Tag Archives: Los Angeles

What it Takes to Make It in a Michelin-Starred Restaurant

I’ve never eaten at a Michelin-starred restaurant before and to be honest, before I even moved here, I didn’t even know that Seattle had Michelin-starred restaurants at all. (I still don’t know.)  In Seattle, I just knew what was good and what I liked which was all that really mattered to me. It wasn’t until I moved to the Bay that I started learning that a restaurant with a Michelin-starred rating was kind of a big deal and that I had a co-worker who just happens to frequent them pretty often. I came across this video today of Joseph Johnson explaining the challenges that he faces working in one of these restaurants in Los Angeles and found it to be fascinating.

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West Coast Touring

It is good to be home. This past month while I was away from Yow Yow! I was back and forth between the Bay Area and Phoenix, Pasadena, and Seattle. I used to always wonder what it was like to be on tour and now I feel like I’m finally getting a small taste of it. I went through five airports, went through security six times, met hundreds of people and ate amazing meals. I am tired. I am also very grateful that I had opportunities to spend my weekends traveling always at home. It’s a pretty great place to be! ^^ We were tourists for the day!

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Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014

Today is just a day of lineup announcements! I’m pretty excited to see Mayer Hawthorne being picked up for a lot of festivals this year and always rooting for Seattle’s own Minus the Bear.

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A Day in the Life of a Tech Worker: LA vs. SF

This infographic is awfully cute. And yes… it’s better in the Bay Area than LA.

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Made In America Fest 2014

Philly (above) vs. Los Angeles (below) I’m definitely loving the Philly lineup a lot more!

 

 

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FYF Fest 2014 Lineup

I can’t believe I’m seeing a Blood Brothers reunion on this lineup. Wow.

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A Boy And His Rescue Dog

I’ve had this page starred for what feels like a couple of weeks now just waiting to post, but for some reason I never got around to actually doing it. Today’s posts are all about cuteness because I’ve got another one for you later on today that will make your heart melt even more along with this one. Zoey is a 7-year old rescue dog from Taiwan and her best friend Jasper is a pretty cute looking baby. Together, they make the perfect pair. The photos in this series were all taken by Jasper’s mom Grace Chon who is a commercial photographer in Los Angeles. I can’t get enough of these.

To follow along with their friendship, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning! We’re right on schedule for Wedding Mondays today and the selected video this morning is a real treat. The entire video is done in stop motion and we all know how much I love that. Amanda and Matt got married at the Marvimon House in Los Angeles.

Here is the sweet and adorable wedding post of their wedding from our favorite – Green Wedding Shoes.

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Arctic Chill in LA

It’s been pretty cold here in the Bay Area recently, but having come from the Northwest, I am really in no position to be complaining. Jimmy Kimmel compiled these snippets of news reports on the weather in LA this week and it’s a bit comical that people don’t know how to deal.

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Jason Biggs Calls Out Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

A Los Angeles Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop was caught having these two tip jars on display by the American Pie franchise star. Apparently, the jars were out so that visitors of the location could vote for their favorite Paul Walker film. Hello! The guy just passed away three days ago. It’s shocking to believe that employees at that location would find this appropriate or that a manager would approve it. Thanks to Jason’s tweet, a spokesperson was able to remedy the issue, but I don’t think anyone is going to forget about this incident happening.

A spokesperson for that specific store also assured NBC News that the jars have been taken off the counter, adding that they cannot release the location in question “as the matter is still under investigation.”

“This is completely inconsistent with our brand values and the jars have since been removed. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the many friends and family of Paul Walker during this difficult time. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® would like to thank Jason Biggs for bringing this matter to our attention,” the company said in a statement to NBC4.

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My Favorite Editorial Yet

all photos cred | Harper’s Bazaar

It takes a very memorable editorial to stick in my mind and one that just happens to exhibit cuteness all over. In  the latest December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Laura Brown dreams up an idea in which model Angela Lindvall totes along a monster by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to create the most adorable spread ever including the artist himself!

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Gratafy

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Last month, Veronica and I attended an event sponsored by two Seattle startups that we are becoming fast fans of. We have previously introduced you to Postmates and now we’d like to do a special write-up for Gratafy.

How many times have you found yourself missing a very important celebration with no way of making it up to your friend or family member? It happens to all of us. Things come up unexpectedly and we feel like an awful friend for not being there for them. It’s not the same as being present, but Gratafy allows you to take some of the heat off from your absence.

How exactly does it work? Say you’re missing a birthday party at a restaurant or a bar downtown – with Gratafy, you can still buy them dinner or an extra round of drinks even if you can’t be there! Everyone loves gifts so why not surprise your friend with one? After all… you owe them one, right?

To redeem a gift, all your friend has to do is make their usual order and when the bill arrives, your friend will open up their Gratafy app and show the server their personal gift code. Pretty simple, right?

Gratafy is available for use NOW in Seattle and as of this week – Los Angeles! Founded by two University of Washington alums Ryan Halper and Brian Erke, Gratafy plans to expand beyond these two cities and into several other major US Markets later this year.

Gratafy not only allows users to buy a bottle of Prosecco to commemorate a friend’s recent promotion, or thank a co-worker for a job well done, the app also enables merchant partners to open up a new revenue stream by selling merchandise without the buyer having to set foot inside of the establishment. “In a digital world where everyone craves more personal connections, Gratafy offers a new adventure in personal gifting and a sense of camaraderie for pure, simple-to-give fun for life’s moments: big, small and embarrassing,” says Ryan Halper, Gratafy co-founder and COO. “The process of giving, receiving, and redeeming is effortless, and can happen anytime from anywhere using a smartphone.”

Gratafy has also gone to great lengths to ensure that the gift redemption side of the product is an easy and seamless experience for both consumers and merchant partners.  “Gratafy’s technology and simple-to-use interface allowed us to get up and running in a matter of hours,” notes John Howie, owner of John Howie Steak and Seastar. “Training staff is quick and painless. The guests love it! It’s a no brainer for any restaurant.”

The app is free to download and available for iPhone and Android in the App Store or on Google Play.

*Because we love Gratafy so much, they are gifting Seattle and Los Angeles Yow Yow! readers with $5 credit. All you have to do when using the app is enter in our promo code YowYow

Happy gifting!

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Iconic 500 Days of Summer Bench Closed to Public

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about how I wanted to revisit some of the sights from one of my favorite movies 500 Days of Summer. Today, I learned some disappointing news that the iconic bench at Angel’s Knoll has now been closed off to the public due to state cutbacks.

Um, what?

Webb has expressed his sadness upon hearing of the closure, saying: “I don’t know enough about civic agencies, and God knows budgets are difficult things to manage, and, let’s be honest, maybe there are better things to spend money on.

“But you know what? I’ll miss my bench.”

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Snaps for a Snapshot

photo cred | Nylon Mag

Who: Rachel Bilson

Wearing: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Where: CW, CBS and Showtime 2013 summer TCA party in Los Angeles, California

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Urban Palate

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photo cred | Urban Palate

One reason why I love reading blogs so much is that the bloggers always have the ability to introduce me to something new. Whether it is new material, new inspiration, new restaurants, hidden spots, vendors, music, etc. The blogging process is beautiful. The ability to share is wondrous. While following one of my favorites on Instagram the other day – the lovely Bri Emery of Design Love Fest – I discovered that their meals were being catered by a cute company in LA called Urban Palate who provided the students with adorable pastel Bento boxes! The photo led me to their Instagram page and it was all downhill from there. And by downhill I mean I was gifted with beautiful and extraordinary photographs of food that I wanted to consume!

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