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23 May 13:03

The Marriage of Manus and Machina

by susie
Kristen

Long post but worth a glance if you like intricate detail

The quiet.  The minute.  The hidden.  The unsung.  These are the surprising elements of fashion that have come together in ‘Manus X Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology’, which is perhaps the most contemplative exhibition of all the “blockbuster” openings, I’ve seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.  Quiet doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful though.  In the Robert Lehman Wing galleries, reconfigured and designed by Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, to the celestial soundtrack of Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent)”,  the fabrics, the hours, the skills of both hand (manus) and machine (machine) and the creative thinking that has gone into over 170 ensembles are laid out before you in a deliberately matter-of-fact and almost taxonomically detailed manner. 

The labelling and descriptions alone in Manus x Machina deserve recognition, as the sheer amount of information defies the general currency of social media, mainstream media at large and pop culture – as in, hazy on details, decreasing depth, and short and snappy Insta-worthy moments accompanied by razz-ma-razz.   It is perhaps head curator Andrew Bolton’s way of reacting to the state of an industry, that has undergone vast post-Internet changes and is still questioning its present modus operandi.  Manus x Machina therefore opens at a particularly pertinent time, with the capability to showcase fashion, not with fancy projections, props and special effects as has been the case in previous Costume Institute exhibitions, but instead, with functional dress dummies, zero glass separating the viewer and garment, and plenty of weighty information for you to take in and marvel at. 

Descriptions such as the following paragraph, which accompanies the bulbous-skirted Chanel wedding dress, opening the exhibition in the central atrium…

This ensemble, which Lagerfeld has described as “haute couture without the couture,” exemplifies the confluence of the hand (manus) and the machine (machina). Made from scuba knit, a synthetic material, the dress is hand molded, machine sewn, and hand finished. Maison Desrues (founded 1929) hand embroidered the buttons with gold, glass, and crystals, and Atelier Montex (founded 1939) hand embroidered the medallion with glass, crystals, paillettes, anthracite cannetilles, and gold leather leaf motifs. The train of scuba knit and silk satin is machine sewn and hand finished. Lagerfeld’s hand-drawn design was digitally manipulated to give it the appearance of a randomized, pixelated baroque pattern and then realized through a complex amalgam of hand and machine techniques. Atelier Lunas (founded 1993) used a heat press to transfer the rhinestones; Atelier Anne Gelbard (founded 1997) painted the gold metallic pigment by hand; and the pearls and gemstones were hand embroidered by Cécile Henri Atelier (founded 1982).”

This is the kind of detail that you barely find in brand press notes these days, let alone journalists’ write-ups on collections.  One might argue that the average person doesn’t need to know which metier house made the buttons or why a scuba knit has been hand-moulded.  It’s the sort of insight that perhaps isn’t particularly celebrated in wider media or perhaps doesn’t really matter to the end customer but for me, all of this detailed minutiae on the creation process of a garment, is an idealistically and gratifyingly archaic way of thinking of fashion.  It’s an approach that I feel will shift an industry from its frenetic breakneck speed to a slower and more thoughtful one.

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0E5A8532Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld wedding ensemble from Autumn/winter haute couture 2014–15

 As the title indicates, the point of the exhibition is to have hand and machine working seamlessly in collaboration together, creating synergy that has been present even in the earliest of haute couture dresses from when Singer sewing machines appeared.  It’s a tired cliche to look at hands and equate them to superior craftsmanship and technique and look at machines and see mass production and soulless factories.  Structured around the métiers or trades as outlined in Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert’s famed Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (Encyclopedia, or Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts, 1751–72), embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, leatherwork as well as toilet and pattern making each get their own dedicated sections.  And each métier in turn is examined in the progression of its respective technologies.  Bird of paradise and ostrich feathers become feather-esque fronds created out of silicone plastic and household straws.  Traditionally shaped flowers as seen at Lemarié are pitted next to toy-esque acrylic flowers and laser cut shapes.  Hand-formed Fortuny pleats evolve into Issey Miyake’s machine created Pleats Please.  You come away questioning how one technique stands up to the other aesthetically and also the general conclusion that the standalone capacity of the hand and machine, is nothing without the right creative minds behind them.

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0E5A8536Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres, 1758–71, vol. 1 by Denis Diderot

In the embroidery section, the great works of houses like Lesage, and the lesser known Hurel, Lanel and Montex.  Haute couture blurs into ready to wear with the pervasive presence of Sarah Burton’s pieces for Alexander McQueen (alas, consistently mistaken as Lee McQueen’s work by the general visitors that I overheard) and her metallic hand-shredded petals,embroidered with silver beads, clear crystals and feather palettes.  Ensembles and dresses are often grouped by colour and appearance to then contrast their period of origin as well as the techniques that have gone into the pieces.  Proenza Schouler’s dense astrakhan embroidery couldn’t be more different from Iris van Herpen’s alien-like rubber texture, hand sculpted with magnets.  Progress and advancement in technique over time is also a prevalent theme as sequin embroidery ranges from flat laid-out circular shapes on the Norman Norell mid-20th-century dresses to the iridescent coils of Nicolas Ghesquière’s bubble dresses from the Louis Vuitton S/S 16 collection.

0E5A8572Dior by Yves Saint Laurent “L’Eléphant Blanc” evening dress, Spring/summer haute couture 1958 

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0E5A8568Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton evening dress, Spring/summer 2012

0E5A8567Dior by Christian Dior dresses, Autumn/winter haute couture 1949-50 

0E5A8577Givenchy by Hubert de Givenchy evening dress, 1963 haute couture // Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton dress, Spring/summer 2012

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0E5A8589Proenza Schouler dress, Autumn/winter 2015-6 // Iris van Herpen dress, Autumn/winter haute coutuer 2013-4

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0E5A8601Saint Laurent by Yves Saint Laurent ‘Sardine’ dress, Spring/summer haute couture 1983

0E5A8596Norman Norrell dresses from 1953/1965 

0E5A8604Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière dresses, Spring/summer 2016

0E5A8609cHalston evening dress, 1970 // Prada dresses, Autumn/winter 2011-2

0E5A8612Maison Margiela by Martin Margiela ensemble, Spring/summer 1996 // Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière dress, Autumn/winter 2016-7

A shift from the natural to the synthetic can be seen in the leatherwork section.  Once upon a time, there were many maisons that specialised in the art of plumasserie – the treating, shaping and gathering of feathers to adorn hats and frocks.  The delicate soft strands of ostrich features lifting off of a 1960s Balenciaga dress become more rigid and sculptural when contrasted with Iris van Herpen’s laser cut silicone paired with a real silicone-coated bird-head skeleton on the sleeve or RCA graduate Maiko Takeda’s halo-esque acetate fringing. 

