The holidays give some the warm fuzzies, and others perennial anxiety– at least for the latter group, the goddess (and Mr. Gore) gave us online shopping. So before you adjust the backlight on your screen in the name of commercial nostalgia, why not take a peek at our CliffsNotes?
THE PRETENTIOUS MUSICIAN
1. Around the World in 80 Raves: A Guide to Best Parties & Festivals on the Planet
PRICE: $14.95 (via Urban Outfitters)
For those veteran EDC attendees, maybe it’s time they take their raver experience to new horizons. Place this book into the hands of the right kandi-toting, shufflin’ EDM-aficionado straight out of UC Irvine, and you will never see them ever again.
2. Amoeba gift cards
PRICE: Depends… how much does this person actually deserve?
Normally we’d point you to gift cards only if it’s the last absolute last resort, but truthfully, any pretentious musician will go ga-ga over some records from Amoeba. So throw a bone, or a vinyl or two, to your favorite crate-digger.
3. LSTN headphones
PRICE: Troubadours – $150 | Fillmores – $100 | Bowerys – $50
No matter your giftee’s degree of pretension, LSTN headphones has you covered. Whether they like over-ears or earbuds, all LSTN headphones are eco-friendly, handcrafted from reclaimed wood and sound fantastic.
PRICE: $6.99 – pack of 5 — $240 – 250 customized tapes
For all the lovers and hopeless romantics out there. Sharetapes give you the cuteness of a mixtape, but the practicality of credit-card size. This holiday season tell that special someone how you feel with a customizable playlist on the go.
5. Marshall Stanmore Speaker
Do you have a friend who wishes they had a reason to impress people by an array of amps, but are not blessed with the ability to actually play an instrument? Well, this is the gift for them. When they don’t have their intricately thought out playlist blasting from the speaker, it will double as an amp look-a-like to impress the masses – or that cute neighbor upstairs.
FOR THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS DRUNK (OR YOURSELF)
1. Whiskey Cube Set
PRICE: $24.95 (via Urban Outfitters)
Watered down whiskey is for pansies. With this stone cube set you can now wean out those folk who have not established the taste for liquor. They can go back to their sugary drinks, while you look refined drinking in your study with this set – I mean, while the gift receiver looks great and dignified with these in their drink.
2. Assouline: Vintage Cocktails Book
PRICE: $50 (via The Bazaar at SLS Hotel)
Nights in with friends are going to be more entertaining, and more prone to blackouts with this book at hand…you’re welcome.
3. Domaine LA
Wine is a pretty fun gift to give. Why? Because it can be shared. So head to Domaine LA for their superb selection in small-time, family-run wine producers from Europe and the United States. And who knows, maybe owner Jill Bernheimer will let you sample two or three. Or four. We’re aiming for four.
4. Beer Making Kit
So, giving this gift can either have rewarding results or end in disaster. Fortunately, the Brooklyn Brew Shop makes home-brewing easy with their kits, and provides a wide variety of hoppy-goodness to fit your giftee’s (or your own) beer preference.
1. Altru Apparel Glyph Button-Up
Are you finally sick of your male counterparts wearing boring button-ups (or grungy plaid) and thinking they look cool, or “ironic”? Altru Apparel gives the guy a classic, lightweight fit with an eye-catching print. Now it is safe to be seen in public with them.
2. See You Monday Leggings
PRICE: $7.95 – $23 (via KarmaLoop)
For the friend/sister/mom with some sass. These leggings add a pop to whatever your giftee decides to throw on – even that oversized t-shirt they rolled out of bed in.
3. Globe Mahalo (Navy/Plaid)
While you may not have worn Globe sneakers since 2005, when the puffy skate shoes were all the rage, you have been missing out. They are partaking in the minimalistic, clean look and are doing it really well. Pre-order the Mahalo’s and put their other sneakers to shame.
4. Paisley Sockwear
Grown man shoes need grown man socks … but you can’t go wrong with a little whimsicality either.
