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Winners of the LA Int’l Wine And Spirits Competition Announced

Post by Greg Thompson/Special to LAist (Photo by Greg Thompson) On June 19th, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition announced the winners of the 2009 competition. This annual event showcases the finest in both domestic and international vintages. Categories include traditional and innovative new wines, ranging from light. crisp and dry to sweet 'Late Harvest' styles. There is an award for the best Organic, and a Wine World of sports category for...

City Exploring What to do about Abandoned Bicycles on City Racks

The Department of Street Services doesn’t have the authority to remove abandoned bikes on the 3,000 city-owned bike racks in L.A., officials say. Many business owners complain about the eyesore of bicycle skeletons left on racks in front of their stores, but current laws don’t allow the city to touch them. During this week’s Transportation Committee meeting, cyclists suggested creating a system for bikes similar to car parking meters and time limit enforcements, and doing away with the ban on parking bikes on meters.

8 Ounces of Burger Pleasure

The thought of an 8 oz burger sounds off-putting for some reason. Why advertise the size of the meat? Like they say, it’s what is in it that matters. Well, 8 oz Burger Bar has hit it spot on and at reasonable prices. In a homey bar-like atmosphere worlds away from the Melrose that intersects Robertson, the burgers here deserve a pilgrimage. The patty consists of a blend of four different cuts of meat that have been dry-aged in the restaurant's Himalayan salt-tiled cellar.

A New Gin for the Martini

Post by John Brooks/Special to LAist The launch party for a new super premium gin named Oxley was held at 8 oz Burger Bar on Sunday. There was a lively group who got to hear how this Bombay-backed independent enterprise makes gin a new way. Yeah, yeah. It’s gin. But it is different. 14 different botanicals are macerated in grain spirits and then spooned by hand into a kettle. Then, rather than heating mixture, a...

There’s a New Bag in Town: Hammitt at Cami in Manhattan Beach

Long known as a beach volleyball Mecca, Manhattan Beach has, over the last several years, also been cultivating itself as a destination for boutique shopping akin to trendy locales like Robertson Blvd. and Sunset Junction further north, but with the laid back feel of the beach. We stopped in at Cami on Highland Ave. this weekend and found a treasure trove of jeans (marked down to $70), maxi dresses ($175-390) & gauzy summer shirts ($69-125) on offer, as well as eye-catching jewelry and accessories, including a wall of handbags worth making the trip down to the South Bay for.

School of Seven Bells at the Troubadour: Just This Side of Bliss

Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells returned to L.A. last night with their tribaldelic dream-pop. If you haven’t been initiated into this cultish trio, School of Seven Bells is guitarist Ben Curtis (formerly of Secret Machines) and identical twin vocalists Claudia and Alejandra Dehaza (formerly of artsy vocal group On! Air! Library!). The sisters intertwine harmonies in styles tough to pigeonhole, except to say they are exactingly crafted (with hints of everything from The Roches to the Bulgarian Women’s Choir). Curtis jabs heavily processed chords and splashes bright colors. And everything rests on electronic beats that feel one step ahead of trends.

Support Independent Booksellers! Today is Buy Indie Day!!

Los Angeles, as many metropolitan areas around the country, has lost a number of independent bookstores over the past few years. They have closed for a variety of reason—many spurred by financial difficulties or other unavoidable events, such as Long Beach’s literary institution Acres of Books which met its end after being forced out by a redevelopment project.

Don't Miss Deep Sea Diver Tomorrow!

Post by Willy Blackmore, Special to LAist If you’re planning on catching Conor Oberst and Mystic Valley Band at the Glass House in Pomona on Wednesday, we suggest you plan on arriving early. Long Beach’s Deep Sea Diver will be the opening act and even if you don’t realize it yet, you don’t want to miss it. Fresh off the release of her debut EP “New Caves” and a tour of Japan, Deep Sea...

