The shuttering of Beachwood Canyon’s beloved Village Coffee Shop was widely decried by some, but new owner Patti Peck has revamped the seventies era diner to reflect the changing desires of the historic Los Angeles community. Beachwood Cafe is still the laid back neighborhood lunch spot on the corner, but with a modern new look courtesy of architect Barbara Bestor and fresh farm fare by chef Minh Phan of Echo Park Artisanal.
When news broke last week that Food & Wine named Bryant Ng as one of the best American chefs of 2012, our ears perked up. We were extremely unfamiliar with his name but knew of his restaurant The Spice Table only literally from passing it whenever we were in Little Tokyo. When trying to figure out a place to eat recently, of course The Spice Table superseded everything else in town. Of course!
You love Los Angeles. You love movies. You love food. Every first Wednesday of the month, Food X Frame will discuss a movie that was shot or set in LA and provide a corresponding recipe. BYOB.
Warning: If you ever google “Swingers”, please tack on the word “movie”, especially if you’re doing a google image search. Learn from my mistakes.
Swingers—the beloved tale of love, loss, and Pink Dot– is Jon Favreau’s convoluted lettre d’amore to Los Angeles. The city plays a central role in the film, one from which the entire plot revolves, not only for what it holds– the bars, the booze, the beautiful babies– but for what it promises. Mike (Jon Favreau) is trying to get over his nasty breakup and start a relationship with someone new: LA.
A few weeks back we heard from LAIY friend Natalie James of Fashion Intel. Natalie is a woman about town who knows just about everything. Like, she *literally* knows about everything. With Coachella coming up this weekend and everyone getting all excited to trek out to the desert to jam out and veg, she had an idea: wouldn’t everyone want to know where to get some food? Ummm, yes! Thus, here are nine food pitstops you may not have heard of or may have heard of that Ms. James has some notes on…
Made In L.A. is coming to the Hammer, Barnsdall Park, LAXART, and billboards around town on June 2 and will showcase sixty emerging, under-recognized Los Angeles artists–one of which will be voted to win a $100,000 prize. In order to help you make an educated vote this summer, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by showcasing each artist participating in the biennial.
Meg Cranston is a multi-discipline artist who works in and around popular culture–but not in very straightforward ways. Her work covers the entire map, her leaving nearly no stone unturned in how she chooses to express herself.