4.14.2013

Coachella is a music festival?

Do you have 17 outfits prepared but can't name a single artist on the lineup?  Did you juice cleanse, spray tan, and get a fresh mani just to prepare for having your photo taken at all of the parties? Are you most excited to see what Kate Bosworth will throw together this year? Is your life long dream to rub elbows with Vanessa Hudgens at the Lacoste Party?
 
After an overwhelming number of party invites, our friend sent us this email: 
 

Hint: He's not serious.

Hope you got as much of a kick out of this as we did. Have a fun and safe Coachella Day 3!

4.09.2013

Tuesday Tunes: EoH Coachella Must-Sees

 
Just a few of the acts we'll definitely be checking out:
 
Jessie Ware
 
 
Two Door Cinema Club
 
 
2 Chainz (for our inner ratchet)
 
 
Grimes
 
 
Rodriguez
 
 
Major Lazer
 
 
Wu Tang
 
 
See you in the desert.

1.22.2013

Tuesday Tunes: Toro y Moi



Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, is back! This time around he went a little less indie and more pop, and we are not mad at him. We've had So Many Details and Say That on repeat and have been eagerly awaiting the release of his third album, Anything in Return, which is out today on iTunes
 
Got the album, but still need more Chaz? We feel the same way. On March 3, Toro y Moi will be performing in Hollywood at The Fonda Theatre. Get your tickets here before they sell out.
 

 
 
 
 

1.07.2013

School Night! Featuring Austin Brown & Yuna

As you know, we are big fans of School Night! sessions Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Live music at a dope venue and Free 99 to top it off?! Definitely makes for a great start to the week. Tonight's event features Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna, who we mentioned months back. We had hoped she'd make a stop in LA so we'd get to catch her live, but were beyond thrilled to see her playing at School Night. 

Tonight's School Night also serves as Austin Brown's mixtape release party. Austin Brown is the youngest child of singer Rebbie Jackson (Yes, that Jackson family). We're diggin' his soulful sound! Check out a sample of his mixtape here

Although tonight's show is free, you do need to RSVP. Happy Monday. 



10.23.2012

Tuesday Tunes: Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, dropped yesterday and we've had it on repeat ever since.  Huge fans of his previous album, Section. 80, we were hoping for another record that we could listen to from start to finish and this album delivers just that. Our personal favorite song is none other than "The Recipe" in which Kendrick reminds us just why we love this city so much. 3 Ws.


Last Wednesday Kendrick played two back to back shows and we were lucky enough to attend the 11 pm show. Although Kendrick waited about 40 minutes before playing a hit, he made up for it with cameos by Game, Big Sean, and none other than Dre himself - well played. (How come no matter how many times we've seen Dre live, each time is just as exciting as the first?) Despite the fact that it was his second show of the evening, Kendrick still brought the energy and put on a great show. At the young age of 23, we think there's much more to come from the LA native.  

Kendrick and Dre "The Recipe" 

Check out Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and let us know what you think!

10.16.2012

Tuesday Tunes: Losing You by Solange


We at East of Highland have had a love for Solange Knowles ever since she dropped the pop persona and returned to the scene with an eclectic indie vibe. She is a sartorial muse, and to say that we are obsessed with her is no exaggeration. We also happen to love Devonte Hynes aka Blood Orange. He blew our minds during his performance at the Echoplex (despite the technical difficulties), and we have had Sutphin Boulevard and Champagne Coast in our rotation for months. So you could only imagine how excited we were when we heard pals Solange and Dev Hynes were collaborating on her third album. Solange Knowles + Devonte Hynes = An EOH dream come true. Here's the first single, Losing You, (produced by Devonte Hynes) from her upcoming album set to be released in 2013.

9.10.2012

Bon Vivant Market & Cafe

Those of you that live on the Eastside are probably familiar with Atwater Village, the little neighborhood nestled between Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Glendale. If so, you've likely been to Proof for some of their delicious pastries and coffee. There's a chance you've had dinner or indulged in the tasty brunch at Canele. You may even attend classes at Heartbeat House and Bikram Yoga Silverlake. The point is, many of you know about the little treasures that can be found in Atwater Village, and last month, Tricia Belle (of Boardners) opened Bon Vivant Market & Cafe, adding to them and making some Villagers very happy!

