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    The District by Hannah An, a Dining Destination

    Located at the intersection of Food, Fashion and Interior Design in Los Angeles’ most prolific and densely populated design districts, in the shadows of the Beverly Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, lies a not so hidden gem, The District by Hannah An: Merely a brief latte run from Verve Coffee Roasters on Melrose and the high fashion boutiques on famed N. Robertson Boulevard, and a stone’s throw from neighboring A.O.C.

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    THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

    Culinary driven cinema is on the rise and the film community is delivering some great foodie films this summer. The successful and highly anticipated film, CHEF produced by Jon Favreau earned record breaking viewings in theaters and THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is another great culinary adventure that will continue to bring those same heart-warming sentiments and sizzle back to the box office with its culinary artistry and passionate and compelling story telling.

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    When life gives you lemons… Make Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade

    We discovered every “salad” you could imagine… There was not just couscous, but Israeli couscous, black kale, things with nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and roots… brightly colored exotic offerings by the dozen, too many to choose from! This is why their menu is designed to allow for a selection; a little of this, a scoop of that, and a portion of the other.

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    Safeway Supports Local Organic Farmers

    Behind every seasoned farmer there is a unique story and in the case of Chris Cadwell fromTutti Frutti, many. Some anecdotes are about relationships in the business, certain crops successes, unfortunate unexpected crop failures, trial and error, weather challenges, irrigation complications or bug infestations that destroy entire crops. Perseverance is king as well as experience and quick decision making. There is a reason he, like many other successful farmers have chosen the age old profession. If you ask anyone in the industry about his produce over the years, they will surely say that he is great at what he does.

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  • The “World Burger Tour Menu” is Back at the Hard Rock Cafe for a limited time.
    The “World Burger Tour Menu” is Back at the Hard Rock Cafe for a limited time.

    The blind taste test was a great way to get the conversation going as well as test ones competitive foodie and culinary knowledge of the origins of ingredients as well as regional and international flavors. Each of the 4 burgers sampled had a flag with a corresponding number to allow us to blind-ly guess which burger belongs to a corresponding Hard Rock Cafe global dining destination. Our two person team tasted and even deconstructed each burger to determine what the secret ingredient(s) were to connect the burger to one of eight different cities. There were of course a few wild-cards and curve balls but we managed to match all 4 burgers to their cities and ended up winning a prize from the Hard Rock Cafe. The burgers sampled and their descriptions are listed below:

  • Earth Day 2017: Where Food, Art, & Education Converge at the Huerta Del Valle Community Garden featuring mural art by Man One
    Earth Day 2017: Where Food, Art, & Education Converge at the Huerta Del Valle Community Garden featuring mural art by Man One

    Huerta Del Valle is a community garden located in Ontario, California about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The organization’s urban farm plot grows over 100 different types of vegetable crops ranging from pantry staples like cherry tomatoes and zucchini to specialty produce including fennel, kohlrabi, edible flowers, and a colorful array of aromatic herbs. Wild sunflowers and poppy flowers decorate the landscape of the property and the picturesque San Bernardino mountains in the distance provide a beautiful backdrop and make it feel like you are in a painting.

  • A 4/20 not like any other: Our adventure at the Music Connects Us Photography & Art Show
    A 4/20 not like any other: Our adventure at the Music Connects Us Photography & Art Show

    The annual Fundraiser from the Venice Art Crawl organization was a Pop-Up Art Event uniquely set in the ever expanding Silicon Beach venue of The Runway at Playa Vista, an outdoor entertainment destination in the likeness of The Grove and 3rd Sreet in Santa Monica. The art show took place in a vacant storefront space in a great position adjacent to the newly opened Hal’s Bar & Grill, Playa Vista location and brings the vibes of their current Venice location due South to the ever expanding Silicon Beach.

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Earth Day 2017: Where Food, Art, & Education Converge at the Huerta Del Valle Community Garden featuring mural art by Man One

Huerta Del Valle is a community garden located in Ontario, California about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The organization’s urban farm plot grows over 100 different types of vegetable crops ranging from pantry staples like cherry tomatoes and zucchini to specialty produce including fennel, kohlrabi, edible flowers, and a colorful array of aromatic herbs. Wild sunflowers and poppy flowers decorate the landscape of the property and the picturesque San Bernardino mountains in the distance provide a beautiful backdrop and make it feel like you are in a painting.

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A 4/20 not like any other: Our adventure at the Music Connects Us Photography & Art Show

The annual Fundraiser from the Venice Art Crawl organization was a Pop-Up Art Event uniquely set in the ever expanding Silicon Beach venue of The Runway at Playa Vista, an outdoor entertainment destination in the likeness of The Grove and 3rd Sreet in Santa Monica. The art show took place in a vacant storefront space in a great position adjacent to the newly opened Hal’s Bar & Grill, Playa Vista location and brings the vibes of their current Venice location due South to the ever expanding Silicon Beach.

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Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Schedule of Events Announced

LOS ANGELES – April 3, 2017 – The Los Angeles Times has released the program schedule for the inaugural Food Bowl, a festival celebrating the city’s dynamic food scene and promoting awareness about hunger, spanning the entire month of May. Food Bowl will feature many of the chefs and restaurants that have helped put Los Angeles on the map as a premier dining destination alongside world-renowned chefs in rare local appearances. The festival will also support food access, sustainability and waste reduction through charity partners and participating events. The extensive lineup of dining events, panel discussions, culinary collaborations, volunteer projects and other food-inspired happenings is online now at lafoodbowl.com. Additional events will be announced in the days leading up to the festival.

