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30 Sep 17:58

Big reveal: $549K for a flipped Crafstman in South LA

by Jenna Chandler

should we buy this house?

Did you guess the right price?

We got 35 responses to our first installment of Pricespotter—Curbed's home price guessing game—and one commenter (we're looking at you, Austin Chen) totally nailed it! The asking price for this newly redone Craftsman from 1912 with hardwood floors, handsome beams, and original mahogany wainscoting is $549,000.

Some guessed as high as $850,000, another as low $160,000 for this three-bedroom, one-bathroom house. Maybe the location in South LA’s Vermont Square neighborhood neighborhood threw off readers. There were quite a few who proposed figures in the $600-$700,000 range, and as one commenter pointed out, that’d be a lot for the area, "but the reno is pretty sparkling." Indeed! And, it’s located near the newly extended Expo Line, the light rail that runs from Downtown LA to Downtown Santa Monica.

Here’s one more look at the home, which, according to property records, last sold just this June for $361,503:

Living room looking into dining room with cabinetry behind
A white bathroom with a dual sink, dark wood vanity and marble countertop.
Back deck looking into kitchen

Watch: A Daring Concrete Home on a Los Angeles Cliff

27 Oct 23:01

Adorable Hyde Park Craftsman with a big yard asks $479K

by Bianca Barragan

this is a nice house but it would still be a far drive for me :(

Sweet built-ins, too

There's a boom in interest right now in beautiful Craftsman homes around USC, in such neighborhoods as Jefferson Park. But if you're looking to live in a centrally located house south of the 10 Freeway, Jefferson Park isn't the only place to find sweet older homes.

Take for example this newly touched-up Craftsman with four bedrooms and a spacious yard. The 1,454-square-foot house has new laminate wood floors throughout, and new windows throughout most of the house. The exception are those on the front, facing the street, enhancing the house’s strong period look from that angle.

Beyond the house’s wide porch, there’s a dining area with a few built-ins that the sellers believe to be original, says listing agent Christian Ortiz. The kitchen has new granite counters and an easy flow into the dining area.

The bedrooms have new flooring and ceiling fans. In one of the house’s two full bathrooms, there is a clawfoot bathtub.

The bonus with the house is the large lot, which in addition to plenty of grass, comfortably fits a detached two-car garage.

It's located in what the listing copy calls Park Hills Heights (though, by the Los Angeles Times’ neighborhoods map, it would be in Hyde Park, which is bordered to the north and west by Leimert Park and View Park-Windsor Hills).

It’s listed for $479,000.

26 Oct 15:03

Runners Can Conquer A New Course in the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

by Darrell Fry

Bill is running this you guys

This spring, we shared exciting news that new Super Heroes, such as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, would be a part of the theming of the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort. We’re now thrilled to announce another heroic addition to this year’s race that is certain to delight runners – more magical miles inside the Disneyland Resort!

Runners Can Conquer A New Course in the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

At Disney California Adventure park, many runners in the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon race can now watch the sunrise over Cars Land, a breathtaking view that transports you to the heart of Radiator Springs.

Runners can also put their Super Hero skills to the test with a fun loop around Paradise Bay with the “World of Color” fountains dancing in the background, a dash through Grizzly Peak and a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood Land.

And at Disneyland park, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon course will go through Sleeping Beauty Castle for the first time. Runners will also chart a path for Tomorrowland before navigating towards “it’s a small world,” which will be aglow with sparkling holiday lights, concluding with a trot through Mickey’s Toontown.

But before runners hit the streets of Anaheim to experience an all-new city course that includes runs through Angel Stadium, runners will get a quick peek backstage to get a glimpse of where the Disney magic happens. Super Heroes will also be out in force to cheer runners on along the 13.1-mile course.

And if that wasn’t enough, runners can also register for the Pasta Party & A Movie experience. It includes a special viewing of Marvel Studio’s “Doctor Strange” at the AMC Theatres at Downtown Disney District before the delicious pasta buffet dinner, which will be held at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time. Music, entertainment, special gifts and commemorative photo opportunities make this a can’t-miss opportunity for Marvel fans!

With a new course and new themes for this year’s Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, there is so much to get excited about! If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Registration is still open. Visit for more information about how to secure your spot in this mighty runDisney race weekend and other runDisney events.

