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28 Mar 12:12

Eggslut Scrambles Up the Glendale Breakfast Game This Week

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

I'll believe it when they actually open.

Alvin Cailan’s breakfast concept just pulled back the curtain

Breakfast brand Eggslut’s third local expansion — this one into Glendale, across the street from the Americana — has been a long time coming. Among the first concepts to announce itself along redone Brand Boulevard, the restaurant has been far and away the last to come to life. In fact, just until the past couple of days, you couldn’t even see inside because of a tall construction barrier.

Now the facade has been peeled back, and word from folks inside is that Eggslut will start serving softly as of this coming Thursday. Staff is being trained up and some rounds of mock service are going down in the space right next to Shake Shack, so you know they’re close.

 Farley Elliott
Eggslut Glendale

The Glendale expansion should help to continue to ease lines at the massively popular original stall at Grand Central Market. A previously opened outlet in Venice has done much the same, and the company’s far-flung expansion into the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas is a beast unto itself. If all goes well, expect to start chowing down on those delicious egg sandwiches by Thursday.

Eggslut Glendale
252 S. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA

Eater Video: Eggslut's Amazing Breakfast Sandwich

28 Mar 01:04

Rustic biker bar near Santa Clarita asking $449K

by Jeff Wattenhofer
Kristen

Finally, my dreams of owning a cheap biker bar can be a reality.

The Big Oaks Lodge hosted bikers, boxers, and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’

The Big Oaks Lodge is tucked nearly five miles into the Angeles National Forest, a bar-restaurant-retreat that’s served as an oasis for bikers, boxers, and the Hollywood elite for almost a century. Now Big Oaks looks to write a new chapter in its already varied history.

The Big Oaks Lodge has just hit the market, asking $449,000. The property’s 3,000 square feet of space includes a bar with a complete kitchen, a patio kitchen with grill and pizza oven, and three rental units on site. The buyer would also acquire the lodge’s Type 47 liquor license and catering license.

Built in the 1920s as a rest stop for traveling stagecoaches, Big Oaks Lodge was a favorite of famed gangster “Pretty Boy” Floyd, actor W.C Fields, and Hollywood’s original power couple, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

By the 1980s, things were a little rough and tumble at the Big Oaks Lodge. Afternoons were all about boxers and bikers, with motorcyclists guzzling brews at the bar, watching aspiring fighters train outside. No bouncers were needed, according to the bartender at the time, as he had a loaded shotgun and a German shepherd named Dukers to ward off trouble. Motorcycles would gradually disappear from the parking lot as the day waned, replaced with the cars of diners in search of classic American cooking.

For the next few decades, Big Oaks Lodge would continue to serve its biker and diner clientele, with the occasional film and TV shoot (Beverly Hills 90210, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) adding a bit of Hollywood.

The Beverly Hills 90210 gang reacts to seemingly shocking news outside the Big Oaks Lodge.

In late October 2016, a six-month road closure squeezed the lodge’s business. Just one week in, owner Diana White told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, “The situation is dire.” It appears the dramatic decrease in traffic may have finally done it in.

22 Mar 23:35

The end is near for Eagle Rock’s unsightly ‘Pillarhenge’

by Jeff Wattenhofer
Kristen

The pictures don't do it justice because it is much uglier in real life.

New housing is set to replace the neighborhood eyesore

Pillarhenge—the remains of an unfinished recession-era housing development that went belly up—has been a thorn in the side of Eagle Rock residents for nine years now.

But today brings good news for the Pillarhenge haters.

Eastsider LA reports that new housing is headed to the lot. Plans have been filed with the city to construct a 26-unit mixed use development on the site, with 24 market rate units and two units of very low income housing.

After a mixed use project planned for the site was abandoned in 2008, the remains of that development drew the ire of residents and inspired a Facebook group dedicated to removing the blight.

Hopes were lifted in early 2016 when the site found a buyer for $1.9 million, but no word emerged on the fate of Pillarhenge for the rest of the year.

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The sun sets over the ancient ruins of “Pillarhenge”

Project renderings and a timeline for construction for newly proposed housing complex have not been made available yet, but for now it appears Pillarhenge is headed for the history books.

20 Mar 21:19

Touched up East Hollywood bungalow asks $697K

by Jenna Chandler
Kristen

I really hate house flippers who install two shelves in the kitchen instead of upper cabinets.

Two bedrooms, a new kitchen, and a backyard

This Spanish-style bungalow in East Hollywood is returning to the market looking spiffier than it did one year ago, when it was last for sale.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom was scooped up for $440,004 last spring. The owner has reinvigorated the property by installing a new fence and landscaping, applying fresh coats of paint, and redoing the kitchen with new cabinets, marble counters, appliances, and turquoise vinyl floors.

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The house in May 2016.

But in the living room, dining room, and bedrooms, the original oak hardwood floors and built-ins are still intact, and they bring the charm.

Outside, there’s a verdant lawn and a new wood deck, plus a detached single car garage.

Built in 1920, the home, which measures 1,132 square feet, is now listed for $697,653.

17 Mar 00:17

Kendall Jenner's Hollywood Hills Home Reportedly Robbed Of $200K In Valuables

by Layla Halabian
Kristen

I want this to be the blind ring 2.0 so badly.