0E5A8621Gareth Pugh dresses, Autumn/winter 2015-6

0E5A8627Givenchy by Hubert de Givenchy evening dress, 1966-7 haute couture

0E5A8637cBalenciaga by Cristobal Balenciaga evening dress, Autumn/winter haute couture 1965-6 // Iris van Herpen dress, Autumn/winter haute couture 2013–14

0E5A8631Saint Laurent by Yves Saint Laurent evening dress, Autumn/winter haute couture 1969–70

0E5A8639Dior by Raf Simons dress, Autumn/winter haute couture 2015–16

0E5A8641Maiko Takeda “Atmospheric Reentry” ensemble, 2013

Like feathers, flowers have always been a significant part of haute couture embellishment.  The permutations of artificial flowers in fashion are probably even more varied, as designers have shifted from a flower’s organic and natural form to abstract interpretations.  The Chanel wedding dress from the A/W 05-6 haute couture collection covered in hand-shaped camellias, crafted in Lemarié, with each one taking up to ninety minutes to complete.  Taking longer to craft a flower though does not necessarily yield a superior result as Prada’s machine embroidery and and sponge-like dresses with floral appliqué demonstrates.  “For me, mixing the hand and the machine gives the best results,” says Miuccia Prada in the accompanying quote. “I don’t think the hand and the machine have any use or value on their own. What matters is the form in relationship with the idea.”

The idea of flowers takes on an extreme form in Hussein Chalayan’s “Kaikoku” floating dress from his A/W 11-2 collection where a cast fibreglass structure is painted with pearled paper and crystal “pollens”.  Via remote control, the “pollens” are released into the air through spring and swirl around the wearer.  On video, it’s a mesmerising feat of engineering.  With the presence of Chalayan and van Herpen’s work at the exhibition, we get to see the possibilities of pushing a metier to new limits, with unconventional materials and the use of circuit board technology (what come to mind for most people when they think of wearable tech).  

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0E5A8663Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld wedding ensemble, Autumn/winter haute couture 2005–6

0E5A8654Prada dresses, Autumn/winter 2015-6

0E5A8656cDior by Raf Simons evening dress, Autumn/winter haute couture 2012-3, Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs dress, Spring/summer 2012

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0E5A8674Boué Soeurs court presentation ensemble, 1928 haute couture

0E5A8677Hussein Chalayan “Duck” Dress, Spring/summer 2000

0E5A8685cAlexander McQueen dresses, Spring/summer 2009 // Saint Laurent by Yves Saint Laurent wedding ensemble, Spring/summer RTW 1999

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0E5A8686Hussein Chalayan “Kaikoku” floating dress, Autumn/winter 2011–12

0E5A8696cPrada dresses, Autumn/winter 2016-7 // Christopher Kane ensemble, Spring/summer 2014

0E5A8698Dior by Christian Dior dresses, Spring/summer haute couture 1952 and 1953 

On the lower level of the exhibition, we’re taken on a very in-depth exploration of pleating, so vast, it requires two parts.  It shows the advances made by pleating that takes it from something that was an exclusively haute couture technique, as seen in Mariano Fortuny’s gowns that had to be sent back to the workshops to have the pleats reset if they got wet or flat, progressing to American designer Mary McFadden’s patented “Marii” method of pleating synthetic charmeuse and finally arriving at Issey Miyake’s pioneering Pleats Please garments that aren’t just ready-to-wear, but ready-to-go with its heat-pressed wrinkle-free construction.  It also takes us back to the hand in one of the most notable examples of pleating, done by the house of Lognon (one subsidiary of the Paraffection group that I’m dying to visit!) for that sublime Dior S/S 15 collection by Raf Simons. 

0E5A8705Madame Grès dresses, 1968/1935 haute couture // Iris van Herpen ensemble, Spring/summer haute couture 2010

0E5A8709Mariano Fortuny dress, ca. 1920 haute couture 

0E5A8712cMary McFadden 1980s dresses 

0E5A8729Issey Miyake “Flying Saucer” Dress,  Spring/summer 1994

0E5A8721Issey Miyake “Rhythm Pleats”, Spring/summer 1990

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0E5A8731Dior by Raf Simons dresses, Spring/summer haute couture 2015

Pleating gets further exploration when the technique of folding fabric, is placed under a classical umbrella, from Madame Grès and Nicolas Ghesquière’s Grecian column-like pleats that mould onto the body to mathematic techniques in Junya Watanabe’s 3D geometric pieces and Nao Raviv’s distorted grid line constructions.

0E5A8847Comme des Garçons by Junya Watanabe dress, Autumn/winter 2015-6 // Pierre Cardin dress, 1968 haute couture

0E5A8848Comme des Garçons by Junya Watanabe ruff, Autumn/winter 2000–01

0E5A8850Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière dress, Spring/summer 2003

0E5A8854Noa Raviv ensembles, 2014 RTW

0E5A8856Thierry Mugler “Neon dans la Nuit” suit, Autumn/winter 1990–91

The one section that isn’t informed by a categorised metier is the section of Tailleur & Flou, the way most haute couture ateliers are organised into tailoring and dressmaking.  This is where the foundations of a garment are revealed and perhaps is the least “visible” of all the sections in the exhibition.  It’s where toiles are exposed – either deliberately as a design feature as in a John Galliano for Dior gown, where layers of construction and draping are revealed, or in Martin Margiela’s stockman jackets that were of course later revived by Galliano at Maison Margiela.  Canvas, the fabric of patternmaking and toileing explodes in a Comme des Garcons ensemble.  Quieter pattern cutting prowess can be seen in both hand-finished dresses like Courrèges’ sleek A-line dress as well as Prada’s nylon dress from the 90s.  Form and shape can cycle through very different guises as seen in the central display of Dior’s New Look “Bar Jacket” pitted next to a Paco Rabanne dress and the combination of the two, Hussein Chalyan’s S/S 07 mechanical dress.  