Finding Bukowski: Don’t Try

Photo by Willy Blackmore for LAist Post by Willy Blackmore for LAist Living in Los Angeles, it is very easy to cross paths with the former poet laureate of Skid Row, Charles Bukowski. From the most mundane daily task of sending a letter at the USPS Terminal Annex in Downtown L.A. to drinking in any of the numerous dive bars scattered throughout the Southland, you may find yourself living some shades of Bukowski novel...

St Paddys in the South Bay

Along with the Westside, the South Bay is one of the best places to bar-hop on St. Patrick's Day. Auld Dubliners in Long Beach was already packed by 3pm on Tuesday. The 'Dub' is a fave where I've often toasted the Irish New Year (3pm pst). Last Paddy's Day we gave up even trying to get in. This year without my 72-year-old mother along I could be more aggressive. Having friends in low places helped...

Comme Ça: A Real Bistro on Melrose

Brunch at Comme Ça (Chef David Myers of Sona) is quite a treat. I had not done DineLA Restaurant Week there as they had priced themselves in the $44 category, which would have cost $1-4 more than the menu. Even so, I could not resist the temptation of eating here at lunch. The atmosphere is nice, though their heat was turned a bit high the day I was there. They have several nice cocktails for...

Burger King Can't Give Away their New Burgers?

For the past week or so Burger King has been stickering their bags with a small announcement that burger shots would be free yesterday between11am-2pm The promo has been reported across the country from Honolulu to Manhattan. Just after 2pm Santa Monica's lone Burger King on Pico showed no signs of a mob scene- no post Woodstock like trash strewn about the lot. Just business as usual. It seems that one free shot wasn't...

The Best Sushi in Los Angeles? Trust Sasabune!

SUSHI. delicate snowflakes rest on warm, sweet rice beds flavors intertwined. Translucent jewel - (sliced) natural perfection - slide into my mouth. TRUST ME! A direct quote from the chopstick wrapper at Sasabune. I do not kid. Sasabune moved a while back (from what I do not know, nor do I care) into this rather oddly modernistic and large-ish space on Wilshire near Centinela. Upon entering, one sees what is becoming almost obligatory in better...

Punk Rock BBQ @ Liquid Kitty 2/27/09

Today’s budget-conscious music lover has a good home at the bi-annual Liquid Kitty Punk Rock Barbecue. Where else but this Westside alterna-bar can one experience awesomely rocking bands for no cover, gobble free hotdogs from the sidewalk grill, and gulp $2 Pabsts? Last Sunday afternoon’s edition of the LKPRBBQ featured four very different groups. Unfortunately, headlining hard-core legends The Stains cancelled at the last moment. But who cares when you’ve got: Toothcore, enacting goofy, one-minute,...

Champagne vs. Bubbly

It's Valentine's Day and that means it's time to break out the bubbles. You take your valentine to a nice dinner, and are confronted with a confusing array of choices. It's easy to get confused. Champagne is bubbly, true, but there are lots of bubbles out there. You look at the wine list next to the Valentine’s Dinner menu and see your Favorite French Champagne names… Piper, Chandon, Mumm, Roederer…. in the ‘California’ section....

Prop 8 Protest-Fatigue and Message-Dilution to Continue in 2009

What busy times these are for homosexuals and their sympathizers! Protests aplenty loom in the coming weeks and months. An unofficial list of upcoming events can be found at the Against8 blog; and an official list can be found, well, nowhere, since nobody's really in charge. This decentralized, informal, grassrootsy approach has been fun, but it's also increasingly confusing -- and, we worry, irrelevant. Dan Savage observed last week that the movement is still crippled...

The LADs of Summer (Review and Giveaway!)

Even the most casual of Dodgers fans knows that we are fortunate enough to have here, in our beloved City of Angels, one of the most storied franchises in all the sporting world. In the new DVD from MLB Productions, Dodger Blue - The Championship Years, we are treated to a 60-minute retrospective that includes colorful-yet-concise vignettes on the world championship teams of 1955 (the famous "Boys of Summer" and the only Brooklyn team...

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