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10 Feb 21:36

A Burger and Ramen Spot Takes Over Katsuya Glendale's Second Floor

by Crystal Coser


The concept mashes up everything that is currently trending.

K Ramen. Burger. Beer., an extension of the Katsuya brand, is popping up on the second floor of Katsuya in The Americana at Brand. Opened February 9, K Ramen offers a menu of budget-friendly bites, with nothing priced over $15.

On that menu is a mash up of just about everything that is trending right now in LA. That means you can expect plenty of ramen, burgers, pokes, and a list of Japanese brews to round it out. Menu highlights include lobster ramen with marinated egg, spicy creamy tuna K Poke, and small bites like calamari with wasabi cocktail sauce.

With an expansive patio that boasts views of The Americana's pretty fountains, it should be a solid family-friendly option in this part of town. K Ramen. Burger. Beer is open Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

03 Feb 01:50

Extra, Extra: You Can Buy Disneyland-Scented Candles Now

by Juliet Bennett Rylah

you have to click through twice to get the info on this, but worth it if you want a Dole Whip candle

Extra, Extra: You Can Buy Disneyland-Scented Candles Now An artist who paints selfie backdrops, the unofficial O.J. Simpson tour and more end of day links. [ more › ]

01 Feb 23:23

Taco Bell Wants to Surprise You With A Mystery Menu Item This Weekend

by Danny Jensen


Taco Bell Wants to Surprise You With A Mystery Menu Item This Weekend To help you celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, Taco Bell wants you to buy a new, secret menu item without knowing what it is. [ more › ]

01 Feb 23:28

Would You Buy the 'Worst Home in the Best Neighborhood' in Northridge For $475k?

by Bianca Barragan


Images via MLS

There's no way to dress it up: this place in Northridge is a wreck, and anybody with eyes knows it. The listing agent knows it too, which is why the first sentence of the copy says simply, "Ugly house!", just in case the first photo of a stout house fully obscured by dead leaves, overgrown landscaping, and a driveway that appears to be dirt doesn't make the point. Dubbed a "Contractor's Special" (and the more wishful "Flipper's Delight"), interior shots of the house reveal it to be a great candidate for at least some intense rehabilitation (if not total demolition). The frankness of the listing has no doubt gotten more eyes on the place than it otherwise would have. The New York Post reports that in the 11 days since it hit the market, the 1,276-square-foot house has been viewed 123,900 times.

It's not all bad news with this place, though. There's also mention of the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house's solid location at the end of a cul de sac in what the listing refers to as "a well maintained neighborhood." In case you didn't get the picture, the listing spells it out: "This is truly the worst home in the best neighborhood." It's that location that probably propels the house to ask a whole $475,000—and that's cash only, folks. According to Redfin, the median list price for houses in this part of Northridge over the last 90 days is $676,444.

· 16652 Itasca St., Northridge, CA 91343 [Redfin]
· Realtor uses reverse psychology to sell 'worst home in best neighborhood' [NYP]

08 Jan 15:02

Flashback Friday

by Brinke

such a serious actor dog.

(Say in classic Cary Grant voice: “OK my little friend, I would be more than happy to feed you, but first, I must learn my lines.”

Dogs Are Always Best Friends of Men (4)
(Vintage Everyday.)

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Flashback Friday
26 Jan 04:29

Dining in Disneyland Review: The New Cove Bar Expansion in Disney California Adventure

by Heather

They added more seating to the Cove Bar and the wait is worse :(

Disney California Adventure has removed the Donald Duck meet and greet gazebo on Paradise Pier for a very good reason; Cove Bar expansion! The new seating is adjacent to the existing bar. (If you are a Donald fan, don’t fret… Donald has been moved over to Buena Vista Street and he now has Daisy there as his companion.)

Welcome Back to Cove Bar!

Welcome Back to Cove Bar!

I’m sure your first thought is, “Awesome, more seats, less wait!” But alas, this is far from the truth. I recently when to check out the expansion and some new menu items.  It was a Friday just before noon and we still waited 45 minutes for a party of 2.  Personally I think the Cove Bar is worth the wait, but I also think that if they filled the whole pier with Cove Bar seating, there would still be a long wait.  It’s THAT good.  You can see that others agree with me.  This is the line we waited in.