0E5A8737cChristian Dior “Bar Suit” jacket, Spring/summer haute couture 1947 // Hussein Chalayan “One Hundred and Eleven” mechanical dress, Spring/summer 2007 // Paco Rabanne dress, 1967 haute couture

0E5A8741Hussein Chalayan dress, Spring/summer 2009

0E5A8742Dior by John Galliano ensemble, Autumn/winter haute couture 2005–6

0E5A8750Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière ensemble, Autumn/winter 2010-11

Where wooly press releases fail, the exhibition excels as I could finally see the intricate layering of 3-D printed (done by Materialise, the lab responsible for most of the examples of 3D printing in the show) “quilted” polyamide that is then hand-stitched with beads by Lesage

0E5A8753cChanel by Karl Lagerfeld suits, Autumn/winter haute couture 2015–16 

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0E5A8759Vionnet by Hussein Chalayan dress, Spring/summer demi-couture 2014 // Maison Margiela by Martin Margiela coat, Autumn/winter demi-couture 1997–98

0E5A8762Maison Margiela by Martin Margiela “Drapery Study” Waistcoat, Spring/summer demi-couture 1997 // Maison Margiela by John Galliano jackets, Spring/summer haute couture 2015

0E5A8765Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo ensemble, Spring/summer 2013 // Viktor & Rolf ensemble, Spring/summer haute couture 1998

In lace and leather work, the levels of intricacy which can be achieved by hand and more traditional jacquard patterns versus that which can be achieved by 3D printing is immediately apparent, when you compare a Victorian Irish wedding dress dripping with hand crocheted cream and Proenza Schouler’s “stone lace” created by ceramic yarn embroidery that is then dipped into acid.  The close-up details reveal a mind-boggling uniformity.  The same goes for leatherwork where hand-cutting replaced by laser cutting has yielded more precise work. 

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0E5A8813cChanel by Karl Lagerfeld dress, Spring/summer haute couture 2013 // Callot Soeurs evening dress, ca. 1920 haute couture

0E5A8811Simone Rocha “Wet Lace Frill Dress”, Spring/summer 2014 // Balenciaga by Cristobal Balenciaga cocktail dress, Autumn/winterhaute couture 1963–64

0E5A8820Iris van Herpen dress, Autumn haute couture 2012 

0E5A8815Prada dresses, Autumn/winter 2008–9

0E5A8807cChristopher Kane ensemble, Spring/summer 2013 // Iris van Herpen dress, Spring/summer RTW 2015

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0E5A8802Yves Saint Laurent suit, Spring/summer haute couture 1963

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0E5A8790threeASFOUR “Interdimensional” Dress, Spring/summer 2016 // Proenza Schouler dress, Autumn/winter 2013–14

0E5A8799cIris van Herpen dress, Autumn/winter RTW 2011–12 // Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress, Autumn/winter haute couture 2010–11

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0E5A8779threeASFOUR “Bahai” Dress, Spring/summer 2014

0E5A8822Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton dress, Spring/summer 2012

0E5A8827Paul Poiret coat, ca. 1919 haute couture

0E5A8834Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs dress, Spring/summer 2012

0E5A8839Dior by Raf Simons dress, Autumn/winter RTW 2013–14

0E5A8837Comme des Garçons Noir Kei Ninomiya dresses, Spring/summer 2014 and 2015

I didn’t have the time to do so but if I did, I would have gone around the exhibition again in reverse order, revisiting the garments that sparked interest.  There’s something comforting in the level of detail and as some other reviewers have noted, the “geekery” involved in this exhibition.  It’s what you crave at a time when more unsavoury aspects of the fashion industry are constantly being levied and discussed and for that, you have to congratulate Bolton for reminding you of what happens when the mind creates magic with both manus and machine. 

“Manus x Machina” runs through August 14 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

13 May 18:00

One Of Queen Elizabeth's Granddaughters Was Surprised To Learn This About Her Grandmother

by Esther Zuckerman
Kristen

wait until they tell her she has to get a real job.

When Mia Thermopolis learned that her grandmother was actually Queen of Genovia, it was, naturally, a huge surprise. After all, she was just a normal San Francisco teen before she got the news.

While that's, of course, the plot of the movie The Princess Diaries and not, um, real life, we always assumed that such a revelation would be a bit different for the members of Britain's royal family. After all, they must grow up with knowledge of their status. Well, apparently not.

In an interview with the BBC Sophie, Countess of Wessex said that her daughter Lady Louise got a "shock to the system" when she learned her grandmother was the Queen. Sophie is married to Elizabeth II's son Prince Edward, making Lady Louise the granddaughter of Her Royal Highness. But according to Sophie, Louise only got wind of her grandmother's title when people at school brought up the subject.

"I asked her, 'Yes, how does that make you feel?' And she said, 'I don't understand,'" Sophie explained. "I don't think she had grasped that perhaps there was only one queen."

Lady Louise may have now come to grips with the fact that she is far from a normal British citizen, but at least she can take comfort in knowing that she does have something in common with the rest of us: a mother who won't hesistate to embarrass her in public.

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09 May 14:30

Would You Pay $200 to Learn to Eat Like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen? — Food News

by Kaitlin Flannery
Kristen

a $200 cookbook!

With all the information about food and recipes available online, it can be a tough decision to actually buy a cookbook. Some of them are certainly worth the investment, but eventually a line needs to be drawn — and I'm curious if Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's new cookbook falls within it. Would you be willing to lay down $200 to learn how to eat like this not-quite-Paleo, mostly vegetarian, world-famous duo?

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19 May 18:32

Million-Dollar Houses Are Taking Over LA Neighborhoods

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

I feel like a lot of this could be explained by the huge drop in home costs in 2009ish, followed by a huge inventory of foreclosed properties and now the current mini-bubble. Basically if you looked at the amount of million dollar homes in 2007 or 2008 you may have a similar amount as today.

