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Holiday Gifts for Foodies in Downtown LA

Autographed Ludobites Cookbook

The Library Store • directions

Price: $24.99
(213) 228-7550 • lfla.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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A Unique Book for Amateur Chefs

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Autographed at Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s recent [ALOUD] appearance, this cookbook chronicles the charismatic chef and his cult-hit, pop-up restaurant, LudoBites. Each chapter showcases the story and the outrageously inventive food of the seven different LudoBites incarnations, featuring recipes that merge the techniques Lefebvre perfected in his years at the finest French restaurants with the simplicity forced upon him by the limits of a pop-up kitchen.

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Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10am-5:30pm / Tues, Thurs, 10am-7pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Pershing Square Station (5th St.)
Parking: Central Library Parking – rates vary, validation available

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Compartes Chocolatier “Love Nuts”

The Shop at the Standard • directions

Price: $15
(213) 439-3082 • standardhotels.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Ultimate Chocolate Almond Heaven

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Fall in love with hand-roasted almonds, caramelized with vanilla beans and a pinch of salt from the sea, then tossed in Compartes&rsquop; delicious signature gourmet chocolate and topped off with extra brut cocoa powder. Crunchy caramelized almonds + sea salt + vanilla + chocolate = heaven! Handcrafted in Los Angeles. The Shop at The Standard features a curated selection of unique holiday gifts.

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Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm / Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm

Address: 550 S. Flower St.
Go Metro: 2 blocks north from 7th Street / Metro Station
Parking: Parking lot entrance on W. 6th St., $3 every 15 minutes / $20 daily max

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The Collection Mixed Nut-Inspired Earrings

FIDM Museum Shop • directions

Price: $25
(213) 623-5821 x2240
thefidmmuseumstore.org

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Delicious Accessories for Fashionistas

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These earrings by FIDM alum Meghan McChone are sure to add some flavor to your next holiday cocktail party. Lightweight and petite, they look like real almonds and cashews – just covered in gold. Choose between hazelnuts, cashews, or peanuts. In other words, go nuts.

Special Offer: 15% off in December when you mention DowntownLA.com

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Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm

Address: 919 S. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 3 blocks from Pico Station, 3 blocks from 7th Street / Metro Station
Parking: Street parking and surface lots nearby

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Professional Kitchen Cutlery

Ross Cutlery • directions

Price: A range of options available
(213) 626-1897 • rosscutlery.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible

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Kitchen Accessories for All Chefs

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Find an extensive collection of rare and collectible knives at this Downtown LA staple. The shop also sells everything from medieval swords and lances to Swiss Army knives and antique razors, so you’ll be sure to find something special. Even better: For the more experienced chef, these guys are some of the best knife sharpeners in town!

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Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-6pm

Address: 324 S. Broadway
Go Metro: 2 blocks north from the Pershing Square Metro Station (4th Street)
Parking: Surface lots available in the area

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"Veganomicon" Vegan Cookbook

The Last Bookstore • directions

Price: $27.50
(213) 617-0308 • lastbookstorela.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play, Shop
Metro Accessible

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The Singular Vegan Cooking Reference

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Work your vegan wizardry at home with this award-winning cookbook of over 250 quick and easy recipes. Named after the infamous spellbook, Necronomicon, this book could actually be magical for the health of you and your loved ones. And, if you or the vegan in your life already have this book, check out the dozens of other new plant-based cookbooks in The Last Bookstore’s cooking section – over 2,000 volumes strong, from new to antique. Whether it’s Italian, Chef-of-the-Moment, or home-brewing tips you’re after, you can find it and more at The Last Bookstore.

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Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-10pm / Fri-Sat, 10am-11pm / Sun, 10am-6pm

Address: 435 S. Spring St.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Pershing Square Station (4th St.)
Parking: Pershing Square Garage – rates vary

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Holiday Cupcakes

Big Man Bakes • directions

Price: $1 Mini Cupcakes, $3.25 XL Cupcakes
(213) 622-2127 • bigmanbakes.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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A Little Cup of Heaven

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Enjoy the taste of the holidays with various special limited-time, holiday-flavored cupcakes from Big Man Bakes. Unique to Downtown LA, these treats make the perfect gift for the sweet tooth on your list! Preorders are highly encouraged.

