With each new season comes new openings and new hotspots to see, be seen, or you know, enjoy food, drinks, and the company of your friends in a lovely space. This year, it seems that rooftop bars are all the rage; starting with E.P. + L.P.'s splashy appearance in West Hollywood a few short years ago, to the constantly bustling scene that is Catch, local restaurateurs are finally capitalizing on LA's yearlong sunshine and warm weather to open beautiful drinking dens for watching the sunset over Sunset. Though, of course, not every bar opening this summer is of the rooftop variety-- in fact, we've found a few that we're loving providing moodier scenes in glitzy spaces. Either way, LA's 3 best new bar openings for summer 2017 are all excellent spots for grabbing a nice cocktail and some bites, enjoying the #vibes, and celebrating the summer.Read More
Every Summer, LA becomes abuzz with events galore; from outdoor movie screenings to food truck festivals and everything in between, the events this summer are non-stop. But since we hate feeling overwhelmed with the endless choices of what to do, we've narrowed it down to the 10 essential events.
1. Arroyo Seco Weekend -- June 24th/25th : An inaugural new music festival by Goldenvoice, Arroyo Seco Weekend has already made quite a splash in the local music scene. The two-day event boasts an impressive line-up of bands from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to Mumford & Sons. But the Coachella organizers have been equally savvy in their food choices, working with local restaurants like Barrel & Ashes, Broken Spanish, Fritzi Coop, Kettle Black, Kogi, Sawyer and more to provide the bites, making this event fit for foodies and music lovers alike.
2. Eat.See.Here / Street Food Cinema / Cinespia / Rooftop Cinema Club : Ok, this technically counts as 4 separate events. But to avoid overwhelming you with a million different outdoor film-viewing possibilities, I'm consolidating them. Ever since Cinespia, movie screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, became the thing to do during the summer, other outdoor film screenings keep cropping up. Each one offers something unique; Eat.See.Hear opens all of their movies with a concert and features a handful of food trucks to supply the night's bites. Street Food Cinema is allll about the food trucks, while Rooftop Cinema Club hosts their outdoor movie screenings on (you guessed it) a rooftop in Hollywood.
3. DT Stage Concert Series @ Pershing Square : Like our outdoor movie obsession, LA is also a city full of free concerts come summertime. Most of them are just ok, but the line-up for the DT Stage Concert Series in Pershing Square actually looks great, with The Wallflowers headlining on July 15th.
4. Harry Potter @ The Hollywood Bowl : Since who knows how long we'll have to wait before The Cursed Child makes its way to The Pantages, in the meantime, we'll just have to enjoy our favorite childhood movies in concert at LA's grandest venue. The LA Philharmonic will be playing along to John Williams' iconic score as we watch The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
5. FYF Fest -- July 21st-23rd : One of LA's most underrated (but fairly long-running) music festivals, FYF at Exposition Park always manages to fly under-the-radar but boasts a cult following of people who attend every year. This year, the lineup includes a ragtag mix of Missy Elliot, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, and Frank Ocean as headliners, with acts like Iggy Pop, Solange, MGMT, Hannibal Buress, and plenty more rounding out the quirky event.
There are some dishes that you will always undoubtedly crave year-round: your late-night In N' Out Double Double, a Trust Me from Sugarfish, and short rib tacos from the Kogi truck. But arguably one of the best features of the LA dining scene is its focus on seasonality. Though fresh produce is available year round, and we basically soak up the sun for 12 months straight, the city's best Chefs still insist on crafting their menus based on the best local ingredients of the moment. So when the next season rolls around, we're always excited to see what creative new arrivals have landed on the menus of our favorite eateries. Below, 3 of our favorite go-tos and their new menu additions.Read More
Food trends may come and go, but when it comes to LA standby's, sushi has managed to transcend the hype, remaining one of the city's most beloved dining-out experiences. Of course, not every of-the-moment sushi restaurant is successful in the long run, and clearly, Angeleno foodies have been showing preference for the minimal offerings of Sugarfish and KazuNori of late. And yet Katsuya, with its locations in Hollywood, Brentwood, Glendale, and L.A. Live (in addition to their national locations), has been able to stick around, continually serving quality sushi and Japanese plates in an upscale scene. I was thankfully reminded of Katsuya's consistency and quality upon a recent visit when I came to check out their new renovations. They've switched up the interior of the Hollywood location a bit, opening up the space and reinvigorating the furniture, subtly de-emphasizing that previously night-clubby feel for a space that feels brighter and more modern. The interior may be new, but my meal was a reminder that spicy tuna on crispy rice, salmon sashimi with caviar, and baked crab hand rolls are still as satisfyingly delicious now as they were when Katsuya first opened.Read More
Personally, I can't believe it's been 9-10 months since Paley opened at the beautiful Columbia Square complex. And though I spend plenty of time at the neighboring Rubies + Diamonds, Sweetgreen, and of course, Sugarfish, I hadn't actually enjoyed a meal at this beautiful neighborhood gem until very recently. The mid-century modern space captures the splendor of Hollywood during the 50's and 60's, with leather booths, gold trim, and a few art deco details. Serving California cuisine with a global bent, Paley focuses (as many restaurants currently do) on local, seasonal ingredients and classic dishes with modern additions. And while I would like to return for dinner or lunch, they offer one of the few upscale brunch options in that neighborhood.Read More