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BGG Weekender

We love this list from the NY Post of the top ten things to eat in LA right now, so we’ve decided to sprinkle it into our weekender today. And while some of these spots may not be necessarily Broke-Girl-friendly, the dishes themselves are all under $20 and therefore warrant, at the very least, a quick drive-by tasting. Can’t have your New York friends knowing more about your own city than you do, now can we?


Start your weekend tonight at our Em & Co. Boutique event from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Preview designer Ellie Lavelle’s fall collection and order at 30% off and/or bring in your old jewelry to have it ‘upcycled’ into something new by designer Micha.

Beforehand, grab some Alligator Schnitzel from Son of a Gun (#2 on the list). Afterward, try out the chicken dumplings at Red Medicine (#7) -- open until


We wanted to send you to see Common speak downtown at the Mark Taper Auditorium. Common is cool. So cool that this free event is full. However, if you feel like putting on your fat pants this Friday night, you can watch the live stream from home.  Run by Gjelina Take Away first to grab the BLT (#6). 

Or, if you don’t feel like staying in, hit up Eveleigh for the Spelt Hot Cakes (#10) and then make your way out to this goofy re-enactment of Airplane! at the Coldwater Canyon Park. 


We’ve got a super ambitious day planned for you. Ready?

Start with the Creatures of Comfort sale on Melrose -- Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey and more at 75% off. 

Go east to the Kodak theater for the Taste of Taiwan Free Food Event (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Mmm, dumplings. 

When you’ve had your fill, swing over to ArtCycle LA (Vermont at Virgil) -- sounds like some kind of biking event, but it’s really just a free outdoor concert. Look for The Neighborhood, Robert DeLong, Gold Fields & more. 

Of, if you’re looking for something a little more peaceful, stop by KMC California for a free meditation class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

If you’re somehow hungry again, go by The Spice Table for some Beef Rendang (#7), Aburiya Toranoko for some Uni Tofu (#1), or Chimu Downtown for some Lamb Belly (#5).

Afterward, visit the Tasya Van Ree photo exhibit opening at EVFA.  Then, join a super secret Connect 4 Tournament

Or, head back ‘into town’ to attend an art exhibition to benefit Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund at Royal-T Cafe in Culver City.  When you get hungry, go by Picca for the Ceviche Crocante (#3). 


Start your day in Venice at the G2 Gallery for the official launch of the CSA California produce drop stop. Watch live demos with raw vegan Chef Lauren, sample locally sourced gourmet foods, sign-up for the CSA, and more.  Don’t know what a CSA is? Green Girl LA explained it to us a few weeks back -- read up on it here

Head east and stop in at Fundamental in Westwood for the Carnitas Torta (#4).  Keep going until you hit either the 3rd Annual Good Food Pie Contest at LACMA (2-4 p.m.) or the opening of Cosi fan tutte at the LA Opera (2 p.m.) -- tickets start at $20. 

Afterward, hit up the art market back west a bit in Culver City at the Bradford Stewart Studio, where you’ll find unique items for purchase and a free performance by Mosey & The Star Children. 

When you’ve finished perusing, stop by Lukshon for the Chicken Pops (#9).  Afterward, book your trainer for Monday morning, take a TUMS/find someone to rub your belly, and go to bed early! 

Sep 15, 2011 - 09:18 AM

cheap drinks, cheap eats, cheap activities