The Top 10 New Food Trends for 2019

With every new year comes a wave of new trends projected to gain popularity in the world of food products, dining and hospitality. This year’s trends will likely start to pop up on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus as the months go by. Add some variety to your diet this year by tasting some of 2019’s front runners that should be soon coming to a table near you.

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Tropical Fruits

Add something sweet to your meal with island fruits like guava, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and monk fruit that hail from the Pacific Rim region. You’ll also start to see jackfruit embraced as a meat substitute in vegan and vegetarian meals.

 

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Hemp & CBD

CBD made a splash onto the scene in the past few years making its way into a number of food, drinks and skin care products. That trend will continue to boom in the upcoming year by way of items like sparkling water, infusions, and coffee.

 

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Oat Milk

With cow’s milk slowly but surely phasing its way out of fridges across America, non-animal based alternatives are being adopted as necessities for consumers. With soy and almond milk being a favorite, soon oat milk will be added to the group as a go-to alternative.

 

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Seafood Snacks

Stores and restaurants will be taking Japan’s lead in embracing seafood, including vegetables, as a snack food. Roasted seaweed and salmon skins will gain more traction along with innovative items like kelp jerky.

 

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Orange Wine

While the name might suggest it would be made from oranges, orange wine is actually made from the same grapes used to make white wine. Keeping the skin on during fermentation gives the wine an attractive, orange coloring. The refreshing drink is expected to show up on drink menus soon.

 

Photo: Orange Wine / Marvin

Hummus

There’s no secret that hummus is a go-to snack for many people, but this year it’ll be used differently than consumers have seen in the past. Adventurous flavors will come about along with menus integrating hummus into desserts, making for a unique and healthy treat.

 

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Probiotics

Many people have integrated probiotics into their diet for digestive health, but this year the trend will also include dry items that can be stored in your pantry. Things like cereal, granola, nut butters and nutrition bars will be made to be shelf-stable for long term storage.

 

Photo: Yogurt with Granola

African Spices

Cuisine from a variety of African countries will be more popular in the upcoming year. From harissa, a spicy red pepper paste, to spice-filled dishes like the Tunisian shakshouka, African tastes will be integrated into menus bringing a burst of flavor to your diet.

 

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Vegan Meat Snacks

Veggie versions of popular dishes have made their way onto menus all over the world and will continue to do so throughout 2019. Consumers will also see vegan meat snacks line the shelves of your local grocery store with options like soy jerky and mushroom bacon chips.

 

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Celtuce

Kale and romaine are on their way out with celtuce, a lettuce cultivar, moving in as an alternative. The health benefits to this versatile, Chinese lettuce makes it worth adding to any meal as a side dish or even as an ingredient in juices and smoothies.

 

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Catch the Game at Los Angeles’ Best Sports Bars

There’s no better place to watch the big game than in a room full of fans cheering on your team. Los Angeles may not be known as a sports town, but fans from all over know just where to go for beer, bites, and an entertaining game. While some might enjoy more divey options, head to any of these spots for a refined sports bar experience during your stay in LA.

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40 Love

The newest player in West Hollywood’s selection of sports bars is h.wood group’s 40 Love. The country club-inspired lounge is filled with TVs for you to catch a game while enjoying a more upscale experience. The outdoor greenery mixed with elevated bar food creates the perfect environment for entertainment.

 

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The Parlor

A staple on Melrose, the indoor/outdoor space at The Parlor helps to redefine the sports bar experience through mixing comfort food with a classic design. With more than 50 TVs for you to tune into, your team is sure to be playing in the chic West Hollywood spot.

 

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Beelmans

This unique Downtown eatery is a great place to catch the game, especially if you’re a fan of a plant-based meal. Their meatless menu will have you doing a double take as dishes provide a delicious alternative to classic bar food. There are also plenty of beers on tap to keep you buzzing as the big game plays on their mounted screens.

 

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The Nickel Mine

Duck into this spacious spot if you’re in the mood for beer, sports, and delicious pizza. This neighborhood spot has everything you’ll need to enjoy yourself, including a private event space if you want to invite some friends. Whether it’s for happy hour or a late-night outing, you can’t go wrong at this Santa Monica destination.

