Filed In: FOOD (+ BEVERAGE)

LUNCH AT COSA BUONA

 

When your best foodie friend goes into a new restaurant three times in two weeks… you need to find out why. Enter Cosa Buona – a casual Italian-American joint in Echo Park helmed by Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento). Cosa Buona has been open for a little over two months now and has easily become a friendly neighborhood favorite. It’s the perfect place to go for a low key delicious meal – wether that now be lunch, dinner, or even for take-out. The general consensus seems to be that Cosa Buona is a favorite because it is what it is – great pizza, great food and drinks to have with said pizza, all with a low-key cool vibe.

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DINNER AT FELIX TRATTORIA

 

Ask me, “where can I get the best pasta in LA?”, and today I would tell you “Felix” – without an ounce of hesitation. The opening of Felix Trattoria has quite possibly been the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year. With the somewhat abrupt closing of beloved Bucato, foodies familiar with chef Evan Funke’s pasta could finally rejoice over the news that he’d be back and better than ever. Felix Trattoria, located right on Abbot Kinney in Venice, opened back in April and has been the city’s most exciting obsession since.

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DINNER AT TALLULA’S

 

I’d heard nothing but praises for Tallula’s since they opened their doors back in May. But even outside of the praises from peers, it didn’t take much convincing once I’d learned that the masterminds behind everything that is good in Santa Monica (i.e. Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive, Huckleberry, and so on) were behind this project as well. I honestly didn’t even know what the concept was, nor did I know what kind of experience I’d be walking into. But frankly, I didn’t even care! I was totally surprised walking in to Tallula’s to find that it was Mexican restaurant, and the surprise could not have been a more sweet.

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#TREATYOSELF WITH MAGPIES SOFTSERVE

 

All I ever think about anymore is when will I get to have Magpies Softserve again. You think I’m being funny, and sadly I wish I was! But being that my favorite food is ice cream, and Magpies is special ice cream, it all a true story.

Magpies opened about a year ago and since then I have heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone that has gone. I’m honestly not quite sure what took me so long… maybe the distance, but now that I’ve been I can’t imagine NOT having it.

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MICHAEL’S SANTA MONICA // 38 YEARS & STILL GOIN’ STRONG

 

Thirty. Eight. Years. Of business.

Wow. And I’m embarrassed to report that it’d taken me this long to actually DINE at the legendary Michael’s in Santa Monica! But alas, in celebration of a little spacial revamp and a brand new chef, I finally made it in. Michael’s is easily one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Los Angeles, and what I find to be incredibly admirable is that they have continued to evolve with the changing of time while still maintaining a peak level of authenticity and quality. Beloved and respected chefs like Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman, Brooke Williamson, and Sang Yoon (just to name a few) have all manned the Michael’s kitchen at some point, and the level of prestige that this Santa Monica mainstay upholds is something truly incredible.

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THE FOUR BEST BRUNCH DISHES IN DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA

 

One of my absolute favorite ways to “weekend” in LA is to head to Downtown Santa Monica and grab brunch with friends or family – especially during these especially sunny months. There’s always something fun going on around Downtown and always somewhere delicious to eat. I love being able to make an afternoon out of eating, shopping, and strolling, and since I’ve been doing a lot of weekend brunching in Downtown Santa Monica lately, I’ve rounded up the 4 BEST brunch dishes I’ve had in the area. You can make it a brunch walking tour if you please or you can try each item a day at a time, but these are four game-changer breakfast dishes that are not to be missed! *Mimosas optional.*

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TOWER12 HERMOSA BEACH

 

I am ALWAYS looking for an excuse to dine near the beach, and I am ALWAYS looking for an excuse to eat meals that have something to do with Brendan Collins. So when Tower12 in Hermosa landed on my radar I was genuinely ecstatic because in this case I’d get to have both. Chef Brendan Collins of Birch is one of my absolute favorite chefs in LA, and when I’d heard he had consulted on another menu for a new restaurant, I’d instantly made up my mind to go there ASAP. Chef Collins has his LA mainstay, Birch, as some of you may be familiar with, but he’s consulted on a menu for another one of my favorite (insanely underrated) LA local hideaways called Butchers Dog. Seriously, whatever he touches turns to gold, and Tower12 is no exception!

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VIVA HOLLYWOOD

 

I have been out in Hollywood more times in the past month than I feel like I have in 2-3 years. Hollywood finally seems to be filling in the gaps with totally worthwhile cocktail bars and eateries and Viva Hollywood is one of my latest and greatest favorites to enter the neighborhood. Viva took over the space that was once Beso and converted it into a casual chic Mexican centric restaurant with ideal ambiance and all around great food. All I had to know prior to making the decision to pay Viva a visit was that Chef Raymond Alvarez (formerly of Toca Madera) had something to do with it and I was sold. Toca Madera and Tocaya offer some of my absolute favorite Mexican food in Los Angeles so I could easily count on Viva to uphold the same standard.

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DINNER & MAGIC AT BLACK RABBIT ROSE

 

First thoughts over the words “magic show” (for me at least) aren’t exactly “OOoOooO!” I’ll be honest, usually there more like, “…hmmm…” BUT that being said, say “magic show” and “Houston Hospitality” (Good Times at Davey Waynes, No Vacancy, La Descarga, Breakroom 86, etc.) in the same sentence and suddenly I’m sold. Black Rabbit Rose is the latest Houston Hospitality venture to hit Hollywood; born into the former Butchers & Barbers space, Black Rabbit Rose is the team’s latest concept that is centered around dining, entertainment, and of course cocktails. It’s been described by many as the “smaller, younger, more hip sibling” to the O.G. of Hollywood mystery, The Magic Castle. (Cheesy magician voice) Why that may be, you’ll have to see for yourself.

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7 COURSE DESSERT TASTING + ALL THE CHAMPAGNE AT THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS

 

Have you ever wanted to go out and just have dessert? It happens to me more often than I think I’d like to admit, but if you’ve got a case of the sweet tooth you probably sympathize. Well. If you were looking for the perfect excuse to dine solely on sugar, I have found it! One of my favorite places in LA, The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, now offers a 7 course dessert tasting that is described as a celebration in honor of the intersection between art and taste. We’re talking about The Peninsula here, you can completely guarantee that not only will your food taste wonderful, it will look particularly wonderful as well. Think seashells, flowers, pretty plates, perfectly made treats and all that exemplifies “almost too beautiful to eat”. The best part about this dessert tasting? It comes with free flowing champagne for up to two people! So for $76, you and your date/mom/friend/grandma/colleague can indulge in some truly incredible sweets, AND drink all the champagne you want.

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