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It's National Paella Day

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by The Editors

We just love paella and Bar Pinxto. For those of you on the East Coast here's a place in New York that's also pretty great. We love the Spring Street location. www.boquerianyc.com

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Out of Print: Book Madness Bracket

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by The Editors

Since we love books WAY more than college basketball, we just had to share this. So cool!

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In its fourth and biggest year yet, Out of Print's Book Madness tournament has given hundreds of thousands of fans a chance to vote their favorite books to glory. This year, Out of Print is taking it to the next level with "Hero vs. Villain."

Like college basketball's March Madness tournament, readers can complete a bracket and compete against fellow bookworms. But this year, it's all about the characters themselves, with fans voting on their favorite heroes and villains from classic lit.

Is Big Brother any match for President Snow? Will Harry Potter's magic be enough to defeat Atticus Finch? It is time to decide once and for all!

Brackets can be submitted through Sunday, March 23rd for a chance to win a $500 Out of Print gift card and other prizes. Voting begins March 24th.

To participate please visit, http://outofprintclothing.com/book-madness

Mandatory Viewing: 12 Years a Slave

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by Annie Stein

12yearsSlaveYesterday I sat through two and a half of the most excruciating hours of my life. Sat through, twisted my torso through, felt like throwing up through. But I stayed there riveted, horrified, sickened and saddened beyond belief.

I was at a movie, "Twelve Years a Slave." A movie that should, in my humble yet convinced opinion, be required viewing for every American over the age of fifteen. It is based on the true story of a black man, a father, a husband, a violinist, a cultured, educated, middle class citizen of Saratoga Springs New York in the 1840's who is kidnapped, brought to the south and sold into slavery. It is the story of what he witnessed, endured, and survived for twelve years before being rescued and reunited with his family.

The movie, directed by Steve McQueen, gives it to us full strength, undiluted. The camera lens takes us into the open, oozing, purple wall of the wound. Close up and into the bubbling beads of fresh blood made by the long taut leather lashing out, slashing, ripping red rivers into chocolate skin.

It's a story of a despicable part of our history and needs to be told correctly for many reasons. And it is torturous to sit through.

Upcoming LA Charity Events

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by The Editors

L.A. LOVES ALEX'S LEMONADE - Saturday, September 24, Noon-4pm

lalovesalexDecadent and delicious, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, now in its fourth year, brings superstar chefs and mixologists from around the globe to Los Angeles to lend their support to ALSF and the fight against childhood cancer.

Each chef and mixologist prepares a signature dish for guests to sample. Guests have the opportunity to stroll the lawn of the historic Culver Studios Mansion, tasting incredible fare and meeting and even chatting with the chefs who prepared it. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade is hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat). The event has raised more than $1 million to fund childhood cancer research.

The leisurely, fun afternoon of sampling food and drink is interspersed with inspiring childhood cancer hero stories, updates on the Foundation’s quest to find a cure and a silent and live auction of spectacular items, including James Beard Award-wining chefs offering to work their magic in the bidders’ kitchens.

General admission tickets: $175/each. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


2nd Annual DELISH Event - Sunday, September 29th, 5-8pm

delish logo smFeaturing up to 50 diverse food stations, DELISH goes beyond a typical tasting by engaging attendees to experience what makes food so captivating and entertaining. We are all endlessly fascinated by what food is, how it is prepared, and how it makes us feel. Food is more than a meal.

With DELISH, we will show how a great food dish is more than the sum of its ingredients. It’s about the food experience! At DELISH culinary experts and mixologists will guide attendees on a foodie’s dream adventure in which attendees are able to partake in their choice of diverse food & beverage experiences. DELISH is proudly produced by and benefits Project Angel Food, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved non-profit organizations.

Siren Studios "The Cube," 6069 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood. Adult tickets: $100 per person. For more information: Click here.

These Are the Days

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by Susie Middleton

img 0404 01Lest you think we are all farm and no play around here…Yesterday we took advantage of a 24-hour visit from Libby and the most beautiful day we’ve seen in months and headed up to the clay cliffs at Gay Head for a spectacular beach walk.  My iPhone ran out of juice, so I didn’t get to document Libby covered in clay from head to toe. (We always forget to bring appropriate clean-up materials on this kind of walk.)

While Roy looked for arrowheads and Libby painted herself with warrior clay, I lay down in the warm sand with my face to the sun and almost fell asleep. In my head, Keith Urban’s song, These Are The Days, was playing. Partly because I was thinking, “These are the days we’ve been waiting for all through the cold mucky winter.” But also I was thinking how great it is to be present and to know that it absolutely does not get any better than it is right in that moment.

Maybe all that sunshine was going to my head—it is incredibly uplifting after all. And no doubt we are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place, though we tend to forget it sometimes. But no matter where you are or what the weather is this weekend, I hope you find yourself walking into the light, enjoying moments with your family or friends, and remembering to take a mental snapshot of what you love most so you can conjure it up on a rainy day.

Restaurant News

Eat at Jae's, Live Forever - Boston Sushi
Boston
by Kitty Kaufman

jaes 4A long time ago, in the previous century before sushi was ubiquitous - although it was making headway piece by piece - I was introduced by my friend Liz to an up-and-comer named Jae who was doing...

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Rocco's Tacos
Florida
by Nancy Ellison

roccossign.jpgThere is the neighborhood Mexican Restaurant – good solid simple Mexican food with waiters who are kind to children and ask all women under 50 for their ID when they order beer. (I used to LOVE...

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Fig in Fairmont Miramar
Los Angeles
by S. Irene Virbila

figreview.jpgAgainst all odds, not one, but two excellent hotel restaurants have opened in the last few months. First, we had the Bazaar by José Andrés, the dynamic tapas restaurant in the new SLS Hotel at...

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The Best Pork Dish in America
New York
by Michael Tucker

m.-wells-dinette-300x225That’s a loaded statement so let me describe the dish before we go any further. It’s a pot of clam chowder — with a light cream base — with succulent, dinner-sized hunks of pork, rosy-pink and...

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