Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rate-A-Restaurant #323: Thank You For Coming (Atwater Village)

Thank You for Coming

Restaurant: Thank You For Coming

Thank You for Coming

Location: 3416 Glendale Blvd. (Atwater Village)

Type of restaurant: Pop-up dinner

Thank You for Coming

We stipulated: We bike by Thank You For Coming all the time, and have been intrigued by the unique space and concept; finally, on a Sunday afternoon in spring, we were free to check it out.

Thank You for Coming

They stipulated: "Thank You For Coming is a collectively-run restaurant that is home to an artist-in-residence program. Artists are invited to utilize our restaurant for public engagement and creative experimentation. They make and present work over the course of the year, exploring food and its associated sensory experiences. In collaboration with our residents, artists, guest chefs, community partners, and friends, we offer shared meals, events, performances, educational workshops, and other public programs."

Thank You for Coming
Thank You for Coming

What we ordered: Sweet & spicy tofu tacos ($7); lentil stew ($7); rice porridge ($6); bulgar salad ora greens ($4)

Thank You for Coming

High point:  Thank You for Coming was very kid friendly (there was room for them to draw and add to pre-existing drawings). The tofu tacos were surprisingly good.

Thank You for Coming
Thank You for Coming

Overall impression: We happened to visit Thank You for Coming in between chef residencies, and were eating mostly leftovers of food that had been used for other creations. So, we didn't get the full Thank You For Coming experience. But it's a great idea, and I love that every visit offers up something different.

Thank You for Coming
Thank You for Coming

Will we return: We will definitely be back -- probably on our bikes -- to get a more extensive experience..

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

License Plate of the Day: 24 Women Edition

License plate

Another headscratcher. "24 Women"? "2 for Women"? Here's what I get when searching for "24 Women" on Google:

24 Women

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rate-A-Restaurant #322: Blockheads Shavery (Alhambra)


Restaurant: Blockheads Shavery

Location: 12 W. Main Street (Alhambra)

Type of restaurant: Dessert

We stipulated: After a hot afternoon walking around the Citadel outlet mall, I couldn't shake the idea of indluging in a cool treat. Maria recommended Blockheads Shavery in nearby Alhambra.


They stipulated: "Blockheads Shavery combines the fine texture of Hawaiian shave ice with the creamy goodness of ice cream to create a unique treat we're proud to call Snow Cream. Made in-store by our certified Snow Cream gurus, we blend the freshest ingredients and shave each block only when it reaches the optimal temperature, ensuring every serving meets the highest of standards."


What we ordered: Black sesame snow cream with mochi and coconut puree drizzle; original flavor with boba and strawberry drizzle. (Both were $3.95 plus 60 cents for the topping)


High point:  It's a unique texture -- not quite shave ice, not quite ice cream. The regular size is also big enough to share with a friend.


Overall impression: I liked the black sesame, but yet it could use a bit more flavor. The drizzle adds that, but not enough. Still, it's a unique dessert in a sea of likeminded yogurt, ice cream and shave ice shops, and for that I was happy to check it out.


Will we return: Sure, I've been told the rice cake is a must, and something we'll have to try with our next Blockheads.

Friday, August 15, 2014

MIKE ON KCRW'S HOLLYWOOD BREAKDOWN: Discussing A Softer TV Upfront Marketplace

On this week's Hollywood Breakdown, Kim Masters and I talk about this year's TV upfront marketplace, which saw some volume declines. Listen for the analysis, stay for my subtle Leslie Moonves impersonation at the end. Details:
When upfront advertising spending dipped in 2009, the drop was blamed on the down economy. Now, after four years of growth, upfront spending is down again, and this time the cause isn't so clear. Part of that money may be going to digital advertising, or some advertisers may be holding back, waiting to do their buying at a different time than the upfronts. Network television has taken a bigger hit in the downward spending trend, but cable's not immune; their ad spending is down 4.7 percent.

Click below to listen:

KCRW Hollywood Breakdown

WEEKEND TO DO: "Back to the Future" at Street Food Cinema

Street Food Cinema

Over here at Franklin Avenue, this has become The Summer of "Back to the Future." It started when we took the kids in June to the Last Remaining Seats screening of "Back to the Future" at the Ace Hotel theatre (formerly United Artists). Then the boys bought me a Lego kit to build a mini DeLorean for Father's Day. We later DVR'ed the two BTTF sequels. Blogger Kid 2.0's vocabulary now includes terms like "Flux Capacitor."

So when I saw that the Street Food Cinema was bringing "Back to the Future" to Glendale's Verdugo Park this Saturday -- and with food trucks, no less! -- I had to check it out.

This is no ordinary outdoor screening. Besides the movie, the event will feature the actors who played Jennifer Parker (Claudia Wells) and Mayor Goldie Wilson (Donald Fullilove)! Plus: Music by The Flux Capacitors, who bill themselves as "Hollywood's ONLY Back to the Future-themed 80s cover band."

Food trucks on hand will include Berlin Truck, Chili Philosopher, Cousins Maine Lobster, Dogtown Dogs, India Jones, Mandoline Grill, Meat the Greek, Rock n Lou, Steel City Sandwich, Trailer Park Truck, Wise BBQ, The Beignet Truck, A ROCKin ICE, Sweet E's, & more, while Crazy Go Nuts, Diva'z Crepes, Funtime Kettle Corn, Mercedes Binge will also be there.

More details:

Street Food Cinema

DATE: Saturday, August 16
A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour, 56 minutes

TIME: DOORS OPEN 5:30pm. BAND 6:30pm. MOVIE 8:30pm.
MC: Kurt Long
LOCATION: Verdugo Park: 1621 Canada Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91208
PARKING: Suggested lot on 1648 Canada Blvd. Metered parking free parking after 2pm.
DOGS: Fido Friendly, Fido Approved. Leashed dogs welcome.
CHAIRS: Chair seating in designated chair sections for both RESERVED and GENERAL ADMISSION. No chairs that sit over 6 inches off the ground please. Low beach chairs are perfect.
TICKETS: General Admission $12, Reserved $17. To guarantee admission, purchase tickets in advance at Ticket holders enter first. Tickets available for purchase at 6pm at the door on first come, first serve basis. If event is sold out, we will announce in real time via social media Facebook and Twitter.

See you there!
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