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Restaurants, Squid Ink Taste of the Farmers Market: Happy 80th Anniversary!

Taste of the Farmers Market: Happy 80th Anniversary!

It was 1934, and when Blanche Magee arrived at a patch of the Gilmore family’s land and served sandwiches to hungry fruit and veg growers at the new “Farmers Market,” she couldn’t have imagined it was going to turn into one of L.A.’s biggest attractions. Magee gambled on good food...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Meet You at 5 and LAX:  Farmers Market Now Open at Terminal 5

Meet You at 5 and LAX: Farmers Market Now Open at Terminal 5

After a soft opening a few weeks ago, they're already struggling to keep up with the demand for potted Magee's nuts at the Farmers Market at LAX Terminal 5, which held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony June 12 as part of the continuing development of L.A.'s love-it-or-hate-it airport. A microcosm of the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Josh Spencer: The Last Bookstore Owner

Josh Spencer: The Last Bookstore Owner

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. When Josh Spencer first moved into the neighborhood, he saw quite a few unexpected things: "Dead bodies in the street, people shooting up outside my door. I saw so many blowjobs on...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Peeps vs. Cadbury Eggs: Our War With Britain Rages Again at Easter

Peeps vs. Cadbury Eggs: Our War With Britain Rages Again at Easter

Easter means that the stores are full of chocolate and candies, but for L.A.'s 200,000 plus Brits it's a time of agonizing choices and wistful remembrances. Whether it is too much or too little sugar/milk/high fructose corn syrup or just because it wasn't made in a mock-Tudor English countryside factory...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Only U.S. Zipper Company in the West Is Here in Vernon

The Only U.S. Zipper Company in the West Is Here in Vernon

Vats, drums, dyes, acids, formulas, paints, powders, bobbins, ovens, molds and boilers - not things you'd normally expect to see in Southern California, even on a factory tour. And while zippers were invented by an American, it's easy to assume they stopped being "made in the USA" decades ago. But...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Dark Delicacies, America's Only Horror Bookstore

Dark Delicacies, America's Only Horror Bookstore

Del and Sue Howison made the decision 20 years ago this December: They were going into business together. They'd met at the Burbank bar that Del always visited while his clothes were spinning. "It was one beer for the wash, two for the dry," he recalls, "and then one day...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Death

Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Death

The madness of Halloween is here, and across L.A. mazes and haunted houses are screaming for your dollar. For JD Healy and Cathee Shultz, though, it's just another day at the office. The couple's Museum of Death, located just off the main tourist drag at Hollywood and Gower, regularly has…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Hispanic Heritage Month at Xiomara on Melrose

Hispanic Heritage Month at Xiomara on Melrose

October is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and though finding great Spanish-influenced food is as easy as stepping onto an L.A. street corner, you could seek out Cuban-influenced California cuisine at Xiomara, a restaurant that's been at the Hancock Park end of Melrose Ave. for a decade. A Freedom Flights refugee…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Why Do SoCal Drivers Love the DeLorean? Let Them Count the Ways

Why Do SoCal Drivers Love the DeLorean? Let Them Count the Ways

Hollywood loves a comeback, and few cars were ever more in need of one than the DeLorean DMC-12. The production line went dark all too soon, the manufacturer filed for bankruptcy, and its disgraced mastermind, John Z. DeLorean, was arrested for drug trafficking.Then came Back to the Future, the 1985…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How's This for the Coolest Job in California: Get Paid to Gamble Other People's Money

How's This for the Coolest Job in California: Get Paid to Gamble Other People's Money

Dream jobs don't come along very often, and certainly not on Craigslist. Yet there it was, a listing for a casino games player: no experience necessary, starting salary $16 an hour. Which is not in itself dreamy, perhaps — but for nights in a casino? For playing cards? Sixteen dollars…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Best L.A. Bars to Eat, Drink and Watch UK Soccer

