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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE A Famous Cookbook Author, a Chef to the Stars, a Seasoned Bartender and Two Eco-Minded BFFs Dish out LA’s Best

PAGES BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

The Ultimate LA Foodie Guide

GEORGE LOPEZ GETS TO THE PINT

AN INSIDE LOOK AT How a Creative Disrupter Became a Sock Sensation

The Podcast That Bares It All

Crossing State Lines for a Breath of Fresh Air

THE BREWS HALL


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A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of Los Angeles

editor's note What did we do before we started taking photos of our food and sharing them on social media? Before avocado toast and $7 oat milk matcha lattes? Aside from the fact that the way we view food has slightly changed, food has always been a part of every culture. Sitting down to eat brings people together for laughs and good conversations—and sitting down with a glass of wine, surrounded by loved ones, is personally one of my favorite things to do. One of the greatest parts about Los Angeles is, in fact, the food. A melting pot of different cultures, LA shines with a variety of cuisines, flavors and dining experiences. From indulging in a mouthwatering brunch to devouring fresh sushi to finally making a reservation at that famous Michelin-starred restaurant, we’re sharing the best places to dine in all of the city—from A to Z. Whatever it is you’re craving, we’ve got you

covered. Call up your foodie friends and hit the town runnin’. Within this issue of LOCALE, our cover star George Lopez talks comedy and cuisine (pg. 36). Pizzana chef Daniele Uditi (pg. 30) and cookbook author Elana Horwich (pg. 28) dish their favorite gems in LA. Alyssa Wasko, founder and designer of DONNI., gives us the ultimate casual look for cruising around the city (pg. 78), and if you’re stumped on where to escape next, you’re going to want to read all about The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole (pg. 102). Whether you’re spending these next few months in the sunshine at the beach or bundled in a cabin après ski (one of the many reasons to adore Southern California during this time of the year), I hope this issue sparks inspiration, teaches you something new or simply makes you really hungry. Dig in!

TAYLOR GORSKI Content Editor taylor@localemagazine.com | @taylorgorski


When meeting with an icon like George Lopez, one comes with a vague expectation of encountering an inflated ego. In the case of Lopez, however, these presumptions proved unfounded. Basking in the atmosphere of The Brews Hall, the comic legend was cheerful and fun to be around. His positive attitude had an influence on the rest of the crew, starting with photographer Jared Schlachet, who remarked, “George has a great personality. He really turned it on.”

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Photographed By: Jared Schlachet and Joe Magnani, jsquaredphotography.com | @j2pix Model: George Lopez, @georgelopez Location: The Brews Hall, 21770 Del Amo Cir E, Torrance, CA 90503 www.thebrewshall.com Written By: Dash Finley, @morlokmovie Styled By: Michelle Brookhurst, @michellebrookhurst Groomed By: Aimee Circosta Pesendian, @acbeautyarts Jacket Provided By: Theory, www.theory.com Shirt Provided By: Vince, www.vince.com Pants Provided By: Joe’s, www.joesjeans.com

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Lopez’s instincts for humor seamlessly infiltrate most of his interactions, and even his throwaway jokes meet their mark. At one point, this writer accidentally wandered in front of the camera while checking out the menu of Chingon Kitchen, prompting Lopez to quip, “Looking to get in the shot?” Aside from highlighting Lopez himself, the shoot’s goal was to make The Brews Hall look appealing—which is no Herculean task, considering how sleekly attractive the structure is. Schlachet stated, “We were trying to capture this amazing ambient light.” Lopez seemed at ease here, which should come as no surprise, because The Brews Hall is designed to afford visitors an opportunity to let go of the workaday world’s stresses. “The Brews Hall is a wonderful location,” said fashion stylist Michelle Brookhurst. “All the Chingon Kitchen restaurants have a rich cultural aesthetic and so many artistic details in their design.” From an aesthete’s point of view, one couldn’t say it better, but makeup artist and hairstylist Aimee Circosta Pesendian tried by summing up the day’s adventure in one line: “This seems like a place I’d come to have a beer.”

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table of contents February 2020 /// Foodie Edition

Arts District

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Foodie Guide

A Is for Appetite Our A-Z Foodie Guide of Los Angeles

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Foodie Guide

B Is For Burger Meat and Greet the Best Burgers in LA

EVERSON ROYCE BAR (E.R.B.) 1936 E Seventh St Los Angeles, CA 90021 www.erbla.com

PHOTO BY: PHILIP GUERETTE

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table of contents February 2020 /// Foodie Edition

San Clemente

Pg. 86

Koreatown

alive 86

escape 96

GAJA! LET’S GO!

GREEN THUMBS UP

24 Hours

How to Spend 24 Hours in LA’s Hippest Neighborhood

Pg. 80

shoppe 74

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THE ART OF CONFIDENCE

The Success of Aaron Hennings’ Brand Was Anything but Happenstance

Profile

Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life

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Localendar

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Profile

KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF

UNDRESSING IT ALL

HIT PAUSE OR PRESS PLAY

Meet Lindsay Soprano, the Host of Almost Bare Podcast

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5 Pro Tips

PLANT-BASED LIKE A PRO

The Creator of Choosing Chia Dishes Her Healthy Cooking Tips

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Spotlight

COZY + CHIC

For This Fresh-Faced Starlet, Following Her Dreams Means Putting in the Hours

Alyssa Wasko Shares Her Essential Items From Her Laid-Back Line

How to Make Your Office Space Green and Ready to Be Seen

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My Style

Feature

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Spotlight

SIXTEEN GOING ON STARDOM

Jackson, WY

City of Palm Desert

Take It Easy or Get Moving in the City of Palm Desert

102

Feature

YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT

Pg. 102

The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart

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How to Make

CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED MOD Revivals Furnishings and a Dreamy Airbnb Are a Match Made in Heaven

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LOCALEndar MARCH

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What: KISS: End of the Road World Tour Where: Staples Center

MARCH10 MARCH11

TO

Why: Don’t miss out on the last KISS tour ever!

What: Tame Impala Concert

How: www.staplescenter.com

Where: The Forum, Inglewood Why: Ride the synth-soaked tidal wave of psych-rock at this epic concert!

Los Angeles

PREP YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE LA EVENTS Written By: Sarah Bratman

MARCH

DTLA

14 & 17 What: St Patrick’s Day Hollywood Club Crawl Where: Hollywood Why: Express entry, no cover charges, exclusive drink specials and the luck of the Irish—need we say more? How: www.laepicclubcrawls.com

How: us.tameimpala.com

What: LA Nature Fest

Where: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Why: Celebrate LA’s wild side at this two-day celebration with live animals, hands-on crafts and giveaways. How: nhm.org/calendar/la-nature-fest

MARCH

How: www.lamarathon.com

MARCH

8 What: Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers Where: Staples Center Why: This cross-town rivalry game is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat (or couch). How: www.staplescenter.com

What: Opening Day at Dodger Stadium: Dodgers vs. SF Giants Where: Dodger Stadium

Why: Put on your ball cap and kick off the season with this exciting game, as the Dodgers face off against their rival from the north. Tune in on the tube or buy tickets to enjoy hot dogs and home runs!

What: 2020 Los Angeles Marathon Health & Fitness Expo Why: Over 120 exhibitors will feature brand-new designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. The race is only half the fun!

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6-7

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center

MARCH

MARCH

15

How: mlb.com/dodgers/tickets

What: Nacho Fest

Where: Los Angeles Why: This festival features tasty nachos for all, including vegans and vegetarians! How: www.seetickets.us

MID-MARCH THROUGH LATE-APRIL What: “Hamilton: An American Musical” Where: Hollywood Pantages Theatre

MARCH

27-28

What: Latin Food Fest LA Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park

Why: Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award Winner “Hamilton” is making its way to LA!

Why: Spirits, wine, food and music at the 8th annual Latin Food Fest—plus, michelada and margarita tastings.

How: www.hollywoodpantages.com

How: www.latinfoodfest.com

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Photos - 2020 Los Angeles Marathon Health & Fitness Expo: Los Angeles Marathon | Opeing Day: David Mark from Pixabay | Nacho Fest: Ed Visions | Hamilton: Joan Marcus

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LOCALEndar APRIL 2 APRIL 3

Los Angeles

Redondo Beach

3-5

What: Celine Dion Concert Where: Staples Center

How: www.celinedion.com/in-concert

Written By: Sarah Bratman

APRIL

TO

Why: This is your chance to see Celine Dion belt it out live!

PREP YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE LA EVENTS

What: Billie Eilish Concert Where: The Forum Why: Catch Billie Eilish when her Where Do We Go? World Tour makes its way through LA. How: www.billieeilish.com

DTLA

What: Easter Sunday Brunch

What: Foodie Con

What: Release of Disney’s [LiveAction Feature Film], Mulan

Where: Magic Box at The Reef, Downtown

Where: Cinépolis Luxury Theaters

How: www.foodiecon.org

Where: Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach and Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

Why: This two-day event is all about food, so what’s not to love?

Why: Take a reminiscent trip back to the era of VHS tapes with this live-action Disney classic! Follow Disney princess warrior Mulan on her empowering journey and expect epic, full-scale martial arts choreography!

APRIL

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How: www.cinepolisusa.com

What: First Friday on Abbot Kinney

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Venice

APRIL 17-19

What: LA Beer Festival

What: Grand Prix of Long Beach

Where: Los Angeles Center Studios

Where: Long Beach

Why: This beer festival brings together craft breweries, food trucks, live music and DJs.

Why: See sleek cars whip around the streets of Long Beach at over 200 mph.

How: www.labeerfest.la

How: www.gplb.com

Why: This year, bring the family to Shade Hotels for an Easter brunch celebration. The delicious and elaborate spread (at both the Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach locations) features traditional dishes, plus a chocolate fountain and arts and crafts tables. There’s something for everyone! How: www.shadehotel.com

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APRIL

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What: Earth Day at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Where: Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

What: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Why: Come hungry and enjoy bites from dozens of A-list food trucks.

Where: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Where: University of Southern California Why: USC and the LA Times bring you a festival that celebrates the art of storytelling.

Why: Celebrate the beauty of Mother Earth with a special trip to the Santa Monica Aquarium.

How: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

How: www.santamonica.com

How: www.abbotkinneyblvd.com

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Photos - Easter Sunday Brunch: Shade Hotels | First Friday on Abbot Kinney: Marissa Vitale | Mulan: Cinépolis Luxury Theaters | LA Beer Festival: Dan Silberstein

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That’s the Spirit! This Bartender Spills Where to Go for the Best Cocktails in LA

Santa Monica NAME Rebecca Carlson JOB TITLE Bartender, BarBelle at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

3 PLACES TO GO IN LOS ANGELES FOR A REFRESHING COCKTAIL

RESIDENT OF Santa Monica, CA

1. Lula Cocina Mexicana 2. Chez Jay 3. The Misfit Restaurant and Bar

LOCAL LIVING 3 years

LOVE FOR LOEWS

Our staff has been here for years. If you frequent any of the Loews hotels, you will always see a familiar face. We stay because we like it here, and when your staff is happy, guests are happy. It all comes full circle.

“I have worked for Loews Hotels as a bartender for almost nine years. There are over 20 nationwide locations. Each property is very active in keeping up with the local culture.”

CIAO!

BARBELLE AT LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL 1700 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.6700 www.loewshotels.com @loewssmbeach

www.lavecchiacucina.com

IT’S A PARTY!

Ò Check out hotel bar Riviera 31 at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Every Monday night, Ryan Cross and his band host “Jazz Eclectic,” featuring local and international musicians and singers. This place gets packed. The talent is incredible and one of the only clubs left in LA where people get dressed up to entertain or be entertained. A very classy joint! www.esterelrestaurant.com/riviera-31

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OLDEST BAR IN VENICE

Ò I love Townhouse because it is a Venice bar through and through. Every city needs an old standard, and this is the spot. The first time I went, there was a comedy and burlesque show in the basement. I felt like it was 1920! There is a sticky old-world vibe that feels haunted (est.1915) that keeps locals coming back. Order a bourbon “you call it.” www.townhousevenice.com

RETRO VINTAGE VIBES

Ò Basement Tavern has this speakeasy vibe that you just melt into. They have live music, and it’s one of the only bars in Santa Monica that stays open ‘til 2 a.m. Indulge in a whisky cocktail; it’s the No. 1 bar seller of Buffalo Trace! I am a huge fan of the El Viejo—made with mescal, peated spray, agave and bitters. www.basementtavern.com

WORLD-CLASS

Ò Gwen is an old-world European butcher shop and elegant restaurant. My husband and I came here for our oneyear anniversary. We were greeted with complimentary champagne by one of the owners, Curtis Stone. Start with the housemade charcuterie. www.gwenla.com

Photographed By: Charlie Chipman | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò La Vecchia Cucina is my favorite date night spot. Bartenders Scott and Kevin are masters at a vodka martini straight up and slightly dirty—a classic cocktail. After dinner, I love to indulge in their lemon hazelnut meringue with a double espresso and their housemade limoncello. This is a restaurant where you feel comfortable alone, on a date or with a crew of friends and family. Ask for Matt, Liz or Oliver, and Manager Tao will show you the way!


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Let’s Dish Elana Horwich Shares Where to Go for the Most Authentic Eats in LA

Beverly Hills NAME Elana Horwich JOB TITLE Cooking Teacher and Author of “Meal and a Spiel: How to Be a Badass in the Kitchen”

3 PLACES TO SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL INGREDIENTS

RESIDENT OF Los Angeles

1. For Persian ingredients: Super Sun Market 2. For Mexican ingredients: Northgate Market 3. For Japanese ingredients: Nijiya Market

LOCAL LIVING Native Angeleno

WHERE TO SHOP FOR A DREAMY KITCHEN

Head to Shoppe Amber Interiors for gold- and bronze-colored flatware and cheeseboards, Gjusta Goods for linen napkins and rustic ceramic plates and +COOP for tableware with chic flair (curated by LA local Jenna Cooper).

LASAGNA, HOLD THE NOODLES

Ò To my knowledge, there isn’t anyone in LA who makes lasagna with grilled eggplant instead of noodles [like my No-Noodle Lasagna]. Osteria Mozza, however, makes delicious meat sauces of various types, and it’s worth the carbs to eat the pasta!

