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Restaurants: Obika Mozzarella Bar Introduces Gourmet Pizza Menu

On the second floor of the Westfield Century City shopping center is a restaurant that seems to have been transported from a bustling corner of Milan, Italy. Obika Mozzarella Bar is a sleek, fine dining establishment that honors the old world by using fresh ingredients prepared authentically. In addition to a full menu of Italian delicacies, the restaurant has begun serving pizza that compares favorably with some of the best in Los Angeles. [...]

Parties: Mardi Gras at Glow in Marina Del Rey Marriott

Los Angeles party people celebrated Mardi Gras on Saturday February 18, 2012 at Glow, the nightclub in the Marina Del Rey Marriott. The club and hotel put together a classic New Orleans styled party with music, booze, food and a crowd of attractive attendees. Special menu items and cocktails were created for the evening. Glow was transformed with special lights, decorations and beads. [...]

Restaurants: Yxta Cocina Mexicana Serves Fine Food at an East LA Oasis

Nestled in a mini-mall several blocks east of downtown Los Angeles is a classy and modern Mexican restaurant called Yxta. In a neighborhood that looks like it requires a Marine escort to navigate safely, this fine eatery serves some delicious, modern interpretations of Mexican cuisine. Owner Jesse Gomez and Chef Jose Acevedo are working on launching a new restaurant, Mercado, in downtown Santa Monica. They recently served a showcase four course dinner menu paired with Tequila Ocho cocktails and flights to preview the new restaurant. [...]

Parties: Los Angeles Magazine’s 2011 Food Event a Big Success

Los Angeles is definitely a foodie town, and there are many events throughout the year that celebrate the diverse culinary skills available in the Southland. One such event is highly anticipated for its unique combination of great chefs, excellent wine, top shelf liquor and beautiful setting. It was a sunny day in the Malibu Hills where about 2500 guests enjoyed Los Angeles Magazine’s annual Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch. The October 23rd, 2011 event featured amazing food, great wine, and fine spirits that kept the crowds happy. The picturesque setting added a magical aura to the culinary extravaganza and made it an extremely enjoyable Sunday afternoon. [...]

Restaurants: Taberna Mexicana Brings Fine Regional Cuisine To Beverly Hills

It is a daunting task to launch a high-end restaurant in a difficult economy, not to mention having to deal with the sky-high rents of Beverly Hills. The people behind Taberna Mexicana must have been extremely confident when they opened their new Bedford Drive establishment in the midst of some of the most expensive real estate in the ritziest part of Los Angeles. Having recently experienced the elegant atmosphere, expert service and fine creative dishes of executive chef Alex Padilla, it is clear to us that Taberna Mexicana has the right stuff to compete in this challenging market. [...]

Events: Concern Foundation’s “Dancing in the Streets” Block Party

On a balmy summer evening in July, Paramount Studio’s “New York” back lot in Hollywood was the scene of the Concern Foundation’s Dancing in the Streets block party. The event was an over the top extravaganza with some of the best restaurants in the LA area serving samples, multiple stages of live entertainment, a casino area, and free flowing adult beverages. Nearly four thousand food, wine, and spirits enthusiasts enjoyed an evening of indulgence with an altruistic purpose. Over $1.5 mm dollars was raised for cancer research from ticket sales, silent, and live auctions. [...]

Events: The Island Style Cook-off at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel

In a creative flourish, the circular driveway of a Santa Monica hotel was transformed into a tropical island inspired site for a cook-off between local celebrity chefs on June 29, 2011. The theme was Hawaiian style pupu, and the island appetizers were interpreted by chefs Mark Gold and Neal Fraser. [...]
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