17 Spiced Cocktails
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 12/10/2013
Variety is the spice of life. But a cocktail with spice? Well, that’s extra nice … especially now that shorter days and cooler evenings are here. Spiced cocktails are a perfect way to change things up thanks to their intense aromas and warm, exotic flavors…

It’s National Donut Day
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 05/29/2013
We hear about random food holidays all the time, but did you know that National Donut Day was actually started by the Salvation Army during WWI?? Celebrated annually on the first Friday of June, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the holiday…

Great Gatsby In LA: Where To Party Like A 20s Millionaire
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 05/07/2013
Even though I haven’t read “The Great Gatsby” since it was mandatory reading in high school and have no intention of going to see what already looks like one hot mess of a movie…

7 Events for the Weekend
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 03/27/13
Whether you want to get your church on at the Hollywood Bowl (without waking up before sunrise!), feel like a fabulous brunch with friends, or want to enjoy fun family time in the great outdoors, there’s a whole lot going on this Easter weekend around LA and OC.

10 Best Spots for Easter Brunch
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 03/26/13
Easter arrives earlier than usual this year on Sunday, March 31, but that just means we get to celebrate sooner for this special holiday. Here are the best brunch options going on this Easter weekend around LA and OC.

Oscar Parties for Regular Folks
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 02/21/13
Where better to enjoy the Oscars than at the site of the very first Academy Awards ceremony? Or how about at the beach with spectacular views to compete with all the stars? Here are the best Oscar parties for regular folk…

Super Bowl 2013
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 02/02/13
Forget staying at home with a bag of chips and six pack of beer. Whether you want a raucous restaurant with cheap drinks, a hidden bar by the beach or some tasty vegan action, here’s a list of where to watch the Super Bowl in Los Angeles and beyond.

Thanksgiving in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 11/20/12
Why cook when you can make reservations? It makes perfect sense that on the official day of thanks, you should be having fun and not slaving away in the kitchen. Here’s your guide to restaurants, caterers and events ready to serve you.

Porkopalypse Now: A Survival Guide
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 10/02/12
Baconopalypse. Parmageddon. Call it what you want, but the recent announcement about a world shortage of pork has had folks freaking out all over the place. But don’t get your bacon bits in a bunch just yet…

Cinco de Mayo in LA & OC
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 04/27/12
Cinco de Mayo is on a Saturday this year, which means one thing: This party is gonna get muuuuuy LOCO! Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862…

Street Scene: Rose Avenue
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 04/09/12
Watch out, Abbot Kinney. There’s another block in town. The once sketchy stretch of Rose Avenue in Venice between 5th and 7th Avenues is really coming along with the recent influx of restaurants and shops…

Franklin Ave Comes Alive After Dark
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 04/04/12
Sitting in the shadow of the towering Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre is where you’ll find Franklin Avenue, the epicenter of Franklin Village, one of LA’s more newly recognized neighborhoods. The Franklin strip is…

LA Guide to Downton Abbey
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 03/21/12
It’s going to be a dreadfully long time until the third season of Downton Abbey returns to PBS next year. So what’s a fan of this absolutely smashing posh period drama to do? Why, take a stroll through English rose gardens finished with a spot of tea…

St. Patrick’s Day Parties
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 03/12/12
With St. Patrick’s Day on a Saturday this year you’re either clicking your heels with Gaelic glee or planning your quickest escape route far from the green-beer swilling crowds. Yes, this holiday may be named after a saint, but that doesn’t mean you have to be…

National Absinthe Day
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 03/05/12
Don’t call it a comeback; it’s been here for years. Although most of us associate absinthe–that anise-flavored, green-hued spirit–with the poets and artists of late 19th- and early 20th-century France, the fabled “green fairy” can be found at most bars nowadays…

Oscar Parties for the Little People
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 02/23/12
Forget those ridiculously self-important Oscar parties going on around town. You’re not invited anyway. But who cares? Just because you haven’t made the A-list (yet) doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little glitz and glam on Hollywood’s biggest night…