MEAL AND A SPIEL www.mealandaspiel.com @elanahorwich

www.la.osteriamozza.com

COOK SOMETHING NEW

Ò There’s a new cookbook store in LA, and it’s also the only one we have. Now Serving is owned by a Filipino-American couple who had a visionary dream for LA while other bookstores were shutting down. Ken Concepcion carries a robust section of Filipino cookbooks, and he will tell you the best Filipino food in LA. www.nowservingla.com

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DELIZIOSO!

Ò Via Veneto, a tiny eatery, creates the intimacy ideal for a date. I always get the most sensual dishes: warm seafood salad with a crisp pinot grigio and the superthin handmade ravioli taster’s plate to share with my date, along with a glass of Nebbiolo. Ask for Simone, the head waiter and sommelier—and tell him I sent you! www.viaveneto.us

ENJOY ITALY— NO PASSPORT NEEDED

Ò Guidi Marcello is a little-known gem that is actually a restaurant supplier with a tiny storefront. There, you’ll find pasta d’alfeltra (top quality dried pasta), quality gluten-free pasta, taralli (cracker-knots) and a selection of Italian wines and liquors. www.guidimarcello.com

CULINARY CURIOSITY

Ò Surfas is a kitchen store that also supplies to restaurants and caterers, which means it has items that you wouldn’t normally find. Plus, they have an international specialty food section. Buy the Valrhona and Callebaut chocolate in bulk! www.surfasonline.com

Photography Provided By: Elana Horwich | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

“I love that my cookbook is a journey as much as a cooking manual. It’s filled with the recipes, stories and answers to cooking questions that my cooking students have requested and loved over the years.”


native knowledge

Legalize Marinara! This Italian Chef Knows Where to Go for Exquisite Food in LA

Brentwood NAME Daniele Uditi JOB TITLE Partner and Executive Chef, Pizzana

3 PLACES IN LOS ANGELES FOR ITALIAN FOOD

RESIDENT OF Los Angeles, CA

1. Apollonia’s Pizzeria 2. Superfine 3. Rossoblu

LOCAL LIVING 10 years

A LOVE FOR LA

What I love the most is the warmth I’ve received from Los Angeles. I’m an immigrant, and as an immigrant, you need to prove yourself to people. LA embraced me when we opened up Pizzana with so much love and warmth.

“Follow our Instagram (@pizzana) with attention! We have an off-the-menu sandwich program where a couple days out of the month, I make a limited sandwich for that day only.”

HAPPY ITALIAN

PIZZANA Brentwood | West Hollywood @pizzana @danieleuditi Photoshoot Location: PIZZANA BRENTWOOD 11712 San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049 310.481.7108 pizzana.com

www.felixla.com

HIGH-PROFILE FLAVOR

Ò Spoon and Pork is a Filipino restaurant with a little bit of Latino influence. The food is just outstanding...simple food with a lot of flavor. I order the Patita, which is pig trotter. It’s sweet, salty and a bit spicy. It is served over rice with a bit of cucumber. Your food is often brought to you by one of the brothers (Ray and Jay) who started the restaurant. www.spoonandpork.com

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FRESHLY BAKED

Ò At Gjusta, I order a slice of square pizza—usually the one with mushroom, thyme and taleggio. The dough is so crispy—it reminds me of a slice I used to have in Italy as a kid. I like to go during off hours (around 7 p.m.) when things slow down, and they’re not too busy. www.gjusta.com

WHEN I’M NOT EATING ITALIAN FOOD…

Ò I love the queso tacos at Birrieria San Marcos. You can order a little bit of birria, which is a beautiful braised meat that you can dip the taco into. Even though they’re a food truck and relatively cheap, the care that they put into making even a simple cheese taco is amazing. @birrieriasanmarcos

CRAZY FOR BURRATA

Ò I’m a burrata lover, and I love Burrata House’s partnership with Di Stefano burrata, which is the best local burrata you’ll find. They make a simple sandwich that is packed with flavor. My favorite is the rosetta bread with prosciutto crudo, Italian olive oil, salt and pepper. www.burratahouse.com

Photographed By: Matt Misisco | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò Felix Trattoria’s polpette is one of the most amazing appetizers I’ve ever had in my life. They’re unusual meatballs that are fried, not soaked in sauce. Pappardelle bolognese “vecchia scuola” is exactly how bolognese should be done. It’s a meat ragu and very traditional—it makes me feel at home. Evan is one of the most amazing pasta makers in the country. He’s an artisan just like me—he works everything by hand.


native knowledge

Honey Do List Honey Hi Founders Share Their Home-Grown Favorites

Echo Park NAME Caitlin Sullivan and Kacie Carter JOB TITLE Co-Founders, Honey Hi (Carter is the chef!)

3 SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANTS AND MARKETS WE LOVE VISITING

RESIDENT OF Los Angeles LOCAL LIVING 7 years

1. Santa Monica, Hollywood and Echo Park Farmers Markets! 2. Cookbook 3. Gjusta

INDULGE IN THIS

You must try the pancakes at Honey Hi! They are made with mochi and hazelnut flour, kabocha squash and seasonal farmers market compote and coconut whipped cream.

“Even though we’re in sprawling Los Angeles, Echo Park is so special because it feels like a small town. Plus, it’s one of the only walkable neighborhoods in the city. It’s such an eclectic mix of people who make up the community.”

SATISFY YOUR TASTE BUDS

HONEY HI 1620 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 www.honeyhi.co @honeyhi

@mhzh.la

THOUGHTFUL INGREDIENTS

Ò Our favorite Sunday brunch spot is Honey Hi. Our go-to drink is a matcha latte with housemade almond and pumpkin seed milk. The Breakfast Bowl is Honey Hi’s take on the American breakfast—farmers market lettuces, sweet potato hash, a poached farm egg, heritage bacon and avocado. The kitchen is entirely free of gluten, refined sugar and processed vegetable oils. www.honeyhi.co

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TRULY TASTY

Ò The food is stunning and the atmosphere is absolutely lovely at Botanica. Sit out on the back patio in the summer with a glass of natural wine. They work closely with local farmers and producers, and the care that they put into their restaurant is so evident throughout the entire dining experience. The lamb kabobs are perfectly spiced and not too heavy. www.botanicarestaurant.com

NEIGHBORHOOD GREENS

Ò Cookbook is our favorite place to go for locally sourced products. In addition to all the beautiful farmers market produce they sell, they have a substantial lineup of sauces, soups and dips to take home for easy dinners and picnics. It’s tiny and very communityfocused. The best time to go is in the afternoon during the week! www.cookbookla.com

AWAY FROM IT ALL

Ò The Self-Realization Fellowship in Mt. Washington is a quiet, open outdoor space for meditation and reflection. It is so peaceful and tranquil—you completely forget you’re in a big city. Park in the surrounding neighborhood of Mt. Washington and walk to the gardens to see the beautiful homes in the area. www.yogananda.org

Photographed By: Tae Kwon | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò Mh Zh in Silverlake is like no other in LA. It almost feels like you’re teleported to the streets of New York or Tel Aviv. Wear a sweater if you’re dining in the winter, as most of the seating is outside. Always order the hummus with the pickles—truly the best hummus ever.


10 things we love

. .Food trends always keep us on our toes.

TURMERIC

MALIBU MYLK

MALIBU MYLK

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TURA KOMBUCHA

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JUST IN... RING IN 2020 WITH THESE FOOD TRENDS

Ú It’s no secret that Asian

cuisine is full of guilt-free deliciousness. Gochujang, a popular chili paste, can complement an authentic Asian meal or be used to coat your favorite hot wings. With its pungent spice and full-bodied flavor, it’s finally forcing Sriracha, the supreme ruler of spice since 2015, to step aside.

ROSEWATER

Healthy, but Make It Fun!

Ú Next time you’re cooking, why not include CBD? Thanks to oils and crystals, adding a dash or a sprinkle of CBD to your favorite meal is easy to do. And since there’s no THC, you’ll be able to feel full and zened out—without getting the munchies. 4

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Ú With bold flavors and healthy ingredients, Middle Eastern food is making its way into the homes of millions. One flavor that’s stealing the spotlight in particular is rosewater. A staple in traditional Middle Eastern ingredients, rosewater can add a bright, floral hint to pastries, proteins and cocktails.

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From tracking down popular food trucks to planning the perfectly ‘grammable spread for your dinner party, food trends always keep us on our toes. With the new year in bloom, it’s time to dig deep for the most groundbreaking trends of 2020 to obsess over. Welcome floral and fiery flavors onto your palate and prepare to be amazed. Which craze will stick with you?

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endless when it comes to new health kicks that feature unexpected twists. For those who want more of a kick, a tall glass of boozy kombucha should do the trick. You can reap all the benefits of regular kombucha— boost your gut health, improve your immune system, aid in digestion— plus, it’ll get you tipsy!

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“The tortillas, the taquitos, the carne asada… It was an easy fit.” —G E O R G E LO P E Z

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After four decades of delighting audiences, garnering accolades and breaking barriers in the entertainment industry, legendary performer George Lopez is making a name for himself in the food and beverage world. The venue for Lopez’s new passion project, The Brews Hall, is a strikingly modern, multifaceted food hall in scenic Torrance, which officially opened its doors in November 2019. Though the sleek new venue contains a handful of other restaurants (including a burger joint sponsored by sports commentator Colin Cowherd), its centerpiece belongs to Lopez. Diners in the mood for Mexican cuisine can sate their cravings at George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, a counter-top eatery which serves south-of-the-border fare with a twist, while beer-lovers might quench their thirst at George Lopez Brewing Co., a Latin-inspired brewery with one-of-a-kind offerings. the towering comedic talent who altered the television landscape with “George Lopez,” his autobiographical sitcom which aired from 2002-07 on ABC, everything begins and ends with family—even if those beginnings weren't easy. "I think that if you look at the definition of comedy, it's not when things go right; it's when they go wrong," says Lopez. "I was raised by my grandmother (Benita)...the whole attitude—the 'Why are you crying?’ vibe, 'Who do think you are?'—that was from her. Everything came with a disclaimer... If (I was) eating soup and didn't have a spoon, I'd ask for one, and she would say, 'Okay, that's your Christmas present.’ She was my muse."

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Benita was also an inspiration in the kitchen; her influence sparked Lopez's culinary ambitions. "In stand-up, I would talk about my grandmother keeping her salsa in a mayo jar with no lid...that stuck with people, so I did this as an opportunity to honor her because she was also a really good cook." While performing at the San Manuel Casino in Highland two years ago, Lopez received an opportunity to realize these edible imaginings when a representative of the venue reached out and asked if he would have any interest in opening a Mexican restaurant in their space. Lopez swiftly agreed, and Chingon Kitchen was born. "I started talking about the menu right away," recalls Lopez. "The tortillas, the taquitos, the carne asada... It was an easy fit." Having found his niche, Lopez linked up with Michael Zislis, an entrepreneur and restaurateur, whose Zislis Group owns properties like Shade Hotels and The Strand House. Zislis was set on expansion, and after considering a number of

other areas, the pair settled on Torrance as the site of the ambitious experiment. Lopez says, “The city of Torrance has been great... This area is perfect for us. There's parking, it's easy to find and it's very impressive what they've done with this space.” The space Lopez refers to is the former site of a Goodyear tire shop, which has been converted into a sprawling dining space that houses four eateries and two breweries. Outside stands a looming, 27-foot silo branded with the logo of Zislis's Buzzrock Brewing Co. Inside, you'll find rows of brass tanks (fermenting vessels), all filled with sudsy pilsners and stouts. Additionally, there's a charming outdoor patio and a row of games to entertain younger visitors. It is precisely this broad-scale appeal that Lopez feels will set Brews Hall apart in the area. "There's four food options here and a full bar...so if you come with kids, [everyone] can get what they want. As a comedian, I entertain a Latino audience with something that connects to them, but also something that's understood by everyone," explains Lopez. Lopez adopted this approach while selecting the food that would be served at Chingon Kitchen. The menu boasts traditional staples like tacos and burritos, as well as out-of-thebox offerings like artisan churros in cinnamon sugar and hand-hacked guacamole paired with fresh homemade chips from the comal. Chingon also provides for those with dietary restrictions through options like cauliflower tortillas and meat-free burritos. Lopez also insisted on authentic touches, such as a bucket of Jarritos Mexican sodas and a spiked horchata drink, infused with rum.

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Drink Your Greens •Also in the works is a pulque-inspired beer, based on an alcoholic beverage derived from the sap of the maguey plant.

Just Brew It •Michael Zislis has experience as a brewer himself. In fact, he was just 13 when he brewed his first beer as part of a science experiment for school.

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“I think that if you look at the definition of comedy, it’s not when things go right; it’s when they go wrong.” —G E O R G E LO P E Z

Breaking Ground •Aside from his sitcom, George Lopez was also the first Latino to host a latenight talk show when “Lopez Tonight” aired on TBS in November 2009.

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•One of Lopez’s most iconic jokes goes as follows: his grandmother says, “Go to your room,” to which he replies, “I don’t have a room.” Her response? “Then close your eyes.”


No Name, No Game •“Chingon” roughly translates to “badass.” Although Lopez states that its meaning is up for interpretation, “It’s a name I use in my stand-up...like ‘the King of Pop’ was for Michael Jackson, but for Latinos.”

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“This area is perfect for us. It’s very impressive what they’ve done with this space.” —G E O R G E LO P E Z

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“Sure, I see the end [of performing]. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel at some point. But to still be around and enjoy it is a beautiful thing.” —G E O R G E LO P E Z speaking of alcohol, the George Lopez Brewing Co. strives to realize an authentic, Mexicaninspired vision, pushing the flavor palate of their beer to new levels. This includes a grapefruit and lime IPA, an orange cream ale, a Horchata stout, a masa-inspired beer and, per Lopez, "a beer that tastes like the mix of El Presidente, Sprite and Brandy...which is a big drink in Mexico."

