Limited Offer: California Donuts x Num Noms Treat + Free Toy

Limited Offer: California Donuts x Num Noms Treat + Free Toy


California Donuts and iconic toy company NUM NOMS have partnered on a custom, limited-edition NUM NOMS donut creation and will offer the first 150 customers a FREE NUM NOMS toy with purchase of the donut!

Starting Sunday, July 30th at 10am Los Angeles families can treat their kids to a simply delicious California Donuts x NUM NOMS donut with a Free NUM NOMS Mystery Pack toy featuring one of the new characters from the company’s Series 4 collection! All you have to do is be one of the first 150 customers to purchase the limited-edition NUM NOMS donut! The NUM NOMS toy brand is widely loved by celebrity moms and kids – Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West’s children are among its MANY big fans!


Available only at California Donuts 3rd Street Location on Sunday, July 30, 2017:
California Donuts
3540 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Open 24 hours
Franco on Melrose Serves up Italian Authenticity

Franco on Melrose Serves up Italian Authenticity

It’s been proven time and time again that Italian cuisine is America’s favorite choice when it comes to dining out.  No matter where you go, almost any city in America will have Italian offerings in restaurants and eateries.  Los Angeles alone has hundreds to choose from.  I personally love a good Italian meal, and when I was asked to review Franco on Melrose, I jumped at the opportunity to make a visit to this fine establishment.

To note, upon entering Franco’s, the first thing you’ll see is the kitchen, as you have to pass it before entering the dining room.  I found this unique because it reminded me of visiting someone’s home.  There’s an intimacy of the layout itself that really pulls in a feeling of comfort and realness to the restaurant.  The dining room is surrounded by a beautiful stonewall entrenched with greenery and decorative accents limited to the lighting and table ware.  The ambiance of this room really allows for the food to be the stars of the room, which they are.

Chef Franco de Dominicis delivers a menu that is comparable to other Italian restaurants, but the difference here, is that there is a level of authenticity in the food that surpasses other eateries.  Chef Franco creates beautifully crafted, quality food that tastes and feels home-made.  Each dish is delicately prepared with the finest ingredients offered in Southern California.  Standout items from the menu include the Polpette Di Carne, a serving of house made pork & beef meatballs with tomato-basil and melted mozzarella; the one of a kind Pappardelle Alla Vaccinara, a pasta dish made with corner stone slow braised oxtail ragu and parmiggiano; and the Brasato di Manzo, a 12oz slow braised Creek Stone beef short rib paired with a spinach saute, root vegetables, and wine reduction.  If I had to pick a favorite, I have to admit that I always love a classic pasta, and the Fusilli, nicknamed “Franco’s Mom”, was incredible, served with pork sausage and beef meat ragu parmiggiano.  When asked about the name of this dish and his favorite items to cook for his guests, Franco says, “This is my mother’s recipe, and I grew up eating it.  My favorite things to make are definitely pastas because it brings back memories of my childhood when I cooked with my mother, making everything from scratch.”

Franco on Melrose is located at 6919 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Hours: Monday – Thursday (dinner): 6 pm – 10 pm
Friday – Saturday (dinner): 5:30 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Book a Reservation HERE.

Billboard + Ford Present: Tinashe and BJ The Chicago Kid at #FordFrontRow

Billboard + Ford Present: Tinashe and BJ The Chicago Kid at #FordFrontRow


Billboard and Ford Motors have teamed up this Summer to create a multi-city concert series called, Ford Front Row, with each city showcasing one chart-topping artist and one rising star.  The series kicked off its first show in downtown L.A. at the Belasco Theater and featured the critically acclaimed Tinashe and three-time Grammy nominated, BJ the Chicago Kid.

