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Best New Breakfast in DTLA – Blu Jam Cafe

When it comes to Breakfast in DTLA the options have always been limited. But now with Los Angeles breakfast powerhouse open, Blu Jam Cafe is poised to take over the Breakfast, Brunch scene in DTLA. This is the type of restaurant that prides itself on making as much as possible from scratch, sourcing local and organic food and taking care of its customers.

This new opening represents the tipping point for the now rapidly growing Spring Arcade Building and solidifies it as the next “go to” spot for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. The Spring Arcade has had its ups and downs over the years, despite first emerging as a possible contender for the title of “next great thing” after the boom of Grand Central Market began a few years ago. Plenty of concepts have moved in, including Kai Japanese Roots, Guisados, Gelateria Uli, Garçons de Café wine bar, Crêpes Sans Frontières, but plenty of other names have dropped in and out of the conversation just as quickly too. Now with the new arrival of this delicious restaurant more folks will be drawn to the airy open arcade. This new anchor to the neighborhood will join the soon to open Royal Claytons, Don Francisco Coffee roasters as the new food enclave takes shape.

Blu Jam will now be the crown jewel of the breakfast and brunch scene in Downtown Los Angeles with the type of menu that makes you want to get up early to eat. The best way to describe the variety of titillating dishes is “Creatively Eclectic”.

You will not find many typical breakfast items on the menu. Instead, enjoy the Brunch Carbonara – Gluten-Free Risotto with crispy smoked bacon, green peas, parsley and parmesan, topped with two poached eggs and a herb pistou. Scrumptious! For the Health and Fitness minded, try the Power House – Six egg whites scrambled with baby spinach, and fresh basil, with two grilled free-range chicken breasts and house made San Marzano tomato sauce. To please your inner-child, try Kamil’s Breakfast – Pan-roasted macaroni scrambled with eggs, smoked bacon, ham, garlic, chives and cheddar cheese.

All of the soups, sauces and dressings are made fresh daily. You will not find a freezer in the kitchen. Every dish is cooked to order. Blu Jam Cafe in DTLA will also be adding fresh baked bread made in-house to its arsenal of amazing food, although it may take a few months for the perfectionist Majer to present it to the public.

Today, Kamil is involved in all the day-to-day operations at Blu Jam, and can regularly be found managing the kitchen and interacting with guests. He routinely conducts blind taste tests of items on the menu to make sure his customers are being treated to the best experience possible. “We have local produce delivered six days a week. There are no freezers. If I cannot pronounce an ingredient, I will neither use it nor will I eat it,” Kamil boasts proudly.
Blu Jam’s hours run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an extension to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Keep an ear out for Pop-Up dinners in the space as the owner Chef Kamil Majer experiments with new dishes.

Blu Jam Downtown (Spring Arcade Building)
541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Pro Tip: The best time to go to Blu Jam is 8am-11am Monday-Friday when there are no lines (yet). Below is a handy coupon you can use during this week (6/12-6/16), Just show your server on your phone and enjoy!

Downtown Dark Nights Returns to L.A. LIVE with Entertainment Curated by @WeAreDTLA

Downtown Dark Nights Fri 6/3/16One of DTLA’s most exciting late-night FREE art events returns to L.A. LIVE on Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 6-11pm! In addition to entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka @DowntownMuse and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA, L.A. LIVE turns into a “happy hour” celebration with $5 food and drink menus until 10PM from participating on-site restaurants.

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DEEJAY: Francesca Harding 

MUSIC: BECA :: Bombay Beach Revival :: Diana Meyer :: Disco Shrine :: Sunshine Mind

MURALISTSAiseBorn :: Andre Miripolsky :: Armando Rosete :: Cache :: Devin Liston :: Evol :: James Wilde XO :: Joseph Lee :: Nathan Smith :: Paul Juno :: Phobik :: Yo Chubs

ART INSTALLATIONS & PERFORMANCES: Air Dimensional Design :: Body Painting by Nicolette Spear :: Global Angel Wings Project by Colette Miller :: Hula Hoopers :: LA Clown :: LED Sculptures by Artist Cynthia Minet :: Live Painting by Jesse Fortune :: The Ringmaster :: Roaming Dancers + Break Dancers by Hollywood Hotshots :: Stilt Walkers & Character Performers :: Break Dance Performances by Versa Style Dance

