Ice Cream and art… It’s the perfect combination of childhood dreams when referring to the Museum of Ice Cream in downtown Los Angeles. This Instagram-worthy exhibition has made waves across social media with its deliciously curated rooms of America’s favorite frozen dessert. The museum has gotten so popular that it even caught the attention of Beyoncé, who paid a visit with daughter, Blue Ivy, on Mother’s Day. Getting tickets to isn’t easy, though, as the website has been sold out for months. You have to sign up to MOIC’s newsletter to be notified once additional tickets become available. I had the pleasure of getting the inside “scoop” for SoCal Mag by being invited to celebrate the newest addition to the museum, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream.
If you know anything about mochi, you know that it’s an absolutely delightful treat made up of ice cream wrapped in a unique mochi dough. For the My/Mo Mochi Takeover, MOIC is introducing patrons to some of My/Mo’s most indulgent flavors like Sweet Mango, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Ripe Strawberry throughout the tour. The pairing couldn’t be anymore ideal, and I loved it so much, that I just had to share the experience with SoCal Mag’s readers. The museum alone is already such a fun experience, mixing in multi-flavored ice cream treats only amplifies the event to another level.
If you don’t get a chance to visit the museum, My/Mo Mochi is available at grocers all across Southern California. Find the retailer closest to you HERE, and be sure to follow their mouth-watering Instagram, @mymomochiicecream. The Museum of Ice Cream is currently sold out at both its L.A. and San Francisco locations, but you can sign up for their newsletter HERE for updates on when tickets become available. Follow the #MOIC at @museumoficecream on Instagram.
(Photography by: Sebastian “Bash” Johnson)
“TROJANS WIN, YOU WIN!”
Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has teamed up with the University of Southern California to launch the new “Trojans Win, You Win” program helping to celebrate college football season in true Trojan spirit. With each USC football win this season, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer DD Perks members a FREE medium hot or Iced Coffee the Monday after every Win. Anyone can join the DD Perks Loyalty program by downloading the Dunkin’ App and registering.
As an additional tasty treat to celebrate one of Southern California’s favorite teams, participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations will also serve USC themed donuts between Friday and Monday each week for the rest of the season.
The “Trojans Win, You Win” program kicked off on Sept. 4, 2017 and will run through the remainder of USC football’s 2017-2018 season.
Upcoming September games include:
o Sept. 23 – USC vs. Cal (away)
o Sept. 29 – USC vs. Washington State (away)
Participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations within Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego.
Enjoy while it lasts!
The American Humane Hero Dog Awards honors ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things.
LOS ANGELES, September 17, 2017 – Following nearly a million votes by the American public and the opinions of an expert panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, Abigail, a one-year-old pit mix from Lehigh Acres, Florida has been named this year’s most courageous canine, besting 187 other heroic hounds and capturing the top title of “American Hero Dog” at the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®. The seventh annual Hero Dogs Awards will be broadcast nationally on Hallmark Channel October 26 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm Central Time.
It wasn’t your usual red carpet style. Many of the honorees were naked and most paraded on all fours, though some reclined diva-like in their partner’s arms. One was in a wheelchair—at least, her back half was. Her front half, top-hatted, walked short and proud.
“Over here…Abi, Atlas, here…” the photographers yelled, gesturing for the honorees to face their way. Each immediately faced in the opposite direction. They weren’t being rude, that’s just what dogs do. It’s a syndrome.
One by one they inched along the carpet: mutts, most of them, not to the manor born. And though many were dressed to the nines, they remained canines nevertheless, with none of them a natural beauty queen. Luca limped along with a plaster around her foot. Atlas dragged his hips. Yet each had earned their place in the spotlight by the way they’d regularly comported themselves in life: with honor and dignity, despite the personal hardships that had elevated them from the doghouse.
Abi, in tutu and ribboned headgear, was the most affectionate pit bull I’ve ever come across. When I bent down to pet her, she threw her arms (technically her legs) around my neck. Her owner later explained that the elaborate red bow tied around her head camouflaged the place where her ear used to be. “When we found her on the side of the road, half her face was torn off,” he explained. “We think she might have been used as a bait dog in dog fights.”
These were the kind of heartrending tales that abounded. The chihuahua “well, 99% chihuahua…we think she must originate from the Chi-Chi breed, ‘cause she’s so big,” was also found by the side of the road. After being adopted and trained as a hearing dog, that miniature animal hauled its hearing-impaired owner away from an oncoming train.
Then there was Mango, whose back was broken when she was run over by a car. Despite her posterior wheeled support, she cut a star-studied picture in her turquoise sequined skirt and matching sequined hat.
“People send her clothes,” whispered the
chihuahua’s Dad, somewhat wistfully. “She gets sent boxes of them from all over, you know, through Facebook and all those sites…people won’t stop sending her stuff.” Mango was a runaway. These days, she’s a fancy-dressed therapy dog, spreading the joy statewide.
After the red carpet, everyone trotted in for the Dinner. Where, though, were the liver treats? The meat-flavored waters? This was a night when the doggy bags should’ve been the main event, but it was the owners who got fed. It was fitting, though. Seems to me those loving, caring rescuers were just as much the Heroes of the day.
Atlas the Wonder Dog
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for this year’s finalists
Photographer: Linnea Stephan/BFA.com
With the Fall season right around the corner, what better way to bid farewell to summer than with a Classic American staple? It’s nearly time to celebrate what is arguably the best food holiday in the entire year: National Cheeseburger Day! Monday, September 18th, is your chance to excuse gluttonous behavior and scarf down a burger or two, because this holiday only comes around once a year, and there is no better place to take advantage of National Cheeseburger Day than Umami Burger!
