Dominick's Crawfish Boil

Dominick’s Crawfish Boil

It's baaaaack! Mardis Gras might be a distant memory, but Chef Brandon Boudet is drawing on his New Orleans heritage to once again open the patio for Dominick's Annual Crawfish Boil. Going on every Saturday in May, the weekly feast promises everything from oysters and po’ boys to New Orleans sno balls and oh yes, spiced rum.
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Herradura tequila

Go South (of the Border) at West

Didn't get enough tequila on Cinco de Mayo? No problemo. On May 18, West Restaurant & Lounge is having a fiesta to celebrate the release of its Herradura Double Barrel Reposado. Guests will not only enjoy sweeping views of LA, but the cocktail party will give you a chance to taste six new menu items and tequila cocktail pairings as well as watch a live agave shaving at 7:30pm.
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Father's Office burger

Best Hamburgers in Los Angeles

Where's the beef? In case you missed the arbitrary-holiday-of-the-month memo, May is National Burger Month. (Bet you're glad May has 31 days.) There are a million "Best Burger" lists out there, and since it's all just a matter of taste anyway, here's my own hit list of where to find a great burger around Los Angeles. Get ready for a few surprises.
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Alberta Ferretti Philosophy 2011

Go Glam: The Bash is Here

Get ready to walk the red carpet and enjoy a night of feel-good glamour at the bash of all bashes. On Saturday, May 14, The Bash, hosted by 90210’s Shenae Grimes, hits Hollywood for fun, fashion, food, and fundraising for teens at Children’s Hospitals. There'll be a cupcake and lollipop bar, mocktails, full bar for those 21+, performances from cast members of “Live to Dance," and a fashion show featuring Alberta Ferretti’s 2011 Philosophy collection.
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Pitbull Pwesh - Photo by Mar Yvette

Baseball + Dogs = Fun

Looking for a new friend? Have your pick of the litter at this special event on Saturday, May 14, in the City of Orange when hundreds of adorable animals will be available for adoption. Sponsored by the Angels Baseball Foundation, this adoption fair at OC Animal Care waives the usual adoption processing fee to help get your furry pal home more easily.
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Cristina Ferrare's cookbook

Cooking with Cristina Ferrare

Even if you don't know the name, you know the face. Cristina Ferrare has been an entertainment fixture since the 70s, first as a model, then as an actress, talk show host, author and now as the star of her own cooking show on Oprah's OWN network. Her new cookbook, "Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love," is named after the show and takes you through some of her tried and true recipes that are easy, healthy, and oh so good.
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Lexington's ahi tuna - Photo by Mar Yvette

Hot New Pick: Lexington Social House

A prime Hollywood location. An alum from Spago and Cut. And some crazy ass graffiti art. Yep, this is Lexington Social House, the latest addition to the ever-growing, never-ending, economy-defying LA dining scene. The sprawling multi-roomed space officially opened on April 28 and it's time you got yourself over there.
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Bar Trivia

Drink & Think: Tuesday Trivia

Think you've got what it takes to be the king of all trivia? Even if you don't take the throne, quiz heads love Trivia Tuesday at Villains Tavern. Questions span everything from arcane Jeopardy-esque minutiae to pointless pop culture tidbits, while plenty of brews and burgers will be keeping bellies full.
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Grill on the Alley Pear Smash

Spring Cocktails in LA & OC

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 arugula.
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Elton the Early Years

Tributefest: Saturday Night’s Aight

Close your eyes and think back to 1970 before any of us were born. Now open your eyes and behold: It's a bespectacled, bedazzled, platform-wearing, pre-fatherhood Elton John! The 2nd Annual Tributefest returns to Santa Clarita's Central Park on Saturday, May 7, for an all-day concert featuring eight tribute bands, dozens of beers on tap, and LA's best food trucks. Get your lighters ready, it's gonna be a long day.
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And who shall I make this out to?

Michael’s Market Meet-Ups

Looking for a personal shopper? It doesn't get any better than renowned restaurateur Michael McCarty. A pioneer in the farm-to-table movement long before it became an overused catchphrase, McCarty is leading his monthly Farmers' Market Meet-Up where you can get up close and personal with the man himself for his tips and tricks for finding the best produce. (And yes, a meal and wine pairings are included!)
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Cecconi's waffle by John Russo Photography

Where To Go For Waffles in LA

International Waffle Day might be over (it was March 25) and National Waffle Day (August 24) is still far away, but who needs an excuse to celebrate a wacky holiday when the subject matter is so tasty? Read on for some places you might want to consider when you're in the mood for deliciously crisp battercake.
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Pretty in Pink

OMG, Duckie Goes Downtown!

