I’ve always thought that Echo Park’s Short Stop was just some hipster dive. I’ve never considered its history or really what was going on in the area that could have birthed such a bar: in my head, it was just some place where people go to dance and get cheap drinks and smoke in an alley way and play pool and take photo booth photos. That was it! It actually has a really, really rich history of being a fairly sordid cop bar that has attracted a lot of violence. Who knew?! We didn’t–but documentarian Rory Mitchell did and he made a little historical documentary on the place.
Have you ever been to a restaurant where you were so overwhelmed in a good way that you just tell your server to bring you what they think is best for the table? We have never done this until we went to Night+Market, the hip new perma-pop-up Thai street food restaurant housed inside Talesai. It isn’t that the food is hard to understand: it all sounds so good and so slightly alien to the casual Thai food eater that you can’t quite make up your mind on what to get. Moreover, this menu–unlike many Thai places like Thai Patio and Jitlada–is so surprisingly concise that you owe it to yourself to place the dice in your server’s hands: have them order the best of the best for you.
Meat is a pretty ubiquitous item in the landscape of Los Angeles food. It isn’t something that is scarce nor is it something disgustingly celebrated like those guys on Epic Meal Time. It’s just a part of our food culture and it is nothing more and nothing less than that. Mario Batali is adding a bit of a push in the meat direction with his new restaurant Chi Spacca. The place has been “on our list” of places to go but, really, we didn’t have an idea of what it really was–until we saw Alison Chernick‘s new NOWNESS video on the place. You guys: it is a cured meat wonderland!
Perhaps it’s a Saturday and you’ve wilted after picking up something naughty in satin at Kiki de Montparnasse, together with a bottle of fragrance at Chloé, Italian milk soap from Santa Maria Novella, and then taking a wistful gaze at the chandeliers in Connoisseur Antiques. You need caffeine–and quite possibly a sour cherry and chocolate scone.
Everyone loves Handsome Coffee. People are just wild about them! It should come as no surprise that brands are all giddy about them, too. From their very ubiquitous presence at any Art District store event to their beans sliding into nearly every coffee shop in town, the brand has taken the town–and beyond–by storm. What is the latest thing they are up to? They’ve teamed up with Sweedish denim masters Nudie Jeans to make some aprons. It’s a clever collaboration as both brands have a rock and roll, “We do what we want!” approach to their crafts.