If you live anywhere near Downtown LA and haven’t been to Grand Central Market yet, well, frankly you’re missing out. It’s a vibrant marketplace full of the most diverse vendors you can imagine. Third-wave coffee? Check. Sausages? Vegan ramen? Check. Affordable and fresh produce? Check. Alright, LA does have a diverse food landscape all over the sprawling city that it is, but what some transplants and out-of-towners always miss is some good ol’ Southern-style BBQ. That’s where Horse Thief BBQ has got you covered.Read More
Vegans aside, you rarely hear about anyone getting excited over a new all-vegan, organic restaurant opening, even in LA. Well, electronic music pioneer and LA resident Moby is here to change all that. Moby’s new restaurant in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood was highly anticipated among vegans and non-vegans alike, with tons of press and pre-opening buzz. Just days before the opening, his menu showed exciting, non-traditional vegan offerings that are hard to come by anywhere with a strict vegan product. From vegan cheese ricotta-stuffed pasta, to vegan cassoulet, house made vegan “milks” and vegan biscuits and gravy, the ambitious fare is intriguing whether you’re a meat-eater or not.Read More
Baroo is located in the heart of East Hollywood, right in the middle of strip mall country. The strip mall restaurant isn’t unique to Los Angeles, but inspiring, world-changing strip mall food is something we both invented and perfected, with variations such as the original Nozawa to Trois Mec immediately coming to mind. Even the original Spago on Sunset Boulevard was in a strip-mall like space above the Budget Car Rental. The latest strip mall wonder that’s about to take the city by storm is Baroo, which is slightly complicated to find, considering there’s no sign and it’s next to a partially vacant, soon-to-open 7-11. Once you get inside, however, there’s nothing nearby that matches the magic happening in this little room.Read More
Chef Andy Ricker first expanded his Thai emporium from Portland to New York, and now it’s arrived in LA’s Chinatown. The other outlets’ strong presence on social media has given this authentic but Farang-helmed restaurant a large following in Los Angeles that is ready to get down and feast. Pok Pok Phat Thai’s take out noodle shop, which opened early this year, is only a few blocks away and has been getting rave reviews since it opened. However delicious those dishes are, don’t expect the new Pok Pok to feature any of Phat Thai’s items on its menu, so leave your noodle and fried rice expectations at the door and be prepared to taste flavors you rarely experience when going out to eat in Los Angeles.Read More
When LA catches on to a trend, it really catches on. Remember fro-yo, juicing, avocado toast, kale? The list goes on. Poke is so hot in LA right now that you may have even spotted it at your local Costco or Whole Foods. The thing about poke is that it’s easy to fall in love with because it’s so versatile. Most, if not all, of the new poke places have strayed from the traditional Hawaiian preparation of simple marinated fish (usually ahi tuna) on rice.Read More
Walking down the streets of Highland Park, mainly York and Figueroa that is, there’s no doubt you’ll encounter various places to get a beer. Of course you can go to your usual bar where you can get a bucket or pitcher of your routine Budweiser or Corona brew, but if it’s quality you’re looking for, then read on.
The explosion of craft beer in Los Angeles alone has been incredible. Breweries are popping up like wildflowers, so there’s no surprise that bars are taking note and modifying their offerings to showcase this. Whether it’s a local brewery, or craft beer from the East Coast, these neighborhood bars will enlighten you with the beer knowledge and flavor you need to satisfy your thirst. The best part is you can walk to three-quarters of the list, so what are you waiting for?Read More
In less than a month, Echo Park has been inundated by an array of booming food business openings. A gourmet French-style eatery, an upscale grocery mart, and a soon-to-open farm-to-table eatery, all within less than a mile from each other, have popped up on Sunset Blvd.
Lassens is a California chain market that targets the foodie, affluent residents in the area it happens to set foot in. A sort of Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Gelsons mashup, Lassens is surely welcome in Echo Park, where the neighborhood residents grudgingly drive to Trader Joes and Whole Foods to get their organic, gluten-free, vegan etc. fix.Read More
Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. It’s that one holiday of the year that we dread because we’re under the pressure to do something romantic that will sweep our partners off their feet. Something that will make us seem thoughtful and caring, beyond the flowers and candle-lit dinners.
Speaking of which, you may have planned a night out at one of those fancy restaurants, or maybe splurged on an expensive bottle of champagne. The truth of the matter is, you’ll surprise your significant other more if you come up with something more original.
The answer, my friend, is beer. We all know the popularity of beer has increased dramatically in the last few years, yet most Valentine’s suggestions are based on wine and food, or chocolate pairings, but isn’t it time for something more exciting?
If you’ve already started the beer journey, or are just looking to get started, this is a perfect opportunity to taste and figure out what type of beer you like. You can share your beer exploration with your partner as a fun activity, while enjoying your meal at the same time.
So go ahead and cancel that dinner reservation. Stay in and be prepared to wow your lover with your beer knowledge. Forget the wine and champagne, beer can be romantic, too.Read More
It’s December now and the pumpkin beer craze is almost over. Now, despite the deliciousness of pumpkin beers, winter beers have gone under the radar....until now. Angelenos and fellow Californians are getting more into craft beer by the second, and breweries are starting to take note. It seems that this year many local breweries have come out with delightfully spicy, warm, and dark seasonal beers. These cozy brews make us feel like it’s winter already despite the still summery LA climate.Read More
Although Field Trip LA is located in one of the busiest areas of Hollywood in Los Angeles, right by Sunset and Vine, it’s a little hidden oasis on this busy tourist block. Walking in, you’ll notice a small but airy space. Very California decor adorns the wall, along with a welcoming chalkboard menu. The cafe offers Verve coffee and a great range of food options, made with fresh ingredients that come from the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, one of the best in LA. They’ve also got quite the menu of coldbrew-based coffee concoctions, from a Vietnamese-style iced coffee all the way to a Miso-Sea Salt Caramel offering.Read More
As Americans become more interested in good beer, more and more people are venturing out to bars to try different delicious brews. More breweries are popping up all over the country, LA being one of the budding cities.
So, you wanna get into beer right? I’ll bet that if you go to a bar, you usually get what’s on tap without thinking about it. It makes sense...so you think. Does it really though?Read More
Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis with a world-class food and drink culture just waiting to be explored (provided you’re down to occasionally wait in traffic). The city’s coffee scene is particularly exciting, and while there are many exciting single-origin pour-overs and nuanced espresso shots to be had, there’s also an exciting strain of fun, free-wheeling coffee concoctions being made at some of the city’s top cafes.Read More
Even something as ancient as coffee is getting a reboot. It’s been 15 years since the Keurig company came up with a product that transformed the current world of coffee consumption, but not for the better.Read More