Results tagged “Elise Thompson”

Purse Cakes and Pig Dogs

There is a bakery on Glenoaks called Paradise Pastry and Cafe. It is a land of wonder, with a hot deli, cold deli. meat market, and import shop. If you need foie gras, sweetbreads, back bacon or yoghurt soda, this is the place to go. In the Armenian bakery, where you can get nazook still warm from the oven and a huge assortment of French pastries.

The Governors Ball Preview: What Would Puck Do?

This year's Academy Awards will take place on March 7th. But the real fun happens after the awards, when the stars let loose at the Governor's Ball. 1,500 guests, including both award winners and nominees, will finally be able to stop dieting and start drinking recklessly. LAist was there to preview the feast prepared by Wolfgang Puck and his pastry chef of wonder, Sherry Yard. Moet & Chandon was also on hand to show off the official Oscar cocktail.

The Governors Ball Preview: Style

The Governors Ball is the annual soiree that takes place at Hollywood and Highland directly after the Academy Awards. The theme this year brings back old Hollywood elegance, particularly the late 30s and early 40s "Streamline Moderne" style. Cheryl Cecchetto, who has produced the Governors Ball for the last 21 years, teamed up with Jeffrey Kurland to bring the glamour and magic to life. From the glittering tables to the beaded fiber optic lighting to the purple, orange, silver and copper color palette, the room brings the curves of Dorothy Draper and the artistry of Paul Williams to life.

A Cautionary Shopping Guide for Valentine's Day

Whether it be a toaster, live mums like you would give your mum or some cheap leopard-print undies, Valentine's day gifts are rife with snares for the unwary shopper. To help you avoid some of the pitfalls, we have devised this handy guide, which is more of a list of don'ts. Don't. Don't. Don't.

Broad Comedy Opens Tonight: Prepare for Cheerleading

Have you ever wished "The Vagina Monologues" was a musical? Do you wish "Glee" was comprised solely of left-wing feminists? Then have we got the show for you! Written by Katie Goodman (author of "Improvisation of the Spirit") and & Soren Kisiel, Broad Comedy is a show chock-full of political and social satire set to a bouncy beat.

Where to Touch Down for the Super Bowl

In case you haven't heard, this weekend is Super Bowl Sunday. If you are looking for big crowds, big drink specials and even bigger TVs, check out our picks for a few parties around town. Call Rush Street in Culver City to make reservations for Sunday and you are guaranteed a comfortable seat to watch the game and order up their gigantic burgers. The restaurant/bar is comprised of two stories with two bars and two patio decks...

dineLA: Citizen Smith

One thing you may have noticed about LAist is that we take our mac and cheese very seriously. Luckily, so do the good folks over at Citizen Smith. The trippy junk store-chic hotspot that has inhabited the Cahuenga corridor for four years is known more for its nightlife, but they definitely take their food seriously.

dineLA: Rush Street

Everything I really need to know I learned at Rush Street. 1.Share everything. The servings here are so generous and the food is so tempting-looking, it is impossible for friends to keep their fingers out of your fries. Luckily, you have a mess of fries and can afford to lose a few. After all, Rush Street generously invited LAist to sample their dineLA menu, so share and share alike.

dineLA: Cafe Pinot

Wednesday night LAist accepted a dinner invitation to test out the dineLA menu. The first thing we noticed were the vegetarian options, assuming the risotto is cooked without chicken broth. The menu seems basic upon first glance, but the high quality of the ingredients and careful execution made the simplest-sounding dishes exquisite.

LAist at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: The Office

A photographer can get jaded pretty fast on the red carpet. Hour after hour, a steady stream of beautiful people smile and pose while you elbow big hairy guys under the hot sun. Soon, any time you travel and meet people who ask, "You live in Los Angeles? Do you see a lot of movie stars?" you kind of want to punch them in the face. But just kind of. I am an anomoly amongst...

dineLA: Locanda del Lago

You may not be able to share lunch by the water in George Clooney's villa, but you can get a taste of Lake Como right here in Santa Monica. Its location on the 3rd Street Promenade may make some people think the restaurant is a tourist trap, but once ensconced in the tasteful high-ceilinged, white tablecloth restaurant it becomes clear this is not some cheesy chain. Locanda del Lago is a special occasion restaurant, but...

The Pee-wee Herman Show at Club Nokia: I Know You are, But What am I?

l to r: Chairry, Mr. Window, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), Globey, Flowers. Photo by Ed Krieger/Used with permission It's a good time to live in Los Angeles. Only Angelenos have the rare opportunity to see a new adaptation of "The Pee-wee Herman Show" at Club Nokia through February 7th. The show, adapted for this series by Reubens, Bill Steinkeller and John Paragon, is a mish-mash of bits and characters from Pee-wee Herman's stage, film...

NAMM Rocks Anaheim: Sunday

It's always exciting to see the new products introduced at NAMM, from complex audio interfaces down to cowbells. This year some of the showcased items were Yamaha's Rock Tour Series drum kits, Vater's Bamboo Splashsticks, and Paiste's Alex Van Halen signature model 24" Big Ride Cymbals. Monster presented several audiophile model headphones including Dr. Dre's Beats as well as Miles Davis Tribute earbuds for jazz afficionados.

