Food Truck Alley Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue between 26th and Stewart Santa Monica CA
TIP: It’s about a five-minute walk from the Bergamot Station metro stop. Walk up 26th and turn right at Pennsylvania – easy peasy!
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You might not know that this Food Truck Hot Spot even exists! It’s one of the best kept secrets in Santa Monica and is open Monday through Friday.
What’s this hot spot called? Food Truck Alley. It’s a one long block in the area of Santa Monica that’s known as Mid City and is far away from the Promenade, beach and other tourist areas. It’s located in a business area, just look for the tall buildings; it’s also close to Santa Monica CollegeArt and Media Center and KCRW radio station. It’s on Pennsylvania Avenue between 26th and Stewart and is a five-minute walk from the Metro Expo line stop at Bergamot Station.
I checked out this location again recently, keeping in mind it’s been on this website in previous articles, to see how it’s going. There were about 15 to 20 food trucks lined up as well as a coffee cart bike I went around lunch time so it was maybe noon. there were a bunch of people sitting on the curb eating just like First Fridays.
I briefly chatted with Jeff, from The Caffeinated Cloud, who is very friendly and makes a nice, strong cold brew and other coffee selections and got the scoop on it all. It’s interesting because his car is a sort of tricycle with a cart in front that he peddles to all locations. Now that takes some work and he makes a great cuppa joe. He told me that the trucks line up super early and serve between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. I also tried the Skewers Land Mediterranean truck and had a wonderful falafel wrap it’s some of the best falafel I’ve had! Generously sized with fresh veggies in it plus side salad andolives. It was really filling and delish!
It’s a great option for breakfast brunch or lunch, especially in this area of Santa Monica that is a bit of a restaurant desert. It’s really convenient whether you’re working in the area, going to school or hop off of the Metro and exploring the area looking for some sustenance.
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Vision Boards, Goal Setting, Launch Events, Art Expo, in Santa Monica, Culver City & Westchester LAX Area.
UPDATED – NEW EVENTS ADDED: JANUARY 18, 2019
Vision Board Workshop
January 30, 2019, 7-9pm
Culver City, CA Info & Tickets
What’s your vision for 2019? If you’re not sure, this workshop help you focus on your dreams for the year in a visual way that’s fun! Tickets $20.
Pink Money Pow Wow!
January 31, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm
Culver City, CA Event Info
Promote your business, inspire and be inspired, network with other female entrepreneurs and professionals, and gain some useful resources. Meet local like minded women for support, inspiration, resources and networking. GirlSpace and PINK MONEY INC. Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. Free, Refreshments served.
BizWomenToday Networking Launch Event
January 16, 7-9pm Wednesday
Blankspaces Culver City Tickets >
Let’s start with a networking event that also serves as the launch of BizWomenToday! This new venture is all about elevating and celebrating Women in the business world. Besides networking a panel will take place that includes Founder of BizWomenToday alsoEditor and Founder of this blog, Janet Gervers, along with Emmarie Dempsey, Founder of GirlSpace and EmmarieBoard and Sami Toussi, Founder of Sami Toussi Coaching.
Tickets are Free & VIP Level, where you get a whole year of promotion for your business for only $25.
Ticket Sales End January 15.
Goal Setting for Business w/ The D*E*B Method
January 18, 2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Friday
LAX Coworking, Westchester Register >
Start the year off right with a goal-setting Lunch N Learn from Debra Eckerling of The D*E*B Method Come up with a mission statement, set short and long-term goals, prioritize, make a plan, and get ready to take on 2019!
January 31-February 3
Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Get Tickets >
There’s noting like a visual feast for the eyes that also feeds your senses and photo LA serves it up! This annual photography art expo showcases photography from artists around the world. Tickets start at $20, best deal is weekend pass for $30.
If you’re in Los Angeles during Spring Break, it’s time to experience the great outdoors! Surf, swim, chill on the beach, people watch on the pier & more!
Venice Beach & Boardwalk
This is the place to be – there’s something for everyone here and mos’ def something interesting to see. The Boardwalk, aka Oceanfront Walk, has fun shops (touristy but fun); there are skateboard and surfboard rentals at Jay’s, plus eclectic stands with clothes, jewelry, etc. Walk north from Windward Ave and you’ll hit up more shops, cafes, and restaurants! Zelda’s Corner Cafe is a great spot to grab a ginormous, tasty sandwich (vegan and gluten-free options) on Westminster Ave (2 blocks north of Windward) and take it to the beach. Groundwork Coffee is there too for those needing caffeine with some great brew.
