Open Now @ The Brews Hall: Umami Warrior

Open Now @ The Brews Hall: Umami Warrior

Looking to spruce up the weekend activities and adventures as we head into Spring? As always in Southern California, there’s always something happening, something new, and more than can be achieved in a single weekend.

The latest opening comes in the form of dining, as Torrance’s multi-concept brewery and food experience, The Brews Hall, has launched a brand new concept: Umami Warrior. As of today, Friday, March 1, The Brews Hall’s fourth food concept under their roof features a hybrid of fan-favorite Japanese and Chinese dishes.

Setting The Brews Hall apart from other breweries in Southern California is its accessibility to enjoy a bowl of Tonkatsu Pork Ramen or made-to-order Orange Chicken alongside a craft beer from The Brews Hall’s extensive list of house-made brews. The Brews Hall is the ideal place to satisfy any craving that pops up throughout the week or weekend. Please see Umami’s Warrior’s menu outlined below:

  • Orange Chicken – Crispy chicken, orange glaze sauce, fresh orange slices and scallions
  • Kung Pao Chicken – Crispy chicken, water chestnuts, red bell peppers, Japanese chiles, roasted peanuts, celery and scallions
  • Mongolian Beef & Broccoli – Savory sliced sirloin beef, broccoli, fresh garlic, scallions
  • Miso Grilled Salmon with Bok Choy – Miso marinated salmon, grilled bok choy, sticky white rice
  • Ramen -Tonkotsu broth, slow roasted pork chashu, black garlic oil, nori, marinated soft boiled egg, pickled red onions, toasted sesame seeds, and scallions

The Brews Hall is located at:
21770 Del Amo Circle EastTorrance, CA 90503

Visit their website to learn more.

Meet the Next Generation of Functional Cannabis: KANHA FX

Meet the Next Generation of Functional Cannabis: KANHA FX

Formulated by Doctors for Targeted Effects

With pushes for federal legalization, and more studies into its medicinal and wellness properties than ever, it’s only fitting that we’ve seen more and more functional cannabis products come to the market.

KANHA is the latest brand to make its entrance, and it’s a grand one! CEO Cameron Clarke spent years of hesitating to bring functional products to market, due to the science behind extraction methods for getting mass amounts of minor cannabinoids not being well-developed. However, KANHA assembled a team of scientists and triple-board certified physicians to tackle the problem. They consider KANHA’s newest release to be the next-generation of cannabis wellness tools, formulated with cannabinoids, terpenes and nutraceuticals to elicit specific moods.

The first functional line authentically developed by doctors features advanced formulas like ENERGY, SLEEP and LOVE that help consumers achieve their lifestyle goals.

Sunderstorm’s award-winning edibles brand is proud to welcome KANHA FX, a new line of functional gummies that heralds groundbreaking advancements in precision, innovation and targeted effects. Formulated by doctors to help consumers do what they love, KANHA FX launches with three fast-acting gummies: ENERGY, SLEEP and LOVE.

“The scientific community knows more about cannabinoids, terpenes and entourage effects today than it has at any time in history,” explains Cameron Clarke, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunderstorm. “As the science advances, our products will follow suit, and that commitment helps make KANHA FX the driving force behind the next generation of functional gummies. As industry leaders that leverage proven science in all of our products, Sunderstorm continues to follow the science to bring you the most effective cannabis products available today.”

Clarke, who studied science and engineering at Stanford and founded labs in San Diego and Berkeley, initiated the project by assembling a team of accomplished scientists, textbook authors, published professors and triple-board certified physicians. Through rigorous research and testing, the team developed formulas that elicit specific effects by harnessing an optimal entourage of cannabinoids, terpenes and nutraceuticals.

Among the standout products in the inaugural lineup, ENERGY helps you get more done with a precision 1:1 combo of THCv and THC paired with green tea extract and natural sativa terpenes. For those battling insomnia, SLEEP helps you drift into dreams with a soothing 3:2:1 blend of CBN, THC, CBD and indica-derived terpenes. LOVE, with a delicious blend of rose and raspberry flavors, sets the mood with a 2:1:1 entourage of THC, CBG and THCv paired with hybrid terpenes and green tea and damiana extracts.

Recognizing that no one wants a long wait for energy, dreams or romance, the entire KANHA FX line proudly features the only proven fast-acting technology in cannabis. The NANO in KANHA products is backed by peer-reviewed studies, affirming its rapid onset times and superior cannabinoid absorption.

KANHA FX redefines expectations with precision formulas that deliver the most-targeted effects in the cannabis market. The trio of LOVE, ENERGY and SLEEP is available now at KANHA and Weedmaps. Stay tuned to KANHA to learn more and for upcoming announcements about additional KANHA FX formulas and product categories.

About Sunderstorm

Sunderstorm, a trusted family of brands, is an industry leader in breakthrough innovation and scientific standards. Trusted by budtenders and consumers alike, the values-driven company introduced the first fast-acting edible in 2015 and the first edible line authentically formulated by doctors and chemists. Sunderstorm currently serves dispensaries in California, Massachusetts, Illinois and Nevada in addition to national e-commerce with KANHA Life.

Fogo de Chão: Porterhouse Cut Returns to Full Churrasco Experience

Fogo de Chão: Porterhouse Cut Returns to Full Churrasco Experience

Fogo de Chão, the internationally-renowned restaurant from Brazil, invites guests to savor the exquisite Porterhouse cut as it makes a triumphant return to the Full Churrasco Experience for a limited time, starting today at all U.S. locations – including Puerto Rico. That’s right, good things don’t last forever!

Fogo de Chão continues to turn up the heat with their offerings. The Porterhouse, an indulgent cut that includes both a New York Strip and Filet that is cooked bone-in, and served sliced tableside, delivering a juicy and rich flavor with every bite. Seared over an open flame and meticulously seasoned with rock salt, the Porterhouse augments the diversity, opulence, and personalization of Fogo’s quintessential menu feature, the Full Churrasco Experience.

Courtesy: Fogo de Chaõ

Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer at Fogo, remarked, “As we continue to innovate and elevate the dining experience at Fogo de Chão, we are thrilled to introduce the premium Porterhouse cut as an indulgent addition to the Full Churrasco Experience. At Fogo, we are constantly innovating our menu to provide our guests with the most flavorful and nutritious options, all at an accessible price point.”

The Culinary Art of Churrasco unfolds as guests commence with a visit to the seasonal Market Table adorned with an array of fresh salads, plant-based proteins, charcuterie, and so much more. The heart of the Churrasco Experience, featuring fire-roasted proteins, remains a highlight during lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, presenting beloved selections such as Bone-In Ribeye, Lamb Chops, the celebrated Picanha—the prime section of the top sirloin—and now the premium Porterhouse.

Guests seeking to elevate their dining experience are presented with an array of options across all times of the day, including weekday lunches starting at just $18. With weekend brunch affairs, indulgent à la carte choices like the Dry-Aged Tomahawk and Wagyu New York Strip, chilled seafood selections, artisanal cocktails available during All-Day Happy Hour, and an assortment of award-winning South American wines Fogo de Chão makes for the best elevated experience, even when on a budget.

Evolving Destinations For The Art Enthusiast: Culver City

Evolving Destinations For The Art Enthusiast: Culver City

It stirs and soothes hearts, minds, souls, and bodies across the world, all while taking on a variety of forms: silent, loud, simple, complex, bold, or abstract. In some cases, doing all of the above, all at once. That ever-changing thing that traverses mediums is art, and it is all around us.

As art aficionados continue to make their pilgrimages to the iconic art meccas in a post-COVID world, Paris, Italy, Tokyo, Jakarta, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have seen renewed popularity. But for those seeking the burgeoning art scenes and creative hubs where it’s still easy to spend a day popping in and out of galleries and curated local shops, a Los Angeles community known as Culver City has them all beat.