The share of million-dollar homes in LA has doubled since 2012

Housing prices across Los Angeles are rising and way out of reach for many Angelenos, but, looking at it another way, at least there are more homes to choose from for the person whose budget is over a million dollars, right? The share of million-dollar homes in the LA metro has doubled in the last four years, shows a new report out from Trulia. In 2012, these homes made up 8 percent of LA's market; in 2016, they made up 16.3 percent. Of the 100 biggest metros in the country, LA's rise in pricey homes put it in fifth place, behind three Bay Area metros and Orange County.

Looking at Ventura, Orange, and LA counties, the five neighborhoods that saw the biggest increases in million-dollar homes were all in LA County—in the South Bay, Glendale, and Central LA. (Both the Torrance neighborhoods on the list "sit on or near the border of the ocean-side town of Redondo Beach.")

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LA neighborhoods that didn't make the top five list but still saw some of the most marked rises in their million-dollar housing stock include many whose desirability is tied to the rise of Silicon Beach. In Palms, for instance, the share rose from 7.6 percent in 2012 to 40.5 percent in 2016. Venice's share jumped from 48.7 percent in 2012 to 87 percent in 2016.

Perpetually attractive Silver Lake also saw a big jump in its million-dollar house ranks. In 2012, just 7.8 percent of Silver Lake houses were over a million dollars; now, 43.8 percent of the homes there fall into the category, according to Trulia's data.

Neighborhoods that have an established history as enclaves of the wealthy saw less dramatic increases, probably because they were already chock-full of pricey homes: in Bel Air, the share of million-dollar-plus homes rose from 82.9 percent in 2012 to 85.4 percent. In Pacific Palisades, the share rose from 80.9 percent to 85.3 percent.

16 May 17:01

Classic Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel

by Rachel Bshero
Kristen

$50/person is pretty steep, I feel.

On a recent visit to Disneyland Resort, Pilar Hamil, general manager of Disneyland Hotel invited my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, my coworker and friend, Karen McClintock, and I to join her for Classic Afternoon Tea, a new offering at Disneyland Hotel.

You may not know this, but Pilar is a Tea Master, accredited by the International Tea Master’s Association, and she’s the only one at Disneyland Resort. Pilar’s love of tea began as a child, when her mother would serve tea and cookies for her and her siblings after school. While we were talking, we all agreed our love for tea began with taking a moment to sip some tea and spend time with loved ones. For me, it started with the ritual of after-dinner tea with my grandma and grandpa every night.

Pilar’s love for tea and attention to detail shine through in the Classic Afternoon Tea, which she developed and brought to Disneyland Hotel. The cast of Steakhouse 55 has embraced her passion for afternoon tea through training led by Pilar about the story behind each delicious tea on the menu and proper steeping techniques. The impressive tea list includes 12 varieties, including white, green, black and herbal. Aperitifs, wines by the glass, ports and cordials are also available.

Classic Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel

Our group enjoyed the Classic Tea Party, which includes traditional scones with seasonal fruit preserves, Devonshire cream and lemon curd; tea sandwiches including cucumber and watercress, salmon gravlax, deviled cage-free egg salad, heirloom tomato and mozzarella. Desserts included chocolate covered strawberries, mini fruit tarts and assorted macarons ($50 per person). We followed Pilar’s advice and ate from the top to the bottom of the tower, starting with the lightly sweet scones, then the savory sandwiches and ending with the sweet desserts. Those with food allergies will be happy to know gluten-friendly options are also available.

Classic Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel

For $15 more per person, you can enjoy the Premium Tea Party, which includes sparkling wine, a salad with green goddess dressing and a decadent farewell truffle in addition to everything served in the Classic Tea Party.

Classic Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel

Young tea lovers will enjoy the Kids Tea Party, with a delicious chocolate chip scone and tea sandwiches including peanut butter and jelly, cucumber, and ham and cheese. Desserts include chocolate covered strawberries, mini fruit tarts and assorted macarons. Assorted loose-leaf teas, juices, milk and hot chocolate are included. Cost is $35 per child.

Everything about Classic Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel is extremely elegant. Delicious food is served on beautiful Wedgwood china – a classic design with simple, clean lines. Classical music fills Steakhouse 55, which really takes on a bright, beautiful look during the day. It’s a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else at Disneyland Resort.

Reservations for Classic Afternoon Tea at Disneyland Hotel can be made by calling 714-781-DINE or by visiting Disneyland.com/dine.

12 May 03:40

Adorable Disneyland Ducks Are Always Under Siege

by Elijah Chiland
Kristen

webber?

Danger lurks for the waterfowl that wander the grounds of the theme park

That model life though [ PC: @miss_shorty_0616 ]

A photo posted by Disneyland Ducks (@ducksofdisneyland) on

Spring has sprung and the artificial rivers and streets of Disneyland are filled with ducklings first getting acquainted with this strange and wondrous world. The Disneyland ducks are a well-known enough feature of the park to warrant their own Instagram account, and many visitors relish the opportunity to feed the birds and observe them in their "natural" habitat. Still, as the Orange County Register reports, the Happiest Place on Earth can sometimes be a harsh environment for waterfowl.

In a dramatic showdown Tuesday, a night heron bombarded a group of ducklings that were chowing down on popcorn in Frontierland. After grabbing one of the baby ducks, it was pursued by a group of angry parents who forced the heron to release the duckling.

Who else loves the Mark Twain as much as we do!? [ PC: @thedailydisney ]

A photo posted by Disneyland Ducks (@ducksofdisneyland) on

But herons aren't the only threats to the Disney ducks. Feral cats are known to roam the grounds at night, picking off unsuspecting birds after guests have gone home for the evening. There's also the threat of crowds, which often gather around the ducks in delight, but also have the potential to trample the small creatures. This helps to explain why Disney staff can often be seen trying to wrangle ducks off of congested walkways. It's also not clear yet how the ducks will be affected by the construction taking place on large parts of their habitat.

With all the delicious food to be scavenged, Disneyland ducks probably have it pretty good overall. Clearly though, the Rivers of America residents must still be careful not to let their guard down.

