It’s officially that time of year again, COACHELLA IS UPON US whether we like it or not! It feels like just yesterday I was right back here in Indio worrying about what to wear, fighting the elements, eating Spicy Pie for every meal, but having the time of my life. Coachella is one of my FAVORITE excuses to go shopping and pull outfits together, and this year has been no exception.
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.
Like droves of Angelenos and travelers alike, last week I ventured to The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve to catch a rare glimpse of what has been dubbed a “super bloom” that is sweeping through many parts of Southern California. Wild flowers be goin’ CRAZY right now thanks in part to all of the rain we got this year, and it truly is an absolutely remarkable sight to see. I had plenty of places to choose from to see these beautiful wild flowers flourishing, but something about seeing California poppies at a designated poppy reserve piqued my interest most.
If YOU have any interest in seeing these blankets of orange beauties IRL, this is what you need to know:
If you’re up on the ol’ Instagrams… you may have seen that I paid a little visit to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve yesterday! You may also already have been aware that Southern California has found itself in the midst of a “Super Bloom”, and it really is absolutely incredible. I won’t go too much into detail YET, we’ll save the full rundown in a dedicated post next week, but let’s be honest I absolutely could not wait to share at least some of the photos.
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.
MY FAVORITE PASTA DISH ON THE PLANET IS BACK IN LOS ANGELES. I REPEAT. MY FAVORITE PASTA. IS BACK IN LOS ANGELES.
Ever since Scarpetta closed its doors about a year or so ago, there was a void I worried would never be filled – that is unless I was willing to travel to the Scarpetta in Vegas or NY to fill it. But thankfully as of a few months ago, chef Scott Conant is back in Los Angeles and has teamed up with some of my favorite local restauranteurs to bring us The Ponte, and thus, bring back Scott’s signature spaghetti pomodoro.
I don’t know about you, but I ain’t scared of a little denim on denim, as a matter a fact I’m all about it?! I have been having way too much fun lately pairing denim pants with denim shirts or jackets. There’s something slightly “jailbird” about the whole look but I’m taking the stance that it’s the cool thing to do right now, not the silly dorky thing.
“I LOVE LA IN THE SPRINGTIIIIME”, sing it with me now! Totally not how the song goes but still totally works. I swear though, at the first signs of Spring something comes over me and I have this urge to put all the colors on, all at once. It doesn’t last forever, but it happens nonetheless – clearly. This season though I am really into yellow/marigold/gold tones; to me it just screams “sunshine” and it has been a color I’ve been really drawn to lately. Whether that be bathing suits, tops, or in this case dresses, I’m loving me some mellow yellow.
For LA being such a creative “hub” if you will, I’ve still found it somewhat difficult to actually find new ways to continue the creative learning process (without having to sign up for school/ a course). Obviously there are plenty of activities like Paint Night, pottery classes, or random one-off creative events around town, but for the longest time I hadn’t really been able to find a place I could consistently count on to offer simple creative type classes.
After graduating with a degree in Art from Chapman in 2011, it was genuinely sad for me that I couldn’t keep up with my painting, or “art-ing” in general. I had no space to paint, no inspiration to draw, and no one to push me. I’d eventually given in to taking courses at OTIS, which for a more in depth look into a subject I still highly recommend, but I couldn’t keep shelling out $500 at a time every time I had a creative craving. But then, just one month ago actually, I was introduced by a friend to a place called Makers Mess – aka everything I feel like I’ve been looking for in terms of continued creative learning in a short, easy, and fun way in LA.
And the award for cutest restaurant name… cutest concept… basically cutest everything goes to… KISMET! And I haven’t even told you my favorite part yet: Kismet is run by a dream *girl power* team (Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson of Madcapra fame, and formerly New York City’s Glasseriein) in partnership with the beloved team behind Jon + Vinny’s. It was destined for greatness and greatness it has already achieved.