Best Of

Best Of

All things must end—that includes 2019. It was the Year of the Pig, the year that we discovered that beer is good for you, cheese can protect you from salt, human bodies can continue to move over a year after death, the Lovers of Modena were men and dolphins are right handed. The climate in SoCal was extraordinary this year—not much humidity, ample rain, ample sunlight and we even experienced an earthquake or two! The Best Picture was Green Book (remember that?), Olivia Coleman won for her performance as Queen Anne then promptly went to work on The Crown as Queen Elizabeth II. The record of the year was Hey, Ma by Ben Iver as music slowly moved to aural epic sounds (especially soundtracks!) With all that in mind, we asked all our editors what stood out for them this year.

Joshua J. Pinkay

-Favorite Album: Scenery – Emily King
Emily King released her third studio album, Scenery, this year and has garnered two Grammy nominations for 2020. The record is a beautifully engineered piece of art that blends Soul, Folk, R&B, and real songwriting to create a melodic masterpiece.
 
-Favorite Restaurant/Meal: K-Town Smash Burger at E!GHT Korean BBQ
E!GHT Korean BBQ introduced their “Smash Burger” to L.A. this year which is an absolutely decadent mix of two pork belly x brisket blend patties, Gochujang Mayo, mozzarella cheese, Seoul slaw, all on a Bolo bun!
 
-Favorite Movie: Avengers: Endgame
This climactic film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe closed what many fans know as the Infinity Saga spanning 23 films worth of characters and connected story lines. It has since gone to break the World record for highest grossing film of all time.
-Favorite TV Show: A Million Little Things (ABC)
ABC launched their critically acclaimed drama series, A Million Little Things, which centers around the interpersonal relationships between friends and their families. The bonds of friendship in this series are tested when this group loses a core member of their lives to suicide, which in turn, unravels a series of questions that will affect how they see and interact with one another for the rest of their lives.
 
-Favorite TV Special:   HΘMΣCΘMING: A Film by Beyoncé
Beyoncé & NETFLIX released this record-breaking documentary that gave fans a closer look at her most iconic performance to date as the headliner for Coachella in 2018. No other artist in the history of Coachella’s existence has used such perfectly executed footage to create a show that has buzzed pop culture to the core and even making social media solidifying it’s impact by aptly creating the name “Beychella” as stamp to its place in history.
 
JOSHUA J. PINKAY is our Senior Editor

Randy Dunbar

Favorite Movie: Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodóvar. It’s a strange observation, but this film about an over-the-hill director connecting to his past is a devastating work of art; more than a film, a poem really to the beauty of survival, memory and how we manage survival. The Other: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood—maybe it was the time itself, but the acting, the memorable scenes (except the last 10 minutes) were powerful reminders of what movies can do.

Favorite TV: Years and Years: Russell T. Davies’ British drama that takes us on a journey with the fascinating and relatable Lyons family over 15 eventful years over only six episodes, and we start in 2019. A drama that had some predications about the future, insight into the nature of love and the endless fascination we all have with family. The Other: Succession—because we all want to think we could live this way.

Tech of the Year—Though no fan of Apple, I broke down and bought the high-end iPhone max—mostly everything stayed the same, but the camera continues to dazzle with a clarity and depth heretofore unseen.

Favorite Hangout: PRANK Bar— a block away from work, great drinks, brunch and company—the vibe is unpretentious cool in a relaxed setting.

Favorite Restaurant: Massilia—to hang with the owners and chef’s of a restaurant always brings a unique perspective to a dining experience, and here, the food was great as we pondered is it French, is it Italian? Located in Santa Monica near the Promenade, Massilia is another epicurean creation from Emmanuel Dossetti, the founder of Zinqué cafe,

Dennis Richardson

 

  1. Favorite Movie: Godzilla: King of Monsters
  2. Favorite Tech: Nintendo Switch
  3. Favorite Drink: Gik Live! Blue Wine
  4. Favorite Grooming/Hygiene Product: Lumē Deodorant
  5. Favorite Restaurant: Mambo International Kitchen

Niki Smart

Best Restaurant: Blair’s in Silverlake

Best Film: Parasite

Best TV Show: Succession (Seasons 1 and 2) and I’m already excited for Season 3 – but I also loved Fleabag and Barry.
 
Best Travel Experience: sitting in the street in San Pancho, Mexico, watching the happy chaos of people, kids, scooters, dogs, cars, bicycles, roosters, and even donkeys passing by.
 
Best Purchase: Solar panels for my house. Now my EV is powered by the sun – woohoo!
 
Best Show in Los Angeles: Scott Nery’s Boobie Trap (go see it!)
 
