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Masters of Taste Returns to the Rose Bowl on May 6

April 30, 2018 by Karin E. Baker
Masters of Taste 2016

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

Dine and imbibe in luxury while helping raise major funds for a great cause when Masters of Taste returns to the field of Pasadena’s historic Rose Bowl on Sunday, May 6.

Masters of Taste offers food from more than 40 Culinary Masters and restaurants, including Redbird, Spring, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Celestino Ristorante, Maple at Descanso Gardens, Ayara Luk and many more.

Masters of Taste Rose Bowl 2018

Masters of Taste at the Rose Bowl

Craving something sweet? Check out the Sweet Masters, showcasing a variety of decadent desserts from the likes of Butter Cake Shoppe, Crème Caramel, Fatamorgana Gelato, Mignon Chocolate (known as the chocolatier to the stars), Nothing Bundt Cakes, Porto’s Bakery, The Dolly Llama and more.

Attendees can sip beautifully crafted cocktails from the likes of 1886, Payman Bahmani, Magnolia House, Sunset & Vinyl and more, along with wines from over a dozen excellent wineries. Or, if you’d rather quaff on something that won’t induce a buzz, enjoy cold-pressed juices, kombucha, Groundwork coffee, energy elixirs from Immordi and coconut water.

100% of the day’s proceeds will go Union Station Homeless Services, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless individuals and families to rebuild their lives. Over the past two years, Masters of Taste has raised a staggering amount of money — nearly $1 million — for this very worthy cause.

Masters of Taste tickets are $105 for General Admission or $165 for VIP Admission. Both ticket types include unlimited sampling, while VIP tickets also get you early entry, VIP lounge access and VIP-only food samplings. Note that guests can use the promo code WELIKELA18 to get $15 off ticket purchase.

The VIP Power Hour is from 3 to 4 p.m. General Admission begins at 4 p.m., and the event will end at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit Masters of Taste.

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Here’s the Complete Schedule for Eat|See|Hear 2018

April 16, 2018 by Karin E. Baker
Eat See Hear at The Autry

Image via Eat|See|Hear

Summer in Los Angeles means outdoor movie screenings, and Eat|See|Hear is one of the longest running series bringing those types events in the region. Each Eat|See|Hear event features dining options from a rotating selection of 130-plus food trucks, a different local band playing before each movie, and a dog-friendly environment that provides water bowls and biscuits for each canine attendee! Screenings take place at a variety of iconic venues around the city,

ESH recently announced its 2018 schedule and it’s loaded with an array of classics, including The Big Lebowski, Hitchcock’s thriller Rear Window, E.T., 1969 biker film Easy Rider, The Princess Bride, Mel Brooks’ audacious comedy Blazing Saddles, Kevin Smith’s Clerks, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, and much more.

Venues for this year innclude The Autry Museum in Griffith Park, La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills, Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall, North Hollywood Recreation Center, the Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Amphitheater, and Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown.

The 2018 series launches on May 5 with Despicable Me at North Hollywood Recreation Center and continues every Saturday at various venues through September 15. For comfort’s sake, you’ll want to bring pillows, cushions, blankets, or a low chair that doesn’t block the view of the person behind you.

General admission starts at $14, while “fashionably late” tickets, at $23.15 each, can be purchased in advance if you’d rather not deal with waiting in line. Tickets for kids between 5 and 12 begin at $8, while kids under 5 are free.

You can catch out the full lineup of ESH events below. And remember if outdoor movies are your thing you can also take a look at Street Food Cinema, Rooftop Cinema Club, and the still TBD Hot Tub Cinema Club.

Eat|See|Hear 2018 Schedule

May 5 – Despicable Me at North Hollywood Recreation Center

May 12 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at LA State Historic Park

May 19 – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at North Hollywood Recreation Center

May 26 – Easy Rider at The Autry Museum

June 2 – Tommy Boy at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall

June 9 – The Princess Bride at North Hollywood Recreation Center

June 16 – The Big Lebowski (20th Anniversary) at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater

June 23 – Clerks at The Autry Museum

June 30 – Lady Bird at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater

July 7 – Rear Window at The Autry Museum

July 14 – The Warriors at LA State Historic Park

July 21 – Ocean’s Eleven at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall

July 28 – Blazing Saddles at The Autry Museum

August 4 – Groundhog Day at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall

August 11 – Inglorious Basterds at The Autry Museum

August 18 – The Sandlot (25th Anniversary) at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills

August 25 – Back to the Future at The Autry Museum

September 1 – Selena at The Autry Museum

September 8 – Boogie Nights at LA State Historic Park

September 15 – A League of Their Own at North Hollywood Recreation Center


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

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The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Returns With a Month-Long Culinary Celebration in May

April 9, 2018 by Karin E. Baker
Taco Maria

Taco Maria. Photo by Ann Fishbein

When Jonathan Gold declares that he engaged in “some of the best food moments I’ve ever had” at a particular food festival, aren’t you a wee bit curious about checking it out for yourself?

Fortunately, you can do so in just a few weeks. 2017’s Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, the event Gold referred to during a recent press conference, is returning for the entire month of May, with a standout roster of more than 200 gustatory experiences. Billing itself as “a new kind of food festival,” this month-long event is as focused on fighting hunger and food waste as it is on creating great culinary adventures. With homelessness in Los Angeles up a staggering 75% over the last six years, helping the less fortunate with fundraising events like the Food Bowl is more essential than ever.

After a launch party on April 30, the first official day of Food Bowl 2018 will kick off with “Changing the World Through the Power of Food,” presented by L.A. Kitchen at the Wiltern with guests José Andrés, Jonathan Gold, Zooey Deschanel, Ron Finley, Susan Feniger, Nyesha Arrington, and Tim Kilcoyne. The month that follows will offer a cornucopia of tastings, discussions, dinners, and festivals. Among the the Food Bowl’s most anticipated 2018 events:

  • Peruvian Feast at Rosaliné. Ricardo Zarete will collaborate with Peruvian chef Virgillio Martinez on a three-course, Japanese-Peruvian feast at Zarete’s latest acclaimed restaurant.
  • In Praise of the Tortilla at Taco Maria: Chefs Carlos Salgado and Gabriela Cámara collaborate on a four-course dinner celebrating maíz and tortillas as the foundation of Mexican cuisine.
  • Tribute to Tui Sungkamee: At the Line Hotel’s tribute to late chef Tui Sungkamee of Jitlada, Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market Song), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Jet Tila (101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die) and Jazz Singsanong (Jitlada) will unite for a K-Town evening of tastings, food stations, and live entertainment.
  • E.P. & L.P. Presents Street Elite, a seven-course dinner of elevated Asian street food with guest chefs Matt Abergel (of Ronin in Hong Kong) and Dan Hong (of Mr. Wong in Sydney, Australia) which includes cuttlefish, quail, and lobster dumplings.
  • The Jonathan Gold Film Festival will feature screenings around L.A. of more than 20 food-focused movies, including My Dinner with Andre, City of Gold, Babette’s Feast, and Dinner, Dessert and a Movie at Silver Lake’s Casita del Campo (a screening of the Mexican film Like Water for Chocolate accompanied by chocolate margaritas and Mexican chocolate ice cream)
  • Spirits by the Train. Taking place at Union Station’s North Patio, this cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event will focus on spirits produced in L.A. and throughout Southern California.
  • Taste of the Red Line Food Tour. Travel on the Red Line subway from DTLA to Koreatown to Hollywood, making five stops along the way to try some lesser-known food gems.
  • ...A Tutta Pizza! This celebration of pizza at the Hollywood Palladium will feature more than 20 pizza vendors (pizzerias, restaurants, and pizza trucks), talks featuring Jonathan Gold, Nancy Silverton (Mozze), and Tony Gemignani (Tony’s Pizza Napoletana), and more.
  • How Trader Joe’s Changed How America Eats,” a free talk at the Central Library.
  • Masters of Taste, a food and beverage festival held on the green of the Rose Bowl will feature tastes from 40+ restaurants, chefs and desert creators, along with handcrafted cocktails and tastings from 25+ spirit brands, bars, wineries, and local and craft breweries. All proceeds benefit the homeless.
  • An Evening in Chef Sang Yoon’s Private Test Kitchen. Enjoy a champagne reception on Chef Sang Yoon’s private test kitchen patio in Culver City, followed by a six-course meal, with wine pairings, of items not yet on Lukshon’s menu.

Food Bowl events will take place from May 1-31. For additional info on attending any of these 200 events, check the link here.

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17 Tasty Easter Brunch Options in L.A. for 2018

March 26, 2018 by Karin E. Baker
Petrossian Easter: Egg Royale

Egg Royale. Image courtesy of Petrossian.

Sunday brunch is always a good idea. But when it’s Easter Sunday you know you’ll want it to be extra special. Thankfully there are plenty of restaurants across Los Angeles offering delightful springtime-y dishes in honor of the upcoming holiday.

Soft scrambled egg topped with vodka whipped cream and caviar nestled in pastel egg shells? A Viennese table laden with pastries? Detox (yoga) before you retox (imbibe)? Truffle-chive deviled eggs? Pork belly and quail egg? Check, check, check, check, and check. All this and much more — including Easter egg hunts — can be found on our list below. Happy Easter!

2018 Easter Brunch Options in L.A.

1. Champagne Brunch Aboard an Art Deco Ocean Liner. Long Beach’s fabled Queen Mary ship is offering a lavish Easter brunch with champagne and gourmet dishes from around the globe. While you’re there, join the egg hunt, visit bunnies, chickens, and a mini pig in the petting zoo, enjoy a bunny face paint, and more. ($69.95/$24.95 for children 4-11) -> More information

2. Poolside brunch with an Italian accent and New Orleans-style jazz. At Mr. C in Beverly Hills, enjoy live music from the acclaimed Mudbug Brass Band, along with a carving station featuring leg of lamb, chicken, and salmon; a crudo raw bar station; European cheese and charcuterie station; a gelato stand; and much more. Optional add-ons include $30 Bottomless Bellinnis or Belvedere Bloody Marys. ($105/$45 for kids 4-12/Free for kiddos under 4) -> More information

3. Eat and sip at West Hollywood’s newest hotspot. Newly opened (in mid-March,) the Henry, in the Robertson Boulevard space once home to The Newsroom, offers a truly special brunch, with dishes like short rib and English pea ravioli, caramel apple French toast, vegan sausage and potato hash, and not-too-sweet baked goods like the brown butter salted caramel roll. Don’t forget to summon the bloody mary and mimosa cart to your table. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

4. Pre-Brunch Yoga in Marina del Rey. Brennan’s Irish pub, an MDR fave since 1972, is offering pre-brunch yoga on the patio at 9 a.m. on Easter. The class, along with a post-yoga beverage of your choice, is $15. Brunch options include breakfast pizza and almond ricotta toast. Don’t miss the adult Easter egg hunt at noon. (A la carte; brunch entrees from $6-16) -> More information

5. Fish-meets-field glamour in Santa Monica. At beach-chic restaurant Herringbone, savor Easter brunch options like lobster quiche, crab and bacon omelet, or soft baked eggs, in addition to the eatery’s regular brunch menu favorites. Get comfortably numb with endless rose or bottomless mimosas or bloody marys. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

6. Decadent brunch in a beautiful, modern steakhouse. At Bourbon Steak in Glendale, Easter brunch focuses on a luxurious three-course menu. Start with an elevated version of bacon and eggs (pork belly and quail egg shakshuka) or Alaskan king crab louie. Mains include lobster eggs benedict with poached eggs, meyer lemon hollandaise, and caviar; Elvis French toast with bananas and foie gras; 8 oz. filet mignon with scallion potato cake, or 7-minute egg and mushroom chasseur. Finish your meal with ricotta doughnuts with red ribbon sorrel or espresso coffee cake with white chocolate bourbon caramel. ($65) -> More information

7. Sushi, lobster tails, crab, and smoked salmon in DTLA. Merging Japanese and French influences, CHAYA Downtown’s Easter brunch offers a bounty of seafood, wasabi deviled eggs, a carving station, eggs benedict, maple sriracha bacon, and much more. $60 (or $70 with bottomless mimosas). -> More information

8. Caviar, eggs and vodka in WeHo. Petrossian, the famed West Hollywood purveyor of sumptuous caviar dishes, will offer an Easter special — egg royale, merging soft scrambled egg, vodka whipped cream and caviar, served inside pastel colored egg shells — for $16, in addition to their regular brunch menu. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

