn to Curl lessons via Hollywood Curling and the first-ever Silent Night Skate Party.

The celebrations begin with the Ice Breaker opening ceremony where an ice sculpture is smashed to christen the winter season. The event includes skating performances by California Gold Synchronized Skating Team. Kids from San Pedro Elementary will be the first guests of the season to skate.

Holiday Ice Rink

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The Silent Night Skate party will get into the groove using wireless headphones so that you can skate to your favorite tunes from three different channels during the first-ever Silent Night Skate party on Thursday, December 1 from 6– 7 p.m. and 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and skaters of all ages are welcome.

Finally, you can kick off the new year with L.A.’s version of the Canadian tradition, the Polar Bear Skate on Sunday, January 1 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Angelenos have a closet full of summer clothes and for this occasion you can hit the rink with your favorite beach attire and take advantage of LA’s perpetual sunshine even while skating on ice.

As a reminder for those wishing to take part in the pop-up curling lessons, the dates are Nov. 13, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8, each from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Admission to the lessons is $5 with advance reservation.

General admission for the skating rink $9 and figure & hockey skates are available to rent for $4.

Skating sessions last around one hour, and will be available on the following dates/times:

November 10 – December 15

11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday

December 16 – December 30

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Daily

December 24

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

December 25

11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

December 31

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

January 1

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

January 2 – January 16

11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday

For more information you can visit holidayicerinkdowntownla.com.

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Here’s a Massive List of Halloween-Themed Events & Other Spooky To-Do’s in L.A.

October 18, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

Don’t be fooled by L.A.’s year-round sunshine. There’s something dark and sinister in the underbelly of the city of angels just waiting to emerge.

Or at least, we’re really good at pretending there is!

From haunted houses (The House on Haunted Hills) to immersive experiences (Urban Death Tours and  Creep LA) to themed parties (WeHo Carnaval) the 2016 Halloween season in Los Angeles offers myriad possibilities for folks looking to add a bit of creep to their social calendar.

To that end, below we’ve provided a laundry list of the best things to do around Halloween time in L.A. It’s a pretty massive rundown, but hopefully you’ll find something in the mix that’ll catch your eye (if not your soul).

Either way, enjoy your tricks and treats!

Santa Monica Farmers Market Pumpkin

A sassy Jack O’ Lantern at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Credit: Brian Champlin


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Halloween Ideas and Other Spooky To-Dos for 2016

  1. Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor (Through Oct. 3
  2. Knotts Scary Farm (Through Oct. 31)
  3. Boo at the LA Zoo (Through Oct. 31)
  4. Urban Death Tour of Terror (through Nov. 5)
  5. Escape Room L.A with discount tickets available via Goldstar for: The Detective, The Alchemist, The Cavern or The Theatre (various date)
  6. New Beverly Cinema Horror Film Screenings (Through Oct. 31)
  7. Creep LA in the Arts District (Through Oct. 31)
  8. Trapped in a Room with a Zombie (Various dates)
  9. Horror/suspense film screenings at The Electric Dusk Drive-In with discount tickets available via Goldstar (Through Oct. 29)
  10. Trap House Escape Room (Through Oct. 31)
  11. Dearly Departed Tours (Various Dates)
  12. Wicked Lit Haunts (Through Nov. 12)
  13. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights (Through Nov. 5)
  14. Paramount After Dark Tours: Tales from the Other Side (Through Nov. 5)
  15. Halloween Sunset Wine Safari (Oct. 7-30)
  16. Groundlings: You Paid to Die Tonight (Oct. 17, 24, 31)
  17. Screamfest Horror Film Festival (Oct. 18-27)
  18. LA Haunted Hayride (Oct. 20-31)
  19. Storytelling Soiree: Tales of the Underworld at El Cid (Oct. 23)
  20. The Backwoods Maze (Oct. 21-23, 28-31)
  21. LACMA: Fuel of Nightmares Film Screenings  (Tuesdays from Oct. 21- Nov.18)
  22. Beware the Dark Realm (Oct. 21,22, 28,29) FREE
  23. Reign of Terror Haunted House (Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31)
  24. Slighly Spooky Stories at Descanso Gardens (Oct. 22, 23, 29 30)
  25. The Not So Enchanted Forest Haunted House: (Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30, 31) FREE
  26. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour (Oct. 22, 23, 30)
  27. Dream Halloween Party (Oct. 22)
  28. Cinespia: A Nightmare on Elm Street (Oct. 22)
  29. Boney Island Tour (Oct. 22 – 31) FREE 
  30. Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race (Oct. 23)
  31. Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular Pumpkin Palooza (Oct. 23)
  32. REI Zombie Preparedness (Oct. 19 Santa Monica and Oct. 24 Woodland Hills )
  33. The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D at El Capitan with discount tickets availabe via Goldstar (Oct. 22-31)
  34. Lucha VaVoom (Oct. 26-27)
  35. The VRScout Haunted Mansion at CTRL Collective (Oct. 27)
  36. The House on Haunted Hill (Oct. 28-31) FREE
  37. The Haunt with No Name (Oct. 28-31) FREE
  38. The Nightmare before Christmas performed live by Danny Elfman at Hollywood Bowl with discount tickets available via Goldstar (Oct. 28-30)
  39. Bootie LA: Halloween Booootie (Oct. 29)
  40. Hollywood Monster Night (Oct. 29)
  41. Santa Monica Zombie Crawl (Oct. 29)
  42. Monster’s Ball Halloween Party at Alpine Village with discount tickets available via Goldstar (Oct. 29)
  43. Esotouric: The Real Black Dahlia (Oct. 29)
  44. LA Opera: Nosferatu (Oct. 29, 31)
  45. The Haunted Shack (Oct. 29, 31)
  46. Alice Cooper “Welcome 2 the Nightmare” (Oct. 30)
  47. Part-time Punks Annual Goth Ball  (Oct. 30)
  48. The Big Halloween Party at The Little Easy in DTLA (Oct. 30)
  49. Hex Halloween (Oct. 31)
  50. The Tingler/ Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Spooktacular (Oct. 30-31)
  51. Night of 100 Pee-Wees Halloween Party (Oct .31)
  52. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Oct. 31)
  53. A Psychodelic Halloween (Oct.31)
  54. WeHo Halloween Carnaval (Oct. 31)
  55. Ghoul Master Fright Fest (Last Show EVER Oct. 31)
  56. Delusion: Immersive Theater (Sold Out: Check site for new dates)