 

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Thunderbird

Head over to Thunderbird to experience the Southwest right in the middle of West LA. The deserts of Tucson inspired the décor while Tex-Mex bites fill the menu at this Santa Monica destination. Watch the big game while sipping a beer or choose from one of their innovative signature cocktails to quench your thirst.

 

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Mohawk Bend

You won’t be able to resist a pizza from this Silver Lake locale that serves up tasty dishes that are sure to complement your night out. A projection screen shows sporting events while plenty of beers on tap give you all the options you need to stay buzzing throughout the night.

 

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Caseys Irish Pub

This classic Downtown watering hole is perfect for both watching games and playing them. Show off your amateur ski ball, ping pong and foosball skills while watching the professionals on one their many screens. Whiskey is always a good choice in the Irish-inspired pub, or grab a beer to toast to your favorite team.

 

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Imperial Western

If you’re ever killing time at Union Station, head into the newly revamped Imperial Western brewery to catch a game while enjoying some of their craft beers freshly brewed onsite. Grab a spot at the bar for a front row seat to the TV while snacking from a menu of burgers, tacos, and seafood.

 

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Brunch Like a Champion in New York City

New York City is one of the best destinations in the world for foodies looking to dig into the scene of delicious, multi-cultural options. Brunch is a staple as the social element of catching up with friends encourages patrons to get out and about for a midday feast. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, these brunch spots are sure to impress during your next visit to the Big Apple.

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Cookshop

This simplistic American eatery in Chelsea serves up delicious plates you can count on to satisfy your brunch cravings. The busy space will be worth the wait as you dine from their seasonal menu of eggs, sandwiches and other mouth-watering bites.

 

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Atla

This contemporary Mexican destination mixes a simple aesthetic with flavorful favorites. You can chow down on enchiladas and chilaquiles or try something new with duck wings and cauliflower tacos to round out your meal.

 

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Red Rooster

Travel to the heart of Harlem to experience this American-inspired neighborhood hot spot. The rich culture of the community inspires the food with weekend brunch offering up biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and apple pie that will make you feel right at home.

 

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Dimes

This Lower East Side hot spot is well known for its brand that extends further than being just a restaurant. Outside of grabbing a bite at the Dimes Market or deli nearby, the Dimes restaurant dishes up tasty brunch dishes that are both savory and sweet.

 

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Fairfax

You’ll have no problem relaxing with Fairfax’s welcoming, neighborhood vibe of homey décor and all-day café hours. The Mediterranean brunch menu of small plates pairs well with the quality wine list, giving the West Village space its wine bar label.

 

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Jacobs Pickles

A touch of Southern comfort is brought to your plate at Jacob’s Pickles in the Upper West Side. The charming environment of rustic wooden accents gives a nostalgic feel while the “beer, biscuits and pickles” will take your tastebuds on an American journey.

 

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Upland

With attention to seasonal ingredients, your brunch experience is sure to be fresh with Upland’s philosophy of global dining. The California-inspired cuisine of eggs, sandwiches and pastas take rural elements of the great outdoors to combine with NYC’s urban landscape.

 

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Jacks Wife Freda

This NYC staple has two locations that both deliver flavor-filled cuisine influenced from the multi-cultural beginnings of the restaurants’ owners. The bustling crowds of stylish brunch-lovers keep things busy as hungry patrons feast on the one-of-a-kind culinary mix of South African and Israeli cuisine.

 

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Café Mogador

Head to one of Café Mogador’s locations to eat, drink and be merry thanks to their mouth-watering menu of Moroccan-inspired cuisine. This award-winning brunch destination will add some spice to your life along with house-made breads and savory roasted tomatoes and potatoes.

 

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abcV

If you’re in the market for a meat-free brunch, abcV serves up dishes that are sure to surpass expectations. Whether you’re in the mood for fruits, grains or pancakes, their unassumingly plant-based menu will leave you feeling satisfied.