BJ the Chicago Kid kicked off his set with various cuts from his latest album, In My Mind, while making sure to give an extremely soulful performance through each song.  The room was completely tuned into his melodic groove and beautifully arranged vocals on his tracks like “Church”, “Love Inside”, and fan favorite, “Turnin’ Me Up”.  Immediately after BJ’s set, Tinashe took center stage to perform a riveting set from her album, Aquarius, and from her upcoming project, Joyride.  There was no shortage of stage presence when Tinashe performed, as she delivered impeccable choreography and vocals without missing one beat.  Fans sang along to every one of her songs and amplified their excitement at every dance break, because one thing was certain, Tinashe came to deliver high-energy performance at all costs.  Her set ended with her chart-topping hit, “2 On” and finished it off completely engaged with her audience in a back and forth sing-along.

Billboard and Ford succeeded in making a truly memorable experience for the fans with the concert itself being completely free along with gifting all guests with promotional giveaway items by simply downloading the FordPass App.  Follow the rest of the concert series on social media through the hashtag, #FordFrontRow.  Next up on the tour is Miami, followed by Atlanta, and then culminating in New York.  For more information on how to Enter to Win a trip for you and a guest to one of the next shows along with a chance to win a Ford vehicle of your choice, make sure to visit Billboard’s Ford Front Row portal by Clicking Here.



Women in Film

 SoCal Mag asked permission to repost Women In Film‘s Executive Director, Kirsten Schaffer’s account of the awesome “Girl Power” building momentum in Hollywood.

Why did we ask? Because we totally support gender parity in front of and behind the camera.
Here is Kristen Schaffer’s most recent weekly newsletter for her WIF supporters.

“This weekend brought San Diego Comic-Con, one of the largest pop culture events in film & television.
I was delighted to join the panel “WOMEN ROCKING HOLLYWOOD: WOMEN DIRECTORS CHANGING THE FACE OF FILM AND TELEVISION” and to be in the company of visionary, talented storytellers who talked candidly about how they got to where they are and where they are going next!

Photo Credit: Sarah J Eagen (twitter – @sarahjeagen) 

The tide is beginning to change for women in action. In the superhero world alone, we have seen WONDER WOMAN and its Director, Patty Jenkins, bust through the glass ceiling as the official highest-grossing movie of the summer ($389m domestic and counting), the announcement that Brie Larson will be playing the title role in 2019’s CAPTAIN MARVEL, and the huge news that Gina Prince-Bythewood will become the first female director of color to helm a tentpole franchise movie with 2018’s SILVER & BLACK. In the greater science-fiction world, there is an incredible amount of buzz for Disney’s big budget adaption of the beloved children’s book A Wrinkle in Time, directed by powerhouse Ava DuVernay, as well as the new action film from Focus Features, ATOMIC BLONDE about a British spy named Lorraine, starring Charlize Theron. In her Comic-Con panel, Charlize demurred on the thought that she could play the first female James Bond with “I’m fine with leaving that over to Daniel or to Idris- who I think would be a frickin’ awesome Bond- and I’ll do Lorraine.”

Photo Credit to Entertainment Weekly

Perhaps the most interesting casting news came from the recent announcement of Jodi Whitacker assuming the role of the Doctor in “Doctor Who,” a BBC series that premiered in 1963 and has seen 13 actors play the role-all of whom have been men. This announcement has been met with seemingly equal parts celebration and scorn in this fanbase, and has forced a greater dialogue about the misogyny (both hidden and obvious) in the science fiction community. For a genre that has been known to tackle social justice issues, it will be telling to see how these advancements for women, particularly women of color, will change the landscape of this corner of entertainment. And perhaps one day soon, we’ll see the work of my favorite science-fiction writer, Octavia Butler, on the big screen!”

Written by Kirsten Schaffer      

Kirsten Schaffer is the Executive Director of Women In Film, Los Angeles the preeminent organization promoting gender parity in Hollywood. Previously, she spent fourteen years at Outfest, as Director of Programming before being appointed Executive Director in 2009. She is widely credited as having grown Outfest into the leading LGBT media arts organization that it is. During Schaffer’s tenure at Outfest, she launched three new programs for the organization: The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival and OutSet, the Young Filmmakers Project from the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Outfest. Kirsten has extensive experience in film programming, small business management and arts administration. She is a graduate of National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program and the Wells Fargo New Executive Director Institute. Kirsten was named one of POWER UP’s “Top 10 Women in Show Business,” and was the recipient of a “Women in Business” Award from Senator Liu.