 
 

Anthony C. Stafford

 

  • Favorite Movie: Captain Marvel
  • Favorite TV Show: The Masked Singer
  • Favorite Shoe Brand: Mobs
  • Favorite Tech: Apple AirPods Pro
  • Favorite Restaurant: Mambo International Kitchen

 

Katie Nartonis

2019 High Desert picks

Favorite desert restaurants:
La Copine, Landers CA
Pappy + Harriets, Pioneertown, CA
29 Palms Inn, Twenty Nine Palms CA
 
High Desert Sites :
Integratron, Landers CA
Noah Purfoy Art Site, Joshua Tree CA
Sculptor Cybele Rowe private Studio Tour, Landers CA

Ask the Experts: Beauty

Ask the Experts: Beauty

​Because it’s winter, what can I do about dry, flaky skin?

The best way to combat winter skin is to replenish lost moisture, as a result of cold weather and central heating etc..
I recommend using a hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the skin, an important lubricant and an integral part of tissue regeneration, holding up to a thousand times its weight in water.
Apply serum to clean skin morning and night before moisturizer. In the cooler months of the year, I recommend replacing lighter summer moisturizers & adding richer more emollient products into your skin care routine.
Facial oils are also an excellent way to soften and smooth dry flakey winter skin… warm the oils with your fingertips, press & lightly massage into skin to improve circulation.
 
My Pro tip:
For an extra moisture boost, add a few drops of hyaluronic acid serum to moisturizer, & massage into skin before applying an SPF or make-up or simply as an extra night time ritual before bed.
 
Exfoliation is equally as important as moisturizing to keeping skin hydrated and smooth.
Using an exfoliator 1-2 times a week (depending on skin type /sensitivity) buffs off old dead skin cells brightening the complexion and making product absorption much more effective.
 
 

My mascara always clumps. What’s the best remedy for that?

Before applying, I recommend wiping off excess mascara from the wand back into the tube (to save wasting product). this prevents a thick clumpy application.
Layering several coats of mascara & building up length & thickness slowly will produce gorgeous lashes & reduce flaking.
After applying mascara, gently run a clean spoolie/mascara wand over the lashes to separate & remove any clumps or flakes…
 The older a mascara get the drier & flakier it will become. If you are taking your make-up from day to night I recommend keeping the lower lashes mascara-free for the daytime which minimizes those pesky flakes through out the day.
When bumping up the look for evening, apply mascara to the bottom lashes for a wide eyed glam.
 
My Pro tip:
Always wipe clean the top of the mascara tube after use and make sure the lid is tightly screwed on. exposure to air will cause the mascara to deteriorate & dry out.
 

Can you recommend a good moisturizer that isn’t too expensive?


Depending on your individual skin care needs. Here are my selects of good quality affordable moisturizers.
 
Acure -seriously soothing SPF 30 Day cream (sensitive skin) $18.99

Meet Yolanda Price

Yolanda Price is a professional Hollywood make-up artist, she has been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years . on commercials, promos, print, tv & film.
She has a passion for skincare and beauty. “My obsession starts with the canvas of skin and that’s just where the fun begins and the process of creating a look unfolds.
 Making people look & feel beautiful is such a rewarding part of my job”

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The Most Exciting L.O.L. SURPRISE! POP UP Experience Opens Its Doors

The Most Exciting L.O.L. SURPRISE! POP UP Experience Opens Its Doors

Calling all B.B.s! MGA Entertainment has officially launched its new interactive experience, the L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up in Chatsworth, CA. Open for a limited time, the stand-alone brand experience is designed to ‘surprise and delight’ fans during the holidays, making them feel like they truly stepped into the L.O.L. Surprise!™ world.

Every visitor will have an immersive and photo-friendly experience as they walk through the seven interactive surprise installations featuring games, photo moments, fashion walks, product and more, including the ultimate Winter Disco experience room! Guests can also head to the incredible MGA gift shop after the tour for a true holiday treat as fans will also have a chance to purchase limited-edition L.O.L. Surprise! product, including exclusive apparel, merchandise and keepsakes.

Tickets for the L.O.L. Surprise! ® LA Pop UpSM are available at www.lolsurpriselapopup.com for $28 per person. A select number of VIBB (Very Important B.B.) experience tickets are also available for $55 each.

“We are bringing to life the ultimate holiday experience for L.O.L. Surprise! fans,” said Isaac Larian, CEO and Founder of MGA Entertainment “The temporary Pop Up has been created for the fans and we have worked diligently to ensure that it opens in time for the holiday season! We can’t wait to welcome all L.O.L. Surprise fans!”

