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Reed’s Ginger Beer Is Great

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We’ve all seen those Reed’s sodas around town–but did you know they were made in Los Angeles? We had no idea! They seem so ubiquitous that we figured this was something so big and so out there that there would be no reason to investigate the brand to see if they are local. The only reason we discovered this was after reading that the brand is doing OK financially. The news stuck in our brain and eventually grabbed us as we were shopping: we had to buy and share Reed’s Ginger Brew on the site.
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Michelle Han Has An Idea For Pet Food

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The food I eat doesn’t look good. I’m not talking about the food itself: I’m talking about the packaging. It never looks good! It’s not cool or sexy or like the packaging that you people friends get in your food. There’s always a lot of unnecessary clutter on pet food bags and there’s inevitably a cheesy photo of some dog friend who comes courtesy of obvious stock photography. LA designer Michelle Han has an idea for making dog food look better. She and a team did a little redesign project a few years ago to attempt to package pet food in a simple, attractive, and straightforward way. I would eat this food!

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The Digest: Chaya Downtown’s Cherry Blossom Festival

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After almost thirty years in town, Chaya Brasserie might now be more of a function of Los Angeles than a product of it. Their lineage traces 400 years back, serving food under a tree in Hayama Japan, to offer food and respite for the vagabonds of the time. Shigefumi Tachibe brought the Euro-Asian style to Beverly Hills with Chaya Brasserie, offering food and drink for the power lunchers and adventuresome eaters of the 1980s. Ok, so the times have changed. Except the “All Night Every Night Happy Hour,” which must have survived since those days of drinking sake underneath a shade tree.

So we must celebrate. Not just to eating and drinking under a tree. But to the one hundred years of friendship between our country and Japan, symbolized by 3,000 cherry blossom trees decorating our nations capital.

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Where Shall We Meet? Holy Guacamole

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You’ve been living in Echo Park (adjacent) for so long, you forgot there was the Pacific Ocean somewhere over there. But there is. And you need to feel the sand in your toes, the salt on your skin and the sun on your back.

Start early, carpool with friends, make a playlist and replenish the tap water in one of those eco-tinted to-go containers you take to yoga. Arrive at Ocean Park, just south of Santa Monica, spread out on the beach and read that book you’d be too embarrassed to break open nearer home.

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Sean Norvet Illustrates Food Insanity

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If there is one thing we love on LAIY, it is hyper-creative food and art pairings from LA based artists. Some good examples of this are the work of Stephanie Gonot, Julie Lee, Aron Filkey And Mate Moro, and Judy Unger, all artists who add a bit of whimsy and food into their craft. These artists–and projects–are very few and far between and take a lot of research to find. We did find one recently that comes to us from Art Center Illustration student Sean Norvet who uses food and the surrounding culture as compliments to an insane illustrated world.

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EastSide Food Festival Castle Gourmet Mack Sennett

November 9 is the Eastside Food Festival which will include lots of great goodies from Castle Gourmet and Food Is The New Rock and more. It’s taking place at the Mack Sennett Studios and will be delicious.

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Hollywood Forever Comedy Is Dead XVIII Brian Posehn Mary Lynn Rjskub

Hollywood Forever is hosting a big funny night called Comedy Is Dead which is in its eighteenth incarnation. It will include comedy group WOMEN and Mary Lynn Rajskub and Brian Posehn.

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Theatricum Boo-tanicum  2014

Every year, Theatricum Botanicum hosts a Halloween festivity called “Theatricum Boo-Tanicum.” This year, the event is happening on October 31. Check it out!

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Lido Los Angeles Club Nokia

Young Norwegian producer Lido is coming to Los Angeles for a show at Club Nokia on October 3. His new EP is out now as is his new video, which you can catch on Complex.

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Damon Wayans Lyric Theatre Super Secret Comedy Show

Damon Wayans is going to step in for a Super Secret Comedy Show event that is a *rare* ninety minute set at the Lyric Theatre. Catch it on October 15!

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