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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.

Yes, Coffee Kombucha is Now a Thing

If you’re a kombucha fan but wish it gave a bit more of a buzz, you might want to try Caffe Luxxe’s new coffee-based kombucha. You’ve probably had typical kombucha. Made with fermented tea, this healthful beverage contains naturally occurring … Continue reading

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Nomad Eatery Brings Bright Global Flavors to the South Bay

Backpacking through Latin America, the Mediterranean, and Asia in his twenties, Scott Cooper’s passion for international flavors and hospitality was established, in particular after a visit to a taverna in Greece where he savored “the best meal of my life.” … Continue reading

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A New Photography Exhibit Focused on Mid-Century African-American Life in the South is Coming to LA in June

A new exhibition of the work of pioneering African American photojournalist Ernest C. Withers is coming to Fahey/Klein Gallery on June 24. Focusing on the lives of African Americans in the South during the mid-20th century, the photos depict the rise … Continue reading

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14 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2021

Cinco de Mayo is back. Thought the holiday is far more celebrated in the U.S. than in Mexico, hey, we’re here, so let’s raise a glass. Whether you’d like to watch a live stream of East LA’s own Los Lobos, … Continue reading

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This Tijuana-Born Salsa Maker is All About Integrity & Authenticity

El Novato is a line of unique, locally made salsas crafted with integrity. This new company is the creation of film costumer Gaby Acosta. Born in Tijuana, where she lived until she was three, Gaby has spent her life divided … Continue reading

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Join Barack Obama & the LA Times for a Free Virtual Book Event This Wednesday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books continues this week with a free online conversation with former President Barack Obama and acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay. You can enjoy this lively literary chat between Obama and DuVernay on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook Live this Wednesday, … Continue reading

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FYC is a New Bar & Restaurant Tucked Away in a Chic Boutique Hotel in Burbank

FYC Bar & Kitchen is a hidden gem tucked away in the Hotel Amarano, a chic boutique hotel located slightly off the beaten path in a largely residential Burbank neighborhood. FYC is an acronym for “For Your Consideration. The Tinseltown-influenced … Continue reading

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How to Get Free Beauty Products from Saie, a Clean & Sustainable Brand, This Tuesday

Saie Beauty will give away free beauty products when its lavender truck stops at Uncle Paulie’s deli in Beverly Grove on Tuesday, April 13. The visit is part of Saie’s carbon-neutral road trip around Los Angeles to promote Dew Blush, … Continue reading

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Here’s How to Enjoy an At-Home Tequila & Cocktail Tasting This Friday

Canned cocktails have come a long way. Formerly made with cheap booze, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring — and an apparent lack of shame — companies like San Diego’s Cutwater Spirits now make award-winning canned drinks with their own high-end … Continue reading

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Where to Get Easter Brunch & Dinner in LA – 2021 Edition

Easter is this Sunday. Why not celebrate the holiday, along with the dawn of spring and the continued reopening of Los Angeles, with a sublime meal? Whether you’d prefer to bring in something delicious to eat at home or venture … Continue reading

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