Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Who cares about Coachella? It's all about BROKEchella this year!!

It's that time of the year again... and it's time to see some great music WITHOUT the $400 price tag, the long ass drive out to the desert stuck in traffic, and the overpriced beers in crowded beer tents.  Check out the line-up below for the 2014 Brokechella!



This year, BROKECHELLA will host festival mainstay and LA Weekly top live bands finalist, electronic folk duo yOya and fellow returning acts “bi-polar-folk”-blues group Kera & the Lesbians, and Echo Park garage pop fan favorite LA Font. Alongside eight acts new to the cARTel stage, these Los Angeles must-hears represent a variety of the city's most thriving musical movements. For 2014, we welcome a host of international acts via our brand-new World Initiative, including Swiss trash-pop iTunes chart topper ZIBBZ. The cARTel Stage will also host shoegaze pop/folk collective Hott MT, former opener for the Flaming Lips; electronic trio drawing from Chicago classic soul & experimental psychedelia Greenhorse; dark, dreamy female fronted rock band Dark Furs; ambitious surfer rock via Francisco The Man; glam-blues power pop rockers The Singles; harmony driven disco-synth dance group Vibes; and the rhythmic indie pop newcomers StaG.

What: Fourth Annual Brokechella Art & Music Festival
When: Saturday April 19th, 2014
Where: 590 Sante Fe Avenue in DTLA
How: $10 Admission / $20 At The Door
BUY: www.brokechella.com

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Best Bites and Bytes from the Third Annual LA Food & Wine Festival

So this year marks yet another wildly successful, hilarious and amazing weekend filled with food, drinks, chefs and crazy stories.  While I am SO SAD to not have spent the weekend with my OG LAFW Asian Posse (...and Chef Kerry Heffernan) there were still some pretty amazing bites and bytes.

First with the Bites.  What does it say about me that my favorite "Bites" were all of the alcoholic variety?   But seriously, Boozy Oysters and Alcoholic Whippets?!

Boozy Oysters - So Matt Biancaniello, Mixologist Extraordinaire WOULD have a booth called EAT YOUR DRINK... and what's more decadent than eating an alcoholic oyster?  Of course his alcoholic oyster was flavored with Shiso infused Cocchi Americano, Blueberry Juice Air, Cotton Candy Grapes, Ghost Chili Sea Salt and paired with a shot of Roasted Hatch infused Aloe Vera Booze.

Phew, that was quite a mouthful to say!

What it was...was interesting.  And spicy.  And sweet.  And original.  It was simply a bite of food that really made you think.

Chemistry and antics aside, what Matt managed to accomplish in one bite of food is something rare and amazing, balancing all 5 flavors in this surprising dish.

Alcoholic Whippets from Chef Andre Bienvenu! Now I must confess... Joe's Stone Crab was not on my list of places to expect the unexpected.  Where did I miss that memo?

But that's what festivals like this are all about right?  Discovering someone new, trying something you might have missed?

He first caught my attention with "Peking Duck Cotton Candy."  Yep.  You read that correctly.  On first bite it tasted like the sweet fluffy stuff we know so well.  But then the duck dust kicked in and then yep... there was that hint of duck.  Of sweet roasted duck.  And the tastebuds were instantly confused.

Then he had some seafood popcorn?  Sure?  I mean why not?  The food is a little gimmicky, but hey, if the flavors are there then suddenly it all is worth it.  Plus who doesn't like to have a little fun with their food?

OR a LOT of fun.  Now at the after-party on Saturday night I was greeted with a "omg have you had the alcoholic whippets yet?!"

Que?

YEP.  Patron, Espresso and Bailey's WHIPPETS.  Which may or may not have left me with a nasty hangover.  It could have been the lightbulb cocktails.

Regardless... Now that I've fully recovered I must know how this was done.  Anyone?

And onto the BYTES.  Sound Bytes that is...


Duff Goldman
"You want to know what would REALLY set the twitter world a-buzz? An umami burger IN a cronut… and serve it up ON a sharknado cake"

Scott Conant 

Brandi: Maybe we'll get the chance to cook together!
Scott: Oh, you cook? What do you like to make?
Brandi: Um… ummm. Well I make a boxer dropper dip!
Scott: … What?
Brandi: You know, it's a dip so good it'll make your boxers fall right off!
Scott: How do you know I wear boxers, I might be a briefs guy ;)

Scott: It's my new cookbook for all of the Scarpetta's
Brandi: Oh, so like a lot of family recipes?
Scott: You've never eaten at my restaurant. She's never eaten at my restaurant?!

David Burtka & NPH 
In the middle of interviewing David Burtka I got an annoying tap on the shoulder with a "Wrap it up. You gotta wrap this up right now. One more question!" Brandi & I look at each other and are like who's bugging us about interviewing David Burtka?!

Go figured. NPH wanted his hubby back.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Food Porn: Introducing the Ramen Burger!

Like all good foodies I've become obsessed with the Tastemade app... granted I'm still anxiously awaiting version 2.0 which promises a lot more latitude in creating fun and EASY videos.  But at the very least it does give the instant gratification of making something exciting and fun.

That said, with great power comes great responsibility.  So when we were filming our tutorial on how to make the RAMEN Burger, I had to snap away a little food porn segment for the tastemade app as well!

 
So now that you're all nice and hungry... be sure to check out the video on how to actually make this madness over at Yumsugar.com!



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

8 Heavenly Flavors of Pork Belly: Palsaik Samgyupsal

8 Flavors of Pork Belly. EIGHT.

Yes. You heard that right.

8 deliciously succulent, fatty, amazingly unctuous rolls of juicy pork belly marinated in 8 ridiculously unbeliBABEable sauces grilled to perfection in a way only Koreans know how…

 

It's really quite amazing seeing all of the different rolls of fatty belly arrive at your table, and most of the flavors are quite unique... however be wary of too much soju & beer... it dulls the senses.  And while you'll need that little bit of refreshment to cut through the fat, trust me you're going to want to experience every flavor this meal has to offer!

The set meal is $50 and includes the tray of pork, some banchan and a seafood stew that they turn into a hot pot of fried rice at the end of the meal. It's large enough to feed two hungry meat eaters, or four normal dinner guests.

Oh that and if you're nice your waiter will sing to you.  Or at least he sang to us :)

Palsaik Samgyupsal Korean BBQ
863 S Western Ave

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Job, New Adventures, New EATS...

Hey friends... it's been a little while since this was an active blog and there's always the promise of writing more, adding more content, doing more and for the last year or so it's been tough with a constant flux of changing jobs, changing careers and a slowly changing life. But obviously it's all for the better. I'm happy. I'm really happy. Be jealous. I get to work with some of my closest friends producing content that I'm actually passionate about and I'm having fun doing it.
So in that all encompassing phrase of "I can do more," yes I can do more.  And once I figure out how to transfer this bad boy over to my other website www.nicolemiizuka.com I'll have even more of a reason to post new and delightful things!

Until then... Cheers, Kampai, Salute and Enjoy life!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Island's Restaurant || 3.18.13

I'm a Hawaiian, medium-rare with grilled onions and a side of cheddar fries.

God I was such a nerd in high school.  I mean, not that I'm not still a nerd, but... I think I've rounded out the rest of my attributes quite nicely.

Everyone has it.  That one place that was the "go-to" spot.  Where you could always count on a reliable meal, reserved tables and a great time. Island's Restaurant was hands down our high school haunt, and all of my friends could be identified by the type of burger they always ordered.  We were creatures of habit, and it was quite easy at a restaurant that offered a variety of fun burgers and the BEST cheddar cheese fries ever.

So when they asked me to come check out their newest burger on the menu, the Nalu Nalu, I couldn't think of something I'd want more!  A burger, fries & cocktails... and a trip down memory lane.  Done.

First up on the docket was a newbie to the menu... Ahi Poke?  Well being the "Hawaiian" girl I had to try this little gem.  Tuna marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil & sambal (which we totally looked up and is a spice blend from Indonesia) topped with scallions & sesame seeds.  OK, pretty simple presentation.  The fish was fresh and flavorful, but I do wish there was a little more kick to the seasoning.  If you're a sucker for sesame then this would be right up your alley.

I think the most surprisingly delicious addition to the plate were the homemade won-ton chips.  Very lightly fried and super crispy, I could have easily eaten a basket on their own with a pint of beer.

Appetizers aside, it was time for the big burger.  The Nalu Nalu.  Tradition topped with roasted garlic aioli, provolone cheese, sauteed onions, mixed peppers, hot deli pepper rings and lettuce.  Described as the "philly cheese-steak burger" certainly does this justice.

It makes sense.  Smother a good burger on a soft and toasty roll with cheese, peppers and onions?  Who wouldn't want that?

But I think the thing that was the most surprising was how much it actually tasted like a good ole philly cheese-steak.  I think the secret's in the bun.  It has just the right amount of density to soak up all the roasted goodness while still keeping it's texture to hold up to the mountain of meat and cheese.

My friend wanted to kick it up a notch, and this being his first time EVER at an Island's, I told him he needed his signature.

Kilauea for the win!  Jalapeno & black pepper crusted burger with pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato and the very mysterious Island Reds sauce rounded out his sky high burger that almost felt like a food stylist was hard at work in the kitchen prepping this thing.

Oh right and a mountain of onion rings?

I think it's pretty easy to say that anything filled with onion rings will be great.  Especially when they're of the thinly sliced, seasoned and fried variety.

It's nice to see that while the culinary scene in Los Angeles is always in constant fluctuation, one of my staples has remained the same.  They haven't given into trends or fads.  They know what they're doing is producing delicious and quality food and I swear I'd probably kill someone if they ever take those Cheddar Cheese Fries off their menu!

And for dessert... I like Pina Colada!

Island's Restaurant
10948 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 474-1144
http://www.islandsrestaurants.com/

Friday, February 8, 2013

I Heart Ramen! (RAW-MEN)

Not that it's ever an excuse to stop blogging... I know I took a retardedly long mini-break from Cake & Heels to start working on a few other ideas that have been kicking around in the back of my brain.

That said I'm back.  I have so many delicious meals and delightful stories to share, so get ready!

Also this has been a graphic I've been wanting to create for a while.  I will probably be making t-shirts, so if you want one please do let me know!

I Heart Raw MEN.  Oh and the noodle version too.


xoxo
Cake & Heels

Friday, October 19, 2012

Weekend Docket: 10/19/12

If I weren't working all weekend I'd most certainly be at Elise Cantu's play Those Whom the God's Love!!  But sadly since I am, I won't be doing much of anything aside from sleeping.  So tell me what exciting things you all are up to this weekend instead!

And remember, if you want to connect, you can always follow me on twitter @nicolemiizuka or find me on Facebook

All Weekend
Rocktoberfest at L.A. LIVE
Friday & Saturday
What do you get when you combine KISS front man Gene Simmons with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck and AEG? Rocktoberfest at L.A. LIVE. Nightly festivities will include DJs and live bands, special celebrity guests, beer-friendly cuisine, local, national and international beers, and a special craft beer festival on Sunday, October 21. Nightly festivities are scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 through Saturday, October 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with early bird tickets starting at just $20. Closing out the first annual Rocktoberfest on Sunday, October 21, will be the Craft Brew Festival from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. which will feature more than 50 different craft beers and breweries. 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 http://www.rocktoberfest.com/rocktoberfest-l-a-live/

60-cent Burgers at Tops
Friday & Saturday
To celebrate their 60th anniversary, your grandparents are going to have gross old-sex and watch CSI. And while they're doing that, you'll be out at Pasadena landmark Tops celebrating their 60th anniversary Friday and Saturday by having 60-cent burgers w/ onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and pastrami. The Original Tops: 3838 E Colorado; Pasadena http://www.theoriginaltops.com/

Vintage Fashion Expo
Saturday & Sunday
This coming year for 2012 the Vintage Fashion Expo now being well into its third decade will have its next show this coming Oct. 20th & 21st, 2012. The show will be held once again at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA., Main & Pico. Dealers from across the country will be presenting vintage clothing for men and women. Women"s hats, shoes, dresses, costume and estate jewelry. Vintage eye wear. Men's suits, shoes, shirts, watches, ties and more. Fantastic textiles for the home. Show hours are Sat. Early Buy 9:00am-10:30am. Regular Admission 10:30am-6:00pm. Sun. Regular Admission 11:00am-5:00pm. FREE entrance on Sun. with Sat. ticket purchase. Students free on Sun. with student ID. Early Buy Admission is $20.00. Regular Admission is $10.00. http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Friday, 10/19
Comme Ca’s 5th Anniversary $5.55 Cocktail Special All Night
Huzzahs are in order for WeHo restaurant Comme Ca’s 5th anniversary. To mark the occasion, they’re serving up $5.55 cocktails and a three-course $55 menu. The specialty cocktails-on-the-cheap, by Comme Ca’s original 18A mixology team members Tim Loden and Jeff Knudsen, include the Comme Ca Elysee with gin, yellow chartreuse, lime and Pechaud’s and Rose Sangaree with St. Germaine, rose and muddle fruit. Comme Ca West Hollywood, 8479 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood http://www.commecarestaurant.com/

Saturday, 10/20
Brewery Art Walk Fall 2012
11am - 6pm
Yup, it’s already that time of year again, the second Brewery ArtWalk. Only twice a year does the huge art complex open the doors of all its studios to the public. With over 100 participating resident artists, there will be lots to see (and buy). Make sure to stop by Hollis Bulleit’s studio (yup, THAT Bulleit) where she’ll be selling her pins, jewelry and, yes, her famous headdresses! The Brewery Artist Lofts, 2100 N Main Street, Los Angeles http://breweryartwalk.com/

Egyptian Theatre 90th Anniversary Masquerade Ball
6:30pm
Dance floor and band stage sponsored by the Art Deco Society Los Angeles. Beverages sponsored by Frey Vineyards, Hubert's Lemonade, Hansen's, Chivas Regal, St. George Spirits, The Six Shooter Company, and Anheuser-Busch (Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden). The Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard has been rolling films on the big screen since 1922 when the movies didn’t yet talk and Howard C. Carter was still hot on the trail of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. A theater owner named Sid Grauman was tapped by developer Charles E. Toberman to open a grand movie palace on Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in an area of the city not yet particularly known for night life. The theatre opened to great fanfare on October 18, 1922 with silent film era royalty Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin in attendance - and the rest is legend. Please join the American Cinematheque in honoring the legacy of the Egyptian Theatre, the home of the first Hollywood movie premiere! http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/egyptian-theatre-90th-anniversary-masquerade-ball

Hollywood on Tap
1 - 5pm
Join us Saturday, October 20, 2012 for Hollywood On Tap, a Craft Beer Festival, held in the heart of Hollywood, California at Paramount Studios on the iconic “Streets of New York” backlot. This afternoon fest will feature local and popular craft brews, live music, and the best food trucks Los Angeles has to offer. With over 100 specialty beers on tap and a variety of ffood trucks like the Green Truck, Coolhaus, India Jones and Trailer Park truck, this is shaping up to be a delightful afternoon in the sun on the iconic New York streets on the backlot at Paramount Studios. Tickets are $50 for VIP and $40 regular admission. Paramount Studios: 5555 Melrose Ave. http://www.hollywoodontap.com/

Sunday, 10/21
LA Magazine’s 2012 Food Event
2pm - 5pm
The Food Event 2012 is Los Angeles magazine's seventh annual culinary extravaganza. The day features great chefs, culinary experts, sommeliers, plus unlimited food, wine, and spirits -- all in one place, for one price. Watch celebrity chefs in the demonstration kitchen and epicurean experts participate in panels in the VOSS Conversation Lounge. Restaurants are hand selected by our James Beard award-winning dine editor. The incredible rural setting, Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, home to Semler and Saddlerock wines, sets this culinary event above others. The ranch boasts acres and acres of natural beauty, vineyards, rolling hills, animals like llamas and zebras, and space to spread out and relax for a true escape from the city, but with just a short drive. So come dressed casual -- comfortable shoes are a must -- and please leave the pets and kids at home. Unfortunately for the little ones, the event is 21+ only. Be sure to purchase tickets early this year. The event is becoming very popular and will sell out! Hope to see you there! $115-$130. Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu http://www.lamag.com/thefoodevent/

Friday, October 12, 2012

Weekend Docket: 10/12/12

Just in case you missed seeing the Space Shuttle roll by, don't you worry.  There are plenty of other fun and exciting things going on in LA this weekend!  I'm a little bummed about missing the Taste of Abbot Kinney, but that's because I'll be Urban Scavenger Hunting with LivingSocial Adventures and then trying not to die with Epicuryan's challenge of eating everything at the menu on Red Medicine... wish me luck!

And remember, if you want to connect, you can always follow me on twitter @nicolemiizuka or find me on Facebook

All Weekend
Dudamel Conducts Where the Wild Things Are
Friday & Saturday 8pm | Sunday 2pm
The late Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book comes to life in Oliver Knussen’s charming one-act opera. This new production by UK director Netia Jones turns the well-loved book into a magical multimedia event by using innovative technologies that combine live performers with Sendak’s incomparable artwork. Sharing the bill is Ravel’s beloved Mother Goose, presented with equally imaginative video imagery. The L.A. Philharmonic puts its spin on Sendak’s raucous classic, with live performers interacting with iconic artwork, cutting-edge video, and Dudamel’s magic wand. Tickets ($18-$179) Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave. http://www.laphil.com/tickets/where-wild-things-are/2012-10-11

L.A. Antiques, Art, and Design Show
Friday - Sunday
Find inspiration inside an airplane hangar as 60 renowned galleries and designers from around the globe show off their vintage treasures and refurbished finds. Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography-and represent Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a contemporary museum on its campus. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing Transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection. The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., b/t S. Bundy Dr. & Dewey St., Santa Monica. Admission ($20) at the door. http://www.losangelesantiqueshow.com/

Friday, 10/12
Unwanted: A Blacklight Poster Exhibit
Opening Party at 7:30pm
As part of Nightmare City, its monthlong festival of ghoulish cinema, Cinefamily is transforms its upstairs office into a temporary art gallery to showcase horror-themed blacklight posters. Check out the radiant popular artform once relegated to smoke-filled suburban basements. Comic artist Sammy Harkham does the curating. The opening night party on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. features DJs picked by Mount Analog's Mahssa Taghinia and a cauldron of psychedelic programming from Cinefamily’s band of basement dwellers. Cinefamily 611 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036 ;http://www.cinefamily.org/films/nightmare-city-unwelcome-a-blacklight-poster-exhibit/

Saturday, 10/13
Taste of Italy
5pm - 10pm 
The annual Taste of Italy is Los Angeles’ premier cultural- gastronomic event. Presented by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Italy America Chamber of Commerce West, Taste of Italy features exceptional Italian and Italian American restaurants, many of which have won Italy’s highest culinary honor, the Marchio Ospitalitá Italiana, as well as dozens of wineries and purveyors of culinary specialties. With each General Admission ticket, guests receive 10 tasting tickets – six for food and four for beverage. Additional taste tickets can be purchased at the event. Each ticket is good for one “taste” or portion of food and beverage. Admission is $50. 424 North Main Street. Los Angeles http://www.italianhall.org/tasteofitaly.html

Halloween-Themed Movie Props Auction
Saturday & Sunday
Premiere Props will be auctioning over 500 costumes and horror-themed props. There will be a preview from 9-11am PT with the live auction beginning at 11am PT. The event will feature items from iconic horror film franchises including "Halloween," "Nightmare on Elm Street," "Scream," and "Saw," as well as items from the upcoming thrillers "Abduction," starring Taylor Lautner and "Straw Dogs." In addition items from Forrest J. Ackerman's personal collection will also be up for bid. Ackerman was the original fan boy and the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and is said to have amassed the largest personal collection of science-fiction and fantasy memorabilia. Premiere Props 128 Sierra Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 http://www.premiereprops.com/

Cultivate L.A.
6pm - 10pm
Join local chefs and vintners at Cultivate L.A. to support local foster kids, while enjoying an unforgettable evening of elegance and style under the stars at one of L.A.’s most historic and scenic private homes. Sample the finest tastes from the region’s favorite restaurants, vintners, breweries, and artisanal food producers. The line-up includes Suzanne Goin of Tavern, AOC and Lucques, Susan Feniger of Street and the Border Grill restaurants, Jeffrey Cerciello of Farmshop, Joachim Splichal of Patina, Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City, and Michael McCarty of the legendary Michael’s. Sip wines from esteemed California vintners including Moraga Vineyards, Margerum, Cent ‘Anni, Frank Family Vineyards and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, and enjoy pours from The Macallan. Try treats from the Best Desserts in L.A. table featuring Sprinkles, Magnolia, Duff’s Cakemix, Buttercake Bakery, Vanilla Bake Shop, and Sweet Butter Kitchen. Tickets are $170. http://www.unitedfriends.org/news-events/cultivate-la/

Sunday, 10/14
Taste of Abbot Kinney
3pm - 6:30pm
The Taste of Abbot Kinney supports Inside Out Community Arts and celebrates some of Venice’s best restaurants. The afternoon event focuses on Abbot Kinney’s culinary talent and features a restaurant walking tour where you can sample signature dishes from your favorite chefs as well as enjoy wine and beer tastings. Highlights also include special presentations and cooking demonstrations during the VIP hour featuring local chefs and VIP reception host Adam Gertler from The Food Network. Plus this is your first chance to check out FEED Body & Soul a brand new shop from Executive Chef Matthew Dickson. He'll be offering attendees a sneak peek of the restaurant and serving acai sorbet at the VIP reception at the event! Boardriders, 585 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA http://www.insideoutca.org/get-involved/attend-an-event/taste-of-abbot-kinney/

AIDS Walk Los Angeles
8:30am
As much as I love supporting AIDS research, I do wish they didn't make a HUGE loop right around where I live.  In the event that I don't wake up early enough to escape before street closures I'll probably be wandering around this at some point. If you want to, join 30,000 participants who are walking in the largest AIDS fundraising event in California. Proceeds support AIDS Project Los Angeles, which raises money to provide services to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS. The walk, which begins and ends in West Hollywood, makes a loop around Melrose, Fairfax, Beverly, and San Vicente. http://www.aidswalk.net/losangeles

Neat Bar’s 1-Year Anniversary
5pm
Mixology king Aidan Demarest's Glendale hideaway, Neat, turns 1 this Sunday. To celebrate the milestone, Demarest is throwing a birthday bash that day featuring a backyard BBQ, lots of Sailor Jerry barrel-aged cocktails and a stellar lineup of guest bartenders including John Lermayer, Erick Castro, Mia Sarazen, Rich Andreoli and Arash Pakzad. When Demarest opened Neat, his business plan flew in the face of the city's thriving mixology scene. His idea was to serve spirits neat beside a great beer. No frills, no flair, no housemade syrups, fancy garnishes or complicated floats. The time was right and the bar has thrived alongside a still-vibrant craft cocktail scene, proving that it takes all kinds when it comes to booze in L.A. For now, though, he's just happy to make it to the one-year mark and plans to celebrate in grand style. Neat Bar, 1114 N Pacific Avenue, Glendale http://neatbarglendale.com/

Tuesday, October 16
Test Kitchen Returns
October 16 - November 11
It's baaaaack!  The popular pop-up restaurant series returns with a vengance at a brand new location in the Arts District downtown.  In the vein of the last iteration of the TK, chefs will be taking over the kitchen at Bestia in the month or so before the restaurant finally opens up.  With the starting crew of Walter Manzke (Republique), Neal Fraser (The Strand House), Bestia’s pastry chef Genevieve Gergis and BLD’s pastry chef Mariah Swan. Julian Cox and Josh Goldman will be doing up the cocktails. If you want to know who else will be there in the coming weeks, sign up for the Test Kitchen newsletter. Bestia, 2121 East 7th Place, Downtown www.testkitchenla.com

Those Whom The God's Love
October 18th - October 28th
My friend Elise Cantu is starring in a play!!!!  GO SEE IT!  Here are their dets:

We are transforming a warehouse loft into a theatrical space, in which we tell a cautionary tale of the 21st century chockfull of wit. Audience members are to congregate at our lobby & neighboring restaurant, called Eat.Drink.Americano where they can have a delicious dining experience (prix fixe menu dedicated to the show) or glass of wine. Their guide (a KIDS TERRIBLES trademark) will pick them up from the venue 10 minutes before showtime, and escort them to the nearby loft where the story begins. Dining at Americano not required, but don't be late or you'll be left behind!

www.elisecantu.com
With an original score fusing old hollywood (Singin' in the Rain) with the new (Nicki Minaj), and an actual apartment space where the audience watches the goings on of the actors whose states of mind unravel during scene transitions, it will surely be a humorous yet maniacal thrill ride in which the audience partakes.

This is the comic tragedy of Sonia, a sheltered astrophysics major at the University of Chicago; she secures an Internet boyfriend, Darren, an aging trust fund baby in Malibu, who flies her out for the weekend to lose her virginity. Lulu, Darren's neighbor and Harvard dropout turned undercover paparazzi - will stop at nothing to win back the love of a Lindsay Lohanesque superstar who sent her on a downward spiral. When Lulu and Darren invite Sonia into their make believe world, where you can't tell the difference between the "Hollywood dream" and reality, Sonia questions her own identity.

 After the show, join some of the cast & production members back at Americano - with your ticket stub, there will be drink specials just for our guests! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/278734?date=716813

Friday, October 5, 2012

Weekend Docket: 10/5/12

I'll keep this short and sweet, it's the weekend and I'm reclaiming my single-dom so I expect I'll be out with my girlfriends enjoying the town!  Cheers!

And remember, if you want to connect, you can always follow me on twitter @nicolemiizuka or find me on Facebook

Friday, 10/5
The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years
6:30pm
Timed with the release of the freaking awesome Adele Bond Song the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years." Held 50 years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, "Dr. No," the evening pays homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the films themselves. Hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame, the program will feature many of the people who made the music, including composer Bill Conti ("For Your Eyes Only"), songwriter Carole Bayer Sager ("Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me"), lyricist Don Black (title songs for "Thunderball," "Diamonds Are Forever," "The Man with the Golden Gun" and "The World Is Not Enough") and guitarist Vic Flick, who laid down the famous guitar lick for the "James Bond Theme." There also will be a special video message from actor Roger Moore. Tickets are $5 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2012/20120921.html

Saturday, 10/6
Eagle Rock Music Festival
2pm - 11pm
Dancing in the streets until midnight is probably not the most attractive idea in the hot and humid Miami-like weather we've been enduring lately. In a little more than three weeks, though, that’s precisely what tens of thousands of people are likely to do as Eagle Rock’s biggest annual event—the 14th Eagle Rock Music Festival—gets underway. Last year’s festival, held on the stretch of Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Townsend, started at 4 p.m. This year, the festival kicks off at 2 p.m. to enable more “family friendly programming,” in the words of Renée Dominique, development director at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, which presents the festival along with the office of Councilmember José Huizar. Colorado Blvd., b/t Argus Dr. & Eagle Rock Blvd. N., Eagle Rock http://cfaer.org/

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
2pm - 9pm
Los Angeles based vintage pop up A Current Affair brings together over 30 of the best vintage retailers and private dealers for semi-annual shows that showcase the best in vintage rarities. The show features an open bar, music by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges, and a special guest host who curates an exhibit of vintage looks pulled from the show. Founder Richard Wainwright states “the vision behind A Current Affair is that of a unique vintage marketplace where the fashion forward customer merges with inspiring vintage collections that are relevant within the realm of contemporary style.” Each A Current Affair event presents an opportunity to shop rare and one of a kind items. Subscribe to our mailing list above to keep informed of future events and special offers. For information of becoming a vendor, please contact us with a brief description of your business and include relevant links and images. Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., at E. Ninth St. Downtown http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

