Boulevard Magazine Issue B209 Early Summer 2014

Everyone loves a great burger, and so does Boulevard. With so much to choose from, we are only too happy to help guide you to some of our favorites. Discover chef-created, modernist burgers, or rekindle your love for some of your old favorites.

The Tuning Fork in Studio City has mastered the gourmet burger, thanks to chef Jay Bedassie. A graduate of New York Culinary Institute, Jay proudly uses only the finest ingredients and produce to create masterpieces like The Light My Fire Burger, smoldering with house salsa, muenster cheese, red leaf, ghost pepper jam, crispy onions, and chipotle aioli on a brioche bun.

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Los Angeles embraces a wealth of Latin cultures. We can indulge in everything from a delicious handmade corn tortilla to the complex flavors of a mole sauce, to divinely seasoned and grilled fish and steak from Brazil to Argentina and in-between. Enjoy the flavors of Central and South America. Ole!

When it comes to the many cuisines of Latin America, L.A. diners are always game for new discoveries. In a generation, we have evolved from taco and burrito devotees, to explorers of Mexico’s various regional cuisines from Oaxaca, Veracruz, Michoacan and Jalisco. We’ve investigated Central and South America, from the tropical flavors of Brazil, to Argentina’s fabled grilled meats, Peru’s ceviches, Chile’s fish dishes and larger-than-life vegetables, to the flavorfully mild staples of El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.

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By the time you read this, swimsuit season will have been around for a while. Now that you’re totally over that, and you’ve made peace with the skin you’re in, get ready to move forward with living and enjoy the best of the summer, regardless of how many calories you count. In our corner of Los Angeles, we’re fortunate that restaurants in all genres can satisfy our seasonal cravings. On one end of the spectrum, there are several lighter, lower calorie offerings that don’t skimp on flavor. On the other, you have their aromatic spins on messy-but-beautiful backyard BBQ indulgence and Mexican-influenced favorites. While several restaurants can do it all, they also tie the summer package together nicely with café-style outdoor seating or patio areas.

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Eagle Rock’s new 5 Line bar & lounge does more than just follow the dots, by connecting time-honored neighborhood pub ambiance with the food and drink today’s customers crave.

The owners of the wildly successful and nationally noteworthy Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizza (thank you, Ellen DeGeneres!) knew they could carve a brand new niche with their 5 Line bar & lounge. Just don’t put it into a neat category. You certainly won’t, after you’ve enjoyed an evening breaking bread (literally!) with your friends over familiar comfort-food favorites prepared in shareable, flavorful ways.

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A Traveler’s Bookstore & Outfitters in Old Pasadena, Specializing in Eurail Passes & Train Tickets.

One of the best parts of any trip is planning it, when you’re filled with the anticipation and excitement of racing out into the world. There’s no better place to start whittling down the world’s extensive inventory of fascinating sights than a travel book store. In Southern California, there’s no better travel book store than Distant Lands—A Traveler’s Bookstore & Outfitters in Pasadena.

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There’s no time like the present to enjoy the Dog Haus Biergarten’s rock’n’roll vibe and imaginative re-workings of America’s favorite foods, al fresco!

Ah, hot dogs, burgers, buns and a hot grill. These aromatic, smoldering and seductive things remain one of America’s longest-running summertime romances, especially as a good roast brings together all kinds of interesting people. However, there’s heated debate about firing up the grill when the mercury can soar over 100° in Pasadena, birthplace of the acclaimed, foodie-approved Dog Haus Restaurants.

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If you think there’s no place like Aram Serobian’s beloved Home Restaurant, think again. Aram has been busy working his renowned magic, creating another warm and comfortable spot that is sure to become a gathering place for coffee aficionados and anyone who craves beautiful, tranquil surroundings.
Located just next door to Los Feliz’s Home Restaurant, H Coffee House is a natural extension of its much loved older sibling. Owner Aram Serobian has meticulously transformed a vintage California Craftsman bungalow house into a light, bright and definitely one-of-a-kind space to relax and enjoy a little (delectable, of course) something to eat and drink.

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There are Thai restaurants, and then there are those Thai restaurants—those made for people who want to explore Thailand plate by plate, rather than fall back on the same old pad Thai or familiar red and yellow curries.
Since 2006, Lum Ka Naad’s original Northridge location has been one of those restaurants people have trekked to, based on word of mouth and that nagging craving for something new and unexpected. Based on that success, owners Alex Sonbalee and Mark Morgan recently made the bold move to bring their Thai culinary road trip within easier reach, via their newly minted location in Encino. The large, trendy space offers the same great mix of familiar favorites and ready-to-discover regional Thai dishes, plus a hip, colorful ambiance, a noodle bar and a liquor bar.

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365 days a year, noteworthy neighborhood restaurant “finds” generate buzz among people actively seeking something special beyond their familiar haunts. This summer, Eagle Rock’s Mia Sushi gears up to reel in those folks.
hen the mercury rises in mid-June (and this year promises to be hotter than usual), savvy Angelenos will again be on the hunt for a cool “new” summertime hangout. Though Mia Sushi has been on the sushi lover’s map for some time, and helped put Eagle Rock on the city’s “hipness” map, it is gearing up this summer to take a definitive place as a quintessential chill out destination, thanks in part to its modern ambiance and refreshing warm weather-perfect dishes.

