PICNIC DTLA – Free Picnic at Grand Park – Saturday April 18th, Free Music and Activities. #DTLA

PicnicDTLA

FREE/GRATIS
#PICNICDTLA

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PicnicDTLA launches picnic season with togetherness and deliciousness in the most magical of LA’s spaces. Spend the day with DJs, food trucks, best friends, best kids, best recipes and your favorite Angelenos. **Please note this is an alcohol-free family friendly event**

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LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU: Motown On Mondays – Los Angeles “MOM LA” DJs (with special guest Jeremy Sole of KCRW) spinning sweet soulful sounds / Foodie theatrics from COLD TOFU Improv

BREAD N’ BUTTER N’ KIMCHI: Bake bread with MOMO – a mobile, wood fired oven / Feel the churn with BUTTER AEROBICS (“say wha?” KCRW’s blog explains) / FERMENTATION STATION with make-your-own kimchi

RECIPES TO THE PEOPLE: Hummus Tacos? Vegan Kimpap? Goat-Cheese-with-Dried-Date Things? Jot down favorite snack inventions for trading / Leave a cookbook, take a cookbook at the COOKBOOK SWAP / Get crafty with POP-UP RECIPE BOOK STATION

WHEN PICNICS WIN: Fun and wacky picnic spreads encouraged! Everyone will get a chance to to win cool stuff including: HOLLYWOOD BOWL PICNIC SURVIVAL KIT (performance tickets + the essential picnic basket) y màs prizes!

Pick up the essentials at nearby Grand Central Market (RED/PURPLE LINE PERSHING SQUARE or 10 MIN WALK TO HILL+3rd) or The Springs (Arts District) / Food trucks will be onsite: STREET KITCHEN LA / THE SURFER TACO / ROUNDS PREMIUM BURGERS

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**PACKING LIST: THE MOST AMAZING PICNIC EVER / HANDHELD UMBRELLAS ARE OK (please no large sun umbrellas so everyone can enjoy the view **ALSO** Event Lawn will have shade structures) / LEAVE TENTS AT HOME + ANYTHING THAT SPIKES INTO THE GROUND / ANY OBJECTS THAT OBSCURE VIEW FOR OTHERS MAY BE ASKED TO COME DOWN / BRING SUNSCREEN / AND SMILING FACES / LAWN CHAIRS ARE OK (yay!) / COOLERS ARE COOL / PLEASE NO ALCOHOL (all coolers and bags are subject to inspection)

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This event is located on the Event Lawn, nearest City Hall on Spring St. Between First and Temple. Grand Park’s playground and dog run located in this area will be open for play. Other amenities including the splash pad, Little Libraries and Grand Park’s Walking Paths are available for use.

THANK YOU! County of Los Angeles / The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles / The James Irvine Foundation / FUSICOLOGY /Metro Los Angeles / Alta Dena
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Go Metro: METRO RED/PURPLE LINES TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, GOLD LINE TO LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION. Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the info table and receive a special Hollywood Bowl Picnic Gift while supplies last.

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More Info: http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/picnicdtla/

 

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DARK NIGHTS AT L.A. LIVE – IT’S GOOD TO BE DOWNTOWN | 5PM – LATE NIGHT

DARK NIGHTS AT L.A. LIVE – IT’S GOOD TO BE DOWNTOWN | 5PM – LA

DTLA Dark Nights

L.A. LIVE presents DARK NIGHTS bringing you the best nights in town, the “dark nights”. Dark Nights are historically “dark” for L.A. LIVE with no other major events happening at L.A. LIVE which means these are the BEST nights to hit up L.A. LIVE for a night out in DTLA. No traffic, inexpensive parking and simply a great time.

DARK NIGHTS is a celebration at L.A. LIVE representing the Downtown community, local beats and culture.

More Details:

$5 Parking All Night* (Free for Downtown Preferred members)

$5 Food & Drink Menus All Night at the following restaurants:

Free Bike Valet 

Live music and performances throughout L.A. LIVE

*Parking for Dark Nights is only in the West Garage, Gate B. Only cash accepted.

Yes, this is happening. See you there.

New Gastropub in DTLA (Chinatown) with great drinks!

643 North is Downtown’s latest gastropub with an Italian twist. Like similar establishments, the focus is on featuring great drinks paired with sophisticated small and larger bites. In this case, the food is comforting (and reasonably priced!) while keeping somewhat of an edge to satisfy most L.A. diners. The challenge is its location: its building is off the beaten path in Chinatown on North Spring Street near Cesar Chavez Avenue.

Let’s get down to the important stuff … the well-stocked and carefully crafted drink menu! Many of the cocktails were designed by bartender Adam Acuff (Far Bar) and the full bar has 12 beers on tap, a menu for patrons to craft their own martinis and Manhattans, specialty cocktails, artisanal wine, aperitifs, digestifs, and alcoholic coffee drinks made with beans from Little Tokyo’s Demitasse Roasters.

Luckily, Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse joined me for my first visit to 643 North, which allowed us to sample a greater variety of drinks. We started off by sipping from the restaurant’s signature menu. Our first drink was the “Red Hot Cherry Pepper,” which is a spicy mix of Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and Cherry Heering liqueur accented with a sliced red bell pepper and chopped jalapeno pepper. It had a nice kick in the mouth with a balanced spicy, yet gentle flavor.

Our next drink was “Smokey the Pear,” a light mix of High West Whiskey Campfire®, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, spiced pear syrup, lemon juice, and Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters. This refreshing cocktail is just right and is not overpowered with sweetness.

“Go Figure Yourself” – perhaps 643 North’s most complex and best signature cocktail – offers a perfect mix of Avion Reposado tequila, Bénédictine liqueur, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, fig thyme syrup, lime juice and fig bitters topped with a splash of Pinot Noir. The drink evolves the longer it sits – the first sip gives you a nice wine flavor followed by a nice second layer of reposado with a fig finish. After 10 minutes, the flavors mature (wine breathing!) and the flavor solidifies into a complex rich flavor that pleases the palate and does not overpower … potent, rich and downright delicious.

Regarding beer, 643 North has done a great job in selecting seasonal craft beers. From the current menu, I love the Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co. and the Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company. There are also selections from Black Market Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing. You can get a flight of four for a reasonable $12.

Last, but not least, 643 North offers a hefty selection of aperitifs and digestifs.  After tasting several small bites and sampling pizza, we opted to share a flight of digestifs (four for $16). I recommend the Fernet Jelinek (Czech) if you like strong, explosive flavors and the Rhubarbo Zucca Amaro if you prefer velvety smooth complex flavors. Either one will pacify you into a well-earned food coma destined to come.

Be sure to ask bartender Adam Acuff for suggestions as he is well versed in his craft and can  help guide you in your adventure. Cheers to the newest – and most welcomed – addition to the DTLA culinary family!

For a full story on the space and food check out my friend Downtown Muse‘s story at http://downtownmuse.com/go-spring-over-to-chinatown/ All images below by Downtown Muse

"Smokey the Pear" photo by Downtown Muse
“Smokey the Pear” photo by Downtown Muse
"Red Hot Cherry Pepper" photo by Downtown Muse
“Red Hot Cherry Pepper” photo by Downtown Muse
"Go Figure Yourself" photo by Downtown Muse
“Go Figure Yourself” photo by Downtown Muse