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Also Available $75 for a box of 100 Mini Cupcakes, $36 for a box of 12 XL Cupcakes
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00am-4:30pm

Address: 633 W. 5th St. (US Bank Tower, 2nd Floor)
Second Location: 413 S. Main St.
Go Metro: 3 blocks west from Pershing Square Station
Parking: Surface lots and street parking in the area.

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Homemade Jams

Industriel Urban Farm Cuisine • directions

Price: $6-$8
(213) 488-8040 • industrielfarm.com

Nearby: Shop, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Farm-Fresh Custom Jams & More Jarred Sides

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These popular homemade jams come in a variety of flavors that vary based on the season. They are sure to satisfy every foodie on your list! Chef Joseph Antonishek has done a great culinary job at Industriel, which features an eclectic menu that features simple, pure, fresh, flavorful dishes with roots in the Provençal tradition, but with modern LA attitude.

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Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11am-10pm / Fri, 11am-11pm / Sat, 10am-11pm / Sun, 10am-10pm

Address: 609 S. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks from Pershing Square Station (4th St.)
Parking: Surface lots in the area

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Samira’s Closet – 10% off in December when you mention DowntownLA.com

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Macy’s

Downtown on Ice

Holiday Gift Boxes

Bottega Louie • directions

Price: $150-$250
(213) 802-1487 • bottegalouie.com

Nearby: Sightsee, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Delicious Assorted Sweets from Bottega Louie

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Indulge in this exclusive line of holiday gift boxes from LA’s beloved Bottega Louie restaurant. Each extravagant gift box contains handmade fine macarons, assorted caramels, assorted truffles, handcrafted chocolate bars, chocolate-enrobed Palet d’Or, and candies. Holiday gift boxes come in five magnificent presentations for $150 (shown), $200, and $250.

Boxes may be purchased at Bottega Louie; orders requiring shipping or large quantities may call (213) 802-1487. Also, stay for lunch or dinner, as Bottega Louie’s always-popular bar and restaurant offer Italian-inspired small plates and pizzas in an exciting, urban atmosphere.

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Hours: Mon-Thurs, 6:30am-11pm / Fri, 10:30am-12am / Sat, 8am-12am / Sun, 8am-11pm

Address: 700 S. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 2 blocks east from 7th Street / Metro Station
Parking: Surface lot just South of Bottega Louie

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Archer Farms Jingle Bell Trail Mix

CityTarget • directions

Price: $9.99
(213) 623-5821 • target.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Delicious Holiday Snacks at the New CityTarget

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Downtown’s just-opened CityTarget debuted a seasonal treat for the holidays: Archer Farms Jingle Blend Trail Mix. This indulgent snack mix blends M&M’S Chocolate Candies, chocolate nonpareils, chocolate-pomegranate-flavored fruit gels, almonds, cashews, and pecans. Sure to become a holiday favorite!

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Hours: Mon-Fri, 7am-9pm / Sat-Sun, 8am-9pm

Address: 735 S. Figueroa St.
Go Metro: 2 blocks south from 7th Street / Metro Station
Parking: FIGat7th Shopping Center Garage (validation available)

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Six Taste Downtown LA Food Tour

Every Saturday & Sunday
Meet at The Biltmore • directions

Price: $60
(888) 313-0936 • sixtaste.com

Nearby: Shop, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Tour and Taste Six Eateries in Downtown LA

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Take part in the Downtown Renaissance as you explore Art Deco skyscrapers and hip bistros. Sample pupusas made from a family recipe, modern Thai cuisine, and European inspired sweets as you walk the most urban spot in the country’s second-largest city. Guests will be led on a route of about six eateries on roughly 12 walking blocks over a period of about four hours. You can also purchase gift certificates for the foodies on your list.

