Special Event: LP & EP (& Footloose) – Rooftop Cinema

Screenings of classic movies are becoming quite popular here, especially now that people are moving from the grassy but creepy setting of Hollywood Forever Cemetery and on to airy and inviting rooftop spaces like those in DTLA, Hollywood, and (now) Melrose. This week, Magneto and I went to the Melrose Rooftop Cinema¬†for Kevin Bacon’s breakout […]

Traveling Circus: First Timers

This past weekend was a weekend of firsts, and I have photographic proof all of it was awesome. On Saturday, I went into the hills of Azusa and shot the very first scene of a short film I’ve been working on for the past couple years. We finally made use of our crowdfunding and shot […]

Learning Kitchen: Mashed Potato Waffles

Did you make enough mashed potatoes to feed dozens of people, only to be faced with a handful of friends who stopped eating carbs so they could drink them instead? Yes, this oddly specific situation has happened to me. I live in Los Angeles. Anyway… If you’re looking to repurpose your mashers and it’s too […]

Taste of Home: Max’s Fried Chicken

My dad grew up in the Philippines, that great culinary intersection of indigenous, Chinese, Spanish, Indo-Malay, and many other great cuisines. But one of the most significant influences on modern Filipino cuisine is American food. When the Philippines became a commonwealth of the US in 1934, there were already a lot of Americans living on […]

Neighborhood Eats: Walk It Out

I know that there are a lot of people who live far from good restaurants, whether it’s because you’re in the suburbs or because you have a different idea of delicious from your immediate neighbors. When you travel to a new city, I think staying in an area that is rich with culinary opportunities is […]

Recipe: Chicken Adobo Risotto

I have a few favorite dishes from my childhood, things that bring me comfort no matter what adulthood has thrown at me. Things like my grandma’s lumpia and my dad’s macaroni salad stand out in my memory. But my mom’s adobo is even more than that: its rich flavors, variety of textures, and piquant aroma […]

Recipe: Snickerdoodles

I tend to make treats to bring to work for birthdays, celebrations, to reward people for doing well on a shoot, or when we’ve all had a rough week and I think we need a little pick-me-up. After the hiccups I encountered making these, though, I’m pretty sure I can be excused for having a […]

Hipster Heaven: Eastside Brunching

It’s rare that I get all the way to the eastside of Los Angeles, since we live in Miracle Mile and work on the westside/in the South Bay. Going anywhere east of Western and north of Hollywood Blvd is an adventure that our sleepy, domestic, video game-filled weekends rarely accommodate. And so it was a […]

Recreating the Restaurant: Brussels Sprouts

Most kids hate Brussels sprouts. I probably didn’t mind them when I was little, since my only memory of them is of the cheese-covered variety. But as we get older, our tastes change, and I discovered how much I love these little cabbage-like bites when cooked in bacon fat and red chili flakes. An excellent […]

Chef’s Secrets – In the Kitchen

The very first time I went to a Feastly event, I was there helping an old high school buddy at his pop-up. It was one the first times Feastly (first time?) Feastly had used the DTLA loft, and the first time my pal held a Feastly event in Los Angeles. It was also the first […]