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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.

V DTLA

V DTLA

V DTLA, 515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Every Single Item In This Whimsical Supermarket Pop Up Is Made Of Felt

I once had a dream as a kid that everything inside a candy store was made of cardboard, only for me to discover it was an elaborate ruse by my dentist to get some teeth pulled.

While not quite as deceiving as the fear-based dream Dr. Nguyen instilled in me, an actual place exists that’s pretty similar.

Sparrow Mart, located inside the Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, is a new pop-up experience that features 31,000 different types of items one would typically find at any grocery store. The only difference, however, is that every single one of these items is inedible — because they’re all made entirely of felt.

The brilliant mind behind this whimsical pop-up is Lucy Sparrow, a British artist known for her creative work with the material, reports Travel + Leisure.

While at the pop-up, you can actually buy anything you see on the shelves. This includes felted remakes of everyday brands like PAM cooking spray bottles, Frosted Flakes cereal boxes, and bags of Skittles.

Perishable items like meat and produce are made with little eyes and mouths to make the experience that much more adorable.

In 2017, she held a similar pop-up called “The Convenience Store” in Manhattan, which sold out so quickly that the exhibit closed a week earlier than intended.

Sparrow Mart opened Aug. 1 and will run through the end of the month, every day (except Mondays) from 11a.m.-9p.m. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to check it out, it’s probably better to go sooner rather than later.

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What You Should Be Eating At L.A.’s New Restaurant Inside ‘The Belasco,’ Les Coulisses

The historical Belasco Theater is still to this day one of the most premier nightlife destinations in a city teeming with concert halls. The vibe at The Belasco radiates the mere definition of ‘hip’, and their new restaurant Les Coulisses is no exception.

The FOODBEAST crew had the opportunity to dine at Les Coulisses fairly soon after its opening – which is definitely one of the biggest perks of the job.

If there’s one thing you should know, it’s that a meal at Les Coulisses is designed to stick with you. When you walk in it seems like a normal, upscale restaurant, but about halfway through your meal, it’ll hit you – this place is fantastic.

From creating a menu that’s meant to be a hit among the most contrasting eaters to the attention to detail and exquisite plating consistent throughout each course, Les Coulisses has really done it right.

Here are some must-haves at LA’s hottest new restaurant.

1. Crostini Board

The Crostini Board will be the hit of the party. It’s hard not to love a plate of freshly baked crostini topped with all the flavor combinations under the sun. My favorite had to have been the one pictured – luscious burrata topped with roasted tomato and basil.

Others in the group flocked to the rendition with Serrano ham, melon, lardo, chicken liver mousse, and figs, and I certainly don’t blame them for it.

2. Crispy Octopus

This ain’t your average calamari, friends. First off, each piece of octopus was meaty and delicious, not fried to a crisp like it’s served more often than not.

This octopus was tender and artful, and served alongside vibrant flavors provided by fingerling potatoes, celery, tarragon, and a blood orange gastrique. The hearty octopus was balanced nicely by the starchy potatoes and pop of acid from the orange.

3. Moroccan Spiced Chicken Tagine

If your tastebuds weren’t awake yet by this point in the meal for some unknown reason, your first bite of this tagine will do the trick.

Think juicy chicken, tangy spiced apricots, aromatic chickpeas, creamy sunchokes, and almonds for some crunch. To describe this dish as well-balanced would still be an understatement.

4. Oxtail Agnolotti

These agnolotti are like little clouds of air. It’s apparent after one nibble this pasta is homemade and fresh. Each bite is filled with rich oxtail that’s complimented by some tart Granny Smith apples, slightly sweet butternut squash, and a luscious oxtail jus.

5. Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

It wouldn’t be a FOODBEAST dinner if there wasn’t dessert involved. Not gonna lie, we ordered one of everything, but this was the sweet that really stood out.

This chocolate hazelnut torte was the epitome of rich decadence. Considering its components – chocolate cake, Nutella mousse, créme fraiche, and ice cream – this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. 10/10 best dessert I’d had in a minute.

Next time you’re looking for a spot in DTLA to grab a bite before a night out – or a show at The Belasco – look no further than Les Coulisses.

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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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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.

Meathead!_Meatzza

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.

 

Photos: Peter Pham
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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.

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Foie Gras Funnel Cake Is The Culinary Masterpiece You Need Right Now

When you let a culinary master and decorated chef like Timothy Hollingsworth’s imagination run wild, only good things can possibly happen. And considering the world class experience he has under his belt working with master chefs like Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse, and Gordon Ramsay, one can expect nothing less than otherworldly cuisine to come out of his kitchen.

So when the public first got word of the foie gras funnel cake that Hollingsworth was serving up for brunch at his Downtown Los Angeles restaurant, Otium, the collective shudders that we’d expect from most folks were actually replaced with wonder and excitement from a city now used to gastric outliers such as phorittos and ramen burgers.

Though on paper, the sound of the dish should surely evoke images of the all-fried-everything caloric madness at the county fair. Yet in the hands of a chef as skilled as Hollingsworth, what is presented is a masterpiece wherein the funnel cake is a canvas for the vibrancy and decadence of foie gras mousse, strawberries, shaved fennel, and balsamic reduction.

It’s a bite that emphatically puts the lipstick on the pig and leaves one asking for a second date.