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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.
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!
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. L.A. Weekly has won more awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies than any other paper in the country, and in 2007 was the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its food criticism.
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.
Say goodbye to summer and HELLO to fall this Labor Day weekend with the L.A. Times the Taste 2017! It’s days and nights fully of delicious food from the best chef’s in LA.
This adult only event is a blast perfect for couples, friends and singles looking to mingle so make sure your style game is on point! You’ll need to look your best for the conversation with chefs who discuss how the fell in love with cooking, food inspiration and cuisine! I’m very excited to hear and taste food from Jenee Kim talk about Parks BBQ (Korean), Pawan Mahendro talk Indian
cuisine Badmash, Ron Finley will talk about gardening and Breana Jackson of Sugar and Spice: Baked by Bre a self taught baker. Did I mention that Machete himself is going to talk with Jonathan Gold about tacos and doughnuts???
KICK OFF THE TASTE WITH A VERY SPECIAL EVENING
Hosted by All The Taste’s Hosts and Co-Hosts: Fri., Sept. 1, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy an opening night soirée mingling with The Times’ hosts along with many of the weekend’s participating chefs and bartenders. You’ll partake in a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings. To maintain the intimate nature of the evening, only a limited number of tickets are available.
Field to Fork – Hosted by Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, and Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office and Lukshon; Sat., Sept. 2, noon to 3 p.m.
Inspired by Southern California’s agricultural roots and DIY attitude, Yoon and Miles Thompson (Michael’s) will each share their farmers market savvy through individual cooking demos using their favorite bright and flavorful ingredients. Scattergood will lead a discussion about the importance of farms and eating local with Romeo Coleman (Coleman Family Farms), Alex Weiser (Weiser Family Farms) and Wes Whitsell (Manuela). Restaurants include Aqui es Texcoco, Banh Oui, Cento Pasta Bar, Coni’Seafood, Cruciferous, M Café, Maury’s Bagels, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Robert’s Catering Service and VCHOS Pupuseria Moderna. BUY TICKETS
Sunday Block Party – Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Sherry Yard, Chef/Owner ofTuck Room Tavern; Sun., Sept. 3, noon to 3 p.m.
Great food and good times are the order of the day at the block party on the backlot, where Yard will demystify pastry-baking for home cooks and David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post) will give a master class on making biscuits. Carter will host a talk with Chris Phelps (Salt’s Cure) about what it means to brunch at some of the most innovative spots around town, with additional panelists to be announced. Restaurants include Cheezus, Cocobella Creamery, E.A.K. Ramen, Hotville Chicken & Chops, Hummus Yummy Food Truck, MessHall, Otium, Rosaliné, The Butcher’s Daughterand Tuck Room Tavern. BUY TICKETS
Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Antonia Lofaso, Chef/Owner of Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, and Marco A. Ramos, Mixologist at Scopa Italian Roots; Sat., Sept. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
L.A.’s dining and cocktail culture takes the stage with a chef-bartender demo by Lofaso and Ramos, and by Allan Katz and Jonathan Whitener (Here’s Looking At You). Breana Jackson (Sugar & Spice: Baked by Bre), Danielle Bennett (Lady on the Rocks), Derrick Lewis (Not Your Mama’s Kitchen) and Chef E Dubble (E Dubble Catering/Grilled Fraiche) will celebrate urban gastronomy with a collaborative showcase of their signature concoctions, and Meredith Hayman (Michael’s), Gabriella Mlynarczyk (Accomplice Bar) and Brynn Smith (Sotto) will shake it up with a group demo. Restaurants include Barrel & Ashes, Beauty & Essex, Black Market Liquor Bar, Faith & Flower, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Pedalers Fork, Scopa Italian Roots, Szechuan Impression, The Bellwether, The Ponte and Wolf. BUY TICKETS
Flavors of L.A. – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Gilberto Cetina Jr., Chef/Owner ofChichen Itza and Holbox; Sun., Sept. 3, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Closing night of The Taste embraces the depth and diversity of flavors that make Los Angeles one of the most exciting places to dine through demos by Cetina, Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos) and the team behind Badmaash: Pawan, Nakul and Arjun Mahendro. Gold will explore Korean barbecue with masters of the grill: Jenee Kim (Park’s Barbeque) and Chris Oh (Seoul Sausage Co.). Restaurants include Chichen Itza, Frankland’s Crab & Co., Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Holbox, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Meals by Genet, Pasta Sisters, Revolutionario North African Tacos, Same Same and Worldwide Tacos. BUY TICKETS
It’s been almost 30 years since the premier of Star Trek the Next Generation September 1987 and to celebrate CBS Studios and Shmaltz Brewing Company is releasing Star TrekSymbiosis®
The beer made it’s debut at Comic-Con International and official launch at Star Trek Las Vegas convention but it will now be available to beer drinkers and Trekkies nationally in 4 packs at stores and select bars on draft in 35 states. In 2016, Shmaltz debuted two critically acclaimed Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ales to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Star Trek. 2017 brings triple the excitement with the limited release of three Star Trek specialty beers rolling out throughout the year. Under license by CBS Consumer Products, the first extraterrestrial elixir of 2017 was Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter® (7.3% ABV). Star Trek Symbiosis® transports itself to retail outlets and bars within Shmaltz’s expansive distribution network. To find a Shmaltz distributor in your state, please visit: shmaltzbrewing.com/
Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary Ale — Symbiosis
For over 10,000 years a symbiotic relationship has thrived between yeast and sugar, malts and hops, beer and beer lovers. Shmaltz’s latest Star Trek release celebrates this benevolent co-existence and pays homage to the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: Next Generation, and the episode, “Symbiosis”. In this episode, two different races from the same galaxy have seemingly found a way to peacefully coexist and work together for the betterment of all. However, we eventually learn that their relationship is based on the false promise of felicium, which is sold by the Brekkians to the Ornarans. This forces Captain Picard to make an excruciating choice: uphold the Prime Directive, or save an entire civilization from exploitation. In this 30th Anniversary Ale, the Shmaltz crew has upheld its Prime Directive to boldly unite hops, malts, yeast, and water in the pursuit of craft beer excellence. Share a bottle of this limited edition commemorative ale with your own federation. Make It So!
