Boulevard Magazine Issue B209 Early Summer 2014

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ll year round, we’ve collectively built up an appetite for both the flavors and the connectivity of the holiday season. Though there are certain foods we associate with the holidays, such as turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberries and stuffing, the best thing about dining out for the holidays (and catering in!) is that they offer us freedom to leave the planning to the experts who do it best - resulting in the gift of time to connect with friends and family.

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Reviewed by Elyse Glickman & Raspin Stuwart ...

Can you believe just two decades ago, Downtown Los Angeles would shut down tight after 6:00 p.m., save for theaters and sports arenas?  While all the buzz and focus was on the West Side, there were a handful of notable exceptions, such as Patina, Checkers and The Water Grill, which kept the business meeting crowd, well-heeled Lakers fans and theater-goers well fed.  

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Hone Your Baker’s Art with This Berrylicious Holiday Pie Recipe!

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to embrace one of the greatest and most sacred seasonal traditions: food indulgence. The waning fall and early winter months means that our edible guilty pleasures don’t have to be quite so guilty anymore; especially when it comes to sweets. Nothing quite says “Season’s Greetings” like a warm apple pie, or a serving of maple glazed, candied yams.  

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Where can you find the hottest, biggest, just-released music products, technologies and instruments presented to the global market music industry? The tickets are hard to come by for this trade-only event, but the hot ticket for January 22-25, 2015 can be found in the same city where Mickey rests his feet - Anaheim, at the annual NAMM Show, held at the city’s convention center. NAMM is The National Association of Music Merchants, a not-for-profit association whose mission to strengthen the international music products industry. NAMM, based in Carlsbad, CA, is comprised of approximately 9,200 member companies located in 99 countries.

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We’ve made a list, and checked it twice. Here are our picks for some of this year’s hottest and coolest gifts for friends and family!

Wrapping your head around your holiday gift list can be a challenge, whether you’re talking about the friend who has it all, the hardest-to-please family member, or the most precocious child or fashion conscious BFF you know. See if this helps…

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The neighborhood known as Magnolia Park is continuing to emerge as a not so hidden gem in Burbank. Yes, it’s still sprinkled with the wonderful vintage stores it’s long been known for, but there are new shopping and dining treasures for you to find as you enjoy this holiday season.

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The iconic actress reunites with her Alien director in Ridley Scott's latest epic.

t’s been 35 years since Sigourney Weaver, as Lt. Ellen Ripley, blew a “xenomorph” out of an airlock in Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi masterpiece Alien. Now the statuesque actress from New York City is reuniting with the director who gave her that breakout role in Exodus: Gods and Kings, a project of literally biblical proportions. Scott’s latest movie is about how the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) rose up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) to lead 400,000 slaves out of plague-infested Egypt to the Promised Land. Weaver plays Queen Tuya, Ramses’s mother and the adoptive parent of Moses. Judging from the trailer, the movie looks every bit as epic as its source material, and Weaver looks right at home in gilded costuming while sitting atop a throne—where the talented actress deserves to be.

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There’s a one-man British invasion happening right now on the big and small screen, and his name is Benedict Cumberbatch. If you’re somehow not yet familiar with the talented 38-year-old actor from London, you should be after his new movie The Imitation Game opens in theaters on November 21. In the British-American thriller, which already has tremendous Oscar buzz, Cumberbatch plays British mathematician, cryptanalyst and early computer scientist Alan Turing. This was the man who assembled a motley crew of scholars, mathematicians, intelligence officers and even chess champions with the blessing of Prime Minister Winston Churchill to crack the Nazis’ Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II. The Imitation Game—which also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong—covers the key portions of Turing’s life: His unhappy younger years at boarding school, the triumph of creating the world’s first computer to crack 3,000 Enigma codes a day, and his postwar conviction for “gross indecency” because of his admission of being gay.

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Whether you are playing it chic and sleek, or you-go-girl-glam, this holiday season’s trends offer something to please many fashion palates. Mix textures or make a bold statement with unexpected contrasts. Think a gold lace mini-dress paired with leather ankle boots, or update your favorite little black dress with a baroque-inspired statement necklace, chandelier earrings or belt. Holiday season comes once a year, so why not celebrate in style? To get the party started, join us at some of our favorite places for fashionable thrills.

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Though it was once considered a far cry from more established shopping districts on the Westside, Studio City has grown to be a destination for shoppers as far away as the east coast. The long stretch of Ventura Blvd. between Coldwater Canyon and Barham Boulevard is now home to some of LA's most innovative boutiques.

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With an impeccable eye and a passion for art, fashion, compassion and all things beautiful, Lauri Carleton, the owner and driving force behind Studio City’s mag.pi, curates one of the most sublime boutiques around.

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All year long, our readers give Boulevard the gift of picking up our magazine and letting us know that you are enjoying it.  It means a lot to us.  So in this issue, we are giving you a gift for the holidays! Explore our picks for getting you off to a healthy and happy start for 2015.

