Food & Art
The minds behind the Stay Classy Bar have taken their popular Beetle House restaurant on the road and opened an L.A. location. Originally planning to only stay for 80 days as a pop-up, Beetle House has sold out its entire run before even opening its doors. But the website is taking names for a waiting list, and the pop-up Tim Burton–themed (but not affiliated) restaurant will likely extend its run.
However, if you must go and can't get a reservation, don't worry. The bar portion is open for all and serves crazy cocktails designed by Gia Farrell with names like the Beetlejuice, the Big Fish Bowl (for two people) and the Coco Skellington.
Inside the prix-fixe restaurant, waitresses dressed in L.A.'s own Laura Byrnes serve Cheshire Beef and Edward Burger Hands while acts from Freakshow Deluxe keep the place spooky, with a special stage show and roaming acts throughout the bar area.
Zach Neil of New Gold Empire, one of the founders (and creator of the menu) of Beetle House NYC and Beetle House LA, says that they plan theme nights — an Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) sighting might be in the future — as well as an expansion of their menu.
These photographs, taken by chef Magnus Nilsson, aim to take viewers on a culinary trip through the Nordic countries of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. They're part of the exhibit currently showing at Union Station, called "Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food And People."
Nilsson was assigned by Phaidon Press to document the origins of Nordic cuisine. The result was a collection of 700 recipes in "The Nordic Cookbook" — and 8,000 photos, the best of which are included in this exhibit.
Presented by the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl and the American Swedish Institute, "A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People" features Nilsson’s "original travelogue photography with accompanying narratives that he wrote while conducting research for the project," according to a press release. Click through to see these lovely, lonely images.
May 1–May 31 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Daily in Union Station's Historic Waiting Room. Admission is free.
Los Angeles is the city that introduced sushi to the U.S., and all these decades later we've still got the best in the country. Of course, being that this is a city of dreamers, innovators and weirdos, we've also done some strange things to sushi. For instance, the sushi burrito. Is it necessary? No. Does it look pretty? It does! Check out this gallery of sushi — and sushi-inspired creations — to get a sense of what this city is all about. Or at least what its people eat.
Back when Southern California was the center of the citrus world, growers and packagers labeled every crate of fruit with a company label. And they were works of art. Look through this gallery to see beautiful images hand-painted to represent the bounty of the Golden State.
Delicious Pizza makes pizza with a beat. The pizzerias co-owner Michael Ross, along with brother Rick Ross, also runs the Delicious Vinyl record label, the legendary L.A. hip-hop crew that launched the careers of rappers Tone Loc, Young MC and Pharcyde. The West Adams joint makes pizza with a hip-hop flavor, including pies named Cheeba Cheeba, Wild Thing and Slaughtahouse. This weekend the laid-back spot celebrated its two-year anniversary, featuring vintage vinyl and clothing for sale, as well as live music and, of course, plenty of pizza.
Photography by Shane Lopes
Manuela's glowy, tucked-away feel evokes New Orleans or Paris or another city that is much better at street life and hidden nooks, and the wondrous place where those two things meet. If you've ever wandered through an old wrought-iron gate in one of those cities, and come across a luminous bar full of effortlessly sophisticated people eating and drinking, well, Manuela has some of that same enchanted energy. It's kind of indoors, and kind of outdoors, and the floor around the brass-and-marble outer bar is made of old cobblestones. A nearby private dining room features a mural by Raymond Pettibon, best known for his album art for punk rockers Black Flag. In the middle of the open-air industrial courtyard, that giant metal rose sculpture made by artist Isa Genzken rises from the floor and stretches toward the sky. As the gallery's exhibitions change, you'll likely encounter other arresting works of art on your way to the hostess stand. It's all quite overwhelming and affecting. Did we mention there's a garden with rare-breed chickens?