5 Can't-Miss Cinco de Mayo Fiestas
Celebrate the Fifth of May with the best celebratory bites and beverages Los Angeles has to offer.
May 01, 2012
Red O margarita.
This year could be LA’s most celebrated Cinco de Mayo yet. Not only does May 5th mark the 150-year anniversary of the Mexican holiday, it also falls on a party-perfect Saturday. Here are five restaurant/bars with can't-miss Cinco de Mayo specials.
Known for upscale Mexican fare with a twist of California-style cuisine, chef Rick Bayless invites you to celebrate Cinco with Red O's special “Street Food Social Hour.” From 3-6 PM, guests can enjoy ceviches, corn and goat cheese tamales, and smoked chicken taquitos on the restaurant’s outdoor tequila lounge patio, accompanied by drink specials. 8155 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-655-5009
Boasting both Downtown and Silver Lake locations, this Mexican hotspot will be the place for Angelenos looking to celebrate. With more than 150 tequilas, blended margaritas, and a brunch full of traditional fare (including their famous ground-beef and pickle tacos), Malo will fill up fast, so reserve your spot soon. 4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-664-1011; 515 W. 7th St., 1st Fl., Downtown LA, 213-985-4322
Not your typical Mexican spot, but the trendy gastropub is serving up celebratory Cinco specials. Choose from Mexican-inspired drinks and dishes, such as $5 Peligroso Tequila shots, $8 micheladas, $6 fresh fruit margaritas, and $6 carne asada tacos, and chips plus guacamole and chorizo queso dip. 8384 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-655-8384
Harry Morton’s new Sunset Strip location hosts an all-out bash with a grand opening and Cinco de Mayo party rolled into one. Festivities begin at 11:30 AM with mariachis, luchadores, DJs, a plethora of food and tequila, and cocktail specials changing hourly. Tickets sold in advance at the Pink Taco Century City and at the door for $20. 8225 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-360-1003
Come May 5th, this legendary Valley hangout will pack the house with traditional dishes, too-many-to-list margaritas, and festive decorations. For all those looking to continue the celebration (or recover from the night before), the restaurant is opening an hour earlier (10:30 AM) for a Seis de Mayo brunch on May 6th. Traditional Mexican fare like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles can be enjoyed alongside Casa Vega’s signature Bloody Marias and Absolut Marys (specially priced at $5). 13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-788-4868
RODIN Olio Lusso Launches Perfume
Beauty expert Linda Rodin strikes gold with her sumptuous first fragrance.
May 01, 2012
With the launch of her new namesake perfume, Linda Rodin once again proves her prowess for turning beauty products into gold. Formerly a sought-after stylist, model, and fashion editor, Rodin broke into the beauty world with the RODIN Olio Lusso line of golden-hued essential oils for face, body, and hair.
The perfume is Rodin’s first foray into fragrance, created because she wanted to harness the scents of her luxurious oils in fragrance form. Teaming up with perfumers David and Kavi Moltz of D.S. and Durga resulted in a fragrance with rich jasmine, a hint of spicy neroli, and lily of the valley. The finished product, RODIN Olio Lusso, Rodin Perfume ($220), is on sale today. Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400
Epicurean Event Cochon 555 Comes to Los Angeles
Cross-country culinary competition comes to the House of Blues May 6.
April 30, 2012
Meat lovers, rejoice—pork-purveying Cochon 555 (named for its five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers premise) makes its LA stop on May 6. The now-national and annual tour began at the Beard House in New York before adding cities like Napa, Memphis, Portland, Boston, Miami, Washington DC, and Chicago to its roster. LA’s House of Blues marks its second-to-last stop before a food-filled finale in San Francisco.
