Posts for December 13, 2012

The Melt Opens Saturday, Buys Its Friends With Free Grilled Cheese

The Pizza MeltPhoto: The Melt

Everyone has at least one of those friends who get all self-righteous about only having people they actually consider "real friends" on their Facebook network. Fine, let them pay for lunch then, as The Melt is offering a free meal this Saturday to anyone who befriends the San Francisco import through the social networking site. The Melt, which sells grilled cheese sandwiches and soups engineered with the help of Michael Mina, makes its Hollywood and Downtown debut this weekend at Sunset and Vine. Visit the chain's Facebook page for the password—which is already up and rhymes with "free"—endowing you with a free soup and sandwich lunch combo at either location.

The Melt, 6290 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood and 735 S. Figueroa St. Downtown.

Earlier: San Francisco's The Melt Joining L.A.'s Comfort Dish-Specific Invasion [GS]

Urban Radish Market Now Under Construction in Arts District

Urban RadishPhoto: Creative Space

A new warehouse-sized space named Urban Radish is now under construction in Downtown, intended as The Arts District's premier specialty foods market. The 8,200-square foot space is overtaking the former glass factory on Matteo Street by the firm Linear City (responsible for the Biscuit Lofts and Toy Factory lofts), designed by Creative Space as a farm, ranch, and artisan-supplied grocery for Downtowners' meat, seafood, and produce needs. The building, recognizable to passersby by Peter Roa's massive chipmunk murals on its metal flanks, is being kept mostly intact, with coming additions like an outdoor seating section for meals made on site and an landscaped exterior of native plants to provide shade to the interior.

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The Hudson Pops Tops For "Toys For Tots"

Tonight, The Hudson in West Hollywood is letting lushes in on the giving spirit, with a one-night "Toys For Tots" event. Everybody bringing in a wrapped toy will be awarded with a ticket for one free specialty cocktail, meaning you can get two in the tank if you bring trinkets to each, along with free passed apps and live tunes. 7:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. at 1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd.

Susan Sarandon Opens SPiN at Downtown's The Standard

Susan Sarandon with Judah Friedlander at a SPiN eventPhoto: Patrick McMullan

Hotelier Andre Balazs and actor Susan Sarandon's SPiN Standard L.A., a private social club dedicated to ping pong with locations in New York, Toronto, and Milwaukee, is now open on the second floor of Downtown's The Standard, complete with custom tables and ping pong pros to teach you how to play. Cocktails, of course, are served to make the whole thing more closely resemble some strain of fun. Memberships start at $500 annually, which comes with restaurant and table time discounts, and tables can be booked by non-member parties at 213-439-3065. And if playing ping pong with stars and wannabes that doesn't fit your budget, you can wait for the ping pong movie (yes, seriously), which Sarandon tells HuffPo is like "The Karate Kid with ping pong, and I'm Mr. Miyagi." [HuffPo]

Silver Lake Juice Bar Expanding to Los Feliz

Silver Lake JuicePhoto: Joshua Lurie

Distinguishing the borders in our vast patchwork of cities, neighborhoods, villages, and hamlets has presented plenty of problems in the past, most memorably in the case of Soup Plantation, which tried to figure out just where the flying fudge it was opening last fall. This in mind, Silver Lake Juice Bar, which has an existing location on Sunset, is now due for an expansion to Los Feliz, taking space at the top of Hillhurst Avenue right across the street from Home. The business, which comes from owner Baba Ji, features organic juice blends and carrot cake and "King Kale" smoothies, describing its mission to "Heal, Detox, and Cleanse" on signage, without revealing its secret aim to completely muddy up one's sense of local geography as it plans expansions to future locations in Malibu, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Long Beach, and Newport.

Silver Lake Juice, 1753 Hillhurst Ave. Los Feliz.

Skid Row Gets Treatment in Gingerbread

This Saturday, artist and food stylist Sienna DeGovia will kick the traditional gingerbread house out on to the streets, as she constructs an edible model of L.A.'s Skid Row in the window display of Downtown's Craft in America Study Center as part of its ongoing three-part series, "Good Enough to Eat: the Fusion of Food and Craft." The performance is free to attend, though canned food donations are encouraged. Kids are welcome, too, just as long as they can stomach seeing gingerbread men passed out in pools of hurled Cisco and hitting the candy cane crack stem. [CiA via LAist]

Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Marilyn Hagerty and Missing the 12/12/12 Benefit Concert

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt showed up, too.Photo: Bravo

Last night, while everyone in America watched the 12/12/12/ Sandy benefit, I watched Top Chef. Our episode opens with the aftermath of last week’s CJ-dectomy. The chefs believe he’ll be back — he’s simply too talented not to rise from the grave and take his revenge. Nobody seems to miss Tyler.

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L.A. Weekly Recommends "100 Favorite Dishes"

In the beginning...there was Lukshon's Dan Dan noodlesPhoto: Hadley Tomicki

L.A. Weekly hits the finish line today on its inspired list of "100 Favorite Dishes" in L.A., a long look at some of the city's strongest recipes. Beginning with Lukshon's tongue-stunning dan dan mian and ending on Spago's veal mignon tartare, the epic tone takes on the expected (Langer's pastrami, Dodger Dogs, Apple Pan's Hickoryburger), the revelations (L&E's pickled watermelon salad, cauliflower t-bone at Superba), and the dearly departed (squash blossom quesadillas at Antojitos Carmen). A grand review of classics and greats-in-the-making, it's time to start your engines, as the attached Google Map edition stretches from Sun Valley to Artesia. [LAW]

Fermented Fruit, Frito Pie, Fajitas, and Roast Goat at Josef Centeno's Bar Amá, Debuting Saturday in Downtown

Bar AmáPhoto: Daily Candy

Josef Centeno long ago proved he can cook just about anything, be it farm-sourced California cuisine at Manresa to potent, globe-spanning small plates at Meson G and Opus to bare-knuckle, tavern tapas and robust vegetables at Lazy Ox to his own proprietary restaurant, Baco Mercat, which highlights his signature standout sandwich amalgams in an experience where hamachi crudo with Georgian spices, goose confit, and sumac lebni make sense under the same roof. This Saturday, the chef will reveal Bar Amá, a love letter to the Tex-Mex he was raised on, taking a close-to-the-chest leap into nostalgia land, no doubt with a few twists from one of L.A.'s savviest chefs (puffy fried tacos with tongue carnitas and pequin chile vinegar salsa, he promises, and Daily Candy predicts, Frito pie and polenta taquitos).

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Why Yes, Guy Fieri Did Have a Rock of Ages Cameo This Week

Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant still isn't getting much love (unless you count customers who go there ironically), but the kewl one continues to make his mark on Times Square. The producers of Rock of Ages invited him to be in the show on Tuesday night because apparently they lost a bet. Of course there's video, which you can see straight ahead. At first, Fieri plays it off like he's reluctant to do this, but you can tell he's just loving it — the costume doesn't even look much different from Fieri's normal clothes. The walk-on probably won't help convince people he's really trying to improve the food and neon-blue drinks at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, but the tourists in the audience look like they're way into it.

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