We’ve been maintaining the LAIY Drink Map for months now, updating it every week when we have new additions to add from our weekly cover people. While it’s fun to push it out into the world for people to use as a resource, it’s also important to take a step back and see where people are going and where trends are happening. We’re starting an initiative (which we’ll probably share monthly-ish) where we visit these frequently recommended places to give you an idea of how it is and remind you of why people love it. First up? Bar Stella, the walled in hullaballoo starter of 2012 that everyone has come to love because of great service and great drinks.
Angeleno Erin Dollar really likes printmaking. Through her online enterprise Cotton & Flax she’s been able to get her work out into the world by putting her designs on pillows and postcards and more. Her tea towels are the best, though. They see her silkscreened geometric designs applied to these little linen rectangles that would make for neat kitchen compliment or–if you have money to burn–a great set of mix-and-match big napkins.
Los Angeles is a food city–but it hasn’t always been this way. Saying that we had no good restaurants or a food culture was an easy complaint to place onto the city and was one of those extremely shallow jabs that one could not counter: our food sucked. Now, we have chefs and restaurants that rival some of the world’s top ranking establishments. We’ve arrived! What’s the next item to mark off of our culinary checklist? Renowned food destination Le Fooding is coming to America in a huge way by having Los Angeles be the host of their latest entry in the Le Fooding event series. Le Grand Fooding Crush Paris-L.A. is the happening and it will be taking place on April 26 and April 27 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
So you made that commitment to vinyl (way before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon) but there are still are a few rare Japanese imports to hunt down of obscure mid-nineties re-issues. This is where Silver Lake comes into its own – a place where musicians still dream in broken chords above the reservoir by night. They also hang out at Vacation Vinyl on Sunset Boulevard by day. But first, you’ll need sustenance, in the way of a light breakfast, because Vacation Vinyl doesn’t open until 11AM.
If you’ve been Downtown during breakfast hours, you know it can be quite a search for a good meal. We learned this last year when we wandered from place to place to place hoping to find a suitable brunch spot but couldn’t find anything. Many were too packed or closed or simply were reservation only. One of those places we couldn’t get into was KTCHN DTLA, housed inside always stellar The Gorbals. We had stumbled into the place before but couldn’t get a table and had bookmarked in our brains to return here because any perma-pop-up within The Gorbals has to be something worthy of our time. In fact, we’d assume it would up one of the best (high-end) breakfasts in LA at the moment.