Posts for November 9, 2012

Eddie Murphy Brings Date to Mastro's; Emma Stone Spotted at Super Rica

Eddie MurphyPhoto: David Shankbone/Flickr

Why is this man smiling? It may have to do with his new girlfriend, whose all-woman as far as we could tell when Eddie Murphy got spotted with her outside of Mastro's this week. In other celeb spotting news, Eric Bana hung out with a Sons of Anarchy star over some Johnny Walker Black at Napa Valley Grille, Christina Aguilera rocked spar-spangled jeans at Mozza with Blake Shelton, and Bristol Palin is no longer being sued by the dude who heckled her at Saddle Ranch. Guess conservatives won one this week! For all of this and more, see today's celebrity settings.

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Ex-Employee Accuses Waffle House Chairman of Sexual Shenanigans

Greasy.Photo: Eli Hodapp/Flickr

Here's some news to mull over breakfast this weekend: ABC News says a woman who worked for Waffle House chairman Joseph Rogers Jr. is accusing Rogers of sexual harassment.

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The Park Restaurant Bemoans Today's Work Ethic

"We are restaurant people, living the restaurant lifestyle where work is the currency of respect … Unfortunately, the new generation of cooks has been trained differently. I think looking tough by sporting tattoos has replaced being toughened by hard work."—Josh Siegel, owner of Echo Park's The Park Restaurant, on how hard it is to find good help these days in his weekly email newsletter. [ESLA]

Gold Shines Another Spotlight on Kang Ho-dong Baekjong; Rodell Rebel Yells at Animal

Son of a Gun's fried chicken sandwich salute

Everybody's talking Kang Ho-dong Baekjong these days, and today Jonathan Gold breaks down the barbecue spot owned by a South Korean "alpha-wolf extrovert who convulses with laughter at his own joke" who just got his groove back. Enduring the two-hour wait for a table at this pseudo "Korean Hard Rock Cafe," and finds the food is "of surprisingly high quality." Counting six replays of "Gangham Style," Gold notes, "Sobriety is not considered a virtue here" and recommends getting the shaken dosirak, "a Korean kid's lunch box" that "the waiter whangs...around until its contents rearrange into a crude bibimbap." Slipping into his favored, oft-imitated Jay McInerney narrative mode, the critic concludes, "A glazed look overtakes you — beer and meat and soju...You are going to be feeling this in the morning." LAT]

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Cereal Art Is Happening

"Shredded Wheat at Dusk."Photo: Ernie Button

Meet Ernie Button, the photographic love child of Georgia O'Keeffe and a bowl of Trix. The Arizona-based shutterbug has a new series called Cerealism, in which he captures ordinary grains of breakfast cereal set against extraordinary, even surrealistic backdrops, including a shot of an Apple Jack that looks like an aerodynamic tumor.

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Obsessive Coffee Connoisseurship Gets Experimental at Costa Mesa's Theorum

Theorum

Coffee addiction, coffee obsession, and coffee zealotry are reaching a peak. You may buy your beans at Whole Foods, but a new Travel Channel show depicts the length coffee-hunter Todd Carmichael will go for a cup of mud and a new film called Honduras Coffee Project explores a Central American coffee farm buoyed by Downtown's Handsome Coffee Roasters. To satisfy for your own cravings, you won't need a passport, but you will need to head out to Costa Mesa, where Food GPS spots a new height in twee coffee connoisseurship called Theorum at Portola Coffee Lab at Orange County's O.C. Mix.

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McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s Struggling — Here’s Why

They never should have fired the King.

Third-quarter sales recently came in for the big three in the fast-food world, and things aren't looking too good for any of them. Last week Burger King announced a dramatic drop in net income of 83 percent compared to the same quarter last year; McDonald's admitted this week that a key sales figure (global revenue at restaurants open at least thirteen months) had dropped for the first time in a decade; and Wendy's, which deposed Burger King for the first time this year to take the No. 2 burger spot in the nation, is operating at a widening loss, though their revenues seem to be on the rise. So why is all this happening to the fast-food giants? Allow us to posit a few major reasons.

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Red O Bound For Orange C

Red O, the high-falutin' West Hollywood Mexican restaurant that counts Rick Bayless as its menu director, is heading to Orange County. The restaurant will open in Newport's Fashion Island, where it will likely prosper among people who have never eaten sopes in Santa Ana. Taking over a former Coco's, Red O will open sometime in the middle of next year, right next to the mall's forthcoming Fig & Olive. [OCR; Earlier]

Venice's Red Garter Reopens as RG Club

The RG ClubPhoto: Yo! Venice!

From dive bar to grime bar to jazz club. Venice's legendary Red Garter reopened last night with a swanky new 'do. Yo! Venice! reports that this old haunt is again re-open under the name RG Club, revealing more of a supper club look, with snazzy black chairs and a central piano. New touches include a patio space, cocktail tables, and a revamped bar. Sexy martian leg signage and wheat-paste art by Shepard Fairey and The London Police has been replaced by some jazzy new neon out front, while live jazz shows, many of them featuring sax-man Azar Lawrence, who played with Miles Davis on his album "Dark Magus," with a reasonable cover are on the nightly schedule.

RG Club, 2536 Lincoln Blvd. Venice; 310-822-1715.

The RG Club Opens at 8pm Tonight! [Yo! Venice!]

We Have Three Winners for Tickets to Saturday's Wine Riot!

Wine Riot

We've tallied the random results in our contest for three pairs of tickets to this Saturday's Wine Riot, a difficult struggle with our emotions, as we really wanted everybody who entered to win. But there can only be three winners today, each of which will get a pair of tickets, and three winners we have. Thank you to everybody who sent us an entry. If you still want to go to Wine Riot, tickets for either of the two sessions are available online. To find out who won our contest, simply look beyond the jump below.

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Paul Shoemaker Squashes Unsavory Slander

Savory

A story in Malibu-Patch is setting off a volley of support for chef and co-owner Paul Shoemaker, who announced the closure of his restaurant, Savory, on Wednesday. The article quotes Zan Marquis, Savory's co-owner and landlord as the owner of Point Dume Village where Savory is located, accusing Shoemaker of defaulting on his rent payments, absolving himself of blame in the shutter. The GM of Savory responds that this assertion is "totally distorted," and claims in the comments that she has the "Quickbooks and bank statements to prove it." We asked Shoemaker himself for a response and he says simply, "Absolutely false. Zan Marquis is not a truthful man." And that's not all.

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