Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
It's that time a year again- a blissful time in Los Angeles where we can eat at many of the city's top restaurants for better prices! Lunches range from 16-28 dollars and Dinners are 26-44 dollars.
Some of our favorite restaurants included in are- Asia de Cuba, Luna Park, Campanile, Katsuya, Ketchup, and Rush Street . Other notables on the list: Jar, Bouchon, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Nobu, and Susan Feniger's Street.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Taylor Swift attended the Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show this week in Milan while promoting her newest album "Speak Now." She looks magnificent decked out in Cavalli from head to toe. Those boots are made for walkin. It's amore!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sins O’ The Flesh Presents:
10 pm Pre-show
11 pm Screening
Saturday, August 28, 2010
We've been talking and thinking about clog mules since Karl Lagerfeld's Spring 2010 Chanel show. One of the gorgeous pairs seen on the Chanel runway is definitely on our LUST list. But for only $100 you can get a look alike pair from Aldo! Happy shopping!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Culturista's L.O.W. is the casually stylish Reese Witherspoon. Reese rocks her navy tank and ruffled skirt with a cute fedora, a weaved metallic satchel and a great pair of sandals. She has the perfect summer look!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
One of my favorite summer dishes are Fish Tacos. They are fresh, tasty and an easy to make. Here is a delicious recipe from Bobby Flay:
- 1 pound white flaky fish, such as mahi mahi or orata
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoons ancho chili powder
- 1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 8 flour tortillas
- Shredded white cabbage
- Hot sauce
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Thinly sliced green onion
- Chopped cilantro leaves
- Pureed tomato Salsa, recipe follows
Remove the fish from the marinade place onto a hot grill, flesh side down. Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove. Let rest for 5 minutes then flake the fish with a fork.
Place the tortillas on the grill and grill for 20 seconds. Divide the fish among the tortillas and garnish with any or all of the garnishes.
Pureed Tomato Salsa:
- 2 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
- 1 serrano chile
- 1 jalapeno, sliced
- 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- salt and pepper
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The newly single Rachel Bilson frequently tops our Look of the Week charts, and this week is no different. She steps out in Los Angeles in a fresh and stylish ensemble: wide leg jeans, an off the shoulder striped tee and some dark shades. We love this look!
Friday, August 13, 2010
This gorgeous Swarovski crystal and silver glove is just what we need to feel super edgy on a night out. Unfortunately it is sold out right now on Net-a-porter (Philippe Audibert Glove) but we are hoping more come in soon!!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Some new Culturistas favs in stores this week: Steve Madden boyfriend inspired Oxfords, Diane Von Furstenburg Oversize Sweater, Urban Outfitters Cropped Sweater Tank, Michael Kors Leopard Clutch, Top Shop Chiffon and Sparkled dress and Marni Copper Leaf Earrings.
Designers are sending out there Pre-fall items. These pieces will all be great as layered items as the weather starts to get cooler. Lookout for Fall 2010 trends such as: Leopard Print, and Boyfriend inspired items.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Beyonce's new video "Why Don't You Love Me" is right up our Culturistas alley. The costumes and style of this video are amazing- We love the vintage vibe and are drooling over every outfit. Enjoy!!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Many stylish celebrities have already been spotted rocking the trend, such as Mary Kate Olsen, Rachel Bilson and Alexa Chung.
There are tons of stores starting to sell clogs- so whether you choose to buy a designer pair like Marni or a more affordable option like Steve Madden you are sure to look like the fashiona you are!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Gossip Girl has been shooting their fourth season in Paris and there is no shortage of unbelievable couture. Blake Lively was seen on the set in a pair of of Suno wideleg pants which are magnifique. She is toting the Fendi Peekaboo Leather Tote and wearing Dries Van Norten booties. Can't wait to season what amazing looks the next season will bring. In the meantime, bravo Blake!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Cold soup in the summer is like hot chocolate in the winter. It just works. For those of us that are not as into gazpacho, there is a wide world of chilled vegetable alternatives out there. I recently had the pleasure of tasting cold curried pea soup and I was sold!