Cove Bar Line

Cove Bar Line

While in line, I noticed a cast member walking around with an iPad asking about party numbers and seating preferences (bar, table, new area, etc.).  I immediately thought, “Oh, maybe they are taking advance dining reservations now!”  But that wasn’t the case, she was just organizing the guests to get them into tables as they came up.  I did request to sit in the new area; we could have been seated a little sooner (maybe by 10 or so minutes) if we would have opted for the bar.


The new area is covered and features both high and low table tops.  The high tops are in the center and the low ones line the perimeter of the new area.  Some of the low tops are waterfront,  if you sit there, you’ll have a good view of Screamin’ as it takes off!

Cove Bar Expansion

Cove Bar Expansion

We were seated at a low top along the edge of the restaurant.  Here’s a high top next to us.

Cove Bar High Top Table for 4

Cove Bar High Top Table for 4


The current menu features 6 items with a few changes from the old menu.

Cove Bar Place Setting

Cove Bar Place Setting

Differences include: no more wings, replaced with Chorizo Fundido; the Quesadilla Rolls are now “Fajita” Quesadilla Rolls; and the pizza isn’t a “daily” special…

Cove Bar Menu

Cove Bar Menu

I really love the food at the Cove Bar.  I’ve tried basically everything on the menu at some point and I have no complaints.  This visit was basically a cheese fest!  We ordered the new Chorizo Fundido, Fajita Quesadilla Rolls and Chicken Nachos (YES! Chicken!).

Let’s talk about the new Chorizo Fundido. It’s delicious!

Chorizo Fundido

Chorizo Fundido

Aged Cheddar & Oaxaca Cheese Sauce mixed with Spicy Beer Glazed Chorizo served with Potato Chips.  The dish comes out perfectly melted and piping hot.  I thought it might be spicy, but it’s not.  A tiny bit of a kick, but really pleasant.  The salty homemade potato chips were an excellent vehicle with which to devour the Chorizo Fundido.

Queso Fundido Close Up

Chorizo Fundido Close Up

Next up? The famous Nachos served at the Cove Bar!  I know people go nuts for the Lobster Nachos, but I actually prefer to go off menu and get the Chicken Nachos!

Chicken Nachos

Chicken Nachos

Honestly if you go to the Cove Bar and don’t get some form of nachos, you’ll really be missing out.  Topped with Aged Cheddar, Black Beans, Pico de Gallo, Chipotle Crema and Fresh Jalapenos, they’re a great item to share and incredibly tasty as well.

The cheese is perfectly melted with some slightly “burnt” cheese mixed in there too! Slightly burnt cheese is my favorite.  You can see a perfectly burnt cheese/chip in the photo above (bottom left), yum!  Anyone else like their nacho cheese a little crispy in spots???  The amount of chicken on the nachos is very generous and all of the produce was fresh.  The Chipotle Crema drizzled on top, I could take or leave.  I don’t think it adds a huge difference to the dish.

Chicken Nachos Close Up

Chicken Nachos Close Up

We also ordered the Fajita Quesadilla Rolls.  Formerly known as “Quesadilla Rolls,” this great menu item is basically the same.  Grilled Flour Tortilla rolled with Chicken, Onions, Peppers, Jack & Cheddar Cheese with Guajillo (a type of chili) Sauce, Chipotle Crema & Avocado Relish.  Looks to me that the only difference to this item is that there are now two types of cheese being used.  You can never go wrong with more cheese!

Fajita Quesadilla Rolls

Fajita Quesadilla Rolls

The Fajita Quesadilla Rolls remind me of mini chimichangas minus the beans.  Crispy outside, delicious chicken fajita filling and again there’s that Chipoltle Crema.  The Guajillo sauce on the bottom has a great flavor, I prefer it much more than the Chipotle Crema (which you may have already noticed).

