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.

Valentine for free

Valentine for free

The great thing about living in Southern California is that we have detours in every which way—to the north: Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Ventura. To the south, we encounter Long Beach, San Diego, and Laguna Beach. And to the east: Lake Arrowhead and Crestline. Let’s not forget Idylwild and Palm Springs. All can be reached by car or train within hours. Ok, Big Sur might take half a day.

  1. Santa Barbara: The American Riviera (https://santabarbaraca.com/)

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara exudes a Mediterranean charm that makes it an ideal romantic escape. Take a leisurely stroll along the historic State Street, explore the picturesque wineries in the nearby Santa Ynez Valley, and enjoy a sunset cruise along the coast. The city’s beautiful Spanish architecture, combined with its vibrant culinary scene, creates a perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day.

  1. Big Sur: Coastal Romance (https://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/)

For couples who appreciate the rugged beauty of the Pacific coastline, Big Sur is a dream destination. The breathtaking views of the cliffs meeting the ocean provide an awe-inspiring setting. Explore the hiking trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, unwind in hot springs, and share a candlelit dinner at one of the area’s renowned restaurants. Big Sur’s natural beauty and serenity make it an ideal spot for a romantic retreat.

  1. San Diego: Beachside Bliss (https://www.sandiego.gov/)

San Diego offers a diverse range of romantic experiences, from its pristine beaches to its vibrant urban atmosphere. Take a sunset stroll along La Jolla Cove, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, or enjoy a romantic gondola ride in Coronado. With its pleasant weather, San Diego provides the perfect backdrop for a Valentine’s Day filled with sun, sand, and love.

  1. Lake Arrowhead: Mountain Retreat (https://www.visitcalifornia.com/places-to-visit/lake-arrowhead/)

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by heading to the serene mountain town of Lake Arrowhead. Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest, this alpine retreat offers cozy cabins, charming bed and breakfasts, and scenic lakeside views. Enjoy a romantic boat ride on Lake Arrowhead, go hiking in the surrounding mountains, and cozy up by the fireplace in the evening.

  1. Laguna Beach: Artistic Romance (https://www.visitlagunabeach.com/)

Known for its artistic community and stunning coastal scenery, Laguna Beach is a romantic haven for couples seeking a blend of culture and relaxation. Explore the town’s art galleries, enjoy a beachfront picnic, and catch a breathtaking sunset at the iconic Crescent Bay Point Park. The intimate atmosphere and artistic vibes make Laguna Beach an ideal Valentine’s Day destination.

 

High Rise Art?

High Rise Art?

In 2011, MOCA presented a show called “Art in the Streets”, it was the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art. It was controversial and provoked an academic debate about the nature of graffiti. Today, one need only look up—downtown, South Park, for the moment, home to nearly 27 floors of typographical messages commonly known as graffiti. Derived from the Italian word graffio(“scratch”), graffiti (“incised inscriptions,” plural but often used as singular) has a long history. The graffiti seen here may be short lived as the the Los Angeles City Council.The buildings are part of the Oceanwide Plaza which was meant to be a $1 billion real estate project in downtown L.A., but it’s been empty since 2019. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Summer Lin and Robert Gauthier, the plan was to build three neighboring towers that would serve as luxury condominiums and apartments alongside hotel and retail space. However, construction stopped when the Beijing-based developer backing the project ran out of funds.The abandoned buildings have been an eyesore for locals, and currently the cause of great debate about just what graffiti is. The building looks like an electrical panel with dull cement gray exteriors that have sat for five years, and at some point provided an opportunity for local graffiti artists to decorate the building. Currently, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to invoke the owners to clean up the “mess” of they will and send a bill.

Graffiti can be found throughout the city, from the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the neighborhoods of East LA. Here are some key points about graffiti in Los Angeles:

  1. Historical Roots: Graffiti has a long history in Los Angeles, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s when it emerged as a form of expression among marginalized communities. The city played a significant role in the development of graffiti as an art form.
  2. Legal and Illegal Graffiti: While some graffiti is illegal and considered vandalism, there are designated areas and public spaces where street art is legal and even encouraged. The city has a complex relationship with graffiti, acknowledging its artistic value in certain contexts while also enforcing laws against illegal tagging.
  3. Venice Beach Walls: Venice Beach is known for its legal graffiti walls, where artists can freely express themselves without fear of legal repercussions. These walls attract both local and international graffiti artists, contributing to the vibrant street art culture of the city.
  4. Murals and Street Art Festivals: Los Angeles hosts various street art festivals and mural projects that bring together artists to create large-scale public artworks. The city has numerous murals that showcase a wide range of styles and themes, often reflecting the cultural diversity of the area.
  5. Melrose Avenue: Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood is famous for its street art scene. The walls of buildings along this iconic street often feature colorful murals and graffiti pieces, creating an outdoor gallery that reflects the trendy and artistic atmosphere of the neighborhood.
  6. Downtown Arts District: The Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is another hotspot for street art and graffiti. Former industrial buildings and warehouses in this area have been transformed into galleries and studios, attracting artists who contribute to the urban art landscape.
  7. Political and Social Commentary: Graffiti in Los Angeles often serves as a platform for political and social commentary. Artists use their work to address issues such as gentrification, inequality, and cultural identity, providing a visual voice for marginalized communities.

