Katana’s Red Sun BBQ Blazes Sunset Blvd.

Katana’s Red Sun BBQ Blazes Sunset Blvd.

Summer is in full swing and Sunset Blvd staple, KATANA, has an offering that feeds the palette of Angelenos looking for a unique dining experience this season. KATANA’s Red Sun is an annual event inspired by the Ginza tradition in Japan. It takes place every Sunday from 6:00pm – 11:30pm now until Labor Day Weekend, September 1, 2019.

SoCal Mag was able to get a preview of the limited edition menu along with the excellent Summer cocktails crafted by KATANA’s mixologists.

Enjoy items like the Popcorn Shrimp Tacos topped with a miso glaze, purple cabbage, and served in organic blue tortillas; The delicious Seafood Ceviche is made with shrimp, crab, yuzu, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and ghost pepper salt; The Hammer Roll is made with rock shrimp tempura, avocado, soy paper, spicy tuna, soy marinated jalapeno, masago, and eel sauce; My personal favorite was the Wagyu Short Ribs, served sizzling; and we can’t forget about the Smoked Robata Shrimp made with chimichurri ponzu and the Kurobuta Asian BBQ Ribs.

     

The star cocktails from the bar include the Tropic Like It’s Hot, a sweet blend of rum, Giffards apricot liquor, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters. The Dragon Kiss is made with Azunia Resposado tequila, asian plum syrup, lime juice, rhubarb bitters, and aromatic tonic. Lastly, the Summer Snow is a tread made with vodka, matcha syrup, coconut milk, passion fruit, and lime juice.

Make sure to make reservations at www.katanala.com to enjoy the special table-side Robata Yaki Menu, Live DJs, and outdoor patio seating.

The Factory Kitchen Announces Summer Wine Monday Special

The Factory Kitchen Announces Summer Wine Monday Special

The Factory Kitchen is launching their new summer wine Monday special running Monday, September 30th, 2019. Guests can enjoy 50% off any bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. The weekly special is available every Monday during both the lunch and dinner business hours. Beverage Director and Sommelier Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi has created a wine list which reflects the essence of their distinctive regions. Though Italian wines are prevalent at The Factory Kitchen, additional wines from neighboring Western European countries and beyond are served.

The Factory Kitchen is the product of a long-standing friendship between Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana. Ferdinandi and Auriana share the vision of imparting their Italian roots and memories through food and hospitality. The original trattoria, serving traditional Italian recipes, opened its doors on Oct. 24, 2013, in The Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles. The Factory Kitchen takes its name from the street it’s located on and the former factory building complex that hosts it, but the restaurant is purely Italian.

The food at The Factory Kitchen takes center stage, with a lively pasta-making station where pastas including Casonzei, pork sausage and veal ravioli with pork belly, sage brown butter and Reggiano Parmigiano cheese and Modenesi, 18-month aged Prosciutto di Parma tortellini. Filling the length of the back of the restaurant, the pasta station is also where The Factory Kitchen’s signature Mandilli di Seta is made—thin sheets of handkerchief egg pasta with Ligurian almond basil pesto, a favorite at the restaurant’s flagship location in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Factory Kitchen Los Angeles is located at 1300 Factory Place #101 in Los Angeles, CA 90013.

The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Dinner services on Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Friday from 5:30 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm and Sunday from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Connect with The Factory Kitchen online and on Social Media below:

Website: www.thefactorykitchen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefactorykitchenrestaurants/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thefactorykitchen

Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Contributing Writer: Anthony C. Stafford

If you haven’t already taken a summer vacation, odds are you will soon. And if you have taken that summer vacay already, you’ll probably be taking another one or doing some outdoor activities at the very least. For that reason alone, we thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit  footwear brand MOBS Design. After all, in LA’s summer fun (and heat), comfort is a top-notch priority — and MOBS is here to delivery just that. If you missed our previous coverage of MOBS’ amazing brunch event, you can catch up here. Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about why we’re revisiting this amazing brand!

MOBS Design is a staple for the shoe connoisseur, and they’ve been creating extremely comfortable, light-weight, and attractive shoes for both men and women. With a variety of eye-catching styles, the shoes truly fit whatever occasion life can throw at you. From running and exploring the city, to picking up the kids after work, MOBS has taken into account that we live diverse and busy lives. As a result, the company’s offerings transcend the demands of daily life.

In addition to the many styles, MOBS features an easy-on-the-eyes array of color combinations to further meet your particular tastes. Whether you’re feeling sporty and need a breathable knit finish, or life is demanding something more formal to match your slacks, this brand has your feet covered with all-leather finish options. When we last met with the MOBS team, they wore their favorite pairs of stylish designs, and spoke eloquently of their mission, creative and design processes, and what’s to come in the company’s future. Here’s what that vision is like today, plus a little more insight from MOBS’ Founder and CEO, Alexandre Benaim, in a special Q&A interview:

Where do you find inspiration for the aesthetic of MOBS?