VENDORS: Benjibug Art :: BlackBrain :: Brinko Ties :: CA Souls Jewelry :: Dane Capo Art :: DejaVita :: District Los Angeles :: Downtown Muse :: Freedumb Founded :: Goat & Kettle :: Hollywood & Twine :: Ichiban Bath Co. :: I Must Draw :: London Manori :: Mayu Silk Art :: Mexico Collective :: Modern Multiples :: Nepal Handicrafts Studio :: Panache Jewelry :: Paper & Fabric :: Pileus Chaotic Art :: Pop & Timber :: Princess CNK :: REN Gallery :: Reza Kassai :: Rozella ImageWorks :: Shay Candles :: Silhouettes by Jordan :: Silla Dilla Grape :: Soy Candles by Susan B :: Swing-Dash Bags :: THTLA :: Twisting Metal Arts

GO! Sound Saturday Returns to Arts District Co-op

Come to the Arts District Co-op for a fun, FREE, all-ages day filled with live music, art, fashion, and food! Sound Saturday is back with yet another awesome lineup during 1-7pm (shopping begins at 12 noon and ends at 8pm). This month’s talent includes Sumkind, Peter Su, Paper Chains, PHAIR_ by phatthighz, Coals, and Dysrupt.

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Arts District Co-op
453 Colyton Street
Los Angeles 90013

HOURS: Tue-Thu 11am-7pm; Fri-Sun 12-8pm (closed Mon)
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SET TIMES
1-2pm: Sumkind deejay set
2-3pm: Peter Su
3-4pm: Paper Chains
4-5pm: PHAIR_ by phatthighz
5-6pm: Coals
6-7pm: Dysrupt

FOOD TRUCKS
Bohemia: This eclectic truck specializes in diverse, tasty food inspired by the chef’s world travels. Don’t miss their delicious twists on burgers, fries, and classic LA street tacos!
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MUSIC

Sumkind: This LA-based electronic musician plays keyboard and guitar while singing supported by heavy sub, grimy bass, and hard drums encapsulated by a world of abstract atmospheric soundscapes. The performance and production alike combine the live improvisational energy of a traditional band with the spectral range and power of a DJ set.

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Peter Su: If The Beach Boys got together with Leonard Cohen to harmonize over some sweet melodies, you’d get an artist like Peter Su. Before he was a songwriter in LA, Peter used to be a venture capitalist on Sand Hill, investing in startups in the daytime and playing music at night. A few years ago, he realized how blindly ambitious he’d been and left the 9-to-5 path to pursue his lifelong dream to make good, loving music for people, no matter where it led. These days, he spends most of his time songwriting and making people’s days a little more joyful as a street performer on the Santa Monica Pier. This year he went into Sunset Sound to record his debut album “Into the Sea”, a song cycle about his search for his true calling, to be released this January. Besides the pier, you can peep Peter on instagram @petersumusic or find him performing around LA singer-songwriter venues like Room 5 and featuring at festivals such as 626 Night Market.

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Paper Chains: Diamonds and Jonny formed Paper Chains after relocating from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles in 2014. Mixing Art, Fashion and Rock n’ Roll, they draw from their diverse backgrounds into an exciting multimedia experience. Stereo Diamonds’ sexy but smart vocals cut through battling guitars and synths over driving dance rock beats. This wall of sound is created live, without pre-recorded tracks giving the band freedom to push musical boundaries at any time. Paper Chains are currently playing shows along the west coast and recording an EP to be released Independently this fall.

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Phair_by phatTHIGHz: This LA-based electronic producer/beat maker is in charge of every aspect of her compositions. Using crunchy distortion, crisp high hats, glitched synth lines, samples pulled from public service announcements from the 1950’s, and screwed vocals, the visual translation of Phair’s sets would most likely look like pastel pink liquid melting, combined with color static from a glitched television.

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Coals: Owen Cole, a 22-year-old Angeleno went to school in Boston where he began studying sound and slowly found the way in which he wants to utilize it. Coals will be releasing a feature-length record in the spring that is heavily influenced from everything like ambient pieces to “chopped n’screwed” tones. Expect to hear some of his sounds along with remixes and tracks from friends and artists that inspire him. There is no guaranteed direction, just simple fun.

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DYSRUPTCheck out the beats by Sean Sullivan, a dark and dirty DnB DJ since 1996 and working as DnB production since 2010.

GO! Boomtown Brewery Launches Friday Night Series 6pm-1am

Boomtown Brewery opens its doors this Friday with $5 freshly made brews all night long, 6pm-1am! Come if you like beer … or if you like people who like beer. Part of a continuing fall series of Friday night events (mark your calendar!), this Friday, October 9th offers music by Deejay Aubrey spinning funk, electro, rock, alternative indie, and pop music and grilling by Dogtown Dogs food truck.

