Impasta Opens in Beverly Hills – Keto, Gluten-Free & Vegan Options

Impasta Opens in Beverly Hills – Keto, Gluten-Free & Vegan Options

What’s filling, high in calories, carb-heavy, and lacking vegan, gluten-free, and protein-rich options? Pasta! At least that was the case. Welcome Impasta, who recently opened their Beverly Hills location, offering everything there is to love about pasta, pizza, and salad, and rethinking it in a health-centric way. Southern California, while rich in numerous alternative food choices, does not have many Italian cuisine choices that take into account the different popular diets of today. In fact, this is one of the few cuisines with very little alt-option coverage in general.

There’s an Impasta Among Us

Entrepreneur Harrison Litvack is thrilled to announce the launch of his new restaurant Impasta® at 459 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, CA, offering 100% gluten and grain free alternatives of your favorite pasta and pizza dishes with the calories of a salad. Filling the void of delicious dishes that can accommodate most specialty and restricted diets, Impasta® allows you to spoil yourself without compromising your lifestyle. From the house-made cauliflower pizza and gnocchi (try with pesto, fresh ricotta cheese and toasted pine nuts) to 7 varieties of plant-based noodles, Impasta provides a nourishing menu that fulfills your hunger and leaves you satisfied. For more education about Impasta’s wholesome choices and nutritional information, click here.
Sounds too good to be true? Try Impasta’s No Regretti Spaghetti™ for yourself. Whether dining in or ordering food to-go, the healthy and tasty restaurant has something to accommodate every whim.  For guests avoiding nuts, eggs, dairy and gluten, they can customize their meals with ease.  Many guests with Celiac Disease feel safe enjoying this new pasta again.
“At Impasta®, we believe that diners should not sacrifice their favorite pasta, pizza and salads that they love because of the carbs and gluten that they don’t. Eliminating your favorite meals for a healthier diet and lifestyle are not mutually exclusive,” says Litvack.
Litvack holds himself and Impasta® to the highest possible standards and is proud of the low carb/gluten free sourced ingredients that he uses in his kitchen.
Customer favorites include: Spaghetti Squash pasta with pink sauce featuring vodka reduction and cream or the Impossible™ Bolognese with Zoodles, Impossible meat, and a red wine reduction.  The Truffle Mushroom is on point with Squash Tagliatelle drizzled with white wine and a mouth-watering truffle mushroom sauce, and the Barbeque Chicken Pizza with chicken, red onion and parsley.  Impasta also offers a variety of fresh salads and bowls like the Brussel Sprout Salad with red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries and goat cheese.
As if that’s not already enough, diners also have the option to customize their own meal with a wide variety of options for your choice of base, sauce, and toppings. By giving you the option of dairy or vegan cheese and proteins including chicken, shrimp and Impossible™ sausage, Impasta® offers an inclusive menu where you don’t need to feel limited. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, Keto or Whole30, Impasta’s menu accommodates for a wide variety of choices.
·  Base options include: Spaghetti Squash, Zoodles, Shirataki Noodles, Cauliflower Gnocchi, Squash Tagliatelle, Hearts of Palm, and Kelp noodles.
·  Sauces: Cherry Tomatoes & Burrata, Pink Sauce, Impossible™ Bolognese, Pomodoro, Puttanesca, Four Cheese, Pesto with Ricotta, Truffle Mushroom, Brown Butter Sage, Red Pesto, and Romesco.
·  Salad / Pizza / Pasta Toppings include: Proteins: Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon Fillet, Tofu, Impossible™ Sausage, Grilled Veggies, Cheese: Burrata, Ricotta, Cashew Burrata, and Cashew Ricotta, Truffle: Fresh Black Truffle and White Truffle Oil

Our Time at Impasta

The team at Impasta invited us to come in and try a couple of dishes, and we were blown away by the experience! We ordered their Barbecue Chicken Pizza and Four Cheese Gnocchi. Made with cauliflower crust, juicy chicken, red onion, parsley, and a slathering of barbecue sauce, Impasta’s pizza was enough for two to share comfortably. Gluten-free and filling, the barbecue pizza was almost exactly like eating a regular pizza with a thin-style crust, sweet, smoky sauce, and gooey melty mozzarella that satisfied our savory hearts.

On the other hand, Impasta’s Four Cheese Gnocchi was topped with Impossible Sausage, and we don’t have enough good things to say about the full flavor, and deceptively filling dish. Served in a small bowl, it might seem to be on the small side, but Impasta’s gnocchi is quickly filling, and when paired with Impossible Sausage, a flavorful match made in heaven. Its sausage slices providing a kick, and smothered in their cheesy house-made sauce, this gnocchi met the texture and consistency of the traditional noodles, leaving us questioning if cauliflower was actually the base of their creation (and yes, it is).

Impasta is set in not just a quiet area, but also compliments the location with their clean and bright colors. Cozy and nestled in the middle of Roxbury Drive, Impasta is a welcome restaurant where anyone looking for clean eating alternatives of traditionally carb-heavy favorites will find joy. We can’t recommend it enough, and the next time we’re in the area, we’ll be stopping by to try another delicious mix of gluten-free options.

About Impasta

With great pasta comes great responsibility. Committed to making our world a healthier and better place, all of the packaging at Impasta is made from natural or recyclable materials. The CO2 neutral packaging supports the offset of greenhouse gas emissions and aids in the preservation of our precious planet.
 