9. Three-course French-inspired brunch in Beverly Hills. At Avec Nous at the Viceroy L’Ermitage, take in the St. Tropez vibe as you savor smoked salmon crostini, rack of lamb, crab Eggs Benedict, ceviche, macarons, and much more. ($68/$58 for children under 12) -> More information

10. Smoked salmon schmear platter & more at an artisanal bakery in Santa Monica. At Huckleberry Santa Monica, savor fare like roasted asparagus with herbed lemon dijon sauce, a market veggie and goat cheese quiche, gluten-free carrot tea cake, and much more on their brunch menu. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

11. Oceanfront luxury in Palos Verdes Peninsula. Terranea Resort is offering several brunch options, including an expansive Easter Sunday champagne brunch at its PV Ballroom. Check out the omelet and egg station, Hawaiian French toast, pasta and risotto station, carving station, salad bar, seafood station, charcuterie and cheese, kids’ buffet, dessert station, and more. Little ones won’t want to miss the Easter Eggstravaganza, with an egg hunt, petting zoo, crafts and more. ($105; Children 5-10 $58; under 5 year old are free) -> More information

12. Truffle-chive deviled eggs and prime rib at a sophisticated Santa Monica steakhouse. Del Frisco’s Grille, recognized for its extensive wine list and elevated grill fare, offers crab cake Benedict, chicken and waffles, red velvet French toast, six-layer lemon Doberge cake and more on Easter. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

13. Heritage-grain baked goods and crab quiche in Thai Town. At the always-buzzing Friends & Family, a bakery and restaurant in Hollywood, beef short rib hash topped with an egg, spinach breakfast galette, and bacon-leek quiche are just a few of the notable brunch dishes. Don’t miss the spicy yet smooth-as-silk chai latte. (A la carte; prices vary) -> More information

14. Hollywood gastropub brunch with a free mimosa or bloody mary. Farm-to-fork gastropub The Pikey is offering three Easter brunch specials: crab cake eggs Benedict, Old Bay-marinated shrimp and grits, or apricot-glazed baked ham. Each dish ($18-26) comes with a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. In case one drink just isn’t enough, bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas are $15 per person. -> More information

15. Soak up the sun in Manhattan Beach. At zinc@Shade at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, indulge in a lavish brunch buffet (cabernet braised Black Angus short rib, crab cakes with Cajun aioli, a gourmet cheese display, a passel of pastries, and much more). ($60/$25 for kids under 10) -> More information

16. Champagne, quail and fiddle head ferns in Beverly Hills. Let the champagne flow at The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills as you brunch on dishes like English spring pea toast with crème fraiche, pea tendrils and radish; fennel sausage stuffed quail with spring mushrooms and cipollini; or Mediterranean sea bass with shaved white asparagus and fiddle head ferns. ($138 includes free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne/$65 for kids under 12) -> More information

17. Live jazz, lavish pastries, and food stations galore at a Brentwood luxury hotel. A jazz trio, a visit from the Easter bunny, build-your-own Bloody Marys, a dessert-laden Viennese table, batter and omelet stations, and an antipasto display (sushi, seafood, homemade gravlax) make brunch at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel special. ($68/$33 for kids under 12) -> More information

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31 Fun Things to do this Spring in L.A. (2018)

March 20, 2018 by Karin E. Baker
Swan pedal boat Echo Park Lake

New swan pedal boat at Echo Park Lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The first day of spring is here, and there’s no better time to start making plans in the city of angels! This season you’ll have the chance to visit a mermaid museum, put yourself in the shoes of a drug kingpin or a CIA recruit, sketch like Degas, watch classic films outdoors or in 1920s Hollywood movie palaces, or steer a swan boat. Also on the docket: Attend a food festival inside the Rose Bowl, see Flying Lotus at the Hollywood Bowl, or participate in a hyper-reality Star Wars experience.

Our list of some of the best spring events in Los Angeles will remind you of why this city is such a great place to live. Enjoy the season, and as always if you want to stay in the loop on all the best happenings around L.A., be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. email newsletter.

1. Visit the Mermaid Museum – The interactive, Insta-worthy pop-up Mermaid Museum is coming to Hollywood from March 22-25 as part of a promotion of Freeform’s new series, Siren. -> More information

2. Suit Up for The VOID’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire – This hyper-reality experience combines virtual reality with physical environments to simulate a rebel mission to infiltrate a secret Imperial base. Now at the Glendale Galleria. -> More information

3. See What’s it Like to Work for a Drug Kingpin – Los Angeles’ newest escape room, Stash House, will allow you and your friends to get actively involved in a crime drama — with zero chance of going to prison. -> More information

4. Learn Degas’ Artistic Technique – During the Norton Simon Museum’s Night in Focus: Degas on March 24, view Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, sketch dancers in the style of Degas while surrounded by his work, and more.  -> More information

5. Drink a Bunch of Beer – During the 9th Annual LA Beer Fest on April 7, sip a variety of unlimited samples of 200 beers from 80 different breweries. -> More information

6. Savor Delectable Food While Helping to Fight Homelessness – At Masters of Taste, taking place on the field of the Rose Bowl on May 7, some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, wineries and more will offer up handcrafted cocktails, exquisite bites, decadent desserts, fine wines and more, with 100% of the proceeds helping the homeless. -> More information

7. Take to the Streets – The latest CicLAvia event, Heart of the Foothills, will close certain streets to traffic on April 22, allowing Angelenos to bike, walk, and explore the off-the-beaten-path streets of San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, and Claremont. -> More information

8. Spend Time with Grunions – Go to Cabrillo Beach to watch a grunion run, attend the Grunion Fish-tival, or go to a Meet the Grunions event on various dates during spring 2018. -> More information

9. Improve Your Health – Check out Clean Made L.A. on April 21-22 for a vast marketplace, numerous speakers, yoga, a meditation hut and much more to help you create a healthier lifestyle. -> More information

10. Celebrate Bach’s 333rd Birthday – Visit Union Station on March 24 for a ten-hour marathon celebrating the music of the German baroque master — and enjoy free Starbuck’s coffee if you arrive early enough. -> More information

11. Fill up on Pancakes, Booze, & Art – When the Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns on April 28, check out the work of over 150 artists, listen to music, dine at the pancake bar, and sip some hooch. -> More information

12. Check out Art in Grand Park – At the Our L.A. Voices Arts Festival in DTLA, enjoy dance, music, theater, and visual art during a free public event April 27-29. -> More information

