Results tagged “Carrie Meathrell”

LAist Interview: Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria (Photo courtesy Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group) Claudio Sanchez is BUSY. Coheed and Cambria is galloping back into Los Angeles tonight to perform their first album, Second Stage Turbine Blade, in its entirety at Club Nokia, commemorating the 10th anniversary of its debut. It's a performance that demonstrates their commitment both to their devoted fans and to the cohesiveness of an epic musical mythology, also known as Neverender, that has...

Rock Pick of the Week: Coheed and Cambria, Porcupine Tree at The Wiltern

(Photo courtesy of Black Sheep Artist Management) Fans of epic guitar solos and thirteen-minute conceptual songs about Supreme Tri-Mages will get to enjoy a veritable pupu platter of progressive rock on Thursday night, when Coheed and Cambria joins Porcupine Tree and The Dear Hunter at the Wiltern. This is the second leg of Coheed's American tour promoting Year of the Black Rainbow, a "prequel" album that rounds out the group's previous four-album "Neverender" cycle....

20th Century Prop: Latest Victim of Hollywood Bust

Burbank's 20th Century Prop Shop Out of Business, photo via ATIS547 on Flickr I was driving back from the Costco in Burbank one afternoon when my boyfriend turned to me and asked "Why in God's name is there a custom hat store on Magnolia? Who wears hats anymore?" I thought a second, laughed, and said -- "Hollywood!" Movie-makers will always need milliners and other manufacturers of specialty props -- right?? Maybe not -- the...

Vietnamese Taco Truck to Hit The Westside This Summer

Banh mi and chicken lemongrass taco, photo used by permission of Nom Nom Truck. In a rapidly growing trend that blends all the best parts about real California fast food, three UCLA grads have announced plans for a Vietnamese food truck that will serve favorites like banh mi and twists like lemongrass chicken tacos. Just like its Twittering predecessors Kogi BBQ and Don Chow Tacos (Chinese-Mexican fusion), the Nom Nom Truck (as it's christened)...

Weekend Recipe: Popovers

Popovers, recipe & photo via Yumwatch Popovers, much like airplanes and radio waves, are kind of magic. There's no yeast or kneading or "resting" involved in the preparation, and these babies come out like fluffy little bread clouds just begging to be filled with butter or gravy or salad or berries or custard or whatever your hungry little heart desires. With just a handful of ingredients and an impossibly easy recipe, you too can...

First Annual Yelp Restaurant Week Starts This Weekend

Apparently one Restaurant Week just isn't enough for Los Angeles: popular (and controversial) review site Yelp.com has announced their own "1st Annual Yelp Restaurant Week" starting this Saturday, May 30th. The kickoff event is being in conjunction with LACMA's Muse Artwalk. Participating restaurants include Tasca, Little Next Door, Luna Park, Messob Ethiopian, and Amalfi Ristorante, among others, all of whom will be offering a three-course prix-fixe for $15-30. Mention Yelp when making a reservation,...

The Hungry Cat's new Happy Hour, Prix Fixe, Crab Fest!

The Hungry Cat in Hollywood has always been a great spot to sidle up to the bar and order a plate full of oysters and a delicious specialty cocktail (and the restaurant's signature blue cheese burger & fries, if you're really hungry). But the deals are getting better by the day at their Hollywood location: they've extended their happy hour so that you can booze it up on half-price cocktails and draft beers from...

Happy Hour Deals at Wokcano

Okay, so it's not Nobu -- but who has the bank account to handle $200 sushi fests nowadays? Wokcano offers good happy hour prices in convenient locations for your after-work bitch fests -- the menu will make even the sushi-shy happy. And hey, if you don't have a job, then you can get to happy hour that much earlier! From 4-7pm, sneak in a cocktail or two and some creative rolls like The Black...

Broke and Bored? An Easy $5 Afternoon

Tacos Tumbras Y Tomas at Grand Central Market It's not unemployment, it's funemployment, right? Sure! But try telling that to the newly created legions of recession victims who spend their days trolling the internet for job leads and nervously rechecking their bank account balance. When you're out of work and trying to save money, it's hard to get out and have fun -- gym memberships, drinks with friends, movies, and restaurant dinners all have...

Red Meat and Eggs: Killers of the Week!

Check your fridges, citizens -- those eggs you fried up for breakfast might be toxic! Yep, it's another major salmonella recall, this time for Costco's Kirkland brand organic brand eggs. Information on the recall and plant codes can be found here. And while you're in there, you might want to toss the hamburgers and steaks as well: those of you who consume more than 4 ounces of red meat a day are at a...

Secessionist California Pig Farmers Swear Revenge on 'Hollywood Types'

Photo by Monica's Dad via Flickr Rural California is seceding from the urban coast? Well, if industrial pig farmers have anything to do with it, cities like Visalia, Tulare, and Fresno will soon be working to separate themselves from the heathen-vegan coast! The reason? It's all because we took their chicken coops away from them -- or, at least, because we fought against current agro-industrial standards for livestock health and welfare. The New York...

What's Obama Doing For the Food Industry?

Although perhaps a certain segment of the population believes he should be throwing red paint on fur-coated old ladies and boycotting West Hollywood restaurants that serve foie gras, President Obama has actually been doing a pretty good job heeding Michael Pollan's call to real action within the American food industry. It's no secret things are all fouled up: widespread salmonella breakouts, an obesity epidemic, outrageous health care costs, and terrible conditions for industrial farm-bred...

