Posts for November 20, 2012

Berlin Currywurst Opening Cahuenga Location Next Week

Hardeep and Lena Manak are opening a second location of their Berlin Currywurst on Cahuenga Boulevard next week. First opened in Silver Lake in 2011, the authentic German street-sausage stop will serve its menu of various wursts, spicy sausages, tofu brats, and fries made from family recipes, and will also serve twelve German brews and wine in a dedicated beer garden. 1620 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood.

RivaBella Bringing Gino Angelini To West Hollywood, Opening This Winter

Angelini's Bombolotti all' Amatriciana

Official details are emerging on RivaBella, West Hollywood's soon-to-be-realized Italian opus from Innovative Dining Group, operators of Sushi Roku, Katana, Delphine, Soleto, and Boa. Taking over the former flagship of Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset Boulevard, the restaurant will embody a Tuscan farmhouse feel designed by Studio Collective, with nearly two-thirds of the dining space dedicated to an al fresco patio. Emilia Romagna-born Gino Angelini, the former Rex and Vincenti master-chef who oversees his own celebrated Angelini Osteria, will have a well-deserved pedestal here as executive chef and partner. We're dying to know how Angelini's hand-crafted and cozy cooking will translate into 8,000-square-foot of the kind of glitzy, smooth machine typically engineered by IDG, which typically bleed a little of the club life into an upscale restaurant. Finally, we have some idea.

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Jameson's Irish Pub Coming to Hollywood

Sunset Restaurant Management Group, the team behind Cabo Cantina and Sunset Trocadero Lounge, is opening a new Irish bar on Hollywood Boulevard. Jameson's Irish Pub, or "JameO's" for short, is not a branded operation from the legendary whiskey company, but an Irish sports bar with 28 flat-screens, a menu of pub grub, and a sturdy stock of Irish spirits. Signage is already hung by the sports pub with care, with a debut due before the end of the year at 6681 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood; 323-798-5360.

Now L.A. Has Its Own Caviar ATM!

The Caviar ATMPhoto: B.H. Caviar

We're pretty sure a gold-plated cargo-plane accidentally dropped these things while trying to reach Dubai. Yes, L.A. now has three of its very own caviar ATMs, provided by Beverly Hills Caviar. Penny-pinchers can swipe their credit cards for a caviar spoon made of mother of pearl and buy black truffle salt for $20, while ballers can make it rain roe by scoring Imperial River Beluga at $500 an ounce. The ATMs can currently be found at the Westfield mall in Century City, Westfield Topanga, and The Burbank Town Center. And unlike Sprinkles' cupcake dispenser, which inspired this opulent ATM after launching back in March, we're pretty sure this one is Honey Boo Boo-proof.

Brighton Beach's Cafe Glechik Considering L.A. Outpost

Varenyky at Cafe GlechikPhoto: Edward Casabian/Flickr

West Hollywood's "Little Odessa" neighborhood may soon get a taste of New York's own "Little Odessa." The forces behind Cafe Glechik, Brighton Beach's destination for homey Ukranian and Russian cuisine, tell Edible Brooklyn that a Westward expansion may soon be in the works.

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Slater's 50/50 Saturates Pasadena in Bacon, This Friday

The "B’B’B’ Bacon Burger," half-bacon, half-beef patty with bacon cheese, fried egg, thick cut bacon, and bacon island dressing on a bacon bunPhoto: Slater's 50/50

Burgers made from 50% bacon and 50% beef probably won't be the first thing you're craving the day after Thanksgiving, unless you're anything like us. Either way, Slater's 50/50 will open its first L.A. location on November 23 to serve overly-indulgent burgers and Cali craft brew in a bar space of big screens with a wide pig mural. Though this is a San Diego import with three existing locations, Slater's was founded by Pasadena native Scott Slater, making it a homecoming, of sorts, as it opens doors on Olde Town Pasadena's Raymond Avenue at 2:00 P.M. this Friday.

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Ruth Bourdain’s Flat Thanksgiving Jokes Are All Turkeys

It's almost Thanksgiving, and thus everyone's favorite Twitter mashup of 2010 is at it again. Ruth Bourdain unleashed a flurry of Turkey Day-related tweets today, and we'd have to concur with Anthony Bourdain who said six months ago that RuBo had "lost gas." Jokes like "Moistness should be your goal when cooking the turkey, but if it's too moist, consider calling a gynecologist," and "If you are buying a local, organic, heritage turkey, make sure it has a beard, tattoos, and is wearing skinny jeans," never would have made it out of the Onion writers' room, that's for sure. RuBo then finished up her morning's work with a brief moment of shilling her new book, Comfort Me With Offal. Because, you know, with humor like this we could sure use more! Thankfully the burning question of "who is Ruth Bourdain?" isn't burning so bad anymore, and it would seem most of us have given up caring. (Last we heard it was two people, but they've remained mum.) [RuthBourdain/Twitter]

Besha Bashes Gordon Ramsay's Fat Cow

"A science experiment gone wrong?"

The only potential surprise awaiting in a N.Y. Times review of Guy Fieri's Times Square tourist-trap would have been any kind of resulting rave. But no matter what a colossal douche he depicts on television (or with his fellow chefs), Gordon Ramsay possesses a nearly equal amount of talent as he does venomous spew, leading one to believe there could be promising aspects at his new restaurant at The Grove. Not so, writes Besha Rodell today, labeling Gordo's The Fat Cow as his biggest sell-out to date. Though the cocktails aren't "half-bad" and she enjoys a grilled organic salmon, the critic deems the braised lamb in a shepherd's pie just a notch above "industrial grade," compares a branzino ceviche to "a science experiment gone wrong," and dubs the project "lowest-common-denominator food, made without soul, and banking on celebrity." And that's at twice the price of "a standard American mall meal."

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What's Cooking at The Park's Finest BBQ, Serving Filipino Barbecue to Echo Park

Family, friends, neighborhood, city, and smoked meats. These affections circulate at the heart of Johneric Concordia and The Park's Finest BBQ, an around-the-way band of friends and blood-relatives born and raised in southeast Echo Park's Historic Filipinotown. A Belmont High grad, Concordia's youth revolved around Temple Street, and he's quick to explain how barbecue saved his life from L.A.'s grimy nineties, staying off the avenues by playing a crucial role as grill-master for his community's backyard boogies. Pairing Filipino flavors with traditional U.S. barbecue, Concordia eventually extended his passion into a full-on catering crew, turning Weber-man-for-hire to bring Mt. Malindang pork ribs, tri-tip with horseradish crema, San Pablo pulled pork with Sawsawan and pineapple-tinged barbecue sauce, and flour-based cornbread bibingka to citywide parties, gaining major word-of-mouth rep and dominating the number one spot on Yelp.

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Cook Rushed to Hospital After Eating Ghost Chile Pepper Sauce

A spoonful ... of danger.

A 26-year-old cook in London was taste-testing his restaurant's "ultimate flaming hot chicken wings" in front of cheering customers when things went horribly wrong. Arif Ali started sweating while eating the wings, which were slicked with a sauce made from Naga Bhut Jolokia, or ghost chile peppers. He drank milk in an attempt quell the burn before gasping and ultimately collapsing on a dining room table. Ali was taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released, but reported severe stomach cramps and diarrhea for a week afterwards. The wings were prospective menu items at Jimmy's in London, and the restaurant intended to challenge customers to eat as many as they could withstand. "We have now decided in the interests of customer safety," Jimmy's manager tells the Mail, "not to put this particular item on our menu." [Daily Mail UK]

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