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Best Of LA: Week Of May 19

May 19, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: Ed Krieger)

(credit: Ed Krieger)

(credit: mohawk bend)

(credit: mohawk bend)


Welcome to your week, Los Angeles. There’s plenty of reasons to eat and drink and be merry this week, and thanks to numerous tasty offerings at local restaurants and eateries, as well as a weekend chock full of live entertainment, festivals, and local treats, you won’t be short on chances. Let’s get to it, LA.

(credit: Katsuya Hollywood)

(credit: Katsuya Hollywood)


Monday, May 19

Katsuya
6300 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 871-8777
www.katsuyarestaurant.com

Start your week right at Katsuya in Hollywood with an exceptional evening of food and wine. The Macallan portfolio will be reviewed as you discover the intense and complementary flavors of a five-course dinner paired with Macallan 12, 15, 18, 21, and Highland Park 18, in addition to a welcome cocktail to get the party started. Head to the sbe Nightlife lounge after dinner to keep the party going. The event is $95 and reservations are required.

(credit: mohawk bend)

(credit: mohawk bend)


Tuesday, May 20

Authors Worth Celebrating
Mohawk Bend
2141 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337
www.mohawk.la

Head out to Mohawk Bend for this month’s installment of Authors Worth Celebrating featuring Laurie David and Kristin Uhrenholdt, who just completed their new cook book, “The Family Cooks.” Collaborating with Chef Erick Simmons of Mohawk Bend, the trio will be serving up a delightful family style four-course meal as well as the chance to chat with the authors and engage in a lively Q&A. The event begins at 6:30pm.

(credit: Ed Krieger)

(credit: Ed Krieger)


Wednesday, May 21

Live Local Happy Hour
Downtown Culver City
Between Culver and Washington Blvds.
Culver City, CA 90230
www.downtownculvercity.com/

It’s the third Wednesday of the month, so head to downtown Culver City for the “Live Local” Happy Hour reminding SoCal to stay LoCal. Stroll through the specialty stores and boutiques, discover new favorite artists, taste locally grown foods, and sample some of SoCal’s best locally crafted beers. The twinkling lights and historic buildings make for the perfect date-night ambiance. Enjoy the night from 5-9pm.

(credit: FIG & OLIVE)

(credit: FIG & OLIVE)


Thursday, May 22

Celebrate National Salad & Mediterranean Month
FIG & OLIVE
8490 Melrose Pl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
www.figandolive.com/

In honor of both National Salad Month and National Mediterranean Month (this May in case you were curious!), head to FIG & OLIVE to try their signature Fig & Olive Spring Salad recipe created by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange. The best-selling salad features fig balsamic vinegary with Arbequina olive oil on top of figs, apples, manchego, gorgonzola dolce, tomatoes, walnuts, olives, romaine, and scallions. Additional spring salad offerings include the Salade de Poulet (with a blood orange olive oil emulsion) and the Riviera Shrimp and Salmon Salad.

(credit: Ed Krieger)

(credit: Ed Krieger)


Friday, May 23

“The Guardsman”
NoHo Arts Center
11136 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA, 91601
(323) 960-4418
www.plays411.com/guardsman

This new adaptation of the classic Hungarian romantic comedy “The Guardsman,” written by Ferenc Molnár, focuses on the romantic interludes of the theater world as they work through infidelity, love, and illusion. Freely adapted by H. Patrikas Zakshevskis and directed by Lillian Groag, the play opens its first full week and runs through June 22 and is $25.

(credit: Rotary Club of Simi Valley)

(credit: Rotary Club of Simi Valley)


Saturday, May 24

Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
5005 Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley, California 93063
www.simicajun.org

The 25th Anniversary of the Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley takes place this weekend, on both May 24 and May 25. Hosted by the Rotary Club, the Festival offers up live Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and Blues entertainment on multiple stages, as well as food and beverage vendors serving up authentic Cajun-Creole food like jambalaya and crawfish. Kids under 7 can join in the fun for free as well (and explore the interactive kid’s area with rock walls, bouncers, slides, and more).

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce )

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce )


Sunday, May 25

Fiesta Hermosa
Hermosa and Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
fiestahermosa.com
www.fiestahermosa.com

A Hermosa Beach staple since 1972, the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California,” also known as the Fiesta Hermosa, takes place this weekend as over 300 artists and crafters bring their best downtown to the festival events. In addition to the painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and crafters, the fiesta is also the perfect hub for live music on two stages and the amazing food court, offering up over 18 different types of ethnic food varieties. A kiddie carnival and charity beer & wine garden round out the weekend’s entertainment lineup.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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