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Movie Pairing: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Prime)
“While the ’80s had The Blues Brothers and the ’90s had Wayne’s World, my generation’s troupe of Lorne Michaels-affiliated white boys is The Lonely Island. And although their careers are filled with important, hyperintellectual work like ‘J*zz In My Pants’ and ‘Threw It On The Ground,’ my favorite is Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a 2016 mockumentary starring Andy Samberg as an annoying, slightly jacked ‘Justin Bieber type.’ It’s both completely stupid and Mensa-level genius, and when I want to experience that same high-low combination, I turn to my ‘college special’ - freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano over Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli. For the cheese, my go-to spot is Say Cheese in Silver Lake, because of their friendly, non-pretentious staff, and their wide selection of specialty cheeses (which they will let you sample). For the can of le chef, I just go to the grocery store.” - KH
Whether you’re headed to a socially distant picnic or just want to feel like a spoiled little prince whose only known luxury and pleasure his entire life, this decades-old Silver Lake spot has all of the dairy, charcuterie, and freshly baked bread your heart could ever desire. There are vintage goudas sold by the half-pound, Parmigiano Reggiano that’s been aged for two years, as well as tins of Portuguese smoked sardines, anchovy-stuffed pickles, and custom gift baskets personally curated by owner Glenn Harrell.
A tiny Silver Lake shop just steps from the world’s busiest Trader Joe’s parking lot, Say Cheese is highly a visit when you’re looking for something to bring over to Silver Lake Meadow or up to Griffith Park. The cheese menu here is tremendous - they’ve got over 60 choices, including some hard-to-find options like the bright orange, stinky Shropshire Blue, or the super-rich, smoky, 20-month-aged Mimolette. They also sell wine, charcuterie, and pretty much anything else you might need for a picnic here, too.