Kendall Jenner's Hollywood Hills Home Reportedly Robbed Of $200K In Valuables The fashion-runway favorite had purchased the home from Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in July. [ more › ]
17 Mar 00:16

L.A. Has A Serial Dine-And-Dasher (Yes, He's On Bumble)

by Annie Lloyd
Kristen

this story is great. guy meets women at fucking BJs and leaves them with the check.

L.A. Has A Serial Dine-And-Dasher (Yes, He's On Bumble) Local dine-and-dasher leaves another Bumble date footing the bill. [ more › ]
16 Mar 23:46

This Woman in China Might Have the Least Sad Desk Lunch in the World

by Mayukh Sen
Kristen

I'll make noodles from scratch at my desk. good idea

Must an office desk lunch be sad? No; of course not. We’ve spent years debunking this fiction, traveling across the country showing companies far and near just how happy a desk lunch can be if done with love.

Someone's encroaching on our turf, though. She goes by “Little Ye,” and, as of January, she’s a sensation on YouTube, with her videos circulating across Chinese social network Weibo. She's amassed a truckload of followers: 45,000 and counting.

Her videos hew to a similar narrative pattern: They usually begin with shots of office drones droning away at computers, silent and heads-down, before Little Ye gets to work. She scrounges around the office for any supplies she can find and turn into makeshift cooking tools, from clothes irons to Pepsi cans; computer casings become pancake friers. She preps noodles atop bunsen burners, prepping literal feasts, and her coworkers go on with their days as if nothing’s going on.

Impressive, no? Really thought we had this Not Sad Desk Lunch thing down. Ugh. We’ve got to start upping our game!

15 Mar 22:12

Blind Items Revealed #5

by Enty
Kristen

LOOOOOOL

March 1, 2017

This A/A- list very smart model lost her cool when a pap kept taunting her about her Oscar dress and how the Goopster had worn it five years earlier.

Karlie Kloss

14 Mar 22:01

Wildly extravagant manor in the Hollywood Hills asks $5.25M

by Elijah Chiland
Kristen

this house is pretty weird.

Columns, chandeliers, and a 16th century staircase

Looking to make a real statement with your next real estate purchase? May we humbly submit this brightly-colored chateau in the Hollywood Hills for your consideration. Constructed in 1995, the 3,006-square-foot residence features neon blue shutters lining the exterior walls, and even less subdued design features on the interior.

Per the listing, the French Renaissance-inspired residence includes showy features like a 16th century marble staircase (apparently borrowed from an abbey in Spain), a 17th century fireplace, 19th century floors, and an 18th century Baccarat chandelier. There are also expansive murals, painted ceilings, and a different color scheme in nearly every room.

Master bedroom with green walls and painted ceiling
Bedroom with pink patterned wallpaper
Living room with stone columns

Other curiosities include stone columns, a wine cellar, a library (which appears to be outfitted with dummy books that disguise a pair of double doors), and a kitchen dumbwaiter.

Kitchen with large center island
Bathroom with oil painting

The home is located just off Mulholland Drive northwest of the entrance to Runyon Canyon Park. Fortress-like enough to have been nicknamed “La Bastide” (French for either a country house or a walled town), the four-bedroom home makes the most of a relatively small 5,034-square-foot lot. The grounds also include a two-car garage, swimming pool, and pergola-shaded pool deck.

View of home from a distance

On and off the market for the past couple years, the house is now asking $5.25 million.

06 Mar 09:48

Stylish one-bedroom in Los Feliz asks only $539K

by Jenna Chandler
Kristen

the size of that tub is depressing me

For only 480 square feet

A price of $539,000 for 480 square feet is not a bargain by any reasonable measure. But finding a single family home at that price in Los Feliz is increasingly rare, even if the pad is tiny. And that’s what we have here at 1747 North New Hampshire Avenue.

At least the darling bungalow, built in 1921, requires no fixing up. It’s lathered in white paint and decked out in subway tiles, glossy countertops, and on-trend light fixtures. It holds one bedroom and one bathroom in an open floor plan that also fits a kitchen, small living room, and dining area with pitched ceilings.

There’s no back yard, but there is fenced-in font yard with gravel and concrete pavers and enough room for a sitting area.

What it lacks in space, it makes up for in location. It’s walking distance to shops, restaurants, and bars on Hillhurst and Vermont avenues, as well as to Griffith Park and Barnsdall Park.

03 Mar 22:05

18 photos of dogs enjoying LA parks

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

dogs in parks

Let’s all live vicariously through these perfect pups

With the warm and sunny weather, it feels like spring is already here. Thanks to a bunch of rain this winter, wildflowers are popping up everywhere from Griffith Park in Los Feliz to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills, and hillsides are ridiculously verdant where once they were sad and brown.

If the sunshine, 70-degree temperatures, and colorful flora aren’t enough of a reason to get outside and into the city’s gorgeous parks, perhaps the final push can come from seeing happy dogs meeting friends, sniffing things, and panting heavily with the satisfaction that only a brisk hike can bring.

Whether off leash or on, in a designated area or not, adorable dogs always play a role in the backdrop of any city park. We’ve rounded up 18 of the best pictures of dogs across the area taking advantage of these public resources and of LA’s famously wonderful climate. Enjoy!

  1. A puggle in Griffith Park, just east of the tennis courts by the Greek Theatre.

The hills are alive with the sound of panting. #spring #puggle #wildflowers #griffithpark #dogstagram

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2. This terrier named Chelsea is getting her paws muddy in Ernest E. Debs Park.