NAMM Rocks Anaheim: Saturday

Last week NAMM took over Anaheim, bringing its endless expanse of music equipment, some serious weirdness, and attracting some of the best musicians in the biz. Big hitters this year included Yoko Ono, Steve Vai, Rancid, Bootsy Collins and Shela E.

Scam into NAMM

NAMM (National Assocoiation of Music Merchants) holds an annual convention in Los Angeles. For a few years it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but soon moved back to its home at The Anaheim Convention Center. There are over 1500 exhibitors, who are there launching new products, hosting signings, and organizing jam sessions. The thing about NAMM is that it is not open to the public--not for any price. It is industry only....

Found in LA: Plastic Lunchmeat

I have a confession to make. I LOVE plastic food. It's one of my favorite reasons for wandering around Little Tokyo. I found out from one restaurant that they have their plastic food custom-made to look exactly like their real food, which amazes me. I had always thought they just ordered "Udon #2" from a catalog. Imagine my surprise at finding a perfect plastic rendering of a sub sandwich at the Subway shop. Just...

Little Dom's Bacon Old Fashioned

When Rebel Yell came out with their bacon bourbon we knew exciting things were going to happen. The bacon old fashioned was created by Kevin Tidwell, bartender at Little Dom’s.

Top 20 Favorite Bites of 2009

Kaya Toast at Susan Feniger's Street (and later at Jitlada by special request Thanks Jonathan Gold and Sinosoul) Yes, I am saying bites rather than meals, because most of the fantastic food I have eaten this year has been at foodie events. A few may be sips, not bites, but hey--who's making the rules? Speaking of rules you may wonder what my criteria was. Essentially, if I remembered something without having to think very...

Midnight Movie: Ha Ha Ha Ha Happy New Year!

DJ Bonebrake (X), Jack Skelly (Lawndale) and Dark Bob have created this fantastic new year's video to usher in 2010! It seems to be the year when everyone spontaneously regrows their hair. This happy, Beatle-esque video employs 80's graphics because the the 80's were superfun! Jack promises, " this song...would be perfect for all music and laughter-loving Angelenos!!!"...

Ka-ka-ka-Bingo! New Year's Eve Cocktails!

For those of you partying at home to avoid the crowds, expense, and scary drivers, there is no reason why you can't enjoy elegant and delicious cocktails. These are mostly holiday punches, but don't be afraid to get that shaker out. Even the weird-sounding ingredients are available at any store. We tested out the new X-rated Fusion liquor, a passionfruit-flavored vodka, and it was delicious. Although almost everyone who saw the pink bottle asked,...

Tracking Santa

Back in 1955 Sears Roebuck & Co. printed an advertisement for children to call Santa. They misprinted the telephone number and a tradition was born. Instead of reaching Sears' "Santa" the kids were connected to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." According to the website, "The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location."

Sketchy Santa: He Sees You When You're Sleeping

Will Zweigart has made it his mission to bring you photos of the creepiest and craziest Santas on his website, Sketchy Santas. Zweigart tells CNN, "On the site, we really like to celebrate the more retro Santa photos and part of the reason why is that the standard of who could be a Santa was really quite lower back then." Santas

range from the obviously drunk, overly handsy, and the well-meaning Santas who just can't stop the kids from crying. Especially creepy are those retro Santa masks and costumes of yesteryear.

I'll Have a Green Christmas...

This year is a fantastic time to give out green gifts, especially if you haven't done your holiday shopping yet! True, it's a little late in the game, but some of us work best under pressure. The idea is to give gifts that don't increase the size of the landfill, or your carbon footprint, or any of that stuff. The ultimate goal is that no new products are to be purchased. Failing that, go green, go organic, go recycled.

The PoPo with the Ho! Ho!

The Redondo Beach Police Officer's Association has been celebrating the holidays every year by sending Santa Claus around the city to pass out candy, listen to Christmas wishes and spread good cheer. It takes an entire month for the heavily guarded Santa to make his way down every single residential street of the city, assisted by Redondo Beach Police and Fire Association members. Most South Bay cities, including Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Lomita and Gardena make...

Simply Wrong Food: IHOP's Holiday Pancakes

At first glance, you can tell these pancakes are trouble. The profusion of whipped cream and holiday colors make you want to cringe. Let the flavors alone be a warning: Egg Nog, Gingerbread, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie. Still, your intrepid reporter just had to see for herself. First we tried the eggnog pancakes, because they sounded like the worst choice. Surprisingly, the nutmeg custard atop buttermilk pancakes wasn't so bad. It was almost good...

We Got Yer Holiday Spirit Right Here

Thanksgiving not only marks the beginning of shopping season, but the beginning of drinking season! Holidays parties are looming, but don't fret. We have a whole host of of holiday-themed drinks to liven up your next soiree. Cinnamon Rise By Brian Miller, Death & Company, New York, NY 1 ounce Zacapa 23 Year-Old Rum 3/4 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce cinnamon bark In a cocktail shaker, combine Zacapa 23 Year-Old Rum, lime juice, and...

