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I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the claim the CHEESEburger was invented in Pasadena. Several reputable media sources have documented it taking place at the Rite Spot in 1924 by Chef Lionel Sternberger. To celebrate the entire week, starting today 1/12/ through1/17/2014 is dedicated to the cheeseburger with Pasadena declaring it “Cheeseburger Week”.
Its such a big deal in Pasadena that not only did they declare it a special honorary week, but some 18 restaurants including my fave in Old Town Pasadena, Slaters 50/50 are celebrating the week with all sorts of specials.
This just makes me happy. Its man vs nature. Its just silliness. Something we need more of. Its simply a few dozen lit chandaliers and a grand old tree. Please excuse the photo, I grabbed it with my phone after dark, certainly just at dusk might have been a bit better, but beggars can’t be chosers.
Its located at the corner of Silver Lake Drive and Shadowlawn Ave a block off Rowena. MAP HERE. There is a big red curb in front of the property so you do need to park on adjacent streets if you can find it. Be kind to the locals and don’t block a driveway.
Let me preface this with I’m not vegan, vegetarian or carnivore. I’m an omnivore and appreciate good food when I find it. I do “meatless monday” for health reasons and have found a lot of really good all veggie places. This one is near the top.
The atmosphere at Doomie’s is a bit divey, you can see the kitchen from the tables and its cluttered, but not dirty. The bathrooms I can’t be as nice about…I wanted to disinfect my shoes after going in there. But this isn’t about the potty but about the food.
I went with an old pal last night who is a practicing vegan and she RAVES about how good the food is…all vegan, except a little bit of real cheese available to those vegetarians who do that stuff. Read the rest of this entry →
Please share this with your pals back east. I’m not sure where this crazy trend of throwing boiling water in the air got started. Its actually quite silly and some 50 people working on Darwin Awards doing it have been treated at ER for it. Leave it to a dude in Venice to put an L.A. spin on it all.
I get it, its cold back east. I personally am totally digging this winter so far. Yes, we are in dire need of rain, but we still have time for a March Miracle to arrive and forgo any drought worries.
I was just too busy yesterday to get a pic of them as they flew by for a practice run, but was out at 8:02AM as they screamed over my ‘hood on their way back to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas.
I’ve been scouring YouTube for the pics of the NYE festivities in Grand Park, if you have one up, drop the link in the comment section. What I have seen so far looks pretty awesome, though most folks wanted fireworks too. Go figure. I think next year I shall venture to DTLA’s Grand Park to watch this show as it looked to be that good.
Happy New Years L.A…gotta love you, can’t help myself.
For any of you thinking about attending the Rose Parade tomorrow the city has a nifty rules sheet online for you to follow.
My advice is simpler. Take the Gold Line to any of the stations and hoof it to the parade route. Traffic in and out of Pasadena for the parade is horrific at best, gridlocked for hours, the Gold Line will make your life so much easier. The last time we did the parade when the kids were little it took us 2 hours go 5 miles from our parking space to home, seriously…Gold Line it and get off on the Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake, Allen or Sierra Madre Villa stops .
A full copy of the Pasadena Police Nixel alert after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
For as long as I can remember, MPD and MFD escort Santa in his gigantic sleigh, rolling code 3 of course, through our neighborhoods. This is also done in El Segundo, Rancho and a few other neighborhoods around L.A.
Another wonderful tradition is neighborhoods that go all out with decorations for the holidays. Hastings Ranch in Pasadena is my absolute favorite. In spite of bumper to bumper traffic, its fun to wind your way up and down the streets admiring how each block has its own theme and is decorated over the top.
What’s your favorite neighborhood tradition?
The movement is gathering momentum. Some of the major local media has picked it up. In short the Monday Night Mission is organizing the protest in response to discussions based on neighborhood proposals to ban feeding the homeless in Los Angeles. In short a bunch of gentrifying NIMBY’s somehow think banning the feeding of the homeless will end the problem and remove them from their neighborhood.
Do contact your local council person and tell them to vote NO on this proposal. Contact Mayor Garcetti as well and ask him to kill the discussion.