Did we miss something Halloween related and/or spooky you think we should add to the list? Hit us up at [email protected] and let us know!

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15 Spots For The Best Sweet Treats in The Valley

October 2, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

Looking for delicious desserts in the San Fernando Valley? You’ve come to the right list.

We’ve dug deep into a bit of sweet-tooth research to round up locations scattered around the SFV that serve up the tastiest sweets in the area.

Whether you’re looking for a tasty spot to cap off a savory meal, 24-hour crepes, or an afternoon flight of ice cream to help cool the day off, we’ve got the options for you.

Now what are you waiting for? Dig in!

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1. Happy Days Café (Sherman Oaks)

Happy Days’ signature sweet is their churro and if you want to try them all then we recommend ordering the sampler which comes with four churros stuffed with Nutella, chocolate, guava, and dulce de leche .

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2. Lilit Bakery (North Hollywood)

If pretty is your thing, then Lilit is your spot. The family owned bakery uses edible glitter, colorful frosting and eye catching designs to create signature pastries. A couple of our top recs include the custard and strawberry stuffed croissant and the cream cheese rolls. When you visit, make sure to get in the pastry line as they also have a food line for their sandwiches and pizza.

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3. Quenelle (Burbank)

Pastry chef John Park and his wife Christina opened this dessert shop in 2013 offering an array of unique and memorable homemade ice cream flavors. There are four permanent menu flavors and around a dozen experimental options like circus animals, red bean caramel and something called “purple drank.” They also offer non-dairy options, cream bars, popsicles funnel cake ice cream sandwiches.

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4. Republic of Pie (North Hollywood)

Republic of Pie does all things pie in the both the savory and sweet format. Among the more sugary options are the coconut, the Earl Grey, or perhaps the sweetest of all, the chocolate banana bread pudding pie. Be sure to pair your slice with a latte (they make foam art!) #doitforthegram.

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5. Crème Carmel LA (Van Nuys)

Kristina de la Cruz’s dessert shop features Filipino-inspired sweets built upon her success in selling her bread puddings and custards at the LA Farmers Market. Their ube upside down pie and bread puddings are the most popular items in the shop, but you’ll also find even quirkier offerings such as the unicorn poop (aka meringue).

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6. Porto’s Bakery and Cafe (Burbank and Glendale)

Angelenos are all-too-familiar with Porto’s so the mere mention of the name is probably enough to get your mouth watering. Their Cuban cakes are birthday staples and they offer some international options as well. For our money you’ll never go wrong with either their cheese rolls or the refugiados (guava and cheese rolls).

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7. Belwood Bakery (Northridge)

If you’re into macarons then head over to Belwood Bakery to sample their strawberry shortcake version, which delivers a rich, almost ice-cream-like flavor you won’t soon forget. If you’re interested in something a bit more inventive then try the Crookie, a combination of an Oreo cookie and a croissant.

