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Kiss My Bundt needs your help!

Red velvet Baby Bundt

Red velvet Baby Bundt. Photo courtesy of e*starLA.

My favorite bakery Kiss My Bundt is in dire need of some cold, hard cash. Owner Chrysta Wilson is asking, for the second time, for help from the L.A. cake-loving community so she can keep her doors open. Kiss My Bundt needs to sell 150 Big Ol’ Bundts (those are regular-size bundt cakes), which retail for $32, by Jan. 31 or else the store on W. Third Street will have to close. The bakery is behind on rent due to the craptastic economy, which as well all know has forced many a beloved store to shut its doors. Wilson asked for help back in November, too, which raised a bunch of money but not enough to pay the bills.

So go over to the store and buy a Big Ol’ Bundt, or buy the equivalent in Mini Bundts ($2.50 each) or Baby Bundts ($4.50 each) for your friends, family or co-workers. The menu has something for everyone, from red velvet to maple bacon, and the cakes are perfectly moist, something that I can’t say about some of the cupcake stores out there. I recommend the pumpkin spice with the cinnamon spice glaze (I prefer glazes instead of frosting, but that’s good, too), the Luscious Lemon Drop, and the chocolate banana. My finance, Rory, likes the German chocolate, and this says a lot because he is not a sweets person!

Kiss My Bundt Bakery
8104 West Third Street (at Crescent Heights Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90048


01 2010

Viceroy's got drinks and eats

Poolside at the Viceroy Santa Monica

And in more Kor Hotels news, Viceroy Santa Monica recently announced summer specials (on food and beverage, not room rates):

Starting Friday, May 22, and lasting through Aug. 28, the Cameo Bar is starting a “Summer Fridays” happy hour. From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., wines by the glass, well drinks and beers will be priced according to the hour they’re ordered. For example, drinks ordered during the 2:00 p.m. hour will cost $2. Prices increase by $1 every hour until the 5:00 p.m. hour, where the drink pricing fun ends at $5. There’s also a new bar menu, with prices ranging from $2 (fried chicken and biscuit slider) to $15 (half dozen oysters). For those with more cash, poolside cabana rentals are $100 plus a two bottle minimum – and bottle service is half price.

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05 2009

Updated: Dolce out; Philippe in?

Just got word (per official flakage) that Philippe Chow is opening a Philippe restaurant “in West Hollywood this September in the space that formerly housed Dolce.” Since Dolce is still up and running, this leads me to believe it’s either closing or moving to another space. Chow’s rep says he finalized the contract last week to take over the space; waiting for official word from the Dolce Group.

[UPDATE: Official flakage from Dolce Group: “They have made us a generous offer and we are considering moving Dolce West Hollywood. Nothing has been finalized just yet.” Who do you believe?]


05 2009

Koreatown's Solair building actually has retail tenants

Solair buildling in Koreatown. From lacurbed (Flickr).

Solair buildling in Koreatown. From lacurbed (Flickr).

This is a little late – my apologies – but the new mixed-use Solair building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Ktown will be home to more than a few retailers, including Aveda, Edible Arrangements, Shabu-Ya, HaagenDazs, Aroma Cafe, noodle restaurant Yogi, and Korean-American fusion restaurant Ki Young Lee, among others. The stores are slated to open in the next couple of months. As for the condos at Solair, prices range from $800,000 to $2.8 million. Really, in Ktown? More at RackedLA.


05 2009

Feniger-Milliken taco truck

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, purveyors of Mexican and international street food, are launching a taco truck tomorrow. The Border Grill Taco Truck, which will pull from the cooking duo’s Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants, will serve $2 gourmet tacos, green corn tamales and empanadas, among other items. The truck will be parked downtown at 433 S. Spring St. from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Hopefully Feniger will include some menu items from Street; it only makes sense to include street food on a taco truck, doesn’t it? From EaterLA.


05 2009

New fashion week show

Another runway show has thrown its hat into the L.A. Fashion Week ring: Rock Fashion Week, slated to take place right after Market Week in October. A New York-based company, Rock Media and Entertainment, is producing the event to take place at Paramount Studios. More at RackedLA.


05 2009

LAMill rolling out new drinks

LAMill Coffee in Silver Lake is introducing two new drinks today, one whose description sounds crazy, and the other less-crazy but not coffee-based.

The Caramel Corn drink combines peanut milk, a shot of espresso, and layers of popcorn- and sea salt-infused whipped cream topped with caramel sauce. I told you it sounds crazy, but also intriguing…

The other drink is called Sweet Basil Julep, and while there’s no bourbon (darn!) there is  muddled basil, lemon, brown sugar and white tea poured over crushed ice. Sounds refreshing for summer.

Both drinks cost $5 (I’m told there’s only one size).


05 2009

Gama-Go has a store!

Gama-Go painted Air Force Ones. From Thrillist.

Gama-Go painted Air Force Ones. From Thrillist.

It’s in San Francisco, but that’s OK. My NorCal friends can send me stuff (hint, hint).

Anyway, Gama-Go, the SF label with cute-cool cartoon-like graphics, has opened its first brick-and-mortar store in the SoMa, or South of Market, neighborhood on 8th Street. Until now, the only Gama-Go “store” was online. The new SF store will carry all their online goods, plus some in-store exclusives, including a pair of Air Force Ones handpainted with its signature yeti character. From Thrillist.


05 2009

TOUS opens three new stores

TOUS, the Spanish jewelry line with the funny little bears, opens three stores at three Southern California Westfield malls this week. Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara opens today, Westfield Century City opens Wednesday and Westfield Santa Anita opens Thursday. From official flakage:

“The new store will carry TOUS’ full line of yellow gold, white gold and sterling silver jewelry for men, women and children, as well as their full suite of accessories, including watches, handbags, luggage, scarves and sunglasses. It will also carry TOUS’ recent jewelry and handbag design collaboration with Kylie Minogue, who is the current face of the TOUS brand.”

TOUS is calling this an “aggressive expansion plan in the L.A. area.” I could think of another way to describe opening three high-end accessory stores amid a recession, but maybe TOUS is thinking ahead…Because there’s nothing Los Angeles needs more than a place to buy a $108 sterling silver pacifier clip.




05 2009

Patina update

Here’s Patina’s official statement regarding its move to the AT&T Center downtown, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times via EaterLA:

“Patina Restaurant Group (PRG) is excited to announce its upcoming move to downtown Los Angeles’ AT&T Center. The long-planned move will occur sometime before the end of 2009. PRG looks forward to its move into 30,000 square feet of new space that includes a central catering kitchen, corporate offices, storage and a future restaurant currently in its initial planning stage. In addition, PRG will provide a Market Café to service the building.

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