Category Archives: Food

Superfood to SuperDRINK: Misugaru – A New Kind of Coffee


As we know “Superfood” continues to be THE buzzword of 2014, but what about a superDRINK? There’s a new trend in morning beverages. Dedicated Coffee drinkers are going to want to take note.  You might be leaving behind your ordinary brew very soon!

Misugaru is a unique and healthy, protein-packed powder comprised of black sesame, black bean, black rice, brown rice and barley and is typically mixed into smoothies or other beverages for added nutritional benefits. Misugaru first gained popularity in Korea, where the multigrain powder has been added to foods and drinks for centuries, but is now becoming more widely available across the globe.

South-Korean born coffeehouse, Caffebene, which has constructed its own ‘FTT (Farm to Table)’ system, managing the distribution of coffee from farm to table, was one of the first to introduce the ingredient to America and offers Misugaru in a number of their specialty drinks, including gourmet Misugaru lattes and Misugaru frappes (available in a variety of flavors).

By combining the power of five different grains, customers are able to get their daily energy fix in a natural way AND benefit from the added perks of the omega-3s, fatty acids, protein, fiber and other nutrients found in the Misugaru mix.

Gia On The Move hasn’t tried this yet, but we’re loving that there are local LA locations and some that are on their way in the California area; and lots on the East Coast in New York, Boston and New Jersey! (Click the image below to see if there is one near you.)

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Market City Caffe Celebrates Sixth Annual Ravioli Festival


Market City Caffe (164 East Palm Ave., Burbank, CA), known for their tasty “cucina Italiana” is excited to announce the celebration of their Sixth Annual Ravioli Festival now until Oct. 26. With more than two decades of experience and outstanding service, the restaurant has been a Burbank favorite crafting more than 320,000 hand rolled raviolis.

Gia On The Move took her Sicilian mother (who coincidentally still makes her own, one by one, by hand – oh mamma!) out for a surprise Mother’s Day celebration to Market City Caffe and can attest, the ravioli are delizioso!

The event started in 2009 as a one time celebration, but after much praise from the community, Market City Caffe decided to continue the tradition every fall highlighting tantalizing and uniquely flavored ravioli dishes.


This year’s menu has brought back favorites from the past as well as exciting new flavors including prosciutto and mushroom served with ricotta cheese, marsala cream sauce; butternut squash agnolotti;  ravioli bolognese blended with ricotta, mozzarella and parmigiano romano cheese ravioli, bolognese sauce; four cheese ravioli with cherry tomato and basil pomodoro sauce; roasted chicken with parmesan cheese, thyme, garlic basil pesto cream sauce; artichoke tortellini; spinach and pancetta with parmesan pomodoro sauce; and short rib ravioli filled with occo bucco style short rib and portabella mushroom broth. Prices range from $16-18.

Market City Caffe is open daily with fall/winter hours:

Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Reservations are recommended by calling 818.840.7036 or visiting

Copy-of-Short-Rib-Bolognese-Chicken-Pesto-RavioliPhoto credit: Julian Easley

Barnsdall Art Park Los Angeles Saturday Night Movie Series Starts September 20!

It’s an iconic part of the Los Angeles fall season and all Angelenos are invited!



Barnsdall Art Park located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90027, will be kicking off their outdoor fall film series fundraiser “Barnsdall Saturday Night Movie Series + Wine Tasting” on Saturdays, Sept 20 through Oct. 18. 

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell present “School Nights,” an outdoor fall film series fundraiser celebrating beloved high school movies. Relive the wonder and terror of your teen years with these five essential films that celebrate adolescent angst, raging hormones and twisted teachers.  Kicking off on September 20th with the first movie– School of Rock—guests can come get settled and enjoy some wine and musical entertainment from 5.30pm with the movies starting at sundown—7.30pm– on top of Loz Feliz’s scenic Olive Hill.

Join fellow Angelenos on the lush west lawn of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, which reopens to the public soon.

tickets, cinema, movies, filmTickets cost $25 for movies plus tasting (3 pours of wine or beer) or $10 for the movie without beverages.

Please visit to learn more or #BarnsdallMovieNights #SchoolNights
Here’s the movie lineup:
• September 20th: School of Rock
• September 27th: Election
• October 4th: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
• October 11th: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
• October 18th: Carrie

page_moviesEnjoy movies on a high resolution screen with surprise guests introducing the movies, and musical entertainment from the likes of KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Marion Hodges spinning until dusk. Get schooled with a curated selection of wine and beers, courtesy of Silverlake Wine, and LA’s finest food trucks.

