Bar Review: The Famous
Very few under-40 Angelenos would admit to liking it, but Glendale is LA’s choice suburb. It’s where big box stores and giant malls meet the best Armenian and Lebanese food in the county. And while Glendale hasn’t been known for its nightlife—there’s a roller disco if you’re feeling retro and mall drinking can be had ‘till 10 or so—the SFV’s mountainside city finally has a respectable bar.
The Famous is directly across from the infamous Americana, but, once inside the brick-facade watering hole, the vibe is much closer to the Varnish or Harvard & Stone. The furniture is all wood and leather, exposed brick walls project stills of classic movies and obscure liquor brands are served by vested and mutton-chopped barkeeps who are deeply passionate about their craft.
More details here.

Bar Review: The Famous

Very few under-40 Angelenos would admit to liking it, but Glendale is LA’s choice suburb. It’s where big box stores and giant malls meet the best Armenian and Lebanese food in the county. And while Glendale hasn’t been known for its nightlife—there’s a roller disco if you’re feeling retro and mall drinking can be had ‘till 10 or so—the SFV’s mountainside city finally has a respectable bar.

The Famous is directly across from the infamous Americana, but, once inside the brick-facade watering hole, the vibe is much closer to the Varnish or Harvard & Stone. The furniture is all wood and leather, exposed brick walls project stills of classic movies and obscure liquor brands are served by vested and mutton-chopped barkeeps who are deeply passionate about their craft.

More details here.

welcometothejungalow:

http://blog.justinablakeney.com/2013/01/tropical-visitors-at-the-jungalow.html

Some LA legends visited my cousins!

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Best hotel bars: LA’s classiest lobby lounges
The bar scene in Los Angeles is aces right now, thanks to all-night bar hopping and bartenders’ inventive cocktails. Even tried-and-true hotel bars, from staid classics to new additions, are serving some of the tastiest libations from lemon drops to single malt Scotch. Here, our favorite hotel bars from beachside Santa Monica to ritzy Pasadena.
I wrote this for the new Time Out Los Angeles. Please to enjoy.

Best hotel bars: LA’s classiest lobby lounges

The bar scene in Los Angeles is aces right now, thanks to all-night bar hopping and bartenders’ inventive cocktails. Even tried-and-true hotel bars, from staid classics to new additions, are serving some of the tastiest libations from lemon drops to single malt Scotch. Here, our favorite hotel bars from beachside Santa Monica to ritzy Pasadena.

I wrote this for the new Time Out Los Angeles. Please to enjoy.

Anyone have a contact at the Petersen Automotive Museum? Any and all leads greatly appreciated!

This here is an ode to pho.

(L.A. has nothing on Seattle’s Vietnamese food game.)

Hello! I am looking for a Cantonese-English translator for an L.A.-based project. Please email me at kspiers at kcet dot org if you’re the one for the job. Thank you!

latimes:

Hotel Normandie in L.A.’s Koreatown to get $5-million makeover: The inn’s new owner plans to turn the 1928 building with a checkered past into a 100-room boutique hotel for travelers who want to stay in the middle of town.
Photo:   Hotel Normandie is a squat brick structure built in 1928 at Normandie Avenue and Sixth Street in L.A.’s Koreatown. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

Hotel Normandie in L.A.’s Koreatown to get $5-million makeover: The inn’s new owner plans to turn the 1928 building with a checkered past into a 100-room boutique hotel for travelers who want to stay in the middle of town.

Photo: Hotel Normandie is a squat brick structure built in 1928 at Normandie Avenue and Sixth Street in L.A.’s Koreatown. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Yelp of the Day.
Il Sole, West Hollywood, 7/16/2011
Nope. Il Sole is nothing special, but no ordering sashimi, truffles and lobster and then complaining about the price.

Yelp of the Day.

Il Sole, West Hollywood, 7/16/2011

Nope. Il Sole is nothing special, but no ordering sashimi, truffles and lobster and then complaining about the price.

socalfood:

Midnight Snack: Daikokuya with Adam Kurtz

Fair warning: If you want to be in a band, your nights aren’t ending before midnight. Just goes with the territory. Such is the life of guitarist/bassist/singer/songwriter Adam Kurtz. His nights are spent either rehearsing or playing shows throughout LA and its environs with an ever-changing-and-expanding roster of bands: his own solo project (currently looking for a name; my suggestion of “Colonel and the Kurtzes” was quickly shot down); The Damselles and the TC-4, a 60s throwback doo-wop group; The Richie West Band, a country band that performs songs written by a member’s deceased father; Kino Proby, a tribute to an 80s Russian rock group; and indie rockers Model K. After rehearsal, we went to Adam’s favorite late-night ramen joint in Little Tokyo. Two pieces of information Adam forget to impart before we arrived: (1) It’s cash only; and (2) Be prepared for a long wait. Oh, and: (3) You better like pork.

Rick: Is it always this busy? 
Adam: I didn’t think we’d have a 45-minute wait at 10 o’clock, but we do. I’ve waited two hours before. You don’t come when you’re in a rush. That’s part of the deal. Usually, I go down the block to The Far Bar to have a beer.

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This made me incredibly nostalgic for 2005 or so, when I first discovered Little Tokyo for myself and basically lived at Daikokuya.

(Source: kcetliving)