Jim Mangan has lived in Los Angeles before–but it was never really his home. The former snowboarder and now fine art photographer is always on the move and enjoys the thrill of moving from place to place to place, which you can absolutely see in his often travel gazing bodies of work like the walkabout Color’d and landscape focused Time Of Nothing. The latter series currently is on view at Fairfax’s Martha Otero Gallery and has brought the artist to town. He’s been spending his time doing everything from catching up with old friends to doing book signings (he has one tonight at Family, actually). We spoke with the artist about his visit to Los Angeles so far, where we learned that he hates driving, loves the Spanish language, and thinks Art Center has some talented photographers.
The Bona Vista Lounge has become this kitschy wonderland that many cool people have been talking up as “their favorite place in town.” If you are unfamiliar with the place, it is a rotating top-floor bar Downtown hiding in a 1980s wonderland of a Westin. They also serve drinks in novelty glasses that they will wash and give to you on the way out. It’s made a few appearances on the LAIY Drink Map and we’ve visited once or twice before but knew we had to get in there with a camera and show you guys what is going on with the place.
There were two little 2012/2013 restaurants that we were very excited about opening: Silver Lake’s Black Cat and Hollywood’s littlefork. We basically visited both within hours of their being open just because we were that excited about their arrival. The resulting experiences were pretty meh but the spaces and concepts were so stellar that we had to give them passes as they were still getting their footing–and it is not fair to judge a restaurant until they have figured out all their kinks. This past week, we’ve revisited both places and wanted to do a quick follow up of how they were. Spoiler alert: both are great.
We like to pretend that we are wine people. This basically means that we prefer this beverage over spirits or beer but do not have any extreme interest in this world outside of a few years of fine dining wine training from waiting tables in college and casually reading multiple tags at BevMo. We know what we like (Dry, French reds or crisp, lightly citrusy French rosés) and do not really stray too far from our prescriptions nor do we have any idea how to broaden our scope to wines on the periphery of the styles we like. We’ll occasionally speak to someone at K&L or The Oaks to attempt to branch out but we very often end up in our self-made comfort zone.
There is a way to change this quite easily, wine folk, and it comes by way of Los Angeles based wine service Vinelust, an online wine subscription that sees new and interesting bottles of wine sent to you with your taste in mind. It’s a pretty genius service that takes out a lot of the guesswork in wine selection and certainly is useful in broadening your palette. To hear about the project and more about the curious Los Angeles wine scene, we spoke with Vinelust CEO Pallavi Patil, CSW who has tons of experience in the wine world and, naturally, is just finishing up her MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Back last Summer when we interviewed Heather Taylor, she hinted at an inevitable product extension of her LA In Bloom brand. We weren’t quite sure what exactly that would mean nor was it clear when it would be coming out: it just sounded like “it was coming.” Well, surprise everyone: the first products are out and here for your ogling and purchasing. She’s launched Heather Taylor Home which is selling a collection of three coordinated Southwestern dinner linens. They are very fancy.