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Boomtown Brewery
700 Jackson St.
Los Angeles 90012

OUR FAVORITE BOOMTOWN BREWERY BEERS!
Limelight IPA (7% ABV): This classic robust IPA is made with a blend of Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. It has hoppy notes of guava, stone fruit, and grapefruit that are balanced with malty caramel tones and a solid, yet clean bitterness. The Limelight IPA is a big beer with big flavor.

Nosejob IPA (6.8%): A West Coast classic, this IPA is deep gold in color and brimming with a mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and piney hoppiness. The nose is a blend of sweet citrus mixed with deep fruity notes. The Nosejob IPA is hoppy up front, but finishes with a nice balance of light malt sweetness and a clean solid bittering.

Ingenue Belgian White Ale (4.8% ABV): This blonde ale is inspired by working-class ales of Hainaut, Belgium. It is a white beer made of Belgian pilsner malt, white winter wheat, rolled oats, and lightly hopped with imported Czech Saaz (which is a “noble” variety of hops named after the Czech city of Žatec, which in German is Saaz). It is then brewed with extremely soft water to create a feeling in your mouth that matches the effects of the oats. The Ingenue is full of sweet bready notes with a nice creamy body, yet it finishes clean and dry.

GO! Downtown Dark Nights on FRI 8/28 @ 6pm-12am

L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night returns with Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, August 28 @ 6pm to 12 midnight! Don’t miss live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors PLUS unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Fun, fun, fun all night in Downtown Los Angeles!

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LIVE MUSIC :: LIVE ART :: LIVE PERFORMANCES

DEEJAY: DJ Gazoo Olmedo​ (Calentura, Subsuelo)

MUSIC: Ben Caron & The Joy Machine​ – Bullet & Snowfox​Brenda Carsey & The AweThe Vignes Rooftop Revival​Hedgehog Swing​ – Ryan & Liz Dueling PianosSaxophonist Justin Klunk  – Rachel Grace Electric Violin

MURALISTS: EvolPaul JunoRon KingJames Wilde – Yo ChubsZouehMDMNArmando RoseteBlacklight King

EASEL PAINTERS: David SchonhoffJulie ArnoffJett JacksonNora Ann-Francis Martin-HallJesse Fortune

ART INSTALLATIONS & PERFORMANCES: P.O.P. Unplugged Drumming Troupe – Stilt Walking Costumed Performances by Rebecca “Fireplug” Levis & Brady SpindelLED Hula Hoop performances – Break Dancing and Swing Dancing by Hollywood Hotshots & Versa Style Crew – FREE Glowing Tarot Readings by Seraphime Angelis – Fire Dancers & LED CharactersBody Painting by Nicolette Spear

ARTISANS: A Blonde & Her BagBenjibug ArtBottled Up LampsCandle StashCopra SoapCowpunk LeatherCurmudgeon CardsDowntown MuseFreaky WalletHeadband HavenHeather Renae DesignsHollyWood & TwineHumanTreeRobotiMakeTheCaseLA-matic SkateboardsLondon ManoriMabuhay CollectionMacBeanieMaeMae JewelryNightFloObjects with PurposeONYX XOXOPanache JewelryPileus Chaotic Art – Pretty & Perky – Quetzal BoutiqueRad UncleRoots Revival Co. – ROTD CreationsShay CandlesSilla Dilla GrapeThe Small Shop LA – SoCal Etsy GuildThe Record TruckUnique Inspirations Jewelry – The Wicked Boheme

$5 FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS: Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live – KATSUYA – Lawry’s CarveryLive Basil Pizza LA Live – The Mixing RoomRed MangoRock’n Fish LA Live – Rosa MexicanoSmashburger LA Live – Tom’s Urban LA Live – Triple 8 – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Los Angeles

$10 PARKING (cash or credit, free for Preferred Members): Be sure to park in Lot W aka West Garage and enter through Gate B to get this special rate! CLICK HERE for PARKING MAP!

TEAM LA STORE: Enjoy 40% off store merchandise during 5-9pm!

CREDITS: Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE is presented by L.A. LIVE with entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks (aka Downtown Muse and South Bay Muse) with Edgar Varela; collectively of @WeAreDTLA.

Are you an artist, musician or other type of performer? Do you want to be a part of one of our events? Submit an application by clicking HERE!

GO! POPUP Marketplace on THU 8/13 @ 5-10pm at L.A. LIVE

Featuring over 60 handcrafted vendors

many from the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, this FREE weeknight event produced by L.A. LIVE and curated by Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA also includes music by deejays Francesca Harding and Matthew Rubino​ plus the Arts District’s dynamic duo Waterparx.

