Chef Popup at Animal

One of the great things about living in a sprawling metropolis is being able to participate in a “pop up shops”. Apop up shop is a store that opens for a limited amount of time, creating a unique environment for the customer. This idea of “flash retailing” has been utilized in sample sales, product testing, or, as in the case of Roy Choi and Jon Favreau, dining experiences. Pop up events…

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Trois Mec

Take three of the top chefs that LA has to offer, shove them into a renovated Raffallo’s Pizza across the street from Osteria Mozza and you get Trois Mec(Three Guys). I am already a big fan of the Animal/Son of a Gun duo Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Read my review on their first venture, Animal, if you want to see what they are capable of on their own. Throw the fiery Frenchman Ludo Lefebvre into…

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LA Style: The Filson Bag

Los Angeles is a mecca for style and fashion. Our LA style segments celebrates the different looks and accessories that make our town unique.

I won’t say I envy the fact that women can accessorize with purses. What I will admit is that I envy the utility a purse gives to a woman. She can keep her makeup, phone, keys, wallet, and other knick knacks stored neatly in a leather bag that leaves…

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Strategicon

Love board games? You are in luck. Los Angeles is the home of one of the largest board game conventions in the US. Enter Strategicon, a tri yearly convention for fans of board games, card games, miniatures, RPGs, collectables, and computer games. (more…)

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5 Great Places for Brunch in LA (PART 1)

Brunch is for people who can’t be bothered to wake up early enough for breakfast. In a town full of aspiring screenwriters, actors, and models, is it surprising that we have a great selection of grub for the early morning challenged? I know correlation is not causation, but the proof is in the pudding—or in this case the grits. The following are some amazing places (DEFINITELY NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE…

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Rustic Canyon

I bit my fingernails as I perused the menu at Rustic Canyon.The menu looked like a carbon copy of countless New American restaurants that I’ve eaten at over the years. The oxtail gnocchi, the deconstructed chicken sandwich, the burrata salad—it all seemed eerily familiar. I had wanted to impress my overly critical father for Father’s day but it seemed that I was fated to hear his low growl of…

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Animal

“If I set the food in front of you without telling you what it was, you would enjoy it,” the waitress tells the couple seated next to me. It’s a great notion, but I can’t help feeling like Hannibal Lecter when I eat at Animal. On my last visit, I tasted nervous tissue(brain), hepaptocytes (liver), fat/blood cells (bone marrow), hyaline cartilage (ear), and skeletal muscle (ribs). You want…

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Manhattan Beach Post

Manhattan Beach isn’t the town I remember visiting years ago. I remember walking down Manhattan Avenue looking for dinner only to find typical tourist trap fare (Mama D’s, I am looking at you). Needless to say, the area fell off my personal food radar for a few years until I heard of a new restaurant that was making waves by this seaside village.

Enter David LeFevre, a chef of considerable…

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Hoyka Noodle Soup
-Original Hoyka Noodle, Hollywood

Hoyka Noodle Soup

-Original Hoyka Noodle, Hollywood

Rèpublique

Those unfamiliar with fine dining in Los Angeles will throw out the word pretentious when describing our food scene. And for the most part they are correct: pretentiousness is pretending to have more culture/class than is actually possessed. However, I feel that the word pretentious is used inappropriately to describe places that are “fancy”.

Republique is a fancy place, but it is not…

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Chef

Chef is a movie about a man who loves to cook. Food is his universe, and unfortunately, it comes at a price. Carl Casper, the movie’s protagonist, sacrifices his personal relationships with his ex-wife and their son in his quest to become a famous chef. Roadblocks, including an overbearing boss, get thrown in his way, and Casper begins to realize how messed up his life has become and how far he…

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