BAM Fest
1pm
Beer, Art and Music! Who could ask for a more wonderful combination. This October 18th Street Arts Center brings its renowned BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival) to the Westside of L.A. Held in the heart of Santa Monica, BAM Fest celebrates the best of locally produced art and music in conjunction with a variety of delicious craft beers. With 35-plus breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest is prepared to draw record-breaking crowds in its third year as one of the Westsides’ most anticipated festivals. 18th Street Arts Center Map 1639 18th Street (@ Olympic) http://18thstreet.org/public-programs/upcoming-events/bam-fest-2012

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
10:30am - 4:30pm
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the 3rd annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will return to the beautiful Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades for the most highly anticipated and stylish daytime event in Los Angeles! Set on the idyllic grounds where famous actor and polo connoisseur Will Rogers used to play polo himself along with fellow Hollywood luminaries, this historic site is located just outside Rogers’ former private home. Angelenos are invited to spend their Saturday watching world-renowned polo player and event co-host Nacho Figueras and his team, Black Watch, go head-to-head against Team Nespresso, all while sipping Veuve Clicquot and enjoying fare from some of Los Angeles’ most celebrated gourmet food trucks. 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road Pacific Palisades http://www.vcpoloclassic.com/

29th Hollywood Forever Cemetery Event
10am - 12pm
Join us Saturday, October 6, 2012 for a pre-Halloween tour people are dying to take. The 2 to 2-1/2 hour guided walking tour explores the early pioneers who mapped Hollywood, and those stars and movie moguls who put Hollywood on the map. Tourgoers can expect an historical perspective of Hollywood within the 113-year old cemetery from the Victorian, Art Deco, and Modern tombstones-- and the stories they tell. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. until noon from the fountain inside the main gate. Please note the last scheduled tour leaves at noon. Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. http://adsla.org/info/content/october-6-29th-hollywood-forever-cemetery-event

Barnsdall Outdoor Movies: Pulp Fiction
5:30pm
Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy outdoor screenings on the West Lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, perched on the beautiful Olive Hill at Barnsdall Park. Join us for beer, wine, and a modern classic film that showcases the architectural and historical uniqueness of Los Angeles. All screenings are 17+ to attend and 21+ to drink. This is seriously my FAVORITE outdoor screening series in Los Angeles and with their awesome lineup you should seriously start planning your Saturday nights around this! Remaining Screenings Oct 6: Pulp Fiction, Oct 13: Sunset Boulevard, Oct 20: Laurel Canyon, Oct 27: House on Haunted Hill. Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90027 http://www.barnsdall.org/events-2/outdoor-movies/

Sunday, 10/7
1st Annual FIG Restaurant Sausage Fest
5pm - 8pm
This is probably the one sausage fest that guys won’t object to going to. It features all the sausage you can take for $69 and beer to wash that all down. Participating chefs include Ray’s and Stark Bar’s Kris Morningstar, Cooks County’s Daniel Mattern and, of course, Fig’s Ray Garcia. Its the inaugural Sausage Fest with a night of links, sides and other snacks, plus beers from Smog City, Hopf Wheat and Noble Ale Works! Fig Santa Monica, 101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica http://figsausagefest.eventbrite.com/

Abbot Kinney Festival
10am - 6pm
It's the annual block party celebrating youth, arts, and beautification programs turns AK up a notch with crafts, beer gardens, and three stages of music. Who doesn't love spending an lovely day strolling around the best of the vintage Venice hipsters, listening to music, eating good food and drinking beer? Plus, as a true community collaborator, the festival lightens its footprint with bike valets, biodegradable utensils, and a multitude of recycling bins. Abbot Kinney Blvd., b/t Main St. & Venice Blvd., Venice http://abbotkinney.org/

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