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 8. Pacific Cheesecake Co. (Valley Village)

Banker turned baker Karen Freeman spent a good chunk of time perfecting the cheesecake recipe that had been passed down through her family for multiple generations. And all that hard work has paid off in the form of Pacific Cheesecake Co. So what makes these cheesecakes special? Well, for starters, they’re mini! All flavors (they have around 100) are bite sized and come in sweet and savory varieties.  They also have gluten-free and sugar-free options for those with a lot of self control.

Note: If you want a whole cheesecake (8” or 10”) you have to order 48 hours in advance.

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9. Wanderlust Creamery (Tarzana)

Wanderlust Creamery takes you on a ice cream journey you’ll be wishing you could enjoy everyday. Signature flavors include sticky rice and mango, pretzel and rugbraou, and smoked chocolate. Since the menu is sprinkled with globally-inspired ice creams, the shop also offers a “flight around the world” where you’ll get 14 mini scoops to taste alone or with a friend.

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10. Mercado Buenos Aires (Granada Hills and Van Nuys)

Mercado Buenos Aires is an Argentinian dessert shop that offers facturas, alfajor shortbread cookies, and jars of house-made dulce de leche, a sweet milk slow cooked and reduced to a decadent consistency familiar to caramel. Fans of milk and/or cookies will love it.

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11. Owl’s (Porter Ranch)

When you hear Owl’s has an ice cream panini on their menu you’ll probably double take, but if you try it it’ll be worth it. This ‘panini’ is actually a melodious contradiction of warm/cold, fluffy and creamy plus the added texture from your topping of choice. The fan favorite is the cookie monster with vanilla ice cream, cookie dough, Oreo cookie, and chocolate fudge.

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12. Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop (Encino)

Dessert for breakfast? Why not!?! At Claudine’s you’ll find menu items like Cinnamon Crème brûlée French toast topped with kumquat marmalade, a Nutella pop tart and a pot de crème that’s worth getting out of bed for.

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13. Tart Bites (Encino)

Upon entering Tart Bites you’ll note the works of edible art from birthday to wedding cakes and, of course, a large sampling of gourmet tarts. The wine jelly (yup, thats a thing!) will probably catch your eye, but we’re always suckers for a slice of chocolate pecan or red velvet cheesecake tart.

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14. Ninong’s Pastries and Cafe (Granada Hills)

Ninong’s has a devoted following for their Filipino-inspired ube specialities. The cafe offers ube pancakes, cookies, and even coffee cake. Other Filipino delicacies include leche flan from a family recipe and buko, a baked young coconut pie.

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15. Crave Café  (Studio City and Sherman Oaks)

Crave Cafe is where you go when you’re looking for crepes 24 hours a day. Patrons love the Nutella crepes filled with bananas or strawberries, and Crave Cafe regulars will probably also know there’s a “secret menu” with dessert shakes and a Supreme Crepe stuffed with loads of fruit, Nutella, and a scoop of ice cream.

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14 Fun Things To Do In Beverly Hills If You Happen to Be in the Neighborhood

September 28, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

Originally a Spanish ranch where lima beans were grown, Beverly Hills has evolved over the decades into a city now wholly synonymous with luxury.

With famous residents, world class shops, and a namesake television melodrama from the 90’s, it might appear Beverly Hills is exactly what you’d expect. All glitz and glamour.

But when you look just a bit deeper you begin to realize the city is more than the sum of its boutiques.

The purpose of this guide is simple:  Highlight some of the key sites and landmarks in the 90210 to keep in mind next time you’re off to explore the neighborhood.

From the world-class cultural hubs and art galleries to architectural landmarks and haunts frequented by Old Hollywood stars, we think there will be plenty to surprise visitors and locals alike.

Now, where to start…

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Beverly Gardens Park

Beverly Gardens Park. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

1. Beverly Gardens Park

The park is home to the iconic and Instagram-worthy 40-foot long“Beverly Hills” sign. Beverly Gardens stretches for nearly two miles and features cactus and rose gardens and two fountains. The park also plays hosts to the Beverly Hills Art Show on the third weekends in the months of May and October.

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2. Will Rogers Memorial Park

Opened in 1915 as the first municipal park in Los Angeles, Will Rogers Memorial Park was originally dubbed Sunset Park until 1926 when entertainer Will Rogers was appointed the first “Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills” and renamed the park. Another fun fact, the five-acre park was actually gifted to the city by the Beverly Hills Hotel who initially preserved that land as their front lawn. Today the scenic park features a pond, fountain, rose garden, a dragon tree and more.