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 am
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Glass House Fest Returns for 4/20: Music, Comedy & More

Glass House Fest Returns for 4/20: Music, Comedy & More

What do you have planned for the holiday known as 4/20 among cannabis enthusiasts? If it’s anything less than what Glass House Farms has to offer, you may want to rethink those plans.

Glass House Farms is back for its second year of Glass House Fest with Jam In The Van this 4/20! Taking place at the Wisdome LA, this year’s festival will feature can’t-miss performances by Guapdad 4000, Duckwrth, Blackillac, and more — laughs from stand-up comic Trevor Wallace and friends, munchie relief from LA-favorite food trucks, eye-popping art installations, and memory-saving collectibles from sponsored vendors.

This one-day celebration of culture will take place at one of LA’s most notable locales, Wisdome LA, an immersive art park in the downtown Arts District. From 4:20pm to 11pm, the five domes onsite will be transformed into a main music stage, a comedy stage, a lounge for guests, plus space for food trucks, an art installation, and sponsored vendors.

As 4/20 grows nearer, brands continue to celebrate in various ways with special events, like Glass House Fest, and even limited-edition releases of fan-favorite consumables of various types. Learn more about Glass House Fest, here.

About Glass House Farms

“In the 1960’s, Dutch Farmers arrived in the Carpinteria Valley and quickly recognized its ideal climate for growing flowers. Here in the fertile soil and plentiful sunshine of the Central Coast, they grew flowers that were too delicate to import from their native Holland, bringing a familiar beauty to the region. Today, we harness the perfect coastal environment of Carpinteria to grow another kind of flower, and in doing so, we aim to continue the region’s history of bringing joy from the earth to consumers across the state. We believe the future of cannabis grows in a greenhouse, where high-quality plants can be grown sustainably and sold at an accessible price. We also believe cannabis should be a force for good – improving the lives of our consumers, our employees, our communities, and our planet.

As locals to the Central Coast, we take pride in the Santa Barbara area, and strive to enhance and serve our beautiful community in all that we do. Every decision we make begins with how we can preserve the Central Coast’s rich history, honor the people we call our friends and neighbors and protect our local environment for future generations.”

Yeastie Boys x Kiva Confections Launch “Everything Bagel Seasoning” Cannabis Chocolate Bar

Yeastie Boys x Kiva Confections Launch “Everything Bagel Seasoning” Cannabis Chocolate Bar

4/20 quickly approaches while cannabis enthusiasts who celebrate the holiday have already started planning how they will celebrate. In an appropriately timed launch, two of LA’s favorite local brands – Yeastie Boys Bagels and cannabis leader Kiva Confections – have teamed up for the ultimate limited edition product for 4/20: Everything Bagel Seasoning Munchies Bar. That’s everything there is to love about an everything bagel paired with a chocolate bare — a cannabis-infused chocolate bar, that is! 

Officially launched last week in California dispensaries, the limited edition “Everything Bagel Seasoning” Munchies Bar features an exclusive blend of the Yeastie Boys’ signature “Everything Bagel” salty seasoning sprinkled on Kiva’s cult-favorite cold water hash-infused dark chocolate bar, and is Dosed at 100 mg of THC per bar with 5 mg THC serving sizes. The collaboration is Kiva’s 2022 edition of their annual spring small batch Munchies Bar release.

The Everything Bagel Seasoning Munchies Bars ($20) are now available for a limited time at select dispensaries across California while supplies last. 

Its the ultimate salty-sweet combo that raises the bar higher with cannabis. This 4/20 is shaping up to be huge as more brands launch limited-edition consumables this year. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the goodies you can get your hands on this holiday

Therapy Platform, Real, Provides Free Workshops for LGBTQ+ Community

Therapy Platform, Real, Provides Free Workshops for LGBTQ+ Community

In a new national strategy, minors are being targeted to push political agendas, and it’s working. Proving that it’s not just adults who are affected by politics, 94% of LGBTQ youth reported that recent politics negatively impacted their mental health. In what is shaping up to be some of the worst modern-day political attacks on the U.S. population, more people are finding themselves unhappy, frustrated, and suffering mentally.

In response to ongoing current events, Mental Health Care platform, Real (backed by Gwenyth Paltrow, Megan Rapinoe, etc.) is committed to supporting everyone of LGBTQIA through their new free ‘Real to the People‘ (RTTP) workshops, that provide a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to share fears and anxieties, learn strategies to manage, and more. This is needed more and more as we witness the deepening political division taking place in the U.S.