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Throughout Southern California, The Counter’s “Custom Built Burgers” is busy bringing its wildly popular gourmet burgers within everybody’s reach, from parents who want to feed kids their favorites, to gourmands seeking more “grown-up” flavors. The famous “Build Your Own Burger™ Sheet” checklist is the fast casual dining spot’s heart and soul, allowing diners to mix and match their protein (beef, turkey, veggie patty, tuna and bison) with whatever their heart desires in cheeses, toppings and condiments.

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He’s played mobsters and starred in musicals, but now Christopher Walken combines both talents for Jersey Boys. In one of his seven unforgettable appearances on Saturday Night Live, Christopher Walken appears as record producer Bruce Dickinson—a man who hilariously can’t get enough “cowbell” in his songs. Those that can’t get their fill of Walken on-screen were the first to line up for Clint Eastwood’s rated-R movie adaptation of the stage musical Jersey Boys—now playing in theaters—in which Walken plays the New Jersey mob kingpin whom the Four Seasons seek out for help.

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It took a village, a horde of special effects artists and a hugely talented actor in a monkey suit to update the legend of the imposing simians that Charlton Heston discovered years ago.
The original 1968 Planet of the Apes, with Charlton Heston as cynical spaceman Col. George Taylor, was both pop entertainment and serious social commentary. It never got the credit for the mind-blowing profundity of, say, 2001: A Space Odyssey ...

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From your outdoor furnishings to the details of your tiles, to the landscaping - these are the first impressions of your home - it’s all about detail. Let Boulevard guide you outside - in.
Whether we are living in our pool, or on a shady patio, Californians enjoy a huge amount of our summertime fun outside. Let Boulevard guide you to the best in beautiful, functional decorating, from classic awnings to sumptuous tiles.

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Put a lot more music in your life with the California Philharmonic this summer! Maestro Victor Vener and his acclaimed Cal Phil Orchestra have electrified audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia, running the gamut of musical genres, everything from jazz and pops, to Broadway and opera, since 1966. Be sure to see them at their Sunday Afternoons at The Music Center, from now through August 24. Concerts include Magic, Fantasy & Adventure (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), Movies & Masterpieces (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones, Titanic) and Broadway & Bolero (Chicago, Cats, Evita). Come early and talk with the Maestro in the BP Hall before the concert!

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Summer is the season for you to slow down and take the time to care for yourself, inside and out. 
Eating good food, getting enough sleep, exercising and finding the best skin and hair care products are essential. 
Once you’ve got that healthy glow, adding some bling is the final touch.
The practice of yoga transforms a person. You become stronger and more flexible, both in body and soul. Fortunately for us, there are many places to find your practice, such as Black Dog Yoga and Rising Lotus in Sherman Oaks, Bikram Yoga in Studio City and Pasadena, and Yoga House in Pasadena.

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You’re going out and know exactly what to wear. You choose something casual chic for brunch at Blu Jam Cafe in Sherman Oaks and bust out your Bohemian flair to kick it at Tuning Fork Gastropub in Studio City. That said, deciding what duds to wear to your favorite hot spot is the easy part, because perfecting the outfit takes some practice. The truth is, when all is pulled on and zipped up, it’s the final touches—like sunglasses—that catapult your outfit from satisfactory to sensational.

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The California Philharmonic is a music lover’s dream. Only a glimmer in the eye of Maestro Victor Vener a short eighteen years ago, the orchestra has grown up to take its rightful place as a leader and innovator in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles County. Timeless music performed by world-renowned musicians deftly led with a passion and energy unique to Maestro Victor is the delightful fare that awaits you at each concert.
The California Philharmonic performs at many wonderful venues located in the greater Los Angeles and Pasadena areas including Walt Disney Concert Hall and Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia.

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It’s just a little over four miles long, but the stretch of Magnolia Boulevard that cuts an eastward swath through the NoHo Arts District and on into Burbank’s Magnolia Park is jam-packed with every variety of delightful shopping and dining adventure you can imagine.
NoHo’s Magnolia Grille is beloved for its family-style lunch and dinner menu. However, it is famous for its house made salsa and top-selling zucchini bread. Stop by on the weekend for budget mimosas, and enjoy their pet-friendly patio.

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Old Town Pasadena is renowned both for its historic panache, as well as for being the “poster child” for vibrant downtown revitalization.
Old Pasadena retains much of its fabled charm as seen in the vintage photo above. Though you’ll find modern-day establishments, the 
community is still filled with the many wonderful “mom and “pop” stores that line the boulevard, as well as the eclectic side streets.

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Allow us to give you a glimpse into the other-worldly genius of contemporary master surrealist, Daniel Merriam, whose sublime watercolors have
graced our covers more than any other artist.
Daniel Merriam and his six siblings grew up in Naples, Maine, a rural town in the southwestern part of the state. The Merriam home was filled with a variety of musical instruments and Daniel’s mother was fond of throwing open the windows while she sang, thereby serenading the neighborhood. He deeply admired his father, Fremont, a structural engineer, noting he was “...so methodical and efficient.”

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They say that variety is the spice of life. True as that may be, at least when it comes to Latin cooking, you’d also do quite well for yourself if you grab ahold of a good pepper. In the kitchen, there are important ingredients, there are critical ingredients, and then there are peppers.

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