If you are running in the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and have an inspirational or extraordinary story, we’d love to hear it! Please submit your story for consideration at

20 Oct 15:45

What the World Needs Now Are Kittens, Mid-Pounce — Daily 5

by Tara Bellucci

worth a click through

Whether or not you watched the debate last night or you're just seeing the results in your social media feeds, you could probably use a break. Thank goodness there's a new book out featuring more than 80 photographs of adorable kittens, ready to pounce.

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26 Oct 21:09

Are classes offered by HGTV 'Flip or Flop' stars a sham?

by Elijah Chiland

My guess is it is a scam because these people seem like idiots.

You can probably guess the answer

Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the loveably entitled Orange County residents and stars of HGTV’s Flip or Flop, are at the center of controversy over pricey real estate classes supposedly overseen by the couple.

An Associated Press report (via the Orange County Register) reveals that though the flipping classes, which cost nearly $2,000 for three days of instruction, are pitched to enrollees using the names and likenesses of the El Moussas, the couple rarely if ever actually appears to provide their considerable expertise in buying foreclosed homes, adding cheap tile to the bathrooms, and listing for $100,000 more than comparable homes in the area.

Participants in the classes are promised they will be connected with investors in order to begin flipping projects of their own—with refunds offered if they haven’t successfully flipped by a given deadline. But one woman tells AP she was asked for an additional $8,000 when she wanted to start flipping.

Zurixx LLC, the Utah-based company behind the classes, has partnered with other reality TV stars in the past. The company tells AP everything is on the level and that there was a perfectly good reason enrollees in some of their other classes not affiliated with the El Moussas were asked to open lines of credit up to $30,000 to pay for a trip to Las Vegas.

The El Moussas were apparently too busy to comment. For more on the suspicious classes, check out the full story at the OC Register.

13 Oct 22:26

Getting ready for spring.

by (Merlesworld)

I still think it's amazing a chicken wondered into their yard and has lived there ever since.

It is spring here but winter doesn't want to go so it hot one day cold the next.
The beer fairy's project he cut and sanded this wood for a small table top, the base has been floating around for some time but now it is a useable surface.
And a cute little table to boot, now it needs a stain and vanish, oh I must paint the bottom half of the rocking chair.

I can't resist late afternoon taking pictures in the back yard I do like the shadows and sun contrast.
The other day I went to the shops and when I returned home my pond had some water plants floating on top, turns out it was one of our neighbours he popped them in  as a surprise, these are not plants that should ever be released in our waterways, I will have to be careful of them if I dispose of them .

The car is now empty of paint, I emptied all the half empty cans into other ones some interesting colours there., in the car they were starting to heat up and some of the cans are now interesting shapes, a few warm days change where you can store my sons things.
Drummy's digging area is shrinking but she is getting old and now sleeps a lot during the day she has stopped laying maybe 18 months ago but how old she is is anyones guess, she is in retirement now. I've had a few days off colour so have been very quiet of late the weather has been super hot then freezing cold not sure if it's me trying to adjust to the changes or I have a bug of some kind, hope to be back to normal in a day or two.
30 Sep 23:53

The Creators of Gossip Girl Are Developing a Dynasty Reboot for the CW

by Jordan Crucchiola

I'm down

One of the great treasures of Aaron Spelling’s halcyon days as a TV producer is coming back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the brain trust that brought you The O.C. and Gossip Girl will be resurrecting Dynasty for the 21st century, and they will be taking it to the only ... More »
12 Aug 21:42

palalife: chambergambit: lizzah: chambergambit: Rey’s...


this is insane





Rey’s Bread.


“I’m gonna be famous for Star Wars for nothing else but this bread! It was a little gag which was incredibly successful, everybody thought it was CGI. We moulded up an inflatable bread so that it was deflated underneath the liquid and then we slowly inflated it and sucked out the liquid with vacuum pumps at the same time to produce this bread coming up and forming. You wouldn’t believe how long it took to actually perfect that one, that little tiny gag in the film. It started off with the mechanics of getting the bread to rise and the liquid to disappear, but then there was the ongoing problem of what color should the bread be? What consistency should it be? Should it have cracks in it? Should it not have cracks in it? It took about three months.”— CFX & SMUFX Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan

WHAT I actually think that bread looks tasty because the way it ‘inflates’ from water and powder

22 Sep 21:16

After Employee Commits Suicide on the Job, LA Wine Shop Stays Open for Business

by Farley Elliott

sounds like a great place to work

Buzz Wine Beer Shop in Downtown LA is under fire on social media

A terrible tragedy unfolded last week at Downtown LA’s popular Buzz Wine Beer Shop. According to its Yelp page, which is being bombarded with negative one-star reviews, an employee of the bottle shop (which also has a beer bar and tasting section) committed suicide during business hours inside the space, only for ownership to allegedly open the place back up as soon as the coroner had left.

