June 20, 2013 |
Our final Battle of the Burgers finalist is Winston Woo of Orange County. Think this is just another chicken burger? You're wrong. With homemade Thai chili paste and a medley of flavors, it's what Woo calls "ultimate fusion. " He wrote: “The Green Curry Chicken Burger (“GCCB”) creation is an inspiration of my travel experiences across the Pacific, combined with the touches of Americana. My GCCB Ultimate Fusion Burger may be more than the 'best and baddest' burger -- quite simply, it might be the most memorable Asian-inspired fusion experience ever!
June 19, 2013 |
Southern California burger chain Johnny Rockets has a new owner in Boston Market parent Sun Capital Partners. The Boca Raton, Fla., private equity firm also runs several other restaurant brands, including Fazoli's. The financial terms of the Johnny Rockets deal, which was confirmed by the chain, were not disclosed. The transaction was announced by North Point Advisors, which guided Johnny Rockets' previous owner, private equity firm RedZone Capital. The Aliso Viejo-based company was founded in 1986 by Ronn Teitelbaum, a men's fashion retailer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 |
Irwin Held, whose license-plate-festooned West Hollywood beer-and-burger spot drew praise from rock stars but protests from gay rights activists, has died. He was 87. Held died Monday in his Los Angeles home, family members said. He had a kidney ailment. From 1970 to 1999, Held owned Barney's Beanery, a Santa Monica Boulevard restaurant where Janis Joplin is said to have eaten her last meal and the Doors' Jim Morrison made himself at home. But for many in a community with a large, politically active gay population, the restaurant's freewheeling feel was tainted by an anti-gay sign that Held inherited when he bought the place and for years refused to take down.
June 14, 2013 |
Drinking with dad is an underrated pleasure. After a whiskey or maybe a few beers he'll start to open up. He might tell you about that time in college when he got busted for something he once busted you for. He'll tell you how he fell in love with your mom, and about the trips they took before you were born. You might shoot a few rounds of pool, or walk to the restaurant across the street for a burger, but mostly you'll just hang out and talk. Fathers are best at being low maintenance, so this Father's Day celebrate dad by doing what he does best: relax.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 |
As an actor, Harry Lewis took second billing to the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, most notably in the 1948 film noir "Key Largo. " But he found his own starring role as a Los Angeles restaurateur who helped usher in the concept of the "gourmet burger" when he launched the ground-breaking Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain, among others. Hamburger Hamlet - named after one of the signature items on the menu, as well as the role that beckons to actors of stage and film alike - became that rare high-low hit. Among the restaurant's regulars: Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Curtis - all Lewis' buddies from the film business. But it was also a place for Los Angeles families looking for a night out that included milkshakes.
June 7, 2013 |
Cast your vote for your favorite entry in our third annual Los Angeles Times Battle of the Burgers . Your precious democracy is at stake! Well, that might be a little overstated. But Pasadena media are abuzz about a local kid who has entered the contest, and you know that's going to get out a lot of those Queen City votes. Gabriella Pontrelli, a fifth-grader at Holy Family School in South Pasadena, as part of a homework assignment wrote up her idea for a burger dedicated to her favorite restaurant - the Dog Haus (it's a mutual love thing: The restaurant already has a cheeseburger on its menu named after her - The Gabster, introduced on March 21 -- national Absolutely Incredible Kid Day)
May 30, 2013 |
Still thinking about entering our third annual Battle of the Burgers? Well, don't just sit there! Get your amazing burger recipe together! Submissions end Monday, June 3, at 5 p.m. and you can enter right here . In the meantime, check out the submission from Nick Monfire of Sparta, New Jersey. He's entered what he's called a "healthy and tasty" option, "simply becase we have a tasty and healthy burger that can stand up to any other burger that might not be as healthy. All the flavor is there and the bonus is the healthy aspects of the burger.
May 29, 2013 |
Have you entered your burger yet in our third-annual Battle of the Burgers ? There's still time -- submissions end June 3 at 5 p.m. In the meantime, check out the competition with this submission from Richard Ameil of Santa Cruz, Calif.: "Texas barbecue meets Hawaiian luau. The Texas Luau Burger! Your taste buds will get the best of both worlds: the sweet Hawaiian pineapple, the tanginess of the teriyaki barbecue sauce, the saltiness of the hickory-smoked bacon and the heat filled jalapeños all balanced by the sharp goat cheddar cheese.
May 27, 2013 |
Have you submitted your recipe for our 2013 Battle of the Burgers yet? If you're still working on it, this Memorial Day is the perfect time to hone your entry -- and snap a photo. In the meantime, check out the competition with this submission from Lindsay Ames in Vancouver, Canada: "This burger is not just a piece of meat on a bun. It's an experience for the senses. It's got everything you could want in a meal housed under one sweet, delicious bun. Salty and sweet, hot and cold, soft and crunchy, spicy and refreshing.
May 26, 2013 |
Wild and lonely, on the Central Coast about 45 minutes southwest of Lompoc, Jalama Beach County Park is one of those places that puts the golden in the Golden State. Getting here over mounded hills and through moss-bearded oak thickets is glorious enough, and then you see the beach stretching for miles from Point Arguello to Point Conception. The 23.5-acre park, donated to Santa Barbara County in 1943 by the Atlantic Richfield Co., has a small restaurant and store, a handful of cabins and camping sites, but nothing more to break the spell of clashing coast and ocean.