Badmaash Fuses Indian Fare and Pub Grub
A new DTLA concept marries Mumbai street food and American bar fare in a gourmet way.
May 14, 2013
Indulge in the chicken tikka masala poutine at Downtown’s newest dining concept.
Father-and-son chef duo Pawan and Nakul Mahendro are re-imagining the traditional gastro-pub with Badmaash, a hip new concept that opened for dinner May 13. Situated on 2nd and Main within the historic Higgins Building, the restaurant combines the flavors of Mumbai street food with familiar pub grub to yield a unique menu.
The introductory offerings prove that the Mahendro’s mashups are inventive, without going overboard. Badmaash’s chicken wings are tandoori spiced and served with whipped yogurt instead of sour cream, while the burgers trade beef for lamb, eschewing traditional toppings for mint-cilantro mayo and jicama slaw. But perhaps the most creative combination comes by way of their chicken tikka masala poutine—a twist on the typical late-night plate that features crispy French fries smothered in cheese and gravy, topped with comforting tomato-based chicken tikka masala.
A Venice-based firm, DEX Studio, is responsible for the colorful atmosphere, which combines Indian traditions with Downtown’s chic, industrial vibe. The restaurant’s showpiece wall features layers of steel and wood painted in the same bright hues often seen in saris, spices, and mandalas, while exposed vents and pipes sit above vibrant posters of Indian films. 108 W. 2nd St., Downtown LA, 213-221-7466
California Creation: Pasolivo Olive Oil
Indulge in fine olive oils and olive oil-based beauty products from a ranch in Paso Robles.
May 14, 2013
Pasolivo’s main oil collection features blends infused with lime, citrus, lemon, and tangerine, as well as more standard extra virgin varieties.
Everyone knows the Central Coast houses some of California’s best small-batch wineries, but Brian Dirk—the new owner of Pasolivo Olive Oil—hopes to put the region on the map for the brand’s artisanal products as well. Raised sustainably on an expansive ranch in Paso Robles, the olives that form Pasolivo’s products are organically grown, hand picked, and then pressed on the property’s own olive mill. The resulting oils are then blended on site to form the brand’s signature olive oil line ($25-$29), as well as a variety of bath products ($8-$28).
Pasolivo features olive oils infused with flavors ranging from lime to basil to tangerine, as well as exclusive extra virgin and kitchen blends. Complete any dish with the brand’s specialty salts, spices, vinegars, and of course, the olives themselves, or take advantage of olive oil’s endless beauty benefits with their soaps, lotions, and lip balm. The company has also teamed up with local purveyors to offer artisan gourmet treats like olive jam, jalapeno mustard, and citrus blossom honey.
When Dirk came on as owner in October 2012, the ranch started a major overhaul, with renovations planned for the tasting room and grounds to heighten the visitor experience. Meanwhile, the olive oils have continued to thrive, recently taking home gold medal honors at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. Tastings and tours are offered daily to visitors from 11 am-5 pm, while products are available online at pasolivo.com. 8530 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, 805-227-0186
LA Phil Presents The Marriage of Figaro
The opera coincides with the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents and includes a special talk.
May 13, 2013
FROM LEFT: Christopher Maltman transforms into Count Almaviva with this costume by couturier Azzedine Alaïa. Dorothea Röschmann will wear this design as Countess Almaviva, also from Alaïa.
LA Philharmonic premieres Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famed opera, The Marriage of Figaro, on May 17 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with productions continuing May 19, 23, and 25. This is the second installment in a series of three operas that feature collaborations between librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte and Mozart, all of which boast set and costume designs by some of the world’s most renowned architects and fashion designers.
The trilogy began with Don Giovanni in May 2012 with Frank Gehry and Rodarte headlining the design scheme, and will conclude in May of next year with Così fan tutte. Couture designer Azzedine Alaïa and architect Jean Nouvel take the reigns as costume and set designer, respectively, for this piece.
The Marriage of Figaro’s all-star cast includes Christopher Maltman as Count Almaviva, Dorothea Röschmann as the Countess Almaviva, and Edwin Crossley-Mercer as Figaro, with director Christopher Alden and LA Phil conductor Gustovo Dudamel working behind the scenes. But perhaps the most noteworthy thing about The Marriage of Figaro is that it proves that not all operas have to be tearjerkers—unless you laugh until you cry.