 

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Agave

If you’re in the mood for a margarita brunch, head to Agave for an Arizona-inspired space with whimsical Mexican dishes. This West Village hot spot also provides you with an extensive tequila selection that makes for a boozy way to start your day.

 

Photo: Agave NYC

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The 12 Best Restaurants for Dessert in LA

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Los Angeles is the perfect place to satisfy your craving as restaurants all across the city offer up quality treats to round out your dining experience.  Many restaurants love to have a signature dessert to make sure guests end their meal with something creative and sweet. These dining destinations are sure to do the trick when you’re on the hunt for a sweet treat in Los Angeles.

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Pizzeria Mozza

You may think of Pizzeria Mozza as a go-to for a good pie, but pizza pies aren’t your only option. Don’t overlook the quality dessert menu stocked with Italian confections like their signature Butterscotch Budino that’s sure to hit the spot.

 

Pizzeria Mozza Butterscotch Budino

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Your mouth is sure to water the second you take a bite of CUT’s classic Chocolate Souffle. The popular dessert has reached perfection with molten chocolate and ice cream mixing to create a delectable taste.

 

Photo: CUT Chocolate Souffle

Odys + Penelope

It’s a cake lover’s dream at this La Brea restaurant with delicious options for you to choose from. Their signature Rye Pie is known for its perfect fusion of chocolate and peanuts to put the finishing touch on your meal.

 

Odys + Penelope Rye Pie

Republique

There’s a little bit of everything on Republique’s dessert list, but the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake will be the dish you talk about long after it’s gone. The sweet flavors mix to create a taste like no other at this La Brea destination.

 

Photo: Republique Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

This West Hollywood staple is known for its Patisserie that serves up quirky desserts that are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised if your dessert pops, smokes or splatters with unique items to activate your senses.

 

Photo: The Bazaar by Jose Andrés Patisserie

The Rose Café

Doubling as a bakery, you’re sure to find something good at The Rose Café with fresh ingredients integrated into each of their dishes. Their puddings and pies will have you feeling right at home in this open-air Venice locale.

 

Photo: The Rose Café Bread Pudding

Bottega Louie

While dining at Bottega Louie, there’s no way you’ll be able to pass up their patisserie packed with a rainbow assortment of desserts including macarons. Choose from fourteen flavors of the trendy, pastel treat to brighten your day.

 

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Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

You won’t go wrong if you’re looking for something sweet from Nighthawk. The sugary pastries mixed with alcohol cereal drinks make for a one-of-a-kind menu that’s sure to be a memorable treat.

 

Photo: Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar Spiked Cereal Milk

Catch

This trendy rooftop serves up a quality fine dining experience in its West Hollywood location, including their signature Instagram-worthy “Hit Me” Cake, which involves a quick tap with a spoon to break open the fun.

 

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Bestia

Known for their impressive list of desserts, you’ll have to test out this contemporary Italian spot for a taste of something sweet. From tortes to tarts, there’s something for everyone to nibble as you enjoy the sophisticated space.

 

Photo: Bestia Chocolate Budino Tart

Black Market Liquor Bar

You won’t find a dessert quite like those at this Studio City destination. The Fluffernutter, a sweet treat with marshmallow fluff, puts on quite the show as you slice into it. Also taste their Housemade Ice Cream for a quality refresher.

 

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Jones Hollywood

If you’re a sucker for apple pie, Jones is the place to go for a late night comfort dessert. This classic Hollywood destination will have your mouth watering for a sweet treat.

 

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Los Angeles’ Best Australian-Inspired Eats

If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of these hot spots for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.

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Great White

This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.

 

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Photo: Great White Venice

Maude / Gwen

These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.

 

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Photo: Maude Los Angeles

Bondi Harvest

This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

 

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

E.P. & L.P.

A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Little Ruby

Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

 

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Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Paramount Coffee Project

Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

 

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Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Point Five

This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

 

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Photo: Point Five

Pollen

Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

 

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Photo: Pollen Echo Park

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15 of the Best Brunch Spots in LA

The people of Los Angeles have a reputation for laid back work schedules and a weakness for a midday brunch outing. If you’re in town and looking for a spot to quiet your half-breakfast half-lunch craving, the range of options in LA are sure to satisfy. Some of the best brunch hot spots are known to turn your average meal into a necessary social event.