If you caught our coverage of The Shay Hotel last year, then it may come as no surprise that Culver City continues to deliver with its incredible support of small businesses and local artists.The Culver City Arts District encompasses a rich community of over thirty art galleries within its small footprint that showcase a wide variety of fine art, contemporary art, sculpture, pop, graphic, and street art. All the while, The Shay continues to be a lighthouse for wonderers far and wide in 2024 – remaining the best place to stay for those exploring and discovering art in Culver City.

Opened in October 2021, the young hotel has quickly become a mainstay that boasts the only rooftop pool in Culver City along with prime location at the helm of the incredibly walkable Culver City Arts District. On top of that, The Shay offers travelers and locals easy access to an enticing blend of posh accommodations, eclectic shopping experiences, and a dining scene that’s nothing short of extraordinary.

With prominent galleries like Blum (formerly Blum & Poe), Anat Egbi, Thinkspace and Sixty29 Contemporary, and the promising new openings of FP Contemporary, Reisig and Taylor Contemporary and CadFab Creative Gallery, Culver City is becoming a focal point for contemporary art. Along with specialty boutiques, hyper local design retailers and a thriving gastronomic culture, the dynamic neighborhood buzzes with creative energy from architecture enterprises, advertising agencies and culinary arts campuses, interior design showrooms and some of the world’s leading entertainment production studios – like Amazon, HBO Max and Apple TV.

The Shay is only steps away from these globally inspired art galleries and museums, and reflects the neighborhood’s artistic buzz by lining its walls with collections from local artists and hosting monthly pop-up shops from small businesses. In the true heart of Los Angeles, The Shay in Culver City is centrally located between Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Hollywood/West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and offers accessibility to all of the artistic corners of Los Angeles County. See some of the highlights below for just a few attractions sure to complement your own stay at The Shay.

Whether you’re a traveler looking for a memorable vacation, a shopper in search of unique finds, a food enthusiast ready to embark on a culinary journey, or an art aficionado looking for your next piece, The Shay and Culver City are all-encompassing destinations that cater to your every desire.

Perfect Companions for Anaheim’s Best Experiences: The Viv Hotel & Top of the V

Perfect Companions for Anaheim’s Best Experiences: The Viv Hotel & Top of the V

Cowritten by Anthony C. Stafford

The best experiences are always a perfect combination of things that come together to make the end result that much sweeter – whether those combinations are duos, trifectas, or more. Combinations that may come to mind may include your favorite sandwich or a roadtrip with your favorite playlist – but think bigger!

It All Comes Together

Anaheim is a city that thrives on companionship – from the nearby Disneyland and California Adventure, to the famed Angel Stadium and Anaheim Packing District – and these experiences are only that much better with your own companions by your side. Yet, there’s another stellar pair offering some of the region’s best experiences, and they’re practically right in the middle of all the surrounding highlights that make Anaheim a key travel destination.

The Viv Hotel and its Top of The V restaurant at its crown fill a space that may have gone unnoticed, but they’re daring anyone brave enough to leave what they already know and try something new. With spacious suites, stunning views, luxurious cuisine, theme park accessibility, and resort-style amenities, this duo even makes vacations that skip out on Disney worthwhile. The Viv Hotel invited SoCal Magazine to stay in one of their top-tier corner suites on the 11th floor for a weekend of immersion, where we explored, ate, admired, and spoke with some of their team members to find out what made it such a great new staple in the Anaheim community.

The Viv Hotel is young, having only opened in 2020, but it is no doubt making a strong name for itself as a AAA Four Diamond Hotel that is worth staying at, rather than the close-knit bubble of expectations nearer to the amusement parks. At approximately 1½ to 2 miles in proximity from Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, Angel Stadium, Honda Center, and Anaheim Packing District, The Viv is central to some of the hottest attractions in the area, while also being a walkable-friendly distance. Just from the rooftop alone, we were able to spot most of these landmarks. If walking to Disneyland Resort is too much, shuttles will do the trick as Anaheim Resort Transportation offers pick-up and drop-off directly outside of The Viv’s main lobby. Shuttle costs are also low, with all-day passes for $6 for adults and $2.50 for children 3-9 years old.

The Viv clocks in at 326 rooms total, and features modern, artful, and stylish features throughout the property. Of those 326 rooms, 40 are connected rooms and more than 150 of them have bunkbeds and 2 Queen beds, allowing up to 6 people a comfortable stay. In addition, cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request, and children 12 and younger stay free in the same room as an adult. Best in class and savings! Standing at 12 stories, it’s only fitting that the rooms have spectacular views, but some of those rooms also have the added specialty of sunsets, mountains, and Disneyland Resort. Room 1100, a corner suite featured its own living room quarters with a fold-out sofa bed, and views from two sides of the building, making it the ideal suite for soaking in the best of resort living.

As one would expect, the hotel’s amenities and features are state-of-the-art, with high-speed wi-fi, a 24/7 fitness center, soothe spa, and 2 heated swimming pools. The rooftop pool (12th floor) is adults-only, and open from 9 am to 10 pm – combining stunning views with sophistication and elegance. Alternatively, the 1st floor pool is family friendly, and includes a splash pad for all the water works. In addition, Melody’s Market is a 24 hour-access hub for all guest needs – from food to toiletries and souvenirs. Guests can expect a fully-equipped gym to keep all fitness needs in check, and in-room spa service for those seeking recovery and relaxation after a long day of walking at Disneyland Resort. And when laundry needs call, Guest Laundry is available on the 11th floor at just $2 per load, with laundry supplies available at Melody’s Marketplace.

The additional meeting and event spaces mean that versatility is a highlight, as conferences, seminars, and other special events are all possible, while two private rooms, a full restaurant, and outdoor space can be reserved for special events. Furthermore, the California Board Room accommodates up to 35 guests for meetings and 80 guests for receptions.

Finally, if guests are hungry or craving libations, they can look to a couple of on-site attractions for dining and drinks: Valencia’s at the Viv on the first floor, or Top of the V. Valencia’s features American “SoCal fresh” cuisine with seasonally inspired menu options, sure to please everyone. This casual restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and flows outside to the pool deck where guests can also dine from the comfort of a chaise lounge or cabana.

A Night Above at Top of The V

And then there’s Top of the V. This upscale, Spanish-inspired experience takes sophistication to a new level with its offerings, and feels pleasantly authentic when dining and taking in the views that guests fall in love with during their stay. Top of the V is graced by the direction of Southern California’s very own, Executive Chef Nate McCoy, who has been deeply involved over the last 4 years and has over 13 years of experience. Chef McCoy has worked with renowned chefs, including Top Chef winners Michael Voltaggio of Ink and Mei Lin, owner of Daybird, as well as Michelin-star Chefs Tony Esnault, owner of Knife Pleat, and Jacob Kear, owner of LURRA in Kyoto, Japan.

His background speaks for itself, as each dish radiates with pristine execution, presentation, and flavor as expected. The menu items we had the pleasure of tasting included:

  • Jamón Serrano Croquetas
  • Salchichón
  • Pan Cristal
  • Autumn Squash
  • Galician Beef Striploin
  • and Rack of Lamb

Fresh herbs, spices, and oils dance upon the stars of Top of the V’s menu in what are mix-and-matchable, dazzling, shareable plates. The waiters are knowledgeable and can recommend the best for every desired taste or texture, while the bar’s lead mixologist, Kevin Vidal, can recommend the best pairings based on meals and any particular palates. Kevin’s year’s long history and experience traversing the world of mixology have earned him the incredible ability to turn his love for the craft into a one-of-a-kind art form that complements meals at Top of the V, and the overall experience at The Viv Hotel.