13. Celebrate The Dude – Watch a The Big Lebowski screening at the Wiltern or attend a Lebowski-inspired Bowling Party in Fountain Valley during Lebowskifest on May 25-26. -> More information

14. Party Like It’s 1977 – At the new immersive theater show Safehouse ’77, taking place at a Los Feliz bungalow until April 1, attend a “party” that’s actually a CIA recruitment. -> More information

15. Watch a Movie From a Rooftop – Rooftop Cinema Club is back in April, with screenings of both recent releases (Get Out, The Shape of Water) and enduring classics (Casablanca, All About Eve) atop the Montalban in Hollywood or LEVEL in DTLA. -> More information

16. Listen to Stories From a Secret Society of Women – Every month on the night of the full moon, the Secret Society of the Sisterhood (whose members include Pamela Des Barres and Mara Wilson) comes to the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to share their most personal stories. -> More information 

17. Watch Classic Films at Hollywood Movie Palaces – The TCM Classic Film Festival returns to the Chinese Theater, the Egyptian Theater, the Cinerama Dome, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel April 26-29 for four days of classic films, talks with the likes of Martin Scorcese and Mel Brooks, rare nitrate film screenings, and other events perfect for the classic film nerd. -> More information

18. See Neil Young, Jack White, Belle & Sebastian, Pretenders & More in Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Weekend returns to Pasadena June 23-24 for two days of live performances from some of the greatest bands of the past few decades. -> More information

19. Save the World (Virtually) – Visit Virtual Room in Hollywood for a group VR adventure in which you’ll go back in time to ensure a better future. -> More information

20. Ride a Swan in Echo Park – Savor the simple charm of steering a swan-shaped paddle boat around Echo Park Lake. -> More information

21. Enjoy the Return of Street Food Cinema – Listen to live music, dine from food trucks, and watch a movie screening outdoors when Street Food Cinema returns to parks all across the city. -> More information 

22. (Finally) Visit Candytopia – After a months-long delay, Candytopia finally brought its immersive, oh-so-sweet Insta-friendly experience to Santa Monica, where it will remain till July 4. -> More information

23. View Cherry Blossoms – Celebrate spring’s fragrant beauty during Los Angeles’ various cherry festivals. -> More information

24. Shop at an Immersive Pop-Up – Get stimulated during Na-Kel Smith’s multi-sensory adidas shopping experience in Downtown Los Angeles on March 24. -> More information 

25. Watch a Vintage Fashion Show as You Genteelly Sip Tea – Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights will host a Victorian tea and fashion show spotlighting 300 years of fashion history on April 14. -> More information

26. Decompress at a Sound Bath – Get bathed in healing sounds at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice. -> More information

27. Purchase Limited-Edition Vinyl at Record Store Day – Buy limited-edition vinyl and more created especially for Record Store Day, an annual “holiday” for lovers of vinyl and indie record stores. -> More information

28. Visit a Shrine to Epic Fails – The Museum of Failure enjoyed a successful run in Downtown L.A. and has now made its way to Hollywood & Highland, where it will continue to celebrate such flops as Trump: The Game, Colgate brand lasagna, and Google Glass. -> More information

29. Step Back in Time to the Vaudeville Era – Watch a show featuring burlesque, snake charming, comedy, and aerial acrobatics, follow by a Speakeasy After Party, during The Return of Vaudeville at The Wiltern. -> More information

30. Stand up for Science – Support the environment, healthcare and scientific facts during The March for Science, returning to Downtown Los Angeles on April 14. -> More information

31. Listen to World Music at the Hollywood Bowl – KCRW is hosting six events making up the World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl this spring (and summer). The first event, on June 17, will feature Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, and another act to be announced. -> More information

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Crustacean in Beverly Hills Reopened This Week After a $10 Million Remodel

March 16, 2018 by Karin E. Baker
Tuna Cigar Box

Tuna Cigar Box at Crustacean. Photo by Wonho Frank Lee

One of Beverly Hills’ most notable restaurants, Crustacean just reopened after an eight-month, $10 million remodel. A preview dinner for media this week offered a glimpse at what the public can expect from the new Crustacean.

The meal began off with tuna “cigars” — egg rolls filled with raw tuna and macadamia nut. With ash made of tubiko caviar, the cigars are beautifully served in a cigar box fragrant with instant smoke.

Other previewed items included a decadent roasted bone marrow with escargot imported from Burgundy; Crustacean’s version of Surf and Turf, pairing Wagyu carpaccio with wild salmon sashimi; braised lamb dumplings with galangal; and A5 Wagyu cooked on a pink Himalayan salt block. Also of note (and vegan as well), the heart of palm “crab cakes” and the karate salad made of kohlrabi, black truffle, crisped Kennebec potato, and garlic blossom.

Heart of Palm Crab Cake

Heart of Palm Crab Cake. Photo by Wonho Frank Lee

As part of the overhaul the bar program has been completely revamped. New offerings include High Tea Penicillin (black-tea infused Chivas, ginger, honey syrup, honey juice, and lavender) and the Artichoke Old Fashioned (composed of Cynar, bourbon, cognac, and five-spice syrup).

The decor, formerly featuring lots of red and reminiscent of French colonial Vietnam, has been majorly updated and now feels far more modern, light, and bright.

Crustacean’s hallmarks have long been the aquarium pathway built into the floor that’s home to a school of koi, and the famous garlic-roasted crab served with garlic noodles. The aquarium now wends its way even farther through the restaurant, while the crab and noodles are still a major draw — and deservedly so.

Crustacean Beverly Hills Press Preview - Cocktails

Cocktails at Crustacean Beverly Hills. Photo by Ian Bailey Photography.

Crustacean’s owners, the An Family, fled Vietnam in 1975 for San Francisco. Though they weren’t chefs back in Vietnam — the family actually employed their own chefs in their homes — Crustacean’s matriarch, Helene An, learned to cook in a family-owned Italian restaurant in the Bay Area to help support the family. Eventually a star chef was born, leading to the Ans opening  their fusion-Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills in 1997.

The Ans confided that the property will soon be home to a second restaurant, the private Da Lat Rose (named for a beautiful city in Vietnam known for its profusion of flowers) that will open upstairs in May.

Crustacean is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays for dinner only. The restaurant is located at 468 N. Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills.