Led by Real’s expert therapists and guest therapists, RTTP offers free live group sessions where both members and non-members can unite to discuss navigating current events, when it all feels a little too much. Below are the scheduled programs dedicated to those affected by the recent wave of anti-LGBTQIA+ pushes:

  • 3/10 at 7pm EST – Feeling Together: LGBTQIA Community Roundtable – led by therapist Naiylah Warren and special guest therapist Richard A. Unite

  • 3/14 at 7pm EST – Feeling Together: LGBTQIA Community Roundtable – led by Naiylah Warren and special guest therapist Kenya Crawford

  • 3/17 at 7pm EST– Feeling Together: Trans Community Roundtable – led by Madeline Lucas and special guest therapist Richard A. Unite

 

Women/LGBTQ+ Owned Equator Coffees Opens First SoCal Location

Women/LGBTQ+ Owned Equator Coffees Opens First SoCal Location

Equator Coffees, the sustainable B Corp coffee roasting company known for boutique chef blends and Fair Trade organic coffees, opened its first-ever Southern California cafe in Culver City at Ivy Station on March 4, 2022. Founded by partners Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, the company has been craft roasting in the Bay Area for over 25 years. Equator Coffees’ newest location in their collection of bustling cafes marks the company’s first-ever cafe in Southern California. The 1400 square feet, 50+ seat indoor-outdoor cafe joins Equator Coffees’ ten beloved Northern California outposts. Equator Coffees’ focus on quality, sustainability and social responsibility makes it poised to be a welcome addition to the Los Angeles area, and the thriving and culturally vibrant community of Culver City. 

To celebrate Equator Coffees’ arrival in Southern California 10% of the Ivy Station cafe’s opening week sales were donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which provides health, housing, education and social services to thousands of LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Additionally, February 16th – March 2nd the cafe offered the “Finca Sophia Flight”; a two-cup flight of award-winning Panamanian Gesha coffees from Equator’s own Finca Sophia Coffee Farm, available exclusively at Equator Coffees’ Culver City location.

“Making people’s lives better through coffee informs every connection we make, from farmer to roaster to the barista preparing your cup, and to consumers and the communities that our cafes inhabit” says Helen Russell, Co-founder of Equator Coffees. “We are excited to join the burgeoning community of Culver City, and to have the opportunity to offer families, professionals, and visitors alike, delicious coffees from around the world with distinct flavor profiles that are ethically sourced.” 

Equator’s brewed coffee and specialty drinks are truly special, and the Culver City cafe will offer their seasonal single origin pour over program, a choice between the house Tigerwalk espresso blend and a rotating seasonal single origin espresso, a delightful menu of specialty espresso beverages such as shakeratos and the Habibi latte, as well as a full selection of whole bean coffee, including their #1 seller and devotee-favorite, the full-bodied Equator Blend, and the Washed Gesha and Natural Gesha coffees from Panama’s Finca Sophia Coffee Farm

Building upon their long standing relationship with the culinary community, Equator will partner with celebrated LA chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken on the Socalo Spiced Latte, a signature cafe de olla-inspired latte with piloncillo, cinnamon, and star anise, and Guava Empanadas, as well as new coffee collaboration – ‘Mary Sue and Susan’s SOCALO Las Rosas, Colombia’ – a medium roast produced by the Las Rosas Women’s Coffee Project of West Hulia, Colombia; all available at the new Culver City cafe. The all-day menu, bearing a SoCal twist,  will offer pastries from Farmshop Market in Santa Monica and artisanal breads from Bub & Grandmas

Equator Coffees collaborated with Kellie Patry Design to create a cafe inspired by the California topography and the metro line which runs parallel to the Ivy Station location and seamlessly flows into the building’s adjacent public greenspace. The streamlined interior is imbued with color,  futurism, and playfulness, and the design connects the interior and patio with curving white oak benches, offering a subtle homage to metro design. The cafe features details like a tile mural by Thomas Williams mimicking ocean waves, and Louis Poulsen’s pendants wash light over the dining room. On designing the new cafe, Patry reflects: “Forward-thinking, Helen and Brooke’s journey along the Equator is at the core of my inspiration. Equator Coffees is a tireless savvy welcoming company led by equally stirring women. I think of the cafe as Flapper Chrome morphed into Espresso Futurism, at a metro stop in Culver City.”

Equator Coffees’ Culver City location will feature Ground Control ‘Cyclops’ brewers, allowing for Equator’s renowned coffees to shine. This cutting edge coffee brewer creates a layered brew via a multiple extraction, full immersion brewing process. Brewing coffee through the eyes of chemistry is a hallmark of Equator’s philosophy, which is driven home by the Ivy Station cafe’s addition of the La Marzocco KB90 espresso machine; a uniquely precise piece of brewing equipment that is designed to eliminate physical stress, allowing baristas an empowering working environment where they can dial in the most delectable drinks imaginable.

Equator Coffees Culver City is located at 8900 Venice Blvd #105, Los Angeles, CA 90232 and will be open from 7:30am-3:30pm daily. For more info, visit here and follow along @equatorcoffees

About Equator Coffees

In 1995, Equator Founders Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell began their values-driven path, roasting coffee in a Marin County, CA garage. Possessing an obsessive commitment  to green coffee sourcing and unparallelled roasting expertise, Helen and Brooke have committed 25+ years to sustainable & fair trade coffee practices all in the name of creating a remarkable coffee experience for consumers. Today, Equator Coffees is a retail and wholesale coffee roaster & coffee farm owner with ten retail cafes throughout Northern California – from Marin County to San Francisco to Oakland and beyond – to their eleventh (opening soon), and first Southern California shop, in Los Angeles. Throughout the years, Equator Coffees has spearheaded  industry-leading sourcing and roasting practices, and has forged progressive partnerships with Michelin-starred chefs, specialty grocers, tech campuses, and more. Women-owned, LGBTQ-founded and an early adopter of Fair Trade certification, Equator Coffees is the first California coffee roaster to achieve B-Corp Certification.  https://www.equatorcoffees.com/

About Los Angeles LGTB Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org. Instagram: @lalgbtcenter | Twitter: @LALGBTCenter | Facebook: @lalgbtcenter

You’re Invited: Remedy Place x Optimist Botanicals Reimagined Happy Hour

You’re Invited: Remedy Place x Optimist Botanicals Reimagined Happy Hour

2022 is the year of eliminating the extras that we don’t need, as trends show more people than ever taking part in Dry January and other health-conscious, bad-habit-kicking life changes. If you’re one of those people (and even if you aren’t), we’ve got one question for you:

What’s better than Happy Hour? Holistic Happy Hour — and you’re invited! Read on for the details.

