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42 Essential Tips for Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood

October 31, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Universal Studios Hollywood bills itself as “The Entertainment Capital of L.A.” Famous for combining their film studio with a massive theme park, guests get a behind the scenes look at a real life working studio, see iconic movie sets from the past,  and immerse themselves into their favorite worlds like Harry Potter through the Wizarding World or Springfield USA, home of The Simpsons. Universal Studios brings these franchises and others to life, which offers fun for all-ages, all year round.

That said, like all theme parks, the time and money to visit is a big investment. You know it’s going to be a full day and night excursion. There will be crowds, long lines, fussy children and over-priced everything. Take some control back into your hands and turn your day at one of the most popular theme parks in California into a seamless good time with our nifty list of tips on how to navigate Universal Studios Hollywoods like a pro. Trust us, a little preparation and planning will go a long way!

Ticket options and tips

1. Avoid busy ticket lines by ordering tickets online in advance. Prices are usually cheaper online ranging from $99 to $129 for general admission.

2. Unsure what day you’ll be going to the park? Purchase Anytime Admission tickets online for some flexibility. This ticket allows you to visit on any date of your choosing.

3. Online ticket purchases will also give you Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Early Park Admission begins one hour before the park opens and is subject to availability. Visit the park calendar to see future availability.

4. Get the Universal Express Pass. It gives you front of the line access to all attractions and shows which cuts your wait time by more than half. This is especially important during busy times like the weekend or holidays. Prices run $169 and up depending on the day. If the price difference from GA is negligible to you (and it’s not to everyone), then we strongly recommend the Express Pass.

5. Children two years old or younger enter the park for free without a ticket. But keep in mind that there are height requirements for a number of rides.

6. There’s a Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience package where you get valet parking, a personal guided tour of the park, unlimited priority access to rides and shows, breakfast in a private VIP lounge, backlot access to sound stages, prop warehouse, and other restricted areas, plus a gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch at the Moulin Rouge dining room. There is limited availability for this package and you must book in advance. Children under 5 are not allowed for this offer. Currently prices range $349 and up depending on the day.

7. Going with a big squad? The park offers group discounts for 10 people or more. Call 1-800-959-9688 for more information and to reserve tickets.

8. Do not buy tickets from third party resellers. Buying directly from the park ensures that ticket are valid and authentic.

Best time to go

9. If it can be helped, avoid days where children are out of school like a holiday or the weekend.

10. The busiest seasons are the summer with spring in second and fall and winter being the least congested.

11. Check the Universal Studios Hollywood calendar to see which celebrities might be in the area. EXTRA is usually filmed at the Globe Fountain found at the front of the park entrance and The Voice is film on the studio grounds. Celebrity sightings during the famous tram ride are possible as well.

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Park Tips

12. Go early in order to beat the heat and crowds in the warmer seasons. Early park guests all year round get the whole experience of Universal Studios Hollywood without the massive crowds that tend to enter the park later in the day.

13. Head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first. It’s located at the front of the theme park and that area can become extremely crowded later in the day.

14. The park is divided into an Upper and Lower Lot. The Lower Lot (the smaller of the two) is usually less busy but it also have two of the most exciting rides; Transformers: The Ride 3-D and Revenge of The Mummy The Ride with a third, Jurassic World set to open in 2019. Keep in mind that depending where you start from the walk from Upper to Lower may take you 10 to 15 minutes. Try to build out your day so you’re not shuttling back and forth from one lot to the other, as this can be tiring and takes up valuable time.

15. The Universal Studios Hollywood app is a helpful guide to the park right in your phone. The app helps guest find upcoming shows, estimate ride wait times, locate restaurants and shops, as well as small performances like the Triwizard Spirit Rally performances and character meet and greets.

16. The park offers free WiFi. Use it to visit the wait times webpage here while visiting the park. Or download the app.

17. All the excitement of a theme park will leave you dehydrated. Bring an empty water bottle into the park and fill it up at water fountains inside the park. This is also a great tip to avoid being over charged for water at concession stands.

18. Going to the park with non-english speakers? Studio Tours are offered in both Spanish and Mandarin every day. Visit Guest Relations for tour times.