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24 Fun Things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in L.A. ( 2018)

March 12, 2018 by Karin E. Baker

Have you made your St. Patrick’s Day plans in Los Angeles yet? March 17 falls on a Saturday this year, making St. Paddy’s an even more carefree holiday than usual. Get the party started early with a Leprechaun 25th anniversary screening in Los Feliz, or begin your day the healthy way and engage in a 5K in Redondo Beach. Or, check out a pub crawl — they’re happening in Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Santa Monica and Newport Beach. Elsewhere you can swing dance in Orange, visit DTLA’s art deco jewel, the Cicada Club, for a show that includes ’30-style tap-dancing chorus girls, enjoy corned beef, four different stouts and horse-racing at Santa Anita, chow on corned beef tacos at Angel City Brewery, or sip green beer in Marina del Rey.

Check out our rundown below for some of Los Angeles’ best St. Patrick’s Day events.

1. St. Paddy’s with a Tiki Twist

What’s even better than $5 Guinness and Jameson specials? Change things up at Tiki No in North Hollywood on St. Patrick’s Day, where you can sip those enduring Irish potations, along with tiki classics like the Scorpion Bowl, Navy Grog, and the Suffering Bastard.

2. Listen to Pogues & Guns N’ Roses Tribute Bands in Hollywood

Proclaiming itself “the biggest party in Hollywood,” the Cahuenga Block Party at Hollywood and Cahuenga will feature live music all day (including Dirty Old Town, a Pogues tribute, and all-girl GNR tribute band Paradise Ktty), along with outdoor lounges, about a dozen DJs, an outdoor stage and a free drink with your early-bird ticket purchase.

3. Swing Dance While Surrounded by Art Deco Splendor

Downtown’s gorgeous Cicada Club, an art deco restaurant/nightclub built in the ’20s (it began as a posh haberdashery) is hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day show led by Johnny Holiday. A singer who performs in the style of Bing Crosby (Holiday’s uncle), this modern-day crooner will perform with his 11-piece dance orchestra. The show also features The Honey Taps, a charming troupe of ‘30s-style chorus girls.

4. Stout Tasting & Horse Racing at Santa Anita Park

The SGV’s landmark horse-racing track will celebrate the luck of the Irish in style with their Trackside Celebration. Your ticket gets you four 3 oz. stout tastings, a full craft beer, clubhouse admission, and access to trackside seating. Get more info and access to Goldstar (affiliate) discount tickets here. The day will also feature a special Irish trackside menu.

5. Run a 5K in the South Bay

Work up a sweat instead of (or before) carousing during the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Redondo Beach. The course winds its way through Redondo’s scenic waterfront area.

6. Nosh on Corned Beef Tacos & Listen to Irish Music in a Downtown Brewery

St. Patrick’s Day at Angel City Brewery in Downtown Los Angeles will feature corned beef tacos, Irish coffee stout, Irish music from Opera on Tap Los Angeles, Americana rock band The Sound of Ghost… and NO COVER CHARGE!

7. Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival will shut down four blocks in downtown featuring DJs, dancing, Irish whiskey and beer, and more. The street fest will run from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

8. Party at a Westside Irish Pub

This 15-hour party at The Irish Times Pub in Palms begins at 9 a.m., allowing customers time to savor a hearty Irish breakfast. In addition, listen to hours of live music (including Celtic tunes from Red Wing Social Club), partake of Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage, play games and enjoy other festivities.

9. Vegan Food, Green Beer & Live Music in Marina del Rey

The St. Paddy’s bash at Brennan’s in Marina del Rey will feature both vegan and non-vegan food specials, along with green beer and live music from five bands.

10. 7th Annual Rock & Reilly’s St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while benefiting a good cause (MVP: Merging Vets & Players) at this Sunset Strip pub’s back lot shindig, back for a seventh year, which will offer partygoers 100 kegs of green beer, DJs, food, and lots of games.

11. Imbibe at Seven of Hollywood’s Coolest Bars

Visit seven of Hollywood’s coolest Bars during MiniBar’s “Hollywood Crawl of Fame.” Attendees will enjoy cocktail specials at this well-curated selection of Hollywood’s finest bars, with live Irish music and a party at the finish line. Buy a ticket for $25 — participating venues include MiniBar Hollywood, Ever Bar, The Parker Room, Sassafras, Sunset & Vinyl, Lost Property and Three Clubs.

12. Bagpipes, Guinness, Pac Man & More in DTLA

Brack Shop Tavern’s St. Patrick’s Day will include live bagpipes from 3-6pm, corned beef sliders, $7 Guinness pints, $5 green Budweiser, $10 Irish car bombs and $8 Jameson shots, along with Brack Shop’s usual game room fun: Pac Man, ping pong, darts and more.

13. Get Terrorized by a Leprechaun in Los Feliz

Start St. Patrick’s Day bright and early with a midnight screening of Leprechaun at the Vista Theatre — a beautiful 95-year-old vintage cinema in Los Feliz — in honor of the cult classic’s 25th anniversary.

14. Ten-Venue Hollywood Block Party & Pub Crawl

This pub crawl starts at St. Felix in Hollywood, then continues on to The Outpost, The Room, Pig ‘n’ Whistle and much more. Tickets are $18 and earn you some free welcome shots, amazing drink specials and access to the St. Pat’s photo booth.

15. Watch Burlesque in Long Beach

Enjoy the art of the tease when the Dirty Little Secrets burlesque troupe titillates and tantalizes guests at their “Getting’ Lucky” St. Paddy’s-themed show at Harvelle’s in Long Beach.

16. Engage in a Pub Crawl Through Downtown Los Angeles

Enjoy welcome shots with drink purchases, along with other tempting bargains, during this DTLA crawl that includes Library Bar, Broadway Bar, Crocker Club, Beelman’s, Golden Road Brewing, The Association, Sixth Street Tavern, Los Angeles Biergarten and other watering holes.

17. Ten-Venue Hollywood Block Party & Pub Crawl

Happening both the day before St. Patrick’s Day and on the day itself, you can sip drink specials like $2 beers, $3 well drinks, and $4 shots during this crawl that begins at either the classic Pig ‘n’ Whistle or The Outpost. Goldstar is offering a limited number of discount tickets to this crawl, so grab ’em while they last.

18. Swing & Latin & Ballroom Dance Party in Orange

Phil’s Ballroom Dance Studio in Orange is hosting a festive St. Patrick’s Day dance with live music. Don’t know how to dance? No worries — a pre-party swing dance lesson is part of the fun. In addition, this celebration at the oldest dance school in the O.C. will include giveaways, light refreshments and punch. Goldstar is offering discounted tickets while supplies last.