Late-Night & All-Night Happy Hours
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 02/21/12
Happy Hour. Two little words that bring such joy to so many. But who can get out of the office at four-frickin-thirty in the afternoon? Thankfully, restaurants and bars are figuring out that if they really want to entice us they’re gonna have to come up with something…

Where to Watch the Super Bowl
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 01/30/12
Football’s biggest game of the year is here. And you know what that means: Party time! Forget staying at home with a bag of chips and six pack of beer. From a vegan-friendly Valley bar to a Boys Town hangout with tight-end go go boys…

Hostess With the Mostess: Twinkies in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 01/11/12
Holy Wonder Bread! In case you hadn’t heard, Hostess is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. Evidently, the (in)famous baker and maker of such time-honored, heart-palpitating treats as Twinkies, Hostess cupcakes, Ho-Hos and …

The King Lives: Elvis Presley in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 01/08/12
All shook up? Ready to retrace the steps of your favorite hunka hunka burnin’ love? Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, which means he would’ve turned 77 this year. He was the King of Rock & Roll, the Godfather of Graceland and…

Budget-Friendly Food Finds
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette on Marpop 01/02/12
The New Year has arrived and with it the resolution to spend less money. But as someone who loves going out for a fine meal on the regular, it’s a resolution that’s a little hard to swallow. Or at least that’s what you might think…

New Year’s Eve 2012
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 12/27/11
A Mayan Apocalypse with fire dancers, go-go boys and warrior sacrifices? A Moulin Rouge cabaret that will transport you to 19th century Paris in the middle of Los Angeles? An extravagant ball with Cleopatra herself? Yes, kids. It’s New Year’s Eve in LA…

30 Tasty Holiday Cocktails
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 12/14/11
Oh, the holidays. Such a joyous time of year when we’re all reminded that it’s better to give than to receive and that family and friends are truly the most important part of life. But for all the beauty and spiritual significance of the season…

Best Pizza in Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 12/03/11
The best pizza in LA? Ask someone where to find the best pizza in Los Angeles and the answers are so passionate, so philosophical, so varied you’d think you were asking about the very meaning of life. Pizza purists might say the best pizza can only be found at…

Shop Local: 5 LA Fashion Designers
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 11/26/11
We all know about the importance of eating local. Not only does the food invariably taste better, but you’re helping the environment and supporting local farmers and purveyors. And the same goes for fashion. Some of the coolest clothes are being made right here…

Vinyl Revival: Los Angeles Record Stores
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 11/24/11
Lookin’ for a rekka sto’?? Ease up, old school. Downloading and streaming aren’t the only game in town. Vinyl is making a serious comeback. In fact, within the last few years LA has seen more than a few independently owned record stores set up shop…

Boardwalk Empire in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 11/02/11
Never mind the crooked politicians and ultra-violent bootlegging crime bosses of Prohibition-era Atlantic City. I’m talking about the glitz and glamour of a time when fashion was front and center for men and women alike, and going out for a drink, or even a steak…

Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 11/11/11
It’s been nearly five decades since Marilyn Monroe passed away, but she remains one of the most famous celebrities of all time. And she’s in the headlines yet again when “My Week with Marilyn” opens in theaters on November 23rd…

Dry Bars: Where to Get Blown
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 11/10/11
Looking for a little blow? It’s okay. Seems like a lot of people are these days. And it’s ready for the taking on practically every street corner. That’s because blow dry bars are all the rage right now. It’s a growing trend around the country, but LA is really where…

Fall Cocktails in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 10/08/11
Ah, fall. A season marked by crisp air, turning leaves, longer nights and lots of sweaters. That may be true for the rest of the country, but here in SoCal we’ll settle for the longer nights. Because even though it sucks when…

In His Shoes: James Dean in Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 09/30/11
James Dean died on September 30, 1955. He was driving his new Porsche Spyder from Hollywood to Salinas for a car race when he was killed in a crash. He was 24 years old. A lot has changed since then, but the history of LA and the legacy of James Dean live on…

Vegetarian Food in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 9/28/11
October is National Vegetarian Month. So why not do your body, the planet and all those adorable animals a favor by indulging in some meat-free nourishment? Even if you’re the bloodiest of carnivores, you can beat your meat habit…

Fashion’s Night Out LA 2011
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 9/07/11
In case all the ads splashed across store windows, magazine pages and websites didn’t explain it enough, Fashion’s Night Out is a global event aimed to promote shopping and help spur business … with a stylish twist, of course.

