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Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

Have you eaten at Halong Bay, yet?

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Halong Bay in Eagle Rock tonight - have you tried it yet?  Great atmosphere, delicious food (I recommend the grilled pork chop), attentive service, good selection of beer and wine, what else could you need!  Check it out next time you want to dine out in Eagle Rock.


 

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Bike in LA? Really?

Would you like to ride your bike more but feel intimidated by the dangers of riding through city streets? Try joining an outing sponsored by a bicycling organization. It’s safer to be in a group and you will learn how to ride safer on your own.

It had been a long time since I’d ridden my bike. But when I received an email inviting me to join an Urban Expedition exploring Highland Park by bike, I thought why not? It was only 7 miles and promised to visit some interesting sights, so what better way to ease back into cycling, have some fun and learn something?

From their website, www.cicle.org: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.

The Urban Expedition happens about once a month. There were at least 30 riders on this trip, several of whom were volunteers with bright yellow vests who helped guide and keep everyone safe. We met near the Arroyo Seco Stables and rode up the bike path in the LA River to the Audubon Center in Debs Park. Did you know that Debs Park is the 4th largest park in the city of Los Angeles? It has over 150 acres of largely wild hillsides with mostly native plants to hike and explore. The Audubon Center was opened in Debs Park in 2003, and was instrumental in making the park safer and more accessible to families and individuals.

Did you know that the Audubon Center is the first LEED-certified building in the country? (LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The director of the Audubon Center, Jeff Chapman, told us about the site and then led us on a hike on the butterfly nature trail.

DEBS Park Audobon Center

DEBS Park Audobon Center

Jeff is a regular participant on these urban bicycle adventures and he rides his bike to work from his home in Eagle Rock. The Audubon Center is a very kid-friendly place, offering lots of fun ways for kids to learn about and play in nature. For adults, there is a Solar System Hands-on Training for Maintenance & Design class that meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. For $20 per class, you can learn how to better understand solar systems for your own use or even to work in the field. For all ages, they offer a free Friday film night preceded by a bird walk. Check out all the possibilities at http://ca.audubon.org/debs_park.php.

We rode on to the Milagro Allegro Community Garden (www.hpgarden.org), a project comprising 32 garden plots, monthly educational classes and workshops on gardening and other topics, and an after-school nutrition, cooking and gardening program (“LA Sprouts”) for elementary school students aimed at promoting healthy eating habits. Check out their website to read about the history of how the garden was acquired, named and constructed, all good stories.

Millagro Allegro Community Garden

Millagro Allegro Community Garden

What I love about this garden is that it is yet another example of the population of individuals in Highland Park who think for themselves to find ways to make their community better for everyone. In this case, they saw a way to make a community garden out of a city-owned vacant lot that was slated for public parking in a neighborhood where there was already plenty of parking.

We cycled on to Cafe de la Leche, a coffee house in Highland Park that features the first bike corral installed by the City of Los Angeles. The owners of this popular spot are living the urban localism dream, in my opinion. Matt and Anya Schodorf live and ride their bikes in Highland Park, saw a need for a good local coffee spot and have very successfully opened one. But they went further: they recently opened Schodorf’s Luncheonette in the same block where they offer yummy sandwiches and salads from 11 till 3 everyday. Matt and Anya exemplify the diverse creative look and spirit of Highland Park. Check them out atwww.cafedeleche.net, stop in at the 2 venues, live some of their dream. Maybe you’ll have one of your own!

Besides meeting some interesting people, learning about some cool places, and having a nice bike ride, I learned some better bike routes through Highland Park. We started off along the LA River bike path to Debs Park, then took a circuitous route over to the community garden. To reach Cafe de Leche, we rode up Avenue 56 from Figueroa towards York (a more level route than I would have done on my own), then parallel to the busy York Blvd on the much quieter Buchanan Street. Circling back to the start of our trip we rode in the bike lane that extends along much of York Blvd.

I really enjoyed this outing and plan to do more. Slowly, Los Angeles is becoming more bike-friendly through the efforts of groups like CICLE and more. Even the mayor is more sensitive to the needs of bicyclists (especially since he was in a bicycle accident) and has pledged to add more bike lanes at a greater rate than has been done in the past. The City of Los Angeles will never become a city like Davis where the bicycles outnumber the people, but who would have thought even 10 years ago that we would have the support of City government like this?

Kudos to the bike activists! Here is a list of some of the resources, groups and events you can explore:

LA Bike:
www.la-bike.org

Sunday Funday rides and the annual LA River Ride:
http://www.labikepaths.com/

Mayor Villaraigosa's Bicycle Plan:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/la-mayor-pushes-bicycle-plan.html

Lots of great how-to info plus calendar of events:
www.cicle.org

Bicycling in Highland Park
Bicycling in Highland Park
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New restaurant in Eagle Rock

Halong Bay opened just 2 weeks ago and it's doing well! Took the picture below just before we cleaned our plates!
Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and affordable prices make this a winner in the successful Eagle Rock business model contest we all wage daily here.
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The empty pineapple shell contained a dish called Festons, scallops sauteed with hoisin sauce, pineapple and red pepper. I had the Suon Nuong, thinly sliced grilled pork chops marinated in honey and lemongrass served with their house dipping sauce (and rice, of course). To start, we tried the Saigon spring rolls, shrimp and fresh lettuce, basil, carrot and cucumber wrapped in rice paper. We each had a drink and spent under $50 for the two of us. By the way, they serve Eagle Rock Brewery Revolution XPA, a bright and refreshing pale ale, so you can feel incredibly local when you dine here. The owner, Ray, had us try the Poisson, a filet of sea bass steamed in a banana leaf with herbs and spices. Yum! And for dessert, the cappucino mousse cake was divine.

You can check out details about the restaurant and see the whole menu at www.halongbayrestaurant.com. Or just go on over to 1948 Colorado Blvd, LA 90041. Call for hours at 323-258-2618.
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An Eagle Rock Community Meeting is quite a community experience

A couple of weeks ago, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power delivered notices to the businesses and residences on Colorado Blvd between Eagle Rock Blvd and Townsend that construction would begin that day on replacing water mains along the street and that the occupants along the way could expect limited parking, access and water for the next few months.

The business owners and residents were understandably upset by the cavalier treatment they were given. They called the City Councilmember Jose Huizar’s office and within a short time, the work schedule was suspended and a public meeting was called to discuss the issues involved.

I was at the meeting and I saw that the behavior of some of the DWP staff was a bit unsettling (as in, if we don’t replace these pipes now, they could burst and then we’d have a real problem) and let’s just say inconsiderate of many issues like parking, cleanliness, the Farmer’s Market, restaurants, the Music Festival, Ren-Arts school, repaving the street, effects on holiday business, etc. Luckily, the DWP staff included a very astute gentleman who could see the potential for disaster and encouraged everyone to state their concerns without criticism, all would be heard and we would meet again after some thought and research had taken place.

Tonight was the night for the followup meeting and I believe the DWP and the 14th District City Council office staff had done some good work on the issues as well as possibly some training on how to promote good public relations within the community. The general tone was collegial and positive. And Plan B was well received by all. It was a 180 degree change from the previous meeting.

Since Plan B is slated to begin in March, 2011, the Music Festival in October and the holiday season will not be affected.
The permits that LADWP currently have allow construction only between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. DWP asked if they could begin setting up cones, etc. at 8 am so they could begin actual work by 9 would help move the project forward more quickly. There was general agreement in favor of that and perhaps even broader hours.

Some of the ideas that were not incorporated into the plan were explained:

  • Placing the utilities underground while the street is open for the water mains is not feasible because another cut is required for utilities and the cost is prohibitive, especially considering the city budget crisis.
  • Resurfacing the Blvd instead of just patching the cut is not financially feasible at this time.

Here is Plan B:

On August 9, work will begin at Loleta Avenue and head east to Genevieve where the onramp to the 134 freeway begins. This work is expected to be finished by December 3. If it is completed earlier, the section between Vincent and Loleta will be done. During this time, the community can see how well the parking, traffic, dust and debris, etc. issues are handled. Suggestions, concerns and problems will be addressed both through the 1-800-DIAL DWP number and through a special hotline that will go to a DWP supervisor. Both these lines will be answered by a live person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Another community meeting will be held sometime in November or December to assess how things are going.

