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DTLA Restaurant Is Serving Up The Most Stylish Pizza Boxes Out There

 

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Style and substance. It’s the highly coveted pairing that eludes the masses. Endless swipes on dating apps have proved fruitless. Conscientious visits to our favorite online shops turn up scant results. And the drool-inducing food pics we scroll through on our timeline often don’t live up to the hype in terms of overall quality and taste. But once found, style and substance in tandem make for a memorable anything.

Recognizing this conundrum, V DTLA is a new restaurant in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Jewelry District (fitting, really) that somehow cracks the code and infiltrates the matrix of what looks, tastes, and feels good.

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A prime example of V DTLA living up to style and substance is their lineup of pizzas. Here they’re serving up Genovese-style pizzas that are cooked in a custom-built Italian oven in less time than your average Billboard chart-topper. The results are signature offerings that include delectable toppings like, roasted golden beets, fresh basil, rich mozzarella, unctuous balsamic glaze, and savory pepperoni. But wait until they’re served to you in what may very well be the most stylish and chic pizza boxes ever created.

Picture the scene of a piping hot, fresh out the oven pizza served up in a box that’s equal parts elegant Fashion Week invitation and modern, black & gold Vogue cover centerfold. Slide out that warm pie and take in the swank and dapper surroundings that creates a sophisticated vibe within an approachable setting. Neiman Marcus could never.

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V DTLA

V DTLA, 515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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A Whole Festival Dedicated To Pinot Wine Finally Comes to the US

Festival culture has become a way of life for many. Whether its music festivals like Coachella and Governor’s Ball or food fests like Smorgasburg and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue Invitational, there’s truly something for everyone… including red wine fans! Enter Pinot Palooza.

Just in time for California’s Crush (when wineries get their grapes crushed and their juice into tanks as quickly as possible), many of the world’s wine producers will come to showcase their pinot noirs on September 28th as the festival makes its U.S. debut at Downtown Los Angeles’ City Market Social House.

Not your typical wine tasting, festival goers will be able to taste over 100 wines from different regions, including Sonoma, Oregon, Australia, and New Zealand. For those who either don’t do wine, Pinot Palooza will also feature spirits, craft beer, and curated bites from some of the city’s chefs and restaurants.

Launched in 2012 in Australia, Pinot Palooza is the brainchild of REVEL. “Bringing Pinot Palooza to the U.S. has been on our wish list since the very beginning,” says Dan Sims, REVEL Founder/Creator. “To finally be in L.A. for the first time, and to welcome Angelenos to our big, noisy, pinot party is a dream come true.

“Our vision for the L.A. event is to showcase pinot noir from top U.S. producers alongside those made by our good mates in Australia and New Zealand, and to present all that to an American audience in way that celebrates what’s so special about the grape,” adds Sims. “The atmosphere we create helps to make wine more accessible, and it allows people to find what they like and get excited about the world of pinot.”

This year, the festival will tour six countries and thirteen cities across the globe and is gearing up to add New York and Shanghai to the tour in 2020.

Tickets for Pinot Palooza LA are on sale now through the event’s website. Ticket price includes unlimited tastings and a Pinot Palooza-branded red wine glass to take home.

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Meet The Hotel With The Most Breathtaking Dinner Views In Los Angeles

Skyscraper lights illuminate the Los Angeles night sky, and if you’re in the city, the dream is to have your breath taken away by the skyline views that are usually reserved for movie scenes.

It’s not often that you get a chance to dine with an amazing skyline view, but there’s a new skyscraper in town that offers just that, and it is an experience like no other.

The Intercontinental Hotel is 73 stories high, 1,100 feet above street level, and not only do they offer a rooftop bar, but they have restaurants that basically check off all the boxes for the most romantic time.

Whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a late-night drink on their rooftop bar, the restaurants at this particular hotel are set up so that you have amazing views that you don’t really get with any other dining experience in Los Angeles or few other places in the U.S., for that matter.

