January 7, 2013 |
People who haven't resolved to lose weight during 2013 may be up for a culinary dare during their next trip to Las Vegas . The Pub at Monte Carlo - inside the Strip hotel of the same name - is betting $29 you probably can't down an 8-pound cheeseburger plus a 32-ounce glass of beer (or root beer) within 45 minutes. If you can, the meal is on the house and they'll throw in a complimentary T-shirt. The Pub Challenge has been on offer for a little more than a year and of the 150 or so diners who have dared to try, only three have succeeded in finishing the burger, which measures about 10 inches in diameter.
November 14, 2012 |
With the evolving story of David Petraeus' extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell -- and the strange way it has come to light -- capturing Americans' attention, it's no surprise that Simon & Schuster has moved up the publication of its book about Petraeus, "The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War. " "The Insurgents" was set to be published Jan. 15. It will instead hit shelves Jan. 2, and include a...
November 4, 2012 |
Los Angeles' Golden Road Brewing now has a pub behind its pub. Work continues on what is being dubbed Chloe's, a darker, woodier, more elegant spot to be dedicated to special events and more upscale dinners. Do not, say Golden Road's owners, call it a speak-easy. "It's not meant to be snooty-tooty," says Golden Road co-founder Tony Yanow, also the proprietor behind Echo Park's Mohawk Bend and Burbank's Tony's Darts Away. Yet unlike the more boisterous pub next door, which now features an Astroturf lawn and an old English pub game named Aunt Sally, Chloe's has a more reserved, club-like feel.
October 12, 2012 |
Hollywood's Cat & Fiddle is the pub that rock 'n' roll built. Founded in 1982 by British expat Kim Gardner and his wife, Paula, the place has become the go-to British pub for musicians and those who love them. Kim -- a known wild man and bassist -- was part of the British Invasion of the 1960s and played with legends including George Harrison, the Rolling Stones and the Byrds. The pub has also become a second home for generations of pint-loving neighbors and devoted monarchists who come for the hearty British fare, gorgeous front patio and down-home vibe cultivated by the Gardner family over the years.
July 23, 2012 |
BLACKPOOL, England - While Adam Scott was squandering a seven-stroke lead in the British Open on Sunday, a few miles up the road in Blackpool, Colin Osborne was letting a comfortable lead of his own slip away. Scott's fade took place in the final round of one of golf's four major tournaments, in front of a standing-room-only crowd and an international television audience of millions. Osborne's choke job occurred in the first round of the Betfair World Matchplay - a darts tournament - before a standing-room-only crowd and a national television audience of several hundred thousand.
July 13, 2012 |
After a dizzying spell of hype over Comic-Con 2012, aren't you ready for a drink? Fanboys and famous people sure are, so here's a breakdown of the velvet rope happenings in San Diego this weekend. Friday: Actors Edi Gathegi and Christian Serratos (of the "Twilight" saga) join other invited celebs on the Patrón Express Railcar, leaving Los Angeles' Union Station before noon and traveling in style to downtown San Diego. Riders enjoy a restored train car with a gourmet kitchen, a home theater, an observation area and plenty of tequila en route.
July 6, 2012 |
It is toward midnight at the Pikey, the lights are fairly low and the Kinks are playing so loudly that you swear you can hear Ray Davies scratching his ears. You are seated beneath one of Ben Watts' photographs of aging Teddy Boys - tattooed Robert Mitchum types in dark, bespoke suits, and you may be drinking something called a Divine Brown, a peculiar mixture of Ancient Age whiskey and Dr Pepper named for the hooker caught with Hugh Grant just a few blocks from here in Hollywood. You will definitely be observing members of the crowd - in their early 20s - who don't sit down to dinner as much as drift from table to table, having a drink here and an appetizer there before vanishing into the night.
HOME & GARDEN
June 2, 2012 |
Not to get all Seinfeldian on you, but there are two kinds of people: food sharers and food hoarders. Food sharers are those people who, when you eat dinner out, are always loading your plate with samples of their own dish. I don't think I ever had a restaurant meal with my own mother when she didn't scoop a scallop or a piece of veal or whatever it was she ordered onto the side of everybody else's plate. "No, no, no," you'd say, but you know moms. The expectation, of course, is that you reciprocate.
HOME & GARDEN
May 26, 2012 |
Frappy, funky Hollywood, where locals like us seldom go unless the in-laws are in from Buffalo and want to bop around town in hopes of spotting one of the Gabors, or maybe even that pistol Kelly Ripa. Visitors from B-list cities always seem to prefer the B-list celebs. After 22 years in L.A., the only celebrities I've ever spotted were Ed McMahon and Wesley Snipes - Snipes at a downtown ATM (took forever), McMahon at the Polo Lounge (years ago). Some people are star-struck, others (me)
April 13, 2012 |
A few months ago, after chef Brandon Boudet toured his newly acquired Mid-City pub Tom Bergin's, a man and his daughter stopped by to reminisce. As the man walked his 30-ish pregnant daughter around the wood-paneled room, he told her a secret. "He told her 'This is where I proposed to your mom,'" Boudet said. "And she just started crying. She said her mom had just passed away six months beforehand. There are some serious stories in this place. " For 63 years, the Irish cottage pub Tom Bergin's has stood out as a winsome incongruity amid the stone palaces of Museum Row near Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue (the original Tom Bergin's was built in 1936 and moved to its current location 13 years later)