Fajita Quesadilla Cross Section

Fajita Quesadilla Roll Cross Section

The Avocado Relish served with the Fajita Quesadilla Rolls is really great.  It’s sort of a salsa/guacamole hybrid and makes a perfect accompaniment to the rolls.

Avocado Relish

Avocado Relish

The drink menu at the Cove Bar is VERY extensive. You can see our fun adventure with several Cove Bar drinks here.  This adventure was much more tame!  Here’s a page from the drink menu that appeared new to me…  I’m very curious about “Hard Root Beer.”  I didn’t even know that was a thing! Maybe next time.

A Sampling of Specialty Drinks

A Sampling of Specialty Drinks

Of course we had to try the Cotton Candy Lemonade.  A gorgeous blue color, the lemonade comes with a fun pink straw topped with a large clump of cotton candy!   It’s such a photogenic beverage.  I did enjoy it, but no way would I be able to drink an entire glass.  Very sweet, but also a hint of sour.  Definitely worth a few sips.  I say get one to share!  The cotton candy on top is a very fun touch.

Cotton Candy Lemonade

Cotton Candy Lemonade

Overall, if you have the time to wait, the Cove Bar is a must visit while on a Disneyland Resort trip.  Both the atmosphere and food are incredible.  You’ve got great views of Paradise Pier, great drinks, great food.  I also love that you can modify the menu items with no problem.  It’s easy to change up the meat, make a dish vegetarian, add alcohol to a non-alcoholic drink…. You know the important stuff!  You really can’t go wrong here.

Do you have a Cove Bar favorite?  Have you visited since the expansion?  Was it worth the wait? Let us know in the comments below!

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

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27 Jan 17:40

Blind Items Revealed #4

by Enty

The Marco Rubio hits keep coming.


December 14, 2015

You have to love a presidential candidate, who is not doing that badly, be able to hashtag family photos with #Narcos #NarcosLife Should make for an interesting war on drugs if he gets elected.

Marco Rubio

27 Jan 22:00

Saj Bakery Is an Epic Destination for Lebanese Shawarma and Flatbreads

by Joshua Lurie


Totally worth the journey to Granada Hills.

The western half of the San Fernando Valley is a hotbed for flatbreads. Saj Bakery is certainly a key stop in the Middle Eastern bakery diaspora, but the Lebanese café from chef Charlie Succar and brother Mel offers much more, including what might be some of the best shawarma in Los Angeles.

The Succars hail from the northern Lebanon village of Bsharri, the same town as famed writer Gibran Khalil Gibran (who wrote The Prophet). Charlie attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Scottsdale and worked his way up to sous chef at Radisson Hotel Chatsworth before developing products for Sara Lee. After Bimbo Bakeries USA purchased the national baking brand in 2011, he briefly worked with Nature's Harvest before leaving to open a bakery in his neighborhood, with brother Mel handling the business side.

Saj's Bakery Interior

Charlie often shopped for produce at a market in a Granada Hills plaza, and he was eventually able to secure the space for Saj Bakery, which debuted in 2013. The interior features seven wood tables, a mural of people baking saj bread on a griddle, framed photos of Beyrouth (aka Beirut), and an open kitchen. Two shawarma spits rotate slowly, and flames lick the sides of a stainless steel oven, with a mouth that constantly requires feeding.

The name Saj refers to the famed razor-thin Middle Eastern flatbread, which is traditionally cooked on a convex grill. At Saj Bakery, Charlie Succar griddles slightly thicker saj on a flat-top to support sandwiches that boast fillings like shawarma and falafel.

Saj Bakery

[Falafel at Saj Bakery]

Their saj is blistered and pliable, a beautiful match for either chicken or beef shawarma ($7.99), both of which make strong cases for the city's best. Charlie Succar wouldn't give away many secrets to how he marinates each cone of shawarma, but he did say the chicken thigh is never frozen so it doesn't get watery from thawing. The beef shawarma layers beef fat into choice-grade chuck to keep the meat juicy.

It costs an extra buck to get your sandwich on saj, and the surcharge is well worth it, with flame-singed meat, pickled cucumbers, tomatoes, and garlic sauce joining the sandwich fray. With each order, you'll get a plate of pickled cucumbers, purple pickled turnip spears, and punchy pepperoncini.

