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.

Alex’s Lemonade Raised Nearly $1.5 Million Dollars with its Annual Cookout and Auction

Now in its 9th year, LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade threw the cookout to end all Cookouts on the grassy Royce Quad of UCLA last Saturday, breaking last year’s record for most funds raised for the cancer charity. More than 2,500 attendees … Continue reading

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Sunday: Haunted by History at Los Angeles Public Library

This Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2 PM – 4 PM, there will be a guest lecture by author/researcher Craig Owens (of Bizarre Los Angeles) at the Mark Taper Auditorium in the LA Central Library. Over the course of three … Continue reading

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Harold Fox and Lonesome Town

You have probably spotted a piece of abandoned furniture, a chair, a couch, a TV, with a sad cartoon face and sometimes a party hat. These Sad Clown Public Installations are part of a project known as Lonesome Town. Last weekend, the … Continue reading

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Favorites from Friday Night’s Taste from the LA Times

It was nice to return to the now-familiar Paramount backlot with its small-town storefronts and New York tenement buildings, which still make me think of the cover of Physical Graffiti. In spite of the continuing hot weather, it was evident … Continue reading

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LA Food and Wine Best in Show: The Bear and Star

The Bear and Star restaurant from Los Olivos owned the tasting events at this year’s LAFW. Located at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, the restaurant makes full use of the 14 acre Fess Parker Home Ranch, raising Wagyu cattle, chickens, … Continue reading

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LA Food & Wine: Favorites from Sunday’s Lexus Grand Tasting

The Lexus Grand Tasting on the last day of LA Food and Wine had a pretty strong seafood leaning with some red meat to round things out. Best in Show must go to Bear and Star from Los Olivos for … Continue reading

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Join the Party to Help Kids with Cancer at Alex’s Lemonade Saturday, September 9th

We have just had two straight weekends of food events, and it’s understandable that they might all seem to run together. But Alex’s Lemonade has a special place in our hearts. This annual event, now in its 9th year, carries on the … Continue reading

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LA Food and Wine: Favorites from Ultimate Bites of LA

Thursday night, “Ultimate Bites of LA” was the first marquee event of the eighth annual LA Food and Wine festival. Grand Avenue was closed off at first street, with a red carpet spread from sidewalk to sidewalk. With the Walt Disney Hall and … Continue reading

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That’s From Disneyland to Auction off 1,000 Rare and Original Pieces of The Magic Kingdom

This weekend, Van Eaton Galleries is presenting “That’s from Disneyland, “The two day auction is cleaning out the cupboards of Disneyland addict mega-collector Richard Kraft, and it’s all for charity. Saturday, August 25, 2018, and Sunday, August 26, 2018, there … Continue reading

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The Taste Returns to Paramount Studios over Labor Day Weekend

The LA Times’ Taste event is a Labor Day tradition, something we look forward to every year. This familiar food event features the best of both high-end and little mom-and-pop restaurants and sets the tone for the coming culinary year. … Continue reading

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