Weekend Docket: 12/10/10

It's beginning to look a lot like holiday shopping festivities and cookie madness!  Super excited for this weekend, hopefully filled with frivolous foodie fun.  Tonight I'm breaking out the baking for a little cookie exchange... still haven't decided on what I'm going to whip up apres work.

Tomorrow, the foodie in me, paired with the nerd in my boyfriend, are finally falling into harmonious sync with the Capcom vs Marvel Food Fight!  Here's to hoping we'll actually make it in, but if all else fails, at least we'll be downtown and can swing by the Holiday Pop-Up's to get our shopping madness on.

I'm still trying to convince my girls to hit up the Snowball with me, but if not, it is the season of holiday parties and my dance card is pretty packed.

And then on Sunday || 1 year anniversary!! || not of the blog, but of the boyfriend ;-). Doing a little shopping, a little drinking and a little noming, probably followed by an evening of snuggling because we're that gross cutesy couple that make other people gag. Go ahead Lolly.  Gag away.

All Weekend
Unique LA's 3rd Annual Holiday Show & Artisanal LA Holiday Pop-Up Sale
11am - 6pm || Saturday & Sunday
I know where I'm going to get my holiday shopping done this weekend.  There are two fantastic events which feature over 300 local artisans & culinary masterminds.  Unique LA is essentially like shopping Etsy IRL.  It's a great chance to find extremely unique gifts for your closest friends (and maybe pick up a few for yourself.)  Artisanal LA on the other hand is like gourmet food paradise.  They won't be featuring any Lord of the Flies moments like last time, this event is strictly a pop-up. Plus you can use admission to one event as a discount for the other, and admission is good for both days!! 

Unique LA || $10, or 2-1 with Artisinal Wristband || California Market Center Penthouse, 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles http://uniquela.com/

Artisanal LA || $6, or $1 off with Unique LA Wristband || Cooper Design Space, 860 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles http://artisanalla.com/


Friday, 12/10
Holiday Mingling Soiree at Spanish Kitchen
7pm - 9pm
Join us for a unique evening, indulge in gourmet food influenced by the southern
regions of Mexico as diverse as Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Puebla, Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.. some recipes dating back hundreds of years.. Discover wines from Spain, Argentina and Chile.. Mingle in a relaxed social setting.. Come by yourself or with friends and meet other angelenos during a fun and entertaining night! $15 pre-sale. $20 at the door. Price includes welcome glass of wine, as well as complimentary gourmet appetizers catered by the Spanish Kitchen. Regular drink and food menu will also be available. Spanish Kitchen, 826 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood Holiday Mingling Soiree @ Spanish Kitchen.

Endless Chocolate Nights at Oliverio
7:30pm - 11pm
Fridays and Saturdays from now on, if you drop by the pool at Oliverio at the Avalon, you’ll find a truly giant spread of chocolate. As much as you can eat. Think chocolate pastries... and boozy chocolate ice cream shots... and chocolate pizza... and mini chocolate pancakes. No word on white-chocolate french toast. (UD) $28/person, $17 w/dinner. Oliverio, 9400 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills http://www.avalonbeverlyhills.com/dining/oliverio.html

LA Malaysia Kitchen Night Market
5:30pm - 8:30pm
The Malaysia Kitchen Night Market will offer an array of traditional Malaysian street grub. From chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce to beef rendang (a sumptuously spiced dry beef curry) and nasi lemak (a tasty coconut rice dish served with spicy curry chicken or beef rendang), offerings draw upon Malaysian cuisine's Malay, Chinese and Indian influences. Besides delicious street food, the event will feature unique cultural performances that will add to the exciting marketplace environment. All food will be sampled free of charge. 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica malaysiakitchennyc.com

Saturday, 12/11
Marvel vs Capcom 3 Food Fight
11am - 3pm
Nerds meet the foodies.  This is the ultimate battle between Chef Eric Greenspan of the Foundry on Melrose vs the always gorgeous Chef Ludo Lefebvre.  They will compete with dishes inspired by Marvel vs Capcom 3, and while they're getting their cheffage on, the rest of the crowd will be battling to their hearts delight at this pre-VGA party.  They're also hosting a VGA viewing party at the same location starting at 4pm.  Expect lots of crowds!  They're only letting in about the first 200 people who arrive. Kim Sing Theatre, 722 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles Follow on Twitter.


BOND APPÉTIT: James Bond, Foodie
10:30 a.m.
James Bond is best remembered as a drinker, but food historian Linda Civitello has researched period cookbooks, Ian Fleming's novels and other sources to develop a set of dishes Bond might have enjoyed after his famous cocktail. Hear Civitello talk about Bond's dining during a free lecture (call 323-663-5407 to reserve a spot) presented by the Culinary Historians of Southern California. Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Downtown chscsite.org
 
Two Point Oh! First Annual Snowball
8pm
Join us as Two Point Oh! LA and friends gather in the stunning Pacific Electric Lofts, Penthouse Ballroom, to eat, drink and be merry as well as raise money for the Downtown Women's Center of Los Angeles.  Ticket prices include an Open Bar, goodie bag worth over $300, photobooth, food & desserts from My Delight Cupcakery, Access to the Be VainGlorious or DIY Trying Lounge (make your own accessories!) Access to the So Much Pretty Beauty Lounge (hair & make-up touch-ups + giveaways!) And to make you feel a little better about the indulging... your donation to the Downtown Women's Center.  $30. Penthouse ballroom, 610 S. Main Street, Los Angeles http://snowball10.eventbrite.com/

Hermosa Beach Snow Fest
3pm - 8pm
Hermosa Beach will be turned into a snowboarding park this weekend! 30 tons of snow will be dumped on the slope of Pier Avenue and will be transformed into a legitimate ski run. Get a seat out on one of the patios and take in some riding followed by some holiday spirit with the Christmas Tree lighting. This awesome South Bay Event is sponsored by Mammoth Mountain, HB Chamber of Commerce, Rockstar and many others. From 6:30-8 pm, there will be PUBLIC sledding! Don't miss this one...  Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza Snow Fest