Downtown or in Silver Lake, falafel like this would draw lines.

Falafel patties are masterfully crafted with garbanzo beans, cilantro, onions, salt, pepper, dried parsley and more spices before frying in a shallow pool of canola oil. Nutty tahini and pickled turnips provide welcome foils to the soft falafel with thin, crispy sheathes. Downtown or in Silver Lake, falafel like this would draw lines.

No visit to Saj Bakery would be complete without a swing by the baked good display case. Yes, you'll find fairly common flatbread configurations like zaatar crusted mana'ish, spinach and cheese pies, plus some more unique items.

For instance, cheese saroukh ($4.99) blends white and Ackawi cheeses, onion, spices and parsley. The filled bread is studded with sesame seeds and sliced.

Saj Flatbread

[Katfa hummus pie]

Kafta hummus pie ($7.99) is baked to order and stars kafta, ground beef blended with onion and parsley that resembles green chorizo. Minced pickled cucumber, tomato, and of course hummus also come into play. The bread's folded around these elements like a calzone — crimped, sesame-lined, and baked.

For dessert, containers of rice pudding and custard appear in a cold display case alongside bottles of mango nectar and juice. Your best bet might just be to order tahini bread, a disc that's rich with sesame paste and sugar, featuring a shatteringly thin crust and a rich core. Or you could just trade off with each visit, since stopping at Saj Bakery probably won't be a one-time thing.

The Saj Bakery
11146 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA

09 Jan 16:30

Blind Items Revealed #3

by Enty

A Muppets blind item!


December 19, 2015

Considering the name of the show, you would think most of the people working on this network show struggling to survive would be happy to be working there. Not the case. Everyone is miserable and doesn’t care about the history of the show, at this point, they are just in it for the paycheck.

The Muppets

22 Jan 23:35

Look Inside Glendale's 1920s Masonic Temple, Now Cool Creative Offices

by Bianca Barragan


TMT Interior (2)_Credit ©RMA Photography Inc..jpg
Photo by RMA Photography Inc.

Americana at Brand owner Rick Caruso and his company, Caruso Affiliated, announced last spring that they were buying a lovely 1920s-era Masonic temple right across the street from the Americana with the intent of turning the historic structure into creative offices with a row of shops next door (an adjacent Shake Shack is in the works). And now, the first 110 workers (from commercial real estate firm CBRE, hence the signage) moved into the gloriously renovated space this month, and today, the repurposed Art Deco building officially opened, according to release for the project.

The building was designed by Arthur Lindley, whose firm Lindley & Selkirk designed the Alex Theatre a few blocks north of the temple. Now, fully updated, it includes a "vaulted cathedral-trussed penthouse" containing meeting space outfitted with stadium seating. Like a good modern workplace should, this one includes exposed concrete and "structural steel elements," plus 18 new 20-foot-tall windows. (Previous reports had noted the "haphazard window pattern" of the building as it existed pre-renovation, going so far to call part of the structure "typically windowless." Not a super-ideal workspace.) The elaborate concierge services that will provide tenants' employees with everything from personal grocery shopping to a person who will pick up dry cleaning are accessed through the Caruso-developed "Masonic Temple app."

Here's a look around the revamped space:

· Fancy New Glendale Offices Will Be First With Five-Star Concierge Service So Workers Never Have to Stop [Curbed LA]
· Rick Caruso Turning Handsome Old Glendale Masonic Temple into Offices and Retail [Curbed LA]
21 Jan 23:00


by mugumogu

The last picture!

Maru and Hana are doing tag.

Maru:[I will catch you and bite!]
Hana:[It's ok. If you can!]

Hana:[You cannot catch me forever!]

Maru:[I miss it...]

Hana went to Maru's back quickly.



Hey Maru&Hana, it takes two to make a quarrel.

Maru:[You are to blame.]
Hana:[No! You clawed me first.]