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Pearls Liquor Bar

Climb the stairs to Pearl’s for a seat overlooking the busy Sunset Boulevard below as you create your own sparkling concoction with their DIY mimosa kit.

 

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar Mimosa Kit

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar

Rossoblu

This Italian eatery is a great destination for brunch when you’re in Downtown LA. The breakfast plates and mouth-watering burgers supply you with everything you need to recover from the previous night’s adventures.

 

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Photo: Rossoblu

State Social House

State Social House’s prime West Hollywood location will give you the best American eats along with bottomless mimosas and build-your-own Blood Marys.

 

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Photo: State Social House

Gjusta

This sprawling Venice bakery and restaurant offers up a mouth-watering brunch menu of savory bites. Their fresh ingredients sourced from Southern Californian farms ensure a fresh-tasting dining experience to put a quality touch on your day out.

 

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Photo: Gjusta Venice

Cliff’s Edge

This nature-inspired destination has plenty of greenery to surround your day with good vibes. The intimate seating puts the cherry on top of a delicious menu and makes for a great brunch date spot.

 

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Photo: Cliff’s Edge

Eveleigh

This rustic West Hollywood location has a bright outdoor space to make sure you take in Los Angeles’ envious weather. Their seasonally-shifting menu ensures that only the best ingredients are a part of their dishes, and mimosa pitchers promise a buzz with your meal.

 

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Photo: Eveleigh

Republique

This innovative brunch destination will put you in a food coma with their filling dishes of sandwiches, chicken and waffles, pastries and anything else you can think of that’s required for tasty afternoon eats.

 

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Photo: Republique

E.P. & L.P.

Dine from EP’s unique Asian-fusion Sunday brunch menu and enjoy their bottomless mimosas before heading to the LP rooftop patio to take in the Los Angeles sun.

 

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Photo: EP & LP

Little Doms

Head to the Eastside to get a taste of everything that’s best about brunch—the in-house deli at Little Dom’s provides all the best meats along with breakfast pizza that will fulfill your Italian brunch dreams.

 

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Photo: Little Dom’s

Kismet

For a Middle Eastern twist on your brunch outing, Kismet in Los Feliz provides a delicious spot for filling up on homemade breads and satisfying egg dishes. Their Turkish-ish breakfast is a signature choice for starting off your day right.

 

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Photo: Kismet

Sqirl

This Silver Lake hot spot is known for putting together a tasty selection of unique dishes. The long line will be worth the wait as their signature seasonal spreads are sure to bring something sweet to your afternoon.

 

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Photo: Sqirl

Neighbor

This hidden Abbott Kinney newcomer boasts a bright outdoor patio for you to take in the breeze as you dine. Their granola is a popular treat to get your day started after recovering from a busy weekend.

 

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Photo: Neighbor Venice

Salts Cure

The mouth-watering eats at Salt’s Cure come from a collection of ingredients locally sourced from California. Their in-house butchering gives dishes fresh cuts that will make your mouth water.

 

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Photo: Salt’s Cure

Sunny Spot

Make a reservation at Venice’s Sunny Spot for a lively Caribbean-inspired brunch in their indoor/outdoor space. Choose from bottomless mimosas or rum punch to give a kick to your daytime outing.

 

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Photo: Sunny Spot Venice

Huckleberry

Waiting in line at Huckleberry is just a part of the experience, but sitting down to dine on their delicious eats makes it all worth it. Their freshly baked pastries are a must-try as the fresh, local ingredients make it easy to indulge.

 

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Photo: Huckleberry Santa Monica

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20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Putting together an event involves a number of decisions that each lead to creating a memorable experience. The space you choose to host your gathering can make all the difference in making a good impression on your guests. Whether it’s a holiday party with colleagues or an anniversary celebration with family, Los Angeles offers up a variety of beautiful spaces to set the scene for your special day.

