One of the Sunset Strip's most iconic restaurants is getting the Double Dare treatment—that is, it's getting covered in some equally-iconic green slime. From June 11 to July 9, Nickelodeon takes over the bright yellow train car that is Carney's Restaurant, covering the exterior in the network's trademark green goo. Inside, in addition to the regular Carney's menu, you can find specials such as a chocolate-slime–dipped banana, plus a virtual sliming photo station that'll put you right in the thick of it. It's like you competed on one of Nickelodeon's best gameshows, without, you know, all of the actual slime. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Now one of L.A.’s most treasured summer traditions, Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings regularly attract sell-out crowds. Perched atop Olive Hill on the west lawn of the historic Hollyhock House (which you can tour during the evening for an additional $15), the Barnsdall Friday fundraisers include fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360-degree views of the city. Bring along a blanket and a picnic basket, or just nosh on the variety of food trucks parked up there. Though there used to be lots of kids running around, the event lawn is now 21-and-up—perfect for a date night. Proceeds support the park’s art programs and historic renovations.
It's baaaack. L.A. Beer Week returns with their annual kickoff party, taking place at Los Angeles Center Studios with live music, educational panels, a VIP tent pouring specialty beers, games, a photobooth, and more food and beer selections. Over 80 breweries will be in attendance, and you can expect to see a lot of your local favorites. And you can totally steal your glass because, uh, it comes with your admission ticket. Beer-guzzling Angelenos will have plenty of chances to chug throughout the week at events such as beer brunches, special releases and more. Keep an eye out for an exhaustive list of all beer week events on the official website.
Basking in anotheryear of carb-filled glory, the Los Angeles Bread Festival is descending upon L.A.’s Grand Central Market for a tasting fest of unabashed bread guzzling. We can already smell the loaves fresh out the oven. The food fest will also house a pop-up marketplace showcasing local SoCal bakers as well as jam and nut purveyors. Basically, a smorgasbord of bread wizards and jam and nut butter purveyors.
Author, reporter and one of the world's most authoritative taco authorities Bill Esparza is organizing a brand new taco festival at ROW DTLA, kicking off summer with a ton of heat. On June 15, dozens of taqueros and Mexican restaurants will set up shop within the Arts District complex, handing out unlimited samples of their tacos and representing various styles from L.A., Mexico, Orange County, San Diego, Arizona and beyond. Expect roughly 40 different vendors, plus cash bars and other items perfect for a summer day. And because it's Esparza curating the lineup, this roster features some of the best tacos we've ever tried: Sonoratown, Mariscos Jalisco, Carnitas El Momo, Aqui es Texcoco, Tacos 1986, Coni'Seafood, Guerrilla Tacos—and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Each $45 ticket gets you entry and unlimited bites, while a $75 VIP ticket will let you enter the fest at noon (one hour early), plus grant you access to an exclusive tasting area, a T-shirt and more. Whichever ticket you choose, just make sure to wear some pants with a little give. You'll thank us later.
The Spare Room's summer celebration of all things tiki drink is back in full force. Kicking off on Wednesday, May 22, beverage director Yael Vengroff will hop behind the bar with different guest bartenders one night every month, whipping up tiki-themed cocktail menus with a new drink list each time. At the kickoff, find Jason Asher and Mitchell Lyons of Phoenix's Undertow; on June 19, Ben Clemons and Puck of Nashville's Pearl Diver; on July 10, Will Elliott of Brooklyn's Maison Premiere; on August 14, Emily Mistell of Portland's Hey Love; and finally, closing out the series, on September 18, Travis Tober of Austin's Nickel City. And because it wouldn't be a full-on tiki party without all the trappings, expect tiki-leaning food items, DJ sets and more. The fun runs from 8pm to 2am each month, and there's no cover—save those dollars for an extra round of mai tais.
It's easy to go moderately wild at the zoo—especially after dark, when the sun sets and you're surrounded by the sights and sounds of tigers, elephants, reptiles, snow leopards and primates. But throw in some wine? Well, now you're really going wild. This spring the LA Zoo reprises its hit dinner series with a focus on sustainably-made, locally-sourced wines that pair through your five-course meal. Each event takes place in a different section of the park, and can include up-close animal encounters, discussions with zookeepers, and a farm-to-table menu with dishes like seared diver scallops with cauliflower, fava beans, country ham, and parmesan bread crumbs; pork shank ragu over fresh rigatoni with sage ricotta; and crab fritters with Meyer lemon aioli. On March 21, dine in the Amazonian stilthouse at the Zoo’s Rainforest of the Americas exhibit as you sip Presqu’ile Winery, then follow it up with the next installment, the April 11 dinner on the Cambodia terrace at Elephants of Asia while you enjoy a selection from Cambria Estate Winery. On May 30, head to the Mahale Mountain terrace in the Zoo’s Africa section for a dinner full of Brave & Maiden Estate pours, then close out this year's series on a bridge overlooking the LAIR—that's the "Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles" section—with some Riverbench Vineyard & Winery in hand. Sorry, little wild ones, these dinners are 21+. But if you're a Zoo member, we've got good news: You can enter your information for di
L.A. breweries tend to steal the spotlight around these parts, but Long Beach has its own booming beer scene—and this fall, you can sip your way through it at the inaugural Long Beach Beer Week. The new 10-day festival will feature pours from more than 40 LBC breweries, brewpubs and beer-forward restaurants, not to mention events across the city, like tap takeovers, brewer meet-and-greets, demos, pairing dinners, beer yoga and more. Keep your eyes on the official website for schedule updates and announcements prior to the September 13-22 festival. "Considering the explosion of the beer culture here in Long Beach, we felt the time was right to launch a citywide beer event," organizer George Glikman says in a news release. "This is an event that will truly celebrate the craft brew culture that Long Beach is becoming known for across Southern California."