Let us start off by putting things into perspective -- Bon Vivant is unlike any market or cafe on this side of town. The concept is modeled to be similar to Dean & Deluca. Delicious meats and sandwiches can be found at the charcuterie case. There's a variety of sides and salads at the deli case, and sweets can be found at the dessert case. Plus, there is a coffee counter. Order your food and drinks at the counter, get a number, and your order is delivered to your table.

One thing to note is that while the name highlights the market & cafe, it doesn't mention the beautiful bar! Now we don't know about you, but every now and then (okay, more often than not) we like to enjoy a glass of wine or a stiff cocktail with our meals. Bon Vivant has a selection of wines by TIXA, and a full service bar. However, since our last visit, we were told that there were some issues with the liquor license, but that it should be secured very soon.


Time for a Cocktail

Bon  Vivant has an airy space with rustic decor. The picture does not do it justice. It is beautiful.

As burger snobs, we are harsh critics when it comes to our beef. This juicy cheeseburger did not disappoint! We also love eggs, so the addition of the fried egg and its runny yolk took it to the next level. This is a must-have!


As we mentioned, we love eggs, so we had to order the deviled eggs with anchovies.
We were expecting a bit more flavor, but it was still tasty. 

You can never go wrong with a beet salad.

The Spicy Cucumber Margarita had some kick and was refreshing on a hot afternoon.


After Bon Vivant outgrows their initial growing pains, it could easily become a destination market & cafe and not just a neighborhood gem. Yes, there were some minor kinks, but the important thing is they have the right foundation. The food is what matters most, and they seem to have that down. Every employee was cheery and helpful, and the unique rustic space is beautiful. 


The addition of Bon Vivant could not be more welcomed, and we cannot wait to return for many more bites+booze.




Bon Vivant Market & Cafe
3155 Glendale Blvd
Atwater Village, CA 90039
323.284.8013

8.29.2012

Diablo

If you've driven down Sunset Blvd in Silverlake recently, you've no doubt spotted the impossible to miss "urban taco fabricator", Diablo. We heard about the Micheladas and decided to head over to escape the heat and try one for ourselves. 


We chose the right place to cool down. Diablo was wonderfully air-conditioned and we were diggin' the industrial decor.  With exposed brick and cement floor, the decor is simple and streamlined.  The space features tables for a more intimate setting, a long communal table that keeps it casual, and a few bar stools along the wall if you're grubbin' solo.  


Back to the Micheladas. The only thing better than a beer on a hot day, is a beer with a flavored popsicle floating in it - the Michelada was delicious with it's flavors of worcestershire, tomato, and lime and was perfectly thirst-quenching on a hot day. 

Now for the food.  First off, this is not the place to come for authentic, cheap tacos (see Yuca's, Baja Fish Tacos, etc.), but this is the place to come if you are feeling adventurous and want to try new and exotic flavor combinations.  


While the menu is extensive and requires more than one visit to conquer, we decided on four tacos: fried chicken, ground bison, lobster, and grilled cheese. The fried chicken and kale taco was our absolute favorite taco! The kale is a nice balance to the fried chicken and since it's their signature taco, we recommend giving it a try. You won't be disappointed. As exotic as the ground bison taco sounds, it tasted like a basic ground beef taco, but at $2, we'd order a couple of these to start.  


At $8, the lobster taco is the most expensive and we get it - it's lobster - but in our opinion it had the least flavor of all the tacos.  The grilled cheese "taco" is less taco, more slice of bread folded diagonally to resemble a taco filled with muenster cheese.  Although the grilled cheese was good, the tomato lobster soup it's served with was extremely rich and buttery. We highly recommend you dip it with caution! A little goes a long way. We also tried a side of russet potatoes which was complemented perfectly by the smoky and spicy ghost chili aoli. 


At about $50 for two people, this isn't exactly a regular taco spot, but the interesting flavor combinations had us so intrigued that we'll definitely be back to try the rest of the menu.  The extensive wine and beer selection is also a huge plus if you want to meet friends here before heading over to Los Globos or The Echo.


Welcome to the neighborhood, Diablo.


3129 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-4666



8.28.2012

Tuesday Tunes: Poolside at The Echo

Tomorrow night, Poolside will be promoting the release of their latest album Pacific Standard Time with a performance at The Echo. Tickets are available via Ticketfly for only $10, so you bet we will be there listening to their smooth sounds and singing along to some of our favorite songs, including Slow Down.

 Hope to see you there!