It's no surprise that I love Los Angeles and all that it has to offer. What better time to #shoplocal than the holidays. You can stop by the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend which will be filled with local artisans (clothing, food, jewelry & more) pimping their wares just in time for you to stuff some stockings, or you can check out some of my local favorites below.
Too pretty to eat? or so delectable, you can't help but devour these decadent morsels, despite their dapper dress. The truffles that Jonathan Grahm creates are to-die-for. Just ask Oprah, who picked his chocolates as one of her favorite things, over whiskers on kittens. The bars and truffles are my favorite chocolates in Los Angeles, and I could have chocolate with every meal.
I love this bauble as a triumphant medal conquering your daily commute. These charms are the quintessential representation of life in Los Angeles, in the form of delicate freeway signs in precious metals. Whether as a symbol of your road trip through life or a way to proudly represent your Southland neighborhood, L. Makai's Commuter Collection necklace can be customized for anyone on your wish list. You can find the Commuter Collection this weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair Dec 14 & 15.
Finally marrying two of my favorite things: smoke and olives, Orgasmo de la boca smoked olives are true to their namesake: an orgasm in your mouth. In Bloody Mary's, on a cheese plate, or just to snack on while binge watching Homeland, Chef Alessandra's smoked olives are best enjoyed with company, or you may find yourself finishing off every last bite yourself.
Jazz Guitarist Chris Standring pairs up with singer songwriter Kathrin Shorr for an album of new holiday classics. These two are fixtures in the LA music scene and have succeeded in creating an album of original Christmas songs that warms your hearth and decks your halls with jazz & joy. This is a simple way to support local artists by purchasing some festive music for the holidays.
If you're not sure you're in the Christmas Sprit, you just need to step foot in Aldik's store during the holidays, and you will find every manner of tree, trimming, ornament, and tinsel. This is a wonderland of epic proportions with trees and decor in every style from traditional to whimsical to modern to handmade. If you didn't have enough holiday cheer, stop in here.
Curating the finest in vintage barware & an impeccable liquor selection, Joe Keeper also has the best gift basket for your cocktail curious cubicle buddy. All the ingredients you need to craft your own craft cocktail at home are conveniently curated into a gift box, along with the recipe from a classic cocktail or if you're adventurous, the secret ingredients to one of LA's finest bartender's signature cocktails. Shaken or stirred, the secrets will be revealed to you when you open your box.
What are some of your local favorites? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!
I remember as a kid taking the bridge from Samar to Leyte and how the bridge looked like an S on the way to Samar and like an L on the way to Leyte. Now that area is completely devastated and looks nothing like it looked when I traveled there as a child. With the Phillipines being my mother's homeland, I count myself among the Southland's vibrant Filipino community community and have been so warmed by the efforts of the LA community to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. If you have been wanting to donate, here is one more chance to give to the relief efforts this holiday season.
The foodie community is once again pooling its talents to be a force of good. #LALovesPI will bring together noted chefs at The Church Key (8730 Sunset Blvd), to raise money for Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine-based grassroots organization and non-profit who is currently assisting relief efforts on the front lines of Typhoon Haiyan disaster sites.
The array of celebrated chefs and mixologists will include:
- Eric Greenspan (The Foundry)
- Kris Morningstar (Rays + Stark Bar)
- Ray Garcia (Fig)
- Anthony Carron (800 Degrees, Top Round)
- Steven Fretz (The Church Key, Top Round)
- Steve Samson (Sotto)
- Perry Cheung (Phorage)
- Sally Camacho (The Jonathan Club)
- Kevin Luzande (Acabar)
- Devon Espinosa (The Church Key)
- Nick Meyer (Bestia, Sotto)
- Joey Bernardo (Harvard & Stone)
Each will create a special dish or cocktail exclusively for the benefit event. Keep an eye on the Facebook page as more participants are announced!