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3. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

“The Wallis” as it is simply known is a 70,000 sq ft venue that hosts world-class dance, theater, and musical performances. Free events include Dance Sundays with Emmy-award-winning choreographer and Fame star Debbie Allen. Ms. Allen instructs classes for salsa, hip hop, and tap on alternate Sundays during select seasons.

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4. Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media focuses on the preservation and celebration of television, radio, and emerging media platforms through a collection of public archives and programs.The Paley Center’s permanent media collection (also available at the New York City location) contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. In addition, the institution hosts special exhibits, screenings, and panel discussions with creators and stars, highlighted by their annual fall television previews.

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John H. Mitchell Theater inside the Paley Center for Media.
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5. Revolver Gallery

The Revolver Gallery is unique in that the focus is entirely on the life and work of, Andy Warhol. The gallery has access to over 150 original prints and paintings making it one of the largest gallery collections of Warhol’s work to date.

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6. Ace Gallery

The Beverly Hills location of the Ace Gallery is an extension of the original on Miracle Mile. This annex, built in 2003, exhibits a selection of emerging and well-known artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Colson and Gary Lang.

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7. The Beverly Hills Hotel

This “Pink Palace” is set on 12 acres and has been a celebrity hot spot since 1912. The iconic hotel offers 204 guest rooms and suites, including 23 bungalows. In recent news the hotel has announced they’ll be redesigning the bungalows to pay tribute to Old Hollywood stars that stayed there including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra. Hotel guests and visitors can enjoy a meal at the Cabana Café or the Polo Lounge restaurant while Bar Nineteen12 serves up refreshing cocktails with a fantastic view of the city.

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Beverly Hills Hotel. Photo by Alan Light via Wikipedia cc

8. Beverly Hills Farmers Market

This expansive weekly farmers market hosts over 60 stands and even features live music and even a petting zoo. They also host special events including a annual Pie Bake in June, PickleFest in August and Cookin’ Kids, an educational workshop held on the second Sunday of each month. The market hours are every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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9. Greystone Mansion and Park

Purchased by the city of Beverly Hills in 1965 from Edward Doheny, Jr., Greystone Mansion has became one of the most beautiful public city parks in the city of Los Angeles, attracting tourist and locals with its breathtaking views and lush gardens. Included in the National Register of Historic Places the estate can be seen in numerous films and photoshoots. While the mansion is only open during special events the park grounds is open every day till 6 p.m.

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Greystone Mansion. Credit: Amatullah Guyot

 10. Spadena House

Known as “The Witch’s House,” the architecture truly gives off Hansel & Gretel vibes with its exaggerated and intentionally decrepit design. Dreamed up by art director Harry Oliver in 1921 on the Willat Studios lot in Culver City, the house was moved to its current location on the corner of Walden Dr. and Carmelita Ave. in 1924. The 3,500 square feet home is currently a private residence and not open to the public for visits but remains a popular spot for shutterbugs on tour buses and beyond.

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11. Frank Lloyd Wright designed “Anderton Court”

On the famous Rodeo Drive between Dayton Way and Brighton Way is Frank Lloyd Wright’s last built project in the Los Angeles area. Anderton Court is a three-story building of shops and boutiques with a geometric mast typically found in some of Wright’s later works.

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12. Virginia Robinson House and Gardens

Virginia and Harry Robinson were the couple behind the Robinson’s department store and their residence was one of the first luxury estates in Beverly Hills. Built in 1911, the estate sits right behind the Beverly Hills Hotel and covers about six acres, including five gardens and a pool pavilion. They offer guided docent tours by appointment Tuesday through Saturday.

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Pool at the Virginia Robinson estate. Photo by Zigzig20s via Wikipedia commons

13. Beverly Hills City Hall

Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914 and the city hall designed by William Gage was completed in 1932. The Spanish Renaissance style building features eight-story towers and a tiled dome and gilded cupola.

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14. Shopping and Rodeo Drive

The two-mile long street is synonymous with Beverly Hills. Known for the three block stretch of luxury shops like Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Prada, its iconic status makes it a tourist attraction 365 days a year. Visit the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style plaques on the sidewalks dedicated to bold names in fashion and at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way, the nude sculpture entitled “Torso” created by world-renowned sculptor Robert Graham can be found. Luxury department stores are also located near Rodeo Drive including Barneys New YorkSaks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

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Know of more fun stuff to do in Beverly Hills we should add to the list? Shoot us an email at [email protected]

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So There’s a Free Classic Movie Screening Series Coming to Union Station This Fall

September 21, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

Want to add a little film noir to your fall schedule?

