A Sleek + Modern Seafood Spot: Fin and Fire, DTLA


West Hollywood’s chef of The Church Key is set to launch a new seafood spot in the Arts District in Downtown called Fin and Fire. Specializing in seafood, Steven Fretz spoke a bit about the menu and assured that he would include crudités, tartars, and fish entrees cooked in a wood-fired oven for all of you seafood lovers. He also mentions that the experience will be just as unique as the food with welcoming guests with a kitchen experience and being greeted by the cooks!

As for the aesthetic of this new eatery, Fretz did say that the restaurant will be going for something a bit more sleek, black, and modern, with some copper touches to make things really pop. There is also a rooftop that will have seating for 40 people, and a small bar area beneath the dining room.

There is no word when they are set to open the doors, but Fin and Fire should definitely be on your future visit lists.


It’s not often the LAC crew is jumping at the opportunity to go clubbing in West Hollywood. Trust us, we’ve had our fair share of overpriced cocktails, bandage dresses, cigarette stains, and interminable bathroom lines. We’ve crisscrossed down the alley of youthful, boisterous, all-night merriment and landed exhausted, slightly grumpy, and a bit more introverted. Let’s just have a kiki and call it a night.

Suffice it to say, we’re itching for a bit more from our nights out these days. And thankfully our pals at DBA have finally delivered. These guys have figured out a nightlife hack: go curatorial and you’ll never get old. And with stimulating program to boot (theatrical events, spoken word, live music & DJs, top-notch literary speakers—you name it) nearly every night of the week, DBA offers far more than the typical, LA, after-dark expectation. Breathe a sigh of relief dear Angelenos—your weekdays just got way more compelling.

Peep below to get the scoop on what’s on the horizon for August from our favorite, new, nighttime symposium:

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Perhaps the only thing better than watching Jeff Goldblum play piano and banter with the crowd is watching Bill Nye perform science experiments (hint, hint DBA). Watch Goldblum, accompanied by the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra covort, clown, and tickle your ear holes. Early arrival is encouraged, as he’s known to joke around with the audience before the show is even scheduled to begin.



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Love books but hate the puffed-up pretension of literary events? Enter The Writer’s Room, a refreshing and long overdue take on the typically staid literary event. Hosted by Reza Aslan, writer, religious historian, and associate professor the University of California, Riverside (AKA the guy that schooled Fox News on what informed, critical thinking means), this month’s Writer’s Room presents Kelly Marcel and Scott Neustadter. From mega-book to mega-movie, Aslan talks to the screenwriters behind two of the most anticipated book-to-movie projects today: The Fault In Our Stars (Scott Neustadter) and Fifty Shades of Grey (Kelly Marcel).





Calling all artists! LA CANVAS and DBA bring you a unique opportunity to whip out your best ideas and bring them to life. Make your mark this August by creating a one-of-a-kind mural inside DBA’s highly visible front display window on Santa Monica Blvd. Win a celebration dinner for four at Fifty Seven in DTLA, your name on the DBA marquee during for the unveiling of your art creation, a VIP table for 10 with $1k bottle service + more. Deadline for submissions is August 15th, 2014. Get to it, art folk.





This homage / mash-up of Tarantino directed films brings to life your favorite characters and sounds from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It’s a pretty raucous night—arrive early for DBA’s signature cocktails and snacks. Be sure to use code “CANVAS” to save 20% off tickets and thank us later.



Oh, the perils of dating. Drunken booty calls, counting the minutes til it’s cool to text back without looking desperate . . . Well, we can’t control all the factors of chaos in the dating matrix, but why not plan a date this Valentines Day where improving your chances of a liaison is written in the DNA of your meal. From classic aphrodisiacs like oysters and chocolate, to uni, caviar, and honey, we dig around for the best places for you to get your best foot forward.

Photo: Sidney Bensimon / L&E Oyster Bar


1637 Silverlake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Get your fillings of the world’s most notorious aphrodisiac at this neighborhood oyster bar. Served up in a multitude of manners—raw, grilled, and fried—you’re sure to find a presentation of the bivalves that’s to your liking. Beware though: L&E does not accept reservations, so give yourself plenty of time to snag a seat.

WHAT TO GET: For the traditionalists, raw oysters are available by the dozen and you can scope out L&E’s daily oyster offerings on their Twitter. Not so keen on raw? You can also get your oysters grilled here. Try them “casino” style with butter, paprika, thyme, shallots, and neuske’s bacon, or get the “oysters L&E” with duck confit, dried sour cherries, chives, and bread crumbs.

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Photo: Q Sushi


521 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

This recent addition to downtown houses some of the best Edomae-style sushi LA has seen yet, with an interesting backstory: Two western attorneys fall in love with sushi in Japan at the hands of Chef Hiroyuki Naruke. When the Fukushima nuclear disaster hits, they and a fellow lawyer colleague help the beleaguered sushi chef fulfill his dream of opening a sushi restaurant in the U.S., and the rest is history.

