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04 Oct 17:58

The One Trader Joe's Buy That's Not Worth the Hype — Shopping

by Lauren Masur
Kristen

"I bought something that looked gross and I am shocked to report that is was indeed gross."

Last night, after I successfully swiped the very last Butternut Squash Pizza Crust from my local Trader Joe's frozen aisle (a new offering!), the cashier checking me out asked, "Oooh what's this? Is butternut squash the next cauliflower?"

Well-versed in the store's cult-favorite frozen items, I did some amateur trend forecasting: "We'll only know for sure once they come out with Butternut Squash Gnocchi, right?"

I then proceeded to go home to crank up my oven to 45o degrees in attempts to see if the team behind all of TJ's sneaky, plant-based swaps is really on to something with this new item (it's $4.99, if you're wondering).

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30 Sep 01:26

Blind Items Revealed #3

by ent lawyer
Kristen

Can you blame her?

September 19, 2018

It is interesting to me that this A+/A list mostly movie actress who does not have an Oscar nomination always spends the night with this A+/A list mostly movie actor but never with the a-hole late night guy.

Scarlet Johansson/Chris Evans/Colin Jost
24 Sep 19:20

Blind Items Revealed #5

by ent lawyer
Kristen

again, the universe keeps trying to get me to watch bond films. I guess the upside is he's been in the far superior Mission Impossible and The Man From UNCLE spy movies.

September 13, 2018

The producers of this long running franchise don't care at all about the cloud swirling around the head of this foreign born former superhero. They want to cast him as their next replacement.

Henry Cavill/James Bond
17 Sep 19:37

Blind Items Revealed Revisited

by ent lawyer
Kristen

I'll be the first to admit I thought this was all bullshit.

This was originally revealed on December 20, 2017


December 15, 2017 

This foreign born superhero is sweating bullets that two of his exes are going to spill what they know about his sex life. He needs the superhero gig. He should also be worried about this A- list mostly movie actor from an acting family who wants to be a superhero and is talking smack about him behind the scenes because the A- lister thinks the superhero is the easiest to replace.

Henry Cavill/Jake Gyllenhaal
23 Aug 23:14

Could the half-built Hollywood Target finally be finished?

by Bianca Barragan
Kristen

I doubt it

A new court ruling indicates the city and Target can turn this sad, blighty corner into a functioning Target

Could the half-built Hollywood Target finally be finished? A court ruling issued today sided with the city against neighborhood groups that sought to stop the project, and paves the way for the retail development to start construction again.

Judges for the Second Appellate District Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling from the Los Angeles County Superior Court, which found that the city did not fully study the effects of new zoning rules created to make the 74-foot-tall Target allowable on a site where the height limit had previously been 35 feet.

In a hearing for the case on Tuesday, attorney Robert Silverstein argued something along those lines on behalf of the La Mirada Neighborhood Association.

Silverstein said the city’s new rules created “an opportunity” for more tall developments like the Target to be built in the neighborhood, and that the city was “actively pursuing” those types of projects. If that were true, the new zoning rules should have been subject to their own, additional environmental review, Silverstein said.

But in his written judgment on the case, Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hoffstadt found that the city complied with laws and regulations when it examined the effects the taller Target store would have on the neighborhood.

Hoffstadt noted there was “substantial evidence” supporting the city’s claim that the change to the zoning code that permitted the store to be taller than normally allowed “would not have any reasonably foreseeable environmental consequences” for the neighborhood beyond the Target itself.

The saga of the Target goes back to 2012, when the the La Mirada Neighborhood Association (again, represented by Silverstein) sued the city for building a 74-foot-tall Target on a site where heights were supposed to be capped at 35 feet tall. A judge agreed, causing construction to stop on the development, and creating the husk visible at the property today.

Then in 2016, the City Council decide to alter height limits for projects in a segment of the neighborhood that included the Target project site, a move that, in theory, made the building’s height permissible.

