Veganism is a hot food subculture, one of those food movements embedded in the idea of protecting the planet and animals and ensuring that we all get the respect we deserve. The catch? Many vegans seek out foods that are non-meat representations of meat. This is a bigger article that has been months and years in the making but it makes no sense for anti-meat anything eaters to eat recreations of meat. Artist Joseph Shuldiner must agree with this and has used his creativity to make one of the best, most naturally focused vegan cookbook ever made–and it’s all based on an LA food source.
On the fifth day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me: Compartes Holiday Truffles.
This past Sunday was one of those rainy days where you don’t really want to do anything. It wasn’t the most oppressive in the recent spat of bad weather but it was annoying enough that you just don’t want to do anything. To top it all off, we were dreadfully hungover and trying to figure out how to recover as we had been absolute wrecks. While visiting friends in Santa Monica, we were on the hunt for a comforting dinner place that doubled as a shield from the rain. We considered a few styles (Italian? Pizza? Hamburgers?) but Mexican seemed like the perfect place to remedy an all day hangover. This took us to new Fourth Street spot Mercado, which we had never even heard of and had no idea what to expect.
A few months ago, we featured the work of illustrator Jon Lau and his greatly exaggerated views of reality. They included lots of pop cultural views, natural scenes, and more. While he still maintains an interest in K-pop culture, his work in fantasy and nature is really remarkable. They’re fun and whimsical and incredibly playful.
The Allah-Las are local revival rockers that have been rolling into success this year. They’ve released some singles and performed many shows around town and finally released their self-titled debut in September. It’s a perfectly fine beach rock release and, on cool sunny days like this, a dozen surf anthems always does a body good.