Beginning sometime probably in March, the Eagle Rock Blvd. to Vincent or Loleta stretch will commence. The longest any one business will be without water will be 4 to 8 hours in one day and then 1 to 2 hours when the water is switched from the old main to the new main. These shutoffs will have somewhere between 48 hours and 7 days notice. The longest a business will have construction in front of their location will be about 3 days.

What would have happened if no one had spoken up about this work? We would have construction on Colorado Blvd right now with no real planning done for the parking issues, the water shutoffs, the safety of the Renaissance Art school students to name a few concerns. DWP would have done their job without much consideration of the impact on the struggling businesses in this fragile economy. After all, they were responding to requests from the Council office to replace these pipes before they burst like the ones on Townsend did. Hm. Everyone involved was doing their part to solve a problem, but without a community meeting, each department was unaware of the whole picture.

Moral of the story: If you live in a community, you need to pay attention to what is going on around you and speak up when you see something wrong. We have a responsibility to do our part and attend meetings like this. The government and the large corporations and the developers need to see that the citizens are watching. Over the 27 years that I have lived in Eagle Rock, I have seen and heard of several issues that the community spoke up about and because they did, changes were made. Did you know that someone tried to put a pornographic movie theater into the old Eagle Rock Theater on the corner of Yosemite and Eagle Rock Blvd? Quite a lot of people turned out to protest that. Another issue was when the Mobil station on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd and Colorado petitioned to sell alcohol at their convenience store. The citizens didn’t believe that selling alcohol at a place that sold gasoline was the right thing to do. And let me tell you, the big guy from Mobil Corporation thought his company’s need for a profit justified the encouragement of drinking and driving. That was stopped. There are many more, including TERA’s fight to stop a MacDonald’s from going in to the old Security Pacific Bank Building (now the BlockBusters).

We don’t all agree on all the issues, but that is why we need to speak up. There might be a solution that will be more palatable to a greater number if only ideas were exchanged in an open forum. I am proud to live in Eagle Rock, where people take a stand when they disagree with what is going on. Our community is better for it.

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Start thinking about what to do this weekend

It's always hard to get back into work mode after a 3 day weekend, so if you're wishing it was the weekend again, jot this down on your calendar for Saturday, July 10. It's NELA's Second Saturday Artwalk, of course!

From Amy Inouye:
Future Studio Gallery
5558 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90042
323 254-4565

Second Saturday and Opening Reception for An Exhibition of Quilts by Ruby Nishio

Ruby Nishio grew up in Los Angeles and was interned at Heart Mountain relocation camp during WWII. After returning to Los Angeles she began working at Cahill in Beverly Hills, sewing and designing wedding gowns. She was very talented and adept at doing patterns and creating wonderful gowns and custom clothing. For the past 18 years she has used her talents in creating beautiful quilts. Ruby Nishio is an amazing quilt artist and has won many awards for her work. This is her first one- person show.

Nishio has been sewing for over 70 years. She has done all types of handwork, from custom dressmaking, knitting, tatting, crocheting, and embroidery. In 1992, she transitioned into making quilts. The imagery she uses is taken from her personal interests. She loves gardening and many of the patterns she uses are of flowers and nature. She stitches fabric pieces together to form repetitive patterns that are then hand quilted. One quilt in the exhibition, Trip Around the World (1998), includes 2193(!) two-inch squares of flowered fabric where the stitched edges of each piece loses its sharpness and blends with the piece next to it, forming an impressionist patterned garden. In New York, New York (2005), echoes of the Statue of Liberty are depicted in the patterns, while the colors and fabrics are reminiscent of Broadway by way of the Ginza. Expressing her love of gardening and traveling, Nishio has created wonderful pieces that are truly works of art.
The exhibition will run till July 31 (on view by appointment).

Join us for a special Artist's Tea: Sunday, July 25 from noon - 4 p.m.

Also, don't forget to pick up July's trading cards (Chicken Boy trading card #9 and a Ruby card)--they'll be waiting for you in a bin inside the front door.

PS: Chicken Boy Shop will be open Second Saturday. We've gotten a few new items in to check out... like Tyvek pop art wallets and some magnetic jewelry...

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On deck at Future Studio Gallery:
August: Manuel Gonzalez
September: Liz Mamorsky returns!
October: Fig Knit-On* (a Yarn-Bombing exhibit curated by Heather Hoggan)

November: Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
December: an exhibit of artists' stuffed toys* curated by Edith Abeyta

*if you'd like to participate or get more info, sign up at the gallery Second Saturday

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BOOK BOOTH HIGHLAND PARK is located next to the entrance of La Arca de Noe restaurant, 5570 N. Figueroa Street, LA 90042.

BOOK BOOTH is a free community art/literature project. The books and magazines found at BOOK BOOTH are all donated by your neighbors and are looking for new homes, so if you see something that interests you, please take it. If you have family-friendly books and magazines that you would like to pass along—just leave them at BOOK BOOTH. Please help keep BOOK BOOTH neat and trash-free.




*Some of the books at BOOK BOOTH are registered with bookcrossing.com, a free online book tracking service. If you find a label inside a book, there will be a an ID number that you can enter at the site and make a journal entry about the book and its ongoing journey.




A big gushy thank you to everyone who has been supporting BOOK BOOTH HIGHLAND PARK!

It empties out almost as soon as it fills up (we can't figure out exactly what's going on but we aren't seeing the streets littered with pages, so we're hoping it's all good). We've pulled out The Tipping Point, Stephen Colbert's I Am America (and So Can You), and Susan Sontag's The Volcano Lover. (They'll all go back to the booth as soon as we're done reading them.) So, please keep bringing books and magazines (even CDs and DVDs) and taking stuff too. If it's all filled up, drop them off at the gallery (ring the semi-hidden bell). You can drop them off Second Saturday also.

We plan on identifying other vacated phone booths so others can make their own Book Booth. Watch this space for the latest.

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futurestudio.com
nelaart.org

chickenboy.com
http://www.chickenboysouvenirstand.com
FutureStew Vintage at etsy

lavatransforms.com

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FYI: My Taco (6300 York Blvd.) has late night tacos (starting at 11 pm) on Saturday nights for your after art-ing snacking pleasure.

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Happy July 4th!

Happy Fourth of July!
Come celebrate with the community at the first of this summer’s
CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Location:
1100 Eagle Vista Drive
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

Entertainment - 4:00PM: Surfin Safari—a tribute to the Beach Boys
Food, Moon Bouncers, Car Show, Service Organization Booths - 6:00PM
Fire Works: 8:30 pm.
Sponsor: Sir Michael's Party Rental & LA City Council member Jose Huizar
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Eagle Rock's Auntie Em's Kitchen Seasonal Market Dinner

Auntie Em’s Market Dinner
Periodically, Auntie Em’s Kitchen (4616 Eagle Rock Blvd. 90041) offers a Farmer’s Market Dinner and the sold-out crowd thoroughly enjoyed the one last night. Here’s the menu:
Starter
Oro Blanco Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Cara Cara Orange and
Three Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Main Course
Falafel, Muhammara, Cilantro and Jalapeño Hummus, Tatziki, Tabouleh and Pita,
all handmade in-house
OR
Spring Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Oil Cured Olives, Leeks, Roasted Garlic, Spinach and Fresh Herbs
served with a sauté of Asparagus, Fava Beans, Fresh English Peas, Snap Peas, Fennel, Pea Tendrils and Chervil

Cheese Course
Hudson Valley Camembert Square (sheep/cow, NY)
Jasper Hill Farm's Bayley Hazen Blue (cow, VT)
Capriole's Old Kentucky Tomme (goat, IN)
Cesar's Cheese's Oaxacan-Style String Cheese (cow, WI)
served with Peppadew (sweet/spicy Red Pickled Peppers), Pine Cone Bud Syrup and Strawberries

Dessert
Trio of Cream Puffs filled with Meyer Lemon Mousse, Orange Mousse and Seascape Strawberry Mousse
with a pot of Dipping Chocolate

$45 PER PERSON
We picked up our wine from the Colorado Wine Company, where Jennifer gave us 3 great pairings (there were several of us!). We started off with a light, grassy Caliberico Verdelho which went perfectly with the citrus and beet flavors of the salad course. For the lamb/falafel main course we first had the Falasco Valpolicella and then finished through the cheese course with the Rothschild valde l’ours. That cheese course was fascinating. Have you ever heard of pine cone bud syrup? Suffice it to say, some cheeses and flavors were distinctive and new to me.
The dessert of 3 little cream puffs each with a different fruit mousse filling with a pot of chocolate to dip them in was the perfectly tasty end to a rich and interesting meal.
To find out more about Auntie Em’s, check out the website at www.AuntieEmsKitchen.com. Besides the restaurant, Auntie does catering and also offers organic produce delivery with recipes! Read about it on the website. Terri Wahl, the owner, is passionate about this way of supporting locally grown food and small businesses while enabling busy families to eat fresh healthy meals.

