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    I got Baked at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in Highland Park and ended up at Mr. Tinfoil.

    I’m not complaining. I return from Paris, France only to be welcomed back with another croissant. It’s the first time in my life where the angels of LA answered my prayers. This heavenly croissant came all the way from the Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in Highland Park. It’s called the “Just Try It.”

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    POMEGRANATE; Plant Based Dining in LA

    Pomegranate brings Japanese inspired meals and delicate plating to burgers, hot dogs, fries, pasta, curry and a slew of salads. The flavors are spicy and intense without being heavily salted or drenched in sauce.

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    Les Coulisses at The Belasco Theatre: Dinner & a Show Date Night!

    There are rib eyes all across this city, state, and nation, but nothing is quite like this well marbled piece of goodness. It takes you to a happy place outside of Disneyland and keeps the fun factor just the same. As if a fat driven county or state fair took its food to Michelin star status. The fried marrow fries first kiss the meat, then your lips, and they melt to what can only be considered Valhalla. The marrow is the rib eye’s true sauce without being one. No chewing involved. No afterthought of grabbing your smartphone and checking if there’s something in between your teeth. And the steak itself can be cut with a butter knife, though only exquisite utensils are placed to your right and left. It’s the true dish that makes one think, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

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    Cuisses de Grenouille (frog legs) a classical French tasting experience at Taix

    Waiters and bussers who have been working for the Taix family for many years say everything is great on the menu (which it is), but their eyes light up when someone orders the Cuisses de Grenouille (frog legs). They smile when they bring an entrée sized pile of anywhere between 6-10 pieces of the ribbit ribbit to the table. The sizzle and smell of melted butter mixed with tomatoes, capers, garlic, and parsley interrupt the conversation. The glossy, light golden brown breading sticks to the skin. The dish sees itself to the center as if it were the grand centerpiece. Trigger happy fingers quiver to snap a pic.

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  • I got Baked at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in Highland Park and ended up at Mr. Tinfoil.
    I got Baked at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in Highland Park and ended up at Mr. Tinfoil.

    I’m not complaining. I return from Paris, France only to be welcomed back with another croissant. It’s the first time in my life where the angels of LA answered my prayers. This heavenly croissant came all the way from the Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in Highland Park. It’s called the “Just Try It.”

  • The Los Angeles Food Bowl is back this May.

    The Food Bowl is back. People dressed to the nines at 10:30 in the morning on a Tuesday to attend the kick off party. The raw energy filled with eager anticipation reminded me of a large crowd awaiting Bruno Mars to take the stage at one of his concerts. The event was held at Otium, a posh place next to The Broad in DTLA. The stars of the event were CEO and publish of the LA Times, Ross Levinsohn, and their award-winning food critic, Jonathan Gold. Chef Wes Avilla of Guerilla Tacos served his cauliflower tacos, a subtle preview of what to be expected at this years 31 day event: a food festival that puts all other food festivals to shame.

  • POMEGRANATE; Plant Based Dining in LA
    POMEGRANATE; Plant Based Dining in LA

    Pomegranate brings Japanese inspired meals and delicate plating to burgers, hot dogs, fries, pasta, curry and a slew of salads. The flavors are spicy and intense without being heavily salted or drenched in sauce.

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The Los Angeles Food Bowl is back this May.

The Food Bowl is back. People dressed to the nines at 10:30 in the morning on a Tuesday to attend the kick off party. The raw energy filled with eager anticipation reminded me of a large crowd awaiting Bruno Mars to take the stage at one of his concerts. The event was held at Otium, a posh place next to The Broad in DTLA. The stars of the event were CEO and publish of the LA Times, Ross Levinsohn, and their award-winning food critic, Jonathan Gold. Chef Wes Avilla of Guerilla Tacos served his cauliflower tacos, a subtle preview of what to be expected at this years 31 day event: a food festival that puts all other food festivals to shame.

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A Prelude to ChefDance (Inviting Great) 2018 at Sundance from Hollywood

ChefDance, a private VIP dinner series “Pop-Up,” began in 2004 at Sundance Film Festival by Mimi Kim, a finance investor from Los Angeles with an extensive and impressive resume. Her aspiration was to combine the creativity and talent of the films with unique chefs and menus to complement the Sundance experience.

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Vagabond Cheese Company & Boomtown Brewery Collaborative Cheese & Beer Pairing

Boomtown is a large and in-charge brewing facility and event center in what seems to be a soon-to-be gentrified part of DTLA neighboring the 101 freeway and Los Angeles River. Different portraits of Ziggy Stardust greet you as well as paintings of sexy women in see-through clothing. Inside, the custom artwork continues with a behemoth gold owl mural. Community tables sit adjacent from the bar pouring beers with some of the most creative titles ever put on lagers, ales, and Goses.

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Summer Luvin: Silky Suds and Sexy Cheeses.

Luckily, Viva LA Foodies, will be covering Boomtown Brewery’s first ever Beer and Cheese pairing on Wednesday, August 2 that is not only going to school us and our knowledge, but provide an opportunity for all of Los Angeles to see how they are the ultimate couple.

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Eating my way through the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Night+Market

As part of the LA Times Food Bowl’s commitment of “31 days of food” driven culinary events for Angelenos looking to explore the cities diverse dining options and destinations curated by the LA Times talented team of food writers and critics including the infamous Jonathan Gold amongst others have taken over our great city with an abundance of unique experiential dining experiences that are truly one of a kind.

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The 2017 “Masters of Taste” received an Outpouring of Support

The 2nd Annual Masters of Taste event received an outpouring of support from the local foodie community despite the unexpected May shower downpours throughout the day. The luxury food and beverage festival took over the grassy field of the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium this past Sunday, May 7th, 2017 where a 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships went directly to Union Station Homeless Services!

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LA TIMES FOOD BOWL | Hollywood at the Table at Skirball Museum

Phil Rosenthal, an overly animated Jewish American, who created Everybody Loves Raymond, swapped stories with Chef Ludo Febvre, an objective Frenchman, who created Trois Mec. Veteran food writer, Dr. Lara Rabinovitch dished out the questions and with the help of an audience of over 200 observed the biggest commonality between the two men: their passions for food.

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Chef’s Fable Pow Wow

Today’s society is primarily focused on the pictures of food which is the last thing on a chef’s mind. Niki also supported Magnus by saying that all of the chefs on the panel besides her (Massimo Bottura of Osteria Franciscan and acclaimed LA Times Food Bowl, Best New Restaurant first annual award recipient Roy Choi of (LOCOL, Kogi, The Line Hotel, POT, Commissary, Chego, A-Frame, Sunny Spot et:al ), believe that they are artisans not artists.

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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.