3. This Doodle is focused on the road ahead in Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

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4. Over in Runyon Canyon, Elvis the Chihuahua and his buddy Clarence are working off all the treats they ate at last weekend.

5. This little dog looks like he’s going to get blown away in Ascot Hills Park.

6. This Pitbull pup named Lillie is hoofin’ it through Elysian Park.

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7. This little mutt did not expect scary turtles in the pond at Ernest E. Debs park.

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8. Who among us has not felt this way at the end of a Runyon Canyon hike?

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9. This older pooch is catching some rays at Lake Balboa Park.

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10. This Doodle named Charcoal is quenching his thirst at Grand Park.

11. This pack at Wildwood Canyon Park looks pretty ruff.

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12. This Boston Terrier, obviously a seasoned hiker, looks a little pooped at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Trail dog

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13. This Shiba Inu in Franklin Canyon Park is going to win this staring contest.

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14. This Shihtzu is really thinking about taking the whole bench for himself.

15. These puppy pals at Angels Gate Park have all the fluff of an 80s hair band.

Always making friends.

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16. This Chocolate Lab is camouflaged with the rocks at Portuguese Bend Reserve.

"Beach Dog"

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17. Obi Wan Kenobi the Pug is the star of an independent film shooting on location at the Echo Park Lake.

18. This spotted little pup named Pepper is taking a break from skateboarding to chill on the lawn at Barnsdall Park.

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03 Mar 01:43

An Exclusive First Look at Disneyland’s Beauty and the Beast Pop-Up Restaurant

by Carlye Wisel
Kristen

BILL

Try the grey stuff at Red Rose Taverne, it’s delicious

Beauty and the Beast season is upon us ahead of the upcoming live-action remake of the Disney classic. With it comes a new themed restaurant inside Disneyland Park in Anaheim called Red Rose Taverne, a takeover of Fantasyland’s Village Haus Restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom.

The enchanted pop-up runs indefinitely, yet the initial response was nothing short of insane, with multi-hour lines to enter when it opened this past weekend and such demand for plastic cups with red roses in them that they remain sold out.

Since the space is temporary, any princess-y decor is mostly intended to hide away any evidence of its past life as a Pinocchio-themed eatery, utilizing curtains to cover up set piece and stained glass artwork to pay homage to the fairy tale. There’s scattered imagery of Ms. Potts, Chip, Gaston, and Belle, but any mention of the forthcoming big-budget film — which is already deep into a month-long international promotional tour — is eerily missing, focusing instead on the animated imagery from the 1990s film.

Truly an under-the-radar homage

Lest you think this is a bombastic ploy to remind us to buy our movie tickets ASAP, it’s truly an under-the-radar homage. Save for the lengthy line, there’s no indication that something special is going on, let alone that it’s promotional.

Eater stopped in to try some of the more popular — and bizarre — items on Red Rose Taverne’s menu, where, magically, a poutine pizza and the world’s most lazily named dessert wound up being less weird than an anthropomorphized talking candlestick. Don’t just take the dishes’ word for it:

Slow-Cooked Beef Poutine, $10.99

Beef poutine at Red Rose Taverne

Instead of blending together as a gravy-soaked hangover cure, this one falls somewhere between poutine and a kind of “x-treme” nachos. The waffle fries are straight from the freezer, but the tender, flavorful beef and its gravy are excellent, while the herbed cheese curds are a welcomed surprise, especially as a flavor you rarely taste at Disney parks. It was the worst thing we tasted, but still nowhere near bad. It’s just that a bucket of wet fries seems less like an $11 entree and more like something you’d make when you’re high.

Poutine Flatbread $9.49

Poutine flatbread at Red Rose Tavern

It doesn’t look good, it shouldn’t taste good, and yet I could not stop eating it. Between the garlic aioli, herb oil, gravy, cheese curds, french fries and, well, pizza, this dish is more complicated than the reality of LeFou and Gaston’s relationship yet holds up better than Belle on her first day in the castle. The beef poutine was a better vehicle for the meat but this baby’s crowning achievement are the cheese curds, which, when fully melted and mixed with the aioli, come through as crazy-creamy as a tricked out white pizza. The ironic lowlight of this whole concoction? The twice-cooked fries, which are too tough to gnaw through easily. It’s as heavy as a theme park pizza can get, so consider taking a walk before potentially hurling among the stars in more ways than one on Space Mountain.

Beast’s Burger, $13.49

Beast’s burger at Red Rose Taverne

Gruyere is a weird choice because it’s more difficult to melt — and doesn’t here, due to a quick-service kitchen setup — but the mix of horseradish aioli, caramelized onions and those delicious little morsels of slow-cooked beef atop a ⅓ pound Angus patty is an aggressive choice that demands respect. The ciabatta bun is the only stinker, getting got so soggy that holding the concoction felt like a wet double-decker s’more, but unlike the godforsaken Star Wars-themed black bun burger of yesteryear, this one is so legit.

Even better? All of Red Rose Taverne’s sandwiches come with “pommes frites”, which are far from a French retitling of any crunchy little twigs. These are the much-adored parmesan and herb-coated fries that, until now, were only available at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square, a letting you grab one of Disneyland’s best bites on the cheap and easy.