From cocktails to wines, and mocktails to beers, Kevin can speak fluently and passionately about every offering, all while crafting with charm and a smile  that speaks volumes about his knowledge in mixology. Top of the V’s drink’s are inspire day Kevin and his team. The arguable star (that also happens to be Kevin’s favorite drink) of the menu, “La Ultima,” means guests have a show on the schedule. Arriving in a smoke-filled chamber, “La Ultima” makes a dramatic reveal with the help of its cocktail chemist, proving that everything is not always what it appears to be, but much more. Simple, yet complex, “La Ultima” is a favorite amongst guests who are dazzled by the sights, tastes, and sounds that can only be found at Top of the V.

From the very moment of arrival at the lobby of The Viv Hotel, to the last sip of “La Ultima” at the Top of the V restaurant, this pairing makes the tough decision to breakaway from the Disneyland Resort bubble a safe one. The Viv offers resort-style living with features and amenities that are a perfect fit for families, while also appealing to the sophistication of adults without children. Standing tall in its own lane, The Viv is central to the most popular attractions in Anaheim, with easy freeway access, time-saving shuttles to Disneyland Resort, and state-of-the-art, modern resort style living. The Viv, paired with its crown – Top of The V – creates an alluring and respectable duo that combines the very best of what only Southern California can offer. From views of glimmering sunsets and city lights to local attractions and majestic mountain sights, Anaheim has sprouted a new companionship that makes it difficult to leave and explore the areas surrounding it due to their AAA Diamond offering.

Understanding A New Wave Of Aromatherapy: Caftari Candles

Understanding A New Wave Of Aromatherapy: Caftari Candles

Gone are the days of mom’s old aromatherapy practices. Oils and sprays were nice, but what if the trusty candle did the trick in a new way?

In the latest breakthrough, Neuroscents – scents created to elicit emotional responses that are neurologically backed – are carving a new lane with Caftari. Caftari uses science backed formulas to elevate one’s well being, with a mission to help individuals lead happier and healthier lives through the use of fragrance. Caftari’s science-backed formulas are carefully crafted to support joyfulness and rejuvenation through Neuroscents, not just making spaces smell good, but leaving you feeling good, too!

This past November, Caftari entered the home + fragrance market with the launch of two mindfully scented candles – Elixir and DolceCaftari is elevating fragrance through science & wellness – by creating daily moments of mindfulness with scents designed to modulate brain waves and in moments of bliss, relief, and deep relaxation through science-backed formulations. Caftari candles are curated in a luxury ceramic vessel, and etched with the pattern of the specific brainwave that the candle hones in on.

Caftari’s leading candles are broken down below:

Dolce Far Niente: For a Glimmer of Bliss – Experience the Italian adage at home.
With its romantic and warm floral profile, this blend incorporates rose oil to encourage the release of serotonin, which promotes happiness and is present when we are daydreaming or practicing mindfulness.

Elixir:For a Bright Awakening – Reawaken your mind and body any time of day.
With its citrusy profile & purposeful aroma to light and encourage a sense of revival, this blend features bergamot essential oil, which promotes the release of endorphins, a neurotransmitter also known as the feel-good chemical.

Caftari’s Founder, Shreya Aggarwal, was born in India and immigrated to the US as a child, with her earliest memories linked to fragrance notes like her mom’s rose-scented hair oil & dad’s perfumed talc powder. Aggarwal always thought she’d major in Neuroscience, but eventually pivoted to pursue her passion for fragrance as a buyer in the industry. Throughout her career, Shreya noticed a lack of results driven, neuroscience-backed fragrance products created to address overall mental health and wellbeing. After suffering from her own anxiety and trying numerous different methods to tackle it, Aggarwal paralleled her love of fragrance and passion for neuroscience to create solutions with Caftari for her own needs and the similar needs of others.

To help breakdown how neuroscents work and enforce Caftari’s message and goal, they partnered with PhD and MIT Professor, Dr. Tara Swart, who answered a few of our questions. If you’re looking for insight into how neurotransmitters work on our brains, and more, keep reading!

Q&A With Dr. Tara Swart

Hi Dr. Swart! Caftari is not just your typical candle company, but something deeper. Can you explain how scent can modulate brain waves and impact mental wellbeing?

Dr. Swart: Caftari candles contain essential oils of sufficient potency, and proven by science to have beneficial effects on our mental state. These are known as neuroscents because they travel via the olfactory nerve to the memory and emotion centres of the brain evoking moods that correlate with the release of certain neurotransmitters and the relevant brain wave states.

What specific scientific principles support the idea of fragrances like rose oil and bergamot essential oil influencing neurotransmitter release?

Dr. Swart: Rose essential oil heightens the release of serotonin—a neurotransmitter renowned for its happiness inducing effects. Serotonin, the architect of alpha brainwaves, is released during moments of daydreaming or mindfulness, creating an ambiance of tranquility and joy. The Dolce Far Niente candle contains rose oil as a major ingredient. The Elixir candle’s fragrance blend includes bergamot and helps uplift mood. Bergamot essential oil stimulates the release of endorphins—the brain’s feel-good chemicals. Endorphins correlate with gamma brainwaves, and accompany heightened states of awareness.

How do different neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and endorphins, interact with brain waves, and how might this interaction be influenced by fragrance?

Dr. Swart: The release of various neurotransmitters leads to the brain producing the associated brain wave patterns. Molecules of the scents interact with the olfactory nerve through the nose and lead to neurotransmitter release into synapses in the memory and emotion centres of the brain which are deep in the brain behind the bridge of the nose and where the olfactory nerve travels to.

Do individual differences, such as genetics or personal scent preferences affect the response to neuroscented products, or does nearly everyone have the same brain-chemistry response?

Dr. Swart: The actual chemical response is broadly the same (particularly with natural and floral scents), unless there are particular memories that trigger a stress response, but the emotional response or memory induced will vary from individual to individual.

Can neuroscented products like these candles be used as complementary therapies alongside traditional treatments for anxiety or mood disorders?

Dr. Swart: They can be used as an additional element to creating a pleasant and calming environment but this cannot be compared to the efficacy of psychological therapy for actual mental health disorders. However, olfactory enrichment (being exposed to a variety of smells throughout the day) can help with cognition as we age.

In what ways might the field of neuroscience further contribute to the development of fragrance products aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing?

Dr. Swart: Further research into neuroaesthetics (the health, mental health and longevity benefits of beholding and creating beauty), the benefits of nature on well-being, and olfactory enrichment on neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to grow and change throughout life) are key areas.

POP MART Opens Largest Store in Century City

POP MART Opens Largest Store in Century City

POP MART, the renowned designer toy and entertainment brand, has announced the openings of two new permanent stores in Los Angeles county. The new stores are located in two of LA’s largest and most esteemed shopping centers, including the largest flagship to date in Westfield Century City Mall and Glendale Galleria.

Along with the grand opening of the Westfield Century City location, which at 2,131 sq ft is POP MART’s largest flagship store to date, the new location will also debut a new collection, Peach Riot, from the brand’s first US artist, LA-native Libby Frame. With their edgy, street-smart style and cute but tough demeanors, Peach Riot is an all-girl band certain to rock the worlds of grunge-lovers of all genders and ages. The Westfield Century City grand opening event on February 10 will also include the attendance of Libby Frame!

The grand opening, which starts at 10 am PT, will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Executive Vice President of Real Estate Luis Barrientos, followed by a meet-and-greet with Libby Frame with a designated autograph signing, round-table discussion, and audience Q&A. The festivities will also include music, refreshments, and gifts. Exclusive pieces on display include the DIMOO Rejuvenating Version figure, one of the latest creations by POP MART artist AyanLuis Barrientos shares, “As a California native, I am thrilled about the new POP MART store openings, and the opportunity to connect with our fans at the Century City grand opening.” As a result of the recent highly successful opening in Westfield Valley Fair and increasing popularity across the west coast, POP MART is continuing to expand its presence in the United States with these new locations.

