Usually in THE RECAP, we share what is happening for the weekend into the following week. Because Valentine’s Day is such a huge fucking foodie holiday and because there are so many events going on, we had to give the occasion its own special RECAP. It includes cheap things to do, arty things to do, foodie things to do, and–of course–CuTe~*~LoVeY~*~tHiNgS~*~2~*~dO. Like what? Well, CHECK THE RECAP!!
Isabella’s Cookie Company is a Redondo Beach cookie maker who make a lot, a lot, a lot of cookies. We had never seen this cookie brand before but saw it while visiting Beachwood Market very quickly as killed time in the Beachwood Canyon are. We had a tough choice picking from the selection as they all sounded fairly interesting. The ones that caught our eyes as they are so basic were their Milk & Bookies Cookie, their take on a chocolate chip cookies that is meant to inspire kids to read based on the eponymous Santa Monica nonprofit. They’re pretty good.
We all have a fantasy of being “a regular” somewhere. In this fantasy, you wander into an establishment and a server waves to you from behind a counter–and even says your name. You walk to “your booth” and pull out a book as a server brings the same cocktail that you always drink but, at this point, don’t even have to order because everyone here knows that you are that person who orders that drink. It’s the Cheers effect: you want to go to a place where everyone knows your name. It’s quaint, it’s comfortable, it’s special: we all want that.
Beachwood Canyon’s Beachwood Cafe has that feeling to it even if you have never been there before. Formerly the neighborhoody Village Coffee Shop, the nearly year old restaurant has a small town feeling to it and a warmth that could be cause for them to cancel their heating services. Everything about the place–the food, the service, the patrons, the area–is comforting and a mix of homey and high end. Their monthly Community Night takes their welcoming feel to an entirely new category of comfort. Where else in the city does the head chef walk around and hand out homemade chocolate chip cookies as an older couple of regulars play Scrabble Food Edition with the owner of the place? There is likely nowhere else in Los Angeles.
Jenelle Law is a graphic design student currently studying at CalArt. Her work is very bright and bold and borders on being a good kind of cartoony. She recently had an assignment in school where students had to choose “two elements of Los Angeles to contrast within [a] set of postcards and motion piece.” Jenelle got a really, really fun one: Los Angeles food verus Los Angeles architecture. What did she do with it? She used food to reconstruct a few of Los Angeles’ most famous landmarks through various food staples of the city. It’s so cute!
Julie Lee loves to play with her food. She’s serious about this play, which you can see from her very artsy Instagram. Food for her–at the market, before cooking, just observing–is more than food: they are little natural art pieces that she arranges in collages celebrating their form, subtly hinting at what they will be used for. Don’t you wish you played with your food like her?