Starting next month Union Station is hosting free screenings of noir classics with the added bonus that all films feature a scene filmed in the Art Deco building. The series starts Oct 7 and runs monthly through Dec. 2.

The first show is the appropriately titled police thriller Union Station (1950) starring William Holden as a railroad police officer trying to track a kidnapper.

Though it was partly filmed in Los Angeles, the story takes place in Chicago.

Check out the trailer for glimpses of Union Station:

The  upcoming films in the series include Criss Cross on Nov. 4 and Too Late for Tears on Dec. 2. Writer, historian, film programmer and film noir expert Alan K. Rode curated the Film Noir series and will introduce the first film. 

All screenings are free and take place at the old ticketing hall on a first come, first serve basis. Each film begins at 8 p.m.

Union Station Old Ticketing Hall

Union Station old ticketing hall. Photo by Joe Wolf via flickr cc

You can get more information about the screenings series at unionstationla.com.

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20 Perfect Places to Eat on a Beach Day in L.A.

September 7, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

Beach days are made of laid-back afternoons spent enjoying the sunshine, listening to the crashing waves, and noshing on casual eats.

And it’s that last part that concerns us here.

Our goal with the below list was to catalogue some of Los Angeles’ top coastal adjacent eateries, whether you need a spot that is chill enough for board shorts or elegant enough to cap off a day-long drive along the coast.

Wherever you end up eating, just know the food will be fresh, the ocean nearby, and the vibe pitch perfect.

Rundown starts after the jump, in no particular order.

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1. The Albright (Santa Monica)

The Albright is named after a nautical knot, symbolizing the unity of the two generations that are behind this Santa Monica Pier staple. The menu features locally sourced goodies including oyster shooters, calamari, and mussels and fries. Poke is also available, for those looking to stay on trend.

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2. Mickey’s Italian Deli (Hermosa Beach)

If you’re in search ofgood eats and a casual spot in the South Bay look no further than this mom and pop deli. Opened in 1953, Mickey’s has retained a hometown charm but extended the menu which initially only included pizzas. They’re known for their pasta sauce but if you want to indulge get the meatball sub. After all, you’ve been out in the sun all day. You deserve it!

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3. Fishing with Dynamite (Manhattan Beach)

David LeFevre’s cozy Manhattan Beach restaurant delivers raw seafood paired with market fresh squash rolls, rosemary butter, clam chowder, and other select dishes. If you have room, end the meal with their pretzel bread pudding with salted caramel and mascarpone ice cream.
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4. Neptune’s Net (Malibu)

Neptune’s Net has been serving seafood to Malibu for five decades (and counting). The outdoor seating area and chill vibe is everything you’d want a beachside restaurant to offer.  Recommendations: The clam chowder, a seafood basket or both!

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5. Captain Kidd’s Fish Market (Redondo Beach)

Captain Kidd’s has been a fixture in the Redondo Beach King Harbor for nearly 40 years. Part fish market, part patio restaurant, dishes are prepared daily, including several that are cooked using the in-house smoker. Try favorites such as cioppino, chowder, smoked salmon, oysters and sashimi and sample drinks from a mix of 20 different ice-cold beers on tap.

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6. Locale 90 Neapolitan Pizza Market (Redondo Beach)

Locale 90 is a pizza joint that aims for local and authentic, and they nail it with their neapolitan pizzas. The menu is divided into “pizza rossa” (with tomatoes) or “pizza bianca” (no tomatoes) or you can build your own. You can always go the traditional route but where’s the fun in that? Try the egg and kale pizza with truffle oil and down it with some Italian beer.

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7. A Basq Kitchen (Redondo Beach)

Basque cuisine originates from parts of Spain and France, and the Basq Kitchen revels in this specialized cuisine served tapas style.  The items may be hard to pronounce but the tongue acrobatics are rewarded with unique flavors like the espelette aioli made from a Basque pepper in dishes like the Tortilla Vasca (potato omelette) and the kalimotxo, a mix of red wine and Coca Cola, a traditional Basque drink.

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8. The Independence Tavern (Santa Monica)

The Independence Tavern boasts an extensive drink menu with cocktails, mocktails, and draughts. Their angus burger is for the beef-lovers who appreciate the All-American burger that’s leaning more toward refined than messy but still damn good.

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9. El Segundo Beach Café (Playa Del Rey)

The All-American menu at El Segundo Beach Cafe  includes both breakfast and lunch options. A quick glance at the burger section and you’ll find the “S*** Pipe,” a beef patty on sourdough with Thousand Island dressing, American cheese, and all the fixings. Way more delicious than the ambiguous name might imply.

