Ben Mesirow is a Northeast L.A. native who writes food, sports, and fiction. You can find his writing at the L.A. Weekly, L.A. Times, and ClipperBlog, and at one point or another his work has appeared in Litro, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Beer Paper L.A. He has had at least one portmanteau edited out of most of his published pieces.
6 days ago | L.A. Restaurants
A local remembers his favorite childhood restaurant, and tries to come to terms with gentrification.
3 months ago | L.A. Restaurants
It feels like everyone knows each other, maybe from chapter meetings of the Rumpled Beauty Club or maybe they all attended the Great American Fashion-Adjacent Small Business Owners Conference in 2012.
3 months ago | Beer
In a time when big corporations are buying up all the craft breweries, Beachwood is having a little fun at Ballast Point's expense.
6 months ago | Beer
At 3:36 p.m. on October 7, in conference room 601 in the bowels of the Colorado Convention Center, a panel of experts speaks about the beer business. They touch on the differences between styles of IPAs and the new category for pumpkin beers. They...
7 months ago | Coffee
Frank Lloyd Wright (might have) said that if you tip the world on its side everything loose will land in L.A. And if you tip L.A. on its side, everything loose will land in coffee shops on weekday afternoons. So if you’re feeling at loose ends you...
8 months ago | L.A. Restaurants
The Olympics are a magical event, and not just because they abruptly transform all of your acquaintances into experts on the minutiae of dozens of obscure and complicated sports. Your aunt can tell you precisely how many fractional points should b...