Month: December 2016

New Year’s Eve 2016 Hitlist

Well, 2016 is wrapping up with quite a bang. While many of us are still feeling the bumps and bruises of these last few months, it is as important as ever to continue to celebrate life, community and all the people we hold most dear. It’s time to send 2016 off and welcome in a brand new year. And we’ve got our top picks to ring in 2017 to match whatever mood you’re in. From roaring 20’s decadence to soul-full reflection to cozy self-care, we’ve got you covered! Whatever you get up to, take care of your self, your hearts and the hearts of all those around you. Remember, we are all in this together! Here’s to a New Year!! CELEBRATIONS ~ KCRW’s annual 1920’s-themed “Prohibition” party in Downtown’s gorgeous Union Station is always a top pick for a great NYE out in LA. Guests dress up in their Gatsby finest for a night of dancing to DJs, jazz and live bands while enjoying an open bar and burlesque. With trains taking off in the …

Descanso Gardens ~ Enchanted: Forest of Light

Two simple white string lights illuminate the long dirt path that leads to the entrance of Descanso Gardens. Despite being sold out tonight, I find myself alone on the path with only the sound of my own footsteps as my companion in the inky dark night. I can see my breath clearer with each step I take, amazed at this simple joy that almost never happens in LA as I practice blowing clouds around me, giggling in delight. A full moon peeks through wisps of mist above, a feeling of magic fills the air—and I’ve barely left the parking lot. My fellow Sirens await at the front, all bundled up for a surprisingly chilly Los Angeles evening. We’ve been drawn here by the promise of light. Enchanting light, to be exact. Never ones to turn down an opportunity for enchantment, we dive in…ready to be immersed in some light magic. The moment we step foot inside Descanso Gardens’ “Enchanted: Forest of Light”, the world suddenly starts to slow down, get still and fall silent. Even …

Mile-High Apple Pie (Gluten-Free)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time for gatherings and holiday festivities centered around family, friends and feasting! In late October/early November, we at Sirens & Scoundrels make our annual pilgrimage to Oak Glen, Ca. (Check out our Oak Glen adventures: HERE.) We wander through apple orchards for apple picking season, watch a mountain sunset and end the day at Apple Annie’s for a piece of Mile-High Apple Pie. Being gluten-free, I’m usually the one in the group observing all of the delight and minds being blown as friends consume a hot buttery piece of Mile-High Pie. I always ask, “How is it? How does it taste?” To which the reply is always, “Absolutely. Perfect.” The Apple Annie’s famous Mile-High Apple Pie is 5 pounds of pure apple. I’m told it’s not too sweet…a buttery, flaky piece of heaven, especially when served warm and á la mode. Partially out of pure eating envy and partially out of curiosity if I could replicate this masterpiece without actually having tasted it, I wanting to experiment with the idea of …

Holiday Hitlist 2016

The most festive time of year has finally hit LA and we are bursting with excitement for all the joyous Holiday goodness afoot! Outdoor ice skating, Christmas light wonderlands galore, yuletide classics on the big screen and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” album performed LIVE in concert?! Our inner Buddy the Elf is already overflowing with Christmas cheer loud enough for all to hear! Grab your gang and go make spirits bright!! Grand Performances ~ A Charlie Brown Christmas (Live in Concert) Our favorite Christmas event of the season is back this year! Grand Performances presents The Joey Altruda Trio’s live jazz performance of Vince Guaraldi’s holiday masterpiece, A Charlie Brown Christmas, in its entirety. Performances are outdoors at California Plaza in Downtown LA and admission is free for all ages. If you bring a new or lightly used toy, it will be donated to a child in need. Fri Dec 16th 12pm & Sun Dec 18th 2pm. Free admission. $8 parking in lot. California Plaza: 300 & 350 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90071 http://www.grandperformances.org Pershing Square Holiday …

Mama Gina’s Greek Hummus (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

What you are about to read is very coveted, top-secret information. As a Greek girl, hummus has always been a staple at our family table, especially on holidays, when family gatherings traditionally start with mezethes. Fresh-cubed feta cheese, Greek olives, grape leaves and creamy dips with pita bread are dug into by hand over lively conversation before moving to the table for the main meal. The star of our mezethes spread is always my mother’s homemade hummus. This recipe has been passed down from generations of Greek women, originating on the island of Samos with my grandmother’s relatives, travelling with my Yiayia to America where it settled into New York’s immigrant city blocks and finally landing with my mother in sunny Southern California and onto our suburban table. Over many years in LA, our family hummus was the favorite attraction at every gathering even before it became the de rigueur go-to Cali party snack. Many of our friends growing up were exposed to hummus for the first time at our house. But no matter how popular it …