A Photo Gallery of the Things I am Grateful for This Year

First of all, you are a total jerk if you don't mention family first. It's de rigeur. OK, as much as I hate it, Mom, thanks for that Catholic school education that I hated but that taught me phrases like de rigeur. Then you're usually supposed to be thankful for your health. Well, that hasn't been so great this year. But I'm still alive. I can see, hear, walk, and navigate through Citiwalk without assistance....

How to Get a Table at Bouchon (Shhh Don't Tell Anyone)

Pierce Brosnan at Bouchon/Elise Thompson for LAist Bouchon, Bouchon, Bouchon, it's all over the blogs and the foodie sites. It's also the hardest reservation to get in town. According to one server, the Thomas Keller outpost is currently booked up for dinner until March. The secret to getting a reservation? First of all, don't get a reservation. This is not a Buddhist koan. Both the bar and the patio of Bouchon are seated on...

Bouchon Amuses Our Bouches

Glamour was the order of the evening at Bouchon's opening event Monday night. After ascending the staircase, we were greeted by servers offering champagne near a caviar station with caviar quenelle and whipped cream cheese-topped bagel crisps surrounding the biggest ice volleyball in the world. Gliding down the elegant hallway, we came across a full bar on the right serving Bouchon's signature drink of Grey Goose vodka, Lillet Blanc, and Brizard Peche with an Orange...

Rachel Rosenthal Celebrates her 83rd Birthday with a Bang

Last weekend Rachel Rosenthal celebrated her birthday with a wild and wacky shindig at Track 16. Dramatic and funny performances paid tribute to the popular artist and teacher, delicious Cake Diva cupcakes were passed by a sexy Marie Antoinette and an eccentric array of guests laughed as they drank little pink bottles of Bitch Bubbly. The walls were hung with portraits of Rosenthal from the likes of Ed Moses and Robert Rauschenberg. There were also...

The Dosa Truck: Would You Like Fries with that Karma?

It was a happening party at Track 16 last weekend, but most of the attention was surrounding the Dosa Truck parked outside. Thanks to their menu of samosas, masala fries, and their main attraction, filled dosa "wraps" at reasonable prices, there was a constant buzz around the truck.

Build Your Own BBQ for Under 10 Bucks!

Zeke's Smokehouses in Montrose and West Hollywood are offering an amaaaazing deal (imagine me waving my arms around like in a Crazy Eddie commercial right now)! For only 9.95 you can choose 2 meats and 2 sides! It doesn't sound too different from your usual Southern "Meat and Three" dish, but the amount of food on the plate is unbelievable. Enough for me and my dog, Spot! (cue the tiger) Come on down and see...

CD Review: Kathy Griffin - Suckin' it for the Holidays

"Dying is easy; comedy is hard." It's a tired saying, but it's true. It’s hard to think of more than three artists whose comedy albums have been memorable - Steve Martin, Cheech & Chong, and Monty Python. Comedy albums are hard. Granted, Kathy Griffin already has us on her side. She has what she calls the Don Rickles effect, the ability to insult people and still be lovable. She has endeared herself to us...

Performance Artist Rachel Rosenthal Talks

Rachel Rosenthal will be celebrating her 83rd birthday tonight at the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica. An artist, teacher, animal rights activist and living legend, Rosenthal has been creating art for over 50 years. Rosenthal "developed a revolutionary performance technique that integrates text, movement, voice, choreography, improvisation, inventive costuming, dramatic lighting and wildly imaginative sets into an unforgettable “total theater” experience." Rosenthal was a pioneer at the forefront of performance art. LAist caught...

Rachel Rosenthal is 83 and Ready to Party!

Saturday night Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, where art meets punk rock, will be hosting a birthday party for artist, activist, teacher and official LA "Living Cultural Treasure", Rachel Rosenthal as she celebrates her 83rd year. Amy Knoles from the California E.A.R. Unit and Jean Paul Monsché of the Mad Alsacians will be performing live. Rosenthal will also be celebrating the release of her upcoming book The DbD Experience: Chance Knows What it’s...

Ready, Set, Go! Bouchon is Now Accepting Reservations!

Michelin star collector Thomas Keller has been causing a stir with the opening of Bouchon in Beverly Hills, an expansion of the Bouchon Bakeries in Yountville, Las Vegas, and New York City. Bouchon Beverly Hills is slated to open on November 18, 2009 in the Beverly Hills Gardens building located on Cañon Drive. The opening chef is Rory Herrmann, who previously headed up the kitchen at Per Se.

Muse's Halloween Ball at LACMA

Muse is one of the largest Halloween parties in Los Angeles, taking over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the weekend. The big draw is the crowd, a creative bunch who take their costumes seriously. There is always something amazing and creative. This year the theme was "Heroes and Villains."

Found in LA: Three Wolf Moon Jack o' Lantern

The "Three Wolf Moon" T-shirt may be one of the greatest things to ever happen to Amazon.com. In the 15,950 comments on Amazon, its followers have begun one-upping each other with outlandish testaments to the wolf shirt's mystical powers. Entries in customer reviews range from the the sublime to ridiculous send-ups of the culture of America's hearland. Comments like, "Unfortunately I already had this exact picture tattooed on my chest, but this shirt is...

Upcoming Dia de los Muertos Events

OK, so Halloween is over, no more dressing up and having fun. Wrong! The fun never stops! Dia de los Muertos in Los Angeles means days of face-painting, music, giant puppets, sugar skulls and even special bread. So get out there and let the celebration continue!

