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Bernie Sanders Stops at LA’s Ayara Restaurant for Pad Thai After Democratic Debate

Plus, a non-booze cocktail class, free tacos, and best restaurants in Long Beach

Bernie Sanders poses for pictures with Ayara Thai staff
Bernie Sanders poses for pictures with Ayara Thai staff
Courtesy of Ayara Thai
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Feel the Bern

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders ate at Westchester’s Ayara Thai on Thursday night. Senator Sanders was in town to participate in the Democratic Debate at Loyola Marymount University in Playa Vista. Sanders chose tom yum and pad Thai as a post-debate meal, and posed with staff members for pictures. “Bernie could have eaten anywhere but chose to support a local small business — an immigrant family-owned and operated restaurant to be exact,” says owner/chef Vanda Asapahu. “Many candidates say that small businesses are the backbone of America, happy to report that Bernie does not just talk the talk, he definitely walks the walk.”

Flore Vegan gives crowdfunding a go

After receiving a 30-day notice to vacate, Silver Lake’s Flore Vegan put together a GoFundMe to help move the 13-year-old restaurant to another location. Owner Miranda Megill hopes to raise $100,000 to cover the moving costs. Their last day in Silver Lake is January 31.

A no-booze and no-waste cocktail class in Downtown

Non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip partnered with Providence’s head bartender Kim Stodel and put together a cocktail class without. For $35, one can learn how to make non-alcoholic drinks by using leftovers and apply Stodel’s zero-waste model. It runs this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Providence’s Kim Stodel mixes drinks
Providence’s Kim Stodel
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Free TJ-style tacos in Burbank

Pablito’s Tacos marks one year in Burbank today, and the celebration includes live music and free tacos at the Burbank Boulevard location.

A video tour of WeHo’s next cannabis consumption cafe published a video tour of West Hollywood’s next cannabis consumption cafe, Budberry. It’s a lush, gorgeous space on Santa Monica Boulevard and opens in spring 2020.

Budberry’s koi pond in West Hollywood
The future site of Budberry
Courtesy of Budberry

Best restaurants in the LBC

The Long Beach Post compiled a list of 25 best restaurants in Long Beach. Writer Brian Addison found 2019 to be an exciting year for Long Beach restaurants, where “local chefs are making, with an influx of new cuisines, methods and personalities. In fact, there is no other year that the city’s food landscape saw such wonderful additions; 10 of the restaurants on the list opened within the past 18 months.”

Street food vendors update

LAist learned that that StreetsLA, formerly the Bureau of Street Services, will be charged with running and enforcing the new permit system for street vendors. The agency will allow a six-month grace period when applying for permits.

Ayara Thai Cuisine

6245 West 87th Street, , CA 90045 (310) 410-8848 Visit Website