Santa Monica coffee and tea shop Funnel Mill Rare manages to make a bare white space feel like a Japanese garden. With a menu of uncommon coffees and teas in a book-length tome, it feels like an oasis amidst the bustle of the city.
aka L.A., City of Angels, Lalaland, Southland, The Big Orange
Tucked in an unassuming strip mall on East Hollywood, Hye Optic is the mecca of cheap, dynamic glasses. Cases packed to the brim with frames both trendy and simple, contemporary and of yore. I had been hunting at all of the trendy stores – the Warby Parkers and Sees of the world – and couldn’t find anything I quite wanted to put on my face every day.
There’s an art to the Bloody Mary. The danger of overwraught tomato or droll spice blends create the potential for sad, alchohalic V-8. But the brunchy beverage has been stepping up it’s game as of late, and has almost become a meal in and of itself.
Eating in this restaurant makes you feel like you are in a Decemberists song. Intangibably old-timey and undeniably substantal, the new Sawtelle haunt The Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores mixes nautical hints with down home southern cooking to make any mama weep. The powerfully homey food is set amidst a vibe of elegant simplicity, evoking a comfortable elegance with a wink.
Sometimes the most mundane tasks can cause the most frustration. This was always the case for me when I had to scan or fax a document from my home office. What seemed like the simplest endeavor generally ended in a broken home scanner, many restarts of the computer, and finally a cumbersome trip to FedEx, where the scanner would be broken as well.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially summer than a picnic. Add wine and a breathtaking view of sprawling Los Angeles, and you’ll find yourself at Friday Night Wine Tastings at the Barnsdall Art Park. Twenty-five bucks gets you four hefty pours from Silverlake Wine and a not-too-crowded spot on the lawn.
The Comeback is coming back, and with a vengeance. The brilliant and vastly underrated comedy from 2005 staring Lisa Kudrow and created by Michael Patrick King is being reignited by HBO and I truly can not wait. The show was wildly ahead of it’s time: parodying reality television while reality television had barely peaked, and exploring the tense uncomfortabilities of the toll time takes on a career.
Werther’s Original Hard Candies are totally for grandpas. They keep them in the pockets of their Mr. Rogers cardigans, next to their wadded up tissues and the library cards they’ve had since the ’70s. And yet, as a 27 year old non-grandpa, I have a desperately shameless addiction to them.
As we drove along the bumpy dirt road I couldn’t help but imagine myself driving towards a fatal confrontation in an episode of Breaking Bad. Dusty dirt, rocks, mountains stretched as far as the eye could see, sprinkled with the occasional cactus or Seuss-like tree. Despite the dips and bumps, I couldn’t help but maintain a sense of calm I hadn’t experienced in quite some time.
Once reserved for borscht and the inside of cans, beets have made an undisputed comeback in recent years. A red and yellow beet salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic? I mean, how can you beet it? There’s only one way: in a cocktail.
In the world of web videos, or the ever-vague category of web ‘content’, it’s hard to find anything with substance. Most of what’s easily accessible is paltry click-bait, designed around a single joke, or worse, to get you to watch the ad that came before it.
When I moved to Los Angeles with nothing but a couple of suitcases, the Melrose Trading Post was the open arms that welcomed me. Every Sunday I would go, coming home with not only the furniture I am sitting on as I write this, but the strange objects that have helped make LA feel like home.
Before I was in a long-term monogamous relationship, I thought everything about old perceptions of romance had changed. People get married whenever the hell they want to! Or don’t! And no one cares! Then I fell in love with and developed a healthy, cohabitational relationship and bam. Everyone cared whether or not we were going to get married, and expectations grew and grew.
Sure, olives and cherries are wonderful, but if you are looking for an edge in your libation, look no further than the recently rejuvenated pepper. A cocktail with a pepper can satisfy your liquor-ey tastebuds with savory precision and give you the kick you crave.