Creative Costumes at LACMA's MUSE Party

All over the city last night people dressed up and gathered to celebrate Halloween. Many flocked to the MUSE party held annually at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where creativity and ingenuity and the artistic were in full force in the form of costumes. Here is just a small sampling of the insanity....

Get a Chill With Halloween Party Drinks!

BLACK WIDOW By Duggan McDonnell, Cantina, San Francisco 1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon agave nectar 3 blackberries 4 basil leaves Ice cubes Muddle 2 blackberries and 3 basil leaves in a Boston shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and ice into shaker. Shake well Strain contents into stemless martini glass over ice. Garnish with a blackberry and basil leaf on a toothpick.

Lane Lights Mean The 110 Freeway Goes Both Ways

Surely you have noticed the cool new blue lane lights on the 110 Freeway delineating the transition lane to the 5 North (see a video embedded below). The lighted pavement markers, or Smart-stud systems, are a way to finally stop all of those jerks from sneaking into the front of the line when we have all been waiting patiently in line for the 5 North like good citizens. Plus they make your night-time drive...

Alice Cooper is Godhead!

Last night Alice Cooper drove the Nokia crowd into a hysterical heavy metal sing-along on his Theatre of Death tour. It is just impossible not to sing along with "I'm Eighteen". But besides his musical ouvre, there are a few things that set Alice Cooper apart and give him such a rabid following. First and foremost, Alice is a showman. I mean besides being a singer. He gets decapitated, dragged all over the stage and abused by psycho Nurse Rosetta, impaled by a 6-foot long hypodermic, and hanged (a stunt that proved nearly fatal in England in the 80s). First and foremost, Alice is a showman. I mean besides being a singer. He gets decapitated, dragged all over the stage and abused by psycho Nurse Rosetta, impaled by a 6-foot long hypodermic, and hanged (a stunt that proved nearly fatal in England in the 80s).

Mark Your Calendars for The Great Chefs of LA Nov 8th

Photo from last year's Great Chefs/Giacomo Pettinari's butternut squash/Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist OK, so we are always posting photo essays of amazing food events like last weekend's LA Magazine's Food Event or last year's Great Chefs of Los Angeles And you are probably thinking to yourself, "Self, one of these days we are going to go to one of these amazing events. We deserve to drink champagne and eat adorable and delicious...

San Antonio Winery's 'Taste of Italy'

Sunday October 18, San Antonio Winery held their last wine festival of the season. The winery's Taste Of Italy paired regional Italian Foods with the wines of Italy. Italians are starting to incorporate recently learned California wine making styles. But it’s important to note that their wines are still generally dry, high in acid and need to be paired with food to show their best attributes

Midnight Movie: Sexy Sexy

It's time to start shopping for Halloween costumes. You don't want to get stuck in the mad rush next Friday. Here are some helpful costume ideas for you from LAist. This video is an oldie but a goodie. And oh so sexy!...

Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery Today

Photo by Paul Vargas/Used with permission Today Hollywood Forever Cemetery will hold its 10th annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos from 4pm to 11pm. Dia de los Muertos is an ancient Aztec tradition. On Dia de los Muertos it is believed that the veil that separates the living from the dead is lifted, allowing visits from departed loved ones. It is a celebration, not a day of mourning. Altars are erected with images...

Los Angeles Whisky Live

High-class imbibers were out in force for Whisky Live at the Santa Monica Civic Center last Monday. Whisky Live is an international tasting and sampling event, taking place "from London to Tokyo, Paris to Glasgow". Billed as “Southern California’s Finest Whisky Experience,” attendees had the opportunity to sample the wares of twenty-seven companies, some familiar (Glenlivet, Dewar's, Macallan), some (such as Japanese manufactureres Hibiki and Yamazaki) not even available on American shelves yet.

dineLA October 2009: Ports O' Call

Ports O' Call restaurant, which is in Ports O' Call Village in San Pedro, has an immediate strike against it. It is a common belief that restaurants with views always suck (cough Castaway cough). Even if in this case it is just a view of oil drums and tankers. Then to really make a seasoned diner nervous, they have weddings there. Like all the time. Sometimes two at a time. Would you like the pistachio-crusted...

Found in LA: An International Tableau

This photograph looks like it could have been taken anywhere. There was just something so timeless and universal about this moment. Evening had not yet become night, so it was still, but with a quiet bustle all around. Businesses were closing down, carpets were being shaken out and pails of water were being dumped. It's not Bangkok. It's not Mexico City. It's the alley behind Mozza....

Wake Up With Rush Street

If you overdid it last night, head over to Rush Street in Culver City for their new brunch menu. If you are looking for the hair of the dog, they have you covered with a bottomless mimosa, a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and anything else you can imagine. The sunny patio is perfect for early risers, and the cool dim interior is perfect for those looking to escape the heat or a hangover. High ceilings...

World Wide Tacos: Soul Food Worth the Wait

Sometimes near the corner of Arlington Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr, Boulevard you’ll see them huddled outside in the dim of the fluorescent light. They aren’t there to smoke a cigarette and it’s not an Alcoholicos Anonimos meeting. Soul food tacos are the objects they desire.

dineLA Restaurant Week is Extended!