 

Madame Siam

The newest to join the Houston Hospitality family, Madame Siam has plenty of space for dancing, drinking and enjoying the whimsical circus-themed décor. Carnival games and a house psychic are just a few of the draws for people to come see the sideshow.

 

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Photo: Madame Siam

Warwick

Large scale parties work great in Warwick’s lavish setting complete with a wrap-around bar and upstairs enclosed glass balcony. The upscale decor makes an impact as your guests will have free-range to mix and mingle in the attractive environment.

 

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Photo: Warwick LA

Norah

Whether you’re aiming for a full buyout or a semi-private space, Norah offers up a sleek, contemporary atmosphere that is sure to impress your guests. Their eclectic menu of American cuisine delivers flavorful dining for any size group.

 

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Photo: Norah West Hollywood

Avenue

This Hollywood nightclub plays host to numerous events throughout the year due to its diversity of spaces including an indoor bar, main room and atrium garden. The seamless space with state-of-the-art equipment will make your event a night to remember.

 

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Photo: Avenue LA

Delilah

The vintage style of h. Wood Group’s Delilah makes for a perfectly elegant celebration in the dimly lit space where you can toast to the good life. The venue boasts burlesque shows with talented dancers that are sure to keep your guests entertained.

 

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Photo: Delilah LA

Barbette

Bring in your loved ones to reserve Barbette’s garden room or dining room at this modern, West Hollywood French Bistro. The stylistic decor with a rustic feel will create a chic environment for your gathering.

 

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Photo: Barbette

DAMA

The Latin-inspired cuisine mixed with the kitschy tropical interior makes DAMA a great place for an energetic celebration. The sophisticated setting with indoor and outdoor space will give you plenty of options to make your event worthwhile.

 

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Photo: DAMA Los Angeles

Mr. C. Beverly Hills

Timeless glamour is the main attraction at this elegant hotel perfect for tying the knot with a luxurious backdrop. The 360-degree views of Beverly Hills will put the right touch on your special day.

 

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Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Katsuya Hollywood

Katsuya’s intimate dining room makes for a great place to celebrate in privacy, while also being suitable for large-scale events for as many as 400 guests. Their event team and award-winning catering takes your special event to the next level.

 

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Photo: Katsuya Hollywood

Perch

This sky-high destination is the perfect backdrop for baby showers, engagement parties and everything in between with their unmatched views of Downtown Los Angeles. The multiple floors available in the building that can accommodate up to 250 guests allow for events of any size.

 

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Photo: Perch LA

Lono

Embrace the tiki spirit when you host your event at tropical hot spot Lono—an expansive and detailed space with a surprising size given its Hollywood Boulevard location. The sky’s the limit when you choose their quality cocktails and welcoming environment.

 

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Photo: Lono Hollywood

The Highlight Room

Take the elevator to the top of the Dream Hotel for an event at The Highlight Room, where their outdoor space and indoor lounge both offer up a picturesque view of Hollywood. Their swimming pool makes for a great touch on summer events and can be covered to provide a dancefloor.

 

Photo: The Highlight Room

Photo: The Highlight Room

E.P. & L.P

The view of West Hollywood can be seen for miles from the rooftop bar at EP & LP—a great place for a full buyout on the patio or a partial buyout at their event space Frankie’s Private Bar. The EP restaurant has an open floor plan for large group celebrations or smaller gatherings with friends and family.

 

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: EP & LP

Catch

Let your guests experience Catch’s garden-inspired atmosphere for seated dinners, cocktail events and everything in between. The trendy West Hollywood rooftop spot makes for the perfect backdrop to your celebration.

 

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Catch LA

Goya Studios

If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests.

 

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Photo: Stage B Goya Studios

The Bungalow Santa Monica

Watching the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to celebrate by booking one of The Bungalow’s many indoor and outdoor options for private spaces.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

The Spare Room

Host an event at The Spare Room and let the games begin as their multiple bowling lanes are sure to bring out the best in your guests.

 

Photo: The Spare Room Hollywood

Photo: The Spare Room Hollywood

Ricks

This poolside bar at Downtown’s Hotel Figueroa is an eclectic setting for your group to enjoy—their rooftop makes for the perfect intimate space for a gathering under the stars.

