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Does it sound dramatic if I say food has never let me down? (Okay—maybe once when I got food poisoning on a flight back from New York—but hey, forgive and forget). Serious talk—pasta and steak kept my family and me happy during our weekly “Sunday night dinners,” that chocolate ice cream my best friend bought me got me through a breakup and now, it’s coffee and brunch that bring my friends and I together. Our Foodie issue was made with Los Angeles in mind. No one does eats and drinks like the City of Angels. Are you ready to order? We’ll start with cocktails crafted by some of LA’s finest bartenders—our Drink Experts (pg. 47)—who know how to raise the bar and create Insta-boomerangstory—worthy drinks. From there, we’re hitting up the best pizza, sushi and tacos in town. We have the right places mapped out in our Foodie Guide (pg. 55) including the tried-and-true taco trucks, the hidden gem pizza places to the authentic sushi restaurants. Have food restrictions? We do, too—check out our “Make the Swap” section and show your friends just what you eat when you’re gluten-free or vegan.

It’s obvious we have a great food scene in LA, but let’s not forget about those who live in the city, too. As the second-most populated city in the nation, we have to look out for each other and LaRayia Gaston, founder of Lunch On Me, is doing just that in Skid Row, making her and her nonprofit our Humanitarian Profile (pg. 72). There’s no shortage of powerhouse women in the city. Our cover star, Nicole Ari Parker, has built an empire for herself, to say the least. She talks about what it takes to make it in Hollywood as an actress, a wife and mother in our cover story (pg. 34). The next time you’re about to meet someone for food or drinks, pick up this issue, choose a place and explore the tastiest food LA has to offer. Gave up on your first New Year resolution? Here’s another one for you: get out more. Stay up late to visit that cute speakeasy or wait in line to try the new burger joint that opened up. I’ll be doing the same! Oh, and one last thing—tip your waiters and bartenders.

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Photographed By: Joe Magnani and Jared Schlachet, jsquaredphotography.com | @j2pix Model: Nicole Ari Parker, @nicoleariparker Location: Poppy, 755 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 310.855.7185 | www.hwoodgroup.com Written By: Jennifer Pellerito, jenontherun.com | @jp_ontherun Styled By: Sara Borgese, saraborgese.net | @s_borgese Hair By: Kiyah Wright , kiyahwright.com | @kiyahwright1 Makeup By: Astrid Monzon, @makeupbyastridmb Apparel Provided By: Bronx & Blanco, www.bronxandblanco.com.au Accessories Provided By: Beth Miller, www.bethmillercollection.com

An unbreakable work ethic can be spotted a mile away. For Nicole Ari Parker, there simply isn’t a light switch that turns her passion for her work on and off—it’s instilled in her personality through and through. Her focus and professionalism came together on the day of the shoot, a perfect counterpart to the deep intensity of the plush, velvet-upholstered furnishings at Poppy.

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Wardrobe Stylist Sara Borgese selected looks that complemented Parker’s powerful stature and elegant demeanor. “Jewel tones look amazing on her,” said Borgese. “Her skin tone is just so gorgeous on the silvery-metallic pantsuit.” Plunging necklines and plenty of shimmer kept pace with Parker’s dynamic poses. For hair, Stylist Kiyah Wright went in a burgundy-brown direction. “Nicole has these beautiful green eyes,” said Wright. “That always leads me into the direction of color.” The loose, rock-star layers gave Parker a look that matched the uninhibited, curling fauxfoliage hanging from the ceiling above inside the nightclub. “We

were going for a clean, fresh look, inspired by the beach,” said Makeup Stylist Astrid Monzon. Although the ambient lighting inside the nightclub was rather dim, photographers Jared Schlachet and Joe Magnani commented: “It’s always tough to light in a club that’s dark, and then make it look not-so-dark. It’s a delicate balance.” The moody lighting added to the sultry atmosphere, along with hypnotic beats playing in the background. Quite frankly, to say the least, Parker killed it. Later on, during our interview, I saw a side of Parker that was also easygoing and profoundly perceptive. She allowed room for vulnerability, openly sharing stories from both her personal and professional life. Despite the backto-back schedule that a successful actress like Parker has, she took the time to respond thoughtfully, with the crystal-clear clarity that only someone who’s an expert in their field can command. Lucky for me, her natural poise, ability to laugh and steadfast determination is irresistibly infectious.

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Sisters Jocelyn and Justine of HangryDiary Have Your Tokyo Travel Guide Ready

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LOCALENDAR 10 LOS ANGELES EVENTS TO START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT WRITTEN BY: NOELLE ROYS

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STRIP DOWN FOR A GOOD CAUSE AT CUPID’S UNDIE RUN February 9

¢ Join Cupid’s Charity

on its mission to cure neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to form in the nervous system, by running through Los Angeles in your underwear. It costs $50 to participate in the Undie Run and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward funding NF research. www.cupids.org

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PUT ON YOUR WINGS February 7-28

¢ For several weeks throughout this month, you can enjoy Red Bull’s Music Festival’s blend of music, gaming, photography and film at several locations throughout the city. This festival is all about exploring how music impacts more than just the ear.

www.redbull.com/us-en/ music/event-series/red-bullmusic-festival-los-angeles

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SIP GREEN BEER AT CASEY’S ST PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL March 17

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holiday experience, join Casey’s Irish Pub in downtown Los Angeles to participate in their annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. Enjoy live music, delicious food, Irish whiskey and green beer all day. The party starts at 6 a.m. and will last until 2 a.m the next morning. 213hospitality.com/caseys

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WATCH SHAKESPEARE’S “HAMLET” IN HIGH-DEFINITION February 24

¢ Watch Academy Award-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch play the role of Hamlet in this high-definition cinematic return of the classic Shakespeare tragedy. Get a ticket to the 2 p.m. film screening at Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation and experience one of London's finest in Southern California.

www.torrancearts.org/hamlet

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WATCH JAMES BAY PERFORM LIVE March 25

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INDULGE IN PLANTBASED DISHES March 23-24

¢ The two-day, annual Vegan Street Fair centered around plantbased food is every vegan’s dream. Attendees will be able to sample vegan dishes from 200 vendors for only $4 or less per portion. www.veganstreetfair.com

START YOUR ENGINES April 12-14

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH FOODIE CON

¢ Race enthusiasts, get ready. Whether you go all-out and purchase a VIP club package or decide to keep it simple with general admission tickets, you will have a blast cheering on racers at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, America’s longest-running major street race.

¢ Foodies are invited to gather at REEF in Downtown Los Angeles for food and beverage tasting, shopping, book signings, cooking classes and more. Tickets to attend this culinary lover’s paradise start at just $15.

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GET ON WITH YOUR NERD SELF February 16-17

¢ Long Beach Comic Expo is returning to the Long Beach Convention Center, where guests are encouraged to sport their best cosplay and will have the opportunity to attend panels and meet and greets with creators from the entertainment industry. longbeachcomicexpo.com

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ROCK OUT TO PANIC! AT THE DISCO February 15

¢ Enjoy a night of fangirling, singing and dancing as you spend the evening watching Panic! at the Disco perform songs from their 6th studio album. The “Pray for the Wicked” tour is making one stop in LA— make sure to be there! www.panicatthedisco.com

Photos - Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”: Johan Persson | Vegan Street Fair: Foster Wilson & Brian Leahy

chance to see Grammynominated artist James Bay headline the “Electric Light” tour at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Bay’s lively rock performance will have you on your feet dancing and singing along all night. Tickets to the show can be purchased for $47.50 and up.

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

Knead to Know THIS PIZZA PRO SHOWS US HOW TO TOSS UP A GOOD TIME

“To treat myself for some end-ofthe-week hangouts with my friends, Harriet’s Rooftop is the spot!”

EXPERT: Caroline D’Amore CREDENTIALS: Owner, D’Amore’s Famous Pizza and Creator, Pizza Girl Pasta Sauces

MONDAY ¢ Market Mondays! Have to start the week off right with all things organic and healthy for the family. So I make it a point to hit up Erewhon on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood and stock up for the week. www.erewhonmarket.com

TUESDAY ¢ Tuesdays are a great day to go to D’Amore’s Pizza because it is their famous $2 Tuesday! It is always packed with regulars and the locals! www.damorespizza.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ On hump days, I like checking in with Project Angel Food to see when I can volunteer throughout the week. It’s always a good mid-week feeling to get in some charity work with an organization that I love. www.angelfood.org

THURSDAY ¢ [Norah] is an amazing market-to-table restaurant in

D’AMORE’S FAMOUS PIZZA 8369 W Third St Los Angeles, CA 90048 323.951.0070 www.damorespizza.com

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West Hollywood. They have the best cornbread I have ever had! It is a great atmosphere for a mid-week business dinner or night out with the girls. www.norahrestaurant.com

FRIDAY ¢ To treat myself for some end-of-the-week hangouts with my friends, Harriet’s Rooftop is the spot! It is so beautiful overlooking West Hollywood at The Jeremy Hotel. www.jeremyhotel.com

SATURDAY ¢ On weekends, I make sure I visit my favorite store, Alice + Olivia on Melrose, to buy the latest designs for my upcoming events and holiday parties. They have the cutest outfits! www.aliceandolivia.com

SUNDAY ¢ For a little zen “me time,” I go to my favorite yoga studio, Namastday, to reboot for the week ahead. They are located in Beverly Hills, CA! www.namastday.com

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Good Food Hunting THIS TELEVISION HOST KNOWS GREAT PLACES TO EAT AND WORK OUT

EXPERT: Hunter March CREDENTIALS: Author and Television Host of “Sugar Rush” and “Nightly Pop”

MONDAY ¢ I try to start my weeks off as if they’re not Mondays, and I do that at The Upright Citizens Brigade. If you enjoy comedy, this is the best $10 you can spend on entertainment in LA. www.franklin.ucbtheatre.com

TUESDAY ¢ LA’s a big place so recommending a restaurant on the other side of the hill is not only pointless but offensive. Versailles Cuban Restaurant is the perfect remedy because there’s one in Westside, Hollywood and on Ventura Blvd. Order the garlic chicken plate and thank me later. www.versaillescuban.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ Now it’s time to sweat off the rice, black beans and plantains from last night and I do that at Equinox. The eucalyptus steam room heals many sore muscles and even some torn hearts. www.equinox.com/clubs/southerncalifornia/los-angeles/losangeles

THURSDAY ¢ The best breakfasts are simple and old-fashioned which is why I love Snug Harbor in Santa Monica. It has golden

hash browns and a huevos ranchero plate that I’ve had more times than I can count. www.snugharbor.us

FRIDAY ¢ I shoot my E! Show “Nightly Pop” with Morgan Stewart and Nina Parker which, by the way, airs on Sunday nights—I’ll be the one on the TV screen! After, I head to one of my favorite restaurants, Firefly.

www.eonline.com/shows/nightly_pop www.fireflystudiocity.com

SATURDAY ¢ Here’s a DON’T for the list. Don’t go to Runyon Canyon. If you prefer that your nature walks have less dog poop, more hiking appropriate outfits, and... nature, try Malibu Creek State Park. www.malibucreekstatepark.org

SUNDAY ¢ You’ve made it through the week, and now it’s time to treat yourself to a day of beautiful art, architecture and alcohol. The Broad is stunning and the restaurant beside it, Otium, has a yuzu lemon and Japanese whiskey cocktail that makes the museum feel even bigger and wobblier. www.thebroad.org

“You’ve made it through the week, and now it’s time to treat yourself to a day of beautiful art, architecture and alcohol.”

HUNTER MARCH www.huntermarch.com @huntermarch Photoshoot Location: NBC STUDIOS Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost THIS CREAMERY STORE OWNER LOVES ASIAN EATS AND STAYING FIT

“After taking care of business, I’ll find any excuse to wander into neighboring Proof for a salami and chive sandwich.”

EXPERT: Adrienne Borlongan CREDENTIALS: Chef and Owner, Wanderlust Creamery

MONDAY ¢ It’s the beginning of a new week! My partner, JP, and I head to a couple meetings in Culver City to discuss a potential new project. On the way home, we stop by Little Osaka in West LA for some ramen at Musashi Menya. www.menyamusashi-la.us

TUESDAY ¢ After taking care of business, I’ll find any excuse to wander into neighboring Proof for a salami and chive sandwich, or Dune for a crispy falafel sandwich wrapped in their house-made flatbread—make sure to load up on the spicy green ‘zhuk!’ www.proofbakeryla.com www.dune.kitchen

WEDNESDAY ¢ I head to Wanderlust Creamery’s first location in Tarzana, which is also the site where we produce our ice cream. I’ll check in with my kitchen manager to assess the production plan for the month while making edits to recipes for this month’s seasonal flavors. www.wanderlustcreamery.com

THURSDAY ¢ It’s my day to stay home with Sebastian while my partner,

WANDERLUST CREAMERY 609 Lincoln Blvd, Ste B Venice, CA 90291 424.581.6093 www.wanderlustcreamery.com

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JP, is off to tend to one of the stores. From home, I work on a shot list for an upcoming photoshoot for IG content. FRIDAY ¢ I head to Venice to shoot next month’s flavors with our photographer. On the way, I’ll stop by Flowerboy Project for an iced oat milk latte while perusing their selections for some last minute photoshoot inspo or prop pick up. www.flowerboyproject.com

SATURDAY ¢ JP and I take turns doing a morning workout at F45 Woodland Hills. We have a quiet family day at home, then head to The Friend on Hyperion for some drinks for a friend’s birthday celebration. www.thefriendbar.com www.f45training.com

SUNDAY ¢ The family and I head to Smorgasburg LA to visit our crew. We can’t leave without sharing a ‘Patita’ from one of our favorite vendors, Spoon & Pork. It’s a Filipino dish of tender braised ham hock that’s deep fried to crunchy, glutinous perfection. www.spoonandpork.com

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Good Chives Only A LOCAL POP-UP CHEF TAKES US THROUGH HER WEEK IN LONG BEACH

“I’m a fan of whiskey and a speakeasy any day of the week.”

