STREET Unveils Revamped Menu
Hollywood hotspot gives menu makeover to include emphasis on vegan and vegetarian options.
April 10, 2012
STREET, Susan Feniger’s globally inspired Hollywood restaurant, recently unveiled a new menu focused on healthy eating. Although the spot will continue to offer favorites like the STREET burger with yuzu kasha mayonnaise and Vermont cheddar, the restaurant added scores of vegan and vegetarian dishes prepared by chef and co-owner Kajsa Alger.
Menu offerings organized into seven categories—Izakaya + Asian Pub Food, Pizza of the Day, Meatballs + Fritters, Veggie Sides, Korean BBQ, Salads, and Classic STREET—reinforce the restaurant’s communal dining theme. And, although the restaurant emphasizes the vegan/vegetarian options like coal-roasted Greek artichoke with wild oregano sauce and a veggie burger with pea shoots, smashed avocado, tomato, and toasted sourdough, there are plates for every palette. Asian-inspired fare like a brown rice sushi roll with umeboshi, apple, and burdock is sure to please, and the chicken + waffle croquettes with spicy maple sauce are perfect for meat lovers. Five different kinds of meatballs and wood-fired pizzas that change daily (vegan options available for both) are also big draws. 742 N. Highland Ave., 323-203-0500
Women’s Guild Luncheon Honors & Inspires
Women’s Guild awards Sarah Brown and raises funds to support women-centric cause.
April 10, 2012
Sarah Brown will receive "Woman of the 21st Century" award at Women's Guild luncheon this year.
On April 12, join a group of extraordinary women for the annual Women’s Guild luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. A respected non-profit in the LA community for over 50 years, the Women's Guild raises funds to provide premium patient care, medical programs, equipment, research, and education at Cedars-Sinai. Since lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer deaths for women, this event will donate proceeds to the Women’s Guild Lung Institute at Cedars-Sinai for progressive research and current patient care.
This year, the organization honors Sarah Brown, author and wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as “Woman of the 21st Century.” Brown is being recognized for her dedication to women’s health and global education at the luncheon, which is being moderated by journalist Willow Bay of The Huffington Post. Tickets are $200 with all profits going toward the cause. Call 310-423-3667 to reserve your spot and get more information.
Photography by Brian Aris/Ebury Publishing
Street Art Takes Spotlight at Maximillian Gallery
New exhibit complemented by Maximillian Gallery at the Sunset Marquis’ first pop-up as part of the Downtown LA Art Walk.
April 09, 2012
Zoot Cat by DD$. Acrylic and oil on canvas.
Maximillian Gallery at Sunset Marquis has opened New Urban Voices, an exhibition exploring the raw, emerging urban art talent that’s at the center of the street art movement. The collection features everything from works by the first French street artist who influenced Banksy to innovative new LA artists like DD$ (artwork featured above). Showing by appointment only (1-8 PM). 1200 Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood, 310-881-6025
To complement New Urban Voices, Maximillian Gallery will introduce their first pop-up exhibition as part of the Downtown LA Art Walk on Thursday, April 12 (6-10 PM) The one-day-only event will mark the first foray of LA-based street artist, Free Humanity, into solo shows. Grab a self-guided map and see all the exhibits of your choosing. Art Walk Lounge, 634 S. Spring St., 213-617-4929
Photo Courtesy of Maximillian Gallery
MALIN + GOETZ Opens LA Outpost
New York-native beauty brand opens shop in Hancock Park.
April 09, 2012
Less-is-more beauty brand MALIN + GOETZ makes its mark on the West Coast with a recently opened shop in the Hancock Park neighborhood. Until last month, the luxury line had only been available at two apothecary-style shops in New York City or select high-end stores nationwide.
Like its natural, fuss-free products for hair, body, and face, the company’s LA store is cleanly designed with the complete product line displayed in neat rows of built-in wall space. Get to the shop this week and stock up on best-selling staples like the grapefruit face cleanser, peppermint shampoo, vitamin B5 body moisturizer, and dark rum candle to spring clean your beauty routine. 238 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-391-1884
MAC Collection Inspired By Movies
New MAC Cosmetics Reel Sexy line takes cues from film.