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When asked about his favorite of all the choices offered at his Brews Hall outlets, Lopez takes a moment to consider, then returns with a surprising answer: "Probably the elote." The classic snack, most often doled out by street vendors, pairs grilled corn on the cob with mayonnaise, cayenne and chili powder, as well as a sprinkling of Cotija cheese. "When I was young, I saw people selling [elote] in the park, and I thought it was weird... Then, one day, I had one, and it was amazing. I want to bring that to the people here." The above notion sums up the motivation behind Lopez's art, whether it's food or comedy: a wish to expose the masses to his cultural touchstones in a way that never rings false or contrived. "I once saw a [stand-up comedian] going on stage, and he talked about his girlfriend. After the show I said, 'I didn't know you had a girlfriend.' He said, 'I don't. I just wrote material about it.' That really rang false to me, and I never wanted to do that. My [work] became my own." And so it has been since 1979, when a nervous 18-year-old from Mission Hills attended his first open mic. Now, 40 years later, Lopez is gearing up yet again for a brand new comedy special—his first

since 2017's “The Wall.” "All of my specials have a theme," he remarks. "The last one was political, but this one is more about minding your own business. Today we see...people calling the cops on kids selling water in the park or using the bathroom in Starbucks. We don't need to be policing other people. It's also about where we are as a country...and a bit about mortality." Sitting confidently amidst the looming Brews Hall floorspace that he was instrumental in bringing to life, it seems hard to fathom that Lopez would be questioning mortality. He appears to be a creator at the top of his game, expanding his empire into a whole new sphere of influence. But, though his love for comedy hasn't dwindled, Lopez says, "Sure, I see the end [of performing]. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel at some point. But to still be around and enjoy it is a beautiful thing." Still, Lopez grows excited when talking about his upcoming film projects, lighting up at the mention of No Man's Land, a modern Western in which he plays a driven Texas Ranger pursuing a young, white border patrol vigilante who shoots a Mexican immigrant before fleeing to Mexico. Despite a wellspring of opportunities ahead in the world of Hollywood, Lopez ultimately reserves his boldest future plans for Chingon Kitchen and George Lopez Brewing Co., outlets for which the cards read one thing: expansion. "This...is something I want to see grow. I'm looking to make it bigger," states Lopez. "Hey, maybe investors can even take it out to airports next.” And, even though he’s usually hilarious, it doesn't appear that the great comedian is joking this time.

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Prepare to quench your thirst and lick your lips. From happy hour sips overlooking the ocean to secret speakeasies, take your dinner plans somewhere new and dine in the most gorgeous restaurants. Curb your appetite with the juiciest burger or freshest taco— whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s here in this guide. Cheers!

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Arts District

Not Your Average

El Segundo

u The grilled pork chorizo burger is made up of bright and flavorful ingredients. You might’ve come for the drinks, but you’ll stick around for this burger. EVERSON ROYCE BAR (E.R.B.) 1936 E Seventh St Los Angeles, CA 90021 www.erbla.com

Out of Office

u The no substitutions, no ketchup policy is enforced because the Office Burger is perfect as-is. Caramelized onion, bacon and arugula, plus Gruyere and Maytag blue cheeses, come together to form a rich burger that needs nothing more.

GASTROPUB

FATHER’S OFFICE Culver City | Downtown Los Angeles | Santa Monica fathersoffice.com

B Is for Burger MEAT AND GREET THE BEST BURGERS IN LA

Sometimes you want a fancy, innovative dining experience. Other times, you want classic American comfort food. For those times when you’re craving beef nestled between bread, turn to this curated list of the best burgers that Los Angeles has to offer.

Rock This Way, With an Ice-Cold Beer

u There are simple burgers, and then there's the Gastropub Burger. A sesame brioche bun with a sunny-side up egg, double-melted Swiss cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, baby greens, tomato and garlic aioli...yum! ROCK & BREWS 143 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245 rockandbrews.com

Keep It Classic

u Owner Shawn Nee says, “We do pride ourselves on the fact that our meat is ground in our shop every day by a dedicated staff of butchers.” You know you’re getting a freshfrom-the-griddle burger every time. BURGERS NEVER SAY DIE 2388 Glendale Blvd, Ste A Los Angeles, CA 90039 @burgersneversaydie

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Downtown LA

C Is for Coffee Cups WE LIKE THESE LA COFFEE SHOPS A LATTE!

PCB BURGER

Check This off Your Burger List u According to Chef

Sean Yontz, “The PCB is a take on the classic allAmerican cheeseburger, using modern and creative iterations of familiar ingredients to communicate the DNA of what Plan Check is all about.” Americanized dashi cheese and the restaurant’s patented Ketchup Leather are two of those innovations. PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR Downtown Los Angeles | Santa Monica | West LA www.plancheck.com

Make Room For This

u The Napoleon burger is actually a massive dish. A half-pound patty, bacon, a fried egg, smoked gouda, cheddar and American cheese are all piled on top of a bed of truffle parmesan fries and a braised short rib. THE STANDING ROOM RESTAURANT Hermosa Beach | Redondo Beach thestandingroomrestaurant. com

No Way That’s Vegan

Better For You Beef

cheeseburger stands up to its meaty counterpart...until now. With a homemade vegan patty, this double vegan cheeseburger is everything you’d expect from a standard double cheeseburger, just minus the meat.

explains, “Every burger is made with 100% grass-fed Wagyu beef from First Light Farms in New Zealand, and we’re really proud of that. These are the burgers we loved as kids but with carefully selected clean ingredients.”

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BURGERLORDS Chinatown | Highland Park www.burgerlords.com

Must Order: Matcha Latte

Must Order: Cajeta Latte

ALFRED Beverly Hills | Brentwood Koreatown | Melrose | Palisades Village Silverlake | Studio City www.alfred.la | @alfred

CONFIDENTIAL COFFEE Long Beach www.confidentialcoffee.com @confidential_coffee

Must Order: Lavender Latte

Must Order: The Breezy

LAVENDER AND HONEY Pasadena lavenderandhoneyespresso.com @lh_espresso

STEELHEAD COFFEE Long Beach | Torrance www.steelheadcoffee.com @steelheadcoffee

Must Order: Salted Chocolate Chip Latte

Must Order: Spiced Avena Latte

COFFEE FOR SASQUATCH Melrose www.coffeeforsasquatch.com @coffee.forsasquatch

INTELLIGENTSIA Hollywood | Pasadena Silver Lake | Venice www.intelligentsiacoffee.com @intelligentsiacoffee

Must Order: Blue Tea Latte

Must Order: Dia de Muertos Cappuccino

TWO GUNS ESPRESSO Downtown Los Angeles | El Segundo | Manhattan Beach www.twogunsespresso.com @twogunsespresso

GO GET EM TIGER Arts District | Downtown Los Angeles | Highland Park Larchmont | Los Feliz www.gget.com | @ggetla

u Co-founder Matt Levin

HIHO CHEESEBURGER Mid-Wilshire | Santa Monica hiho.la

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Is for Deliciosos

Must Order: Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos Ingredients: Jackfruit, Cashew Crema, Pickled Cabbage, Crispy Onion, Black Beans & Corn Tortillas

QUESO, YOU GOTTA TRY THESE TACOS

GRACIAS MADRE www.graciasmadre.co

Playa Vista

Must Order: Fried Avocado Taco

Must Order: Cactus and Pico de Gallo Taco

Ingredients: Pankocrusted and Fried Avocado, Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Crema and Pasilla de Oaxaca Salsa & Corn Tortillas

Ingredients: Nopales, Pico de Gallo, Tomato, Onion, Cilantro (for corn tortilla) Nopales, Pico de Gallo, Tomato, Onion, Cilantro, Beans (for flour tortilla) & Corn or Flour Tortillas

CACAO MEXICATESSEN www.cacaodeli.com

LA AZTECA www.laaztecatortilleria.com

Must Order: Baja Shrimp Taco Must Order: Chorizo Con Papas Taco Ingredients: Mexican Pork Chorizo, Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes, Pork, Beans, Salsa, Queso Amarillo & Corn Tortillas GUISADOS www.guisados.la

HOMESTATE

One of the best parts about living in Southern California is the delicious tacos. Whether you prefer fresh fish, shredded beef or a little bit of spice, here’s where you want to head for the tastiest bites. Sip your salted margarita or ice-cold beer and savor these tacos—best paired with guacamole and good company!

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Medium

Spicy!

GUERRILLA TACOS www.guerrillatacos.com

Must Order: Tacos de Pulpo en Su Tinta Taco Ingredients: Braised and Fried Mexican Octopus, Calamari Ink Sofrito & Corn Tortillas HOLBOX www.holboxla.com

Must Order: Chipotle Beef Machaca Taco Ingredients: Chipotle Braised Beef, Onions, Tomatoes, ChipotleInfused Beans & Flour Tortillas LA MONARCA www.lamonarcabakery.com

Must Order: Mexicali Taco

Must Order: Blanco Taco Ingredients: Organic Egg Whites, Mushrooms, Monterey Jack & Corn or HomeState Flour Tortillas

Ingredients: Northern Baja-Style, Choice of Asada, Pollo, Chorizo, Al pastor or Vegetarian Authentic Harina or Maiz Tortilla

HOMESTATE www.myhomestate.com

MEXICALI TACO & CO. www.mexicalitaco.com

Key Mild

Ingredients: Beer Battered Shrimp, Cabbage With Crema Mix, Cucumber Pico, Lime Wedge & Corn Tortillas

$1 - $4

$4 - $6

$6+

Steak

Chicken

Must Order: Tacos Al Carbon Ingredients: Slices of Skirt Steak, Red Pepper Sauce, Pico de Gallo, Parmesan Cheese & Flour Tortillas SABOR A MEXICO 818.830.8055

Carnitas

Octopus

Shrimp

Avocado

Nopales

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West Hollywood


Chef Michael Cimarusti believes that, sometimes, less is more. At Best Girl, situated on the first floor of DTLA’s Ace Hotel, his minimalist approach is particularly apparent in his use of fresh, local ingredients arranged simply yet intuitively, permitting the natural harmony of flavors and textures.

E | Written By: Taylor Haynes | Photos By: Jakob Layman, Dylan + Jeni & Spencer Lowell

E Is for Ecological

Known for taking LA’s seafood scene up a notch at awardwinning Providence and West LA favorite Connie and Ted’s, Chef Cimarusti brings passion and knowledge about sustainable eating to the kitchen at Best Girl. Best Girl is certainly different from his other establishments, but Chef Cimarusti’s philosophy remains the same: high-quality ingredients are the bedrock of a high-quality experience.

BEST GIRL’S MICHAEL CIMARUSTI IS DEDICATED TO INTUITIVE, SUSTAINABLE DINING

Expert: Michael Cimarusti Job Title: Chef and Partner, Best Girl

“Shopping and eating sustainably should be important to all of us.” —Michael Cimarusti

“I work with people I can trust and know my standards for quality and sustainability,” he says. Several ingredients on the Best Girl menu are sourced locally. Seafood choices range from a half-dozen oysters to a fragrant, inimitable Portuguese fisherman’s stew. Chef Cimarusti works with fisheries, farmers and vendors up and down the coast. Over the years, he’s built steadfast relationships in the industry. “It all comes down to sourcing,” Chef Cimarusti explains. “We try to work with local vendors, and we’re lucky that—along the Pacific coast—there’s great diversity available to us.”

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With plenty of restaurants popping up and boasting sustainable practices, Chef Cimarusti believes this approach is here to stay. “Shopping and eating sustainably should be important to all of us,” he says. “People are thinking about it more than they used to—it’s a movement that has gained momentum, and now there are so many environmentally conscious options out there.”

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Is for Food Halls

DTLA

GET YOUR FOODIE FIX AT THESE FOOD HALL FAVORITES

BELCAMPO MEAT CO. AT GRAND CENTRAL MARKET

It’s Hip to Be Square u Get your Korean food

fix at Square Mixx, a collection of South Korea’s favorite eateries in a contemporary and classy food court setting. Make sure to stop by the classic Brown Donkatsu, slinging fried katsu since 1986.

SQUARE MIXX @squaremixx

VUM Is YUM

u Founded by a trio

of friends native to the Valley, VUM offers a hip and energetic openair market experience. Dina’s Dumpling offers authentic Chinese dumplings crafted with fresh ingredients.

VALLEY URBAN MARKET www.valleyurbanmarket.com

Soccer and Soul

u Three stories of chefDTLA

DTLA

DTLA

driven restaurants await you at The Fields LA with expansive views of DTLA’s skyline. Each dish at Barbara Jean Soul Food captures the essence of classic American soul food with a Cajun-Creole edge.

THE FIELDS LA www.thefieldsla.com @grandcentralmarketl

@figat7th

@rowdtla

Isn’t It Grand?

All in Good Taste

Come One, Come All

has been a favorite since 1896. It’s the perfect place to have a satisfying meal in one of the city’s most classic fixtures. La Tostaderia’s white fish ceviche tostada is a must-have.

a diverse selection of accessible eateries at the center of DTLA’s FIGat7th mall. Taking comfort food to the next level, The Melt is known for decadent grilled cheeses with a side of nostalgia.

one of downtown’s best dining and shopping destinations for a slightly upscale, all-day excursion. Make time for the Rappahannock Oyster Bar—the first LA installation of this wellloved East Coast eatery.

u Grand Central Market

GRAND CENTRAL MARKET grandcentralmarket.com

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u Taste Food Hall is

TASTE FOOD HALL www.figat7th.com/taste

u ROW DTLA quietly is

ROW DTLA www.rowdtla.com

Oh-So Crafty

u A go-to hangout in

Long Beach, Steelcraft is a creatively designed outdoor market and urban eatery built from shipping containers— you can’t miss it! Rori’s Artisanal Creamery takes organic dairy products and Grandma’s recipe to make the dreamiest handmade ice cream.

STEELCRAFT www.steelcraftlb.com

Table Talk THIS EXPERT SERVES UP THE DEETS

Eataly creates a marketplace experience rooted in high-quality and authentic ingredients. Eataly’s Head of Culinary for North America, Chef Denis Dello Stritto, goes into more detail. Q: Why are open, specialty marketplaces and food halls becoming increasingly popular? Chef Denis Dello Stritto: People are getting excited about marketplaces like Eataly because they can connect with all aspects of the food they are eating. They see people making the bread, they see a butcher cutting their meat and a chef cooking that meat in a restaurant. It’s a more immersive experience than just going to a restaurant. Q: Why should someone choose to visit a marketplace/food hall versus a standalone restaurant? DDS: At Eataly, you come and stay a while. You learn about the producers behind the products you are eating and buying, the authentic products directly imported from Italy, a recipe or cooking tip from one of our onsite experts and how seasonality affects Italy’s cuisine. Overall, you will have a better experience by knowing your food better. Q: What is something that everyone should experience at Eataly? DDS: A learning experience—customers often leave with a new perception and improved appreciation for Italian food and culture. Also, we don’t just want to share our food and culture, we want you to take it home. We cook what we sell, and we sell what we cook.