EXPERT: Soozee Nguyen CREDENTIALS: Chef and Owner, The Wild Chive

MONDAY ¢ I like to post up at Portfolio Coffeehouse early in the week to tackle my menu planning and enjoy an oat milk dirty chai latte. Baristas are friendly, the vibe is cozy, and the drinks and pastries are on point. www.portfoliocoffeehouse.com

TUESDAY ¢ On Tuesdays, I crave Thai. My go-to is Panvimarn On Broadway. I love savory and fullbodied dishes and the Madam Ruby Curry always hits the spot. Also, they are happy to make any dish on their menu veganfriendly, just ask! www.panvimarnonbroadway.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ I’m a fan of whiskey and a speakeasy any day of the week. The Exhibition Room is my jam, and I go on Wednesdays for the live music. Entrance is through an old telephone booth and requires a secret password. www.theexhibitionroom.com

THURSDAY ¢ No week is complete without a sushi stop at Blue Bird Sushi— the cutest, teeny-tiniest sushi spot you’ll ever find in Long Beach. They have a delicious

vegan sushi menu complete with ramen, appetizers and daily specials. @blue_bird_sushi

FRIDAY ¢ I like to close out my week with friends at our local gay (but all-inclusive) watering hole, Sweetwater Saloon. I’ve been going for almost two decades! Bartenders are friendly and the atmosphere has the ultimate community vibe. SATURDAY ¢ MADE By Millworks is my Saturday hangout. It’s a curated art gallery, community event space and gift shop that supports and fosters local creatives. A vortex of goodies that you can easily spend hours combing through! www.madebymillworks.com

SUNDAY ¢ Sunday is a working day for me, but if it weren’t you’d still find me at the buzzing Long Beach Marina Farmers Market. Amazing food, produce, artisan crafts and live music make this the perfect place for a chef to nerd out! www.goodveg.org

THE WILD CHIVE www.thewildchive.com Photoshoot Location: MADE BY MILLWORKS 240 Pine Ave Long Beach, CA 90802 562.584.6233 www.madebymillworks.com

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Corey’s Gram THIS FOODIE EXPERT SHARES TIPS, STATS AND WHO TO FOLLOW

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TIPS FOR BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL FOOD BLOGGER 1.

Network with people you share interests with! Instagram is the perfect place to do this.

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Natural lighting is your best friend.

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Show your personality and be yourself through stories, captions and photos.

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“I started my account at the beginning of 2015 when I was nannying. At the time, I noticed food accounts popping up, had a lot of free time on my hands and decided—why not start my own!”


LETTER TO KATE RAMOS WRITES AN OPEN LETTER TO HER YOUNGER SELF

Hey Girl! This year you’ll turn 23. You don’t know this now, but this past year was one of the most eventful of your life. You graduated from college, got hired as the Sous Chef at Mustard’s Grill, moved to Napa Valley, met the man who would become your husband and started on your journey that led you here, to an older, more refined version of yourself. I know you’re terrified. I know you feel clueless and alone. I would urge you to tell people that. Being vulnerable is way better than the snarky jerk routine you fall back on to hide your fear. It’s okay to not know stuff. When you ask questions what you’re really saying is, “I’m confident and brave.” Ever since you were a little girl you wanted to be a chef—and you did it! Now you’re here and realizing that restaurant kitchens make you miserable. Well, what if I told you that it will one day lead you to create your own food media brand, ¡Hola! Jalapeño, a successful food blog that has allowed you to have the family you’ve always dreamed of and still do what you love. I’ll warn you; it’s not going to be seamless, however. You think these years as a chef are the hardest, but they’re not. Motherhood will challenge you far more than your toughest day in the kitchen ever did. I beg of you to ask for help. That guy you are currently dating will end up being the best thing that ever happened to you. He loves you more than you can possibly understand. Tell him what you need, please.

“In my chef’s coat, I was 23 years old and working as a Sous Chef at Mustard’s Grill in Napa Valley, CA.”

Kate Ramos

Blogger and Chef, ¡ Hola! Jalapeño

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Motivational Quotes

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Speak love. In my thoughts and words to myself and others.

Do my best!

Trust. Trust that if you are doing the first two, the universe will be there to support you.

KATE RAMOS www.holajalapeno.com @holajalapeno

Photography Provided By: Todd van der Kruik, Emma K. Morris, Dana MiQuelon

There are three things I want you to know that I wish I had understood when I was your age. First of all, you deserve the moon and stars and everything in between; never tell yourself otherwise. Secondly, nothing ever comes out of playing the victim. You can mourn the loss of what you imagined life would be, but only for a little while, then you must move on. And lastly, life has a way of being inconceivably benevolent when you believe in your inherent gifts. You must trust with every inch of your being that God made you exactly how you are, on purpose. Don’t waste a minute wishing you were someone else.


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all the way up N i c o l e A r i Pa r k e r ’ s E m p i r e I s

Made up of an I m pre s si ve

Care e r , an Un b re akab le

M a r r i a g e a n d a Pa s s i o n at e D r i v e

WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER PELLERITO

STYLED BY: SARA BORGESE

PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOE MAGNANI AND JARED SCHLACHET

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MAKEUP BY: ASTRID MONZON


Whether playing a role on TV, the big screen, or on stage, Nicole Ari Parker commands a presence that has captivated audiences worldwide for over 20 years. Her passion for acting sparked as a young girl, producing her own shows in the basement of her family home. Now, as a veteran member of the Hollywood elite, Parker has taken on the role of Giselle Barker in “Empire,” launched a nonprofit organization and started her own business, all while balancing home life with her husband and two children. Look up Parker’s name in the dictionary, and you’ll likely find this definition: power woman; determined; unstoppable. As with most good things in life, the journey takes time. After achieving her degree, Parker went to countless auditions. She was relentless and started landing a few small roles in the early years of her career. “It’s a hitting-the-pavement kind of gig,” Parker said. “You have to keep going.” At times, when she was turned down for a role, her parents were there for her through thick and thin. “I could hear my father’s voice telling me, ‘You need to get up,’” Parker said. “When I did three or four callbacks for a job, I could hear my mother’s voice saying, ‘You did the best you could. Feel good about that.’”

No doubt, you’d also see a photo next to Parker’s name in the dictionary. Tall, poised and irresistibly alluring, she holds an aura of confidence that comes from years of experience in the entertainment industry. Naturally perceptive, Parker knows what’s happening in all corners of the room, showcasing a rare sensitivity to how all the wheels in motion work together. It’s no wonder that she’s woven her way through Hollywood, with even more yet to unravel.

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The journey to fame for Parker started at a young age. At her childhood home in Baltimore, Maryland, she would dress up and entertain her parents’ friends whenever they came to visit. “I would even make a curtain with the rope and draw it back,” Parker said. “When I think back, I was a producer, basically, and a director, as well as an actor!” From there, Parker’s love for storytelling evolved into pursuing her degree at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “I like bringing people together,” Parker said. “That’s what happens in movie theaters, in Broadway theaters, in school gymnasiums—there are all these people who come together to use their imagination and go on a creative journey.” While performing on stage in school, she was drawn to the way an audience would respond to her through laughter, tears and applause. “It’s almost like being a rock musician who loves touring more than they love the studio,” Parker said. “It’s because of the feeling of the people.”

It’s easy to see that the inner strength Parker radiates today roots back to the perseverance she upheld from the very beginning. After seven years in the industry, Parker landed her big break on the TV series, “Soul Food,” based on the 1997 film, Soul Food, which ran for four seasons, and soon the stars seemed to align. The set of “Soul Food” also happened to be where she met her husband of 13 years, Boris Kodjoe, who serendipitously played Parker’s love interest in the show. Soon, Parker’s breakout role sparked the first flames of the fire she’s known for today. And, the heat is rising. Parker’s character, Giselle Barker, in the hit TV drama “Empire,” came on in the fourth season as Eddie Barker’s (Forest Whitaker) ex-wife. Parker said, “I got a call saying, ‘Do you want to play Forest Whitaker’s ex-wife on “Empire?”’ I said, absolutely. It was a hit show and an Oscar winner in one phone call.” Soon after, the writers decided to make Giselle a recurring character on the show for the fifth season.

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“ Wh en I di d th ree or fo ur callbac k s for a job , I co uld h e ar m y m oth e r ’ s vo i c e s a y i n g , ‘ Yo u d i d t h e b e s t yo u c o u l d . F e e l g o o d a b o u t t h at . ’ ”

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What’s in a Name

• Parker’s nickname, “Bones,” was coined by her father when she was a kid due to her slim frame and slender physique.

Guilty Pleasures

• The sweet treat she can’t get enough of? Chocolate with hazelnuts. Her favorite kind is Milka, which Kodjoe’s mother brings straight from Germany when she visits.

Fresh From the Oven

• Parker loves baking! Whether it’s creating a butter pound cake or putting her spin on an Austrian Linzer Torte, Parker loves to whip up delicious goodies with her daughter, Sophie, in their kitchen.

It’s a Tear-Jerker

• Parker has a soft spot for the movie “Annie,” and in particular, the scene where Annie walks into Daddy Warbucks’ mansion and she thinks it’s her job to clean the entire house until she realizes she’s there to stay—it gets Parker every time!

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As the season unfolds, Parker’s character develops on screen. “I came in as the side piece who got lucky, married a mogul, then got divorced, and is in a crisis because his money is going down the drain,” Parker said. “When it was time to write for the fifth season, the writers wanted to find a way to discover the other side of a character like that.”

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“Empire” has created major buzz since its 2015 debut, changing television as we know it today. The show follows the story of a family’s power struggle as they feud over who will gain control of the hiphop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment. Critics have raved over the show, and each season brings in even more viewers globally. “You have an African American cast breaking those barriers and getting those numbers,” said Parker. “That’s very important for this industry to witness.”

skills that you might not have.” For Parker, it’s about finding a partner who knows every day isn’t going to be perfect—there are going to be fights—it happens. The most important thing is to be on the same page about making it work, no matter what. Not only that, but Parker has also found it’s important to have separate interests outside of your relationship, too. “So that when you come home, you’re not making that person the curator of your happiness,” Parker said. “You have to bring some level of your own happiness to the table.” Last but not least: “And you know…you have to remember to make out!” Ask Parker about her entrepreneurial endeavor, the Gymwrap, and a flicker of excitement will appear in her eyes. “I was just trying to solve a problem—I wanted a band that could deal with all of my own personal hairstyles,” she said. “I blow my hair out and I want to keep it for a few days, but I don’t want to miss working out.” Problem solved. Parker made the Gymwrap in her kitchen with her daughter, and the rest is history. The Gymwrap can now be found in four major retailers and online.

When she’s not on the set of “Empire” in Chicago, Parker spends her time at home in Los Angeles with Kodjoe and their two children, Sophie and Nicolas. How does Parker find balance between work and family life? Actually, Parker said, “There really isn’t any balance. Our children are our priority in this world. We want to be present for them as much as possible.” As soon as “Empire” wraps for the week, she’s jet-setting back home to help her kids with math homework and tuck them into bed at night. Being there for them is what makes everything else in life fall into place.

Even better, part of the proceeds from the Gymwrap benefits the Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Parker and Kodjoe with the mission to help individuals and families affected by spina bifida. Their daughter, Sophie, was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, a medical condition that affects the spine. But if you met Sophie, Parker said, “You would just see a bright, happy, bossy big sister to Nicolas. You wouldn’t know she has a high-maintenance lifestyle. It’s her normal.”