The L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up is only here for a limited run so don’t miss out — tickets are available now!
Bring your camera for lots of fun photo fun, and don’t forget to tag us @lolsurprise

#lolsurprise #lolsurpriselapopup #collectlol #letsbefriends!
The L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up is located at 9220 Winnetka Ave. Chatsworth, CA 91311.

L.A. Restaurants Open On Christmas 2019

L.A. Restaurants Open On Christmas 2019

Sometimes, on any given holiday, a home-cooked meal just won’t do. Maybe you have seriously complex taste, or maybe you’re trying to impress a special someone. Either way, we’ve got a brief list of some highly coveted restaurants in L.A. that will be open on Christmas Day. Whatever your tastes, consider yourself covered! Read on for more on each location, their menu, and get an eyeful of what they’re offering!

Avec Nous

Beef Wellington & Croquembouche; Photo Courtesy of Aliza Sokolow

About: 5-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing

When: Christmas Day, December 25, 5pm – 11pm

Location: Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Price: $95/person, $40 additional for wine pairing, $45 for 3-course children’s menu

Full menu: here

Menu Highlights: Mushroom Consomme Soup (white truffle, morel, chanterelle, garlic flower, micro basil), Cured Scallops (red beet, turmeric, arugula, tomato, blood orange), Grape Leaf Wrapped Turbot (saffron beurre blanc, forbidden rice, harissa carrot)

Reservations recommended: https://www.opentable.com/avec-nous

 

Genghis Cohen

About: The SUPER BOWL of Chinese food is here! This LA legend is serving up all the classic favorites on its biggest night of the year. The NYC-style Chinese fare standby on bustling Fairfax Avenue (on the same stretch as another LA icon, Canter’s Deli) is 35 years strong. Founded by a music industry vet in the 80s complete with an attached music venue, it changed hands to restaurateurs Marc Rose and Med Abrous in 2016. Since then, the duo have pulled inspiration from the nostalgia of their youth frequenting similar Chinese-American establishments in their native New York City to breathe new life into the property.

When: Christmas Day, December 25, 12pm – 10pm

Location: 740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Pre-order for pickup available

Reservations recommended: https://www.opentable.com/genghis-cohen-reservations-los-angeles

 

Mason

Photo Courtesy of Dylan + Jeni

About: Special 4-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing

When: Christmas Eve, December 24, 6pm – 10pm 

Location: 108 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Menu highlights: Grilled Prawns (blood orange, red onion), Pulled Duck Confit (arugula, figs, truffles, pecorino, balsamela), Prime Rib (pommes puree, port wine demi), Baked Alaska (almond cake, lemon ice cream)

Price: $95/person, Regular wine pairing = additional $40/person, Reserve wine pairing = additional $75/pp

Reservations required: Call 424-644-3034

https://www.masonrestaurant.com/

auburn Restaurant Launches New Brunch Menu

auburn Restaurant Launches New Brunch Menu

If you’re in Los Angeles, brunch means everything. What place doesn’t have brunch?! Well, if you’ve been keeping tabs, you can take auburn off of that list. In its newly launched menu, guests can expect a wide range of options, that only Chef Eric Best could put together. Much like how Chef Bost provides an alternative approach to finer dining by creating the framework of a set menu (4/6/9 courses) and allowing the freedom for each guest to choose their own dishes, he is giving the daytime offerings a truly auburn interpretation, too.

Guests now have the option of ordering from a new a la carte brunch menu and the opportunity to experience the beautiful indoor/outdoor restaurant, created in collaboration with Jon and Maša Kleinhample of Klein Agencyduring the day.
 
Varying in size from delicately plated servings, such as crudite featuring a bounty of vegetables, leaves and flowers with avocado butter and bernaise; to dishes from the hearth including abalone mushrooms with kabocha squash, red endive and preserved persimmon nectar; to larger, ingredient-forward dishes including brassicas with broccoli, brioche, duck egg, and aged beef fat vinaigrette, Bost took an uninhibited approach to the typical brunch format.
Chef Bost’s savory offerings are seamlessly complemented by Executive Sous Chef Armen Ayvazyan’s take on the standard brunch pancake — complete with smoked late season figs, earl grey and toasted hay cream, and unlikely desserts from Pastry Chef Dyan Ng — including pan roasted brioche with caramel. A daytime-focused cocktail menu rounds out the brunch experience as seen through beverages including a coffee fizz with coffee infused Campari, Cocchi di Torino, soda water and yellow Chartreuse white foam, and the charred tomato variation on the Bloody Mary — complete with vodka, smoked tomato, ancho chili, horseradish, worcestershire, celery salt and hot sauce. 

Brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday through Sunday. Looks like it’s time to start planning for this weekend, doesn’t it?