 

Photo: Rick’s at Hotel Figueroa

Photo: Rick’s at Hotel Figueroa

Doheny Room

Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Doheny Room

Seven Grand

This Downtown Whiskey bar brings a sophisticated element to any event along with a quality drink list that will make your special day one-of-a-kind.

 

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Photo: Seven Grand Los Angeles

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The 10 Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in Las Vegas

While the ever-popular nightlife scene in Las Vegas will always be what the city is known for, those with a refined appetite will have a blast dining at the city’s selection of extravagant restaurants. From lavish French cuisine to sophisticated steakhouses, there are a variety of ways to splurge on a luxury Vegas dining experience. Make a reservation to wine and dine at these hot spots and indulge in a palate-pleasing meal in Sin City.

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Joël Robuchon

This elaborate destination is the picture of opulence with a space where renowned “chef of the century” Joël Robuchon presents the best of French cuisine. The many elegant dining rooms create an aesthetic of 1930s Paris as guests are spoiled by Chef Robuchon’s culinary works of art.

 

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Photo: Joël Robuchon Vegas

SW Steakhouse

The Wynn is home to Chef David Walzog’s restaurant for unparalleled American steakhouse dishes. The terrace overlooking the Lake of Dreams gives guests a spectacular view as they dine on seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients brought to life through the Chef’s decadent menu.

 

Photo: SW Steakhouse

Photo: SW Steakhouse

Yui Adomae

For an upscale sushi experience to remember, Yui Adomae is a fine dining destination with a modest setting but offers fresh seafood flown in directly from Japan. The omakase meal takes a minimalist perspective to ensure you savor each flavor of the specially-crafted menu.

 

Photo: Yui Edomae

Photo: Yui Edomae

Picasso

Inspired by the artist himself, this two-Michelin star French and Spanish menu by Executive Chef Julian Serrano will give you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining surrounded by Pablo Picasso’s original artwork. The patio view of the Bellagio’s fountain will be the cherry on top when you make a reservation for this innovative Vegas destination.

 

Photo: Picasso

Photo: Picasso

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

One of the best steakhouses in the city, CUT offers up a variety of menu options that are sure to please your palate. From American and Japanese Wagyu to prime corn-fed steaks, there’s something for everyone at this Wolfgang Puck hot spot.

 

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Twist

Three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire brings his talents to Las Vegas to take classical French dining and give it a modern “twist.” Overlooking the Strip from the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the stunning space filled with floor-to-ceiling windows serves innovative dishes made with seasonal ingredients that are sure to impress.

 

Photo: Twist Vegas

Photo: Twist Vegas

é by José Andrés

This ultra exclusive eight-seat fine dining experience inside Jaleo will have you buzzing with delight at the rotating menu of delicately-crafted dishes. The library-themed space boasts a tasting menu of whimsical Spanish plates bursting with vibrant flavors.

 

Photo: é by José Andrés

Photo: é by José Andrés

Restaurant Guy Savoy

A reflection of its Parisian sister location, Restaurant Guy Savoy brings French tastes to Vegas through delectable, traditional cuisine made for any true food enthusiast to enjoy. The sophisticated style and rich flavors surpass expectations while offering guests beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip in a luxurious, modern space.

 

Photo: Restaurant Guy Savoy

Photo: Restaurant Guy Savoy

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Bazaar Meat isn’t your ordinary steakhouse with its lavish setting and José Andrés’ signature innovation in breaking the mold of Spanish dining. From ceviche and tartares to foie gras and real Kobe beef, any meat lover will be right at home at this SLS Las Vegas hot spot.

 

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Le Cirque

Take a trip to “the circus” for French fine dining from Chef Wilfried Bergerhausen. The inventive plates of both classic and modern French fare are served in a playfully sophisticated space themed like a colorful circus that overlooks the Bellagio fountain.

 

Photo: Le Cirque

Photo: Le Cirque

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The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.

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Olmsted

The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.

 

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Photo: Olmsted NYC

Alta

The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.