19. Bar Hop in Newport Beach

Engage in a day and night of Newport Beach bar hopping this St. Paddy’s. Your pub crawl map will guide you to numerous area clubs and bars where you’ll encounter specials on Irish whiskey and more, along with plenty of music. Our friends at Goldstar are offering some discounted tickets to this Luck of the Irish crawl.

20. Waterfront Patio Party at Whiskey Reds in Marina del Rey

Breathe in the ocean air and enjoy the views of MDR and the Pacific Ocean during the 5th Annual St. Patty’s Patio Party at Whiskey Red’s. For $20, you’ll enjoy small bites, dancing, DJs, party favors and drink special access: $4 green beer, $5 Jameson Shots, $7 Guinness, and $8 Irish Car Bombs

21. Feast on Dark Beers at the Stout Festival in Torrance

Are you bored with IPAs? At the N’owt but Stout Festival, taking place at Yorkshire Square Brewery in Torrance, enjoy exceptional dark beers, on cask and keg, from breweries hand-selected by the venue’s head brewer, Andy Black. You’ll sip pour after pour and get a stout beer education along the way.

22. Imbibe at Golden Road Brewing

Beginning at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day and continuing until 2 a.m., Golden Road Brewing will offer $5 pints of Irish Red Ale and Nitro Stout or $15 select pitchers. Live music begins at 2 p.m. with the band Green With Envy.

23. Party at One of L.A.’s Oldest Restaurants

One of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles — a longtime favorite of Walt Disney — the Tam O’Shanter will be home to an epic St. Patrick’s Day party. The party and live music begin at noon in a special tented area in the parking lot, with entry to the music tent is just $5. Or spring for VIP entry — it’s $175, but that gets you exclusive seating on the newly restored patio, five drink tickets, two hours of buffet access, VIP-only drink specials, and special VIP-only raffles with prizes from Tullamore Dew Whiskey, Carlsberg Brewery and Lawry’s Restaurants.

24. Pub Crawl Along Main Street in Santa Monica

This famed Santa Monica pub crawl happens on both March 16 and 17 includes drink specials at around a dozen venues along Main Street. The crawl will feature $3 beers, $4 well drinks and $5 shots.

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Food, Happenings, Things To Do

35 Things to do for Valentine’s Day in L.A. (2018)

February 9, 2018 by Karin E. Baker

Valentine’s Day 2018 is just a few days away, and whether you love or loathe the annual holiday, the pressure is on to make it special.

Fortunately, whether you’re attached, celebrating Galentine’s Day with your posse, or single and looking to mingle, Los Angeles has plenty of activities that’ll have you feeling the love, from special V-Day menus at some of the City of Angels’ best restaurants to masked Mexican wrestling and screenings of classic films.

Check out our handy list below (numbered only for reference, listed in no particular order).

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Valentine’s Day Events in L.A. – 2018

1. Watch Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fall in love in Rome during Cinespia’s screening of the 1953 classic Roman Holiday at the opulent Los Angeles Theatre in DTLA. Don’t forget to dress to impress and take a selfie in front of the crystal-bestrewn fountain on the second floor.

2. Ace Hotel in DTLA is offering several V-Day choices. Their restaurant, Best Girl, is offering a seafood feast. Get gussied up at the DIY corsage and boutonniere station. Watch a preview screening of F*ck Yes season 2 during this mixer and fundraiser, or enjoy free comedy.

3. During A Romantic Evening of Dance & Music at Union Station, enjoy a kizomba dance lesson, then dance to live music by Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca at one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful attractions.

4. Watch Diana Ross swan down the runway in the camp classic Mahogany, screening free at The Hammer in Westwood.

5. Indulge in divine decadence at the Ritz Carlton’s spa. “For the Love of Ice Cream” features a facial, scrub, mani-pedi, and couples’ massage which can be enhanced with a luxurious and fragrant ice cream sundae bath. Each treatment offers classic ice cream and sorbet flavors via organic oils, scrubs, and fresh ingredients to nourish skin and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

6. Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy converge during Lucha VaVOOM’s Valentine’s spectacle!

7. Los Angeles will be a true hotbed of burlesque this Valentine’s Day, and Goldstar Events is offering discounted tickets (while supplies last) to many of them. Check out The Lalas, The Damn Devillez, The Dollface Dames, Dirty Little Secrets or TRiPtease Burlesque.

8. Listen to jazz with a French accent when Angel City Brewery hosts a night of Gypsy Jazz in the Arts District.

9. Sigh over the romance of two canoodling canines when the classic Disney film Lady and the Tramp returns to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre.

10. Ever Bar at the Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood is throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party on February 14. From 4-7 p.m., enjoy drink specials, conversation heart cookies decorated with sayings like “Meh” and “#singleforlife,” and the opportunity to “shred your ex,” courtesy of a paper shredder ready to destroy photos, love letters and other mementos to help you leave the past behind.

11. Spend V-Day doing something different and partake in a candle-making workshop. Learn how to make scented lotion candles — and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine — at We Olive in Pasadena.

12. Listen to a pair of piano players perform audience requests during this Valentine’s edition of Dueling Pianos at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach.

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Valentine’s Day Dining Options – 2018

13. If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood, your best choice for Valentine’s Day might be Musso and Frank. Celebrating a century in business in 2019, this onetime haunt of stars like Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin (he used to park his horse outside) is offering a special V-Day menu that includes old-school dishes like vichyssoise, oysters on the half shell, seared foie gras, roasted venison chop and s’mores for dessert.

14. Present your Valentine with a sweet treat, such as FrankieLucy Bakeshop’s Cupid’s Poop, a V-Day version of their famous Unicorn Poop, a strawberry and vanilla meringue; or Pop Hearts (heart-shaped hand pies) or a Pie Gram from Winston Pies.

15. Riverside’s elegant Mission Inn, a historic Mission Revival-style hotel dating back to 1876, is offering Festa dell’Amore, beginning with a stroll through “Lover’s Lane,” its historic walkway beautifully illuminated with red, pink and white lights. There will also be live serenades, romantic Valentine’s dinners (the lobster bisque is incredible) and themed cocktails in the Inn’s four restaurants.