So does an unshakable marriage. Parker and Kodjoe have been together almost 14 years after hitting it off on the set of “Soul Food.” “We just took our time and got to know each other,” said Parker. “We were friends who fell in love.” Parker recalls an anecdote: Long before they began dating, Kodjoe came right in her dressing room and flat-out said, “You know we’re going to be married with two kids someday, right?” Parker laughs, “I looked at this gorgeous man and I said, ‘Sure, yeah, yeah, definitely.’” Who knew they’d be exactly where he predicted only a few years later? Above all, Parker says she believes that marriage is about wanting to make it work through the many ups and downs that life brings. “I’m married to someone who wants to be married,” Parker said. “You have to be ready for that kind of life. Marriage is commitment, sacrifice, time put in and communication

At the end of the day, Parker is driven by her positive outlook and enduring resilience. “I’m not afraid to ask questions about what I still don’t know,” she said. Much is on the horizon in the year to come for Parker, as she’s already started to make strides in the direction of producing, directing and writing. Even if a new endeavor doesn’t go as planned, she believes that there’s knowledge to be gained through the process. “[People] often think they need to wait for someone to give them the green light, or have someone to back them up,” said Parker. Her advice: “Produce something first, no matter how small it is. Even if you fall on your face, you’re just that much smarter, because you tried.”

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CHRISTINA TOSI Milk Bar Is in LA and We Have Major Cravings

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EXPERTS Raising the Bar

Local Mixologists Show Off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients

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EXPERTS Mixologists Go Head to Head With Seasonal Ingredients

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FOODIE GUIDE Take a Bite out of These Top Los Angeles Restaurants

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À LA WAFFLE These Waffles From À La Waffle Are À La-mazing

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PROFILE Join HangryDiary for Tokyo’s Top Faves

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HUMANITARIAN PROFILE Lunch On Me Is Sharing Meals and Making a Difference on Skid Row

THE EXHIBITION ROOM 1117 E Wardlow Rd Long Beach, CA 90807 562.826.2940 www.theexhibitionroom.com PHOTO BY: Callie Biggerstaff

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Are You Cereal? CHRISTINA TOSI BRINGS MILK BAR’S CRAFTY CONCOCTIONS TO LOS ANGELES

CHRISTINA TOSI Founder + CEO of Milk Bar

WRITTEN BY: CHARLOTTE FARRELL PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MILK BAR Imagine yourself at age five or six, picking up a demolished bowl of cornflakes with your clumsy, pudgy hands. As you slurp the cereal milk, it spills over on each side, splattering all over your cheeks, the table and onto your super cool light-up sneakers. But it doesn’t matter. This is the best part. That infused milk is simply beautiful, sweet perfection.

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In 2007, Christina Tosi was two years into being a part of the Momofuku family. After plenty of tinkering and testing, her Cereal Milk™ Soft Serve was born, and the rest is history—an iconic, sugary, delicious history. Since then, the Founder and CEO of Milk Bar has set her sights on expansion and development—it’s only natural for the culinary creative genius to dream big. With locations throughout New York, stores have found new homes in Boston, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Toronto and now our beloved Los Angeles. “LA is one of the most gritty, inspiring, individualistic cities. It’s been incredible to live and work here over the past few years, immersing myself in the culture and dreaming up what Milk Bar LA will be,” said Tosi.

Expect the classics, but staying true to Tosi’s flair for the inventive and independent spirit, the LA spot will feature exclusive menu items inspired by Milk Bar’s NYC origins and its new home in Cali. Standouts include sweet and savory breads like the ​Pastrami and Rye Bomb​, ​Pepperoni Bomb, ​ Elote Cornbread (also gluten-free)​ and more. Fill up on the Pineapple Fo’ Sho Whip, a tangy, dairy-free, pineapple-lime soft-serve inspired by Disneyland’s version. Or try Ritzy Business, ​a buttery cracker cone filled with your choice of soft serve and layered with strawberry sauce, cracker crunch and freeze-dried strawberries. *Starts drooling* Another variation that sets LA apart from NY is the classroom space with windows that open up to an expansive kitchen and R&D lab where guests can watch the team do their magic. And if your timing is right, they’ll serve up never-before-seen, freestyle menu items. Tosi sums it up perfectly: “The result is a Milk Bar like no other, a collection of all our gathered inspiration in one 4,000-square-foot spot. It has all the OG elements and spirit of our New York roots, plus tons of new innovations and surprises that capture the magic of its distinctly West Hollywood neighborhood.”

RISE AND SHINE • Gluten and dairy-free items are on deck, and the menu also features coffee options including Milk Bar’s specialty lattes that combine products like Milk Bar Birthday Cake and Cereal Milk™. THEY SEE ME ROLLIN’ • Exclusive to LA is the first ever ​Milk Bar Ice Cream Truck​. Book it for your next event so guests can enjoy soft serve and other treats.

MILK BAR 7150 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046 213.341.8423 www.milkbarstore.com

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WATCH ME WHIP • The Pineapple Fo’ Sho Whip soft-serve is also incorporated into a ​ Pineapple Upside Down Cake MilkQuake​™ ​ and​Crunchy Coconut Pineapple Shake.


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Local Mixologists Show Off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients

WRITTEN BY: EMILIE KEFALAS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CALLIE BIGGERSTAFF, MANASA MADISHETTY AND MATT MISISCO

When it comes to bar basics, we’re creatures of habit and comfort, which often arrives in our glasses via preference and routine. We followed several local bartenders mixing business with pleasure—and bourbon with agave (among other kindred spirits)—in the name of stirring things up across LA's bar scene. The results are stunning and sippable concoctions for all palates. Whatever your cup of tea, or glass of booze, in this case, a mixed drink invites melodious surprises beneath an umbrella of bubbles and orange peel garnishes. It might inspire you to mingle more with your liquor selections.

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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “All our menu items are delicious, but we’ve chosen to pair The West Side with our Ham Cones. This dish is a personal, hand-held charcuterie plate served with olives and provolone.” COZY CORNERS • “The Chestnut Club is an inviting, intimate space featuring cavernous ceilings and exposed brick walls offering a 12-seat bar, high top tables and Chesterfield booths.” CLUB VIBES • Want to bring the totally-cool ambiance of The Chestnut Club with you wherever you go? You can access the restaurant’s Spotify playlist to set the mood for your next dinner night!

THE WEST SIDE INGREDIENTS • Cucumber • Lime • Mint • Orgeat • Vodka • Angostura Bitters

THE CHESTNUT CLUB 1348 14th St Santa Monica, CA 90404 310.393.1348 www.thechestnutclubsm.com

The EXPERT

BEN GREER Bartender at The Chestnut Club

SUMMON THE SPIRITS “Our spirit selection is one of the largest in Los Angeles, offering over 400 selections (and counting) that were hand chosen by Owner and Managing Partners Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni.” 48 LOCALE MAGAZINE

T H AT ’ S M Y C U E - C U M B E R “Cucumber is a great ingredient because it is light and refreshing without having an overpowering flavor, and plays into the authenticity of ‘side’ cocktails, which usually [have] a breezy and fresh vibe to them.”

GOT YOU COVERED “The West Side cocktail covers all bases. It has alcohol, is refreshing and isn’t too sweet. It also goes well with a lot of food.”


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One Night in Babylon

ONE NIGHT IN BABYLON INGREDIENTS

Photos By: Matt Misisco

• Fresh Cucumber Juice • Lemon • Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin • Za’atar

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • Savor the sips of Babylon in between bites of the Big Eye Tuna Sashimi. The dish includes an avocado puree with Yuzu Kosho (a mixture of chiles and yuzu peel), house-made eel sauce and radish. IN OUR OWN B A C K YA R D • “We prepare all of our juices and cordials in-house every day with produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market outside our back door.” A B O U T FA C E • The Misfit is located in Downtown Santa Monica’s historic clock tower building—a stunning Art Deco high-rise built in 1929 by Walker and Eisen.

THE MISFIT RESTAURANT & BAR 225 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.656.9800 www.themisfitbar.com

The EXPERT

KEVIN DUNN

Chief Mixologist and Spirits Director at LGO Hospitality

GIN-CREDIBLE F L AV O R S “One of the other main focuses of the drink is Opihr gin. This is a ‘curry-spiced’ gin with black pepper, kaffir lime and cardamom. It’s very unique.”

NOTHING A NEWBIE CAN’T HANDLE “The cocktail is a great gin cocktail for those who may be new to the spirit. It is very bright and refreshing with an underlying savory note from the Za’atar.”

A MATCH MADE IN THE MISFIT “I chose to do this cocktail because I think it is very unique and goes great with a lot of items on our menu. We love to showcase ingredients we are excited about in a way that lets them speak for themselves.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 49


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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “Try R/10’s Grilled Flatbread. It’s a new dish to our menu that has Spanish chorizo, arugula, pickled shallots and is drizzled with cilantro pesto.” NOT SO PICKY • “Our menu offers seasonal creations as well as neighborhood favorites that can appease the pickiest eaters.” IN THE HOOD • “R/10 is a neighborhood gastropub offering farm-to-table food, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of artisan beers and wines. Our location on the harbor gives you beautiful views of the pier.”

THE DONNIE INGREDIENTS • Jalapeño • Mezcal • Reposado Tequila • Lemon Juice • Honey • Fresh Peppers • Orange Peel Garnish

R/10 SOCIAL HOUSE 179 N Harbor Dr Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.798.2500 www.r10socialhouse.com

The EXPERT

RYAN THOMAS Lead Bartender at R/10 Social House

EASY DOES IT “It’s a slightly smoky citrus cocktail that is approachable for people who maybe haven’t had mezcal, and with fresh peppers, you can control how spicy you want the cocktail.” 50 LOCALE MAGAZINE

P H I L LY R O O T S “It was created in Philadelphia where we needed a citrus drink on the menu but didn’t want just another margarita. This cocktail is great to enjoy throughout the year and is my go-to whenever anyone is unsure about what they want to order.”

A YIN F O R A YANG “Both the drink and dish are wellbalanced. The sweetness of the cocktail pairs well with the spiciness of the chorizo.”


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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT

Photos By: Manasa Madishetty

• Order the Pork Belly Bao Buns! “The bao bun is also a unique taste. It has the spiciness of the drink, but the meat provides a complementary sweetness. Those two create a sweet pair together.” SURFIN’ USA • “We specialize in California coastal cuisine. Our head chef uses a lot of fresh seafood.” Check out delicious seafood options including lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and striped sea bass.

BOURBON BACKFIRE INGREDIENTS • Jalapeño • Orange • Lemon • Lime • Agave Syrup • Maker’s Mark Bourbon

THROWIN’ SHADE • The restaurant’s aptly named Shade Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 - 6 p.m. where you can enjoy halfpriced apps, beer, wine and tasty cocktails! For the night owls, you can enjoy the same discount on drinks Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to closing.

SEA LEVEL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE SHADE HOTEL 655 N Harbor Dr Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.921.8940 www.shadehotel.com

The EXPERT

JASMINE SAPUTRA Bartender at Sea Level

I CAN SEA C L E A R LY N O W “The location is magnificent. Most of our restaurant is outdoors. We’re right on the water, and our service is incredible.”

AIN’T THAT A KICK “The Bourbon Backfire is our uniform drink between citrusy and spicy in which we pair the orange and lime with jalapeño.”

MIXING IT UP “There are not a lot of mixed drinks with bourbon in them. If you want to try a unique blend, we have it. This drink is for someone who wants to acquire their taste buds to whiskey.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 51


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So Sweet, So Pine

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • Queer suggests pairing the cocktail with Ahi Tuna Crudo, seared tuna on a sliced baguette with cilantro aioli, blackened shallots and pickled serrano. “It’s savory, and fernet works well with savory dishes.” I T ’ S V I N TA G E !

THE PRIVATEER INGREDIENTS • Pineapple Juice • Lime Juice • Almond Syrup • Fernet

• “[The building] is an old bank from the 1920s that’s been converted. The overall style is a throwback to a different time. What The Federal has is a rare commodity out here, because you rarely find the kind of buildings that have been around for years and years.” INDUSTRY INSIDER • “Fernet is an industry drink. If you go to the bar and you want to buy the bartender a drink, you buy them a shot of Fernet.” THE FEDERAL 102 Pine Ave Long Beach, CA 90802 562.435.2000 www.thefederallb.com

The EXPERT

GARRETT QUEER

Bartender at The Federal

H I D D E N H E A LT H P R O S “Fernet is an Italian liqueur, and it’s super herbal and bitter. Technically it’s similar to a digestif, but it’s very strong. It was initially made to drink after dinner to help digest, but it became super popular on the West Coast, particularly in San Francisco.” 52 LOCALE MAGAZINE

P L AY I N G H A R D T O G E T “Fernet is hard to use as an ingredient in cocktails because it’s a very acquired taste. It’s not a very forgiving liquor. It can be hard to work into cocktails, which is why I made this one.”

FIRST IT’S BITTER, THEN IT’S SWEET “I threw in the pineapple because it balances out the bitterness, and I use almond syrup as my sweetener.”


The Privateer

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Hu Nei Lei Mi

Photos By: Callie Biggerstaff

E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • You’ll want to order the Cheese and Charcuterie, which is a diverse selection of cheeses, crackers, olives and dehydrated fruits. Yum!