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The Best of the ExpoWest 2017

We had a brief yet successful visit to ExpoWest 2017 and look forward to sharing our show favorites with everyone. Making the move to including more natural products into your life will ultimately make the world a better place one small step at a time and keep making vendors more socially responsible for packaging, their carbon footprints and impacts on the environment. The next time you make the choice to support certifiedOrganic, Non GMO project verified, 1% for the planet, sustainable seafood, grass fed products you are making a difference. Living a local and sustainable life is one way of limiting big Agro’s impact on our food system.

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The LA Times just announced a month-long food festival with some of the world’s best chefs

For the past few years, the LA Times has hosted The Taste, a three-day food festival at Paramount Studios. But they’ve just taken things up a notch with the announcement of a brand new (and, get this, month-long) festival called Food Bowl. For the entire month of May, the city will fill with food programs, pop-up dinners, internationally renowned chefs (Massimo Bottura, chef-owner of Osteria Francescana and the subject of a Chef’s Table episode, will be one of the participants) and a slew of other events and specials. The focal point of the event is Night Market, an outdoor food market held at Grand Park from May 10-14. With over 50 restaurants and food trucks, live entertainment and drinks each night, it’s poised to be a summer staple similar to 626 Night Market and Chinatown Summer Nights.

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From BBQ to Braai in Los Angeles

We had no idea what a South African Braai was all about until yesterday, when we attended the Wines of South Africa Braai Tour: Los Angeles Edition, at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. The South African tasting event, “From BBQ to Braai*”, has been making its way across the United States to educate the public on the food, music and culture of the Western Cape region where the BBQ takes center stage and can be dated back to the 17th century.

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Viva Cobá Lucha to Benefit Padres Contra Cancer!

You’ve heard of Lucha Libre, Lucha Vavoom now think of Viva Cobá Lucha!! It’s going down at the Cobá Headquarters on Thursday, May 9th for the Downtown LA Artwalk.

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The Golden State of Cocktails is Coming to LA!

Save the date! It’s going to be the marriage of the year! On Sunday, January 27, 2013, an event was held atop the famed LA Times Building downtown, where a conglomerate of LA’s finest cocktail aficionados, coupled with California’s top restaurateurs and mixology mavens, announced a date to unveil the “Three Day Conference and Celebration […]

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Frisky on the Whisky: Whisky Live LA

Straight from the Scottish highlands descended a Whiskey event so large that aficionados came from far and wide to sample a grand selection of malted grains from around the world: Whiskey Live LA

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Eating our way through the “Best of LA” at The Food Event

The Food Event 2012, presented by Los Angeles Magazine is Culinary exploration at it’s finest. We literally dove into a virtual pop up book ripped from the pages of the magazines restaurant guide section. The 7th annual culinary extravaganza featured LA’s best chefs, culinary personalities coupled with some of the best food and wine tastings and a mixology lounge. Lesley Bargar Suter, dining editor for the magazine curated the exclusive list of participating restaurants, while Saddlerock Ranch Malibu played host once again to the foodie-centric Angelino crowd in attendance.

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Experiencing a taste of Malibu Beach Wines

Set your GPS for Malibu Beach Wines and experience the wines of Malibu’s distinct artisan wine region that has matured itself and is now one of California’s prominent winery destinations. Come on down with friends and sample a flight of wines for yourself or shop the vast selection of local wines fresh from the source. Custom local wine gift baskets and private wine tastings are also available. Malibu Beach Wines is open daily from noon to 8:00pm and is located at 22775 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA and online 24/7.

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Mixing it up with SAKE in Malibu

We recently attended the First annual Sake competition presented by Umenoyado Brewery of Nara, Japan and Banzai Beverage Corporation at a private beachfront residence in beautiful sunny Malibu, California. The United States Bartenders Gulid sanctioned event received over 300 submissions from some of the best mixiologists from Los Angeles. The Judges included Mr. Yoshida from the Umenoyado Brewery, Sake expert Eric Swanson, Eater LA editor Kat Odell and Black Lab Ventures Joel Black.

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Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event 2012

Before we know it, The Los Angeles magazine, The Food Event 2012 will be here upon us. Save the date for Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in beautiful Malibu, California at the prestigious Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. It is a tasting event for the die-hard food enthusiast with LA’s top dining destinations all in the same place in a tranquil Malibu setting.

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The Taste makes a Splash with Cocktail Confidential

A toast to The Taste LA’s Cocktail Confidential, as the Viva LA Foodies crew saddled up to the proverbial bar last Saturday night for an evening celebrating the beverage, awash with color and flavor throughout the Paramount back lot. 
Food pairings this evening were conversely concocted to compliment the cocktail, for a change, with fresh herbs, spices and juices playing understudy to a host of great liquors.

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Experiencing “A Taste of the Good Life” with The Cheese Impresario at LAWF

Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario and Neil McNally of Rosenthal Estate Wines presented an Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventure Seminar at this years 7th Annual LA Winefest at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. The dynamic wine and cheese duo have shown their support for the Artisan Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin and paying homage to their dynamic culinary creations. Together they arranged an interesting and delicious Cheese & Wine class that merged the local flavors of Malibu’s boutique wine region with the high-end hard to find artisanal Wisconsin cheeses that have won countless awards.