16. The Venue, a chic subterranean restaurant in Koreatown, is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu that includes a sparkling cocktail, your choice of starters, including oysters with uni, a main course such as filet mignon or 5-spice duck breast, and chocolate-covered strawberries or chocolate budino for dessert. The Venue is known for its superior food, amazing cocktails and 13 private karaoke rooms.

17. Enjoy a truly elegant dinner at Beverly Hills’ iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where its two restaurants, the Michelin-starred CUT and THE Boulevard, are offering curated menus of exquisite food, with choices including roasted bone marrow, Wagyu beef tartare with oscietra caviar, and Maine diver scallops.

18. On the other hand, if your taste or budget is more Netflix and chill than Beverly Hills Wagyu, Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach is offering a heart-shaped pizza on February 14 for $15.99.

19. Mi Corazon, a newly opened Mexican restaurant in Silverlake with a goth vibe, is offering a $49 prix-fixe menu, with cocktails offering including the Queen of Hearts (gin mare, aperol, St. Germain, and lemon) and La Granada Real, with mezcal, pomegranate-rosemary shrub and champagne.

20. Instead of Valentine’s Day dinner, try afternoon “Tea for Two” in the Living Room of The Peninsula Beverly Hills. $90 per person, this themed afternoon tea includes traditional high tea offerings, from savory finger sandwiches to sweet, bite-sized pastries and scones.

21. WP24, Wolfgang Puck’s modern Chinese eatery on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton in DTLA, offers incredible views, along with 3, 4 or 7-course tasting menus featuring dishes like Peking Duck, Sterling sturgeon caviar, and Fanny Bay oysters. To dine with more privacy, book a private rooftop cabana!

22. Spending Valentine’s Day with a group of friends? Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks is offering a great deal only on this day: a pitcher of margaritas will be just $1 with the purchase of four entrees. Dating back to 1956, this historic restaurant’s owners previously operated eateries in Tijuana and Olvera Street. Try the filet mignon tacos, lobster enchiladas, and the esquites.

23. Downtown’s gorgeous Le Petit Paris, a brasserie owned by restauranteurs from Cannes, is offering a romantic three-course dinner inspired by Adam and Eve.

24. Savor a Valentine’s Day sundae at Halo Top. The beloved ice cream brand’s only shop, located at Westfield Topanga, is offering a medley of red velvet ice cream, brownie bits, fresh strawberries, and drizzles of chocolate and strawberry on a red “puffle”cone for $9.95.

25. Pasadena’s exceptional Celestino Ristorante is offering classic Italian dishes especially for Valentine’s Day, including heart-shaped ravioli, rack of lamb with balsamic and mint, and pappardelle with pheasant and mushroom.

26. The Raymond and 1886, a beautifully maintained 19th century cottage with some of the best cocktails in the city, offers a four-course prix-fixe menu, with choices such as Japanese gold hamachi, Oaxacan corn soup, roasted duck, and passionfruit chocolate cake.

27. mar’sel, located in Rancho Palos Verdes at Terranea Resort, is offering a 5-course lover’s menu that includes caviar and burrata, butter-poached Lobster, Wagyu NY strip steak, strawberry shortcake, and more for $155 per person.

28. The InterContinental in Century City is offering lovebirds a dinner that’s both elegant and a good value. Enjoy three courses, including dishes such as lobster bisque, sous vide brisket or house-made passionfruit cheesecake, for $50 per person, or $70 each with wine pairings.

29. Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica is offering a decadent special for Valentine’s Day: a 12 oz. Wagyu Bone-In Steak topped with truffle butter for $59, perfect to pair with a glass from their well-curated wine list.

30. TART Restaurant at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in West Hollywood is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a three-course, $40 per person menu, featuring offerings like grilled pork belly, bone-in short rib with blue cheese cremeux and Atlantic trout with lentils and fennel butter.

31. Union in Pasadena is offering a prix-fixe dinner for two from Chef Bruce Kalman. $75 per person, the menu includes chilled Hama Hama Blue Pool Oysters, Saffron Gnocchetti Sardi, Pitman Farms Roast Duck and lemon verbena panna cotta.

32. Lawry’s the Prime Rib, the iconic Beverly Hills restaurant, is offering a romantic dinner for two for $125 featuring a glass of champagne for each person, the famed spinning bowl salad, California cut of prime rib (or seasonal fish) with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach or corn, plus Yorkshire pudding and chocolate-covered strawberries to share.

33. Santa Monica’s Shangri-La Hotel, a boutique hotel noted for its gorgeous art deco architecture, is offering a three-course dinner with live music and a rose for each lady for $60 per person.

34. Culver City wine bar Hayden is offering Happy Hour all night long, with select glasses of wine at $8 and oysters for $1.50.

35. Santa Monica’s True Food Kitchen is offering a selection of Valentine-themed cocktails, each $12, on their “Sip With Someone Special” menu. Come sip Hot in the Dark (lime, ixá organic tequila, jalapeño, pomegranate), War of the Roses (rose petal, lime, pomegranate infused vodka, prosecco), Melts My Heart (bourbon, sweet vermouth, campari ice cubes) and more.


What are you doing for Valentine’s Day 2018? Let us know your ideas in the comments below!

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Food, Happenings

Tickets for the ‘Saved by the Bell’ Diner Pop-up Go on Sale This Friday

January 31, 2018 by Karin E. Baker

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting more news about the local outpost of Saved by the Max — the Saved by the Bell-inspired pop-up diner that held Chicagoans in thrall for an entire year — you’re in luck. The official Los Angeles opening date of May 1 has finally been announced, and tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 2 at 9 a.m.

Though Saved by the Max will look like the sitcom’s The Max diner, with its neon decor, jukebox, and vintage video games, there’s more to this eatery than mere ‘90s nostalgia. Its chef-driven menu was created by Brian Fisher, who helmed the kitchen at Michelin-starred restaurant Schwa in Chicago’s Wicker Park.

As in Chi-town, the menu here will offer dishes like the Kelly Kapowski Monte Cristo, A.C. Sliders, the Bayside Burger, the Preppy BLT and Mac & Screech.

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As we told you last fall, Saved by the Max will be located at the West Hollywood Gateway shopping center at La Brea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. “First semester” will run through early October, with plans for the pop-up to eventually make its way around the country.

Each tickets includes admission and dinner. As Saved by the Max was a smash success in Chicago, reservations are highly encouraged. Walk-ups will be limited.

