Out & About with Susan Hornik - August 2018

Stuff'd Dumplings

As an Eastern European woman, dumplings are in my soul. Whenever I am back In New York, I always end up back in the East Village, my old stomping grounds and indulge in the local Polish restaurant. But back in LA, I was dumplingless.

Which is why I was so excited to find Stuff'd Dumpling Shop on Melrose Avenue!

Stuff'd serves Pel'meni Russian dumplings which are gluten free and delicious. Their wild vegan mushroom, sweet potato and corn dumplings were incredibly tasty. There's nothing else really like this in LA! The ingredients are fresh and flavors are unique-so lovely!

Anticipation has been building for veteran restaurant entrepreneur, Jeremy Fall, who is about to open his latest venture, a modern diner concept, Easy's, in the Beverly Center. Fall is the CEO & co-founder of the J. Fall Group, running three restaurants in LA and one in Chicago.

Jeremy Fall

I got a sneak peek of Fall's latest venture, when I visited him on the sixth floor of the mall, where he was in the midst of construction. Restaurant patrons can expect red and white, cool tile floors and an impressive bar that overlooks the massive kitchen. Best of all, you can get breakfast all day long!

While waiting for Easy's to open, you can always head to Fall's other restaurant, Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar, which is equally yummy. The morning lobster roll and sweet potato pancakes are incredible.

Fall has been on numerous foodie tv shoes and has done segments in Hallmark Channel's Home & Family. Check him out on the finale of Food Network's "Food Network Star!"

This past weekend, trusted Rover.com pet walkers and volunteers transported dogs currently up for adoption from spcaLA, L.A's independent, non-profit shelter and animal welfare organization, to the pet-friendly Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

At the 4-star hotel, the dogs were treated to the full suite of "pet-menities" currently available, including in-room pet spa treatments (from Healthy Spot), special chef-prepared dog meals and R&R in a pet-friendly room complete with luxe dog beds, toys and more.

The pampered dogs were featured during a pet adoption drive at the hotel  and treated to walks from Rover.com dog walkers. Orbitz and Rover.com waived adoption fees for dogs at spcaLA through the weekend in honor of the National Spoil Your Dog Holiday.

"Searches for pet-friendly hotels are up 30% on Orbitz.com, and that prompted us to look into pet travel trends and ways we can help customers plan a rewarding vacation - with or without your pet," said Carey Malloy, director of brand marketing at Orbitz.

"We know travelers treat their pets like family, so we wanted to make it easy for travelers to bring them on vacation, too. At Orbitz.com/petfriendly, we curated a list of not just pet-friendly properties, but properties with 'pet-menities' that go above and beyond, like room service and spa treatments.

In partnering with Rover.com, we're showcasing ways travelers can take care of their pet while they are out sightseeing or back at home. And The Fairmont is a great example of one of the pet-friendly hotels you can book on Orbitz with 'pet-menities' that go above and beyond. Helping shelter dogs from spcaLA take a break to enjoy a day of pampering is the cherry on top."

Added Fairmont's Jennifer Bennet: "We consider pets a part of the family here at Fairmont Miramar, and when Orbitz reached out with this thoughtful collaborative opportunity we were more than happy to work with them. We all see the enjoyment that pets bring to families and individuals, which ties in perfectly with what we strive to do every day here at the Miramar-bring enjoyment to our community."

Bennet was impressed with the value and incredible services that the SPCA delivers daily.

"Orbitz highlighting pet friendly hotels and travel options is a message we would like to help amplify. Rover and Healthy Spot offer wonderful services that we as a hotel would like to pass on to our guests who travel with their four-legged family members.

Art can never be created in a vacuum; creativity is continuously impacted by the world we are living in. As the #metoo movement continues to evolve, female artists are increasingly searching for inner truths, asking, 'What is it to create art in the space of uncertainty?'

Laura Cullen Cohen, Meaghan Miller Lopez, and Eris Sharon decided to take their rage, resignation, and sadness, and channel their artistry toward forming The Three Graces, a collective of women artists whose work explores, reveals, and questions their experiences as women in their 30's, 40's and 50's.

"There has never been a welcome mat for women in the art world," says Miller Lopez. "Our very pursuit of making fine art continues to be a renegade act."

The collective's inaugural exhibition, Self Definition, will take place at The Loft at Liz's (453 S. La Brea Avenue) on August 24-Sept 1, with an artist reception Saturday, August 25th from 7 to 10 pm.

"The #metoo movement made obvious and amplified what women have been conditioned to put up with and never see," stated Sharon.

"When pursuing creative careers, our art and voices have been met with resistance by corporate gatekeepers. We have not been seen or encouraged for our talents and contributions, but rather for how much of ourselves we will compromise for permission to move forward."

The Three Graces came together to radically define themselves as worthy of recognition.

"When we met at a Los Angeles Art Association event, we instinctively knew we could kick open more doors by pooling resources and showing together," said Cohen.

"We know that to be seen, commissioned and collected, we have to break rules and norms, in the world and inside ourselves. We steal time from, rebel against and even abandon our roles to assert the value and importance of our art making."

Singapore actresses at Tao as part of Crazy Rich Singapore Week
The  Singapore Tourism Board (STB) teamed up with Warner Bros. to bring to life Crazy Rich Asians, one of the most hotly-anticipated movies of this summer. The movie, which opens August 15th, is based on the New York Times best-selling book by Singapore-born author Kevin Kwan. Last week, STB, in collaboration with Warner Bros., TAO Group and other partners, rolled out a suite of activities and events to fully immerse audiences in the Crazy Rich Asians experience, bringing them closer to destination Singapore and whetting their appetites for the food, culture and nightlife experiences available in Singapore.

Guests at last week's Crazy Rich Singapore Week pop-up event, jointly organized by STB and Tao Group in Hollywood, were able to taste Singaporean-inspired fare from the only Michelin-starred Peranakan chef, Malcolm Lee of Candlenut, sip on cocktails using Singaporean-inspired ingredients from Peter Chua, head bartender at Junior, enjoy music from a world-renowned Singaporean DJ and turntablist, DJ KoFlow, and gaze upon mural art inspired by both Singapore and the film, brought to you by contemporary Singaporean artist Jahan Loh.

Posted By Susan Hornik on August 13, 2018 11:41 am | Permalink