Month: August 2015

photo by: Sarah Prikryl

Kensington Presents The Dustbowl Revival at The Viaduct

Stepping into The Viaduct feels like unlocking the door to The Secret Garden—if that garden was a tiny park and entertainment venue hidden under Downtown’s Buena Vista Bridge beside the LA River with the MTA line zooming like a silver bullet overhead. If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like if Downtown LA itself invited you to it’s “closest friends only” living room party, this is it. Located deep in the far end of Los Angeles State Historic Park with the sweeping cityscape twinkling in the background, it really doesn’t get much cooler than this. Kensington, the folks behind the Angeleno Heights free porch concert series, has teamed up with the California State Parks Department to bring completely unique one-of-a-kind nights to this intimate space. We checked out their summer concert event, featuring local Americana roots faves The Dustbowl Revival and openers The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. Dustbowl had the crowd on its feet all night–stomping, jumping and dancing along in a full-blown LA hootenanny. We chowed down on BBQ ribs from Earlez Grille …

The Juicebox Truck

Los Angeles is the birthplace of many a global health craze—juicing being one of our latest and greatest. It seems like everybody and their great-grandmothers are on a juice cleanse these days. But in a sea of juicing choices, there are just a handful that really stand out from the crowd. Here at Sirens & Scoundrels, we’ve sampled every possible juice from Downtown to Venice, but we always come back to our first love: The Juicebox Truck. Juicebox can be found most weekends docked on Abbot Kinney, manned by its two founders—Robert Connolly & Robbie Pyle. We met them a few years ago at FYF Fest, back when it was still at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Parched from the mid-summer festival heat, their truck glimmered like a beacon of hydrating hope to these weary musical wanderers. Our Sirens each quickly downed a refreshing green Kalebox. Followed by a sweet red Beetbox. Then a cool coconut Beachbox. One immediately after the other. And just like that, we were hooked. Our bodies, hearts and souls were …

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Ricing Cauliflower

  Being allergic to gluten, I plan to experiment with gluten-free recipes for our Sirens & Scoundrels. Riced cauliflower is a great alternative to flour for pizza crusts and a healthy alternative to traditional starches like rice or potatoes. I don’t own a microwave. I choose to cook “old school”. So here’s some tips I’ve learned along the way for ricing cauliflower. Dice the cauliflower tops off the head. You will be using the tops only, not the stalks. In a food processor, puree the cauliflower heads. Pour a small amount of water in the bottom of a pot, just enough to not touch the bottom of the colander that you will place inside. Bring to a boil, then add the pureed cauliflower into the colander in the pot. Cover and cook 5 minutes and remove from steam and heat. Let the cauliflower drain and cool to room temperature. Place 2 Tbsp of cooled cauliflower onto a cheese cloth (I used a linen napkin) to ring out any excess moisture. Quick Tips: Let the cauliflower cool to room temp so as …

Oxygen Chamber ~ Tao of Venus

Getting into the Vitaeris 320 Hyperbaric Chamber at Tao of Venus in Silverlake feels a lot like entering a space capsule headed to the moon. I lay down inside and get zipped in by a technician I can see from a small window in the long cylindrical bag. The air turns on and the pressure begins to increase—the chamber inflating with pure oxygen at a rate my body can slowly adjust to. If I was ever curious about being an astronaut, this is as close as I’m going to get in this lifetime until they figure out those day trips to Mars. I’m here to try out an alternative form of healing called hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The Vitaeris 320 pressurizes oxygen into liquid form so that it can quickly travel through the whole system of the body uninterrupted. Essentially, the liquid oxygen enters your body at the plasma level, where it can provide deep and immediate healing. Each session lasts about an hour, with repeat sessions recommended for the greatest benefit. The therapy is used to …