Support the People’s Park with this popular family friendly event that has raised nearly half a million dollars to support the Park’s capital projects, art programs, historic renovations and gallery exhibitions over the last five years.


Get In The Contest and Show Us Your Taters!

Snap a potato photo, tag it with #TopTater and you could win $100

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Ok it’s a bit kitchy, sure.  But autumn is rolling around soon and what better time to hunker down with everyone’s favorite tuber.

A #TopTater worthy dish is not your average baked potato or ho-hum casserole. It’s delicious. It’s memorable. It’s different. It’s a potato dish that makes you go “yum!” And ultimately, it’s a potato-centric moment that could earn you the chance to win the $100 prize that the United States Potato Board (USPB) is giving away every week.

“Consumers and chefs are cooking with potatoes like never before. It’s so exciting to see dishes like Potato Nachos, Breakfast Skins and Tater Tot Thai Lettuce Cups coming out of home and professional kitchens these days,” said Meredith Myers, Consumer Marketing Manager. “We want to celebrate potato innovation so if you see a #TopTater dish at a restaurant, at the grocery store, at a street vendor cart or even on the grill in your own backyard, tell us about it!”

How to enter:

  1. Snap: Snap a picture of a #TopTater dish.
  2. Share: Tag your picture with #TopTater and share it on Instagram, the Potato Goodness Facebook page, or upload it directly at
  3. Enter: Follow the link on the auto response form and complete the entry form.

No matter how you enjoy them, don’t forget the nutritional power of potatoes: one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana (450g), provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol. With seven unique potato types and many ways to prepare them, you can enjoy potatoes every day of the week.

A weekly $100 #TopTater winner will be announced on the Potato Goodness Facebook page every Friday through June 26, 2015.

Visit for more mouthwatering #TopTater inspiration and official contest rules. You can also sign-up to receive the United States Potato Board’s weekly recipe email to receive a new potato recipe in your email in-box each week.


Holy Cow! Santa Monica Gets Its Own Texas Roadhouse


Step inside the modern Texas roadhouse – real American hardwood siding, weathered wooden tables, a chandelier made from vintage milk bottles, front patio with green “turf” floor and tall milking stools at the dining bar.   Fun artwork and artifacts decorate the walls including the Holy Cow California flag. Meals are served on pie tins, oversized pans and tin cups and drinks come in Mason Jars.



Welcome to the new Holy Cow BBQ restaurant – quintessentially American authentic barbecue – slow smoked goodness.

Opening Saturday, September 13

Location:  264  26th Street  (across from Brentwood Country Mart)  Santa Monica  CA  90402

Phone:  310-883-6COW
Days/Hours:    Sunday – Thursday 11 – 10;  
Friday – Saturday 11 – 11   

Holy Cow was created by Rob Serritella and the team behind the popular Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz.  Executive Chef at Holy Cow is Michael Rosen, former chef at Zeke’s Barbeque. In case you don’t remember, this past year Gia On The Move featured Messhall’s original Strawberry Shortcake and the Irish Goodbye .  We’ve sampled the food and loved it!

“Hang out” or “Take Out” Holy Cow’s Cow Van will even deliver to your door.

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BBQ is all about the basics:  Comfort food in a comfortable setting featuring the finest cuts of meat, poultry and fish….rubbed, smoked and cooked to perfection.   They source the finest ingredients – seeking out local, organic, sustainable and natural foods.   And we’ll be smoking with pure hickory.  They’ll be sauces a plenty – smoky, spicy, sweet, Tomato or Mustard base.

  • House Brisket (Texas), Tri-Tip (Santa Maria), Pulled pork (Carolina) and Baby Backs (Memphis, Kansas City)  to specialties like the Prairie Dog (Louisiana Hot Link),  and El Jefe (LA’s own).
  • Saddle up some of our Scratch sides – Kettle Beans, Creamed Greens, Mac & Cheeese, Sweet Potato et al
  • Plenty of fresh farm greens and veggies too plus Roasted Corn Chowder and Brentwood Vegan Chili
  • Deep Fried CornBread so good you’ll want a plateful.
  • Leave room for Sweets like a Cow Pie, Berry Crumb or a homemade Trail Bar
  • Special Youngins Menu that’s sure to please

Check out their Facebook page

Hey Los Angeles! Get Ready for TARFEST 2014

One of Gia On The Move’s favorite free local family friendly festivals combining art, street art/graffit, music and a whole lot of fun takes place right inside the heart of LA at the La Brea Tarpits.  This year TARFEST will celebrate its 12th year on September 20th.  Visit and for more information. (Or See Below)