HU NEI LEI MI INGREDIENTS

PAY S T O B E A REGULAR

• Pineapple Juice • Grapefruit Juice • Cinnamon Syrup • Viejo Tonel Quebranta Pisco • Cihuatan • Rayu • Giffard Apricot • Dom Benedictine

• “What our bartenders specialize in is crafting cocktails ranging from prohibition-style to tiki to custom drinks tailored to our guests’ requests.” HIDDEN HISTORY • Take a look around. You’re sipping cocktails amongst history! “There is a lot of history in The Exhibition Room, from our chandelier to the old church pews.”

THE EXHIBITION ROOM 1117 E Wardlow Rd Long Beach, CA 90807 562.826.2940 www.theexhibitionroom.com

The EXPERT

ANDREW WINTERS Bar Program Director at The Exhibition Room

A SEA-SONAL F L AV O R “It’s very refreshing and tropical with hints of smoke and cinnamon. I created it because I wanted to showcase these amazing spirits.”

TA L K T I K I TO ME “I named it ‘Hu Nei Lei Mi’ so it would look like tiki words, but when you say it out loud, it’s a little cheeky.”

TROPIC LIKE IT’S HOT “It’s a tropical, tiki-style cocktail that uses three different kinds of liquor from various Latin countries. Two of my favorites are Viejo Tonel Pisco from Peru and Cihuatan Rum from El Salvador.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 53


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WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER PELLERITO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: STEFANIE VILLERS

As it turns out, you can journey around the world just by spending one weekend in Los Angeles. At least, if you trust your taste buds to tell you where you are, then nothing’s outside the realm of possibility. Assuming you’ll allow your tongue to take the lead, it’s easy to “fly” from Asia to Italy to Mexico and back again, just within a few days. Luckily, you won’t even need to check if your passport has expired. Buckle up, because it’s time to add a few new stamps on your culinary bucket list—simply follow the itinerary we’ve dreamed up. LOCALE MAGAZINE 55


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Lean With It Guac With It

AND YES, WE KNOW IT'S EXTRA

MUST ORDER: CHILE CON CARNE—MAKE YOUR OWN TACO El Cholo has made history with its traditional Mexican cuisine throughout 95 years in Los Angeles. With six locations across Southern California, El Cholo is a quintessential part of the city’s culture today. Try their Chile Con Carne—Make Your Own Taco, with juicy carne and however much lime you choose to drown it in—you can thank us later.

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EL CHOLO 1037 S Flower St Los Angeles, CA 90015 213.746.7750 www.elcholo.com

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Celebrate Margarita Monday

MUST ORDER: SANTA MARIA TRI TIP SANDWICH e Rock & Brews may be known for its local and international beer offerings, but its Santa Maria Tri Tip Sandwich is also the talk of the town with perfectly cooked meat, pico de gallo and a garlic aioli to die for. ROCK & BREWS 143 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245 310.627.2137 | www.rockandbrews.com

DINE TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN BREW

MUST ORDER: FROZEN MARGARITA e Bottoms up with a frozen margarita at Frida Mexican Cuisine, available in lemon, strawberry or mango flavors. FRIDA MEXICAN CUISINE 236 S Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310.278.7666 www.fridarestaurant.com

Live It Up on Taco Tuesday TACO TRUCKS WORTH THE TRAFFIC MUST ORDER: TACOS AL PASTOR LEO’S TACO TRUCK 1515 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019 www.leostacostruck.com

Photos - El Cholo: Stefanie Villers | Tommy’s Margarita: Padre | Sopes Con Mango: Gracias Madre

MUST ORDER: EL MATADOR e El Matador goes down easy thanks to a tangy mix of tequila, blood orange, jalapeno, rosemary and Campari. BLUE PLATE TACO 1515 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.2985 blueplatesanta monica.com

MUST ORDER: WORLD-FAMOUS SHORT RIB TACO KOGI BBQ TRUCK 3500 Overland Ave, Ste 100 Los Angeles, CA 90034 www.kogibbq.com

MUST ORDER: TOMMY’S MARGARITA e Go ahead, blame the maestro dobel tequila, lime and agave—all you need is one Tommy's Margarita and you’ll be singing “Guantanamera” before the night is over. PADRE 525 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802 562.612.4951 padrelongbeach.com MUST ORDER: MANGO MARGARITA e Sip your way to a sun-kissed beach in Mexico with Pancho’s legendary mango margarita in hand. PANCHO’S 3615 Highland Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.545.6670 panchosrestaurant.com

MUST ORDER: CARNE ASADA TACOS TACO DOLLAR 10909 Hawthorne Blvd Inglewood, CA 90304 www.yelp.com/biz/tacodollar-inglewood

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ANGUS FILET MIGNON TACOS

Visit Caló Kitchen + Tequila to taste vibrant food passed down through three generations. Take your pick between organic chicken fajitas, pork and pineapple tacos, a crispy chimichanga or the halibut tacos which are flown in and filleted inhouse daily! e

Every flavor you’d expect from a home-style Mexican restaurant, and more. Come to Palmilla Cocina y Tequila if you’re searching for innovative tequila and mezcal cocktails with food that will transport you to Mexico and back.

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CALÓ KITCHEN + TEQUILA 2191 Rosecrans Ave, Ste B El Segundo, CA 90245 424.269.2322 www.calokitchen.com

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PALMILLA COCINA Y TEQUILA 39 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310.374.4440 www.palmillarestaurant.com

Behind the doors of Gracias Madre lies not just incredible Mexican food, but also plates full of fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Plant-based and organic, Chef Chandra Gilbert’s creations nurture both body and soul, especially in dynamic, flavorful dishes like the Sopes Con Mango. e

GRACIAS MADRE 8905 Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069 323.978.2170 www.graciasmadreweho.com

e Tested to perfection. At Sonoritas Prime Tacos, each dish is meticulously prepared from scratch. You won’t find any packaged guac or salsa here—it’s all homemade, down to every last tortilla.

SONORITAS PRIME TACOS 2004 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025 310.444.9100 www.sonoritastacos.com

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“Birthday Cake” by Rihanna

“Passionfruit” by Drake

“American Pie” by Don McLean

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HITS THE SWEET SPOT MUST ORDER: MEXICAN CHOCOLATE PIE e Simply put, The Pie Hole is never a bad idea. Order a slice of the Mexican Chocolate Pie, crafted with spiced chocolate ganache, graham cracker crust and espresso-infused whipped cream. Or take the whole pie home—we’re not judging. THE PIE HOLE 324 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 90291 310.314.3114 www.thepieholela.com

MUST ORDER: TONNARELLI ALL'ARRABBIATA

Best Wines to Pair With Pizza

MUST ORDER: HOT VEGAN DOUGHNUT e The hot vegan doughnut is an absolute must for all doughnut lovers alike, offered in four flavors: classic vanilla, Nutella (with vegan substitutes), cinnamon sugar and a seasonal option on rotation. Start your morning (or afternoon or night) off right with one of these! ASTRO DOUGHNUTS & FRIED CHICKEN 516 W Sixth St Los Angeles, CA 90014 213.622.7876 www.astrodoughnuts.com

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Sausage Pizza Hawaiian Pizza

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Get That Bread

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Dine at SOUTHEND and you can basically trick your tongue into believing you’re in Venice—Italy, that is. Enjoy the Kinney with a flavorful basil pesto and crushed Roma tomatoes. Rest assured, you’re in good hands, the chef crisps the pizza to perfection.

Cannoli imagine one more slice, please. Who says NY has the only good pizza in America? Not us. Vito’s Pizza hits a high note that so many others just can’t reach. Skip the red sauce and go for The Sophia Loren with caramelized onions, goat cheese, arugula and pine nuts. Yum!

All hail peppers, especially when it’s on a pizza. Jon & Vinny’s take on Italian cuisine becomes its own language, mixing traditional favorites with trendy West Coast influences. For when you want to go classic, the Ham & Yeezy should be your goto with smoked mozzarella and fresh red onion.

Yes, Koreatown and pizza can be said in the same sentence. As a matter of fact, it’s no surprise that Bulgogi beef plus mozzarella cheese makes for the most satisfying combination, ever. But don’t just take our word for it, go try it for yourself.

SOUTHEND 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 424.228.4736 www.southendla.com

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PIZZA TOPPINGS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

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JON & VINNY'S 412 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.334.3369 www.jonandvinnys.com

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England: Sweet Corn

France: Fried Egg

Hawaii: Pineapple

Costa Rica: Coconut

UOVO 1320 Second St, Ste A Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.425.0064 www.uovo.la

MUST ORDER: BOLOGNESE TAGLIATELLE

e Come to Pasta Sisters for the Bolognese tagliatelle, made with fresh pasta noodles, ground beef and aromatic vegetables slowly cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce.

PASTA SISTERS 3343 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90019 323.870.5271 www.pastasisters.com

MUST ORDER: SAFFRON TORCHIETTI

e So good you won’t want to share, although apparently, you’re supposed to. Alimento takes all the modern influences of Italian cuisine and injects even more artful futurism than imaginable.

ALIMENTO 1710 Silver Lake Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 323.928.2888 www.alimentola.com

Photos - Ham & Yeezy: Jon & Vinny's | Pizzana: Stefanie Villers

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MUST ORDER: MELANZANE When the moon hits your eye, it’s Pizzana. Noted as one of LA’s best pizza destinations, Pizzana is arguably just as good as the pizza straight out of Naples. Order the Melanzane pizza for decadent ingredients like eggplant, pinenut and basil. Now, that’s amore. e

PIZZANA 11712 San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049 310.481.7108 www.pizzana.com

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JUST ADD SOY SAUCE

MUST ORDER: HOUSE SPECIAL ROLL No matter the time, it's always prime sushi time at Nobu. Head to Malibu to dine on the finest and freshest fish while you take in the ocean views. It's no wonder why Nobu has become a song lyric and one of the most Instagrammed restaurant in the world. You can't go wrong with your order here! e

NOBU 22706 CA-1 Malibu, CA 90265 310.317.9140 www.noburestaurants.com

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Meat Me at the Restaurant All in a Day’s Work MUST ORDER: BABY BACK RIBS e Trust us, it’s worth crossing town at rush hour just to get to Max City BBQ for the baby back ribs. Better yet, order enough to share with the whole crew that tags along with you. Add in an extra helping of barbecue sauce and you’re set. MAX CITY BBQ 4729 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.254.4227 www.maxcitybbq.com

PITCHOUN’S HEAD BAKER AND COOWNER FRÉDÉRIC SOULIÈS WALKED US THROUGH A DAY IN HIS LIFE THE PREP e “The day before, we

mix, shape and proof the dough to prepare it for baking. We use imported French butter, premium organic flour and absolutely no fillers in our dough. Later that night, the magic begins!”

MUST ORDER: BEEF BRISKET e Slow-smoked over a wood fire, the beef brisket at Barrel & Ashes is everything you dream it will be and more. Dip it in tangy barbecue or spicy habanero sauce made in-house. BARREL & ASHES 11801 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604 818.623.8883 www.barrelandashes.com

LET THE BAKING BEGIN e “Start preparing the

croissants at 8 p.m. to be completed by 5 a.m. We want to make sure that the croissants are as fresh as possible for the morning rush. ADDING THE FRENCH FLAIR

Photos - House Special Roll: Nobu | Frédéric Souliès: Sandrine Gromez | KazuNori Sushi: Stefanie Villers

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5 a.m. to noon on fine pastries such as classic macarons, eclairs and tarts. These are ready to go for the lunch rush, so customers can have a sweet afternoon treat.” FROM THE KITCHEN TO THE CAFÉ

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preparing for upcoming events. Things like planning monthly special baked goods, coordinating catering orders and managing the day-to-day. I love seeing people’s faces when they taste all the goodies we made the night before.”

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So fresh you can nearly taste the salt of the sea. The motto at Flyin Fin is “served fresh or served nothing,” a guarantee that’s sure to satisfy all tastes. Go for the spicy Jaw Drop roll with grilled unagi, cream cheese and salmon, then deep fried and topped with their house spicy sauce!

Hand roll obsession? Yes, it’s a real thing. The chefs at KazuNori specialize in redefining everything you know about sushi. Try the 6-Hand Roll set menu that’s sure to knock your socks off. Just like their sister-company, SUGARFISH, KazuNori only serves the freshest fish that are just-made and ready to be devoured.

Mori Sushi takes an uncompromising approach to Japanese cuisine. The legacy of Michelin-star Chef Mori endures at Mori Sushi through an intense care for fresh, local ingredients and artful presentation. You won’t find a better example of this than by ordering the Omakase, a selection of the chef’s most flavorful creations.

Take your favorite sushi snob to Sushi Gen. Without a doubt, you’ll both walk away satisfied and speechless. Angeleno foodies agree, it’s the freshest fish this side of the Pacific.

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THE PREP (AGAIN!) e “Shortly before we close, we start the process all over again for the next night. I am a third generation baker. Moving from France to LA and opening Pitchoun, I get to carry on that tradition.”

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MORI SUSHI 11500 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064 310.479.3939 www.morisushila.com

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Italy Parmiaga-no. It may be a favorite add-on in the US, but Italians suggest keeping the Parm off their pizza and pasta unless the dish calls for it.

