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Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Immortalized in Vince Vaughn’s Swingers, the space formerly known as The Brown Derby, is today the epitome of Silverlake hipster chic. Messhall, as it is now known, has settled comfortably into its epic environs with an updated menu of comfort food that has afflicted locals and foodies from all over Los Angeles alike with brief...
A Rose is Anything but a Rose…

A Rose is Anything but a Rose…

Jason Vorse and AOO Floral Re-imagine Floral Design   Even before entering a single rose bud vase arrangement into competition at a State Fair in Castle Rock, Washington at the tender young age of eight years-old, Jason Vorse, the Los Angeles-based, internationally recognized Lead Floral Designer of AOO Floral, had already developed a passion for flowers that...
MANicure on Melrose

MANicure on Melrose

Picture this… An ultra-cool man cave on Melrose Avenue decorated with oversized leather chairs, the front-end of a classic Chevy pickup truck and a 1940’s leather punching bag and gloves that also offers custom-designed hand and foot treatments paired with personal flat-screen TVs, headphones and complimentary beverages. If that sounds like your version of pampered...
Tres: Tres Chic

Tres: Tres Chic

In Los Angeles, mention the name of José Andrés and you’ll likely hear shrill, near orgasmic moans about the James Beard award-winning chef’s celebrated The Bazaar restaurant at the SLS, to which foodies, local and otherwise, make regular pilgrimages. That the Philippe Starck-designed Bazaar has reached the apex of the ever-changing list of Los Angeles...
Spruce: The Best Little Floral Shop in LA

Spruce: The Best Little Floral Shop in LA

Drive past the bustling intersection at the corner of Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in Silverlake and you might easily miss the recent arrival of Spruce, the Los Angeles edition of one of New York City’s most celebrated and awarded flower boutiques. It is not because it is particularly demure or due to any particular...
Modern Family Cast and Friends Celebrate Debut of Tie The Knot Pop-Up Store

Modern Family Cast and Friends Celebrate Debut of Tie The Knot Pop-Up Store

‘World Debut Fete’ highlights launch of physical store and fourth collection of bow-ties by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita A universe of stars descended upon the luxury wing of the Beverly Center on Thursday night to help Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita celebrate the grand opening of their...
supperclub The Restaurant | A Dinner Spectacle

supperclub The Restaurant | A Dinner Spectacle

My first ever brush with the supperclub experience took place in London when one of my smartest friends invited me to his birthday celebration at the Notting Hill-based outpost of the hotspot. It was at the time still such an underground secret that even the generally extremely knowledgeable London taxi drivers had no idea where...
Villains Tavern’s Reinvention

Villains Tavern’s Reinvention

The cavernous and popular downtown hideaway, Villain’s Tavern, has enjoyed an enthusiastic following ever since the space threw open its doors in the not so distant shadow of the famed Los Angeles 6th Street Bridge back in 2010. But in a city where what’s hot and what’s not can shift over the course of a...
The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

A drink or a cocktail? It’s not the eternal question, but it is a frequently asked one. As those of us who partake know, there are times in life when you just want a drink. You know the moments. The ones where a couple shots of liquor poured over ice and mixed with juice or...
Rollin’ on a L.A. River

Rollin’ on a L.A. River

Life is filled with defining moments and few weeks ago I had one of my own as I stared down a challenge to kayak the L.A. River with steely determination. Okay, so that’s a bit dramatic. There wasn’t actually a stare down or determination with any kind of mettle. And it wasn’t so much a...
Wildcraft: Pizza 2.0

Wildcraft: Pizza 2.0

As a general rule, I view new pizza joints the same way I view new burger stands – with a healthy dose of skepticism. I mean, let’s face it, it’s hard to improve upon a classic and when it comes to burgers and pizzas, the book has largely been written. But every once in a...
The Thompson| Beverly Hills' Hippest Address

The Thompson| Beverly Hills’ Hippest Address

Beverly Hills may be home to bigger—and perhaps splashier—hotels than The Thompson, but there is none that can claim to be cooler. Yes, it’s true that Beverly Hills has its fair share of grande dame hotels. And yes, it is equally true that each of those hotels come complete with storied histories embroidered with tales...
Let's Glamp! Urban Camping Comes to DTLA

Let’s Glamp! Urban Camping Comes to DTLA

I’ve never been a big fan of camping. In fact, I’ve never quite gotten the whole idea of “roughing it,”  because it has always seemed a contrary notion to me. Sacrificing modern conveniences that have been designed to make life easier in order to return to some vaguely romanticized idea of a simpler life has...
The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

A drink or a cocktail? It’s not the eternal question, but it is a frequently asked one. As those of us who partake know, there are times in life when you just want a drink. You know the moments. The ones where a couple shots of liquor poured over ice and mixed with juice or...
The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

The Redbury: Home in Hollywood

Judging from the bustling scene that generally greets guests who pull up to valet at The Redbury on any given night, it would be hard to imagine that this paparazzi-ready backdrop had ever been anything but. However, it wasn’t so long ago that the structure that now houses The Redbury was a casualty of the...