photo credit: Lil' Deb's Oasis
Are you sweating yet? Because we’ve been sticky for the past four days, even in the A/C. Heat waves are hitting the city hard, Lea Michelle is making headlines, and we can’t stop thinking about this picture from The Bear. In other words, we need exciting things to distract us, and fast. This week, we’ve got special BBQ pop-ups, Christmas parties, tequila flights, and more.
KISMET HOSTS A COOKBOOK DINNER PARTY
photo credit: Lil' Deb's Oasis
Kismet is celebrating the release of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis’ new cookbook, Please Wait to be Tasted, with a dinner party on Thursday, July 21st. Lil Deb’s Oasis is a queer-run restaurant from Hudson, New York that serves bold tropical comfort food, so expect dishes like charred octopus, sweet plantains with green cream, flan, and more. Reservations can be made here.
MAJOR BBQ AT MAJORDOMO
photo credit: Jakob Layman
On Saturday, July 23rd, Majordomo is teaming up with Smoke Queen BBQ for a one-day pop-up. They’ll be serving oolong-smoked duck, 14-hour smoked brisket, and pork belly char siu, along with sides like sesame slaw, heirloom tomato salad, and fresh oysters. The event is first-come, first-serve (no reservations) and starts at 11am in Chinatown.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
photo credit: Here & Now
Downtown LA cocktail bar Here & Now is hosting a week-long Yuletide bash through Sunday, July 24th. There will be drag queen bingo, XXX-mas burlesque shows, and step-and-repeats with Santa Claus. Reservations are highly encouraged, as are onesies and Christmas attire.
GET A REGENERATIVE FARM BOX
photo credit: Flamingo Estate
You can now pick up your very own regenerative farm box from Silverlake Wine every Friday from 10am-7:30pm. The Silver Lake wine shop has partnered with Flamingo Estate to bring you boxes that feature a rotating curation of fruits, vegetables, eggs, baked goods, and surprises (seeds, spices, and teas) from local California growers. Orders can be placed here.
SOMEONE CUE BOTTOMS UP 2.0 BY KEKE PALMER
photo credit: Gracias Madre
In addition to National Cousins Day and National Amelia Earhart Day (yes, these are real), Sunday, July 24th also happens to be National Tequila Day. Celebrate with a little lime and salt rim at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, where they’ll be serving a $55 tequila flight.
SAD RICE BALL NEWS
photo credit: Jichan's Onigiriya
Jichan’s Onigiri is no more. The made-to-order onigiri shop announced that they will be closing their Monterey Park storefront on Saturday, July 30th, citing lease renewal issues. Visit them on their last few days and order lots of onigiri, stuffed with karaage, spicy miso pork belly, teriyaki Spam, and more.
photo credit: Malli
Catch Mexican-Jewish pop-up Malli at Dudley Market this Wednesday, July 20th, and Thursday, July 21st. Bask in the sun and enjoy a warm ocean breeze while snacking on marinated zucchini, chicken liver mousse with stone fruit chamoy, and mussels in adobo mole.
photo credit: Wavy Wines
Wavy Wines, a Los Angeles-based wine project that focuses on organic grapes and native yeast, is popping up at Woon Thursday, July 21st, from 5-9pm. Food will be from the Historic Filipinotown’s regular menu (beef noodles, scallion pancakes, etc.), plus music by Miles Michaud of Reverberation Radio.
photo credit: Happy Mediums
Our favorite picnic pop-up, Happy Mediums, is selling sandwiches, dips, and cookies this Saturday, July 23rd. There will be focaccia buns loaded with house-made porchetta di testa, mortadella, and giardiniera, English pea dip, chickpea and sunflower sandwiches, and much more. Pick-up in Echo Park, orders can be placed here.
photo credit: Slammer's Cafe
It’s a vegan takeover at the Braindead Studios on Fairfax this Sunday, July 24th. Slammers Cafe is bringing together Baker’s Bench, Old Gold, Gourmet Crispy, and Konbi for a massive plant-based pop-up that will serve chopped salad, vegan pizzas, pistachio ice cream, and chocolate espresso cookies. The event starts at 2pm and ends when they sell out.
photo credit: Gooey Center Bakery
It’s a great weekend for pop-ups at Sara’s Market in East LA. On Friday, July 22nd you’ll find What’s That You’re Cookin? slinging Salvadorian pupusas and on Saturday, July 23rd, cinnamon rolls from Gooey Center Bakery and fried chicken sandwiches courtesy of The Wing Man.