OK, have any of you been watching the latest season of Big Brother? Things in the house are getting intense. What’s up with this new twist? Are there any 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’ve got poolside parties, pie pop-ups, and drive-in movies. Enjoy.
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ICE CREAM FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
On Saturday, July 30th, Now Serving will be hosting an ice cream social in Chinatown to raise funds for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global human rights organization that fights to legally protect the dignity, equality, health, and well-being of all people. The main event will be held at the Far East Plaza bookstore in collaboration with restaurants like Amboy Quality Meats, Lasita, Konbi, Howlin’ Rays, and Sweet Rose Creamery, with additional support from neighboring spots like Wax Paper Sandwich Co., Pearl River Deli, and Steep.
A POOLSIDE POP-UP
The Ace Hotel’s bar and restaurant, Upstairs, is throwing a non-alcoholic pool party this Saturday, July 30th, from 2-7pm. Drinks are courtesy of Soft Spirits, a non-alcoholic bottle shop in Silver Lake, who is bringing NA beers, wines, and craft cocktails. There will also be a live DJ, a pool that’s just begging to be jumped in, and snacks from the Upstairs menu.
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All Flavor No Grease
Steak quesadillas and Jenny Slate covering Eagles songs? Someone pinch us, we must be dreaming. On Friday, July 29th, legendary South LA food truck All Flavor No Grease will be slinging steak quesadillas downtown during a drive-in movie event. On screen is the extremely charming, possibly tear-inducing Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and will feature a Q+A with the creators. The event starts at 5pm and tickets are free.
NEXT STOP: PIE
Attention lovers of baked goods: Edith’s Pie is coming to Silver Lake. The Oakland-based pie pop-up will be at Rapido Food & Wine on Saturday, July 30th, serving their signature pies wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust. You’ll also be able to purchase a variety of the market’s wines, tinned fish, cocktails, and more from 1-4pm.
IT'S ONLY NATURAL (WINES, THAT IS)
On Friday, July 29th, Chad Hinds of Iruai Winery is taking over Pasadena’s Good Luck Wine Shop from 6-10pm. There will be four types of natural wines to sample, each of which has been grown using a method the winery calls “chaos organic,” which involves letting vines thrive like they would in the wild. Hot dogs will also be available. The $5 ticket gets you admission plus a glass of wine, additional glasses are $10.
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LA Grind Coffee
Celebrate LA Grind Coffee & Tea Bar’s anniversary this Saturday, July 30th, from 9am-9pm. The Downtown LA cafe is hosting an all-day bash to honor their four years in business and first year at 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 is hosting their very first art exhibit, dramatically titled “On the Other Side of Fire.” The upscale Japanese izakaya has partnered 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, which is on view until Sunday, July 31st.
Orders are live for Burmese, Please!’s once-a-month pop-up. In addition to an excellent tea leaf salad, you will 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 everything. Pick-ups are set for Sunday, July 31st, from 11am-1pm in the Arts District.
Flavors From Afar
Flavors From Afar
Flavors From Afar, an incubator restaurant in Little Ethiopia that features rotating immigrant and refugee chefs from around the world, just dropped 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 being served now through August.
Wine & Eggs Shop
Eggs and Wine
Grab a slice of cake and ceramic bowl at Wine & Eggs Shop in Atwater Village this Sunday, July 31st. The $30 ticket gets you a slice of meyer lemon cake smeared in plum jam, courtesy of May micro-bakery, and a handmade ceramic from Danny D’s Mud Shop. It’s all going down on Glendale Blvd. starting at 10am.