It’s important to note that opinions on graffiti vary, and while some view it as a form of artistic expression, others see it as a form of vandalism. The city’s approach to graffiti continues to evolve, with efforts to balance artistic freedom with the need to maintain public spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

Grammy Winners

Grammy Winners

Let’s review: The Grammys took place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Despite heavy rainfall, the event started on time and proceeded at an accelerated pace. Hosted by Trevor Noah (more of him, please), there were highlights. Luke Combs duet with Tracy Chapman, singing “Fast Car,” was an homage to the power of music and the longevity of song. There was a glee in this audience as they spent much of the evening in standing ovations. And it was well deserved. There were moments of historic poignancy as legendary artist Joni Mitchell took to the Grammy stage for the first time in her career and delivered an emotional “Both Sides Now” in a cane-tapping low voice that boarded on a narrative. Later, an appearance from Celine Dion added to an evening of surprises. On the WTF side, an acceptance speech from Jay-Z seems to conjure a lyric from Joni Mitchell, “sour grapes,” as he scolded the Academy for not handing his wife, Beyonce, the album of the year. The Memorium was a hot mess with segments from Fantasia Barrino, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, and Jon Batiste; it was fragmented and oddly lacked continuity. But overall, it was a fun night of music, seeing different generations mix and mingle in the tower of songs.

Album of the Year

  • “Midnights,” Taylor Swift

Record of the Year

  • “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus

Song of the Year

  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best New Artist

  • Victoria Monét

Best R&B Song

  • “Snooze,” Kenny B. Edmonds, Blair Ferguson, Khris

Riddick-Tynes, Solána Rowe and Leon Thomas, songwriters (SZA)

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • “Midnights,” Taylor Swift

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Jack Antonoff

Best Folk Album

  • “Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live),” Joni Mitchell

Best Audiobook, Narration and Storytelling Recording

  • “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” Michelle Obama

Best Rock Song

  • “Not Strong Enough,” Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, songwriters (boygenius)

Best Rock Performance

  • “Not Strong Enough,” boygenius

Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Theron Thomas

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Ghost in the Machine,” SZA featuring Phoebe Bridgers

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

  • “Rumble,” Skrillex, Fred again.. and Flowdan

Best Pop Dance Recording

  • “Padam Padam,” Kylie Minogue

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

  • “Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022),” Fred again..

Best Metal Performance

  • “72 Seasons,” Metallica

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Good Morning,” PJ Morton featuring Susan Carol

Best R&B Performance

  • “ICU,” Coco Jones

Best R&B Album

  • “Jaguar II,” Victoria Monét

Best Progressive R&B Album

  • “SOS,” SZA

Best Rap Performance

  • “Scientists & Engineers,” Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • “All My Life,” Lil Durk featuring J. Cole

Best Rap Song

  • “Scientists & Engineers,” André Benjamin, Paul Beauregard, James Blake, Michael Render, Tim Moore and Dion Wilson, songwriters (Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane)

Best Rap Album

  • “Michael,” Killer Mike

Best Jazz Performance

  • “Tight,” Samara Joy

Best Jazz Vocal Album

“How Love Begins,” Nicole Zuraitis

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“The Winds of Change,” Billy Childs

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“The Winds of Change,” Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Basie Swings the Blues,” The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart

Best Latin Jazz Album

“El Arte Del Bolero Vol. 2,” Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo

Best Alternative Jazz Album

  • “The Omnichord Real Book,” Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Spoken Word Poetry Album

  • “The Light Inside,” J. Ivy

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • “Bewitched,” Laufey

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • “As We Speak,” Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, featuring Rakesh Chaurasia

Best Musical Theater Album

  • “Some Like It Hot,” Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks and NaTasha Yvette Williams, principal vocalists; Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Bryan Carter, Scott M. Riesett, Charlie Rosen and Marc Shaiman, producers; Scott Wittman, lyricist; Marc Shaiman, composer and lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “White Horse,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “I Remember Everything,” Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Song

  • “White Horse,” Chris Stapleton and Dan Wilson, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album

  • “Bell Bottom Country,” Lainey Wilson

Best American Roots Performance

  • “Eve Was Black,” Allison Russell

Best Americana Performance

  • “Dear Insecurity,” Brandy Clark featuring Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song

  • “Cast Iron Skillet,” Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)

Best Americana Album

  • “Weathervanes,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Traditional Blues Album

  • “All My Love for You,” Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • “Blood Harmony,” Larkin Poe

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • “All Things,” Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “Your Power,” Lecrae and Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Best Gospel Album