One of the store's partners confirmed to Eater this afternoon that the suicide did in fact take place on September 14 and that the store stayed in business for the remainder of the day. While a full statement is pending below from the shop's ownership, they did initially state that it was a mistake to stay open, thinking that doing so would put their minds off the tragedy.

Though reports are still hazy about what may have actually happened to the deceased employee, one can peek through the wave of one-star reviews on Yelp to find customers rehashing the same basic information. According to the myriad folks who have left bad comments, co-owner Scott Kamalski was actually on site during the suicide. The proper municipal authorities were called, including the coroner, who quickly arrived on site to deal with the tough situation.

On Yelp, some reviewers alleged that Kamalski demanded that employees return to work immediately, rather than close the shop to allow grieving and shaken employees to go home for the day.  Since the incident, Buzz has been fed nothing but negative comments across the entire social media landscape, including Instagram.

Buzz is currently closed despite a stated opening time of 12 p.m., but will open at 5 p.m. as usual.

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the incident occurred on September 21. It's been amended to September 14. A full statement from owner Scott Kamalski is below:

26 Sep 23:00


by mugumogu

Maru Blinded in Cardboard Accident


This is a toy of the handmade corrugated paper.
It jumps up and down by a rubber band.

However, it does not jump up and down.
Maru:[Hey, are you ok?]

Maru:[This dose not jump! Why?]

I don’t know.
However, it jumped up when we forgot it.

And it hit his head.




Excuse me!


23 Sep 23:05


by mugumogu

should we try this with robotron?


The drawer is a intellectual toy for Hana.

27 Sep 21:50

Checking in on the new Academy Movie Museum taking shape next to LACMA

by Will Weber

work stuff.

Once complete, it will hold a big theater and a full-scale model of the 1975 Jaws shark

Construction is chugging along on the new Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Museum next to LACMA on the Miracle Mile.

Right now, the foundation is being poured for a giant orbed-shaped theater that will be attached to the rear of the old May Company building. Built in 1939, the Streamline Modern building with its gold tower is being restored to house the museum's exhibits, which will include a full-scale model of the 1975 Jaws shark, plus:

"approximately 62,000 pieces of production art—such as a Planet of the Apes mask, a model horse head made for The Godfather and the lion’s mane and ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz—as well as some 12 million photographs, 55,000 posters, 80,000 screenplays, over 185,000 film and video elements and tens of thousands of books, periodicals, items of correspondence, scrapbooks and clippings files."

After years of community push back over concerns about traffic and parking, ground finally broke in March with the demolition of the department store's rear-wing. That makes room for the huge orb, which was designed by architect Renzo Piano to hold 1,000 seats and an observation deck. It's poised to dramatically alter the view at 6th Street and Fairfax Avenue.

A spokesman for the Academy is tight lipped about the construction's timeline and when we might begin to see that spherical theater take shape, but an opening date for the museum has been set for 2018.

Meanwhile, work is progressing on the Purple Line extension and its new station at Wilshire and Fairfax set to open in 2023.

23 Sep 18:50

ABC 7's Meteorologist Dallas Raines' Wife Allegedly Tried To Strangle Their Daughter

by Tim Loc

all the dallas raines tea

ABC 7's Meteorologist Dallas Raines' Wife Allegedly Tried To Strangle Their Daughter She has been charged with assault and could face a max sentence of four years. [ more › ]
26 Sep 21:00

Great Job, Internet!: The highly unlikely reign of “Crocodile” Dundee began 30 years ago today

by Joe Blevins

this was everyone's jam for years

Few would have predicted that a low-budget Australian comedy whose star was best-known from tourism commercials would become one of the biggest hits of 1986, alongside Top Gun and Star Trek IV. In fact, several major studios passed on the opportunity to distribute Peter Faiman’s “Crocodile” Dundee, an $8.8 million vehicle for laid-back TV actor and pitchman Paul Hogan. It was Paramount Pictures that eventually took the risk on this oddball film, and the gambit paid off to the tune of $328 million, spawning two sequels and making a catchphrase out of “That’s not a knife.” Three decades later, it may be difficult to understand why America and the world embraced Dundee so fondly. A recent BuzzFeed video shows young, present-day Australians cringing at the embarrassing cultural stereotypes in the film. But critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave some insight into the movie’s popularity when ...