But then the La Mirada group disagreed and sued againsuccessfully. The ruling of the judge who found in favor of the association was reversed today.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, whose district includes the Target site, said in a statement today that the ruling was a win for everyone, including local residents who would “soon have visual relief from the blight” of the incomplete project.

“With this path forward, we can complete the project and bring this long, unfortunate saga to a close,” O’ Farrell said.

Robert Silverstein and the city attorney’s offices have not been returned messages seeking comment.

16 Aug 15:01

Blind Items Revealed #5

by ent lawyer
Kristen

Bill - how do you feel about this?

March 8, 2018

This diminutive A+/A list mostly movie actor is the front runner to portray the lead in a new superhero movie. The thing is though, the script calls for the superhero to be killed. The actor wants no part of that and says if he is playing the role, that part of the script needs to be changed.

Tom Cruise/Green Lantern
13 Aug 04:55

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie tease Flight Of The Conchords' return to HBO

by Sam Barsanti on News, shared by Sam Barsanti to The A.V. Club
Kristen

I'm pumped.

As Jemaine Clement teased at the very beginning of the year, Flight Of The Conchords really is returning to HBO later this year for an hour-long special with him and Bret McKenzie. The duo confirmed the return in a predictably low-key and jokey teaser video, which features the two of them deciding which of them is…

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09 Aug 14:41

Blind Items Revealed #1

by ent lawyer
Kristen

hmmm...

July 31, 2018

Publicly, this A- list entertainer/reality star is saying the right things about taking time for herself and this and that. The thing is though, she has already been doing that for six months and has a co-worker she has been seeing for about two months. Same company, but way different job description than the last co-worker. This one is an executive. They are both trying to keep it hush hush.

Nikki Bella
18 Jul 23:35

Blind Items Revealed #5

by ent lawyer
Kristen

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL

March 20, 2018

Back in the day when this permanent A list mostly movie actress who has been married to a permanent A list mostly movie actor with very little acting ability and a former A list mostly television actor with very little acting ability was married to the former she was going to cheat. With who? This permanent A list mostly movie actor who is an Academy Award winner/nominee. The first husband was away making a movie and our actress was going to hook up with the still quite young actor. Apparently he couldn't stand to attention and our actress laughed at him. They have not spoken since.

A list mostly movie actress: Demi Moore
Permanent A list mostly movie actor with very little acting ability: Bruce Willis
Former A list mostly television actor with very little acting ability: Ashton Kutcher
Permanent A list mostly movie actor who is an Academy Award winner/nominee: Leonardo DiCaprio
18 Jul 03:41

Cops Shut Down LA Bar After Ruckus with Far Right Proud Boys

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

You don't have to click through to read this one so sharing instead. Happy birthday, Bill!

Beer

The Griffin in Atwater Village is under fire for how they handled things

Atwater Village bar The Griffin is under fire for an incident involving well-known far right men’s group the Proud Boys over the weekend. The Los Feliz Boulevard watering hole was reportedly the site of a local Proud Boys chapter meet-up on Saturday night, but things escalated quickly when protesters against the group arrived. Someone called the police when a verbal and physical fight broke out, and now The Griffin is dealing with the fallout from it all.

On Saturday night a group of just less than ten Proud Boys members showed up to The Griffin unannounced, and word of their presence quickly broke on social media. A counter-group soon gathered at the bar, with the intent of getting the Proud Boys kicked out entirely. Instead, bar employees at several points seemed to defend the presence of the “Make America Great Again”-hat wearing group, with one bouncer reportedly saying “the only color I see is green,” indicating that anyone was welcome as long as they spend money.

LA Taco has a thorough collection of details and social media posts along with video from the incident. They spoke with LAPD officer Rosario Herrera who confirmed that a scuffle took place at The Griffin, adding that the police didn’t arrest anyone.

Comedian Josh Androsky, who was at the bar during the incident, shared one particularly prominent video (below) that showed one of the Proud Boys in a heated argument outside. The unnamed man attempts to argue that white people — in this case, the Irish — have also been historically persecuted and subjected to slavery. This is a commonly debunked refrain among far-right groups.

