Haute Author

  • NAME E. C. Gladstone
  • BIO E.C. Gladstone is a seasoned journalist, having covered luxury, travel, food and wine, spas, entertainment, and other beats from coast to coast. A former contributing editor for Niche Media (Vegas Magazine, Ocean Drive), where he produced a record number of cover stories, and staff writer at US Weekly, he’s interviewed celebrities, chefs, musicians and moguls from Eva Longoria and Mary J Blige to Wolfgang Puck and Steven Spielberg. He worked closely with Robin Leach to launch the original wildly successful Luxe Life Vegas blog and has also experienced luxury travel throughout the U.S., Europe and many tropical destinations. At other times, he has been a professional musician and DJ, and a principal investor and creative partner in one of Silver Lake’s most beloved restaurants. He joins the Haute Living team as our dedicated Los Angeles contributor, and he will be covering the luxury lifestyle in Los Angeles and Malibu on a daily basis.

Articles By E. C. Gladstone

Haute and Getting Haute-r: Rock Sake’s Seth Podell

If there’s a bullpen for Haute 100 candidates, Seth Podell (above right) is warming up in it right now. Just over six months ago, the Angeleno and his business partner Brad Paddock (above left) introduced Rock Saké—the first English-branded American-made sake (in Junmai Ginjo and unfiltered Nigori varieties). In that short time, Rock Sake has become available in over 200 restaurants, bars and markets in California, Nevada and Illinois—including Michael Mina’s XIV, Thompson Beverly Hills, Danny Masterson and Gerard Butler’s Shin Hollywood, Koi, Katsu-Ya, Katana, RockSushi several Northern California Whole Foods, and even Chicago’s Wrigley Field! Read More

Haute Culture: Placido Domingo Premieres Il Postino

It may not have the headline-grabbing attention of say, Justin Bieber’s girlfriend crisis or Lindsay Lohan’s latest breakdown, but in the classical music world, this is big news: Placido Domingo is world-premiering a new opera, and he’s doing it here in Los Angeles. Read More

Haute Ticket: John Cale Performs Paris 1919 Live

The trend of performing whole albums live — Brian Wilson performing the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Cheap Trick and friends assailing the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper – is becoming so widespread as to lose its impact. But this one is just cool. On September 30, John Cale, classically-trained one-time member of the seminal Velvet Underground, will perform his 1973 album Paris 1919 in its entirety, accompanied by members of the UCLA Philharmonia as well as his own band. Read More

Japanese Elixir: The Top 5 Sake Joints in Los Angeles

Many things Japanese are very familiar to Americans now: Sushi? Got it. Ramen? Everywhere. Pocari Sweat? Well, okay, maybe not so much. But sake is one thing that, while well known, is not well understood. Any old sake is not hard to find among LA's myriad Japanese eateries. But the best sakes, explained for the best enjoyment? Only a few do that well. Here's my Top 5: Read More

Caliente Cantinas! The Top 5 Mexican Spots in LA for Independence Day

Viva la Revolucion! Viva Mexico! Viva la Grita! While many gringos believe Cinco de Mayo to be the ultimate Mexican holiday, in fact it’s 16 Septiembre, Mexican Indpendence Day. While we could debate the very best cocinas y cantinas in which to celebrate all over Los Angeles (which, lest we forget, was originally a Mexican city—and visit Olvera street if you doubt me), in order to keep things civil, I’ll just mention five of the newest, most interesting Mexican destinations in town: Read More