WCW: Peri Arenas Introduces PERI.A

WCW: Peri Arenas Introduces PERI.A

SoCal Mag’s “Woman Crush Wednesday” is dedicated to Peri Arenas, a true entrepreneur and curator of luxury fashion.  We’re highlighting her latest endeavor, PERI.A in the Robertson neighborhood.

Coming off the success of Peri Arenas’ Veri Peri at the Parker Palm Springs, PERI.A is her latest creation – supporting the reemergence of Robertson Blvd as a fashion epicenter and bringing designers from all over the world like Vivetta, Mira Mikati, Derek Lam and Shrimps to the incredible shop.

Peri curates her assortment by finding “hot designers before they become hot gossip” and introducing the most unique and special pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Arenas is looking to shake the retail scene up, “I believe that fashion in America has become safe and I’m ready to bring back a thrill to the art of dressing by inspiring women to wear what excites them.” The boutique showcases limited edition and custom pieces like graffitied Louis Vuitton straps and more!

Arenas comes from a family of successful entrepreneurs starting with her grandfather, Jack Parker who founded the famous Parker Palm Springs and Le Parker Meridien. Expanding on her retail entrepreneurship, this new concept is for customers to discover new designers, and incubate those with little retail presence as well as carry exclusive items from designer labels. PERI.A offers a premium shopping experience, with a gift wrapping station as well as high-tech dressing rooms, complete with monitors playing music videos and films. The 2,400-square-foot space is designed by renowned LA interior designer Lynda Murray whose work has been featured in ELLE Decor, LA Times, Angeleno and many more.
OC Parks Summer Concert Series

OC Parks Summer Concert Series

OC Parks Summer Concert Series
Thursday nights through August 24
5 – 8 p.m.

Please join The ACE Agency this Thursday, July 27 at Irvine Regional Park in Orange for the OC Parks Summer Concert Series, featuring live performances from MATT COSTA and DAVID ROSALES.

Concerts continue every Thursday night through August 24 are free to attend and include free parking.

The concerts open at 5pm with live music from 6-8pm. Food trucks will be available on-site.
Gather friends and family and join us for great live music under the summer sky at the 2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series.

We look forward to seeing you there!

An Inconvenient Sequel

An Inconvenient Sequel

Fight like our world depends on it

Pictured L-R: Directors -Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, Former Vice President Al Gore, and Interviewer, John Anderson Q&A Following a screening in New York – Photo credit: Bronwyn Berry

An Inconvenient sequel: Truth to Power is a ‘follow’ movie in the true sense of the word. Not only is it the follow-up documentary to Al Gore’s hard-hitting An Inconvenient Truth, but this time round we get to ‘follow’ Gore on a worldwide tour of the disastrous consequences of climate change– from the dripping icecaps of Greenland to the rain bombs of India and the flooding streets of Miami. He travels the world teaching future climate leaders. We witness change in action at the 2016 Paris Accord as Gore brokers a deal between developing country, India and SolarCity, the world’s leading manufacturer of solar panels, a turning point in getting India to agree to the Accord. There are heart warming moments— Georgetown, Texas “the reddest city, in the reddest county” is about to get 100 percent of its energy from wind and solar; Gore and conservative Republican mayor celebrate a victory for renewable energy.  This is an emotional journey for Gore and he admits to sometimes feeling “it was a personal failure on my part” that the world’s leaders were not stepping up. Despite the harrowing visuals, grim statistics and the trump-astrophe of November 2016, this is an overwhelmingly positive film.  We’re immersed in Gore’s journey, inspired by his passion and dedication. Most importantly, we witness that change is possible; we have a responsibility to halt the effects of climate change. Use your voice. Use your choice. Use your vote. #beinconvenient  





FIGFest 2017

At the intersection of South Figueroa and 7th Street, is Downtown LA’s leading
shopping and dining destination – FIGAT7TH – a major player in the resurgence of Downtown Los Angeles.

