More and more, I find myself spending time in Downtown. We’ve all seen how much Downtown has changed over the last few years; the infusion of cool restaurants, bars, venues, and stores has truly made it one of the city’s most culturally-dense destinations. But let’s be real—there are still few things that can convince me to make that often traffic-heavy trek. One of those things is The Bloc , an open-air urban center situated on 7th Street between Flower and Hope Streets, that both physically and metaphorically serves as a connection point for all of Downtown’s different districts: financial, jewelry, fashion, and theater. And The Bloc’s mix of shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment, and event programming reflects all that Downtown has to offer. Currently, though, The Bloc is killing it when it comes to their fashion offerings, making it one of my favorite style destinations in the city. Here are 3 reasons why The Bloc is Downtown’s best new fashion destination…Read More
Though I'm still processing last night's devastating Dodger loss, the end of Halloween, and the sudden shift to cool, rainy weather (seriously, how is it November already?), I'm trying to look ahead at all the good things to come. Namely, the infinite events that seem to take over LA during the Fall season. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, hay rides...are all things I didn't include on this list. No, unsurprisingly, my favorite fall events usually revolve around hot food. So below are the 5 events I'm most looking forward to this month, and there are even a few here that aren't solely about eating!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.
The summer festivities have been in full swing for weeks now (can you believe it's almost August?), but considering how many fantastic events are still on our social calendar, it sometimes feels like we're just getting started. Of course, our favorite get-togethers always revolve around food, and luckily, the number of food gatherings this season seem to be growing exponentially. With so much going on, it becomes increasingly difficult to sift through everyone's overwhelming lists and pick out the essential must-go's. So we're going to make it real easy for you; if you're in need of entertainment and sustenance this weekend, look no further than the first annual 'Uncorked' Food and Wine event hosted by The Village at Westfield Topanga this Saturday, 7/23 from 4-7pm.Read More