  • “All Things New: Live in Orlando,” Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • “Church Clothes 4,” Lecrae

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • “Echoes of the South,” Blind Boys of Alabama

Best Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano)

  • “Génesis,” Peso Pluma

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • “Siembra: 45° Aniversario (En Vivo en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico, 14 de Mayo 2022),” Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado and Orquesta

Best Global Music Performance

  • “Pashto,” Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain featuring Rakesh Chaurasia

Best African Music Performance

  • “Water,” Tyla

Best Global Music Album

  • “This Moment,” Shakti

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • “Barbie: The Album” (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Includes Film and Television)

  • “Oppenheimer,” Ludwig Göransson, composer

Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media

  • “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” Stephen Barton and Gordy Haab, composers

Best Song Written for Visual Media

  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie: The Album,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best Music Video

  • “I’m Only Sleeping” (The Beatles), Em Cooper, video director; Jonathan Clyde, Sophie Hilton, Sue Loughlin and Laura Thomas, video producers

Best Music Film

  • “Moonage Daydream” (David Bowie), Brett Morgen, video director; Brett Morgen, video producer

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • “Jaguar II,” John Kercy, Kyle Mann, Victoria Monét, Patrizio “Teezio” Pigliapoco, Neal H Pogue and Todd Robinson, engineers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer (Victoria Monét)

Best Remixed Recording

  • “Wagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix),” Wet Leg, remixers (Depeche Mode)

Best Immersive Audio Album

  • “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” George Massenburg and Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Alicia Keys and Ann Mincieli, immersive producers (Alicia Keys)
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.

HD Buttercup is back!

HD Buttercup is back!

Celebrating 20 years of design excellence, HD Buttercup makes a triumphant return as they unveil the newly renovated HD Buttercup Design Center.

This 100,000-square-foot space, situated in the iconic Helms Bakery, has undergone a complete transformation.

The newly unveiled Design Center offers flexible shop-in-shop spaces tailored to renowned
brands in its expansive layout. Featuring the flagship store of Coco Republic, the inaugural
location of Fred Segal Home, Timothy Oulton’s newly reimagined space, Icon By Design’s debut
store from Australia, and Vondom, a high-end outdoor furniture company hailing from Spain.
Noteworthy additions also include a newly designed bedding department, consisting of luxury
lines such as Matouk, Coyuchi, John Robshaw, Pom Pom at Home; establishing it as Los Angeles’
premier bed linens destination. The HD Buttercup Design Center will also feature a curated
5,000-square-foot space dedicated to rugs.
Anchoring the HD Buttercup Design Center will be the 27,000-square-foot Coco Republic
flagship. Coco Republic, a design-led lifestyle brand established in Australia in 1979, brings a
sophisticated attention to detail and a timeless aesthetic to the forefront. Inspired by global
design and architecture, Coco Republic is committed to bringing design to life worldwide. The
Culver City flagship embodies Coco Republic’s vision, fostering inspiring, memorable, and
functional spaces.
HD Buttercup Design Center promises a dynamic and ever-evolving experience for design
enthusiasts. Products and partners will continue to expand over time. Monthly activations,
including art galleries, speaker series, and rotating pop-ups will keep the shopping experience
lively and compelling.

HD Buttercup Design Center
3225 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
P/ 213.223.9800

https://hdbuttercup.com/

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 sales@hotelfigueroa.com.

 

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 LastCrumb.com 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!

NEW: JINYA Ramen

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!

 

Ardor

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

Meteora

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunset-yoga-with-alex-silver-fagan-at-the-park-santa-monica-tickets-797026576947?aff=oddtdtcreator

Idyllwild Arts Partners With Pioneering UK-Based Theater Company Stan’s Café to Deliver Thought-Provoking Performance Art

Idyllwild Arts Partners With Pioneering UK-Based Theater Company Stan’s Café to Deliver Thought-Provoking Performance Art

Idyllwild Arts Partners With Pioneering UK-Based Theater Company Stan’s Café to Deliver Thought-Provoking Performance Art

Free Reception February 9 a Highlight of Exhibitition Running February 6-14

 

The InterArts Department at Idyllwild Arts is pleased to present a special collaboration between

its students and UK-based interactive theater company, Stan’s Cafe.  Of All The People in All The

World is an internationally-acclaimed performance installation that turns abstract human

population statistics into emotionally gripping stories using grains of rice. The public is invited

to view Idyllwild Arts’ iteration Of All The People in All The World at a celebratory reception on

Friday, February 9 from 6 to 7.30 pm, featuring InterArts students and Stan’s Café founders,

James Yarker and Graeme Rose. The free event takes place at the Parks Exhibition Gallery

located on Idyllwild Arts’ stunning campus (52500 Temecula Road #38, Idyllwild, CA). The

unique exhibition will also run from February 6 through 14, 2024.

