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Bike your way through the best Filipino food spots during Taste of Temple Street

Bike your way through the best Filipino food spots during Taste of Temple Street

Filipino food is on the up and up in Los Angeles thanks to a surge of innovative and high-quality dining spots like LASA, Ricebar and Sari Sari. But the regional cuisine is by no means new to L.A.

If you’re new to the scene or just want to experience it differently, Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (or C.I.C.L.E.) is partnering with Metro to present Taste of Temple Street: Filipino Bites, a unique way of sampling different Filipino dishes in one high-energy biking session.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Adam Cohn

Instead of going to those previously mentioned trendsetters, the three-mile ride will take you through the classic eateries of Historic Filipinotown on Temple Street, some of which have been around for decades. Though the specific itinerary hasn’t been announced yet, it should be the perfect crash course on good, old-fashioned homestyle Pinoy cuisine.

The event is friendly to beginner riders as well as children, though the guidelines state that all participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. We insist that even those older than 18 should wear helmets just to be safe because we all know this city isn’t exactly the best when it comes to bike lanes.

Taste of Temple Street: Filipino Bites will take place on Thursday, August 24 from 6 to 8:30pm. It’s free to ride, but you must RSVP via Eventbrite.

Jane Q is now open with Californian-meets-Mediterranean fare in the heart of Hollywood

Jane Q is now open with Californian-meets-Mediterranean fare in the heart of Hollywood

Sitting pretty a block above Hollywood and Vine, Kimpton Hotel Group’s latest venture brings us a stylish new place to perch. Jane Q, situated in the Everly Hotel, opened at the end of last week offering a casual, countertop-seating experience near the Beachwood Canyon edge of Hollywood.

Helmed by Las Vegas familiar Bryan Podgorski as executive chef, with Georgia native Jason T. Hall as chef de cuisine, the restaurant and coffee bar is light and breezy with a focus on vegetables, wood-fired pizza and Mediterranean-inspired fare that occasionally dips into the American South. An all-day menu—served 11am to 10pm daily—presents crispy eggplant with tahini yogurt, lemon and garlic; avocado parfait with yogurt, marinated cucumbers and house-made focaccia; and a black truffle calzone.

The breakfast menu—6 to 11am—serves inspired house-cured salmon, in-house pastries, granola and other usual suspects, then veers into Southern territory with the Grits+Eggs—soft eggs with heirloom grits, Benton’s country ham and red-eye gravy—and the Savannah B.E.L.T. with its pickled green tomato, pimento cheese, bacon candy and fried egg. Of course it wouldn’t feel “California-inspired” if there weren’t a farmers’ market involved, and fortunately for the Everly, there’s one just a few blocks away.

 

Find a savory duck confit monkey bread on the breakfast menu.

Photograph: Courtesy Kimpton Hotel Group

“I have close relationships with local farmers who understand the thought and care that goes into creating each dish at Jane Q,” says Hall, who sources much of his produce from theHollywood Farmers’ Market. “We’re excited to work with them to serve fresh, interesting food that will put the restaurant on the map as a go-to destination for a truly wholesome and enjoyable dining experience.”

Though the hotel’s new Ever Bar—which opened just above Jane Q—offers a full cocktail program, the Everly’s restaurant won’t overlap in beverages. In fact, Jane Q will serve four cocktails unique to the space: the Vodka, So…Duh,withvodka, kale juice, lemon cordial and soda; the Negroni Sbagliato with vermouth, Campari and prosecco; the Sicilian Café with amaro, espresso and tonic; and Etna’s Delight with Fernet, lime cordial and Sicilian-orange soda.

Image: Courtesy Kimpton Hotel Group

In addition to the natural light from that wall of atrium windows, you’ll find white tile, marble tabletops and natural-wood accents—providing an ideal backdrop for pics of Podgorski and Hall’s so-Instagrammable food. (See also: this insane rainbow of a vegetable plateau.) All the better for those in Hollywood’s see-and-be-seen dining scene.

Jane Q is now open in Kimpton’s Everly Hotel, at 1800 Argyle Avenue, from 6am to 10pm daily.

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Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Venice

Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Venice

There are many ways to explore Venice, but there’s only one perfect way to spend a day in the beachfront neighborhood. We’ve put together an itinerary for your perfect day in Venice.

Morning

Start your day on the up-and-coming Rose Avenue with a sweet pastry from Gjusta, the ever-popular bakery that’s made an art of folding fresh slices of fruit into sugar-glazed dough. Metro brings an expanded bike share system to Venice this summer, but in the meantime put those carbs to good use and rent a Breeze Bike to pedal along the beachfront path. Toward the southeastern edge of the beach, walk among the arching pedestrian bridges and charming houses along the Venice Canals.

