Results tagged “Elise Thompson”

Watt's Pic of the Week

I love Watt's photo of sunrise over this mast. The lines look like spiderwebs. It started me thinking about masts and general sailing terminology. People make jokes about the mizzen mast on Talk Like a Pirate Day. It is the most poetic-sounding mast. These are the actual names for the masts:Fore-mast - the first mast, or the mast fore of the main-mast. Main-mast - the tallest mast, usually located near the centre of the...

Seven Grand's Three-fer

This winter, Seven Grand in downtown LA is offering three specialty winter drinks: The Dublin Flip, Hot Toddy and Irish Coffee.

Free Lunch - Just Another Day in LA

Yesterday LAist was invited to watch a taping of The Florence Henderson Show on the AARP's new network, Retirement Living TV. It was a bonus that they shoot it on the same soundstage where they filmed I Love Lucy. Blogger Donna Lethal's presence was required for her sense of irony, incredible database of old Hollywood trivia, ability to spot someone famous at 20 yards, and long red hair that men find irresistible. We watched...

Wham-O Founder Passes Away

Richard Knerr June 30, 1925 - January 14, 2008 Richard Knerr, co-founder of Wham-O Inc, passed away Monday at the age of 82 at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia after suffering from a stroke. His business partner, Arthur "Spud" Melin, preceded him in death in 2002. Wham-O was founded on a slingshot, and together childhood friends Knerr and Melin went on to found an empire. The name Wham-O was onomotopoeia for the sound made when the...

The King's Head's Clam Chowder

Photo by Elise Thompson/LAist The King's Head is arguably home to the best fish and chips in Los Angeles. Sadly, the fish and chips get so much attention that the clam chowder is not given its rightful due. Let me make up for that now. The King's Head Pub in Santa Monica serves the chowder of the gods. All other chowders should bow down before it. Other chowders dare not speak its name. I...

The Cat and Fiddle's Mulled Wine

I have always had something against mulled wine. Besides it having the viscousity of blood, I just imagine Will Farrell and Rachel Dratch's "Lovers" characters from SNL drinking hot mulled wine to wash down the juices of their roasted goat meat. Somehow mulled wine always seems to be connected to hippie pagan Ren Faire earthmother people. Not that there is anything elementally wrong with hippie pagan Ren Faire earthmother people. I have friends who dance...

Viggo was Robbed! The Best Fight Scene Ever! Naked!

The Golden Globe winners have been announced, and unbelievably, Viggo Mortensen did NOT win "Best Actor" for Eastern Promises. True, he did not really emote; he didn't scream and he didn't cry. He did not play a person with a disability. Yes, he had to learn a foreign accent - with some success. But what really made Viggo award-worthy was that steamroom fight. I wish they had a "best fight scene" category like they...

Du-pars Chicken Pot Pie

Dupar's is known for its delicious pies, so it naturally follows that they would have a kick-ass chicken pot pie. Really, its only competition in town is Musso and Frank's, and I still think Dupar's has them beat. The thick, comforting gravy is not too bland, and not too salty. In fact, it's just right. Huge chunks of chicken fill the pie, so there is none of that gypped feeling you always had growing...

The Strikers Need Your Support Now - and a Donut Wouldn't Hurt

People are always there for you in the midst of crisis. But eventually they have to get back to their own lives, and on to the next crisis. Unfortunately, that is when you really need someone. I was running errands early this morning and realized I was only a block away from the studios, and right next to an open bagel shop. I thought about Heath measuring their support in dwindling Twizzlers. When I pulled...

Welcome to the Hotel California

Sure, the album cover of the Eagle's Hotel California exterior may be the Beverly Hills Hotel. But the hotel interior in the fold-out is not quite so glamorous. When I first walked into my friend's historic apartment building off of Ivar in Hollywood, it seemed so familiar. Then it hit me - we were in the Hotel California. After the jump, you can check out any shots you like, but you can never leave....

Kitchen Nightmares Restaurant Sebastian's Reputedly Closing

According to WhatWouldRamsayDo.com, this email was sent out to everyone on the mailing list of Sebastian's, a Burbank restaurant that was featured on the TV show Kitchen Nightmares: As of January 20th Sebastian's will be closing the doors. We are moving back to Boston for family reasons. We are grateful and appreciative of all of you for not only your business support but the lifetime friendships we have made with a lot of you....

O'Brien's Kioki

In addition to your usual Irish Coffee, O'Brien's in Santa Monica serves five other fun alcoholic coffee drinks. The Nutty Irishman, made with Frangelico, was beckoning (why are nutty Irishmen in bars always beckoning? Must be my red hair. And their beer goggles). I wanted something unusual, so I went for the kioki - coffee mixed with Kahlua and brandy. It would never have occured to me to mix those liquers, but it really worked....

