Handful of Salt Print Magazine Launch

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We were happy to have made it up to San Francisco this past week for Handful of Salt’s launch party celebrating the birth of their brand spankin’ new print magazine.  At a time when so many publications are foregoing print issues for digital, we’re so happy to see someone proving that print is not dead.  The perfectly square print edition is anything but square, featuring work by some of the world’s most interesting makers and creatives.  We can’t wait to see the next issue and look forward to adding this to our coffee table collection!

Order your own copy here!

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Go: dineLA 2013 Winter Edition

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Every year since 2008, the LA Tourism and Convention Board has teamed together with LA restaurants and American Express to host dine LA Restaurant Week, a bi-annual celebration of LA eateries.  For 12 straight days, over participating restaurants will be featuring special prix fixe menus for adventurous diners.  It’s the perfect chance to check out a new restaurant that has been on your soon-to-hit-list, or be reunited with a tried and true classic that you haven’t enjoyed in a while.  The winter installment of dine LA starts January 21st (today) and runs till February 1st.

Since we, at Secret Agent, pride ourselves on being quite devoted epicureans….(in other words, we eat….a lot), here is a selection of some of our top picks.  We have a preference for the Eastside so most of our picks are east of La Brea.

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Artisan House – local to our new office in DTLA, this elegant eatery boasts a market, fantastic coffee, and fresh and local produce transformed into delicious Californian fare.

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Cliff’s Edge – we love a hidden restaurant and Cliff’s Edge has positively the best patio in town.  Beyond the clandestine door awaits a newly renovated door and a revitalized menu by Chef Vartan Abgaryan.

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UMAMIcatessen – Inspired by international street bazaars and the classic American delicatessen, UMAMIcatessen is a table-service dining hall inside the Orpheum.  Informal, international, and insanely good.

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Mo-Chica – it doesn’t get mo-delicious than Mo-Chica. Chef Ricardo Zarate, Food and Wine’s Best New Chef, offers up his own modern interpretation of classic Peruvian dishes.  It doesn’t hurt that the compact space pops with color and verve to match the cuisine.

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Lukshon – our *one* west side pick is Lukshon.  This gorgeously appointed Culver City restaurant won an AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award a few years ago.  Minimal, sophisticated, and ridiculously tasty.  You cannot go wrong with crab fritters.

For more information, follow dineLA on:

• Facebook: facebook.com/dinelafan 
• Twitter: twitter.com/dineLA 
• Instagram: http://followgram.me/dinela


Go: San Diego Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln, Nov. 10-11

Test drive a new Lincoln vehicle at the Dwell Design & Drive this weekend!

It’s official: tickets for this weekend’s San Diego Home Tours and Meet the Architects are SOLD OUT. Don’t worry design fans, all hope is not lost – you can still enjoy a design-filled weekend by signing up for the Home Tour wait list (for Saturday or Sunday), or RSVP to the Dwell Design & Drive, presented by Lincoln.

See student work on display at NewSchool of Architecture + Design, Nov. 11

On November 10 and 11, come test drive a brand-new Lincoln vehicle and help build a more sustainable future using the power of design (for every driver, Lincoln will donate $25 to Dwell’s non-profit partner, Architecture for Humanity). Mingle with the great minds behind the Dwell Home Tour’s featured designs, enjoy chef-prepared bites, and enjoy exclusive access to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) La Jolla’s new Fall Exhibition Behold, America! and the NewSchool of Architecture + Design.

Each test drive will last about 7-10 minutes, and is free and open to the public. Spaces are running out fast, so be sure to reserve your spot online!

November 10 – Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln at MCASD La Jolla

November 11 – Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln at NewSchool of Architecture + Design


Palm Springs Modernism Week Presents: The Modernism Project

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The #ModernismProject is a mobile initiative encouraging the Palm Springs Modernism Week community to get involved and capture modernism in their everyday lives through their photo lens. We’re proud to say that we’re the sneaky chicks behind this covert operation, and we’d love for you to get involved. You could stand a chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 14-24, 2013, or if you’re not able to make it, an equivalent prize.

Starting in October through January, participants will have the opportunity, twice a month, to participate in this mobile photo challenge simply by snapping a photo on their smart phone and exploring their own personal perspective on modernism. Then follow Modernism Week on Instagram by searching for username Modernism_Week, upload the photo to your Intagram account, and hashtag your submission with #ModernismProject, so we can keep track of your submission. Hop on over to the Modernism Project page on the Palm Springs Modernism Week blog for more info on how to play.

For each contest, there will be an overarching theme, but we’re not at liberty to say what they are – just yet. We have an all-star cast of judges lined up to review each themed submission, so make your photos snazzy! For the October 11th contest, we have the talented team over at Archilovers, and for the October 25th contest, the design driven ladies at Design Milk.

Good luck!


Yearly Dose of Narcissism with a Smidge of Socrates

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I believe it was Socrates that said that 99.9% of PR is appearance.  Alright, that may not be an exact quote, but it’s an accepted assumption in the industry.  We agree to a certain extent but like to think there is a lot of substance behind what we do.  So, as part of our 2012 overhaul, we realized that it was high time to focus a bit of time and effort on putting forth an image that complements the high caliber of our design clients.  We hired amazing photographer Carla Choy and squeezed a day-long shoot in between phone calls, e-mails, and a regular day at the office.  Talk about multi-tasking!  The result: some head shots for our new website and a fun secret agent team building exercise.

Joking aside, it actually was Socrates who said “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”  And in this case, we desire to appear like we enjoy what we do, there’s substance behind appearance, and we look damned good in trench coats.

So without further adieu, we’re going to be unabashedly narcissistic and share a few pics from behind the scenes of our super fun photo shoot.  It’s weird actually being in front of the cameras for a change.  (And having eye lashes for four hours.)  Don’t worry, we won’t subject anyone to this again for a while.

Big thanks to Sherilyn Yi, songstress and make up artist for being patient with us!

This is our “cop” look.

Our “Inspector Clousseau” look

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It takes A LOT to get pretty.

Agent C – Before

Agent J – In transformation

That’s right folks.  Behind the scenes ain’t pretty.

We keep telling Christine this should be her new perm-look.  Hawt.