Live up your spring break at the Santa Monica Pier! Are roller coasters and arcade games not your thing? No problem! Just walk a few blocks up and hit up the Third Street Promenade where you’ll find stores like Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, PacSun, Forever 21, and so many more!
Japanese Garden – West LA
This hidden gem of tranquility and beauty is located near UCLA. The garden is peaceful and quiet. It features a small waterfall, several footbridges over the fish pond plus bamboo trees and flowers. Drive on Wilshire and turn at Bonsall Av and park past the baseball field parking (while you see signs for a Vet’s garden at the lot, this is NOT the Japanese garden.) Walk back on the road you drove on to get to the parking lot and turn right on Bonsall, walking alongside the edge of the baseball field where you see multiple staircases and walk up the hill. There are signs for the garden and a 9 hole golf course. 11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90073 (Note the garden is not actually on Wilshire, this is where you enter the VA property)
Just a short distance away from Pacific Palisades on Sunset at Temescal Canyon Dr, you can explore the multiple hiking paths Temescal Canyon has to offer! Is sweating not your thing? We hear you! Pack up your picnic basket and enjoy the green scenery! Park for free on Sunset or park in a paid lot.
Malibu Lagoon & Fishing Pier
While Malibu isn’t technically the Westside it’s close enough for us! If you want a beautiful drive on PCH with the top down, Malibu is the place to do it! Explore The Malibu Lagoon, a bird sanctuary, with a path leading to the beach, where it’s a short walk to the Malibu Fishing Pier. After that catch a few waves, whether it’s surfing, boarding or swimming! Parking is available at a pay lot by the lagoon or free spaces on PCH.
Text by Janet Gervers & Christian Nicole
Photos by Janet Gervers (except as noted)
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Yup, some of us are working during Spring Break, so it might as well be in a spot that’s nice and affordable with good coffee and company! AKFF has found the place to be is CulverWorks – that’s where our office is located. The community here is supportive and fun! Tuesdays are FREE days between 9am – 5pm. You must RSVP on the Culver Works Meetup page. Say that AKFF sent you!
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Live out your walking dead dreams at the 5th annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl Saturday, October 28! The Zombie bar crawl starts at the Santa Monica Pier at 6pm where walkers spill there guts limping and growling thier way through the city for drinks and food specials happening all night. The party continues at the official Zombie Crawl After Party at 1212 Restaurant! Snag Your Zombie Crawl Tickets Today
Photo Courtesy of Thriller Night
Thriller Night at 1212 Restaurant
Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8pm-2am join 1212 Restaurant on the Promenade, for thriller dancing, video mash-ups, spooky drink specials, scary photo booth pics, and costume contest with the best demons and angels in Santa Monica. Bottle & Table Service available. Celebrate Halloween the right way and get your bloody hands on tickets for you and your squad!
1212 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica, CA. Grab Your Thriller Night Tickets
Halloween Edition: Jazz Funk Fest Santa Monica
Start your Halloween festivities with live music, mashed up with spoken word, poetry, love songs, and comedy with Paulie Dee, Gerry Fialka, Tryg Hanson and other spooky guests and audience participation if you dare! October 28 from 7pm-8:00pm, followed by live music with Eric Ahlberg from 8pm -9pmish.
UnUrban 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, Ca
Photo Courtesy of UGO NONIS
Art: New Works by Ugo Nonis
French painter and LA-based contemporary artist, Ugo Noniswill behaving an opening solo show titled “America” on October 20th from 7pm-10pm at The Castelli Art space. Nonis will showcasing 20 new paintings! Exhibit up until Sunday,Oct 22. 5428 Washington Blvd, Culver City.
Photography Events: Catch 2 great photography events this Saturday, October 14th!
Photo Courtesy of Aurelia Dumont
The Alumni Photo Exhibition
The most-recent work from Aurelia Dumont’s series “Exceptional Individuals” will be on display until October 26! SMC students make sure to stop on by! Opening: October 14, 6pm. Exhibition located on 2nd floor of Drescher Hall, Santa Monica College.