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New Diner in Eagle Rock

Abby's is open at the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd and Addison Wy. I had a $2.85 hamburger and it was yummy! Cute 50s decor, friendly people, bright & cheerful.

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Spa Day

one of the many great things about Los Angeles is the huge variety and excellent quality of massage opportunities.

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Clear Your Calendar! It's Time for Art in Northeast Los Angeles!

Coming Attractions From the Arroyo Arts Collective

There is so much to do around here! Luckily, many of these shows run for a few weeks, but if you want to attend the openings, you'll have to pack most of them into Saturday, March 13!

Coming Attractions From the Arroyo Arts Collective

There is so much to do around here! Luckily, many of these shows run for a few weeks, but if you want to attend the openings, you'll have to pack most of them into Saturday, March 13!
GERARDO HACER: THE MYTH
PE Lofts Gallery, 610 S. Main St. LA 90017

Reception: Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 10:00 PM
Presented by The Avenue 50 Studio, with the support of Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) at the Downtown Art Walk in the PE Lofts Gallery (corner of 6th and Main Street).
The work of Los Angeles-based sculptor, Gerardo Hacer, consists of monumental structural, metal, origami animals in bold, flat, solid colors. The centerpiece of the show, Gerardo Hacer: The Myth, is a 2-ton fourteen-foot Pegasus entitled, "Education Gives You Wings To Fly" that will be permanently installed at the gateway of the main entrance to Los Angeles Trade-Tech College's new $250M campus. A former graduate, Gerardo was selected as the face of their multimedia campaign, "Trade As Art". His works have received coverage from SoCal News, Huell Howser's "California Gold", as well as, featured on public transit DASH buses. Contact: Ashley Lund - 310-405-5285

ART AND ARCHITECTURE: MERGING THE CONTEMPORARY AND THE HISTORICAL
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles 90041

323.226.1617, www.centerartseaglerock.org
Panel Discussion: March 13, 2010, 4-6 pm
Panelists: Gwynne Pugh (Pugh + Scarpa), Isotta Poggi (Getty Research Institute), John O'Brien, Cielo Pessione
Bruno Bondanelli will be making a brief presentation on behalf of Italian Living Umbria at the end of the round table conversation and offering Baci Perugina for all.
FOLLOWED by NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night 7-10 pm
The March 13, 2010 panel discussion about "Art and Architecture: Merging the contemporary and the historical" is particularly relevant at CFAER, a historically listed 1914 Carnegie Library Building, that was itself transformed into a multicultural community center for arts and culture.

ASSEMBLAGE & COLLAGE
Howeeduzzit Gallery, 821 S. Raymond #27, Alhambra 91803

626.458.8811, www.howeeduzzitgallery.com
February 21st – March 13th, 2010
Closing Reception March 13th, 2:00-5:00 PM
Featured artists: Kathy Carvalles, Ruth DeNicola, Charles Dickson, Jack Fenn, Clare Graham, Frank Gutierrez, Cookie Hanson, Cidne Hart, Heather Hoggan, Jeffrey Kibbe, Dave Lovejoy, Mavis Leahy, Jaime Sabatte, Richard Sculley, Suzanne Siegel, Joseph Sims, Richard Turner, Howard Swerdloff, LaMonte Westmoreland

THE VIRGIN MARY CHAINSMOKING AT THE BEACH AND A COUPLE OTHER REALLY AWFUL THINGS I SAW WHEN I DITCHED SCHOOL THAT DAY
Future Studio Gallery, 5558 N. Figueroa St., LA 90042
futurestudiogallery.com
Opening Saturday March 13, 7 to 10 pm, part of NELAart.com Second Saturday Gallery Night
Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta: Drawings, Piñatas, Videos, Prints, Collages, and Photographs
(Don't forget to pick up your free Tati artist trading card at the gallery during the opening)
March's Chicken Boy Trading Card #6, also available Second Saturday. (It's CB, a guy's guy, repairing his cycle)
CUENTOS DE HADAS
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park 90042
323.258.1435, www.avenue50studio.com
Mercedes Gertz and Esau Andrade reinterpret fairy tales with photographs by Elizabeth Beristain
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 7-10 pm
The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present “Cuentos de Hadas” (Fairy Tales), an exhibition of works by two contemporary Mexican artists. Through a narrative language, Gertz and Andrade portray the female vs. male versions of fairy tales. The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception on Saturday evening, March 13, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, April 4, 2010.
Mercedes Gertz. Using humor and sensuality, Gertz’s fairy tale series asks us to consider where women are in the 21st century. Her heroines are unapologetic symbols of female confidence. We sense in them a comfort with the body, with play and decoration. They confidently own the sensual, and relish in being a woman in charge. “These … fairy or folk tales … recur over and over through millennia in the guise of innocent stories telling us time and again that the docile, young body gets the prince, that the girl brave enough to venture into the woods—the space of men--meets her fate at the hands of the big bad wolf. Peter Pan lives forever as a boy, Wendy must grow up--it is her calling, her duty, her essential nature.” -- Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue, Art Critic, Essayist, Poet
Esau Andrade. Following in the footsteps of the Latin American surrealists, Esau Andrade twists reality, creating canvases bursting with color that are pop in nature. He instills a childlike exuberance into his delightful paintings. Andrade comes from a folk art background, as both his mother Guadalupe Valencia and brother Raymundo Andrade are also artists. He is mainly a self-taught painter, although attended La Escuela de Artes Plasticas de la Universidad de Guadalajara. “Unlike the candy colored confections of his more stylized folk art paintings, these other works by Andrade place him firmly in the surrealist tradition shared by many Latin masters. He retains a naiveté and originality with quirky images that are both charming and serious, and also remain indebted to his rich culture for visual symbols that are vivid and intense.” -- Kathy Zimmerer, Artscene 11/2004
Elizabeth Beristain. Elizabeth was born in Mexico City. A graduate of the Escuela Activa de Fotografia and staff photographer for “El Reforma,” one of the top national daily newspapers in Mexico, she moved to Los Angeles as a freelance photographer and later became Photography Editor for the cultural publication Latino Weekly Review. A product of her Mexican mother’s artistic sensitivity and her Portuguese father’s decidedly more adventurous side, this subtle mixture of Old and the New World influences are germinal elements of Elizabeth’s artistry. Additionally, in devising the art direction of her own work, a wider range of crucial creative features shine through, from the world of opera, painting, music, and cinema, in a vision where a unique sense of artistry never intrudes with a boundless appreciation of our common humanity. Elizabeth has participated in various collective and solo shows, both in Mexico and Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband, cinematographer Gabriel Beristain ASC, BSC, and their two children Max and Victoria. She is currently at work on her new series, entitled Crowned Nuns.