Afternoon

Stroll along the upscale Abbot Kinney Boulevard, an area of Venice that’s equal parts high-end boutiques and beach-bum ambience. Stop by Tortoise General Store for a lovely selection of traditional Japanese crafts, Urbanic Paper Boutique for letterpress cards and striking gift wrap and Huset for Scandinavian-inspired decor. Brave the Venice Boardwalk and make a beeline for the small shaded patio at Poke-Poke, one of the first (and best) places to serve the raw Hawaiian seafood specialty in L.A.

Night

Watch the sunset with a drink in hand at Hotel Erwin’s High Rooftop Lounge, a primo patio overlooking the Pacific. Make your way inland for a down-home dinner at Baby Blues BBQ, where the sweetest servers insist you pile your plate high with ribs, corn bread, and mac and cheese. Unwind with a nightcap down the street at the Lincoln, a cozy, industrial patio bar with whimsical yet refined cocktails.

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There’s a pop-up beer garden coming to Griffith Park this summer

There’s a pop-up beer garden coming to Griffith Park this summer

Griffith Park is pretty much perfect the way it is—save for traffic—but the addition of a pint-sized summertime beer garden sure doesn’t hurt.

The Griffith Park Beer Garden is popping up on the patio of the golf course adjacent Roosevelt Cafe this summer. The dive-y diner will pour out flights of four 6oz local beers on Saturdays paired with a Farmer John sausage, for the slightly-steep price of $20.

In addition, the garden will feature a DJ from 4 to 8pm, as well as the eatery’s traditional comfort food fare like pancakes and pizza.

Photograph: Courtesy Griffith Park Beer Garden

To be clear, the leafy, umbrella-dotted patio already exists as part of the cafe. But the introduction of beer flights on Saturday is a welcome addition (and dubbing it the Griffith Park Beer Garden a savvy bit of marketing).

The eatery is within stumbling distance of the Greek Theatre, so expect the beer garden to be a popular spot before Saturday night shows this summer.

The Griffith Park Beer Garden kicks off the summer season a little early with a launch event this Saturday, May 13 at noon (a DJ will be spinning from 4:30 to 8:30pm). You’ll find it at 2650 North Vermont Avenue on Saturdays through October.

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An updated look at some pretty awesome renderings for L.A.’s 2024 Olympic bid

An updated look at some pretty awesome renderings for L.A.’s 2024 Olympic bid

Five months: That’s how long we still have to wait to find out whether Los Angeles or Paris has been chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Until that fateful day in September arrives, we at least have some fresh new venue renderings to hold us over.

Local bid committee LA 2024 has been releasing a steady stream of concept images for its potential Olympic plans, and this latest batch in particular focuses on how some of L.A.’s most recognizable sports venues would be repurposed for the games.

All photographs courtesy LA 2024

 

Pentathlon at the StubHub Center

 

 

Track at the L.A. Coliseum

 

 

Gymnastics at the Forum

 

 

Soccer at the Rose Bowl

 

 

In addition to historic venues like the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl, LA 2024 is also showing off how two currently under construction venues—the L.A. Football Club’s Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park as well as the Rams’ Los Angeles Stadium in Inglewood—could factor into the games.

 

Soccer at the Banc of California Stadium

 

 

 

Los Angeles Stadium

 

 

 

Archery at Los Angeles Stadium

Meanwhile, a series of beach and water sport venues all over Southern California highlights the astonishing diversity of L.A.’s waterfronts, from sandy beachfronts to inland reservoirs.

 

Beach volleyball at Santa Monica Beach

 

 

 

Triathlon in Long Beach

 

 

 

Rowing at Lake Perris

 

 

 

Mountain Biking at Frank G. Bonelli Park

 

 

 

Canoe-kayak slalom in the Sepulveda Basin

Save for some far-flung locations, most of the venues are clustered around UCLA, the Sepulveda Basin, Long Beach and, most significantly, Downtown L.A., which would host a slew of entertainment events, a pedestrian village and the opening ceremonies at the nearby Coliseum.

 

L.A. Live

 

 

 

Figueroa Corridor

 

 

 

Marathon near City Hall

The Downtown-centric, cost-effective plan would stress the city’s preparedness—97 percent of the proposed Olympic venues already exist. The latest version of the bid plan reinsures the public that the Games would be privately funded, that no existing communities or businesses would be displaced and that, theoretically, they would act as a catalyst for green spaces and healthy living.

