Heading down to Abbot Kinney to enjoy some quick and tasty eats? Take our word for it and try one, two, or all five of our AKFF favorites. First Fridays is July 3, 2015!
1. Kogi BBQ
Ever wonder what would happen if a Mexican Food Truck and Korean Food Truck had a baby? If the curiosity is killing you, try Kogi BBQ. Often spotted in the parking lot of The Brig, the famous Korean taco truck draws attention from every street corner. Fan favorite? Spicy pork burrito. Wet. This hunk of spice and savory will send you right back in line.
2. South Philly Experience
This food truck is literally dripping with South Philly flavor in the heart of Venice. Choose your cheesesteak “wit” or “witout” onions. Our advice? Buffalo Steak “wit.” Every time. Go the full nine yards and order a side of fries topped with crabmeat.
3. The Grilled Cheese Truck
Take a break from your juice cleanse and indulge in cheesy goodness. If you’re looking for a combination of comfort-food and sassy fusions, the grilled cheese truck may be your foodie soulmate. Keep it classic with a plain and simple with a cup of tomato soup. Craving sophistication? Try the cheesy mac: fully loaded. Nothing says posh like BBQ pork and caramelized onions drowning in sharp cheddar.
4. Angie’s Wieners
These are no basic hot dogs with a side of ketchup. Angie’s Wiener’s is a force to be reckoned with and well-worth fighting tooth and nail to get your order in. Once you get to the front of the line… Lights. Camera. Action! Nothing makes you feel like a Hollywood superstar like Angie’s menu. Choose from “The Producer,” “The Director,” “The Diva,” and many more.
Grow some bowls and try this delicious and nutritious gem at AKFF. Amazebowls is a diamond in the rough for all you trendy health nuts. What more could you ask for? Bright acai paired with crunchy granola and an assortment of fruits will leave you satisfied and guilt-free.
The AKFF Blog is here to help you get in gear for First Fridays with EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & A GIVEWAY! Take advantage of our Beauty/Skincare Offers before the big day- see Epithereal Skincare & Turning Point Pilates. PLUS WIN Concert Tickets !
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13400 West Washington Blvd.Suite 202-A Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Drop it Like it’s Hot for 1st Fridays!
Turning Point Pilates, the Venice Classical Pilates Studio will help you get your body looking Fit & Fab!
2 Private Lessons for $99
1st class $15
Call TURNING POINT PILATES 310-217-7630
or Email the Studio.
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337 Washington Blvd. #1
Venice, CA 90292
Introducing two truly dynamic and talented women, Bridget Griggs and Joanna Garel in their debut art opening on Abbot Kinney at Sovak Gallery. Featuring Griggs vibrant “Infinity” series on one side of the space and Garel’s playful Socal iconic images on the other side are sure to make a splash at this new gallery! 7-10pm 1731 Abbot Kinney Blvd, just south of Venice Blvd.
Win 2 Concert Tickets for Jon Rowden Group at G2 Gallery
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First person to do so wins the concert tickets! Make sure you can attend the performance on First Friday at 8pm at the G2 Gallery.
The G2 Gallery and Tear It Down Los Angeles | Orange County (TiD) present Genevieve Artadi and Jon Rowden Group. TiD is an artistic community of musicians showcasing modern-creative, progressive, forward-thinking and genre-blurring music. It is partnering with The G2 Gallery for its debut showcase. 8-11:30pm 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner of 2 Tickets, Amy Gordon! Enjoy the Show!
You can go too: Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Get Tickets.
High Voltage is Electric Lodge’s FREE Performance/Happening late night series in its third year at First Fridays. The AKFF Blog is a proud Media Sponsor of the series.
This month’s featured artists are Orit Arfa, Mitsu Salmon and Sharna Fabiano. Orit Arfa brings her novel, The Settler, to life through music inspired by the heroine’s musical search for herself after she loses her home. Highways, by Mitsu Salmon is an evening length piece which incorporates electronic music, storytelling, vocals, movement and drawing. The End of the Night, by Sharna Fabiano, is inspired by the elegance of Buenos Aires tango clubs and offers a glimpse into the imaginations of three would-be tango divas.
