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Lanea Celebrates National Taco Day

Praised for being the “Best Mexican on the Westside, Lanea in Santa Monica will be celebrating National Taco Day (Oct. 4) on Saturday, Oct. 2nd with All-You-Can-Eat Street Tacos from Barbakush and a cocktail (of your choice) for $25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (*2 Hour Time Limit). The Santa Monica cocktail bar and taqueria will also be hosting a pop-up taco bar on their expanded satellite area on The Promenade (across from the Apple store) throughout the day. The festivities will continue into the evening with an 80’s Themed Broadway Block Party at Lanea, The Independence, and Cult from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with DJs and live entertainment, and Barbakush Tacos available at Lanea until 10:00 p.m. 

The All-You-Can-Eat Barbakush Street Tacos include Barbacoa (lamb wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours), Asada (grilled steak with Petra’s seasoning), Cesina (thinly sliced and tenderized beef with Petra’s seasoning), Pollo (grilled chicken with Petra’s seasoning), Pescado con Mango (tilapia topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado, and Mexican cream), Camaron con Mango (shrimp topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado and lettuce), Beyond Meat (beyond meat seasoned with Petra’s seasoning), and Vegetarian (spinach and mushrooms).

Petra Zavaleta, from East LA’s street food operation Barbakush, is the chef behind Lanea and is known as the “Barbacoa Queen of Los Angeles.” Petra serves traditional lamb barbacoa by way of Puebla, Mexico. Her and her husband, and her sons work together to create their lamb barbacoa, which is a true labor of love. They source the lamb locally from Chino Hills and build a traditional underground barbecue oven in their backyard cooking the entire lamb over wood and maguey leaves coals.  Petra learned this ancient method of butchering and barbecuing from her parents and grandparents in Puebla at age 10, and became an LA Legend with a secret restaurant at her house before joining forces with Lanea in 2019 to offer her famed barbacoa tacos on the Westside of Los Angeles. Petra’s barbacoa tacos pair perfectly with Lanea’s cocktail program including over 400 varieties of Mezcals and tequilas, and hand-crafted cocktails. 

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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Lanea Celebrates Labor Day Weekend

Praised for being “the best Mexican food on the Westside” and “Best Bar in LA”, Santa Monica’s premiere cocktail bar and Mexican Taqueria, Lanea, will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of Picnic Packs complete with tacos, canned cocktails, pico de gallo, serape blanket and piñata to take to the beach, and All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Tacos and cocktail of choice for only $25.  Guests can also sip cocktails curbside with their expanded outdoor dining area, following County of Los Angeles health guidelines. 

For Labor Day Weekend, patrons can grab one of Lanea’s popular Picnic Packs perfect for a day at the beach including:  Mini Fiesta Pack with four street tacos, two JAJA cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a mini piñata for $29, The Picnic Pack that includes six street tacos, two cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a Mexican serape blanket for $49, or the Grande Fiesta Pack which contains eight street tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, four JAJA cocktails, Mexican serape blanket, and a piñata for $69. 

Guests can also enjoy Lanea’s All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Street Tacos and Cocktail for $25 all weekend long. Additional breakfast items include Huevos Con Chorizo (scrambled eggs, queso, spicy pork sausage), Huevos Con Bacon (scrambled eggs, queso, bacon bits), Huevos Con Sausage (scrambled eggs, queso, sausage link bits), Huevos Con Veggie (scrambled eggs, queso, sauteed spinach and mushrooms), Huevos Con Queso (scrambled eggs, queso), and Huevos Con Beyond Meat (scrambled eggs, queso, beyond meat with Petra’s seasonings). All of Lanea’s Brunch Street Tacos are handmade to order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas. 

Located two blocks from the beach, Lanea offers an extensive variety of over 400 hand-selected Mezcals and tequilas. Their authentic Mexican cuisine is prepared by Petra Zavaleta, who hails from Tepeaca, Puebla, and rose to foodie fame with her underground barbacoa pop-ups, and later opened their eatery Barbakush in East L.A. Praised as one of the best Mexican eateries on the Westside, Petra and her family source their lamb locally from Chino Hills and prepare their barbacoa in an earthen pit, cooking it slowly over an open fire. Offering five different styles of classic tacos on their handmade-to-order corn tortillas, as well as chips and guacamole, they are the perfect complement to Lanea’s unique cocktail menu.

“It’s been a difficult time for Santa Monica’s small businesses to overcome the hurdles the pandemic has brought us. Petra and I, who are both immigrants, alongside our other partners, are really thankful and humbled by the local support as we continue to offer a safe, affordable outlet for the local community,” says owner Peter Trinh. “Come by and check out our new to-go small batched cocktails, canned in-house or our handmade gluten-free tacos.”

Lanea has revamped their landscape and dining experience to safely accommodate customers, implementing the necessary protocols, to enhance the safety of patrons with regards to COVID-19. Lanea has added outdoor dining and UV-light sanitizing, and hand sanitizer is readily available with contactless ordering and payment to further project from the spread of COVID-19.

Patrons can enjoy a variety of taco offerings including Barbacoa Tacos, wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours; Asada Tacos, grilled steak seasoned with Petra’s seasoning; Pollo Tacos grilled chicken seasoned with Petra’s seasonings; Vegetarian Tacos, with mushrooms and spinach; Pescado con Mango Taco, tilapia served with mango, green & red pepper, avocado and Mexican cream. All tacos are handmade-to-order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas, with the option to make any of the tacos into quesadillas.

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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Lanea, Cult, The Craftsman Celebrate National Tequila Day

Enjoy National Tequila Day at the Cocktail Crawl and Block Party on July 24th in Downtown Santa Monica! Local venues Lanea, Cult and The Craftsman are coming together to celebrate with tequila tastings, food and drink specials DJs, and live music!

Tickets are available HERE

VIP tickets are $25 and include:

  • Cocktail Crawl Block Party with live DJs and Bands
  • 2 Drink Tickets for Tequila Cocktails at Cult or Lanea
  • 1 Tequila Tasting Ticket
  • $8 featured tequila cocktails at each location
  • Additional Food & Drink Specials
  • A chance to win a Grande Fiesta Pack from Lanea containing eight tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, four handmade canned cocktails, a mini piata and 2 signed canned cocktails by the Chainsmokers (value $100)

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.

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Burger & Lobster DIY Roll Kit Launch

READY TO FIRE UP THAT BACKYARD BBQ THIS 4TH OF JULY?

THE LAUNCH OF THEIR CHEF-CRAFTED, LIMITED-EDITION “DIY” BURGER AND LOBSTER ROLL KITS

Available Now and Delivered Right to Your Door, Get Ready to Cook Up a Wonderfully Unexpected, Premium Menu Choice for Your July 4th Feast – They’re the Perfect Box to Help you Celebrate our Independence from Mask-Mandates and Public Dining Restrictions

Burger & Lobster – the British-born restaurant brand that crafts prime burgers, serves wild, fresh Atlantic lobsters, and shakes up a tempting cocktail list with two restaurants in New York City – has curated the ultimate burger and lobster roll DIY kits to elevate backyard barbecues with its fan favorites – the Original Burger and Original Lobster Roll.

For those still not ready to go mask-less and dine indoors, Burger & Lobster is delivering their kits to kitchens across the Tri-state area, giving surf-and-turfers the fixings for the best burgers and lobster rolls in a fun DIY experience.

One of the things New Yorkers told us they missed most while we were closed during the pandemic was not being able to satisfy their cravings for our Original Burger and Lobster Roll,” said Chef Danny Lee, Burger & Lobster. “With our recent reopening, we wanted to not only welcome back our neighbors but to bring the best Burger & Lobster experience to more people in and around the Tri-State area which inspired our DIY Kits to make dining both fun and fresh from home.”

WHAT’S IN EACH KIT

Burger & Lobster is offering four variations of DIY Meal Kits:

  1. Original Burgers for 4,complete with four 10oz Nebraskan beef patties with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, pickled onions, and the brand’s secret burger sauce ($55.00)
  2. Original Burgers for 8,complete with four 10oz Nebraskan beef patties with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, pickled onions, and the brand’s secret burger sauce ($90.00)
  3. Original Lobster Rolls for 4,complete with lobster for four dressed in Japanese mayo and lemon and served with lemon and garlic butter in the brand’s signature brioche roll ($90.00)
  4. Original Lobster Rolls for 8,complete with lobster for eight dressed in Japanese mayo and lemon and served with lemon and garlic butter in the brand’s signature brioche roll ($160.00)

Each kit comes with personally Chef-crafted and easy to follow recipe cards to ensure that you nail recreating these Burger & Lobster classics at home. Tips from Chef Lee himself: don’t squeeze the lobster meat… and leave the beef out a half-hour before cooking for a better experience!

WHO CAN ORDER

Burger & Lobster’s DIY Kits are available for two-day delivery within the New York City five boroughs, the Tri-State Metropolitan area and surrounding areas up to 150 miles from its flagship restaurant in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.

For those not able to visit New York City – or don’t yet feel comfortable commuting in – to dine at Burger & Lobster restaurants, for the first time since it reopened its Flatiron restaurant, Burger & Lobster is making it easy for them to enjoy its much-loved menu items without leaving home.

HOW TO ORDER

To order one or more of these tasty, limited edition DIY Kits, it’s a simple click of a link to the brand’s New York Shop.

Burger & Lobster DIY kits are available for delivery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with order cut offs being Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively by 2:00 pm.  Orders received by 2:00 pm are packed and shipped the day following and arrive at front doorsteps the following day. Kits are available for a limited time through the summer, and further extensions are still in discussions. Be sure to get yours now!

IN-RESTAURANT DINING RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE ONLINE

Flatiron (NOW OPEN)

Bryant Park (OPENS JULY 1)

ABOUT BURGER & LOBSTER

Burger & Lobster was launched in Mayfair, England by four schoolmates in 2011. They had set out to open a restaurant where the focus was on perfecting the craft of just one or two main ingredients. Since then, Burger & Lobster has been bringing live, wild Atlantic lobsters and prime cut Nebraskan burgers to fun and passionate personalities around the world, who share their appetite for creativity. Simplicity is at the core of the Burger & Lobster concept with respect for great food and quality service. With nine sites in London, two in New York and a further three in Bangkok, Genting and Kuwait City, all restaurants feature live lobsters that are flown in from Nova Scotia, Canada and beef from cattle ranchers in Nebraska. The restaurants work tirelessly with the families that supply the ingredients to this mono-product offering to ensure the absolute best quality.

BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
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Fresh N Lean Names David Belford Chief Financial Officer

America’s leading organic Ready-to-Eat (RTE) prepared meal delivery company, Fresh N’ Lean today announces that David Belford has been named Chief Financial Officer at the growing, profitable family business that is disrupting the direct-to-consumer (DTC) meal delivery space.

“With his extensive financial expertise and network, David is a key executive to lead Fresh N’ Lean into the next phase of our growth,” said founder and co-CEO Laureen Asseo. Asseo, named to Forbes 30 under 30 in 2019, founded the company eleven years ago in her apartment making fresh, organic meals for family and friends. The company has since grown to become the largest independent organic meal delivery company in the U.S. and is leading the revolution in healthy eating.

As CFO, Belford will focus on capital markets initiatives to support the company’s continued growth trajectory and to transition from a family-owned business into the top player within the RTE space. The company has generated positive EBITDA for over five years and was named to the Inc. 500 list in 2019. In 2020, Fresh N’ Lean grew sales by over 200% as consumers continued to embrace healthier options and the convenience of direct delivery.

Prior to joining Fresh N’ Lean, Belford served as Chief Credit Officer and Head of Asset Management for Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE: CLNC), a $5.0 billion mortgage REIT, and as Deputy Portfolio Manager for Colony Capital, Inc.’s (NYSE: CLNY) private funds series with over $3.0 billion of assets under management. His previous roles at Colony Capital included the head of US co-investments and the co-head of the London office.

“Fresh N’ Lean is an incredibly compelling combination of DTC technology, marketing and manufacturing that is perfectly positioned to use tailwinds to grab market share away from incumbent grocers and CPGs” said Belford. “We’re in the midst of a food revolution in this country where the entire landscape is shifting under our feet. No one could have imagined the dramatic surge we’ve seen recently in the demand for organic ingredients, sustainability and convenience. I’m excited to be joining the company at this crucial juncture to help take the business to the next level.”

“David’s experience and network will be a critical factor in our company’s expansion,” added Thomas Asseo, Laureen’s brother who serves as co-CEO. “He has a deep understanding of our brand, the consumer and the marketplace which will play a valuable role in our future.”

Belford holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, an MBA from the Wharton School and a Master of International Affairs from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Fresh N’ Lean

Fresh N’ Lean is the leading independent technology, marketing & manufacturing platform currently disrupting the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) sector for healthy, Ready-to-Eat (RTE) meals. The company specializes in over 100 organic-sourced dishes covering keto, paleo, vegan, protein and vegetarian diets, all completely free of preservatives, gluten, hormones, and added sugars. Founded in 2010 and led by sister-brother duo Laureen and Thomas Asseo, Fresh N’ Lean continues to lead the revolution in human potential through healthy eating delivered fresh to your door.

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Lanea Celebrating National Paloma Day and Memorial Day

Santa Monica’s Premier Cocktail Bar & Taqueria, Lanea is celebrating National Paloma Day on May 22 all month long with a 4-pack of Paloma cocktails for $20, with a portion of all cocktail sales benefiting those with mental health issues within the restaurant industry. National Paloma Day celebrates the Paloma, Mexico’s national drink. Memorial Day Weekend festivities include a variety of Picnic Party Pack options for a perfect day at the beach, and an interactive Cocktail Canning Pop-Up Experience on the Third Street Promenade. 

For National Paloma Day, when patrons purchase a 4-pack of Paloma Thirst-Trap Cocktails, they will also receive a limited-edition, JAJA Tequila tote bag. In addition, a portion of Paloma Cocktail sales from the month of May will go to the  I Got Your Back Project. I Got Your Back teaches hospitality industry employees to look for warning signs, creates acceptance and a safe environment to talk about personal crises, and provides access to resources for those struggling to help support mental health issues within the restaurant industry. 

With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, Lanea is the perfect spot to stop before heading to the beach. Lanea has several Picnic Party Packs to choose from such as the “Picnic” (6 tacos, 2 cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a Mexican serape blanket), the “JAJA Juego Pack” (6 tacos, 2 JAJA cocktails, chips, pico de gallo, Mexican Serape blanket and a pack of  “What Do You Meme” cards), the “Mini Fiesta,” (4 tacos, 2 JAJA cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a mini piatta) and “Chill in the Sun Pack” (4 tacos, 2 cocktails, chips, pico de gallo, sunglasses). 

About Lanea:

Lanea is a cocktail bar, located one block from the Santa Monica Pier, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from family-run restaurant: Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas.

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F-wheel A5 Electric Bike illustrated by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

F-wheel A5 Electric Bike

By: Heather Skovlund x Vaughn Lowery

The F-wheel A5 electric bike has all the perks to an e-bike that you could dream of having while headed to your destination. It sports 14-inch wheels, an ergonomically designed frame, seating for adults and kids, and is easy to maneuver and store tight spaces with its folding capabilities. While you’re likely to see tons of these types of e-bikes zipping around just about any city in China, it’s a fairly extraordinary e-bike in the US. 

Curb Appeal

Affiliates of 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test the capability of the F-wheel A5 e-bike. The A5 is sleek and holds a trendy appearance with its 14-inch wheels and minimalist aluminum alloy frame. The A5 is designed for dense urban living with its durability, upgraded seat, and back seat perfect for transporting cargo (with bungee cords) or even a second person/child. The F-wheel is available in three colors: black, red, and white. This sleek e-bike is available in F-wheel A5 Standard as well as F-wheel A5 Deluxe. To customize the look of your new ride, look no further than Gabe Majalca, mastermind of Good Vibe Gliders for an enhanced flare.

Performance

With the amazing durability of the F-wheel A5, you will be able to sightsee in style and go shopping on a whim. The powerful 350W 48V motor will get you to your destination with ease with a max speed of 25KM/H. The F-wheel runs on a 7.5AH battery that is portable and removable, which is fantastic for charging. The added suspensions work nicely for a smoother ride with a noticeable difference in the seat post suspension. The acceleration is powerful, it has been reviewed at around 500W continuous and up to 750W peak for speeds. There are three different riding modes with the A5: Pure Electric Mode, Boost Mode, and Manpower Mode. The F-wheel A5 Deluxe is equipped with a LG lithium battery with a capacity of up to 21AH, with a BMS battery management system to help battery life up to 180KM.

Technology

As previously mentioned, the A5 has three different riding modes. The first, Pure Electric Mode, allows you to ride with no cycling of the pedals. The second, Boost Mode, allows you to pedal with an assist from the power source. Lastly, Manpower Mode, enables you to ride like a human-powered bicycle – no need to power on. There is a power display and real-time speed display in addition to the different modes offered: eco, medium and high. The A5 comes with two keys as well as two fobs to easily start the e-bike up. There is also an extra removable battery. The front and rear brakes work well as well as the front lights and taillights. There is a light on the back of the bike that lights up “EBIKE” which adds a subtle touch of flare to the bike. This e-bike is low maintenance without a derailleur or gears. The 14-inch tires are in a mag wheel – there are no spokes that need to be tuned or that will break. The F-wheel A5 weighs 22.5KG and easily folds up for easier transportation such as when you’re heading into an elevator, riding the Amtrack, climbing stairs or simply placing the e-bike in your apartment. Just simply fold the handlebars down, fold the frame in the front, fold the pedals down, remove the seat and you’re set. There are also sensors on the A5 to notify you if someone or something is too close the bike along with a lock on the battery.

Competition

Competition is very limited with the sleek improvements of the F-wheel A5 electric bike (formally DYU Smart Electric Bike D3). Priced at $700 and worth every cent. The closest competitor is the EB7 Elite Commuter from Swagtron. The next competitor would be the Flido D25 Folding Electric Commuter Bike. The electric bike trend has been on the rise due to communities embracing the go “green” activity. A review left on DYU’s website from Clayton Kent states that the A5 is the “perfect commuter bike enduring at least 70 NYC blocks a day” as well as “it has saved me a lot of money not having to use the train”. With the new improvements to the design and overall functionality to the F-wheel A5 electric bike, it is sure to be the front runner for delivery workers, professionals, and kids at heart.

Photo by Armon Hayes
Photo credit: Armon Hayes
Photo Credit: Armon Hayes
Photo Credit: Armon Hayes
Photo Credit: Armon Hayes
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Conison, Blake Holmes and Connor Morton article inside 360 MAGAZINE

CONISON: OUR CHAT WITH HIGH-END STREETWEAR LABEL FOUNDER, CONNOR MORTON 

By Blake Holmes

A celebration of the LA dream, Conison is an up-and-coming, high-end streetwear brand from Melbourne, Australia. 
Recently, we caught up with Founder and Creative Director, Connor Morton, to chat vision, inspiration and what’s in store for the year ahead. 

TELL US ABOUT CONISON..

Conison is a high-end streetwear and design brand. 

At the heart of Conison is a message of inspiration. I want to encourage people to express themselves, providing an avenue for them to explore their own sense of style and creative potential through fashion and design. 

WHAT’S YOUR WHY? 

I’ve always endeavoured to express my creativity through outlets available to me, from DJing and music, to clothing customisation and art. I think everyone deserves this opportunity and my dream is that Conison will provide that for others; an inspiration source that spreads positivity and reinforces the idea that everyone has the power to shape their reality. 

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOUR UPCOMING COLLECTION? 

Collection 2 Rise & Fall is a two-part capsule. This collection celebrates an ascension to your highest self and the fall of negative energy. These ideas are expressed in my messaging and I’ve catered to both the NZ/Aus and US/Euro markets, with different materials and designs. 

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

There are countless brands and creators that fuel my fire. Designers like Reese Cooper and Heron Preston, brands like Riot Hill and photographers like Kyle Caulfield to name just a few. 

HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? 

I believe motivation is something you have to seek constantly. This can be challenging at times and the interruptions of this year have been a prime example. 

Regularly contacting my mentors, listening to podcasts, and painting have kept me in the zone this year. There’s always motivation to be found if you look hard enough. 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? 

Every day is different but I start and end them in the same way. I usually wake up with a warm/cold soak to get focused, then have breakfast while watching motivational content on YouTube. From then I work ‘til i’ve felt i’ve done enough, which means late nights a lot of the time. I also work other jobs and fit in time at the gym or some form of exercise each day. I end the day with business content on YouTube to get inspired for the day ahead.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL STRAIN WHEN RUNNING YOUR OWN BRAND? 

Being a one-man band with no backing at 22 has been a struggle. There are definitely financial challenges and they’ve taken a lot of practice, help from mentors and learning to overcome. In saying that, I’m feeling confident in the belief that now is the time to be bold, take risks and bet on myself. When you believe in your brand and the message you’re trying to share, anything is possible. 

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 

My mentor sent me a message a few weeks back. I think it’s spot on and something I struggle with at times. “Your art is not about how many people like your work, your art is about if your heart likes your work, if your soul likes your work, it’s how honest you are with yourself”. I try to follow this ethos daily and remind myself of this at times I’m questioning my vision and creative direction. I’ve implemented this into my work daily and it’s become more authentic as a result. 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CONISON? 

The sky’s the limit. I want to push creative boundaries, not just with Conison but in the global fashion and lifestyle brand space. This means everything from painting collections and exclusive pieces to furniture. 
Most importantly, I want to continue telling the Conison story in an authentic way. Giving people a story to truly connect with is what drives me and the best way to keep people engaged and on-board for the journey. 

I’m learning and growing every day and Conison will continue to evolve with me. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

LEAVE US WITH A FAVOURITE QUOTE..

I’ve got a few. ‘Ignore the boos, they usually come from the cheap seats’. This one has been really important to me. As a young person, you often face a lot of negativity and doubt from others about your ability to step outside the norm and succeed. I’ve learnt not to take this to heart and stay true to myself, which is something I think we should all strive to do. 

Another favourite is, ‘an arrow can only be shot forward by pulling it backward’. This one’s all about resilience to me, and the idea that on the other side of struggle and hardship is success, fortune and prosperity. I try to remember this with every minor setback and keep a positive mindset no matter the circumstances. When you do, nothing can discourage you from achieving your dreams. This is what Conison is all about. 

Rise & Fall Part 1 drops 7th December, 7:00pm EST
at www.conisondesigns.com 

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Chicago’s Russian Tea Time Reopens

 Chicago’s iconic culinary treasure, Russian Tea Time, at 77 E. Adams St., has officially reopened their doors with a fresh renovation to their interior after closing last July, offering patrons a timeless destination and experience unlike any other in the city. The establishment, which has been in business for over two decades, has also launched an extensive carry out and delivery program for patrons to enjoy from the safety of their homes, including their signature Afternoon Tea Service. 
 
“It is bittersweet for us to finally reopen our doors to the public after a year of renovations,” said Partner Enesh Mantyyeva. “Our team has worked endless hours throughout these past months to create a welcoming ambiance for our guests, only to finally finish during such a trying time. We hope our community will welcome us back with open arms, and get to enjoy our cuisine both in the restaurant as well as safely at home.”
 
This newly renovated space has been completely refreshed, while also maintaining its unique charm. With red tufted banquettes, emerald green dining seats, and ornate vinyl decorative wallcoverings throughout, the space emulates a sense of timelessness that has, and continues to be, a unique feature to this downtown hotspot. Ornate picture frames line the walls, while beautiful lighting fixtures bring a polished and refined ambiance.
 
Known for hosting long-time regulars, tourists, dignitaries, celebrities and fellow Chicagoans, Russian Tea Time combines a warm ambiance, exceptional food, and house-blended tea for an unforgettable experience all can enjoy. To celebrate their renovation, the team has created an exclusive $25 Reopening Prix Fixe menu of family favorites, available both in restaurant and to-go. Items on the menu include an alcoholic beverage of choice that includes either House-Flavored Vodkas, along with vodka selections imported from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, Scandinavia, Western Europe, and U.S.A. along with fan favorites including Ukrainian Borscht, Potato Dumplings Vareniki, Stuffed Cabbage Golubtsi, Chicken Kebab Shashlik, and more. In addition to the prix fixe menu, the restaurant is also offering their signature Afternoon Tea Service, which includes one pot of Tea, scones, along with an assortment of tea sandwiches and mini sweets, for $34.95.
 
Given the current circumstances, Russian Tea Time wants to ensure each of their guests feel as safe and comfortable as possible, and in doing so, have officially launched their carry out and delivery services, where patrons have the opportunity to order off any of their restaurant menus. Available from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., patrons can enjoy their favorite dishes at home, which includes vegetarian dishes and gluten free options as well. For more information or to make a reservation or carry out order at Russian Tea Time, please visit online or call (312) 360-0000. 
 
About Russian Tea Time
Known as “the restaurant where everyone feels at home and everyone is welcome,” Russian Tea Time has earned the distinction of being one of Chicago’s landmarks serving Chicago residents and out-of-towners alike with a taste of Russian fare since its inception in 1993. Perfectly nestled in the heart of the city at 77 E. Adams St., this space has since become one of the city’s greatest staples, located just steps away from the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and more.
 
Russian Tea Time reinterprets the nostalgic cuisine of the former Soviet Union, with an elaborate and descriptive menu with excellent vegetarian fare, along with wild game, poultry, and specialty meat dishes. A mix of “hearty” and “comfort” Russian, Slavic, and Jewish classics are well-complemented by upscale dishes of Imperial Russian Courts. Their signature Afternoon Tea Service is offered daily from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m, with an extensive tea menu that includes options such as Oolong, Green, White, Black, and Caffeine Tea, as well as a selection of savories and sweets to complete any dining experience.
Tacos and chips on a tray

Lanea Reopens With Cruise-Up Cocktails and Tacos To-Go and Expanded Outdoor Dining Area

Reintroducing Santa Monica’s Premier Cocktail Bar and Mexican Restaurant

Open in Time for One-Year Anniversary

Following the Official County of Los Angeles Department of Health guidelines, Lanea is proud to reopen its doors in time for their one-year anniversary with a new cruise-up take-out option featuring convenient cocktails and tacos for pick-up, expanded outdoor dining, and meal packages, all of which will make it easier and more affordable to safely eat outdoors as well as order takeout and/or delivery. To celebrate their return and one-year anniversary, this beachy Santa Monica cocktail bar and restaurant is launching an all-day “Taco & Tequila Happy Hour” with $2 tacos and $9 cocktails daily throughout the Summer, additional specials for National Tequila Day, and a variety of to-go fiesta meal packs including their Picnic Package, perfect for a day at the park or beach.

Located two blocks from the beach, Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar and restaurant with an extensive variety of over 400 hand-selected Mezcals and tequilas. Their authentic Mexican cuisine is prepared by Petra Zavaleta, who hails from Tepeaca, Puebla, and rose to foodie fame with her underground barbacoa pop-ups, and later opened their eatery Barbakush in East L.A. Praised as one of the best Mexican eateries on the Westside, Petra and her family source their lamb locally from Chino Hills and prepare their barbacoa in an earthen pit, cooking it slowly over an open fire. Offering five different styles of classic tacos on their handmade-to-order corn tortillas, as well as chips and guacamole, they are the perfect complement to Lanea’s unique cocktail menu.

“It’s been a difficult and stressful year for Santa Monica’s small businesses, and I know we will collectively band together to weather all the hurdles 2020 has brought us. Petra and I, who are both immigrants, alongside our other partners, are really thankful and humbled by the local support as we continue to offer a safe, affordable outlet for the local community,” say owner Peter Trinh. “Come by and check out our new to-go small batched cocktails, canned in-house or our handmade gluten-free tacos, as we’d love to have you as our guest again.”

Upon reopening, Lanea has revamped their landscape and dining experience to safely accommodate customers, implementing the necessary protocols, to enhance the safety of patrons with regards to COVID-19. Lanea has added outdoor dining while abiding by the six-foot social distancing mandatory safety guidelines. Additional safety protocols include administering temperature checks to employees and diners, UV-light sanitizing, all staff must wear masks and gloves, hand sanitizer is readily available, and contactless ordering and payment has been implemented.

Lanea will be celebrating their one-year anniversary all Summer long with the launch of their new, all-day “Taco & Tequila Happy Hour,” featuring $2 tacos (of your choice), $9 canned cocktails (regularly $13), and frozen cocktails. Happy hour specials include $6 Chips & Guacamole and $4 Consome, which is bone broth with chipotle chickpeas, onion, and cilantro. Check Instagram for other anniversary specials and National Tequila Day celebrations on July 24th.

Patrons can enjoy a variety of $2 taco offerings including Barbacoa Tacos, wrapped in banana leaves and are pit-roasted underground, served with guacamole; Asada Tacos, grilled steak seasoned with Petra’s seasoning, served with guacamole; Pollo Tacos, grilled chicken seasoned with Petra’s seasonings, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Vegetarian Tacos, with mushrooms and spinach; Sopes Tacos, with beans and asada topped with Mexican cream, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Pescado Tacos, tilapia served with lettuce and garlic seasoning; and lastly Pescado con Mango Taco, tilapia served with mango, jalapeno, green & red pepper, and avocado. All tacos are handmade-to-order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas, with the option to make any of the tacos into quesadillas for $2 more. Brunch tacos and quesadillas are available daily until 4pm.

Patrons can choose from a variety of items by viewing Lanea’s full menu here. Guests can also enjoy the “Fiesta Meal-Packs” such as the Picnic Pack which comes with six tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, two handmade cocktails, and a Mexican-themed blanket, all for just $45. Or choose the Chill in the Sun Pack which contains four tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, and two handmade frozen cocktails. Picnic Pack ($45) Lanea’s hand-crafted cocktails are also available to-go. Summer menu additions include the Third Street Sling made with Hibiscus Patron Tequila, fresh lemon, passionfruit, pineapple, or the Jungle Bird Scooter with Vida Mezcal, fresh lemon, ginger, Campari. For $9, they can sip on a variety of signature canned cocktails such as the Paloma made with The Chainsmokers’ JAJA Tequila containing grapefruit tonic and Aperol, or the Margarita with Cazadores tequila, fresh lime, demerara, orange liqueur. Lanea is also offering to-go bottles and flasks of a limited edition, rotating selection of craft beverages with bottle art created by local artist, Ryan Gilden.

Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and hours of operation are daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery of food and alcohol is available through UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates, and Toast. Pickup is available by calling the restaurant directly at 424-265-PIER (7437). Alcoholic beverages are available to-go with food on all platforms except UberEats (currently not an option via Uber). Order online here.

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