For hours after the incident, The Griffin offered no comment on the Saturday night scuffle, even as users on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook lambasted the company and called for a total boycott. There is currently an “active cleanup alert” on the bar’s Yelp page after a deluge of one-star reviews flooded in. Eventually ownership posted a lengthy note to its own social media, saying in part:

I’m Jewish and finding out that my bar was overrun by a hate group has had a legitimate emotional impact on me and has made it hard for me to function. Neither I nor my business partner support any Nazi or white supremacist groups and this is not a Nazi bar. We didn’t have any advance notice that they would be showing up, this wasn’t a meeting that was supported or condoned.

The post goes on to apologize for not having a plan in place to deal with such incidents, while acknowledging that the Proud Boys were allowed to stay in the bar even after employees notified management of their presence:

A post shared by The Griffin Bar (@griffinbarla) on

Many still found fault with that statement, saying the well-known group should have been immediately barred from The Griffin because of their hateful rhetoric and penchant for violence. The Griffin then announced that they would be closed on Sunday because of the incident, and that they would be posting “no tolerance” signs at the front door to advise patrons that the company does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Eater reached out to The Griffin to find out what further steps the bar may be taking, but so far has not heard back.

This isn’t the first time the Proud Boys have made their way to the heart of Los Angeles to stir up trouble. The group also held a meet-up last month at Highland Park Brewery, forcing co-owner Bob Kunz to disavow the group after LA Taco broke the news.

17 Jul 16:51

The Griffin Will Reopen With 'No Tolerance' Signs After Proud Boys Incident in Atwater Village

by LAist Staff
Kristen

We made the news.

On social media, some people called for a boycott of the bar, with many accusing the owners of accommodating members of a hate group.
13 Jul 05:07

Blind Items Revealed #1

by ent lawyer
Kristen

My guess of RBG was WAY off

May 9, 2018

They don't have to be long to be juicy. This permanent A+ list celebrity who has been the subject of books and documentaries and movies based on her life has a secret. Knowing her, she will take it to her grave. Way back in the day, when she was just beginning her career, she hooked up with this foreign born permanent A++ lister. Our A+ lister became pregnant and went on sabbatical the final two months of her pregnancy. She then gave the baby to a distant family member to raise. Apparently that baby, now a grown person was having some health issues and that is how they found out who were his real parents. Amazing. This is a legitimate jaw dropper.

Anna Wintour/Bob Marley
10 Jul 02:17

Blind Items Revealed #1

by ent lawyer
Kristen

I'm cackling!

February 28, 2018

This former Teen Mom hooked up with a guy she thought was a rich Russian oligarch but was an Uber driver from New Jersey who can do a really good Russian accent.

Farrah Abraham
09 Jul 23:19

Blind Items Revealed #34 - Himmmm

by ent lawyer
Kristen

BITCH MY FAMILY'S HERE

March 5, 2018

Oscars

This (A+ list mostly movie actress who is an Academy Award winner/nominee) approached this (married A list mostly movie director) during the ceremony, backstage.  She seemed a little "off", but was very pleasant.  Without any small talk, she was almost hovering over him, gently stroking his arm.  She said she really wants to work with him, and would be MORE THAN HAPPY to meet with him anytime…anywhere, to discuss it.  She's just such a big fan of his work she said, and knows that "working under (him)" would be a experience for them both.  "I'm fearless in my acting, and there is NOTHING I won't try.  Nothing", she said softly.  After clearing his throat, the director said that his next project was very similar to one she's already done and so she'd likely not want to repeat it. (Which is total b.s. but thought it would deter her).  Contrary, she said. "I could do that in my sleep.  You're welcome to watch me sleep if you want." She laughed, and asked him to please call or message her – not her agent.  He said he'd think about it, excused himself quickly, and tried not to explode laughing.  She's subtle.  Real subtle.

Jennifer Lawrence/Paul Thomas Anderson
09 Jul 22:25

Blind Items Revealed #15

by ent lawyer
Kristen

David O. Russell was directing Hillshire Farm commercials?!!

