Posts for November 6, 2012

San Diego's Suja Launches in L.A.

Hydraulically cold-pressed juice and San Diego imports are both something we've seen a lot of this year and now the two are coming together with the arrival of Suja, a 100% organic, cold-pressed raw juice that comes bottled in twelve flavors. The juice is set to be sold soon at each of Brian Malarkey's restaurants and is just becoming available in the L.A. area at Whole Foods for various cleansing and nutritional needs.

Tinga Honors Campanile With "Quesadilla Thursdays"

Picking up the slack now that Campanile has left the building, putting the kibosh on its legendary grilled cheese nights, La Brea's Tinga is starting its own Thursday "Quesadilla Nights" starting November 29. The Mexican spot will offer a variety of $9 to $13 quesadillas, including a "BMQ" with Nueske's bacon, black beans, and 'shrooms, and a "Pastrami-dilla" with NY-style pastrami, chayote, and cheese, laid out in a rabbit-snare for Jonathan Gold.

Martha Stewart Ventures Into Sitcom Territory

Can't wait for this.

Gordon Ramsay is not the only TV food personality signing on to produce a fictional television series: Deadline reports (via Vulture) that Martha Stewart will produce Tao of Martha, which follows a "highly disorganized former party girl" who finds purpose in proper napkin-folding technique, true love at the specialty yarn-store parking lot, and heaven in a hot-glue gun. We're making those things up, of course, and plan on tuning into Fox next fall to find out how to really flip an omelette. [Deadline via Vulture, Earlier]

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Actor Andrew Keegan Sues James Beach

TMZ reports that James Beach, the Venice cougar den owned by the same group behind Danny's and Canal Club, is being sued for $25,000 by actor Andrew Keegan, who might just be jealous the restaurant's fish tacos got a role in I Love You Man and not him. Known for sporadic work following a recurring part in 7th Heaven and a central role in 10 Things I Hate About You, Keegan claims he was unjustly pummeled by bouncers at the bar and put in a choke-hold, suffering serious injuries as a result back in 2010.

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Shamrock Selection Reopens at Tom Bergin's

Tom Bergin's

Have you ever wanted to see your name in green? Tom Bergin's is announcing the reinstatement of the legendary Fairfax tavern's shamrock dedications, choosing which regulars will get their names scrawled on one of the many paper placards littering the walls. The entire Bergin's crew will nominate restaurant guests at a monthly staff meeting and following a loya jirga, one winner (sometimes more) will be picked. Even better, the lucky winner gets a party thrown on their behalf to welcome them into Bergin's very own hellfire club. To weed out the attention-starved, guests can't really enter themselves, so you may just have to sit there a lot and look cute. The bar tells us this is more of a return to its original selection process, after a punch card system resulted in too many fair-weather visitors hitting it for the required ten times, then never calling again. Now, you only get up on the wall if you're a true regular (or a moderately skilled tagger).

Bartender Matt Biancaniello Mulls Westside Plans

In Los Angeles magazine's new and improved Digest blog, Randy Clemens sits down with former Library Bar mixologist Matt Biancaniello to discuss his plans after departing the popular Hollywood Roosevelt destination. The healthy-eater says he's currently just "looking forward to some time off," but has some consulting gigs and events in the works. As to his one-year plan, Biancaniello says he's hoping "to open my own place on the Westside—ideally Venice..." in the next twelve months. [Digest]

Katsuji Tanabe Launching The MexiKosher Truck

It's Kosher!Photo: MexiKosher

MexiKosher, Katsuji Tanabe's Kosher Mexican restaurant on Pico, is planning to branch out to several more locations in the coming year, the first of which will take the form of a food truck. The Mexikosher Truck will begin its voyage in Downtown during weekday lunch and hit the Beverly and LaBrea intersection during weekends. Tanabe's tacos, burritos, and basically everything else found at the brick-and-mortar will make it on-board, as well as paletas and the chefs muy interesante ice creams. The chef expects the truck to launch by the end of November, with location and date updates going out on Twitter. In other MexiKosher news, wear your "I Voted" sticker today and get a free taco.

