This past March I got to be a part of Film Independant’s Project: Involve. Check it out HERE.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
Alcove Cafe & Bakery
1929 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
1001 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 845 – 5300 x 350/351
Jess, myself, and a few of our awesome pals ventured out for a 2nd Secret Stairs Hike this last weekend. The first hike we did was the Avalon-Baxter Loop. The one we decided on this week was the Echo Park Lake Victorians Hike. It took us along the Echo Park Lake and then led us through the historic neighborhood on Carroll Avenue, which is known for it’s beautiful Victorian homes.
Again, if you’re interested in going on your own Secret Stairs Hike, you can purchase the book HERE. We will be documenting all our secret stairs expeditions. And who knows, maybe we will see all of your lovely faces on our next one!
Can you imagine a store that you can go to and buy all locally grown and organic produce for an affordable price? What about a place that has classes with experienced gardeners that can teach you how to grow your own produce? But wait, it gets better! What if this place even showed you ways to prepare various foods so you can get the most out of your produce?
All this will soon be a reality in the Atwater Village community thanks to Piper Goldstein. She has had a dream for awhile that is finally going to become reality late this summer when the first phase of the Atwater Village Farm opens. We all know how hard it is to get to a Farmer’s Market that one day a week for the couple of hours that it’s open. But she is going to create a “permanent” farmers market in Atwater Village full of all locally grown and organic products.
It all started when Piper began her own farm in her backyard three years ago. Starting with a small corner of the backyard, Piper has grown her farm to cover all of the backyard and the front yard as well.
With years of experience in the culinary world, an apprenticeship at a farm not far from Los Angeles, and a community that is completely supportive of her efforts, Piper has surrounded herself with great connections to help make her dream a reality. You can read more about Piper HERE!
Now that you’ve read about this interesting lady and her mission the question is: How can you help?
First off, get the word out! Pass the Atwater Village Farm website to friends and family, local or non-local. Post it to Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. Bring it up to people you meet around the city and in coffee shops. Do what we all do best: talk.
The second thing you can do is check out their Kickstarter Page HERE. We all know the economy isn’t in the best condition right now, but even if you donate $1, you will be supporting something that will influence so many people in such a positive way.
The third thing is the Atwater Village Farm is holding a bake sale on Sunday, June 26th. This is a great place to eat some delicious goods made by people that are helping out in anyway they can. The LA QueenPins will be providing some scrumptious treats for the sale as well. All proceeds will be going towards the budget they need to keep this amazing process going.
If you’re interested in baking some goodies for the bake sale, please e-mail Patrick O’Donnell at:
Any help would be so appreciated. The LAQP’s are extremely excited about what Piper is doing in the Atwater Village community and we think you should be too. She is a strong female with a fantastic head on her shoulders and is one of the most selfless people we have ever met. And one day we hope to see all your lovely faces while shopping for groceries at the Atwater Village Farm!
- Britt & J
Our good friend (and an AMAZING writer! Check out her blog HERE ) Caroline has told us for quite some time about these “Secret Stairways” that you can hike and are hidden all over this city. The stairways were built way back in the day as basically a form of “transportation” from one place to another before cars took over the world. (You can read all about the history of the staircases HERE ). We looked through the book “Secret Stairs” by Charles Fleming and decided on a pretty intense route through Echo Park. The great thing about the stair hikes isn’t just the workout, but the beautiful views, city architecture, and street art you get to enjoy while getting a good workout in. While hiking, it also kind of felt like we were transported to a different time. The hikes were so peaceful and through such wonderful neighborhoods that it made you completely forget about all the hustle and bustle going on around us. This particular hike hardly even had anyone around or cars passing.
After the vigorous hike, we decided to reward ourselves with a sweet treat (NO! NO CUPCAKES!) of iced coffee’s, teas, and cherry lemonades from the cute and quant Delilah’s Bakery.
1665 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
If you’re interested in going on a secret staircase hike yourself, you can buy the amazing book filled with hike routes right HERE ! We can not suggest it enough
Our fearless leader, Ms. Caroline Watson
- Britt & J
If you know me, you know that one of my favorite past times, and current times at that, is laughing. I have a loud, powerful,
sexy scary, laugh that can fill any room. So when one of my co-workers invited me to watch his new sketch show, OF COURSE I had to go.
The Crooked Rooks present: Rock, Paper, Loneliness. Because nothing beats loneliness.
Now let me be honest. There are some sketch shows out there that are egghh good, it has potential. Sometimes I have even found myself saying ummm…yea I didn’t know when to laugh so outta respect I just tweeted ‘LOL’. Ok. So maybe that last part wasn’t true, but you catch my drift. Anyways… This was NOT the case with The Crooked Rooks.
They were legit funny. Not like the kind of funny that your drunk uncle is at Christmas and you laugh to ease the tension. The kind of funny that makes you get that laugh from deeeep inside. You know, that, kind of funny.
Like that scene when they were…. OMG I can’t forget when the guys said…. PEOPLE! Do you honestly think I would ruin the show for you all?! NEVER. And trust me, my delivery wouldn’t be NEARLY as good as seen on the stage.
So do yourself a favor, turn that frown upside down, turn those sad tears into tears of laughter, turn those flabby abs into tight rock hard laughing abs (too much?) and head out to the Crooked Rooks!!
They only have three shows left, so hurry, before the laughs run out!
*make sure to follow them on Twitter @TheCrookedRooks
Drink:Eat:Play has once again got us excited for a day complete with drinking, food and fun with their follow-up party to this past spring’s LA BEER FEST, seen here. The 2011 Block Party will take place at Paramount Studio’s New York Street back lot, and a throw back to old school block parties it is in deed. With a variety of food trucks sure to please any taste bud, and hundreds of beer selections, this is the party summer’s were made for.
So mark your calendars! July 30th 2011, Drink:Eat:Play’s 2011 Block party is where you’ve GOT to be.
purchase tickets here
And make sure to catch LAQP’s complete coverage of the event. You know us queen pins can’t turn down a day of beer drinkin’ and food truck binge’n!