This particular production coincides with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA arts initiative, and will feature an in-depth conversation with Nouvel and Alaïa on May 18, at 4 pm. Led by LA Phil President & CEO Deborah Borda, the conversation will take place on the set within Walt Disney Concert Hall, and focus on the associations between art, architecture, and the opera hall. Tickets for the production can be purchased on laphil.com; tickets for the conversation are available on laphil.com or by calling 323-850-2000. 111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown LA
Carter Truesdale Showroom Debuts
The celebrated Boston design firm opens a West Coast location in WeHo.
May 13, 2013
Stars like Sharon Stone, Marcia Cross, and Sela Ward gathered on May 7 to celebrate the launch of the Carter Truesdale Showroom in West Hollywood. Opening event guests were invited to browse the Melrose Avenue storefront, which showcases carefully curated home furnishings and design schemes, while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Michelle and Company.
Business partners Michael Carter and Douglas Truesdale come to the West Coast by way of Boston, where they’ve operated a long-established luxury design practice. With their WeHo space, the duo hopes to put a relaxed, California spin on their sophisticated East Coast aesthetic. The showroom itself mimics that perspective, featuring a muted palette to allow their custom furnishings to really stand out. Outside, shoppers can enjoy an elegant courtyard designed by renowned landscape firm Doyle Herman Associates.
Meanwhile, the studio will serve as the exclusive West Coast representative for Tillett Textiles, a line of vibrant fabrics made popular by tastemakers like Albert Hadley and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 8748 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-633-4462
Photography by Keren Lynn
What We’re Reading
Cooking lessons that LA chefs learned from mom, Nikki Reed’s new jewelry collection, more.
May 10, 2013
Nikki Reed with her 7 For All Mankind x Nikki Reed jewelry collection at 7 For All Mankind.
This weekend, we’re honoring mom, and many of us will be celebrating our special lady with food (see our picks for Mother’s Day brunch here). So, we loved LA Weekly’s roundup of local chefs dishing on cooking lessons they learned from their mothers and grandmothers. [LA Weekly]
Speaking of Mother’s Day, check out Guest of a Guest’s gift guide for last-minute ideas. Spoiler alert: covetable items from LA brands like Musa Sandals, Mark’s Garden, and the Peninsula Beverly Hills. [Guest of a Guest Los Angeles]
On the subject of cool LA labels, actress Nikki Reed has launched a new jewelry collection with 7 For All Mankind. The line alone is noteworthy, but we also suggest reading Reed’s interview with R29 about the brand, life in LA, and her musical husband. [Refinery29]
Did today’s premiere of The Great Gatsby put you on the hunt for a good book? See Daily Candy’s slideshow featuring ten fantastic tomes that celebrate our city. [Daily Candy]
Meanwhile, another film we can’t wait for—Man of Steel—has inspired new vintage eyewear from Warby Parker. The two limited-edition frames debut May 21. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Photography by Scott Legato/WireImage
Brunch Plans: Aventine Hollywood
The Italian restaurant launches Sunday brunch with a special event on Mother's Day.
May 10, 2013
Enjoy alfresco dining under the shade of olive trees on Aventine’s outdoor patio.
Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or just looking for a chic afternoon meal, consider checking out Aventine Hollywood’s brand-new brunch this weekend. The new menu will be launched with an event hosted by 78Violet’s Aly and AJ Michalka and their mother, Carrie on Sunday, May 12. Event-goers will be the first to try the brunch, which will be available this Sunday and regularly on Sundays afterward from 11:30 am-3:30 pm.
The new offerings feature breakfast favorites with creative Italian twists. For example, the chicken and waffles comprises a breaded chicken Milanese with bacon butter and bourbon maple syrup, while the benedict here is fixed with two fried eggs, smoked pancetta, and fontina fonduta, served over focaccia bread. Other intriguing items include a breakfast pizza with mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, organic eggs, and basil, and a tuna carpaccio with baby frisée, caper berries, and a blood orange vinaigrette.
