What’s Happening This Week: Nov. 18, 2019

 


Los Angeles Greater Area

Where to buy (shhh!) an impressive pie

La Brea Bakery | Brooke Burton via LA Weekly

Go ahead, slide it onto your own cake stand. We won’t tell. Once guests fork into your flaky masterpiece, they won’t care who baked it – just as long as they can have seconds.

Meet the holidays at the station

Courtesy of Union Station

It starts November 21 with snowfall and the lighting of a giant tree … then celebrates the season with free Friday Cocoa Concerts that turn Union Station into a winter wonderland.

Join the otters for a Thanksgiving feast

Tom Bonner via Aquarium of the Pacific

The whole Aquarium of the Pacific family is inviting you to a sumptuous turkey buffet in Café Scuba – and a festive visit with fascinating denizens of the world’s largest ocean.

First look at SoFi Stadium

Pasadena Star News

A group of Rams and Chargers season ticketholders got to grab hardhats and try out their seats at the new venue, opening in July. One guest summed up their overall reaction: “Unbelievable.”


The San Francisco Bay Area

 Yerba Buena jewel

Rendering by Hayes Davidson via Curbed

Yerba Buena is best known to commuters as that little island pass-through connecting the eastern and western spans of the Bay Bridge. Soon there may be a reason to stop at this water-bound waystation: MacArthur ‘genius’ grant winner Walter Hood is designing an ambitious park that will sport 360-degree views of the Bay.

Round for round: Acclaimed Arab bakery

Patricia Chang via Eater

Good news for fans of dearly departed neighborhood favorite Mission Pie: It’ll be replaced by the second location of Fruitvale neighborhood Reem’s. Chef Reem Assil’s acclaimed Arab bakery and restaurant is renowned for its over-baked mana’eesh flatbread and wraps, while her new San Francisco outpost will also emphasize her homemade Arab pastries.

More than a martini

Hart Crane by Lauren Steele of Ramen Shop | Courtesy San Francisco Chronicle

From scallion-infused mezcal at Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown to 100-proof rye at Ramen Shop in Rockridge, check out the favorite cocktails mixed up by the mixologists who make up the SF Chron’s 2019 Bar Stars. You’ll think twice about just ordering a shot and a beer.

Inspired or eyesore?

Shutterstock

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, buildings like the multi-tiered Hyatt Regency, the bright blue Intercontinental Hotel, and the severely contemporary Federal Building get people’s attention.  Put on your architecture critic’s hat and weigh in on the most polarizing architecture dotting the San Francisco skyline.