5. TOPMAN x SIBLING/TOPMAN Black Leather Biker Jacket
PRICE: $160 // $300
Give yourself a reason to have a “Cool Christmas Sweater Party” rather than the overrated and overdone “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.”
6. Aark Watches
PRICE: $140 – $380 (can be found at Poketo)
Minimalistic but not mundane. Aark gives you an array of colors and design to fit just about every mood, outfit, and time of day. This unisex watch is totes next level – and très chic.
GOT ME FEELIN’ SOME TYPE OF WAY…GIFTS
2. Love Nail Tree Jewelry
LNT gives you old school romance with their collection of jewelry. Ranging from simple shapes to intricate clock necklaces (not like Flavor Flav, tho). So whoever you give this gift to will feel stylish and special.
3. Royal Apothic Conservatory Collection eau de parfum
Not sure how you feel, but we think nothing is better than someone who smells like a million bucks – or in this case, royalty.
4. Hopeless Lingerie (Everything)
PRICE: $35 -$280
We are not really sure where we should begin on tempting you to buy your partner AT LEAST one thing from this website, because we want you to buy everything – and send us a care package too. The Aussie designer knows how to mix minimal coverage with class, and knows the quality of handmade products. Order quick though, we are sure Santa sent over a long list of orders already.
5. Radeo’s Pretty Glam Special Underwear
PRICE: $13 – $55
Your favorite Suicide Girl now adds designer to her resume. – a designer of panties, of course. While Radeo herself is not only sexy, but a true nerd at heart, her underwear come in galaxy print, a cute robot friend , and well, herself.
6. Diptyque Smoothing Body Polish
PRICE: $68 (@ Nordstrom)
Diptyque is more than just candles. This smoothing body polish will make anyone more soft to the touch, and make bath-time that much more luxurious.
YOU’RE SO VAIN, YOU KNOW THIS GIFT IS FOR YOU
1. Imperial Barber Pomades
PRICE: $20 – $24 (@ No. A Boutique)
With barbershops becoming a culture of their own, we know you know someone with a fly haircut. These pomades will keep their hair in place with a variety of holds. They probably still won’t let you touch their hair, but you are one step closer because without you and your gift, they would be a mess.
2. Season’s Tweetings – Lush Gift set
This gift set is the one that will cause you to have a constant battle with yourself – deciding on whether you really should give it away or just keep it. Stuffed with Lush goodies like Rose Jam shower gel, celestial moisturizer and Noriko soap, it’s going to be hard to talk yourself out of thinking your sister deserves this more than you do.
3. Lime Crime Velvetines
The best wingman — and wingwoman — are the ones that take care of you. So to keep your matchmaker streak going, you help set up your best friend for some Christmas lovin’, so you do three things: invite all your single friends over, set up the apartment with mistletoe galore and slap some Lime Crime Velvetine on her — she’s not going to keep those lips on for that much longer.
4. Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray
Once again, Oribe makes our lists. We cannot get enough of the brand and we are sure your giftee will spend more time in the mirror than they already do with any Oribe product, but our current fave is the Light Reflecting Spray. With the gloomy weather finally heading our way, who doesn’t want to shine bright?
5. Belmondo Face Kit
Of course, in this year’s Secret Santa drawing, you got your brother’s buddy that somewhat resembles an LA-version of The Situation. Which is true, because of course, his tanning lotion is made of natural, olive-oil based products like Belmondo’s.
THE LA “TRAVELER”
1. Fuji Instax Mini
Pint-sized and definitely not your grandma’s Polaroid camera; perfect for the vintage-photo junkie because it’s like Instagram but for real-life.
2. ChargeCard : Slim USB Cable
After giving your friend this gift, their typical wallet check-list before a night out will turn into something like this: driver’s license, cash, credit card, condoms, gum, phone charger — okay, good to go.
3. Signal Snowboards
PRICE: $390 – $900
Winter is coming and the mountains will begin to be fueled by eager athletic individuals waiting to shred through that snow. And like the first day of school, you need to look good your first day on the mountain. Whether you are a beginner, or an expert, Signal has what you need
4. Humble Bundle Travel Coffee Gift Set
There’s just something about big cities and coffee. Even in 80-degree Novembers, Angelenos still require coffee for functioning, and this Humble Bundle just makes that addiction so much easier.