F | Written By: Taylor Haynes | Photos By: Grand Central Market | Chef Denis Dello Stritto: Eataly

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G Is for Gorgeous THESE LA EATERIES WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Rooftop Rendezvous u This breezy lounge-

like rooftop restaurant feels like a chic, Southern Mediterranean resort. Natural wood and stone furnishings with copper finishes make this spot a dreamy destination.

ÉLEPHANTE BEACH HOUSE 1332 Second St, Rooftop Santa Monica, CA, 90401 www.elephantela.com @elephante

That’s Sweet!

G | Written By: Kat Monk | Photos By: Terrazza: Lisa Romerein | Elephante: Bella Marie Adams

u Located within the

12-story Romanesquerevival Brockman Building in DTLA, high vaulted ceilings and white Carrara marble grace the interior—but the desserts are a decoration themselves.

Santa Monica

Ciao Down

u Italian ambiance

meets a 180-degree view of the California coast at this stylish cafe and lounge located inside Hotel Casa del Mar. A meal at Terrazza is the Euro vacation you’ve been craving.

TERRAZZA 1910 Ocean Way Santa Monica, CA 90405 www.hotelcasadelmar.com @hotelcasadelmar

BOTTEGA LOUIE 700 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90017 www.bottegalouie.com @bottegalouie

Royal Sophistication

u This contemporary

American restaurant, set in a building from the 1920s, is full of natural sunlight and regal undertones. Admire the grandeur of the blue and gold Italianate ceiling.

NOMAD 649 S Olive St Los Angeles, CA 90014 www.thenomadhotel.com @thenomadhotel

White Sand Beach Not Included u Palmilla’s tropical,

boutique-like interior transports diners to Cabo for an authentic south-of-the-border experience. Hand-placed stones, reflective light fixtures and illuminated tabletops make this restaurant a must-see.

PALMILLA COCINA Y TEQUILA 39 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 palmillarestaurant.com @palmillahb

No Shoes, No Problem

u Sandy feet are encouraged at this casual, oceanside restaurant with relaxing organic interiors. Wooden tables and an open-air ambiance create a beachy-keen vibe. GREAT WHITE 1604 Pacific Ave Venice, CA 90291 www.greatwhitevenice.com @greatwhitevenice

A Side of Greens

u Located in a converted

1920s jewelry store, V Los Angeles is stunning and vibrant—complete with a central bar that’s lit up and topped with lush, potted greenery.

V LOS ANGELES 515 West Seventh St Los Angeles, CA 90014 v.restaurant/los-angeles @vdtla

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PETTY CASH

H Is for Happy Hour THESE HOLLYWOOD HAPPY HOURS WILL HELP YOU FORGET IT’S MONDAY

Must Order: Chicken Tostaditas When: Weekdays, 5-7 p.m.

u Enjoy organic,

handcrafted tortillas and delish drinks like the boozy agua fresca during happy hour at Petty Cash, a “semi-authentic taqueria.” If you’re feeling adventurous, try the oyster with a shot of Mezcal.

PETTY CASH West Hollywood www.pettycashtaqueria.com

Must Order: Pulled Pork Sliders When: Tuesday-Friday, 5:307:30 p.m.

West Hollywood

Must Order: Chilaquiles When: Weeknights, 6-7:30 p.m.

u “Happy hour-and-ahalf” at Petite Taqueria is a perfect time to enjoy an Estrella Tall Boy or a perfectly balanced margarita with your chilaquiles. PETITE TAQUERIA West Hollywood www.petitetaqueria.com

u Enjoy specialty cocktails and wine by the glass with friends at this stunning greeneryfilled restaurant. Get ready to switch it up because each happy hour at Madera features a different food special. MADERA KITCHEN Hollywood www.cahuengagroup.com/ maderakitchen

Must Order: Corned Beef Sandwich When: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.

u Everything from the

Must Order: Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Flatbread When: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. & Saturday, 3-5 p.m.

u Take $2 off all snacks,

shares and flatbreads, and quench your thirst with $6 well drinks and $2 off beers.

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Must Order: Brussel Sprouts

Must Order: Sloppy Fries

When: Tuesday-Saturday, 6-8 p.m.

When: Daily, 3-7 p.m.

u Dive into happy hour with deep-fried Brussel sprouts with cashews, aji amarillo yogurt and grape molasses to accompany the Tuesday live jazz.

been to Idle Hour, get to happy hour pronto for Sloppy Fries and $2 off all beers.

THE PARKER ROOM Hollywood @theparkerroom

u If you haven’t already

IDLE HOUR North Hollywood www.idlehourbar.com

Must Order: St. Felix’s Infamous Fries When: Daily, 4-8 p.m.

u Come for the

burlesque, stay for the award-winning bites, tasty cocktails and the famous fries!

ST. FELIX OF HOLLYWOOD Hollywood www.hollywood.saintfelix.net

kitchen or behind the bar is half-price during happy hour at Rock & Reilly’s. Now that’s something to say “Sláinte” to!

ROCK & REILLY’S IRISH PUB West Hollywood www.rockandreillys.com

Must Order: Sangria Pitcher When: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m.

u Get boozy after work

with the team at Mama

Shelter in Los Angeles—a pitcher of sangria with orange, lemon, cognac and orange Fanta should do the trick!

MAMA SHELTER Hollywood www.mamashelter.com/en/ los-angeles

Must Order: Blistered Shishito Peppers When: Monday, All Night & Tuesday-Saturday, 5-7 p.m.

u Located in West

Hollywood’s Design District, this upscale neighborhood restaurant features tasty bites and specialty cocktails for an unbeatable price!

PACIFIQUE West Hollywood www.pacifiquela.com

Must Order: Baked Gnocchi Romana When: Tuesday-Saturday, 3-6 p.m.

u Go Italian for happy

hour at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood with handmade pasta and unforgettable seafood dishes.

CECCONI’S WEST HOLLYWOOD West Hollywood cecconiswesthollywood.com

Must Order: Harlowe Burger When: Daily, 5-7 p.m.

u Get lost in the

Hollywood Golden Era ambiance and indulge in the Harlowe Burger— topped with caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms, all stacked on a Homeboy Bakery Bun.

HARLOWE West Hollywood www.harlowebar.com

H | Written By: Ashlee Polarek | Photos By: Petite Taqueria: The h.wood Group | Petty Cash

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I Is for Italian u Located in Highland Park,

Hippo incorporates subtle nuances into otherwise traditional pasta dishes. Chef Matt Molina, former protégé of renowned chef Nancy Silverton, puts his skills to the test to craft bites that bring comforting flavors to the northeastern nook of Los Angeles.

J Is for Japanese GET A TASTE OF THE SEA AT THESE SUSHI SPOTS

Roll up your sleeves and grab your chopsticks because South Bay is home to some of the best contemporary and traditional Japanese cuisine. Try everything from fresh sushi to ramen and see why these places float to the top of our list when it comes to a taste of the sea.

O-my-kase! FOOD u Hippo is more than just a pasta

restaurant. Chef Molina masterfully incorporates fresh Mediterranean ingredients to create earthy, authentic dishes that burst with flavor.

DECOR u An open-facing kitchen overlooks

an industrial, warmly lit dining space. Floral, graffiti-like illustrations grace the walls and stretch up to a woodbeamed high ceiling, creating a “factory-chic” ambiance.

Must Order: Omakase

u Umi holds a variety of

special dining options for those looking to experience fresh sushi in a modern intimate restaurant. Leave it up to the chef and go with the three different omakase options with sashimi, albacore and tuna.

UMI BY HAMASAKU 860 S Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 116 El Segundo, CA 90245 310.524.9980 www.umibyhamasaku.com

Bang for Your Buck Must Order: Sushi Combinations

PRICE u Pasta dishes hover around $18, while

meaty main courses range from $21 to $28. Get ready to put a small dent in your wallet, but trust us, it’s worth it!

VERDICT u Hippo offers an inviting, upbeat atmosphere and a unique balance of fine and casual dining options, making it the perfect place to treat yourself (more than once a year).

HIPPO 5916 1/2 N Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90042 Highland Park www.hipporestaurant.com 56 LOCALE MAGAZINE

u Filled with natural light

and plenty of space to dine, experience a taste of Japan and decide among great combo deals with tuna, albacore, white fish, shrimp, sashimi and salmon—all accompanied by warm miso soup.

SUSHI 21 235 S Gaffey St

Slurps up Because There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Noods

San Pedro, CA 90731 310.833.9999 www.sushi21sanpedro.com

Ramen Is King Must Order: Ramen

u Modern decor illuminates the dark contemporary Japanese family-operated eatery that’s perfect for date night—serving about 10 different ramen options like miso, tonkotsu and seafood. Try edible art with the salmon zest and volcano rolls. KAYA 2251 E Maple Ave El Segundo, CA 90245 310.640.1025 www.kayasushi.com

Fresh Is Best Must Order: Yanagi Special Rolls

u This small

neighborhood gem has fresh sushi delivered daily and is open for lunch and dinner. Take your friends or family and taste the

yellowtail cilantro roll, spicy albacore tataki roll and baked salmon roll. YANAGI 2400 Artesia Blvd Redondo Beach, CA 90278 310.372.6500 www.yanagibistro.com

Chef Knows Best Must Order: Premium Omakase Course

u This traditional wood-

lined treasure offers one of the best omakase experiences in the South Bay. Put your trust in the chef and enjoy handcrafted, quality dishes of the freshest caliber, ranging from $45 to $60.

SUSHI CHITOSE 402 South Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.316.6268 www.sushichitose.com

Rolled in Sunshine Must Order: Sunshine Roll

u Elegant decor and

private booths adorn the

dimly lit Asaka Sushi and Grill, which is home to some of the best sushi among the beach cities. Try the Sunshine Roll— topped with salmon and crunch—or order the sushi burrito with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura. ASAKA 1870 S Elena Ave Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.373.5999 www.asakausa.com

The Trio of a Lifetime Must Order: Carpaccio Trio

u Cool, casual and

compact, Japonica is tiny in size but speaks volumes with its delicate creations. With a menu filled with must-try dishes, the carpaccio comes highly recommended by the chef; it features bluefin tuna, yellowtail and Scottish salmon.

JAPONICA 1304 1/2 S Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.316.9477 japonicadining.com

RAMEN

RAMEN

RAMEN

RAMEN

Must Order: Kai’s Black

Must Order: 20-pound Ramen Bowl Challenge

Must Order: Koku (Rich)

Must Order: Slurp Up Cilantro

KAI RAMEN www.kairamen.com

SHOMI NOODS @shominoods

RAMEN TATSUNOYA www.tatsunoyausa.net

JINYA RAMEN BAR www.jinya-ramenbar.com

I | Written By: Judith Goldstein | Illustration By: Vicente Martí Solar J | Written By: Gabriela Mungarro | Photo By: Umi: Wonho Frank Lee K | Written By: Gabriela Mungarro | Photos By: Philip Guerette L | Written By: Judith Goldstein | Illustration By: Vicente Martí Solar

El Segundo


L Is for Lobster BLT Torrance

u Renowned for their famous

Hawaiian rolls, King’s Hawaiian has also turned heads with their delectable dishes. The miso salmon bowl features a delicate salmon fillet that’s topped with stir-fry vegetables, drizzled with spicy sriracha mayonnaise and served atop a cloud of steamed rice; the famous Spam Musubi & Saimin is a delicious homemade noodle soup with fried Spam, which is wrapped in flavorful edible seaweed. The entire menu is a wide variety of crowd favorites!

K Is for King’s Hawaiian TASTE THE SWEET FLAVORS OF THE TROPICS AT THIS LANDMARK BAKERY Since 1977, King’s Hawaiian offers customers a taste of tropical paradise with a menu chock-full of tropical cakes and traditional Hawaiian fare. Sweet and savory aromas, along with ukulele melodies make this family-owned Torrance restaurant and bakery feel like an island vacation—without the pricey plane ticket.

If you’re looking to taste the best of Hawaii, however, we recommend the Mix Combination Plate. With this dish you’re sure to get the most bang for your buck. Served family-style, the plate is packed with three mouthwatering meats: Huli Huli boneless chicken, marinated for 24 hours then charbroiled over open flames; teriyaki beef that is thinly sliced and chargrilled with housemade sauce; and the best pulled kalua pork, which is slowly smoked. The plate is served with steamed rice, homemade potato macaroni salad and a side of lomi salmon that resembles ceviche. Leave paradise satisfied—and possibly with leftovers! KING’S HAWAIIAN 2808 W Sepulveda Blvd Torrance, CA 90505 310.530.0050 www.kingshawaiian.com

TSUKEMEN

SOBA

UDON

SOBA

SOBA

Must Order: Yuzu Chintan With Gyokai

Must Order: Age Nasu Oroshi

Must Order: Matcha Udon

Must Order: Special Seiro

Must Order: Uni Cream Udon

OKIBORU HOUSE OF TSUKEMEN www.okiboru.com

ICHIMIANN www.ichimiann.com

TSURUMARU UDON HONPO www.tsurumaruudon.com

OTAFUKU 310.532.9348

KOCHI @kochi_udon

u Whether it’s a perfect sunny day or the indescribable sight of orange and pink hues that paint the vast LA skyline, there are very few things more pleasurable than overlooking the majestic city, all while feasting on fresh California ingredients, cooked to perfection. The Highlight Room Grill boasts views of the Hollywood Hills and an irresistible menu for the ultimate rooftop dining experience.

FOOD u The menu captures California’s

produce-forward essence with eclectic offerings such as the signature lobster BLT or lobster toast— if you’re feeling brunchy!

DECOR u Elegance meets decadence on the

open-air rooftop deck, overlooking the rolling Hollywood Hills. Enjoy lush greenery and 360-degree views of the Los Angeles skyline atop the chic Dream Hollywood hotel.

PRICE u You might be dining on a budget, but for special occasions, The Highlight Room Grill is well worth its price point.

VERDICT u Spoil yourself with luxurious ambiance and excellent cuisine—The Highlight Room Grill is a one-of-a-kind Hollywood escape.

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Taste of Tradition

u Kaiseki is a

Japanese custom which creates a culinary experience from the revolving, seasonal rhythms of the earth.

Key

Star

The Art of Eating

Bib Gourmand

u Taking seasonal dining to a new level, Palms-based n/

naka practices the traditional Japanese meal preparation known as kaiseki. Each dish features artfully arranged, fresh local ingredients. Simply eating is transformed into a thoughtful ritual, as diners learn to appreciate the careful balance of textures and flavors in front of them. Led by chef Niki Nakayama, n/naka is simply unforgettable.