Somehow, somewhere, things have gotten out of hand in the Hahamonga Watershed area nestled below JPL and abutted by LaCanada and Altadena/Pasadena. After many community meetings, a questional EIR and just plain upset folks it looks like the plan to completely dredge out and obliterate every living thing is moving forward. An important natural recreation and wildlife spot will be lost if they move through with their plans.
Concerned citizens are being asked to gather on either side of the dam for a holding of the hands protest. It will take place on Saturday 12/14/2013 at a11AM. Full details on where to meet up is on the flyer you can click to embiggen. There is a FB page with more information on the protest as well as the plans by L.A. County Public Works to dredge and expand. MAP HERE
I checked out the Pizza Rev Burbank location last night in advance of their Grand Opening set for Thursday, 12/12. I liked it, a good honest pizza without having to pay an appendage for it. My son who tagged along absolutely loves them and looks forward to the Pasadena location opening after the first of the year.
What hooked me and him is that the pies are wood fired artisnal thin crusts that you can load up how you want as you go down the assembly line. At each station there is an attendant to load up what ingredients as thick or thin as you want before it all goes into the stone hearth, open fire wood oven. This pizza cooks fast too…3 minutes. Perfect crispy, charred in spots perfection.
The dough is made daily. The 4 sauces, red, white, bbq and olive oil are prepared from fresh ingredients. They have several cheeses to choose from, the real deal buffalo mozzarella is the best I’ve had on a pie in years. The remaining ingredients are all fresh prepped that day. They even include gourmet items such as sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Best part is the pizza is a flat charge no matter how much of the goodies you load on top of it.
They also do salads from chopped romaine. The saladas are built to order with whatever toppings you want. This too is done for a flat fee regardless of how much you add to the salad. Read the rest of this entry →
I love this little theatre company in North Hollywood. This plea for donations to help fund their future productions is priceless and TOTALLY safe for work.
Seriously, Antaeus is a non-profit and your donations are tax deductible. Help keep live theater in L.A. thriving.
Los Angeles is an important market for the Mustang, one of its biggest. We were one of 6 host cities in the world to host a 2015 Mustang reveal. Yes, world as the next generation Mustang will be a globlal car. The other cities were Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona, New York and Dearborn that held a reveal on December 5th. The car is really nice looking, still every bit a Mustang with loads of design cues from the past layered onto a very modern body that holds many similarities with the newest Fords.
The Mustang Reveal in Los Angeles was a big deal. It started with a big morning reveal then the car was shuffled off to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its tire prints to be immortalized there. I missed those two events because I simply have too much going on. What I did make was the Venice Beach reveal and that was a lot more intimate and spectactular. Read the rest of this entry →
Sierra Madre Playhouse has got to be one of my favorite venues for plays. Its a small theatre with a wonderfully warm setting. Intimate even. This trailer is just a sample of the quality of work that they do there. They are presenting A Christmas Carol now through December 23, 2013. The play is on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays only.
This being a small venue it is advisable you buy your tickets online in advance of the showing you would like to see. They do sell out fast. Ticket prices are $25/28. Online you do have the option of picking your seats. You may order HERE.
Deets: Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, California 91024 (626) 355-4318 MAP HERE
Yikes, I don’ know how I slept through this one, maybe it was Auto Show Frenzy of the last few weeks. Regardless. The Snap To Grid show at LACDA has got to be my absolute favorite show. Why? Its a take all comers show that gives you a wonderful snapshot of where we are as artists and what we are doing right now with digital photography and digital art. The stuff is amazing.
If you are interested in showing at this show all you have to do is fill out an registration form (you won’t be rejected) pay your $35 admission and upload your images. Simple as that. You register HERE. You upload HERE. The deadline is today to do so.
Some important information:
- Show Dates: December 12, 2013-January 4, 2014
- Deadline for entries: December 2, 2013
- Opening Reception: December 12, 7-9pm, 7-9pm
L.A. Center for Digital Art, 104 East Fourth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013