Well, I mean, what did they think was gonna happen? [ VC: @Capturing.the.magic ]

A video posted by Disneyland Ducks (@ducksofdisneyland) on

On the churro hunt [ VC: @zandra_y_ela ]

A video posted by Disneyland Ducks (@ducksofdisneyland) on

10 May 19:30

Plan the Perfect Staycation with These 5 Steps — Apartment Therapy

by The Kitchn
Kristen

This is a bullshit article someone actually got paid to write. A Staycation is just not going in to work.

When you're low on funds or time (or both), vacationing in your own city starts to sound like a really sensible way to scratch the summer vacation itch. Here are five tips to help you plan a spontaneous, stimulating, relaxing, and rejuvenating staycation.

From Apartment Therapy → 5 Simple Steps to the Perfect Staycation

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12 May 18:30

Glendale Gets Eggslut, Mainland Poke, and More as Part of New Build-Out Across From Americana

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

let's eat an egg sandwich

Also Philz Coffee and Greenleaf Chopshop on a five-restaurant fast casual lineup

Looks like Shake Shack won’t be alone in their new digs across from the Americana at Brand, as a handful of other tenants were announced today. Among them: Eggslut, Mainland Poke, Philz Coffee, and Greenleaf. They're all projected to open in fall 2016.

Per some images shared by the Caruso team behind the expansion, it seems that each of the above new tenants will get their own glossy storefront space. That’s great news for Glendale and anyone who frequents the Americana, as it’s now possible to not only enjoy Shake Shack, but also grab a morning egg sandwich, sip on some Bay Area coffee, or stick around for a salad.

The build-out for all the properties is going to take some time, so don’t expect to get your Eggslut fix until later this year at the earliest. Still, good news is good news, and Glendale locals should be very, very excited.

Eater Video: Eggslut's Amazing Breakfast Sandwich

06 May 13:55

Make an Easy Captain America Shield Sandwich

by noreply@blogger.com (Shannon Carino)
Kristen

Bill?

Ben and I got a chance to go see Captain America: Civil War on Monday as a special blogger/media sneak preview.  We both really enjoyed it and are both on #TeamCap, although I had to say #TeamIronMan so Ben could get one of each button while we were at the preview.  In honor of the movie coming out this weekend, we made a Captain America Shield Sandwich and we are showing you how to make one too!


Unlike some thematic bentos, this one doesn't require any special kitchen tools.

You'll need one small star cookie cutter and a set of nesting circle cookie cutters if you have them or several sizes of cup or jar lids if you don't.   We chose sandwich thins for our sandwich base so we already had a circle to start with, and two colors of cheese (cheddar and swiss) helped form the shield.


How to Make a Captain America Shield Sandwich:
  • Choose a circle cookie cutter slightly smaller than your sandwich round and cut one circle from a slice of cheddar cheese.
  • Using the two size down circle cookie cutter, cut the middle out of your cheddar circle, leaving a ring.  Set it aside and save your smaller circle for later.
  • Using the next two size down circle, cut a circle from the swiss cheese for the center of the shield.
  • Take your star cookie cutter and cut a star from your remaining cheddar cheese and another from the center of your swiss circle.
  • Gently lift out the swiss star and replace it with the cheddar.  Set aside.
  • Make your sandwich, using the remaining bits of cheese as filler.
  • Carefully set the shield star/circle in the center of your sandwich, using a dab of cream cheese to hold it in place.
  • Place the remaining cheddar ring around the center circle, and add a few dots of cream cheese so it stays in place too.
  • Pack up your sandwich in a sandwich box and you're done!

Are you going to see Captain America: Civil War this weekend?  Are you on #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan?


I'll be honest, I am not completely up to date on my Marvel films, so I had a few questions for Ben, but it is really an enjoyable movie!

After several of the Avengers' battles have resulted in collateral damages, the governments of many countries request a larger system of accountability for the Avengers.  This request splits the Avengers into two factions--Captain America versus Iron Man, with the rest of the Avengers choosing sides against one another.  All the while, outside forces are threatening while the internal turmoil is brewing.

Captain America: Civil War is the beginning of phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Antman makes his first appearance in an Avengers movie (we loved Antman) and a new superhero, Black Panther, is introduced to the storyline.  The next couple of years are going to feature a ton of awesome new Marvel movies, we can't wait!

Check out our #TeamCap versus #TeamIronMan bento from the other day too!
22 Apr 17:55

Purple Rain Falling For Prince in LACMA's 'Rain Room' Today

by Adrian Glick Kudler
Kristen

of course the purple rain happens less than a week after we go to the rain room

The artists requested that their installation rain purple today in honor of Prince

nothing more to say. #ripprince #rainroom @lacma #mylaexperience #purplerain #hollywood

A photo posted by valentinaschwanden (@valentin_aschwanden) on

Last night on Twitter, art collective Random International asked for purple rain in its "Rain Room" today, in honor and memory of Prince. The piece, a room full of rain from above that lets up only where there are people below, is installed at LACMA, which was happy to oblige. The results are ethereal and sexy, just like Prince would've wanted. "Rain Room" is set to end its first run this weekend and will reopen after some conservation work on May 19.

#purple #rain #rainroom

A photo posted by Ghislaine Salabert-Mougin (@apiamphotos) on


Home Sweet Home: The art of architectural design

05 May 23:00

5 Under $5: Disneyland Park Snacks

by Rachel Bshero
Kristen

I miss that giant sugar cookie with sprinkles they used to sell. You would think I bought enough of them to keep them in demand but I guess not.

It’s no secret that I love to snack. There are many days where I end up grazing all day. Whether you’re like me and want to snack your way through the parks, or you’re just looking for a little something to tide you over until your next meal, here are a few of my favorite treats from Disneyland park (and they all are under $5):

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1. Twists – Maurice’s Treats, Fantasyland
Introduced in 2013, there’s something for everyone at Maurice’s Treats. I love savory snacks, so my personal favorite is the Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist. If you’re a fan of sweets, the chocolate and strawberry pastry twists are also delish.

