Say what you will about the LA Times but their food coverage is fairly consistent and quite great. From Jonathan Gold‘s reviews to events that make everyone happy, they are one area of the newspaper that is keeping it real. But did you know they have a Test Kitchen video series that helps you perfect your culinary craft? They do! We had no clue but it’s totally something that exists and it is totally informative.
If you’ve forgotten what the 80s looked like (or you weren’t yet born but have a yearning to dress like Lourdes Ciccone Leon), it’s time to return to the Beverly Center, which opened its doors in 1982.
The site at the intersection of La Cienega and Beverly was originally all oil fields (how very Dallas). It was then a small amusement park for decades and you can still find Hollywood agents who grew up here with memories of the Ferris wheel and the pony ride called, imaginatively, Ponyland.
So you are catching a movie at The Arclight in Hollywood and you just don’t have the time or energy to think of another place to eat around Sunset and Vine despite there being a ton of places to eat but you are really hungry and you don’t want to be late for your movie so you decide that, yes, you are going to chance it again—after you swore against it the last time you were there—at the Arclight Cafe. This is a restaurant known for its clapperboard sheets so you and your waiter can countdown when your movie starts and a menu that features a lot of common classics you might actually find at a chain restaurant down near the Regal Stadium 20 back home. You always eat here and feel rushed and are unhappy with the food and are just in a silly headspace going into your film. “Why didn’t I just get one of those fancy hot dogs?” you think to yourself as you rush to your showtime. Why do we go to The Arclight Cafe even though we know we shouldn’t? It’s convenient and it’s strangely homey and there is a bar.
On the fourth day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me… Melville Winery’s Verna Pinot Noir.
The “foodie fashion” movement seems to have catapulted into fame this year. There are t-shirts that feature bacon patterns and sweaters that feature photo-realistic, monster sized french fries and even shoes covered in candy. Whether the product of designers with the munchies or junk food adoring companies, there is no way of telling—but food in fashion has definitely been showing up more and more. This brings up an important question: what would an LA entry into this world look like? Local high-end street brand Casen Kreation have suggested an answer with a new collection of bright photographic print based wears that feature fruit. Yes, fruit—because Californians are healthy!