LAUNCH LA and 88.5 FM KCSN present Los Angeles’ 12th annual music & arts festival, TARFEST 2014, which will return to the La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, September 20th. The FREE event will feature rising local artists, musicians and bands, with performances by Hunter Hunted, The Moth & The Flame, DNTWN, Tapioca & The Flea and The Dead Ships. This year’s music program was curated by LAUNCH LA and Kevin Bronson of BuzzBand.LA.
2B2A8824The 12th annual festival, will feature something for the whole family including food, drinks, art, activities and more. Local artists Greg “Craola” Simkins (one of Gia On The Move’s favorites!),  Nicola Verlato and DevNGosha will be live painting while popular food trucks, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers and Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, will be on hand serving food. The festival will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten and the Little Bar Wine Bar. Kids’ activities will be presented by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum and Orchard Supply Hardware.
launchlogo_sNew this year, LAUNCH LA presents the LAUNCH Art Pavilion curated by Merry Karnowsky. Programs include a special exhibition of James Griffith’s paintings that explore Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection through skillful images of animals painted with tar from the La Brea Tar Pits on canvas and panel. This art program will also present original artwork and limited edition prints by established and emerging artists.   Proceeds from the art sales and auction will benefit LAUNCH LA programming and TARFEST production costs. Finally, another special collaboration with the TintypeBooth and Lucie Foundation takes photography back to its Analog roots as attendees document themselves and their day using a vintage wet plate process.
Excavating future culture on The Miracle Mile, the annual TARFEST festival utilizes Los Angeles’ historic Tar Pits and green space to unite the local community in celebration of the city’s burgeoning music and arts scene by showcasing some of the most talented up-and-coming bands and artists.  In past years, TARFEST has brought together thousands of Angelenos with performances from bands like Echosmith, Blondefire, The Steelwells, Nightmare Air, Saint Motel, Helena, Everest among others.
TARFEST 2014 is made possible in part by a grant from the city of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Art Commission and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.  Some of this year’s sponsors include Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Lagunitas Brewery, The Farmers Market, The Grove, Beverly Connection, Arclight Cinemas, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Sieroty Company, Walter N. Marks Jr., the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, Orchard Supply Hardware and many other businesses and individuals who believe in advancing creativity and free, innovative arts programming in Los Angeles.
About TARFEST/LAUNCH LA:  TARFEST, produced and managed by LAUNCH, provides important performance and exhibition opportunities to some of the region’s finest emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators on the historic Miracle Mile of Los Angeles.  LAUNCH is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit social enterprise that produces, manages and directs events, programs and exhibitions with the purpose of developing artist – audience relationships throughout important Los Angeles communities. Passionate about promoting all contemporary art-forms and their hybrids, LAUNCH recognizes the need for exemplary productions that create important cultural happenings. With the assistance of commercial partners, cultural institutions and like-minded individuals and organizations, LAUNCH strives to engage a broad cross section of Angelenos in cultural events that foster mutual understanding and creative expression.
Saturday, September 20th, 1 – 8pm
TARFEST Music and Art Festival
La Brea Tar Pits Park (Hancock Park)
5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
For More Information:

Eat.Drink.Art Los Angeles on September 13th

About to happen at Barnsdall Art Park on September 13th is a sensational evening for locals, visitors, art lovers and foodies alike.


EAT.DRINK.ART. A Kaleidoscope of the Senses, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s multifaceted fundraiser (sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine) invites Angelenos to tempt their palettes with delectable food, artisanal spirits and a stimulating celebration of art in all its forms on Saturday, September 13 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. with a VIP reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

All to the backdrop of KCRW’s DJ Dan Wilcox spinning tunes, the evening will showcase a vast array of visual and performing art including live painting, performance artists, giant puppets, nude sketch models, and more. Live music will be preformed by musicians from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The X Factor” and the annual happening boasts top-notch food trucks such as The Urban Oven, Let’s Be Frank, Postcards Central American Soul Fusion and Coolhaus.

The evening features a silent auction of more than 45 emerging + renowned artists including Claire Falkenstein, Alice Fellows, Joy Feuer, John Frame, Mark Steven Greenfield, Heather Lembcke, Leonel Matheu, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Siff, and Wayne White.

General Admission tickets cost $30 in advance ($40 at the door) and provide access to the event beginning at 7 pm along with 3 drink tickets.

VIP Admission tickets cost $100 in advance ($110 at the door) and provide access to a special reception and silent auction preview starting at 5:30 p.m.

Dance, drink and be artistically inspired—all while supporting a true kaleidoscope of exhibits and programs at LAMAG, LA’s only municipal art gallery and the City’s primary exhibition venue offering free admission to all.

Please visit for more information.