You know it’s the end of summer when you get to enjoy some of the best food around with the Los Angeles’ Times the Taste!
I’ve gone a few times over the years and have always been delighted with the introduction to new chefs, great food, wine and ideas with the cooking demos! This year looks like it’s going to be even better as we raise a glass to Jonathan Gold who passed away earlier this year. In his honor they will have special programming at each event for the beloved restaurant critic who’s passion for food and respect for the culture of cuisine won him a Pulitzer and special place in every food lovers heart.
Tickets are on sale now at latimes.com/TheTaste
The Taste returns to the Paramount Pictures Studio backlot with three nights during the Labor Day Weekend (Aug 31 – Sept 2) of unlimited tastings for food and drinks with your ultimate block party ticket! This year they will highlight the rich history of Los Angeles international cuisine where you can travel the world with every bite! This year they have three evenings of fun with Friday all about LA Pop-Ups and Underground restaurants, Saturday is International with everything from Japanese to Mexican Breakfast Tacos to India and everywhere in between and Sunday is all about ‘home comfort’ food with the diversity of Los Angeles chefs giving us a taste of their favorite dishes!
- Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
L.A.’s pop-up and underground restaurants will take the stage with a demo of Cajun-by-way-of-Compton cuisine from chef Michael Lawless (Shad’s New Cali Catering). Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Ludo Bird) will showcase his French flair. Master of the grill, Burt Bakman (Trudy’s Underground Barbecue), will lead a barbeque how-to. Ricardo Zarate (Rosaliné) and Jonathan Yao (Kato) will provide a glimpse of what makes their dishes imminently Instagram-able. The Bar Stage will be serving up white wines of Italy with Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes Wines. Restaurants include: Amor y Tacos, Baltaire Restaurant, Bone Kettle, Casa Vega, Chao Krung, Farmhouse, Hinoki & the Bird, Otium, Pop’s Bagels and Wanderlust Creamery.
- Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Delicious food will be the special of the night as Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama (n/naka) showcase Japanese cuisine and Briana Valdez (HomeState) celebrates breakfast all day with a demo of her signature dishes. Sommelier Ira Norof will give you 101 reasons to drink wine. Restaurants include: Cento Pasta Bar, Border Grill, Crustacean Beverly Hills, Jaffa, Kali Restaurant, Madre Oaxacan Restaurant & Mezcaleria, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Prawn, Taste of Tehran, Trois Mec and Winston Pies.
- Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Experience the diversity of flavors in our fair city when Sean Lowenthal (Little Beast Restaurant) and L.A. Times Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter highlight Southern cooking, Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs) shares her technique for elevating porridge, and Charles Olalia (Rice Bar/Ma’am Sir) gives a master class on Filipino cuisine. Wine expert Christine Dalton will raise a glass to rosé. Restaurants include: 71Above, Banh Oui, Coni’Seafood, Holbox/Chichen Itza, Hotville Chicken, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Inko Nito, Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen, Meals by Genet and Prince of Venice.
Los Angeles Times’ The Taste, presented by Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, is produced in association with Best Events and this year The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event’s charity beneficiaries. Tickets range from $115 to $165; a $10 discount will be available exclusively to Times subscribers starting July 23.
Also this year for the first time The Taste travels to Costa Mesa this October from Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21 with programming to be announced in September. Details and tickets: latimes.com/TheTaste.
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Leave a comment below if you plan to attend and what chef, demo or taste is on your foodie list!