And the Annex Presents:
A PRAYER FOR JUAREZ, A CURSE ON THE KILLERS
March 13 through April 4, 2010
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 7-10 pm
Alfonso Aceves, Ismael de Anda, Antonio Escalante, Judithe Hernandez, Cindy Suriyani, vincentmayakovsky

DECKED OUT - ART ON RECYCLED SKATE DECKS
Cactus Gallery, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 90041
323-256-6117, http://www.eclecticcactus.com
w/ Featured Artist Michael Pukac plus group show
March 13th – April 7th 2010, Gallery Hours: Weds-Sun 12-6pm
Opening Saturday, March 13, 2010 – 7-10pm
Group Show Artists: Amanda Sage, Motion One, Hans Haveron, L. Croskey, John Park, Spectr, Tommii Lim, Stix and Jones, Yuki Miyazaki, Nick Wildermuth, Ted Von Heiland, Anna Chung, Shahid Brown, Patrick Haemmerlein, Max Neutra, Jacob E. Roanhaus, Jose Carabes, Elle Seven, Liz Brizzi, Jonathan Bueno, Kelly Thompson, Carlos Ramsey, Dicapria, Mikolaj Wyszynski, Walt Hall, Art Martinez, Douglas Alvarez, Julie B., Delphia, Mike Russek, Amy Bernays, Krystle Smith, Alfie Numeric, and more.
Beats by Mr. Numberwonderful
Curated by The Imaginary Light Bulb Factory
10% of proceeds will go to Greenizm: a 501.3c rehabilitating neglected urban landscape into green skate parks in LA County while promoting the arts to skate culture.
More info: ArtSlant Event Page - http://www.artslant.com/la/events/show/92985-decked-out,
Facebook Event Page - http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=301594547342&ref=ts

MICK & FRIENDS: A COLLECTION OF ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY
drkrm/gallery, 2121 San Fernando Road Suite 3, Los Angele 90065
323.223.6867, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
March 13th- April 3rd, 2010, Tue-Sat 11-5 Sun 1-4
Opening Reception Saturday March 13th 7-10pm
drkrm/gallery announces it first show of 2010, a group show retrospective of fine art Rock & Roll photographs. Featuring Ethan Russell's 1968 portrait of John and Yoko, Cecil Beaton's portraits of Mick Jagger on the set of the film Performance and Travis Shinn's recent photographs of Morrissey and Marilyn Manson. The Exhibition will run though April 3rd. There will be an opening reception Saturday March 12 from 7-10 pm with several of the artists in attendance.
Also featured are images of Bob Marley from the 1980's by Neville Garrick, Paul Zone's photos of KISS playing a small Queens NY club in 1973 and a 1969 Grateful Dead concert in San Francisco photographed by Ryan Herz plus many more.
The Land of Odd Gallery, 4690 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles 90041
March 13, 2010 – March 27, 2010
Opening Reception: March 13, 2010 from 6pm to 12am
Come to The Land of Odd Gallery's 5×7″ Group Show, opening on the evening of March 13, 2010 from 6pm to 12am. We will also be continuing our $100 and Under Art Show so if you missed getting to see it, now is your chance to come by and check it out. This event will be held in conjunction with the NELA 2nd Saturday art walk. As always refreshments will be served and the event is FREE!
We are proud to have the following artists participating in the 5×7″ show: Chito Arellano, Christie Bastet, Jeff Bertrand, Julie Bossinger, Deryke Cardenaz, Jennifer Cuellar, Brad Davis, Jolly de Guzman, Diane Harrelson, Chuck Hodi, Edith Ben Horin, Jinx, Bruce Kaplan, Patrick Quinn, Pablo Ramos, Monica Roache, Annalise Sullivan, Jason Sullivan, Melissa Sullivan, and Christopher Umana. Most of these works have been created especially for this event and have never been exhibited before, so come by and show your support.
We will also be continuing our $100 and Under Art Show, featuring the artwork of; Douglas Alvarez, Christie Bastet, Edith Ben-Horin, Charles Bennett, Terri Berman, Jeff Bertrand, Deborah Blanco-Flores, Chris Bonno, Heidi K. Born, Deryke Cardenaz, Bryan Collins, Emma Cooper, Josh Cooper, Creep Creepersin, David Daniel, Brett Gilbert, Jolly de Guzman, Brad Davis, William Reynolds Green, Joe B. Hall, Benjamin Harmon, Santiago Heredia, Nicholas Hernandez, John Hicks, Chuck Hodi, K. Howell, Chris Isner, Jinx, Bruce Kaplan, Amelia Lewis, Cynthia Llanes, Vivian Nguyen, Sean Madden, Demi Pietchell, Patrick Quinn, Pablo Ramos, Monica Roache, Glenda Rolle, Lisa Rosso, Therese Solone, Evil Paul Springer, Melissa Sullivan, Jason Sullivan, and Ckay Walker.
Mention the phrase — "The greatest FREE print on Earth" — and you may choose a FREE 5×7″ linoleum print. You might want to mention it to someone who works at the gallery. Otherwise people will just think you are weird.

MOSTLY SCULPTURE SHOW
Sea and Space Explorations, 4744 York Boulevard, Los Angeles 90042

March 13-28, 2010, Gallery Hours Friday/Saturday 1-6 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm
Opening Saturday March 13, 7-10 pm
This is a show of work that centers on material exploration. The six artists’ works are unified by their emphasis on process and innovation. Each artist engages in a pas-de-deux with specific materials in a poetry of making. In the tradition of Schwitters, Tuttle, Franz West, Kippenberger, and Genzkin, this work is strongly formal and has to do with specific methods of making. Encompassing materials from draped fabric to dyed carrara marble to sheetrock to newspaper to fireproof canvas to human stand-ins and fake flowers, the show is made up of work that is sculptural and mostly sculpture.
Artists: Kathryn Andrews, Alice Clements, Heather Cook, Patrick Hill, Alice Konitz, Brett Lund

MIRROR TO A WORLD
José Vera Fine Art & Antiques, 2012 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles 90041

323.258.5050, www.joseveragallery.com
Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11am-6pm
Opening Reception on Saturday, March 13th, from 6 - 9
José Vera Fine Art & Antiques invites you to join us for our upcoming exhibit, featuring the work of Irene Carranza in her solo show "Mirror To A World". We are pleased to showcase her work from March 3 - April 11, 2010, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, March 13th, from 6 - 9 pm, in conjunction with the NELA ArtWalk. Please join us for wine, appetizers and a meet-and-greet with the artist herself.
Artist Statement: On the surface, Carranza's work is about women; that is the subject matter. At a deeper level, however, the works are about issues that women face, and they pay tribute to the resilient female spirit. Some of the images explore challenges of identity that we confront as women as we attempt to reconcile modern life with traditional Latino culture. Thus the art can be viewed as affirmations of strength and celebrations of a complex yet incredibly diverse presence as female human beings. She also explores themes of beauty, nature, solitude, death and rebirth. Feminism is expressed in many forms-virgins, mothers, mermaids, maidens, field workers, musicians and prostitutes, reflecting on the tender aspects of mankind. Carranza prefers to work with organic and richly layered oil pastels, using mineral spirits to blend, achieving painterly results. She also works with acrylic and oil paints, and occasionally some printmaking, such as aquatints, etchings and collographs. The artist's recent explorations of color are done with acrylic paintings on black-gessoed surfaces of canvas and wood, and oil pastels and oil bars on black museum board. She considers these pieces as transformations of darkness into light, or darkness and lightvying with one another. This fascination may come from early childhood memories of the Mexican paintings on black velvet she saw everywhere during visits across the border. It may also stem from her immersion in Catholicism growing up in religious schools and a deeply religious home, where the concepts of good vs. evil and light coming out of darkness were pervasive.

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO BE AN ARTIST?
The Judson Studios Gallery, 200 So. Avenue 66, Los Angeles 90042

Saturday,March 13th , 6:00PM~9:00PM
Students of ROOM 13, an international network of student-operated art studios will show work at The Judson Studios Gallery as part of NELA Art Night. Three ROOM 13 studios, including James Foshay Learning Center in South Los Angeles, Eliot Middle School in Altadena, and Marjorie Street in South Bay, will showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media, assemblage, muralart and animation at this collaborative art installation. The Judson Studios, an internationally known stained glass maker run by five generations of family members, was also the first home to the USC School of Fine Arts until 1920.
Room13 originated in Caol, Scotland in1994 and has grown into an international network of student-designed and operated creative studios. It now provides learning and business enterprise skills to students in Scotland, Britain, Nepal, India and South Africa, and is currently expanding to Mexico, Turkey, China and Austria. The director of theTate Galleries has called Room 13 "the most important model for artistic teaching in school that we have in the UK."
In 2008, Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit arts provider, engaged with the program's international trustees and decided to take advantage of this opportunity for our own public school children. Partnering with Project Design Studio, the organization launched the first ROOM 13 in America at James Foshay Learning Center in South Los Angeles. They proceeded to found ROOM 13 at Eliot Middle School in Altadena. The third, an dmost recent model, ROOM 13 at Marjorie Street, was formed early this year in the South Bay vicinity. Like its peers, each creative studio operates as a physical space flourishing within a public school or community setting and is solely managed by the students.ROOM 13 is dedicated to provingthe worth of the individual with with the support and mentorship of schoolstaff and community members. Facilitated by an artist-in-residence, also from the community, students work in teams, as partners or alone, determining the scope and content of their own creative projects. ROOM 13 artists also learn self-reliance by designing a business model that will sustain their own studio operation. TBWAChiatDay advertising has also provided support of the ROOM 13 network through the contributed help of its creative professionals.
Proceeds from the sale of artworks will benefit ROOM 13 studios.