9pm 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, California 90291
Food Trucks & Shopping
Food Trucks are the monster hit of 1st Fridays! There are about 20 to choose from, so you’re sure to find something to eat! Plus, there are some restaurants on the coolest boulevard – and bars too when you want to quench your thirst!
Food trucks are assigned spots on Abbot Kinney Bl between Palms and Westminster. Check us out on Twitter @AbbotKinney1st since most food trucks at 1st Fridays post there.
Shopping on Abbot Kinney is also a fun option – stores are open late, some have specials too, so check it out! The AKFF team had fun checking out Tumbleweed & Dandelion last month, Ruti, Will Leather and more! We l0ve it when you post your First Friday pics on the AKFF Facebook page!
Free Photos from the Selfie Truck
The Selfie Truck was at last month’s event and will return this month. Look for the truck with the big blue heart and say you saw it on our blog! Get your photos right there at 1st Fridays! Cool!
Did you know that the AKFF has blogged abut First Fridays sine 2008 with tons of free info, tips, etc for the First Fridays event each month? And we’re the ONLY blog that has written about 1st Fridays for 7 years and a whole lot more haps in Venice!
Mark your ical or Google cal for Friday June 5 for Abbot Kinney First Fridays. It promises to be a lot of fun with food trucks galore, special performances, shops open late and EXCLUSIVE Specials!
First let’s get to the food trucks – a few in attendance are the French Food Truck, Recess Truck, The BLT Truck and Fair Game the Nouveau Food Truck. These are from each of the 4 zones where food trucks are assigned spots on Abbot Kinney Bl between Palms and Westminster. Check us out on Twitter @AbbotKinney1st since most food trucks at 1st Fridays post there.
Let’s get to an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL just for AKFF Blog peeps:
Epithereal Skincare has an offering just for you. Come back later tomorrow and we will tell you what it’s all about! Hint: the eyes have it. 🙂 Plus, a second special, wow! Think hydration…
There’s also an art reception at a new gallery and a free performance at Electric Lodge, just behind Abbot Kinney on Electric Av. More shops than ever are staying open late and restaurants have specials going on too! We’ll have deets for you tomorrow afternoon!
Abbot Kinney First Fridays Brings it: Food, Fashion, Beauty, Dating & Party Invite! Check here Again – More to Come!
Wow, there’s so much to tell you, where do we start? First Fridays basics of course! Let the games begin at 6pm until 10/11pm on Friday May, 2015 on Abbot Kinney Bl in Venice, between Venice Bl. and Westminster (both are at lights).
Food trucks line the hottest boulevard where you will be able to get some eats. Hints for food trucks at May First Friday: pizza, lobster, barbecue and mos def sweet treats and organic food too. See our AKFF Twitter feed for deets.
You’re Invited to a Party!
Grand Opening Party:
Turning Point Pilates
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1pm-3pm.
Bring your friends and check out their brand new studio location while sipping on prosecco and enjoying desserts!
Lorna Jane Trunk Show: Discounts on Merchandise
Raffle: Pilates, Facial, Massage, Flower Essences
Special Deals: Revealed at the Party
Ribbon Cutting: 1:30pm with Venice Chamber of Commerce
337 Washington Blvd Suite 1 | Venice, CA 90292 | 310-217-7630 | turningpointpilates.com
Beauty & Skincare
Get your skin revitalized after enjoying your First Friday a little too much! B-12 shots and IV therapy to get that glow you’re looking for and an energy boost at Epithereal Skincare, a medical beauty spa in Marina del Rey with a doctor on staff!
Celebs like Rihanna & Chrissy Teigen use these treatments :
IV Myer’s Cocktail Therapy: the perfect pick me up post 1st Fridays blends vitamins & minerals; energy w/out caffeine buzz
IV Vitamin C: antioxidant & standalone therapy – popular as a result of skin brightening effects
IV Glutathione: antioxidant-rich treatment helps remedy chronic fatigue or infections, inflammation, depression, asthma, etc
Epithereal Skincare | 13400 West Washington Blvd. Suite 202-A
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 | 310-439-1926 | epithereal.com
InviteUp on Abbot Kinney!