19 Sep 10:19

petermorwood: Monday morning cute.


oh hello


Monday morning cute.

11 Sep 14:10

Spotted: Special Limited Run Skewer at Disneyland’s Bengal Barbecue

by Wendy

It's actually real tiger meat. bold choice.

Add one more to your list of Skewers to try at Bengal Barbecue in Disneyland!

Bengal Barbecue sign

Bengal Barbecue sign

You may already be well familiar with some of the specialties of the house at this legendary little Adventureland kiosk, like the Banyan Beef Skewer and the Safari — better known as the Bacon-wrapped Asparagus —  Skewer. But DFB Disneyland Correspondent Heather Sievers just happened upon — and, of course, sampled! — a Special Skewer.

Special Skewer at Bengal Barbecue

Special Skewer at Bengal Barbecue

This Grilled Pork Sausage Skewer with grilled pineapple and red onion accompaniments can be ordered with or without teriyaki sauce. It’s also worth noting that it’s cooked to order, so it does take a little longer to receive than the regular Skewers on the menu.

Special Grilled Pork Sausage Skewer

Special Grilled Pork Sausage Skewer

But Heather assured us that it’s totally worth the wait. She was also informed that it will only be around “while supplies last,” so be sure to pay a visit to the Bengal tiger ASAP to grab yours!

Oh, and don’t forget to grab a Tiger Tail while you’re there!

Would you try the Special Skewer or stick (ha!) with your favorite at Bengal Barbecue? Please let us know with a comment!

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

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21 Sep 03:47

Review: Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Treats in Disneyland for a Limited Time

by AJ

I think I know some dudes who may eat this on sunday

It’s no big secret that a few classic confections like Caramel Apples, Marshmallow Wands, and Mickey Krispy Treats get some pretty stellar Gourmet makeovers on a regular basis at Disneyland.

Pooh Corner in Critter Country

Pooh Corner in Critter Country

But if you EVER happen to time your trip during the return of the Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Treats, then run — seriously, tout suite — to your nearest Candy Kitchen (Candy Palace and Pooh Corner in Disneyland, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure, and Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney). Do not pause — not even to thank me for pointing you in their direction. Just get there and grab one!

Cast Members making treats at Pooh Corner

Cast Members making treats at Pooh Corner

Crispy, salty pretzels are bound to the treats with tons of chocolate and creamy peanut butter. Here are the Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Mickey Krispy Treats.

Gourmet Mickey Krispy Treats

Gourmet Peanut Butter Pretzel Mickey Krispy Treats

And here are the Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Marshmallow Wands.

Gourmet Marshmallow Wands

Gourmet Peanut Butter Pretzel Marshmallow Wands

These are everything you want in a sweet treat: crispy-and-chewy, sweet-and-salty. There’s NO skimping on the toppings, either. They are entirely decadent.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Marshmallow Wand

Peanut Butter Pretzel Marshmallow Wand

Don’t miss out on September’s Gourmet Treats in Disneyland!

Have you ever tried a Disneyland Gourmet Treat? Please let us know which one with a comment!

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23 Sep 23:50

6th Street near the Miracle Mile is going on a 'road diet'

by Jeff Wattenhofer

oh cool, as if my commute wasn't long enough already :(

Not sure why the middle turn lane is needed since there are no streets to turn down from fairfax to masselin.

More space for cyclists

Drivers in Mid City will soon be forced to give up some precious roadway (and right on the Pedersen Automotive Museum’s turf no less). The amount of pavement available to cars will be whittled down to create more space for bicycles and  pedestrians along a one-mile stretch of 6th Street between Fairfax and La Brea, reports Urbanize LA.

The Mid City West Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the road diet at its meeting last week.

Several portions of 6th are being reconfigured. Here’s how it all breaks down from east to west.

Fairfax to Masselin Avenue

 Mid City West Community Council

Between Fairfax and Masselin, one lane of traffic in each direction will be removed. Both parking lanes will be narrowed by two feet to make room for the addition of a middle turn lane and a pair of seven foot wide bike lanes.