When is a week not a week? when it's two weeks. Err, make that three weeks. dineLA Restaurant Week is being extended Oct.18-23! The list of participating restaurants has also been reconfigured. It is much more readable now, and you are able to see which restaurants are offering lunch without having to click on their page.

dineLA October 2009: Pinot Bistro

Pinot Bistro on Ventura Boulevard has seen may chefs come and go, some of them spectacular and some of them so-so. Previous chefs include such notable names as Octavio Becerra, Miki Zivkovic and of course, Joachim Spichal himself. Even Suzanne Goin has worked in the kitchen. We were excited to see what the latest chef, Hugo Veltman, has been cooking up and jumped at the invitation to try their dineLA menu. The decor is the...

Brendan Mullen, Club Promoter, Author, Musician, and Visionary Bids Us Adieu

The last time I saw Brendan Mullen we had a proper lunch in the Snooker Room at the Cat and Fiddle. The stained glass danced across his face and his eyes were alive with delight when we talked about the fun times. He was working on a new book to be published at a later date, In spite of recent physical difficulties, he seemed content in a way. He told me about his operations and how he still could not turn his head. Brendan Mullen was never happy that the world moved without him.

dineLA October 2009: Zucca

Sometimes it's really nice to take a vacation all by yourself and treat yourself to a nice meal. Dining downtown at Zucca, with its high ceilings, Venetian paintings and chandeliers gives you that feeling of pampering yourself, if only for an hour. The dineLA menu at Zucca is nothing if not hearty. LAist was invited to try out their lunch menu yesterday and the blustery weathery made the soup and pasta options especially appealing. For...

Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party for Zócalo: The Lowdown

Saturday night Union Station's grand ticket hall was the very grand location of Jonathan Gold's Cocktail Party to benefit Zócalo. People were giddy as they were photographed at the entry, feeling like they had the fabled golden ticket. The lighting was dim in the gorgeous art deco hall, but the room was not overly crowded. Still, the auditorium chairs set up in the middle of the room did cause some "excuse me" "pardon me"s. The...

A Bloody Mary Bar? Why Didn't I Think of That?

We have salad bars and make-your-own sundae bars, even burger bars. It's about time somebody applied this idea to liquor! On weekends Rush Street in Culver City is offering a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. They fill your glass with Ketel One vodka. You can ask for a different brand, although nobody has yet. Then the bartender meets you at the end of the bar. They may ask your flavor and heat preferences and mix it...

dineLA October 2009: Nick and Stef's Steakhouse

Walking into Nick and Stef's in downtown Los Angeles, your first impression is that it would be the perfect place for a business lunch, should you ever need to have a business lunch. The decor is unobtrusive and simple, but it is pristine. There is not a spot on a napkin, a mark on the banquette or a glass out of place. Service is charming and impeccable, bordering on the obsequious. LAist was invited to...

Cookbook Release: New Classic Family Dinners by Mark Peel with Martha Rose Shulman

Mark Peel has been hosting his famous Monday Night Dinners at Campanile for over ten years. Served family-style, everyone eats the same meal. Not only is the serving style homey, but the dishes are typical home-cooked comfort food, raised just one notch higher by Peel's deft hand. The co-author of New Classic Family Dinners, Martha Rose Shulman shadowed the chef in the kitchen, measuring the ingredients as he cooked. The recipes didn't need too much...

Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party Tomorrow: Pretty Much Anything Could Happen

Photo by Naquib via Flickr It's finally here! Tomorrow Union Station will be the site of "Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party", which makes the name just perfect. The event is a benefit for Zócalo, "a non-profit organization that builds community by broadening access to civic discourse". Here is the third and final interview in our series with Jonathan Gold: I see Rivera is on the list of participating restaurants. Do you know if...

dineLA October 2009: Cafe Bizou - Pasadena

Our first taste of DineLA week(s) was really a matter of practicality. It was lunchtime in Pasadena. What was convenient? The menu at Cafe Bizou was varied, appealing and reasonable. We arrived just as they were opening and the first impression was not good. It was an empty FrancoDenny's with a disorganized staff. Within 30 minutes the place completely turned around. Soon the room was bustling. Bread was brought to the table quickly, the fries...

This Saturday: Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party - A Cocktailian Gathering of the Shakerati

This Saturday sees the much-anticipated benefit for Zócalo, "Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party". Participating restaurants like Rivera and Providence, along with Cedd Moses' signature cocktail pairings makes for an exciting event. Here is part two of our three-part interview with Jonathan Gold:

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Returns to Scare the Bejeesus Out of You

Last Friday Universal Studios premiered its Halloween Horror Nights which will run from 7pm to 1am on weekends and the occasional weeknight. It is a special after-dark event that requires separate tickets than the daytime entry. The regular rides and attractions, including The Simpsons Ride will remain open. Check out the schedule here.

An Interview with Martha Rose Shulman, co-author with Mark Peel of "New Classic Family Dinners"

On Monday nights, Campanile has been serving the super-popular "Family Dinner", a three-course meal served family style. The dinners highlight Mark Peel's take on comfort foods. Someone finally got him to publish a cookbook of Monday night recipes and co-authored the book with him. Martha Rose Shulman has written over 25 cookbooks and is a regular contributor to Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, and the New York Times. Her newest venture is the Venice Cooking...