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At Studio City’s Lotus Kitty, it’s wheels on fire, with a ride toward wellness that integrates spinning, yoga and a few positive attitude adjustments to boot!

There are many solid and effective spinning studios intent on getting you on track to your fitness goals. However, Lotus Kitty in Studio City is geared towards steering its clients in an exciting direction when heading towards total wellness. Developed by Vanessa Giorgio, the instructors take their students on an exhilarating “Power Cycling” ride, on top-of-the-line spinning bikes designed for optimal endurance training and weight loss.

 

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The last time Angelenos saw the former Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, was in 2009, when he played an invitation-only concert at the El Rey Theatre to promote his album Roadsinger. To a crowd that was simply stunned to see this man return to the stage, this man who had done the unthinkable in pop music – walk away from his career – he explained his decision to return to performing: “I realized, when you are alive on the earth, you need to tend to earthly things.”  

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Plate 38 is like that unassuming holiday present that so surprises you, you will be talking about this gift long after you’ve opened it. Though is looks like your old school neighborhood diner on the outside, Plate 38 surprises and delights on the inside. Native Pasadenian Robert Humphries, who first made his mark at other venues around town, regrouped and created a restaurant that’s a true original, even as it gives a fresh spark to the now well-treaded “Farm-to-Table” and “Comfort Food” restaurant genre.

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The Italian Beef sandwiches fit the bill deliciously, with the right amount of hearty texture balanced by juiciness and seasoning.

Many Chicago transplants making L.A. home say you can take a person out of that city, but you cannot take Chicago out of them. This was certainly the case for actor Joe Mantegna (star of CBS-TV’s Criminal Minds) and his wife, Arlene, who devised a way to keep their favorite nostalgic foods and sports team close to their heart and their home.

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Superior ingredients, a commitment to quality, and an emphasis on freshness make Cameron’s Seafood the ultimate seafood experience this side of San Francisco.

When walking into Cameron’s Seafood, one thing becomes immediately clear:  This is a special establishment. From the hardwood floors, to the tasteful, framed photographs on the wall, to the exhibition kitchen where you can catch a glimpse of busy chiefs expertly crafting their next masterpiece—everything  about Cameron’s comes together to let you know, wherever you came from, that you just stepped into the right place.

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Deck the bars with these seasonal sensations, crafted with fine Dutch spirits and created by mixologists at some of our favorite local restaurants. 

Two fantastic Dutch-made spirits are bringing a whole new meaning to “Dutch Treat,” thanks to flavors that are tailor-made for holiday season cocktailing.

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Beef Up The Holidays at Pasadena’s Meat District Company!  If you’re in the market for meat, you’ll find everything your heart desires (and more) at this very “cleaver” new eatery in Pasadena!

When the creators of Meat District Co. set out to create a unique dining experience, they initially imagined something that would reinvent the steakhouse for a diverse, modern clientele. It would fall neatly between a gastropub and a steakhouse, and between approachably unfussy and creatively sophisticated.

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By: The Boulevard Staff

Along the historic Route 66, Fair Oaks Avenue offers an array of choices, some traditional favorites, and some new ventures by some very talented creative and gastronomic entrepreneurs.

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Our cover this issue features the quirky and fanciful imaginings of Erika Oller. This isn’t Erika’s first appearance on Boulevard; she graced our covers back when the magazine was long and thin.  Remember those days? We are thrilled to have her back, and you know why? She makes us smile, tickles our funny bone and brightens our day.

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Finding the perfect gift is never a simple endeavor, and while it truly is the thought that counts, there’s nothing like the look of genuine emotion and appreciation on a recipient’s face when they are presented with something undeniably special and completely out of the ordinary.  Half the battle when it comes to choosing a unique gift is finding a store that gives you plenty of unique options. Old Pasadena’s repertoire of retailers gives you that in spades! Step off Colorado Boulevard to explore the plethora of independent boutiques, all nestled in a nostalgically historic downtown setting, and all within walking distance of each other.

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In a day and age where few things can be kept a secret, Tujunga Village is one of the Valley’s loveliest hideaways. Situated on Tujunga Avenue between Moorpark Street and Woodbridge Avenue, Tujunga Village is Studio City’s charming embodiment of quaint, small-town charm combined with big city sophistication. Where else can you stroll into a designer boutique and be greeted by the owner, get a Westside-worthy spa treatment, indulge in one of the best pizzas in LA, and people watch while sipping a perfectly prepared, frothy cappuccino - all within one city block?

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Here are our tips for Hanukkah entertaining!

So much attention is put into Christmas decorations, food and gifts that it could be easy to forget that the main event is one day - stretched out into an entire “Holiday” season. However, a big part of that season, especially in Los Angeles, is Hanukkah, which, as Adam Sandler pointed out, is “eight crazy nights.”

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Louis Perry is big, in every sense of the word. Big in stature (he’s built like a lineman), big in personality (he planned on becoming an actor), and above all, he’s big-hearted, in the many ways he gives back to his community.

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