Ameba FRESH! の「I am Maru.」チャンネルにて、

18 Jan 14:55

Editorial Cartoon: Editorial Cartoon: ‘Thin White Puke’


worth a click through

24 Jan 17:00

Blind Item #1

by Enty

popular guess is Marco Rubio. I would probably watch this.


This Presidential candidate, who, still has a good chance of winning made a gay porn back in the day. Several people know he did it, but so far the recording has remained elusive. It won’t forever.

14 Jan 09:02

Farewell to Bartok the Cat

by Martha Stewart

RIP Bartok. This made me realize I need to take higher quality photos of the cats. Martha seems to be taking this death harder than when her dog chocked on something while she was out of town.

Farewell to my beautiful Bartok. Bartok passed away at 19-years of age. He was a most handsome and elegant seal point Himalayan who was admired by everyone who [&hellip...
08 Jan 00:21

Los Angeles Has Rocketed Up the List of Bedbuggiest Cities

by Bianca Barragan


bedbugs los angeles.jpg
Los Angeles via Shabdro Photo, bedbug via AJ Cann / Creative Commons.

On the 2014 Terminix list of most bedbug-riddled cities in the nation, the Los Angeles metro area was number 14. But on the most recent 2015 list out from the pest control company, LA has rocketed through the ranks all the way to the number four spot. It's a huge victory for bedbugs and a crushing defeat for the blood-filled humans of LA. Terminix compiled its horrific list (via BoingBoing) by adding up "inbound lead data from the more than 300 [of its] branches across the country," and then ranking metros according to the volume of calls from January to mid-December last year. See the top 10 bedbuggiest cities:

This year was a big, sad victory for Philly, which was unseated from its four-year position at the top of the list by Detroit.

1) Detroit, MI
2) Philadelphia, PA
3) Cleveland-Akron, OH
4) Los Angeles, CA
5) Dayton, OH
6) Chicago, IL
7) Columbus, OH
8) Cincinnati, OH
9) Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
10) San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
· Detroit Lands Top Spot; Ohio Cities Claim Five Spots [ServiceMaster]

06 Jan 14:26

lilpoms: Just turned my head for a while and her spotlight got...


alas de fuego


Just turned my head for a while and her spotlight got stolen by her mother.

05 Jan 23:00


by mugumogu

These cats are so well behaved. Vivien would just wait for Robotron to knock the bowl of food off the shelf.


This is Maru&Hana's new meal shelf.

How about?

Maru:[I don't know.]
Hana:[Because our plates are empty.]

Ok, it's meal time!
How about the new meal shelf?

Maru&Hana:[Be quiet. I am busy now!]


Maru:[Please prevent this glutton.]

Maru eats very slowly. And Hana eats very fast.
Doors may be necessary for the shelf.

31 Dec 17:32

Police Finally Going After the Rich Old Dude Surf Gang That Rules a Palos Verdes Beach

by Bianca Barragan


Image via DailyMatador / Curbed LA flickr pool

To surfers who know the spot and the people who live near it, Lunada Bay is famed for its frighteningly territorial surfers. Known colloquially as the Bay Boys, this group of white, wealthy, middle-aged surfers have reportedly kept outsiders out of the water by throwing rocks, verbally harassing, and, in some cases, physically assaulting people attempting to surf on the public beach in wealthy Palos Verdes Estates. For many years, this has gone on more or less with impunity (critics say the local police have long looked the other way), but the new Palos Verdes police chief says he's going to come down hard on the old-man surf gang, the AP reports.

Jeff Kepley, the new chief of police, has been on the job for about a year, and says he's ready to step up enforcement to catch the Bay Boys in action. Kepley tells the LA Times that the police are adding patrols along the coast and that officers are working overtime. He's hoping the extra effort will lead to an arrest, the first for a Bay Boy in years. "We will make an example out of anyone who behaves criminally down there," Kepley said.

