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    Papa Jakes Sub Shop Serves up the Best Philly Cheesesteak in Los Angeles at the Original Farmers Market

    We last featured Papa Jakes in 2009 at their former location in Beverly Hills on Little Santa Monica near the Sharper Image and Sprinkles Cupcakes during the big Sprinkles Cupcakes / Oprah craze and frenzy that followed and so much has changed 8 years later in the world but the attitudes and consistency from his team of passionate cooks has not. Consistency is key and that is why we can honestly say that Papa Jakes delivers the Best Philadelphia Cheesesteak in Los Angeles as well as a loaded Italian Sub that will knock your socks off.

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    Electric Sky Wine makes its LA Debut at WOLF on Melrose

    We were graciously invited to attend a unique private tastemaker experience last week at Wolf Dining LA on Melrose to celebrate the Los Angeles Launch of “Electric Sky Wine-a groundbreaking new wine thats taking the music and festival circuit by storm.” An artistic gastronomic experience was curated in the private dining room held in the “WOLFs Layer”. Chef Marcel Vigneron most known for his moment in the spotlight on the second season of Top Chef composed an artistic menu of handcrafted dishes that were all used as a backdrop to showcase the range of Electric Sky Wine(s) sampled.

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    Trejo’s Cantina is Freakin’ Delish!

    If you want to see beautiful seaturtles, you go to the Galapagos islands. If you want A delicious plant based meal that’s not too heavy on the pocketbook, you amble down to Hollywood and sidle through the doors of Trejo’s Cantina. Established by actor Danny Trejo, the restaurant is situated in a stripmall right smack dab in the center of Hollywood, practically across the street from the Hotel Café. I don’t know about you, but I like a meal that sticks to your ribs yet nourishes at the same time. Trejo’s offers that in copious amounts, as my current food coma stomach status can attest.

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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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  • Papa Jakes Sub Shop Serves up the Best Philly Cheesesteak in Los Angeles at the Original Farmers Market
    Papa Jakes Sub Shop Serves up the Best Philly Cheesesteak in Los Angeles at the Original Farmers Market

    We last featured Papa Jakes in 2009 at their former location in Beverly Hills on Little Santa Monica near the Sharper Image and Sprinkles Cupcakes during the big Sprinkles Cupcakes / Oprah craze and frenzy that followed and so much has changed 8 years later in the world but the attitudes and consistency from his team of passionate cooks has not. Consistency is key and that is why we can honestly say that Papa Jakes delivers the Best Philadelphia Cheesesteak in Los Angeles as well as a loaded Italian Sub that will knock your socks off.

  • Electric Sky Wine makes its LA Debut at WOLF on Melrose
    Electric Sky Wine makes its LA Debut at WOLF on Melrose

    We were graciously invited to attend a unique private tastemaker experience last week at Wolf Dining LA on Melrose to celebrate the Los Angeles Launch of “Electric Sky Wine-a groundbreaking new wine thats taking the music and festival circuit by storm.” An artistic gastronomic experience was curated in the private dining room held in the "WOLFs Layer". Chef Marcel Vigneron most known for his moment in the spotlight on the second season of Top Chef composed an artistic menu of handcrafted dishes that were all used as a backdrop to showcase the range of Electric Sky Wine(s) sampled.

  • Trejo’s Cantina is Freakin’ Delish!
    Trejo’s Cantina is Freakin’ Delish!

    If you want to see beautiful seaturtles, you go to the Galapagos islands. If you want A delicious plant based meal that’s not too heavy on the pocketbook, you amble down to Hollywood and sidle through the doors of Trejo’s Cantina. Established by actor Danny Trejo, the restaurant is situated in a stripmall right smack dab in the center of Hollywood, practically across the street from the Hotel Café. I don’t know about you, but I like a meal that sticks to your ribs yet nourishes at the same time. Trejo’s offers that in copious amounts, as my current food coma stomach status can attest.

Foodie Events

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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.

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Savoring the “Flavors of LA” at the Los Angeles Times “The Taste”

LA’s die-hard foodies sought refuge from the Labor Day Holiday travel madness by embarking on an epic culinary holiday travel alternative in Hollywood’s own backyard located at the infamous Paramount Pictures Studios back-lot where the Taste LA festivities took place all weekend long. Beautiful weather and hundreds of LA’s top restaurants and bars were dishing out their best bites during the 5 Los Angeles Times, “The Taste” events.