WHAT TO GET: Although it may be an acquired taste, uni—otherwise known as sea urchin—is a prized delicacy in Japan, and discerning epicureans around the globe are catching on. With a sweet, buttery, and briny flavor, uni owes its aphrodisiac reputation to anandamide, a neurotransmitter which is reported to activate dopamine production in your brain. You’ll want to go omakase here, but make sure to request uni and you’ll likely be served a San Diego variety of uni much preferred by the chefs over the ubiquitous Santa Barbara kind. For a real sweet-and-savory treat, try their miso-marinated uni.

Photo: Petrossian


321 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Petrossian’s history as a caviar purveyor dates back almost a century when Russian brothers Melkoum and Mouchegh Petrossian relocated from Russia to Paris to sling the fish eggs and elevate the delicacy into the world of luxe, French cuisine. Today, caviar is known world-over and is often viewed as an aphrodisiac not so much for its makeup, but for its elusiveness and expensive pricetag. On top of that, caviar is also said to be a symbol of fertility.

WHAT TO GET: Who knew caviar could be served in so many ways? Whether folded into scrambled eggs encased in an eggshell and topped with vodka cream, or sandwiched in between layers of beef tartare, there’s a presentation to satisfy all—from the novice to the caviar connoisseur. Those willing to shell out can get the Tsar Imperial Caviar Trio: 30 grams each of Tsar Imperial Ossetra, Siberian & Transmontanus Caviar for a whopping $390.

Photo: Thirsty in LA


1142 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Chef David LeFevre’s post office turned “social restaurant” is a Manhattan Beach staple, making the perfect setting for a romantic brunch. Communal tables and re-invented down-home cooking make M.B. Post the optimal mix of casual, accessible ambiance and gourmet cuisine.

WHAT TO GET: While fried chicken doesn’t exactly shoot to the top of our aphrodisiac list, the ingredients featured in this rendition are what help this dish make the cut. Laced with honey and truffle, the highly aromatic dish satisfies both the glutton and the epicurean with its crispy exterior, juicy meat, and fragrant sauce.

Photo: Honestly Yum


912 South Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049

From its aroma to its heavenly taste, what’s not to like about chocolate? Whether you like dark, milk, or white chocolate, you’ll find some of the city’s most beautifully presented chocolates here at Jonathan Compartes chocolate emporium. Go ahead and judge a book by its cover, too, because the chocolates here taste as good as they appear, adorned with elegant and colorful patterns indicative of the chocolates’ flavors.

WHAT TO GET: Compartes chocolates come in over 100 varieties, so there’s bound to be at least one chocolate to satisfy even the pickiest of chocolate eaters. Pick something fragrant to maximize the aphrodisiac potential. We suggest the olive oil rosemary, pear cardamom, strawberry balsamic, and smoked sea salt. Compartes also offers holiday and seasonally-themed chocolate flavors, like egg nog or blackberry sage.


The saying is, “work hard, play hard,” and here at LA CANVAS boy, do we breathe that mantra.

This past Tuesday, we were back at it again at Palihouse with another kick-ass event in our Fashion Issue Release Party, getting down with LA’s most glam, gorgeous and fashionable inhabitants. With So Super SamShiva and DOOMZ  on the decks and Red Bull to provide the cocktails, the party was quick to swell and get down and dirty on the dance floor.

And if you weren’t on the dance floor, there were many other happenings throughout the night including a fashion installation where Love Nail Tree, 7 Diamonds and Koshka featured some of their signature looks for guests to bid on, benefitting the Downtown Women’s Center. Giving back to the community with a drink in hand, why didn’t we think of that sooner?

The fun didn’t end there though. With sweet goodies provided by Element Eden, TRI-ANTLER, Publish Brand, Filtrate EyewearNapoleon’s Macarons, Paisley Sockwear and Good hYOUman – just to name a few – a DIY denim bar by !TEM and an interactive photobooth by Tommy B, the night was jumpin’ from the get-go and the entire LA CANVAS crew couldn’t be more grateful to those that came out to share it with us. We wouldn’t want to celebrate our new baby in any other fashion than with some good drinks, good music and good company, especially when its with great folks like yourselves.

Check out some of our favorite pics from the party, and be sure to follow us on @LACANVAS and subscribe to our Weekly not only to see what shenanigans we’re getting ourselves into, but to also see how you can get in on the fun and get some free swag too while you’re at it.

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Ahh, the French fry. Always second place when it came to mealtime, they stood faithfully by our sandwiches and hot dogs, the trusty sidekick Robin to our Burger-Batman. For many of us, fries are a nostalgia food. When we were kids, our french fries came from greasy fast food chains. We ate them greedily, and as we got older, we got creative and dipped them in our soft serve, stuffed them into our burgers and burritos, and patted ourselves on our backs for our innovative gluttony. But let’s be real, now that we’re adults it’s time to indulge in fries that truly reflect the diversity of our refined palate–kimchee, duck confit, lamb neck, and all. If you’re ready to move beyond Mickey D’s, read on to get the scoop on some french fried fanciness. 