Champagne and Chocolates: The Nose Knows

Friday evening Morton's in Burbank hosted a tasting of Piper-Heidsiek champagne and Vosges chocolates. The evening started with generous pourings of Piper Sonoma Brut and hearty appetizers including Smoked Salmon Wedges, Broiled Sea Scallops and Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches. The party then moved into the dining room where tables were set with champagne glasses and chocolates along with various fruits and vials of scents for "nosing". Yes, "nosing". French people often use the term for...

It's Almost Here! Jonathan Gold's Union Station Cocktail Party is This Saturday!

Rarely has an event caused as much buzz as the upcoming benefit for Zócalo. And who can resist? The restaurants are hand-picked by Jonathan Gold, LA's patron saint of good eats. Just check out a few of the participants -- Rivera! Perrier Jouet! Church & State! Providence! All this and one of the most beautiful locations in Los Angeles, art deco landmark Union Station. It definitely makes for a night to remember. How much would you pay? But wait!

Melting Pot Tours: Discover the Charm of Old Pasadena

Walking tours are a convenient way for tourists to learn about the history and architecture of a city. Why not take advantage of these tours to learn about your own town? Los Angeles hosts a variety of walking tours, but one of our favorites is one of the newest. And only partly because they give you Chinese food and cake. Enchanted by the diverse cuisines of Los Angeles, sisters Diane and Lisa Scalia started Melting...

'A Taste of the Americas' at San Antonio Winery

Sunday San Antonio Winery threw another raging bash -- this time its " “Taste of the Americas ” Food and Wine Festival. It is the second of three festivals held at the San Antonio Winery this summer. Attending events at San Antonio is a lot like going to a party at a friend's house. It sometimes feels like you are crashing the most fun wedding in Los Angeles. It is much more of a fiesta...

The New Zagat Guide is Out Today ...and it Tweets!

The newest edition of Zagat covering Los Angeles and Southern California Restaurants was released today. Zagat 2010 covers 2,034 restaurants as voted on by local amateur foodies. As with anything in today's internet age, the guidebook, ratings and reviews are not only listed on Zagat's website, but they are now available for the first time on mobile platforms, including apps for the iPhone and Android. Oh, and they Twitter (of course).

Zagat Presents' 'French Farming' at RH

As part of Zagat Presents, RH at the Andaz Hotel offered "French Farming", a four course prix fixe dinner last Tuesday night. Executive chef Sebastien Archambault took advantage of the best products available from local farmers to create dishes featuring the flavors of southwest France. LAist was invited to the swoon-worthy dinner, which included truffles, foie gras, duck confit and fine wine pairings. One of us went off the set menu, trying a foie gras...

What Would Steve Carell Eat? Find out at Pinot Bistro

The Patina Restaurant Group has catered the Emmys for 14 years and for the first time, Pinot Bistro will be offering the same Emmys Governors Ball menu the stars will be enjoying tonight. The special Emmys prix fixe dinner will be offered from Sept 21 to the 27. The Governor's Ball menu features an appetizer of "Flavors from the Farmers Market" including spectacular heirloom tomatoes, filet mignon with a noteworthy polenta ravioli and a bombe-like...

San Antonio Winery Presents "A Taste of the Americas" Today

Today L.A.’s most-awarded winery will hold a " “Taste of the Americas ” Food and Wine Festival. It is the second of three festivals held at the San Antonio Winery this summer. Lunch will include food from North, South and Central Americas. Almost a dozen wines of the Americas will be available for tasting. The event runs from 2pm to 5pm today and is priced at 50. per person, reasonable, considering the amount of...

Opa! The Los Angeles Greek Festival

Last weekend Saint Sophia's parish was an extravaganza of dancing, music, and feasting as they hosted the LA Greek Fest 2009. Other events included cooking demonstrations, children's carnival rides and games, raffles, theater, workshops and a Latina Salsa Show (hunh). OK, so let's talk food. Inside the hall they served a set price Greek dinner including dolmathes (Grape leaves stuffed with rice, meat and spices), salad, chicken or lamb. The pastries were astounding, as always....

What to Order at Mozza2Go (and it's Not Pizza!)

Every foodie in LA was giddy with excitement about the recent opening of Mozza2Go. And who could blame them? Waiting for a table at Mozza meant standing around feeling stupid, blocking the front door or bathrooms while using your mind control powers to try to make diners leave the bar. Thankfully Mozza2Go arrived to save us. Yes, they have the amazing and creatively topped pizzas on Nancy Silverton's perfect crust, they have Mario's lasagne and...

Park[ing] Day Dreams on Brand

Osborn Architects, who promote Green Buildings and LEED certification, turned their parking space into a bucolic pasture with chaise lounges for harried workers to relax in during their hectic day. The whimsical draw were the cows frolicking in the meadow, blown around by the wind so they appeared to be playing. "Dream(ing) on Brand" is a "radical intervention that represents the potential at hand for quieter, more pastoral encounters with urban public space." This installation,...

