Batch Restaurant & Bar in Culver City opens today, The StillRoom is open in Pasadena

Batch Restaurant & Bar opens today in Culver City offering artisanal food and handcrafted cocktails in a sophisticated and lively environment. Sal Roldan will be heading the kitchen as Executive Chef and Mat Gries as Mixologist. 8631 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232. 310-202-8631.

Kitchen Confidential founding member, Sam Goldman returns to the kitchen after an almost 10 year hiatus. The StillRoom Seafood Restaurant and Lounge is steps from Old Town Pasadena and will be utilizing fresh foods from local farmer’s markets, seafood markets and California ranchers. Sam has worked in several top restaurants in New York. 181 E Glenarm St. #105. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626-799-0700.

Photo: Batch in Culver City
Photography provided by credit Erica Bartel

TV

Andrew Zimmern reveals his favorite restaurant right now, holiday plans and more

Q & A with Mr. Bizarre Foods

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The holidays got us thinking about Andrew Zimmern and the new season of Bizarre Foods America, premiering next month. Being gracious enough to give us his time, we racked our brains and developed six controversial and compelling questions worthy of journalistic accolades for Andrew. Read More

Travel

Escape and decompress at the Mondrian Los Angeles

Plus video tour from the penthouse to the pool

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Driving by, you may miss the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip because it doesn’t boast any obvious signage, and that’s the point. But if you look up, you’ll notice the huge double doors a la Alice In Wonderland. The Mondrian aims to be an oasis of escape from L.A.’s hectic way of life and part of the charm comes from its nondescript exterior. A walk through the doors brings you the two themes the Mondrian is built around, escapism and decompression.

Check out their penthouse, Asian-Cuban fusion restaurant Asia de Cuba, and mojito specialized Skybar in our video tour. Read More

Bring a toy and get a free beer at Hot’s Kitchen

Benefiting 'Marine Toys for Tots'

From now until Christmas, bring a new and unwrapped toy to Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach to receive a free draft beer and raffle entry for a chance to win dinner for two. Toys goes to less fortunate children in the community collected and distributed by the “Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.” 844 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. 310-318-2939.

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Food

Papilles’ executive chef Tim Carey: bistronomy and fishology

From Michelin starred Patina to bistronomique inspired Papilles

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Last seen cooking in Patina, Tim Carey, Executive Chef of Papilles is part chef, part fisherman, and all Dodger fan. Working tirelessly to prepare for the opening, we were able to get in a quick word with Tim and discussed fishing, his culinary journey, and bistronomy at Papilles. Read More

Noble Ale Works 1st anniversary celebration

On Saturday, January 28, 2012

On January 28, 2012 from 12 PM – 4 PM, celebrate Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, CA for their one year anniversary at the brewery with tastings of the entire lineup including Nobility, Knight Changer Imperial Stout, Alpha Cupa (barrel aged red) and the rest. $25 pre-sale price, $30 at the door, gets you a commemorative glass, 7 sample tickets, 1 full serving ticket, with live music being played by the The Noble Ones and food trucks providing eats. Designated drivers pay only $5. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets or at the brewery. 1621 S. Sinclair St., Ste B. Anaheim, CA 92806. 714-634-2739.

Photo: Noble Ale Works co-founder Jerry Kolbly