Okay, do any of you have the latest season of? Big Brother? Things in the house become more intense. What about this new twist? Are there alliances strong enough to last to the end? Anyway, where were we? Oh yeah. Exciting things to do and eat in Los Angeles. This week we have poolside parties, cake pop-ups and drive-in movies. Enjoying.
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ICE FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
On Saturday, July 30, Now Serving is hosting an ice cream cone in Chinatown to raise money for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global human rights organization that fights for the legal protection of the dignity, equality, health and well-being of all people. The main event will be held at the Far East Plaza bookstore in partnership with restaurants such as Amboy Quality Meats, Lasita, Konbi, Howlin’ Rays, and Sweet Rose Creamery, with additional support from neighboring spots such as Wax Paper Sandwich Co., Pearl River Deli, and Steil .
A POP-UP AT THE POOL
The Ace Hotel’s bar and restaurant, Upstairs, will host an alcohol-free pool party on Saturday, July 30 from 2pm to 7pm. Drinks are available at Soft Spirits, a non-alcoholic bottle shop in Silver Lake that brings NA beers, wines, and craft cocktails. There will also be a live DJ, a pool begging to jump in and snacks from the Upstairs menu.
THE MEGA COLLAB WE DON’T KNOW WE NEED
All Flavor No Fat
Steak quesadillas and Jenny Slate covering Eagles songs? Someone is pinching us, we must be dreaming. On Friday, July 29, the legendary South LA food truck All Flavor No Grease will swing steak quesadillas downtown during a drive-in movie event. On screen is the utterly charming, possibly tear-inducing Marcel the shell with shoes on, and will include a Q+A with the creators. The event starts at 5pm and tickets are free.
NEXT STOP: PIE
Bakery lovers take note: Edith’s Pie is coming to Silver Lake. The Oakland-based pie popup will be at Rapido Food & Wine on Saturday, July 30, serving their signature pies wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust. You can also buy a variety of market wines, canned fish, cocktails and more from 1pm-4pm.
IT’S ONLY NATURAL (WINE, THAT IS)
On Friday, July 29, Chad Hinds of Iruai Winery will take over Pasadena’s Good Luck Wine Shop from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. There will be four types of natural wines to sample, each grown using a method the winery calls “chaos-organic,” meaning vines thrive as they would in the wild. There will also be hot dogs. The $5 ticket gives you entry plus a glass of wine, additional glasses are $10.
I WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY
LA ground coffee
Celebrate the anniversary of LA Grind Coffee & Tea Bar this Saturday, July 30 from 9am to 9pm. The Downtown LA cafe is hosting an all-day bash in honor of their four years in business and the first year in their brick-and-mortar storefront. There will be giveaways, live DJs, food by babyxbugsy and something called a ‘coffee throwdown’. Expect lots of caffeine.
GET YOUR ART ON
Kodo hosts their first-ever art exhibition, dramatically titled “On the Other Side of the Fire.” Luxurious Japanese izakaya teams up with Diana Ryu of Namu Home Goods, an artist who manipulates charred wood to explore her relationship with anger. Check out the exhibit at their Arts District restaurant, on display through Sunday, July 31.
Orders are live for Burmese, Please!’s once a month pop-up. In addition to an excellent tea leaf salad, you’ll also find vegan potato curry, flaky paratha, chicken turmeric-tofu salads, and house-made ngapi kyaw, a spicy fried chili and ground shrimp paste that’s delicious on almost anything. Pickups are set for Sunday, July 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Arts District.
Flavors from afar
Flavors from afar
Flavors From Afar, an incubator restaurant in Little Ethiopia with changing chefs from immigrants and refugees from around the world, has just released their latest menu. They’ve teamed up with Chef Desphil of Desphil’s Kitchen to create a Nigerian dinner special that includes fried goat, egusi, baked Tilapia, and more. The dinner special is now served through August.
Wine & Egg Shop
Eggs and wine
Grab a slice of cake and a ceramic bowl at Wine & Eggs Shop in Atwater Village this Sunday, July 31. The $30 ticket gets you a slice of meyer lemon cake smeared with plum jam, courtesy of the May microbakery, and a handmade ceramic from Danny D’s Mud Shop. It’s all happening on Glendale Blvd. start at 10 a.m.