The Bay Boys rose to notoriety beyond the Palos Verdes Peninsula when two undercover journalists for the Guardian filmed themselves being threatened and harassed by the surf toughs, who eventually egged the journalists' car. (What is this, junior high?) The reporters also filmed their conversation with the police, which revealed the sort of hands-off approach that critics say has been local law enforcement's MO for too long. ("It is what it is. If you feel uncomfortable, you know, then don't do it," the reporters were told.) The Times says the Bay Boys have been a problem since at least 1995, when their actions prompted a protest on the bluff by the beach. The police came through checking for expired license plate tags and eventually dispersed the protest, "citing a bomb threat."

The new police chief didn't exactly acknowledge that the police have been allowing the Bay Boys' hooliganism, but he did promise, "[I]f we did discount a claim, and I'm not saying we did, we are going to make sure we do the right thing."
· Police vow to stop Southern California surfers who use violence to protect waves [AP]
· Palos Verdes police chief promises to take on the 'Bay Boys' of Lunada [LAT]
· A Rich Old Dude Surfer Gang is Terrorizing a Los Angeles Beach [Curbed LA]

28 Dec 02:59

Two-Bedroom Condo in Koreatown's Historic Chateau Alpine Asking $674,000

by Pauline O'Connor

this place is pretty interesting but 1 parking space for that neighborhood is probably a deal breaker.

Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #928, Koreatown's Chateau Alpine was built in 1936. Just five years ago, you could have purchased the entire French Normandy Revival complex for just under $1.2 million, but ya didn't. C'est la vie. Today, just one of the building's six units is on the market for about half that, $674,000 (down from its July listing price of $699,000). Per the listing, the available unit measures 2,046 square feet and features two bedrooms, two baths, "ten-foot ceilings, custom extruded plaster mouldings, artisan fireplace, built-in china closets, a Euro style balcony," and a "large den/double ofc/rehearsal space." Monthly HOA dues for the condo, which also features some insensitive updates, are $437.

920-1/2 South Serrano Ave [Redfin]

23 Dec 19:02

Expanded Cove Bar Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

by Erin Glover



Here at Disney Parks, we’re always looking for ways to make a great experience even better. Now the popular Cove Bar at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure park has been expanded to offer more seating for our guests.


From this expanded alfresco patio, you can sit back and enjoy those famous Lobster Nachos while you watch guests take off from the launch zone on nearby California Screamin’. The Cove Bar will continue to serve the delicious bites and cocktails you love, so stop by on your next visit to Disney California Adventure park!

Expanded Cove Bar Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

23 Dec 21:13

Shake Shack's Second LA Location Lands in Glendale Across the Americana at Brand

by Matthew Kang

should we try it out?

You can finally have In-N-Out and Shake Shack side by side.

Rejoice, Glendale, because your town just got a thousand percent cooler. Shake Shack, the unstoppable fast-casual burger chain based in New York, is opening its second official Los Angeles-area location in Glendale, across the Americana at Brand next to the former Masonic Temple. Reps confirmed the news today, telling Eater that a late 2016 arrival is expected.

Placed across from one of LA's busiest shopping districts (and such spots as Bourbon SteakDin Tai Fung and even Cheesecake Factory), expect Shake Shack to join a bustling dining corridor. Another fun fact: it'll also be the closest Shake Shack to an In-N-Out Burger, which is down the street about a block away.

That means the comparisons between the two chains will be inevitable, with people taking sides like the Republicans and Democrats in the long struggle to determine which burger chain is better. But Glendale denizens won't care: having both burgers within a minute of each other is the best possible win imaginable.

Shake Shack's first LA location is slated for a mid-2016 debut in West Hollywood, and the pretty artwork just around the buildout is already becoming an Instagram destination.

14 Dec 22:54

Weekend Gun Violence at the Standard Hotel Downtown Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

by Farley Elliott

I think maybe the people putting the party on were right to leave this person off their guestlist

The terrible scene followed an alleged dispute in the lobby.

A terrible scene unfolded over the weekend in Downtown Los Angeles as four people were shot at the Standard Hotel on Flower Street.

According to the LA Timesthe sudden burst of gunfire erupted in the wee hours of Sunday morning, allegedly following a guest list dispute for a party on Saturday night. The shooting left one person dead, another likely paralyzed, and two more victims sent to the hospital.