Reigniting the city this summer with eclectic sounds and tunes, for the fifth consecutive year is Brookfield’s FIGat7th Downtown Festival. The event’s
highly anticipated return is presented by Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Property Partners. The festival opens on Friday, August 4th and will run weekly at downtown L.A.’s
premiere shopping destination, FIGat7th. The center’s outdoor plaza will be reimagined as an intimate concert venue for four Friday nights in August with performances by leading pop, rock,
soul, funk, folk and alternative artists.

The FIGat7th Downtown Festival is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s continued effort to bring Brookfield’s public spaces to life through visual and performing arts.
Kicking off the festival is Los Angeles’ hit funk-dance duo, Tuxedo, comprised of singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One. Hot on the heels of Tuxedo is the raunch ‘n’ roll
singer-songwriter Hanni El Khatib on August 11. The New York-based band Sinkane follows on August 18, introducing a cocktail of progressive funk rock and Sudanese pop. The festival closes
out with another L.A. music staple, Quetzal, who peppers their fiery mix of Mexican musica ranchera and salsa with socially conscious Chicano rock and R&B.



Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 4:00 p.m. for a DJ Happy Hour with NONA
ENTERTAINMENT in the TASTE Food Hall Courtyard where a variety of excellent eateries
and chef-driven concepts are offered. The festivities will move upstairs at 7:00 p.m. for more fun
beats as local DJs warm up the crowd before the talented, internationally recognized headliners
take the stage.
FIGat7th Downtown Festival’s unique lineup reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the city and
the cultural and creative center that downtown L.A. has become!

For more information

VieVité Cotes de Provence Highlights Its Summer Rosé Offering

VieVité Cotes de Provence Highlights Its Summer Rosé Offering

Southern California offers some of the best weather around which allows us to fully enjoy our summer parties and outings like no other city could.  When pairing the right elements to SoCal summer fun, you have to consider one of the most important choices of all, your wine selection.  This summer’s offering from VieVité Cotes de Provence would be their lavishly delicious French Rosé offered in two variables: the lighter and refreshing VieVité and the VieVité Extraordinaire coming in a limited cask.

VieVité is produced from grapevines averaging 25 years old, and offers a fresh and
delicate aroma of cherries and strawberries coupled with notes of spice to create a
satisfying sensation on the palate with a forward fruit nose of peach, grape and apricot.

VieVité Extraordinaire is sourced from 80-year grapevines and produced in smaller
quantities, capturing the attention of true rosé connoisseurs for its opulent fruit flavors
and exuberant panache. This deliciously vibrant Rosé delights with its intense and wellbalanced
fruit flavors, dominant with strawberries and berries, and structured with an
intensity that highlights the old vines it is made from. Both wines have been declared as
exceptional examples of true Cotes De Provence Rosé by wine lovers and critics alike.”


VieVité is available across all of Southern California in stores like Pavilions, Whole Foods Market, Vons, Bristol Farms, and Gelsons.  Be sure to enjoy a bottle of this Rosé during your next brunch party, poolside lounge, beach outing, or just because it’s Summer!

Instagram:  @vievite

Twitter:  @VieViteRose

Facebook:  VieVite


Started in 1979, John Ramirez and the late Stuart Timmons, two students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) founded a gay film festival. By 1982, it had become known as the “Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference”, later as the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The name was changed to Outfest in 1994. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, panels, and parties. This year, the roster has some outstanding films including documentaries, KEVYN AUCOIN: Beauty & The Beast in Me, (tonight at Director’s Guild of America (7920 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA).

West Hollywood Eatery, Norah, Unveils Summer Menu

West Hollywood Eatery, Norah, Unveils Summer Menu

At the core of West Hollywood is the slightly hidden gem known as Norah, a lovely stone walled restaurant popular for its seasonally curated menu and minimalist garden decor.  Last week, Norah unveiled a beautifully crafted menu inspired by the Southern California tones of summer.  Norah organizes its menu in the traditional course style, outlining a perfectly designed selection for a full course meal.  When asked about an overall theme for this season’s menu, head Chef, Mike Williams, says, “Our menu as a whole is really eclectic as it pertains to the flavor profiles we use.  We like to call it Eclectic New American.  We’re always sourcing the best products and that’s generally where the theme stems from.  You can see through the use of the fresh tomatoes, corn, and the peaches resonating throughout some of the dishes as compliments to the theme overall.


During Norah’s Summer Tasting event, SoCal Mag editors were treated to some shining stars from the menu like the Crispy Octopus paired with squid ink caramel, herb salad and toasted rice powder; the Green Beans & Stone Fruit were absolutely delicious prepared with charred corn dressing and purslane; and the Heritage Pork Tomahawk Chop was an excellent main course dish featuring a cider glaze, farro salad, and pickled peaches.  The wine and cocktail selections complimented each dish, especially our favorite, the Summer Spritz made with strawberry, cappelletti, bubbles, and thyme.  Naturally, no meal is complete without dessert, and Norah’s vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream was the perfect culmination to the evening.



Norah truly developed a summer menu that not only compliments the light and artsy air of its decor, but also feeds into the vibe of West Hollywood lifestyle.  What else could the eatery add besides its menu to make the dining experience even more special?  A newly renovated patio for outside dining.  Restaurant owner Rohan Talwar says, “We’ve been open for about a year and half now, and we really wanted to amplify our space by adding a beautiful patio for people to enjoy our food in SoCal’s wonderful weather.  It was a natural thing for us to do given the restaurant’s success over the past year.  We’re excited to see it open before the summer is over.


Norah is located at 8279 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 and is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm and for dinner nightly from 6pm to midnight.  You can view the complete menu and make a reservation at Norah’s website here.


Camp No Counselors:  Redefining the Rules of Camping

Camp No Counselors: Redefining the Rules of Camping

This is not your average campfire!  Welcome to Camp No Counselors, a unique camp experience specifically created for adults who want to have a positive, booze-filled fun fest with a nod to their childhood.  Sound crazy?  That’s because it is… Crazy fun.  I was able to experience Camp No Counselors this past May when they hosted the Los Angeles edition of the camp.  If I could describe the experience in three words, they would have to be adventurous, daring, and exceptional!

The experience overall was unlike any camping trip I’ve been on, noted, most of my camp experiences were limited to childhood, church-based field trips.  This was the complete opposite. The CNC team really put in the effort to create an atmosphere that gives campers the opportunity to tap into a fun childhood memory, but as adults.  Imagine, rope courses, themed-parties, relay races, sports, and camp activities, all mixed with a completely open bar included in your reservation.  The result is nothing short of a grand old party in the woods that lasts for three days.

I attended with a completely open mind, willing to experience something new and meet all kinds of new people.  The beginning of camp starts with a happy hour mixer and fire-side party as a means to break the ice and to get everyone excited to have a stress-free, good time.  My highlight moment was the “Color Wars”, which divided the entire camp into four teams, each representing a different color.  Throughout the various activities, your team participates in a number of challenges leading up to an ultimate relay race that crowns your team the camp champions upon completion.  I was on the green team, and we were seen as the underdogs in the beginning, but in the end were victorious when we beat out everyone in the collective drinking game, flip-cup, where each member of our team had to slide down a water slide and successfully drink a cup of beer and flip the cup right-side up from the edge of a table.

Additionally, the camp-grounds offered three deliciously prepared meals everyday paired with a mimosa bar for breakfast, endless beer at lunch, and full bar complete with an added selections of wines at dinner.  To note, the camp grounds are typically secluded away from metropolitan areas of the designated city, in turn offering limited to almost no cell-phone service while camping.  At first, I was concerned about not being able to have service to check emails and messages, but in turn, I ended up loving the notion of completely disconnecting from my everyday world and truly submerging myself into the camping experience.  Camp No Counselors proved to be something not only completely positive but an event that was almost therapeutic in its own right.


The camp is continuing its tour throughout the summer, but is returning to Los Angeles for three dates in the Fall, including the introduction to their first LGBTQ geared camp in October.  To signup, click on the dates below.  Also, make sure to follow Camp No Counselors on all social media channels.

IG:  @campnocounselors

Twitter: @CampNoCounselor

Facebook:  Camp No Counselors