Archive for July, 2011
As the seasons change, so does your palette for wine, and what better way to discover the best summer wines than at The Capital Grille’s The Generous Pour Wine Event, happening through Sept. 4. It’ll be a great way to enjoy yourself with company while you take a Los Angeles tour.
For $25 with dinner, you can swirl and savor a robust collection of nine highly rated, highly allocated wines that The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes (one of only 173 Master Sommeliers in the world) hand-selected during his world travels. Each taste introduces you to some of the season’s newest wine trends, while also offering hard-to-find varietals as well as known favorites.
The Capital Grille, 8614 W. Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.358.0650.
You don’t have to be a musician to be a rock star. In the case of air guitar, you don’t even need an instrument. Since 2003, faux axmen with stage names like Bjorn Turoque, Rockness Monster, McNallica and Derek Not-So-Smalls have been living out their rock star fantasies competing in the annual U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Who’;s got the pseudo skills to take the imaginary crown away from last year’s winner, Milwaukee’s Matt “Romeo Dancecheetah” Cornelison? This’ll be a great way to just have some “stupid fun” while you tour LA, make sure to get the family involved. The rules are simple: Play for 60 seconds in two rounds (freestyle and compulsory), where you’ll be judged on technical merit, stage presence and airness, which is defined as the “extent to which a performance transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself.” The regional winner then goes off to the finals in Chicago, followed by the Air Guitar World Championships in the official land of make-believe — and international rock capital — Oulu, Finland. No air roadies on stage, air groupies, air drugs or other air instruments allowed, even if they are invisible.
Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.;
Thurs., July 14, 8:30 p.m.;
$16 to air watch, $20 to air play.
Two festivals this month celebrate the street food of L.A. The Eat Real Festival, July 16–17, takes over Culver City’s Helms Bakery District with local street food vendors, placing an emphasis on sustainable ingredients. There are also a Craft Marketplace with artisan food products, a Beer Shed serving small-batch local beers and a Wine Barn featuring SoCal vineyards. Stages offer cooking demonstrations, live music and readings. Another place that’s perfect for a quick break from your LA tour. Every dish costs $5 or less. The massive L.A. Street Food Fest, July 16, in Pasadena’s Brookside Park presents three sessions—two in the daytime, one in the evening—with 80 street food vendors offering treats from trucks, stands and carts. There are also demos by celebrity chefs, beer gardens and cocktail bars, and live music and DJs
July 12. The annual tasting tour returns to celebrate the founding of the Farmers Market 77 years ago with tastes from 50 restaurants and grocers, cooking demonstrations and more. Eat and have fun while on your tour of Los Angeles. Cuisines offered include Cajun, Brazilian, Singaporean, Asian, Mexican, Spanish and Italian.
6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211
Check out this awesome segway tour of Los Angeles.
Opens June 8. Known for working with master pastry chef Christophe Michalak (aka: the “Bruce Lee” of cream and the “Rambo” of the world of chocolate), ‘lette’s unique macarons are hand-made daily. Just look forward to this delicious all around over indulgent pastry shop while you tour la. At their new Pasadena location, find vividly colored, naturally flavored almond cookies filled with ganache in 12 flavors daily in addition to seasonal specialities.
14 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.793 5551.
The first vacation that my husband and I had after our one year anniversary was a trip to L.A. I had lived in California all my life, but never went to L.A. It was such an exciting adventure. My husband took care of all the details so I didn’t have to anything. The trip was all taken care of.
Our first night in L.A, my husband had planned out a private dinner yacht charter Los Angeles. It was so romantic and the food was amazing. The city lights where the most beautiful sight that I have ever seen in my life. I could not believe that my husband thought and planned such an amazing trip. It was our honeymoon all over again.
Some say bacon has hit the tipping point. It’s everywhere, from cupcakes and chocolate bars to cakes, pies, and, yes, even guns and cologne. But just because something as delicious as bacon is trendy, doesn’t mean it’s any less important. For some of us, brunch is more deliberation than relaxation: Salty or sweet? Between the blueberry pancakes and omelets ad infinitum, there are just too many options. Will your dining partner swap bites of French toast for your chilaquiles? Or do you get a side of sausage with your waffle or nibble a cinnamon roll before your eggs-over-easy? Do you dare order two entrees for the salty-sweet fix? No, you can’t. Or can you? See, brunch shouldn’t be this stressful. Thank the pig heavens for Garcia’s bacon waffle. You owe it to yourself to come eat something this special while you tour Los Angeles. First, Garcia layers whole strips of bacon inside the waffle, with the ends jutting out like smoky tentacles. He adds chunks of caramelized bacon to the syrup, which is mostly Trockenbeerenauslese, an aromatic dessert wine, and a bit of maple. And if that’s not enough salty pig, throws a generous scoop of savory, slightly sweet bacon ice cream on top The ice cream melts into the warm syrup, which permeates every cubed nook of the golden waffle. It’s creamy, sweet, bacon-y, salty–everything brunch should be in one bite. And that’s the only time you’ll find it at Fig: Sunday brunch. But, as with the new Bloody Mary menu, such decadence really should only come once a week.
Location: 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
In one of the first stages of a seven-year transformation at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall opens July 16. The permanent exhibition, twice the size of the previous dinosaur displays, is presented in two two-story galleries. The hall’s biggest boast is its Tyrannosaurus rex growth series, the first in the world, which presents fossil specimens of the youngest known baby T. rex, a rare juvenile and a remarkably complete young adult. The exhibition also features some 300 fossils, 20 fully articulated skeletons, physical and digital interactive displays and video. This is really just an interesting event to take the kids too, very cool place to be while taking a sightseeing tour of la. Other standouts include a never-before-mounted triceratops, a 68-foot long-necked mamenchisaurus and giant reptiles that lived in the oceans covering what is today California. Two-thirds of the full-body specimens have never been displayed before.