 

Of All The People In All The World has toured the world since its inception in 2003, landing at

top international venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the World

Financial Center in New York, adapting to the times and contexts in which it is found. 

 

President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, Pamela Jordan sais, “We are thrilled to welcome

Stan’s Café to the Idyllwild Arts campus because this collaboration reflects many synergies

between both organizations where the spirit of a Citizen Artist is the focus. This unique

opportunity bolsters our ability to foster creative, innovative, curious, globally minded problem

solvers. I have no doubt that our students will be enriched and inspired by this experience and

Stan’s Café will be inspired by our talented, young artists and mountaintop village.”

 

The rice is carefully measured to represent human population statistics. These statistics are

drawn from the most reputable sources available. Each grain of rice equals one person and over

a period of days, a team of performers carefully weigh out quantities of rice to represent a host

of human statistics. These statistics are arranged in labeled piles, creating an ever-changing

landscape of rice. Their juxtapositions can be moving, shocking, celebratory, witty and

thought-provoking. That’s it. This installation is that simple—and that elegantly complex.

 

Since its debut, Of All The People In All The World has used this deceptively straightforward

concept to communicate statistics that are otherwise difficult if not impossible to grasp. After

the performance the rice will be donated to charities and recycled.

 

Established in 1991 and based in Birmingham UK, Stan’s Cafe is a group of artists from a variety

of disciplines, but mostly theater makers, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker.

The company consists of an evolving team of long-term collaborators and associated artists,

and the lineup changes according to the project being worked upon.

 

Artistic Director of Stan’s Café, James Yarker said, “We can’t wait to collaborate with the young

creatives at Idyllwild Arts Academy. The students will share with us their vision of the world, we

will teach them how our show works, and together we will research and make a wonderful new

version of Of All The People In All The World.”

 

        For more information, visit: https://www.idyllwildartsgallery.org/of-all-the-people-in-all-the-world



When Happily Ever After Fails

When Happily Ever After Fails

“When Happily Ever After Fails” – a debut rom-com by Courtney Deane

San Diego, California – For anyone who has ever felt “dead-ended” in life, work, and love, Courtney Deane has penned a delightfully funny debut rom-com that proves all tragedies can be rewritten, and happiness can bloom where you least expect it: “When Happily Ever After Fails” (SparkPress, April 9, 2023).

About the novel: Abigail Gardner’s life is circling the drain. Her parents are dead, her “like a brother” BFF is in love with her, and her career as an art teacher has been squashed by an unfortunate viral incident involving sophomores and Spanx. But just as that whirlpool feels poised to suck her under, she’s granted a second chance: she lands a teaching job at Excelsior Primm, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious preparatory academies. Only problem is, instead of teaching art she’ll be stuck teaching her least favorite subject — literature — and her least favorite theme: tragedy.

Tired of being stuck in her own tragic tale, Abigail starts rewriting every sad ending she can get her hands on, in and out of the classroom. To her surprise, her life soon begins to resemble the fairy tales she adores—great job, hot guy, a career gaining recognition. But when an unexpected plot twist threatens to derail her happy ending, Abigail starts to realize why these outcomes are so hard to come by.

COURTNEY DEANE has been a writer and pursuer of happily-ever-afters since she can remember. As a full-time freelance writer, her days are spent working for print, digital, and broadcast entities, as well as for a variety of PR and marketing clients.

She continues her craft by dedicating some space each day to work on her fiction books. After both of her parents died, Deane worked to turn those tragedies into something beautiful—an effort that inspired her debut novel, When Happily Ever After Fails.

She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and sociology from UC Irvine and a master’s in journalism from USC. Deane lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog—her very own happily-ever-after. Visit her website to sign up for a newsletter, or find out about book store appearances and more  http://www.courtneydeane.com/.

“An entertaining read that will keep you turning pages. The reader is taken on a ride with Abigail as she grows into herself and finds her voice. Deane makes it easy to root for Abigail along with the other quirky characters who have distinct and interesting personalities. When Happily Ever After Fails is a fun debut.”

— Leslie A. Rasmussen, award-winning author of “After Happily Ever After” and “The Stories We Cannot Tell”

“Courtney Deane offers up a radiant debut in When Happily Ever After Fails. Whip-smart and relatable, Abigail’s search for her own happy ending will have you on the edge of your pool chair. An absolute must read this Spring!”
– Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of “Forever Hold Your Peace”

Interview with Courtney Deane

First, can you briefly introduce us to the characters we meet in “When Happily Ever After Fails?”

Of course! We’ve got Abigail, the lovable, fallible protagonist who is dead set on righting (and writing) wrongs and ensuring everyone gets a positive outcome. You’ve got to love her for it. She tries!

Then there’s Quinn, the not-as-lovable, but-we-love-him-because-he-loves-her BFF who is Abigail’s No. 1 fan. Yes, he’s head over heels for her and just waiting for the day when she realizes it, too.