A Fan's Tribute to Vampira

From my dear friend, musician and LAist reader, Jaime Pina: Vampira (real name Maila Nurmi) has haunted me since i can remember. Her elegant pictures from PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE in FAMOUS MONSTERS and other horror mags burned themselves into my brain. As a teenager, me and my associates in the kiddie horror punk band LOS CREMATORS de Santa Maria would drop LSD timed to peak at whatever late-night hour one of the...

Vampira Goes to the Great Beyond

Maila Nurmi, December 21, 1921 - January 10, 2008 Hollywood has lost another legend. Maila Nurmi, who became synonymous with her character, Vampira, passed away in her sleep yesterday at the age of 86. She was born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi on December 21, 1921, in Petsamo, Finland - now Pechenga, Russia. In the 1950s she created the character of Vampira, popular for both films and as a television host. The character was to set the...

Watt's Pic of the Week

A wonderful bird is a pelican, His bill will hold more than his belican. He can take in his beak Food enough for a week; But I'm damned if I see how the helican. "The Pelican" (1910) by Dixon Lanire Merrith, often misattributed to Ogden Nash Modern pelicans are found on all continents except Antarctica. From the fossil record,[6] it is known that pelicans have been around for over 40 million years, the earliest...

MySpace Suicide Case Raises Legal Questions

The law has always struggled to keep up with the fast-paced, ever-changing world of the internet. A federal investigation of fraud involving MySpace could set important legal precedents. The case brings up issues of first ammendment rights versus prosecution of harassment and other cybercrimes, as well as the question of jurisdiction in cyberspace. According to the Los Angeles Times, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles has issued subpoenas to MySpace and related parties in...

Bistro Provence's Beef Bourguignon

Sometimes when the weather or the world is a little too harsh, I get a craving for something I call "Mom food". Most people call it comfort food. Stew is the quintissential mom food, and Bistro Provence in Burbank serves a beef bourguignon just like mom would make, if mom were an award-winning French chef. Executive chef Miki Zivkovic, formerly of Pinot Bistro, uses the most tender of celery and fresh carrots. We are...

Let's Make Some Babies!

Maybe your New Year's resolution was to spend quality time with your family, to see your friends more often, or to try your hand at something creative. Mark Jenkins' ongoing tape projects are a great way to accomplish all of these goals. All you need is packing tape, something sharp, and some plastic wrap. You can use a doll to make babies as part of the Storker Project, or parts of your own body as...

La Luz del Dia's Champurrado

There is a common misconception that we don't have seasons in Los Angeles. We know when the seasons are changing. There are two distinct events that herald the coming winter: the Christmas displays replace the Halloween merchandise, and the lunch trucks start selling champurrado. Champurrado is a type of atole, which is a hot drink popular in the winter. There are a variety of atoles, but chapurrado is probably the most popular. It is...

Hotta Hotta Chocolata

Every once in awhile something is so surprisingly good that you never forget the first time you tried it. I was standing around a giant campfire freezing my ass off somewhere near the Ortega Highway when a fellow camper handed me a big, warm thermos of cocoa. Mmmm, chocolate - and mint - and alcohol. Alcohol! How was it possible that it never occurred to me to put alcohol in cocoa? She had spiked the...

Fun Sites for Wasting Even More Time at Work

After the holidays, some offices are feverishly trying to catch up on missed work, while others are still lounging in the holiday lull, trying to look busy. Here are a few popular sites for goofing around, or taking a little break from that feverish bean-counting. Just try not to laugh so hard you disrupt the entire office. I usually avoid adorable animal sites, but you have to forgive me, Stuffonmycat.com is hysterical. This site even...

Watt's Pic of the Week

Here is a self-portrait of Watt braving the frigid January waters off of San Pedro in the 37th annual Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears Plunge on New Year's day. As far back as anyone can remember, an informal New Year's day swim has been led by lifeguards or the Dept of Parks and Recreation at noon off of Cabrillo Beach. In 1953, John Olguin and Jack Cheaney started the Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears. John's wife, Muriel...

The Smoking Gun's New Feature

One of our favorite sites, The Smoking Gun, is featuring a new section this year. Starting this week, the End of the Week Mugshot Cavalcade will feature the strangest of the strange, the wildest of the wild, and the stupidest of the stupid. These aren't celebrity mugshots, which we will always hold close to our hearts. These are photos of your average Joes (and Janes?) featuring freaky hairdos, piercings, ironic T-shirts, manic facial expressions and...

Tam O' Shanter's Hot Toddy

A feeling of familiarity always comes over me when I escape from the cold and the rain into the warmth and comfort of the Tam O'Shanter. Maybe it's because I grew up in Scottish pubs. Maybe it's because my mother's house is decorated exactly like the interior of the Tam O' Shanter, as is my brother's house, as is my own den (I have managed to contain all of the Scottishness in one room of...