About Auburn

“Chef Eric Bost’s (République, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse) debut restaurant auburn juxtaposes the higher echelon of traditional fine dining with an emphasis on guest exploration and conviviality while paying homage to Los Angeles’ uninhibited culinary identity in a space designed with honest materials by local makers.”

About Chef Eric Bost

“Chef Eric Bost grew up in North Carolina, running around his grandparents’ restaurants at an early age. Upon graduation from business school, he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America. After an externship at Le Cirque in NYC, Bost traveled across Europe, where he met his future wife, Elodie, and made Paris his home. During their time in France, Bost worked his way through some of the world’s best restaurants, including Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel de Crillon. His experience led him to be chosen by Guy Savoy for his opening team in Las Vegas in 2006. Two years later, the restaurant received 2 Michelin Stars with Bost as Chef de Cuisine. Within months, he was appointed Executive Chef and maintained their prestigious rating, garnering numerous accolades along the way. With the opening of Guy Savoy Singapore in 2010, Bost established a restaurant consistently voted amongst the best in the country. Most recently, Bost was the Executive Chef at Los Angeles’ beloved République. Now, after nearly a decade at the helm of revered restaurants, Bost ventures on his own with auburn.”

Photos Courtesy of Justin Chung

Top Ten TV Shows of 2019

Top Ten TV Shows of 2019

Hi everybody! It’s that time of year again, where I post all my favorite movies & TV shows on my Instagram (@sammydumb). If you’re thinking “Wow, that Sammy sure does watch a lot of movies and tv!”…you certainly right about that. Let me start by saying that this year’s TV Shows were VERY GOOD (imho) and I had a very hard time narrowing down this list – I’m still second guessing some of the shows that got left off. But at the end of the day, it’s just a dang list and who really cares? So in that spirit, let’s get to it! (Also, there are extra photos of these various TV shows that you can swipe to see on Instagram.)

 

Starting with number 10, we have the batshit-crazy and incredibly fun show: The Boys.
 
I laughed, I screamed (actually screamed), I gagged and what more could you really ask for from a show? Go look at the SPOILERS at my favorite section of IMDb, the “Parent’s Guide.” If they don’t convince you to watch it, I don’t know what will.
 
 
 

Coming in at number 9, we have the genius Pen15.

If you are a millennial woman and you haven’t watched this show – what are you even doing?
Remember AIM? Remember fighting with your friends over who got to be what Spice Girl? Remember really panicking over a plan to hold hands with a boy while you watch a movie? It’s all there!
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle perfectly capture the true nightmare that was middle school, and the blessing of having a best friend at your side to help you survive it. Whether you’re a millennial woman or not, this show is wonderful. It is hilarious and sweet and nostalgic and heartfelt, and boy did I love every minute of it.

At number 8 we have Euphoria!

Man this show was so intense but so beautifully made. The acting! The cinematography! The music!! The EYE MAKEUP!!! Yes, some of it’s not hyper-realistic, but I feel like it’s not QUITE as unrealistic as maybe you wish it was. A tough-to-watch portrayal of addiction, mental illness, bullying, and all the self loathing and shame that comes with growing up. Not a feel good show! But good GOD, the eye makeup – seriously breathtaking work by @donni.davy

Number 7 is The Crown.

I cried in every single episode. Usually just an elegant single tear, but still. Olivia Colman is my own personal queen and I will watch and love everything she ever does…ever.
I am also determined to be able to speak in this accent. I would basically repeat everything they said out loud so thank God I watched it alone.
That’s my review of this show. All the things I did while watching it. Pretty cool. If anyone out there can give me accent lessons please let me know.

And at number 6, What We Do In The Shadows.

I may be in the minority here, but I think the show is … better than the movie. Natasia Demetriou is so damn perfect and hilarious and thank God we get another show with Matt Berry. Excellent cast. Excellent writing. Excellent accents (this one I can do). And episode 7: “The Trial”, is one of the best episodes of television overall this year. Watch it! On Hulu.

Getting into the TOP 5 now, and coming in at number 5 is I Think You Should Leave.

This show has broken my own personal record for most re-watches ever; partially because the entire season clocks in at a crisp 96 minutes, but mostly because it’s the funniest fucking show ever made. Tim Robinson’s humor is so delightfully weird.
There are so many amazing sketches in this, but swipe to see my personal top 5 favorites

At number 4 we have a show that is VERY different from I Think You Should Leave – Chernobyl.

