LIVING Elyse Glickman headed to two summer events in Los Angeles ideal for those who love good food and cocktails
Photographed by the author
Elyse Glickman is US west coast editor of Lucire.
While fruits and veggies should be a substantial part of anybody’s diet, that precaution alone does not change the fact that new technologies in food production and the environment have given way to food allergies and sensitivities. As a Mom and career woman, Vanessa Phillips was keenly aware of that as she tried to create healthy meals and dodging a lot of processed foods like land mines. However, being careful also means sacrificing flavour to eat well. As Los Angeles chef Royce Burke was prepping a stone fruit and snap pea salad and fish, Brooklyn-based Phillips pointed out at an intimate gathering near Los Angeles’ Arts District that produce at the peak of growing season means more food will consist of non-GMO ingredients, including beef and chickens all raised without antibiotics. However, as these ideal conditions are not available in all areas, Phillips—who ended up co-founding Feel Good Foods with Tryg Silverman, explained the savoury and crispy appetizers delivered the goods on flavour and texture without many of the preservatives and additives associated with frozen meals and snacks.
Gluten-y crusts are replaced with wholesome cauliflower while the proteins used for the pot stickers, taquitos, empanadas, egg rolls and snack bites are hormone and antibiotic-free. Vegetables are also “curated” at the peak of their flavour so the snacks have more of a “scratch kitchen” appeal when taken out of the oven.
Currently, the snacks are in the freezer section of Whole Foods and other grocery chains across the US. Hopefully, its success will inspire more thoughtfully produced food products elsewhere.
A Spanish gin with “fizz”
As Los Angeles headed into August’s “dog days” of sunshine and heat, the beaches of Spain arrived in the nick of time through the founders of Gin Mare and a group of bartenders keen on showing how far they could take the simple and refreshing poolside standby in creativity, flavour and versatility.
In a private Hollywood Hills home overlooking the city, six American bartenders vied for a spot in Gin Mare’s annual international cocktail competition in Ibiza this September, with Gkong Apopolous of New York City and Marian Scaturro of Houston making the cut for their innovative spins on gin and tonics and original creations with the Spanish-made craft spirit, with thyme, basil, rosemary and Arbequina olive oil as its leading botanicals.
Following the competition, a handful of spirits and food writers got to see just how versatile this modern gin was in a tasting dinner crafted by chef Holly Jivin from the Bazaar by José Andréas at the SLS Beverly Hills. Each course pairing featured a cocktail by the owner of Barcelona’s Paradiso (one of this year’s World’s Top 50 Bars) that emphasized one of the botanicals that was also a lead player in Jivin’s recipes. •
comments powered by Disqus
Related articles hand-picked by our editors
LA beauty events: the golden ageless
Spring has finally sprung in Los Angeles, just in time for summer. And when that happens, it means its time for some outdoor beauty events that mix the appeal of all-natural ingredients with nutrition and exercise for body, mind, and soul, reports Elyse Glickman
Aloha and mahalo, 2019: Secret Room Events’ Golden Globes’ suite
The Secret Room warmly welcomes the New Year and Hollywood awards’ season with a wave of beauty and lifestyle products, some of which should win awards, reports Elyse Glickman
Leyla Messian puts herself in the capable hands of beauty experts at TMG’s pre-Oscar suite in Beverly Hills
Order a print copy
Download the Ipad app
Download the Android app
Download the PDF edition
Watch Lucire TV
Lucire on Instagram
Lucire on Dailymotion
Lucire on Twitter
Lucire Facebook fan page
Lucire on Mastodon
Lucire on Vkontakte
Selected team Instagram accounts Jack Yan | Sopheak Seng | Elyse Glickman | Stanley Moss | Paula Sweet | Joanne Gair | Lola Cristall | Jody Miller | Jamie Dorman | Summer Rayne Oakes | Doug Rimington | Tanya Sooksombatisatian