 

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Photo: Alta NYC

Llama Inn

Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

 

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Photo: Llama Inn NYC

I Sodi

For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

 

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Photo: I Sodi NYC

Oxomoco

The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

 

Photo: Oxomoco NYC

Photo: Oxomoco NYC

The Grill

The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

 

Photo: The Grill NYC

Photo: The Grill NYC

Lilia

A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

 

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Photo: Lilia NYC

Wildair

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

 

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Photo: Wildair NYC

La Vara

Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

 

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Photo: La Vara NYC

Flora Bar

After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

 

Photo: Flora Bar NYC

Photo: Flora Bar NYC

Win Son

With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

 

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Photo: Win Son NYC

Le Coucou

A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

 

Photo: Le Coucou NYC

Photo: Le Coucou NYC

Aldea

This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

 

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Photo: Aldea NYC

Uncle Boons

Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

 

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Photo: Uncle Boons NYC

The Pool

The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

 

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Photo: The Pool

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

21st birthdays are a rite of passage for young people ready to explore the variety of fun venues Los Angeles has to offer. With such an exciting celebration to plan, narrowing down the right places to go can be difficult when checking out venues beforehand may not be an option. Coming up with a creative 21st birthday idea for yourself or your loved one can make all the difference in kicking off the year to a lively start.

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Activities

A newfound taste for wine is sure to develop after a 21st birthday visit to the Tasting Room at Malibu Wines. The rustic destination will let you and your group try out their variety of selections along with enjoying live music and events on the weekend. For a more adrenaline-fueled birthday event, Exotics Racing lets you experience some of the fastest cars on the planet at their private speedway. Sit in with a professional driver during a drifting thrill ride or take the wheel yourself for a high-octane escape. If laid back fun is more of your b-day style, book a lane at the trendy Highland Park Bowl for beers with friends, or reserve a karaoke room with bottle service at the speakeasy destination Break Room 86.

 

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

Photo: Exotics Racing

Dining

A chic 21st birthday dinner can create the best memories and in Los Angeles, you can choose from any of the thriving selection of hot spots to make the moment special. Dine at Catch for a beautiful rooftop location with a stylish crowd to match. For an intimate hideaway, reserve a table at Delilah in their vintage-inspired setting fit with burlesque dancers and the occasional live jazz performance. If the West side is more your speed, head to rooftop spot Elephante to take in the sunset while enjoying the Californian and Southern Italian menu of delicious eats.

 

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Photo: Elephante Santa Monica

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Day Partying

Sometimes celebrating during the day is the answer, and LA’s unbeatable weather will ensure a perfect 21st birthday atmosphere. Head to EP & LP and book Frankie’s Private Bar to ring in the day with all your closest friends, or lounge at their open seating patio for a casual toast under the sun. Santa Monica’s neighborhood favorite The Bungalow is a great destination for a birthday with plenty of tables to reserve for your special day. The colorful Hollywood rooftop spot Mama Shelter also makes for an Instagram-worthy celebration, or book a poolside room at The Roosevelt Hotel to have a prime location at their weekend pool parties without even leaving your hotel.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: Mama Shelter

Nightclubs

The best part of any 21st birthday is showing your newly legal ID at the hottest nightclubs in town. Warwick is a go to for a birthday bash with their large space and extravagant décor creating the perfect backdrop to your night. Try out Avenue and experience their modern indoor space connected to a vibrant atrium garden. One of the most exclusive spots in the city is the A-list favorite Poppy, boasting DJs and world-renowned musical performances in the whimsical setting.

 

Photo: Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Avenue LA

Photo: Poppy LA

Bars & Speakeasies

Gathering with friends at a bar is a great way to have a 21st birthday with a little something for everyone. The most recent Houston Hospitality venue Madame Siam will have you dancing the night away in their energetic circus-themed space. Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees is also a prime option for laid back dancing with their hip hop room and main room blasting a mix of throwback selections. For those who prefer games over a dance floor, Casey’s Irish Pub lets you try their Irish whiskey and beer selections while practicing your skills in skee ball, ping pong, pool and plenty more.

 

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Tenants of the Trees

Photo: Casey’s Irish Pub

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