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10. Blue Plate Oysterette (Santa Monica)

Let the line of people guide you to this 3rd street hotspot where they serve more than oysters but you really should just get the oysters. But ok, if you’re not exactly down with that go for the lobster roll.

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11. Bacari PDR (Playa Del Rey)

If the ceiling covered in wine bottles and the logo didn’t tip you off, this bacari (Venetian for “bar”) and cicchetti (small bites) spot is the place to go for elevated bar food and drinks. They’ve developed quite a following for their lamb-stuffed eggplant, oven roasted bone marrow, and crab crostini but the real draw for those who want to enjoy a night of libations is their $25/per person open bar special (90 minutes) that includes house reds and whites, champagne, sangria, and Bacaro beer.

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12. C & O Trattoria (Venice)

C & O serves portions that are family-style sizes without the sharing and the waiters regularly break out in song to the tune of “That’s Amore” so there’s the commercial appeal but the food is hardly generic. Their complimentary garlic rolls put most other complimentary breads to shame and are highly addictive but it’s good to save room for the hearty dishes of pasta. It’s patio seating only (heated), a block from the beach, and the wine bar functions on the honor system.

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13. Malibu Farm Pier Cafe or Restaurant (Malibu)

For a casual lunch affair head to the café but if you’re looking for a nice beachside dinner  you’ll find the restaurant at the beginning of the pier. If you want food as fresh as the breeze you’ll find a treasure trove of options at both; try the fried egg sandwich at the café and the Alaskan halibut sandwich with artichoke aioli at the restaurant.

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14. Venice Ale House (Venice)

In true LA fashion,  Venice Ale House has great drinks and a menu full of organic, local, and sustainable options. They’ve got 32 taps of West Coast craft beer and for the more adventurous drinker there’s the coco sake bomb served in a coconut.

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15. Redondo Beach Crab House (Redondo Beach)

The RB Crab House is a Korean seafood eatery so you’ll find kimchi on the menu but here the crab is king. They’ve got Dungeness crab, Maine lobster, and a fried clam platter but they’re probably best known for their live shrimp. Seafood lovers and those who like their food as raw as it gets will have no problem tucking into a dish of live shrimp that may or may not still be twitching when they arrive.

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Spicy Fish Stew at Redondo Beach Crab House. Photo By Christian Minh / We Like L.A.

16. North End Caffe (Manhattan Beach)

It’s a block away from the beach and it was featured on Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives so it’s got the Fieri seal of approval. The Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls and the fettuccine carbonara attracted the cameras and the crowds but they’re also serving up some delectable sandwiches including cubanos, a wide variety of eggs (try the huevos divorciados) and they’ve even got beignets so chances are you’ll find several dishes you’ll want to tuck into. You can feel a little less guilty by walking to the beach so you get some cardio in.

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17. Malibu Seafood (Malibu)

If there’s one seafood shack you make a point of visiting while taking a drive along the coast, make it Malibu Seafood. The fish and chips with malt vinegar is a personal favorite but this beachside eatery has a devoted following for its fresh –straight-out-0f-the-ocean offerings.

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18. Manhattan Beach Post (Manhattan Beach)

Chef LeFevre eschews seafood staples in MB Post’s seasonal offerings (for the most part). While its menu regularly changes, the savory, carb-rich bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits remain. Try the pomegranate couscous with lavender feta, grapefruit, and marcona almonds or the white oak  grilled skirt steak with red chimichurri paired with a wine from their list of 30 (reds and whites).

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19. The Original Rinaldi’s (El Segundo)

The OG Rinaldi’s is known for their hoagies. They’ve got the savory (“the godfather”) and the spicy (“jack and jill”) along with the usual hot and cold options and some more unique offerings like the Rasta Veggie burger.

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20. Pamilla Cocina y Tequila ( Hermosa Beach )

The ornate interior of this Hermosa Beach restaurant is mirrored by its beautifully plated dishes. Trythe enchiladas mariscos with seasonal seafood or if you’re craving turf you can’t go wrong with the short rib tacos. The star of the bar menu is tequila (hey, it’s in the name) but they also offer beer, wine, sangrias, and cocktails including the fresh spicy mango margarita with jalapeños.

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Honorable mentions…

The Strand House

Smizzy’s

Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe

The Lobster

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There’s a Free Late-Night Classical Concert Coming to Union Station on Sept. 16

September 6, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

On Friday, Sept. 16 Union Station will transform from metro hub to music venue for a special late-night classical concert and party.

And the best part? It’s 100% free and open to the public.

