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Leslie's List: "Roga," Wine, and Festivals

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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When I say that this to-do list is culled directly from my own calendar, I mean it. Of course, some weeks are slower than others—but this was certainly not one of the slow ones. Right now, I'm in the middle of one of those Monday through Friday weeks, that started with a seder to celebrate Passover (Monday), a hike in Griffith Park last night with one of my oldest friends (Tuesday), tonight's Sweetgreen event (Wednesday), drinks with a new friend (Thursday), and a birthday party in Santa Monica (Friday)! Since I also scheduled some workouts with friends in the morning (which is a great way to squeeze in time together during a crazy week), it literally could not have been more packed! It's exhausting, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Here are some other things I've been enjoying this week:

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Roga at the Santa Monica Pier is one of my favorite free events that pops up in Los Angeles over the summer (you may remember I first wrote about it here!). It starts at 8 a.m. at the Pier sign with a 2 or 5 mile run followed by yoga at 9 a.m. (you can just come for the yoga part!). While I won't be going this weekend—I'm headed to Mikkeller Run Club again since I had so much fun there two weeks ago—I'm gathering a group of girlfriends to head to the Pier next week. Join us if you're in the area!

And if you prefer food to running, Sweetgreen is hosting an event tonight to celebrate the launch of the new cookbook, Clean Food Dirty City. Spots are limited, but you can RSVP here. See you there! 

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Every time I go to the farmers market now, it feels like there's some new, fun spring produce available (and not just ramps). My all-time favorite thing to do with spring produce is splurge on a fresh round of burrata from a good cheese shop (or the farmers market!), then nestle it in with lightly blanched peas and asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces. I'll then top it with some homemade pesto and eat the entire thing with a spoon. It's like all the good parts of a spring pasta, minus the pasta... it's perfect. Don't forget a glass of white wine!

P.S., Angelenos, have you checked out Bar Angeles yet? It opened a few weeks ago in Silver Lake and it has such a cute neighborhood vibe! It's the perfect place to meet a friend (or go solo!) for a glass of wine and pizza.

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A year ago, I travelled with a sommelier friend to wineries in New Zealand and was so inspired by the experience that I promptly bought Karen MacNeil's The Wine Bible and started to dive in deep into the world of wine. It didn't take long for me to realize that learning about wine is its own full-time job, so I quickly abandoned the prospect of being a casual sommelier and instead reference the tome only once in a while. It feels like these two books—one of which is coming out this June—were made for wine-curious ladies who don't have hours to dedicate to oenology. Bianca Bosker's Cork Dork reads like a Mary Roach foray into wine, and Wine. All the Time. (not out till June, but available for pre-order now) is a guide to all things wine by the hilarious and smart Bon Appetit wine editor, Marissa A. Ross. Keep them on the bar cart for easy access—cheers!

P.S., If you haven't already read Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, now is the time—it just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction! And a high school friend of mine, Sarah DeLappe, is a finalist for Drama for her play The Wolves, about a women's soccer team (!). You can read an excerpt of it here if you're curious.  


If you live in Southern California, you've probably noticed that all anyone's able to talk about is Coachella, or if you hang out with particularly hip people, "Weekend One." If you aren't heading to Indio this weekend, you can watch the live stream here. The set times were announced last night, but the live stream allows you to create your own schedule. It's basically the same thing, right?


Last Sunday, I went to a great SoFar show where every artist was memorable, but I haven't been able to stop listening to Brit Manor, whose album "Only Child," has a neo-R&B meets electronic vibe. I love her song, Diamond in the Rough. If you like it, you can catch her on April 29th at the Hi Hat in Highland Park!

Tomorrow night at midnight, Kendrick Lamar is releasing his new album, Damn., which includes collaborations with Rihanna and U2.

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I've been on a pantry and fridge staples DIY binge lately, trying to make as many things in my kitchen as possible because they taste better, and they're often less expensive to make than buy! But mostly, the taste thing. It took me a long time to realize how easy it is to make your own different flavored nut milks, but now that I have, I'm never going back. I especially love making my own turmeric-cashew milk for coffee, which is a thousand times more affordable to do at home than it is to buy—I literally saw it on a menu for $12 the other day, for one latte! But then again, I live in L.A., and I'm not saying I haven't purchased a $10 smoothie before...

About Leslie's List: This to-do list is culled directly from my own calendar and interests. Most everything on the list can be done no matter where you live, but because I live in L.A., my "Do" each week will spotlight a unique L.A.-based event or activity. If you're inspired by any of these tips or have some of your own to add, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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