Enchanted Cauli-Flower Sandwich, $10.99

Enchanted cauli-flower sandwich at Red Rose Taverne

I’m not sure what about this is French — the tempura-battered haricot vert? — but there’s no way to eat this veggie sandwich without unhinging your jaw like a true American. Still, the curried cauliflower is such a smart and special touch for such a beef-slathered menu, and a bite of those fried green beans slathered in the spicy lime aioli is perfection, with a surprising amount of zing. We’ll bet no one would be itching to leave Beast’s castle if the object-inhabiting servants could cook up flavor profiles like this.

Grey Stuff Gateau, $5.49

Grey stuff gateau at Red Rose Taverne

This is what you came for, and damn, Lumiere was right: it’s freaking unbelievable. Avoid its shortbread base all together and dive into the white chocolate mousse-covered, raspberry-centered red velvet cake for a mix of the most decadent flavors you’ll find in Disneyland. Park food can often hit the sweet notes hard, but this dessert shows restraint in its flavors, elevating it beyond the sugar-sapped treats and dense chocolate cakes. Speaking of, there’s another cute rose-shaped dessert on the menu but don’t play yourself. You came all this way for the Beauty & The Beast experience, and you are ordering this dish. Who cares if it’s named after a color and a vague noun! It’s a must.

Red Rose Taverne
Disneyland Park
Anaheim, CA

Grey stuff gateau at Red Rose Taverne
Menu at Red Rose Taverne
Second menu page at Red Rose Taverne
Outside Red Rose Taverne at Disneyland Park
01 Mar 23:10

Sherman Oaks stilt house by Richard Neutra asks $1.35M

by Elijah Chiland
Kristen

NOOOOOOOPE

Walls of windows and views across the hills

Well look what we have here: It’s one of Richard Neutra’s gravity-defying stilt houses newly arrived on the market. The influential modernist built a row of 20 such homes in 1966, near the end of his life.

Overlooking Beverly Glen Boulevard, the homes are suspended over a hillside in Sherman Oaks, supported mainly by a few long poles extending from the terrain below. The precarious-looking design was meant to incorporate the houses into the existing environment without extensively reshaping the landscape through excessive grading. So far, as the LA Times noted in 1998, the homes have survived at least two nearby earthquakes without incident.

Inside the living room with floor-to-ceiling windows
Dining area with view of fireplace
Bedroom with sliding door to balcony
Bedroom with built-in shelving

This particular two-bedroom home features stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views across the surrounding hills. A wide deck accessed from the living area and master bedroom also capitalizes on the stellar views.

Other features include updated bathrooms, built-in shelving and a walk-in closet in the second bedroom, and an open living room and dining area with hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace.

Exterior of front of home
Path through garden
View from balcony

The 1,800-square-foot home is situated on a half-acre lot that includes a detached deck and front garden, as well as a two vehicle carport with a wooden gate. Asking price is $1.349 million.

Aerial view of the home
28 Feb 22:24

Metro won’t sell station naming rights to its stations after all

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

Kind of bummed I won't be riding the Gold Line brought to you by The Whopper.

The Burger King Station is no longer an option

Metro is retreating from its plan to sell naming rights to its subway stations and bus stops, reports the Los Angeles Times. The policy, approved in December, was thrown out Thursday over concerns that refusing certain sponsorships could leave Metro open to lawsuits.

The transit agency had planned not to enter into deals with companies selling booze, electronic cigarettes, and weapons. It also wanted to exclude businesses with a history of unethical behavior, as well as political and religious organizations, says the Times.

There’s a legal precedent for public agencies excluding alcohol and tobacco companies from deals like these, because those products are considered a public health risk, Assistant County Counsel Charles Safer told the Metro Board of Directors in January.

But Safer also told the board that choosing not to be sponsored by a group “because you don’t like their politics, or that type of reason” could potentially conflict with the 14th Amendment. That amendment “requires that states guarantee equal protection of the laws to all people,” says the Times.

“As it turns out, we can’t really pick and choose,” County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl told the Times. Kuehl, who strongly opposed the plan, expressed concern that Metro wouldn’t be able to refuse sponsorship from a company with a history of discrimination or predatory business practices. “We couldn’t say no even based on the history of the corporation,” she said.

Beyond the potential for stations with unsavory names, the naming rights plan could potentially make it harder to navigate LA’s transit system. Talking to KPCC in December, Los Angeles City Councilmember and member of Metro’s Board of Directors Mike Bonin called the program “crazy,” and asked, “Is the Expo/Bundy stop gonna be the Burger King stop?”

Even though the plan has been halted for now, it’s not totally off the table. Metro spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas told the Times she, “hasn’t ruled out pursuing the policy again in the future, although the board raised ‘valid concerns.’”

Tonilas’s department had proposed the naming rights plan as a way to help Metro raise funding in the long-term. Though LA County recently passed Measure M, a permanent half-cent sales tax increase that will generate funds for Metro projects, Tonilas told the Times that ad revenue is an important funding source because it is free from the spending restrictions that are imposed on sales tax revenue.

26 Feb 13:06

The Valley’s Best Ice Cream Expands Into Prime New Atwater Village Digs

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

I'm going to go here even though a sticky rice ice cream sounds weird

Wanderlust Creamery is already a popular name in dessert circles

Here comes some more specialty ice cream for greater Los Angeles, with news that Valley option Wanderlust Creamery will head into Atwater Village this month.