Found in LA: Dolly Go Sleep Now

Another winner from the world of retail. This little tableau comes courtesy of the toy section in the local Target store. Children are so imaginative. They just do the most adorable things. But I think a child psychologist might find this scene interesting during their role playing. Did some little girl read Hansel and Gretel one too many times? Is the dolly the evil witch? Or is it a scene straight out of suburbia? Daddy doll ran off with his secretary doll. Mommy doll has run out of her little yellow doll pills

Found in LA: They Have a Cream for that Now

Your dream has come true. You finally meet that special guy. It's the third date. Time to seal the deal. He takes you out for a fancy dinner, or maybe he even cooks for you. Maybe a walk under the moonlight, or along the beach. He takes you back to his place. Soft music low on the stereo, a bottle of wine. The making out is hot and heavy. You look deep into his eyes. This could be the one. You both stumble, undressing into the bedroom. And then you get a good look at the sheets.

Found in LA: What Part of "Out of Service" Do You Not Understand?

"OUT OF SERVICE" was also spray-painted by hand all over the side windows. They really meant it. It must still be an official vehicle. I mean, before they would re-sell a sheriff's vehicle, wouldn't they do a little more than that? Maybe it was the most ingenius car thief ever. He could just spray-paint "NOT A STOLEN CAR" and hey, no questions asked. So this vehicle is temporarily out of service and they really...

Get Your Fez Out! The Museum of Kitsch is Launched!

Allee Willis is a lot of things - songwriter, artist, director, performer, hostess extraordinaire, and owner of a fab mid-centry modern home -- the list goes on. Personally, I love her for introducing me to Bud Cort and for writing "Boogie Wonderland". Just try to listen to that song and not boogie. Now Allee is taking on the internet. Her videos have already gone viral on YouTube, but this week she debuts the spectacular online...

Found in LA: Jerry Seinfeld Loves Mozza and the Paparazzi

Last night we couldn't get to the valet parking stand outside of Mozza because there were paparazzi all over the place. Naturally I jumped out of the car and joined them. Jerry Seinfeld was waiting for his car and good-naturedly chatting with the paps about how long some of them have been around. So I joined in the conversation. Me: You're my very first street paparazzi-ing. May I take your picture? (He poses for...

Free Pizza at Pizza Fusion in SaMo!

Today Pizza Fusion, a fresh, organic, and vegan-friendly pizza chain will celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Santa Monica. The chain boasts hybrid delivery cars, in-store recycling, LEED certification, wind energy offsets and organic kid's classes (Yum! They serve children? Bet that's not on the vegan menu). What more could you want? Howzabout free beer? And food too, of course. The official grand opening of Pizza Fusion's new home at 2901...

The LA County Fair Starts Today! Go Eat Something Battered! And Deep-Fried! On a Stick!

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist Put on your sneakers and suncreen! Fill your pockets with Tums! Today marks the opening day of the LA County Fair, which will run from Sept. 5-Oct. 4th this year, a week longer than usual. You can sample 300 "culinary delights" at the Fair. This year the ever-popular Chicken Charlie is creating the "Zucchini Weenie". It's a zucchini hollowed out, stuffed with a hot dog, then battered and...

TV Dinners: Eat Like Padma, Shout Like Gordon

Ariel Contreras, HK6 Contestant (Photo courtesy STK) In spite of the occasionally cringe-worthy dishes on Top Chef and the bumbling and blubbering of Hell's Kitchen, you know you're insanely jealous of those judges. Well, now you have the opportunity to eat like the judges--yes, even the actual recipes they picked apart like bits of carrion on the small screen. Every Wednesday, STK Todd Miller's reinvented steakhouse for the "young sexy market" will serve a...

Midnight in the Garden of Agave

LAist recently hit Hornitos' Mischieve in the Garden of Agave event at The Hollywood Forever Cemetary. The party was held in the cemetary-adjacent 1931 Masonic Lodge that was recently restored by Jay Boileau. The original tilework and wood detailing make it obvious why Los Angeles Magazine named it Best Lodge Revamp in this year's "Best of" issue. Mischieve is a Sauza-coined term for switching out the traditional liquor in cocktails for tequila, drinks they have...

Simply diVine: A Summer Soiree

The cobblestone lane of Two Rodeo Drive is often used to represent "the good life" in movies and television. Last Saturday at “Simply diVine: A Summer Soiree for the Senses” to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center everyone truly got a taste of the good life. A happy and super-friendly crowd of 500 partied down while enjoying wines, cocktails and treats from some of the best restaurants in LA. The memorable offerings included a...

Rivera's Tequila Infusions

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist If you are a tequila enthusiast, there is only one place to find the smoothest, most exquisite tequila in Los Angeles. Rivera, Chef John Rivera Sedlar's pan Latin restaurant in downtown Los Angeles offers Seasonal Tequilas on Tap™. Rivera produces its own house tequila, with agave specially grown and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico. The house anejo is more like a fine cognac, rich in flavor without any of...

It's Time for Recess!

The word Recess brings back memories of freedom and play. Chef Sevan Azarian, private chef to the stars, late of Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, had exactly that vibe in mind when he opened up this little coffee house/cafe/charcuterie in Glendale last weekend. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy and the menu is dotted with playful touches - plus there are giant cookies!