Though the morning fare skews Italian-fusion, the craft cocktails from mixologist Nikki Martin tend more toward the classics. Try a bellini or aperol spritzer, or indulge in bottomless mimosas made with prosecco and a choice of pear, mango, or pompelmo juices.
Officially opened in January, Aventine offers Hollywood diners an alternative to the red velvet rope establishments in the surrounding area. Guests are met with a cozy atmosphere complete with industrial exposed beams, original brick walls, and scattered antiques from the owners’ families. An expansive patio, which boasts a reclaimed-wood deck and olive trees, adds to the feel. Reservations are encouraged by calling the restaurant at 323-500-0969. 1607 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Weekend Recommender: May 9-12
Indulge in a sake tasting, get a unique workout on the beach, attend the A+D museum gala....
May 09, 2013
Masumi's new sake gets paired with small bites at Bamboo Izakaya.
Masumi “Arabashiri” Sake Launch Party at Bamboo Izakaya
Thursday, May 9, 6-8 pm
New Santa Monica resto Bamboo Izakaya is celebrating the US release of Masumi’s premium arabashiri sake with a tasting event. Masumi’s Keith Norum will discuss the iconic Japanese sake brewer while guests enjoy pours of Masumi’s new sake—as well as the brand’s junmai, ginjo, and daiginjo labels—alongside complementary small plates. Bamboo Izakaya is also offering a $20 Uber credit to guests who prefer not to drive to the event (available at registration). Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door), and can be purchased at worldsake.us. 1541 Ocean Ave., Ste. #120, Santa Monica, 310-566-3860
Beach Fitness Event at the Santa Monica Pier
Friday, May 10, 12-3 pm
Make the beach-ready body of your dreams a reality with exhale and BluePrint Fit’s inaugural fitness event. Head to the Santa Monica Pier, where you’ll enjoy a choice of yoga and mini spa therapies by exhale mind body spa, cycle rides courtesy Cycle House, Zumba from LA Dance Fit, and Hoopnotica classes. Event-goers also take home a gift bag with a one-day BluePrint Cleanse gift card. $45 tickets can be purchased at blueprintfit.splashthat.com. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Live Music at Project Gallery
Friday, May 10, 8 pm
Celebrate Project Gallery’s latest exhibit—“Jeremiah Kille: Fragile Empire”—with an evening of music by LA-based singer/songwriters Sarah Pigion and Jack Kovacs. Kille’s exhibit marks his LA debut with 20 highly stylized pieces that focus on our coexistence with animals and nature, portrayed with abstract lines and vibrant colors. E-mail email@example.com to RSVP for Friday’s event; the exhibit continues through May 26. 1553 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323-462-1100
The A+D Museum Gala
Saturday, May 11, 7-11 pm
At The Architecture and Design Museum’s annual CELEBRATE: The Journey gala, they’ll be lauding the artistic path that leads to inspired design with a travel theme. Expect one-of-a-kind suitcases, carry-ons, vintage trunks, and more to be up for sale from some of the area’s most renowned design groups. Tickets start at $125 and are available at aplusd.org/celebrate2013. 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Mid City, 323-932-9393
Q&A: TV Personality Ross Mathews
The comedian dishes on his new book and his own talk show, airing this fall.
May 09, 2013
|Comedian Ross Mathews can now add author to his resume.|
He may have started off as Ross the Intern on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but now Ross Mathews is a staple on the LA comedy circuit, with frequent appearances on Chelsea Lately and E! News and his own talk show set to air this fall on E!. Mathews also just released a book on May 7, Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence, which chronicles his journey to the spotlight and takes a hilarious look at how he turned his obsession with Hollywood stars into an asset ($25 on amazon.com).
Catch our chat with the comedian about his book, what to expect from his talk show, and his favorite celebrity meeting, then see him live at Largo at the Coronet on Monday, May 13 at 8 pm ($25 tickets on largo.com).
What inspired you to write Man Up?
ROSS MATHEWS: I've lived a ridiculous life—from growing up in a farm town to being plopped into the center of Hollywood—I couldn't not share my adventures along the way.
What drew you to Los Angeles?
RM: Ever since I was a little kid, I would flip through the magazines and see the stars and say, ‘one day I'll be there!’