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Happenings

There’s a Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31 and Griffith Observatory is Hosting a Public Viewing Event

January 23, 2018 by Karin E. Baker

A total lunar eclipse will occur on January 31, 2018 and this blood moon will be a supermoon and fully visible in Los Angeles.

So where would one go in L.A. to find an ideal view of such an event? Griffith Park, of course. Specifically, the Griffith Observatory, which will host a free public viewing in the wee hours of the morning from 3:45 to 7:00 a.m (weather permitting!). Observatory employees and local volunteers will staff telescopes and binoculars to help visitors enjoy superior viewing of the moon during eclipse time. According to timeanddate.com, the maximum eclipse will occur at approximately 5:29 a.m.

The Observatory grounds and its parking lot will open at 3:45 a.m., as will the cart for The Café at the End of the Universe. The Observatory building will be closed during the viewing.

Lunar eclipse from Griffith Observatory

Lunar eclipse as seen from Griffith Observatory. Photo by Michael R. Perry via flickr cc

Moderate-to-large crowds are expected, and as always at the Observatory in recent years, parking will be limited. If you aim to attend be prepared for road congestion and long uphill walks to the Observatory. Lawn furniture will not be allowed, but you’re welcome to bring a blanket, which you may need with overnight lows expected in the high 40’s or low 50’s. If rain is forecast for the eclipse as of Tuesday, January 30, at 3:00 p.m., the Observatory will cancel the event. Be sure to check out the Griffith Observatory website for possible notice of cancelation before attending.

Keep in mind if skies are clear the eclipse should be visible to the naked eye throughout SoCal. It’s safe to view a lunar eclipse without eye protection, and a telescope is not necessary. This particular blood moon will be the only lunar eclipse visible in L.A. until 2019.

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News, Tips

Reminder: Metro Will Offer Free Rides on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve

December 24, 2017 by Karin E. Baker

How’s this for a holiday gift from the city of Los Angeles: Enjoy a few drinks this Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve without worry about finding a designated driver or dealing with Uber and Lyft surge pricing.

As in years past Metro will be offering fare-free rides late into the night on both holiday evenings. On Christmas Eve, Metro rail and bus lines will be free of charge from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on December 25.

Then, on New Year’s Eve, ride Metro rail and bus lines free of charge from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on January 1, 2018. All rail lines will run every 20 minutes. All Metro Rail Line Stations with fare gates will be unlatched and fare boxes and validators will not deduct fare.

Pico Metro Station

Pico Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Brian Champlin

On NYE, in addition to the free hours from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., Metro will operate 24-hour, overnight service on Metro Rail, plus the Orange line (the rapid bus line that makes its way across the Valley from North Hollywood to Woodland Hills or Chatsworth) and the Silver line (a limited-stop bus line which travels from El Monte and Downtown L.A. all the way to San Pedro). Get more details on riding Metro on New Year’s Eve here.

If your New Year’s Eve plans include attending the N.Y.E.L.A. celebration at Grand Park, you’ll be happy to know that there will be enhanced Metro rail service to accommodate the thousands attending the free DTLA festivities. In addition, show your TAP card at a Grand Park information booth and get a free pair of 2018 party glasses.

As always stay safe, and enjoy the holiday festivities as we mark the turn to 2018.

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Things To Do

Here’s a Huge List of Things To Do for New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles (2017 -> 2018)

December 20, 2017 by Karin E. Baker

With New Year’s Eve fast approaching the time to make plans is exactly RIGHT NOW! Thankfully, Los Angeles has options.

NYE 2018 in L.A. promises something for everyone. This year includes free bashes at Grand Park and Angel City Brewery, a black tie gala in Beverly Hills, swing dancing at Knott’s Berry Farm, Sir-Mix-a-Lot at the Queen Mary, fireworks in Marina Del Rey, a daytime NYE event for kids, and MUCH more.

As always, follow the links below for more info. And if you know of any other worthy events happening we ought to include then feel free to leave a comment.

New Year's Eve 2017 Aboard the Queen Mary

New Year’s Eve 2017 Aboard the Queen Mary. Photo credit: The Queen Mary

New Year’s Eve To-Dos 2017 -> 2018

Price noted in parenthesis. Numbered for reference only, listed in no particular order.

1. N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park (free)

2. Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala Show at the Ace Hotel ($49.50-225)

3. Prohibition NYE at Union Station ($175)

4. The Raymond’s/1886 New Year’s Eve Bash ($100)

5. New Year’s Eve on The Queen Mary with Sir Mix-a-Lot, with discount tickets available through Goldstar ($119/$72 while supplies last)

6. Angel City Brewery Presents No Cover New Year’s Eve (free)

7. Bootie LA: New YEARS EVE 2018 at Resident DTLA ($30)

8. Hermosa Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration With Ball Drop & Live Music (free)

9. Dave Chappelle & John Meyer at The Forum ($80-395)

10. Hudson House’s New Year’s Eve ’70s Disco Party ($40)

11. Classic Hollywood Roosevelt New Year’s Eve ($155-185)

12. New Year’s Eve Ball at The Edison ($100)

13. Havana Nights NYE Celebration at the Shade Hotel ($95)

14. New Year’s Eve Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific ($25-30)

15. Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve at The LA Zoo ($40-69)

16. Brighter Future NYE Party ($20-95)

17. Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Glow Party (Free)

18. Insomniac’s Countdown NYE ($99-319)

19. New Year’s Eve with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at Walt Disney Hall ($75-175)

20. Magicopolis’ Magical NYE, with discount tickets available through Goldstar ($75/$37.50 while supplies last)

21. Speakeasy Fireworks Long Beach New Year’s Eve Cruise ($70-129)

22. New Year’s Eve Black Tie Gala at Montage Beverly Hills ($395)

23. NYE 2018 Cleopatra’s Ball at Hollywood Egyptian Theatre ($109-149)

24. Minimal Effort NYE at The MacArthur ($59-149)

25. New Year’s Eve Ball at the Continental Club ($40)

26. Dollface Dames Burlesque Bash at Bareburger ($40, or $20 discount tickets available through Goldstar while supplies last)

27. Kidspace Noon Year’s Eve at the Rose Bowl (free)

28. Knott’s Berry Farm NYE with Swing Dance, Salsa & Fireworks (Included in admission price of $49-79)

29. New Year’s Eve at the Waterfront in Downtown Long Beach (free)

30. BOOM! Drug and Alcohol-free New Year’s Eve at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium (free)

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