Russia Don’t pass on the vodka! It’s considered rude to decline vodka when offered at meetings, group events or festivities.

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Show Me the Stats

Make the Swap SWITCH OUT UNHEALTHY FAVORITES FOR HEALTH-FOCUSED SUBSTITUTIONS

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A study in the US National Library of Medicine shows that more than $15.5 billion was spent on the retail sales of gluten-free foods in 2016, more than double the amount spent in 2011. e

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e A vegetarian diet is associated with weight reduction, improved blood pressure and a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes according to a paper published in the US National Library of Medicine.

Just add a few dietary restrictions into the culinary conversation, and you’re playing a different ballgame. Select establishments across Southern California are seizing the chance to redefine gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian into a whole new class of gourmet food. The latest frontier of food has arrived, and it’s bringing surprising flavor mashups along with it. 62 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Vegan

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Pescatarian

Vegetarian

REPLACE THIS: BURGER

REPLACE THIS: SANDWICH

REPLACE THIS: STEAK TACOS

REPLACE THIS: PIZZA

WITH THIS: MAGICAL/CG DOUBLE DOUBLE

WITH THIS: TURKEY PESTO PANINI

WITH THIS: TACOS AL GOBERNADOR

WITH THIS: MAC N’ CHEESE PIZZA

Thanks to a housemade black bean patty, you won’t be missing the beef in this burger—in fact, you might just be asking for seconds. e

GRATITUDE KITCHEN + BAR 419 N Canon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 424.389.1850 www.gratitudekitchenandbar.com

e Gluten doesn’t stand a chance at Kirari West Bake Shop. Every drool-worthy item on the menu is glutenfree and there’s also many celiac-friendly options, too.

KIRARI WEST BAKE SHOP 707 N Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.376.5313 www.kirariwest.com

If your plate has all the colors of the rainbow on it, it’s healthy, right? The shrimp tacos al gobernador at Coni’Seafood Restaurant checks all the boxes for a multicolored, veggiefriendly meal that’s still packed with protein. e

CONI’SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 3544 W Imperial Hwy Inglewood, CA 90303 310.672.2339 www.coniseafood.com

e Mac ‘n’ cheese and pizza? Quite possibly the two best foods out there. You’ll thank the sagacious chefs at Sage Plant Bistro + Bar for dreaming up this combination that’s out-ofthis-world good.

SAGE PLANT BISTRO + BAR 4130 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City, CA 90230 424.228.5835 www.sageveganbistro.com


“BUT FIRST, COFFEE” SIGN e Your morning coffee routine just got way cuter. In case you need an extra minute to sip your brew in silence, let your photo do the talking in front of the “But First, Coffee” sign at Alfred Coffee. After picking up your drink of choice, snap a pic of your caffeine fix—a picture is worth a thousand words, after all!

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GET THE GRAM AT THESE INSTA-WORTHY SPOTS AROUND LOS ANGELES!

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ALFRED COFFEE 8428 Melrose Pl Los Angeles, CA 90069 323.944.0811 www.alfred.la

INSTA HERE: Flamingo Mural

Photos - Gratitude Kitchen + Bar: Lee Walters and Jennifer Stroman | Neighbor: @beautifyearth | Little Damage: @little.damage | Panxa Cocina: @inspiredlbc Mr. Holmes Bakehouse: @mrholmesbakehouse | Poppy + Rose: @jaleeenkymrill | Chomp Eatery & Juice Station: @munchingwithmo | Alfred Coffee: @annaoberla

NEIGHBOR 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 310.314.3625 www.neighborla.com

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LITTLE DAMAGE 700 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014 213.628.3443 www.littledamage.com

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CHOMP EATERY & JUICE STATION 1612 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404 424.238.3398 www.chompeatery.com

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POPPY + ROSE 765 Wall St Los Angeles, CA 90014 213.995.7799 www.poppyandrosela.com

10 Foodie Accounts You Should Be Following 1. @carolineoncrack 2. @lindseyeatsla 3. @theepisodiceater 4. @veganfatkid 5. @letmeeatcake 6. @evseats 7. @misspiggieeats 8. @freutcake 9. @lafoodie

PANXA COCINA 3937 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803 562.433.7999 www.panxacocina.com

MR. HOLMES BAKEHOUSE 111 S Ave 59 Los Angeles, CA 90042 323.739.0473 mrholmesbakehouse.com

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After biting into a life-changing Belgian waffle in Europe, 26-year-old Owner Sara Ho made it her mission to spread the light airiness of an authentic dessert waffle with everyone she knows. Opening À La Waffle allowed the Los Alamitos native to test and perfect the sweet authenticity of an often-overlooked dessert. “We don’t put anything on the menu unless it tastes incredible,” Ho said. With over 10 uniquely-created Belgian waffle desserts to choose from, Ho has successfully converted several dessert haters into plate-licking regulars who will never look at a waffle the same way again.

YO U A R E B E R RY C U T E ST R AW B E R RY S H O RTCA K E B E LG I A N WA F F L E

• Every waffle begins with a two-day process to make the batter and ensure it meets the airiness of a true Belgian waffle. Never too sweet, the strawberry shortcake waffle will melt in your mouth as your tongue switches between savoring the creamy buttercream and devouring the tart, fresh strawberries. Pro-tip from the owner: this dessert pairs wonderfully with their Iced Vanilla Milk.

• Ho created the Strawberry Shortcake waffle based off of her fond memories of eating strawberry shortcake and visiting strawberry festivals growing up.

In The Mornin’, We’re Making Waffles

Strawberry Shortcake Belgian Waffle Ingredients: • Belgian Waffle • Shortcake Buttercream • Powdered Sugar • House-Made Strawberry Compote • Fresh Whipped Cream • Shortbread Crumble

FIRST IT’S FRESH, THEN IT’S SWEET • À La Waffle is dedicated to making sure the components of their desserts are both fresh and satisfying—never overly sweet or inauthentic.

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A WAFFLE-LOT OF STUDYING

WOULD YOU LIKE SYRUP WITH THAT?

• Looking for a waffle study session? À La Waffle offers free Wi-Fi, which pairs nicely with their Vietnamese Coffee and late night hours—it closes at 12 a.m.—for any school or work assignments you’ve been trying to catch up on.

WRITTEN BY: JAMEE LIND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JAMES KAO

S’Mores Belgian Waffle Ingredients: • Graham Cracker Cinnamon Buttercream • Powdered Sugar • Torched House-Made Marshmallow • Fresh Whipped Cream • Graham Cracker Crumbs • Dark Chocolate Ganache Sauce • (Pictured With: Thrifty Vanilla Ice Cream)

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S’MORES B E LG I A N WA F F L E

W E ’ L L H AV E S’MORE, PLEASE!

• The S’Mores Belgian Waffle is À La Waffle’s top-selling waffle, with special attention paid to the homemade, toasted marshmallows.

• “There’s nothing like homemade marshmallows,” Ho said. Adding a little bit of heat really brings out the ooey, gooey melt of the S’Mores Belgian Waffle. The importance of this dessert is that each component of a traditional s’more is present and perfected. No campfire needed— the S’Mores Belgian Waffle will take your taste buds on the adventure of a lifetime.

WHAT’S YOUR FLAVOR? • A new seasonal waffle is featured on the menu every month in addition to staple desserts like the S’Mores and Strawberry Shortcake dishes. Pop in to see what February’s flavor could be!

À LA WAFFLE 10893 Los Alamitos Blvd Los Alamitos, CA 90720 562.430.8639 www.alawaffle.com


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ARIGATO, TOKYO Sisters Jocelyn and Justine of HangryDiary Have Your Tokyo Travel Guide Ready WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HANGRYDIARY

HANGRYDIARY @hangrydiary www.hangrydiary.com

HangryDiary is a food diary my sister (Justine) and I (Jocelyn) founded when we graduated from UCLA and USC. We loved exploring new restaurants, and that was our inspiration for becoming food bloggers. If you want to run into us, you can try seeking us out at the hottest restaurants in town. We’ll be the two holding cameras and taking an obscene amount of time getting that perfect shot of the dishes! We’re showing you our favorite spots for a day in Tokyo—a lot of food at hard-to-reserve restaurants, a trendy place to stay and places to explore included. Get your passport ready—we’re off to Japan. LOCALE MAGAZINE 67


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Ú Mikawa-Zezankyo is one of

the top traditional tempura places in Tokyo. Master Tetsuya Saotome (aka God of Tempura) has been making tempura for over 50 years. He told us: “Tempura is my practice of aesthetics as a creature.” Chef Saotome varies the coating and frying methods. One of the highlights of our meal was anago (sea eel). When serving the anago, Chef Saotome used a long, metal utensil to slice the eel into two. It was truly amazing! PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ TOKYO TIP: The handwritten menu is beautifully complemented with his drawings. The meal is completed with special calligraphy drawn and signed by Chef himself. MIKAWA-ZEZANKYO

www.mikawa-zezankyo.jimdo.com/ english-information/

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9 a.m. BREAKFAST 朝御飯 Ú We always call Japan a

pancake wonderland. Our recent favorite is the big, fluffy pancake that you should eat like a cake. Ginza West Aoyama Garden has a rich history of over four decades. The perfectlyshaped, pillowy pancake is so fluffy! We went an hour early before the cafe opened and chose to sit on the patio, enjoying the perfect weather while taking huge bites. PRICE: ¥¥ TOKYO TIP: Visit the store at least 30 minutes before it opens! GINZA WEST AOYAMA GARDEN

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Michelin Star-Rated Restaurants

If It's Good Enough For The Pros, It's Good Enough For Us

TWO MICHELIN STARS Ú Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa puts

a magical twist on the dining experience to make it playful and kawaii, yet is still rooted in the classic kaiseki cuisine. His signature garDen salad is made with emoji carrots and 20 vegetables harvested daily from the garden, and at the end of the meal, Chef and his dog Puchi will bid you farewell. PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ DEN

www.jimbochoden.com/en/

TWO MICHELIN STARS Ú Chef Noboru Arai creates

a fusion between French and Japanese cuisine. He is wellknown for using ingredients from around the world and employing classic French cooking techniques. We could tell that all the dishes were prepared with a lot of effort and incredible skills. The meal was extremely impressive. PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ HOMMAGE

www.hommage-arai.com/en/

ONE MICHELIN STAR Ú We’re not huge fans of eel,

but after trying the unagi (aka eel) at Obana, our feelings toward eel have changed. The unagi has one Michelin Star and is charcoal grilled to perfection and seasoned with sweet, caramelized sauce. PRICE: ¥¥¥ OBANA MIKAWA-ZEZANKYO

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5 p.m. DINNER 晩御飯 Ú Yakitori Omino is the

“You can expect to find yourself standing beneath waterfalls, wandering through a forest of flowers, followed by waves in five unique areas.”

3 p.m. ENJOY A MUSEUM 博物館 Ú teamLab Borderless is a

group of artwork that forms one borderless world. You can expect to find yourself standing beneath waterfalls, wandering through a forest of flowers, followed by waves in five unique areas. Be amazed as you explore this new world created by 520 computers and 470 projectors. PRICE: ¥¥ TOKYO TIP: You have to see this! Our favorite is the everchanging room with scattered petals that grow, bloom, wither and die in an endless cycle. MORI BUILDING DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: TEAMLAB BORDERLESS

www.borderless.teamlab.art

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place to get your skewered chicken fix. Yakitori Omino is headed by Chef Masayoshi Komino, who trained for six years in Meguro's Michelin one star restaurant Torishiki, and uses the highest quality date chicken with the finest flavor. If you choose to go with omakase, you can experience a variety of chicken parts such as thigh, liver, gizzard, heart, tail and more! If you’re still hungry, you can also order their oyako-don! It is a risotto with date chicken and kodawari shirotamako, or white egg. PRICE: ¥¥¥ MORI BUILDING DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: TEAMLAB BORDERLESS

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www.tabelog.com/en/tokyo

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9 p.m. TIME TO TURN IN ホテル Ú Look no further than

The Celestine Hotel Ginza. The hotel faces the worldrenowned main shopping street of Ginza and is steps away from high-quality restaurants with easy access to the train station. We were welcomed by the friendly team who went above and beyond to provide clear directions to all sightseeing spots and even ordered admission tickets for us! PRICE: ¥¥¥¥ TOKYO TIP: In the superior twin room, they provide not only regular amenities but also extra amenity kits from Bvlgari and Shiseido! THE CELESTINE HOTEL GINZA

www.celestinehotels.jp/ginza/eng/

YAKITORI OMINO

8 p.m. DESSERT デザート Ú Do you recognize this fruit

tart? You may have seen it all over IG! It is a Frenchinspired Japanese pastry served at Été, which is located in a residential area near Yoyogi Park. It is the most exclusive, seasonal fruit tart from artist and chef Natsuko Shoji! Every bite is juicy, sweet and memorable. Packaged in a jewelry box, the fruit tart is skillfully crafted in three layers, with a buttery, sable cookie crust, topped with special custard, edible “roses,” mango from Miyazaki, or other seasonal fruits with gold flakes or a sugar butterfly. PRICE: ¥¥¥¥¥ ÉTÉ

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www.ete.tokyo

“The hotel faces the worldrenowned main shopping street of Ginza and is steps away from high-quality restaurants with easy access to the train station.”