LA-area chefs Chad Colby (Mozza), Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Neal Fraser (Strand House), Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar), and Micah Wexler (Mezze) will show their chops as they compete to create the best “snout-to-tail” menu. A winner chosen by guests and a panel of local judges goes on to battle other city champions in the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
Held to support sustainable agriculture, the event also features local wineries: Turley Wine, Matthiasson Wine, Scholium Project, K Vintners, and Buty Winery, as well as some industry-favorite guests. General and VIP tickets (ranging from $125-$250) now available at cochon555.com. Sunday, May 6th; 4 PM VIP opening; 5 PM general admission. 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-848–5100
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY COCHON 555
Tracy Reese & Anthropologie Team Up
Reese’s dress line debuts in May as part of retailer’s Made In Kind showcase.
April 30, 2012
Tracy Reese Lace Easy Shift, $258.
Tracy Reese’s capsule collection for Anthropologie is perfect for LA women who are after airy, everyday dresses for the upcoming hot summer days. Known for fun, flirty frocks that stay on the right side of couture, Reese brings her trademark aesthetic to the new collection created as part of Anthropologie's Made in Kind designer collaboration showcase. Her seven-piece line will serve as the series’ May installment.
Comprised mostly of flora-filled frocks, the pieces were inspired by the lush gardens of Frida Kahlo’s museum. Delicate lace, colorful printed palettes, and modest hemlines adorn the dresses, making them great for both work and weekend. Available now at Anthropologie, the collection ranges from $248-$348. 1402 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, 310-393-4763
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY ANTHROPOLOGIE
Scoop NYC Sets Up Brentwood Shop
Upscale clothing and accessories retailer launches first-ever LA-based boutique.
April 27, 2012
Just steps from the Brentwood Country Mart—which recently welcomed New York’s Intermix—Scoop NYC has found its first LA home. The latest in the line of NY-based shops opening in Brentwood, Scoop’s new store marks the high-end unisex retailer’s 16th location (other outposts include Boston, Miami, Chicago, East Hampton, and Las Vegas).
Scoop NYC’s signature modern aesthetic is reflected in the 2,700-square-foot space, but a light, airy California vibe keeps it from feeling too New York. A trendy mix of established and emerging design labels like Kimberly Ovitz, Zac Posen, Rag & Bone, John Varvatos, Chloé, and Rebecca Taylor fill the boutique. It's also the only California spot selling one-of-a-kind Italian jewelry line, Amedeo. 216 26th St., Brentwood, 424-238-5499
Updated Japanese Garden Re-Opens at The Huntington
New teahouse, garden, and renovations mark the nine-acre estate’s centennial anniversary.
April 27, 2012
Picturesque scenery and a storied past have made The Japanese Garden at The Huntington one of LA’s most treasured spots. The nine-acre property has re-opened after a $6.8 million renovation completed earlier this month, adding new elements to the century-old grounds.
A cascading waterfall, ceremonial teahouse, and a tea garden, as well as a revamped Japanese House are among the changes. Named Seifu-an (meaning the Arbor of Pure Breeze), the recently restored Kyoto teahouse—a donation from a Pasadena Buddhist Temple—will be used only on occasion for traditional ceremonies and demonstrations. The remainder of The Japanese Garden will be open to the public. 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 626-405-2100
Join "The Breakfast Club" at Cecconi’s West Hollywood
Italian-inspired eatery introduces weekday menu for early risers.
April 26, 2012
Although many Angelenos don’t abide by the typical 9-5 work day, the power breakfast is not lost among the city’s office elite. Cecconi’s West Hollywood, the Italian hotspot known for creative cocktails and deliciously inventive tapas, has launched a special “Breakfast Club” menu available Monday-Friday (8-11:30 AM). Morning classics like a ham and cheese croissant and homemade granola with yogurt and berries can be ordered with coffee and orange or grapefruit juice. An assortment of eggs any style is also available, and poached eggs with either avocado or wilted spinach and basil pesto are sure to be standouts. All menu items, $10. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-432-2000
Weekend Recommender: April 27-29
Shop a beloved celeb brand, support a good cause, and sample wine and gourmet bites.
April 26, 2012
Black Halo offers specials on their versatile dresses and more this weekend.