5 Under $5: Disneyland Park Snacks

2. Matterhorn Macaroon – Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, Main Street, U.S.A.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Café has many pastries that fall under or around $5, but I had to choose the Matterhorn Macaroon. I love coconut in everything, so of course this little confection – fashioned after one of the park’s icons (and one of my favorite roller coasters), Matterhorn Bobsleds – had to make the list.

5 Under $5: Disneyland Park Snacks

3. Grilled Skewers – Bengal Barbecue, Adventureland
While all the skewers at Bengal Barbecue slide in under the $5 mark, my personal favorite is the Safari Skewer – the bacon-wrapped asparagus is completely irresistible.

5 Under $5: Disneyland Park Snacks

4. Tigger Tail – Pooh’s Corner, Critter Country
My friends and fellow Disney Parks Blog authors Michelle Harker and Tyler Slater introduced me to the Tigger Tail, found at Pooh’s Corner during one of my trips to Disneyland park. I love these marshmallows, which are coated in caramel and orange sanding sugar before getting a thick drizzle of chocolate (completing Tigger’s signature stripes)!

5 Under $5: Disneyland Park Snacks

5. Three Beignets from Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square
A New Orleans Square staple, these Mickey-shaped sweets are like little doughy clouds sent from heaven. Share with a friend, or eat all three yourself.

What are your favorite Disneyland park snacks? Let us know in the comments below!

29 Apr 20:45

Set Up Your Own Kitty Postcard Shoot with Landmarks Made Out of Cardboard — Design News

by Tara Bellucci
Kristen

Here's President Robotron relaxing in the White House.

It's not exactly easy to travel the world with your cat. Have some fun photo ops at home with these cardboard playhouses, inspired by famous landmarks.

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22 Mar 15:50

eggs in purgatory, puttanesca-style

by deb
Kristen

the whole point of eggs in purgatory is to not make the sauce yourself!

eggs in purgatory, puttanesca-style

If the theme of late here is simple, cozy meals we can assemble even when we’re not, perhaps, having the most well-rested, worry-free weeks ever, we are unquestionably overdue for a conversation about eggs in purgatory, aka Italian-style huevos rancheros/shakshuka. Plus, what could be more appropriately uplifting during Holy Week than a dish that celebrates hell, or the imminent threat of it? What, you say, one that also celebrates the oldest profession? Oh honey, we’re in.

... Read the rest of eggs in purgatory, puttanesca-style on smittenkitchen.com


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27 Apr 03:25

Echo Park House With Zero Redeeming Qualities is Asking $770k

by Elijah Chiland
Kristen

our friends ben and claudia live next door to this hell hole.

Features include rotted floors, toxic waste, and possible fines from the city

In the booming Echo Park housing market, it's hard to imagine a four-bedroom house lingering for sale for long. But if any house in the hip and historic neighborhood is up to that formidable task, it's this one. Perhaps the listing copy is written in the interest of transparency, but it reads like a laundry list of (very compelling) reasons to stay away from this rather extraordinary apparent money pit. Right off the bat, the listing description lets buyers know the asking price of $770,000 is a "top price" that the owner is looking for to avoid a short sale. So, you know, enjoy the opportunity to overpay before the price drops.

Toilet in Echo Park home Toilet in Echo Park home

Judging from the appalling photos (we're sincerely hoping that's just a rust stain in the inexplicable toilet picture), it definitely seems like the house is far from move-in ready. Still, it could have potential as a fixer-upper. Not so fast, says the listing. The house is probably "a tear down due to the old age and illegal structures...city has many violations and fines. Roof and structure is rotted and sagging, interior floors are weak and rotted, illegal electrical and plumbing." Ok, ok. That's pretty bad. But what about the land itself? "Possible toxic material stored in the yard," replies the listing. "Maybe toxic material under part of the units also."

So, assuming a buyer can afford to purchase the house, knock it down, clear up any problems with the city, and remove any and all toxic waste, isn't there some potential for the 6,750-square-foot lot just off of Park Drive? Nope. "Lot is not level and not all usable. Small lot," concludes the listing description. It may be that this is some bizarre social experiment in the use of reverse psychology to sell real estate (or a litmus test for just how hot the Echo Park market has become), but for now, we'd say this one is a stay-away.

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19 Apr 18:20

Kogi Taqueria Opens Right This Very Second in Palms

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

I still like kogi

Soft opening this week, official opening on Saturday

It’s been a long time coming for Kogi Taqueria, the first standalone space from Roy Choi’s Kogi team, which helped to launch a food truck revolution more than half a decade ago. It’s also a coming home of sorts for the Palms neighborhood and Choi himself, whose empire has grown extensively over those same years. There was, for quite a while, a Chego nearby where the new Kogi Taqueria sits, and when it left for Chinatown, Choi promised he’d be back some day. Now he’s made good.

As of 11 a.m. today, the shop is open for business, doing soft hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. most days of the week, with truncated hours to 9 p.m. on Sundays (and they’re closed on Mondays to boot). That means that after years away from the neighborhood, Palms denizens can now enjoy Choi’s brand of LA-specific cooking right on Overland Avenue again.

In his Instagram opening report, Choi says that the soft opening only applies to this week, as the team looks to "work out the kinks." Come Saturday though the place will be ‘official’, as it were, which means that hopefully they’ll have things running smoothly and guests will be able to fill their bodies with as many perfectly-realized short rib tacos and blackjack quesadillas as they please.

As for the menu, expect much of what the truck has been offering for years, including those iconic tacos. They’ll have a few more filling options to go around this time, alongside newer alternatives like a tofu and citrus salad and wings. Head over now if you’re hungry, the team will be serving all day, and (at least for the moment) Choi himself is on site.

Kogi Taqueria
3500 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Update: here's the menu for your perusal

Kogi Menu

21 Apr 09:02

まるです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

I can't believe they put a rain coat on this cat and he is just cool with it.





