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Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.

Where to Take Mom to Eat on Mother’s Day in LA

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. If your mom lives in LA, why not show her your appreciation by treating her to brunch or dinner? Make it a Mother’s Day to remember with the help of our list below. Trejo’s Tacos … Continue reading

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2022

Cinco de Mayo is back. Though the holiday is far more celebrated in the U.S. than in Mexico, we’re here, so let’s raise a glass to Mexican-American culture. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Echo Park’s own Danny Trejo at his … Continue reading

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This Filipino Rum Company Has a Global Cult Following

Rum is having a moment. Premium rum is a quickly growing category, while Food & Wine’s latest cover boldly declares “Born to Rum.” One of the more notable premium rums – “the fastest-growing super premium rum brand in the U.S.,” … Continue reading

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There’s a Special 6-Course Sake Dinner at Echo Park’s OTOTO Tonight

Experience some rare sakes you won’t find anywhere else — paired with a beautiful array of Japanese dishes — at OTOTO in Echo Park on Monday, May 2. Wakayama sake brewer Norimasa Yamamoto-san of Heiwa Shinzo will be on hand to … Continue reading

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Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival Returns Memorial Day Weekend

After a two-year hiatus, the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival returns to Balboa Bay Resort this Memorial Day Weekend! Celebrate the beginning of summer at a Grand Tasting of more than 50 premium wineries and spirits on the waterfront … Continue reading

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Your Last-Minute So Cal Easter Brunch Guide

Easter is this Sunday. Why not celebrate the holiday and our gorgeous weather with a sublime brunch? Whether you’re staying in LA or venturing out to Palm Springs, the beaches of Orange County, or San Diego, you have some great … Continue reading

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Thrive Causemetics & Beauty 2 the Streetz Bring Hope & Confidence to the Homeless

Shirley Raines is the dynamic force of nature behind the local nonprofit organization Beauty 2 the Streetz. This nonprofit group brings the homeless of LA’s Skid Row “dignity through beauty,” as Raines puts it. Raines suffered years of emotional devastation after … Continue reading

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Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. at LACMA

Even if you don’t know Barbara Kruger’s name, you’ve likely seen her work, or at least some of the plethora of logos, memes, advertisements, and logos that have knocked off her style.  Immerse yourself in Kruger’s thought-provoking world at LACMA, … Continue reading

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“One of Us” Documentary Honors Italian Women in LA

A documentary series examining dynamic, successful Italian women in the US, the second season of “One of Us” debuted at the Mr. Brainwash Museum in Beverly Hills on March 10.  This second installment of “One of Us” focuses on four … Continue reading

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2/22/22 is National Margarita Day – Here’s How to Find (and DIY) Some Standouts

February 22 is National Margarita Day, so why not raise a glass to commemorate this special day? Zhuzh up this winter Tuesday with this much-loved agave-based cocktail. Below, you’ll find a trio of intriguing margarita recipes, along with 5 restaurants … Continue reading

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