Plate

N/NAKA 3455 S Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 | www.n-naka.com

Culver City

As Seen on TV u If Chef

Nakayama has a familiar face, it’s because you’ve seen her on season one of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table.”

Chef Michael Cimarusti, marries the highestquality ingredients with sustainability to produce unparalleled results. Celebrating the bounty of the world’s oceans, Providence reverently crafts seafood tasting menus and hosts guests in an intimate, sophisticated setting. The chef’s tasting menu spotlights an impressive array of marine flora and fauna, putting Cimarusti’s passion for fish center stage.

Dreamin’ in Catalon

u Guests at Somni, within the SLS Beverly Hills, are immediately greeted by minimalistic concrete walls and an enormous curving wood counter, cut from a single slab of oak. The setting is only a prerequisite for the equally

Is for Michelin FILL YOUR CULINARY CUP AT THESE FANTASTIC FOODIE FAVORITES

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u Providence, helmed by

PROVIDENCE 5955 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038 www.providencela.com

M

Palate Pleasers

Sea it to Believe it

stunning tasting menu. Somni (translating to “dream” in Catalan), with Chef Aitor Zabala leading the kitchen like a well-oiled machine, is a whimsical, yet luxurious exploration of globalized cuisine.

SOMNI 465 La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048 slsbeverlyhillshotel.com

Immerse Yourself

u Part of the reason Vespertine is so enticing is its ambiguity. Set within a sprawling, hyper-modern complex designed by architect Eric Owen Moss, Chef Jordan Kahn describes the restaurant as a “gastronomical experiment seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant.” Diners experience over 18 courses, consisting of unfamiliar ingredients and innovative combinations that simply can’t be found elsewhere. VESPERTINE 3599 Hayden Ave Culver City, CA 90232 www.vespertine.la

CUT Beverly Hills www.fourseasons.com

NOZAWA BAR Beverly Hills www.nozawabar.com

SHIBUMI Los Angeles www.shibumidtla.com

OSTERIA MOZZA West Hollywood www.osteriamozza.com

RUSTIC CANYON Santa Monica rusticcanyonrestaurant.com

TROIS MEC Los Angeles www.troismec.com

LE COMPTOIR Los Angeles www.lecomptoirla.com

ORSA & WINSTON Los Angeles www.orsaandwinston.com

MAUDE Beverly Hills www.mauderestaurant.com

DIALOGUE Santa Monica www.dialoguerestaurant.com

M | Written by Taylor Haynes | Photos By: n/naka: Zen Sekizawa

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Is for Never Skip Brunch

u Take your brunch the Italian way with a pairing of classic espresso beverages and flaky pastries or indulge in their Crostone del Campione, a specialty made with toasted Tartine sourdough, ham, Swiss cheese, truffle cream and egg. L’ANTICA PIZZERIA DA MICHELE Hollywood www.damicheleusa.com

Hollywood

WHEN IN DOUBT, BRUNCH IT OUT AT THESE TOP LA BRUNCH SPOTS

Downtown LA

Waterside Dining

Fall in Love

an upscale, waterfront brunch spot with cornmeal pancakes and a great view of the Marina. Be sure to check out their bottomless mimosa deal on the weekends.

they open a restaurant called Met Her at a Bar. Dine with your significant other and try the “You Make Me Wake Up Happy” breakfast: waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. Recap: homemade Belgian waffles, curated coffees and an opportunity to fall in love? Count us in.

u BALEENKitchen is

BALEENKITCHEN Redondo Beach www.hotelportofino.com

Hear Our Brunch Prayers

u You know you’re in for

Bonjour, Mes Amis u An LA staple,

Republique has long lines that can turn some brunchers away—but the wait is well worth the mushroom toast or Croque Madame, which is a slice of house-cured ham, gruyere cheese, baby green salad and fried egg.

REPUBLIQUE Mid-Wilshire www.republiquela.com DEKKADANCE

A bowl of Cheerios, a frozen waffle and instant coffee—many Angelenos suffer during the week, eating heartless breakfast meals that fit their on-thego lifestyle. You deserve better! These decadent brunch spots will surely make up for any generic cereal you ate earlier this week. Prepare your palate for bottomless mimosas, fluffy eggs and delicious gluten-free pastries. Brunch o’clock starts now! 60 LOCALE MAGAZINE

u Breathtaking views of

DEKKADANCE Downtown Los Angeles www.dekkadance.com

SAINT & SECOND Belmont Shore www.saintandsecond.com

Like a Good Neighbor, Brunch Is There! u Charming and

comfortable, these filling brunch dishes are the heart of Neighbor. Try the aged cheddar polenta or go sweet with the buttermilk pancakes, topped with blueberries, walnuts, coffee butter and maple syrup. NEIGHBOR Venice www.neighborla.com

Dekka-dent Food and Dancing

downtown paired with an extensive menu— can’t go wrong with that! Customize your own omelet and sip on bottomless mimosas. Also inquire as to why the restaurant is called Dekkadance and on the 69th floor—the answer will surprise you!

a food awakening when religious terminology is involved. At Saint & Second, regulars praise the breakfast sandwich and iced Irish coffee combo. The Tri Tip Breakfast is a close second.

Like Butcher, Like Daughter A Dash of Love & Salt u Order a warm Nutella

Italian donut, lightly dusted with crunchy brown sugar, or a duck egg pizza! Love & Salt gets pretty packed for brunch, so be sure to make a reservation.

LOVE & SALT Manhattan Beach www.loveandsaltla.com

u Take people-watching

to the next level with a live view of Abbot Kinney at The Butcher’s Daughter. Live like a true Venice native and order the matcha pancakes (which are gluten-free, of course) and fresh juice flight.

THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER Venice thebutchersdaughter.com

u Boy meets girl and

MET HER AT A BAR Mid-Wilshire www.metheratabar.com

Cheers, Mate!

u Transport yourself to Australia as you dine in this laid-back beachy cafe. The flavors of the locally sourced produce come to life in each dish—especially in the sweet halloumi toast! BLUEY’S KITCHEN Santa Monica www.blueyskitchen.com

Brunch It Your Way

u In the heart of Marina

del Rey, this quintessential American eatery boasts an irresistible brunch menu, which is chock-full of unique flavors. For a sweet treat, try the berries and cream French toast.

STARK’S Marina del Rey www.starksrestaurant.com

A Coastal Gem

u An eclectic, Aussie-

influenced menu and a year-round summer vibe are only two aspects that make Little Ruby worth a visit. From banana bread with passion fruit butter to sweet corn fritters, this menu is buzzin’ with delicious bites.

LITTLE RUBY Santa Monica www.rubyscafe.com

N | Written By: Chad Chisholm | Photos By: Dekkadance: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown | L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele: Rossella Pisano | Republique: Jakob Layman | Love & Salt: Caroline Juen

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Ciao Down


O Is for Ocean Views CHECK OUT LA’S BEST 180-DEGREE OCEAN VIEWS

1 PICO 1 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405 www.shuttersonthebeach. com/dining/1-pico CATCH 1910 Ocean Way Santa Monica, CA 90405 hotelcasadelmar.com THE WATERFRONT 205 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291 thewaterfrontvenice.com MALIBU FARM 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 www.malibu-farm.com CAST & PLOW 4375 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292 www.ritzcarlton.com

O | Written By: Rachel Leanne DeLaurenti | Photos By: 1 Pico: Lisa Romerein

Santa Monica

THE PENTHOUSE 1111 2nd St Santa Monica, CA 90403 www.thehuntleyhotel.com/ penthouse MAR’SEL 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 www.terranea.com/dining/ marsel NOBU MALIBU 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 noburestaurants.com/malibu BALLAST POINT 110 N Marina Dr Long Beach, CA 90803 www.ballastpoint.com GEOFFREY’S 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 www.geoffreysmalibu.com

1 PICO 1 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405 www.shuttersonthebeach.com/ dining/1-pico

THE LOBSTER 1602 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 www.thelobster.com THE STRAND HOUSE 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 thestrandhousemb.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 61


P

Is for Painter’s Tape

Q

Is for Quesadilla

Marina del Rey

R

Is for Rainbow Acres

u Painter’s Tape is a local gem providing some of the healthiest and tastiest dishes in the South Bay. Here, Chef Atsushi Takatsuki reinvents classic staples, drawing inspiration from the melting pot of his hometown, Gardena, and adds a fine-dining touch from his training in France, San Francisco and New York.

u Keith Garrett (aka Chef Ocho) first tested his entrepreneurial skills with a corner candy shop, which eventually paved the way for his food truck, All Flavor No Grease. What started as a way to have a positive impact on the community has transformed this king of quesadillas into one of the area’s most sought-after servers.

u For over 40 years, Rainbow Acres on Washington Boulevard has proudly served its customers with sustainable, organic and delicious products. From the endless array of options found at the deli to the made-to-order juice bar, Rainbow Acres’ extensive coverage makes this stop a staple for any Angeleno.

FOOD

FOOD

FOOD

u The menu features seasonal produce from the Torrance Farmers’ Market, bread from local bakeries and housemade drinks. The food is an art as much as a science—evident in the pepper fried chicken bun and the soft scrambled cheesy eggs on toast.

u This truck serves straight-up Mexican fare—tacos,

burritos and quesadillas with bold flavors. Savor the seasoned shrimp quesadilla that’s stuffed with Mexican cheese, sour cream, a signature green sauce and pico de gallo.

u With a menu that caters to every diet, Rainbow Acres provides hot foods, salads, sandwiches and even sushi—all made in-house every day.

DECOR

SCHEDULE

DECOR

u Inspired by his childhood working at his father’s

u Check the truck schedule on Instagram before you

u Seeing rows of colorful fruit and fresh salads lining

PRICE

PRICE

PRICE

u Aiming to make all food affordable and healthy, all

menu items are $10 and under, with only one dish, the steak and eggs, priced at $14.

u Prices range from $2-$20. Grab a single taco or indulge in the ultimate triple threat taste sensation, packed with marinated shrimp, chicken and steak.

u With hot food averaging at just $10 per pound,

VERDICT

VERDICT

VERDICT

u The restaurant represents LA’s mix of immigrant cuisines and offers comfort food with a healthy twist— welcoming those looking to expand their palate.

u Chef Ocho feeds the stomach and the soul with

his passionate spirit, infectious personality and irresistible cuisine. AFNG is street food at its best.

u Regardless if you eat vegan, keto, paleo or a mixture of all three, the quality and consistency found at Rainbow Acres is unmatched and worth more than one visit.

PAINTER’S TAPE 1725 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247 310.353.3780 | www.painterstapellc.com

ALL FLAVOR NO GREASE 323.318.0409 @allflavornogrease

RAINBOW ACRES 13208 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 310.306.8330 | www.rainbowacresca.com

commercial paint company, Chef Takatsuki decorates the eatery with paint rollers and buckets turned into lights.

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go. There is also a shop located at 4th Street Market in Santa Ana.

the refrigerated walls makes walking into Rainbow Acres feel more like walking into a tropical health food shop in Hawaii.

Rainbow Acres manages to provide quality ingredients at an affordable price.

P | Written By: Gabriela Mungarro | Photography Provided By: Painter’s Tape LLC Q | Written By: Elise Edwards | Photography Provided By: Keith Garrett (Chef Ocho) R | Written By: Allie Lebos | Photographed By: Shauna Marincik

Food Truck

Gardena


S Is for Shhh… SIPPING IN SECRET IS ALWAYS MORE FUN

Dark & Moody

Where: Hidden behind a door in the back of Cole’s bar. Entry: First come, first served—no reservations. THE VARNISH 118 E Sixth St Los Angeles, CA 90014 www.thevarnishbar.com

Hotel Hideaway

Where: Hidden inside the second floor of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Entry: Reservations are required; call to make yours!

£10 225 N Canon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 montagehotels.com/ beverlyhills/dining/10-pound

Flyin’ Solo

S | Written By: Rachel Leanne DeLaurenti | Photos By: Break Room 86 & The Varnish: Angel Manuel

Where: A small Polish restaurant and bar in Santa Monica. Entry: Reservations encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! Call or visit the website ahead of time to secure your table. SOLIDARITY 1414 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 www.solidarityla.com

An Era Gone By

Where: A secret entrance inside Roxanne’s in Long Beach. Entry: Text 562.826.2940 for the password; once received, find and enter the phone booth, buzz in and give the password.

Koreatown

Cocktails & Karaoke

Where: Located inside the LINE Los Angeles. Entry: Walk-ins welcome; reservations available. Call or visit the website to book! BREAK ROOM 86 630 S Ardmore Ave Los Angeles, CA 90010 www.breakroom86.com

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

Twentyone & up

Where: Inside Sunset & La Brea Entry: Reservations are not required but are suggested to avoid standing in line. ADULTS ONLY 7065 1/2 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028 www.adultsonlybar.la

Mellow & Dim

Where: Nestled behind Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City. Entry: Reservations only; email yourhost@ therenditionroom.com. THE RENDITION ROOM 4349 Tujunga Ave, Ste 2 Studio City, CA 91604 www.therenditionroom. wildapricot.org

Back Alley Sips

Where: Discreetly tucked away in an alley behind the busy streets of Washington Boulevard. Entry: Doors open at 6 p.m. daily! ALLEY LOUNGE 12223 W Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90066 www.alleyloungela.com

Follow the Brick Road

Where: Hidden away in a brick building on the side of Washington Boulevard in Marina del Rey. Entry: Reservations only! Call or visit their website to book. OLD LIGHTNING 2905 Washington Blvd Marina del Rey, CA 90292 @oldlightningla

Trims & Sips

Where: Hidden inside the backroom of a barbershop of the same name. Entry: Walk-ins welcome; call to make a reservation for a party of 8 or more. BLIND BARBER 10797 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232 www.blindbarber.com

Jukebox Hero

Where: Located on the corner of Irolo and Eighth Street in Koreatown. Entry: Look for the password in the speakeasy’s Instagram bio! R BAR 3331 W Eighth St Los Angeles, CA 90005 @rbarktown

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T Is for Tapas

U

TINY TAPAS, BIG FLAVORS

Surrounded by Spanish culture and cuisine, savor a pair of small bites that’ll wake your taste buds at Cafe Sevilla. Moorish spices enhance the honey and mint flavors of a flame-grilled lamb skewer, and garlic almond black rice makes the perfect bed for sautéed shrimp. In other words, the mouthwatering combination of Cafe Sevilla’s top tapas, cordero brocheta and shrimp romesco, will leave you wanting more.

Is for Ube Everything

Long Beach

CAFE SEVILLA Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego www.cafesevilla.com 64 LOCALE MAGAZINE

FOOD u From their famous array of custards and Filipino-inspired savory dishes such as the Spanish Tortilla, the selection is unique, delightful and satisfying.

DECOR Shrimp Romesco Ingredients: • Seared Shrimp • Marcona Almonds • Piquillo Peppers • Shallots • Garlic • Thyme • Basil • Parsley • Tomato • Balsamic Vinegar • Bomba Rice Infused With Squid Ink and Lobster Stock

u Quaint and cozy, this bright-faced bakery is a pleasant spot for a quick, order-at-the-counter pit stop.

PRICE u It’s easy to spoil yourself in this inviting space. Coffee and custard is a very economical way to spoil yourself.

VERDICT u If you find yourself hanging around

Silver Lake, FrankieLucy is the perfect place to grab a sweet snack and a pour-over. FRANKIELUCY BAKESHOP 3116 Sunset Blvd, Ste 1/2 Los Angeles, CA 90026 www.frankielucybakeshop.com

T | Written By: Taylor Gorski | Photographed By: Hannah Wilson U | Written By: Judith Goldstein | Illustration By: Vicente Martí Solar

Cordero Brocheta Ingredients: • Australian Lamb Sirloin • Olive Oil Marinade • Honey • Mint • Garlic • Coriander • Cumin • Fennel Seed • Salt • Pepper

u Over the last several years, Filipino food has gained more and more familiarity throughout Los Angeles, and Annie Choi and Kristine de la Cruz—founders of FrankieLucy Bakeshop—certainly were a part of making that happen. Offering a selection of ube-based desserts rooted in Filipino culture, Choi and de la Cruz have created a sweet alternative that is not only creamy and delicious, but loaded with vitamins. Did we mention that it’s also the most beautiful shade of unicorn purple you’ve ever seen?


V Is for Vegan

9

OF LA’S FAVORITE PLANT-BASED MEALS

Dish Name: Linguine Di Mare

Dish Name: Trumpet Mushroom Pot Pie

Compare to: Seafood Linguine

Compare to: Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie

Compare to: Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Ingredients: Garlic white wine sauce, king oyster mushroom 'scallops' and toasted bread crumbs

Ingredients: Seasonal vegetables, sage, rosemary gravy and pastry crust

Ingredients: Brown rice, black beans, steamed black kale, fermented curtido, ancho salsa, fresh cilantro, tortilla strips and chipotle sour cream

PURA VITA West Hollywood 323.688.2303 | www.puravitalosangeles.com

Dish Name: Rosemary Chicken Provolone Compare to: Maggiano’s Little Italy Chicken Parmesan Ingredients: Soy chicken breast, vegan provolone cheese, wheat noodles, zucchini and sun-dried tomato marinara ÂU LẠC LA Los Angeles 213.617.2533 | www.aulac.com

Compare to: Your favorite sandwich shop’s mozzarella caprese sandwich Ingredients: Gluten-free or French sourdough bread, vegan mozzarella caprese cheese and your choice of toppings VROMAGE Los Angeles 323.745.0157 | www.vromage.com

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SEA BIRDS Long Beach www.seabirdskitchen.com

Dish Name: Vegan Pepperoni Pizza

Dish Name: Pesto Meatball Sandwich

Compare to: Pepperoni pizza from your local pizza shop

Compare to: Firehouse Subs’ Meatball Sub

Ingredients: Tomato sauce, almond ricotta, vegan mozzarella, housemade vegan pepperoni, housemade cashew parmesan and oregano MOHAWK BEND Los Angeles 213.483.2337 | www.mohawk.la

Dish Name: Baked Crab Cake Hand Roll Compare to: Crab Cake Hand Roll Ingredients: Vegan crab cake, avocado, Vegenaise and smoky-sweet tamari sauce SHOJIN Culver City | Downtown LA www.theshojin.com

Ingredients: Portobello and veggie Italian meatballs, marinara, sweet peppers, basil, pesto, cashew mozzarella and almond parmesan, served on a potato sub roll BY CHLOE. Los Angeles 424.675.7618 | www.eatbychloe.com

Dish Name: Spicy Chick’n Sandwich Compare to: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Ingredients: Breaded and baked srirachaglazed chick’n, coleslaw, pickled jalapeno, lettuce, tomato, Sriracha and vegan mayo on a toasted kaiser bun FLORE Los Angeles 323.953.0611 | www.florevegan.com

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Dish Name: Caprese Sandwich

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W Is for Whisky Whether you’re entertaining a dinner party or unwinding after a long day, nothing raises your spirits like a cocktail made with Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky. So clear your counter and break out the glasses—these four drink recipes are so simple, you’ll have them memorized as a part of your repertoire in no time.

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DRINKS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO MAKE

Drink Name:

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Fashioned

Drink Name:

Malt Julep

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

u 2 parts

u 2 parts

u ¼ part

u ¼ part

u 2 dashes

u 2 dashes

u Orange Twist

u Mint Leaves

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Simple Syrup

Demerara Syrup

Angostura Bitters

Angostura Bitters

(Garnish)

(Garnish)

Instructions:

u In a double rocks glass, add the Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel reserve, demerara syrup and Angostura bitters. Add ice and stir briefly. Garnish with an orange twist.

Drink Name:

Instructions:

u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve, simple syrup and Angostura bitters into a traditional julep cup. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs.

Drink Name:

Rob Roy

Ingredients: Ingredients:

u 2 parts

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

u 2 parts

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky • Fresh and Fruity • Sweet • Mellow

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve

u 2 dashes

Lemon Juice

Angostura Bitters

u ¾ part

u Brandied

Simple Syrup

Instructions:

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u ¾ part Fresh

• Sweet and Spicy • Rich • Lingering Sweetness

GLENFIDDICH SCOTCH WHISKY www.glenfiddich.com

u 1 part Sweet

u Pour the whisky, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker tin. Add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe and serve.

Cherries (Garnish)

Instructions:

u Combine Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve, sweet vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass and stir over ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with brandied cherries.

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Whisky Sour


Ingredients:

(Serves 6) • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes • Juice of 2 limes • ¾ tsp sea salt • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes • 1 tbsp fennel seeds • ½ tsp ground nutmeg • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • 3 tbsp and 1½ tsp ground cumin • 3 tbsp and 1½ tsp ground coriander • 1 tbsp black pepper • 1 tbsp poppy seeds • ¾ tsp ground clove • 2 tbsp coconut oil • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds • 2 yellow onions, small diced • 2 Anaheim green chilies, small diced • 1 tsp ground turmeric • 10 cloves of garlic, minced • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced • 2/3 cup tomato purée • 1 tbsp pure tamarind paste

foodie /// guide

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, add the cubed chicken and toss with the lime juice and sea salt. Stir well and set aside.

X WOW DINNER PARTY GUESTS WITH A TRADITIONAL INDIAN XACUTI CURRY, REFRESHED FOR A PALEO DIET

Z Is for Zam Zam Market MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FIRST TIME AT ZAM ZAM MARKET

u Serving traditional Pakistani fare for the

past 15 years, husband-and-wife duo Fahim and Fozia Siddiqui add their own special touch to family recipes that have made Zam Zam Market the LA staple it is today. Choose from savory curry and kebab dishes or the house specialty (the famous Chicken Biryan). Expect puff chicken pastries on weekends!

FOOD u The avocado hummus paired with an

herbaceous hunk of Lebanese za’atar flatbread is a flavorful revelation. A plate of Nashville hot shrimp, which incorporates a down-home brine and a crisp panko-style crust, makes for a sophisticated, balanced bite.

4. Add garlic & ginger, letting fry for 30 seconds. Stir in spice mix and tomato purée, combining well. Add the chicken and let brown, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

DECOR

6. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cauliflower rice and fresh cilantro.

Mixed Plate Must-Haves: 1. Chicken Curry 2. Lamb Curry 3. BBQ Kebab 4. Rice 5. Garlic Naan

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u The latest restaurant to step up to the plate in the funky-chic enclave of Abbot Kinney is Yours Truly Venice, a modern California eatery hailing from Head Chef Vartan Abgaryan. With influences from the Middle East, Japan and Mexico, Abgaryan’s vision aims to present a worldly palate in a casual, approachable manner.

3. In a large sauce pot, melt the coconut oil over high heat. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onions, diced green chilies and turmeric. Stir frequently until onion is soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).

5. Pour in 4 cups of water. Bring to a rapid simmer for 10 minutes. Add the tamarind and continue simmering until the liquid has reduced by half and has a thick, saucy consistency (about 40 minutes).

Is for Xacuti

Is for Yours Truly Venice

u The cheery 85-seat room pairs white brick with banquet-style seating arrangements, free from the dour pretense that haunts many neighboring establishments.

PRICE u Entrees cost around $21-$32, while appetizers range from $13-$16, which is reasonable, considering the location in the heart of beautiful Abbot Kinney Blvd.

VERDICT u Yours Truly Venice earns its keep among the pantheon of powerhouse Abbot Kinney restaurants by balancing classic flavors with an inventive flair.

YOURS TRULY VENICE 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 310.396.9333 | www.ytvenice.com

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2. In a small bowl, combine the spice mix of coconut flakes, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, pepper, poppy seeds and clove. Stir and set aside.

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The Art of

CONFIDENCE Surgical or Not, Wave Plastic Surgery Is Here to Improve Your Quality of Life WRITTEN BY: ISABELLA COOK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN MODEL: ANGELA BROOKS OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

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“The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy.” —DR. PETER LEE

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DR. PETER LEE is a renowned plastic surgeon and also the Founder and CEO of Wave Plastic Surgery Center, the largest practice of its kind in the nation. Wave took Southern California with such success that a new facility recently opened in San Francisco, with even more on the horizon. Dr. Lee uses his business to help bring more options to more people, paying special attention to individualized patient care. It’s safe to say that your beauty is in good hands with Dr. Lee and the team of doctors at Wave!

At the age of 14, Dr. Lee began attending a university for a special physics program, but before long, he decided that he wanted to work with something more tangible. Dr. Lee then turned his focus to medical school, in an effort to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He says, “[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” Now, Dr. Lee is an award-winning plastic surgeon with international acclaim. He also travels to teach microsurgery, with an emphasis on minimal incision. Dr. Lee has a unique perspective on plastic surgery that rebuffs the pervasive vanity stereotype of the industry. He (and Wave, by extension) believes that cosmetic surgeries are primarily about increasing a patient’s quality of life. Having the ability to fix your flaws with surgery allows people to gain confidence and shed whatever insecurities they carry. According to Dr. Lee’s personal philosophy, “Aesthetic treatments are a cure for a lot of people who aren’t as confident, and when you do something to make yourself look better, it changes who you are.” 76 LOCALE MAGAZINE

“Wave covers all spectrums, and we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.” —DR. PETER LEE

ONWARD AND UPWARD • Wave has set its sights on expansion and plans to open up locations in the South and East Bay—after that, the company is off to take on the Big Apple! SPEC-TACULAR SOLUTIONS • At Wave Plastic Surgery Center, there’s a large focus on providing care for Asian-predominant surgeries like the double eyelid procedure. Dr. Lee saw a need for this specialization in the industry.

While Dr. Lee has worked with sick patients in the past and has even performed reconstructive surgery for people suffering from cancer, he enjoys his current occupation because, “In the cosmetic realm, you’re not sick—you’re healthy. You’re looking for improvement.” Dr. Lee sees the curative function of plastic surgery in his work, which he believes is often overlooked since the changes that occur appear only on the outside. What the common observer cannot see in cosmetic surgery patients are changes to their everyday happiness. “The gratification of increasing a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy,” Dr. Lee explains. Whether you want to lose a few extra pounds or that wonky family nose you inherited, it’s important to never let the small things keep you from going out and enjoying life. As Dr. Lee puts it, “When we stop doing things is when we get older.” Dr. Lee’s spirit of improving a patient’s quality of life through cosmetic surgery translates over to the company model as well. Wave Plastic Surgery Center recognizes the importance of well-informed and singularized cosmetic surgery care, from the first interview to the last checkup. “We invest heavily in a variety of options,” explains


LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS • Wave Plastic Surgery Center has locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, Rowland Heights, Arcadia and San Francisco. Pop by for a 30-minute consultation with an expert plastic surgeon if you think cosmetic surgery might help improve your quality of life.

“[Plastic surgery] is not just medicine and science, but art and creativity as well—it all goes hand in hand.” —DR. PETER LEE

Dr. Lee, which is why Wave Plastic Surgery Center is set up to allow for specifically designed individual care, the likes of which are rare in cosmetic surgery clinics. Since Wave is so much larger than other plastic surgery companies, they can offer a much wider selection of procedures which, in turn, gives patients a chance to sit down and decide on the absolute best path for their foray into cosmetic alterations. “Something we stress [at Wave] is to feel out and get an answer from the patient,” he says. Dr. Lee and the doctors at Wave Plastic Surgery Center are aiming to do more with their skills than just alter a patient’s physical appearance— they want to empower people by giving them the control to change parts of themselves that hold them back in life. Wave has doctors from different backgrounds with varying realms of experience, but all of them are there for one reason: to help their patients experience life exactly the way they want to experience it. Dr. Lee’s humanistic approach to cosmetic surgery, as well as his success in his field, has opened a platform where anyone has the power to change anything they don’t like about themselves. “Wave covers all spectrums,” says Dr. Lee, “and we offer the most realistic, honest expectations.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 77


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Los Angeles

CAMEL SUNGLASSES CHAIN u “I act and have a tendency to dress like a bubbie! I use this chain on my sunglasses but also my regular glasses and my g-ma side really comes out.” $75

u Alyssa Wasko Designer and Founder, DONNI.

POODLE PEARL HALF-ZIP PULLOVER u “This is my style in a nutshell: juxtaposition. This is a comfy, casual sweatshirt combined with a freshwater pearl zipper detail.”

THERMAL HENLEY SWEATPANT u “This is a slightly

elevated sweatpant that you can take from home to [running] errands without looking like a total couch potato. Also really cute paired with a chunkyheeled sandal!” $134

$218

JUNE PEARL DROP EARRING u “These quickly make you look completely put together with zero effort!” $134

DONNI. www.shopdonni.com @shopdonni

ALYSSA WASKO SHARES HER ESSENTIAL ITEMS FROM HER LAID-BACK LINE WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI

SHEARLING SLIPPER u “These are made locally in Washington and truly the comfiest slippers you’ll ever wear. When people put their foot in, they generally immediately say, ‘These feel like clouds for your feet!’” $104

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Alyssa Wasko, designer and founder of DONNI., shares her favorite essentials from her clothing and accessory line. DONNI. creates cozy, comfortable clothes that still allow you to look stylish and put together. With a look this effortlessly cool, each piece is guaranteed to make you feel good.

