August 17, 2012 |
Feed Body + Soul is set to open this fall in Venice, in the former J's Kitchen space on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The healthful-food-focused restaurant has a full liquor license and has enlisted bartender and consultant Marcos Tello (1886 Bar, Bow & Truss) to create a drinks list of organic cocktails. According to Feed Body + Soul, the restaurant "is inspired by the belief that eating well can be a daily indulgence. " The executive chef is Matthew Dickson, who is planning a seasonally inspired menu with California-style dishes to be paired with the all-organic beverage program.
June 2, 2012 |
First published on July 31, 2011 . Revised and expanded in early 2012. You could spend a solid year sniffing out cool spots for travelers in Venice, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Malibu -- scores of hotels, hundreds of restaurants and bars, more than 30 miles of coastline. But you're new to the scene, or you haven't visited in a while, and who has a year anyway? These 11 micro-itineraries will lead you to fresh fruit, ancient art, pub darts, magic, gymnastics, Venus on roller skates and J. Paul Getty on how to be rich.
May 12, 2011 |
On a recent afternoon in the sun-filled kitchen at the back of Gjelina restaurant in Venice, chef Travis Lett mans an oven in which he's baking several loaves of golden-crusted bread. "I'm looking for good color, nice 'ears,'" Lett says, referring to the edge on top of the bread where it has split. He's dialing in the final details for his latest project, Gjelina Take Away (or GTA), a next-door annex that has Lett baking breads, jarring pickles and curing meats for what he envisions as a neighborhood deli selling "everyday stuff" — pizza, antipasti, sandwiches — set to open this month.
January 26, 2011 |
Google Inc., the ever-expanding Internet search giant, is establishing a beachhead in Venice. In a rare bright spot for the region's sluggish economy, Google is leasing more than 100,000 square feet of office space in three buildings, including the famed Binoculars Building designed by Frank Gehry. Sitting in front of the building is a huge binocular sculpture created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, perhaps befitting of the company's search theme. The move is part of a major expansion by Google in Southern California and could set up a new center of operation in the region.
HOME & GARDEN
December 11, 2010 |
The parade that is Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is in full swing on a Sunday afternoon. Parents wrestle Bugaboos through the crowded street. Shoppers use iPhones to snap photos of sales displays. At Intelligentsia, hipsters linger over $5 cups of sourced coffee. You make your way through it all on the way to a quiet courtyard near California Street. There, behind a clothing shop and a hair salon, seated beneath a towering tree, is Yo Takimoto, master Japanese woodcarver, ready to teach.
September 12, 2010 |
In New York, Dominique Lévy and Robert Mnuchin of L&M Arts sell blue-chip modern and contemporary art out of an impeccably appointed, impenetrable-looking Upper East Side townhouse. So you might assume their much-anticipated new gallery on Venice Boulevard, opening Sept. 25, would be a high-art compound, cut off from street life for reasons of security and visual purity both. Try again. "From the beginning, we liked the idea of creating a garden, a garden-gallery," says Thai-born, L.A.-based architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, who cut his teeth working on museum projects for Tadao Ando.