Don’t you forget about me … can you believe it’s been 25 years since Duckie, Andie, and Blaine first lit up the screen in all their teenage angsty glory?? Relive the moments at the free outdoor screening of "Pretty in Pink" on Tuesday, May 3. Jon Cryer is making an appearance, there'll be a Pink Beer & Wine Garden AND two free tix to the LA Film Festival if you arrive in your best 80s getup.
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Fantasy Island club by Joan S

Medium Bare: Strip Club Cuisine

Looking for some topless sirloin? How about a strip steak? Or, wait ... you'd settle for just any piece of meat, well done, wouldn't you? Alright, alright. Enough with the punny one-liners. If you're anything like me, your idea of going out to a nice dinner doesn't include a cadre of naked women slithering around a pole.
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"Rejuvenation 1" by Jon Measures, 2011

One Night, 30 LA & NYC Artists

For one night only, 30 Los Angeles and New York contemporary artists are exhibiting their work with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake Pacific Tsunami fund. Curated by Henry Lien, owner & director of Glass Garage Gallery, the May 6 exhibit features work from Alevé Mei Loh, Jon Measures, Lillian Abel, Kristin Anderson, Marcy Brafman, Stephen Calvert, YaYa Chou, Ichiro Irie, and many more.
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Lanie Lane

Listen Up: Lanie Lane

Australian songstress Lanie Lane makes her US debut this May with a trio of performances in Los Angeles (May 2-3) and New York (May 10). Part of what seems a growing trend of glammed-up chanteuses who mix modern edge with vintage sensibility, Lanie is all smoky blues, sweet soul, swingy pop & a rockabilly aesthetic that'll whisk you away to a simpler time, here and now.
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Moulin Rouge + Mar Yvette

For The Record: Baz Lurhmann

Step right up! Welcome to the Moulin Rouge! A fabulous eye-and ear-candy of a show, For the Record is a musical series that takes on some of today's coolest movie soundtracks and translates them into full-on interactive multi-sensory experiences. And from now until the end of May, it's all about Baz Lurhmann.
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Photo courtesy of Memphis

Broadway’s Memphis in LA

Can't make it to Broadway for Memphis? No biggie. The award-winning musical is hitting big screens across LA, OC and nationwide for a four-night run April 28-May 3. So why would you wanna check it out? One, it won a Tony! Two, the story. (It takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50s, where a young white DJ falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock & roll and an electrifying black singer.) Three: It's a helluva lot cheaper than catching the show in NYC.
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Ray's & Stark Bar

Mondays @ Ray’s & Stark

Looking for an artful meal experience? On Monday, April 25 & Monday, May 2, Ray’s & Stark Bar, the new artfully designed dining spot at LACMA, is where you can order from a special $10-per-course menu to sample Kris Morningstar’s latest Mediterranean inspirations and seasonal cocktails.
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An Catering

Tiato: On the Mend 4 Japan

To help support those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami (not to mention the nuclear power plant fiasco), reporter Lisa Ling and the An Family have united to host “Tiato – ON THE MEND 4 Japan" on Tuesday, April 26 at Tiato Cafe in Santa Monica. The benefit promises to be a one-of-a-kind night of incredible food, live entertainment and a silent auction with 100% of all proceeds going to aid relief efforts in Japan.
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La Guera Tamalera

Wanna Masa Around?

"What's a white girl know about tamales?" I thought the same thing, too. Turns out, quite a lot. La Guera Tamalera, aka Deborah (no relation to Howard) Stern, has been making her famous organic tamales and delivering them to satisfied customers for years, and now YOU can learn the tricks of her trade when she hosts a tamale-making workshop on Saturday, April 23 at the Hollywood Bowl.
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Crow Bar cheese prosciutto

Get Melted: Grilled Cheese Week!

The countdown to the Grilled Cheese Invitational is on. The big event happens Saturday, April 23 at Los Angeles Center Studios and if last year's blowout is any indication of how this year's will fare, it's going to be out of control! To prepare, event sponsor Tillamook Cheese has partnered with six Los Angeles and Orange County restaurants that are offering their own grilled cheese melts.
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Fred Segal

Tax-Free Shopping

Unless you're General Electric, it's safe to say that tax season isn't exactly the most beloved time of the year. But there's a little silver lining on the cloud this year. For the first time ever, Fred Segal Santa Monica is offering shoppers a full week of tax-free shopping on EVERYTHING in the store from April 8-April 15.
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Morgan's Meaty Martini

Drink Your Dinner: Meat Cocktails

Mmmmm meat. The mixology craze has reached critical mass, so it was only a matter of time before things really started beefing up. Check out this list where there's a little something (especially bacon) for everyone ... except vegetarians.
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Pit Bull Pwesh by Mar Yvette

Puppy Love: Kogi, Woofs & Drinks

Forget the bad weather. Bring some sunshine to a dog's life this Saturday, April 9 at Barrington Dog Park from 11am-3pm. The free, family-friendly event will have the famed Kogi truck on board, games for all animals, picture-taking from Hollywood Photo Booth, pampering by Town & Country Pet Grooming, delicious drinks, cupcakes, and a whole lot more
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