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What to do in LA: Eastside Food Festival

I know more taco trucks than anything else in LA. So suffice to say, I’m all about the food festivals.

Coming up on Sunday, October 21 is the Eastside Food Festival. Read about it here, meet me there, and stay tuned for an update on my favorite foods of the event.  

Celebrate EastSide Food Festival’s 5 Year Anniversary on Sunday, October 21 at Mack Sennett Studios. Try all-you-can-eat bites from over 35 vendors native to LA’s eastside neighborhoods, including first-time participants like Los Feliz’s Kismet and Highland Park’s new Otoño, who will be joining returning vendors like Kettle Black, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Homestate, Little Beast and more.

For the first time, EastSide Food Festival will include the all-new Echo Echo Music Stage featuring live performances from emerging indie artists, curated by Echo Echo Wine; plus, a guest appearance from comedian Eric Andre for the Yelling About Pate podcast recording, a mixology demonstration, discussion panels and more!

For VIP guests, actor Eric Wareheim will be sampling his Las Jaras Wine during the early entry VIP Happy Hour and more. 

EastSide Food Festival supports PATH organization, a family of agencies working together to end homelessness. 

Tickets are on sale now, go to www.eastsidefoodfest.com/tickets

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What to do in LA: ROW DT LA

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Where can you escape the crowds of LA for a sunny boutique strip with new generation restaurants, live indie bands, vintage pop up shops, vegan food trucks, and micro festivals?

That’s ROW.

Who knows what it stands for.

Who cares.

It’s an inside secret that everybody keeps and nobody knows.

I found it accidentally during a food truck event. Chris and I parked in a structure crawling with vines and passed several live bands and sophisticated minimalist store fronts in the realms of design, craft, style, vintage, wellness, and more.

“The heck is this place?” I wondered.

And then I got a $4 vegan bubble tea and a ginger thai burger that measured five inches tall from a friendly food truck.

On my way to the next door coffee shop, I stumbled into a boutique with organic cotton sundresses and hammered gold jewelry made from a garage.

The heck is the place.

Who knows. I’m in on the secret, now.

The ROW is best enjoyed on a sunny Saturday. Check their calendar to meet your gal pals at one of their events or festivals.

And even if nothing is going on, just enjoy the regular going-on’s of flower shop trucks parked and overfilled, music drifting from every direction, and pop up shop owners smiling from under their wide-brimmed straw hats.

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Don’t miss:

  1. Paramount Coffee Project for aussie fusion plates and the coffee shop of which your heart has always dreamed. I blogged about my dining experience at PCP here.

  2. Rooftop yoga and music at Bender Yoga

  3. Smorgasboard: a weekly Sunday open air market for food, shopping, and drinks.


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Outfit: Abbott Lyon

Shop my look here

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Where to eat in LA: Paramount Coffee Project

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Where to eat in LA: Paramount Coffee Project

Okay, so, you know that meme where on the couch is a decomposing skeleton, and the caption reads “Still Waiting On Her To Decide Where She Wants To Eat.”

That meme is about me.


I want my restaurants to be

  • light and airy

  • not too loud

  • plenty of vegan options

  • contain a succulent somewhere

  • serves coffee

  • all menu items are “damn, that’s really yummy!”

  • instagram worthy

  • affordable

and always, last but not least, close enough to other boutiques that I can have an after-lunch peruse around the block.

Paramount Coffee Project in the ROW DTLA boutique district is all of these things.


Chris and I visited on a Saturday afternoon, and the ROW district in downtown LA was humming with stylish shoppers passing by our table in the succulent garden patio.

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We started with the Tangerine Cooler, a light spritzer that feels summer in a cold drink. Sweet, smooth, and tangy all at the same time.

Barely a minute later, the waiter was delivering the Apple Dutch Baby, a cast-iron appetizer stuffed with harvest apple slices in a flakey crust and with melted heavy cream.

Wow.

PCP's brunch menu consists of unique Australian-inspired items such as the Avocado Tartine and Lentil Pate.

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I opted for the Corn and Zucchini Fritter with a topping of peach & tomato salsa, fried egg, creme fraiche add avocado mash.

I’m not a far-out adventurer with new foods, but the mix of sweet peach in the fritter was heavenly.

I was pleasantly surprised that the plates were delicious in that homey style of old favorites, even though the flavors were completely new.

In other words, different, but not weird.

Just “ughhh, this is damn good.”

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So in summary, go visit for the perfect spot to brunch with the girls. This hidden gem is worth seeking out, especially with the ample parking nearby.

Paramount Coffee Project is located at ROW DTLA, 1320 E 7th St #100, and is open 8am to 5pm daily.

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[Paramount Coffee Project reached out to me to try their menu, but as always, my opinions are my own.]

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5 Minute + Dewy + Inexpensive Everyday Makeup Routine

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5 Minute + Dewy + Inexpensive Everyday Makeup Routine

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