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Tacos at Lotería Grill

Tacos at Lotería Grill

 

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in LA


There’s no shortage of fun places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles. From festive beachside eateries to a downtown rooftop experience, find out where to enjoy margaritas and tacos along with vegan empanadas, habanero-spiked burgers, churro waffles and more.

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14

Mar

Jonathan Gold's documentary, "City of Gold," explores Los Angeles's unique culture through its food

Genre: Documentary, Biography
Directed by:
Laura Gabbert
Starring:
Jonathan Gold, Allen Salkin
Released by:
IFC Films
Run Time: 1h 36 min
Year:
2015

 

Fandango - We've Got Your Movie Tickets!

 

In this epic love story to the city of Los Angeles and its colorful food scene, restaurant critic Jonathan Gold paints an intimate portrait of his hometown with a different kind of artist’s palette. By bringing to center stage the no-name, hole-in-the-wall spots that make LA’s culture so rich, Gold accomplishes what few have done in the past. He shows us the true face of this vibrant city by exploring its most diverse eateries, and more importantly, the people who keep them running.
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Historic Route 66

on March 13th, 2016
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13

Mar

Will Rogers Highway

 

America’s “Mother Road,” stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, was the first of its kind in many respects. For starters, it was the first diagonal highway covering a long stretch of land in the 1920s. But more importantly, it was a pioneer in connecting small, rural towns in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas with larger, urban regions, which helped farmers ship their goods to the big cities. When it was officially commissioned in 1926, Route 66 included 2,448 miles of road. And even though only 800 of those miles were paved, it still served as the nation’s primary junction between the east and west.

 

Mike Bell Travels on the Mother Road

 

Mike Bell stands beside his brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Long Beach Red, with his wife, Malea Continue reading “Historic Route 66” »



08

Dec

Volvo 60th Anniversary Celebration at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood

Volvo 60th Anniversary Celebration at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood

 

Swede Smell of Success

 

To celebrate their presence on American roads since 1955, Volvo hosted a 60th Anniversary Celebration at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California on October 24, 2015. At the event, there was a vintage Volvo cars showcase, history museum, drive-in movie theater and Bowers & Wilkins listening room, featuring a state-of-the-art sound system from the high-grade speaker manufacturers. Guests also enjoyed authentic Swedish eats (meatballs, of course!) and beverages, as well as a surprise visit from Jay Leno, who later spoke at the event. Continue reading “Volvo 60th Anniversary Celebration” »



04

Dec

Petersen Museum Lobby

Petersen Museum Lobby

 

Car Lovers, Rejoice! The Petersen is Back

 

Los Angeles’s Petersen Automotive Museum reopened to the public on Monday, December 7, 2015 after a 14-month-long, $90 million renovation. When it originally opened in 1994, Robert E. Petersen said, “This museum is about the role the automobile has played in defining our past and present, as well as shaping our future.” Continue reading “Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens” »



Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner

Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner


Dinner at the Whole Foods Market

by André Gayot

 

That a Moslem nation grows vine and makes wine with its grapes is a no-brainer established fact for a long time. Less expected is that its nationals — along with tourists though — drink it, as their religion prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Continue reading “The Rise of the Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Wines” »



2015 French Open

on May 27th, 2015
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27

May

Roland Garros 2015

Roland Garros 2015

by Sophie Gayot


If you cannot make it to Paris for Roland Garros, also known as the French Open, you can still follow the action on the tournament’s official website. There, you’ll find round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open running through June 7. Real-time scores, streaming radio commentary and a live blog of tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition are available 24/7, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news on the action.

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Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

 

by André Gayot


Attractive and sporty Molly Hill, winemaker of seven years at Sequoia Grove (Rutherford, California), teamed up with Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef of FIG restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, California) to pair her wines with his food.


As Sequoia Grove focuses on prime Cabernet Sauvignons, the theme of the demonstration was that Cabs can accommodate a whole variety of dishes. Maybe not the smoked salmon salad, though. For the fish, Sequoia Grove has a flowery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28).
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01

Apr

Andrés foie gras cotton candy

Chef José Andrés foie gras cotton candy

 

 

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

SLS, Savor Liver Slowly

Come celebrate the return of foie gras to California’s tables at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on April 14, 2015.
 
You will enjoy foie gras in many shapes and forms in the peaceful and intimate décor at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ tasting room hidden away from the busy and bustling Bazaar restaurant.

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Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner.

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner of LA 2015 Cochon 555 competition. From left to right: Kris Morningstar of Terrine, Steven Fretz of The Church Key, Ricardo Zarate, Toni DiSalvo of CAST, Ray Garcia 2014 Grand Cochon winner, Brady Lowe founder of Cochon 555.

by Sophie Gayot

 

UPDATE, MARCH 29TH: And the winner is chef Walter Manzke of République. Congratulations! But I have to say that all the chefs put lots of time and efforts to create tasty dishes, and served them putting on a show. See all the photos below.

 

There are many cooking competitions, but Cochon 555 is a special one — so much passion! The participating chefs start getting crazy a month before, and the frenzy keeps building as the event gets closer. (The event has gained so much momentum that the winner now includes the title in his bio.) Brady Lowe started this traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which includes five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers, and throughout its seven years of existence more than 11 tons of heritage pork have been served around the country.

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