The massively popular Tarzana shop is expanding into a space right on Glendale Boulevard, and has plans to be up and running by the end of the month. Owner Adrienne Borlongan, who holds a food science degree from Cal State Northridge and was formerly a head bartender under the SBE Hospitality group, is behind the project. The shop will not only feature signature flavors like a vegan sticky rice and mango option, but will also offer coffee and tea.

The new location should put further pressure on the Eastside to support so much quality ice cream, with other recent entrants including Magpies Softserve and McConnell’s in Los Feliz. Luckily Wanderlust has a large homegrown following, so the expansion into new digs should be a seamless one.

Wanderlust Creamery
3134 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

26 Feb 13:04

Meryl Streep Dumped Chanel For Oscars When Another Designer Agreed To Pay Her

by Enty
Kristen

“A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”
100% Karl

Karl Lagerfeld has decided to talk about money and insult Meryl Streep.

In an interview with fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily, the outspoken designer claimed that Streep backed out from wearing a customized Chanel dress to the Oscars this weekend because the luxury fashion house would not pay her to wear it.

In typical Lagerfeld fashion he lamented, “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”

Streep has since denied the designer’s claim, with her management issuing a statement to The Hollywood Reporter saying it is against her personal ethics to accept payment for wearing gowns to red carpet events.

The comment comes after the outspoken designer was candid with his thoughts on the actress.

Lagerfeld told the reporter a dress was to be created for Streep for the Oscars ceremony this weekend where Streep is up for the best actress gong for Florence Foster Jenkins.

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Chanel was commissioned to customize a grey silk gown for Streep from Lagerfeld’s latest couture collection.

Lagerfeld had started to sketch the dress when a phone came in from Streep’s people who reportedly said, “Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.”

Paying celebrities to wear their pieces, Lagerfeld noted, is against Chanel’s policy. They do, however, gift dresses with Lagerfeld noting “After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros, we found later we had to pay [for her to wear it].

“We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay.”

This isn’t the case for other fashion houses. In 2015 Isabel Wilkinson, a senior editor at The Cut interviewed celebrity stylists including Brad Goreski, Jessica Paster and Brandon Maxwell on the not often spoken about financial arrangements between celebrities and fashion.

Stylists are the ones who help fashion brands get their clothes onto celebrities and it’s not small change. According to Paster, stylists receive between US$30,000 to $50,000 for these deals, and actresses can receive up to $250,000.

“The whole point of an actress having a stylist is so you can make more money, or more people want to hire you, or the brand that you’re wearing is making more money because it’s driving sales.

“It’s all wrapped up in money — it’s Hollywood — we’re not at church,” he said.

 

25 Feb 18:05

Newswire: Lin-Manuel Miranda crashed Hamilton karaoke at a My Brother, My Brother And Me release party

by William Hughes
Kristen

pretty surprised Bill wasn't at this

Fans of the McElroy brothers from My Brother, My Brother And Me—now a pretty fantastic TV show on Seeso—know that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a massive fan of the podcast, slipping references to it into most of his public appearances and even Hamilton itself. (He also shows up on the TV show, narrating its final episode.) Last night, Miranda’s enthusiasm for the show’s brothers led him to a Los Angeles release party for the series, and, more importantly, the karaoke after-party that followed.

Hot and fresh out the kitchen with @Lin_Manuel, the greatest karaoke night crasher there ever was. pic.twitter.com/7iGgASblal

— Liz Kerin (@liz_kerin) February 24, 2017

Fans caught a number of clips of Miranda taking the stage, crooning R ...

25 Feb 01:12

Downtown LA Will Have a New Skybar Towering 73 Stories High

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

Can't wait to blow off of this during the Santa Ana winds.

Sky Deck Bar & Lounge will arrive by summer in the new InterContinental Hotel

As if you didn’t already know, there are big (like, really big) changes coming to Downtown’s already explosive restaurant scene, from out of town bigwigs to local folks expanding out. But none of the most anticipated new openings for the neighborhood plans to be as tall as the upcoming bar atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel.

To catch you up: InterContinental Hotel is landing atop the upcoming Wilshire Grand project in Downtown, making it the one of the highest hotel properties anywhere around. In fact, the building itself will be the tallest in the Western U.S. — no small feat consider the US Bank Tower and crown jewel restaurant 71Above nearby.

So what does that mean for the food and beverage programs on-site at the InterContinental? Much of the fine detail work is still be shaken out, but there’s already a big list of hits heading into the property, including a fine dining steakhouse that’s also 71 floors above the ground, plus a more casual three-square-meals eatery just a few elevator stops below.

But most exciting of all is the Sky Deck Bar & Lounge, an open-air outdoor skybar that rests on the 73rd floor of the massive building. Like, right near the tippy top of the whole property, making it by far the most elevated position for enjoying a cocktail anywhere in the city, and for many, many miles around. As you can see from the rendering above, there will be tall glass panels protecting guests from the wind, but otherwise this place is open to the stars and the evening sky.

Sky Deck Bar & Lounge is sure to become an almost instantaneous hit in Downtown, and make places like Perch overlooking Pershing Square feel downright tiny by comparison. Expect an opening sometime early this summer, with plenty of elevated cocktails to follow.

25 Feb 00:45

Oscar Nom Noms: An Academy Awards Menu to Win Them All

by Sho Spaeth
Kristen

Shells or High Water
Kale, Caesar!


