BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Here’s a rundown of Eastside dining and shopping news:

Triniti in Echo Park is taking “going green” to another level. A terrazzo style table and bench housed at the restaurant are actually made from the restaurant’s own waste, Architectural Digest reports. Apparently, the restaurant is part of a pilot program created by U.S. based start-up company reCircular. The company used the restaurant’s waste – particularly coffee grounds, bioplastic cups and utensils, for the materials used to build the furniture. Triniti is at 1814 W. Sunset Blvd. near Lemoyne in Echo Park.

There’s trouble at another Echo Park coffee house.  Patrons of Blue Bottle Coffee were surprised to find the Sunset Boulevard shop closed late this week.  A health department notice on the front door said the place had been closed over a roach infestation.  The coffee shop remained closed on Friday, and there’s no word on when it will reopen. Blue Bottle is at 1712 Sunset Blvd. near Logan.

Chef Minh Phan’s Porridge + Puffs pop-up now has a permanent home, Eater LA reports. Once operated in Hollywood, the porridge rice spot has landed in the fledgling Historic Filipinotown neighborhood, on the corner of Beverly and Occidental boulevards where Thai East Wind previously operated. Phan has many fans who fancy her rice porridge meal, including the late Jonathan Gold. Porridge + Rice is at 2801 Beverly Blvd. in Historic Filipinotown.

The one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants of Sunset Junction in Silver Lake combined with the corridor’s distinct vibe and history are celebrated in California Apparel News. Silverlake Bungalow, The Black Cat, Matrushka, Mohawk, MRKT and Gingery Witty all received mentions for their roles of enriching a shopper’s experience with the sale of clothing from local designers, paying homage to the neighborhood’s history and bringing a vibe that is purely Silver Lake.

The Sticky Rice team is slinging spicy fried chicken out of a take-out window in Highland Park, Eater LA reports. Hot Gai Chicken is housed in a small kitchen attached to the Hi Hat music venue, which was previously operated by Burgerlords. The menu is minimal, with offerings such as fried wings, phanaeng curry fries and a two-piece plate with sides. Hot Gai Chicken is at 5043 York Blvd. in Highland Park.

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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