Any funny stories from when you first moved here?
RM: When I first moved to LA, I lived in this gross little apartment that was infested with cockroaches [laughs]. But I'm still best friends with all the people I lived with.
Any tips for other small-town folk trying to make it big in LA?
RM: I define Man Up as you are what you are—you have to celebrate what makes you different instead of hating it. So identify what makes you different and use it to make you stand out, which is a hard thing to do in a big city like LA.
How did you break into the business?
RM: I did it in a really unorthodox kind of way. Most people get a headshot and go to auditions. I was sort of in the right place at the right time, and had the right talent that people were looking for.
Which celebrity have you gotten really excited about meeting?
RM: I met Michelle Obama and that was a game changer, because this is the First Lady—she's like living history!
Tell us about your talk show.
RM: It's interactive; I want to bring fans and pop culture together. There are so many shows that tear down pop culture and say ‘isn't that stupid,’ but I love it. I want to create a place where we can celebrate it, so we'll be Skyping people into the audience and we'll be able to ask celebrities questions.
Where can we find your book?
RM: The book is available at Target, so you can see me at the City Target, the one in West Hollywood, and the one in Glendale—I'll probably be shopping there. So go get the book and you'll probably bump into me!
Lounge at Sofitel LA Reopens as Riviera 31
The revamped lounge recalls a Mediterranean escape with small plates and craft cocktails.
May 08, 2013
The Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills fêted a revamped Riviera 31 lounge on May 3, with an event featuring finger foods from chef Marius Blin, music by DJ Gabriel Diggs, and performances from Zen Arts LA. The opening celebration showcased the lounge’s refined décor, which includes a black, white, and red color scheme, and classic photography by Edward Quinn.
Now opened to the public, guests at Riviera 31 can opt for a low leather chair at a large communal table or snag a spot at one of the many banquettes, where craft cocktails are prepared tableside. The beverage menu by Matthew Biancaniello pays homage to the classic libations of the Riviera, but with a creative twist—the Negresco, for example, adds a rim of ghost pepper salt to a smoked mescal and tequila cocktail, while the Thirty One combines Bulleit rye and punt e mes, Cointreau, maraschino, sea salt, and orange.
To pair with the drinks, chef Blin has crafted a menu of sharable small plates that range from a flight of French fries to a half-dozen oysters, as well as more substantial items like steak frites or fennel pollen roasted shrimp. Mixed charcuterie and cheese plates are also on offer. Meanwhile, weekly entertainment will add to the overall atmosphere, mixing cultural events Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays with live musical acts Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Table or list reservations can be made by visiting esterelrestaurant.com/Riviera-31. 8555 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-358-3979
SMMoA Presents Precognito, Incognito
The Santa Monica Museum of Art celebrates 25 years with a gala and art benefit.
May 08, 2013
Last year's PRECOGNITO Gala and Preview.
To mark their 25th anniversary, the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) will host a gala event Thursday, May 9, followed by an exhibition and art sale on Saturday, May 11. Dubbed PRECOGNITO, the gala will kick off at 7 pm with a dinner conceived by Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters, and catered by Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. and Lucques renown.
During the gala, acclaimed gallery owner Margo Leavin and prestigious opera and theater director Peter Sellars will be honored for their contributions to the art world, while a live auction will offer the chance at covetable items like taking over the Chez Panisse kitchen for a day, or having chef Waters cook in your home. Guests will also have the opportunity to exclusively preview 700 original works by celebrated artists like Mark Bradford, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, and Betye Saa, which will be up for grabs during the INCOGNITO benefit sale on Saturday (7 pm).
True to its name, the INCOGNITO art sale will comprise pieces by over 500 contemporary artists, but collectors will not know their identities until after purchase. Each artwork is signed and dated on the back, and available for $350 plus tax.
Remaining tickets for the PRECOGNITO gala start at $1,200, while individual tickets for the INCOGNITO auction begin at $150, and combination tickets are $5,000. Proceeds from the events support SMMoA, helping to keep it free and accessible to the public. Tickets can be purchased by calling SMMoA at 310-586-6488, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting smmoa.org. 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica
Photography Courtesy the Santa Monica Museum of Art, by Monica Orozco
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.