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LARAYIA GASTON LEADS A TEAM OF DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP FEED THOSE IN NEED

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Love Is All Around • “Love inspires me. When it comes from the purest space, you don’t get tired. You don’t think about the day you’re going to stop. You just keep going,” said Gaston.

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All or Nothing • Gaston says that happiness starts with passion and drive. “Whatever you’re doing, you have to give it your all. And then muster up even more. Find a way to replenish what you tapped out, and then give that, too.” Next Up • The current goal is to create brick and mortar spaces like a yoga studio and a coffee shop as a platform to provide employment and enjoyment for homeless citizens and foster youth. Gaston asks for a simple donation of $10 a month to make the idea a reality.

LaRayia Gaston woke up one morning and decided to feed 500 people. Gaston, the inspirational driving force who would go on to found Lunch On Me—an organization made up of dedicated volunteers who collect leftover food from restaurants around greater Los Angeles and personally deliver it to the homeless citizens of Skid Row—called some friends, chose a Saturday on the calendar and decided to devote the day to feeding the often-ignored crosssection of Downtown LA with nutrient-rich foods.

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waste (of nutritious and organic foods, no less) to struggling members of the community for just 89 cents per meal. Solely dependent on the kindness of volunteers and donations, it is without a doubt one of the purest ways to contribute to the charitable fabric of the LA community. “Lunch on Me was created out of love, and it is 100 percent tangible now,” says Gaston. “It was something I thought about, and I didn’t allow it to stop with my thoughts. I wasn’t meditating on it, I was handing out plates.” Giving back is a fundamental concept that is deeply rooted in Gaston’s spiritual core. To hear her speak, the deep devotion she has for community service goes beyond admirable belief in a cause, it’s practically ordained. “It’s an overwhelming joy,” she says. “It doesn’t feel earthly, it feels beyond that. It’s so liberating as a spirit, it’s a true expression of the internal self. There was a time in my life that I couldn’t even feed myself as a struggling artist, and now I can feed 10,000 people a month.” Lunch On Me aims to reapproach the community as a whole, from the ground up. With her volunteers, Gaston throws monthly block parties, incorporating healthy living in the form of yoga, breathwork, essential oils as well as inviting barbers and manicurists to perform beauty and grooming sessions on the spot.

negative stereotypes around homelessness, and foster kindness and compassion. “They are in tough circumstances, but these are beautiful people who just want to be seen and understood,” she says. “The biggest challenge is getting people out of their own fear to be of service. We’re asking people to be uncomfortable, to do things that they might be resistant to do.” Gaston operates with an active desire to generate change, repair a fractured community and heal shared traumas through wellness, nutrition and self-care. She is steadfastly committed to her convictions and tireless in her motivation. “I showed up,” she says simply. “It’s not a magic trick; there’s no way around it. I did the work. I spent hours on Skid Row talking to people, finding out what the needs are. Begging people to be kind and generous, begging people to love without reason.” It’s that love without reason that Gaston most hopes to spread through her work. For those who ask how they can make a difference, her answer is simple. “Micro gestures,” she explains. “I’ve dedicated my life to it. Don’t make [donating] a seasonal thing, make it part of your everyday life to be kind, to be loving, to be of service.”

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THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID This Instagrammer Is Showing Us Her Favorite Hangouts in Manhattan Beach

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I'm in Manhattan bitc.h Beach Co-Founder of Instagram Meme "bitc.h" (With More Than 6 Million Followers), Riley Beek Is Sharing Her Secret Spots in Manhattan Beach

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I’m Riley Beek, a lifestyle/wellness influencer who also runs one of Instagram’s largest female-followed comedy accounts, @bitc.h. Originally from Newport Beach, I now reside in Manhattan Beach with my longtime boyfriend and business partner, Blake. My happy place is in my kitchen, where I’m constantly creating new healthy recipes to share with my audience, while also adding a bit of humor to the process! I’m passionate about making healthy living both fun and accessible to all. I had the best time visiting some of my favorite spots around Manhattan, including my favorite juice bar, restaurant and go-to shopping spots.

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9 a.m. Riley Arts Gallery Ú Not only do I love

the name of this local gallery (okay, maybe I’m biased), but their collection of bright, eclectic art and photography is major eye candy. There is truly never a dull painting hung on their wall, and most of the artists are local residents which is so cool. I loved stopping by and seeing what new additions they added to their beautifully curated gallery.

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10 a.m. Hermosa Girl Boutique Ú If you’re in need of cute, quality (did I mention

cute?) active wear, Hermosa Girl Boutique is the place for you. As a self-proclaimed workout fanatic, I am always stopping by this sweet boutique to check out their latest styles in leggings, sports bras and hoodies. Who said you can’t look cute when you sweat? 1138 Hermosa Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310.372.7766 www.hermosagirlboutique.com

11 a.m. Homie Ú Homie was the very first spot I ever grabbed a coffee and a bite

when I moved to MB two years ago. The name suits the atmosphere— as soon as you step through the door of Homie, you are made to feel right at home. It’s a cozy space that serves up some of the city’s best coffee as well as healthy breakfast and lunch selections. Their latest addition is a cute boutique in the back of the store. It’s the perfect place to grab a coffee, a quick bite or small gift on the run. 1140 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.546.4663 | www.homiemb.com


Noon Kreation Organic Juicery Ú Whether it’s a juice or coffee kind

of morning, Kreation is my one-stop shop for the best healthy selections in town. Their wide variety of fresh salads, cold-pressed juices and raw desserts are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth craving without the guilt! All of their items are prepared fresh and packaged daily, so it’s a great option when I’m crunched for time. 1300 Highland Ave, Ste 110 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.545.3919 www.kreationjuice.com

The Most Important Meal of the Day For breakfast, Beek can’t live without Kreation’s to-go overnight-oats. “They’re quick, easy and so delicious,” notes Beek.

“The Beehive is the first shopping experience I had when I moved to Manhattan Beach and has been on my hit list since!” —Riley Beek

2 p.m. The Beehive Ú The Beehive is the first shopping

experience I had when I moved to Manhattan Beach and has been on my hit list since! Aside from their gorgeous interior, The Beehive boasts luxury clothing brands, home goods and fine jewelry that will make any girl swoon. In addition, they also have an assortment of fine jewelry and accessories that make the perfect gift. It’ll have you buzzing!

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.796.5500

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3 p.m. LF Stores

“Their vast menu and authentic craft cocktails make for the perfect postbeach meal.” —Riley Beek

Ú LF is for the girl who is dedicated

to staying on top of the hottest style trends. This is my favorite spot to shop for Coachella outfits, or even just a bold statement piece. Their clothing is trend-driven with a laidback Southern California vibe, which is exactly my style. No matter the occasion, you’re sure to find a chic ensemble for a killer price here.

219 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.545.7626 www.lfstores.com

5 p.m. Manhattan Beach Pier Ú There is no better place in Manhattan

Beach to watch the sunset from than the pier. I also love grabbing a coffee early in the morning and taking a stroll down the pier to watch the surfers and soak in the view. At the end of the pier is the newly-renovated aquarium that’s free to the public! It’s the best spot in town for a picturesque photo and full 180-degree view of Manhattan Beach. On a clear day, you can stand on the end of the pier and see all the way to Santa Monica and Malibu.

7 p.m. Gelato and Angels Ú Fun fact about me: I always have

a sweet tooth, and Gelato and Angels is one of my favorite treats in town! I love the variety of flavors they have to choose from, there’s definitely something for everyone here. My personal recommendation is their house-made ice cream sandwiches, which consist of gelato sandwiched between a croissant and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Delicious! 308 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.372.4050 www.gelatoandangels.com

8 p.m. Rock’N Fish Ú If you love good seafood and steak, definitely head over to Rock’N Fish for

some of the best in South Bay. Their vast menu and authentic craft cocktails make for the perfect post-beach meal. This place is always bustling, and for good reason, the food is absolutely phenomenal. Tip: try their Tahitian Ahi Tuna Salad and a Hibiscus Margarita, my personal favorite!

120 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.379.9900 | mb.rocknfishrestaurants.com

Shop on the Beach “Manhattan Beach has two annual sidewalk sales, one in January and one at the end of August. Almost every store participates, and they’re so much fun to shop [at]!” says Beek.

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DANA SENG “J” NECKLACE u I live in this necklace. It’s the perfect feminine touch to my simple style. I like that I can keep it on during yoga, in the shower, at the beach and out on the town. I can layer it in the evening or wear it simply on its own for a little bit of bling.

Dana Seng Jewelry DSJ’s Signature Meaningful Gold Initial Necklace $425

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YOUNG LIVING MAGNIFY YOUR PURPOSE ESSENTIAL OIL u This essential oil blend emotionally uplifts my spirit to help me overcome negative emotions [and] self-defeating behaviors, so that I may magnify my life’s purpose. Sometimes I’ll add an intention, like “I am grateful for my beautiful body, mind and soul.”

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SUN BUM CHAPSTICK u Their coconut chapstick smells like a vacation! I love everything about the beach, so this scent is nostalgic for me and just simply makes me happy anytime I smell and it feels good on my lips too.

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ALO YOGA MAT u I keep this mat in my car for any impromptu yoga class that I might pop into! I love how I literally never slide on this mat, even if it’s a super sweaty hot class!

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Young Living Magnify Your Purpose Essential Oil $48.03

Sun Bum Chapstick $3.99

Jacquelyn Umof The Action Academy App $14.99/month Chronicle Books Shine Bright Productivity Journal $15.95

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THIS FITNESS INFLUENCER SHOWS US WHAT’S IN HER BAG PRODUCTIVITY JOURNAL u Writing out my thoughts has been the most powerful habit I’ve developed over the last year. When I bring my worries and stress onto the paper in front of me, they lose their power over me, and I’m able to handle them better. My journal brings me clarity and peace of mind. Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com

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Laker Girl turned fitness influencer, Jacquelyn Umof has built a wellness empire on her ability to help people get out and get active! Her site, Action Jacquelyn, breaks down the best ways to stretch, tone and motivate yourself into a better and more healthy you. She leads by example with a passion for self-love and healthy living, but she can’t live without these must-have indulgences.

THE ACTION ACADEMY APP u Yes, I love doing my own workouts! My brand new app gives you the structure, motivation and accountability you need to take action toward a stretchier, stronger, more mindful you! New workouts each month, daily stretches, live coaching sessions with me and monthly workout plans—everything you need is at your fingertips! actionjacquelyn.com

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WISELEY’S DESIGNS, STITCHING, B U C K L E S A N D L O G O - S TA M P E D BUTTONS ARE A WORK OF A R T T H E M S E LV E S . I T ’ S N O WONDER THEY’VE BEEN SEEN IN COMMERCIALS AND C O L L A B O R AT I O N S F O R D I F F E R E N T ARTISTS’ TOURS.

AND…ACTION! • Be on the lookout for Wiseley’s thriller film, a production with Lou Diamond Phillips.

Los Angeles is a mecca of the arts, entertainment and celebrities. People from all over the world want to know what it’s like to live in California and Los Angeles in particular. Downtown LA is a beast of its own with so many different districts, neighborhoods, people and cultures. Every type of business can be found in DTLA which makes it so unique. Located south of Interstate 10 and surrounded by bustling streets lies the creative space of STRAPPED and the owner who is making strides in the clothing industry with his motorcycle culture-inspired line that oozes grit, texture, street and quality craftsmanship.

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NO PLACE LIKE LA • “[My] favorite part of being downtown is the sheer amount of life! Every walk of life and community is here.” NOT JUST FOR TUESDAYS • Wiseley’s go-to? Tacos Mexico! "They are the best tacos place in LA, hands down.” Don’t let the exterior fool you!


A man dressed in a distressed white shirt detailed with spray paint and paired with a gray sweater greeted me at the door with a huge smile. Tucked away in an unsuspecting building, Jordan Wiseley, founder and designer of STRAPPED, walked us into the company's creative space. I was immediately engulfed in the glorious aroma of leather. Wiseley felt like an old friend—humble and down to earth. It was only the first week of January and Wiseley’s phone was beeping non-stop, an indication that his business is taking off. This entrepreneur has a packed schedule as he plans on revamping his website, has a movie in the works with his production company, is rebuilding a custom 2001 Ducati 748 bike inspired by a WWII p-51 Mustang plane and, of course, is growing his clothing business and having his first ever pop-up show at Project in New York. "We just want to do all of the things we like to do,” Wiseley said. “You can suffer through a job you don’t like or you can hustle and do the things you do like and make money and keep pushing. We’ve always been on that train."