Another year, another Academy Awards, another Oscars party to plan for. Here at Serious Eats, that means it's also time for another pun-tastic Oscars party menu of dishes appropriate for the occasion. Read More
23 Feb 20:02

Complete Foodie Guide to Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2017

by Rachel Bshero
Kristen

we're going to eat it all

Recently, I shared a list of the exciting signature events coming to Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Today I’m excited to share the complete foodie guide for the festival, which is more than twice the size this year and full of California-inspired cuisine!

Complete Foodie Guide to Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2017

Nuts About Cheese

  • Brie toast with fig and mint and roasted California almond crumble
  • Baked ham and Swiss cheese croque monsieur roll with smoked pistachios
  • Chèvre fromage blanc tartine infused with rosemary and honey, topped with toasted hazelnuts
  • Almond milk tea with pudding

Uncork California

  • White wine flight
  • Red wine flight
  • Mimosa flight

I Heart Artichokes

  • Artichoke carbonara with garlic aioli and smoked bacon
  • Grilled and chilled artichoke hearts with Romesco sauce
  • Creamy artichoke and dark chocolate cake pop
  • Orange iced tea with orange pearls

Garlic Kissed

  • Grilled beef tenderloin slider with chimichurri sauce
  • Black garlic soy-braised pork belly bao with pickled vegetables
  • Garlic-rosemary and avocado oil ice cream pop

California Craft Brews

  • Southern California flight
  • Northern California flight

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Olive Us

  • Chilled Cioppino soup with shrimp, crab claw and grilled olive bread
  • Warm olive focaccia with olive oil and sea salt
  • Vanilla bean crème fraîche panna cotta with Amarena cherry jus and EVOO madeleine

Bacon Twist

  • Baby iceberg and heirloom tomato wedge with peppered bacon and blue cheese dressing
  • Smoked bacon mac and cheese with barbecue-seasoned crispy onions
  • Maple-bacon Whoopie Pie

 

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Lemon Grove

  • Roasted cauliflower and Meyer lemon-infused Dannon Oikos® Greek nonfat yogurt cauliflower puree with sundried tomatoes and fried capers
  • Duck confit on potato smash with Meyer lemon preserves
  • Meyer lemon macaron with blueberry marmalade, Meyer lemon cream and blueberry dust
  • Cherry lemonade with cherry pearls

Seafood…Sustained

  • Verlasso® sustainable salmon tataki with avocado-wasabi puree and Furikake dust
  • Cage-free cream cheese deviled eggs with farm-raised smoked trout and chives
  • Passion fruit posset and coconut chia with mango compote and jelly
  • Mango agua fresca

The Onion Lair

  • French onion mac and cheese topped with parmesan crumble and chives
  • Braised Wagyu beef on creamy polenta with haricot vert and red onion salad and roasted Cipollini onion
  • Chocolate-hazelnut and raspberry Feuillete tart
  • Strawberry pineapple float with vanilla ice cream and strawberry pearls

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Off the Cob

  • Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions and sour cream
  • Jackfruit carnitas banh mi nachos with cilantro crèma and “pickled” de gallo
  • Roasted sweet corn custard tart with honey tuille and smoked chili-infused chocolate sauce

Sweet & Sourdough

  • Bay shrimp Louie salad served in a mini Boudin sourdough boule
  • White cheddar lager soup topped with bacon, served in a mini Boudin sourdough boule
  • Milk chocolate sourdough bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce

LAStyle

  • Chicken Teriyaki slider with spicy Dole® pineapple jam
  • Korean barbecue beef short rib tacos with Kimchi slaw
  • Fresh strawberry compote, lemon verbena and vanilla bean shortcake parfait
  • Dole® Pineapple-strawberry Float with vanilla ice cream and strawberry pearls

Paradise Garden Grill Beer Garden

  • Beer-battered cod served with steak fries, sweet slaw and spiced remoulade
  • Potato and cheese pierogis with vegetarian sausage served with grilled Anaheim chilies, caramelized onions and sour cream
  • Beer-braised pork tacos served with pickled apple slaw, black beans and queso
  • Sausage platter trio served with braised red cabbage and warm potato salad
  • Large soft pretzel served with beer-mustard dipping sauce
  • Salted caramel budino with vanilla bean Chantilly cream
  • Bienenstich cake with honey-glazed almonds, filled with vanilla bean custard

The festival continues in the Hollywood Backlot area, featuring wine flights at Wineology, beer and beer floats at The Brewhouse and wine at the Festival Merchandise & Bottle Shop at Stage 17.

What are you most looking forward to trying at this year’s Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival? Let us know in the comments below!

Reservations are now open for all signature events, and can be made by clicking here. Learn more about the festival by visiting Disneyland.com/FoodAndWine.

23 Feb 19:10

‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Reunite at the Disneyland Resort

by George Savvas
Kristen

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Actors Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery, known to millions as feuding sisters Lady Edith Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley on the award-winning television series “Downton Abbey,” visited the Disneyland Resort during a recent trip to Los Angeles.

‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Reunite at the Disneyland Resort

They were greeted by none other than Goofy, who showed up de rigueur to Sleeping Beauty Castle in his formal finest. This was the first Disneyland visit for both of them, and when I asked if they were here to celebrate something special, Michelle exclaimed, “Life!”

‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Reunite at the Disneyland Resort

In addition to the sisters Crawley, this fun group also included actors Jessica de Gouw, Kelly Paterniti and another Downton alumnus, Michael Fox. Following our mild morning tomfoolery, they set out for their first attraction — Hyperspace Mountain!