Gordon Ramsay -- Get The F@$* Out of Here!

Maybe he should have gone into the taco business? Famed British hothead & restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is selling his WeHo outpost Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood (maybe the name was a problem?), thanks to slow business and Ramsay's own financial troubles. Despite fairly positive reviews and a good location, Ramsay just couldn't seem to overcome the irony of his absence from a "celeb chef!!"-driven establishment. Or maybe it was...the foie gras? (I...

New Recession Bar Menu at Craft LA

Are you subscribed to Lesley Balla's new foodie newsletter, Tasting Table? Well, you better be, because this former EaterLA editor is proving to be the fastest finger on the foodie trigger. To wit: the latest message in our inbox, regarding a fantastic new deal at one of the city's most expensive restaurants. Craft LA, brainchild of Top Chef's Tom Colicchio, has just unveiled a downright economical new menu featuring small plates, with nothing over...

Happy Hour Tips from LAist Readers: The Live Chat Edition

Did you check out the LAist Live Chat this afternoon? Well if you did, you spoke to us about your thoughts on foie gras, supergraphics, public transportation, and most importantly, where to get the cheapest booze and eats in the city. Here are some happy hour tips from you, our dear readers!...

Why Did WeHo Ban Foie Gras?

Sauteed Hudson Valley Moulard Duck Foie Gras -- photo by cchen via Flickr Who eats foie gras? Not West Hollywood restaurant-goers, at least not anymore. Despite the recent failure of Chicago's City Council to ban foie gras in that city, West Hollywood is charging ahead with a new city ordinance to prevent the sale of foie gras in restaurants. However, I can't help but point out the short-sighted and ultimately unsatisfactory nature of this...

Molly's Charbroiled Burger: 1929-2009???

Molly's Burger stand has been doomed to the dustbin: Eater LA discovered that the long-time Hollywood institution will be knocked down next month to make way for more office space on Vine St. It will be a sad day in February for fans of cheeseburgers, breakfast burritos, and Korean short-ribs, as well as students and tourists looking for a cheap but scenic meal. From LAist's review of Molly's: "the place has its own Hollywood...

Signs of the Apocalypse, Part XXII: L.A. Rents Decreasing?

It's probably one of the biggest cultural shocks for people relocating to Los Angeles for the very first time: the high cost of living, specifically renting. While most natives don't bat a single eyelash at $1200 studio apartments or $2500 two-bedrooms, the recently arrived are dumbfounded by exorbitant rates for totally mundane, even run-down apartments (Westwood Village, anyone?). But since the times, they are a changin', rent prices in L.A. might be the next...

LA Times 'Discovers Bacon'

Photo by robjtak via Flickr The LA Times Food section embarks on a perilous and ambitious project today: collecting 1,001 recipes featuring that porky product most commonly known as bacon (less commonly known as "Taste Explosion Happy Fat Yummy Time!" and "Vegetarians, Weep"). Why bacon? Well, apparently because "bacon works so well in so many dishes, from soups and salads to chili and stuffed pork chops". Uh, yeah guys: is a pig's pussy pork?...

He's Got 99 Restaurants (But The Valley's No Fun)

Pulitzer-Prize-winning and family-feuding restaurant critic Jonathan Gold published his updated list of L.A.'s 99 Essential Restaurants in the LA Weekly today, an annual tradition that arrives this year sans fun interactive Google map. L.A. classics like Langer's and Phillipe's are still holding down their spots (and may they forever more), while modern masterpieces like Melisse and Providence continue to reign over the dining scene. New to the list are Akasha, Animal, Anisette, BLD, Comme...

Neverender: Coheed and Cambria at The Avalon

Video of "Welcome Home" by the LOCAL via Flickr Thanks to a few MTV hits and a tour schedule that often paired them with the likes of Linkin Park and AFI, Coheed and Cambria have long been wrongly confined to the teeny-bopper ghetto of emo/nu-metal genres -- when in fact, their work is much closer to the expansive prog-rock of Rush and the epic fantasias of Led Zeppelin. Each of their four releases is...

Election Day Freebies & Parties!

Ready to pick up some free election-day goodies? (Ok, so freebies might be against the law, but it's still worth a shot, right?) Or are you looking for a place to party tonight while you watch the results come in? Here's a quick round-up of Election Night specials around town: LAist will be co-hosting a party at the Edison downtown with non-profit Causecast and many others. The event is free but small donations are...

Paperfish Closing Its Doors

Are hard economic times finally hitting the Los Angeles restaurant industry? Signs are pointing to yes: a press release just sent out this morning is announcing that Chef Joachim Splichal is closing his Beverly Hills seafood restaurant Paperfish. From the release: "It is with sadness that I made the decision to close Paperfish...Much time, effort and creativity went into the foundation of the restaurant, but we had an option in our lease to return the...

Play Your Part, Molly McAleer

Photo courtesy of Molly McAleer It's not often that we feel moved enough to give some major props to a blogger at a competing city site, but Molly McAleer's departure from Defamer last Friday is just such a worthy occasion. The irrepressible, endlessly stony-but-smart blogging moppet posted her last "To-Do", a series of video posts that quickly became the top reason to visit the site. Her last, which you can see here, is a...

New Fall Menu at The Hall at Palihouse

With all the buzz surrounding restaurant newcomers Anisette and Comme Ca, another elegant French bistro has quietly slipped under the foodie radar: The Hall at Palihouse. This serene, casual, but sophisticated space within the "extended-stay" hotel has recently changed chefs: Anisette's former chef de cuisine, Brendan Collins, has taken over from Stephanie O'Mary, and in doing so has invigorated the traditional French bistro menu with more exotic Mediterranean influences. The updated fall menu features classics...

Restaurants, Food Suppliers To Raise Prices

Thanks to increases in the prices of commodities like beef, many food chains are adjusting their menus to reflect higher prices across the board. Many food suppliers are renegotiating long-term contracts with purveyors, and with beef and veal costing almost 20% more, places like McDonald's, Chili's, and Carl's Jr. will have to adapt to these culinary hard times. From the HuffPo: Even fast-food leader McDonald's Corp. is considering making some changes to its popular...

Eye Nosh: Hungry Cat's Avocado Cocktail

Photo by orangesarenottheonlyfruit via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Food bloggers What You See is What You Eat are back in the LAist Featured Photos pool with this refreshing and unusual cocktail from The Hungry Cat in Hollywood. They said: "Where else are you going to see the bartender take a slice of avocado, muddle it up with some hard spirits, and then give it to you like it is normal to...

VP Debate @ Social in Hollywood Tonight

Looking for a hot spot to watch the Vice Presidential debates tonight? Generation Obama/GO is hosting a debate party at Social Hollywood, starting at 5p.m. The debate officially begins at 6p.m., but you can sip a cocktail and nibble on Michel Richard's bar menu while you wait -- it'll be so much more fun once you're a little liquored up, right? Generation Obama is a grassroots, nationally-coordinated organization supporting the Obama/Biden ticket, so McCain supporters...

Top Chef's CJ and Antonia Cook at The Grove

Photos by Kevin Weis/LAist Fans of Bravo's highly successful reality program "Top Chef" were in for quite the treat last Thursday evening, when two contestants from previous seasons, CJ and Antonia, participated in a friendly cook-off at The Grove. The event was sponsored by the Sherry Council of America, and featured sherry tastings and gourmet bites from a few of The Grove's top restaurants. The evening began with demonstrations from chefs representing The Whisper Lounge,...

LAist Quick Pick: Loteria Grill Hollywood

Loteria Grill at the Original Farmers Market has long been one of the city's most popular Mexican outposts (we reviewed it back in April just for kicks), so it's nice to see chef Jimmy Shaw take up residence in an attractive space on Hollywood Boulevard. The new restaurant's menu is more extensive than the original's, but there are still plenty of your old favorites to choose from. LAist's editor Zach Behrens has given the...

Top Chefs at The Grove This Thursday

There's an awesome free event (yes, FREE! for those who RSVP) going down at The Grove at Farmers Market this Thursday, Sept 25th at 7pm. Top Chef contestants Chris "CJ" Jacobsen and Antonia Lofaso (who is also executive chef at WeHo hot spot Foxtail) are scheduled to appear, thanks to Los Angeles Magazine and the Sherry Council of America. CJ and Antonia will be facing off against each other in a "friendly" cooking competition,...

Restaurant Rumors: Cole's Reopening?

Here's a big win for fans of classic sandwiches: a tip just came down the wire that Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet, one of the two restaurants in L.A. that claims responsibility for inventing the famed French Dip sandwich (the other being Phillipe's), will be reopening sometime in late October or early November. Downtown nightlife impresario Cedd Moses, of 213 Downtown, acquired Cole's in 2007 and has been renovating the space back to the glory...

Savor The Season This Weekend

High-profile, pricey dining events are fun and all, but most of us would rather spend our dining dollars on an event that supports a great cause. If you're one of those people, you're in luck this weekend, because Savor The Season is one of those worth-it events. Not only does it feature a catered spread from some of L.A.'s best restaurants, but proceeds from the event are going to Break The Cycle, an organization...

Andrew's Cheese Shop Opens in Santa Monica

Andrew Steiner, former "Maitre Fromager" at Patina (Cheese Master -- now there's a worthy sobriquet!), has opened a shop of his own on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Andrew's Cheese Shop is offering over 200 varieties of cheese, including many hand-crafted and artisanal varieties from all over the globe -- even raw milk cheeses! Andrew highlights cheeses like the Chimay Grand Cru (yes, from the same makers of the potent Belgian ale), Sally Jackson...

Citrus at Social: A Second Look, A Second Chance?

Rumors have been swirling lately around Citrus at Social, the Jeffrey Chodorow/Michel Richard production in the former Hollywood Athletic Club on Sunset. Last month, chef Remi Lauvand was mysteriously dismissed, and some insiders were predicting the restaurant's demise, despite rave reviews from the likes of the LA Times and LA Weekly. It's a shame, because the restaurant is a lovely and accomplished addition to the Hollywood food scene. The space itself is stunning, decorated in...

New Brunch Menu at Rush Street

It's been all about the morning meals lately: the LA Times proclaimed the return of the restaurant breakfast just last week (although LAist had its finger on the pulse back in February, with our Wake Up LA series). Now Rush Street, the new Chicago-themed restaurant in Culver City, has announced a brunch menu that begins Saturday, September 6th. From 9:30am to 3pm, you can expect to enjoy treats like Belgian waffles and a "Red Eye"...

LAist In The Kitchen: Updated Huevos Rancheros

Huevos rancheros are a classic hearty Mexican breakfast: fried corn tortillas topped with a fried egg and tomato salsa (warm or cold), along with a side of refried beans and rice. It's filling for sure -- but hardly healthy. However, with a few tweaks you can customize this delicious dish into a health-conscious, flavor-filled breakfast or lunch. Instead of frying the tortillas, bake them in the toaster until they are crisp. If fried eggs...

Cuisine Rapide at Pinot Bistro: Bloody Great Idea

The latest thing in great restaurant ideas? Pinot Bistro in Studio City has announced a new service for busy worker bees: Cuisine Rapide, a $20 lunch menu guaranteed to get you in and out of the restaurant in 45 minutes. The menu will change week to week, but expect to enjoy apps and entrees like beef tartare, onion soup with Comté cheese, steamed mussels with French fries, frisée spinach salad, and tarte tatin. This...

DineLA Returning in 2009

Just announced: DineLA is set to return next January, with three price points for prix-fixe lunch and dinners. The 2008 event, which spanned two weeks and had the participation of 140 restaurants, was apparently enough of a success for sponsors to bring it back. LAist covered the event, of course, and our hungry staffers will surely be ready for more. If you can't wait until January, however, check out Wine and DineLA, a similar event...

Why The Dog Face, Jonathan?

LA Weekly readers will notice that Jonathan Gold (ahem, PulitzerPrizeWinning-FoodWriterExtraordinaire-JonathanGold is his official title, I believe) has been a little obsessed with hot dogs lately. First there was his extended meditation on his father's food legacy and the importance of the Chicago-style hot dog: "weekends were often dominated by [Gold Sr's] search for hot dogs in Los Angeles, and he would drive me and my brothers around for hours in the old Studebaker on...

The New Numbers Game: Fast Food Calorie Counts

In an attempt to give the public more information about the nutritional value of the fast food they're consuming, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is presenting a proposal next week that would require fast food restaurants to post calorie counts on menus: If the measure is successful, Los Angeles County would be following in the footsteps of New York and a handful of other municipalities nationwide that already have implemented calorie counts on the menus...

New Dim Sum Menu at Noe

In honor of the Olympics and its host city, Beijing, Noé Restaurant & Bar in Downtown L.A. has unveiled a special dim sum menu, which they are describing as "classic dim sum dishes with a gourmet twist, such as foie gras dumplings". Chef Glen Ishii's menu will be available in the indoor/outdoor lounge of the restaurant; dim sum for 1-2 people is priced at $18, or $36 for 2-4 people. Noe is located in the...

LAist Weekender: San Simeon

All photos by Carrie Meathrell & Kevin Weis/LAist Though it may not have the scenic majesty of Morro Bay or the woodsy seclusion of Big Sur, San Simeon State Park is one of the quiet wonders of the California seaside. Located just a few miles south of fabled Hearst Castle, San Simeon offers two campground sites (San Simeon or Washburn) where you can set up home base for a long weekend. It's a short walk...

Food Trends & The Growing American Appetite

While some may still be dismissive of the current craze against high fructose corn syrup, chalking it up as just another food anti-fad (much like the hysteria about carbs in the 90's and saturated fat in the 80's), it can't be denied that the American diet is disproportionately full of processed sugars. An article in the NY Times today discusses just how much of our diet is filled up with added sugars and processed vegetable...

Foodie Quick Pick: Hy-Mart Deli

Photo of Hy-Mart Deli Falafel Sandwich by Kevin Weis/LAist You know what's great about the Valley? Nobody believes you when you tell them "the BEST falafel sandwich place in the city is in a strip mall on the corner of Lankershim and Vineland!" They just don't believe you. So you get that little, non-descript Middle Eastern deli all to yourself -- well, you and the legions of locals who know that this is the...

Schat's Bakery: Best Bread in California?

Photo by Just_Tom via Flickr Any Angeleno who's ever done a road trip up to Mammoth Mountain or Tahoe knows the town of Bishop, California. It's one of the few pockets of civilization along an otherwise desolate (albeit beautiful) drive. And if you know Bishop, chances are you'll probably know Erick Schat's Bakkery as well: it's the perfect spot to refuel, relax, and most importantly, eat. Schat's (not to be confused with the similarly...

Walking and Tasting Tour of Farmers Market

Looking for a fun weekend excursion at one of the most foodie-friendly locations in LA? Melting Pot Tours will be leading a walking-and-tasting tour of the Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax to the Beverly Center at 3rd & La Cienega this Friday and Saturday at 9:30am. Tours are expected to last about 3.5 hours and will include tastings and small bites at various restaurants and eateries along the route. Tickets are limited, so...

South LA Fast Food Ban? City Council 'Lovin' It!'

An LA City Council committee has made a unanimous decision to ban new fast-food restaurants in South LA for one year; the decision goes to the full council and the mayor this week. Spearheaded by Councilwoman Jan Perry, the ban would "prevent fast-food chains from opening new restaurants in a 32-square-mile area, including West Adams, Baldwin Village and Leimert Park. The moratorium would be in effect for one year, with the possibility of two...

LA Mag Votes Amoeba Best Thing About LA

Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr The weather? The Getty? The beach? Spaceland? The hills? The light? Hollywood Bowl? The studios? Pink's? All losers, according to the readers of Los Angeles Magazine, who narrowed down a field of 64 to declare Amoeba Music the Greatest Thing About L.A. Not bad, for a music store that isn't even native to L.A. -- this music lover's wet dream opened first in Berkeley, then San Francisco, then...

New Prix Fixe Menu @ All'Angelo

All'Angelo near La Brea and Melrose has quickly become one of the premiere spots for fine Italian dining in Los Angeles, but its prices match its reputation. So it's great to hear that they are now offering an affordable prix fixe menu Monday through Thursday: for only $39, you can enjoy a four-course meal and great deals on wine (wine sold separately, although glasses start at only $6). The menu will change weekly, but expect...

Vive La Cuisine! Bastille Day Eats

Looking for a way to express your inner gastronome this Bastille Day? Lucky for you, L.A. is full of fine French dining (as well as some options for the more budget-minded). A number of restaurants are offering prix-fixe menus if you're feeling like a splurge: $130 per person at Melisse, $85 at La Cachette, and $48 at Comme Ca. Or, you can try out the newly opened Anisette, which LAist conveniently checked out last...

Foodies, Rejoice! Keller Coming to LA

So it finally looks like the rumors were true: famed chef Thomas Keller will indeed be opening a branch of his restaurant Bouchon in Beverly Hills. We mentioned this earlier in the week, but the arrival of the true American top chef in the City of Angels warrants a closer look. The Los Angeles Times and EaterLA have both confirmed that this third incarnation of Bouchon (there is already one in Vegas and one...

Restaurant Openings Around Town

One of the most exciting new spots to hit Hollywood this month is actually not new at all -- Loteria Grill. Chef Jimmy Shaw's Farmer's Market staple, home to some of the best tacos in the city, has expanded out to a new Hollywood location near the Highland complex. And this time around, they're serving alcohol! Until very late at night! (They're open til midnight during the week, and until 3am on the weekends.)...

The Mae Shi @ Spaceland, 7/1

The Mae Shi played to an enthusiastic home crowd the other night at Spaceland, their last Los Angeles show before they rocket off across America in support of their fantastic album HLLLYH. The audience was lucky to have drummer & vocalist Brad Breeck in the house (he doesn't usually tour with the band), and the infamous Mae Sheet made a guest appearance. The Mae Shi are legendary for their explosive, interactive live performances; it's almost...

Deutschland über Alles! Red Lion Tavern

It's hard to imagine a more un-L.A. cuisine than German food -- it's heavy, it's meaty, it's about as vegetarian-unfriendly as you can get. So how does the Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake stay so busy? A few reasons, actually: beer. Beer! Also, beer (bier!). The Red Lion has a number of great brews -- pilsners, bocks, weizens, and so much more. These Germans value their beer so much that the interior of...

Restaurant Quick Pick: 15

Despite the older generation's lingering fear that even stepping outside of your car in Echo Park will somehow get you assaulted or shot or worse (suburban Boomers, I'm looking in your direction!), this increasingly gentrified neighborhood has become a new mecca for intelligent, classy dining. Joining Lot 1 and Masa is Restaurant 15, a hip spot with a cool interior, but also a menu that still seems to be a work in progress. 15's...

Beastly Ball @ LA Zoo

It was a beautiful night at the Los Angeles Zoo; perfect weather and a perfect setting made the LA Zoo's annual "Beastly Ball" an event to remember. Celebrities and guests wandered the grounds of the zoo, feasting on gorgeous dishes prepared by the city's best restaurateurs and interacting with friendly animals like a boa constrictor, an armadillo, and a gray horned owl. Participating restaurants included Yamashiro, Typhoon, Pink's, Malo, El Cholo, Fabiolus Café and many,...

New $5 Bus Service from LA to SF

California Shuttle Bus, a self-proclaimed "upscale" transport connecting Los Angeles and the Bay Area, has announced a new $5 service for those of us who would like to get from LA to SF without the hassle of high gas prices and expensive airfares. The new prices take effect beginning next Monday; the shuttle company is also offering expanded hours and pick-up/drop-off services for certain Westside neighborhoods. From the press release: "We have noticed increasing...

Stan Winston, 1946-2008

Stan Winston, legendary Hollywood special-effects wizard, died this weekend at his home at age 62. He succumbed to multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, after a 7-year struggle with the disease. Winston created some of the most memorable creatures in modern cinema, including the Terminators, the "Jurassic Park" dinosaurs, and more recently, the character suit for "Iron Man." Winston accumulated four Academy Awards and ten nominations over the course of his career; his first...

Sticky Fishies: Diseases Affecting Wild Salmon Supply

Photo by Unhindered by Talent via Flickr You can't fight the funk: scientists are just beginning to discover some of the more insidious effects of creeping global warming, which is about to put polar bears on the endangered species list -- and wild Alaskan salmon may be next. Alaskan fisheries, long been overflowing with magnificent salmon supplies, are now threatened with a sticky situation: warmer waters in the northern climes are breeding yucky bacteria...

A Crisis Coming for American Farmers?

Famine. Riots. Strikes. Inflation. The repercussions of the world food crisis continue to affect the global mood and economy, and unfortunately the situation does not appear to be getting any better. American farmers, most of whom rely on the core crops of wheat, corn, and soy to bring in a living, are fearful of another poor harvest this year. From the NY Times: United States soybean plantings are running 16 percent behind last year....

Skatepark Coming to Compton

The city of Compton will finally have its very own skatepark, a brand-new facility that will open its doors to skateboarders in September. A number of grants went towards building the 12,000 square foot park, which will be located at Wilson Park, 123 N. Rose Ave. The Tony Hawk Foundation contributed over $10,000 and was a major partner in the design of the park, while a gift of $157,00 from the The Roberti-Z'Berg-Harris Grant...

Where's the Beef? Not On My Plate!

You can't seem to get away from the god's-honest truth lately: beef is bad. Not only beef, but chicken, pork, fish -- all you hear nowadays is how "cattle farming uses too much fossil fuels!" "Chickens are being horribly abused in tiny cages!" "We are overfishing the world's oceans!" So what's the responsible meat-eater to do? You could go vegetarian, and it's a respectable choice. But what if you just really love your bacon,...

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: Salmonella Outbreak

Supermarkets, restaurants, and fast-food chains across the Southland are removing three types of tomatoes from their shelves today, in response to a nationwide salmonella outbreak. Almost 145 infections have been reported since mid-April; the FDA is urging consumers to avoid raw red plum, red Roma or round red tomatoes. Cherry, grape, and tomatoes on the vine are still okay to eat. From today's LA Times: The physician who heads the FDA, Andrew C. von...

Sunday Night Dinner Pick: Simon's Cafe

Simon's Cafe is a wonderful little gem of a place, located in an awkward intersection just under the 405 freeway at Ventura Boulevard, but this Mediterranean/Moroccan treat is well worth the trip. Stop in tonight to say hi to Simon himself, who is often in the kitchen and serving the guests with speed and politesse. If you enjoy your meal, he's also giving a cooking lesson next Sunday morning on house specialties like feuillettes aux...

A Biofuel Revolution? Not So Fast

We've already covered the strikes in Europe over rising oil prices; now Rome has become the site of an emergency UN summit on the food crises that are sweeping the globe. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. has become a major target of international criticism over its food policies and interest in corn-based biofuels. From the LA Times: Delegates clashed during the second day of the three-day meeting over how much blame can be assigned to biofuels for...

Gas Prices Not Just An American Problem

Did you hear about the striking Spanish fishermen? Or perhaps the disgruntled French farmers? Maybe the embattled Bulgarian truckers? All of them, and many more workers across Europe who depend on tractors, trucks, boats, and barges to drive commerce, are speaking out against the skyrocketing prices of gas in Europe, which pays about twice as much to fill up a tank than America does. The Spanish and Portuguese fishing industry, the largest in Europe,...

Restaurant News & Openings Around Town

Now that Gordon Ramsay's new place is up and running, what other hot new dining spots are opening around town? LAist is particularly excited about the Hollywood location of Loteria Grill that is scheduled to open sometime in June. EaterLA has been closely tracking the progress of this favorite taco spot, whose Farmer's Market location has often been named the best taco place in the city. The "gastropub" renaissance has a new Hollywood outpost...

We Have To Go Back, Kate!!!

If you didn't watch last night's Lost season finale (two hours of twisted tropical bliss!), you should really just stop reading right here, cause spoilers are everywhere. If you haven't been watching the past few seasons, well, you're only missing out on the best television show of ALL TIME. While last night's closer didn't quite have the impact of last season's final scene (who can erase from their mind's eye the sodden, bearded spectacle...

Extra Extra

Photo of The Mae Shi on tour by Turquoise Boy via Flickr Win one for the anti-graffiti movement: tagger "Buket" was arrested today: "The 24-year-old man was detained this morning when he showed up to meet his probation officer. He is expected to be booked on multiple charges of felony vandalism, sheriff's officials said." The LAPD is making an effort to curb gang activity at Universal CityWalk, so why can't Universal CityWalk curb its...

House Prices Still Droppin' Like Its Hot

The LA Times is reporting this morning that house prices continue to drop across the country; in Los Angeles alone, home prices have dropped 21.7% and and continue to decline: Nationally, Case-Shiller shows prices falling by 14.4% in the 20 largest Amerian cities, by far the steepest rate of decline in the 20-year history of the index. Actual sales of new homes rose by 3.3% in April, but sales are still down by 42%...

Extra Extra: Drink Scotch Whiskey All Night Long

Photo by ~db~ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Could you believe the wind going on last night? Well, OC residents had it a lot harder: a massive storm hit Orange County and caused mudslides in the foothill areas. More freakish weather to come. Additionally, "a tornado touched down near March Air Reserve Base in Riverside just after 4:30 p.m... It lasted for at least six minutes and there were some prelimary...

Cinespia Returns This Weekend!

LA Magazine has already crowned it one of the best things about living in LA. If you've ever tried to drive down Santa Monica Blvd. around Gower on a Saturday night, you'll quickly find out what thousands of Angelenos already know: there's no better way to spend a Saturday night than with a picnic and a bottle of wine in the middle of a cemetery, watching a classic film. In fact, Cinespia's weekly summer...

Lykke Li, Anna Ternheim @ El Rey, May 19

I don't know if it was all those Ikea fish eggs I consumed this weekend, but I was definitely ready to be in a Swedish frame of mind Monday night at the El Rey, where Anna Ternheim and Lykke Li opened for El Perro Del Mar. All three artists are representing a new wave of Scandinavian indie pop, with danceable rhythms, melancholic lyrics, and a moody, sensual sound that feels like a cold, fresh breeze...

Oh Ikea! I Love Your Salty Little Balls!

Everybody should know by now that one of the secrets of lasting through a shopping trip to Ikea is making a pit stop at their cafeteria, which features whimsical Scandinavian delicacies like Swedish meatballs and lingonberry jam. The Burbank location even has a well-stocked food market where you can pick up your own frozen meatballs, cream sauces, lumpfish roe, canned herring, rye breads, cheeses, and countless other little oddball treats like roe cheese spread....

Restaurant Updates -- Ramsay and Keller in LA?

We already know that Gordon Ramsay is on his way to LA -- and despite his made-for-reality-TV personality, the guy can also really cook. Ramsay's opening his first restaurant on the West Coast in the next few weeks -- dinner service is scheduled to begin May 27th, while full service begins the following day (the reservation line is open, if you want to try your luck). The restaurant, a part of the London West...

Extra Extra: Get Your Wedding On!

Photo by Lord Jim via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Mayor Villaraigosa is totes down with the gays: the mayor praises today's court ruling and says "he would officiate over as many same-sex weddings as possible." Props to him!!! The Guvnuh has a blog? Um, sort of... "Zis is not the Austria I remember! I remember a beautiful Austria where tall, tanned, buxom, lederhosen-clad Amazonian maidens would frolick about the countryside, yodeling,...

Jacarandas: Friend or Foe?

Photo by sauvagenoble via Flickr It's May, which in Southern California means the onset of jacaranda season -- that magical time of year when trees across the city erupt into purple splendor. It's a romantic sight, to be sure, and one of those oft-overlooked reasons why living in L.A. can be so very beautiful sometimes. Anybody who's walked through the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on a sunny spring morning knows the feeling of...

Extra, Extra: Mothers, Don't Let Your Babies Get Eaten By Coyotes

Photo by kpe II via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Commuters who take Sunset Blvd. through West LA, beware of extra traffic tonight: a fatal motorcycle crash in the 11500 block will shut down the street between the 405 onramp and Barrington. LA Now also reminds us of a happy fact: it's jacaranda season! A 90-year-old woman was found dead of physical trauma inside her house in Altadena, where a fire had...

Midnight Movie: Chasing Donovan and "The Sweater"

Hey guys, interested in learning some cool math? Donovan + Magical Thrift Store Sweater + Mae Shi Soundtrack + Double Dutch = Your daily dose of funny. Check out more Honor Student videos over at Superdeluxe.com....

Redwood Bar & Grill: Now Open For Brunch!

LAist absolutely loves the Redwood Bar & Grill, a pirate-themed hangout close to Disney Hall and the Civic Center downtown -- not only is it a lovely place to wander into on a cold and lonely winter night, but it serves our Editor's Choice for Best Mac N' Cheese in the city. I know, right! So you'll be thrilled to hear that the Redwood is now open for brunch! Beginning this weekend from 11am...

Extra Extra: Just Because You Have An Opinion Doesn't Mean You Should Share It

Photo by hyperbolation via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The LA Times is projecting that Barack Obama will win North Carolina, while the primary race in Indiana is still too close to call. Nikki Finke is reporting that AMPTP/SAG talks have stalled, "even though the leadership of the big actors union made clear it wanted to continue talking." Can it...can it be? Has the Britney media circus finally calmed down? She went...

A Westwood Revival in the Works?

Photo of the now destroyed Mann National courtesy of Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library. Copyright Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library. Is Westwood making a comeback? The LA Times thinks so, in today's article on the burgeoning real estate development in UCLA's backyard. But isn't this a story we've heard a million times before? It goes something like this: Westwood used to be a great pedestrian area, then it fell...

Restaurant Quick Pick: Senor Fred

The Mexican/Spanish restaurant-lounge Senor Fred has cemented its reputation as a Ventura Blvd. hot spot for drinks, but it's also a nice lunch destination for those of you trawling the Sherman Oaks area. The place fulfills at least two requirements of a good Mexican restaurant: spicy salsa that tastes homemade (their version has a nice smoky flavor to it), and strong, simple margaritas. The food is far superior to Mexicali's questionable menu, but about...

Extra Extra: Welcome to Liberty City

Photo by consiglieri80 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Have you been talking about anything else this week? Grand Theft Auto 4 is set to break all kinds of records today. Not only are they ugly, they are hazardous to your health! New safety warnings are being issued for Mario Batali's signature footwear, Crocs. More first-person reports from the Los Angeles Times Book Festival over at LA Observed. Some badass large-scale guerrilla...

South LA Farmers Relocated to Whimsically Named Central Valley Area

You may remember a few years back when the workers of the South Central Farm, who maintained a grassy patch of garden just south of Downtown, were evicted from the land in a rather bitter eminent domain battle. Now, the collective has purchased land outside of Bakersfield, in a town named Buttonwillow (home to a speedway and not much else), in anticipation of rebuilding and replanting their farm. Thanks to a sizable donation from a...

Cocktail Quickies: Next Door Tapas Lounge

Photo of Next Door Tapas interior by Zach Behrens for LAist Next Door Tapas is a swanky and intimate little lounge in Studio City, perfect for a weekend or late evening bite -- just don't plan on being there before 6pm. Despite the 5pm opening that's advertised on most review websites, we showed up at 5:30 only to find half-dressed tables and an unready staff. The wine menu was quick to arrive once we...

Video of the Day: Lykke Li, "Little Bit"

Do you love adorable chick singers from Scandinavian countries who look like a puffin? I sure do (thanks to LAist staffer Osmany Rodriguez for turning me on and tuning me in). Check out this gorgeous and dead-sexy tune called "Little Bit" from Lykke Li (real name Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson), a pop-folk-dance artist from Sweden. You can find it on her new album Youth Novels. She'll be playing the El Rey in May with...

Extra, Extra

It's almost the weekend... | Photo by Kim Shattuck via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr See, I prefer the silent treatment to the stabby treatment: "A woman was in custody today for allegedly fatally stabbing her boyfriend during an argument at their South Los Angeles home." Watch out, flight-goers: get drunk and mean on a plane ride, and your fellow passengers might just duct-tape you to your seat! It happened to one...

So What CAN We Eat?

Photo by nailmaker via LAist Featured Photos So maybe some of you kids have it easy when it comes to eating green: you're a vegetarian or vegan, you don't eat dairy, and you shop at your local farmer's market every week. You probably bike a lot and never talk on your cell phone while you're driving. Congratulations, you're our editor! But for the rest of us mortals, the recent explosion of articles and blog...

Extra Extra: Go Green!

Photo at Joshua Tree by Lush.i.ous via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Want to read an article by somebody who actually doesn't have their head up their ass re: the whole "eating sustainably" thing? Get thee over to NY Times, where Michael Pollan tells you why you should bother about the whole Green problem. Hey guys? When she says "I'm dating someone else" or "It's getting late, I should go," that means...

New Cell Phone Laws Going into Effect July 1st

Those of you who rarely use your cell phones while driving need not take too much notice of the following announcement (oh, and p.s.? Thanks for being better than other people). For those of you, however, who insist on multi-tasking throughout your driving experience, watch out: that phone call you're making while wending your way down the 101 might just get you pulled over and fined, fined, fined. The CHP just released a press...

Chumash Language Preserved in New Dictionary

If you were a kid growing up in Southern California, learning about the Chumash Indians was no doubt a part of your third-grade curriculum (probably right around the same time you were building a mission out of sugar cubes). The Chumash were the original inhabitants of much of SoCal's coastal areas, and did cool stuff like leech the acid out of acorns so they could make food out of it without being poisoned. Of...

Extra Extra: The Outlook is Bleak, Bleak, Bleak

Photo by hinducow via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Over 300,000 troops returning from campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from some sort of mental illness, including PTSD. Over half admit they are not seeking medical treatment. "Trainwreck"? More like "how many college students can we fuck in the ass?" The answer is pretty much all of them: Sallie Mae, the largest student loan company in the United States, says the...

Stoked Sessions This Weekend at The Grind Gallery

Skate legends Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi are hosting a silent auction for the Stoked Mentoring program at The Grind Gallery tomorrow night, at 8pm in Mar Vista. Stoked Mentoring has asked over sixty street artists to create custom decks for a silent auction. There will also be DJ performances by Jamie Strong and Dâm Funk of Stones Throw Records and an open bar; tickets are only ten bucks and you can buy them...

Dine Out Tonight to Give Aid for AIDS

Tonight you can dine out at some of L.A.'s top restaurants and support a worthy cause at the same time: it's time again for Dine Out LA 2008, a city-wide event that raises money for the organization Aid for AIDS. Check out the list of participating restaurants, which are donating 20% of all profits to the charity, which helps prevent homelessness and hunger for individuals and families impoverished and disabled by HIV/AIDS. There are...

The Mae Shi Versus Orochon Ramen: Spicy Robot Death Match

The Mae Shi Versus Orochon Ramen. All photos by Carrie Meathrell So I think The Mae Shi are robots. I know, I know - they look like your typical cute-as-shit L.A. indie band, but start talking about the Book of Revelations and cybernetic intelligence with them, and you'll start to get this funny inhuman feeling. And they're certainly not clunky, "Forbidden Planet!" style robots, but super smooth Cylons, like something out of a Dan...

Father's Office Culver City Media Preview Party

The new Father's Office location in Culver City finally opened its doors last night, for a bustling gathering of media and VIPs. Chef Sang Yoon was on hand to greet the gastropub's eager patrons, who gobbled up a small selection of appetizers and sampled the many, many beers already on tap. This Father's Office feels similar to its Santa Monica sister, but the space, located in the Helms Bakery complex, is much larger (probably twice...

Extra Extra: Just Like Us

Photo by Tyler S. Andrew via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr President Bush announced today that deployments to Iraq are being reduced to 12 months, down from 15 months: "The move was recommended by the Pentagon, concerned that the longer deployments were placing too much stress on the force." LA Now asks, are supergraphics fugly? Councilman Jack Weiss is making the case for legislation to restrict how many of those super-huge billboards...

LAist Interview: Junot Diaz, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Junot Diaz at the Hammer Museum/Osmany Rodriguez for LAist The thing about author Junot Diaz is, one minute he's on the phone with you, rapping about meringue, Malcolm X, comic books, and how shit never gets done on time in the Dominican Republic - and the next minute, he's winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He describes himself as just another ordinary, poor immigrant...

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