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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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    Experience a Taste of THE FEDERAL, and GET FED during DINE LA’s “Summer Road-trip” 2017

    The best burger in Los Angeles is served at The Federal Bar. It’s true. A person doesn’t need to be a burger aficionado or know every single quick and sit down place that serves them. Their teeth sink into this sucker and they know. It’s almost religious like.

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  • 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.

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

  • New Years Eve Prix Fix Menu at The Federal
    New Years Eve Prix Fix Menu at The Federal

    Georgos Wine saved the night. Georgos Wine always does. The two generous pours in particular were the Mykonos, a Greek Style Pinot Noir, and the Ios, a dry Rose. I don’t know why it’s still taboo for table wine in America to be good, but Georgos is changing that.

Foodie Events

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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.

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2 Chicks mash-up farmhouse cuisine, mixology & gastronomy at SPACE in Venice

Join Viva LA Foodies and a host of other chefs, foodies and cocktail enthusiasts as we show support for this powerful female culinary duo as they mash-up, mix-up, blend, puree and serve up culinary history on famed Abbot Kinney Blvd. A few select media invites are available in exchange for pre & post event coverage for this unforgettable evening. We hope to see everyone there chowing down next to us at the “Moveable Feast.”

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A Pre-”Wedding Crashers” Rehearsal Dinner at the W

When it comes to quoting movies, Wedding Crashers seems to “take the cake.” We surveyed a sample of our friends and everyone seemed to quote a different line from the hilarious timeless comedy. And it’s no surprise that our good friend and “Film Freak” Leo Quiniones is bringing this “Raunchy & Sweet Romantic Comedy” to the Outdoor Room at Station Restaurant at the W Hotel in Hollywood for a “Free” screening on August 22, 2011 for Monday Night Movies, Martinis and Manicures, one of his newest LA venues.

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EX to the HIBIT “X” invades the Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk

The success of the event sparked so much interest that event producers Seth “Meex” Wilder, Mike “June 22” Ziobrowski and myself, Adam “LA Foodie” Rubenstein from VivaLAfoodies have decided that the foundation and back-bone is strong for many more “X is The Weapon” collaborative events that will “pop up” throughout the Los Angeles area from Venice Beach to Downtown Los Angeles.

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Eating our way through “New York” for Cancer Research and the Concern Foundation

As usual we had a blast, but wouldn’t have been able to do it without our great friends in “high places.” Jane Summer from Summer Communications always takes care of us with her good graces and is a marketing force to be reckoned with and she has an extensive portfolio of restaurant clients to back it up. We always get the VIP treatment and we appreciate all of the great invites to the dinners and events that her team produces.

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X Is The Weapon presents “EXHIBIT X”, a group exhibition showcasing the intersection of Art, Music, Food and Film for Japan Relief

Artists, Musician & Foodie’s unite once again, but this time we are slightly outside of Los Angeles City Limits in the OC and will be supporting Japan Relief efforts while mashing up Food x Art x Lifestyle x Music x Culture.

Please also join Viva LA Foodies & The Love Alone’s “MEEXONE” for our official collaborative “LA FOODIE” Tee Shirt Launch Party inside the Art Show, in conjunction with a “Live Printing Station” provided courtesy of our friends at Inked In Tees.

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A Luau in Los Angeles that embraced the “Mahalo” spirit of the Hawaiian Islands

The splendor, mystique, romance and island spirit seem to never go away from our memories and you can agree especially if you have been to the Islands on one or more occasions. My last visit was over 2 years ago and being at the event made it feel like just yesterday. The Hawaiian culture and lifestyle is magical and is something that everyone must experience and appreciate at least once in their life. All good things must come to an end at sometime or another and we owe a big congratulations to Chef Mark Gold for taking home the title of the “Hawaiian Islands Master Chef.”

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Art & Food meet “in the streets” of Los Angeles @MOCA

Viva LA Foodies was invited by Foodbuzz to attend the “Art In the Streets” and “Food x Film” presentation of the all new Levi’s film Workshop at the MOCA satelite museum at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo in LA this past Thursday.

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Chowing Down in LA with some of the Paysaber Food Trucks

Over 50 gourmet food trucks converged on Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown LA for LA’s first annual “Food Truck Chowdown and Mobile Food Symposium” this past weekend. A more modern version of the classic hoedown brought together world cuisine, music, art exhibits and so much more to raise money for the events benefactor; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ‘s Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

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Savoring a taste of LA 1 small bite at a time

LAs fashionable foodie sect made the pilgrimage, okay well pilgrimage may be a stretch, but they all converged on Siren Studios @ Orange from all around the city of Angels in support of a great food and charity mashup simply dubbed “SavorLA”, a production of “Parallel Lines” and spearheaded by Mike Cruz and crew.

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Something Sweet and Savory for Everyone

The newly erected Santa Monica Place opened with high expectations and they continue to bring Angelinos a bountiful contribution of dining options and sweet closers with it’s new Artisanal Marketplace located on the dining deck at Santa Monica Place. If you are seeking something organic, fair trade, locally sourced and home-made your options are essentially endless.

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Leaning Sideways at Viva Vino LA

With more than 200 Italian wines from its various wine producing regions including Campania, Friuli, Marche, Piedmont, Puglia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto there was a varietal for everyone and the event itself felt more like Willy wonka at the Winery, a stark contrast from other wine events of years past.
Exclusive partnerships with Blue Lifestyle, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce , West, North American Sommelier Association and the Italian Sommelier Association joined forces to bring out the best vendor representation for the evening showcasing Italian culture with local artisan food, wine and music. The ultimate goal for Viva Vino LA was to demonstrate a sampling of the over 3000 varietals and encourage the support of Italy’s wine country from local wine and spirit aficionados. Several of LA’s top restaurants also hosted various wine dinners and special pouring events throughout the week.

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Turn on your Heartlight for Japan

This past weekend, Viva LA foodies was invited to assist the “Heart for Japan” charity coalition from the The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles in an effort to spread the word and help promote this great campus-wide charity event with social media outreach to the local food and lifestyle community of Los Angeles.