Hauser Boulevard to Dunsmuir Avenue

 Mid City West Community Council

Similar to the previous stretch, a 10-foot wide center turn lane will take the place of two lanes of traffic. The parking lanes will stay the same, and the bike lanes will narrow slightly from the last stretch from a width of seven feet to just five feet.

Dunsmuir Avenue to La Brea Avenue

 Mid City West Community Council
 Mid City West Community Council

The stretch from Dunsmuir to Cochran will get a pair of bike lanes, with a two foot painted buffer separating bicycles from vehicle traffic. From Cochran to La Brea, both bike and cars share the lane.

From Cochran to La Brea, 6th street will keep both existing lanes of traffic, but lose one block of non-peak parking lanes between Dunsmuir and La Brea. The remaining non-peak parking will be narrowed from a width of 13 to eight feet to accommodate a center turn lane and bike lanes.

  • Road Diet Planned for 6th Street [Urbanize LA]
    22 Sep 15:00

    Southern California Residents: Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport Returns

    by Erin Glover

    well well well

    I’ve got exciting news to share with our fans who live in Southern California! The popular Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport is now available for purchase. The pass provides admission to both theme parks on most weekdays and select Sundays, and we are excited to offer this option once again, based on availability. The Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport is available at Disneyland Resort box offices today and will be available online at at a later date.

    Disneyland Resort Annual Passports offer a tremendous value for guests by giving them the opportunity to experience our world-class attractions all year long. California residents can even take advantage of the monthly payments program, which allows them to spread the cost of their annual pass over 12 months after an initial down payment. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders have access to special experiences, exclusive merchandise and more. They also enjoy discounts on select food and merchandise.

    Learn more about the Disneyland Resort Southern California Annual Passport and all of our Annual Passholder options and benefits here.

    The Southern California Annual Passport is valid only for Southern California residents living in ZIP codes 90000 to 93599.

    Monthly Payments option valid only for California residents who are at least 18 years old and living in ZIP codes 90000-96199 with valid ID. A one-time payment on the date of a new Passport purchase equal to the price of a 1-day, 1-park adult ticket is required. Passports subject to the Annual Passport Terms and Conditions including, but not limited to, Blockout Dates and capacity constraints. Passport types are limited in quantity, and not all Passport types may be available at any given time. Subject to other restrictions, including a retail installment agreement, and change without notice.

    14 Sep 15:45

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration: this IS the babe with the power

    by Catherine Clark

    uh no

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU
    Photos by Bella Kotak Photography
    This month is the 30th (holy shit!) anniversary of one of my all-time favorite movies, Labyrinth. If you're in my generation, you might remember those early tinglings for the snug-pantsed Bowie. He asks for so little. Just fear him, love him, do as he says and he will be your slave. Okay, enough movie lines for now.

    Is anyone seeing the movie in theaters? If not, I'll do you one better. Our friends over at Firefly Path, along with some other super talented vendors, created a most fabulous Labyrinth-themed fashion shoot with their own killer designs. It was originally featured in Faerie Magazine, issue #35 and is too beautiful to ignore… we think it's bound to inspire a fair few fantasy weddings. I must share…

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU

    Labyrinth wedding inspiration to remind you of the babe with the power: YOU
    Belle Bridal Ball Gown by Firefly Path

    Here are a few more dresses by Firefly Path which were inspired by this design, because we need MOAR YESYESYES fantasy dresses…

    Firefly Path gowns
    Princess Celestia Ball Gown, Model: Kelly Eden | Photo by Mike Saffels
    Firefly Path gowns
    Princess Celestia Ball Gown, Model: Kelly Eden | Photo by Mike Saffels
    Firefly Path gowns
    Swan Lake Ball Gown , Model: Madeline Masquerade | Photo by John Truong
    Firefly Path gowns
    Swan Lake Ball Gown , Model: Madeline Masquerade | Photo by John Truong


    Photography: Bella Kotak Photography • Model: Jessica McClellan • Gown: Firefly Path • Stylist & Hair: Daisy Jane Turner • Makeup: Ian Hencher • Skin retouching: Solstice Retouch

    Dear glob this is a sexy shoot. Who's inspired to coif your biggest Sarah hair? Me me me.

