Bob Forrest's compelling memoir, Running With Monsters (written with occasional L.A. Weekly contributor Michael Albo), reads like a checklist of your typical junkie's life: overdoses, dead friends, homelessness, jail time. Forrest even managed to get himself banned from a Marina del Rey rehab. But t ... More >>
It can't be coincidence that National Daiquiri Day comes only two days before Ernest Hemingway's July 21st birthday. While many drinks have been linked to famous names, probably none is more iconic than Hemingway and his daiquiri. At its heart, the daiquiri is of the "sour" class of cocktails, ble ... More >>
Read L.A. Weekly's thought-provoking cover story "Gay Happiness, the New Frontier." Muscled go-go boys shaking their booties on one parade float after another, cock-ring tosses to win a stuffed animal, Bud Light and Bacardi sponsoring an event for a community with consistently high rates of alcohol ... More >>
If you're out on the town and you've got a drink in your hand, chances are that it's been made with a spirit you didn't ask for by name. Instead, the booze likely was selected by the bar manager as the place's go-to spirit for its class -- part of a collection known as "the well" because it usually ... More >>
Coachella can be brutal: Dry desert heat, sand storms, endurance tests. It's hard for folks to survive with their health intact. That is, unless you're in the Marine Corps. Jimmy English and Tidas Friday (not their real names) repair tanks and other military vehicles. They recently returned from a ... More >>
Remi Lauvand's new downtown spot has much to recommend it -- but tries to do just a bit too much
Wheaties may be the breakfast of champions, but plenty of athletes don't swear by dry flakes for their daily sustenance. Lakers forward Ron Artest used to drink Hennessey at half-time. His teamate Lamar Odom likes jelly beans and gummy bears. Former Yankees slugger Babe Ruth once inhaled 24 hot d ... More >>
What's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free), it's where most of your content comes ... More >>
David BallThe KnuxThe Knux, Kid Cudi Siren Studios September 24, 2011 Better than ... all those stuffed, see-'n-be-seen Hollywood clubs and hipster dive bars. Last night, Complex magazine threw a rooftop party to celebrate its October issue, and cover star Kid Cudi dropped by. (Kreayshawn ... More >>
Bill Murray as explorer Steve Zissou in The Life Aquatic1 hour and 26 minutes into Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as he's about to lead a daring raid on the decrepit Hotel Citroën, Bill Murray pauses and tosses off the line (one of many throwaway lines in the film): "They ... More >>
Salt-N-PepaLong before there was rap vixen Nicki Minaj, and almost a decade prior to Lil Kim and Foxy Brown introducing the world to their sexed-up shopping spree lyrics, two female rappers from the heart of Queens named Salt-N-Pepa helped craft the idea of sassy female rap. And while the wor ... More >>
Located a few blocks past LACMA, just off Wilshire, Yuko Kitchen does a brisk lunch business slinging burrito-sized sushi rolls and massive salads with a Japanese bent. The servers are friendly and fashionable. On a recent visit, ours was wearing a giant stiff-brimmed black Yankee's hat a ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshPuffed rice from Street.April is National Grilled Cheese Month and National Poetry Month, but it's also a month of evil. It's tax month. To help, here are a few tax day and, in some cases, tax month, deals. (BTW the last date to file taxes this year is April 18th.) Every day dur ... More >>
Bar BLVDStudio City isn't famous for its nightlife, for its sushi maybe, but now we have another option to consider: 3,000 square foot Bar BLVD, inside BLVD Hotel Spa, opening Thursday, April 14th. The boutique hotel, which soft-opened February 4th with 58 rooms, is still smoothing out the ... More >>
Liza GershmanThe Bitter End cocktail.The Charlie Sheen train wreck continues to disgust and fascinate us, inspiring Mad Libs, an online glossary, a gastronomic history and Twitter hashtags. But the oddest by-product of the Sheen meme has to be the cocktail recipes. You can thank the actor's t ... More >>
Jay-Z gazes upon the glory of BevMo!It's a top ten of the hip-hop verses we all know and love, that promote the liquor we've all loved but can't remember (because of how much we loved it). 10. In a very special Snoop Dogg track called "Stoplight," Snoop educates the layman on the proper way ... More >>
Art in the AgeRoot hot chocolateIn the spirits world, you can count on a new flavored Smirnoff vodka (mango and peach) and Bacardi rum ("torched cherry") every few Happy Hours. And then there's the new stuff you actually would like to taste. Tried any good new spirits lately? Leave us your ta ... More >>
N. GalutenGladstone's Gladstone's of Malibu has undergone some changes, and if you take any stock in Leslie Brenner's scathing 2008 LA Times review, that can't be anything but positive. Last year, Sam Nazarian and his company SBE, (Katsuya, Bazzar at the SLS, and XIV) partnered with Gladston ... More >>
Jenn GarbeeRed Igloos Are So Last Year Jazz and jello shots. Where exactly does that leave you? At the Playboy Jazz Festival, trying to figure out how to assemble that tuna salad sandwich, bread or fish first. Good thing it's tasty both ways. If you've never been to the annual Hollywood B ... More >>
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An elite event to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Los Angeles Police Department, to mark the end of Chief William Bratton's tenure, and to provide yet another opening ceremony for the new Police Administration Building will feature Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien as an emcee, Wolfgang Puck as ... More >>
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