Paris in Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 5/18/11
Ah, springtime in Paris. Flowers in bloom. A romantic river… and loads of tourists. On second thought. Why go through the commotion of getting over to France when you can have a taste of the City of Light right here in the City of Angels?

Easter Brunch in Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop 4/19/11
From sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl and the annual Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street to bottomless mimosas, a beachside pancake buffet, and a dog-bunny costume contest in the Malibu hills, there’s a whole lot going on this Easter weekend…

Cocktails in LA: New Spring Drinks
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 04/01/11
Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to drink in the season with a fresh new colorful cocktail. Say goodbye to the hot toddies and pumpkin-tinis of the winter months and get ready for lots (and lots) of blood orange, fresh berries, a flower or two, and yes, even…

St. Patrick’s Day in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 03/11/11
If there’s one thing we love here in America, it’s celebrating any other culture’s holidays that’ll give us an excuse to drink. And no other celebration seems to embody this ethos more than St. Patrick’s Day.

Mardi Gras in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 03/02/11
Not heading to New Orleans or Rio this week to celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival (or Carnaval or Carnivale, depending on your preference)? No problem. There are plenty of places right here in Los Angeles.

Most Gluttonous Meals
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 03/08/11
What and where was your most gluttonous meal experience ever? Do you even remember? Or were you left in a lead-bellied, food-overload haze of bacon grease, donut glaze and salty chocolate crumbs?

Oscar Celebrations
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 02/26/11
Even if you’re not one of the glittery, overprivileged few who will be basking in superfluous glory at the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, there’s no reason you can’t party-and eat and get pampered-like an A-lister.

National Margarita Day
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 02/22/11
If you thought Cinco de Mayo was the only excuse for celebrating a rather obscure holiday with a ritual over-consumption of margaritas and tortilla chips, think again. Not only is it National Margarita Day on February 22, but…

What Food is Better Than Sex?
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 02/11/2011
Foodgasm, oral gratification, gastrophoria. Call it what you want. The bottom line is that every now and again, you bite into something so delicious, so incredibly multisensory, it convinces you it’s better than sex.

Super Bowl Sunday in Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 02/04/2011
Love it or loathe it, football’s biggest game of the year is here. And you know what that means: Party time! Forget staying at home with some chips and a six-pack of beer. There are dozens of places all over LA to watch the Super Bowl.

Valentine’s Day In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Marpop, 01/31/2011
Low lights. Warm, delicious food. A cozy atmosphere that’ll make you want to linger for hours. It’s all so cliche but oh so true. If you’re looking for a romantic night out, those are the essential ingredients. And the right person to join you doesn’t hurt either.

Best Bargains in Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 11/29/2010
Deck the halls with discount shopping … in fa la la la La La Land! If the holiday season (and bad economy) has you searching for some bargains, check out this list to find out where to go for great discount shopping in Los Angeles and beyond.

Thanksgiving In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 11/24/2010
Thanksgiving already? Yes, indeedie. Believe it or not, the holiday season has arrived and that means one very important thing: Roast feast. Whether it’s turkey, tofurkey or (gasp) turducken, it’s time to pull up a chair, throw on a bib and count your blessings.

Halloween Cocktails In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 10/28/2010
Halloween is just around the corner, so what better way to get into the spirit than with a spirit? From a deadly but beautiful Marigold Margarita at Ortega 120 to a wickedly good Bloody Molly at Casey’s Irish Pub, Los Angeles is scaring up some spooky cocktails.