L.A. will find out on September 13 of this year whether it or Paris will be awarded the games after a presentation in Lima, Peru.

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ARTsea, a beachfront pop-up art fair, is set to take over Marina del Rey this June

ARTsea, a beachfront pop-up art fair, is set to take over Marina del Rey this June

A craft fair, a beer garden and an afternoon by the beach? Sounds like a perfect day to us.

A new community festival dubbed ARTsea is set to take over Marina del Rey on June 10. The free music, art and craft fair will take place at Marina Beach, the sole sandy cove in Marina del Rey’s sheltered harbor, as well as its surrounding parking lots.

ARTsea’s most notable feature will be a pair of pop-up markets at the adjacent County Lot 10. Galleries from around the city, including BBQLA, Early Gravy and Gallery1993, will present select pieces and collections in a mini arts district. The same space will host a maker’s market with crafts from L.A. artisans alongside participatory workshops such as a cardboard aquarium, fingerprint mural and landscape painting session. Hit the sand to scope out in-progress creations from a professional sand sculptor.

On the music side, you’ll spot hula shows from Halau Keali’i O Nalani Dancers, an interactive hip-hop jam session from Versa-Style Dance Company and DJ sets from KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and Soft Rock Sunday’s Mara Schwartz Kuge.

Though the food lineup has yet to be announced, ARTsea promises a gathering of 10 food trucks plus a beer and wine garden.

ARTsea takes place on June 10 from noon to 10pm at Marina Beach (4101 Admiralty Way). Admission is free.

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Dive into a pool of sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream Los Angeles

Dive into a pool of sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream Los Angeles

Brace yourself for the latest pop-up to completely dominate your social media feeds.

The Museum of Ice Cream has arrived in Los Angeles, with 10 colorful themed installations spread across an airy warehouse space. You’ll find the New York export at 2018 East 7th Place in the Arts District from April 22 until May 29.

You’ll start your journey with a single piece of chocolate—pick a golden one and you can grab something for free from the gift shop—and along the way you can try a scoop of ice cream, a cone of cookie dough, mint-flavored mochi, gummy bears and a pancake ice cream sandwich.

While we enjoyed the ice cream—a rotating selection of scoops from the likes of McConnell’s, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus and CREAM—the otherwise so-so sweets mostly take a back seat to the Pop Art-inspired installations that seem built from the ground up for Instagram. Floral wallpaper, colorful mirrors, suspended plastic bananas and proper photo booths all seem to be carefully considered selfie spots.

It’s not just about bragworthy photos at the Museum of Ice Cream; there’s a hands-on, multi-sensory aspect to almost every installation. You can scratch and sniff the banana wallpaper, press your nose up to some mint leaves and take a whiff of a refrigerator full of gummy bears. There’s a cotton candy claw machine and multiple swing sets.

 

 

And most notably, there’s a wading pool filled with synthetic sprinkles and pool floats. We defy you to sink into the sprinkles and throw a fistful in the air without giggling like a child—just expect to get sprinkles everywhere in the process.

 

 

Tickets are priced at $29 for adults and $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+). It’s not cheap, especially considering that the bulk of the experience amounts to photo ops—but if the impending deluge of Instagram photos and the scarcity of tickets has you itching to go, then just give in to the spectacle.

The Museum of Ice Cream (2018 E 7th Pl) runs April 22 through May 29 every day except Tuesday from 11am to 10pm. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Interpol is bringing ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ to L.A. State HistoricPark

Interpol is bringing ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ to L.A. State HistoricPark

It’s been four years since we’ve seen a major music event at Los Angeles State Historic Park, and after its handsome renovation we thought that might be it for grass-flattening, dust-kicking concerts. But between this month’s Skyline festival and this latest announcement, music is back at the park in a big way.

Interpol is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its lauded debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, with a series of shows in Europe, and they’ve just announced an extra date here at the L.A. State Historic Park on September 30. According to the band’s website, they’ll be playing the album in its entirety. Throw in supporting sets from Deerhunter and Battles, and you have the makings of a must-see concert.

We’ll defer to FYF’s Instagram account—FYF and Goldenvoice are presenting the show—whose “holy shit” post seems like the most appropriate reaction to the announcement.

FYF, which spent five years at the former “cornfield,” first teased the announcement with a #notfyffest post of the park on its Instagram. Of course, that just sparked a flood of comments from FYF fans (count us among them) who wish they could see the music festival return to the Chinatown location instead of Exposition Park.