April 06, 2012
MAC Cosmetics premiered its Reel Sexy line of movie-inspired makeup yesterday. The collection includes eyeshadow duos, lipsticks, cremesheen glass, eye kohls, blushes, and nail lacquer, in statement-making neons and saturated shades perfect for a flashier weekend night out. Like any hot Hollywood film, Reel Sexy also has its own trailer. Shot by fashion photographer Miles Aldridge, it features iconic model Kristen McMenamy decked out in the collection’s oranges, purples, and pinks. The line is limited edition and has already received rave reviews, so snap it up now. 55 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-535-0154
Best Spots for Easter Brunch
Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, tuck into an exquisite Easter brunch this Sunday.
April 06, 2012
Commuter sandwiches take center stage at M Street Kitchen.
10 AM-3 PM (alcohol served after 11)
Specialty waffles are the main event at Comme Ca with three topping choices—fresh berries, Chantilly cream and berry jus, or bacon lardon and spicy maple syrup—on offer. Other Easter draws include a lamb steak and a veal shortrib hash. Regular brunch favorites like the crème brulee French toast and a Gruyere and shallot quiche will still be available. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-782-1104
Café Del Rey
Enjoy a beautiful seaside setting with an Easter meal by the marina. Café Del Rey’s three-course prix-fixe menu offers fare such as poached salmon salad, marinated lamb kebobs, brioche French toast, and eggs Florentine. Drink choices of sparkling wine, mimosas (bottomless), or sparkling cider are included as well. $38/adult, $20/child. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310-823-6395
M Street Kitchen
Brunch meets bakery at this casual neighborhood eatery. A variety of M Street Kitchen's morning staples such as commuter sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and homemade English muffins are offered alongside baked goods like homemade muffins, market berry French toast, and lemon skinny pancakes. Everything is a la carte and children will leave with a basket full of sweet treats. 2000 Main St., Santa Monica, 310-396-9145
Whist Restaurant at Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica
Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo and Chef De Cuisine Chris Crary (a la this season’s Top Chef) serve up a lavish brunch fit for the entire family at Whist. Buffet-style options include fresh shellfish, farmer’s market salads, and a carving station with traditional Easter ham and prime rib, plus a pancake and French toast station. For the little ones, a mini buffet with classics like chicken fingers and mac n cheese is sure to please. Kids can hunt for Easter eggs placed around the resto, while parents kick up their heels with $10 bottomless Grey Goose Bloody Marys and mimosas. $55/adult, $25/child. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-260-7511
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
The notoriously celeb-packed hotel offers a decadent brunch buffet full of different cuisines at Four Seasons Los Angeles. Choose from omelets made to order, lobster eggs Benedict, roasted prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, house-made sushi, farmer’s market salads, and Mexican-style ceviche. Sweet tooths are sure to enjoy a "Candy Factory" featuring a donut machine, chocolate eggs, cotton candy, and a chocolate fountain with fruits for dipping. Children’s buffet also available. $95/adult, $47/child 5-12, free for children under 4. 300 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-4000
Akvinta Luxury Vodka Lands In LA
Premium vodka brand Akvinta crosses the Atlantic and brings refreshing cocktail recipes, too.
April 05, 2012
The Akvinta Cooler uses Akvinta vodka for a light, refreshing beverage (recipe below).
Created in a micro distillery using only organic Italian wheat and pure Croatian artisanal water, Mediterranean Akvinta premium vodka makes its US debut this week. Touted as containing no impurities, no preservatives, no added sugar, and no artificial flavoring, the luxury liquor launched in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco first.
A light lemon-citrus taste and a hint of pepper make this low-calorie spirit perfect for health-conscious people who enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Look for it served at LA hotspots like Bar Marmont, Ago, Shangri-la Hotel’s Suite 700, Drai's Hollywood, Spago, Seventy7, and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse—or try one of these recipes at home, best served poolside. Purchase the vodka at Mel & Rose ($35). 8344 Melrose Ave., 323-655-5557
1 1/2 ounces Akvinta
1/3 ounces creme de mure
1/2 ounces blackberry puree
1/3 ounces lemon juice
1/4 ounces simple syrup
Top with soda water. Shake and strain over crushed ice topped with soda and garnish with a blackberry and a slice of star fruit served with a straw.
