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Ricardo Zarate at Hinoki + The Bird, California's Biggest Cocktail Party, and More

Plus a massive tea sale Downtown, and a doughnuts, beer, and coffee throwdown.

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Hinoki + The Bird, Century City
Hinoki + The Bird, Century City
Elizabeth Daniels

Revitalizing Westwood

Though it's usually chock full of college-level restaurants and odd tourist shops, Westwood may well in line for a major makeover, says CurbedThere's money flowing into the area thanks to a slew of mid-level chain stores and restaurants, and that could spell something pretty special for UCLA'ers and locals alike.

Zarate pops up at Hinoki + The Bird

Now that he’s officially in line to take over the former Comme Ça space in West Hollywood, chef Ricardo Zarate is getting his feet wet with his new partners. That means a pop-up at joint eatery Hinoki + The Bird, where the Peruvian chef will work dishes from his cookbook The Fire of Peru, and will likely hint at the dishes to come later this year inside his new restaurant. The five-course meal runs $48 per person, and reservations are required.

Nice knives, chef

Michael Cimarusti got the gift of a lifetime last night in the form of these chef Michel Bras knives and mandoline. Beauties, indeed.

Some days just start out better than others. Merci Chef #michelbras!

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More Jimmy’s in LA

Casual concept Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is cruising into LA, with plans to open in Brea and Santa Monica later this year. The latter location will land on Ocean Avenue near the pier, so as to better scrape up the flow of tourist traffic down by the beach.

All the tea you can buy

Love tea? Better get to the American Tea Room in the Arts District this weekend then, as the relative newcomer is hosting a firesale to help turn over the inventory in their warehouse. That means everything from loose teas to teapots to cups and fixtures are on offer, some reduced as much as 75%. Hours run all day Saturday and Sunday.

Cocktails in the Golden State

It's the return of the Golden State of Cocktails to L.A. this weekend, with opening events starting on Saturday and running through next Tuesday. Look for open events, industry symposiums, and some of the country's best bartenders crawling across the city in search of a drink.

Coffee, doughnuts, and beer

Here's a fun one: Found Coffee in Eagle Rock is teaming up with neighbor Craft Beer Cellar to host a doughnut, coffee, and beer party — with the desserts being provided by Highland Park's own Donut Friend. Not bad for a $15 ticket, though you will need to purchase them in person at Craft Beer Cellar yourself.

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