January 3, 2018

I am just going to leave this tip as is from the source, just because it seems perfect as is.

I had just moved to L.A. for a new advertising gig. This was back in 2010 or so. I was put on a  packaged food account and sold a fun campaign that was basically one big snark on the Harriet Homemaker type. I figured it was going to be a fun shoot since shooting comedy always is, right?

It got even more fun when we managed to snag a very kind and down to earth actress/comedian as the star of the spots. She'd been on a show on a cable show that I found hilarious but the reason people were really excited was she'd just been in an girl-ensemble comedy film that was a box office success so it was a big deal.

What was even a bigger deal was who we got to direct it. Now this person was a big deal in that A, he makes great movies and B, is a seriously loose cannon. We know this because of some leaked audio of him yelling at a comedian during a filming of one of his other films. Somehow we decided to roll the dice and ride the crazy train.

The first thing I noticed that was off about him was the fact he wore the same seersucker suit every day. For weeks. From the pre-production to the day of shoot. It got more bedraggled as it went along. He had seriously manic energy and the crazy vibe was so strong. He cost his production company about ten grand during one day because he sat in his SUV talking on his cell phone and eating a bowl of cereal an hour into our shoot time. Our producer just about blew out a lung yelling at the production company's producer.

During the shoot the only person he treated with respect was the actress/comedian. The other people who were in the spot were "regular actors." He belittled them, would rhetorically ask them if they really wanted to act for a living and he wasn't getting what they wanted. The vibe was just negative all around and everyone was walking on eggshells.

Now so far it's child's play. Here's the interesting part.

At one point on a break, we've almost wrapped the shoot. He goes over to where our clients are sitting, to chat with them. At one point, he asks the woman if he can speak to her in private. Before we know it, he's pulled her up from her chair and pushed her into a closet. I remember his producer trying to go in with them but he was having none of it. A few minutes later, they come out, she's flustered and he's back on set. The client is so flustered she's wanting a drink and demands one. She insists and doesn't care about rules of drinking on set and a runner is sent out for wine.

What we discovered later-- and this is where it's really disturbing, is that he violated her. But not in the way you'd think. What he did was, he apparently had a pair of tweezers in his pocket, pulled them out and plucked out one of her nose hairs. Apparently, it had been bugging him.

What's even more surprising I remember, is that when we told his long-time editor who was cutting our spots what had happened, she looked at us in disbelief for a moment and then said "That's all that happened? Man he must have really been trying to behave himself."

Oh yeah, and in what came as a shock to no one, shortly after the campaign ran we lost the account. The client was unhappy with us already; the experience with the director just put the final nail in the coffin.

Commercial: Hillshire Farm "Go Meat!"
Actress/comedian: Wendi McLendon-Covey
Cable show: "Reno 911"
Girl-ensemble comedy film: "Bridesmaids"
Director: David O. Russell
Actress he yelled at in other film: Lily Tomlin ("I Heart Huckabees")
09 Jul 18:47

Blind Items Revealed #2 - Old Hollywood

by ent lawyer
Kristen

Almost every Tony Curtis movie has stories about how awful he was on set but I've never heard any about the Sweet Smell of Success because Burt Lancaster was such a prick it overshadowed whatever other shenanigans were going on.

May 4, 2018

This permanent A list mostly movie actor who was a multiple Oscar nominee/winner also had his own production company back in the day. That in of itself was kind of unusual during the studio system. The actor made a movie about the gossip industry. A movie that you should watch if you haven't. Anyway, there was a messed up relationship on screen and the actor told the actress involved in that relationship on screen that they needed to consummate their relationship to make it even more real. The actress refused so the married actor raped her and told her the look on her face after is what he wanted for the entire movie. She barely worked again after the movie and was out of acting within a couple years.

Burt Lancaster/Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions/Sweet Smell Of Success
06 Jul 22:26

VIDEO: Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Disneyland Resort

by Alex Dunlap
Kristen

I think we've settled this debate and Plaza Inn has better fried chicken.