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You may call it Larping or fun fairy style but I call it Cosplay so am all in for the upcoming 8th Annual San Jose Renaissance Faire and Fantasy Fest Downtown, San Jose, August 4-5, 2018. You can dress up as your own version of Snow White, Belle, Fairy Godmothers, Fay, gods of Valhalla, trolls and meet dragons all in Downtown San Jose this weekend (August 4-5, 2018) for a fun fantasy time. The fun weekend is welcoming to people of all ages but pets aren’t able to attend <wah> but for my NoCal friends hold have a blast with sights and sounds of the fantasy dreamworld come to life. The festival of imagination will be at Discovery Meadow Park that is a blending of historic fact, myth and popular fantasy. Be the knight, princess, king, queen, fairy, elf, pirate, villain, hero/heroine and just a happy dragon that is within! The San Jose Renaissance Faire and Fantasy Fest will include educational shows, performances, demos, costume contests, games and Artists and authors of the fantasy world will be attending. You can also enjoy shopping with delicious food, fantastical fashion, jewelry, swords, leather corsets, masks and many more handmade crafts that can be used to create the fantasy style of your dreams (it’s also a great opportunity to purchase items for cosplay and steampunk). Have your fortune told, rekindle your love by Sleeping Beauty’s coffin or help Hansel and Gretel find their way home. Hold court with princesses, untangle Rapunzel’s locks and play a game of wits with Rumpelstiltskin. Swap tales with the pirates or listen to bards telling stories of battles and adventures of the netherworld.
Visitors need not dress the part or be fluent in the Elfish tongue, but period costumes always add to the magic and make it more fun to play. All are welcome!
“The blend of history and fantasy provides a welcome distraction from the doldrums of mundane and San Jose is a magnificent background for this terrific production. We are creating a world steeped in history and fairy tale alike; fantastic, far-away places; and the symbolism and ideology of magic fit for the whole family,” said Marta Miernik, CEO of Renaissance Productions and Producer of the San Jose Fantasy Faire. “The event is a rare must-see for families, bringing adults and kids together, each in turn will find something that will appeal to them in this production.”
INTERNATIONAL JOUSTING CHAMPS STRUT THEIR STUFF ON THE FIELD OF GLORY KOM
Knights of Mayhem will entertain with award winning jousting. Charlie Andrews, currently the reigning World’s Heavy Armor Jousting Champion brings with him competitors who will challenge him in the lyst. Join us for some hardest hitting jousting you’ll ever see! These amazing athletes will showcase the best of their Renaissance Sport with a blend of historical show and hardcore jousting.
Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The cost of admission is $16.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors, military, anyone with a library card and those ages 13-17, $8 for children 6-12. Kids under 6 are FREE
Costumes are welcome, This is a fun event for the whole family. Open Rain or Shine. Please leave your pets at home. For more info on the even please visit www.sanjosefaire.com
Posted in Comic Con, festival, Food, Geek Fun, Geek Travel Tagged with: Charlie Andrews, Cosplay, jousting, Knights of Mayhem, Renaissance Faire, San Jose, San Jose Renaissance Faire and Fantasy Fest, Steampunk
You had me at Melted Brisket!
I was planning to stay home on Sunday justsome light housework rewatching Sense8 series finale AGAIN on Netflix when I heard about his food event and well … like I said I do have a weakness for yummy food and being able to criss cross the USA for the best locale cuisine from my hometown is a win win for this foodie chick! It looks like a great way to enjoy Spring with the option to go Philly
(Melted Beef Brisket) or Nashville (Fried Chicken). Decisions .. decisions! The one-day Pop Up Food Hall is this Sunday, June 10th with exclusive food. You can choose between a Hot Chicken Plate from Nashville and Chef Eric Greenspan’s #18 Exclusive Smoked Brisket Melt. You can choose your entry time and entree all include Urbani Truffle Fries, a sweet freshly baked Hustle and Dough Doughnut and Califia iced coffee, cold brew, juice and more! It’s all age family at the Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica with validated parking (included in ticket)!
What are you going to choose and time? Let’s meet up and chow down! I might even let you have a fry .. MAYBE ……
LAeats – Pop Up Food Hall will have the Legendary Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, featured by Anthony Bourdain on CNN, and most recently in Netflix’s Ugly Delicious at the Pop Up Food Hall for One-Day Only.
This will be Bolton’s first time serving the Hot Chicken outside of Nashville!
Get ready for Hot CHICKEN PLATE – With a Hot chicken Sandwich (2 Tenders) on a Martin’s Famous Potato Roll & an order of Hot Wings
Bolton Matthews and his wife Dollye are flying in all the way from Nashville to prepare their legendary Hot Chicken.
LAeats Fresh Summer Truffle Fries
LAeats has partnered with Urbani Truffle and Pat LaFrieda out of NYC on what could be the most decadent fries in America. Taking great French Fries, cooking them in Pat LaFrieda Beef Fat, and then Freshly Micro-Planning Black Summer Truffles a
Plus other drink Pop Ups at LAeats – One Day Pop Up Food Hall.
DON’T MISS THE ONE DAY ONLY POP UP FOOD HALL
All of these dishes are very unique and one of a kind in LA, so you’re going to want to take pictures to share with everyone on what food they missed out on.
Enjoy gourmet food, drinks & more at the exclusive One Day Pop Up Food Hall
Come with the whole family and enjoy a day of fun, food & games outdoors at the beautiful Water Garden Campus in Santa Monica.
PARKING : UNDERGROUND PARKING INCLUDED
Validation Offered To Ticketed Guest
*TICKET PURCHASE AT EVENT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE, BUT ARE LIMITED TO ITEM AVAILABILITY AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED
*Please note, a ticket per person is required for entry into the food hall
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To celebrate Mother’s Day, I went to A Tutta Pizza!(LA Foodbowl) This event located in the Hollywood Palladium was sponsored by Nissan, Hornitos, Maker’s Mark, and Italia to name a few. La Foodbowl holds fabulous food events all throughout the LA region for the month of May in hope to help raise awareness and funds to combat food waste, hunger, food insecurity, and promote sustainability.
A Tutta Pizza was my first ever food event! I had a lot of fun navigating the scene to make sure I could sample pizza from each of the 20+ pizza vendors on site. Unfortunately, I was not able to achieve that goal, but the next time I attend a similar event I will make sure I visit each table. I enjoyed the carbo-load, and ate every pizza slice in my proximity.
Not only was there unlimited pizza, but LA Foodbowl also had workshops, panels, a photobooth, and a live DJ. I decided to attend the A’ Pizza! A Pizza Lab with Enzo Coccia workshop. There I was taught how to make pizza dough by hand like a true Italian. The workshop was led by Enzo Coccia. He even chose me to help him make deep fried pizza dough. On top of that, I met Jonathan Gold, renown restaurant critic for the LA Times. We even took a picture together.
I was very excited to see that many tables served margarita pizza, which is my favorite. I’m not ashamed to say, I stuffed my face with a few too many slices. As I said above, I attempted to make it around to each table, so I tried a variety of pizza flavors. I even tried pizza topped with purple brussel sprouts! It sounds crazy, but the pizza was both beautiful and tasty. You can’t say I didn’t eat any vegetables. My favorite pizza came from Ray’s and Stark Bar. Their pizza was topped with cute little purple flowers and the cheese was to die for. Personally the most important part of the pizza is cheese, that’s why I love margarita pizza so much. The Ray’s and Stark Bar pizza left a big impression on me and the other guests. It lined traveled across the festival site.
For other fun events visit http://lafoodbowl.com. Comment your favorite pizza below; mine is margarita and goat cheese pizza!
Posted in festival, Food, Los Angeles Tagged with: A Tutta Pizza, food, Hornitos, Italia, Jonathan Gold, LA Foodbowl, Maker’s Mark, nissan, Pizza
It’s GIRL power this weekend with Street Food Cinema! They have Wonder Woman in Glendale and Selena DTLA!
It’s been seven years since Steve Allison & Heather Hope-Allison founded Street Food Cinema to combine love of movies, drive-ins and food! Fans can see new and classic films in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.
This weekend I’m heading to Verdugo Park in Glendale with Gigi the Geek for Wonder Woman where part of the event proceeds are going to Red Nose Day USA! We also plan to enjoy LA food truck cuisine from Meat the Greek, Ralph & Richies, SUGO, The Shrimp & Taco Stop, Yuna’s Bob, Dreamy Creations AND Drunken Cake Pops, and dance to live music from DJ Ivy (http://www.djivyla.com/home/).
Mark your calendar for Red Nose Dayon Thursday, May 24thto raise money and awareness for children who need our help the most, in America and around the world. Our mission is to end child poverty – one red nose at a time. Get Your Nose On! Donate HERE
You can also head DTLA for the classic tragic tale of “Selena”at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, with live music from Selena tribute band Dreaming of You at 6:30pmand Food Truck favorites Canvas Food Truck, Goshen, Los Tamaleros, Not Your Mamas Kitchen, Oaxaca on Wheels, Phillyfornia, Roni Macaroni, Romolo’s Italian Kitchen, Spyros Gyros, Triple Threat Truck, Wise BBQ, Churro Stix, Drunken Cake Pops & more will be onsite.
Don’t stay home “Dazed & Confused” or you’ll miss a fun night with special guests Q&A, music and a movie.
Our 7th season offers so many exciting titles, that began with the incredible 2018 Oscar nominees “Get Out” on May 5th,“The Greatest Showman” on June 16th, and “Coco” on October 27th. As well as anniversary screenings for beloved fan favorites “Dazed & Confused” starting our season on April 28th, “The Land Before Time”on May 19th, “The Big Lebowski” on June 9th, “Mrs. Doubtfire” on June 16th, “Stand and Deliver” and “I, Tonya” on June 23rd, “The Sandlot” on June 30th, “Grease” on July 21st, “Mamma Mia!” on August 4th, “Casablanca” on August 25th, “The Wedding Singer” on September 1st, “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist”on September 8th, “Practical Magic” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on September 29th and “Twilight” and the original cult classic “Halloween” on October 13th. We’ll also debut our first double-feature PJ party “The Craft” & “Teen Witch” on September 15th.
Posted in festival, Film, Food, Los Angeles Tagged with: DC, DC Comics, drive in, DTLA, Exposition Park, Family fun, Food truck, Girls Night, glendale, Los Angeles, Movie Night, Red Nose Day, Selena, Street Food Cinema, Verdugo Park, Wonder Woman
It’s that time of the year to plan spring/summer fun and am so excited about the upcoming schedule for Street Food Cinema in Los Angeles! Season 7 is kicking off 420 style with Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” screening Saturday, April 28th at the LA State Historic Park with special guests Sasha Jenson “Don” & Wiley Wiggins “Mitch” for a Q&A before the film starts at 8:30pm. Arrive early because doors open at 5:30pm so that you can grab some grub, find a good spot and than enjoy live music from Reckless at 6:30pm.
It’s not Street Food Cinema without food and so they have a selection of munchies for any appetite including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Belly Bombz, Cousins Maine Lobster, Keep it C’asian, Okamoto, Pinch of Flavor, Prince of Venice, Richeeze Melts, Sabores de Mexico, The Shrimp and Taco Stop, Spitz, White Rabbit, Word of Mouth, Dream Donut, Recess Truck, and more will be onsite!
Our 7th season offers so many exciting titles, beginning with the incredible 2018 Oscar nominees “Get Out” and “I, Tonya” on May 5th,“The Greatest Showman” on June 16th, “Lady Bird” on July 21st and “Coco” on October 27th. As well as anniversary screenings for beloved fan favorites “Dazed & Confused” starting our season on April 28th, “The Land Before Time” on May 19th, “The Big Lebowski” on June 9th, “Mrs. Doubtfire” on June 16th, “Stand and Deliver” on June 23rd, “The Sandlot” on June 30th, “Grease” on July 21st, “Mamma Mia!” on August 4th, “Casablanca” on August 25th, “The Wedding Singer” on September 1st, “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist” on September 8th, “Practical Magic” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on September 29th and “Twilight” and the original cult classic “Halloween” on October 13th. We’ll also debut our first double-feature PJ party “The Craft” & “Teen Witch” on September 15th. Now in it’s 7th season , Street Food Cinema is LA’s largest outdoor movie experience, combining carefully cultivated experiences with outdoor movies, street food, audience games, live music and more. We’d love to have you join us this season for 27 weeks, 11 locations and more than 50 fantastic events!
This ultimate outdoor movie experience founded in 2012 by the dynamic husband and wife team of Steve Allison & Heather Hope-Allison, has developed a strong community of entertainment and food enthusiasts across Los Angeles. Every Saturday throughout the summer, Street Food Cinema features beloved cult classic movies on a huge 50 foot screen alongside LA’s favorite food trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster, Street Kitchen LA and Churro Stix as well as emerging music artists such as Alex G., Past Action Heroes and The Urban Renewal Project: punctuated with themed audience games hosted by professional comedians to complete the interactive experience. Their Season 6 opener in 2017 was the worlds biggest La La Land screening AND the biggest Street Food Cinema to date at over 5,000 attendees. With their visionary idea to take the outdoor movie experience to fully inclusive night out –they incorporated a variety of fascinating food trucks, pre-movie live entertainment and cool interactive experiences to massive audience appeal in three major markets: Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.
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Foodies unite for the COCHON555 return to Los Angeles on March 11th at the Viceroy Santa Monica. The Culinary conception has Five Chefs, Five Pigs, Five Winemakers, Five Somms, Five Barkeeps … all for ONE charity – Piggy Bank!
“The tour is about uplifting small, family farmers through epic culinary moments,” said founder Brady Lowe. “We create and restore connections between the farmer and chef who want to raise, source and serve food raised with purpose and passion. Together, through eating, we become stewards of the good food movement, motivate change and influence our food system from pasture to plate.”
Cochon555 is back on the road and it’s heading to the Viceroy Santa Monica that will be hosting this culinary delight on Sunday, March 11, 2018 with over a hundred prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps celebrating heritage breed pork and local family farming. It’s whole pig cookery with no waste and chefs using their ability to transform dishes that will have you saying ‘souie’ in a bite size taste. Every chef has a 200 pound pig to make a dish to impress the judges and guests at the event and the winner will compete for the regional grand prize to be crowned the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ of Pork and four day wine & gastronomy in Rioja, Spain. All of the winners will meet at the National Cochon where the best ‘Three Bites’ will compete ‘head to tail’ to be crowned King or Queen for 2018!
Tickets for general admission start at $130; VIP tickets (early admission + exclusive access to cocktail competition and allocated wines and spirits) are $200.
Where: Viceroy Santa Monica 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 4 p.m. for VIP entry, 5 p.m. for General Admission
The ultimate aim of Cochon555 is to provide education to chefs and consumers and to create experiences that guests can sink their teeth into: honest food from real farmers. Through education, the Cochon555’s goal is to raise the bar on building a sustainable and profitable relationship for brands and chefs participating in culinary festivals. Every event is a fundraiser for Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).
Dishes for the competition are just the beginning — all in, we’re talking about 1,500 pounds of responsibly raised heritage breed pork – guests will also enjoy innovative preparations and cocktails from some of the most critically-acclaimed kitchens and bars in Los Angeles. The Welcome Lounge ushers guests in to the Buffalo Trace Punch Bar and our Signature Starter Bar and Cheese Experience spotlighting Cello, La Quercia, Cypress Grove and a local cheesemonger. Sip sparklers from Dry Soda and Topo Chico and experience craft cocktails including the Manhattan Project featuring premium bourbons from Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, and Breckenridge topped with Luxardo cherries. Learn about pairings at the TarTare Bar aligned to the wines of Antica Napa Valley, Rosé from Whispering Angel paired with organic pâtés and mousses from Les Trois Petits Cochons, a “Taste the City” culinary spotlight featuring the racy portfolio of Wines of Germany and an array of wines grouped under the “5 Winemakers” banner will feature Silver Oak; Pax Wine Cellars; Twomey Cellars and more. Cochon555 will debut a new experience called Trompo “Hora de Familia” in celebration of its first Global Cochon555 event in Mexico City later this year. Guests wanting a sweet bite will enjoy the Pop-Up Pie Shop presented by Mike’s Pies and Swine and Sweets, an innovative spin on dessert spotlighting notable pastry chefs working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.
Additionally, running in tandem with tour are a pair of internal competitions – Punch Kings, a whole-bottle punch bowl competition featuring Breckenridge Bourbon and five of the market’s top barkeeps, and Somm Smackdown, a face-off of the nation’s top sommeliers pairing the best wine with heritage pig. A portion of all event proceeds will also benefit the Piggy Bank initiative to support local farms.
About the Cochon555 US Tour
The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 15 major cities in North America annually. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and culinary schools each year. Since 2009, 108,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $1,100,000 has been donated to charities, and over $1,200,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more information, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.
About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered. Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit www.piggy-bank.org or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter.
About Viceroy Santa Monica
Located on iconic Ocean Avenue, Viceroy Santa Monica embodies luxury California living at its finest. The property boasts 162 meticulously appointed guestrooms originally designed by internationally acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler. Expansive executive suites updated by Dawson Design Associates offer sweeping ocean views. Enhanced by unique décor elements that blend hints of British colonial and lavish Regency style with modern materials and a bold color palette, as well as first-class amenities and unparalleled guest service, Viceroy Santa Monica provides visitors with a refined beachside experience unlike any other. On-site amenities include access to two plunge pools surrounded by chic cabanas offering privacy in style; CAST Lounge, an upscale and stylish nightlife destination with curated specialty cocktails in the hotel lobby; and a one-of-a-kind dining experience at CAST Restaurant, an acclaimed restaurant with a locally influenced menu utilizing seasonal and authentic flavors with distinct Los Angeles flare. If you would like to check out Viceroy Santa Monica on social media please use the relevant handles here: @viceroysm (Instagram), @ViceroySM (Twitter). For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.viceroyhotelandresorts/en/santamonica or call (800) 622-8711.
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If you are looking for a new brunch spot with great views near the LAX I have to let you in on my new spot secret <shh>.
I was invited to enjoy a brunch with a few other people and get to enjoy a private dining experience. I drove over with a vague plan of enjoying conversation and a little shopping since it’s so near the independent shops and the Culver City mall. When I first drove up I realized the area has changed with so many new buildings as well as the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel upgrade. It was simple to park my car with the valet, stroll into the light bright foyer and into Costero.
The first thing I noticed was that the décor was bright and reminded me of my beloved boutique hotels where I normally stay when traveling. The nice hum of guests checking in and out after an enjoyable night as well as seeing people sitting by the pool soaking in the California sun.
I loved the design of the reception area that offers not only seating with lots of natural light but also a work area for people to plug in laptops/cell phones and other devices (can I just say how GREAT it is to have a plethora of outlets!). Everyone was relaxed and quietly working or just using their phones. One of my biggest frustrations when traveling for work is looking around for an electrical socket! When my phone is down to 7% I feel like I’m in the Hunger Games competing and willing to fight to the death for the last one. They also have a couple of seating areas to accommodate everyone from families to individuals.
Once I walked past the bar (hello Happy Hour) and entered the private room the first thing I noticed was the crag quiche that looked so yummy. Everyone raved over the buttery Crab Quiche and I have to say I was so tempted to take a bite (alas seafood allergies). The scent of Cinnamon was calling me from across the room with their freshly made Doughnuts with Anglais Sauce. They were my first bite and didn’t disappoint. Light and airy with the perfect doughy melt in your mouth that teamed up with my coffee had me planning brunch with friends as we shop on the west side for the holidays. The menu selection was a delight that danced across my tongue. I could not resist the Brussels Sprouts and Pork Belly with the homemade parker house rolls. Did I mention that I have a weakness for carbs?? I was incredibly impressed with Costero Bar Bistro’s food that is worth the trip! Normally when I stay in a hotel I don’t eat in the restaurant but I was incredibly impressed with the food and presentation. The sauces, seasonings and variety of items are appealing to everyone no matter what dietary restrictions they may have.
What a wonderful brunch finished off with the signature Sheratini that was all kind of right. Next time you plan on flying out of LAX you have to check in to the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles where they offer a work lounge overlooking the runway, a great bar, delicious food AND a shuttle. It’s a win win for a staycation, travelers and locals looking for a new place to enjoy a night out.
Posted in Food Tagged with: Bistro, Costero, Foodie, LAX, llbloghumpday, Los Angeles, Sheraton Gateway, Staycation, Travel
Pancakes, Mimosa and more .. OH MY I’ve never attended the Brunch at the Races but this year the restaurants have me salivating and planning to wear a super cute hat!
L.A. Weekly has added new restaurants to the fall foodie events on October 15th at Santa Anita Park. This year’s Brunch at the Races is having signature brunch bits from over 30 Los Angeles breakfast, brunch and lunch spots! I can’t wait to get my munch on from 11AM – 2PM with tastes from: AR Cucina, Pez Cantina, Fred 62, Myke’s Café, Kobawoo House, Jones Coffee Roasters, Monkey Bar,McConnells, Chez Tex, Poppy + Rose, Red Herring, Cindy’s Eaglerock Restaurant, Pono Burger, Little Dom’s, Sweet & Savory, Mascarpone Cheesecakes, La Huesuda Tacos, Tavern, and even more to come!
Sponsors of this year’s event include: Beam Suntory’s Effen Vodka and Maker’s Mark, The Dude’s Brewing Company, Angel City Brewery, Bai, Cacique, Rita’s Italian Ice, Zico, Hubert’s, Imperfect Produce, with more to come.
The 2nd Annual Brunch at the Races General Admission tickets start at $40 and include: entry into the event, full day admission to Santa Anita Park, unlimited food samples from 30+ restaurants, beer/wine/cocktail samples from our
partners, access to entertainment and a vendor village. A limited number of VIP admission tickets start at $60 (limited availability and WILL sell out). VIP Admission tickets include all general admission perks plus access to an exclusive VIP lounge and VIP gift bag.
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Don’t miss out on our second annual Brunch at the Races!
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L.A. Weekly Sips & Sweets 2017 is taking place Thursday, December 14th at the Petersen Auto Museum
You can enjoy the fourth year of the holiday party with over 30 of the Los Angeles’ Top bakers & mixologists! Purchase VIP tickets and you will be able to enter at 7PM and general admission entry is 8PM. The event ends at 11PM so it’s a night of food, drinks, music and fun!
The 4th Annual Sips & Sweets has been curated by L.A. Weekly’s own food critic Besha Rodell and food editor Katherine Spiers, this eating, drinking and shopping extravaganza is one not to be missed! This year’s ‘eats’ lineup features sweets (and some savories) from Ococoa, Wanderlust Creamery, Mercedes Binge Desserts, Otium, and much more to come!
Hand-crafted cocktails will be prepared by Christiaan Rollich of A.O.C. Wine bar, representatives from Resident DTLA, The Roger Room, The Pikey, Nerano, Lock & Key, Lucques, Tavern, La Cuevita, Otium, 1886 Bar at The Raymond, and plenty more yet to be announced!
All chefs will offer tasty samples of their famous sweet and savory treats, while each bartender will present sips of their signature holiday drinks.
It’s a fun event where you get to enjoy the beautiful cars on display at the Petersen Auto Museum all the while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and sweet treats (and some savory options) that will speed on your palate as well as great ideas for holiday gifts! Bring cash so that you can purchase trinkets and treats from selected vendors!
Tickets on sale now at http://ticketf.ly/2wdlGjz but don’t hesitate because it will sell out!
General Admission tickets include: entry into the event (and museum), unlimited food samples, beer, wine and artisanal cocktail samples as well as access to our artisanal vendor village. VIP Admission ticket includes: all of the General Admission perks plus 1 hour early entry into the eventand an exclusive VIP Gift Bag.
Sponsors of this year’s event include: Effen Vodka, Maker’s Mark, Angel City Brewery, Amoeba Music, Barefoot Wine, Cacique, Health-Ade Kombucha, Food Forward (charity), Imperfect Produce, Hubert’s Lemonade, The Dude’s Brewing Co., WVapes, and more to be announced!
A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Food Forward. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.
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About L.A. Weekly:
L.A. Weekly, and more recently LAWeekly.com, has Los Angeles covered, with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage, including daily blogs like the highly regarded Squid Ink, which covers the city’s food scene. We keep our readers loyal with stories by some of the country’s finest writers—now accessible through our mobile platforms. In 2007 L.A. Weekly was the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its food criticism. This year, restaurant critic Besha Rodell was honored with a James Beard Award, widely considered food writing’s top prize.
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