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.

Let’s Get Howie Pyro a New Liver!

Tonight! Hit the Zebulon in Frogtown for an epic fundraiser for the legendary and beloved Howie Pyro, who has more punk rock cred than anyone I’ve ever met. He is also an incredibly nice guy, and has personally helped me out … Continue reading

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LA Magazine’s Food Event is Back! Don’t Miss Out!

UPDATE: The Food Event has changed to November 14, 2021; 2 – 5 p.m. and has moved to Hummingbird Nest Ranch in the Santa Susana Mountains.  We have sorely missed our annual food events, perhaps none more so than Los Angeles magazine’s “Food … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Celebrates Anthony Bourdain – and Roti!

Food events are making a comeback after more than a year of struggling with Zoom panels and delivery. Saturday night, the LA Times Food Bowl’s Night Market Cinema welcomed us to a screening of “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” … Continue reading

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L.A.’s Restaurant Community Mourns the Loss of Mark Peel, Pioneer of California Cuisine

According to The LA Times, Chef Mark Peel, co-founder of Campanile, died Sunday afternoon at the age of 66. He was diagnosed with cancer only nine days before his passing. In 2009, I had the honor of attending an event … Continue reading

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Lethal Amounts Reopens this Weekend with Works by Legendary Punk Photographer Ed Colver

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Marry Me, Molly! And Screw You, Joe Rogan!

A number of friends have posted pictures of a marriage proposal over the skies of Los Angeles today. We have Mark Blackwell to thank for this awesome shot. After someone named Mike secured Molly Pratt’s hand in marriage, he seemed … Continue reading

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Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day from Ireland

Enjoy 90 minutes of folk music, drumming, and Irish dancing from three of Ireland’s best-loved pubs. Performers include The Celtic Drummers, and a Riverdancer or two. Learn to play the spoons and pull a perfect draught!

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Irish Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Once again, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a quiet dinner at home. If corned beef and cabbage isn’t your style, here are a few of my favorite Irish dishes. Beef Braised in Guinness 1 beef bouillon cube (OXO if … Continue reading

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What to Watch after Becoming Obsessed with the Cecil Hotel

The interwebs have been abuzz with stories of the Cecil Hotel, with both Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel on Discovery Plus and Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil on Netflix drawing hordes of obsessed fans. It seems like people have gotten a sudden … Continue reading

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Check out the Trailer for Poly Styrene: I am a Cliche

In my opinion, Germfree Adolescents by the X-Ray Spex was one of the best punk albums to come out of England in the 70s, or maybe ever. Lead singer and songwriter Poly Styrene, with her incomparable air raid siren of … Continue reading

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