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3 Ways To Eat Your Way Through The Weekend

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The weekend is so close you can practically taste it. Here are the edible events going on in the next few days to keep you occupied—and sated, for that matter.

Holiday Pop-Up at Grand Central Market: Saturday and Sunday, GCM will be hosting retail and food pop-ups, musical performances and family-friendly activities from 9am - 6pm. There'll be items like aprons by Hedley & Bennett, pickles by Rachael Narins (of Chicks With Knives), and flour and bread-making tools by Grist & Toll. You can also stock your holiday pantry with goodies from DTLA Cheese and Valerie, who will be offering chocolate boxes, fruitcakes and peppermint bark, alongside its current spread of decadent baked goods and cafe food. On Saturday, there will also be a cookbook signing from local female cooks Aarti Sequeira of Aarti Paarti, Catherine McCord of Weelicious, Akasha Richmond of Akasha Restaurant and author of Hollywood Dish, Amelia Saltsman of The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook and Valerie Gordon herself of Sweet. You can find out more info here.

Unique USA Also here for your holiday shopping needs is the annual pop-up shop showcasing some of the city's best food crafters and DIYers. The event, created by Sonja Rasula, draws quite the crowd, with last years shows bringing in nearly 15,000 people. The event has been so popular since it's start that it's gone national since launching here in Los Angeles as Unique L.A. in 2008. There'll be 350 hand picked designers showcasing their wares, so bring your totes and prepare for some serious shopping. You can find out more info here.

Repeal Day Drinking: Today marks an important day in history for those who love to drink alcohol: Repeal Day. Back in 1933, Prohibition ended with the 21st Amendment. But the speakeasy culture didn't end there as many bars in Los Angeles are still keeping up with the theme. Plenty of local bars and restaurants throughout the city are offering cocktail and food deals, and some are even throwing soirees celebrating this watershed moment. You can find a great list of them here.