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Rides & Show Tips

19. Single Riders Line is a great option for those who don’t care if they split up from their group. It’s the fastest way to get on a ride. The following has single rider options: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride and Transformers: The Ride 3D.

20. The park offers a “child switch” program. If a child in your party cannot ride an attraction, one or two adults can wait with the child in the attraction’s Child Switch room. When the rest of your party returns, they simply switch with those who were waiting with the child, without having to wait in line again. Inquire with a park team member at the entrance of an attraction and they will assist you.

21. Ollivanders Wand Shop does not accept an express pass. It is longest in the morning when kids and adults are buying their wand for the day. Wands are able to perform magical spells at most of the Harry Potter world store front windows.

22. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is AWESOME. You’ll be transported into the magical world the minute you step in. Explore the many shops of Hogsmeade, throw back a couple Butterbeers and get yourself a wand at Ollivanders. This is a good place to splurge a little if you’re a die hard Potter fan. Rides include Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey located inside of Hogwarts castle. You’ll see the great hall, the Sorting Hat, Hogwarts Portraits and more. The ride is a little scary so beware. The second ride is a family friendley outdoor coaster called Flight of the Hippogriff  where you’ll riding on a Hippogriff (Hagrid’s magical pet) around a pumpkin patch.

23. The Studio Tour is now action packed! Guests will be taken around the studio lower lot where some of the most iconic movies have been filmed like JAWS and Psycho. Fairly new is a ride along with the cast of Fast & The Furious the hyper-realistic journey with loads of special effects, 3D-HD, 4-D all projected onto the world’s most expansive 360-degree screens will transport you into a crazy car chase adventure. But wait… there’s more. You also get to experience a very intense King Kong 360-3D experience created by Peter Jackson. Considered to be the worlds largest 3-D experience, guests will be caught in the middle of a heart pounding fight to the death between King Kong and a 35-foot T-Rex. Keep your belongs close to you on both 3-D experiences, you’ll be rocking side to side a lot on both rides. Head to the tour when your legs begin to tire and you need a period of rest (but still want a little excitement!).

24. WaterWorld is still one of the most popular shows in the park. Run time is 20 minutes. Head over to the show when you need a break from walking or standing. Do not sit in the splash zones unless you want to get seriously wet. The show’s cast members are not shy about dumping buckets of water on guests. You’ve been warned.

25. Revenge of The Mummy: The Ride is located in the lower lot of the park. Be prepared to go up to 45mph into virtual darkness with ancient horrors lurking at every turn. All riders must place their items in the free lockers located next to the ride entrance.

26. Transformers: The Ride 3-D located in the lower lot is one another popular ride in the park. Spot Optimus Prime and Bubble Bee outside giving a heroic speech, a great spot for photo opps before entering into the world of Autobots vs. Decepticons where you’ll be tasked to protect the Allspark.

27. The old Jurassic Park ride closed on September 3, 2018. The park plans update the ride as Jurassic World in 2019.

28. Bring a swimsuit for the little ones. There’s a Wet Zone area called Super Silly Fun Lands, with over 80 water play features near the Despicable Me attraction. A perfect cool down option in the summer time.

29. Night Time Lights at Hogwarts Castle is a dazzling light show using the castle as the backdrop. Available during summer. If you can’t make it then, don’t worry the light show returns every year. There’s also a holiday edition in the winter time too.

30. The annual Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights starts in mid September and runs through the first week of November. See some of the most iconic monsters come to life during this popular Halloween series. You’ll experience spine chilling mazes usually themed from the latest Universal horror flick, live shows, scare zones and the Terror Tram experience where the studio tour tram ride takes a very dark turn. Be prepared to take a stroll off the tram during Halloween Horror Nights. This year the Terror Tram theme is Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez based on the 1950’s demented clown infamous for terrorizing the Universal Studios backlot. Additional 2018 attractions include Stranger Things, Trick ‘r Treat, The First Purge maze, Halloween 4 maze and much more.

31. Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly a special occasion. Expect Hogsmeade to be decorated in Christmas decor, holiday themed food, drinks, snowfall and The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle a dazzling projection show that wraps around the castle. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

32. For 2018, the holidays will see the return of “Grinchmas” an annual event featuring a 60-foot tall “Grinchmas” tree and performances by Martha May Who-vier and the Who-liday Singers. “Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 1-2 and 8-9, and daily from December 14 through December 30, 2018.