And no one could forget about Mathilda. She’s our “tell it like it is” North Star, who doesn’t mince words. She’s got advice for everyone but herself! Abigail’s second BFF is funny and factual with the right amount of spunk.

Lastly, we have Nate. Abigail can’t figure out if this fellow teacher is initially a friend or foe, but his presence and advice is solid enough for her to keep him around and find out.

Why did you choose your title? What happens “when happily ever after fails?”

Honestly, I took the inspiration from a Don Henley song I’ve always loved, “The End of the Innocence.” This song always reminded me of my family’s situation, particularly the line “let me take a long last look before we say goodbye.” Part of the song’s chorus is “But happily ever after fails.” I don’t love the “but,” because HEA doesn’t always fail permanently; it just changes. It morphs – as do our expectations of life – as we collect different experiences and encounter various situations. So, our notion of happily ever after will likely fail and falter at some point (thus, the “when”), but we can recover, pick ourselves back up and continue working toward a modified version of whatever “happily ever after” is for us.

Fun sidenote: There’s a few Easter egg references to this inspo in the book!

You started writing this book after your mom passed away. How did the writing process impact your grief process, and vice versa? And how did both evolve as time went on?

I would love to slap an Abigail-style happy ending on this and say writing the book allowed me to work through the grief process and – wow – I’m GREAT now! It wouldn’t be true. I think it was a nice thought and an admirable effort to try to get some resolution on these two pivotal deaths through writing.

While I didn’t necessarily get the “resolution” I was looking for, writing this novel DID help me express some of my thoughts and feelings on the grief process, my parents’ loss and how many well-meaning individuals can actually make the situation worse. I very much hope that comes through in the book.

This might not be the answer anyone’s looking for, but what truly helped me move on from these deaths and this situation was having a family of my own. I don’t say that in an advice-driven, “go out and find you a man and have a baby” way, but chasing my dream and my happily ever after of starting my own family did make a huge impact. Suddenly, phrases like “mom” and “dad” weren’t dirty words anymore. And they were words that were back in my vocabulary. You have no idea how foreign those phrases seemed for a very long time!

Now, having a child certainly brings up my parents in different ways, especially where grandparents are concerned, so this issue isn’t entirely put to bed, but THAT is what has truly brought me closure.

What did you enjoy most about writing “When Happily Ever After Fails”? What did you find the most challenging?

I loved most everything about it! This was so much fun. I loved developing the characters and losing myself in their world. As I wrote, I would find that I wasn’t sitting on my mom’s former bed with my laptop, but was IN Abigail’s apartment as her and Quinn blasted the Beatles, etc.

This being my first foray into fiction, I found the opening to be the most challenging. I wrote and rewrote and consulted, then rewrote again and again. I’m very happy with the final result, but, man, did we go through a lot of changes! I learned a ton about the book-writing process, and have made sure this next book has the opening it deserves from the get go!

Rom-coms have always been wildly popular. What are you bringing to this genre as a writer?

I’d like to think I’m bringing a fresh spin – though I’m sure every author would like to think that! I appreciate that tropes and formulas exist for a reason, but I’m not a fan of predictability or sticking to “what works.” Yes, this is a rom-com and some of the expected elements are there, but I believe this book has a modern, unique take on these traditions. Because, as we know, happily ever after IS possible…but it may look different than you pictured! 😉

Do you see yourself in any of the characters?

It would be weird if I didn’t say Abigail, right? LOL. There are certainly elements of myself in Abigail, though we are two VERY different people. Like Abigail, my father died of ALS and my mother kind of didn’t recover after his death and failed to take care of herself, which was ultimately her demise. Many (okay, all) of Abigail’s thoughts and perspectives on the subjects of death and parents are from my own experience, but the way she processes them is different from my own.

In thinking about this, though, I guess I kind of did what Abigail did in that I went out and wrote a book hoping that would give this situation a “happily ever after.” That’s not all that different from Abigail changing a play’s ending in the hopes of dodging tragedy for herself and her class. Interesting…

What is your favorite romance movie of all time, and why?

I’m kind of an irreverent person (if we’re not laughing, what’s the point?), so I lean toward the love stories that have some heart AND humor. On that note, you can’t beat “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Always Be My Maybe,” and “Chasing Amy.”

Stories that tug at you and make you feel the longing really resonate with me as well. With that in mind, I love “The Notebook” and the “Before” trilogy (Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight).

Finally, you have to hand it to “Love Actually” for capturing so many different types of loves – and bonus points that not every plot has a happy ending!

What do you hope readers take away from “When Happily Ever After Fails?”

Two things.

One, I hope it gives them a glimpse into what grief and survival can look like for someone who has seemingly “lost it all” (or, at least, a BIG part of who they were and how we identify – our families).

Two, I really wrote this book for anyone who’s ever felt alone in a crowded room. Your grief, feelings, and circumstances don’t have to reflect mine to understand what it’s like to feel marooned on an island where no one else is around and help doesn’t seem like it can be found. Please, please know that THESE are the people I wrote this book for.

