1948 Colorado Blvd, LA 90041 – in Eagle RockOpen everyday for dinner at 5:30pmThe latest restaurant to open in Eagle Rock is a super cool space – Marshall Blair (from Blairs restaurant in Silverlake on Rowena) has taken over the former Halong Bay Vietnamese space, and totally recreated it with high ceilings and thick wood beams, cement floor, brick walls, hanging bamboo lampshades and wonderful huge windows that open to let the outside in. Not only did Blair oversee the reconstruction himself, he also made all the ceramic dish-ware used to serve the food.The place seats roughly fifty inside with an extra 16 seats coming for an outdoor sidewalk dining experience. Heading up the food is Chef Christopher Washburn (also head chef at Blairs restaurant). On the menu are a variety of Italian favorites like puttanesca (the best I’ve ever had), the Gnocchetti with spicy pork sausage, meatballs and polenta, rappini – and a tiramisu that is heavenly. Overall the food is spicy, creamy, fragrant, peppery, and extremely flavorful. Every dish I tried was delicious . Of course, the wines served are incredible, too. The place is relaxed with cool staff adding to the friendly vibe. Give Posto Giusto a try, you won’t be disappointed.
This year’s BET Experience saw the introduction of AT&T’s #BeTheGlow campaign executed by The 360 Agency. The experience presented guests to a unique virtual reality activation with AT&T technology along with musical performances from artists like Young Paris, Nick x Navi, Tia P, Drayon, and others. Artist Gelila Mesfin showcased a curated gallery of her work focused around Afrofuturism, and designer/artist, Laoulu NYC presented an interactive fashion show and installation.
#BeTheGlow also held a series of Genius Talks panels hosted by Charlamagne Thagod. The panels included celebrity guests Traci Ellis Ross, Nick Cannon, Angela Rye, Pusha T, Marilyn Mosby, Issa Rae, Ava Duvernay, and New Edition. The focus of Genius Talks sessions for the BET Experience was to enhance and embrace #BeTheGlow’s mission dedicated to shining a glowing light on the people and ideas driving black culture forward.
#BeTheGlow will continue its campaign this summer at the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on June 1st and 2nd, 2017.
Like true Southern California residents, we here at SoCal Mag are avid fans of wine. With the countless offerings of beautiful vineyards all around us, we have access to some of the best wine selections available in the country. This week, for the trending #ThirstyThursday movement in modern day social media, we chose to highlight two very special wine offerings from the beautiful Moraga Vineyards of Bel Air. The most notable detail to these offerings is that both are products that spawned deliciously well despite a four year drought that affected Moraga from 2012 through 2016.
The 2013 Moraga Red Wine is aromatic using notes of cassis, briar, and cocoa along with hints of sandalwood, pipe tobacco, and wet sandstone. Upon tasting, this Red Wine holds power and certainly commands presence on the palette. The sandalwood and pipe tobacco are certainly present throughout each sip. It’s no wonder the intense process in creating this wine included pre-fermentation and for the grapes to be punched down by hand up to seven times a day along with extended maceration. The complete process averaged anywhere between 33 to 46 days, with the final product being bottled in August 2015. SoCal Mag’s recommendation is to drink this option with a decadent dinner that includes any heavy protein and/or pasta combination.
The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is fragrant with notes of citrus rind, citronella, fresh green apple, Bosc pear, Asian pear, and honeydew melon, then paired with floral notes of honesuckle and hints of pineapple and white peach. There is no doubt that this Sauvignon Blanc is one of Moraga’s star selections. The refreshing highlights of citrus throughout this wine are light and invigorating. It’s certainly a favorite for us, and is really aligned well with the Summer season. The sweetness naturally blends well with a SoCal brunch party or even a dessert pairing.
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“In some ways, Empire is where The Get Down leads to— a corporate culture of rap music. Where The Get Down was about the rise of Rap Music, Empire is the capitalistic result.”
I was hooked. When “Books” Ezekiel Figuero read a poem with his emotionally-charged voice, it was poetry, rap and suddenly, I started to understand something about a culture that had evaded me. With the final episode now aired, we can speak to the merits and trials of this great experiment in television.
It was flawed, to be sure: A lot of storylines, a very weak gay tangent that was never realized, too much production, cartooning and cliches all spun on the head of a needle that could never decide where it wanted to go, but the ride was energetic, thrilling and if you were there, essentially the truth.
The last episode “Only From Exile Can We Come Home” was all the series wrapped into one big conclusion. but with such a delightful silliness ( imagine MX Justin Vivian Bond meets Jobriath tryout meets pop impresario, Robert Stigwood, at the Chelsea Hotel, of course!) that the show should conclude with one over-the-top last community rap, potential demise of our beloved little gay character, the bad guys turning good, it was all simply as Bette Davis once said: too much.
And it will be missed.
There are odd parallels to the other TV series, Empire, which in its third season has managed to stay afloat despite its deflated and contrived storylines — and a cast that feels exhausted. In some ways, Empire is where The Get Down leads to— a corporate culture of rap music. Where The Get Down was about the rise of Rap Music, Empire is the capitalistic result.
Empire lives while the Get Down, the most expensive Netflix series, $120 million to produce, goes to the place where great TV shows fade away.
Just east of Hollywood is a Los Feliz staple known as Fred 62, a retro themed American diner that has been in service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for two decades now. This neighborhood delight opened in 1997 specifically to cater to all Angelenos who wanted to eat great food at any time of the day. The diner has coined what chef and co-founder, Fred Eric, likes to call “breakfast of stoners”. Examples include the Dime Bag, fried Mac n Cheese Balls, Billion $ Pancakes, and classic American milkshakes.