Situated on the rooftop of a local parking garage, Electric Dusk Drive-In is a high-altitude destination for a classic cinematic experience. The soundtracks of time-tested favorites and current releases stream out of car radios tuned to the theater’s FM station. In front of the screen, a spacious patch of astroturf grows from the concrete, inviting on-foot viewers to lounge in camp chairs as they watch. Carhops weave from vehicle to vehicle to deliver orders of popcorn, burgers, and sodas, as well as eclectic treats such as oatmeal-cookie pies, cups of ramen, and honey-glazed film reels.
Cicada Restaurant stands as a golden monument to the art deco movement. Built in 1928 for prestigious haberdasher Alexander & Oviatt, the building rewards the eye with florid geometric designs in every direction. The lobby ceiling glows with smoked-glass assemblages designed by Rene Lalique, and golden sunburst emblems that emblazon the lobby doors lead into a two-level dining room. Here, a chandelier illuminates carved-wood columns inscribed with art-deco designs that peak on the mezzanine tier. The stair rails and zig-zag paneling between the two floors likewise cast a historic air over guests, who feast and dance beneath a 30-foot ceiling. Their dinners are inspired by the cuisine of Northern Italy. Appetizers of baked camembert cheese precede pastas such as fettuccine with filet mignon and mushroom ravioli with pan-seared duck breast. Deciding on a dessert deserves just as much deliberation as choosing your main course or your waiter's pet name—the variety includes tiramisu with espresso sauce, chocolate molten cake, and a selection of handcrafted cookies.
With pennies pinched from her modeling career, Kimberly Yatsko bought a camera. She had a vision of being on the other side of the lens, and, inspired by the stunning magazine ads of Italian designers, she set off to make a career out of fashion photography. This career-change also inspired a move, and she plunged into Los Angeles's fashion scene without a backward glance. Once in LA, she worked for celebrity photographer Matthew Mitchell and fashion shutterbug Ash Gupta, honing her craft until she felt ready to start her own business.
Now, as the proprietor and artist behind Kimberly Yatsko Photography, she snaps portraits for magazines and private citizens. And she brings her fashion sensibilities to every shoot, whether she's showing off a product or helping a client feel and look beautiful. Once shoots are over, she provides her clients with both prints and digital versions of her images, ideal for printing at home or at the public library where that cute librarian works.
A breathtaking 21 stories above downtown Los Angeles, Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant gives guests views of the glittering city lights below. But Executive Chef Stan Ota’s gaze, however, never leaves the chopping boards and plates in front of him. Each maki roll and fresh-seafood dish he creates is born out of a lifetime of experience spent cooking Japanese- and French-style food. His cooking has garnered recognition from many trained palates, including British food critic Jay Rayner who put Ota’s restaurant on his list of where to find the world’s best foods.
In addition to seafood such as lobster rolls and lemon-albacore rolls, the extensive menu boasts a wide selection of fine robata, from filet mignon to baby lamp chops. Beyond these printed offerings, Ota also performs a feat of Japanese cookery called Omakase–which translates literally to “I’ll leave it to you”– improvising a five-course menu based upon the fresh-market ingredients gathered that day. To compliment meals, Ota puts an equal amount of thought into his cocktail list, which features exciting blends of liquors and spices. These drinks include lychee-infused mojitos, white-tea-rose martinis, and the Serrano kiss, spiced gin and lime with muddled Serrano chili.
Cean Orrett, an avid shutterbug since age 5, has captained a team of likeminded photographers at Cean One Photography Studios for more than 15 years. Rather than relying on the same setups and compositions for every shoot, Cean and his team customize their approach to the clients in question, whether they're newlyweds or high school seniors. Depending on their clients' preferences, they shoot sessions inside their San Diego studio or in the great outdoors throughout California, capturing candid images to suit each subject's personality. The same guiding principles fuel Cean One’s film subset, in which he documents milestone events such as parties, weddings, or baby's first doctoral thesis.