Brunch Plans: Barbrix
Silver Lake wine bar adds brunch menu to already-noteworthy lineup.
June 01, 2012
Barbrix's mouth-watering French toast is loaded with strawberries, crème fraiche, pistachios, and Vermont maple syrup.
Tucked away in the picturesque Silver Lake Hills, Barbrix is a neighborhood staple known for its exquisite wine and dinner menu, all enjoyed against its stunning skyline views. Now serving weekend brunch, the restaurant is packing its 1940s-style house with both breakfast and lunch-style dishes.
Early risers will appreciate brioche French toast topped with strawberries, crème fraiche, pistachios, and Vermont maple syrup; or the Dungeness crab hash offered alongside poached eggs and tomatillo salsa. And patrons craving a midday meal can order up the short rib grilled cheese sandwich, stacked with cheddar cheese and pickled chilis on sourdough. Whatever you order, complement your meal with Champagne cocktails or, of course, a delicious glass of signature wine. Brunch service runs Saturday and Sunday (11 AM-3 PM). 2442 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake, 323-622-2442
Photograph Courtesy Barbrix
Ultimate Dress: Magda Berliner Vintage Frock
Our lust for a lovely lace shift dress, offered as part of an exclusive shopbop.com collection.
June 01, 2012
For a vintage, one-of-a-kind ladylike frock, look to LA designer Magda Berliner’s hi neck vintage lace dress ($2,640). A connoisseur of heirloom-quality lace, Berliner’s custom pieces have created a loyal following in celebrities like Ashley Olsen and Amanda Seyfried.
With delicate layers and intricate lace designs, the dress itself should explain that popularity. Part of her three-piece capsule collection for shopbop.com, it’s handmade in a Victorian-inspired style but boasts modern updates like a shorter hemline and semi-sheer yoke. And, although all three cuts come standard, each piece's vintage lace varies slightly.
Weekend Recommender: May 31-June 3
Celebrate Red O with Rick Bayless, get fit for a cause, and attend a celebrity-studded charity event.
May 31, 2012
Giada De Laurentiis poses with daughter at last year's Kidstock.
Red O Two-Year Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, May 31-Friday, June 1; Social Hour: 4PM-6PM; Dinner: 6PM-close
Chef Rick Bayless hosts a special Street Food Social Hours cocktail party, dinner, and book signing to toast his Mexican eatery Red O’s two-year anniversary. Pick up a copy of Bayless’ Fiesta at Rick’s cookbook for signing, and stay for dinner to indulge in the menu of signature dishes, tequila cocktails, and a complimentary dessert. 8155 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-655-5009
The 4th Annual Shape Magazine Summer Beach Tour
Saturday, June 2, 8 AM-3 PM
Head down to Hermosa Beach for a day of fashion, beauty cabanas, surfing lessons, and fitness classes like Bikini Boot Camp taught by celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins. American Idol singer Jordin Sparks will also stop by at 2:30 PM, and an after-party at nearby Gastro pub American Junkie makes for a fun finale. Fitness class proceeds will benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation and surf lesson proceeds will go to the Jimmy Miller Foundation. Class tickets start at $10 and are available at shape.com. 1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach
Hudson Jeans Hosts Sixth-Annual Kidstock Music and Arts Festival
Sunday, June 3, 12-4 PM
The gorgeous grounds of Greystone Mansion serve as the backdrop for the Kidstock Music and Arts Festival benefiting The One Voice Scholars Program. Join host committee members such as Reese Witherspoon, Giada De Laurentiis, and Jane Buckingham for a day of interactive kids booths, arts and crafts, gourmet food, and performances. For tickets, contact email@example.com. 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills
Photography by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
'Made In LA' Honors Emerging Modern Art
Underexposed LA artists show painting, sculpture, statutes, and more in coming-soon exhibit.
May 31, 2012
Meg Cranston, California, 2006 on display at 'Made in LA.'
The first Los Angeles biennial, "Made in LA" gives a modern-day look at the city’s arts scene. Running from June 2 to September 2, this showcase focuses on 60 underexposed and rising local artists in the fields of painting, installation, sculpture, video, statute pieces, and abstract works.
Held across three venues—LAXART in Culver City, Westwood’s Hammer Museum, and Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz, one of the participating artists will also be awarded the Mohn Prize. The accolade offers $100,000 to put toward the winner’s work, and will be voted on by the public and a group of professionals. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310-443-7000; LAXART, 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, 310-559-0166; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323-660-4254
Sprinkles Ice Cream Opens in Beverly Hills
California-based cupcake company treats its cult-like following to homemade ice cream and cookies.