POP MART now stands at 7 stores across both coasts, having received overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans and growing immensely popular with the Gen Z community. The brand also had a strong presence at key cultural conventions in the US in 2023, such as DesignerCon, ComplexCon, San Diego Comic Con, and AnimeExpo.

Known for their iconic designer toy characters like MOLLY, Hirono, The Monsters, SKULLPANDA and many others, POP MART has gained a devoted following worldwide. The brand currently operates more than 450 stores in over 30 countries, with 2,300 Robo Shops (blind box vending machines) and constant new collaborations with brands such as Uniqlo, Crocs, and more. With the opening of these new permanent stores in Los Angeles, even more fans and collectors on the west coast will now have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an unparalleled retail experience, featuring an extensive range of exclusive releases, limited editions, and unexpected collaborations.


POP MART is a market-leading character-based entertainment company and a global champion of designer toy culture. Some of our best-known characters include MOLLY, The Monsters, IMOO, Hirono, SKULLPANDA and others – each created by one of our artist friends and regular collaborators.

POP MART Locations & Hours:

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Hours: 10AM-9PM

Glendale Galleria
100 W Broadway Suite 100, Glendale CA, CA 91210
Hours of Operation: 11AM-8PM

Smallhold Launches New Mushroom Pesto

Smallhold Launches New Mushroom Pesto

Smallhold began delivering locally grown, USDA Certified Organic specialty mushrooms to Southern California in its first West Coast expansion, alongside existing farms in Brooklyn and Austin in May of 2022. Then, a little over a year later, the sustainability-focused company started a new first, with the launch of a new product: a Mushroom Rub Trio.

Now, the company has launched a Mushroom Pesto, stepping up their culinary offering even more! Suitable as a spread, sauce, filling, and so much more, this new umami-packed offering reimagines pesto, ultimately eliminating many of the ingredients that are a headache for those with allergies and dietary restrictions.

Some highlights of the Mushroom Pesto include:

  • Made with upcycled, Organic Mushrooms
  • Free of Big 9 Allergens
  • Clean Label
  • Dairy-Free
  • Certified Plastic Neutral

Smallhold earned their B Corp Certification last year—marking a significant milestone in the company’s dedication to addressing our planet’s greatest challenges. The number of B Corp businesses is over 6,000 long and growing, with Smallhold joining the ranks of Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, and other vocal companies who don’t shy away from their stances on social and environmental standards. Smallhold voluntarily upholds rigorous social and environmental performance standards, fostering accountability and transparency. The company will measure and manage its impact on its workforce, local communities, and the environment with the same level of dedication and scrutiny that it applies to its financial performance.

Smallhold’s Mushroom Pesto is available to purchase online, in addition to their entire product lineup. Their other products are also available at Whole Foods and Sprouts nationwide.

About Smallhold

Smallhold is a growing network of organic mushroom farms with operations in Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, and beyond. Named one of Fast Company’s 2023 Most Innovative Companies, Smallhold is upending the traditional farming model. By operating urban farms in strategic regions, growing mushrooms on byproducts from other industries, and exclusively using compostable cardboard packaging, Smallhold reduces overall food miles traveled, improves product quality, and extends shelf life, all while drastically reducing carbon footprint, food waste, and plastic usage.

Adriana Barraza Nominated for LEJA Award: Best Supporting Actress

Adriana Barraza Nominated for LEJA Award: Best Supporting Actress

Los Angeles, CA – Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress Adriana Barraza has received a 2024 Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding performance as Nana in the successful feature film “Blue Beetle.” The film, which stars Xolo Maridueña in the lead role and directed by Angel Manuel Soto, made history as the first stand alone Latino led superhero movie in the DC franchise. “Blue Beetle” was produced by DC Studios, the Safran Company and distributed by Warner Bros. 

Credit: Enrique Tubio

The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA), known for its commitment to celebrating Latino and diversity excellence in the entertainment industry, has recognized Barraza’s hysterically funny and moving portrayal of Nana, Jaime Reyes’ (Blue Beetle) feisty and loving Mexican grandmother. Barraza’s scene stealing performances garnered the affection of audiences worldwide. This important LEJA nomination reflects not only her tremendous talent, but also her significant impact on the cultural landscape as a Latina actress in Hollywood, continuing to open doors for the Latino community.

Adriana Barraza stands shoulder to shoulder alongside nominated actresses Emily Blunt for “Oppenheimer,” Penélope Cruz for “Ferrari,” America Ferrera for “Barbie,” Rachel McAdams for “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” and Da’Vine Joy Randolph for “The Holdovers.” This year the LEJA Award winners will be announced virtually online on Monday, February 12.

“I’m truly honored and thankful that the LEJA Awards have recognized me with this distinguished nomination. Being nominated is already a win for any actor but to receive the nomination for this character of Nana which I loved playing means even more.  My most important goal was to represent this beautiful part of the Latino community in the U.S., the brave women who immigrate to our beautiful country but work tirelessly to honor their roots.” – states Barraza about her nomination 

Adriana Barraza’s incomparable career continues to be marked with compelling performances, earning her recognition and admiration from both audiences and critics alike. She has received numerous awards and recognitions around the world, including nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for “Babel” directed by Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Credit: Hopper Stone SMPSP/Warner Bros. Pictures

Last year was no different for Barraza, aside from her performance in “Blue Beetle,” she starred in an endearing supporting role opposite Trace Lysette and Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson in the film “Monica” which premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival and received an 11 minute standing ovation. She also moved audiences in the lead role of Maestra Georgina in the Netflix original Mexican feature film  “El Ultimo Vagón” directed by Ernesto Contreras. The film was the #1 Spanish language movie on Netflix worldwide for a consecutive 6 weeks and one of the most successful Netflix films of 2023. The dedication to her craft and ability to bring unforgettable characters to life has established her as a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.

About the LEJA Awards:

Founded in 2018, the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) is dedicated to the upliftment and celebration of Latino voices in the entertainment industry. As an inclusive association, LEJA serves as a powerful platform to amplify the voices of artists who identify as Latino, Latina, Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, Spanish, or anyone that champions and accelerates the voices of the culture from around the world. Through its initiatives and recognition events, LEJA plays a pivotal role in fostering representation and diversity within the entertainment landscape.

SoCal Activities & Events Leading Up To Valentine’s Day (And The Super Bowl)

SoCal Activities & Events Leading Up To Valentine’s Day (And The Super Bowl)

What feels like the longest month of the year is rapidly approaching its end, and that can only mean two things: the season of love nears and so does the Super Bowl. Valentine’s Day and the big game are right around the corner and demand is high for the perfect gifts, events, and activities to create memorable occasions. Check out our roundup below for everything taking place in the lead up to Valentine’s Day and Game Day – from everything suitable for friends to the ultimate annual date night. Spoil them in the days before or the day of, but don’t miss out on the restaurant rundown for some killer offers!


Attend A Super Bowl Watch Party @ The OG Cannabis Cafe – February 11

The OG Cannabis Cafe just re-opened to the public, new and improved — and what better way to celebrate than with a Super Bowl Watch Party hosted by MMA Fighter Nick Diaz?! Round up your guys or gals for the ultimate game day watch party, featuring bud, bites, and game day specials. In addition, attendees can expect games, bets, and prizes with the best seats around.

The Super Bowl Watch Party @ the OG Cannabis Cafe kicks off on February 11, at 3 pm. Call (323) 452-9029 or visit their website to make a reservation. More details and information for on games and specials can be found on their Instagram, at @ogcannabiscafe.

