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Silver Lake’s wine vibe; Eagle Rock kabob spots moves to a new home & Highland Park’s Otoño debuts

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Need some wine? Head to Silver Lake and its environs. The neighborhood was named a “destination for wine lovers” by Los Angeles Magazine. Mentions include newbie Psychic Wines for its “natural wines,” Silverlake Wine, which was one of the first wine shops in the neighborhood, Vinovore for its focus on female winemakers, Big Spirits for its “approachable wines,” and Lou Wine Shop & Tastings with its stocking of wines from Loire Valley, Madeira, Sicily and the Jura Mountains. Psychic Wines is at 2825 Bellevue Ave.; Silverlake Wine is at 2395 Glendale Blvd.; Vinovore is at 616 N. Hoover Ave.; Big Spirits is at 2856 Sunset Blvd.; and Lou Wine Shop & Tasting is at 1911 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz.

Aslan Mediterranean Cuisine has taken over the former Camilo’s space in Eagle Rock, Eater LA reports. Husband and wife owners Nora and Krikor Sarkissian wanted more visibility than what their original strip mall location had to offer, so they made the move to Camilo’s, which is about one mile away. Aslan Mediterranean Cuisine is at 2128 Colorado Blvd. at Caspar in Eagle Rock.

Looks like Teresa Motaño’s Spanish restaurant Otoño in Highland Park is already making its mark in the city’s dining landscape, Eater LA reports. Not much dining action has been made in modern Spanish cuisine as of late, but apparently Otoño “aspires to start a conversation” about it. Think classics like pan con tomato, gambas a la planca, a vegan farmer’s market paella, tapas and a Spanish gin infused cocktail served in a sleek setting. Otoño is at 5715 North Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

Cactus Gallery in Elysian Valley is holding a Summer Sale this month featuring original artwork discounted between 20% to 505%.

The menu at El Cid is getting a makeover. The Silver Lake restaurant and showplace for flamenco has teamed up with chef Jason Fullilove of Culver City’s Barbara Jean soul food restaurant to create new dishes inspired by Spanish and Moroccan cuisine, says Eater LA.  The new menu is to debut this month with such items as octopus braised in red wine, lamb shawarma, paella and gambas a la plancha. El Cid is at 4212 W Sunset Blvd. near Bates.

That’s it for this week’s Shopper & Diner Report!

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999.

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