Kaleidoscope, a conductorless 40-member chamber orchestra based in Los Angeles, will be on hand at the old ticketing hall to perform the world premiere of Mosaic by composer Charles Peck and “Pastoral,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.

Tickets aren’t required for the show though donations are accepted.

Union Station Old Ticket Room

The old ticket room at Union Station. Credit: Steve and Julie via flickr cc

Festivities start at 9 p.m. with KUSC radio personality Brian Lauritzen hosting a pre-concert talk at 9:30 p.m.

The concert takes place from 10 to 11 p.m with an after party going until 1 a.m.

If you’re curious about what Kaleidoscope sounds like in action, check out a previous show at the L.A. Theatre Center from earlier this year:

via Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra on YouTube

If you can’t make it on Friday, Kaleidoscope will also perform at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for their third season opening.

The program is the same as the Friday concert at Union station with the pre-concert talk hosted by KUSC’s Rich Capparela starting at 2:30 p.m.

The concert goes from 3 to 4 p.m, and will be followed by a reception featuring light refreshments and a chance to meet the performers.

To see the full 2016-2017 season schedule for Kaleidoscope, head to kco.la.

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Cool Spots

The Best Beaches in Los Angeles

August 17, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

Los Angeles County has roughly two dozen individually named beaches, many of which are absolutely gorgeous (and some of which… not so much).

Having access to so many beaches within a close coastal proximity is a boon unto itself, but it also leaves you with a kind of overwhelming amount of options.

Our goal here was simple. Pare down that list a bit (selecting eight total) and focus you in on the best of the best, from secluded tide pool spots to people-watching paradises.

And all you have to do? Just choose a spot and soak up a little sunshine.

Enjoy!

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El Matador State Beach Sunset

El Matador State Beach. Credit: CheWei Chang via flickr cc

El Matador (Malibu)

What makes El Matador stand out is its caves and rock formations. In the parking lot you are on a 150-foot bluff so you’ll enjoy some picturesque views of the Pacific ocean as you make your way down to the beach. Going down the bluff is a workout but once you’re down it’s a secluded pocket of sandy beach and a little privacy as there is no lifeguard tower.

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Zuma (Malibu)

It’s one of the most popular because it brings together some of the best things about Malibu beaches- surfer waves, dolphins and seals, and it’s large enough (with a big parking lot) to handle the swarms of beachgoers. Head there early if you want to catch a view of the dolphin pods and thought he waves are surfer-friendly they’re also great for boogie boarding.

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Zuma Beach in Malibu. Photo by Alex Beattie via flickr cc

Surfrider (Malibu)

If you want legit surfer waves then look no further than the beach deemed a World Surfing Reserve. Even if yo don’t surf you can enjoy watching the pros – and maybe some amateurs- ride the waves. Nearby attractions include historic Spanish-style home-turned-museum, Adamson House, Malibu Lagoon Museum, Malibu Pier and Malibu Country Mart, Geoffrey’s, and Nobu to satiate your seafood craving.

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Surfing at Surfrider Beach. Photo by Omar Laribi via flickr cc

Point Dume (Malibu)

Point Dume’s high bluff is a favorite among rock climbers and whale watchers love to  to go all the way to the top for one-of-a-kind views. If you climb to the other side of the bluff on the lower rocks (if the tide is low enough), you might encounter a seal or two.

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Sunset at Point Dume in Malibu. Credit: Rain0975 via flickr cc

Santa Monica

The famous Santa Monica Pier is home to Pacific Park and the iconic Ferris wheel, an aquarium, and the historic 1922 carousel but the beach itself  – at 3.5 miles- is worth checking out to get the full LA beach experience. During the summer it does tend to get packed (understatement) and if you’re into people watching you’ll find your fair share of characters ranging from street performers to the roaming Jack Sparrow. All along the pier you’ll find airbrush artists, caricaturist, and a shop where you can have your name etched on a grain of rice if you’re looking for a fun souvenir. Bottom line: For people watching in L.A., few spots are better.

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Santa Monica Beach. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Abalone Cove Beach (Rancho Palos Verdes)

If you’re looking to enhance your beach experience Abalone’s claim to fame is their tide pools. During low tide you can (carefully) walk around the tide pools and find sea anemones, urchins, and starfish.

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Abalone Cove

Abalone Cove. Photo by Chris Kuga via flickr cc

Rosie’s Dog Beach  (Long Beach)

Rosie’s is a four-acre park and that happens to be the only off-leash dog beach in L.A. County. Only one dog is permitted per adult so keep that in mind if you have a pack of fur babies. This is perfect for dog lovers who want to enjoy the beach with their bud on those especially hot LA days- it’s a win-win.