過去まる。(2010)
写真集『まるです2。』のDVDに収録されていた映像の、再編集版。
Maru and rain jacket.
08 Mar 18:20

The 'Ramen Pass' Has Returned To Grace Us With Delicious Half-Off Noodles

by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Kristen

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 'Ramen Pass' Has Returned To Grace Us With Delicious Half-Off Noodles It's that time again where you can score half-off bowls of ramen all over Southern California. [ more › ]








10 Mar 18:52

Griffith Park Mountain Lion is 'Prime Suspect' in LA Zoo Koala Murder

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

The exploits of this one mountain lion are very fascinating to me

The mountain lion has been sneaking into the zoo and was seen there on the night the koala was killed

A Los Angeles Zoo koala in the wrong place at the wrong time. A mountain lion with a known history of entering the zoo at night. These are the characters in an LA noir tale that's playing out at the zoo in Griffith Park after a koala was found "mauled to death" on March 3, reports City News Service. The "prime suspect" is Griffith Park's most famous predator, the P-22 mountain lion, says the zoo's director.

Last month, video footage revealed that P-22 was sneaking into the zoo at night—something that no one had known he was doing. Even more damning: "he was also seen the night the koala disappeared," the zoo's director says. Of course, as the LA Times notes, "in the legal world, [this would all] be called circumstantial evidence."

"We don’t know how he’s getting in or how he’s getting out," says the director, but since the koala's murder, zoo workers have taken extra safety precautions for the animals, locking them up in special enclosures at night. The koalas are off public display entirely.

This behavior isn't out of character for a mountain lion. A National Park Service official told NBC4 (via LAT) that "This wouldn’t be an example of him behaving aggressively or abnormally. Whether it’s exotic pets or exotic animals," like a koala, which isn't even supposed to be here in LA, "or our own domestic pets, we need to make sure they’re in safe enclosures or brought in at night."

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell spoke out after the killing, stating that he believes this is evidence that P-22 should be relocated to "a safer, more remote wild area." But the zoo's director feels otherwise. "There’s a lot of native wildlife in this area. This is their home. So we’ll learn to adapt to P-22 just like he’s learned to adapt to us."

Just a few years ago, P-22 was in a bad place, suffering what was thought to be the effects of rat poison and a serious case of mange. He's since recovered, though city life is rough for a mountain lion. P-22's Twitter feed tweeted a confession and a fairly positive review of the koala.

10 Mar 08:00

Night Owls Will Flock To Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours

by Sponsor
Kristen

hmm...interesting. I may want to check this out.

Night Owls Will Flock To Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours [ more › ]








02 Mar 15:47

Disneyland Food and Wine Festival Event Booking Now Available!

by AJ
Kristen

Bill, for only $150 you get to have a meet and greet with Guy Fieri.

You KNOW how excited I am about the return of the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, right? Well, if you’re with me on that — and can’t wait ’til it starts NEXT MONTH (!!!!!) — I’m happy to let you know that booking is now available for the Festival events!

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Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Events

There are currently two types of bookable events at the Festival this year: the Beverage Seminars and the Celebrity Kitchen events. Both can currently be booked at Disneyland.com and require pre-payment.

Beverage Seminars

DCAFWF Beverage Seminars are built to showcase the art and science behind some of the world’s most popular adult beverages. Up to 75 guests will enjoy a 45-minute lesson led by an expert winemaker, sommelier, brewmaster or industry expert. The outdoor seminars take place on the Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery and include up to 3 sample tastings!

When:   Fridays: 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 PM
Saturdays: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 PM
Sundays: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 PM
Where:  Sonoma Terrace, located at Golden Vine
Winery, Disney California Adventure Park
Price:    $15 per person, plus tax

See a full list of Beverage Seminar dates, times, and presenters here!

Disneyland Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar

Disneyland Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar

Celebrity Kitchen

On Stage 17, celebrity chefs like Robert Irvine and Guy Fieri will entertain the audience with a 90-minute demonstration from a demonstration kitchen on the main stage.

Chef's Showcase Stage in DCA

Chef’s Showcase Stage in DCA

The chefs currently scheduled for Celebrity Kitchen include:

  • April 2 – Robert Irvine – Restaurant: Impossible
  • April 9 – Andrew Sutton – Executive Chef, Disneyland Resort Signature Dining (1:00 PM only)
  • April 9 – Guy Fieri – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (5:00 PM only)
  • April 16 – Keegan Gerhard – Food Network Challenge
  • April 23 – TBD
  • April 30 – Graham Elliot – MasterChef, MasterChef Junior

When: Saturdays, 1:00 & 5:00 PM
Where: Stage 17, Disney California Adventure Park
Price: $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Theme park admission plus additional fee required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice. Booking is now available at Disneyland.com.

Celebrity Kitchen VIP Experience for Disneyland Annual Passholders

If you’re a Disneyland Passholder and are interested in hobnobbing with your favorite celebrity chef up close and personal, you can take advantage of the Celebrity Kitchen VIP Experience.

Touch Base with Keegan Gerhard

Touch Base with Keegan Gerhard

This $149/person (plus tax) experience includes:

  • A VIP autograph session with the Celebrity Chef
  • Front-of-house priority seating at the Celebrity Kitchen event, and
  • A special festival gift

Interested passholders must book this one by phone by calling (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. Guests under 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Theme park admission plus additional fee required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice. A valid Annual Passport is required at check-in to take part in the VIP experience.  Annual Passholder blockout dates still apply.

We’ve got our events all booked — how about you??

Check out our Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival page for more details and events!

Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and:


23 Feb 17:20

Blind Items Revealed #3

by Enty
Kristen

This is pretty juicy, IMO

bh

May 17, 2015

Cannes

A studio executive nearly got into a fistfight with this A+ list mostly movie director. Apparently the fight centered around the premise that the director should have focused more on his movie and less on trying to sleep with the A+ list mostly movie actor who was starring in it.

Gus Van Sant/Matthew McConaughey

24 Feb 23:00

はなです。

by mugumogu
Kristen

These action shots are amazing


はなの特技。
カーテン開け。

はな:「はい開けまーす。」
Hana can open the curtain.


しっぽ立ち。

はな:「よっ!」
Hana can stand with her tail.



はな:「そんなバカなー。」
Hana:[Just kidding!]




25 Feb 18:00

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters to Open March 7 at Disney California Adventure Park

by Erin Glover
Kristen

hmm...you can't throw anything at people on this ride it looks like.