Chicken Tikka Poutine at Badmaash | Photo Cred: Serious Eats

Chicken Tikka Poutine

Where: Badmaash | 108 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: $12.00
What: Combine the LA’s diversity and innovative inhabitants and you get Badmaash. From what we understand it is the country’s first Indian gastropub. The restaurant offers a mix of Bombay street food, Indian fusion cuisine and traditional Indian favorites –like butter chicken, saag paneer and lamb vindaloo. Their take on poutine earned them a spot on our list by taking their masala fries — crispy fries tossed in Indian spices — and throwing gravy, cheese curds and tikka masala chicken on top. Savory, creamy, crispy and spicy all at the same time. You just can’t lose with this one.

Duck Fat Fries

Where: Sixth Street Tavern | 630 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Price: $6.00
What: Zagat named Sixth Street Tavern’s duck confit cheese fries the best thing they ate… and we’d have to agree. The fries by themselves are superb — the right amount of crispy and golden and thick, perfect to pair with a beer. But to kick it up a notch — not to get all Emeril — the tavern added smoked gouda, a garlicky cheese sauce and salty, shredded duck confit goodness to boot.

 Banh Mi Fries

Where: The Gorbals | 501 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Price: $15.00
What: Thrice cooked fries, gravy, steak, sharp cheddar, garlic aioli, Sriracha, fried jalapenos, and pickles – what more can I say? It’s everything you like in a Vietnamese steak banh mi sandwich on top of fries — sour pickles, heat from the jalapenos and Sriracha, then you throw in some hoisin gravy and cheddar cheese to add the extra oomph! Of course, let’s not forget the backbone of the dish, the fries, which are perfect for sopping up all the leftover juices.


Lamb Neck Poutine at Ink | Photo Cred: Taylor Hang

Lamb Neck Poutine

Where: Ink | 8360 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Price: $16.00
What: Lamb Neck Poutine. The name doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue, but trust us when we say that Ink’s version of the French stew-y goodness is just another one of Michael Voltaggio’s genius. The poutine holds true to itself — rich, thick and creamy, but takes on a bolder flavor coming from the slow-cooked lamb neck. While the gamey neck flavor can be strong for the pallet, Voltaggio balances out that notion with chopped chives, forest chives gel and tangy yogurt curd. The fries themselves are not made of the standard potato, but out of fried tubular chick peas that are light enough to not weigh down your stomach, but can hold its own under the poutine.

Peanut Buttercup

Where: Fresh Fries Truck | All over LA
Price: $6.00
What: Another food truck yes, but these fries will conquer that sweet tooth. The much celebrated Nutella, mixed with its old school colleague, peanut butter, and the already sweet but now crispy sweet potato, makes for an easily picked at dessert mixture.


Kimchi fries at Frysmith | Photo Cred: Neon Tommy

Kimchi Fries

Where: Frysmith | All over LA
Price: $7.00
What: We actually had a dilemma trying to pick one. It’s common knowledge that LA’s food truck game is ridiculously on point, so how could we not feature French fry truck extraordinaire, Frysmith. But which French fry offering do we choose, the kimchi fries or the Rajas fries? Clearly the kimchi fries came out the victor. Why, you ask? Simply because who would’ve thought that kimchi, Korean pork and cheddar cheese would be so delicious. The marriage between the spicy, sour kimchi and the sweet, tangy pork was obvious, but the American cheddar cheese threw us a curveball that Frysmith knocked out of the park.

Carne Asada Fries

Where: Las Anitas | 26 Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: $9.95
What: Carne asada fries may be the obvious, maybe even carne asada fries via Olvera Street, but it isn’t our fault that that is where genius lay. The carne asada, sour cream, guac, and salsa are scattered atop a mountain of waffle fries. Imagine, each waffle fry as mini, edible plates carrying all the fixings straight into your mouth. You can skip worrying that your skinny fry will weigh less than even the tiniest piece of carne asada, ultimately resulting in dropped topping and a stained tee.



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This past Wednesday, with the help of our gracious friends at Palihouse, we hosted our Hydration Issue Release Party, and, damn, did we have a blast. Tunes spun by beauties BOOM, Val Fleury and KITTENS, hosted cocktails generously poured and provided by Fireball Whiskey, custom LAC totes gifted with sweet goods provided by Stance, Element Eden, RESQWATER, BCBGeneraton, and See You Monday, and some all-around debauchery made the festive bash a night to remember.

Our bestest friends, cohorts, contributors, and drinking buddies all stopped by to celebrate with us, and we couldn’t have been more pleased to dance the night away at such a beautiful hideaway like Palihouse. We’re not gonna lie. The LAC crew left the party in a bit more of a “daze” than we had anticipated. All in good fun, we sincerely hope those who attended will be back for more for our next crazy shenanigans. Follow us @lacanvas and subscribe to our Weekly to keep up to date on what mischief we’re up to next and find out how you can score some swag (Yah, we’re giving away cool shit all summer long. Creative Rec shoes anyone?).

Peep the video and some of our favorite pics from the party, and be sure to view the full album on our facebook and more of LA CANVAS TV here


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