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Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bars

A Boozy Alternative to Trick-Or-Treating in Culver City

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Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM

An Un-Spooky A-Frame Interior - FARLEY ELLIOTT
  • Farley Elliott
  • An Un-Spooky A-Frame Interior
Halloween, in case you hadn't heard, is right around the corner. The annual children's holiday is a time where kids get to dress up and act like little pre-teen heathens, demanding candy from adults and generally messing with the unwritten rule that adults are in charge.

This year, we're taking back the streets. Well, one street at least.

Washington Blvd. in Culver City, a street already known more for its array of restaurants and storefronts than its trick-or-treatable front doors, is letting the adults in on the fun on Halloween night, with a self-titled Boo for Booze crawl that spans A-Frame, The Corner Door and Waterloo & City. The evening functions like a staggered (maybe literally as well as figuratively) pub crawl, with specials offered at the three restaurants at intervals starting at 5 p.m. and ending an hour before midnight.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

sugar skulls for Day of the Dead - NANETTE GONZALES
  • Nanette Gonzales
  • sugar skulls for Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead at Border Grill

Besides being a day to recover from Halloween festivities, Nov.1 is, of course, Dia de Los Muertos. Border Grill is throwing a Day of the Dead celebration, with traditional Mexican foods; each of their locations has a different menu. Border Grill Santa Monica will be serving a prix fixe menu, with pulpo a la parilla and barbacoa short rib, while Border Grill downtown will serve a la carte black paella and a "bloody" sangrita sampler. These special menus will also run throughout the week.

WHAT: Day of the Dead at Border Grill

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.

WHERE: Border Grill, 1445 4th St., Santa Monica; 310-451-1655. Border Grill, 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles; 213-486-5171.

COST: Santa Monica prix fixe is $42; downtown menu is a la carte.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Baking

The Grossest Cake of All Time: Kitty Litter Cake! Happy Halloween!

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Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Kitty Litter Cake - FLICKR/NICOLE GOTTIER
When the gummy worm dirt cake first appeared, it was received as a giggle-worthy novelty for children's parties. It's silly and creative. When it started being a part of Halloween party foods, there were no qualms as most people saw it as funny. Then, someone had to one-up and thus was born the most disturbing food of all time: the kitty litter cake. Happy Halloween, may we offer you an air-sickness bag?

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Halloween at Bay Cities - MARGY ROCHLIN
  • Margy Rochlin
  • Halloween at Bay Cities
There are myriad reasons to stop by Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery in Santa Monica. The freshly baked bread, often still warm. The jars of Nutella. The Godmother sandwich. The rows and rows of pastas and olive oils and wines and tins of this and that. But it's even more worthwhile than usual -- and that's saying a lot -- to stop by today, as trick-or-treating has apparently started early. Maybe wear your costume when you swing by for lunch.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Magic Castle - J. BARTLETT
  • J. Bartlett
  • The Magic Castle
Masked monsters -- or actors -- may be screaming and grunting for our attention at theme park-style events around town this Halloween, but there are plenty of places in Los Angeles for a trip into the city's past. Back in the days when "trunk murders" caught the public imagination and it was easy to buy poison -- and get away with murder.

Police were once searching for a "Ghost Woman" who'd given her husband cyanide coffee for lunch at the Alexandria Hotel, and long-gone owner Thomas O. Glover Sr. gets angry when there's talk of change at Yamashiro.

Are these places really haunted? Maybe order a drink or dinner and then decide. Turn the page for 10 of L.A.'s bars and restaurants that may have more than alcoholic spirits.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween

Halloween Roundup: Candy, Pumpkin, Beer, Pumpkin Beer + More

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Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Halloween pumpkins, teddy bears and Highlanders.
  • Halloween pumpkins, teddy bears and Highlanders.
Stop trying to fight Halloween. Revel in the candy-coated madness of it all. From pumpkins to pumpkin beer, from candy to cookbooks, we've got your Halloween food needs covered. Tomorrow, we can all move on... to Dia de los Muertos.

Nancy Silverton as a pumpkin. - BI-RITE CREAMERY
  • Bi-Rite Creamery
  • Nancy Silverton as a pumpkin.
Nancy Silverton has been carved into a pumpkin and not as part sort of horrific Saw sequel but as an artistic homage sure to last throughout the ages -- or at least until the pumpkin rots. The hipster geniuses at San Francisco's Bi-Rite Creamery created the best piece of food art we've seen in years, carving the Mozza chef's face into a pumpkin and posting it on their Facebook page. (Guess the celebrity visage and you receive a high-five. We hope that's some sort of sundae.) It may not be Botticelli's Venus (another pumpkin carving we'd like to see), but as food art goes, Nancy Silverton's face on a pumpkin is spectacular.

Kern River's Pumpkin Ale and a whole pumpkin - B. MESIROW
  • B. Mesirow
  • Kern River's Pumpkin Ale and a whole pumpkin

Is there any vegetable more versatile than the pumpkin? They can be turned into delicious pies, magical carriages, whimsical lanterns, terrifying (or hilarious) helmets and, best of all, beer. Pumpkin beers come in a variety of styles, from ambers to porters, Belgian styles to sour wild ales, but the best ones all have an earthiness and spice that's perfectly suited to a cool Hallow's Eve.

For those who missed this Saturday's Pumpkin-palooza at Blue Palms Brewhouse, here's a list of the Top 5 Pumpkin Beers you can get around Los Angeles, which means, unfortunately, no Pumking.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bars

Downtown L.A. Halloween Bar Crawl [Photo Gallery]

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Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Punch from Broadway Bar (top), the scene at Las Perlas (bottom), angry Scottish Highlanders from Seven Grand (right). - GUZZLE & NOSH
  • Guzzle & Nosh
  • Punch from Broadway Bar (top), the scene at Las Perlas (bottom), angry Scottish Highlanders from Seven Grand (right).
In Los Angeles, even the bars get dressed up for Halloween. This year, all eight of the downtown L.A. bars owned by Cedd Moses -- Casey's, Cole's, Las Perlas, Tony's, Cana, Broadway Bar, The Golden Gopher and Seven Grand -- are competing against each other to see which bar can be the most zombified with ghoulish decor, creepy costumes and special Halloween cocktails. There's real money at stake. The staff at the winning bar gets to keep all the profits from Saturday night and divide it among themselves. The real winner? You.

This weekend, each bar is serving a custom-concocted punch for only $5 a glass. In some cases, it's a drink that's already on the menu; in others, it has been created specially for the Halloween festivities. Check out the photo gallery and cocktail descriptions on the next page, and judge for yourself.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
No matter how you slice it, Halloween brings out the sweet tooth in all of us. Sure, you can raid your kid's bag for something sweet, or grab that family-size bag of Kit Kats at Target (you feel the pull, whether you're giving out candy or not), plenty of local restaurants, bakeries and confectioneries have something more grown-up in store. Whatever you crave -- chocolate, pumpkin, candy -- here are five spots for Halloween treats for the kid-at-heart. We'll leave the tricks up to you.

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