If you’re looking for a special L.A. date night, or business lunch, the eats at Intercontinental do provide an impressive experience:

Breakfast at Dekkadance


Dekkadance is located on the 69th floor, and while it is open for lunch and dinner, the breakfast is hard to beat. If you do spend the night at the Intercontinental and wake up craving delicious scrambled eggs that you can build yourself, along with a solid cup of coffee, Dekkadance has the morning hookups. There’s something relaxing about taking a sip of your Joe, and getting a unique overhead view of the Staples Center in the distance.
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Sushi at Sora


Sora isn’t your typical sushi spot. Although they use the trendy conveyor belts to showcase the food, the views above Dodger Stadium and into the surrounding hills makes the experience a little more special. Do beware that the prices are heftier than your everyday conveyor belt sushi spot, so if you just start grabbing stuff off the belt, keep the prices in mind.

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Dinner at La Boucherie on 71

La Boucherie is a couple floors higher than the other restaurants, being on the 71st, and offers that fancy steak dinner you want to impress your date with. If you’re planning an extravagant night, you’re just not going to beat the combination of French-inspired cuisine and the insane panoramic view of the city at night. This is THE spot at the Intercontinental. Just look at the hot date nights below. This is where you go for your anniversary dinner, or to pop THE question. The food and views are THAT special.

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Spire 73 Rooftop Bar


Spire 73 is the highest place you can get lit in the city of Los Angeles, and is actually the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Located on the 73rd floor, they carry just about every drink you can think of along with unique shareable bites, and more than anywhere else in the building, you feel like you’re floating above the city.

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Sip On Cannabis-Infused Cocktails At This Sleek Los Angeles Bar

Within the historical relics of Downtown Los Angeles, Prank Bar is now the city’s first walk-up bar, serving as a welcome into a two-story, open-air concept merging the outside world with unique cannabis-infused cocktails. However, Prank’s cannabis-infused creations won’t get you high.

By incorporating liquid tinctures containing the essential oils of the cannabis plant, these aromatic oils, known as terpenes, are the basis of the plant’s true aroma and flavor, but aren’t psychoactive. If you’ve ever wondered why, ‘weed smells like weed,’ it’s due to the terpene profile found in the plant’s resin glands.

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The limonene terpene, for example, has a sharp, sweet citrusy fragrance, and is known to have therapeutic benefits such as elevated mood, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

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While the draw of cannabis-infused cocktails might be enough to pique curiosity, Prank Bar has also established a well-rounded pairing menu that lists wine, cocktail, and beer recommendations for each dish on their menu.

To illustrate this technique, Prank’s signature Salami “Wich” served with black pepper salami, soft goat cheese, spicy & sweet red peppers, and arugula, all on an Italian herb focaccia, has Melini Chianti, Plungerhead Zin, or Trefethen Riesling as the recommended wine pairings.  Adding a Deleon Margarita and a Makers 46 Old Fashioned as paired option cocktails, and Boont Amber Ale or Stone Pale Ale as accompanying beers are options as well.

More importantly, Prank has managed to achieve ideal price points that enable patrons to enjoy elevated fare, without breaking the bank. As a result of this meticulous preparation, Prank Bar has become one of the most unique dining establishments Los Angeles has to offer.

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Some might argue that serving cannabis-infused cocktails might be considered taboo, but Prank Bar is also educating people on its benefits, while showcasing what’s possible in terms non-psychoactive cannabis-based infusions.

So, as California gears up for a mainstream cannabis industry, it’s clear to see Prank Bar already has a head start.

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Chicken Parmesan In Burger Form Needs To Be Seen In All Its Glory

Amid the heavily trafficked streets and bustling sidewalks of Downtown Los Angeles surrounding Staples Center are hidden culinary gems waiting to be discovered.

The Counter, a custom burger joint with the majority of its locations peppered across Southern California, prides itself on bringing outside-the-box burger recipes like their Lamburger, Holy Crab, and the new limited-time only Chicken Parm Burger.

