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Winter Is Here: HBO Rolls Out Icy Blue Carpet for Season 7 Premiere of "Game of Thrones" in Los Angeles 

HBO's Emmy-winning "Game of Thrones," which is based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, premiered its seventh season in downtown Los Angeles last night at the Walt Disney Concert...

 

Ayara Thai Cuisine to Open Pop-Up Shop During Renovations 

Westchester-based Ayara Thai Cuisine has long been a staple in Los Angeles, providing delicious and authentic Thai food to locals and weary travelers landing in nearby LAX. After many years in...

 

Unicorn Food Trend Featured On Menu of Santa Monica's Chomp Eatery 

A magical new food trend has taken over menus across the country and has become nearly ubiquitous on foodies' social media feeds. That trend – unicorn or rainbow food – started last year and...

 

On a cloudy Friday night, #Gargantua feels cozy, warm, and relaxing

Esteemed Chef Nick Barainca, formerly of Liaison in Los Angeles, opened up a pop up shop inside The OP Cafe last month, operating his own dinner series called g a r g a n t u a. While The OP Cafe curr...

 

Doma Kitchen to Offer New Internationally Inspired Cuisine

Doma Kitchen, the internationally inspired restaurant known for its home-cooked fare, recently relocated to Marina del Rey after owner Angie Corrente found she could no longer keep up with the high...

 

Say Aloha to a New Los Angeles Staple - Poke (pronounced POH-kay)

Mainland Poke, a hip fast-casual restaurant offering Hawaiian raw fish salad better known as poké (pronounced POH-kay), opened its fourth location last week in the heart of Santa Monica. While Los...

 

Meat Your Valentine: A Taste of Home at Doma Kitchen

Doma Kitchen's location, in the corner of a mall, is unassuming. A busy shopping area with chain restaurants and a movie theater flank the small space. Yet, the self-effacing eatery is a facade for a...

 

Innovative Gardening Business Takes Root in Santa Monica Revival Roots

The startup scene in Los Angeles is running strong - the city is now the third-most established outpost for startups in the country, behind San Francisco and New York. Lower costs, warm weather, and a...

 

Los Angeles Restaurants on the Hook for Fish Fraud, Says UCLA/Marymount Study

Something fishy is going on in the Los Angeles sushi industry. Local diners might be shocked to find out that sushi restaurants have been casting a lie for years, serving yellowtail that might not be...

 

Even Dogs Are Welcome at Ashland-Hill's Casual Beer and Wine Garden

Ashland Hill, a Santa Monica favorite amongst locals, will be celebrating its second anniversary at the end of the month. The casual beer and wine garden features California-inspired bites, a...

 

Whole Foods Predicts Next Year's Biggest Food Trends and Creative Condiments

Whole Foods Market served up a list of the hottest trends and foods that it believes could be popular in 2017. The list, which forecasts flavors, ingredients and appetites for the upcoming year, was...

 

New Santa Monica Restaurant Pays Homage to Family & Local History

If you're out on Santa Monica's tree-lined Montana Avenue shopping for holiday gifts this season and looking for a bite to eat, the newly-opened Margo's may be just what's on your wish list. The...

 

Keep Your Wallet Stuffed – U.S. Consumers To Benefit This Thanksgiving Thanks to Lower Grocery Prices

Americans have at least one thing to be thankful for this year: the average Thanksgiving meal will cost less thanks to lower grocery prices. In its annual survey of Thanksgiving dinner prices, the...

 

Magical Weekend for Harry Potter Spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a prequel to the Harry Potter blockbuster franchise, made its silver screen debut on Thursday night, grossing $75 million domestically during...

 

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