    Originally appeared in Faerie Magazine, issue #35

    Recent Comments

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    • Sara: These are beautiful. Next week is my two year anniversary of my own Labyrinth themed wedding. I didn't make my… [Link]
    • Jen: That was amazing!!!! And my all time FAVORITE MOVIE!!!! Now I just have to think of a… [Link]
    • Jessie: I'm 98% certain that this is THE BEST THING EVER! Also, now I really need to watch Labyrinth. [Link]
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    17 Sep 17:38

    Bill Hader explains how he and Fred Armisen came up with ‘The Californians’

    by Jenna Chandler

    worth a watch if only for his impressions of Lorne Michaels and Jimmy Fallon, history's greatest monster.

    They, like us, are obsessed with LA driving directions

    The SNL skit The Californians hilariously captured the ridiculousness of maneuvering across the Los Angeles sprawl. In an interview with Seth Meyers this week, Bill Hader talks about how the soap opera was inspired by trips cast members took to LA when they had time off from the notoriously demanding show. During table reads back in New York, Hader says he and Fred Armison:

    We’d start this bit: 'Hey man did you go to LA?' 'Yeah yeah, how’d you get to your hotel?' And then we’d go, ‘Well, dude, I’d go down Sunset, then I’d take a left on La Cienega, then I’d take that all the way down to Pico, take a right, take Pico, hop on the 10, the 10 west, take that allll the way down to the beach, then head up the PCH.'

    Watch the full clip:

    14 Sep 17:02

    Celebrate the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Final Check-Out With Two Specialty Eats at Disney California Adventure Park

    by Rachel Bshero

    yeah no way am I drinking that drink. rip tower of terror :(

    Recently, Erin Glover shared some of the special ways you can celebrate the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before it checks out of Disney California Adventure park on January 2, 2017. Today, I’m excited to share two new scarily delicious ways to celebrate the final check-out.

    The Tower Drop Dog at Award Wieners almost appears as if it had been struck by lightning. An all-beef frank dipped in red-pepper ketchup, topped with grilled onions, peppers and an onion crunch on a black noir potato bun – one bite will make you think you’ve just crossed over into … The Twilight Zone.

    The Drop Martini from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

    At Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, you’ll find a special martini – The Drop – which features Midori with Irish cream and grenadine “dropped” in. One look and you’ll agree, this creepy cocktail is not for the faint of heart.

    12 Sep 23:08

    The Best Sports Bars in Los Angeles to Watch NFL and College Football

    by Euno Lee

    sharing for later

    The Los Angeles Rams are back

    The NFL regular season is upon us, and this year the Rams are officially in Los Angeles — so there's no longer an excuse for L.A. to not watch NFL football... except, you know, the Rams are probably going to be mediocre this year and, well, this is going to be hard to watch.

    That said, you probably have a different NFL team you fell in love with a few years ago and haven't quite jumped ship from just yet, and you're going to need a place to watch all those Seahawks, Patriots, and Broncos games.

    So go ahead: Cozy up with an ice cold beverage, grab a burger, some wings, or even some fish and chips, and cheer for that team you adopted when the Rams first left, ripped our hearts out and made us stare at it for 20 years. You can cheer when your adopted team wins. You can cheer when the Rams win. Heck, you can even cheer when the Raiders win, because they're not even in the same Conference. Here are the best places to do that. Oh, and you can certainly catch USC, UCLA, and other college football teams on Saturdays at these spots too.

    09 Sep 17:00

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    by Rachel Bshero

    I didn't know you could get the bat cookie at so many locations.

    Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding – almost as if you sense a disquieting metamorphosis … are Halloween treats actually materializing? Yes, they are! Today marks the first day of Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, and to celebrate, I have a complete list of all the spooky sweets and creepy eats you’ll be dying to sink your teeth into!

    Disneyland Park

    Blue Bayou Restaurant

    Café Orleans

    • Grilled Flat Iron Steak – Served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, haricots vert, peppercorn cognac sauce
    • Butterscotch Beignets

    Carnation Café

    • Blackened Spicy Chicken Sandwich

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    French Market Restaurant

    • Cookies & Cream Mousse Coffin Cake
    • Butterscotch Beignets

    Golden Horseshoe

    • Ice Cream Nachos

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Hungry Bear Restaurant

    • Pulled Pork Dog – Served on a toasted roll topped and with barbecue pulled pork and citrus slaw, pickled jalapeños and fresh cilantro
    • Apple Pie Funnel Cake