33. New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios Hollywood will host multiple party areas with music, dancing, drinks, special souvenirs and a midnight countdown celebration with fireworks.

34. Lunar New Year is also a fun time to go to the them park. Meet characters like Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, Illumination’s Minions in traditional Chinese attire and a Mandarin-speaking Megatron from TRANSFORMERS. For 2019 you’ll also see a Dragon Warriors Kung Fu training show, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, live themed performances and more.

35. For the most up to date list of all rides and attractions, checkout the USH official site.

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Dining

37. Three Broomsticks in Wizarding World is set up as the rustic tavern where Harry Potter first took a sip of Butterbeer. You can do the same and feast on Hogwarts approved British fare. The menu includes Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips and Beef Sunday Roast. If you have four people with you, consider “The Great Feast” a tray bursting with ribs, roasted chicken, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables.

38. If you’re a Harry Potter fan you have to get a taste of Butterbeer. It comes frozen, hot, cold on ice and taste like cream soda and caramel.  The frozen Butterbeer is the best one in our opinion. Skip the long lines at the kiosks and go inside Hogs Head Pub. There you can also order the exclusive Hog’s Head Brew or Pumpkin Juice, Gillywater (aka bottled water), wine, spirits, cocktails and a selection of beers.

39. Springfield U.S.A. carries one of the most immersive food options in the park showcasing eateries, bars and items from the show.

    • Guests can dine on Krusty-certified meat sandwiches at Krusty Burger like the Sideshow Bob Foot Long, Clogger Burger, Ribwich and the classic Krusty Burger.
    • Moe’s Tavern is the perfect watering hole to score some real Duff beer and even a Flaming Moe. While you’re there, snap a picture with some of the bars most valued customers like Barney Gumble!
    • There’s a Duff Brewery Beer garden and located next to it is Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck.
    • Lard Lad Donuts is where Homer’s favorite iced pink donuts with sprinkles can be found. In the park they are giant, making it fun for sharing and having a photo moment with.
    • Suds McDuffs Hot Dogs carries memorable items from the show like Krusty’s Non-Kosher Hot Dog Kombo, Marge’s Twisted Pretzel, Ralph Wiggum’s Choo-Choo Churro and Buzz Cola.
    • Hankering for some fried chicken? Head to Cletus’ Chicken Shack for a Chicken and Waffle sandwich, Chicken Platters and something called Chicken Thumbs.
    • Luigi’s Pizza offers hot and fresh pizza by the slice and an entire pie.
    • Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream shop will have you indulging on Ice Cream Swirl ‘n’ Hurl, Ice Cream Conans, Brain Freezin’ D’oh-Nut Sundaes and more.

40. To maximize your time you are allowed to bring your food into Universal’s Animal Actors and WaterWorld shows.

41. CityWalk also has many food options such as Voodoo Doughnut, Karl Strauss, and Margaritaville.

42. You can go in and out of the park. Lines for food will be less extreme at the sit down options at City Walk. Don’t forget to get your hand stamped and hold onto your ticket.

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Food, Where to Eat

Panxa Cocina Rolls Out a Hatch Chile Menu for September

August 30, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

September is hatch chile season and Panxa Cocina in Long Beach is the best local place to get a taste of New Mexico’s most famous green chile. For the entire month of September Panxa, along with the help of The Chile Pepper Institute in New Mexico, will feature dishes highlighting hatch chiles. September is peak harvest season for hatch chiles, and at Panxa you’ll be eating some of the best selections from that harvest and it will be prepared by a chef with a vast knowledge of Southwestern cuisine.

California native Art Gonzales spent years cooking in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the James Beard award-winning restaurant Geronimo. There he found a mentor in the revered Chef Eric Distefano. It was in New Mexico where he also first encountered the hatch chile roasting inside a barrel roaster. Now back in California working at his own restaurant Panxa, Gonzalez is helping Angelenos expand their palettes by shining a spotlight on Modern Southwestern cuisine and some of it’s most fundamental ingredients. Being one of the few Southwestern-focused restaurants in Los Angeles, Gonzalez’s gospel of blue corn, hatch chiles and tequila has outlets like Thrillist, Eater, OC Weekly, and CBS-LA singing some well-deserved praises.