There’s a new app on the dating scene! InviteUp quickly connects you with new people so you can meet in person at the places you want to go. Partner platforms like Foursquare help you narrow down places, choose when you want to go, who grabs the bill & whether you want to fly solo or bring friends.
Whether it’s a casual coffee at Intelligentsia or dinner at Gjelina, InviteUp members can PostUp their ideal date in less than 15 seconds
Schedule dates within the hour or up to 30 days in advance
The app is completely free and browsing dates is anonymous
Download InviteUp for free on the App Store or visit www.inviteup.com.
Post a date for this Friday on Abbot Kinney and find your first InviteUp match!
Look out for the InviteUp team at First Fridays!
Fashion: Sample Sale
Stephanie Johnson Sample Sale is DURING THE DAY FROM 10am – 6pm on First Friday!
Luxury Cosmetic Bags from
$1 – $20*
Bags are carried at Nordstrom, Anthropologie & Neiman Marcus
Stephanie Johnson Warehouse | 628 Venice Blvd Venice 90291 | stephaniejohnson.com
Corner of Venice & Abbot Kinney next to Zinque Cafe
*Cash and credit card only. All sales are final.
High Voltage: Late Night at Electric Lodge
High Voltage is Electric Lodge’s FREE Performance/Installation/Happening late night series. Now in its third year, on First Fridays!
This month’s featured artists: Matthew Olmos + Josh Berkowitz.
Matthew Olmos will present a site-specific, semi-improvised drone work designed to modulate slowly over time with a modular synthesizer system, winds, synth and voice are to color and change the sound with live projection.
Josh Berkowitz: “My game is arrogance…until I get embarrassed. That’s where you come in.”
Electric Lodge| 1411 Electric Ave Venice 90291 | behind Abbot Kinney (east of it between California and Millwood)
Sponsors: Abbot Kinney First Fridays, Epithereal Skincare, InviteUp, Turning Point Pilates
First Friday on Abbot Kinney Blvd. is on May 1 and it promises to be a hot one!
First Fridays starts around 6pm, when the food trucks are typically lined up on the hottest boulevard and goes until 10/11pm. Yes, this is Venice, so timing is approximate…
See our previous 1st Fridays post for more deets and to get the flava of 1st Fridays!
A few hints on food trucks that will be at First Fridays on May 1 – you will be able to get some eats with pizza, lobster, barbecue and mos def sweet treats! Organic food too.
See our AKFF Twitter feed for deets– that’s where the food trucks post. Visit us tomorrow for the latest – we may have some specials for you!
Check out our freshly updated Food Trucks page too- this will answer many of your questions!
Get the latest on Fashion Trends on Abbot Kinney.
Check out the Abbot Kinney First Fridays Blog TOMORROW for the latest on 1st Fridays!
See our picks for best coffee in Venice – hint: 3 cafes are on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!
After all the eating you will want to find out about the Best Pilates Studio on the Westside!
Tomorrow on the AKFF Blog:
Post First Fridays Skincare tips!
Grand Opening Party Invite!
Special Designer Sale on 1st Fridays!
The AKFF Blog did our first ever Facebook Photo Contest for the April 3, 2015 First Friday on Abbot Kinney! We asked people to post their snaps from the event on our Facebook page – after all, we want to see it from your point of view too! We got some great prizes for 3 winners from our contest sponsors Sanebox in Venice!
Winners & Prizes:
Three different facets of 1st Fridays including: a cool mural, unusual view of Intelligentsia and colorful rolls of rugs at Zingara.
Prize: SaneBox Dinner Subscription worth $299/year
2nd & 3rd Prizes
Captured the spirit of First Fridays with friends feasting on food.
Julia Extanza Mon
Showcased the unique optical illusion art at Made in Earth.
2nd & 3rd Prizes:
SaneBox T-shirt + Amazon Bestseller ebook
Please pm us on Facebook or Email AKFF Editor, so we can get prizes to you!
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