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LivingLA: True Food Kitchen

Living in LA, you can't go far without running into a great place to eat. From Hollywood's trendy (and ever so yummy) Lemonade to the delicious Beachwood BBQ down in Long Beach, you can find whatever you may be craving in the great county of Los Angeles.

Today I want to talk about a restaurant that I fell in love with a few years ago. It's one spot I was sad to leave behind when I left for the Bay Area and one I was ecstatic to discover near me once more when I finally moved back down to LA. And while it is a chain owned by a large restaurant conglomerate, it's anything but a lifeless, corporate kitchen.

Living LA: Hollywood Costume Exhibition

Having recently moved [back] to Los Angeles, I've been trying to take advantage of the awesomeness that this city has to offer. As a way to share my adventures and encourage myself to do more things, I'm starting a new segment called Living LA. In each post, I will talk about an event or place in LA that you really should check out. It'll cover all sorts of things from great restaurants to museums and even maybe a few pop-up niche events I care about. If it's your cup of tea, awesome; if not, well fuck it. Let's explore LA together.


As a creative writer and avid film buff, I'm mildly obsessed with the entertainment business. There are few things more enticing than a movie that can grab my attention and hold my emotions at its whim. A good movie invokes an air of imagination so strong that you can be invested in the characters of the story even after the last credits have rolled across the screen. To accomplish this task, a production company needs a team of experts in their craft; from the director and writers all the way to the individual actors and film editors. Yet, there is one key piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked by many viewers when they find a movie they love. While this piece gets as much screen time as all the actors combined, it still ends up largely undervalued in the success of the film as a whole.

Costume design for movies reaches back to the very beginning of cinema. Before special effects, or CGI, and even before sound was introduced, the look and costumes of the actors on screen were being meticulously planned and designed to help immerse the audience into the imaginative worlds told by Hollywood's legendary storytellers. Luckily for us, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the guys who bring you the Oscars!) have teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to open the doors to the intriguing world of costume design.


I don't usually like simple GIFs that loop indefinetly, but there is something about the beauty of nature that have been captured in these cinemagrpah GIFs below. I collected them throughout the internet roughly 6 months ago and they have been sitting in a folder on my desktop since then.

Hopefully by sharing them on here, I can help preserve their wonder. Some of these images are truly hypnotizing.