There’s a tasty (and crispy!) celebration happening at Disneyland Resort this weekend, and you won’t want to miss it! In honor of National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, come on out and chow down on some delicious fried chicken for the inaugural Fried Chicken Celebration, taking place July 6-8. Fried Chicken can be found in two locations at the Disneyland Resort: Plaza Inn at Disneyland park and Flo’s V8 Café in Disney California Adventure park. Both restaurants are fan-favorite dining experiences, serving their unique take on this all-American specialty!

So how do our chefs create these mouthwatering fried chicken dishes? Check out the video below to find out!

Join us throughout this summer—and especially July 6-8 in honor of National Fried Chicken Day—as we celebrate our favorite fried poultry dishes. What’s your favorite spot to enjoy fried chicken? Follow along and join the social media conversation using #FriedChickenCelebration.

15 Jun 19:42

Blind Item #5

by ent lawyer
Kristen

I'm actually pretty shocked by the Chris Hardwick accusations.

The question is not whether this A list podcast host will lose his podcast because he sure as hell should, it is whether all those other television jobs he has will also go by the wayside. Will they do what is right and fire him for what he put six women through or will they ignore them? I'm also curious what his A- list celebrity wife knew and when she knew it. Is she a victim or complicit?
14 Jun 00:34

Blind Items Revealed #3 - Mr. X

by ent lawyer
Kristen

I want this to be the next season of feud.

June 6, 2018

These two foreign born acting legends, one of whom actually had a brief affair with this still living permanent A list mostly movie actor back in the day had the longest feud in Hollywood history. It all went back to when the slightly older, but less famous of the two had a torrid romance with the younger alliterate actress and then dumped her. The younger actress never forgave this and threatened to have the older actress killed of she ever tried to talk to the younger actress again.

Marlene Dietrich/Greta Garbo/Kirk Douglas
11 Jun 20:17

Adventures in Cultural Misappropriation: The Bahamas

by uglydudefood
Kristen

That cake looks pretty awesome.

In this post: Bahamian Mac and Cheese

Johnnycakes

Bahamian rum cake

I was excited when the random country generator picked the Bahamas, mainly because I misread it as THE BAHA MEN.

come on everybody, sing along, u know the words!

Difficult to pick fishes from this area. That was a genuine phone typo for “dishes,” but a happy accident, because everything in the effing Bahamas is seafood. So ladies and gentlemen, here is the vegetarian option from the Bahamen!

Bahamian mac and cheese is basically mac and cheese with some veggies chopped into it, and then cooked until you can slice it into bricks. I made the mistake of saying “WELL THIS DOESNT SEEM VERY CULTURALLY RELEVANT” and getting hit across the head by Rachel, who does all of the research on this stuff. Anyway, doubt it all you want: Bahamian macaroni and cheese isn’t just the title some schmo gave on a Cooks dot com recipe, but also something with a cultural tie to the Bahamas as evidenced by Tru Bahamian Food Tours Dot Com! English traditions filtering into the island nations etc etc.

I’m pleased to announce that it’s good as hell!

As a side dish, johnny cakes! Best known in America for that mention in one episode of the Simpsons, these are very simple, and very similar to biscuits in both ingredients and technique. Cold chopped butter, a little hand kneading, and baking. A bit sweeter than biscuits, and cooked as a big block (although certainly these could be portioned before baking).

Ugly by design, works for me

I could have baked these a little longer. I didn’t want them to get too dry, but the middle part had a thin band of doughy/gummy undercooked stuff in the middle. Still tasted great.

So this is the meal, you shits. Bahamian mac and cheese and Bahamian johnny cakes. Suggested wine pairing: Diet Mt. Dew.

For dessert, Bahamian rum cake! I don’t drink, so this recipe caused me to go into the liquor store and feel like a naughty little boy. I usually keep rum in the baking cabinet (I use, like, a tablespoon or two over the holidays every year in pies), but this cake calls for like two cups and a designated driver. Twenty dollars for a bottle of rum!!!! The extra large soda I grabbed at Sheetz while I was out was a buck twenty nine, and it had more liquid!