Black Halo Warehouse Sale Event
Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 12-5 PM & 9 AM-3 PM
Stock up on Black Halo styles at their two-day warehouse shopping event. A favorite of Katherine Heigl, Tyra Banks, and Fergie, the contemporary women’s line offers meticulously tailored skirts and dresses. 648 S. Mateo St., LA, 213-893-7600; blackhalo.com
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gala Honors Man & Woman of the Year
Saturday, April 28, 6:30 PM
Find out who will be crowned Man and Woman of the Year at this annual gala. Winners of a 10-week fundraising competition will be announced at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey, with proceeds benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Los Angeles. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and a silent and live auction before the recipients are revealed. Tickets are $150 and available at mwoy.org. 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310-823-1700
The 24th Annual Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza
Sunday, April 29, 12-4 PM
Enjoy an idyllic afternoon of food and wine on the gorgeous grounds of the famed Greystone Manor. This annual event is hosted by The Barristers of Beverly Hills Bar Association alongside the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, and showcases samples from top California vineyards and gourmet bites from restaurants like The Palm, Napa Valley Grille, Taberna Mexicana, and Bagatelle Los Angeles. Live entertainment, a photo booth, and an auction round out the experience. General tickets are now available for $125 and $150 at the door; VIP tickets are $175. All tickets on bhbaweb.com/vb/. 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, 818-610-0300
45 Three Modern Vintage Home Estate Sale
Home décor boutique features carefully curated selection of mid-century modern pieces.
April 25, 2012
45 Three Modern Vintage Home will hold an exclusive estate sale on May 5th (through May 10; 10 AM-6 PM) with a focus on mid-century modern furniture of the 1940’s-1970’s. The event, entitled “Liberacion de Vintage,” will feature pieces acquired from three private estates by 45 Three Modern Vintage Home owner and vintage aficionado Staci Cain. If necessary, Cain and her team of LA-based artisans have reworked the furniture (all high-end originals) to exude a more contemporary feel but still keep the original design intact.
Cain is also preparing for expansion as she is set to open a new store come July. The shop will offer her signature vintage finds, upholstery services, refinishing, lacquering, custom shades, custom draperies, and interior design consultation. 1051 ½ South Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-932-0832
LA-Based Jewelry Brand With Bali Inspirations
Elizabeth Rosselle fuses foreign influences from Bali with her California roots in new line.
April 25, 2012
Jewelry designer Elizabeth Rosselle of Rosselle Designs gives LA a taste of Bali with a travel-inspired collection now available exclusively at Fred Segal Rocks & Silk. Motivated by her numerous trips to Bali (where she recently spent six months gathering materials for her latest collection), the California native designed pieces to reflect the country’s deep Hindu history. “I’ve been traveling to Bali for many years now and have always been enamored by the rich culture and spirituality on the island,” said Rosselle. “It was important for me to incorporate these influences thoughout my designs.”
Handcrafted by skilled local artisans in Bali, the predominantly unisex accessories include delicate beaded (non-denominational and multi-faith) rosaries in turquoise and lava rock, black suede Namaste wrap bracelets, and skull necklaces made with buffalo horn. Also prevalent in the line are ancient Balinese offering coins. Selected by Rosselle in the finest quality, the coins represent “Panca Datu,” the five gods of Bali thought to bring success and power. In keeping with Balinese tradition, Rosselle also had the entire line blessed by a Bali priest, which is believed to be a symbol of good luck and good karma.
Although her design aesthetic centers around the Far East, Rosselle didn’t forget to include her California roots. “My pieces have a very rock-and-roll vibe with lots of leather, funky stars and shapes, and oxidized silver,” she said. “These influences definitely grew out of LA-based trends—I’ll always be a California girl at heart.”
To further show her passion for the Indonesian island, proceeds from Rosselle’s sales will benefit the Yakeba Foundation, an organization that supports those affected by AIDS/HIV, alcohol, and drugs. 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310-394-8186; (collection retails from $200-$300)
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.