"WE JUST WANT TO DO ALL OF THE T H I N G S W E L I K E TO D O. YO U C A N SUFFER THROUGH A JOB YOU DON’T LIKE OR YOU CAN HUSTLE AND DO THE THINGS YOU DO LIKE AND MAKE MONEY AND KEEP PUSHING. WE’VE A L W AY S B E E N O N T H A T T R A I N . " —JORDAN WISELEY

Wiseley got his first taste of clothing design back in high school with his old friend, A.J. Cutler, who is now in charge of all the digital media for STRAPPED. "I wanted clothes I couldn’t afford, so I had to make them,” Wiseley said. “If it wasn’t a necessity, our parents wouldn’t go out and buy it for us." Growing up on a small farm in Oklahoma, Wiseley was feeding horses early in the morning and then was off building, fixing and riding bikes, which taught him how to use his hands at an early age. Starting with dirt bikes and "anything with a motor," he was emerged in the motorcycle and biking culture—a life and clothing style that intrigued Wiseley. "Racing, in general, is an expensive hobby and I wanted these cool clothes, so we made them because we didn’t have [anything] like that," Wiseley said. It’s his fascination with the grittiness of the attire, the leather, straps, all of the colors and the jerseys that have inspired this highly-praised clothing company. "Working with my hands and fixing things was always—” his phone beeped again and Wiseley realized that his upcoming show in New

York was only days away and he had shipped most of his designs to display at Project NY, which will put his company in the position to be carried at retailers around the world. When asked what the biggest reward was from his clothing line, he chuckled. “The clothing line has been the biggest test. There is so much technicality in this game. I always ask ‘Why?’ and ‘Why are we doing this so inefficiently?’ There seems to be a disconnect,” Wiseley said. “So [I’m] constantly challenging the industry standard. Humility is probably the number one thing that I’ve learned. It doesn’t matter how clearly you can see something [because] there is a way to do it. We’ve really had to humble ourselves and learn." Wiseley is hands-on with the production of his line, even down to having ownership in his supply chain of leather and denim. His passions and his intent for his brand shows in the quality of craftsmanship of the pieces that were displayed in his workshop. “The hardest part of retail is dealing with your inventory. I wanted to have a really good relationship with my manufacturer and launder." Angelenos, take note—the genuine leather and imported silk that’s worked into their jackets for their leather, reversible and unisex denim jackets, are on trend. Spending a better part of a year in the shop at least three to four days a week with the cutters and pattern makers and learning to handmake items one by one has been beneficial. STRAPPED has had custom pieces on some of today’s hottest stars and artists—landing on celebrities, influencers and stylists like Taylor Swift, Cozz, AJ Mitchell, Keith Powers and Ugo Mozie. Wiseley’s designs, stitching, buckles and logo-stamped buttons are a work of art themselves. It’s no wonder why they’ve been seen in commercials and collaborations for different artists’ tours. STRAPPED is rooted in Downtown LA’s culture. “I love texture and that’s the one main thing I try to convey," he explained. And he does. Whether it’s the graffiti art along the walls, the train tracks that run through the area, urban roads or the mecca of cultures that exist in the city, Wiseley draws inspiration from all of it, creating a feel to his clothing as unique as the city of Los Angeles. LOCALE MAGAZINE 89


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THERE ARE A FEW NECESSITIES YOU NEED WHILE TRAVELING—a toothbrush, a change of clothes, your phone charger—but what does any of that matter if you show up to your weekend getaway empty-handed? Let's be real, no one wants to be that guy (or girl). If you’re the one who shows up expecting to live off of others’ libations, flip the pages and take our advice to bring these drinks on your next adventure. We have your weekend bag packed—drinks included. Whether it’s a Saturday with the bros, an R&R weekend for you and your girl squad, a birthday celebration or a romantic time for two, you’re about to go from “that guy” to “that guy!”

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Straw Hat Van De Vort Red Rockbird Sunglasses Saint Owen

TAN LINES? Don't fear a shorts tan. Bring your favorite pair of denim shorts that you slide on while sitting at the poolside bar and take off when you're ready to take a break from the sun and swim.

Striped Bathing Suit Van De Vort

Tassel Earrings Pigment Coconut Body Oil Van De Vort

Denim Shorts Van De Vort

Corona Extra Canteen Woven Handbag Gold Diggers

BUT MAKE IT FASHION Pack your best straw hat so you can look good while you lounge and achieve the golden glow and ditch the sunburn.

Slides Van De Vort Couples Journal Pigment

Turkish Towel sparkle + toast {EVENTS} Tropical Paradise Chocolate Bar Pigment

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Crew Socks Graffiti Beach

NO WIFI, NO PROBLEM Be prepared and go old school with a cocktail recipe book in case cell service is spotty.

Cocktail “Road Trip” Book Graffiti Beach

Tacos Hat Pigment

Dry Shampoo Powder Graffiti Beach

Let’s Hear It for the Boys

Hangover Patch Pigment

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MAD ABOUT PLAID A flannel is a nofuss, lightweight solution when you're transitioning from warm days to cold nights.

Sailor Jerry Rum

Mini Incense Kit Graffiti Beach Spiced Citrus Beard Softener Graffiti Beach Mini Craft Cocktail Set Pigment

Mexican Wrestler Bottle Opener Hi Sweetheart Boutique

Flannel Shirt Faherty

Road Trip Tee Graffiti Beach Sailor Jerry Rum www.sailorjerry.com /// Graffiti Beach www.shopgraffitibeach.com Pigment www.shoppigment.com /// Faherty www.fahertybrand.com Hi Sweetheart Boutique www.hi-sweets.com

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It’s My Party G O S H AW T Y, I T ’ S Y O U R B I R T H D AY

JUST BEAD IT Don’t head to a party without the right bag in tow! Store your gloss, phone and cards in a chic, little, eyecatching clutch!

LIGHT MY FIRE Ditch the monogrammed candies and opt for something with a little spark. Design custom matches to let your party guests know they’re one-of-a-kind.

Birthday Crown Where’s The Party?

Pom Pom Garland sparkle + toast {EVENTS}

Lucite Block Heels Van De Vort

Beaded Clutch Van De Vort Custom Birthday Matches Graffiti Beach

Party Poppers Where's The Party?

Chunky Bracelet Van De Vort

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Cocktail Guide Book Graffiti Beach

Birthday Cards Pigment Disco Ball Tumbler Where’s The Party?

Marble Candles and Palm Napkins Geese & Ganders

Mini Piñata Where’s The Party? Stemless Flute Glass Pigment Lillet www.lillet.com /// sparkle + toast {EVENTS} www.sparkleandtoast.com Van De Vort www.shopvandevort.com /// Pigment www.shoppigment.com /// Where’s The Party? www.wheresthepartyoc.com Graffiti Beach www.shopgraffitibeach.com /// Geese & Ganders www.geeseandganders.com

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Weekend Vibes Duffle Pigment

Let’s Go, Girls CAN I BORROW YOUR SUNGLASSES?

Rose-QuartzInfused Bath Salts Pigment

Yellow Acrylic Handbag Pigment

Cat Eye Sunglasses Van De Vort

SHINE AND SHIMMER No need to wait for that golden glow— stay glowing all weekend long with this Illuminating Body Oil!

Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil Pigment

Gold Cross Earrings Van De Vort

Green Juice Gummies Pigment

Loose Leaf Tea Jar with Sugar Cubes Van De Vort

Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Cactus Tumbler sparkle + toast {EVENTS}

Bandeau Bikini Van De Vort Trinket Dish Van De Vort

Water Bottle Pigment H2-WOAH In between those mouthwatering meals, stay hydrated by keeping this cute water bottle close by…your skin says thank you in advance!

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John Hardy and you’ll also support local artisan communities in Bali. Sustainably sourced, each piece is delicately made by hand through a meticulous process that preserves jewelry-making traditions passed down for centuries. You’ll see and feel the personal touch of the artist in every detail.

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“I love that they have a lot of high-end stores. My blog focuses on high-end men’s fashion, and for a lot of people, high-end men’s fashion is not that accessible. So, it’s very nice that people can get a taste of high-end and luxury at a discounted price.” George LaBoda /// Men’s Lifestyle Blogger /// @atlasandmason

All Hail All Saints

“My favorite item would have to be my denim I bought from AllSaints! I got an amazing deal and I love their stuff.” Olivia Pickren Model and Singer @livmae

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Boom Balenciaga

“My favorite pieces I purchased are my White Balenciaga Ceinture Boots and my Balenciaga Classic Mini Wallet.” Nicole Hanriot Designer and Founder of Beach Riot @nhanriot

Just Buy It

“My favorite piece I purchased is white huarache sneakers from Nike.” Yumi Nootenboom Plus Size Model and Artist @thenameisyumi

So Cute, So Purrfect!

Paige Ú Turning heads has never been so easy. Try on a pair of denim

jeans at Paige and you’ll understand what all the buzz is about. Carried in high-end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Paige has quickly taken the world of denim over by storm.

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Italy to the highways of Southern California, Fendi is one of the most recognizable names in fashion. Look no further than Fendi at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets® for the hottest looks from the runway.

Favorite Finds

“My favorite piece is my mini Kate Spade backpack! I just got a kitten and named her Cherry, so I couldn’t believe when I found the backpack, because it has a sparkly cherry patch and one that says “Meow.’” Hannah Morgan Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger @hannahmorgan

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ALIVE Most models are used to facing rejection, but where some might see roadblocks, Deddeh Howard saw an opportunity. Born in the African country of Liberia and raised in Cote D’Ivoire, Howard moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 with a dream of pursuing a modeling career. After being turned away by several agencies claiming they “already have a black model,” she decided to take matters into her own hands. With her photographer boyfriend behind the lens, Howard recreated major ad campaigns featuring white models, recasting herself in each shot and comparing the images side by side, launching what would become The Black Mirror Project. Seeking to raise awareness about the lack of diversity in the modeling and entertainment industry, Howard created an inspiring platform to fight for equal representation for women of color. “The project was created to inspire women like me who don’t feel represented or beautiful,” says Howard. “My goal is to keep inspiring, helping and spreading the word of diversity because I truly believe that we all matter.” Already an Instagram-verified lifestyle blogger and YouTuber, Howard was able to shine a light on her cause through social media— showcasing women of all colors and ethnicities and increasing their visibility while garnering a loyal following. Word of Howard’s mission spread and the project quickly went viral, sending her on a bonafide publicity circuit. While Howard believes there is still work to be done to achieve equal representation, thanks in great part to the popularity of her vision, the industry is beginning to listen.

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“It starts with the brands demanding that diversity [should be] featured in their campaigns,” Howard explains. “What they demand, the market will deliver. It also takes the vision to represent the world we live in today and not just a limited scope.” Howard says she’s grateful for the outpouring of support she’s received from the media and from fans around the world. The “baby steps” she’s witnessed toward greater inclusion is a beacon of progress for women across all industries and professions.

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“A lot of people are speaking out, having a voice and standing up for diversity,” says Howard. “We need to learn to understand each other and know that our differences are what makes us unique.”


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“Never get caught up in someone else’s ‘healthy.’” —Sassy Gregson-Williams

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Trust Your Gut • For Gregson-Williams, being healthy is about feeling healthy: “A lot of it is about how you feel, and there are a lot of things that connect that.”

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The life of a dancer is not a simple one. Sassy GregsonWilliams spent most of her young adult life practicing professional ballet, dedicating at least eight hours a day to her training. During these years of practice, performance and competition, she found herself getting injured quite often and needing to find ways to keep her body strong and healthy during her recoveries. This lead her down a path of food education, recipe creation and ballet workout transformation all wrapped up in her successful business: Naturally Sassy.