Simply diVine: Eating Out for a Good Cause

Tomorrow The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center will be bringing European café culture to the cobblestone lane at Two Rodeo in Beverly Hills from 8pm - 10:30pm for the 4th annual Simply diVine: A Summer Soirée for the Senses The event is all-inclusive, offering delicacies from local restaurants, premium wines, SKYY vodka, entertainment and a silent auction. Some of the exciting items up for bidding are a weekend at the Palms in Vegas,...

Top Chef Doubles Down Tonight!

Photo via Bravo The "supersized" sixth season premiere of Top Chef airs tonight at 9 on Bravo. 17 new contestants will be battling it out at The M Resort Spa & Casino in Vegas this season, including local culinary rising star Michael Voltaggio. Padma Lakshmi returns to preside over the judges' table alongside head judge Tom Colicchio, and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young. Guests this season will include Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, Natalie...

Free Chicken at Dinah's? Race You to the Door!

Screw KFC and El Pollo Loco. Dinah's makes the real stuff. Through the end of the month, Dinah's in Glendale is offering a free chicken lunch to "new customers". That means anyone over 18 with a picture ID. If you try to go back twice, your name will be on a list (and you will have really bad karma). Customers have their choice of a leg and thigh or breast and wing plus one side dish absolutely free. From opening to closing.

Top Chef Masters: Who's Rooting for Rick?

It breaks our hearts that the Top Chef Master can't be hometown heroes Suzanne Tracht, Ludovic Lefebvre, Michael Cimarusti or Mark Peel. The show made us fall even more in love with Mark Peel, if that is even possible. Among the final four, Rick Bayless is definitely a fan favorite. Not to burn Anita Lo, Michael Chiarello or Hubert Keller, who we kind of want to sleep with even though we know he'd probably...

Hide the Hammers! Squeaky Fromme to be Released

Notorious Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme is scheduled to be released from prison on August 16, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. If she is released on Friday, as some online sources have reported (not enough prison staff on Sundays?), it will be less than a week after the 40th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders. Fromme, now 60, was sentenced to life for pointing a gun at President Gerald Ford on Sept 6,...

A Chef's Night Out: Part Two

Last Sunday the mild weather of Santa Monica made for a pleasant evening in the courtyard of The Fairmont Hotel where Angeleno Magazine celebrated their annual restaurant issue. Many of L.A.’s top chefs were on hand to serve up delicious bites to Benefit Children’s Institute. Double gold award-winning wines and spirits from the San Francisco International Wine and World Spirits Competitions were also served. Hosted by Angeleno magazine’s award-winning food critic Brad A. Johnson, who...

A Chef's Night Out: Part One

The evening began with the cool breezes of Santa Monica blowing through the courtyard of the Fairmont in Santa Monica, causing Chinese lanterns to sway and swaths of white fabric to billow gently. Colorful tequila "mischief" cocktails were served on silver trays as hors d'ouvre after hors d'ouvre appeared seemingly out of thin air.

'To Live and Dine in LA' Brad Johnson's Best of LA

Last Sunday Angeleno Magazine honored some of Los Angeles' best chefs and restauranteurs during the "Chef's Night Out" charity event. James Beard Award-winning critic Brad Johnson recently chose his top 50 restaurants for the July issue of Angeleno in a marathon of gastronomy that seems at times to have rivaled Le Grande Boeuf. Johnson's annual survey of local restaurants is broken down into a Top 50, Top 25 and Top 10. Urasawa, AOC, Artolan and...

It's National Tequila Day! (Isn't Every Day Tequila Day?)

Cosmos and Mojitos may come and go, but margaritas are forever. In celebration of national tequila day, we would like to share a few specialty margarita recipes with you The Herradura Habanero Margarita (pictured) 1.5 ounces Herradura Reposado 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice 1 ounce of Monin Habanero Lime syrup

Another Good Reason to Drink Beer: Brew Haw Haw for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation this Saturday

In case you don't have a good reason to drink beer this weekend, hop along, Cassidy, to the Gene Autrey Center in Griffith Park for all the hops and barley you can drink. The admission price of $50 includes food, beverages and live entertainment including the returning Host Bil Dwyer and and an encore live performance by Blackstone Heist. The 21 and over event runs from 3pm to 7pm Saturday, and cabs will be on site in case you have more than a taste and get overhydrated.

San Antonio Winery to Feature "Wines from Down Under" Class and Tasting Tomorrow

Sunday from noon until 3pm, the San Antonio Winery will present the next class in its series, "Wines from Down Under", featuring wines from Australia and New Zealand. The price per person is $68.00 per person - including lunch. Australian wines have become very popular over the last decade, particularly the Shiraz. Some of the wines to be sampled are D’Arenberg “Hermit Crab” Viognier Marsanne 2008, D’Arenberg “Laughing Magpie” Shiraz Voignier 2007, and the...

The Monster Dog vs. The Colossal Burger!

Papoo's Hot Dog Show is often overshadowed by the popular and iconic Bob's Big Boy across the street in Toluca Lake. And to be honest, well, Hot Dog Show is kind of weird. Decorated like an old-fashioned ice cream parlour and populated with bar flies, the restaurant has a strange air of desperation. The servers are friendly, but somehow you get the feeling that everyone has kind of given up. In contrast to the general...

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