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

Stop in for the September Hatch Chile Menu and be dazzled by the culinary range of the hatch. Order a round of Green Chile Cornbread for the table to start. It comes in a cast iron and topped with whipped honey butter. If you usually skip carbs, don’t do it at Panxa. It’s worth it, trust me.

Your hatch chile journey should begin with the Heirloom Blue Corn Quesadilla paired with roasted hatch jam that is both spicy and sweet. The second dish, Wild Prawn and Hatch Relleno topped with walnut sauce, infuses the heat from the chile into savory prawns and corn. My mouth was watering before, during and after eating the relleno. Even thinking about it now, I can feel the tastebuds firing up on the back of my tongue.

Up next, things get extra hearty with a Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak smothered in hatch chile gravy. The steak is tender and juicy, but also quite heavy. The combination of white gravy and a fried exterior may have you tail spinning into a food coma within minutes.

To end the meal, you’ll find bits of hatch delightfully stuffed inside a Sopapilla (sweet fried pastry) accompanied by bits of pear and placed on top of smoked vanilla ice cream.

The hatch heat reveals itself throughout the menu, so I suggest combatting the spice by ordering a margarita. The guava marg, in particular, is a mildly sweet and refreshing cocktail with a crushed hibiscus chile rim. Oh, and by now you’re probably curious what Panxa means. In Catalan panxa means belly. Here at chef Art Gonzales love letter to New Mexico cuisine, your panxa will definitely be filled with mighty Southwestern delights.

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

As an added bonus for those who want to experience a hatch chile roasting, on September 15 and 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Panxa will host their first Hatchchile Roast & Fest. Held in the outdoor space across from the restaurant, guests are welcome to stop by the roast-out and pick up some up to take home.

Panxa Cocina is located at 3937 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803

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Food, Where to Eat

Marugame Udon Brings a Unique Cafeteria-Style Food Experience to The Beverly Center

August 23, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

A cafeteria-style udon and self-serve tempura spot opens today at the Beverly Center, bringing a unique take on a traditional Japanese staple. Step inside the world of Marugame Udon, where workers great you in Japanese before beckoning you over to a long counter of segmented mini food stations. Immediately you”ll hear and smell the intoxicating tempura oil sizzling in the background. This is a place that engages the senses.

To begin your journey, grab a tray and a tempura plate. Step to the noodle counter and select an udon bowl, then watch your order be prepared right before you eyes. Udon is offered in soup or dry, either cold or hot. Toppings and soups include curry, Thai spicy chicken, beef, Tonkotsu and more. One of the menu items is something called bukkake udon, which has no relation to the other bukkake you may be thinking of, but is actually a simple order of Japanese cold noodles with broth. I didn’t order it.

Other offerings include the Kama-Age udon, where the noodle is cooked in between and served in a wooden flat bottom bowl. Each bowl of udon is prepared to order; one person will boil the noodle and swirl it into a bowl, another will add the finishing touches like broth, toppings and garnish.

Once your udon is placed on your try, make your way to the tempura station to complete the meal. All tempura is served a la carte and priced individually. Try to keep your composure as you select these crispy temptations or you might end up with a mountain of fried vegetables and shrimp. When I was there the tempura bar was stocked with shrimp, chicken, sweet potato, zucchini and squid. If udon and tempura are not enough, at the end of the counter are freshly made inari and triangular musubi stuffed with a variety of flavors that include crab, salmon and tuna.

When you’ve reached the end of the counter it’s time to pay. Udon bowls will run you between about $5 to $9 depending on size and style, and the tempura sides are between $1 to $2 each. Once you’ve settle your bill, now it’s time for additional flavor customizations.

Take your tray to a free standing condiments station and top your bowl off with crushed garlic, green onion, cilantro and shichi-mi tōgarashi a Japanese seasoning made up of coarsely ground chili peppers, seaweed, sesame seeds and more. You’ll also find a hot water dispenserat the station,  which is filled with piping hot tempura dipping sauce. They’ve thought of everything here.