L.A. State Historic Park will have its first reacquaintance with a music festival atmosphere during this month’s Skyline, with sets from Miike Snow, Duke Dumont, Lido, Eden, Michl, Elohim and Jason Bentley.

Tickets go on sale for Interpol on Friday, May 5 at 10am, with a limited presale on Thursday at 10am. Tickets start at $59.50.

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12 things to do with kids in May 2017

12 things to do with kids in May 2017

Beach weather is here, but the school year hasn’t ended quite yet. If you’re looking for fun, kid-friendly ideas this month and a simple trip to the playground won’t do, keep your tot occupied with these 22 things to do with kids in April.

May 7
Mad Science Sundays; Kidspace Children’s Museum

Get messy in the slime kitchen, take part in dry ice experiments and catch a mad scientist presentation during this kid-science series.

May 7
SoCal Moms Great Big Family Play Day; The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

Partake in games, face painting, character meet-and-greets, crafts and music from Lisa Loeb as the SoCal Moms festival returns to the Autry.

May 12
National Public Gardens Day at the Getty; Gety Center and Villa

Stroll through the spectacular gardens at both Getty locations with guided tours of their flowery grounds.

May 14–Sept 10
Extreme Mammals; Natural History Museum

Brush up on 200 million years of mammalian evolution at this touring exhibition of unusual and odd fossilized creatures.

Through May 14
Into the Woods; Ahmanson Theatre

Take a journey into the woods with classic fairytale characters, and new ones, and find out what happens when wishes do come true. Note: Recommended for ages 10 and up.

May 20
East L.A. Comic-Con; El Gallo Plaza

Attend a homegrown celebration of comic books at this inaugural East L.A. pop-culture gathering.

Through May 21
Renaissance Pleasure Faire; Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

Prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the final weeks of the oldest Ren Faire in the country, with plenty of performances and jousting.

Through May 19
Wild for the Planet; Los Angeles Zoo

Learn how to make a positive impact on the environment during an interactive puppet show and listen to special conservation-themed zookeeper talks and animal feedings.

May 27–29
Fiesta Hermosa; Downtown Hermosa Beach

Bring your beach gear, and roam the 400 vendor stalls plus carnival rides and petting zoo at this Memorial Day weekend block party.

May 27–29
Wild Art Weekend; Kidspace Children’s Museum

Paint a landscape, make an animal mask and discover vibrant patterns within nature during this artsy exploration of the great outdoors.

Through Sept 4
Butterfly Pavilion; Natural History Museum

Wander around the Natural History Museum’s seasonal pavilion as hundreds of free-flying moths and butterflies flutter overhead.

Ongoing
Free museum days; Various locations

Make the most of free days at LACMA, the Natural History Museum and more, plus always-free museums like the Hammer, Getty and Broad.

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Watch classic sci-fi flicks at Union Station this spring

Watch classic sci-fi flicks at Union Station this spring

Union Station is a beautiful and dramatic backdrop for watching a film, but we’re used to seeing things in the vein of old Hollywood classics in that setting. This season, though, they’re changing the script for a series they’re calling Sci-Fi at Union Station, featuring futuristic tales with a distinctly L.A. lens.

The series kicks off tomorrow with a showing of everyone’s favorite dystopian vision of Los Angeles, Blade Runner. While Ridley Scott’s classic is set in the now not-so-distant future, the vibe is decidedly noir, which might just make the Art Deco Union Station, a filming location for several of the best-known film noir movies, the perfect backdrop.

Next up in the series, on May 12, is the 1954 Them! The campy flick about enormous man-eating ants is considered the first big hit in the “nuclear monster” sub-genre of Cold War-era science fiction. Several scenes were filmed at Union Station and others were shot along the banks of the L.A. River.

Sci-Fi at Union Station wraps up on June 9 with the most contemporary film in the slate, Her, from 2013. The film was selected for the series in part because of the vision it includes of what riding the Metro in L.A. might be like in the near future. Subway to the beach? Well, we’re pretty much there. Operating systems that we fall in love with might still be a little further off, though not if Elon Musk has anything to say about it. 

Sci-Fi at Union Station takes place at 8:30pm on April 5, May 12 and June 9. Entry is free with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Films are shown indoors in the main ticketing hall.

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Every vegan delight under the sun will be at Eat Drink Vegan

Every vegan delight under the sun will be at Eat Drink Vegan

Eat Drink Vegan is returning to the Rose Bowl on May 27 for a celebration of all things delicious and animal-friendly. The region’s best plant-based chefs and restaurants will gather alongside craft breweries, local winemakers, and soda, cider and kombucha makers to offer tastes of the vegan lifestyle that are sure to impress everyone from hardcore vegans to those who typically gravitate to the beefiest burger they can sink their teeth into.

As you stroll the grounds of the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Course, you’ll have the opportunity to try drinks and bites from more than 75 restaurants, food trucks, and tasting stations, with all food available to purchase a la carte. Adult tickets include a souvenir four-ounce glass, which you can have filled with unlimited pours of all the beverage options.

Check out the full list of vendors below:

Sizzle Pie

Chickpea & Olive

The Healthy Junk

Butcher’s Daughter

Amazebowls

Taqueria la Venganza

Broken Spanish

Badmaash

Donna Jean

Sweetfin Poke

Scoops Westside

Peaceful Provisions

Block Party x Cena Vegan

Cafe Gratitude

Trejo’s Tacos

Hanjip

Sumo Dog

Donut Friend

Beer Belly

Mandoline Grill

Charlie’s Brownies

Beefsteak

Groundwork

Bondi Harvest

Berben and Wolff

Word of Mouth

Yeastie Boys Bagels

Yoga-Urt

Kogi BBQ

Sage

Abbot’s Butcher

AvocaToast

Baby Love Sweetery

Beetchup

Bling Bling Dumpling

Border Grill Truck

Casa

Cena Vegan

Clara Cakes

Clean South

Clover Juice

Colima Coconuts

Diablo Pops

Divine Dips

Donut Farm

El Machete

Evolve Bakery

Fatsquatch

Follow Your Heart

Grilled Cheese Truck

IEATGRASS

India Jones

Indie Jams

Infinity Sauce

Jaycelab

Kelly’s Croutons

Kettle Chips

Kind Kreme

Leaf Cuisine

Les Beaux Chocolats

LIVEAT Chocolate

Love You Latte

Lundberg Family Farms

Mama’s International Tamales

Mod Foods Co.

Pies By Domonic

Power Plant Jerky

Proper’s Pickle

Pudding Truck

Ridiculous Baking Co

Riot Grill

Rowe of Venice

Shojin

Shugah Mama

Smart Pressed Juice

Snackrilege

Southern Fried Vegan

The Sushi Conscious

The Vegetarian Blog

The Walrus and The Hedgehog

Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies

Urban Ramen

You Are Loved Foods

The event, formerly known as the Vegan Beer and Food Festival, is open to kids, though the beer and wine areas will be exclusively open to those ages 21 and above. Families can buy discounted child tickets for those aged 5 to 15, which don’t include the souvenir cup or unlimited beverage pours that come standard with general admission or VIP passes.

Eat Drink Vegan takes place May 27 from noon to 9pm at the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Course. Tickets are available online for $55, $105 for VIP. 

 

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Everything you need to know about the Museum of Ice Cream coming to L.A.

Everything you need to know about the Museum of Ice Cream coming to L.A.

If you’ve ever wanted to do the backstroke in a pool of sprinkles—à la a more sugary Scrooge McDuck—then prepare your sweet tooth for the Museum of Ice Cream.

The Museum of Ice Cream, which first popped up in New York last year, will make its way to Los Angeles this spring. The hands-on ice cream-themed experience promises 10 reimagined installations across a space four times larger than New York’s. You’ll find it at 2018 East 7th Place in the Arts District from April 22 until May 29.

Part ice cream parlor, part Pop Art gallery space, the Museum of Ice Cream includes a rotating selection of scoops from the likes of McConnell’s, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus and CREAM. On the installation side, you’ll find everything from a melted popsicle jungle to a room filled with 10,000 “bananas”—and of course that hundred-million-sprinkles pool.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 3 at 9am, with two American Express presales (one for regular card-holders, one for fancy Platinum members) beginning March 30 at 9am. Each ticket—priced at $29, or $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+)—includes two ice cream tastings and other surprise treats. It’s a pretty steep cost to snap a couple of Instagram pics, but we suggest securing your tickets right away if you’re interested; the entire run sold out in just a couple of hours in New York and prompted resale tickets as high as $100 on Craigslist.

If you need any more convincing, here’s a look at the museum when it first opened in New York.

 

The Museum of Ice Cream (2018 E 7th Pl) runs April 22 through May 29 every day except Tuesday from 11am to 10pm. Learn more and purchase tickets here

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