Makes about 4 1/2 cups
1 cup frozen green peas (baby ones are best)
1 med. onion, diced
1 carrot, sliced thin
1 sm. potato, sliced thin or cubed
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
12 oz. tasty chicken stock
1 1/2 cup milk
Combine onion, carrot, potato, celery, garlic, curry and salt. Saute in a little olive oil until wilted. Add chicken stock. Simmer 15 minutes. Add green peas. Puree in blender or leave soup as is. Add milk and refrigerate.
Perfect for outdoor dining!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
There is nothing I love more than summer in New York. The heat is sweltering, hair is frizzy, and everyone wants to dine and drink outdoors. The city feels like a new and exciting playground and several outdoor restaurants and rooftop bars open fling open their doors.
The Frying Pan is by far one of my favorite divey spots. It is a restored lightship that dates back to 1929 and is now docked as hangout haven on the Hudson River. Whether you are in the market for a romantic dinner or casual group gathering, the Frying Pan is the ultimate summer spot. The menu is not extensive but the new-American dishes are bursting with flavor. The Culturistas recommend the citrus glazed salmon served with lentils, preserved lemons, and mixed greens. Just be weary that once you board the boat will rock.
The Frying Pan
Pier 66, New York, NY 10001
at 26th St. and the West Side Highway
Monday, July 12, 2010
Newleywed singer Carrie Underwood was spotted at LAX July 11st en route to her honeymoon with new hubbie Mike Fischer. Carrie is glowing and is ready for Bora Bora in denim cutoffs, a light jersey cardigan, and ballet flats. She looks effortlessly put together and is showing off some great summer airport style.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Westside Tavern is found on the bottom floor of the Westside Pavillion. It's modern take on California Tavern cuisine fits perfectly in its large contemporary space. California Tavern Cuisine is basically a mash-up of the high and low, i.e. a French Dip sandwich using lamb and a rosemary au jus. The restaurant takes comfort food to a gourmet level. And complete with a blackboard on the wall announcing the specials of the day, you feel quite at home at The Westside Tavern.
The menu consists of delicious soups and salads, flat breads and amazing sandwiches, along with typical fish and meat dishes with a twist. Everything is fresh and delicious with great flavor. Enjoy their cocktail specialties and many beers on tap.
The Westside Tavern does not take reservations- however wait times usually don't take too long considering the size of the restaurant. Make it a movie night too (The Landmark theaters are upstairs!)
Monday, June 14, 2010
Lea Michele was dazzling on the red carpet once again at the Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 13th. She looked magnificent in an amber Zac Posen strapless gown, Kotur clutch, and Tiffany jewels. She attended the ceremony with fellow GLEE costar and real-life bff Jonathan Groff. Her look was simple yet bold. We loved it!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
As lovers of ethnic cuisine and cultural escapades, we are thrilled about the upcoming NYC Malaysian Restaurant Week June 14th-20th. A fusion between Thai, Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern flavors, Malaysian food is at the tops the charts. With over 30 participating restaurants in the tri-state area, this week long event will surely attract and satisfy. The diverse array of restaurants are also offering a prix fixe meal of $20.10.
Curry Mee Soup
To see what restaurants are involved, please click on the link for
Malaysian Restaurant Week!
While we highly recommend traveling to Malaysia this is a great alternative! Bon Appetit!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
1. Missoni, Woven Leather Sandals $309
The Culturistas are sooo happy Summer is here! Here are some of our favorite must haves for the season!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Emma Roberts, the 19 year old niece of Julia Roberts, attended the premiere of her new film 4,3,2,1 in London. She wears a grecian inspired white tunic dress by Temperley London. She accessorizes with gold platform heels and a metallic clutch. Her relaxed braid and wave hairdo completes the look beautifully. Emma is definitely summer ready and looks great!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Diane Kruger was stylin last Friday May 21, at a special program event with Canal TV at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Diane was promoting her newest film, Lily Sometimes. She not only wowed people with her performance alongside Ludivine Sagnier but also made the Culturista Cut. We love her extravagantly Giambattista Valli beaded top which is paired with a simple high waisted skirt. She looks magnifique!