Special Offer: Use code "DTLA_DOT_COM" for $5 OFF the Downtown LA tour. Don’t wait – book today!

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Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30pm

Address: Meet at the Olive Street entrance of the Millenium Biltmore Hotel (506 S. Grand Ave.)
Go Metro: 1 block from Pershing Square Station (5th St.)
Parking: Available at Pershing Square Garage. Rates vary.

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Perch

Downtown On Ice at Pershing Square

Walt Disney Concert Hall City View Mug

LA Phil Store • directions

Price: $15.95
(213) 972-3440 • LAPhilstore.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Metro Accessible

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For Coffee & Hot Chocolate Lovers

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This new mug features a beautiful artist’s rendition of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Downtown Los Angeles. In addition, the LA Phil Store has a wide assortment of unique gifts – including music, books, clothing, games, and even jewelry. Proceeds from all sales at the LA Phil Store support the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its programs.

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Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm

Address: 151 S. Grand Ave.
Go Metro: 1 block from Civic Center Station
Parking: Parking lots available nearby

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Border Grill Holiday Cooking Class

December 1, 2012
Border Grill • directions

Price: $75
(213) 486-5171 • bordergrill.com

Nearby: Shop
Metro Accessible • Parking Available

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Cook With Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger

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Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger teach you their favorite street eats hot off the Border Grill Truck, and from the new “STREET FOOD” cookbook! For only $75, this demonstration-style cooking class includes a multi-course lunch at Border Grill Downtown LA, signature cocktails, and a recipe booklet.

Special Offer: Free appetizer when you purchase one entrée and mention DowntownLA.com (Single appetizers only; Border Classics and Ceviche Trio not included. One appetizer per table. Not valid on holidays, special menus, or with any other offer. No cash value.)

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Hours: 11am-1pm

Address: 445 S. Figueroa
Go Metro: 3 blocks north from 7th Street / Metro Station
Parking: Available at the Union Bank Plaza Parking Garage (Valet and Validation available)

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Unique LA

December 1-2, 2012
California Market Center • directions

Price: $10
stateofunique.com

Nearby: Eat, Drink, Play
Parking Available

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Designer Gifts by Local Artisans

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The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. You will be able to find unique kitchen and food items as well. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The products at the show are proudly made in the USA, so you’re putting your dollars right back into our economy and local community!

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Hours: 11am-6pm

Address: 110 E. 9th St.
Parking: Underground parking garage with entrances located on Main Street and Los Angeles Street – $9 flat on weekends.

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Reader-Submitted Holiday Favorites

Downtown LA seems to shine a little brighter in December – from the twinkling holiday lights to the lit-up store display windows, to the lanterns and candles of Chinatown and Olvera Street. The cold, clear air makes all the lights look especially radiant and glittering!

– Suzanne from Tujunga

Holiday Hotel Deals

  • Stocking Stuffer Surprise Package
    Omni Los Angeles  •  20% off your holiday getaway, plus a $10 gift card for Starbucks or Amazon.com
  • Shopping Adventure Package
    Hilton Checkers Los Angeles  •  A personal shopping guide to small boutiques and sample sales
  • Holiday Traditions Package
    Historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel  •  Including breakfast for two, 20% off Afternoon Tea, and discounts at local shops
  • Second Night 40% Off
    Sheraton LA Downtown  •  Stay one night, and get 40% off every second night
  • In the Mood for Love
    The Standard, Downtown LA  •  A package for couples with champagne, sweets, breakfast in bed and free parking
  • Bed & Breakfast Package
    Westin Bonaventure  •  Including discounted rates and breakfast buffet for two

Exclusive Special Offers

Mention DowntownLA.com at these businesses in December to take advantage of holiday offers.

  • Border Grill – Free appetizer with your entrée purchase
  • Diplomat Cigars – 7% off
  • FIDM Museum & Galleries – 15% off
  • Skingraft Fashion House – 10% off
  • Samira’s Closet – 10% off
  • Neihule Salon – “New You for the New Year” mani/pedi with styling – $88

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