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Nic’s Beverly Hills Goes Poolside for the LA Regional Food Bank

Nic’s owner and founder Larry Nicola has been labeled “The Vodkateur” for his extensive knowledge of this distilled spirit that takes many forms and labels. His 28˚ F VODBOX is known around the world and pays homage to the Kremlin’s “Red Square” where Poolside guests sported custom faux fur coats and matching Trapper’s hats by Hudson Designs

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Los Angeles Times’ THE TASTE Serves Up Next Course over Labor Day Weekend

Before we know it Labor Day 2012 will be here and LA has a second course for Angelino’s staying in town! The tasting menu of events is below and we will be covering the weekends events with our Viva LA Foodies “LA Media” team and we guarantee that nobody will be left hungry. Read more […]

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It’s time to get ILLUMINATED LA!

Tonight is the night, more specifically, The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk and the inaugural launch party for ILLUMINATED LA, an artist collective in Los Angeles that is bringing awareness to all facets of art and not just art itself. VivaLAfoodies is so excited to be an active participant and Adam Rubenstein as co-Founding Father of ILLUMINATED LA along with friend & local renowned graphic and visual artist Seth “Meex” Wilder. We have both been working to the bone, literally to get this off the ground and now is our time to showcase and expose the vast talent of artists curating the best of their craft from Culinary, Visual, Musical, Graphical & Performance. Our kickoff event will take place tonight, 1.12.12 at Nola’s, A Taste of New Orleans in the Downtown Los Angeles Historic Arts District from 6pm-2am for an independent Art Mart & Swap Meet. The talented folks from our collective will be creating art and selling their works throughout the evening.

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Enjoying Los Angeles one bite at a time at The Food Event

By the end of the day we had consumed enough food and drink to satisfy a small army. We also managed to have a nice tweet-up with the dineLA crew that included dineLA director Stacey Sun along with her entourage from Discover Los Angeles and Thirsty in LA. The day would’nt have been complete without a toast and a hug from our good friend “The Bikini Chef” Susan Irby and a few of our other foodie friends in the crowd that we ran into. Cheers to another great year of Food & Lifestyle events.

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Discover the Taste of Truffles as simple as Black & White at Bistro 31

The International Culinary School At the Art Institute Of California- Los Angeles & The Fall 2011 Senior Culinary Practicum and À la Carte Students Present an exotic lunch and dinner menu starring the White & Black Truffle. Pick your poison, well not literally; and choose either the lunch menu with the Black Truffles or the dinner menu with White Truffles or in the spirit of the Holiday’s do both at Bistro 31 on 31st & Ocean Park in Santa Monica at the Art Institute of California campus.

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Come Party with us at the largest Office Party that LA has ever seen

Come hang out with us and our good friends from The Valentine Group and Los Angeles Magazine and experience the “BEST OF LA” while attending the largest communal holiday office party that L. A has ever seen. With plenty of holiday cheer and food and drink to match and your favorite holiday tracks in rotation, a Karaoke soundsystem and photobooth will keep you stimulated for hours. Why not kick of the Holiday Season right at one of the best venues exclusively located in the Miracle Mile at the famous Variety Building?

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Holy Mole in LA

The Village or “El Pueblo” as it is know is a living museum that continues to be a historic site that showcases our cities diverse Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French influences that contributed to its early development and are also a part of everyday life in the diverse melting pot known as LA.

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Eating everything under the sun at the 16th Annual Redondo Beach Surf ‘N Turf Lobster Festival

The 16th Annual Redondo Beach Surf ‘N Turf Lobster Festival crept up faster than a pod of dolphins in the midst of a feeding frenzy. The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & the Visitors Bureau were well equipped this year and like previous years of the festival the food, music, fun, games and Maine Lobster dinner meal keep getting better. This years festival menu even provided the first ever “Surf & Turf” option complete with a Certified Angus Beef ® Center-Cut New York Strip Steak and Maine Lobster Tail or even a stand-alone 12 oz. Certified Angus Beef ® Center-Cut New York Strip Steak dinner for the meat lovers.

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Food, Fashion & Fun in Beverly Hills

On September 8, 2001, Foodies and fashionistas, one in the same converged on Rodeo Drive for Fashion’s Night Out 9.0.2.1.0 for the global shopping event that included a Ferris Wheel, over 100 retail store events and fifteen of LA’s Gastro-Gourmet Food Trucks strategically placed for an international block party event celebrating global brands for one exciting night of food, fashion, music and fun. The FNO programing is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York in response to recession recovery with the celebration of retail commerce on prestigious Rodeo Drive’s own Walk of Style®.

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Duff Goldman’s Taste LA “Desserts after Dark Pavillion” was a pretty Sweet affair

The intersection at Rodeo Dr. and Wilshire Blvd. provided the VIP access point into “Desserts After Dark” and the team from Wagstaff Wordwide and our good friends Meghan & Vanessa had the entire event dialed in so much so, that they didn’t event have a chance to leave their post for something sweet.