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Weekend Eats: Poolside Eats at SLS, The Taste Fest, Labor Day Brunch At Salt Air

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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.

Poolside Nibbles And Tunes At The SLS Hotel: We so need a dip in the pool right now. And snacks from José Andrés wouldn't hurt either. Which is why the Friday afternoon goings-on at the Altitude Pool at the SLS Hotel sound so darn lovely. Every Friday starting at 3 p.m., a DJ spins lounge music by the rooftop pool while you can chill out, enjoy a cocktail, and a bite to eat. The vibe is much more relaxed than on the weekends. The SLS also just launched Swimdustry Mondays, where hospitality industry members who typically have Mondays as one of their only nights of, can hang out by the pool and enjoy 25% off all Altitude food and beverage menus. For reservations and inquiries contact

L.A. Times Taste Festival: This weekend rockstar chefs and mixologists are collaborating with the staff of the L.A. Times Food section for a weekend long fest at Paramount Pictures Studios. There'll be five separate themed events that you can attend, including an opening night bash hosted by Don Julio, a Field to Fork fest with Food Editor Russ Parsons, a Labor Day Block Party with Test Kitchen Manager Noelle Carter, Cocktail Confidential with Jessica Gelt and Betty Hallock, and Flavors of L.A. with critic Jonathan Gold. You can buy your tickets, which start at $65, here.

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Labor Day Brunching At Salt Air: Like we mentioned before, Mondays are usually the time to chill for restaurant folks. Which is why it's super cool that Chef Greg A. Daniels is keeping his beachside Venice restaurant open not only on a Monday, but a holiday weekend nonetheless. So do they guy a solid and head by and order up Lobster Omelette with herbed spinach and crème fraiche, Sunny Eggs with chorizo,
sugar snap peas and tomato, or Buttermilk Pancakes with caramelized maple apples. You can find out more info here.