As we told you last year, Luigi has invited his cousins from Carsoli, Italy, to Radiator Springs for a special celebration! Today, I’m very eccitata to tell you that the celebration will begin when Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, presented by Alamo, opens March 7 at Disney California Adventure park.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure Park Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure Park

In this all-new attraction, Luigi will turn the tire storage yard behind his Casa Della Tires into a dance floor! Cars Land guests will be able to ride along with Luigi’s cousins as they move and spin to upbeat Italian music, performing the traditional dances of their hometown village.

Each dancing car will have its own high-spirited personality and signature dance moves – making every ride unpredictable, as you won’t know which way they will turn and spin next! Take a look at how Walt Disney Imagineering created this carefully choreographed dance in this behind-the-scenes video:

Join the dance yourself when Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens March 7.

23 Feb 02:27

First Construction Photos of Pedestrian Bridge From Red Line to Universal City

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

We can't move our office to the lot until this is finished :(. I was there last week and they appear to be almost finished.

The controversial crossing is really coming together

The controversial (for a pedestrian bridge) crossing now under construction to connect the Red Line with Universal Studios is shaping up nicely. These January 9 photos from Metro show progress on the bridge as it gears up for its April opening. The new bridge, which will span part of the intersection of Lankershim and Universal Hollywood Drive/Campo de Cahuenga, will ideally get some foot traffic from Metro riders hoping to get in to see the new Harry Potter-themed attraction at Universal Studios, and the timing of the two new additions opening around the same time is no mistake.

The bridge, designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, will connect three of the four corners of the intersection, and in doing so, link the Universal/Studio City subway stop with a stop for the Universal Studios shuttle bus. It will not, however, connect to a bus hub on the fourth corner of the intersection, which was a point of contention for bridge opponents. (They also didn't like the heftier-than-originally-expected pricetag for the project, or the fact that by removing pedestrians from the streets, it basically yields the public space to cars instead of encouraging them to share, plus does nothing to activate the street.)

A view of the pedestrian bridge from across the street. A view of the pedestrian bridge from across the street.
A photo of the not-quite-complete part of the pedestrian bridge where walkers enter the bridge. A photo of the not-quite-complete part of the pedestrian bridge where walkers enter the bridge.
20 Feb 00:00

Show Your Political Stance with These Hilarious, Hairy Socks

by Ashley Tibbits
Kristen

the trump socks are great

Sure, bumper stickers are cool but the raddest way to rep your presidential hopeful is on your feet—literally. Gumball Poodle's Bernie and Trump "hairy" socks (complete with each of their signature 'dos) have gained massive popularity since they premiered at Las Vegas's Magic tradeshow just a few days ago.

Though the $30 socks will not officially be available for purchase until March 2nd (via the site here), their Facebook debut has already earned over 200,000 views. Whether you're Feelin' the Bern or more of a Trump-er (btw, where are the Hil socks?), you'll wanna snag your pair before they're gone, so stay tuned to the site and place your order as soon as they launch—since we imagine their high-demand could cause a quick sell-out.

19 Feb 18:31

18 Amazing Breakfast Sandwiches in LA, Breakfast Week Edition

by Keyla Vasconcellos
Kristen

I want to eat at all these places.

Do you like bacon? A sunny side or scrambled egg? House-made bread? Keep reading.

If you're out at brunch and the first thing you do is peruse the menu for a buttery and cheesy breakfast sandwich, then this guide should facilitate your options. Whether it be something more traditional with a homemade biscuit and bacon, or something different and new school, there's something here for the breakfast sandwich fiend in all of us. This list is presented in alphabetical order.

Added: Rose Cafe, Sqirl, District 3, Connie & Ted's, Top Round Roast Beef, Love & Salt

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15 Feb 17:57

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Coming Weekends in April

by Rachel Bshero
Kristen

after a gazillion years they have brought this back

Attention foodies! I’m excited to tell you that Disney California Adventure park will soon be filled with even more fabulous food and an awakening of the senses when the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival begins April 1.

This month-long festival, taking place during weekends in April, will celebrate some of the best of delicious California cuisine. A distinguishing feature will be new Festival Marketplaces, where guests can sip and savor delicious flavors from throughout the state of California. The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will also include culinary demonstrations, appearances by celebrity chefs and informative seminars.

We’ll have more information to share soon, including how you can reserve your seat at the premium experiences taking place during the festival. Mark your calendar now for the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, weekends beginning April 1 at Disney California Adventure park.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Coming Weekends in April by Rachel Bshero: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

10 Feb 21:36

A Burger and Ramen Spot Takes Over Katsuya Glendale's Second Floor

by Crystal Coser
Kristen

WHY WASN'T I TOLD UNTIL NOW

The concept mashes up everything that is currently trending.

K Ramen. Burger. Beer., an extension of the Katsuya brand, is popping up on the second floor of Katsuya in The Americana at Brand. Opened February 9, K Ramen offers a menu of budget-friendly bites, with nothing priced over $15.

On that menu is a mash up of just about everything that is trending right now in LA. That means you can expect plenty of ramen, burgers, pokes, and a list of Japanese brews to round it out. Menu highlights include lobster ramen with marinated egg, spicy creamy tuna K Poke, and small bites like calamari with wasabi cocktail sauce.

With an expansive patio that boasts views of The Americana's pretty fountains, it should be a solid family-friendly option in this part of town. K Ramen. Burger. Beer is open Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

03 Feb 01:50

Extra, Extra: You Can Buy Disneyland-Scented Candles Now

by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Kristen

you have to click through twice to get the info on this, but worth it if you want a Dole Whip candle

Extra, Extra: You Can Buy Disneyland-Scented Candles Now An artist who paints selfie backdrops, the unofficial O.J. Simpson tour and more end of day links. [ more › ]








01 Feb 23:23

Taco Bell Wants to Surprise You With A Mystery Menu Item This Weekend

by Danny Jensen
Kristen

BILL

Taco Bell Wants to Surprise You With A Mystery Menu Item This Weekend To help you celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, Taco Bell wants you to buy a new, secret menu item without knowing what it is. [ more › ]