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    The Best Last Supper in Pasadena

    Breaking bread with a stranger is more sensual than shaking hands. It’s the truest sense of putting down the work titles and uniforms, not talking about the paychecks or the fancy schmancy toys, but truly enjoying each others time and company. If that’s what Bone Kettle is going for in their new tasting menu with wine pairing concept, then they aced it with flying colors.

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    Pearl’s Texas BBQ is looking good in Downtown LA

    If people tell you there aren’t any rules to eating Pearl’s BBQ, that’s a lie. Management is nice enough to provide utensils, but please don’t use them. It has nothing to do with unleashing one’s tribal instincts, but has everything to do with showing respect to the crew. The simple gesture of ignoring proper table etiquette is the highest of compliments.

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    Southern belle in LA

    Can something be both beautiful on the outside and inside at the same time? Yes. Take Preux and Proper for instance. A Nawlins type Southern belle of a restaurant that sits in a historic turn-of-the-century flatiron wedge building on Spring and 9th in Downtown LA. Bouquets of festive flowers and ferns drape over the wrought iron balconies and blue sidewalk tiles feature the restaurants namesake. It’s a building the Vieux Carré would approve of if plopped in the French Quarter.

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    A Win Win in Valley Village

    The focus instantly changed from watching what was on the flat screens to what was on the tables: marinated steak tips on garlic toast with blue cheese, pretzels, deviled eggs, bistro burgers stuffed with Boursin cheese and fries, roasted Shishito peppers, and a pepperoni flatbread. Another table featured peanut butter pie and too-hot-to-eat-yet-you’re-going-to-anyway donut holes.

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  • The Best Last Supper in Pasadena
    The Best Last Supper in Pasadena

    Breaking bread with a stranger is more sensual than shaking hands. It’s the truest sense of putting down the work titles and uniforms, not talking about the paychecks or the fancy schmancy toys, but truly enjoying each others time and company. If that’s what Bone Kettle is going for in their new tasting menu with wine pairing concept, then they aced it with flying colors.

  • Enjoy National Macaroni & Cheese Day With These Great Gift Sets
    Enjoy National Macaroni & Cheese Day With These Great Gift Sets

    Today is the best day of the year! That is, if you’re a mac & cheese enthusiast. Happy national mac & cheese day to pasta and cheese lovers alike. If you love cheese and comfort food, odds are this day is important to you. Although the definite origin of macaroni and cheese is not known, the first known written recipe for this dish is from thirteenth century southern Italy and eventually made it’s cheesy way into the United States, and according to the cheesesociety.org, mac & cheese currently remains the number one cheese recipe in the United States. By now you’re probably wondering what is the best way to celebrate this monumental national holiday?! Well, obviously by eating mac & cheese - but if you’re not already planning how to celebrate the day for yourself, how about gifting the ones you love in your life the great gift of mac & cheese.

  • Pearl’s Texas BBQ is looking good in Downtown LA
    Pearl’s Texas BBQ is looking good in Downtown LA

    If people tell you there aren’t any rules to eating Pearl’s BBQ, that’s a lie. Management is nice enough to provide utensils, but please don’t use them. It has nothing to do with unleashing one’s tribal instincts, but has everything to do with showing respect to the crew. The simple gesture of ignoring proper table etiquette is the highest of compliments.

Foodie 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.

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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.