5 Best L.A. Bars to Eat, Drink and Watch UK Soccer

For a small but vocal minority in L.A., the new UK soccer season starting in early August means waxing the elbow and gearing up for some very early morning starts -- and that's if you can even find a place to see the match live on the big screen. You…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Lawry's The Prime Rib Announces First New Dish in 20 Years

Lawry's The Prime Rib Announces First New Dish in 20 Years

Tom Bergin's may have been the latest old school casualty, but Musso & Frank's is still around after 94 years and has never changed its menu, something that could also be said for Lawry's The Prime Rib, the granddaddy of what we now know as Restaurant Row -- until now…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Tickets on Sale Now for Taste of the Farmers Market on July 16th

Tickets on Sale Now for Taste of the Farmers Market on July 16th

The Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax is already a varied dining experience, with everything from Korean BBQ and Brazilian sausage to brisket, tofu and gumbo. For dessert, there's tiny chocolate mousse, warm donut holes, root beer floats and lots, lots more. But at the 5th annual Taste of…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Great Hidden Cocktail Bars in Los Angeles

5 Great Hidden Cocktail Bars in Los Angeles

With so many bars to choose from across L.A., some owners have opted to make themselves so special that you almost can't find them -- or maybe they've been there for years, but you just didn't know it. Groping around in the dark or stumbling down a back alley may…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink $1.25 Steak at Lawry's The Prime Rib on June 11: Happy 75th Anniversary!

$1.25 Steak at Lawry's The Prime Rib on June 11: Happy 75th Anniversary!

Judging by the Bentleys you often see valeted at Lawry's The Prime Rib on LaCienega, it seems that this is a place mere mortals might only visit for a special occasion. But on June 11, meat lovers of all stripes will be able to tuck into their famous prime rib…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Think You Like the Hollywood Bowl? These People <i>Really</i> Like the Hollywood Bowl

Think You Like the Hollywood Bowl? These People Really Like the Hollywood Bowl

See also: *More articles about the Hollywood Bowl *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *10 Annoying Things About Summer in L.A. Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl went on general sale to the public Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and for Alisha Staten, Gwen Corben, Sheila Tunnel and…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 5 Tiki Bars in Los Angeles

Top 5 Tiki Bars in Los Angeles

Even if it's reborn as part of the newly-imagined Clifton's, many still mourned when aquarium-filled Bahooka tiki bar in Rosemead closed its doors recently. But in NoHo, the Tonga Hut will be celebrating its 55th birthday this year -- and appropriately for such an exotic craze, the phenomenon began right…
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Arts, Public Spectacle To Join the Loyal Order of the Drooling Bastard, You Must Drink 78 Cocktails at Tonga Hut

To Join the Loyal Order of the Drooling Bastard, You Must Drink 78 Cocktails at Tonga Hut

See also: *4 a.m. Last Call for Alcohol Proposed For Calif. Clubs by Sen. Mark Leno *Top 10 Bars With the Hottest Women in L.A. *10 Bars Most Likely to Get You Laid in L.A. The rules state you have a calendar year to complete the task. Amos Clarke is…
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Arts, Public Spectacle As the Magic Castle Celebrates 50 Years, Its Founder and Historian Reflect on the Mansion and Its Ghosts

As the Magic Castle Celebrates 50 Years, Its Founder and Historian Reflect on the Mansion and Its Ghosts

See also: *Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães Created the Most Popular Show at the Magic Castle in Years. But They're Not Finished *Magic Castle Battles Back From a Halloween Fire. Was it a Message From Houdini? *Slideshow: Inside the Magic Castle As a performer and a writer for such 1950s…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Sweet! Hollywood + Sweets for My Suite at the Loews Hotel

Sweet! Hollywood + Sweets for My Suite at the Loews Hotel

The holidays are the ideal -- and perfectly acceptable -- time for kids of all ages to chow down on chocolate, crunch candy and basically indulge your sweet teeth. At the new Sweet! Hollywood candy emporium at Hollywood & Highland, which soft-opened in November, you can literally do this; there's…
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