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Welcome to the New Year

Welcome to the New Year

First the News: The sudden  departure of Sweet Lady Jane —  and the the venerable IHOP in West Hollywood has stirred unease as the year begins. Lady Jane closed all six locations (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Encino, West Hollywood, and San Fernando) on December 31, 2023, following 35 years of business. IHOP, the place for pancakes, has been in operation since the early 1970s. Located within reach of Barney’s Beanery, the IHOP was said to be impacted by a future neighbor, the Holloway Interim Housing Facility. It should noted that both are in West Hollywood and the City Council recently voted toincrease to the minimum wage to $19.08 an hour— the highest in the country. But let us not dwell on bad politics, let us take a look at the finer things of living in the Southern California area:

 

The Weather: In January, Southern California typically experiences mild and cool weather, although temperatures can vary depending on the specific location within the region.

Here are some general expectations:

  1. Temperature: Coastal areas, such as Los Angeles and San Diego, tend to have daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to low 70s Fahrenheit (12-23°C). Inland areas may experience slightly cooler temperatures, especially during the evenings and early mornings.

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  3. Rainfall: January is considered part of Southern California’s rainy season, but overall precipitation tends to be lower than in the winter months in other parts of the country. Coastal areas might receive occasional light rain, while mountainous regions could see some snowfall. But, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System region began Water Year 2023 100% in drought and ended with less than 1% of the region in drought. Water your lawn!

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  5. Sunshine: Southern California is known for its sunny weather, and January is no exception. Despite occasional rain, you can still expect a good amount of sunshine, making it a pleasant time to explore the region. Don’t forget the sunblock and sunglasses.

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  7. Santa Ana Winds: Southern California is occasionally affected by Santa Ana winds, which are warm, dry winds that can lead to increased fire danger. While these winds are more common in the fall, they can still occur in January, so residents should be aware of fire weather conditions. The winds have also been written about—here is passage from Joan Didion:

    “There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. What it means is that tonight a Santa Ana will begin to blow, a hot wind from the northeast whining down through the Cajon and San Gorgonio Passes, blowing up sand storms out along Route 66, drying the hills and the nerves to flash point. For a few days now we will see smoke back in the canyons, and hear sirens in the night.”

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  9. Snow in Mountains: Higher elevations, such as the mountains surrounding the region, may experience snowfall. Popular mountain destinations like Big Bear Lake and Mount Baldy can be covered in snow during this time, making them attractive for winter sports enthusiasts.

It’s important to note that weather conditions can vary from year to year, and anomalies are always possible. Therefore, it’s advisable to check local weather forecasts closer to your intended visit for more accurate and up-to-date information.

SoCal Holiday Events To Catch This December

SoCal Holiday Events To Catch This December

Southern California always has something going on throughout the year, but if you’re looking for a focus on the holiday season, look no further. Here’s everything taking place this December and early January to help you celebrate the holiday season. From music to bowling, some of these are too good to miss!

 

But First, Be Responsible & Take in Holiday Lights with Alto

In the spirit of making memories without compromising safety, consider Alto as your luxurious designated driver for the night. This New Year’s Eve, enjoy a night of celebration without the worry of driving under the influence to or from your destination with background-checked drivers. Every Alto vehicle is B.Y.O.B so you don’t have to worry about ditching the red solo cup before hopping in your ride.

In addition, the elevated rideshare service is celebrating the season with the coziest holiday light tour you can book! See the best lights in your city from the back of your Alto on a 90 minute tour curated by the Alto team. From Sunday 12/10 – Thursday 12/21, between a 6pm and 8pm slot each night, take in the decorations in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Venice Canals.  Riders will be picked up at Brentwood Country Mart, and can purchase a ride on shop-alto.com at least 24 hours in advance

There are even some special surprises in store, where riders may receive 2-4 Alto tumblers for a holiday cheers and BYOB for the ride, and can expect a Holiday playlist for the ride!

Alto offers a fleet of modern, stylish, and spacious vehicles, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable ride every time. Sit back, relax, and let their drivers take care of everything while you indulge in a comfortable, luxurious and stress-free journey.

Experience Santa Monica Proper Hotel’s Reimagined Afternoon Tea

A beloved culinary tradition around the world, Santa Monica Proper Hotel is reimagining afternoon tea through a seasonal California lens and sensibility. Located at Palma Lounge (Santa Monica Proper, 700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401), an all-day enclave for craft cocktails and eclectic bites.

The intimate, inspiring Kelly Wearstler-designed first-floor lounge is wrapped with windows and original art, with thoughtfully designed enclaves throughout. Proper Tea serves fresh takes on the classics with local and organic farm-fresh ingredients to linger over.