I’m going to steal a term from those creepy internet pizza blogger assholes: here is the “upskirt.” Gross!

Anyway, it’s a rum-flavored bundt cake with a strong butter rum glaze. It was real good. I took the rest into work but probably ate most of it myself anyway.

As you can see, my running headphones are pink and my counters need a wipedown.

In conclusion, the Bahamen is a country of something.

Rachel is really enjoying learning about all of the countries and making a traveling list. I’m really enjoying making and eating food. My kid is really enjoying Mickey Mouse these days.

Next up: another country I wouldn’t be able to find on a map. Thanks for stopping by, dickwads!

23 May 18:46

Blind Items Revealed #2

by ent lawyer
Kristen

this is bonkers. they don't even live together?!?! I thought Eva never left the house.

April 24, 2018

This foreign born A+ list mostly movie actor might be house hunting with someone, but it doesn't mean they are going to start living together any time soon, despite what they want the world to think, they never have.

Ryan Gosling/Eva Mendes
22 May 22:46

Blind Items Revealed #3

by ent lawyer
Kristen

WHAT?!

May 6, 2018

This entertainer/actor has already moved on and is hooking up with one of the stars of this reality show which involves the entertainment part of the actor's career.

John Cena/Becky Lynch
12 May 00:50

Today's Blind Items - The Secret Child

by ent lawyer
Kristen

RBG!!!! She left her husband for a while to live it up in France, I think. I don't know who the father is though.

They don't have to be long to be juicy. This permanent A+ list celebrity who has been the subject of books and documentaries and movies based on her life has a secret. Knowing her, she will take it to her grave. Way back in the day, when she was just beginning her career, she hooked up with this foreign born permanent A++ lister. Our A+ lister became pregnant and went on sabbatical the final two months of her pregnancy. She then gave the baby to a distant family member to raise. Apparently that baby, now a grown person was having some health issues and that is how they found out who were his real parents. Amazing. This is a legitimate jaw dropper.
05 May 00:52

Pixar Fest ‘Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular’ Fireworks From Everywhere at Disneyland Park

by Michael Ramirez
Kristen

FIREWORKS AUTOSHARE

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” is lighting up the evening skies above Disneyland park during the first-ever Pixar Fest.

Celebrating the heart of Pixar, this all-new nighttime spectacular takes guests on an emotional journey of friendship with their favorite Pixar pals. Dazzling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, colorful lasers and memorable music are part of the storytelling in this unique multimedia show.

One unique aspect is that you can experience “Together Forever” from different viewing areas throughout Disneyland park. Watch from Sleeping Beauty Castle, ‘it’s a small world,’ Rivers of America or Main Street, U.S.A. for a different perspective of the multimedia spectacular!

Join us as we celebrate Pixar Fest, from now through September 3 at the Disneyland Resort.

30 Apr 23:17

Tom Girl, 1977 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

by RetroRuth
Kristen

oh yikes

Hello, and welcome back to Vintage Cocktail Friday! Quite possibly the most requested and least posted blog posts on this blog! Sorry about that. This year has been kind of crazy and we just haven’t had time to post the cocktails we are drinking. Plus, it’s hard to take pictures of cocktails if you drink them too fast. But I am going to to better, promise.

In any case, back to the drinks.

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This is Tom Girl!

Tom Girl
Author: 2 in 1 International Recipe Card Collection, 1977
 
Ingredients
  • Beer of your choice
  • Chilled tomato juice
  • Lemon Slices
  • ½ Tablespoon of Angostura Bitters
Instructions
  1. Fill a highball or pilsner glass half-full with tomato juice. Add bitters, then fill the rest of the way with beer. Float a lemon on top of the beer.
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This is another recipe from the very excellent 2 in 1 International Recipe Card Collection (affiliate link). Of all my cocktail recipe collections, this is one of my favorites. It not only has interesting and varied cocktails, but lots of fun vintage recipes to go with them.

