Author Archives: Elise Thompson

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.

Diana’s Mexican Food: When What You Really Need is a 6-foot-long Burrito

Diana’s Mexican Food is an old-fashioned family business that was started in 1969 by Samuel and Hortensia Magana, who named the company after their first daughter, Diana. They started out with a small grocery store in Gardena and soon opened tortillerias, a … Continue reading

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This Saturday Chinatown Welcomes the Year of the Rooster

Photo by Mike Watt This weekend LA’s Chinatown celebrates the year of the rooster with the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. Saturday, Jan 4th, hundreds of colorful floats, decorated cars, and dancers will parade from Hill and Ord Streets to Broadway and Cesar Chavez. If you like … Continue reading

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Do You Need an Excuse to Drink Whisky? It’s Burns Night!

On January 25th, the anniversary of Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday is celebrated by Scots worldwide. The occasion calls for much whiskey, and a haggis to sacrifice while reading Burns’ poem, “Address to the Haggis.” If you are unfamiliar with the … Continue reading

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An Evening with Keith Morris and Other Punk Rock Survivors

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LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show Returns for its Third Year

February 18th and 19th the LA Convention Center will smell like fresh-baked cookies as the LA Cookie Con takes over. Now in its third year, the West Coast’s largest baking convention features baking and cake decorating contests, celebrities, demos, and … Continue reading

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You are Invited to a Beefsteak!

If you are a dedicated carnivore wanting to attack a meal with unbridled lust, unashamed and in your glory, have we got the event for you! Chef Neal Fraser of Redbird is reviving the Beefsteak, a celebration of gustatory delight … Continue reading

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LA Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2016 Showed Their Stuff Wednesday Night!

Once again, Los Angeles Magazine has proven itself adept at sussing out the best restaurants in the city. The showcase of their Best New Restaurants of 2016 truly reflected the high quality of LA’s current culinary scene. Neither the rain … Continue reading

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Alice Bag: Reign of Fear

Punk rock flourished during the reigns of Thatcher and Reagan. We expect America’s nascent oppressive regime will inspire a new movement with a new batch of protest songs. Alice Bag leads the charge with her anthem, “Reign of Fear,” which … Continue reading

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Inauguration Day March in DTLA

“January 20, the people will UNITE and show Trump and the oligarchy that the people [have] had enough of the oppression in the USA and around the world! We will not wait and see what the president-elect will do, instead … Continue reading

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Where to Find Inspirational Posters for the Women’s March on LA this Saturday

This Saturday, January 21, one day after the inauguration that so many Angelenos are dreading, over 70,000 women and supporters will be marching from Pershing Square to City Hall in peaceful protest celebration of human rights. The Women’s March LA site welcomes … Continue reading

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