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Foodshop: Unlocking Venice’s Best Kept Culinary Secret

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Somewhere in the heart of Venice, sits a nondescript warehouse that can’t quite be accessed from the street. Slide open the massive steel door, neatly tucked in an alleyway, and you’ll find a semi-secret culinary adventure unfolding. Hosts Hyejin and Itay, and a few other helping hands, prepare dinner for 20 to 30 guests sitting along a massive family style table, bathed gently in dreamy candlelight.

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The Digest: El Cholo

el cholo spanish cafe

Everyone goes here. You did. Your Mom probably does, sometimes with your Dad, but probably with her girlfriends. Your Uncle was probably here too, having margaritas. But that’s just this generation. People have been going to this stop off Wilshire for almost a hundred years now. Robert Redford ate here once. Jack Nicholson called it one of his favorite places in town. Bing Crosby loved it too; Elizabeth Taylor dined here more than a few times.

Inevitably, we all pass through El Cholo.

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Where Shall We Meet? Samuel French and The Pikey

Where Shall We Meet Samuel French and The Pikey 1

It’s hard not to get caught up in Pilot Season when you live in this town. The overnight successes, the ingénue, the character actor, the gay best friend and the not-quite-as-pretty-as-the-lead (but works a lot more in commercials) of the next smash hit live and work among us.

It could be you. You studied acting. You do have a Scene prepared, right? No? Get thee to Samuel French!

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Fruigees, A Fruit And Veggie Vegan Pudding

Fruigees, A Fruit And Veggie Vegan Pudding 1

Pudding is one of the best sweet treats around. There’s something classic about it: saying the word pudding pulls up images of 1950s homemakers preparing these choclatey or vanillay desserts for guests. More recently, pudding brings up images of a brightly sweatered Bill Cosby sharing little anecdotes on the joys of eating this treat. You don’t really think of fruits or vegetables when you think of pudding, though. Sometimes fruit goes with pudding but, as mentioned, you think of chocolate and vanilla when you think of pudding. LA based food folk Fruigees are changing this image of the treat by making fruit and vegetable based vegan puddings that are just as delightful as you imagine–but they’re based in a very healthy, wholesome place.

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Keenhouse’s Where I Belong

Keenhouse's Where I Belong

It’s been more than half a year since we checked up on what Ken Rangkuty’s Keenhouse has been up to. Last we left off, he released a new album Four Dreams and is still supporting the release with various activities. Most recently, a new video for lead single “Where I Belong” has come out and it gives the song an ethereal, futuristic quality much like the Keenhouse sound. He also has a little accompanying artbook available that helps build out the world of Four Dreams beyond the audial and into the visual.

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Biran Scarf Vacation Days Hamish Robertson

Local design outfit Vacation Days has a new collection of scarves out called the Biran scarves. They’re quite beautiful! They also have a collaboration with TENOVERSIX. Check it!

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Sagrada Anenon VIA Publication Julie Niemi

VIA Publication has a great review of Los Angeles’ electrionic act Anenon’s new album SAGRADA. The album is out now and great, too.

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Twilight Of The Adventurers Narratively Zach Urbina

Local writer and LAIY contributor Zach Urbina wrote an amazing piece for Narratively about The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles. Fascinating local tale!

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