Nate 'n Al's Mish Mash Soup

The weather outside is frightful, but here inside Nate 'n Al it's toasty and warm. The waitress treats you like she's your mom, chiding you if you don't eat enough soup. Nothing takes the chill off like a big, hot bowl of Mish Mash soup (pronounced by most people as "mish mosh"). Matzoh ball soup is usually considered to be the ultimate comfort food, but in this soup you get the best of everything...

New Year's Eve Parties are EASY! The Food!

Continuing party planning where we left off, we now turn our focus to the main event: the food. MENU PLANNING The type of food you serve will depend upon the level of elegance and the number of guests. Under 20 people, I can usually make frou-frou little canapes and doots. As the number climbs, it is best to head more in the direction of Superbowl food. With a small get-together, I can pipe cute...

In the Kitchen: Wild Mushroom Filo Cups

These tartlets are a great appetizer for a holiday party. They can be prepared ahead of time and keep well. They are popular, elegant, vegetarian, and best served at room temperature. Helpful friends don't need any cooking know-how to help you assemble them. You may need to adjust amounts slightly as the spirit moves you. I usually just wing it. Leftover goat cheese filling can be combined with pesto and used as a dip...

Slaves of Costco

I fucking HATE Costco. I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! Costco is a land of lawlessness. People cut you off with their big, giant carts. They block you from getting to the "shelf", and will tear out your jugular to get at the free samples. The parking lot is a madhouse. Perfectly nice people suddenly zoom in and steal spots from people who have clearly been sitting there for 5 minutes with...

New Year's Eve Parties are EASY!

ALCOHOL One of the most important elements of a new year's eve party is alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol. This will cause people to forget your little mistakes, and turn the big mistakes into hilarious anecdotes that you will chuckle over together for years. Figure one bottle of champagne will yield around 6 glasses. Oh, and get plastic glasses if you have invited over more than 20 people. It's tacky, but beats the...

New Year's Resolutions

LAist has polled a number of our favorite LA locals to find out their New Year's Resolutions! In the spirit of fairness, here is mine: I'm cutting up the credit cards! Let's see what everyone else has to say: Pamela Des Barres: To live right smack dab in the NOW! Neil Hamburger: I want to try and put all the years behind me. Keith Morris: 2 try & not B a DICK!!!! Not 2...

White Trash Meatballs

This is the recipe that will bar me forever from the Cordon Bleu, that will cause Anthony Bourdain to look upon me with scorn; it is cooking's dirty little secret. I first discovered these meatballs at a raging 4th of July party. I couldn't believe what they put in the sauce! It's just so awful! Then I tried it myself and now all of my friends are addicted. They stand around at my parties...

$4 a Gallon for Gas? That's Hot!

The Los Angeles Times is predicting that we can expect gas prices to continue climbing, possibly hitting $4 a gallon in 2008. Citing high demand and persistently strong crude oil costs, it is estimated that prices will hit $3.40 a gallon by next Spring (which is not that far off from the $3.10 charged at Mobil this morning, or the $3.22 advertised at Shell). According to the Energy Department, as quoted in the Times, "The...

Far Out Recipe Cards

What could be better than grotesque pink salmon molds? When cooking went psychedelic, of course. There was a point where hippies influenced the mainstream style, converging with mom's Valium habit to birth some craaaazy foods. Moms had to show the family they were still groovy, didn't they? Some of these ideas look like Betty Crocker on acid. Bad acid. The brown acid. These cupcakes give me nightmares. Bad Gumby nightmares. Could they make them look...

Local Film by Dave Markey Chosen for Rotterdam Film Festival

Remember when Chewbacca allegedly attacked Marilyn Monroe? If you have ever driven past Mann's Chinese theater, you have seen the assortment of costumed characters posing with tourists. The Reinactors, Dave Markey's documentary that follows the strange bunch who haunt Mann's, has just been chosen for the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival. The 37th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (23 January to 3 February 2008) is being realised under the leadership of director Rutger...

...And to All a Good Night

Well, it's over. The cookies are gone, the dishes are washed, and the trash is overflowing with crumpled-up paper. One more week of madness until the New Year's party and then all will return to normal. Assuming, that is, that you don't celebrate Three King's Day. In which case, you are on your own. One more week of tinsel, and I'm out. For those of you whose appetite was whet by Lori Nyx's creepy...

4:20 Video: Snowmiser/Heatmiser

Of all Christmas specials, this one is my absolute favorite. The Heatmiser is perhaps the greatest character ever to come out of the stop-motion animated specials of my childhood. Enjoy this musical interlude from The Year Without a Santa Claus....

Christmas Dinner is EASY

OK, maybe this post is a little last-minute. But most of the grocery stores are open until noon today. There is still time. Christmas dinner is very similar to Thanksgiving dinner, but easier. Some people have an identical turkey dinner, perhaps with an added ham. One sure way to make Christmas special is with a rib roast. The standing rib roast is a beautiful thing, and even easier than a turkey! Figure one rib will...

