Archive for January, 2012
Los Angeles can easily claim to be the Hamburger Capital of the World because is has beautiful year round weather and a hamburger stand or restaurant on just about every corner. Take a walk, grab a burger. Meet a friend, grab a burger. Waiting for the light to change, grab a burger. Los Angeles can also claim bragging rights to inventing new hamburgers, presentations, and franchises all the time. Of late — Umami. It’s a hamburger stand for grown-ups. Just hamburgers. Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy. And, that indescribable fifth taste, umami. Don’t want a fancy restaurant or a plasticky fast food counter with pimples asking you what you want or a joint where you feel compelled to wipe the seat before you sit? Want a fancy, flavor filled adult food at street prices? Then check out Umami. Of all the things to do in Los Angeles you have to eat. Eat well. Umami. Yo mama!
850 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
Saturdays and Sundays. Brunch service is available now every weekend at Caulfield’s, the Thompson Beverly Hills’ new literary-inspired American bistro, headed by chef Cody Diegel. Start with homemade coffee cake (it’s a must) and continue savoring your weekend over dishes such as the Caulfield’s Benedict (jumbo crab, poached eggs, hollandaise on toasted brioche with avocado); blueberry pancakes layered with maple-vanilla bean butter; and brioche French toast with apple compote. Wash it all down with signature cocktails like a bourbon milk shake, Pimm’s Cup, Ram os Gin Fizz and more. Make your Los Angeles tour plans and get to the restaurant from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for a tasty and fun midday meal.
Thompson Beverly Hills
9360 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Italian and Asian meet in a free-form inspiration at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills’ newest dining concept from Executive Chef Joseph Elevado. Dine on entrees such as grilled veal porterhouse with pickled cherry peppers and veal reduction; garlic oil-seared imperial wagyu with sun-dried tomato, ginger, garlic chips and sudachi soy; Prince Edward Island mussel saffron risotto with fennel and shimeji mushrooms; and free-form oxtail ravioli with edamame and veal reduction. Complementing the menu are handcrafted cocktails with Italian and Asian influences. You just flew over Beverly Hills during a Los Angeles helicopter tour and deserve a fine dining experience to top off your day.
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Through February 12th at the Geffen Playhouse
After the best Los Angeles tour you can imagine it is now time to sit down in a comfortable theater and see a real movie star treading the boards and recreating a character you love. Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner sizzles as Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage. This acclaimed show captures the redheaded reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics.
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles
Be a daring thrillseeker on the flying trapeze. You wonder if you have tried all the things to do in Los Angeles, well I doubt you have swayed from a thin bar suspended over a safety net. At Rich Gaona’s Trapeze Workshop you can enjoy a single lesson or train to join the circus (or, more likely in Hollywood, perform in a movie about the circus). It’s fun, it’s athletic, it’s exciting. No experience is necessary and you can start any time. Learn from the best. Richie Gaona is a 4th generation circus performer and truly knows his trade. He has trained athletes and actors as well as regular folks interested in doing something a little bit out of the ordinary. That could be you. Give it a whirl, or rather, a swing.
Gaonas Trapeze Workshop
5702 Lubao Avenue, Woodland Hills
You just drove past Lucille Ball’s Beverly Hills home on your Hollywood tour so what is more perfect than spending the evening in a studio audience enjoying a “live” recreation of the taping of two I Love Lucy television episodes. With an affable host and four extremely talented actors perfectly recreating the original characters (Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel, as if you need reminding) you get to participate in a full evening of music and hilarity. The original television show remains in syndication 60 years after its debut, and though the Desilu studio is no more there are still reminders of those days in Hollywood and Culver City you might have seen in any number of star tours in Hollywood.
If you’re an I Love Lucy fan, this is your moment. The two original episodes, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined,” are a hoot, but so are the hilarious commercial breaks, the Lucy trivia contest and the surprising variety of musical and dance numbers.
Through February 26th
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N. Fairfax Avenue
Backyards in Diamond Bar and Other Oddities
In 1980, Joe Deal photographed backyards in Diamond Bar. The images, all black-and-white and clinical, make suburbia seem absolutely absurd. Among his strangest is a photo of a swimming pool–shaped island of perfectly green grass, empty but surrounded by lawn furniture, cacti and other brush arranged in dirt. It’s on view in the Getty’s “In Focus” show along with about two dozen other silver gelatin prints that examine SoCal from the ’50s until 1980. The show feels like an Errol Morris documentary — skeptical but almost eagerly so, and all strung together with understated, dry humor.
The Getty Museum is just one of the many southern California museums and galleries participating in Pacific Standard Time. If you just flew over this incredible structure overlooking the Los Angeles basin during one of your Los Angeles helicopter tours then you should make it a point to visit the museum and see what they have inside.
Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of numerous southern California museums and galleries curating exhibits to celebrate the vision and history of California artists.
1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood
through May 6