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Gregson-Williams’ background in ballet, combined with her passionate pursuit of health education, has transformed her into a health expert, equipped with a rare perspective and interest in helping women feel confident in their bodies. GregsonWilliams started to take her health into her own hands, ironically, when she was injured from ballet. While she hung up her pointe shoes in 2016, her intuitive drive propelled her into a new spotlight. What many would find to be a major setback, Gregson-Williams saw as an opportunity. She became a food editor at her sister’s magazine, which led to the creation of her blog, publishing a cookbook, making a line of nutrition bars at Whole Foods and her ballet blast global online workout studio. One of Gregson-Williams’ goals is to help people understand food is a tool for their bodies, and to deter others from believing that words

like “calories” and “carbs” are scary. She compared one’s body to being as unique as a fingerprint, no two are exactly the same, which means that no two react the same way to the foods they are given. GregsonWilliams champions for everyone to “never get caught up in someone else’s ‘healthy’” by listening to their own bodies and then taking their individualized steps toward healthier living. Her time as a dancer taught her a lot about how misinformed she was about food and her body’s relationship with food, and now she’s using her wealth of knowledge to help others foster healthier relationships with the food they eat and to make sure they understand that “the way you look is not your worth.” For Gregson-Williams, sustaining a healthy eating lifestyle begins with meal prepping, and educating ourselves on what we are putting into our bodies. She agrees that often a person’s relationship with food is determined by the amount of time they have and are willing to dedicate to it, which can be made easier by making thoughtful meals ahead of time. Gregson-Williams believes that “one of the biggest misconceptions


For GregsonWilliams, sustaining a healthy eating lifestyle begins with meal prepping, and educating ourselves on what we are putting into our bodies. about health is that it is limited to how you eat and how frequently you work out—a lot of it is about how you feel, and there are a lot of things that connect that.” She says ‘health’ is really about “the art of life.” Gregson-Williams’ time training in ballet was one where she had little to no education about the foods she was eating or what she was putting into her body, and one where she felt like she “didn’t have a relationship with food at all,” a sentiment that is the complete opposite for her now. Gregson-Williams says what catapulted her into being a health pro was that she wasn’t one, and that she feels so adamant about practicing a healthy lifestyle now “because she went through a crazy transformation and directly used those tools for other women in a larger picture.” Her journey started from just trying to help herself, to helping small groups of women—including other injured dancers and moms pre- and postchildbirth—to helping thousands through her recipes and workouts on her popular blog and app. GregsonWilliams’ growth in connecting with all of these people was a slow build, but she never stopped dreaming about the impact it could have. She encourages people to “keep the teenage optimism forever, don’t put limitations on what you’re capable of.” For her, her business flourished because she simply didn’t know where or when to stop. Gregson-Williams and her work are trying to break the traditional idea of “perfection” in order to encourage people to form healthy relationships with food and with their bodies. She’s making health, in both food and physical form, more accessible, and the characteristic of confidence more attainable, simply by starting with education in these areas. It took all poise and strength of a ballerina to create Naturally Sassy, and now Gregson-Williams is giving those two traits to all of the people who come in contact with herself, her business, or her food. Confidence, grace, and a healthy plate are enough to change anyone’s life, and Gregson-Williams’ story is a perfect example.

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• “Spend one day making all of your lunches for the rest of the week, or make an extra serving of whatever meal you’d like each day and save it for the next.” TIP

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• Make three salads every week! “Not just leafy, green salads, but real, whole food salads that have a grain as a base, and then keep sides separate to mix up for different combos.” TIP

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• “Use a variety of foods to avoid getting bored. With peppers, there are all sorts of kinds to use or test out. It’ll let you try something new and challenge you to be more creative.” TIP

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• Think you don’t have enough time? “What do you value more, your time in the hour or the money you’re spending on food during the week eating out? Most people want to save money and do it in less time, which is why meal prep is a great option.” TIP

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• “If you just spend three hours on a Sunday, mostly waiting for things to cook, you can have all of your meals done for the rest of the week.”

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A Glowin’ Good • On the moonlight hikes, guests can use black lights to discover cool insects that glow in the dark, like scorpions.

7:00 P.M. 6:30 P.M. HIKE BY MOONLIGHT • Get ready for an experience like no other! Be sure to bring at least one liter of water, a headlamp or flashlight, and wear closed-toed shoes. Registration begins at 6:45 p.m.—don’t forget to RSVP beforehand!

GRAB A BITE BEFORE YOU HIKE • Get right before your hike at Cork & Fork. Enjoy a glass of wine or two over a small plate at this upscale, awardwinning restaurant. They offer over 15 wines by the glass with local and sustainable dishes. CORK & FORK 47875 Caleo Bay Dr, Ste A106 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7555 www.corkandforkwinebar.com

ON THE TRAIL

LA QUINTA COVE PARKING LOT CORNER OF CALLE TECATE AND AVENIDA RAMIREZ La Quinta, CA 92253 760.862.9984 www.desertmountains.org

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Tall Tales • History of the Cove Hike is a great one that offers hikers a look into early La Quinta including movies that were filmed there, myths and legends of the city as well.

8:00 P.M. MOONLIGHT, SHINE BRIGHT • During this time you see the shadows dancing against the mountains from the moonlight. Around 8:30 p.m., which is the midpoint of the hike, you can really soak up the views of the Santa Rosa mountains with the lights of the La Quinta Cove. ON THE TRAIL

LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 769.564.4111 www.laquintaresort.com

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9:30 P.M. LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL • You made it! End your moonlight hike with a cold brew at the La Quinta Brewing Old Town Taproom. FYI: It’s a taproom only and does not provide food, so bring your own! LA QUINTA BREWING OLD TOWN TAPROOM 78065 Main St, Ste 100 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.972.4251 www.laquintabrewing.com

Look Into the Past • Set out on an archaeological exploration. On a couple hikes, you can uncover a site with ancient fish traps in Lake Cahuilla or explore ancient Cahuilla petroglyphs from hundreds of years ago.

GLOW IN THE DARK • Scorpions have never been cooler! Wind down your hike and check out some pretty cool scorpions that actually glow in the dark. No need to be afraid, they’ll be plenty of light to guide you.

11:00 P.M. STAYCATION • Time for a little R&R! For anyone visiting, book your stay at the La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria resort. Sit back and take in the picturesque scenery in their Spanishstyle rooms. Amenities include a golf course, spa and more!

Sky’s the Limit • Get a close-up view of various constellations and planets through the lens of a telescope. The volunteer can point out not-to-be-missed astrological sights for a night to remember!

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Photos - Cork & Fork: John Pacheco | Hike By Moonlight: Sal Cavazos | Moonlight, Shine Bright & Glow in the Dark: Friends of The Desert Mountains | La Quinta Resort & Club: Scott Chebegia

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TRAILING ALONG • Lookout! Keep your eyes peeled for bats above and creepy crawlers below. Explore the trails of La Quinta with every twist and turn of something exciting to see around every corner.


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HOTEL PASEO Time to Book That Reservation, Hotel Paseo’s Waiting

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VILLAS AT PLAYA VISTA Livin’ La Vida Vista Here’s Your Walk Through of Villas at Playa Vista’s Premier Communities

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Palm Desert’s first luxury hotel to be built in over 30 years, Hotel Paseo, has been making lasting impressions since its opening in March 2018. Dubbed as one of the most Instagrammable hotels of the region, this midcentury modern-themed hotel is an artistic dream. In short? Everything you want in a getaway is right here at Hotel Paseo. “Hotel Paseo offers guests once-in-alifetime experiences,” says Judy Esterbrook, Director of Sales and Marketing. If Hotel Paseo wasn’t already on your bucket list, it will be once you’ve read this.

AIRSTREAM, YOU STREAM • In the hotel’s backyard sits the fully-restored, vintage 1950s trailer featuring a queen bed, kitchenette and patio—complete with an awning and Adirondack chairs. The Airstream is available for events and receptions, and will soon be a room that guests can book overnight.

SPA-LA-LA • In need of decadent relaxation? Spa La Lé is a must on your agenda, including their signature 24-Karat Gold Drench treatment—this age-defying facial includes real gold! “This is a truly relaxing experience, where we focus on the whole journey for our guests,” says Esterbrook.

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• For an iconic stay, the Billiards Suite comes equipped with a full-size billiard table in the living room, a Shinola record player with speakers (and a great music collection) and a wet bar. “The guests also love the jaw-dropping views of the desert palms,” says Esterbrook.

• Just a few steps away from Shops at El Paseo, Hotel Paseo is your ultimate girls� weekend getaway. Stay in the Glamour Room with a mixology bar and Hollywood-style mirror for getting ready. Then, take your celebrations poolside in your private cabana— facial mist by Lather included!

• True to the district’s local art history, Hotel Paseo has its own art gallery which is comprised of curated pieces mostly from local artists. Esterbrook states “It’s an eclectic collection, from the canvas works in the lobby to the fun, thought-provoking pieces that line the hallways.”

Soak in Silence • You don’t know relaxation unless you’ve booked the Oasis Spa Room— complete with a soaking tub in the middle of the room to enjoy right after your spa treatment. Game On • Take your competitive side to the lawn for a friendly game of shuffleboard or cornhole. Hotel Paseo’s lawn is stocked with fun outdoor games for the whole squad!

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Wi-Fi in the Fastlane • Thanks to Race Communication, Villas at Playa Vista’s locations are equipped with ultra high-speed internet. High-quality and speed are Race Communications priorities and now, your internet is just that.

Native Knowledge • No need to wonder about internet access! Upon move-in day, take a look around your apartment for the fiber connection which guarantees you highspeed internet.

Each community of fers residents the chance to pick a building that most suits their own lifestyle.

Dive Right In • Dip into one of the five saltwater pools located across the three communities. Each of the Jr. Olympicsized pool decks offer Wi-Fi, cabanas, tanning chairs and Jacuzzis, perfect for a day of relaxing. VILLAS AT PLAYA VISTA 12855 Runway Rd Playa Vista, CA 90094 844.537.4563 www.irvinecompanyapartments.com

Livin’ La Vida Vista HERE’S YOUR WALK THROUGH OF VILLAS AT PLAYA VISTA’S PREMIER COMMUNITIES

mile from the beach and offers residents incredible amenities including

Howard Hughes Aircraft Company, this West LA hot spot is where all the

For the Love of Wine

Start packing, we just found your new luxury abode. The Irvine Company Apartment’s new apartment community at Playa Vista is located just a

five pools, three gyms and resort-style living. Formerly the location of the

action is taking place. Dip into one of the pools, enjoy a drink in the wine cellar and get your zen on in the reflection garden at Sausalito. Check out these three thriving and incredible communities, in Silicon Beach: Sausalito, Malibu and Montecito. Each community offers residents the chance to pick a building that most suits their own lifestyle. 116 LOCALE MAGAZINE

For Your Fur Baby • Located near 19 different parks and the beach, playtime with your puppy pal will never be dull. After a day of fun, you can bring your pup back home and use the dog wash bay to clean them off.

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• The community at Montecito is home to a gorgeous wine cellar that has a long, Viking-style table, tall chairs and wine

lockers for residents to rent and store their wine in. Rent the entire space and host an evening of wine tasting with your squad! Community and Comfort for All • Across the three communities at Playa Vista, residents can choose from 37 different layouts. Each community offers a different lifestyle ready to suit anyone’s needs from luxury to relaxed to social. A Little Work, A Lotta Play • At Sausalito and Montecito, enjoy the ilounge center complete with Wi-Fi, conference rooms, computers, printers and more! At Villas at Playa Vista-Malibu, enjoy direct access to Playa Vista’s Runway where you can access great shopping finds, restaurants and entertainment.


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Relax and Play Ú Bae can practice his swing at one of two championship courses at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, white you treat yourself to a Desert Journey massage at the Spa at Desert Springs.

Worth the Wait Ú Wilma & Frieda serves up some great comfort food and original dishes for breakfast—especially delicious is Kim’s Banana Caramel French Toast, made with brioche thick-cut bread. Our stomachs are grumbling already.

DESERT WILLOW GOLF RESORT www.desertwillow.com THE SPA AT DESERT SPRINGS www.marriott.com

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WILMA & FRIEDA www.wilmafrieda.com

Toss us the keys and pack your bags, we’re heading to Palm Desert! If you only have 24 hours to spend in this oasis, we’ve rounded up great places to eat, shop and play from dawn till dusk! Whether you’re looking to indulge in a spa and shopping spree or eat your way through the best restaurants, we’ve planned a day you’ll be reliving through Instagram for weeks afterward.

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BUMP AND GRIND TRAIL www.hiking-in-ps.com

12 p.m. Organic Eats Ú Grab your gals for an organic lunch at Luscious Lorraine’s. Our favorites are the Asian Tofu Salad and Turkey Chipotle Sandwich (with gluten-free bread!).

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3 p.m. Find Your Fashion Favorites Ú Don’t forget your spare suitcase! Treat yourself at The Shops on El Paseo for designer boutiques including Bottega Veneta. You’ll find tried-andtrue stores including Anthropologie at The Gardens on El Paseo. For treasure hunters, head to Delany’s Antiques to find your next big score! THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO theshopsonelpaseo.com THE GARDENS ON EL PASEO thegardensonelpaseo.com DELANY’S ANTIQUES delanysantiques.com

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Grab a Bite Ú The black-and-white patterns are worthy of a few Instagram shots alone, but this eatery is more than just a pretty face. If you love a good rack of lamb or falafel, Evzin is your go-to for dinner.

EVZIN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE www.evzincuisine.com

8 p.m. Rest Up, Boutique Style Ú Check into Hotel Paseo, within walking distance to many shops on El Paseo. The trendy boutique hotel has luxurious rooms, the rejuvenating Spa La Le’ and a lively restaurant— AC3 Restaurant + Bar. THE GARDENS ON EL PASEO

HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com

10 p.m. Nightcap Ú But before you turn in, we suggest one final stop to grab a nightcap at Libation Room. The

speakeasy-feeling lounge serves delicious cocktails perfect for ending the night on a high note.

www.libationroom.com

Photography Provided By: Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery, The Gardens on El Paseo, Hotel Paseo

Get Your Heart Pumping Ú Work off your breakfast by taking the Bump and Grind Trail, which serves up a great workout and views when you reach the top. You bring the water, we’ll bring the sunscreen!

PALM DESERT ART IN PUBLIC PLACES PROGRAM www.discoverpalmdesert. com/art


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