Alan Richman (Finally) Discovers Portland

He's a little behind the pack on this one, but GQ critic Alan Richman today is among the last critics in the country to decide that Portland, Oregon, is now "the most fascinating gastronomic city in America." Eric Asimov in the NYT declared Portland food's "golden age" to have begun five years ago, and US News & World Report named Portland the No. 1 city in the world for street food not long after. The exporting of Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) and Matthew Lightner (Atera) to NYC has only helped build the city's legend. Also, Andrew Knowlton at Bon Appétit has made sure to swing through the past few years for his Best New Restaurants list, crowning Luce one of his top ten this year. [GQ]

35 L.A. Pastry Chefs Uniting For C-Cap, November 17th in Santa Monica

Mary Sue Milliken with a student and C-Cap program director Mitzi Cutler

Next Saturday, November 17, The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California in Santa Monica is hosting an awesome benefit for C-Cap, the culinary arts training program for our nation's public high school students. Called "Getting Our Just Desserts," $50 buys you access to 35 excellent pastry chefs, bakers, and confectioners, with sweet (and some savory) tastings from the likes of Spago's Sherry Yard, BLD's doughnut-visionary Mariah Swan, and Marcel Vigneron, plus chefs from Patina, Euro Pane, MB Post, A-Frame, Coolhaus, and Picca, among the many.

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No Reservations Ad Prompts Bourdain to Unleash Anti-Cadillac Twitter Bluster

More of a Chevy guy?Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Last night marked the series finale of No Reservations, but Anthony Bourdain isn't leaving the Travel Channel without pulling his own mini-version of a Keith Olbermann-style Twitter anti-corporation Twitter rant. The host took a break from live-tweeting during the episode to, once again, express his frustration over a promotional spot (which Eater has embedded at the bottom of this post) for Ann Romney's favorite car company.

"Greedy venal #travelchannel ad sales motherfuckers." »

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Management Team Bails Barnyard, Jeremy Fox Working on New Project

Fox

Jeremy Fox-fever struck L.A. diners when news broke last spring that the chef was decamping from San Francisco for Southern California. The city has been pretty eager to see the former Ubuntu and Manresa chef launch his own restaurant project and for a minute there, it seemed pretty close with Fox's Venice project, Barnyard. Yesterday, Eater broke the scoop that Fox vacated the restaurant just weeks, possibly days, before its opening, with sundry theories being bandied about that place blame on both parties. We checked in with Fox's people, only to learn that Barnyard's entire management team, including Helena Brown (formerly in development and operations for the Daniel Patterson Group), did indeed split with the restaurant's ownership.

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Blind Donkey Opening Tomorrow in Pasadena; Donkey Punch Brewery Opens in Redlands

Now serving Redlands

Yep, Southern California is kicking its way into a proverbial donkey show this week, as two new businesses open to pair the ass with the Angeles. First up, Urban Daddy spots The Blind Donkey swaying and braying its way into Old Town Pasadena. This new whiskey roost opens Wednesday from owner Ryan Sweeney, the creator of Verdugo Bar, who also expressed his zoophiliac streak at places like The Surly Goat and Little Bear. Here he's teamed up with partners to offer locals on draft and plentiful U.S. labels of whiskey and Scotch. A menu of classic Yankee dishes should also be arriving in the new few weeks. The bar will open from 5:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. daily, with the eventual arrival of earlier hours.

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Watch This Liquor Store’s Vodka Smolder and Explode

This display of Karkov vodka inside a Burnsville, Minnesota, liquor store was positioned underneath a ceiling fan and aligned with the shop's windows with such bizarro, Final Destination-esque perfection a few weeks ago that just the rising sun pouring through the vodka bottles set a fire that ignited the boxes. It took an hour and a half for the magnified sun to ignite the paper into a full smolder, but once it got going, tops blew off bottles, vodka geysers erupted, and twelve-foot flames shot through the air. "The firefighters were standing next to me like they were watching a new video game," the store's owner tells Fox. "They were going, 'This is so cool!'"


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Where To Take The Edge Off of The Election Today

FI-nally!

Feeling nervous about tonight's election returns? Worried that your guy won't win, or worse, this whole sycophantic circus will continue a few more days over contested results and charges of voter intimidation? Well, just in case the last eternal year of campaigning hasn't felt whorish enough, today our bars and restaurants are getting into the act, jockeying for your business by offering to take the edge off of the day with food and drink specials, while playing the action on their big old TV sets. We whittled down your options to the ones that give you a true deal, just to help all you undecided drinkers proceed with a little less anxiety tonight.

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