Police are hesitant to confirm a motive (or suspects) at this time, but several witnesses on site described a fight that broke out in the lobby prior to the violence. Shortly thereafter, gunfire rang out near the elevators and spilled out onto the sidewalk out front, shattering glass and leaving four victims, none of whom have been publicly identified at this time. The next morning, a nearby parking attendant found a discarded handgun in an adjacent lot, reports the Times.

The violence inside the Standard over the weekend has some reflecting on the still rapidly-changing Downtown neighborhood overall. Police have been saying for some time that violent crime is up in the area (more than 55% compared to last year, says one report), due in part to a crime reclassification effort by the police.

Despite opening in 2002 and seeing much of the transformation in Downtown over the past decade or so, there have been relatively few incidences of violence at and around the dining and nightlife destination.

04 Dec 10:00

dbgny: I just love her so much 💖


oh man that face. little drunk face.


I just love her so much 💖

04 Dec 10:00



my dream.

16 Dec 22:43

Scientist: We Should Just Let the LA River Flood Sometimes

by Bianca Barragan

This sounds nuts to me. I'm guessing the amount of homeowners near the river who have flood insurance is pretty low if something were to go wrong.

Image via Joe B. / Curbed LA flickr pool

The soon-to-be-revitalized Los Angeles River is the concrete flood control channel that it is today because in the early days of the city it flooded frequently and disastrously, often enough and with devastating enough consequences that the Army Corps of Engineers and the city felt it needed to be constrained. But what if letting at least part of the river flood again could really help Los Angeles meet more of its water needs locally (instead of having to ship in water)? After more than four years of scarily little rainfall, that proposition is starting to sound less nuts these days, says TakePart. "Natural waterways allow more water to percolate down into underlying aquifers," and so allowing the river to overflow could possibly help boost LA's groundwater resources.

"If you let the river flood, which it historically did on a regular basis, there is a potential to accomplish a lot of recharge for the groundwater," says a hydrogeologist from UC Davis who has cowritten a study about moving back levees from irrigation channels in order to allow flooding and replenish groundwater in the parched Central Valley.

A "dream team" of local firms has in fact already created a plan that would allow parts of the Piggyback Yard site in Lincoln Heights—currently in use as a rail yard—to flood a few days out of the year, while serving primarily as a park. (Putting parks to use for flood control in Los Angeles dates back to the Olmsted Brothers' unimplemented plan for a glorious citywide networks of parks in Los Angeles.) That plan, says TakePart, "would allow for up to 60 percent of the 125-acre property to be inundated with storm water when the river bursts its banks (which used to happen every five to 20 years)." The water would be sucked into the ground through a network of wetlands and islands that would "replace" the concrete part of the river, while inflatable dams would divert and contain the water in a safe way.

However, an engineer with the consulting firm that worked on the Piggyback Yard proposal point out that there are many Downtown buildings with foundations that "reach into the water table, and their basements are regularly pumped to avoid flooding." The flooding plan, the engineer worried, would exacerbate the existing situation and "potentially creat[e] some very unhappy, very rich neighbors." (Furthermore, Piggyback Yard's owners, Union Pacific, don't seem to want to sell the property, not even for the good of the 2024 Olympics.) But with 51 miles of river between the Valley and Long Beach, and parks planned all along the way, there might be a lot of potentially suitable segments for flooding.

LA's already got big plans to recharge the groundwater via a combination of large- and small-scale projects in the Valley and across the city that seek to collect rainwater and put it back into the ground without letting the river flood.
· L.A. Remembers It Has a River [TakePart]
· Los Angeles's Plan to Start Harvesting Its Rainwater [Curbed LA]
· Dream Team Assembled For LA River Piggyback Yard Project [Curbed LA]
· 25 Photos of the Los Angeles River Before It Was Paved in 1938 [Curbed LA]

09 Dec 18:12

Chili Cheese Fries Used as Weapon in Attempted Robbery at Glendale Fast Food Joint

by Farley Elliott

!!! This is around the corner from our house.

Luckily, the perp was caught.

