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Yet Another Star Wars-Themed Bar Pops Up in Hollywood This Winter

Plus an underground sensation in Jefferson Park, and a new LA reviewer

The Imperial cocktail
The Dark Side Bar
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Star Wars, again

Another Star Wars drinking den is coming to Los Angeles soon, and it’s predictably called The Dark Side Bar. The Hollywood location promises nightly events and parties to go along with the themed decor and specialty cocktails, says Eater NY, but of course is not officially licensed by the movie in any way. As for the folks behind it, it’s the same team that has been doing other pop-ups like the Stay Classy Ron Burgundy-themed bar in Hollywood last year, as well as the Beetlejuice bar around the same time.

Hi, Felicia

Felicia from the hit film Friday (real name Angela Means) apparently runs a vegan pop-up from inside a South LA doughnut shop now. That’s according to LA Weekly, who tracked down the actress to discover her cooking in Jefferson Park.

The Cake Boss line

Apparently most of Santa Monica showed up for the grand opening of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Santa Monica. The famous Cake Boss apparently hung around while hundreds tried to catch a photo.

How Ray Garcia celebrates

The LA Times has a nice piece out on Ray Garcia and his Broken Spanish family. The chef discusses his personal Thanksgiving traditions, and all that he’s been fortunate to receive this year.

A new review

Simon Majumdar is now going to be offering some restaurant critiques for TimeOut LA. The famous panelist from shows like Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef America is keeping things local, starting with a meal at La Boucherie.

Absolutely award-winning

Filipino pastry chef Isa Fabro won a Pinoy Empowerment Award this year. The honor was bestowed upon her a few days ago by the SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans), and her acceptance speech is below.

“Good Evening! I am extremely honored to be receiving SIPA’s Inaugural Pinay Empowerment Award. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work. The last two years have been the most hard-earned of my career. Winning this award would not have been possible without the support I have received from my mentors and colleagues, for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the desire to challenge myself and perform better at each stage. However, my greatest inspiration is my mom [Marianne]. Throughout history, filipina nurses have traveled abroad for work and a better life. My mom is one of many, who left the Philippines and loved ones, but it was their courage that helped build the foundation for future Filipino-American generations, and it is their legacy that Filipino-American Women, like myself, can stand with dignity, pride, and respect. And so, I accept this Inaugural Pinay Empowerment Award, not only for myself, but for the countless pinays who are cooks, artists, homemakers, healthcare workers, civil servants, teachers, writers, laborers, and business owners. We persevere with RESILIENCE, GRACE, and STRENGTH. YOU WOULD NOT BE HERE WITHOUT US!” THANK YOU!!!” My speech from last night’s SIPA 45th Anniversary Awards & Benefit Dinner. Award now sits on my lovely mantle piece at home . #filipinoforward #filipina #pinaypower #pinaypride #isaandmarianne @officialsipa

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