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Shop Local in Eagle Rock for Valentine’s Day

Have you heard about the 3/50 Project? In honor of the shop local movement, I ventured out into Eagle Rock and assembled some places where you can shop for your Valentine gifts this year and keep your hard-earned money in our town!

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Eagle Rock Brewery, Northeast Los Angeles’ Own Microbrewery

This is the first microbrewery licensed in Los Angeles in 60 years!

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Food Adventure on the Gold Line Eastside Extension

With the LATimes.com "Foodie Nirvana" article clutched in our hands, we boarded at the Highland Park station on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for our adventure in Eastside dining.

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My Black Friday Shopping Experience.

You would never know there was a recession on, there were shoppers with full carts of TVs, computers, printers everywhere.

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Arts Tour in Northeast Los Angeles

What I love about this tour is the chance to meet working artists in their studios and see a part of the community that you never get to see otherwise.

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The Metro Gold Line Expands to the East!

Be sane and safe—if you drink, walk and go public transit! Be green, be more carbon neutral! And it's our responsibility as good citizens to participate in what our great city has to offer, don't you agree? We can improve our economy by having more fun, I say.

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A New Face at the Eagle Rock and Roll Farmer’s Market

It's Lilia's Chilean Pebre. According to Wikipedia, Pebre is a Chilean condiment made of coriander (cilantro), chopped onion, olive oil, garlic and ground or pureed spicy aji peppers. Pebre is most commonly spooned on meat, usually from a barbecue.
Lilia makes the Pebre right there in front of you with her Cuisinart food processor. Wearing plastic gloves, with her fresh washed cilantro, parsley, and scallions in the tubs in front of her, Lilia can barely keep up with the demand for her tasty sauce .

Lelia

Her co-worker hands out generous samples spread on slices of French bread, and you have to buy a jar once you taste it. It tastes fresh, green, garlicky, a little spicy but not too much. Lilia says it's good with potatoes or with chicken. My imagination went to a nice chicken or beef stew laced with the sauce. Or maybe just ladled over a grilled steak or fried eggs. It was great with the bread, and I read that Chileans eat it mostly just like that, as a spread on bread. For $6.00, you get a pint jar of Pebre with a list of the ingredients and a chicken recipe, if you wish.

Lilias booth

Yum. The Eagle Rock and Roll Farmer's Market is a certified farmer's market you can check out at www.pdmarkets.com, but just go to the Eagle Rock Plaza on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm.

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Tracy’s Restaurant Guide Updated October, 2009

Eagle Rock, Northeast Los Angeles, and occasional forays into Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena

This is my personal, subjective, and sporadically updated guide to local food and drink establishments located mostly in the Northeast Los Angeles area, branching out to Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, San Gabriel. Asterisks indicate that one of us on my team has been there, tasted the food, and likes it. Call the restaurant for current hours. Several of the Highland Park entries were taken from a brochure made by Amy Inouye at Future Studio, 5558 N. Figueroa St, 90042. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.chickenboy.com

Antojitos Guerrero 5623 York Blvd. 323.254.6118

Salvadorean & Mexican, 4-taco special

La Abeja 3700 N. Figueroa St. 323.221.0474

Mural by Leo Limon, the artist who has painted the cat faces in the LA River for 35 years!

El Arco Iris 5684 York Blvd 323.254.3401

www.Elarcoiris.com Popular with locals, good authentic Mexican food.

*Armon’s 5056 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.1440

Good solid American breakfast and lunch, also some Chinese fare. Nice neighborhood atmosphere, friendly waitresses, good daily lunch specials.

*Auntie Em’s 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.0800

www.AuntieEmskitchen.com. Great breakfast and lunch, cookies, soups, indoor and outdoor seating, also excellent catering. New! Home delivery options. Vegetarian friendly but they also have good pulled pork sandwiches. Next door is their gourmet cheese shop. Occasional Market Dinners with wine suggestions you can buy from Colorado Wine Company—sign up for their email newsletter and catch the next Dinner, it’s fantastic!

*Bistro de la Gare 921 Meridian Ave. South Pas. 626.799.8828

www.bistrodelagare.com. Really charming, great French bistro food, wine bar, located right by the Gold Line.

*The Black Boar (formerly the Chalet) 1630 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.8800

This is one cool bar, no food served at all. English pub-like interior with great jukebox, good martinis, good selection of beers on tap and bottled, friendly staff.

*The Blue Hen 1743 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5654

www.eatatbluehen.com. Vietnamese food, lunch and dinner. This restaurant supports local farms and sustainable farming practices, and it is good food, too.

*Brownstone Pizza 2108 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.4992

Good New York style pizza and you can also buy it by the slice! They'll deliver if you're local.

*The Bucket 4541 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5654

Known for Basque-style hamburgers. Longtime Oxy hangout.

*Bulgarini Gelato 749 E. Altadena Dr, Altadena 626.791.6174

http://www.bulgarinigelato.com/. Voted best gelato by LA Weekly, a great write-up by Jonathan Gold, and I have to say I had some of the best peach sorbet in my life there. It’s the real deal, though I would rather be in Rome than Altadena sometimes, just sometimes.

Cacao Mexicatessen 1576 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock 323-478-2791

www.cacaodeli.com. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Smell the made-on-premises tortillas as you enter the doorway and get ready to be transported to Mexico. Specializing in mole, but there is a variety of styles and flavors from all over the country. Take-out, eat-in, and catering.

*Café Beaujolais 1712 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.5111

Classic French bistro food, wine & beer. Extremely good.

*Café Culture 1359 N. Altadena Blvd. Pasadena 626.398.8654

Coffee house with good baked goods.

Café de Leche 5000 York Blvd. Highland Park 323-551-6828

www.cafedeleche.net. Remember how the Renaissance of Eagle Rock began with Swork’s Coffee? Here is a great new coffee place in Highland Park, though I’d have to say the tide began to turn here with Marty’s and the York Pub.

*Camilo’s Café & Catering 2128 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.2644

California bistro serving tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner. Also afternoon tea by reservation and excellent catering. Live music on Thursday evenings. Atmosphere is lovely, great for any occasion.

*The Capri 4604 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3225

Good solid traditional Italian food, large portions, old-style Italian restaurant atmosphere.

*Casa Bianca 1650 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.9617

“The Best Pizza in Southern California.” It is good! Try to beat the rush, but they have chairs outside so you can just visit with your friends while you wait. Takeout is a good choice.

La Casa Princesa 4257 York Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.474.6860

Good coffee, food, free wi-fi, free music, what more could you ask for? Add friendly service and a large space and easy parking. Check it out!

El Chile 4017 N. Figueroa St. 323.221.5555

The only arepas (baked or fried cornmeal cake of traditional Colombian cuisine) on Figueroa, covered patio dining.

*Cinnamon Vegetarian 5511 Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.982.9480

www.CinnamonVegetarian.com. An international but mostly Southwest/South American menu, all meat-free. Very tasty food, a nice, clean, comfortable space, friendly service.

*Classic Thai 1708 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.0530

Charming atmosphere with outdoor seating, moderate prices, good Thai food.

*The Coffee Gallery 2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena 626.398.7917

www.coffeegallery.com. Neighborhood coffee house with entertainment in the back room venue. Get on their email list, they have incredible talent performing, especially old folkies, acoustic guitarists and songwriters.

*The Coffee Table 1958 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.2200

www.coffeetablebistro.com. Sister to the one in Silverlake. Great space, good food, coffee and now beer and wine. Sensitive restoration of the historic building and old photos of Eagle Rock add to the ambience.

*Colombo’s 1833 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.9138

Prime rib, steak, seafood, pasta. Piano music every evening, dimmed lighting, full bar with the strongest drinks around, interesting paintings, old neighborhood feel. Now with some outdoor seating as well.

*The Colorado Wine Co. 2114 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.1985

www.cowineco.com. Neighborhood wine bar with tastings Friday evenings and Sunday afternoon. Buy a glass or a case. Sign up for the email list for John’s literary musings on the art and comedy of wine as well as details of the next tasting or art opening there. Twitter @CoWineCo.