Photo Courtesy of Artmonious
The Artmonious Launch Party
Join Artmonious and celebrate the official lauch of their art app this Saturday, October 14 at 7pm. Catch featured artists, such as Alex Gross, Timothy White, Stephanie Cate and more! 1306 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, CA.
CulverWorks, the co-working space in the heart of downtown Culver City has several offices that are available NOW! Book a tour and grab your dream office space while they last! Workspace already taken? Another option is the Cafe/Flex membership, only $250 a month (WOW) check it out! Book a Tour!
A documentary about James B. Harris, who discovered Director Stanley Kubrick and created three iconic movies together is in the works – and you can be a part of it!
Harris Kubrick: Genius Takes Two is the title of this feature that is slated for release later in 2017. Currently, there is a crowd funding campaign offering Exclusive Collectibles for Donors – a way you can become involved in this historic project.
Santa Monica film makers, Director, F.X. Feeney and Executive Producer, Susan Canova Vercellino from HK Productions are telling the story of this historic relationship between Harris and Kubrick.
Director F.X. Feeney met Harris in the 1980’s and was impressed by his features: The Bedford Incident and Fastwalking and has interviewed Harris many times. Executive Producer, Susan Canova Vercellino has been working closely with Harris since 2000, and is one of the lead producers on Harris’s upcoming film Alex.
In order for it to become a full-fledged feature length film, a fundraising campaign is in the works, offering: Limited Edition signed posters and books, and tickets for two to the Los Angeles Premiere and VIP Party and more.
Art at Tongva Park presents The Wonder Room, with performances by many talented artists including acclaimed L.A. choreographer Sarah Elgart, Arrogant Elbow, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rosalie Rodriguez and more! Head down to Tongva Park Wednesday, April 5, 7:30pm-9pm.
1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA More Info Here >
Photo Courtesy: BG Gallery
The Blessing of the Animals
John Kilduff and BG Gallery present “The Blessing Of The Animals” exhibit. John Kilduff invites you and your furry friends to this gallery which will feature his animal paintings. Does it get any better than that? April 8-18, 6:30pm-10:30pm.
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA Get Art Exhibit Deets >
The talk of the month in Venice is First Fridays where all of LA’s tastiest food trucks line up Abbot Kinney Bl! Stay tune next week for the full food truck list and more goodies! And for all you first timers (Welcome!) check out our First Fridays FAQ!
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA
Spend an evening with Phase One and Andrei Duman for a hands on experience with the XF 100 MP camera system Saturday, April 22, 6pm-9pm! Get advice from Andrei while he shares his experiences using the camera with you. Refreshments will be served during the event. RSVP at rsvp@theG2gallery.com. 1503 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, CA
Photo Courtesy: Pacific Resident Theater
Pacific Resident Theatre – It’s Time
Writer Paul Linke and director Edward Edwards’ project “It’s Time” focuses on a widower and his transformative meeting with his second wife, Christine. Snag yourself a ticket before April 30. 705 1/2 Venice Bl, Venice, CA Check Out Show Times and Ticket Prices >
Photo Courtesy: Venice Media District
Venice Media District: Silicon Beach Film Festival Filmmakers’ Meet & Greet
What better event for networking? Hang out with actors, film makers and social influencers Friday, April 21, 6pm.
Runway Playa Vista, 12751 Millennium Drive, #140, Playa Vista
Photo Courtesy: Silicon Beach Film Festival
2nd Annual Playa Vista Film Festival
A celebration with filmmakers in the heart of tech and start up. This week-long film festival will be screening films for 12 hrs and will take place at the Howard Hughes Cinemark 18. Have fun and catch a film April 22 – April 28. Howard Hughes Cinemark 18, 6081 Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA More Film Festival Info Here >
Party in Culver City:
Photo Courtesy: Pre-Festival VIP Lounge
Pre-Festival VIP Rooftop Lounge
Be ready to take a dip at the coolest rooftop pool party with Platform on Saturday, April 8, 12pm-5pm! Make sure to RSVP and don’t forget to mention that your friends from AKFF Blog sent you! 8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA Vip Party Scoop Here >