“I find my inspiration in culture all around the world but also in design, architecture, art, photography, cartoons, sport wear, work wear, combat wear, materials, high end and any fashion to create versatile sneakers that work in any situation and allow to be active and dress-up.”

What sparks your ideas, visually? Why unisex?

“Sneakers are functional product by definition which makes our designs are driven by technics and comfort. Otherwise I believe that men and women can definitely wear the same colors and materials.”

What are your imperatives as a creative director?

“Find the meaning without losing the goals. Create the aesthetic without losing the comfort. Build the story without losing the identity.”

How do you keep creative integrity and originality within the footwear market, while so many brands are copying from each other?

“We are not chasing the trends, we are not reinventing the wheels… In fact we are just trying to offer the best version of classic silhouette by offering a minimalist timeless design.”

Who would you describe as the quintessential MOBS consumer?

“Any active, nomadic people with a free state of mind.”

What direction would you like to see MOBS grow toward in the future?

“I would love to establish MOBS as a relevant high-end, athletic lifestyle brand with a diversity of products.”

Everyone has remarked the extreme comfort of MOBS shoes. What is the secret?

“The magic recipe! We design and engineer a real athletic in-sole and out-sole combined with leather uppers, and even the entire linings of all our models are made from natural leather. We have been through all the details to offer the best possible comfort.”

What is your favorite shoe from the collection, and why?

“Tough question… But the high top is really an awesome version of what I think is the most emblematic sneaker’s silhouette.”

MOBS Design brings innovation, unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort to the table. LA summers have become notorious for all there is to do regarding entertainment and activities — as well as the scorching weather. The MOBS brand is a refreshing eye-magnet in the world of sneakers, and it’s reassuring to find a brand of shoes that can bring many miles of durability to the feet of consumers in an extremely versatile and stylish way. Simply put, the shoes are just so damn cool!

Massilia

Massilia

HAVE YOU EVER had the experience in a restaurant where your first bite of food sends a pleasing tingle through your body? Then you sip your wine and it’s like a little bit of heaven? No? You haven’t had that experience? Then you obviously haven’t been to Massilia in Santa Monica. This spacious, high-ceilinged restaurant seats 85 people inside and another 60 on the large, laidback patio, plus there’s a lounge upstairs available for private parties that seats another 30 people. Massilia is open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an incredible happy hour every day with exceptional tapas (from 3-6:30pm). In addition, brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays with choices of buckwheat pancakes laden with fresh berries, crème fraiche and maple syrup, Smoked salmon eggs benedict on toasted brioche with rotisserie potatoes, or Ahi tuna with a grapefruit salad. 

Massilia is the old name for Marseilles, France where the restaurant owner, Emmanuel Dosetti grew up. But Massilia isn’t his only restaurant. Emmanuel owns the four Zinqué cafes (in Venice, DTLA, Newport Beach and West Hollywood) and though they’re all popular French restaurants, Massilia is the only one that serves the signature fusion of Mediterranean, Moroccan and French cuisine. 

Here you can start your meal with an appetizer of socca chips: chickpea flour (gluten free) black olive tapenade and green peas hummus—absolutely delicious. Or try the tasty mix of clams with merguez sausage in tomato and white wine sauce served with grilled sourdough bread—again, delicious. There’s pan seared calamari (not fried), roasted red peppers bruschetta, aguachile ceviche—so many mouthwatering tapa style appetizers to choose from.

And why not have a cocktail? On the best seller list is La Francaise (please watch the video and allow the lovely Rebecca Carriel to present the special ingredients for you). Also popular is La Japonaise, a mixture of kikori Japanese whiskey and amontillado sherry with lemon, basil and cynar. The drinks menu offers 5 types of negronis (you should love Massilia for that alone), a variety of beers (even gluten free choices), aperitifs, digestifs and dessert wines. And of course, the wine list is superb. My favorite being the bold red, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape domaine du vieux lazaret 2015

For the main course, there are pasta dishes (I recommend the tagliatelle aux morilles—the most flavorsome mushrooms sprinkled with parmesan), and vegetables dishes like zucchini gratin and ratatouille style Provençal roasted vegetables. But the “big” dishes are the grilled branzino served whole with chimichurri, herbed oil and lemon—simply delectable, and Moroccan couscous royal chicken, merguez sausage, lamb, seven vegetables, white raisons, and Harissa sauce.

Leave space for dessert and try the ile flottante, a meringue with crème anglaise and caramel. It melts in your mouth and, as my dining cohort said, “it’s like the dessert that never was”. It’s lighter than air.

On top of the scrumptious food and fabulous array of beverages, the service is outstanding. I would be amiss to not give a loud shout out to our server, Jean-Michel Danays who was delightful, knowledgeable, entertaining and went above and beyond to make our meal a memorable one. 

Go visit Massilia. You won’t regret it.

Address: 1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 319-1995

Niki Smart

Diego, Jean-Michel Danays and Niki Smart