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin Cheesecake
    • Pumpkin Muffin
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie
    • Maple Creme Brulee
    • Spiced Bundt Cake
    • Caramel Eclair
    • Holiday Brownie
    • S’mores Bar
    • Chocolate Hazelnut Mickey-Shaped French Macaron
    • Corn Chowder Soup
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Market House

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Maurice’s Treats

    • Pumpkin Twist

    Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

    • Pork Tamale & Cheese Enchilada
    • Pumpkin Flan

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

    • Supernova Pizza Special – A delicious slice topped with pastrami with mustard oil, Mozzarella, battered pickle chips and finished with a horseradish-mustard sauce
    • Spider Parfait

    River Belle Terrace

    • Loaded Bites – Seasoned potatoes topped with beef brisket, creamy pimento cheese and spicy barbecue sauce

    Stage Door Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Village Haus Restaurant

    • Barbecue Pulled Pork Flatbread – Topped with Mozzarella, roasted corn, pickled onions and parsley

    Disney California Adventure Park

    Award Wieners

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Bayside Brews

    • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Anti-Vampire Chicken Pizza – With roasted garlic sauce, marinated chicken, smoked Gouda, Mozzarella, roasted red peppers and a tomato-harissa sauce drizzle
    • Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

    • Poison Apple-Tini

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Cozy Cone Motel

    • Pumpkin Twist

    Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie

    Flo’s V8 Café

    • Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

    Mortimer’s Market

    • Pumpkin-Shaped Bread

    Pacific Wharf Café

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin-Shaped Bread
    • Pumpkin Raisin Bread Pudding
    • Bacon Cheddar Ale Soup
    • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer

    Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co.

    • Vanilla and Orange Soft-Serve Ice Cream


    • Caramel Apple Smoothie – With pieces of apple, caramel and ice cream

    Smokejumpers Grill

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • “Cobweb Style” topping of Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms

    Disneyland Hotel

    The Coffee House

    • Pumpkin Spice Latte
    • Caramel Apple Cider
    • Pumpkin Muffin

    Steakhouse 55

    • Poison Apple-tini

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

    • Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mug with specialty drink, This Chilling Challenge (Limit two mugs per guest)

    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

    Hearthstone Lounge

    • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Holiday Cart in Hearthstone Lounge

    • Cake Pops
    • Hot Cocoa (available with or without rum)
    • Hot Cider (available with or without rum)
    • Pumpkin Hot Cocoa

    White Water Snacks

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin Muffin
    • Spiced Bundt Cake

    Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

    Disney’s PCH Grill

    • Seasonal Halloween desserts on buffet

    Surfside Lounge

    • Bat Mickey Cookie
    • Pumpkin Muffin
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Gourmet Candy, Available at Candy Kitchens Throughout Disneyland Resort
    (Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park, Candy Palace and Hunny Spot in Disneyland park, Marceline’s Confectionary in Downtown Disney District)

    • Gourmet Apples
    • Cake Pops
    • Marshmallow Wands
    • Mickey-Shaped Crisped Rice Treats
    • Cupcakes
    • Fudge

    Spellbinding Sweets and Treats: Your Guide to Eats During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

    Throughout Disneyland Resort

    • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
    • Poison Apple Stein – Served with fruit, beverages or ice cream sundae
    • Vampire Mickey Popcorn Bucket
    • Zero Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Hot Mug


    02 Sep 17:51

    This Drive-Thru Ramen Restaurant Is the Ultimate in Noodle Convenience

    by Crystal Coser


    But try not to slurp and drive

    The next phase of ramen mania is here: Japanese restaurant group Shin Sen Gumi will open a drive-thru ramen shop in Torrance, reports The Times. Located in the Torrance Western Shopping Center in the heart of the Torrance/Gardena Japanese restaurant hub, the drive-thru window will offer the group's signature Hakata ramen and bento boxes.

    With proposed restaurant hours running from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, the restaurant should service the dense community of Japanese Americans and noodle lovers well with ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For those who don't want to slurp and drive, the restaurant will also offer a dine-in option with 30 seats within the restaurant.

    This isn't the only thing happening in Mitsuyasu Shigeta's restaurant world that already incldues twelve locations in Southern California and one in Tokyo. Shin Sen Gumi will also open a branch in Irvine this fall.

    Shin Sen Gumi Torrance is slated to open at the end of 2016, and will be located on the corner of Western Ave. and 182nd St.