7 red grapes (muddled)
2 ounces Akvinta
1 ounces fresh lemon juice
1 ounces simple syrup (1:1)
1 1/2 ounces dry white wine
Shake with ice and pour into a Collins glass.
Recipes courtesy Akvinta
Weekend Recommender: April 5-8
Make it a mix of culture and the great outdoors with an art exhibit, moonlit horseback ride, and a play.
April 05, 2012
Foreign artists show intepretations of LA at Urban Exposure.
Los Angeles “Full Moon” Horseback Riding
Thursday, April 5 through Saturday April 7
Every month at the full moon, Los Angeles Horseback Riding features a weekend of moonlit rides. The 90-minute tour leaves the ranch at dusk and follows a scenic trail up the ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains. You’ll see LA’s breathtaking sunset and possibly some falling stars. Call ahead to reserve your spot. 2623 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga, 818-591-2032; losangeleshorsebackriding.com
Urban Exposure Exhibit: The Fabien Castanier Gallery
Saturday, April 7 through Sunday, May 6
Saturday marks the opening of Urban Exposure at the Fabien Castanier Gallery. The modern-art exhibition features raw views of the city by foreign artists—Britain's Charlie Anderson and LA-based Frenchman Guilaume Zuili. 12196 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, 818-748-6014; castaniergallery.com
Val Kilmer as Mark Twain in Citizen Twain
Sunday, April 8, Two Performances (Show: 3 PM, Doors at 2 PM. Show: 8 PM, Doors at 7 PM.)
See Val Kilmer as one of America’s greatest storytellers when he plays Mark Twain in the one-man show Citizen Twain at Hollywood Forever. Tickets are $40-$60. 600 Santa Monica, Blvd., Hollywood, 323-469-1181; hollywoodforever.ticketfly.com
Photograph by Chris Anderson/Fabien Castanier
Eco-friendly Style at Alternative Apparel
Eco-conscious brand offers deal to “buy a tee, plant a tree” to honor Earth Day.
April 04, 2012
Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) in style with Los Angeles label Alternative Apparel’s social responsibility campaign, “buy a tee, plant a tree.” From April 13-22, the company will plant one tree for every product sold from its Alternative Earth line, plus give you 20% off your purchase at its Venice location. The eco-conscious brand’s latest venture also celebrates the birthday of their Venice flagship store, which it shares with Earth Day.
The Alternative Earth collection features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories—all crafted using earth-friendly and sustainable best practices. Shop online to get a tree planted in your name now through April 22 by entering code FOREST (as well as 10% off Alternative Earth items; 20% off if you like Alternative Apparel on Facebook with special code). Otherwise, stop by the Venice location come April 13 and help them reach their goal of planting one billion trees for Earth Day. 1337 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-482-3316
Delfini Citta Brings Unique Italian Dining
Beverly Hills restaurant provides delicious Italian options for every type of diner.
April 04, 2012
From the owners behind Santa Monica’s Caffe Delfini comes a unique eating experience at Delfini Citta. The Beverly Hills version of the 20-year-old favorite serves smaller bar bites and pizza in addition to the larger Italian plates of the original.
The standout here is that the 6,500 sq.-ft. space is divided into three parts: restaurant, bar, and pizzeria, each offering a vastly different vibe. If it's a leisurely lunch or sunset happy hour you're after, order one of Delfini Citta’s creative cocktails and enjoy loads of natural light streaming in from the central bar space's floor-to-ceiling windows.
Two eating nooks bookending the middle bar—one a chic row of tables and booths and the other a more conservative dining room—speak to those seeking a sit-down meal. Casual diners will want to dig into a pizza tasting that allows for three pie types to be combined into one. (But save room for dessert—the Nutella pizza is a must.)
For traditional fare and those missing the original resto, Delfini Citta also serves Italian favorites like scaloppini al marsala, fettuccine bolognese, risotto al funghi porcini in bianco, and linguine mare. 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-659-9555
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.