May 30, 2012
Sprinkles Ice Cream has opened next door to its Beverly Hills Sprinkles cupcake flagship, featuring a mouth-watering flavor list inspired by its signature confections. Decorated in a pristine white with pops of vibrant color, the shop offers homemade scoops of malted milk chocolate, peanut butter cup, cherry vanilla, and red velvet. All flavors are made with slow-churned organic California dairy, and can be ordered in a cone or cup with a variety of delicious toppings. Inventively gooey cookies like peanut butter pretzel chip, and salted oatmeal cornflake round out the sweet options.
The ice cream shop is the latest development from the California-based cupcake boutique. In fact, Sprinkles’ Beverly Hills following is so enamored of the treats that the brand recently installed a 24-hour cupcake ATM machine outside its store. We can only hope that the future holds even more sweet surprises. 9631 S. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, 310-274-7890
Photographs Courtesy Sprinkles
Sweet Shades: Karen Walker’s Candy Bar Pop-Up
Now making a stop in LA on its worldwide tour, the mini-shop delivers summer/spring and limited-edition shades.
May 30, 2012
For those in need of hot summer eye candy, dig into Karen Walker’s Candy Bar, a traveling pop-up shop carrying the designer’s must-have quirky-cool shades. In LA at TenOverSix boutique until June 22, the sweet station carries Walker’s complete spring/summer collection as well as sugary-inspired styles designed exclusively for the shop.
Named for colorful confections like milky caramel, the limited-edition line of shades ranges from $220-$325. After LA, the pop-up shop continues its tour to New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai. 8425 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-300-9355
Napa Valley Grille Introduces Kale Cocktail
Toast to your health with a kale-filled Jolly Green Machine cocktail.
May 30, 2012
Get healthy the happy way with Napa Valley Grille’s new Jolly Green Machine cocktail. Introduced for May’s national salad month, the Westwood Village restaurant serves up a mix of kale, lemonade, organic gin, St. Germain, and club soda, alongside a sweet hint of agave. Mix up the antioxidant-rich drink at home or head to Napa Valley Grille. 1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood Village, 310-824-3322
Napa Valley Grille’s Jolly Green Machine
2 parts fresh kale juice (blend fresh baby kale with a little water in a blender)
3 parts fresh lemonade
1 part Farmer’s Organic Gin
½ part St. Germain
2 parts club soda
½ part agave syrup (optional)
Shake vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain and serve up in a martini glass.
Photographs Courtesy Napa Valley Grille
Fitness Find: Equinox deep EXtreme
Get ready for swimsuit season with innovative total-body exercise.
May 29, 2012
Keep in shape this summer with Equinox’s deep EXtreme classes. This yoga-meets-cardio program will be offered at the upscale club's Southern California locations starting in June. Based on dancer, choreographer, and movement therapist Robert Steinbacher’s bodyArt technique, deep EXtreme is an energy-boosting, strengthening, and calming series developed for the entire body.
An innovative mix of cardio training, flexibility, and toning exercises, mixed with yoga-inspired flowing movements against a rhythmic beat soundtrack, the class is perfect for those who want a challenging yet soothing routine. For a deep EXtreme class schedule in your area, visit equinox.com. 8590 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-1900
Photographs Courtesy Equinox
Coach Hosts Children’s Defense Fund Benefit
Stars gather for rooftop party at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Production Headquarters.
May 25, 2012
Hollywood A-listers came together for a fashionable charity event hosted by Coach in support of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) on Wednesday night in Santa Monica. The intimate gathering was held on the rooftop of mega producer J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company.
Longtime CDF supporters, Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, along with friends like Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Mindy Kaling, Ellen Pompeo, Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Timothy Olyphant, David Katzenberg, and Mena Suvari toasted CDF’s success. The program provides advocacy for underserved children, specifically in the education and healthcare sectors.
In between sipping blackberry cocktails, guests also had the opportunity to shop Coach’s special edition duffle sac handbag, made to fully benefit the charity.
First Out of Office Friday Happy Hour at Asia de Cuba
Celebrate the start of summer weekends today with happy hour at The Mondrian Hotel.
May 25, 2012
Today, The Mondrian Hotel’s continuously trendy restaurant, Asia de Cuba, brings back its popular Out of Office Fridays afternoon happy hour. Debuting on the perfect day to skip out of work early, the restaurant will offer light bites every Friday from 1-4 PM all summer long.
Offerings include a smoked salmon pancake, wild salmon ceviche, tuna pica, and black bean croquettes for just $5. For a truly stress-reducing drink, we suggest enjoying the signature mojjitos and caipirinhas on the breezy patio at the same reduced price. Even The Mondrian’s usually hefty valet tag will be lowered in the carefree spirit of summer. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-848-6000
Photographs Courtesy Asia de Cuba