This week, you should change everything that you think you know about food in Los Angeles. You might expect a certain price for a bowl of ramen at Daikokuya, for example, or that beer is only for afternoon or evening enjoyment. Both are wrong, but that's OK. It takes a week like this to show us the error of our ways.
The week starts off in a hurry thanks to Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. The beer-heavy beach spot is turning the tables on your traditional idea of breakfast with an evening dedicated to Eggs Benedict and barleywines. As the close cousin of regular craft beer, barleywine is as ancient as the Greeks and typically features stronger, bolder flavors with a matching alcohol percentage. To help soak up all of the booze from Sierra Nevada, Moylan's and Firestone Walker, the chefs in the back are offering savory, satisfying takes on the traditional Eggs Benedict breakfast. There will still be poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, but you can expect fun meat varieties and an array of bready bases for the whole affair.
If that's not enough to kickstart your week, hop in line earlier than usual at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo to grab a bowl of $5 ramen. Sure, the Daikokuya 11 year anniversary celebration doesn't actually kick off until 11am on Wednesday, but with the normal lines already stretching down the block, you can only imagine what sort of crowds the cheaper bowls of tonkatsu ramen will bring out. Or, on Thursday night, enjoy a few laughs with your food as The Urban Oven pizza truck parks outside of Café Club Fais Do Do in West Adams for the monthly Super Serious Show. If you pony up the $10 (or $15 cash at the door) for the stand-up show, you can get free beer from Eagle Rock Brewery or wine from Cube Marketplace, all while soaking in the comedy stylings of Paul F. Tompkins, Bobcat Goldthwait and others.
If you're trying to keep it healthy instead, there are plenty of non-food-related events going on around town. You can start your neighborhood activism early by getting out to one of the upcoming L.A. County plastic bag ban meetings going on across the city. From Long Beach to downtown and Cheviot Hills, there is likely to be one near you in the coming days. On Wednesday night, the monthly Writers Row show takes over The Last Bookstore downtown, where local scribes can share their stories or get feedback on their latest in-progress tome.
Over the weekend, REDCAT will be in full force, producing a series of early Eugene O'Neill plays. The cross-pollinating productions will feature actors from the New York City Players as well as the Wooster Group, so expect a fun, playful dynamic to these early O'Neill productions. And on Sunday, the single-day L.A. Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention hits the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall. On hand will be hundreds of exhibitors, from big name comic book brands and booksellers to individual artists, actors and writers. You can also pony up for the chance to meet and greet with members of The Walking Dead cast, or Edward Furlong from the seminal Terminator franchise. No matter what your pleasure, this week is sure to offer you something exciting, fulfilling and fun.
For more weekly events visit kcet.org/events.