5. Shinola The Women’s Bixby
With the traffic being horrible all day, every day, what better gift to give your little LA wanderlust than a perfectly pink bicycle? Just watch out for busses.
THE NEXT MASTER CHEF JR.
1. Milk Bottle Measuring Cup
Since Pyrex is too hood now, and the milk man no longer travels door-to-door, using a take on the old school milk bottles as measuring cups has got to be the way to go. And plus, it’s just cuter than your standard.
2. Reclaimed wood boards
Bring a little nature into your friend’s downtown loft because there is such a thing as too much metropolis.
3. Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit
Psh. If 13-year-old Alexander Weiss can do it, how hard can it be? Isn’t the saying, “if you can read, you can cook?” …….. right?
4. Ladurèe Sucre Cookbook
Give your friend some Ladurèe macarons, and they’ll eat for a night. Teach them how to make Ladurèe macarons, and you can have some too.
JUST BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME
Crooks & Castles X Monopoly Board Game Collectors Edition
Board game nights just got more street. If your homies can’t knock the hustle, then maybe you guys need to handle shit on the board at Mayfair and Park Lane.
We couldn’t find the restaurant at first since there’s no sign out front, and we still are unsure if “Everly” is even the correct pronunciation, but as we walked through the nice courtyard dining area, we were already looking forward to our next meal here. The Eveleigh with its dimly lit fancy-but-rustic-looking dining area buzzing with in-the-know urbanites, we worried we would encounter a pretentiously creative menu with unique items that may or may not actually taste good.
Thankfully, our concerns were unwarranted and we found most of the dishes on the evening’s tasting menu very enjoyable. Head chef Jordan Toft warmly welcomed us by serving up slices of a freshly opened prosciutto, aged 16 months in The Eveleigh’s own wine cellar. The sommelier – an enthusiastic wine geek with a penchant for natural wines – started us off with a nice rosé that paired well with the buttery salty goodness of the prosciutto. It was off to a good a start.
The first standout for us was the chicken skin with smoked trout roe, which was like taking the best part of normal fried chicken and making it not only fancier, but better. Then, the rainbow carrots with goat cheese ranch, a simple yet fresh take on the vegetable trays one may be more accustomed too, was up their on a list of favorites, even if it was just your typical veggies and dip.
From the next course, the ricotta served with black mission figs, sprouted almonds, and almond honey, was stellar. We also enjoyed the beef heart tartar made with fish sauce and smoked garlic oil – a refined version of the primitive act of eating another’s heart, only this time it wasn’t meant as a metaphorical act. But, as we were warned, the only thing off about this course was it being paired with “Munjebel” from Sicily – a selection that is known to not be well-liked.
Yet as much as the Munjebel was a disappointment, the Sébastien Riffault Sancerre Rouge poured next was one of the best pinot noirs we have ever had. We kept asking the sommelier questions about it in the hopes that he would keep refilling our glass, and the mostly-unnecessary scheme worked. The Sancerre was great on its own and it paired very well with our favorite dish of the night, the Pasternak’s quail served with roasted figs, yogurt, and morita chili dust.
The main course was Walla Walla lamb, paired with a Broc Cellars grenache. There was nothing too crazy here (but the name), just good lamb and delicious grenache. And finally, we indulged in dessert consisting of anzac cookie crumb, green apple sorbet, and clove meringue, paired with a rosé port. It was a pleasant conclusion to an elaborate, detailed, and (possibly bougie) menu we had the pleasure of trying out.
Photo cred: @mr_tsp
Summer is ending and we know you spent all your money on a good time (re: alcohol). Lucky for you, your alcoholic beverages are giving back. Stella Rosa wine is giving you the opportunity to be a part of their first ever contest in order to win back some of that quickly dispersed cash and then some, $2,500 to be exact.
Before anything, open up that Instagram app – we know it is first on your recently used list because you check it every 5 minutes – we’re guilty of this too, don’t worry.