23 Feb 01:46

Screw chair covers: your fantasy wedding needs CHAIR WINGS!

by Catherine Clark
Kristen

sorry our wedding didn't have chair wings. we've failed as a married couple.

Screw chair covers: your fantasy wedding needs CHAIR WINGS!
Photos by Laura Anne Watson
Lori and Josh had one of our best fantasy weddings ever with warriors meeting fairies in an epic love story arc. Yep, that happened. But one detail that kicked our collective asses was their chair cover alternative: CHAIR WINGS! Yep, they put little wings on the chairs and we fell in fairy love immediately.
Screw chair covers: your fantasy wedding needs CHAIR WINGS!

Their chairs played host to their own lavish fairy wings and fur-trimmed cloak. Wings are pretty cheap at places like Amazon and come in tons of colors (even rainbow!). Then watch them fill the dance floor with fairies everywhere. Hell yes!

Did you miss this epic fantasy wedding the first time around? Time to remedy that.

Are you skipping chair covers? Opting for something new like wings? Tell us about it!

20 Feb 23:36

LA traffic is the worst in the world

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

take that, moscow!

It definitely feels that way

We’re No. 1! Unfortunately, we are No. 1 for time wasted in traffic. New numbers from the traffic data firm Inrix show that Angelenos spent an average of 104 hours in traffic during peak travel times in 2016. Thirteen percent of overall behind-the-wheel time was spent sitting in congestion, Inrix found.

Inrix surveyed more than 1,000 cities worldwide from Moscow to Bogota, so it’s fair to say that Los Angeles has the worst traffic of any big city on the planet.

Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX, notes that, “traffic truly is a double-edged sword.” While traffic is generally seen as a sign that the economy is doing well (i.e. more people are driving to work), traffic also lowers quality of life and endangers future economic growth.

Inrix estimates that traffic cost LA drivers $2,408 each in direct costs, such as the “value of fuel and time wasted,” as well as indirect c “business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic,” which are passed on to customers in the form of higher prices for products, says Inrix.

The top 10 most congested cities included New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Miami. New York came in third on the list, with drivers there spending an average of 89 hours in traffic.

A photo of the list, showing the top ten cities. Inrix
17 Feb 23:39

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17 Feb 20:04

Donald Trump’s Press Conference Was So Unhinged That Even Sportsbooks Didn’t Know What To Do

by Robby Kalland
Kristen

I can't take 4 years of this, He has to go.


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Donald Trump had an extra combative press conference on Thursday, and while the President was claiming drugs were cheaper than candy bars and having what was just generally a bad day at the podium (even for his standards), oddsmakers at offshore sportsbook Bovada were pulling all prop bets involving Trump off the board.

The props frozen were visible, but not able to be wagered on, on the Bovada page included whether Trump will complete his full four-year term (which was at -130 yes, EVEN odds on no).

Bovada

It’s incredible that a sportsbook could be so shaken by a President’s press conference that they would pull impeachment odds off the board, but that appears to be the case. My first reaction, along with many, was that they had some information or there was a significant wager placed that made them curious if there was a reason and thus they would pull it down. That still could be the case, but publicly at least, the reason is just a reaction to the Thursday press conference.

The odds were quickly changed, and at 1:30 p.m. ET they went back up with Trump going from a -130 favorite to complete his term prior to the press conference to a -130 favorite to NOT complete his four-year term afterwards.

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That’s a significant odds shift to come after one press conference, but Trump looked bad enough to cause a massive line move, either through fear from the oddsmakers or a large wager coming in and pushing them to change the odds.

16 Feb 19:37

Taco Bell's Newest Menu Item Costs $600 — Food News

by Susmita Baral
Kristen

only $600 for a taco bell wedding. we've made a huge mistake

(Image credit: Taco Bell via Instagram)

Engaged couples who share a common love for crunchwraps and cheesy fiesta potatoes have a new venue to consider: Taco Bell!

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16 Feb 19:34

LA Restaurants Join Ongoing “Day Without Immigrants” Strike Nationwide

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

Possibly related: the burger king on my way to work was closed. Wasn't able to get a diet coke on my way to work.

An updating list of who is closed, who is donating, and more

Los Angeles is a municipality built on immigration, so it makes sense that this sanctuary city would be participating in the national Day Without Immigrants strike today. The idea is that businesses across the country will close, donate proceeds, or find some other way to protest the ongoing federal issues affecting unauthorized immigrants — an issue massively felt within the city’s restaurant scene.

Eater LA has compiled a list of restaurants scheduled to participate in the nationwide walk-out, which runs all day long, and we’ll be updating the list as other restaurants come forward about their plans. So far the list includes:

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Closing all my restaurants tomorrow in #solidarity @boweryst thank you @chefjoseandres

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  • Pok Pok LA, Chinatown: Donating part of weekend proceeds to ACLU
  • The Wallace, Culver City: 20% of today’s sales donated to ACLU
  • Rush Street, Culver City: Closed for lunch, limited dinner menu with reduced staff
  • AKASHA/AR Cucina, Culver City: Limited menu with reduced staff

Many other restaurants and chefs have reached out directly to Eater to offer their support of the cause, and will be privately allowing anyone within their organizations to take the day to protest publicly. That means that some, if not many, of your favorite restaurants around the city could be short-staffed today, so be sure to be extra kind.