The creators of The Hangover really took a turn this year and brought us Joker (Todd Phillips) and THIS (Craig Mazin). Did you know Craig Mazin also wrote Scary Movie 3 & 4? Wild!
Initially I didn’t like this show because it is so unpleasant to watch (radiation melting people from the inside? People shooting puppies? No thank you!) but it’s so flawlessly executed that I eventually had to admit that it’s one of the best shows ever made. The whole crew is phenomenal – the directing by Johan Renck, cinematography by Jakob Ihre, the SCORE by Hildur Gudnadottir, and the whole cast is amazing but you know I love my main man Jared Harris the most.  Definitely not a fun watch, but an important reminder of the necessity of transparency and accountability in our governments and corporations; and of man’s ability to completely fuck up our whole planet in an instant. Terrifying.

At number 3 we have the excellent German-time-travel-thriller DARK.

It’s hard to talk about this show without spoiling anything, so I’ll just say that the writing, performances, cinematography, and music are all so so good, but the true feat in Dark is it’s CASTING. *I guess what I’m about to say is a slight spoiler so if you haven’t watched stop reading now*
The show takes place in multiple timelines, so almost every character is played by multiple actors and…just wow. I watched all of season 2 without realizing that old Ulrich wasn’t just Oliver Masucci in makeup – proof that Simone Bär should win every casting award ever.

Pretty tough to put my number one boy at number two but here we are! Number 2 is Succession!

My first repeat from last years top ten and it has gone up 3 places! I don’t know how they did it but season two is somehow even better than season one. It’s so funny and so sad and everyone is so god damn good in it. And damn if that theme song isn’t playing in my head while I’m writing this.
Also, Kendall Roy has really filled a Phillip Jennings shaped void in my life.

DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Number 1 is Fleabag and I don’t just think it’s the best season of tv this year, I think it’s the best season of TV…EVER. It is truly flawless just like PWB herself. Will be rewatching this show until the end of time.
Wow, we did it. Lots of great tv this year and want to acknowledge some great shows that were on the list at some point… Watchmen, Bojack Horseman, Years and Years, Veep, Catastrophe, Barry, The Righteous Gemstones. Taking a little break before top ten movies cuz it’s gonna take me a long time to watch The Irishman. ttfn

KATIE NARTONIS

Katie Nartonis is a 20th century design specialist, curator and filmmaker with over 20 years experience in the auction field. She is passionate about the work of the post-war California studio artists and craftsmen. She is currently co-authoring a book on the San Diego maker Jack Roger Hopkins. More info at at www.thenartonisproject.com.
Oh so Grand!

Oh so Grand!

Recently, Zuke Oshiro (SoCal’s travel editor) and myself were invited to get a bird’s eye view of the beginnings of something rather grand. Looking out from the 44th floor of the Wells Fargo Tower, we could see not only helio-pads on multiple rooftops, and amazing views of the San Gabriel mountains, but also the auspicious foundations of the future GRAND.

The GRAND, located at the epicenter of Grand Ave’s Arts corridor in DTLA, is designed by 90-year-old, Frank Gehry—the man who revolutionized architecture’s aesthetics. This newest Frank Gehry project is being constructed right across the street from his famous Walt Disney Hall, and this is the first time that Gehry has designed a second building alongside one of his own. Not only that, but a third design is in the works for the Colburn School of Music expansion. That means Los Angeles will boast three Frank Gehry designed buildings in a row. The rest of the dream team signed on to bring this vision to life is: the Rockwell Group, Tara Bernard and Tony Ingrao.

The GRAND will be a dynamic destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, with chef–driven restaurants, and name brand stores— as well as being a paradigm-shifting place to live.

For long-term residents there’s “The Grand Residential Tower”—39 stories boasting 436 residences of which 323 are luxury apartments and 113 are ultra-reserve collection. If all this sounds very luxurious it’s because it is. There’s a swimming pool over-looking the Walt Disney Hall, stunning BBQ areas, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour valet parking, plus a dog sitting facility where you furry friends will be well looked after if you need to go out of town.

For short-term guests, there’s the 20-story, 309 room, Equinox Hotel. This is the third hotel for the luxury fitness company that touts “high performance living” and offers exceptional health and wellness for their guests. Like their flagship hotel in NY, the Grand Equinox will focus on three core concepts: movement, nutrition and regeneration. In line with these principles, there’s a state of the art gym, a pool deck on the 7th floor, restaurants with top chefs (who take your dietary needs to heart), and regeneration? Well, that’s all about getting the perfect night’s sleep. Due to extensive sleep research, Equinox Hotel rooms come equipped with a button you press to hit “sleep mode”. This means your room darkens to zero light, the acoustics bring you noise-free nights, and since apparently the best temperature to sleep in is 66 degrees, your room will stay at that temp for the night (if you so choose).