On Thursday, February 24th, in partnership with Optimist BotanicalsRemedy Place is reimagining the Happy Hour experience & kicking off a new monthly event series filled with all of the socially charged aspects of a night out, minus all of the typical toxins (think happy hours without the hangovers).

Remedy Place believes that strong social connection is a critical pillar of a healthy baseline. As we all know, one of the most common means of socializing (with friends, on a date, etc.) is grabbing drinks at a bar. While a good happy hour cocktail here and there can be great (with balance!), now more than ever Remedy Place is seeking out ways to improve our social calendar lineups with activities that don’t necessarily revolve around drinking culture.
  • Through this new Happy Hour series, Remedy Place aims to provide an upscale destination to experience the same level of social connection of a night out, without compromising your physical or mental wellbeing.
  • Guests will be invited to socialize with friends (+ make new connections) at the club’s bar and lounge space while enjoying their wellness-inspired sips and live music to set the scene for an elevating mind/body experience.
  • Taking the traditional “Happy Hour Menu” to the next level, complimentary cryotherapy treatments will be offered to all guests in attendance throughout the duration of the happy hour.
  • The first Remedy Place Happy Hour will be on Thursday, February 24th from 5:00 PM PST – 8:00 PM PST @ the club’s West Hollywood location (Remedy Place, 8305 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069) (No RSVP necessary!)

About Remedy Place

Welcome to the world of social self-care. Founded in 2019 by Dr. Jonathan Leary, Remedy Place is the world’s first social wellness club. By bringing together top alternative medicine doctors, ancient practices and modern technologies, Remedy Place gives people the tools and support they need to take control of their health by integrating self-care into their daily and, most importantly, social lives. Happy hour takes the form of a cryotherapy session; date night starts with a guided breathwork ice bath; while a team brainstorm is held over a vitamin drip. With a short term goal of having every guest feel better than when they walked in, the mission of Dr. Leary and Remedy Place is to ultimately change the state of standard healthcare. For more information or to book a visit to the West Hollywood flagship, visit www.remedyplace.com or join the movement at @RemedyPlace.  
Learn About NFTs & Web3 with The Heart Project x Fred Segal

Learn About NFTs & Web3 with The Heart Project x Fred Segal

Every generation, it seems there’s a new wave of questionable and uncertain innovations meant to “help” us or improve our way of life. This time around, we’ve got Web3, Cryptocurrencies, and NFTs, which will all either draw confusion, unwavering support, or sharp pushback depending on who you present them to. While this new technological wave continues to be rebuked by many, it’s likely that Web3 and everything that comes with it is indeed here to stay.

As a result, it’s only responsible that we learn everything we can, because technology only leaves you behind or takes you for an emotional ride. In what couldn’t be a better time to learn, The Heart Project is partnering with iconic retailer Fred Segal to host an in-person NFT onboarding experience, where attendees can learn more about the NFT/Web3 space. This event, open to the public, takes place on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 3-6 p.m., at Fred Segal’s Flagship (8500 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069).
Attendees will be able to enjoy drinks and food by Escuela Taqueria. What better way to have an educational experience than with food and drinks?
In case you aren’t familiar, The Heart Project, an NFT project and artistic collective, recently partnered with iconic LA-based retailer Fred Segal for a limited time pop-up at their Sunset Blvd. flagship from February 14 – 28.

Be there, or play catch up! The choice is yours.

WHAT: Fred Segal x The Heart Project NFT Onboarding Experience (drinks & food by Escuela Taqueria)
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 19 from 3-6pm (open to public)
WHERE: Fred Segal’s Flagship | 8500 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

FLUF Haus Presents: FLUF Haus L.A. – Super Bowl Meta Experience

This weekend is shaping up to be an incredibly lively one throughout Los Angeles, as the Super Bowl approaches, Valentine’s Day follows, and now with a new pre-Super Bowl event that’s sure to blow away attendees! FLUF World, the collection of metaverse-ready unique 3D avatars on the Ethereum blockchain, is excited to announce the second installment of FLUF Haus, an innovative metaverse-meets-in-real life event. Following the success of their Art Basel debut, and now celebrating the launch of Burrows and a collaboration with NFT collection Party Bears, there is no city better to celebrate the FLUF community than the city of Los Angeles.

With a mission to create the most open, inclusive and creative community possible, FLUF World chose Los Angeles as the next location to celebrate because of the artistic force and the vibrant culture of the city.