One intriguing omission from this list of supporting restaurants is The Bazaar, a José Andrés restaurant, given the chef’s outspoken resistance to the current political climate surrounding immigration issues. Andrés is helping to lead the Day Without Immigrants charge in Washington D.C. and will be closing many of his restaurants there, though a call to the location on La Cienega confirms they will be open for business today.

Know a restaurant, bar, food truck, or other culinary option sitting out today in support of the Day Without Immigrants protest? Leave their names in the comments below, and if we can verify we’ll add them. You can also, as always, use our tipline too.

Update:

The following restaurants write in to say they will also be closed and/or limited today.

As an immigrant to this country, I fully support "A Day Without Immigrants," and would love to close today, but our restaurants face substantial penalties from landlords if we don't open, which ultimately would hurt those whom we wish to support. We also respect all who decide not to come in to work today and will not consider them a no-show.

So here is what we are planning. My very dearest friends, Yareli Arizmendi and Sergio Arau are the writers, producers and stars of "A Day without a Mexican" which we will be screening at Loteria Grill Hollywood at 6 and 8pm tonight.

Yareli and Sergio will be in the house tonight between the showings and, during the time of the screenings, a percentage of our sales will be set aside to be used as donations to support those organizations who fight for DACA.

  • Kitchen 24 (Hollywood and West Hollywood) — CLOSED
  • The Albright, Santa Monica — Portion of proceeds donated to ACLU
  • Kay N Daves Cantina (Brentwood, Culver City) — CLOSED
  • Ayara Thai / Ayara Luk — Donating 10% of proceeds to ACLU
  • Superba Food + Bread (Venice, El Segundo) — limited menu
  • A note from Border Grill:

Chef/Owners Mary Sue and Susan are committed to our immigrant and female communities as well as the Border Grill staff. They are keeping the restaurants open but will remain supportive of both efforts by donating 100% of the each day’s profits companywide to the ACLU (Feb 16th for Day Without Immigrants) and Planned Parenthood (March 8th for Women’s Strike).

16 Feb 01:31

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Kristen

ok I was unaware of the B.o.B. Neil deGrasse Tyson beef OVER THE SHAPE OF THE PLANET

















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Wait, does rapper B.o.B. really think the Earth is flat — or is he trolling us?

After claiming to have watched Felix Baumgartner’s famous Red Bull Stratos jump from the edge of space, recording artist B.o.B is furiously tweeting everything science says about the Earth being round is a total lie. Why is he doing this? We have an idea.

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Update: Neil deGrasse Tyson has joined the fray to lay the scientific smackdown on B.o.B.

Tyson sent the rapper multiple tweets disproving him and then things got personal.

Update: This feud is getting weirder and weirder. B.o.B released a new track “Flatline” on Monday, that takes a few shots at Neil deGrasse Tyson. “Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest,” the rapper spits. “They’ll probably write that man one hell of a check.”

And then Tyson fired back with a diss track of his own. Really.

The astrophysicist enlisted the help of his nephew Stephen J. Tyson, who is apparently a rapper. Tyson delivers the facts at B.o.B. over a Drake beat.

Update: It got better. Neil deGrasse Tyson apparently wasn’t done educating B.o.B. Here’s what happened on The Nightly Show:

You need to hear the crowd’s reaction to this.

This is the greatest thing happening right now.

What a time to be alive

15 Feb 00:58

How To Make Rosé Gummies — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

by Meghan Splawn
Kristen

this is right up my alley

Take everything you love about your favorite bottle of rosé — that lush, pale pink color; the crisp, refreshing finish; a fruity, just sweet-enough edge — and now imagine it packed into a gummy bear! That collision between the candy we munched on as kids (and probably still do now) and the "it" wine of the moment makes this surprisingly easy-to-make candy even more delightful. There's just something about biting into a gummy bear that tastes like your favorite bottle of wine.

With just a few steps and some chill time (which you could very easily pass with a glass of rosé) you can make these charming, lightly fruity, just a bit tangy rosé-flavored gummy bears.

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14 Feb 23:25

Indian Wells time capsule by William Cody asks $559K

by Elijah Chiland
Kristen

My commute can't get any worse so let's just buy a house in the desert.

It’s looking for its first buyer in more than 45 years

On the market for the first time since 1971, this Indian Wells home looks as though it’s been all but frozen in time since right around then—a little wear and tear aside.

Constructed in 1962, the three-bedroom, three-bath residence was designed by prominent Palm Desert modernist William Cody. As the listing notes, the home is more or less Cody’s take on the modern ranch-style homes of his mentor Cliff May. In 1968, it made an appearance in Architectural Digest as the personal residence of designer Walter Dunivant.

Living area with pitched ceiling and tile floor
Living area with wall of windows
Living area with huge fireplace

Poshly furnished in those photos, the home is looking rather empty lately. But with elegant red tile flooring in the living room, a huge wood-burning fireplace, beamed and pitched ceilings, and walls of glass throughout, there’s plenty to like here. (There are also carpeted bathrooms. We’ll let you decide how you feel about.)

Bedroom with large wooden doors
Vintage-style kitchen

Behind the house is a large pool and deck, along with a good-sized patch of lawn. The 2,400-square-foot home is situated on a one-third-acre lot and offers outdoor access from nearly every room in the house. This includes the vintage seafoam kitchen, complete with electric stove and double ovens.

Asking price is $559,000.

Outdoor area with pool
Pool deck
Bathroom with window outside