Palma’s Afternoon Tea Reimagined features and amuse bouche and several courses, served with a glass of Veuve Clicquot or N/A cocktail, and tea selection, priced at $95 per guests. Officially launched December 15, 2023, this offer is available Friday-Sunday, 2 -4 p.m.

 Highlights of the new menu include:

  • Beetroot Tartlet with Herbs de Provence Goat Cheese and Pistachio Powder
  • Persian Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herbed Cream Cheese and Pink Peppercorn Aioli on Brioche
  • Drake’s Farm Aged Goat Cheese & Chive Scone with Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd & Seasonal Farmer’s Market Jam
  • Valrhona Chocolate Profiterole

 For reservations, please visit https://www.properhotel.com/santa-monica/ or https://www.opentable.com/r/palma-santa-monica.

 

Experience the Best of Chef Nate McCoy on Christmas Eve & Party for the New Year at The Viv Hotel

Top of the V Invites Guests to Celebrate Christmas Eve with a Three-Course Spanish-Inspired Holiday Dinner
Bring family and friends to celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner at The Viv Hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Top of the V, on Sunday, December 24. Guests can indulge in an exclusive three-course pre-fixe menu at $95 per person, expertly curated by Southern California’s very own Chef Nate McCoy!
Featured menu items include Spanish-inspired dishes such as Lamb Shank Croquetas, Black Trumpet Bomba Rice, Jamon Wrapped Monkfish and Burnt Basque Cheesecake, among other mouth-watering selections. Wine pairing options are available for an additional cost.
View the full menu, and reserve a table for a one-of-a-kind dining experience with unmatched SoCal sunset views.
WHEN:       
Sunday, December 24, 2023
Time, upon reservation availability.
WHERE:
Top of the V
1601 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
The Viv Hotel’s Spanish-Inspired Rooftop Restaurant, Top of the V, to host New Year’s Eve Celebration

If you’d rather have an outing for a different occasion, you can ring in 2024 at The Viv Hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Top of the V, on Sunday, December 31, from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Voted as Readers’ Choice “Best Rooftop in Orange County” by Riviera Magazine, Top of the V’s New Year’s Eve celebration will feature the iconic SoCal sunset views and twinkling city lights as the midnight countdown begins.

Guests 21+ can purchase tickets for $300 per person and will enjoy:
  • Passed hors d’oeuvres including:
  • Jamon Serrano Croquetas
  • Charred Octopus
  • Caviar
  • Food stations offering Spanish-inspired dishes expertly crafted by Chef Nate McCoy, including:
  • Patatas Bravas
  • Saffron Bomba Rice
  • Spanish-style charcuterie spread
  • Moet & Chandon toast at midnight
  • Open bar (limited selections)
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Live DJ music by @DJRhino562
WHEN:       
Sunday, December 31, 2023 – January 1, 2024
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
WHERE:
Top of the V
1601 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
About Chef Nate McCoy
Chef Nate McCoy is one of Anaheim’s leading chefs with over 13 years of experience in the restaurant business. He is the newly appointed Executive Chef at Top of the V, an upscale rooftop restaurant at The Viv Hotel. Chef Nate has been deeply involved with Top of the V for the past three years and was excited to be promoted to Executive Chef as he continues to serve authentic Spanish cuisine.

Chef Nate credits his passion for modernist cuisine to Chefs Steven Rojas and Edgar Beas. He attributes his ability to excel within the field to other renowned chefs he has worked with, such as 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.

For more information about Top of the V or The Viv Hotel, visit TopofTheViv.com and follow them on Instagram: @TopofTheViv
For more information about The Viv Hotel, visit TheVivHotelAnaheim.com and follow them on Instagram: @TheVivHotel

 

 

Celebrate Big with Westfield Century City & Westfield Topanga

Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga are no strangers to celebration! In fact, this December they are kicking off exciting festivities happening this season – from snowfall and photos with Santa, to ugly sweaters! Check out the list below for upcoming winter magic at Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga:

  • Ornament Making (Westfield Topanga) – Tis the season to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at Topanga Social! Get your creative juices flowing and make beautiful ornaments to decorate your home or give as gifts.

  • Weekend Brunch With Santa at Pinstripes (Westfield Topanga; Ends 12/17) – Indulge in the magic of the season at Pinstripes Santa Brunch, available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 3pm. Elevate your brunch experience with a delicious buffet of brunch favorites, capture unforgettable memories with photos of Santa and loved ones, and enjoy a surprise gift at every table!

  • Live Performances and Snowfall (11/24-12/24) (Westfield Century City) – You don’t need to trek to Big Bear to see snow this year – Westfield Century City has you covered with magical moments of snowfall right here in LA! Plus, enjoy a variety of live performances in the heart of the Holiday Village.

  • Photos With Santa (Westfield Topanga) – Don’t be shy – break out your ugliest sweater for a pic with Saint Nick! Every Thursday from 11/30–12/21, Westfield Topanga invites you to put on your most heinous sweater and pay a visit to Santa Claus. If you’re looking for nostalgia, it doesn’t get better than this!