The Grand Ave Arts Corridor is already home to: MOCA, the Walt Disney Hall, the Broad, The Colburn School of Music and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In fact, there are more performing arts venues in a 2 block radius than anywhere else in the US.

At the hub of the Grand Ave Arts Corridor, located within walking distance to eight different entertainment and cultural venues, the GRAND aims to fully support the world-class Los Angeles’s performing arts and cultural scene by offering free, curated performance events, multiple public programs and plan on hosting permanent and temporary art installations, too.

The pedestrian walkway and public plaza (which Gehry calls the Urban Room) will have green spaces (using rainwater collection for irrigation purposes), and outdoor benches set amongst olive trees and tranquility. Having incorporated sustainable and innovative features, The GRAND exceeds energy efficiency requirements and further offers guests EV charging stations, on demand EV car sharing, and 150 bicycle parking spaces. The GRAND is also accessible from the Civic Center/Grand Park Metro Rail station, plus there’s a new Grand Ave Arts Station being built—set to open in 2021. There’s even talk of a free Streetcar that will service the DTLA area.

Lastly, an oval outdoor bar at the epicenter of the towers–suspended between floors with an exotic sculpture overhead, promises to be a huge attraction. My favorite thing is that on special occasions, the GRAND will project images and videos of the LA Phil onto the actual Walt Disney Hall itself. Imagine sitting in that oval bar on NYE watching fireworks in the sky while symphonies sweep across the beautiful Walt Disney Hall building. I want to do that. Okay, so when will all this be ready? Roughly, at the end of 2021. I believe the GRAND will most certainly live up to its name.

 Rendered photos courtesy of “Red Leaf, New York”.

A time-lapse video of The Grand’s first concrete foundation pour, in which 13,478 cubic yards of concrete were poured into the foundation of The Grand’s 39-story residential tower. The first pour took place this summer.

Winter Style

Winter Style

The Art Of Winter Outerwear In A Warmer Climate

SoCal has its own style
These days, people in Southern California are more accustomed than ever to warm winters. Anything much below the low 50s or high 40s is an aberration, and while some LA folks may shiver in 65-degree weather, this still makes for a more comfortable winter than most experience. The interesting thing is squaring this unusually mild season with one of the more fashion-forward and culturally up-to-date regions in the United States. While fashionistas around the world rush to update winter wardrobes with the latest faux-fur coats and sustainably-sourced infinity scarves, you might be sitting outside at a restaurant in a long-sleeved tee! This doesn’t mean winter outerwear isn’t an option in warmer climates though. There’s just a little bit of an art to it. To examine the idea further, for any readers in SoCal, other stylish spots like Austin or Miami, or anywhere else where the winters are warm, we dug into some specific suggestions for seasonal garments. Find A Statement Sleeveless Coat It’s sometimes remarkable in fashion in general how far you can get by thinking just a little bit outside the box. This is certainly true when you’re looking for ways to embrace fall and winter fashions living in a region that doesn’t really get a winter by traditional standards. We actually went back a number of years and found an article on this very topic – winter fashion in warmer climates – that presented some lovely ideas that can still inspire you today. Most notably, a sleeveless camel coat highlighted by Song Of Style stuck out. It’s undeniably, timelessly chic, can be worn with any number of ensembles (the example included a leopard-print skirt underneath), and perfectly suits a warmer winter climate. Lightweight Jackets Are Your Friends A lightweight jacket can be the perfect everyday garment for a mild winter, though it’s sometimes surprisingly hard to find the right one. Often you end up caught between ordinary hoodies and sweatshirts, and heavier coats or down jackets that are warmer than you need. For the current season, the zip-front lightweight twill hooded jacket from Woman Within serves as the perfect picture of an in-between option. It’s described as something to have on hand for “transitional weather” when it’s neither too hot nor too cold, and the brand’s inclusive sizing range can also be a bonus. Something with a little room can be cool and casual for a SoCal winter, and at the same time this jacket will still fit you if you add a few pounds over the season (as so many of us tend to do!). Embrace A Playful Sweatshirt Or Two Since you likely aren’t going to be bulking up with full-fledged winter outerwear, there’s nothing wrong with taking an altogether more casual approach also. This likely won’t be an everyday option like a lightweight jacket might be, but if you find a graphic sweatshirt that speaks to something you love – perhaps a retro sports team look, or one of the Nickelodeon sweatshirts from Love Tribe – it can be just the thing for an average winter day among friends. These basic sweatshirts don’t heat you up too much, and almost always look great with the sleeves pushed up, but will still give you that little bit of added warmth you need. Opt For A Fall Blazer One of the trickiest things about all of this is finding an everyday look if you’re a little bit more fashion-forward. The sleeveless coat option is a very nice look, but not necessarily something for every day of the week; a lightweight jacket can be perfectly stylish, but may not fit in, say, a work environment. And needless to say, a Rugrats sweatshirt has its place! There’s a clear solution here though, and it’s to find a stylish fall blazer or two that can take you right through a mild winter season. A standard black or charcoal option can be dressed up or down and make for an excellent everyday jacket substitute. Though we also can’t help but love the emerald-colored notch collar cotton blend blazer from Gibson that’s popping up in some 2019 collections and write-ups. Find A Cap Or Beret You Love It’s somewhat difficult to take winter fashion beyond light jackets and coats when you live in a warmer area; it’s not as if you’re going to need some cute mittens or a head scarf for the next 55-degree day! That said, a seasonally appropriate alternative to a winter cap or beanie can be a nice touch that works just fine in warmer temperatures. Such an accessory can take all sorts of forms. You might actually find a loosely knit beanie that’s more of a fashion statement than a means of keeping your head warm. If you want to be a little bolder, you might find a suede fedora to pair with certain looks. For some winter staples though, the textured knit “baker boy” cap from Brixton and Hat Attack’s leopard-print beret were a few options that caught our eye. You can go well beyond these suggestions to more fully dive into winter fashion in a warmer region. A light scarf, some classic boots, whatever colors are trending in a given year…. These are all wonderful ways to embrace the season regardless of temperature. But the ideas and suggestions above can help you to really enjoy the seasonal wardrobe update you might be yearning for.

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here! It's time to start stuffing the stockings, or putting presents under the Christmas tree. This year, however, holiday shopping may be a little crazier than it usually is. The National Retail Federation reveals that Americans are willing to shell out 4% more on holiday shopping. Additionally, they project that holiday retail sales will be up by nearly $4 billion. It's safe to say that you can expect a crazy number of holiday shoppers who'll make it difficult to brave the crowds at the mall, which is why lifestyle writer Sheena Dizon of Pretty Me recommends shopping online where possible. This way, not only will you get to do some extra research on your gifts, but maybe even snag a few discounts as well. Of course, planning early is the key to getting your holiday shopping done right whether it's online or at the mall. That said, here's our carefully curated guide for your gift-giving adventure.

By Juliet Olson

 

FOR MOM From exerting energy to clean up your room after leaving it in chaos to giving up precious hours of sleep just to help you go to bed when you were afraid of the dark, there’s no question that your mom has made the most meaningful sacrifices for you. This is why you should treat her to some rest and relaxation with an electronic massager like this heated pillow from MaxKare that’s highly recommended on The Strategist.
(Retail: $32)

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Credit: Pacific Shaving Company

FOR DAD If there’s anyone you can trust for advice or words of wisdom, it’s your good ol’ dad. And although hearing his stories or life lessons from his youth is a delight, you can introduce him to a new way of shaving that’s both efficient and single-use. He’ll surely ditch his old razor for the ultra-cool Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis from the Pacific Shaving Company. Our senior editor Joshua J Pinkay shares that these are pods of shaving cream enclosed in a single-dose water-soluble container.
(Retail: starts at $7.99)

Credit: Audio-Technica

FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL If there’s someone near and dear to your heart, you can make their holidays extra magical this year by surprising him or her with a timeless turntable like Audio-Technica’s AT-LP60. What makes this a special present is that the two of you can build a collection of vinyl records of your favorite albums. Or, if you’re feeling extra saccharine, you can make it a holiday tradition to dance together to some holiday tunes playing on the turntable.

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FOR THE BOSS When it comes to work, your boss is more than just someone who delegates tasks to you, as he or she helps you take the necessary steps to go further in your career. You can express your gratitude for the guidance by gifting them a smart mug. The days of leaders at the workplace tend to be occupied as they go from one task to another, which is why having a smart mug like Ember’s that’s suggested by Food & Wine’s associate digital editor Megan Soll is a great gift idea. A smart mug can do a world of good for their busy workdays, since it keeps his or her drink at the preferred temperature no matter how many times they walk around the office.
(Retail: $70)

Thrillist Wraps Successful 100 Course Meal

Thrillist Wraps Successful 100 Course Meal

After days of high-stress preparation and rehearsals, it’s officially a wrap on the highly immersive and theatrical culinary spectacle, 100 Course Meal. Created by Thrillist and Michael Cirino, of A Razor/A Shiny Knife, the event took over DTLA’s Hudson Loft this past weekend, from December 6th-8th. If you didn’t catch our Instagram story coverage, check out the photos, courtesy of Nicholas Gingold, and the extraordinary details from the event below.

Over the course of the three-day sold-out event, 800 plus guests came through the doors to experience the showdown. A total of 8,500 plates were served with dishes from such notable chefs as Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery of Konbi, Burt Bakman of SLAB, Keith Corbin of Alta, Briana Valdez of Homestate and Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza

800 tacos, 800 donuts, 800 sandwiches and 800 pieces of sushi were served and an on-site drone made more than 250 cocktails while a high-tech food laser personalized another more than 250 cocktails.

40 chefs were on-site for demos while guests rolled a total of 300 flour tortillas and enjoyed spirits and coffee tastings from such names as Lamill Coffee and Nosotros Tequila

The buzz-worthy event drew in such chef and celebrity talent as Roy Choi, Dan the Automator, The Bachelorette Season 9 contestant Robert Graham and Bachelor in Paradise contestant Taylor Nolan.

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

 

Garden of Flavor (started by Lisa Reed in 2011) is a company that produces organic, cold-pressed energy elixirs made from fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries. Always organic and natural, Garden of Flavor juices are not only delicious but also good for you. In fact, the habit of drinking fresh organic vegetable juice daily is probably the simplest way to transform your body and health. With one of the featured ingredient being the immune-system boosting Vitamin C, these juices concentrate all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and chlorophyll of the vegetables and fruit that your body needs.

All the drinks are tasty but my favorite is the TURMERIC GINGER ENERGY ELIXIR. This juice has some major zing! Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs and roots on the planet, and considered the brain and beauty root in Eastern medicine. This cold pressed Energy Elixir has freshly juiced Hawaiian Turmeric Root, Ginger Root, Guayusa and living probiotic cultures for Zen-like focus, energy and well being.

Among other juices offered are MEAN GREENS (a customer favorite) nutrient rich with Kale, Spinach & Parsley along with alkalizing Cucumber, and the WHEATGRASS PINEAPPLE ENERGY ELIXIR that combines fresh organic Wheatgrass with dark leafy organic greens, Pineapple and Mint, blended with Guayusa and Probiotic Cultures.

You could also try the Garden of Flavor cleansing package that supplies a 1 x day, 3 x day or 5 x day juice cleanse.

Garden of Flavor juices are online and available in stores near you.

 

Chef Chris Oh Collaborates With Cassell’s and K Pop Foods

Chef Chris Oh Collaborates With Cassell’s and K Pop Foods

It’s the holiday season, and while most of us may be thinking about the extravagant homemade meals we can look forward to pretty soon, Los Angeles abides by different rules. Sure, you can think about that experimental casserole you want to surprise your family with, but do that while you chow down on prestigious grub from some of L.A.’s finest chef’s! With just days to go before everyone has officially checked out for the holidays, there are only 4 days left of Cassell’s Hamburgers’ 70th Anniversary celebration featuring pop ups and collaborations — and only one day to experience the otherworldly talent of Chef Chris Oh.

This Sunday, December 8th, at 3 p.m., Chef Oh will work in collaboration with Chef Christian PageK Pop Foods, and Cassell’s to feature their delicious monstrosity of a creation, the K Town Burger Extravaganza. A house-made beef patty topped with galbi jjim (braised beef short ribs), flame-torched mozzarella, sweet & salty pickles, and red onions — all resting upon a savory layer of K Pop Foods’ very own Kimchi Mayo — and sandwiched between a black and white sesame-riddled bun. In the food world, this is the ultimate K Town rep, but it won’t be around forever!

What’s even more exciting about Cassell’s 70th Anniversary Celebration is that the restaurant will donate $1 for every anniversary menu item sold, and $3 for every bottle of wine sold to No Kid Hungry. Eat good, do good, and feel good, all at once. It’s the perfect holiday event to get you out while also giving back, and supporting a good cause. Though this Cassell’s Hamburgers, Chef Chris Oh, and K Pop Foods collaboration will only be around for one day, the anniversary celebration doesn’t end until December 10th. You’ve got plenty of time (or a lack of it) to stop by for a delicious meal that simultaneously supports children who need delicious meals of their own. CO-WRITTEN BY  ANTHONY C. STAFFORD

Anniversary Event Schedule Dec. 6th – 10th

Friday, December 6th: Jude Parra / Majordomo

Saturday, December 7th: George Motz / Motz Burgers + Ilan Hall / Gorbal’s Throwback

Sunday, December 8th: Sammy Monsour / Preux & Proper + Chris Oh / Umma and Chingu + Dante Fried Chicken available during the day

Monday, December 9th: Luke Reyes / 9th St. Ramen (forthcoming) and Gitane + Chris Feldmeier / Love & Salt

Tuesday, December 10th: Bricia Lopez / Guelaguetza + David Kuo / Little Fatty

 

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