A Glendale woman is in custody today after forcing her way behind the counter at Troy’s Drive-In #6 on Glendale Avenue, demanding money and using her fingers as a pseudo-gun the whole way. What’s worse: she tried to assault someone with a plate of chili cheese fries.

The whole ordeal was chronicled by CBSLA who said the 40 year old woman, one Jennifer Santos, is now being kept in lock up in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Confusion reigned inside the restaurant on Sunday, when Santos walked in and attempted to rob the joint before punching at least one employee and shattering the glass front door. As for the chili cheese fries (a Troy’s staple), police said there’s uncertainty as to whose fries they were, though indications are that they didn’t actually land on anyone after being thrown around the place.

Ultimately Santos took off, but was nabbed nearby at a market, where she had apparently tried to steal some stuff. So, at least for now, the alleged fast food menace is behind bars.

02 Dec 01:56

Delightfully Tiled Craftsman in Highland Park Asking $695k

by Bianca Barragan

let's buy this house. the listing description says there is a back house that is so rustic it will make us want to take up the banjo. sold!

Tucked into a cul de sac north of hip York Boulevard, this picturesque, not-so-little Craftsman cottage in Highland Park has 1,520 square feet of handsomely styled space (the owners are "two young TV home show designers") and wonderful details, like the Batchelder-tile-adorned mantle or Heath tile in the obviously updated galley kitchen. The kitchen, which opens onto a little patio, also holds a vintage stove, fancy counters, and a deep farmhouse sink. In addition to plenty of space, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom house has another bonus in the backyard: a legal rental cottage that has its own meter and everything. The asking price is $695,000.

· 1808 North Avenue 53, Highland Park, CA 90042 [Redfin]

30 Nov 20:55

Seinfeld's Apartment Is Coming To L.A., Just In Time For Festivus

by Carman Tse

should we go to this?

Seinfeld's Apartment Is Coming To L.A., Just In Time For Festivus Maybe they can get the Puffy Shirt on loan from The Smithsonian. [ more › ]

07 Dec 23:01

The Walt Disney Archives Brings Walt’s Office Back to the Disney Studios Lot

by Jeffrey Epstein

I think I would like to see this.

Today Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger presided over a special ceremony to dedicate the newly restored office of Walt Disney in the Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Disney Parks guests have been able to see selections from Walt’s office suite over the years at One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and inside the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland park, but the Walt Disney Archives painstakingly restored the suite—down to the smallest details—including original furnishings, his piano (frequently played back in the day by Disney Legend Richard Sherman), awards, and some items from his collection of miniatures.


Park fans will love the large map, hanging over the couch in his working office, of Disneyland as it existed in 1966, including recent additions to the park as well as those yet-to-be-constructed including Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square. There’s one of the first master plans for what would become Walt Disney World Resort—including his vision for EPCOT. The office also features a golden cage containing a brightly colored tiny, singing robotic bird, which served as inspiration for the Audio-Animatronics we know today.

The Walt Disney Archives Brings Walt’s Office Back to the Disney Studios Lot The Walt Disney Archives Brings Walt’s Office Back to the Disney Studios Lot

In 2016, the office will be featured on select D23 Member tours. Keep your eyes here for more opportunities to see this incredible permanent exhibit.

The Walt Disney Archives Brings Walt’s Office Back to the Disney Studios Lot by Jeffrey Epstein: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

20 Nov 18:00

New ‘Paint The Night’ Parade Dining Packages Coming to Disneyland Park

by Erin Glover

should we do this?

New dining packages with reserved viewing for the new “Paint The Night” parade will be available beginning January 11, 2016, at Disneyland park.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

At Blue Bayou Restaurant, the dining package includes a three-course meal. Viewing for the Blue Bayou Restaurant “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located on Main Street, U.S.A.

With a choice of three entrees, Aladdin’s Oasis dining package will give guests the option of taking their meal to-go or enjoying it in the Aladdin’s Oasis seating area. Parade viewing for Aladdin’s Oasis “Paint The Night” parade dining package will be located near “it’s a small world.”

Reservations for both “Paint The Night” parade dining packages will be available soon. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

New ‘Paint The Night’ Parade Dining Packages Coming to Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog