Shopper & Diner Report

By Beth Zeigler

Pretzels and beer are the perfect combination. So why not try the beer-infused pretzels at  The Village Bakery & Cafe (pictured above). The Atwater bakery serves  up the softest selection for $2.50 using a yummy selection of beers, reports Squid Ink. They’re usually available Wednesday through Sunday, but this week you will have to wait until Saturday to pick up a pretzel. Squid Ink

Speaking of beer … step inside Eagle Rock Brewery for a free tour of the Glassell Park brewery and indulge in a beer (or two) to celebrate learning something new.

Click on the link below for non-beer deals and shopping news …

  • The recent inclement weather doesn’t have to ruin your kids outdoor play dates. The Awesome Playground in Highland Park has an awesome indoor facility with tons of awesome toys that will have everyone screaming—awesome! Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday.
  • The new Silver Lake Natural Food Market is closer to Echo Park than Trader Joes but the parking situation might prove more difficult. More details in Squid Ink.
  • You can finally cross “write novel” off your to-do list (or at least get it started). Sign up for the “Finding Your Secret Story Workshop” at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park this Saturday.
  • The Pantry Café just opened its doors in he cozy, quiet neighborhood  of Hermon (Highland Park adjacent). Lunch and dinner offerings as well as free Wi-Fi.
  • Take a stroll down the quaint and delightful shops of  Highland Park’s York Boulevard. Among the eye catching finds: vintage threads, a specialty eyeglass store and The Bike Doctor for your eco-friendly lifestyle. More details in Occidental Weekly.

Send your shopping and store news to Beth Zeigler at hello@theEastsiderLA.com


  1. Nothing like lack of journalistic ethics — just write about advertisers instead. Your news judgement seems to be for sale.

  2. None of the stores mentioned in this article are advertisers. If they were, that would be made clear. If you have a problem with the potential for advertising influencing our ethics, you might want to consider becoming an annual subscriber.

  3. Mark seems very put-out *folds arms*

  4. Ummmmm…isn’t this article called Shopper and Diner Report? Just asking.

  5. Right – because The Eastsider gets advertising from the flea market squatters at Echo Park Lake.

  6. The Village Bakery & Cafe is incredible. Killer sandwiches. I just wish they made the Guinness Pretzel Bread every day.

  7. @ Mark: Really? This blog is an AMAZING community service, and you’re trashing it? We need to encourage Eastsider and others like it if we want to keep connected to the goings on in our communities. The LA Times certainly isn’t going to cover this stuff!

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