Sarah Bennett is a contributor at the L.A. Weekly and has spent nearly a decade as a freelance writer covering food, music, craft beer, arts, culture and all sorts of bizarro things that interest her for local, regional and national publications.
4 days ago | Festivals
In its first year, Long Beach's new music and food festival, Music Tastes Good, made some rookie mistakes. Attendance was sluggish, especially during the day (though some of that was no doubt attributable to the heat). Sets started late and were s...
23 days ago | Festivals
When veteran talent buyer Jon Halperin started started putting offers out to bands for Long Beach's inaugural Music Tastes Good festival, some booking agents were confused. Here was a pitch for a first-year, weekendlong block party of music, food ...
1 month ago | Fork Lift
As soon as I entered this sprawling suburban home, I was handed a glass of red wine and a sautéed tomato hornworm. "Want one?" urged Kevin Bachhuber, the co-host for tonight's dinner, with a view of twinkling Simi Valley below. The owner of the co...
1 month ago | Beer
Summer might be almost over, but if you’re looking for that one last vacation, may we suggest making it the most refreshing kind — a beer-cation. Beercations are those in which the breweries, not the city sights, are the destination, and with plac...
2 months ago | Modern Mexican
Over the last decade, a new kind of Mexican-inspired California cuisine has emerged. And Los Angeles is its hub. Food writer Bill Esparza once dubbed the Southland's modern Mexican revolution "Alta California cuisine" to distinguish it from a move...
2 months ago | Alcohol & Spirits
Craft beer might be getting all the attention right now, but it’s all-cider all the time at Great Society, the first bar in Southern California dedicated to sourcing and serving America’s historic boozy beverage in all its modern-day glory. The lo...