  • Grinch Pop-Up (Now – 12/26) (Westfield Century City) – Get an immersive Grinch experience full of festive activities – write letters to The Grinch and his beloved furry companion Max, indulge in ‘Grinchy’ treats such as green cotton candy and matcha, and partake in must-have merch giveaways, engaging themed activities, and more!

  • Blitzen’s Bar  (11/24-12/26) (Westfield Century City) – Get cozy in a cabana and sip under the snow at Blitzen’s Bar, a festive pop-up oasis.

  • Holiday Market (11/24-12/26) (Westfield Century City) – Explore curated gift shops, snack on holiday treats & enjoy photo opps at the Holiday Market.

  • The Academy Museum – Film collectibles and products supporting the Academy Museum’s programming, exhibitions, access, and educational initiatives.
  • Luna Lili Jewelry – Handmade precious gemstone jewelry
  • Holy Moly Gifts – Giftable stationery and stocking stuffers
  • B Sweet – Hot bread pudding, cheesecakes and more

 

Feast At Topanga Social

Topanga Social has just launched its special lunch program: “Lunch Crunch” weekdays from 11 – 4, guests will be able to order special lunch combos from LA’s finest eateries for only $15.00! 

From Mondays to Fridays 11 p.m. – 4 p.m, Topanga Social visitors will be able order lunch combos from some of LA’s finest culinary destinations including Mini Kabob (a Chicken Thigh Plate, plus a drink), DTown Pizzeria (1946 Cheese Pizza, plus a drink), Katsu Sando (Classic Chicken Katsu Plate, and a drink), and so much more, all for $15.00. See the full list of offerings below: 

  • Amboy: Classic Double, fries, and a drink.

  • Burrata House: Burrata Caprese Panini, Arugula Side Salad, plus a drink.

  • DTown Pizzeria: 1946 Cheese Pizza, plus a drink.

  • Dumpling Monster: Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings, Scallion Pancake, plus a drink.

  • Fat Sal’s: Turkey Club, Seasoned Fries, plus a drink.

  • Jay Bird’s: Jay Bird’s Chicken Sandwich, fries, and a drink.

  • Katsu Sando: Classic Chicken Katsu Plate, and a drink.

  • ManEatingPlant: Fried Shroom Bao, plus a drink.

  • Mini Kabob: Chicken Thigh Plate, plus a drink.

  • Shrimp Daddy: Shrimp Plate, plus a drink.

  • Tail O’ the Pup: 1976 Pup, fries, and a drink.

  • Temaki by Seaweed Handroll: Spicy Tuna Hand Roll and Salmon Hand Roll, plus a drink.

 

 

Open Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters 2024

Open Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters 2024

Be Part of the Magic of Living Pictures!
Pageant of the Masters Announces Open Casting Call for Volunteers of All Ages, January 5 – 7, 2024
Sign up as a Volunteer and Be Entered into Drawing for Two Tickets to Disneyland®
 
Volunteers get measured and photographed at the Pageant of the Masters Open Casting Call
 

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – Can you stand still for 90 seconds?  Do you enjoy art, theater and music? Perfect – you could be a volunteer for the 2024 Pageant of the Masters!

The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California, is hosting an Open Casting Call from January 5 to 7, 2024, in search of volunteers for next summer’s show, À La Mode: The Art of Fashion. Adding to the excitement of this year’s casting call, everyone that signs up to volunteer during the event will be entered into a special drawing for two tickets to Disneyland® Park. To learn more, visit www.foapom.com/volunteer.

Volunteers of all ages and sizes are needed to be cast members and strike a pose in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants. No prior theater experience necessary; individuals ages 5 and up are welcome. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun. In addition to onstage roles, volunteers are needed for many crucial roles backstage including wardrobe, makeup, headdress, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers. 

The Open Casting Call will be held backstage at the Pageant of the Masters on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, January 5 from 7 – 9pm
  • Saturday, January 6 from 7 – 9pm
  • Sunday, January 7 from 2 – 5pm

It takes over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to put on the Pageant production each summer. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of our show,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts Marketing/PR Director. “Their dedication and passion are the driving forces behind the magic we create, turning each production into a masterpiece. Without our volunteers, the Pageant would not be possible.”

During the Casting Call, individuals can expect to have their measurements taken as well as their photo, while enjoying refreshments and light bites. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the Pageant’s creative and technical staff, as well as get a sneak peek at the artwork that will be re-created in this summer’s show.

Higuchi added, “Volunteer at the Pageant and be part of something extraordinary. Not only is it a great way to spend your summer with family and friends, but also, by volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.”

The 2024 Pageant of the Masters production À La Mode: The Art of Fashion will run nightly July 6 through August 30, 2024. Tickets start at $45 per person. To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival on social media at @FestivalPageant and visit www.foapom.com.