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But you can’t just run off and mix tomato juice and just any beer. And so it’s one of Tom’s favorites, PBR.

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And a half a tablespoon of bitters.

Here we go. Half a tablespoon. For one drink. Here we go.

Here we go.

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Fancy pinky.

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“So, how is it?”

“That’s an…odd flavor.”

“Is it bad?”

“I…don’t think so. It’s hard to explain. Sort of meaty. Also, I think my mouth is getting numb. I’m not going to be able to taste anything for the rest of the night.”

The Verdict: Bitters

From The Tasting Notes –

This was an interesting one. It wasn’t bad, but the flavor was a little crazy. You could very much taste the bitters. The lemon was essential to the drink. Without the lemon, it would be undrinkable. If you are from Wisconsin, the taste of this was sort of like drinking your beer chaser at the same time as your bloody mary. If you are going to make this, make sure you use a light beer. If you are going to use a dark beer, you need to cut back on the bitters. Or leave them out entirely.

30 Apr 20:33

25-Year Burrito Legend Tacos Villa Corona Expands Hours For First Time Ever

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

I'm very excited by this

Tacos Villa Corona in Atwater Village

The Atwater Village favorite now keeps the lights on until 8 p.m. on weeknights now

After 25 years of servicing passersby along Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village, Tacos Villa Corona is ready to switch things up, adding new evening hours for the first time in the restaurant’s history. The massively popular weekend burrito shop is now doing weeknight food in addition to its usual breakfast and lunch routine, running until 8 p.m.

The 200-square-foot takeaway restaurant first hinted at the possibility of expanding its hours for the first time since opening in 1993, dropping a tweet (yes, Tacos Villa Corona is on Twitter) to all of its 145 followers earlier this week. Passing by last night, Eater found co-owner David Flores, who runs the restaurant along with his mother Maria and sister Felicia, still working the front ordering window. He confirmed that Tacos Villa Corona has indeed been experimenting with longer hours, and that if anything it’s something he felt they should have been doing long ago.

Flores usually gets to the tiny storefront around 3 a.m. every day to do prep work, but had been switching things up and coming in around 5 a.m. instead, leaving prep work until after closing at 2 p.m. Eventually Flores decided that since he was still inside the restaurant anyway, he might as well serve customers who passed by and wanted some food, and the exploration into longer hours grew from there. Now Tacos Villa Corona is doing hours Tuesday through Friday until 8 p.m., but will still close at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday because they usually sell out anyway.

Tacos Villa Corona
A spinach and potato breakfast burrito
Farley Elliott

For those unfamiliar, Tacos Villa Corona is among the most well-known burrito restaurants in all of Los Angeles. Long lines queue up on weekend mornings for the cash-only spot’s famous breakfast burritos, though they also do brisk weekday business with their lunch (and now dinner) menu as well, which includes $5 burritos, nachos, and more. While Tacos Villa Corona has long been a staple for the greater Eastside, it really blew up seven years ago when Anthony Bourdain stopped in while filming an episode of his travel show The Layover.

Tacos Villa Corona
3185 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

25 Apr 17:06

Renovated Craftsman with airy interiors seeks $799K in Pasadena

by Elijah Chiland
Kristen

I like this house

Built in 1911

This Pasadena Craftsman was built in 1911, but sports an airy interior that’s been carefully updated in recent years.

Sitting on a 7,810-square-foot lot, the house is fronted by a grassy lawn and a covered front porch. In the back is a sizable deck and adjoining patio, along with a landscaped yard and a detached garage that includes space for an office.

On the inside of the 1,786-square-foot residence are three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. Interior features include built-in shelving and bench seating, hardwood and tile floors, divided light windows, and a large stone fireplace in the living room. There’s also a formal dining room and a spacious kitchen equipped with an eight-burner gas stove.

As an added bonus, the home, which looks every bit the part of a classic Pasadena bungalow from the exterior, is eligible for preservation-related tax breaks under California’s Mills Act.