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Rosie’s Dog Beach. Credit: Justin Rudd

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is a mecca of beach volleyball and home to The Strand, the beachside sidewalk perfect for strolling or the Roundhouse aquarium. The beach regularly hosts free volleyball tournaments so fans of the sport can check it out and then visit the bike trail known as Marvin Braude (The Strand). On the pier you’ll find the the free aquarium with a shark tank, tide pool, touch tank, and a lobster tank and after you’ve worked up an appetite there’s Manhattan Beach Post, the Manhattan Beach Creamery, and Little Sister.

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Manhattan Beach Pier. Photo by Dan Parsons via flickr cc

Where is your #1 choice for best beach spot in L.A.? Let us know in the comments below or via social media!

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Here’s What Burbank Ikea Is Going to Be Replaced With

July 22, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

A few months ago it was announced that the Burbank Town Center is getting a makeover and now we’ve got some brand new renderings of the revamp.

Plans include an outdoor ice rink, a farmer’s market, and the entryway on Magnolia and San Fernando Blvd. will be redesigned to be more walker-friendly and more of an open space, according to the LA Times.

The renderings, which we’ve embedded below, include the view from the entrance at Magnolia with more outdoor dining options and and the palm tree-lined San Fernando entryway.

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We previously reported on the  planned construction of 765 multi-family units set to take over the space where the Ikea now stands and 70 for-sale units on N. San Fernando Boulevard.

Some of the upgrades to the residential/ retail complex include outdoor dining options,  an open-air plaza, 40,000 square feet of new space for retail, and open space for a farmers market.

The project is part of the “I Heart Burbank” campaign, with developers aiming to complete the project by 2020 with the renovations to the Burbank Town Center costing about $60 million.

A new Ikea, which is slated to be about twice the size of the current Ikea, is in the process of being erected about one mile from the original Burbank location on a 22-acre lot.

It’s set to open in Spring of 2017,  according to CurbedLA.

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Fun Stuff, History

Watch a Split-Screen of What L.A. Streets Looked Like Now vs 70 Years Ago [VIDEO]

July 19, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

What’s the difference between driving in Downtown Los Angeles today vs. in the mid-twentieth century?

A short film created by Keven McAlester for the New Yorker takes viewers on a journey through L.A. in a time before MOCA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall ever existed, back to the days when Bunker Hill was transitioning from a neighborhood of luxury mansions and hotels to a hub of working class residents and immigrants living in sub-divided, low-income units.

The film, entitled Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now, uses a split screen to compare vintage footage from the 1940’s of driving through the Bunker Hill and other parts of DTLA vs. contemporary footage taken along the same route.

Give it a watch below.

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The Electric Dusk Drive-In is Back at a New Location With Summer Screenings Starting on July 30

July 18, 2016 by Virginia Isaad

In a summer full of al fresco movie nights and outdoor events here’s one way to change things up: Check out the new location for a classic L.A. drive-in.

Electric Dusk Drive-in, formerly known as Devil’s Night Drive-In, has found a new home after closing its doors at their San Julian St. location in DTLA last October.

The new drive-in is on Fletcher Street at the LACCD Van De Kamp college campus complete with an astroturf outdoor seating area.

They offer car and lawn tickets and cars are organized by size so that, for example, mega-sized SUVs don’t block out the view of a Prius.

Advance lawn tickets are $10 per person, car tickets are $14 per person, and a VIP car pass for up to four people is $60. For tickets at the door it’s $12 for lawn tickets and $16 for car tickets.

The Snack Shack will offer classic American fare including hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, chips, candy, popcorn, and cupcakes.

Screening lineup and dates listed after the jump.

[RELATED: 2016 Schedule for Rooftop Film Club in Hollywood]

Electric Dusk Summer Screening Schedule


All movies slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. on dates listed below.

July 30  – The Devil Wears Prada 

Aug. 6 – Meet the Parents

Aug. 13 – The Devil Wears Prada

Aug. 20 – (500) Days of Summer

Aug. 27 – Sixteen Candles

Sept. 3 – Fast Times at Ridgement High

Sept. 10 – Reality Bites

Sept. 17 – Pulp Fiction

Oct. 1 – Edward Scissorhands 

Oct. 8 – Alien

Oct. 15 – Poltergeist

Oct. 22 – Scream

Oct. 29 – The Silence of The Lambs


The Electric Dusk Drive-In is located at 2930 Fletcher Dr. & San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, California 90065.

Keep in  discount tickets are available for select drive-in showings (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit electricduskdrivein.com.

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