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

Roll with It: The Haute 5 Spicy Tuna Rolls in Los Angeles

Sushi snobs may turn up their noses at this popular dish—as they do at many creative rolls (don’t even ask for it at Sasabune or other omakase spots). Let’s be honest, though, when you crave sushi, nothing quite satisfies like Spicy Tuna. You’d think the recipe would be simple enough: a little toro, a little wasabi, a little rice. But, all Spicy Tuna rolls are not created equally. Just ask anyone who makes his or her favorite spicy tuna, and you will get nearly as many answers as there are mouths. Still, in a city filled with sushi, there are some sure things. Here’s a Haute 5: Read More

Haute Help: David Spade and Friends Benefit Todd Glass

Though it wasn’t widely reported, Glass suffered a heart attack this past April, actually while onstage performing with Sarah Silverman at the Largo. Since Glass didn’t have health insurance, Spade decided to put together a benefit this Tuesday night at the same venue (and with many of the same performers—Silverman among them) to pay off his bills. Read More

StarChef Score: Scott Conant Comes to Montage Beverly Hills

When New York star chef Scott Conant hinted last year that he’d be opening a spot in Las Vegas, the food world seemed to react with a shrug. After all, Vegas already had plenty of culinary kings (it’s easier to count who isn’t there than who is) and no shortage of excellent Italian food—Conant’s forte. But things change, and instead, Conant has just announced he’ll be opening an outpost of his widely awarded eatery Scarpetta in the Montage Beverly Hills (as if you needed one more reason to visit that stunning spot). Read More

Red, Haute ‘n’ Blues: The Pasadena Jazz Fest

The Pasadena Jazz Fest, going off this weekend, August 28-29, offers nothing less than some of the best talents performing music today. Stanley Clarke, Rachelle Ferrell, Spyro Gyra, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’s Kevin Eubanks, Take 6, Miss Rita Coolidge, Hubert Laws are just some of the headliners. New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band were just added to the line up. Read More

On The Slide: The Haute 5 Burgers and Fries in Los Angeles

“A burger? What’s so haute about a burger?” A few years ago, I’d have been the first one saying that. But in recent months, many of LA’s best chefs have become obsessed with reinventing this popular wheel. While many will still stand by classics like In N Out’s 2x2, the venerable hickory-smoked Apple Pan patty, or the no-substitutions selections at Father’s Office, for the adventuresome meater, there are certainly many others worth sampling. Here’s my Haute 5: Read More

Haute Legacy: Frank Sinatra Jr at the Catalina

It’s a really rare opportunity to be able to see Sinatra at the intimate Catalina Bar & Grill, where he’s having a rare four night stand from August 26 through August 29. One of the best places to enjoy jazz in an intimate, refined setting, Catalina regularly offers the best names in the business. Expect Sinatra to be accompanied by some serious talents, and pull from his voluminous songbook of standards in swing and ballads. Expect some family members to show up. And a few celeb friends. Read More

Sugar High: The Haute 5 Bakeries in Los Angeles

Mmm… can’t you just smell the aroma? There is nothing like a fresh baked…anything! In recent years, the gourmet cupcake explosion has taken over America, and nowhere more passionately than Los Angeles. Our city has a patchwork of impressive ethnic bakeries—Bea’s in Tarzana, Baklava Factory and Porto’s in Glendale (and Burbank), Goldilocks in Filipinotown and Eagle Rock, Phoenix in Chinatown—specialty spots from Pasadena’s Gourmet Cobbler Factory to Culver City’s Gotta Have S’more…but you want a Haute 5, don’t you? Read More

Haute Plates: Get Ready for the Taste of Beverly Hills

90210 is a number that’s recognized worldwide as the zip code of central Beverly Hills. So when September 2, 2010 rolled around—that’s 9.02.10, get it?—the city decided there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate itself. And what better way to celebrate than with great food? A lot of it. Hence the Taste of Beverly Hills, a four-day food, wine and music bacchanal (Sept 2-5) set just off the Wilshire/Santa Monica crossing atop the parking structure of Robinsons-May. Read More

Haute Hyphenate: Herb Alpert’s Black Totems

You may know him best as a trumpeter (“Tijuana Taxi”). You may know him best as a music industry mogul (A&M Records, Almo publishing). You may even know him best as your neighbor. But Herb Alpert is also an accomplished visual artist. Don’t take my word for it, though. See for yourself, if you haven’t yet, in his current show, Black Totems, at the Ace Gallery. But don’t wait – on display since February, the show is finally scheduled to come down on August 28. Read More