Grand Opening of Bourbon Steak LA

On March 26th, Americana at Brand opened Bourbon Steak LA – an award-winning steakhouse by celebrity chef Michael Mina.

This much anticipated steakhouse joins Din Tai Fung, Katsuya, Trattoria Amici, Frida Mexican Cuisine and Bar Verde. Clearly, Americana at Brand’s variety in restaurants is unbeatable

“Bourbon Steak Los Angeles features modern American fare, for lunch and dinner, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Selections of all natural, organic, grass-fed and hormone-free cuts of Black Angus, as well as Japanese and American Wagyu beef, are wood-grilled over live fire. Reimagining the classic American steakhouse, Bourbon Steak places an emphasis on playful menu offerings such as lobster corn dogs, truffle donuts, and a house-made root beer float. Ahi tuna tartare and Michael Mina’s famous lobster pot pie are prepared tableside with an eye-catching presentation. Seafood platters will also be offered, allowing guests to choose from a selection of fresh shellfish including West Coast oysters, Maine lobster, Dungeness crab and caviar served with warm blini. For dessert, guests have the opportunity to choose selections from the treat trolley, offering an array of dazzling cakes, cookies and confections, right from their seat. Guests can also expect Michael Mina’s signature items, like the Ribeye, named Best Steak in America by Esquire Magazine and the trio of duck fat fries deemed “America’s Best Fry” by U.S. News & World Report”

Additionally, the steakhouse offers incredible appetizer and drink options. In fact, Bourbon Steak Los Angeles will offer more than 450 different wines.

So if you’re looking for a traditional steakhouse with a dash of flare and excitement, look into this award-winning restaurant. Bourbon Steak Los Angeles is located at 237 S. Brand Boulevard (on the corner of Colorado Avenue) in Glendale, and will be open for lunch Sunday through Saturday from 11:30am – 2:30pm, dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30pm – 10:30pm, and Friday through Saturday from  5:30pm – 10:30pm with the Bar & Lounge open Sunday through Saturday from 11:30am  – close.

Check out the official website here.

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TVXQ! Live World Tour in Los Angeles

TVXQ, the proclaimed “Kings of K-Pop,” performed this past Friday in Los Angeles’ Nokia Center for their “Catch Me World Tour.”  This was the duo’s, made up of Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho, first time playing in the City of Angels as a solo act.  From the electrifying, or more appropriately, laser-filled, bass-booming opening, it was clear that the pair was determined to give a strong stage and leave lasting impression for their fans, who they said “waited for basically ten years” for this show, and they did not disappoint.

 

They performed tracks from their newest album, “Catch Me”, and much to the delight of long-time fans, older hits like the electro-pop “Mirotic,” the bass-filled “Purple Line,” and the ballad “Unforgettable.”  Though the 2 ½-hour show undoubtedly catered to Cassiopeia’s, which is the name of TVXQ’s fans (a group of mostly teenage and young adult Asian American women), it was clear that the duo has incredible talent, stage presence and a well-balanced dynamic.  Yunho had charming charisma, showing off his dance skills and even leading a fan chant; on the other hand, Changmin was a bit on the quieter side but truly shined whenever he put his incredible vocals on display, highlighted by his solo ballad.

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As a “sort-of” outsider looking in (because although I’m a fan of K-Pop, I’m a self-proclaimed VIP, or fan of BIGBANG, another guy group), the show was an impressively dynamic spectacle.  Visually, it was an aesthetic gem, with an uber-clear LED flashing moving graphics, lasers, eye-catching stage outfits (i.e. denim jackets with chains running down them) and perfectly clean choreography.

The group gave bundles of fan service with numerous videos, and more impressively, greeting the fans personally by walking through the aisles of the theater.  Needless to say, the audience went crazy.

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In one of the more touching moments of the concert, the fierce expressions that Yunho and Changmin had throughout the concert changed into ones of sincere gratitude when, during the song “I’ll Be There,” fans held signs that said (in hangul), “We’ll always be here,” a powerful statement considering the headlines the act has made in the past few years.

 

It was almost like being part of a warm, triumphant homecoming, just with one of the biggest K-Pop acts today.

 

L.A. Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants 2013: Which Asian Restaurants Made the List?

What I love about L.A. Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants list is that it’s a good mix of places that has something for everyone – especially in a city with some of the world’s most eccentric characters. I’ll admit there were some surprises, but I was pleasantly pleased with the numerous Asian entries on the list.

This year’s list is a little different – not just because of the new entries on the list – but because this is the first time other contributors have also worked on this list besides famous food writer Jonathan Gold (Tien Nguyen and Christine Chiao were enlisted). With a place as big and diverse as L.A., it’s important to have a mix of different voices  to offer their opinions (and you know, share with us their hidden gems).

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Concert Recap | Nate Tao Wins Kollaboration LA

Winner Nate Tao. Photo courtesy of Kollaboration.

On Friday, seven amazing singers competed at Kollaboration Los Angles but only one came out the winner. Nate Tao, the Taiwanese American singer/songwriter stole the show and will compete at the Kollaboration finals in November.

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