OG Cannabis Cafe is located at 1201 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038.


Explore Alto’s Date Night Offers For The Perfect Date

For one of the most romantic nights of the year, there is a lot of stress that comes with planning the perfect Valentine’s day date. Luckily, Alto is stepping in to help set the mood for the evening: luxurious and loved-up. With February 14th quickly approaching, it’s time to break up with your bad rideshare, and book a better ride for date night. And with these exclusive Valentine’s Day offers, choosing Alto as your ride of choice is a no-brainer:

  • Between February 9th and 18th, Alto will be offering 20% off of 2 rides for your ideal date night

  • There will also be a limited edition Love Notes “vibe” in all of their cars, thoughtfully curated by Alto members themselves, to create an intimate ambiance in the vehicle

In addition Alto has partnered with five incredible brands to help you achieve your new year goals with luxury and ease.

Courtesy: Alto

Below are just a few of Alto’s new lifestyle member perks with these iconic brands:

  • alo moves: Start your year off with
a free 3-month of 
Alo Moves membership
  • Tuckernuck: Take 15% off sitewide through the month
of January
  • Moon Juice: Take 25% off all products
  • Kroma Wellness: Take 20% off the
entire store
  • Superhuman: Get your free 6 week membership

Whether you’re looking to level-up your wardrobe this winter or take a new approach to self-care, Alto is dedicated to working with like-minded brands to ensure they are always promoting the wellbeing of their customers. 


Book A Night At The Viv Hotel & A Romantic Rooftop Dinner at The V Rooftop Restaurant – February 9, 10, and 10 – 17

How’s a romantic stay at a nearby hotel for Valentine goals? The Viv Hotel & Top of The V Restaurant are offering a couple of packages sure to woo your boo, complete with champagne, roses, and all the lovey-dovey expectations.

On February 9, 10, and 14 – 17 those interested can check out the Romance Package which can be added to reservations when booked through Open Table. The Romance Package includes a 1/2 dozen roses and 2 glasses of Sparkling Cava. In addition, the Valentine’s Dinner Pre-Fixe is available and sure to sell out. This package is a romantic three course dinner, curated by Executed Chef Nathaniel McCoy, along with Rooftop Anaheim Skyline Views. The two-hour dining experiences only priced at $85 per person, so book while you can!

Make your reservation, here.


Make A Valentine’s Day Dream Come True with Hotel Figueroa

The coveted and beloved Hotel Figueroa is a spectacle at any time of year, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day this year, many people’s ultimate dreams will come true. DTLA’s Hotel Figueroa and their new Lovers Cityscape Package’ is the treat to please them all — creating an experience that reels in the romance through an urban retreat. Catch all the details below:

Credit: Robiee Ziegler


Helicopter Over Los Angeles through Hotel Figueroa (Downtown L.A.)

Cozy up at DTLA’s urban oasis Hotel Figueroa, offering an idyllic setting for a romantic Los Angeles getaway without leaving town, where couples can cozy up with cocktails fireside in the hotel’s lively lobby lounge, or book the hotel’s special ‘Lovers Cityscape Package’ available during the entire month of February 2024, which includes:

  • A two-night retreat in their vibrant Featured Artist Suite
  • Upon arrival, all couples will enjoy a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a delectable array of pastries and baked goods from L.A.-based bakeshop, Flouring LA
  • Take your love to new heights as you take in the sights with a 90-minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles with Star Helicopters (a perfect proposal experience!)
  • Breakfast at our all-day eatery, Café Fig
  • Enjoy the luxury of a 2pm late check-out
  • Pricing: $2,500 

Credit: Robiee Ziegler

For those who prefer to savor the excitement of the helicopter tour at a later date, this activity is redeemable until 12/30/2024 (excluding backout dates), and transfers to/from the ride are not included. The Lovers Cityscape package can be booked online by emailing


Get Them a Love Box of Maya’s Brigadeiro featuring Kasey Jones Ink

What’s better than a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates? Maya’s Brigadeiro, and that is not an exaggeration! Gift your Valentine or your gals and pals what is truly one of the best sweets to be found in Los Angeles. The cherry on top of this year’s Valentine’s Day offering is that Maya’s Brigadeiro has collaborated with Kasey Jones Ink, whose work can be seen throughout the city, infusing color and energy into brand identities and campaigns.

Maya’s Brigadeiro is offering an variety of assorted Love Boxes, starting with:

  • Large Box– This box contains two dozen (24 pieces) brigadeiros topped with red hearts and wrapped in a custom hand-drawn sleeve designed by Kasey Jones Ink. Includes 4 flavors: Coconut, Classic Chocolate, Sweet Milk, and Coffee. Don’t forget to add a card to your order for even more added personalization! If ordering online, Maya’s Brigadeiro will even hold the order so it can arrive on Valentine’s Day.
  • Medium Box– This box contains almost all the same goodness of the large box, but with only a dozen (12 pieces) brigadeiros. This Love Box is also wrapped in a custom hand-drawn sleeve designed by Kasey Jones Ink. Includes 4 flavors: Coconut, Classic Chocolate, Sweet Milk, and Coffee.
  • Small Box– The smallest of the 3, this cutesy box contains 6 brigadeiros, and is wrapped in a small custom hand-drawn sleeve designed by Kasey Jones Ink. Includes 2 flavors: Chocolate and Sweet Milk

Cure Their Sweet Tooth with Last Crumb x Beverly Hills Hotel Cookies

Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth, or maybe you’re looking for delicious snacks for your friends?  Last Crumb has partnered with The Beverly Hills Hotel to create an iconic cookie collection that’s as rich in flavor as the hotel’s history is in tales.

Each cookie in this bespoke box is a celebration of a timeless era, a bite-sized journey through the glamor and allure that has defined the hotel for over a century. The partnership presents an edible anthology of The Beverly Hills Hotel’s storied past, baked with Last Crumb’s innovative spirit. 

The cookie collection is available for $160 on and in the hotel’s Signature Shop and online gift shop. It includes two of the following six flavors: 

  • THE OG (Chocolate Chip) – Inspired by Margaret Anderson, the visionary hotelier who shaped Beverly Hills. This flavor captures her unwavering determination and impeccable taste

  • PAUL’S PB (Peanut Butter) – Inspired by the architectural genius Paul Revere Williams, PAUL’S PB pays homage to his transformative touch on the hotel.

  • GOLDEN AGE (Lemon) – Inspired by the luminous Marilyn Monroe, who graced the bungalows with her presence, this zesty delight was baked to capture her timeless allure.

  • CADILLAC CRUNCH (Cinnamon Toast Crunch) – Inspired by hotel resident Howard Hughes who left his untouched Cadillac parked on Crescent Street.

  • BANANA AP-PEEL (Banana Cream Pie) – Inspired by the iconic Martinique® banana leaf wallpaper that adorns the hotel’s halls

  • RED CARPET (Red Velvet) – Inspired by the hotel’s signature crimson carpet


Keep The Bubbly Nights Alive Past Valentine’s Day with Kloveo

Planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with champagne? Ensure you use the Kloveo champagne stopper to preserve your bottle! This exquisite tool is perfect for keeping your champagne fresh for later enjoyment. Its chrome-plated stainless steel body and hinge construction make it the most durable sparkling wine stopper on the market.

Find it on Amazon and make your Valentine’s Day celebration extra special!

Credit: Kloveo

Shop Solento Tequila for the Slow Sipper in Your Life

Smooth and easy flavor are a couple of ways to describe Solento Organic Tequila. which makes it a must have for any Valentine’s Day Soiree!

Credit: Solento Organic Tequila

Growing slowly under the Mexican sun for seven years, the USDA certified organic 100% blue agave is harvested in small batches from a single estate in Jalisco. Offerings include Blanco, Reposadoand Anejo.Solento starts at $32.99 

Shop the organic smoothness for your Valentine, here.