*Dave’s Chillin’ & Grillin’ 2152 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.490.0988

www.daveschillin.com. Dave is passionate about his sandwiches and he has every reason to be. Fresh, tasty, a bargain—the Eagle Rock business model between two halves of a fresh roll.

*Elvira’s 1757 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3216

Homemade Mexican food with lots of vegetarian options, prepared and served with love. Pepe Serna paintings decorate the walls.

Ernie Jr’s Taco House 2803 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.1298

One of the oldest restaurants around serving old-style American Mexican food. I have to mention that they put mayonnaise in their tostada dressing.

*La Estrella #3 6103 N. Figueroa Highland Park 323.982.0179

Colorful house, corner location, great tacos. Served open with shredded carnitas, limes and very inexpensive. Voted one of the top 25 Mexican restaurants in LA in 2004.

*Fatty’s 1627 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.8804

www.fattyscafe.com. Gourmet vegetarian food, excellent wine list, good beer. Some very amazing and delicious desserts as well. Open for dinnertime only, but you can just have dessert or a glass of wine if you like.

Felipe 6101 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.256.9784

Formerly Villa Sombrero, Felipe, the original property owner, has taken over and has done a reprise of some of his original dishes from the time it had more upscale Latin cuisine like lobster, grilled steak, chicken mole. They now have a liquor license.

*Firefly Bistro 1009 El Centro Ave. South Pas. 626.441.2443

www.eatatfirefly.com Exceptional New Orleans style cuisine, the signature dish is pecan-crusted catfish, oh yes. The occasional 5-course wine dinner is to die for.

*Folliero’s 5566 N Figueroa St, Highland Park 323.254.0505

www.Follieros.com Established in 1968, Tony Folliero still makes his own pizza dough every morning, though daughter Titina now runs the restaurant. Friendly staff, great thin-crust pizza, other yummy Italian dishes you will love as much as do the generations of Highland Parkers who still go there. Cash only! But beer and wine are served. Really reasonable prices.

*La Fuente 2256 W. Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.3796

Reliably good, satisfying Mexican food, recently reopened after a remodel. Full bar.

5530 Monte Vista St. Highland Park 323.258.6109

La Fuente #6 5552 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.257.3564

One door south of Future Studio

El Huarache Azeca 5225 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.478.9572

A hotspot for locals and visiting foodies.

*Jamba Juice 5053 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.349.0670

One of the many signs that Eagle Rock has arrived. Healthy, quick juiced drinks. This is in a building that was not torn down by the Walgreen’s next door.

*Johnny’s Bar 5006 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.551-6959

Evilly good martinis. No food. Eat at the nearby York Pub or Marty’s and stop in here as part of your Highland Park Pub crawl.

*Larkin’s Joint 1496 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.0934

www.larkinsjoint.com. Contemporary California soul food in a juke joint atmosphere. Come here when you have no dietary restrictions, because this is good old fried catfish & greens, sweet potato pie, BBQ’d tri-tip kind of fare.

*Lemongrass 1952 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.8050

Simple, good Vietnamese food with beer and wine served. Featured dishes include banh mi (sandwiches), pho (soup), spring rolls. Inexpensive, fresh, delicious food. Sit outside and enjoy life in the heart of Eagle Rock.

Little Cave 5922 N. Figueroa St. 323.255.6871

Formerly Sir Richard’s biker bar and Hofbrau, now painted black inside and quite a hangout for local hipsters.

Mariscos Estilo D.F. Truck 4702 N. Figueroa St. at Sycamore Grove Park Highland Park

Blue truck, seafood tostadas, eat in park. Made to order.

*Marty’s 5137 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.256.2400

The gentrification of Highland Park began here. Yummy bar food like Kobe beef burgers. Bouncers dressed in black, valet parking. Yes!

El Metate 5305 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.478.8383

Homemade tortillas, cart often in front after dark with huge sizzling fresh meat spit

*Mia Sushi 4741 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.2562

www.mia-sushi.com. Eagle Rock’s first sushi restaurant. Great food, decor, valet parking. For you no raw fish die-hards, there is a selection of cooked non-fish Japanese-style items that is very good as well.

* Minx Restaurant & Lounge 300 Harvey Drive, Glendale 818.242.9191

www.minx-la.com. Fine dining and cocktail lounge located on the border of Eagle Rock. Superb Sunday brunch, eat inside or out, enjoy music, great cocktails. They also cater. *August update: customer service has slipped here.

My Taco 6300 York Blvd 323.256.2698

Potato tacos, carne asada fries.

*Oinkster 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3892

www.theoinkster.com. “Slow fast food” is their motto. It’s really good and it’s really, really slow—the service, that is. House cured pastrami, slow roasted pork and chicken, fresh good food.

*Panang 1801 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.3796

If you’re feeling like you might be coming down with a cold, go have a nice big bowl of Thai noodles, a tall frosty beer and be happy.

*Polka 4112 Verdugo Road Glassell Park 323.255.7887

www.polkacatering.com. Jonathan Gold says, "Polka, a sweet Polish restaurant near where Eagle Rock fades into Glendale, is that rarity in Los Angeles, an authentic, home-style Eastern European restaurant of the kind so common in Cleveland and Chicago...”

*Pat & Lorraine’s 4720 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.7926

Local breakfast and lunch joint—it closes at 2:30 pm!

El Pescador 5230 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.255.8164

Popular for after church brunching

*Petit Beaujolais 1651 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.5133

Great coffee, fresh croissants, very tasty breakfast and lunch, a perfect place to sit outside on a balmy day and just be in the heart of Eagle Rock.

*Santa Maria Barbecue 626.963.3935

All you can eat barbecues, parties, events. Simple fare and really tasty. Tri-tip top sirloin, chicken, beef ribs, beans, hot dogs or hamburgers, and that’s about it. They only cater. www.santamariagrill.com.

*Scoops 712 N. Heliotrope Dr. Los Angeles 323.906.2649

Gelato, vegan ice cream & sorbet. You can have a taste of whatever they have available that day. Wild tastes like Jack Daniels & Cream, Blackberries and mango. Worth the drive out of Eagle Rock!

*Senor Fish 4803 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.7167

Great fish tacos and other Mexican food. Good outdoor seating.

Spring Street Smokehouse 640 N. Spring St, LA 90012 213.626.0535

www.sssmokehouse.com The LA BBQ Guy is the Truck, and you can follow him on Twitter. They've been parking in front of the 7-11 at Highland View Ave on Colorado Blvd, giving away free samples of bbq. Of course you go back and buy some, it's good!

*Spitz 2505 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5600

Home of the Doner Kebab: lean meat, chilies, tzatziki, tomatoes & cucumbers in grilled focaccia, sweet potato fries. Good fast food plus gelato! Two Oxy grads went to Europe, loved it, and brought it back to Eagle Rock.

*The Spot 2032 Lincoln Ave. Pasadena 626.296.3184

(Formerly Vintage Café)

www.thespotpasadena.com. Now a catering business only, and really good.

Starbucks 4430 York Blvd, Eagle Rock 323-340-8059

www.Starbucks.com. Practically in Highland Park, this Starbucks has a drive through.

*Stoney Point 1450 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 626.449.9715

www.stoneypointrestaurant.com. Italian-style cuisine, great atmosphere.

*Swork 2160 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.5600

www.swork.com. Good coffee, Free—note, Free wireless internet, kid-friendly hangout, a great community hangout, the first of the “cool factor” beginning of Eagle Rock’s commercial core.

*The Taco Spot 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.4727

www.taco-spot.com. Really tasty, fresh Mexican food. Reasonably priced, good service, very convenient.

Tacos El Michoacoano 5933 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.258.0794

Authentic excellent Michoacan made from scratch

*Tommy’s Burgers 1717 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.982.1746

Some people in my family love Tommy’s. If you want a heart attack on a bun, you can start here.

Verdugo Bar 3408 Verdugo Rd. Glassell Park 90065 323-257-3408

www.VerdugoBar.com. Open 8 pm-2 am. A large selection of custom beers including Crown City Brewery. Art Deco interior. Look for the small “Cocktails” sign or you’ll miss it.