Monastery of the Angels Pumpkin Bread

Last week a friend showed up with a lovely wrapped pumpkin bread for us. I immediately asked, "Is that a Monastery of the Angels pumpkin bread???" No one was impressed with my psychic abilities, but I was impressed with that bread! Not just because there is a cloistered monastery in Hollywood. I was amazed because I have been baking that pumpkin bread for 20 years, ever since the LA Times published the recipe. In...

My Favorite Christmas Present

My family were all packrats, but my mom was the worst. For years she kept my closet cluttered with boxes of fabric scraps. She had made a lot of my clothes growing up, as well as Halloween costumes and clothes for my dolls. I could never convince her to throw all of this useless fabric away. One year, it all came together. I was in my mid-twenties when I opened a package to find...

Photo Essay: Star Light, Star Bright

Most people have heard of Candy Cane Lane, a neighborhood in Woodland Hills that puts up elaborate holiday displays. There are a number of other neighborhoods around Los Angeles that can also deck the halls. It all started in South Redondo when a local French restaurant encouraged the neighbors to put white lights in the trees. Every year, a little neighborhood east of Prospect and south of Palos Verdes Drive threatens to put GE...

Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Many people think of Olvera street as nothing more than a tourist trap. There are touristy elements, such as roaming mariachis and margaritas bigger than your head. But Olvera street is more than that. Not only does Olvera street host a number of cultural events throughout the year, it also has its own church with a close-knit congregation, and a community that is centered around the old square. Las Posadas, like Dia de los...

4:20 Video: 12 Days of Christmas

I can never remember the lyrics to Christmas carols after the first stanza either. So I know where Straight No Chaser is coming from....

Watt's Pic of the Week

One of the great things about Pedro are the cliffs, which provide beautiful views of the harbor. At the same time, the harbor is getting some beautiful views of the cliffs ( and the Point Fermin building). Here is a sea-lion's-eye view from Watt's kayak. A Watt's-eye-view....

Happy 50th Birthday To Mike Watt

Happy 50th to our weekly photo contributor Mike Watt! This is a self-portrait taken this morning, kayaking around Angel's Gate in the rain at dawn. He'll also be marking the occasion tonight by rocking DiPiazza's in Long Beach. Watt will be joining Nels Cline and Steve Perkins in Banyan, Perkins' experimental, mostly instrumental project. Opening bands are Alfajerk and Horrors of Toledo. Banyan goes on at 11pm, so you can still catch them if...

Oops, I Forgot to Shop! Am I Doomed?

If you're like me, you notice great gift ideas while surfing the web in April. Then one day you realize it's already December. In fact, it's a week before Christmas and you forgot to order anything. Is it too late? Do you really have to brave the crowds at the mall? Of course not! This is America! Amazon.com will guarantee shipping, but you have to shell out the bucks. No more Super-saver shipping. -For...

Leimert Park Eats: Shabazz Good Foods

It may look like your average, everyday taco truck, but the Shabazz Good Foods truck is not slinging the usual carnitas. Every Sunday, you can find their truck parked on 43rd and Crenshaw at Leimert Plaza Park. They sell not only the infamous bean pies, but blueberry cream pies, pineapple cream pies, and a few soulful lunches. The red snapper sandwich is the easiest thing to eat in the park, and probably your best...

Cheetos and Tequila: Misheard Punk Lyrics

I love Gavin Edward's series of misheard lyrics, informally known as mondegreens. Especially since I am constantly singing the wrong lyrics to songs, including the commonly misheard "wrapped up like a douche" (Manfred Mann's "revved up like a deuce.") I am driven to hysterical laughter by Gavin Edward gems like: "My mind is bacon, but my body's Sizzlean." (Misheard lyric) Foreigner, Hot Blooded (Song) My mind is racin' but my body's in the lead...

Ann Summa's Raucous Reception: Part 2

Some photographers are just lucky. They were in the right place at the right time. They were there to ride the crest of a burgeoning scene. Not so for Ann Summa. She may have been snapping away while LA's punk rock scene took its very first breath, but the timelessness of her photography is not sheer luck. Ann Summa's photographs could stand up to the best of them even if they were pictures of...

LAist Cookie Exchange: Gingersnaps

" src="http://laist.com/attachments/lindsayrebecca/gingersnapsinapile.jpg" width="375" height="318" class="left"/> I can't remember a time when I wasn't baking cookies. My mom used to sit me up on the counter and let me pour ingredients into the mixer. I had to hold the measuring cup with both hands. I started baking these gingersnaps one Christmas soon after I had moved out on my own. They are from one of those Family Circle cookbook sets with 15 volumes. I have...

Watt's Pic of the Week

This is a picture of a bait raft in Pedro. I love this one because the seagull looks so blase as the sea lions go at it. I am not a fan of cheesily talking for animals. But he just seems to be thinking, "There go those goddamned sea lions again. If I wanted to listen to that crap I'd get married again." OK, the anthropomorphizing is over. You can open your eyes now....

Shark Week at LAist

I didn't intend for this to be shark week, but sometimes shark week just happens. Laist readers over at sharkdiver wanted to share their video of this bloody shark encounter with us. Not for the faint of heart. Oh and if you dream of someday swimming with giant squid, they've got you covered. Watch out for those razor-sharp beaks! We shot this at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico aboard our shark diving vessel MV Islander. Shark Divers...

Los Angeles Toy Drives

TOYS FOR TOTS Everyone has that one special moment when it really starts to feel like Christmas. It might be shopping Thanksgiving weekend, baking cookies or buying the tree. For me, it is that magical moment while stuck in traffic when I am taken unawares by a phalanx of motorcycles zooming by carrying giant stuffed bears on the back. That is truly the spirit of Christmas. The bikers are part of an annual Toys for...

Absinthe is Legal and BevMo's Got It

A piece written while inebriating oneself with absinthe. Read on as Elise test-tastes these fabulous absinthes...with interesting results! For many years people have believed that wormwood, or specifically the chemical thujone, found in wormwood, drove people mad. Because of this popular misconception, absinthe has been banned in the United States since 1912. Popular during the 19th century, absinthe inspired famous works by poets and painters alike. Absinthe has seen a recent resurgence in popularity and...

Gifts of Action and Adventure

Tired of the same old gifts? Who needs another tie, or some tchotchke that just becomes one more thing to dust? How about giving someone a gift certificate to swim with great white sharks? I'll bet that's one gift they will always remember - hopefully for the right reasons. 99 Blue Bananas provides gift packages that arrive at the recipient's door in a tasteful blue folder including a gift card and relevant information for the...

Leimert Park Eats: M&M Soul Food

When people think of Leimert Park, they usually focus on Leimert Plaza Park and the one block of Degnan to the north. But the neighborhood of Leimert Park encompasses the eastern side of Crenshaw Boulevard, including Crenshaw and King Blvd all the way north to Rodeo Road. M&M Soul Food sits right beneath one of the blue signs delineating the Leimert Park neighborhood. When you see a soul food restaurant on television, nine times out...

LAist Cookie Exchange: Chocolate Chip Bars

Tis the season - for cookies!!! Cookies are one of the most versatile treats you can make. They are perfect for gift-giving, office parties, dessert, or a quick snack. They please children and grown-ups alike. Most cookie batters freeze well so you can make cookies anytime you feel like it. Cookie recipes are easy to make and hard to screw up. You just need to keep an eye on them so they don't burn....

Well, I'm Stumped!

This house in Burbank has a giant Disneyesque tree stump in its front yard. Why is it there? Maybe it is permanent part of the cottage charm. Maybe it is a giant holiday yule log. Maybe it is a prop in the making that is refusing to cross the picket line. Or maybe there is a giant blue ox on the run somewhere in the city. Like most Angelenos, I stopped asking, "Why?" a...

Lee Ving Croons for the Westside

Have a beer with FEAR! Or at least with Lee Ving, who will be performing tonight for free at The Shamrock. The last time he came around solo, he was mainly playing country music. The genres are certainly varied, so there will be some surprises. This will be a weekly gig. With Lee Ving on Saturdays, and tattoos on Mondays, we're definitely going to have to hit The Shamrock. (Flyer courtesy of Lee Ving)...

Photo Essay: Shopping at Nature's Pride

International markets are like a culinary Disneyland. I can waste hours wandering the aisles, peeking into jars of unfamiliar grocery items, buying things that I don't know how to cook, and exploring brave new worlds of snacking. Nothing beats a Saturday afternoon at the Armenian market, Nature's Pride Golden Farms. Most of the products are Russian, with a few British items thrown in amongst the American and Mexican groceries. Let's take a look around!...

Imagine

Today is the 27th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. Like the JFK assassination before it, his murder became a touchstone for a generation. Everyone remembers where they were when they found out Lennon had been shot. I was sitting on my bed doing homework, and I stayed glued to my little black-and-white TV all night as the events unfolded. My friends and I wore black to school for an entire week and...

Watt's Pic of the Week

This photograph is somehow both beautiful and sad. Broken, abandoned things can be just as meaningful, sometimes even more meaningful, than natural beauty. It is just one more thing for the sea to claim and make its own. Photo by Mike Watt...

A Very British Sixties Christmas!

The Mods and Rockers invite all Beatles fans, Anglophiles and latent mods and rockers to attend A Holiday Rave-up: A Very British Sixties Christmas! tomorrow night. This celebration of sixties music will feature The Ravers, the premier sixties cover band. Special guests performing with The Ravers will be Stephen Bishop (On And On, It Might Be You) and Spencer Davis (Gimme Some Loving, I'm A Man). I saw Spencer Davis perform with The Ravers...

Mrs. Barton's Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the one holiday of the year that celebrates oil. How could I not love it? Luckily for me, I grew up next-door to Mrs. Barton, an excellent cook and my "adoptive Jewish mother". Every year I remember her up to her elbows in the world's biggest Tupperware bowl, mixing up the potato pancakes. As a newlywed, I was terrified hosting my first dinner party. I went over to Mrs. Barton's house to...

Leimert Park Eats: Ackee Bamboo

A favorite of locals and a darling of restaurant reviewers, Ackee Bamboo on Degnan helps to alleviate LA's need for some good Jamaican food. Kingston-born proprietress Marlene Sinclair and her husband Delroy serve up generous portions to the hungry customers who are often making a special pilgrimage to Leimert Park just to try her jerks and curries. The oxtails may be the best I've ever eaten. Of course, oxtails are kind of like sex....

Recipe Cards On Parade!

One of the advantages of real flea markets over EBay is the ability to dig through piles of freaky stuff and come up with buried treasure. One of my favorite finds are collections of old recipe cards. There was once a time when food photography was somehow limited, perhaps by the printing technique, or the tinting process, or maybe it was just the aesthetic of the time. The food portrayed more often than not showed...

The Meanest Blog in the Entire World

For those of you who might not be familiar with the story, this is a tale of suspicion, revenge, and MySpace gone terribly wrong. In 2006, Lori Drew of Dardenne, Missouri, invented a fake profile on MySpace pretending to be a young boy named "Josh". Her intent was to use "Josh" to romance and keep tabs on her daughter's ex-best-friend, Megan Meier, who Drew believed was harassing her daughter via MySpace. "Josh" also "friended"...

Tamale Madness!

It's tamale season! Every year around this time, our family spends one Sunday wrapping tamales for Christmas Eve. It's easiest to make the meat the day before, then have the wrapping party the next day. This is not a solo project. Stock up on beer and make something easy, like chili, and invite all of your friends over. Call every Mexican restaurant/deli/store in your phone book and find one that sells the masa pre-prepared. Some...

Leimert Park Eats: Cafe Soul

As Lou Reed put it, "The first thing you learn is you always gotta wait." But when you are jonesing, you are always willing to wait. And the catfish at Cafe Soul definitely brings the jones down on me. Cafe Soul opened this past October in the location that was formerly home to the Kitchen on 43rd Place. The changeover was so fast, I'm not sure the restaurant even closed its doors. Cafe Soul...

Here's a Christmas Contest I Can Get Behind

Who would have thought Disney could come up with such a great contest? In spite of the danger of TWO Disney and Holiday-related posts today, I just have to throw this one out there for everyone. These pictures are just too good to keep to myself. Not only do they involve scary Santas and tormented children, but parents are the ones exposing their child's darkest moments in the hopes of a monetary prize. I hope...

Watt's Pic of the Week

Sometimes Watt sends out pictures of found objects that he comes across while pedaling around Pedro. My favorite thing about this photo is Watt's DIY self-painted helmet on the ground. True, he probably took it off to look through the viewfinder of the camera. But it also makes me wonder just a little bit whether he was going to try on the hat....

White Trash Heaven: JELL-O Shots

It seems like everyone just instinctively knows how to make JELL-O shots. Only recently did I discover that this fine art is not in everyone's repertoire. With the holidays coming up, it might be time to brush up on College Drinking 101. The standard recipe includes 1 (6-oz) package JELL-O, 2 cups boiling water, 1 cup cold water and 1 cup vodka. Over the years I have futzed with this recipe. I like to...

Fun Sites for "Wasting" Time at "Work"

What? There are unnecessary quotation marks in the title? Better report this to the good people over at The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks. I especially like the ones with people selling "chicken" "hamburgers" or "maple syrup". The blog that started my obsession with punctuation police was Apostrophe Abuse, which is my pet peeve. It blows my mind that somewhere out there stands a tombstone that says, "MOM - Alway's there for us." Literally a...

Happy Birthday, Jimi

Jimi Hendrix was born November 27, 1942. Today would be his 65th birthday had he not passed away in September of 1970. In his honor, here is a rare video of Hey Joe recorded in Belgium in 1967....

Fast Food that Will Still Respect You in the Morning

Now that Thanksgiving is over, many of us are feeling guilty about overeating and we're starting to sweat the next month. My philosophy is to go ahead and enjoy the food when it is a special event, like Christmas Eve. What you really have to watch are the little unhealthy habits that the season brings - mindless cookie munching in the breakroom, triple-macchiattos to keep your energy up, and fast food meals eaten on-the-run...

Experiencing The Experience Music Project

In honor of what would be Jimi Hendrix's 65th birthday today, I am posting my impressions of The Experience Music Project in Seattle. Last November I visited the Experience Music Project. Many of my Seattle friends are boycotting EMP because of its founder, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. He pissed off a lot of people by building Qwest Field with taxpayer dollars after it had been voted down twice. The building is another strange...

Jimi Hendrix, Rest in Peace

This is Hendrix's original grave in the humble family plot before his memorial was built. It seems a little sad and neglected in this picture, but this Seattle cemetary is actually lush with grass. The only reason for the dirt is because the constant stream of visitors created a well-worn path that didn't allow the grass to grow. On November 26, 2002 Hendrix's body was exhumed and reburied under a much more fitting marble...

Let's Think Twice about New Wave

In the 80s, I kind of felt like I was living in the Twilight Zone. Particularly the episode where everyone thinks people with pig faces are beautiful. Back then, people were wearing asymmetrical everything, giant hair, giant shoulderpads, giant polkadots, and dayglo colors to complement the ultrathick, bushy eyebrows. My mother would try to force these horrible clothes on me in the dressing room, and it was as if they were burning my skin....

Malibu Fire - Could Be Arson, Also Flea's House Burned

"Human activity" is what the LA Times is reporting is the cause of the fires. That's arson if it wasn't an accident. The most destructive fire in Malibu in nearly 15 years raced through parched canyons Saturday, consuming 49 homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. The so-called Corral fire burned 4,700 acres before the fierce Santa Ana winds died down, allowing firefighters to make a stand. By evening, the blaze, which...

Watt's Pic of the Week

This weekend I thought we'd take a break from the sea and the red thing to check out the animal kingdom version of Thanksgiving. Are these not the fattest racoons you have ever seen? It's as if they are a new species. Don't mess with Pedro racoons, man. - Elise The Raccoon (Procyon lotor), also known as the Northern Raccoon, Common Raccoon, Washer Bear or Coon, is a widespread, medium-sized, omnivorous mammal native to...

What Watt is Thankful For

I am very thankful for getting to paddle, I did it this morning. w/paddle, watt...

On This Fourth Day of November

From Mike Watt for LAist Entrance into the fourth world Two main versions exist as to the hopi's emergence into the present (or fourth) world. the more prevalent is that spider grandmother caused a hollow reed (or bamboo) to grow into the sky, and that it emerged in the fourth world at the sipapu. the people then climbed up the hollow tube into this world. typically, the location of the sipapu is given as...

Jan Svankmajer - Fridays at The Silent Movie Theatre

Fridays at 7:30 pm: THE PERVERSE PUPPETRY OF JAN SVANKMAJER Unsurpassed in his tactile, uncanny approach to experimental animation, surrealist Czech master Jan Svankmajer's films have inspired a generation of directors, including Tim Burton and The Brothers Quay, to expand their confidence in what is visually and conceptually possible in cinema. Whether concerned with sexual taboos or blatant political satire, Svankmajer's vision is always off-kilter, mordantly funny, and oddly sincere. - The Silent Movie Theater...

Deep Fried Turkey Disaster

All I wanted was a deep-fried turkey blowing up. Just a little cautionary video. Instead I got a Frosty the Snowman gay suicide, nazi gingerbread, and a drunk interfering with a newscaster. Bonus!...

What I am thankful for

I am thankful that my family happens to include people who I would rather spend this day with than anyone else. I know today they will make me laugh, stuff me with food and touch my heart. For the opportunity to befriend everyone here at LAist, including (and especially) the readers For moonlight on the Seine For art museums For white narcissus For See's chocolates For the Pacific ocean For the smell of Crayons...

Thanksgiving is EASY Part 2: Vegetables

Mashed potatoes are one of then few dishes I can't live without on Thanksgiving. Luckily, it is super-easy. Just make someone else peel the potatoes. Peeling is an easy thing to do while watching TV, so recruit those football fans. You can also peel them Wednesday, and as long as you keep them covered with water, they will not discolor much. I don't do the green bean casserole thing. It's a love-it-or-hate-it dish. I...

Thanksgiving is EASY Part 3: Stuffing and the Trimmings

OK, maybe I lied about the mashed potatoes. What I love most is the stuffing. Man, it's like Sophie's Choice trying to decide. I don't see any reason to deal with the hassle of making cornbread just to use in stuffing. But straight out of the box is boring. My mom has always used ground pork sausage in hers and it is killer. Ask the guy at the meat counter. We are also going...

Thanksgiving is EASY Part 4: Pumpkin Pie

Who doesn't love pumpkin pie? Well, a few people, but they can bring their own dang pie. I am not even going to deal with the crust. This is not the time to be learning how to make the perfect pie crust. Marie Callendar's deep dish pie crusts are fine. Let them thaw a little even though you are not supposed to, because the dough cracks and this way you can repair tell-tale problems...

Thanksgiving is EASY Part 1: General Rules and Turkey

Remember that tear-jerking story-song, Rocky? She said, "Rocky, I never cooked Thanksgiving before, don't know if I can do it... but if you'll let me lean on you, and take my hand, I might get through it..." Thanksgiving is actually much easier than a lot of dinners I've cooked. It's one of the easiest. People just become intimidated by the sheer size of everything, and the fear of being judged. Just think of it...

Burbank's Bob Hope Airport Status Still Unclear

Hearing that Burbank's Bob Hope Airport might be grounding flights this morning, I headed over there at 5:30am. They were still allowing in the usual traffic, in spite of the fact that everyone was swerving all over the road in the dense fog. I almost got T-boned by a Flyaway shuttle. I spoke to a few passengers who were heading back to the parking structure after being told their flight to San Francisco was...

What ELSE Travel Writers are Saying About Us

Last night I was casually checking out what various travel websites had to say about the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Most of the summaries in Frommers sounded like this: Silver Lake, a residential neighborhood just north of Downtown and adjacent to Los Feliz (home to the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park), just to the west, has arty areas with unique cafes, theaters, graffiti, and art galleries -- all in equally plentiful proportions. The...

Watt's Pic of the Week: The Red Thing

A rare closeup of the bass as we continue with the Red Thing series. It is always attached to the things he loves best: The Boat, the bike, and the bass. I like how the red on the side of the bass head continues the red theme, and how the tuning pegs look humongous. There is not much else to say about the Red Thing. The Red Thing simply IS. Watt is back in...

Where the Heck is Arleta?

Since it's the last day of geography week and we've been all about the neighborhoods, here is a fantastic map of Los Angeles neighborhoods from LA Almanac. As we have previously discussed, it is pretty hard to get accurate, official neighborhood boundaries. This "unofficial" map is one of the most comprehensive and comprehensible sources I've seen thus far, offering an excellent overview of the city. For a large version that is much more readable, click...

Mmmm... Vegan Thai Curry

Thai food can be an issue for vegans. Everything has hidden fish sauce or oyster sauce in it. Luckily, here in LA there is always Bulan Thai, California Vegan, Vegan Glory, and Vegan House. Some Thai Town restaurants will prepare the food vegan upon request. But depending upon where you live, you still might not have a convenient corner takeout. So why not make it at home? I've made authentic Thai curries from scratch,...

My Favorite Beverly Hills Home

I first saw this house in 1986. Whenever I'm in the area, I take a quick detour down a side alley to check it out. It has gradually evolved, with a new mosaic or glass feature appearing each time I drive by. I saw a guy working up on the roof about six months ago, and he seemed too young to have been working on the house for 20 years. Maybe it is a...

The Long Shadow of Jonathan Gold

Ever since I started writing food reviews, I have been haunted by Jonathan Gold. I would be researching pho for a post, and come across one of his articles, "Cinnamon, anise and the funk of simmering beef, the soup's unmistakable signature, perfumed the air." Sometimes Jonathan Gold just makes me want to stick a fork in my head. I used to play "Restaurant Roulette" on Ventura Boulevard, where I would just stop at random eateries....

Photo Essay: Festival Vendors

Photographers are known to fixate. They are pretty faithful to their subject. For the most part, I take pictures of food, bands, and cemetaries. Then sometimes I just become obsessed with random subjects. On this day it was the vendors at the Tamale Festival....

The Misfits and Dr Know @ HOB 11/13/07

As a teenager, the Misfits kind of passed me by. They were an East coast band, and I was listening to local SST bands and 70s glammy-junkie punk bands. Like ANGELIC UPSTARTS, it seemed like MISFITS was just another band to paint on your leather jacket. A few years ago I got turned on to their box set, and I felt like I had really missed out. This Ramones - meets - Sabbath -...

Who Wants to be Queen for a Day?

Judges, Queen Hopefuls, and ALL the Doo Dah Parade Entries! Let's PACK the place for a blast of a party and COME AS YOU ARE to the... DOO DAH DAY PARTY AND QUEEN TRYOUTS! SUNDAY, November 18th from 1:00pm till ? TRYOUTS begin at @ 2:00pm, Crowning @ 5:30pm. Your Gracious Hosts and Performing LIVE! SNOTTY SCOTTY AND THE HANKIES HORSES ON ASTROTURF Your Host, ANDREW DUKE OF DOO DAH Queen Hopefuls and Judges, please...

Anna and Bella

Another favorite animated short by Borge Ring. It may be a tad bit oversentimental, but I can only hope to end up like these two....

The Plugz, The Eyes, Controllers, Deadbeats @ Echoplex 11/11/07

Sunday was the book release party for Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley. It was fully sold out, and even those who are in with the in crowd were embarassed to be left standing outside, waiting for a friend to get them in. The party went on all afternoon, all evening, and all night. Everyone seems to have forgotten that we aren't 17 years old anymore. By the time we arrived at...

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