Asking price is $799,000.

Back deck
03 Apr 17:01

‘Describe yourself like a male author would’ becomes a hilarious Twitter challenge

by Tiffany Kelly
Kristen

These are really really good.

Man using typewriter with "new twitter challenge: describe yourself like a male author would" tweet

Taking a screengrab of a section in a book and posting it on Twitter has become a common way to point out problematic sentences in literature. It’s what sparked the Ready Player One backlash. Now people—mainly women—are taking that criticism a step further by writing parodies of how a male author would describe them.

It all started last week when writer Gwen C. Katz tweeted a cringe-inducing passage from a male author. This is how he wrote from a woman’s perspective: “I sauntered over, certain he noticed me. I’m hard to miss, I’d like to think—a little tall (but not too tall), a nice set of curves if I do say so myself, pants so impossibly tight that if I had had a credit card in my back pocket you could read the expiration date. The rest of my outfit wasn’t that remarkable, just a few old things I had lying around. You know how it is.”

That’s exactly how all women think, right?? Yeah, not even close. The man in question was apparently trying to prove that men can write from a woman’s perspective in fiction. Katz followed up with a tweet saying that she thinks men “can absolutely write realistic female narrators.” But, clearly, this author needed some feedback from actual women.

The author’s passage was mocked on Twitter over the weekend. And that’s when Whit Reynolds decided to come up with a Twitter challenge: “describe yourself like a male author would.”

The tweet went viral as many women wrote funny descriptions of themselves to mimic the way that the male author described his protagonist.

Hopefully, the man in question (and other authors) learned from this Twitter thread what not to do when describing a woman in fiction. As writer Kate Leth said in a tweet, don’t be scared about writing female characters, just “treat us like people.”

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31 Mar 00:28

Blind Item #17 - Oscars

by ent lawyer
Kristen

Definitely Adam Rippon. Some old member or governor was trying to compliment him and he was very disengaged. I didn't see him smile one time.

This recent A list athlete was being an a-hole to just about everyone he came into contact with. I think this recent fame is going to his head.
29 Mar 14:42

An Absurd Austin Powers-Themed Bar Pops Up in Glendale

by Farley Elliott
Kristen

obviously we have to go.

Austin Powers impersonator Richard Halpern was at the event

The two-story Electric Pussycat officially opens next month

There’s a funky new pop-up bar happening in Glendale, and it’s got the look and feel of a real-life recreation of all things Austin Powers. But unlike other high-density throwback theme bars found mostly in and around Hollywood, this new spot — called Electric Pussycat, naturally — is tucked away in a two-story bank building next to a men’s clothing store.

Los Angeles Magazine was the first to report on the new bar, which has been doing some small opening nights in anticipation of a grand reveal come April 14. Electric Pussycat is the work of the same team behind several of those come-and-go Hollywood nostalgia bar pop-ups, including Beetle House (Tim Burton themed, naturally) and the short-lived Anchorman bar called Stay Classy. As those slightly off-brand names might imply, none of these bars are actually sanctioned by the Hollywood rights-holders, but play on the fuzzy warmth of pop culture familiarity with costumes, fun drink names, some light food, and lots of kitsch.

In the case of Electric Pussycat, the former 103 Lounge on Broadway has been transformed into a mod cocktail bar with neon lighting, swinging clear plastic lounge chairs, hanging beads, and disco-style light-up flooring. The bar has also hired at least one Austin Powers impersonator and a slew of women to play Fembots, the sexualized robots from the films. The result is a drinks-fueled pop culture escapade buffeted by scantily-clad women dancing on stage and being paid to talk to people at the bar. Yes, there is also a dance pole in the middle of the room.

On the food and drink side, expect plays on the movie’s most popular names and tropes. There’s a cocktail called the Phat Bastard, plus bar staples like grilled cheese sandwiches. Electric Pussycat opens on April 14.

Electric Pussycat
103 E. Broadway
Glendale, CA