Archive for the ‘Los Angeles’ Category

Primitivo Wine Bar, Venice – Los Angeles

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
image credit: Primitivo Wine Bar

1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Tel. 310 396 5353

Chef Eddy Shin had seven years of on-the-job training at the Patina Group and was most recently the executive chef at Chapter 8 Steakhouse and Lounge, where he prepared a menu of handcrafted new American cooking, and prior to that made his mark as executive chef at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse in Downtown Los Angeles. Shin is a self-taught chef specializing in global cuisine and his aim is to combine fresh seasonal ingredients in a harmonious way to please the senses.

Maison Giraud Poised to Open In Pacific Palisades – Los Angeles

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

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It seems Maison Giraud, Alain Giraud’s new venture in Pacific Palisades on Swarthmore Avenue, is currently going through a soft opening and will officially launch to the public soon, possibly on Monday. It is reported that the croissants are as good as they were at Anisette. Maison Giraud needs a few weeks or more to come into its own stride, as is the case with any new restaurant.

Pressed Juicery, Brentwood & Malibu – Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Pressed Juicery

26th St & San Vicente
310.477.7171 ext. 120
address: 13050 San Vicente Blvd, #120
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(corner of 26th street and San Vicente – in the courtyard)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 8pm / Sat-Sun 8:30am – 8pm

3939 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am to 7pm / Fri-Sun 9am – 9pm

Order online or by phone 310.477.7171

It’s not a revolutionary concept, but it seems that with every step we’ve taken towards making the world more connected, we have some how lost sight of the basics. At PRESSED, we want you to have it all. Our organic juices are pressed daily, and personalized to your lifestyle, providing you with the option to hop online and order individual bottles or a cleanse, straight to your doorstep as often as you’d like. Life gets complicated, but at the end of the day all of your goals are possible if you have a fine-tuned vehicle to help you accomplish them. So, let us do the work, while you enjoy the ride.

Pressed Juicery’s signature cleanses are designed to help you detox in a simple, streamlined manner that won’t get in the way of your everyday life. We know you’re busy – so let us do the work.  You can choose from a 3 or 5 day cleanse to suit your lifestyle. Cleanses consist of 6 fresh juices that are delivered to your doorstep each morning and will sustain you throughout the day in place of meals.

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$100 Burger from Umami, Foie Gras and Truffles

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Umami Foie Gras & Truffle Burger

A thick slice of foie gras and a quarter inch of truffles! $100

Minimum 25 persons at the restaurant and minimum of 50 persons for delivery at home and they will throw in the French fries! You have to call a manager at your location of choice and set up a private party in advance.

Hudson Valley Foie Gras President: “California Ban Ridiculous”

Monday, October 31st, 2011

How Can You Enforce It? . . .   Matter Of Time Before Repeal . . . Backing By Animal Activists With Millions

There has been so much talk, both pro and con, going on about the upcoming (July 2012) foie gras ban in California.  Farm Sanctuary (basically a well funded Animal Rights lobby) was the instigator of the Chicago ban on foie gras (later repealed) and is also behind the California ban signed into law by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was instrumental in the Wolfgang Puck (Spago) ban on foie gras a few years ago and the veggie burger addition to Burger King’s offerings among others.

California Chefs Consider Foie Gras Ban Challange  Article

Michelin restaurant takes foie gras off menu after vandalism attack  Article

Fighting for Foie Gras at Animal


Dia De Los Muertos and Halloween – Los Angeles

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

John Rivera Sedlar spent his formative years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He worked as an apprentice to legendary French chef Jean Bertranou of L’Ermitage in Los Angeles, mastering classic techniques while evolving his own approach to food. While cooking at his first restaurant, Saint Estephe, in the South Bay area of Southern California, Sedlar began to combine the traditional food of his childhood with the classic French techniques he had learned, developing what he termed “Modern Southwest Cuisine.” Saint Estephe gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Southern California. He now owns Rivera and Playa restaurants in Los Angeles.

Dia De Los Muertos

Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s New Restaurant – Playa

Perks from Urban Daddy at Rivera


The Larder – Beverly Hills

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011


Pilgrim sandwich

The Larder

245 Maple Drive
Beverly Hills
Tel. 310 248 3779
Opening Hours: 8am-4pm Monday-Friday
Breakfast 8-10:30am; Lunch 11am-4pm

Suzanne Goin along with partner Caroline Styne are opening a take-out-centric operation called The Larder in the Beverly Hills “industrial district” serving breakfast $3-$14 & lunch $5-$15. (look for an opening around early November)

The Writers Room Bar, Hollywood – Los Angeles

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
image credit: The Writers Room

The Writers Room Bar
Located in the alleyway/parking lot in the rear of Musso & Frank Restaurant, 6685 Hollywood Blvd.
Tel. 323-491-4148
Opening Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 9pm-2am

The Writers Room bar and lounge was at one time frequented by various well-known writers who threw them back in what was at that time the “back room” of Musso & Frank, today they are in no way affiliated with M&F. This small bar has no cover, but it could be difficult to enter if they don’t know you or do not like the cut of your jib, as it is subject to guest lists and private events.  Dress to impress and name dropping might help! The bar has been put together by Nur Khan, who owns a few similar venues in NYC, along with involvement from actors Jason Segel and Jack Huston (John’s grandson) providing assistance with PR. It also boasts an antique 1920s Parisian-style elevator turned into a curtained-off, private booth.


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Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset Will Close in December 2011 – Los Angeles

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

The Hamlet located on the western edge of the Sunset Strip

Another old landmark restaurant, Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset Boulevard has bitten the dust, and it will close at the end of December due to a lease hike (owners have raised the rent to attract a new genre of restaurant).
IDG (Innovative Dining Group) are taking over, although it is unknown what kind of venue they might open, they currently operate Sushi Roku, BOA and Delphine.

Britain’s Prince Harry Does Some Bar-Hopping in San Diego – Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Tavern Tipples. . . Prince Harry visited several San Diego nightspots, which included McP’s Irish Bar and Grill in Coronado, owned by a former Navy SEAL.
He also visited the rooftop restaurant/bar of the Andaz hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
McP’s is a block from the Hotel del Coronado where local legend holds that Edward, Prince of Wales, met Wallis Simpson, who was then married to a Navy officer, during an official visit in 1920. Their romance caused Edward to renounce the crown in 1936 for “the woman I love.”