*York Pub 5018 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.255.9675

www.theyorkonyork.com. Another of the new bars along York Blvd, part of the renaissance of Highland Park and the birth of the cool. Lots of good beers, good food, good times, and now even open for brunch on the weekends. Even beer from the Craftsman Brewery in Pasadena is served, a major treat.

*Zankou Chicken 1415 E. Colorado Blvd. Glendale 818.244.1937

Some of the best fast food in the world. Garlic sauce, hummus, pita bread, rotisserie chicken, shwarma, it’s actually addictive.

FREE DELIVERY (most with a minimum order)

*Elvira’s 1757 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3216

Italiano’s 6500 N. Figueroa Highland Park 323.255.6155

Also at 5101 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.255.0016

*Sicha Siam 4403 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.8285

Some of the best Thai food around, and they bring it to you!

*Thai Spirit 2617 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.1644

*Two Guys from Italy 405 N. Verdugo Rd. Glendale 323.254.0404

Do you have restaurants you’d like to see included on this list? Do you have any real estate needs? Call Tracy King, Realtor, Coldwell Banker, at 626-844-2256 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out my website at www.TracyKing.com. Please comment on my blog at www.TracysLARealEstate.com.

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Another Example of Why I Love LA

I went because the idea of spending the night at the cemetery and greeting the dawn there appealed to me.

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Tracy's Restaurant Guide Updated August, 2009

Eagle Rock, Northeast Los Angeles, and occasional forays into Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena

This is my personal, subjective, and sporadically updated guide to local food and drink establishments located mostly in the Northeast Los Angeles area, branching out to Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, San Gabriel. Asterisks indicate that one of us on my team has been there, tasted the food, and likes it. Call the restaurant for current hours. Several of the Highland Park entries were taken from a brochure made by Amy Inouye at Future Studio, 5558 N. Figueroa St, 90042. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.chickenboy.com

Antojitos Guerrero 5623 York Blvd. 323.254.6118

Salvadorean & Mexican, 4-taco special

La Abeja 3700 N. Figueroa St. 323.221.0474

Mural by Leo Limon, the artist who has painted the cat faces in the LA River for 35 years!

El Arco Iris 5684 York Blvd 323.254.3401

http://elarcoiris.com Popular with locals, good authentic Mexican food.

*Armon's 5056 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.1440

Good solid American breakfast and lunch, also some Chinese fare. Nice neighborhood atmosphere, friendly waitresses, good daily lunch specials.

*Auntie Em's 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.0800

www.AuntieEmskitchen.com. Great breakfast and lunch, cookies, soups, indoor and outdoor seating, also excellent catering. New! Home delivery options. Vegetarian friendly but they also have good pulled pork sandwiches. Next door is their gourmet cheese shop. Occasional Market Dinners with wine suggestions you can buy from Colorado Wine Company”sign up for their email newsletter and catch the next Dinner, it's fantastic!

*Bistro de la Gare 921 Meridian Ave. South Pas. 626.799.8828

www.bistrodelagare.com. Really charming, great French bistro food, wine bar, located right by the Gold Line.

*The Blue Hen 1743 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5654

www.eatatbluehen.com. Vietnamese food, lunch and dinner. This restaurant supports local farms and sustainable farming practices, and it is good food, too.

*Brownstone Pizza 2108 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.4992

Good New York style pizza and you can also buy it by the slice! You can even order a meal or a slice, go to the Colorado Wine Company 2 doors down, and they'll bring your food to you over there (if they're not too busy)!

*The Bucket 4541 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5654

Known for Basque-style hamburgers. Longtime Oxy hangout.

*Bulgarini Gelato 749 E. Altadena Dr, Altadena 626.791.6174

http://www.bulgarinigelato.com/. Voted best gelato by LA Weekly, a great write-up by Jonathan Gold, and I have to say I had some of the best peach sorbet in my life there. It's the real deal, though I would rather be in Rome than Altadena sometimes, just sometimes.

Buttertart Coffee & Treats 4126 Verdugo Rd, 90065 323.258.8278

www.mybuttertart.com A brand new charming breakfast and lunch café in Sagamore Park area at the Glendale/Eagle Rock border. The signature dish is a small, handmade custard tart that is rich, buttery, creamy, and completely delicious. I don't want to know how many calories it might contain.

Cacao Mexicatessen 1576 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock 323-478-2791

www.cacaodeli.com. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Smell the made-on-premises tortillas as you enter the doorway and get ready to be transported to Mexico. Specializing in mole, but there is a variety of styles and flavors from all over the country. Take-out, eat-in, and catering.

*Café Beaujolais 1712 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.5111

Classic French bistro food, wine & beer. Extremely good.

*Café Culture 1359 N. Altadena Blvd. Pasadena 626.398.8654

Coffee house with good baked goods.

Café de Leche 5000 York Blvd. Highland Park 323-551-6828

www.cafedeleche.net. Remember how the Renaissance of Eagle Rock began with Swork's Coffee? Here is a great new coffee place in Highland Park, though I'd have to say the tide began to turn here with Marty's and the York Pub.

*Camilo's Café & Catering 2128 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.2644

California bistro serving tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner. Also afternoon tea by reservation and excellent catering. Live music on Thursday evenings. Atmosphere is lovely, great for any occasion.

*The Capri 4604 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3225

Good solid traditional Italian food, large portions, old-style Italian restaurant atmosphere.

*Casa Bianca 1650 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.9617

œThe Best Pizza in Southern California. It is good! Try to beat the rush, but they have chairs outside so you can just visit with your friends while you wait. Takeout is a good choice.

*La Casa Princesa           4257 York Blvd. Eagle Rock  323.474.6860

Good coffee, food, free wi-fi, free music, what more could you ask for? Add friendly service and a large space and easy parking. Check it out!

El Chile 4017 N. Figueroa St. 323.221.5555

The only arepas (baked or fried cornmeal cake of traditional Colombian cuisine) on Figueroa, covered patio dining.

*Cinnamon Vegetarian 5511 Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.982.9480

www.CinnamonVegetarian.com. An international but mostly Southwest/South American menu, all meat-free. Very tasty food, a nice, clean, comfortable space, friendly service.

*The Chalet”about to be a Pub! 1630 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.8800

This is one cool bar, no food served at all. Lodge-like interior with fireplace, rock wall, dim lighting, even winter snowscape paintings on the walls. Great jukebox, good martinis.

*Classic Thai 1708 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.0530

Charming atmosphere with outdoor seating, moderate prices, good Thai food.

*The Coffee Gallery 2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena 626.398.7917

www.coffeegallery.com. Neighborhood coffee house with entertainment in the back room venue. Get on their email list, they have incredible talent performing, especially old folkies, acoustic guitarists and songwriters.

*The Coffee Table 1958 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.2200

www.coffeetablebistro.com. Sister to the one in Silverlake. Great space, good food, coffee and now beer and wine. Sensitive restoration of the historic building and old photos of Eagle Rock add to the ambience.

*Colombo's 1833 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.9138

Prime rib, steak, seafood, pasta. Piano music every evening, dimmed lighting, full bar with the strongest drinks around, interesting paintings, old neighborhood feel. Now with some outdoor seating as well.

*The Colorado Wine Co. 2114 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.478.1985

www.cowineco.com. Neighborhood wine bar with tastings Friday evenings and Sunday afternoon. Buy a glass or a case. Sign up for the email list for John's literary musings on the art and comedy of wine as well as details of the next tasting or art opening there. Twitter @CoWineCo.

*Dave's Chillin' & Grillin' 2152 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.490.0988

www.daveschillin.com. Dave is passionate about his sandwiches and he has every reason to be. Fresh, tasty, a bargain”the Eagle Rock business model between two halves of a fresh roll.

*Elvira's 1757 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3216

Homemade Mexican food with lots of vegetarian options, prepared and served with love. Pepe Serna paintings decorate the walls.

Ernie Jr's Taco House 2803 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.1298

One of the oldest restaurants around serving old-style American Mexican food. I have to mention that they put mayonnaise in their tostada dressing.

*La Estrella #3 6103 N. Figueroa Highland Park 323.982.0179

Colorful house, corner location, great tacos. Served open with shredded carnitas, limes and very inexpensive. Voted one of the top 25 Mexican restaurants in LA in 2004.