The ultimate metaverse faceoff between FLUF’s and Party Bears is an invite only, private event taking place at the Petersen Auto Museum (outdoor rooftop) at 7PM on Friday, February 11th. Inspired by an all-American tailgate, Fluf Haus’s L.A. is a celebration for the FLUF community. Enjoy cheering from the sidelines as FLUF’s and Party Bear’s go head-to-head in a football face off. Highlights will include a one of a kind metaverse performance by AngelBaby, headlining musical performances from T-Pain and Chromeo, and the first global livestream to the metaverse.

About FLUF World

FLUF World is a metaverse ecosystem of NFT character collectables and a global, creative community. From their genesis collection Flufs, to Thingies, Party Bears and more to come, they’re building a world that’s yours to shape, explore and call home. Flufs are a collection of 10,000 3D rabbit avatars, programmatically-generated from over 270 traits! Unique by at least three degrees of separation, Flufs are yours to trade, collect and customize through a growing Scenes & Sounds collection, featuring releases by guest artists. Owners also have full derivative rights to their FLUF assets, unlocking a world of creativity, expression and monetization.

 

Grillo’s Pickles & Anwar Carrots Team Up With Urban Outfitters Collection

Grillo’s Pickles & Anwar Carrots Team Up With Urban Outfitters Collection

Some crossovers and collaborations are just meant to be and turn out oh so perfect. Pairings like peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, and pickles and carrots are just some of the best. Yes, pickles and carrots!

At least in this case, it’s Grillo’s Pickles and Carrots By Anwar Carrots, who are back at it again and stealing the perfect-pairings show. The teams have collaborated and released their second limited edition collection available exclusively at Urban Outfitters. As of February 7, fans can shop the “fresh” three piece capsule including a full-zip hoodie, long-sleeve and t-shirt in-store and online with prices beginning at $40. What’s better than two veggies teaming up for a dope collab?

To celebrate the collection, Urban Outfitters is hosting a pickle-themed party in Los Angeles at its store located in the Rialto Theater, located at ​​812 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 in DTLA on February 10 from 7 to 9pm. The event will be hosted by notable rapper and personality Smino with a DJ set by NOS. In addition to pickled carrots and traditional cucumbers, snacks will be provided by Beyond Meat and drinks by Miracle Seltzer. In accordance with the LA City Vaccination Verification Ordinance, masks and proof of vaccination are required.

Grillo’s Pickles has been synonymous with crave-worthy streetwear as tempting as their mouthwatering snacks. Launching merch collaborations connecting with foodies, athletes, celebrities, skate culture and more, the pickle brand has since sprouted into a cult-favorite lifestyle brand. The Urban Outfitters exclusive Grillo’s Pickles x Anwar Carrots collection will be the pair’s second collaboration together, once again highlighting the duo’s iconic orange and green hues. Drawing inspiration from brands’ individual style, the new launch will showcase an authentic appreciation of both creatives’ in this capsule driven by food, art and streetwear culture.

Come on, you’ll never know how good it is until you give it a try!

About Grillo’s Pickles

With clean, simple ingredients (garlic, vinegar, dill, salt and grape leaves) and zero artificial preservatives, Grillo’s Pickles are the best refrigerated pickle brand. A brand that started with a 100-year-old family recipe, backyard-grown ingredients and a hand-built wooden pickle cart in Boston, has now grown to the phenomenon that went viral for their beloved pickle bouquet and pickle merch! Grillo’s offers mouthwatering bites nationwide for sweet, spicy and sour flavor seekers, with their selection of chips, wholes and spears, Pickle de Gallo and vinegar drinks. For more information, visit GrillosPickles.com.

About Carrots by Anwar Carrots

Hailing from Trenton, New Jersey, Anwar carrots in 2007 founded Peas & Carrots international, an emerging streetwear brand and creative collective. Known for his dynamic approach to aesthetic both in personal style and creative output, Anwar has become an entrepreneurial leader of the next generation of Los Angeles creatives and fashion icons of street culture and music. Always evolving, Anwar started an eponymous menswear label, “Carrots by Anwar Carrots” launching at the Scion A/V retail gallery space in March 2015.

About Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is a lifestyle retailer dedicated to inspiring customers through a unique combination of product, creativity and cultural understanding. Founded in 1970 in a small space across the street from the University of Pennsylvania, Urban Outfitters now operates over 200 stores in the United States, Canada and Europe, offering experiential retail environments and a well curated mix of women’s, men’s, accessories and home product assortments. For more information, visit Urban Outfitters at www.urbanoutfitters.com.

Things To Do For Valentine’s Day (And Super Bowl Sunday) in 2022

Things To Do For Valentine’s Day (And Super Bowl Sunday) in 2022

The season of lovers is once again upon us – and along with it, a Super Bowl in Los Angeles – and it’s time to start figuring out your plans, whether you’ll be celebrating alone, with your special someone, or with others. As usual, you can rely on us to help you get plans rolling with this guide on what to do in Los Angeles this year. Whether food, gifts, or experiences, read on for some highlights!

Mírame

This one’s a classic that suits celebrations throughout the year. The Beverly Hills modern Mexican restaurant, Mírame, will be offering a menu priced at $135 per person – available only on Valentine’s Day only – created by Chef Josh Gil. Highlights of Chef Gil’s menu include: Grilled Oyster with uni, Dungeness Crab with artichoke, avocado, crab Consommé and lemongrass vapor, Beef Wellingtón with bloomsdale spinach, esquites and morita chili-red wine, Lobster Cassoulet with Mayacoba beans, seafood sausage and tortillas and desserts including Flaming Choco Flan with mezcal ice cream and Mayan cacao soil. To make it even more celebratory, guests can add on 1 oz caviar service with masa corn blinis, egg, chive and salsa del flojo for $100.
Reservations can be made through the Mírame website. Mírame is located at: 419 North Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. A special tasting menu will be offered along with the regular menu the rest of Valentine’s Day weekend for those seeking an early celebration.

Daring Foods

Sometimes free is better, and if you’re looking to snag some free plant-based wings during Super Bowl Weekend, you’re in luck! Daring, the innovative plant-based chicken brand, is pulling up in Los Angeles just in time for Super Bowl weekend, on February 10th and 13th. In fact, they’re daring you to pay them a visit for a taste of their revolutionary health-conscious, flavorful, eco-friendly chicken options.  

Daring’s food truck will be stationed at Erewhon’s Beverly location on Thursday (2/10), and at the entrance of Rose Bowl Stadium on Sunday (2/13). Specific timing can be found on Daring’s Instagram (@daringfoods). Grab some delicious Korean Sticky No Chickey Wings with Togarashi Fries & Sambal Aioli and Daring Breaded Plant Chicken wings tossed in a sweet and spicy soy sauce, garnished with green onion, sesame seeds and cilantro to fill your tummy before the sport world’s most anticipated game. 

Daring Foods LA Food Truck Route (2/10 + 2/13)

  • Thursday (2/10) 

    • Erewhon Beverly Hills (11 am – 7 pm) | 7660 Beverly Blvd A, Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • Sunday (2/13)

    • Rose Bowl Stadium | 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103

U Street Pizza & Union

While U Street Pizza will be closed for the holiday, they will be serving a specialty cocktail, The Berry Blush, with Future Gin, prosecco, rosato, Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, rosemary syrup, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and lemon throughout the weekend (Friday – Sunday). In addition, in light of the Super Bowl, U Street Pizza will be offering game day crowd-pleasers for a crowd like wings, chopped salads and whole square pies (normally only available by the slice at lunch and happy hour). Fans will also be able to order from a selection of large-format cocktails like the Pizzalada (U Street Pizza’s take on a Bloody Mary with their special house-made tomato sauce) that are perfect for a watch party. Pre-orders can be placed here.

On the other hand, Union which is open 7 days a week, will feature their menu of signature dishes like the Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe and the Squid Ink Lumache with Maine lobster, fennel, lemon and truffle butter. There will also be incredible menu additions by Executive Chef Chris Keyser like the Agnolotti Del Plin with Tamai farms red beets, local goat cheese, and tarragon. Reservations can be placed here. Finally, for Super Bowl Sunday, Union will also be offering a selection of family meals (for 3-4 ppl) like the Calabrese pork ragu with house ricotta, fried rosemary and pepperoncini served with Garlic Bread and Arugula Salad – perfect for an Italian-style game day feast. Pre-orders can be placed here.

Beauty & Essex

Unwind with your date in the recently expanded courtyard dining patio at a Vinyl District classic, Beauty & Essex, which will offer an a la carte Valentine’s Day menu, created by Chef/Partner Chris Santos. In his signature globally-inspired style, the menu includes Cardamon and Black Pepper Cured Duck with speckled lettuce, radicchio, pear, and brie, and the “Pearls of The Sea” with a dozen oysters, shrimp cocktail, and 1 lb lobster. Additionally, guests can enjoy cheekily named cocktail offerings including “Lovers’ Potion” with whiskey, chocolate, and banana and the “Cupid’s Cocktail” with tequila, hibiscus, lime, and Cointreau. Reservations here.

Fred Segal x 23carat

Sometimes you want to get a Valentine’s Day treat that goes above and beyond. Lucky for you, Fred Segal x 23carat have teamed up to do just that – satisfying all your shopping needs. Located at their flagship in the heart of West Hollywood’s buzzing Sunset Plaza, the iconic retailer is a must-hit destination no matter where you are located or staying in the city.

Recognized as ‘Southern California cool,’ Fred Segal x 23carat are hosting two public events ahead of Valentine’s Day: 

  • Fred Segal x 23carat Valentine’s Day Soiree, Feb 10th, 6-8pm:

    • 23carat will be showcasing a collection of vintage and antique heirlooms and love tokens of different eras and gemstones. Things to do include sipping, smiling, flirting, and playing with jewels. No selfies needed, just throw on something cute for their vintage photo booth! Please bring proof of vaccination for those drinking*

  • Fred Segal x 23carat Valentine’s Day Soiree, Feb. 12th 1-4pm:  

    • The team will also be in-store on Saturday, 2/12 from 1-4 pm to talk jewels and sip, for those who can’t make it!

The Highlight Room

Just next door and up to the rooftop of the Dream Hotel, The Highlight Room curates a prix-fixe menu ($75 per person) to enjoy while basking in the breezy views of the Hollywood Hills and beyond. Special menu choices include Mushroom Ravioli with ricotta, brown butter, Banyuls vinegar, and cracked hazelnut, as well as the Filet Mignon with roasted sunchoke, agrodolce tomato, and a red wine demi-glace to name a few. Specialty cocktails will include “Strawberry Kisses” with gin, lemon, strawberry, and Champagne. Place reservations here.

TAO LA

Visit TAO LA for a dinner with a side of true Hollywood flair. With a menu full of romantic specials like a heart-shaped tuna poke dish, Thai Basil Surf & Turf, and an extra decadent Valentine’s Day-themed giant fortune cookie, TAO LA sets a passionate scene for the object of your desire. You can place a reservation here.

Winsome (Recently Reopened!)

Welcome back, Winsome! After having been temporarily closed due to the pandemic, the all-day cafe from Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom is back serving La Colombe coffee and freshly baked pastries in the morning and a vibrant selection of prepared salads and sandwiches at lunch (think pasta salad with spicy capicola, chicken salad with farro and avocado, a smoked salmon BLT wrap + more). The airy indoor/outdoor cafe features an expansive patio –  perfect for open air workday lunches and meetings.
Delivery and an expanded menu are coming soon!
Winsome is from hospitality team Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom who opened Winsome, their buzzy all-day café concept and one of Bon Appetit’s ‘50 Best New Restaurants, in 2016 bringing the celebration of Los Angeles’ diverse culinary landscape to Echo Park and relocated to the heart of Playa Vista in February 2020. Designed by Rios Clementi Hale and serving as the dining hub of the Playa District campus, Winsome offers counter-service and takeaway options Monday through Friday from 8am-3pm. The menu offers fresh, vibrant dishes built upon Winsome’s signature style featuring items like the Smoked Turkey Sandwich with havarti, smoked cheddar, cucumber, sprouts, garlic aioli & sourdough, and the Smoked Salmon Salad with celery, mustard & sherry vinaigrette in addition to pastries, snacks, natural wine, non-alcoholic options, and a full coffee bar that can be enjoyed in the light-filled, indoor/outdoor restaurant or on the go.
 
Winsome at Playa District
6080 Center Dr., Suite 180, Los Angeles CA
Open Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm
Valet and garage parking available; Guests receive 1 hour complimentary parking validation.

A Super Outstanding Foods Bowl

The Los Angeles-based Rams are one step closer to making history and playing in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. So as you’re planning your Super Bowl party, make sure you’re highlighting everything the City of Angels has to offer, including Super Bowl headliner and California native, Snoop Dogg’s favorite munchies, Outstanding Foods

From the beaches of the Westside to the bright lights of Hollywood, the people and the culture truly set the city of Los Angeles apart from the rest, and what better celebrate the Super Bowl being in LA than with California brands that truly embody the spirit of the city? Created and co-founded by Dave Anderson, the mastermind behind Beyond Burger, Outstanding Foods, is a California-based food company innovating familiar classics into delicious plant-based snacks. Inspired by the idea that plant-based eating should be accessible to all, Outstanding Foods is is on a mission to show you that you don’t need to sacrifice taste for nutrition. Check out some of their products below that are perfect for tailgating:

Grillo’s Pickles

Back and better than ever, you can give the lover, bestie, or foodie in your life a Grillo’s Pickle Bouquet AND something homemade. Available in kit form for $20 this year, the make-your-own pickle bouquet set is a great way to give a custom creation, inclusive of:

  • Grillo’s “free jar” coupon (so you can make more bouquets)
  • 15 wooden skewers
  • Card and card holder
  • Tissue paper and filler
  • Custom Valentine’s Day label for a 32oz Grillo’s container and more!

Garnish with a few more of your favorites – cherry tomatoes, cheese cubes, fresh dill – and your V-Day bouquet will be a perfect blend of appetizer and cheeky blooms.

AVAILABILITY:$20 at Grillo’s Merch Site

TSUMo

We bet you never thought your game day essentials could use a little THC boost, did you? TSUMo snacks are doing just that, and are a must-have for your shopping list. Swap your Monday hangover for a Sunday night high with their low dosed, cannabis-infused salty and savory snacks in your favorite flavors, and you will no doubt be a party pleaser! Even better, TSUMo snacks are the perfect size to share with your friends at a tailgate, or keep all to yourself if your Super Bowl plans consist of sweatpants and your comfy couch. 

TSUMo is bringing you a unique and elevated snacking experience with their nostalgic flavors that are staples for day game day celebration. The twist? Each bag is packed with just 10mg of THC – the perfect, low dose snack you can enjoy again and again. Tsumo flavors include: 

 

Daniel Patrick

Sometimes the gift just isn’t complete without doing a little shopping for something they can wear for years to come. Located right in the heart of West Hollywood at 7969 Melrose Ave, luxury streetwear label Daniel Patrick is the place to shop for luxury gifts guaranteed wow your valentine.

Don’t miss out on celebrity-approved styles, including:

Centr

That was a lot of food options, so why not change things up with a fitness “Centr’d” offer?

Centr, Chris Hemsworth’s health and fitness app, may be known for getting the gainz for the boys, but on January 24th, the app released a new no-equipment 6-week program, Centr Unlimited – and it’s the perfect workout for the busy woman! Designed to make you sweat, the program will be led by Chris Hemsworth’s personal trainer and Head Centr trainer, Luke Zocchi, and the app’s latest and most engaging recruit, Alexz Parvi. On a scale of difficulty, it was hard for even Luke to keep up!