Then, snap a funky, cool pick of your Stella Rosa bottle and BE CREATIVE! Get your friend in the pic or revisit that scenic picnic spot you went to last weekend with your favorite Stella flavor in hand. Or, do something way more creative than anything we could think of, we know you got it in you.
Next, bust out those hashtags we all love so much and #stellasummer
Photo cred: @yovanitta
Now, you are entered in the contest. But, you aren’t quite finished yet.
Your photo will then be put on the Stella Rosa Facebook page where you can share the image with your friends and get them to vote. The winner will be picked on October 1st.
To truly get started, visit:
Let the stellabrating commence and check out the video below for more details.
Photo cred: @amy___________
Oops, it’s February 13th. Have you been stumped for a gift that’s sweet or funny but not overly gooey? Maybe want something that is a little more original than chocolate or flowers? Get in your car and get to the craft/hardware store and let’s get to it. Here’s a super fast and simple idea for the “red neck wine glass” and the same idea as a catch-all (or jewelry stand).
-E-6000 glue (available at most hardware/craft stores)
-a [mason] jar
-a candle stick holder
-other glass bowls/jars
1. Decide how you want your thing to look (if you’re going for the catch-all). The “wine glass” is pretty straight forward.
2. Run a good bead of E-6000 along the lip of the candle stick.
3. Put your jar/plate/whatever you decided on top. (Repeat if you’re doing a catch-all.)
4. Let it cure for 24 hours. You can help speed up the process by using a hair dryer on LOW. Do not aim the heat directly at the glue.
5. Gift it. Enjoy!
-Try thrift shops or dollar stores if you don’t already have candlesticks and jars on hand
-Fill it with candy or love letters or a terrarium
-Use candlesticks with wide bases to increase stability
-Don’t mess with it while it’s curing/drying
-Use a plate and candle stick to make a cake stand
Little Dom’s is excited to announce their Vintage Cookbook Pairing dinner, featuring a special menu of dishes from Chef Brandon Boudet’s favorite rare cookbook series and ebay find, In Bocca.
This Thursday, January 10th, from 5:30-11:00 p.m., Chef Boudet will offer a plethora of dishes from Milan through the In Bocca Milano cook book, printed in 1976, with suggested wine pairings from Little Dom’s Wine Director Susan Brink.
Be sure to scroll-down for a Menu Preview…
Spinach Croquettes with Spinach, Ricotta, Egg & Nutmeg $8
paired with 2009 Vignetti Massa Derthona Timorasso, Piedmont $7 tasting, $15 glass
Risotto Milanese – Saffron Risotto $14
paired with 2010 Cantina di Venosa Terre di Orazio Dry Muscat, Basilicata $5 tasting, $10 glass
Prosciuttini di Pollo – Chicken Legs Stuffed with Prosciutto & Sage $12
paired with 2009 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese, Sicily $7 tasting, $14 glass
Solo Wine Flight $13
*Reservations are recommended*
2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Wine confuses me. If I ever have the luxury to look beyond the cheapest glass on the menu, I will be woefully unprepared to make a selection. For starters, why is Two-buck Chuck or Whole Foods brand “Three Wishes” a more innocuous and socially acceptable wine then say, Yellow Tail? Why is Yellow Tail MORE expensive? Why does Yellow Tail make me sick? (Don’t get me wrong, I’ll drink it, gladly).
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I’ve found a place that does, and it’s way more exciting than Wikipedia.
Wine Riot is a fun-filled five hour wine-tasting/crash-course/revolution/party going down in DTLA this Saturday, November 10th, from either 1pm-5pm or 7pm-11pm.
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For $50, you get unlimited tastings from over 250 bottles of wine and the chance to explore different wine regions and grape varieties through mini-seminars. There will be experts roaming the floor to answer all of your questions and a healthy dose of frivolity in the form of DJs, fake tattoos, a photo-booth, and food vendors. You could say I haven’t been this excited to go to class since I was enrolled in weekly “Free Time.”