*Fatty's 1627 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.8804

www.fattyscafe.com. Gourmet vegetarian food, excellent wine list, good beer. Some very amazing and delicious desserts as well. Open for dinnertime only, but you can just have dessert or a glass of wine if you like.

Felipe 6101 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.256.9784

Formerly Villa Sombrero, Felipe, the original property owner, has taken over and has done a reprise of some of his original dishes from the time it had more upscale Latin cuisine like lobster, grilled steak, chicken mole. I understand they have their liquor license now.

*Firefly Bistro 1009 El Centro Ave. South Pas. 626.441.2443

www.eatatfirefly.com. Exceptional New Orleans style cuisine, the signature dish is pecan-crusted catfish, oh yes. The occasional 5-course wine dinner is to die for.

*Folliero's 5566 N Figueroa St, Highland Park 323.254.0505

www.Follieros.com. Established in 1968, Tony Folliero still makes his own pizza dough every morning, though daughter Titina now runs the restaurant. Friendly staff, great thin-crust pizza, other yummy Italian dishes you will love as much as do the generations of Highland Parkers who still go there. Cash only! But beer and wine are served. Really reasonable prices.

*La Fuente 2256 W. Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.3796

Reliably good, satisfying Mexican food, recently reopened after a remodel. Full bar.

5530 Monte Vista St. Highland Park 323.258.6109

La Fuente #6 5552 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.257.3564

One door south of Future Studio

El Huarache Azeca 5225 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.478.9572

A hotspot for locals and visiting foodies.

*Jamba Juice 5053 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.349.0670

One of the many signs that Eagle Rock has arrived. Healthy, quick juiced drinks. This is in a building that was not torn down by the Walgreen's next door.

*Johnny's Bar 5006 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.551-6959

Evilly good martinis. No food. Eat at the nearby York Pub or Marty's and stop in here as part of your Highland Park Pub crawl.

Juanita's at La Casa Blue 5930 York Blvd, Highland Park 323.257.0089

Tacos, burritos, full bar upstairs, coffeehouse setting downstairs. The Casa Blue.

*Larkin's Joint 1496 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.254.0934

www.larkinsjoint.com. Contemporary California soul food in a juke joint atmosphere. Come here when you have no dietary restrictions, because this is really good fried catfish & greens, sweet potato pie, BBQ'd tri-tip kind of fare.

*Lemongrass 1952 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.8050

Simple, good Vietnamese food with beer and wine served. Featured dishes include banh mi (sandwiches), pho (soup), spring rolls. Inexpensive, fresh, delicious food. Sit outside and enjoy life in the heart of Eagle Rock.

Little Cave 5922 N. Figueroa St. 323.255.6871

Formerly Sir Richard's biker bar and Hofbrau, now painted black inside and quite a hangout for local hipsters.

Mariscos Estilo D.F. Truck 4702 N. Figueroa St. at Sycamore Grove Park Highland Park

Blue truck, seafood tostadas, eat in park. Made to order.

*Marty's 5137 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.256.2400

The gentrification of Highland Park began here. Yummy bar food like Kobe beef burgers. Bouncers dressed in black, valet parking. Yes!

El Metate 5305 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.478.8383

Homemade tortillas, cart often in front after dark with huge sizzling fresh meat spit

*Mia Sushi 4741 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.2562

www.mia-sushi.com. Eagle Rock's first sushi restaurant. Great food, decor, valet parking. For you no raw fish die-hards, there is a selection of cooked non-fish Japanese-style items that is very good as well.

* Minx Restaurant & Lounge 300 Harvey Drive, Glendale 818.242.9191

www.minx-la.com. Fine dining and cocktail lounge located on the border of Eagle Rock. Superb Sunday brunch, eat inside or out, enjoy music, great cocktails. They also cater. *August update: customer service has slipped here.

My Taco 6300 York Blvd 323.256.2698

Potato tacos, carne asada fries.

*Oinkster 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3892

www.theoinkster.com. œSlow fast food is their motto. It's really good and it's really, really slow”the service, that is. House cured pastrami, slow roasted pork and chicken, fresh good food.

*Panang 1801 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.3796

If you're feeling like you might be coming down with a cold, go have a nice big bowl of Thai noodles, a tall frosty beer and be happy.

*Polka 4112 Verdugo Road Glassell Park 323.255.7887

www.polkacatering.com. Jonathan Gold says, "Polka, a sweet Polish restaurant near where Eagle Rock fades into Glendale, is that rarity in Los Angeles, an authentic, home-style Eastern European restaurant of the kind so common in Cleveland and Chicago...

*Pat & Lorraine's 4720 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.7926

Local breakfast and lunch joint”it closes at 2:30 pm!

El Pescador 5230 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park 323.255.8164

Popular for after church brunching

*Petit Beaujolais 1651 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.255.5133

Great coffee, fresh croissants, very tasty breakfast and lunch, a perfect place to sit outside on a balmy day and just be in the heart of Eagle Rock.

*Santa Maria Barbecue 626.963.3935

All you can eat barbecues, parties, events. Simple fare and really tasty. Tri-tip top sirloin, chicken, beef ribs, beans, hot dogs or hamburgers, and that's about it. They only cater. www.santamariagrill.com.

*Scoops 712 N. Heliotrope Dr. Los Angeles 323.906.2649

Gelato, vegan ice cream & sorbet. You can have a taste of whatever they have available that day. Wild tastes like Jack Daniels & Cream, Blackberries and mango. Worth the drive out of Eagle Rock!

*Senor Fish 4803 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.7167

Great fish tacos and other Mexican food. Good outdoor seating.

*Spitz 2505 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.5600

Home of the Doner Kebab: lean meat, chilies, tzatziki, tomatoes & cucumbers in grilled focaccia, sweet potato fries. Good fast food plus gelato! Two Oxy grads went to Europe, loved it, and brought it back to Eagle Rock. Now they cater, too.

*The Spot 2032 Lincoln Ave. Pasadena 626.296.3184

(Formerly Vintage Café)

www.thespotpasadena.com. Now a catering business only, and really good.

Starbucks 4430 York Blvd, Eagle Rock 323-340-8059

www.Starbucks.com. Practically in Highland Park, this Starbucks has a drive through.

*Stoney Point 1450 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena 626.449.9715

www.stoneypointrestaurant.com. Italian-style cuisine, great atmosphere.

*Swork 2160 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.258.5600

www.swork.com. Good coffee, Free”note, Free wireless internet, kid-friendly hangout, a great community hangout, the first of the œcool factor beginning of Eagle Rock's commercial core.

*The Taco Spot 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.4727

www.taco-spot.com. Really tasty, fresh Mexican food. Reasonably priced, good service, very convenient.

Tacos El Michoacoano 5933 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.258.0794

Authentic excellent Michoacan made from scratch

*Tommy's Burgers 1717 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.982.1746

Some people in my family love Tommy's. If you want a heart attack on a bun, you can start here.

Verdugo Bar 3408 Verdugo Rd. Glassell Park 90065 323-257-3408

www.VerdugoBar.com. Open 8 pm-2 am. A large selection of custom beers including Crown City Brewery. Art Deco interior. Look for the small œCocktails sign or you'll miss it.

*York Pub 5018 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.255.9675

www.theyorkonyork.com. Another of the new bars along York Blvd, part of the renaissance of Highland Park and the birth of the cool. Lots of good beers, good food, good times, and now even open for brunch on the weekends. Even beer from the Craftsman Brewery in Pasadena is served, a major treat.

*Zankou Chicken 1415 E. Colorado Blvd. Glendale 818.244.1937

Some of the best fast food in the world. Garlic sauce, hummus, pita bread, rotisserie chicken, shwarma, it's actually addictive.

FREE DELIVERY (most with a minimum order)

*Elvira's 1757 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.257.3216

Italiano's 6500 N. Figueroa Highland Park 323.255.6155

Also at 5101 York Blvd. Highland Park 323.255.0016

*Sicha Siam 4403 Eagle Rock Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.344.8285

Some of the best Thai food around, and they bring it to you!

*Thai Spirit 2617 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock 323.256.1644

*Two Guys from Italy 405 N. Verdugo Rd. Glendale 323.254.0404

Do you have restaurants you'd like to see included on this list? Do you have any real estate needs? Call Tracy King, Realtor, Coldwell Banker, at 626-844-2256 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out my website at www.TracyKing.com. Please comment on my blog at www.TracysLARealEstate.com.

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