Star Trek Symbiosis® Hoppy Wheat Ale pours a pale yellow with a thick white head. A generous amount of hops provide flavors and aromas of ripe lemon and pleasant herbs, giving Symbiosis® a dry, crisp and clean mouthfeel. Symbiosis® is a limited-edition, smooth, easy-drinking ale with prominent wheat maltiness and distinct flavors and aromas of Warrior, Centennial, and Amarillo hops, making it the perfect refreshment for enjoying a Star Trek marathon with fellow Trekkies or at your next summer bottle share.
About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He’brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother’s Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.
After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz’s home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases.
RateBeer.com ranked Shmaltz as one of the “Top 100 Brewers in the World” in 2013, and the brewery brought home 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.
Baby it’s COLD outside so it’s the perfect time to head to Universal Studios Hollywood and live out your Harry Potter Fantasy with a Hogsmeade Butterbeer™! The treat that will bring to ‘mind’ well tastebuds of butterscotch and shortbread.
Three Broomsticks is reminiscent of an old rustic tavern with custom made wooden tables and chairs/benches in the deep woods of Merry Old England that serves a full menu from breakfast to dinner. The British aka Potter inspired menu includes Eggy Bread breakfast (freshly baked baguette dipped in a cinnamon egg batter and lightly sautéed, sprinkled with powder sugar and served with bacon, strawberries and real maple syrup.), Bangers & Mash (savory grilled English sausages with creamy mashed potatoes and minted peas), Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef and vegetables, crowned with a crust of mashed potatoes), Beef Sunday Roast (prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and gravy), Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew, Fish & Chips and for a sweet finish Sticky Toffee Pudding rounds!
If your in the mood for adult beverages amble next door to the Hog’s Head pub where you can enjoy Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew, Fire Whiskey, Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water as well as three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.
Universal Studios HollywoodTM is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,”Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.
About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.
HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.
I recommend you mark your calendar and buy a ticket to attend the the C-Cap Los Angeles event to benefit underserved students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries. The fine dining evening will be on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Hanna An’s ‘The District‘ in Beverly Grove where diners will enjoy a Euro-Vietnamese feast of delicacies. The elegant, family style dinner menu will include Hors d’oeuvres such as Crispy Chicken Rolls, Tuna Poke on Sesame Rice Crisps and Filet Mignon & Blue Cheese Mousse Crostini; a first course consisting of a Lotus Salad (Julienne Cabbage, Crispy Shallots, Tiato Leaf, Thai Basil & Garlic-Lime Vinaigrette) or a Citrus Mixed Green Salad (Tamarind Ginger Vinaigrette); and entrees such as Hannah’s Signature Noodles & Grilled Beef Skewers, Cha Cha Chilean Sea Bass, Go Luc Lac Shaken Chicken, Sliced Organic Chicken Breast with Chinese Broccoli, Mushrooms & Traditional Sauce or Crispy Orange Cauliflower in a Sweet & Tangy Citrus Glaze. The meal will be accompanied by a surprise dessert and selected wines from the Central Coast area of California. The evening will also include a live auction and C-CAP students sharing their stories and aspirations with dinner guests.
The event at The District begins at six o’clock. For reservations, please call Gloria Barke at (818) 756-1260. Tickets are $135. All proceeds will support C-CAP Los Angeles’ local programs. Space is limited. The District is located at 8722 Third Street, Los Angeles and the dinner will take place in the Feng Shui room. Valet parking will be available.
The event is organized by Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Los Angeles, dinner guests will have the opportunity to step through century-old doors of this stunning restaurant and be transported to Vietnam’s seductive French Colonial era evoking romantic Hoi An near the South China Sea. The innovative project is a first for Hannah, whose family’s restaurant portfolio includes the renowned Crustacean, Beverly Hills. The District’s creative nuanced cuisine, rooted in Vietnam’s regional food traditions, is suffused with California’s farm fresh attitude: carefully sourced organic meats and the finest produce, all delicately seasoned with fresh herbs and Asian spices. Diners will get a firsthand account of Hannah’s personal story of a family who escaped their homeland to build a restaurant empire in the United States.
About Careers though Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Los Angeles:
C-CAP is a national non-profit that prepares at-risk high school students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For the past 25 years, C-CAP has provided job training and internships, scholarships, teacher training, cooking competitions, college and career advising and product and equipment donations. In the 2013-14 academic year it served over 16,000 students in 157 high schools and awarded almost 200 scholarships totaling over $3 million. Through C-CAP’s efforts, a large percentage of our students find rewarding careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry. In Los Angeles, C-CAP was able to work with 3,200 students in 22 schools and award nearly $770,000 in scholarships in the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information, please visit http://www.ccapinc.org/.