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

I must admit there’s something seductive about the act of tailoring your meal exactly to your specifications. I’m the type of eater who is always looking to tweak and enhance. Extra lettuce; sauce on the side; sandwich cut in half. These are the hallmarks of every order I’ve ever made. For people like me, it’s easy to see why Marugame Udon was a hit when they first opened on Sawtelle. With this second location they’ve only enhanced their reputation for the power of choice.

Marugame Udon is located at 8500 Beverly Blvd. suite 105 Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Things To Do

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

August 20, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

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


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

Monday August 20th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday August 21st, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday August 22nd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday August 23rd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday August 24th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Pick for the Week

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

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

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

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


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Things To Do

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

July 26, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

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

Taste of Eastside 2016

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


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Friday July 27th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday July 28th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday July 29th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Pick for the Weekend

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

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

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


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Food

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

May 8, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

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

97 cent Hamburgers at Pacific Dining Car

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

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day

Image via Haagen Dazs

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

 

Top Mother’s Day Brunch Picks

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

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

N. 10 Photo courtesy of N. 10

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

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday May 8th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday May 9th, 2018

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

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

Thursday May 10th, 2018

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

Friday May 11th, 2018

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

Sunday May 12th, 2018

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

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

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

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

Sunday May 13th, 2018

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

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

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

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Food

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

May 1, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Masters of Taste Returns This Sunday

Masters of Taste 2016

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

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

Things To Do for Cinco de Mayo

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Photo Credit: Toca Madera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

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

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

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

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

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

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

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

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

Friday May 4th, 2018

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

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

Saturday May 5th, 2018

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

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

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

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

Sunday May 6th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Things To Do

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

April 26, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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Taste of Eastside 2016

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


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Friday April 27th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday April 28th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday April 29th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Food

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

April 24, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

Belgian Brewpub Bluebird Brasserie Now Serving in Sherman Oaks

Moules Marinieres Photo courtesy of Bluebird Brasserie

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

Daikokuya to Open New Ramen Restaurant

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

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

A fruit vendor Photo: Stu_Spivack/Flickr

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

NoMad Invites Public to Rooftop

Nomad-Rooftop

Photo Credit: NoMad

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

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

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Tuesday April 24th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday April 25th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday April 26th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday April 27th, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday April 28th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday April 29th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Food

4/20 Food Specials & other Tasty News Bites

April 17, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

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

Tax Day Specials

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Photo Credit: 1933 Group/ Danielle Bernabe

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

4/20 Events in Los Angeles

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Photo Credit: Hopdaddy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vote for Your Favorite L.A. Burger

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

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday April 17th, 2018

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

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

Wednesday April 18th, 2018

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

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

Thursday April 19th, 2018

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

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

Friday April 20th, 2018

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

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

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

Saturday April 21st, 2018

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

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

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

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

Sunday April 22nd, 2018

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

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

Monday April 23rd, 2018

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

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

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

April 16, 2018 by Christina Champlin
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Photo Credit: 1933 Group/ Danielle Bernabe

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

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

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

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Photo Credit: 1933 Group/ Danielle Bernabe

1. Bigfoot Lodge

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

2. Thirsty Crow

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

3. Sassafras

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

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4. La Cuevita

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

5. Oldfield’s

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

6. Highland Park Bowl

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

Idle Hour Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned at Idle Hour. Photo by Lesile Rodriguez.

7. Idle Hour

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

8. Harlowe

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

9. Bigfoot West

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

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Image via Bigfoot West

Other Tax Day Deals for 2018

Maple Block Meat Co

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

Brack Shop Tavern

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

Pez Cantina

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

Hot Dog on a Stick

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

Public School on Tap

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

Vinovore

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

Grill on the Alley

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

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

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

Laurel Point

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

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

April 10, 2018 by Christina Champlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spaghetti Sundays at Winsome

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

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Times Food Bowl

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

Why Lemons Replace Limes at Taco Trucks Every Spring Answered

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

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

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

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

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Photo Credit: Woon

Tuesday April 10th, 2018

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

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

Wednesday April 11th, 2018

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

Thursday April 12th, 2018

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

Friday April 13th, 2018

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

Saturday April 14th, 2018

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

Sunday April 15th, 2018

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

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

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