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.
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!
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
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
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
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 Agency,
during 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?
“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
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.
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 Page, K 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