Halloween In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 10/25/2010
Trick or treat! Looking for the spookiest, sexiest and coolest Halloween action in LA? You’ve come to the right place. If the thought of parading around WeHo with half a million people for the annual Halloween Costume Carnaval freaks you out…

Los Angeles Creepy Cuisine
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 10/21/2010
Creepy cuisine or food adventure? Whether the thought of eating crispy insects, pig head, chicken feet and deep fried frog excites or repels you, one thing is certain: It’s Halloween, kids! Time to take a snack on the wild side at these Los Angeles restaurants.

The Scariest Places In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 10/14/2010
We all know that living in Los Angeles can be a scary experience–the traffic alone is a nightmare. But what about LA’s other spooky scenes? Read our list to explore the scariest places around the City of Angels … and devils.

LA’s New Clubs and Bars
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 10/08/2010
Why sleep when you can be up all night getting in on LA’s best after-dark action? Whether you’re a no-drama barfly who prefers laidback lounges and live music or a sucker for punishment who doesn’t mind velvet ropes, we have you covered…

The 10 Best New Restaurants in LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 10/05/2010
Looking for the hottest new restaurants in LA? Even if you’re watching your wallet a little more closely these days, you still have to eat–so you may as well do it in style. Get the lowdown on which Los Angeles restaurants are worth your time… and your dime.

New LA Hotels: Just-Opened Hotels In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 09/12/2010
Looking for the ultimate suite spot? Well, you’re in luck. Whether you’re in search of a luxury stay, discount hotel room or chic boutique experience, we’ve got the lowdown on cool new hotels for your stay in Los Angeles.

Your Last Meal In LA: Food Bloggers Weigh In
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 08/26/2010
Looking for the ultimate to-die-for meal? We took this question literally and asked some of LA’s top food bloggers what would they want their last meal to be. Some thought we meant last meal in LA, while others realized this would be their last meal on Earth…

Labor Day Weekend In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 09/01/2010
Whether you’ve been working hard or hardly working, Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles is a time to chill out and enjoy the final days of summer. From blues beats in Long Beach to eating and drinking destinations where you’ll get sand in your toes…

Celebrity Owned Stores In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 08/25/2010
It seems that every day another celebrity launches his or her own clothing line. In fact, it’s gotten so extreme that celebuspawn are now in the game (Madonna’s not-so-little-anymore daughter Lourdes is raking in the cash thanks to her Material Girl line ).

Best Beach Restaurants In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 08/07/2010
Whether you’re looking for a romantic meal above the waves in Malibu or a seafood shack in the South Bay, we’ve got you covered with our quick hit list of LA beach restaurants. Because nothing beats dining out with views of glistening water…

Dollar Deals In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 07/22/2010
I’d buy that for a dollar! Living in LA isn’t cheap, but there are still some dollar deals in Los Angeles to be found (No, we’re not banishing you to the 99-cent store). We scoured the city–and its outskirts–to uncover some great discounts…

New Spas And Salons In LA
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 07/17/2010
Whether you need a new haircut, the perfect manicure or a great massage, check out our list of new Los Angeles salons and spas for primping and pampering that will make you happy. (Guys, this list is for you, too.)

Shopping On Montana Avenue
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 07/07/2010
When you’re ready for some spending, nothing beats shopping on Montana Avenue. Santa Monica’s quaint stretch of luxe boutiques offers everything from books, baby goods and pet accessories to housewares, jewelry, shoes, clothes, even cheese!

Best Alfresco Dining Spots In Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 06/24/2010
Ah, fresh air. Even though LA doesn’t exactly make the grade when it comes to good air quality, our picture-perfect weather nearly all year long gets high marks for alfresco dining options. And now that days are longer and nights are warmer, there’s no better time…

LA’s Best Beef-Free Burgers
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 06/16/2010
Sure, humankind’s most iconic gastronomic indulgence will be forever tied to its beefy history as a juicy meat patty sandwiched between two buns. But what about those of us whose dietary quirks (or adventurous inclinations) have us looking beyond the beef?

Best Beach Bars in Los Angeles
Text courtesy of Mar Yvette at Citysearch, 06/14/2010
Bikinis, martinis and a cool ocean breeze. Who could ask for anything more? Check out our list of fun beach bars in Los Angeles and Orange County where you can soak in the scene all summer long.