General Admission tickets are $100 + service fees and include:
- an all-inclusive dinner
- cocktail reception
- silent auction
VIP tickets are $150 + service fees:
- all-inclusive dinner
- cocktail reception
- silent auction
- private champagne reception from 5-6pm
- exclusive dish tastings
- gift bags courtesy of Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery)
Tickets are on sale now—get them at https://lalovespi.nightout.com/.
Looking for the perfect punch to serve your guests this Thanksgiving? Look no further. I have the perfect fall punch for entertaining right here! I took a trip to one of my favorite Los Angeles Bars to speak with Naomi Schimek, the beverage director at The Spare Room in Hollywood. Located in the hip (and haunted) Roosevelt Hotel, this gamer's paradise serves up bowls of punches to hipsters playing Uno or the Hollywood king pins who come to bowl on their classic double alley.
You can find the recipe for this delightful punch on Move LifeStyle. It is filled with fall flavors of cognac, persimmon, cinnamon and darjeeling tea. Naomi chose a beautiful fruity bright cognac with a luminous honey color. You can find Cognac Park from Distillerie Tessendier et Fils, here in Los Angeles at K&L Wine Merchants on Sunset and Vine. And lucky for you Angelenos, if you don't feel like making a bowl for yourself, you can always go to The Spare Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt and have them mix something up for you while you live out your Big Lebowski dreams.
If you're looking for some cocktail ideas for Halloween, I have put together a few options on MoveLifeStyle that don't involve fake sugary flavors. If you know me, my personal hell is laced with candy corn and a chaser of Skittles-flavored vodka. So, here are a few ideas for your ghoulish celebrations that won't turn your tongue into an un-natural shade of blue.
Break out some cash for charity!
at The Famous Bar on Thursday, August 15th from 8pm-11pm.
The Famous Bar
154 S. Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91205
The donation is $20 for both cocktails and a chance to vote for your favorite. CASH is best so they can make sure 100% of it goes right into the kitty for the winning charity. A healthy competition with a 60/40 split so no one walks away empty handed. Everybody wins!
I have a new way for you to get wild this summer. Starting on July 11, The LA Zoo is hosting some summer night parties for the 18 and over set. Every Thursday Night in July, there will be food trucks, DJs spinning at the carousel & standup comedy at the petting zoo. Impress a date or bring your sweetheart to Wild Summer Nights at the LA Zoo. There's full bar service for those of legal drinking age, so you can also bring your buddies and just party with the animals.
WHEN: Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
- July 11: Live band So Many Wizards; Comedians Rob Gleeson and Jonny Loquasto
- July 18: Live band CHIEF; Comedians Francisco Ramos and Helen Hong
- July 25: Live band NO; Improv comedy troupe
WHERE: The Los Angles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at the northeast corner of Griffith Park at the junction of the I-5 (Golden State)
and the 134 (Ventura) freeways. The Zoo is directly across from the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
COST: The event is $18 for general admission, and $15 for GLAZA and KCRW members.
INFO: For more informationonline, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.lazoo.org/roaringnights or call (323) 644-6042.
All events are 18+ and up. No outside food or drink is permitted.
A new high holiday is re-born: This year's Grilled Cheese Invitational falls on April 20, 2013. 4/20 people. Yes. That 420. The stars are aligning once in a millenia for the organized consumption of ooooey gooey grilled cheese and the only organized holiday of the stoner nation. Get down with Snoop Lion and roll a big fat doobie before sauntering down to LA Center Studios for a day filled with butter, bread, cheese and victory. You can glad hand with the Mayor of Cheese, who is not a figment of your THC laced imagination, but a real public figure who officiates such fromage filled revelry.
Check it: I grill the Mayor on all things Grilled Cheese at the Grilled Cheese Truck
It's only $12 if you buy tickets online for all the Cabot Sponsored Grilled Cheese you can eat & despite my intro, the event is very family friendly. You can buy a taste from the competitors but maybe you should just fork over a $13 more bucks ($25 all in) to be a JUDGE in the competition.
Grilled Cheese Invitational
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017