Shop Off Hours For the Bourbon Connoisseur

You don’t have to look too hard to find the perfect gift.

Credit: Emma Bassill

Off Hours Bourbon makes things a whole lot easier. Gift them Off Hours Bourbon, the award-winning, new, smooth bourbon – the perfect sip for relaxing with your favorite sweetheart. Pour it straight up, on the rocks, or use in your favorite recipe while you enjoy each other’s company on a night made for connections!Prices range from $46.99 to $64.99, with gift sets also available ranging from $118.97 to $126.87. Shop here!

Maintain Your Health & Wellness Together with Super Patch

Along with the new work out routines and ways that you’re looking out for your health, there’s a brand that could help you and your gals, pals, or love this Valentine’s Day. Meet Super Patch, the up-and-coming wellness brand providing drug-free, non-invasive solutions that offer the same physical benefits as traditional, over-the-counter alternatives— but without all of the villainous side effects.

Courtesy: Super Patch

A revolution in the old patchwork wellness market, Super Patch utilizes the skin as the gateway to the body’s neural pathways by relying on ultra-fine ridges that function like braille for the brain, skillfully targeting receptors and “ion channels” in the skin. Crafted for those who seek cutting-edge solutions for optimal well-being, these patches are designed to enhance specific aspects of health and performance. Scientifically proven technology you can trust, with results you can feel.

Their best sellers include:

  • Defend – A healthy immune system is a key factor of overall health. Defend Patch is a non-invasive and drug-free technology that may support immunity through vibrotactile stimulation -making it easier to maintain overall health.

  • Joy – The Joy Super Patch is a non-invasive and drug-free technology that may improve sense of wellness and happiness through vibrotactile stimulation allowing users to naturally feel their best!

  • Ignite – Balancing calories consumed and calories burned are key factors for maintaining a healthy weight. The Ignite Patch is a non-invasive and drug free technology that helps support energy consumption – making it easier to maintain overall health.

  • Focus – The Focus Patch is a non-invasive and drug-free technology that may improve general wellness through vibrotactile stimulation allowing users to naturally experience improved focus and clarity.


Happening at Westfield Topanga & Century City:

Westfield shopping locations are notorious for having a plethora of activity options for everyone! Whether it’s fun to-do’s for the kiddos, dining options for date, or endless shopping possibilities for any occasion, Westfield Topanga and Westfield Century City have something for everyone. Impress your Hinge match, try something new with your long-term partner, or get ahead of your Valentine’s Day reservations with the options below!

Westfield Topanga

  • Paint & Sip at Truffle Brother’s Wine Room

    • Do they have a creative side? Grab a brush, have a glass of wine, and let your imaginations run wild. Included in your ticket is your first glass of wine on Truffle Brothers!

  • Bowling at Pinstripes

    • Whether you’re looking for some flirty competition or a good time for Galentine’s Day, head to the new Pinstripes location at Westfield Topanga for bowling, bocce, and an elevated dining experience in their bistro. Pinstripes Topanga can be all about good times with your besties as football and love take over the airwaves. Enjoy the night by munching on Heart-Shaped Pizza while sipping on Love-Themed Cocktails, and finish your dinner on a sweet note with Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Gelato

More on Pinstripes Topanga’s Big Game Offers

Pinstripes Topanga stands out as an excellent spot to catch all the action of the Big Game, thanks to its impressive setup of large-screen TVs scattered throughout the venue. The immersive viewing experience ensures that every guest has a prime seat to witness the excitement of the Big Game. Beyond the thrilling atmosphere where guests can bowl and play bocce, Pinstripes offers a chef-driven Italian-American cuisine that elevates the Super Bowl experience.

Guests can indulge in the World-Famous Delectable Chicken Wings ($16), featuring incredible ingredients like balsamic BBQ, sweet chili glaze and spicy calabrese. For those craving a hearty meal, the Bistro Burger ($19) served with certified Angus beef, sharp cheddar, tomato, romaine, shallot mayo and housemade pickles, served between a brioche bun, promises a mouthwatering delight. At Pinstripes Topanga, the combination of a vibrant atmosphere and delectable menu options makes it the perfect destination for an unforgettable football celebration.

Valley Food Truck Festival @ Westfield Topanga – February 8, 6-9pm

Valley Food Truck Festival at Topanga Social will be bringing 10 of LA’s best gourmet food trucks together for an exciting culinary crawl,
live entertainment, and more! A food lover’s paradise, the Valley Food Truck Festival will offer a diverse selection of
food trucks with something for everyone – satisfy your taste buds with a variety of mouth-watering street food.

The event will take place at The Topanga Social parking lot at Westfield Topanga (6600 CA-27 #9038, Canoga Park, CA 91303)
Ground level, in front of the Margarita Garden off of Victory Blvd. and guests can RSVP for free!

Catch the rundown of food trucks and live entertainment below!

    • Food Trucks:
      • Rice Balls of Fire
      • CHD Mandu
      • The Tropic Truck
      • Kalamaki Street Food
      • Creole Kings
      • Malibu Cove
      • Kyoto Hibachi
      • Birrieria El Patron 818
      • Wings N Waffles
      • Drizzle OC
    • Live Entertainment:
      • Live Band Performance: 6-9pm in front of Rock & Reilly’s
      •  Live DJ Set: 6-9pm in the Margarita Garden
      • Magic & Cocktails Performers: 7-9pm at Rock & Reilly’s


  • Succulent Workshop at Topanga Social (21+)

    • Are they willing to get their hands dirty? Put your green thumb to the test and pot your own mini terrariums! Plus, each ticket includes your first Mimosa or Bellini on the house!

  • Candle Making at Topanga Social (21+)

    • Are they more of the R&R type? Candle making is perfect for anyone who wants to unleash their creative side and make something they can take home and enjoy later. Plus, each ticket includes your first Mimosa or Bellini on the house!


JINYA Ramen’s new flagship location, at Westfield Topanga opens on January 28th, making it the perfect date night option before or during Valentine’s Day! Slurp up noodles,

Founded in 2010 by Tomo Takahashi, JINYA Ramen is a highly acclaimed Japanese Ramen restaurant and the new JINYA in Topanga marks the brand’s eighth restaurant in California and nearly its 60th location nationwide, truly showcasing itself as the fastest-growing ramen concept in the country.


Westfield Century City

Experience Sony Honda Mobility’s AFEELA – February 2-26

How often is it that you get to experience a prototype vehicle? Get excited, because Sony Honda Mobility is launching an exclusive four-week pop-up event at Westfield Century City, showcasing the innovative prototype of AFEELA!

This immersive pop-up will be open to the public from 11 AM to 6 PM daily, and spots can be reserved online here. Guests will experience a customized demonstration of the prototype tailored to their specific interests and requests, and can expect to see a range of revolutionary features, including personalized media bar, an in-cabin panoramic screen, immersive audio, and much more.

The pop-up will be located at the first floor Atrium Pop-Up at Westfield Century City. Tickets can be reserved here.

About Sony Honda Mobility:

Sony Honda Mobility Inc. is a Japanese joint venture automotive company established by Sony Group Corporation and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in 2022 to lead innovation in the mobility industry through joint development and sales of high value-added electric vehicles (EVs), and creating a business to provide mobility services.


  • Cooking Classes at Eataly 

    • For the culinary connoisseur, head to La Scuola di Eataly to learn how to create regional Italian recipes in hands-on classes. Enjoy beverage pairings with each dish, too!

    • For an extra special occasion, unlock a complimentary cooking class for two with the purchase of His & Hers watches at TUDOR.

  • The Escape Game

    • Trying to impress the thrill seeker? Put your teamwork to the test and book an escape room for the ultimate adrenaline rush!