What is “Umami“?
If you don’t know, “Umami” means “deliciousness”. There are five key flavor distinctions, but Umami was commonly overlooked until a few years ago when the taste became a newly understood craze in the United States. Beyond sweet, sour, salty and bitter- the fifth flavor, Umami, is rich and savory. A word coined by the Japanese, Umami is a powerful force behind many food cravings and they are serving up some of the most crave-able creations in the industry. Some examples of Umami flavor include soups, noodles, salads, (Umami Burgers!) or other dishes containing high levels of mushrooms, chicken, beef, celery, fish, potatoes, and more.
Where is Umami Burger?
Umami Burger @ Santa Monica
Umami Burger @ The Grove
Umami Burger found its humble beginnings in Los Angeles, California nearly a decade ago, and has 26 blooming locations today: 14 in Southern California, 4 in Northern California, 4 in New York City, 2 in Chicago, 1 in Las Vegas, and 1 in Japan, which welcomed over 5,000 guests in just 8 days!
Amazingly, in an effort to get more people to experience the euphoria of Umami, the chain is undergoing an international expansion planned through 2020, reaching Dubai, London, Bahrain, and Asia to name a few.
How Can I Participate in the Festivities?
Here at home, Umami Burger will help ring in National Cheeseburger Day with a special $2 discount, which will only be accessible by following their social media account on Instagram, @umamiburger, and liking a special “holiday” post. That’s all you have to do!
Cruise on over to Umami’s Santa Monica location, or their restaurant at The Grove on September 18th, 2017 to show that you’ve liked the post, and receive your discount — applicable to any burger.
You’ll find epic menu items with unique cheese offerings, like The Manly Burger — voted best burger of 2016 by GQ, and the Sunny Side Burger. Where else can you get a burger slathered in beer-cheddar cheese, bacon, smoked-salt onion string and Umami ketchup- all in one place? Probably nowhere.
(And the Sunny Side burger with Parmesan crisp, fried egg, truffle thyme compound butter, truffled arugula and truffle aioli… absolutely unreal!)
What if I don’t Eat Meat?
The best part about Umami is that it isn’t exclusive to meat heavy dishes. So, if you’re vegetarian or vegan, feel right at home! Umami Burger has delicious “burger” options like The Impossible Burger, the Ahi Tuna Burger, and the Falafel Burger for alternative or non-meat eaters. Isn’t it nice to know that Umami Burger caters to non-conventional burger lovers so everyone can celebrate National Cheeseburger Day?!
Need More Reasons to Celebrate with Umami?
It should be noted that Umami Burger has ongoing collaborations with numerous influencers and celebrities where $1 of every burger sold goes to a charity of their choice. Umami Burger gives back, and to show just how impactful their collaborations have been, The Montecristo Burger created by Michael Voltaggio has raised over $150k. Umami Burger continues to work with Cindy Crawford, Slash, Alton Brown, and Andy Samburg among many others. You can also expect to soon see collaborations with Jaden Smith and Connor McGregor, which are sure to expand their contributions and touch the lives of millions all over the world.
National Cheeseburger Day is the perfect celebration to welcome “bulking season,” otherwise known as Fall and Winter. Bid an official farewell to your 2017 summer with this special offer on September 18th, at Umami Burger in Santa Monica or The Grove, and look forward to next year’s celebration!
No stranger to collaborations, popular juniors label, Love Tribe, has just launched its latest offering of athleisure with a special Peanuts collection featuring classic American cartoon star, Snoopy. SoCal Magazine thinks this line is perfect for back to school, and quite frankly, anything featuring Snoopy and Woodstock works for us anytime of the year. Check out Love Tribe’s official announcement below, and shop the new collection HERE.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Peanuts Worldwide to launch a new collection of Peanuts-inspired pieces, available now at 250 Macy’s stores, LoveTribe.com and macys.com. Featuring the iconic and lovable Snoopy and Woodstock, our new athleisure collection offers young women comfort and style in these timeless pieces.
“We want girls to feel comfort in the clothes they wear, while having fun, hanging out with friends, lounging around, or being active,” said Bonnie Dogan, Vice President of Sales for Specialty Retailers at Hybrid Apparel. “This new collaboration brings girls that perfect combination of comfort and style, perfect for every day and every casual occasion. By mixing trendy Peanuts prints, inspirational quotes, and fun and flattering silhouettes, we made sure to have something for everyone in this collection.”
Bonnie said it all! We know comfort and style are the keys to satisfying today’s fashionable and active young women. Our new garments do just that and include inspiring and humorous slogans such as “Be Stronger Than Your Excuses,” and “Squad Leader.” We’re also pleased that the dynamic duo, Snoopy and Woodstock, are the two main featured characters in this collection.
“This new line is extremely different from our previous collaborations,” said Dogan. “Peanuts is an absolute classic cartoon that we all have a special place in our hearts for. We are happy to now offer our customers a sporty and athletic collection, versus one that is strictly fashion-based.”
Eclectic American restaurant Norah, situated in the heart of West Hollywood just launched a new light bite menu this week! Starting at 5:00PM daily before their full dinner menu begins at 6:00PM, ‘The Garden’ menu will offer refreshing cocktails, a rotating rosé of the week, and satiating bites including the Cauliflower Tartar and Smoked Trout Rillettes. Chef Mike Williams curated Norah’s menu to have an emphasis on locally-sourced seasonal produce, whole-animal butchery, and vibrant Los Angeles flavors. Norah recently expanded their space to allow for an indoor/outdoor lounge area perfectly suited for summer evenings and the new light bite menu. The open doors and skylights, leafy trees and foliage give Norah a captivating industrial elegance.