Centr Unlimited is a six-week no-equipment bodyweight workout program designed to challenge and transform your body through a unique mix of exercise styles including HIIT, plyo, functional, pilates, MMA and bodyweight strength training. The program features 30-minute training routines built into three different phases to burn, tone and build strength with an opportunity to personalize each session to your preferred fitness level.

New users can sign up here. A couple who works out together stays together!

Remedy Place

Okay, this one actually takes place before Valentine’s Day, but no one has ever been upset by an early V-Day gift, right? Just make it Valentine’s Week if it really matters.

On Sunday,  February 6th, Remedy Place is kicking off a series of self-care socializing events (the practice of deepening our wellness practices and human connection simultaneously,) with Acu-Sound, an hour-long, immersive experience combining two of the most ancient forms of healing, sound, and Eastern medicine.

Remedy Place’s Colette Carson will kick off the evening by leading a sound bath using the healing vibrations of sound waves to perpetuate a deeply relaxed state of calm and restoration. During the mediation, TCM Doctor, Natazia zu Stolberg will be administering acupuncture treatments, one of the powerful modalities for relieving pain, restoring Qi, and balancing the body. After the meditative experience guests will be encouraged to end the night by mingling at the club’s bar and lounge, where they will be serving traditional Chinese medicinal herbal tea curated by Dr. Stolberg.

The Acu-Sound experience will take place at Remedy Place’s West Hollywood location (8305 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069) on Sunday, February 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM PST. The Remedy Place Acu-Sound experience is $90 per person for guests and $75 per person for existing members.  Spots can be reserved by calling the club (323-645-7444).

And there you have it. Whatever you choose, you shouldn’t have to think too hard about how to make your Valentine (or yourself) happy this year. With options aplenty and reasons to celebrate bubbling over in Los Angeles, count yourself covered!

Meet No. 8: Improving Your Daily Routine and How You Feel

Meet No. 8: Improving Your Daily Routine and How You Feel

In 2022, health is becoming more and more of a first priority for many, and rightfully so! With all that’s going on in the world, it’s becoming ever-clearer how our mental health, day-to-day routine, and things we consume play a part in our overall well-being. Here to help us in our good health-centric endeavors is new science lead brand, No.8, which incorporates scientifically proven tools like nootropics and thoughtful habits into daily routines, which can improve how we feel every day. The brand name, No. 8, draws on Chinese culture, as the 8 symbolizes harmony, balance, and luck – which we can all use lots of these days. 

No. 8 is committed to sustainability and designed its packaging to be reused and recycled. Each purchase comes with a refillable (and gorgeous) glass jar that contains a 30-day supply of gummies and subscriptions come with a refill bag containing the next month’s supply. Products are low sugar, vegan, non-gmo and gluten-free.

Here is the current selection of the delicious gummies, titled by what they’ll help you with:

  • Energy ($55 one-time purchase & $48 subscription): Targets fatigue with it’s caffeine and l-theanine ingredients so you can bring your energy levels up and stress levels down.

  • Sleep ($55 one-time purchase & $48 subscription): Formulated with melatonin and vitamin B6 to help deal with jet-lag, irregular sleep habits and anything else that keeps you up at night.

  • Focus ($55 one-time purchase & $48 subscription): Phosphatidylserine supports concentration and cognitive function

  • Calm ($55 one-time purchase & $48 subscription): Ashwagandha helps to relieve occasional stress

To sweeten the deal even more, No. 8 includes a helpful daily planning tool, and recommends taking the gummies after a meal. Think of it as a little dessert that benefits your health. No. 8 can be purchased here.

Chris Hemsworth Kicks Off 2022 With Massive Centr Giveaway

Chris Hemsworth Kicks Off 2022 With Massive Centr Giveaway

Whether you’re starting the year with a new resolution or not, there’s a certain someone out there who wants to help you feel, look, and be your best self! We all could use a little help from time to time to make that happen, and who better to set us up for success than Chris Hemsworth?

If you’re looking to prioritize yourself in the New Year, everyone’s favorite superhero, Chris Hemsworth, is giving 1,000 individuals around the world a FREE lifetime membership to Centr – the holistic health and wellness app – through the app’s NEW competition to kick off 2022.

Though it started on January 1, 2022, this special opportunity ends January 14, 2022, and nonmembers can enter the competition by signing up for a FREE four-week trial, here. Members can also enter to win by completing a quick workout with Chris and his personal trainer, Luke Zocchi. Designed to create sustainable and healthy habits for a lifetime, Chris encourages everyone to enter, noting “This is the team that helps me live the way I want to live, and be the best I can be. With Centr, I’m able to share that with people all over the world. And now, we’re sharing that for a lifetime. This is about living healthier and happier for the long-term.”Notable for his incredible physique, and for recognizing and educating others about the importance of their mental & physical health and fitness, Chris states “I spend a lot of my life working with incredible experts in the fields of health, nutrition, mindfulness and training, so I thought, ‘Why not share that?’ That’s why we created Centr. And that’s why we’re giving you the chance to spend a lifetime with this amazing team behind you every step of the way.”

Competition winners will not only receive access to Chris’ elite team of experts, but will also unlock exclusive perks, such as: three Zoom sessions with Centr experts; early access to new workouts, recipes and meditations; a priority support team for their lifetime journey. Additional details on the competition can be found here.