  • Dinner and a Show at AMC

    • A classic date night ritual, grab dinner at one of Westfield Century City’s many upscale restaurants such as Del Frisco, Din Tai Fung, or Javier’s, and catch a movie at AMC-15 to round out the night.

  • Celebrate OUAI’S Hair Gloss At The Gloss Wash

    • Experience OUAI’s newest launch, Hair Gloss, this Saturday February 3rd at Westfield Century City. Come join OUAI in celebrating the successful launch of their in shower gloss treatment. There will be custom OUAI merch, insane photo ops, snacks & more. Plus, when you spend $34 on OUAI products at Sephora, you’ll get a complimentary OUAI Bag with proof of purchase.

    • What is Hair Gloss? This latest innovation from OUAI is an in shower gloss treatment that has been expertly formulated with sugar beets, hyaluronic acid, rice water and panthenol to provide immediate shine, help treat damage, enhance color vibrancy, protect against color fading and protect hair from heat damage up to 450° Fahrenheit. The pop up takes place Saturday, February 3rd, 11am – 6pm in the Westfield Century City Atrium.


Restaurant Rundown

Fogo de Chão

For many, a new year means New Year’s resolutions and a renewed interest in health and wellness. Add budgeting to the mix and it’s a whole new slate, but the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the latest from Fogo de Chão, Woodland Hills — especially for Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking to customize your dining experience to fit a new health-centric lifestyle, Fogo de Chão invites you to discover its Select Cuts menu offering in Woodland Hills – at just $37! It’s the perfect match, especially heading into Valentine’s Day and Carnival season, which Fogo is known for celebrating with their own special offerings.

Courtesy: Fogo de Chão

The Select Cuts menu provides guests with their choice of a preferred, fire-roasted protein carved tableside including prized favorites like Picanha, Fraldinha, and Bisteca de Porco (Double Chop Pork Chop), paired with the nutrient-dense Market Table featuring seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, charcuterie and more, and Brazilian side dishes. 

Make reservations soon to take advantage of this opportunity, and also to beat everyone else as Fogo de Chão Woodland Hills gets filled up quickly!



Valentine’s Day Dinner 

Date: Wednesday, February 14th

Offering: Chef John Fraser’s produce-forward restaurant Ardor, located at The West Hollywood EDITION Hotel, will be serving a special three-course dinner featuring some of Chef Fraser’s signature dishes, as well as some Valentine’s specialties such as oysters with a strawberry mignonette sauce, chestnut ravioli with house-made pasta, Hen of the Wood mushrooms, and truffle Cacio e Pepe, a halibut with a citrus buerre blanc, sunchoke, crumble, and a green papaya and chayote salad, and more. Reservations can be made via OpenTable, here.

Price: $120 per person

Courtesy: Ardor


Date: Wednesday, 2/14 and Thursday – Sunday (2/15-2/18)

Offering: The holistic, live-fire and multi-sensory restaurant by chef Jordan Kahn of the two-Michelin-starred Vespertine will be offering a prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day and through the following Thursday-Sunday, with a variety of experiences based on your choice of seating. 

Reservations can be made via OpenTable, here.

  • On Valentine’s Day

    • Main Dining Room ($135/person, 4 courses, supplements available)

    • Lounge ($95/person – 3 courses, supplements available)

    • Private Dining Room  ($225/person, $750 room fee, 2 guests, 7 courses, includes 1 dozen roses and champagne splash)

    • Selenite Cove – ($225/person, $500 room fee, 2 guests, 7 courses, includes 1 dozen roses and champagne splash) fun fact: this selenite from New Mexico is 150 million year old stone and weighs approx. 1,200 pounds!)

  • The remainder of the week: Thursday – Sunday (2/15-2/18)

    • $95/person – 4 courses, supplements available

Price: $95-$295  

La Dolce Vita

Date: Wednesday, February 14th  

Offering: Since opening this past spring, La Dolce Vita has been one of the hottest reservations in Beverly Hills and will be serving a multi-course prix-fixe menu this Valentine’s Day with a wine pairing addition by sommelier Gabriel Perez. 

More details will be available soon and reservations can be made via Resy, here.

Photo Credit: Shelby Moore

Queen St.

Date: Wednesday, February 14th

Offering:  Found Oyster’s Executive Chef + Partner  Ari Kolender’s Queen St. is a culinary homage to raw and wood-fired seafood, drawing inspiration from Chef Kolender’s native Charleston. This Valentine’s Day be sure to enjoy Queen St.’s pristine raw bar offerings, such as Maine Diver scallop crudo with a rhubarb and bay leaf migonette, oysters galore, and some a la carte favorites such as chicken-fried swordfish hemingway and yellowfin tuna frites, the perfect meal for a laid back Valentine’s Day date.

Reservations can be made via Resy, here, and walk-ins are available.

Little Dom’s | Los Feliz

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Los Angeles’ Italian food institution Little Dom’s with sweet treats by Pastry Chef Ann Kirk. including Valentine’s Zeppoles with chocolate sauce and her classic Valentine’s Sugar Cookies. Both are available for pick-up and as a sweet dessert during dine-in dinners.

Courtesy: Little Dom’s


MÍRATE | Los Feliz

Spend Valentine’s Day under an umbrella of twinkly lights intertwined between the vines of a large tree in Mírate’s open-air dining room. From Friday, February 9 – Saturday, February 17, the “Alta-California” Mexican restaurant is offering a pre-fixe dinner priced at $130 per couple. To begin, sip on an Aphrodisiac Tea Amuse-Bouche followed by a choice of Truffle and Artichoke Tostada or Kampachi Aguachile Tatemado.

Enjoy either a 6oz Beef Tenderloin Asada and Butter Poached Lobster Tail, Grilled ½ Chicken or Roasted Cauliflower with a side choice of Spicy Roasted Carrots or Tamarind Sweet Potatoes. To end the night, choose from Hoja Santa Meringue or Mezcal Flan Brulee. Specialty cocktails will also be available, including a cocktail served in a bowl for two.

Courtesy: Ardor

zinc@shade | Manhattan Beach

For those looking for a romantic, beach getaway, zinc@shade, located inside The Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach, is offering a Valentine’s Day menu from Wednesday, February 14 – Sunday, February 18. Couples can enjoy table-side magic by Joel Ward while enjoying White Arugula Citrus Salad & Ricotta Salata, Baked Lobster Tail and Kurobuta Pork Chop followed by Chocolate Covered Long Stem Strawberries for dessert.


Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge | Redondo Beach

Situated right on the water in Redondo Beach with views from Palos Verdes to Malibu, Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge at The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach is offering a handful of dinner specials for the picture-perfect Valentine’s Day dinner. From Wednesday, February 14 – Sunday, February 18 indulge in specials like Heirloom Beet Carpaccio, Surf and Turf, Strawberries and Cream Puff and Unclassic Red Velvet Cake along with specialty cocktails Between the Sheets, Love or Lust and Fallen Hard for You.


Ladyhawk | West Hollywood

This Valentine’s Day, Ladyhawk will be spreading the love by pouring complimentary samples of 2022 Rescue Rosé, rosé of Pinot Noir, Monterey, California in partnership with Rescue Rosé. Part of the proceeds of Los Angeles-based fashion stylist Nola Singer’s Rescue Rosé organization go to local 501 (c)3 non-profit animal charities (because what is better than blending animal rescue work with delectable California wines on Wine Wednesday?). In addition to lots of wine and animal love, guests can explore the restaurant’s exceptional Eastern Mediterranean dishes, drinks, and desserts.

