JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, will kick off  RAMEN DISCOVERIES, a limited-time culinary  popup series experience, as part of the recently opened “The Art of the Ramen Bowl” exhibition, on Friday, May 6. The series will run through July 31 and features collaborations spotlighting seven different ramen concepts, including a variety of regional ramens (Tokyo, Kumamoto, Fukushima, and Yokohama). 

The demonstrations will take place at the JAPAN HOUSE restaurant space on the fifth floor of Ovation Hollywood (formerly Hollywood & Highland) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with last order at 7:15 p.m. Ramen will be served in a variety of l Mino ceramic donburi (bowls). Reservations are now available for booking here:

  • May 6-8, May 13-15
    • Restaurant: Tsujita Miso no Sho
    • Style: Miso Ramen (a sweet and savory Tokyo-style miso ramen) 
  • May 20-22, May 27-29
    • Restaurant: Keika
    • Style: Keika Ta-Ro Ra-men (a rich, porky Kumamoto-style ramen) 
  • June 3-5, June 10-12
    • Restaurant: Bannai Shokudo 
    • Style: Kitakata Ramen (ramen with a wide curly noodle and tender pork chashu) 
  • June 17-19, June 24-26
    • Restaurant: Mengyo 
    • Style: Snapper Ramen (new genre of ramen; the soup uses the essence of snapper fished in Uwajima and the noodle is 100% wheat of Hokkaido ground by a millstone) 
  • July 1-3, July 8-10
    • Restaurant: Butayama 
    • Style: Wild Pork Mountain Ramen (new genre of Jiro-inspired ramen with a strong broth and rich soy sauce) 
  • July 15-17
    • Restaurant: Aburado 
    • Style: No Soup Umami Fresh Oil Ramen (new genre of ramen; Tokyo abura soba, a soupless, dry noodle dish with egg yolk, pork, and green onion on top) 
  • July 22-24, July 29-31
    • Restaurant: Machida Shoten 
    • Style: E.A.K. Ramen (Yokohama Ie-kei Ramen with thick noodles, pork, and soy sauce) 
    • Ramen

      Donburi (Courtesy Japan House Los Angeles)

Bucket Listers, the  popular online community built on exploring cities together, presents their Emo Brunch themed experience weekends through Sunday, May 29, at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood. There will be mimosas, Pancakes! At The Disco, Ocean Ave Overnight Oats, Hash-Brown Confessional, and Jimmy Eat French Toast, as well as the Fall Out Boy Burger and the You’re So Last Summer Sweet And Spicy Jidori Fried Chicken Sandwich. Perfectly pop-punk beverage options include Coffee & Cambria, Drink-182, and a Paramore Mimosa. The 90-minute sessions run $50 and include the choice of a main entree and welcome mimosa or nonalcoholic beverage.

As part of its ongoing centennial celebration, starting today and the third Thursday of every following month, The Tam O’Shanter will be offering a whiskey-tasting event featuring independent bottlers at the top of their craft. The tasting costs $100 per person and features: Four one-of-a-kind hand-picked whiskies from independent bottlers, featuring bottlings from Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), Gordon & MacPhail, Duncan Taylor and Single Cask Nation, as well as an assortment of light snacks, in-depth explanations into the characteristics, history and tasting notes for each whiskey, and 20% off dinner before or after the tasting. Additionally, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., The Tam will be hosting a Trivia Night with King Trivia. The game is free to play in the bar. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 323-664-0228.

For Earth Day weekend, Brave Robot will be popping up at local LA restaurants and bars handing out free animal-free dairy ice cream to customers. Brave Robot’s ice cream truck stops throughout the weekend will include:  

  • April 22, after 5 p.m. – Block Party (5052 York Blvd.) 
  • April 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Prince Street Pizza (9161 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood) 
  • April 23, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Taco Vega (456 N. Fairfax Ave.) 

Then on Friday, April 22 only, guests who save the environment by bringing in their own reusable mug can receive a free batch brew at all Verve Coffee Roaster locations, from open to close, one day only.


Whiskey tasting in Atwater Village (Courtesy The Tam O’Shanter)

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