Come early for the $5 food and drink specials from eateries including Katsuya, Rock’n Fish, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Tom’s Urban, and more.

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INDIE MAKERS, CRAFTERS & ARTISTS:

(list current as of 8/12/15)

PARKING

Event parking is just $10 in Lot W (West Garage) ONLY IF you enter through Gate B –PARKING MAP HERE -(cash or credit – free for L.A. LIVE Preferred Members)

$5 FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live – KATSUYA – Lawry’s CarveryLive Basil Pizza LA Live – The Mixing Room at JW Marriott – Red MangoRock’n Fish LA Live – Rosa MexicanoSmashburger LA Live – Tom’s Urban LA Live -Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Los Angeles

POPUP Marketplace at L.A. LIVE is curated by Melissa Richardson Banks (aka @DowntownMuse & @SouthBayMuse) and Edgar Varela (aka EVFA); collectively of @WeAreDTLA.

INTERESTED VENDORS

We’re currently accepting vendor submissions for future events. If you would like to be considered, click HERE!

Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, June 12

IT’S BACK! L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night returns with Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, June 12 – featuring live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors AND unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Don’t miss out on all of the fun in Downtown Los Angeles!

$5 FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Ford’s Filling Station – Katsuya L.A. LIVE – Lawry’s Carvery – Live Basil Pizza – Red Mango – Rosa Mexicano – Rock’N Fish – Smashburger – The Farm of Beverly Hills – Tom’s Urban – Triple 8 – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

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POPUP MARKETPLACE – Wednesday, May 20 @ 5-10pm

Featuring over 60 handcrafted vendors – many from the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, this FREE weeknight event curated by Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA also includes DJ music by Francesca Harding and Matthew Rubino​ plus $5 food and drink specials from eateries including Katsuya, Rock’N Fish, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Tom’s Urban, and more.

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INDIE MAKERS, CRAFTERS & ARTISTS: Agapantha Jewelry​, Anvil Handcrafted, Articulum General Store​, Arts District Printing Co., Barney & Clyde Mercantile​, Big Squeeze Press​, Black Brain, Brinko Ties​, Cactus Club Paper​, Candle Stash​, Cowpunk Leather Products​, CRASH Jewelry, Curmudgeon Cards, Detroit Trash, Downtown Muse, Few Bits, Goat & Kettle​, HollyWood & Twine​, HumanTreeRobot​, Ichiban Bath Company​, Library Store on Wheels, Lindall Leather Works, London Manori​, Luke Hobbs Design​, Macbeanie, Marley & Alfie​, Mayu Silk Art​, Objects With Purpose, Oceguera Handmade Felted Goods, Panache Jewelry, Pocket Square Clothing​, Pop & Timber​, Quetzal Boutique, Rad Uncle​, Record Truck, Roots Revival Co., ROTDcreations, Shay Candles​, SoCal Etsy Guild​, Sour Girls (Fox Force Three), Succulent Heaven​, The Glass Studio, The Tin Man Art, Topanga Patina​, UPCYCLED by Micha Design (list current as of 5/15/15)

PARKING: Event parking is just $10 in Lot W (West Garage) only IF you enter through Gate B –PARKING MAP HERE -(cash or credit – free for L.A. LIVE Preferred Members only)

DOWNTOWN DARK NIGHTS May 15 @ 6-10pm at L.A. LIVE!

RAIN or SHINE on Friday, May 15 @ 6-10pm at L.A. LIVE!

DOWNTOWN DARK NIGHTS curated by @WeAreDTLA

Taking its name to describe an evening when there are no games or concerts at L.A. LIVE’s Staples Center or Nokia Theatre, this FREE art-centric event features live music, live painting by street artists, and live performances by breakdancers, stilt walkers, hula-hoop dancers, deejays, and more plus $5 food and drink menus from numerous participating restaurants at L.A. LIVE. Event parking is just $10 in Lot W (West Garage) only IF you enter through Gate B –PARKING MAP HERE -(cash or credit – free for L.A. LIVE Preferred Members only)

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SAVE THE DATE! LA Weekly’s Artopia

SAVE THE DATE! LA Weekly’s Artopia takes place on Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 8-11 PM at The Container Yard in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles! The WeAreDTLA team (Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela) is producing the event’s first Artisan Village featuring an invitation-only group of L.A.’s top indie-craft vendors and artists! Admission starts at $35 – purchase through Ticketfly by clicking the “Tickets Available” link on the Artopia FB Event page.

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