Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
This epic trove of gear from Live Nation–signed acts includes truckfuls of shirts ($5–$10), jackets ($25–$35), caps, CDs, glasses, mugs, and more (starting at $3). Memorabilia bears the likeness or logos of various Live Nation acts, including U2, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, The Beatles, and more. Heavily discounted, this swag is unavailable almost anywhere else besides at the concerts themselves. This deal is only good for sample- and trunk-sale merchandise and is not valid for food, drink, or the purchasing of groupies.
Cloaked behind the hidden fourth O in the Hollywood sign, Yamashiro was completed in 1914 as a hilltop mansion for the Bernheimer Brothers' priceless collection of dragon eyebrows and other Asian treasures. The building replicates an unassailable palace built high in the clouds above Kyoto, Japan. This perfect transmission extends through the lavish gardens, polished teak construction, and hand-whittled koi lazing in their clear, cold pond. Yamashiro has hosted some of the glitteriest of the glammed, the cigar smoke from Hollywood's Golden Age still lingering in the rafters while tales of intrigue, desperation, and seduction continue to stalk the silk-papered corridors. The professional staff at Yamashiro is particularly deft at applying emergency romance balm, slyly seating you and your semi-estranged at a window table overlooking the city with a half bottle of champagne or wine ($20+).
After being diagnosed with celiac disease in 1997, Pam MacDonald began scouring local stores for gluten-free options and employees knowledgeable enough to assist in her quest. Frustrated by her lack of success, Pam took matters into her own hands and opened Pam MacD's Gluten-Free Market, a store praised by New York Magazine's Grub Street Los Angeles for its wide selection of glutenless eats and tasting stations. Pam stocks her shelves with high-caliber products such as Organic Clover milk and Maplegrove mac 'n' cheese cups and sources some items from local and independent brands. Her cadre of well-informed employees expertly navigates rows of fresh, frozen, and refrigerated foods, guiding visitors through a selection whose breadth and variety supports the truth of Pam's mantra: "There is life after wheat!"
Organic ingredients, kosher certification, and owner Desiree Adl-Revivo’s cupcake passion combine to create each hourly batch of Famous Cupcakes' cupcakes. More than 15 flavors, from classic to seasonal to specialty (vary daily), grace the menu. The indecisive can experiment with a sampler dozen, which includes red velvet, Va-va-va-nilla, Chocolicious, and 24-karat. Place an order online at least 45 minutes in advance. The cupcakes stay fresh for four days, can be frozen for 30 days, and keep for decades if buried underground in a styrofoam container.
For most people, the words “Beverly Hills” conjure up images of palm trees, expensive cars, and luxury shopping. Just one block from famed Rodeo Drive, however, sits a destination that has been called "Valhalla for cheese lovers": The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Though artisan cheeses, wines, and gourmet foods may not fit the city’s image, the store's high-quality stock does. Owner Norbert Wabnig and his staff take care to curate only the crème-de-la-crème of cheese and charcuterie for their shelves and for the catering trays that they arrange for large-scale events. They also run a cheese-of-the-month club, which grants participants with three unique cheeses delivered to their doorsteps, as well as a blurb that describes each cheese and its childhood spent standing alone during cruel children's songs. Customers can learn even more through the shop's regular cheese tastings and wine-and-cheese-pairing classes.