JUNE PEARL CHOKER u “I can wear this to a black-tie wedding or with a fleece sweatshirt.” $389

Photography Provided By: DONNI. | Alyssa Wasko | Carolina Isabel Salazar

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THE SUCCESS OF AARON HENNINGS’ BRAND WAS ANYTHING BUT HAPPENSTANCE

WRITTEN BY: WHITNEY ARONOFF PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ERIK ISAKSON

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“SOCKS WERE THE LAST PIECE OF APPAREL ON THE HUMAN BODY THAT DIDN’T HAVE A BRANDED CATEGORY LEADER, SO WE FIGURED IT WAS TIME TO CLAIM IT.” — AARON HENNINGS

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In a town where people love wearing flip-flops, five guys had an idea to revolutionize an overlooked everyday accessory. In 2009, socks were an underappreciated apparel category. Aaron Hennings—along with Jeff Kearl, Ryan Kingman, John Wilson and Taylor Shupe—saw an opportunity to inject personality into a product that would allow people to show self-expression. Soon enough, Stance was born and has changed the way we dress our feet ever since. 82 LOCALE MAGAZINE

“ WE WANTED TO ESTABLISH STANCE IN THE WORLD OF PERFORMANCE SOCKS BY SHOWCASING OUR PRODUCTS ON SOME OF THE MOST DEMANDING ATHLETES IN THE WORLD.” — AARON HENNINGS

One Wheel? No Problem • Each team member has talents, but not all of them can do circus tricks. Hennings continues to impress his staff with his unicycle skills!

“Socks were the last piece of apparel on the human body that didn’t have a branded category leader,” Hennings says, “so we figured it was time to claim it.” The idea to create Stance was rooted in the belief that an ignored product category could be disrupted and brought to life with a heavy dose of creativity. “We knew that great brands become category leaders by disrupting markets that have been neglected, asleep and ripe for innovation,” says Hennings. Hennings and his partners have deep roots in the surfand-sport apparel industry.

Prior to diving into the sock and underwear industry, he served as Art Director at Billabong for nine years. When deciding on a name for the business, the men focused on the connection to feet. “Stance has a double meaning for us, referencing both the physical positioning of the legs and feet during activities like skateboarding and basketball, as well as being an intellectual or emotional


attitude,” shares Hennings. The deeper meaning of Stance shines through at the company headquarters in San Clemente. There is space for employees to play and physically express themselves, whether it be on the skate ramp or the volleyball court. There are also more traditional artistic expressions throughout the space, such as murals, paintings and photographs. But the most unexpected feature at Stance headquarters? It would have to be “a custom-built Harley Davidson ’58 Panhead motorcycle parked in our front reception area...leaking oil,” says Hennings. The mantra of Stance is to embrace “the uncommon thread.” Within the first five years of business, they’ve helped turn socks into one of the most popular accessories worldwide. You can find Stance in 40 countries and counting,

“ WE WANTED TO BUILD A COMPANY THAT WAS A REFLECTION OF OUR PERSONALITIES AND CREATE A PLATFORM FOR THE THINGS WE LOVED.” — AARON HENNINGS

igniting global creativity. “We wanted to build a company that was a reflection of our personalities and create a platform for the things we loved,” shares Hennings. “Stance was born as partbusiness opportunity, part-fashion movement and part-entrepreneurial undertaking.” In 2015, Stance laid new ground by becoming the first official sock of the NBA. “We wanted to establish Stance in the world of performance socks by showcasing our products on some of the most demanding athletes in the world,” explains Hennings. “Basketball has a connection to both on-court performance and sneaker culture. The NBA was interested in our ability to provide a product to both markets.” Stance continues to provide the league’s 30 teams with branded designs, which are available for fans through retail outlets.

The mantra of Stance is to embrace “the uncommon thread.” “We are working with Chicago-based graphic design artist Cody Hudson as part of our ‘Untitled’ collection,” Hennings shares. Donovan Mitchell, a Utah Jazz player who is the latest Stance brand ambassador, is working with the company on limited edition socks that feature his favorite emoji and his own personal Spida logo. After all the success, Stance continues to be wellgrounded. “The greatest rewards have been the ability to bring creative ideas to fruition as well as build a brand and working environment that provides

deliverance from corporate confinement,” Hennings says. Is there any compliment that still gets Hennings fired up? Fans will send in photos of their new tattoos featuring the Stance argyle logo and tell the team how much they admire the brand. Now that’s modern brand loyalty! Consider yourself a Stance fan? Then get ready for oneof-a-kind products in 2020. Stance has some incredible technologies launching this year, featuring enhanced fabrics that place an emphasis on durability and softness. We’re ready for all the feels.

Northern Native • Though Hennings grew up playing on Orange County beaches like Trestles and San Onofre, he calls Canada his second home, given the fact that he is half Canadian. LOCALE MAGAZINE 83


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alive /// 24 hours

Gaja! Let’s Go! HOW TO SPEND 24 HOURS IN LA’S HIPPEST NEIGHBORHOOD

Koreatown

10:00 a.m.

11:45 a.m.

Sweet as Can Be Ú Start your day on a (sugar) high note at the famous California Donuts. Take a selfie and match your OOTD with a colorful Fruity Pebbles, unicorn or panda donut. Best of all, it’s open 24/7.

Interior Innovation Ú Follow your instincts to 6ixth Sense LA to shop inspired home decor and furnishings. These trendy, modern and midcentury finds also come with reasonable price tags. Is it time to redecorate yet?

CALIFORNIA DONUTS www.cadonuts.com

WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER PELLERITO

6IXTH SENSE LA www.6ixthsensela.com

THE WILTERN

Widely considered the trendiest and most up-and-coming part of Los Angeles, Koreatown is jumpin’. Even at only 3 squaremiles, the neighborhood is jam-packed with things to do. Ample nightlife, karaoke and out-of-the-box cuisine options will keep you on your toes through the day and night. Step off the purple Metro line at Wilshire and Western and find yourself amid the hustle and bustle that every modern adventurer needs to stay satisfied.

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CHAPMAN MARKET

12:30 p.m.

EIGHT KOREAN BBQ eightkoreanbbq.com

1:45 p.m. This Little Foodie Went to the Market Ú Walk down memory lane at Chapman Market, aka Chapman Plaza. The Spanish Colonial marketplace was originally designed in 1929 and is now a foodie’s paradise. Stop in Quarters Korean BBQ restaurant for their signature Slammin’ Strawberry Rita, and roam around as you enjoy the aromas of Toe Bang Cafe’s seafood pancake and

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EsCaLa’s K-Town rice con pollo. CHAPMAN MARKET chapmanmarket.com

4:45 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

What’s Your Sign? Ú Toss back colorfully handcrafted cocktails at Here’s Looking at You, a Koreatown favorite. Give The Optimist a try—a seasonal cocktail with fruit-infused gin that was inspired by the Sagittarius zodiac sign.

Curtain Call Ú Catch a show at The Wiltern, the historic music venue known for performances from the likes of Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The art-deco interior, built in 1931, creates an enchanting ambiance.

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THE WILTERN www.wiltern.com

7:00 p.m.

10:15 p.m.

King of the World! Ú Dine at Café Jack for sumptuous sushi and teriyaki at this Titanicthemed restaurant. Yes, that’s right—the exterior of the restaurant literally looks like a ship docked in a parking lot. CAFÉ JACK www.cafejacklosangeles. bestcafes.online

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU

I Scream, You Scream Ú A visit to Organic Milk Bar is the cherry on top. Indulge in taro milk tea, matcha or French latte soft serve ice cream flavors, then choose your favorite toppings. ORGANIC MILK BAR organicmilkbar.com

THE LINE

11:30 p.m. Throw It Back Ú Stumble to your room at The Line hotel, then dance the night away at Break Room 86. Unleash your inner child with a game of Pac-Man and sing your heart

out with a little karaoke. Say “Hi” to Bill, the locals’ favorite bartender, who’ll pour your rounds at the boozy ice cream truck out back.

THE LINE www.thelinehotel.com

Photography Provided By: Chapman Market | The Wiltern | Here’s Looking at You: Oriana Koren | LINE LA: Chase Daniel

The Tasteful Eight Ú For lunch, head to Eight Korean BBQ. Tease your palate with the restaurant’s eight signature flavors of pork, all of which include mouthwatering combinations of spices and herbs.


alive /// spotlight

“I found my voice through this podcast.” —Lyndsay Soprano

P

Los Angeles

Undressing It All MEET LYNDSAY SOPRANO, THE HOST OF ALMOST BARE PODCAST WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR HAYNES PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: TAMAR LEVINE

Podcasts are a great way to learn about any topic under the sun–why not learn about sex during your commute to work too? “I want to help people learn about sex in a way that prioritizes love, tolerance and communication,” says Lyndsay Soprano, the host of Almost Bare Podcast. “I discuss current events and politics in relation to our sex lives, our rights and our sexuality.” The host’s conversations are certainly a far cry from that health class you took freshman year of high school and offer a relevant and refreshing look at sexuality in the country today. When it comes to questions about sex, relationships or–hell–even your own nether regions that you feel too squeamish to ask about, Soprano isn’t ashamed to broach sometimes-controversial topics that people aren’t always willing to discuss, ranging from porn to STDs to polyamory. The best part is that she approaches these topics with compassion and an open mind. “I want to be honest about my beliefs and transparent about my life experiences to help others out there feel more normal in their sexual experiences, beliefs and lifestyles,” Soprano says. Talking about sex, however, doesn’t always have to be raunchy or nauseating. While Almost Bare covers realms that might make you uncomfortable, it maintains a classy and approachable tone throughout. “Sexual health isn’t taught well in school, and social media influences so much sexual behavior,” says Soprano. “I feel it’s important to elevate the conversation in a lighthearted way that isn’t raunchy and gross.” Chances are you can gain something from every episode, regardless of your sexual experience. “I found my voice through this podcast,” says Soprano. “It can be exhilarating and scary, but I hope that by sharing my stories I can help others have the strength to share theirs.” At the core of Almost Bare, there’s an emphasis on open and honest communication and helping listeners have healthier conversations about their sexuality– both in and out of the bedroom.

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alive /// 5 pro tips

“Always shop organic when you can.” —Jessica Hoffman

, Creator, Choosing

JESSICA HOFFMAN

Chia

1

TOP IT OFF • “Add some protein. Chickpeas, lentils, nuts, seeds and soy are all great options. Protein will help keep you feeling full!” 2

TASTE THE RAINBOW

3

SPICE IT UP • “Don’t be afraid to add spices and seasoning. In addition to making your dishes taste amazing, spices will also help add variety to the same ingredients.”

• “Different colored fruits and veggies will have different vitamins and nutrients in them, so the more options you expose yourself to, the more benefits you will reap.”

PlantBased Like a Pro THE CREATOR OF CHOOSING CHIA DISHES HER HEALTHY COOKING TIPS

WRITTEN BY: ALLIE LEBOS

Jessica Hoffman, founder of the highly successful health and wellness blog Choosing Chia, created her platform in hopes of sharing plant-based recipes that help others live a healthier and happier lifestyle. In order to maintain variety and tastiness, Hoffman follows a few rules that keep her readers busy with new and exciting vegan and vegetarian options. These tips for cooking healthy and delicious plant-based meals will guide you on your next mindful culinary journey.

4

ORGANIC IS IMPORTANT • “Always shop organic when you can. Many crops like soy are highly sprayed with harmful chemicals and pesticides, so it is best to avoid this when attempting to live healthy and happy.”

5

EMBRACE THE VEGGIE • “Always start by filling up half your plate with veggies.”

“In addition to making your dishes taste amazing, spices will also help add variety to the same ingredients.” —Jessica Hoffman

“Protein will help keep you feeling full!” —Jessica Hoffman

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Inspiration in India • Hoffman decided to start Choosing Chia shortly after returning from a spontaneous trip to India where she studied yoga and Ayurveda.

JESSICA HOFFMAN www.choosingchia.com @choosingchia

Photography Provided By: Claudia Martel

Go-Getter • Before moving into the health and wellness industry, Hoffman lived a more fast-paced lifestyle as a fashion marketer.


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Sixteen Going on Stardom FOR THIS FRESH-FACED STARLET, FOLLOWING HER DREAMS MEANS PUTTING IN THE HOURS WRITTEN BY: ALLIE LEBOS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: TIZIANO LUGLI

When Lizzy Greene was in second grade, her music teacher encouraged her to become involved in theater. Her knack for performing was obvious, and two years later, Greene was signed by an agent. “After going on my third audition, I booked ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn,’ and before I knew it, I was on Nickelodeon,” explains Greene. Since then, she has consistently worked 10 hours a day, five days a week. However, her current project, “A Million Little Things,” has been her most impactful thus far. Greene loves a challenge. It’s emotionally taxing, and the deep places she is forced to go in order to play her character, Sophie Dixon, has led to her feeling more capable and evolved as an actress. “I’ll never forget when my friend, a casting director, told me before going into an audition that the most important thing was to ‘make people feel something,’” recalls Greene. “That’s what we’re doing with ‘A Million Little Things.’ The responses and tweets we get from the show mean everything.” Greene considers her transition from starring in a kids show to acting in a serious and heartfelt drama to be her biggest accomplishment as an actress. Without anyone ever sitting her down to explain the difference in technique, she was faced with the challenge

of learning on-the-job as she entered new territory. When asked where she finds her inspiration while acting, Greene explains, “I honestly find inspiration in everything, but most of all, I find it in my fellow actors. Being on set is almost like attending a master class for acting every day.”

No Days Off • On her days off, Greene prefers to keep busy. Whether it’s expressing herself through sketching, catching up with friends or playing soccer, Greene makes the most of her time. Star Child • Though she is only 16, Greene has been acting for more than half her life. After beginning her journey at age seven, Greene became a working actress just two years later at only 9 years old.

