The food I eat doesn’t look good. I’m not talking about the food itself: I’m talking about the packaging. It never looks good! It’s not cool or sexy or like the packaging that you people friends get in your food. There’s always a lot of unnecessary clutter on pet food bags and there’s inevitably a cheesy photo of some dog friend who comes courtesy of obvious stock photography. LA designer Michelle Han has an idea for making dog food look better. She and a team did a little redesign project a few years ago to attempt to package pet food in a simple, attractive, and straightforward way. I would eat this food!
After almost thirty years in town, Chaya Brasserie might now be more of a function of Los Angeles than a product of it. Their lineage traces 400 years back, serving food under a tree in Hayama Japan, to offer food and respite for the vagabonds of the time. Shigefumi Tachibe brought the Euro-Asian style to Beverly Hills with Chaya Brasserie, offering food and drink for the power lunchers and adventuresome eaters of the 1980s. Ok, so the times have changed. Except the “All Night Every Night Happy Hour,” which must have survived since those days of drinking sake underneath a shade tree.
So we must celebrate. Not just to eating and drinking under a tree. But to the one hundred years of friendship between our country and Japan, symbolized by 3,000 cherry blossom trees decorating our nations capital.
You’ve been living in Echo Park (adjacent) for so long, you forgot there was the Pacific Ocean somewhere over there. But there is. And you need to feel the sand in your toes, the salt on your skin and the sun on your back.
Start early, carpool with friends, make a playlist and replenish the tap water in one of those eco-tinted to-go containers you take to yoga. Arrive at Ocean Park, just south of Santa Monica, spread out on the beach and read that book you’d be too embarrassed to break open nearer home.
If there is one thing we love on LAIY, it is hyper-creative food and art pairings from LA based artists. Some good examples of this are the work of Stephanie Gonot, Julie Lee, Aron Filkey And Mate Moro, and Judy Unger, all artists who add a bit of whimsy and food into their craft. These artists–and projects–are very few and far between and take a lot of research to find. We did find one recently that comes to us from Art Center Illustration student Sean Norvet who uses food and the surrounding culture as compliments to an insane illustrated world.
Last week we set out to answer an admittedly weird question: where is the Brooklyn of California? The question came in anticipation of the upcoming Brooklyn Festival, a traveling show that brings Brooklyn musical ambassadors to Los Angeles to show off their skills. The part of New York has been a creative hotbed for over a decade and we were certainly intrigued to hear from you guys to know where or if a similar part of town in Los Angeles is. Answers poured in and, while many of them were a bit paltry, the idea came through: there is certainly a Brooklyn in California.