Courtesy: Ladyhawk


La Venta Inn | Palos Verdes

On February 14, the iconic 100-year-old Spanish Villa situated atop of the Palos Verdes Hills is hosting a reservation-only dinner. Enjoy a sunset cocktail house and chef-curated three-course meal and wine pairing experience in La Venta Inn’s romantic dining rooms overlooking the sparkling Los Angeles skyline. Seatings at 5pm and 7pm.


Shade Hotel Redondo Beach | Redondo Beach

Surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with the ultimate romantic gesture – a Shade vacation! Shade Hotel Redondo Beach’s exclusive Valentine’s Day package incudes a bottle of Mumm Champagne and a $295 gift card ensuring an unforgettable escape.


Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach | Manhattan Beach

Book a romantic beach getaway for you and your special someone at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach. The Valentine’s package includes a bottle of Mumm Champagne and a $395 gift card.


A Romantic Assortment @ Iconic Beachside Oasis, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Coastal California Glamour and Sensational Sips at the Lobby Lounge

Exuding glamor and a chic but relaxed California coastal vibe where expertly mixed craft cocktails are the star of the show, the Lobby Lounge will be offering a three-course pre-fixed and a la carte menu including menu highlights such as Chicken & Truffle Agnolotti ($23), Salmon Wellington with Crab Ragout ($42), and Beef Striploin and Seared Scallop Surf & Turf ($58). For those exemplifying a more mindful and health-conscious approach to Valentine’s Day, guests can savor in their new free-spirited beverage menu. Reservations can be made via Resy.

Farm-to-Table Local Cuisine at FIG Restaurant 

Helmed by Executive Chef Damon Gordon, FIG Restaurant’s ultra-seasonal and locally sourced ingredient-driven menu is replete with heritage-inspired dishes, shareable plates, and tableside offerings this Valentine’s Day. In addition the normal dinner menu, seasonally-driven specials will also be offered including Slow-cooked Octopus ($32), New Zealand Wagyu Tenderloin with Truffled Sweet Potato ($62), and Chilled Beausoleil Oysters with Saltwater Foam and Caviar ($34). Reservations can be made via Resy.

Credit: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

‘Galentine’s Day’ Afternoon High Tea (Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11)

For those looking to celebrate their female friendships in style, the property will be offering four specialty ‘Galentine’s Day tea services on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 at 12:00pm and 3:00pm in the enchanting Library and Ocean Terrace. Guests will spend the afternoon sipping and swirling via the whimsical three-course menu, featuring an elegant spread of sumptuous scones, exquisite pastries, and finger sandwiches designed to pair with a vast selection of freshly brewed Lot 35 loose-leaf teas from Fairmont Miramar’s exclusive luxury tea collection, served on brand-new garden-inspired Bernardaud porcelain. Tickets ($95 pp) are required and can be purchased via Resy.

Credit: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows


L.A.’s Intimate 8-Seat Sushi Bar, Soko

Tucked inside the property lives some of the West Side’s best 8-seater sushi bar, Soko  ideal for an intimate sushi experience where you can revel in the freshest fish available in authentic preparations. Helmed by veteran Sushi Chef Masa Shimakawa, Soko is a tribute to the humble origins of sushi with SoCal sensibilities within a stunning luxury beachside locale, offering a one-of-a-kind personal and convivial atmosphere. The new Omakase Menu features a 6-course chef’s choice experience ($185) with $50 optional sake pairings including menu highlights such as Hime Sazae Conch and Ankimo Crème Brûlée and Chilled Maine Lobster Cocktail. Reservations can be made via Resy.

In Case You Missed It

Solento Tequila Celebrates with Portugal. The Man – February 2

Portugal. The Man celebrated with Solento Organic Tequila following their show at The Sound in Del Mar, CA on Friday night! Portugal. The Man helped decide on the flavor profile of Solento! The photo below illustrates how the celebration went, with the aftermath showcasing an empty bottle. Fun!

Credit: Solento Organic Tequila


Keep The New Year’s Resolutions Going Strong: Flow Into Strong with Alex Silver-Fagan at The Park Santa Monica – January 28

Alex Silver-Fagan, will be hosting a rooftop fitness session next Sunday 1/28 at 12PM at The Park Santa Monica. Tickets to attend the class are being sold for $10 HERE – all of which will be directly donated to No Kid Hungry.

Courtesy: The Park Santa Monica

Alex’s signature class, Flow Into Strong, harmoniously blends yoga, strength, and breathwork for yogis and non-yogis alike – helping bridge the gap between mind, body and spirit. As an opportunity to slow down and practice mindfulness, enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean atop The Park’s unparalleled rooftop fitness space.

When: Sunday, January 28th, 2024
Time: Class begins promptly at 12:00PM **Please bring your own yoga mat
Where: The Park Santa Monica | 500 Broadway, Santa Monica CA, 90401
Link to Purchase Tickets:

Fogo de Chão Woodland Hills Announces New Menu

Fogo de Chão Woodland Hills Announces New Menu

For many, a new year means New Year’s resolutions and a renewed interest in health and wellness. Add budgeting to the mix and it’s a whole new slate, but the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the latest from Fogo de Chão, Woodland Hills.

Courtesy: Fogo de Chão

If you’re looking to customize your dining experience to fit a new health-centric lifestyle, Fogo de Chão invites you to discover its Select Cuts menu offering in Woodland Hills – at just $37! It’s the perfect match, especially heading into Valentine’s Day and Carnival season, which Fogo is known for celebrating with their own special offerings.

The Select Cuts menu provides guests with their choice of a preferred, fire-roasted protein carved tableside including prized favorites like Picanha, Fraldinha, and Bisteca de Porco (Double Chop Pork Chop), paired with the nutrient-dense Market Table featuring seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, charcuterie and more, and Brazilian side dishes. 

Make reservations soon to take advantage of this opportunity, and also to beat everyone else as Fogo de Chão Woodland Hills gets filled up quickly!

Herschel Supply Collaborates with Tuff Gong, Launches Limited Collection

Herschel Supply Collaborates with Tuff Gong, Launches Limited Collection

There’s a hot new biopic on the way, and just in time, a new collection from Herschel Supply has launched ahead of its release.

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Herschel Supply has partnered with Tuff Gong, the Kingston recording studio Bob Marley founded in 1970 – known as the home of reggae where he produced his greatest works – to release a limited new collection. The new Tuff Gong x Herschel Supply collection has been crafted to capture the essence of Marley’s creative spirit and cultural impact with designs and prints in tote bags, headwear, and more.

All products from the collection will be available ahead of the release of the biopic, “Bob Marley: One Love” on February 14, 2024. Through this collection, Herschel comes together with Tuff Gong, reflecting on Marley’s voice, messaging, and music as the “soundtrack of our brand,” while paying homage to the singer and songwriter. The designs of the bags and totes in the new collection are immediately classic with their retro-modern styles and earthy color ways with subtle details. The apparel offerings pay tribute to Bob Marley, featuring the iconic images of 6 of the legend’s album covers.

The Collection starts at $35 and goes to $100 and is available online at Learn more about the collection, here.

About Tuff Gong

In 1970, Bob Marley founded Tuff Gong Records, previously headquartered at 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica, now home of the iconic Bob Marley Museum. Bob had purchased the property with his wife, Rita, in 1974 and operated Tuff Gong here until his transition in 1981. In 1986, Rita Marley established the museum at the Hope Road location, having moved Tuff Gong to 220 Marcus Garvey Drive in Downtown Kingston.

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Today, Tuff Gong International continues to sign world-renowned recording artists. Its current headquarters location is also home to Tuff Gong Studios, one of the most celebrated recording studios in the world, and the only vinyl pressing plant in the Caribbean.

Bob Marley earned the nickname “Tuff Gong” for his fierceness, tenacity, and innate leadership qualities. It is also a nod to the early Rastafarian leader Leonard “Gong” Howell.