Archive for October, 2011
Dine on an array of Asian flavors, sip beer floats and house-made cocktails at the newly-opened Asian-inspired eatery. Such a great and fun atmosphere, perfect for when you take a Los Angeles tour. A fast casual restaurant placing a modern spin on classic Asian fare, Chef Gavin Portsmouth offers fare such as lemongrass-caramel chicken wings, tofu popcorn, roasted market fish in banana leaf, drunken tomato tamarind noodles and more.
11838 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. www.takeabao.com
Nov. 3-10. Hurry to snag coveted free tickets to screenings at this renowned film festival, which has a track record of previewing films that later dominate the awards shows. (Last year’s closer was Black Swan.) I actually just went to a screening of Sherlock Holmes 2, so looks like you guys might be getting lucky while touring LA. The opening night gala film is the Clint Eastwood biopic J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of FBI founding director J. Edgar Hoover.
Through Nov. 6. Indulge in dungeness crab season at Chaya Venice, which offers a nightly sea of crab-centric dishes. A great place to get some extravagant foods while touring LA. The menu takes inspiration from Euro-Asian flavors while paying homage to the succulent crustacean and offers selections such as crab bisque “hot pot,” crab tamales, crab and asparagus risotto and more.
Chaya Venice, 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179. www.thechaya.com/venice
Oct. 31. L.A. County’s biggest Halloween event—and one of its biggest annual events, period—is this costume bash in WeHo; live music and entertainment. The place to be while touring LA. 6–11 pm. Admission free. Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega and Robertson boulevards, West Hollywood, 323.848.6400. www.westhollywoodhalloween.com
Depending on who you ask, you will get a couple of different reactions to the question, what is the best Los Angeles tour? It really all depends on what you are in the mood for. There are so many different types of tours to choose from. It is really just a matter of personality as well as time.
I think that the best Los Angeles tour would be along the lines of incorporating lunch or dinner along with the tour. Possibly touring around the best restaurants that L.A has to offer, would be an ideal experience I think. A would be fantastic. There are so many amazing restaurants that would be worth trying.
In a casual, contemporary cantina, a menu of shareable small plates begins with appetizers such as chicken chicharrónes with salsa criolla and steamed mussels with pancetta and aji amarillo butter, and moves on to a list of “causa sushi,” Zarate’s take on sushi that features potato topped with raw seafood. A great place to eat while you tour LA. There are also numerous ceviches, tiraditos, anticuchos of meats and seafood, and other specialties including quinoa-pumpkin stew and Peruvian paella with sea urchin sauce. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.277.0133. www.piccaperu.com
Oct. 21-27. Actor/Filmmaker Adrian Grenier and Film Producer Peter Glatzer are bringing their digital multi-media platform SHFT.com to life in a pop-up gallery and shop. A cute and unique shop, a great place to check out while taking a tour of Los Angeles. Featuring a collection of impressively designed sustainable products with over 30 pieces of art-work by Los Angeles based artists, the shop will embody the site’s vision of conveying an inspiring sustainable approach to the way we live through art, video, design and culture. 161 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. Shft.com
Oct. 21-27. Actor/Filmmaker Adrian Grenier and Film Producer Peter Glatzer are bringing their digital multi-media platform SHFT.com to life in a pop-up gallery and shop. Featuring a collection of impressively designed sustainable products with over 30 pieces of art-work by Los Angeles based artists, the shop will embody the site’s vision of conveying an inspiring sustainable approach to the way we live through art, video, design and culture. 161 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. Shft.com
Opening Oct. 25. Opposing views on faith and family collide in this critically acclaimed play that exposes a fundamental truth: that we love people because of—and in spite of—who they are. A cool place to be while taking a luxury tour of LA. The show makes its West Coast debut, with the Broadway production’s original director, Sheryl Kaller. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. GeffenPlayhouse.com
Nosh on small bites and seasonal crafted cocktails to the tune of live music Friday evenings at this intimate Beverly Hills lounge. Chef Joseph Elevado offers a menu that includes seasonal oysters with sushi ginger ‘salsa’, pork belly sliders with tomato jam on a brioche bun, an assortment of fries (pickle, truffle, sweet potato) and more. This is the place to get some new and exciting food and drinks while touring LA. Mixologist Stephanie Brown weaves the seasons into her cocktail menu, which features market fresh ingredients. Highlights include The Bitter Truth (elderflower liqueur, grapefruit, grapefruit bitters and champagne) and Love For Sale (Brokers gin, blackberry liqueur, vermouth, Peychaud’s bitters).
9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.278.3344. www.lermitagebh.com