    07 Sep 20:25

    Dozens of LAX employees call an airport parking lot home

    by Jeff Wattenhofer

    I was not aware of this

    Meet the airline workers who live there

    For over a decade now, a collection of vagabond airline workers has made a parking lot near LAX their home between long stretches of travel. 

    Years ago, LAX officials noticed employees were camping out in RVs throughout the airport’s many parking lots, so they decided to band them all together. As a result, dozens of RVs are gathered in one lot, forming a unique Los Angeles community. They have rules of conduct, residency requirements, and even an unofficial mayor according to a 2009 Los Angeles Times profile.

    Student filmmaker Lance Oppenheimer recently stumbled upon this RV neighborhood and documented the story of a few of its residents for the New York Times. The result is heartbreaking and oddly uplifting, a testament to the human ability to adapt to difficult situations and the sacrifices made to live outside the confines of a normal lifestyle.

    "A house is just a dwelling, that's how I look at it, and right now I can dwell in pretty much anything," says one of the residents.

    The video is a must-watch.

    02 Sep 13:01

    Specialty Treats Materialize During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

    by Rachel Bshero

    that ice cream looks pretty awful

    Boo to you (and you and you and you) … Happy Halloween! If you know me, you know that Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year—and it’s never complete without a spook-tacular evening at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Of course, my focus is on treats, not tricks, and today I’ve got a look at the creepy confections you can expect to find at this year’s party.

    Chocolate Worms and Dirt Cupcake from Main Street Bakery Halloween Sugar Cookie from Main Street Bakery

    Main Street Bakery

    • Chocolate Worms and Dirt Cupcake
    • Vanilla Spider Cupcake
    • Halloween Sugar Cookie

    Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

    Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

    • Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

    Enchanted Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake from Gaston's Tavern

    Gaston’s Tavern

    • Enchanted Pumpkin Spiced Cupcake

    Candy Corn Ice Cream Cone from Storybook Treats

    Storybook Treats

    • Candy Corn Ice Cream Cone

    Ghoulish Strawberry-lemonade Slushy from Friar’s Nook

    The Friar’s Nook

    • Ghoulish Strawberry-lemonade Slushy

    Candy Corn Cotton Candy

    Throughout the Park

    • Candy Corn Cotton Candy
    • Vampire Mickey Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Popcorn Bucket
    • Halloween Hot Mug
    • Poison Apple Stein

    What is your favorite part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Let us know in the comments below!

    01 Sep 23:00

    Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    by mkilwein

    ugh I want to do this but I also don't want to have to go to that dumb halloween party. (dumb because it's so crowded and I have to pay extra).

    For many guests, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a highlight of a visit to Magic Kingdom Park during the fall. The party’s characters, fireworks – not to mention you and your family in costume – makes for some great photo opportunities. During each party, Disney PhotoPass offers special themed photo stops in select locations that you won’t want to miss. Here’s a sneak peek of the Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots available only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party…

    Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    There’s no need to go all the way to Sleepy Hollow to get this spooky shot. During the party, visit the Disney PhotoPass photographer at the Main Entrance of Magic Kingdom Park to get this party-exclusive shot.

    Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    A Grim Grinning Ghost comes out to socialize at the hearse in front of the Haunted Mansion.

    An adorable pumpkin patch welcomes guests to the park entrance during this time of year. A Disney PhotoPass Photographer is ready and waiting in Town Square to help you get this shot.

    The spooks are coming out for a swinging wake! Visit a Disney PhotoPass Photographer on Main Street, U.S.A. for this ghoulish delight.

    Remember, you can view Animated Magic Shots in your account before they expire, but you must have an active Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day entitlement to download and share them online.

    31 Aug 20:00

    Peanut Butter Pretzel Gourmet Treats Return to the Disneyland Resort

    by Rachel Bshero


    Peanut Butter and Pretzel gourmet treats are back! One of my favorite combinations, I’ve been waiting for this particular treat to return. If you have, too, mark your calendars—starting September 1, you’ll find them at candy kitchens throughout the Disneyland Resort.

    Our gourmet apple is enrobed in caramel and sweet milk chocolate and is covered with crunchy, salty, bite-size pretzels, finished with a creamy peanut butter and milk chocolate drizzle. The crispy treat is equally delicious, and made almost identically, just without the caramel.

    Looking for this sweet and salty treat? Be sure to visit Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of September.

    24 Aug 18:45

    4 Ways to Take Advantage of the Back-to-School Momentum — Apartment Therapy

    by The Kitchn

    lol the dog!