The Chicken Parm Burger is truly a sight to behold and will provide all you Instagram aficionados proper cheese pulls for days.

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It’s part chicken parmesan sandwich, part cheeseburger. Featuring an Italian seasoned, mozzarella stuffed, panko dusted house-made chicken burger, topped with marinara sauce, provolone, and basil, served on a brioche bun.

So, next time you’re in the city, slow down a little, you might just be steps away from the gnarliest cheese pull you’ve ever seen.

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Meet The Diabolical Pizza / Burger Fusion That We All Deserve

Peanut butter and jelly, Kobe and Shaq, Barack and Joe. What do all three of these duos have in common? Two dynamic forces that only get better when combined with each other. Is there any more room left on that Rushmore’s facade? Yeah, throw pizza and burgers on there. And no, I’m not talking about two of them at the same party.

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What I’m about to break down to you might not be fathomable to many, but trust me when I say that a madcap mashup of pizza and cheeseburger exists at Meathead!, a new, leveled-up burger joint in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Picture this: the meltiest, juiciest cheeseburger with all the fixins, triumphantly crowned by an equally cheesy pizza masquerading as the top bun! Ordering any of the Meathead! burgers “Meatzza” style makes this fever dream of fusion a reality.

And while we’re on duos, the one of co-owners James Reamy and Johnny Lee serves up other mouthwatering items on the menu like some killer tater tots in their “Notorious P.I.G. and bombastic breakfast burritos like the “Threesome,” which boasts eye-opening flavor.

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So for those who have dreamt of such a wondrous union in pizza and cheeseburgers (all of us), then venturing to Meathead! for their “Meatzza” style options makes the most sense out of any one thing at this very moment.

 

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Art Of Food: Bone Broth Is The Next Superfood On The Come-Up

Kale and acai have already established themselves as the go-to superfoods for the health conscious. However, they better make room for the next superfood that’s steadily been gaining traction over the last year: bone broth.

Experts have been singing its praises for quite some time, attributing proper gut health, rejuvenation of skin and hair, bone and ligament maintenance, and even hydration as the mega tonic’s many benefits. In fact, big-time athletes like Kobe Bryant, have been known to be staunch consumers of the magic elixir, incorporating bone broth remedies into their recovery and fitness maintenance efforts.

To get a closer look and, of course, taste, of bone broth done right, we visited The Brothecary in Downtown Los Angeles, CA for our latest installation of Art of Food. Sisters Allison and Janice So are owners of The Brothecary and pair their homegrown, one-of-a-kind bone broth recipes with delectable dumplings to serve at the Smorgasburg LA food market every Sunday.

We sat down with the So sisters to get a glimpse at the unique process of how they make their bone broth and dumplings. The artistry behind the The Brothecary’s practice of making bone broth influenced all other aspects of the operation, from the delicate creation of the dumplings, to the precise plating that served as more of a canvas than a vessel. Truly The Brothecary is presenting bone broth in a way that has mass appeal, which will definitely be a large factor in its success.

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Behold The Beauty Of Chicken Tikka Poutine From Badmaash

That beauty is only skin deep in the old adage that champions the quality of inner character is a testament that can apply to food as well. It’s been said time and time again that we eat with our eyes. The popularity of “food porn” and food content-based Instagram accounts help sustain that banner statement. However, when a dish is altogether aesthetically and gastronomically pleasing, then it warrants deserved attention.

The chicken tikka poutine at Los Angeles’ Badmaash is exactly a dish worthy of such distinction. Brothers Nakul and Arjun Mahendro are the creators of it, a perfect representation of the unique slant they give Indian food at their Downtown Los Angeles hot spot.

Now back to that aesthetically pleasing aspect, though. Clicking on the video above should be enough to hit home the beauty in a gooey cheese curd pull or the grace in the gravy’s perfect drape over the crispy fries.

Ah, the art of food. Our palates are essentially all blank canvases waiting for the next chicken tikka poutine to color its existence.