It feels like out of nowhere this LA2050 project has popped up, gotten in all of our faces, and is demanding we pay attention to it. Perhaps it is just us and the fact that we’ve received what now feels like countless emails on the subject but we have no clue what it is and have not had the time to digest this future thinking, high-stakes-low-commitment online Los Angeles happening. At first we thought it was just a cool looking LA website and then found it was mapping the future of LA and then we realized it had something to do with GOOD and then we realized there was lots of money involved and then our Twitter feed became a flood of “Vote for me!” and “Vote for them!” retweets. What is going on with this #LA2050? Let us explain.
Hey, men and women who dress men: Saturday and Sunday, Apolis is hosting a men’s pop-up shop. While the Arts District brand is enough to extract any fashionable guy out, this little shop is particularly special as it is coming from helplessly hip husband-and-wife founded outfitters Pierrepont Hicks from New York. The pop-up is called NorthernGRADE and it will fit you in US made wears and hace you set with everything from grooming products to games. In anticipation of the happening, we checked in with Pierrepont co-founder Katherine McMillan about what she thinks about Los Angeles. She very much seems to fancy our city!
I’ve always thought that Echo Park’s Short Stop was just some hipster dive. I’ve never considered its history or really what was going on in the area that could have birthed such a bar: in my head, it was just some place where people go to dance and get cheap drinks and smoke in an alley way and play pool and take photo booth photos. That was it! It actually has a really, really rich history of being a fairly sordid cop bar that has attracted a lot of violence. Who knew?! We didn’t–but documentarian Rory Mitchell did and he made a little historical documentary on the place.
Have you ever been to a restaurant where you were so overwhelmed in a good way that you just tell your server to bring you what they think is best for the table? We have never done this until we went to Night+Market, the hip new perma-pop-up Thai street food restaurant housed inside Talesai. It isn’t that the food is hard to understand: it all sounds so good and so slightly alien to the casual Thai food eater that you can’t quite make up your mind on what to get. Moreover, this menu–unlike many Thai places like Thai Patio and Jitlada–is so surprisingly concise that you owe it to yourself to place the dice in your server’s hands: have them order the best of the best for you.
Meat is a pretty ubiquitous item in the landscape of Los Angeles food. It isn’t something that is scarce nor is it something disgustingly celebrated like those guys on Epic Meal Time. It’s just a part of our food culture and it is nothing more and nothing less than that. Mario Batali is adding a bit of a push in the meat direction with his new restaurant Chi Spacca. The place has been “on our list” of places to go but, really, we didn’t have an idea of what it really was–until we saw Alison Chernick‘s new NOWNESS video on the place. You guys: it is a cured meat wonderland!