Though being a working actress has been a part of the 16-yearold’s life for quite some time now, she is still very much engaged in her role as a student. Due to the early start of her career, Greene has been homeschooled since she was in fourth grade. “Being homeschooled is both a blessing and a curse. I have had to make a lot of sacrifices when it comes to personal experiences like spending time with friends and other extracurricular activities,” says Greene. She recognizes, however, that with these sacrifices has come a great deal of understanding and respect for the industry that she is so passionate about and thankful to be a part of. With feature films on her mind, Lizzy Greene is sure to find success in any opportunity that calls.

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You Need to Branch Out The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart

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Green Thumbs Up How to Make Your Office Space Green and Ready to Be Seen WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HUNTER COLE

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When you spend about a third of your day confined to an enclosed space made up of fabric-paneled room dividers, muted-colored walls and dismal carpeting, all below a band of fluorescent overhead lights, it can be challenging to maintain a stimulated state of mind.


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“Plants create a more comfortable and enjoyable workspace.” —Carol Grandy

INSTANT JUNGLE INTERNATIONAL 2560 S Birch St Santa Ana, CA 92707 714.850.9227 www.instantjungle.com PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: Santa Fe Springs, CA LOCALE MAGAZINE 97


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Expert : Carol Grandy Credentials: Interior Sales Representative, Instant Jungle International

If this setting sounds even slightly familiar, then it’s time to brighten up your workspace. Numerous scientific studies show there is a direct link between decreased employee stress levels in relation to displaying greenery around the office. In fact, when plants are present, individuals typically feel more at ease, resulting in increased productivity and motivation. So, why not include greenery in your office?

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Sure, not all of us are gifted with green thumbs, but luckily, the creative team at Santa Ana’s Instant Jungle International is. Specializing in an array of plant types, including tropical foliage, traditional plants and even silk creations, Instant Jungle is a full-service wholesale and retail nursery that provides both interior and exterior designs, plant installation and plant maintenance. Interior Sales Representative Carol Grandy offers the 411 on the services this local exotic plant kingdom provides, along with advice on where to begin when developing a personal green haven. For those who may be more horticulturally challenged than others, it would be wise to opt for a plant that requires less maintenance. Grandy explains, “There are some plants that don’t require water on a weekly basis; however, they should be dusted, checked for pests and have any yellow or brown leaves removed.” She notes that dracaenas and pothos are easy to keep alive as they are very adaptable to interior conditions. Another important factor to take into consideration is the amount of natural light available in the intended space. Many indoor plants do not require an abundance of natural light, but some is certainly needed. On that note, some plants should be avoided entirely. “Anything that is meant to grow outside in full sun will not survive inside. You cannot acclimate an olive or citrus tree to interior conditions no matter how much your decorator wants you to!” says Grandy. Aside from aesthetic appeal, Grandy explains that these plush assortments also bring added benefits to individuals— mentally and physically! “There was a study by the University of Queensland in 2014 that found plants increase productivity [at] work by 15%,” Grandy notes. The study concluded that by incorporating plants in the workspace, employers were showing their employees that they cared about their welfare. “Plants create a more comfortable and enjoyable workspace,” Grandy says. 98 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFFICE GREEN AND SERENE Transform Your Workspace With Instant Jungle’s Tropical Foliage Installations

Believe it or not, beautifying the office by adding some decorative floral flair—married with varying shades of nature’s greens—can go a long way in transforming a dull workspace into a colorful, happy place. “We can customize any [arrangement] to fit our clients’ needs,” Grandy says. If you’d prefer to leave it to the experts, its 40 years of experience and extensively trained technicians make Instant Jungle your go-to for design consultation, installation and maintenance. Here, Grandy takes us step-by-step into the creation process of a wall installation piece for an office.


Step 1:

• It’s important to first get a feel for the space you are working with. Style, layout and mood all play a role in creating the desired ambiance. “I met with our clients to tour their facility and get a read on what they envisioned in their building,” Grandy explains. “I assessed the light levels, measured the spaces in each location, made notes and took pictures.” She recommends to “select something that fits the space and will survive with the amount of lighting available.”

Step 2:

• Once the overall look and feel has been determined, brainstorm ideas of the best plant options that will work in the space. “I was able to make several suggestions to them on the spot and [the clients] were very receptive,” Grandy says.

Step 4:

• Confirm which options are available and begin pairing your plants with complimenting accents. Grady says, “I sent our client images of several plant wall designs, so they could choose the plant pallet that they liked best [and] that would survive on their walls.”

Step 5:

• Finalize, install and maintain! “Plant maintenance is very important!” Grady explains that regular weekly maintenance is best, so try and make it part of your weekly routine. “Check and maintain the plant first thing Monday morning when you arrive…or make it the last thing you do on Friday before you leave.”

Step 3:

• Begin mapping out the plant of attack. “I went back to the office and selected which wall systems would work best in each location, along with containers and the right plane for each space.”

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“We can customize any [arrangement] to fit our clients’ needs.” —Carol Grandy

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Hit Pause or Press Play Take It Easy or Get Moving in the City of Palm Desert WRITTEN BY: STEPHANIE TEASLEY

Most vacationers take their time off seriously, however, how one spends their precious time varies. While a relaxing day by the pool is the ideal day for some, others prefer to step off the property and experience their surroundings. No matter if you’re an on-the-go vacationer or prefer some serious R&R, Palm Desert has everything from world-class spas and poolside cocktails to outdoor hikes and upbeat bars!

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A BOOZY BRUNCH • If you’re ready to get your day started, walk on over to Wilma & Frieda for a fun brunch with bloody marys and mimosas!

BREAKFAST IN BED vs.

HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

A LEISURE ART WALK vs.

THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO theshopsonelpaseo.com

• For nature lovers who prefer an outdoor hike, Bump and Grind is the most popular low-elevation trail.

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BUMP AND GRIND TRAIL www.alltrails.com

NAH, IT’S POOL TIME vs.

PURE BARRE www.purebarre.com

RED BARN 760.346.0191

• If you tend to take your out-of-office time seriously, book a stay at Palm Desert’s Hotel Paseo and lounge by the pool for a day of sun and sippin’. HOTEL PASEO www.hotelpaseo.com

BOOZE AND BEATS • If you prefer cocktails, live music and games, head to Red Barn for an upbeat night of fun!

• If you’d rather relax indoors, the JW Marriott offers luxury spa treatments, such as body scrubs, hair and scalp treatments and even a steamy couples massage. JW MARRIOTT www.marriott.com

ON THE GRIND • If working out is part of your morning routine, get your sweat on with a class at Pure Barre on El Paseo.

• For the creatives who’d rather appreciate art at a leisurely pace, stroll through El Paseo’s many art galleries at the acclaimed El Paseo Art Walk. EL PASEO ART WALK elpaseoartwalk.com

STEP OUTSIDE

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• What better way to start off the getaway than sleeping in and enjoying a cozy breakfast in bed at the luxurious Hotel Paseo?

WILMA & FRIEDA www.wilmafrieda.com

• Power through your shopping as you hit all of the stores The Shops on El Paseo has to offer.

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LOUNGE AWAY!

ELEGANT EATS vs.

• Enjoy a sit-down dinner at Venue Sushi Bar with an extensive menu of eats crafted by award-winning sushi master Engin Onural. VENUE SUSHI BAR & SAKE LOUNGE thevenuepalmdesert.com


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YOU NEED TO BRANCH OUT The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Is Pure Luxury for the Wild at Heart

Jackson, WY

RUSTIC INN AT JACKSON HOLE 475 N Cache St Jackson, WY 83001 800.323.9279 www.rusticinnatjh.com

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THE CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS OF FLAT CREEK FLOW THROUGH THE RESORT, HELPING TO CREATE A THRIVING NATURAL HABITAT.

WRITTEN BY: DAN KREFFT PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ROBERT MILLER

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Snow Big Deal • At the end of each March in Jackson Hole, racers face-off in the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. Catch a glimpse of your favorite riders at the resort after they tear it up on the powder!

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What a Ham • The resort claims to have the best bacon in town. They cook thick-cut pork extra crispy and then dip each piece in the deep fryer.

Chill out and skip the trip to the tropics this year! Jump on a free airport shuttle as you cruise past gigantic aspens,

crackling clearwater creeks and lush greenery, ready to experience the great outdoors. Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole is the ultimate in small-town luxury with a touch of vintage charm. Nestled just

outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and

wildlife fun. Here are five reasons to make the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole your next vacation destination.

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Suite Life

• Ever dream of having your own personal helper? The Spa Suites’ butlers are on-site from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help you with your arrival, your departure and everything in between.


ULTIMATE SPA SUITE EXPERIENCE • Make your escape warm and protected from extreme weather in extravagant one-and two-bedroom spa suites. These intimate hideaways offer all the contemporary comforts of a five-star hotel with exclusive access to a private bar, hot tubs, fire pits, patios and even your own personal butler! There’s room for everyone in the Grand Balcony Suite, featuring a furnished patio with a fireplace, a four-person hot tub and room for up to 12 people. Breathe in happiness and refresh yourself in the one-of-a-kind eucalyptus steam room before enjoying a daily cooked-to-order breakfast. NATURE CALLS

SOCAL-STYLE SPA DAY • Looking for a sweet spot to rest and recover? Relax your soul and indulge your senses at the Inn’s luxurious full-service spa. Located in the private spa suites building, the space serves as a sanctuary of solitude and rejuvenation. The 30-minute Mountain Tune Up is just what the doctor ordered for those achy muscles; plus, it is a great way to adjust to the altitude. Experience the miracle of the Mud Mor Wrap, a 55-minute detoxifying treatment that uses mud from an ancient Canadian lakebed. Who knows? You could be greeted by a family of moose as you soak up the pristine mountain views, blissfully meandering back to your cabin. DINE AND UNWIND

ADVENTURE AWAITS

• From sunrise to sunset, the cozy comfort of the Rustic Inn Bar & Bistro makes it a great place to gather and chill with friends. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee on the stunning outdoor patio or watch the sunset as you sip and savor your meal—and your day! The locally sourced menu features Americaninspired cuisine, including delicate panseared trout and mouthwatering bison tenderloin. Sip on a signature cocktail from the bar or perhaps a glass of award-winning red from the wine cellar. For all you early risers out there, don’t miss the gourmet daily breakfast buffet of eggs, crispy bacon and potatoes, along with a variety of pastries, fruits, coffee, teas and fresh juices.

• Just a short snow coach ride away from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, adventure-seekers can enjoy the resort’s epic yearround outdoor activities. Hit the slopes and crush the powder with unlimited access to world-class skiing and snowboarding during winter; March into early April are ideal times for hiking, golfing or just lounging creekside with a fishing pole. “Even experienced anglers will be impressed by the size of the trout they can catch in our exclusive stretch of Flat Creek,” explains Rustic Inn Representative Courtney Carter. “We have also partnered with the Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School to offer fly fishing casting lessons for our more adventurous guests.”

• The crystal-clear waters of Flat Creek flow through the resort, helping to create a thriving natural habitat. You can enjoy a long walk around the wetlands or melt into a rocking chair in front of the fire to roast marshmallows. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an elk! With the help of both local and national environmental organizations, “wildlife has returned to the property,” says Carter. And if experiencing the Old Faithful geyser or the Yellowstone Caldera is on your bucket list, you’re in luck—call up a free resort shuttle ‘cause Yellowstone National Park is only a short drive away.

Nestled just outside of downtown Jackson, this picturesque paradise sits on 12 beautiful acres, offering guests the finest in outdoor activities and wildlife fun.

Peek at the Creek • Want to see what you’re missing? The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole has a live webcam overlooking Flat Creek so you can take a peek at any time. Warning: may cause serious FOMO. LOCALE MAGAZINE 105


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Crazy Little Thing Called Mod Revivals Furnishings and a Dreamy Airbnb Are a Match Made in Heaven WRITTEN BY: PATRICIA KEMP • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: RACHEL HOOPS

Palm Springs

Expert : Steven Henke Credentials: Director of Community Development, Revivals Step 1

• “Don’t be afraid of pieces that need a little work. Look for resale treasures at thrift shops and reupholster with new fabrics of colors, patterns and textures authentic to your style.”

Step 2

• “Go high and low. Splurge on a high-end item like a sofa that defines your space, and then surround it with inexpensive pieces, such as graphic throw pillows.”

Step 3

“Don’t be afraid of pieces that need a little work…”

• “The 1960s were all about going natural. Unstained woods are a huge part of the midcentury modern design, so look for pieces that show off clean lines of teak, walnut and rosewood grain.”

Step 4

• “Keep a running list of room and furniture dimensions on your phone. You never know when you’ll find the perfect furniture piece at an estate sale.”

Step 5

• “Shop what’s new to you. Revivals is a great source to find your personal ‘mixed-century vibe.’ Combine new pieces with thrift store finds from various decades. The end result will feel more personal. One of our customers took four peg legs from a 1950s sofa and put them on a new couch for a look that felt midcentury in a very modern way.”

Step 6

• “Be neutral like Switzerland. Midcentury designers loved earth tones like brown, rust and green with bright accent colors of red, blue and yellow.”

Step 7

• “Decorate on your timeline. Vintage hunting requires patience. The best home collections are built over time from different places like flea markets.”

The midcentury was all about shaking things up. Out with your mother’s matchy-matchy bedroom set. Primary pops of color and geometric patterns were in. Designers were also mixing materials like plywood, metal and glass for a sleek minimalist style. The Dream Home is a stunning Palm Springs Airbnb vacation pad (outfitted with new and used items from Revivals) that was designed to feel like you stepped into a time warp back into the 1960s. Steven Henke, the resale shop’s director of community development, offers tips on how to create your own sweet mod home. “You’re not living on the set of ‘Mad Men;’ it’s your place, so add your personality,” Henke says. 106 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Photoshoot Location: THE DREAM HOME Palm Springs, CA REVIVALS Cathedral City | Palm Desert | Palm Springs www.revivalsstores.com | @revivalsstores


thank you to our partners ARCHPOT Catalina Express City of La Quinta Classic Club Constellation Brands El Cholo El Paseo Shopping District Herringbone La Jolla Instant Jungle International Karma Automotive LLC Ken Grody Ford Konsist La Quinta Resort & Club La Serena Villas Lido Marina Village Loews Coronado Bay Resort Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa Morgan’s Jewelers Torrance Palm Springs Art Museum Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells Revivals Stores Rock & Brews San Manuel Casino Stark’s Restaurant The City of Palm Desert The Italian Homemade Company The Point The Queen Mary The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa Vergola LA, Inc. Wave Plastic Surgery & Laser Center William Grant & Sons

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