Cafe Laurent serves up delicious French cuisine in its quaint Culver City location. Sunday brunch features live jazz on the patio and breakfast served all day (with no lunch). The breakfast menu has items like fluffy omlettes, gorgeous waffles, divine quiches and MUST try potato Gratin Dauphinois.
The food is so rich and tasty that even with more 'European' portions you will leave very satisfied! With its very reasonable prices and short to no waiting on seating, this neighborhood gem is a must try!
Friday, May 21, 2010
* Block of Cream Cheese (8 ozs)
* Cheddar Cheese
* Green Onions (Chopped)
* Black Olives
* Chopped Fresh Cilantro
* Sliced Veggies
1. Set the block of cream cheese on a microwavable plate or dish. Unwrap it first, of course.
2. Pour some salsa over the cream cheese.
3. Microwave for 40 seconds.
Take the cream cheese out of the microwave and sprinkle any of the optional toppings on top. Voila! It is ready to be served!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Designer Frida Giannini unveils Gucci's couture collection on the red carpet at Cannes this week. The gowns were gorgeous, full of beaded details, pleats and drapery. These actresses couldn't look more stunning! The red carpet is the perfect place to debut the collection, since according to Giannini she has no plans to show it on the runway.
From the top right and clockwise:
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The casual yet refined atmosphere is the setting for this wine bar/restaurant. The restaurant, A.O.C. is named after the French wine designation, "Appellation d'Origine Controlee," and is focused on their extensive wine list (by the glass/carafe or bottle) and gourmet Mediterranean style small plates. The bacon wrapped dates are worth the trip alone- though everything on the menu is unique and delicious.
Their small plates make it easy to share and taste many items on the menu. So enjoy them all with a flight of wine!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Naomi Watts looked divine at Cannes this past week. She wore a gown from the new Gucci Première collection. We love the pale nude hue with her blonde hair and sparkling jewelry. It looked like the Gucci Première collection was ALL over the Cannes red carpet. This dress really stood out as not only gorgeous but also looked exceptional on Naomi.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
It's that time of year: the weather is getting warm and you are itching to get to the beach or pool. Here are some of our Culturista fav styles for swimwear. So which ever you choose, the chic one piece or the sexy cut outs you are sure to frolic in style!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Jennifer Lopez looked amazing at the Met Ball this year. She wore a stunning strapless Zuhair Murad gown. The gorgeous shimmery details of the gown went perfectly with her Stephen Russell jewels, and Judith Leiber clutch. Even down to her loose updo and smokey makeup- she was perfection! Keep up the great work JLo.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Rihanna has never been shy when it comes to making bold fashion choices. Ordinarily I would cheer her on for her creative spirit but this time I object. She paraded out in an array of dominatrix-esque costumes as she kicked off her UK tour on May 7th. This futuristic burlesque look leaves us wondering...what was she thinking?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This recipe is bursting with flavor and low in calories. Give it a try!
* 1/2 red bell pepper
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 celery stalk, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup water
* 1 cup vegetable broth
* 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
* 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
* 1 (15 ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained and cut into chunks
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 pinch dried thyme
* 1 pinch dried basil
* 1 pinch dried oregano
* 1 pinch dried rosemary
* 1 pinch garlic powder
* 1 pinch onion powder
* 1 pinch mustard powder
* 1 pinch cumin
* 1 pinch coriander
* salt and cracked black pepper to taste
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1. Set oven to broil. Brush red bell pepper lightly with olive oil, and place cut-side down on a baking sheet. Place sheet under broiler, and broil until pepper is blackened and blistered. Remove from broiler, and when cool enough to touch, peel skin. Chop pepper into bite-size pieces.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, celery, and garlic; cook until onion is soft and translucent.
3. Mix in water, vegetable broth, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, and chopped bell pepper. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. Add bay leaf, thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary. Mix in garlic, onion, and mustard powders. Stir in cumin and coriander.
4. Bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, until sweet potatoes begin to disintegrate, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and cracked pepper to taste. Stir in fresh parsley, and serve.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Amanda Seyfried made an appearance at the La Botega in NYC after the premiere of her film Letters to Juliet at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th. Seyfried's shorts and bejeweled blazer are both Viktor & Rolf. Her pumps are Roger Vivier. In all black, her outfit is anything but boring. She looks elegant and chic. We love it!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
• Access to the exclusive Amoeba Records PopUp Marketplace!
• Free workshops with crafty handmade activities
• Free drinks (IZZE, Honest Tea, water, beer, wine and more!)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Zoe Saldana wore a gorgeous Lanvin dress at the premiere of her new film this week, "Death at a Funeral." She pairs the drapey orange dress with Christian Louboutin heels and Neil Lane jewelery. Love her dark nails and slightly edgy accessories. Keep up the great style Zoe!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
While the Culturistas do not like to pick sides, this team we are all in support of Team Taylor! Lautner stole hearts at the Orange Store in Paris last Thursday. Lautner has the classic look of James Dean with a hint of Grease Lighning. With a basic white tee, denim, and a worn in leather jacket, Taylor was dressed to impress.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Our theme for the Cheap and Chic finds this week is the sleeveless cardigan. Drapey oversized tops are still very on trend for Spring 2010 and it only makes sense to wear the sleeveless version as the temperature rises! So wear these tops over a pair of skinny jeans, jeggings or leather leggings!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Jennifer Hudson looked amazing at the Glass Houses in NYC this past week. She wore skinny jeans, studded peep toe boots, a beige top and black blazer. She also accessorized with some chunky bracelets. The Culturistas think she looks fab!
Monday, April 5, 2010
In the hunt for the best gourmet burger in Tinsel Town, Umami Burger is up there at the top. With crafty and delicious creations such as the Truffle Burger (made with Truffle cheese and truffle oil) or it's namesake Umami Burger (pictured above with a Parmesan crisp) as well as veggie and turkey options- there is something for everyone to try. Also try their hand cut fries and malt liquor tempura onion rings. Delish! And with several locations all over LA- it shouldn't be a problem finding one near you!
4655 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
1520 N. Cahuenga Bl #7
Los Angeles, CA 90028
in Fred Segal
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Thursday, April 1, 2010
A great way to express yourself is by adding some flair on your nails. It is officially Spring. That means one thing, out with the dark and in with the COLOR! The latest trend this Spring are MINX! Minx are self-adhesives with bold and shocking prints that one can simply paste on their nails. This trend has been seen on celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce. While this manicure is by no means cheap, it also does not smudge or chip. From Alligator skin to houndstooth, there are eons of options on how to accessorize your nails!
For more information on where you can get a Minx manicure by a certified specialist, be sure to visit their website.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Rachel Bilson wowed us at the Ann Taylor 2010 Fall Preview in New York City at the Ace Hotel. She was seen shmoozing with Christina Hendricks. The sweater and jewelery are Ann Taylor, the shorts Top Shop, and the shoes Louboutain. Bilson's look is simple yet edgy. We love it!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
With the weather nicer in the wake of Spring, there are some hot new trends already showing up on the most stylish celebrities. Here are some of our favorite looks and trends for spring: Shirt dresses with belts, flowing tanks and skirts, silk tops, the color nude, slouchy and cuffed trousers, and platform sandals.
From the Top Left: Vanessa Hudgens shows off her cool boho style in a floppy had, shirt dress with belt, a pair of sandals and an oversize tote.
Taylor Swift looks cozy but chic in her layer flowing tank and skirt with skinny belt.
Brooklyn Decker matches her pink silk tank with a sparkly mini skirt and peep-toe boots. It's a great casual and dressy combination.
Kate Bosworth looks perfect for spring in her nude Calvin Klein dress with a pop of color in those red shoes.
Victoria Beckham wears a boyfriend blazer with pushed up sleeves, and a pair of boyfriend trousers. Add her aviator glasses and platform pumps and she looks perfect for Spring!
Miranda Kerr accessorizes so beautifully with her ensemble. That gorgeous oversize blue bag with nude platform sandals go perfectly with her mini skirt and shirt combo