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Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division Burglary Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a burglary suspect that smashed the window of a local business. On Jan 26, 2013, around 2:30 am, a restaurant located on the 200 block of North Gaffey Street was burglarized by two suspects. Detectives obtained a surveillance video of the break-in which shows the two suspects involved in the crime. One suspect, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and shorts, smashed the drive through window with a rock. After smashing the window, the suspect entered the restaurant and attempted to remove money from the cash register. A second suspect, seen wearing a baseball cap and glasses, acted as the look-out while the restaurant was being burglarized. The look out, later identified as 19-year old Michael Alvarez of San Pedro, has been arrested and convicted of the crime. Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the outstanding Suspect wearing the black hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Harbor Area Detective Eldridge at 310-726-7853.During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (CRIMES on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to …
While some schools around the country are pushing to ban the sale of soda to children, Jamba Juice is trying to get its beverages in school doors . According to NRN, JambaGo kiosks are expected to hit 400 to 500 schools by the end of this year. Jamba Juice CEO James White says he is “excited because we think we’re one of the solutions to the current fight .” [NRN] Excerpt from: Food Revolution: While some schools around the country…
Click here to view the full photogallery. [Renderings: Studio PCH ] Studio PCH , the design firm responsible for the new Nobu Malibu, is also behind the look of next door neighbor Malibu Cantina , a beachy keen addition to the previous PierView restaurant site. The two floor eatery is clad with blonde wood, doors that open out to the ocean, breezy curtains, and Knoll-style Risom chairs. Does the space scream Malibu? Yes. Malibu Cantina’s ground floor offers extensive patio seating, in addition to a bar and small lounge space. Meanwhile, a second lounge area plus fireplace and dining room exist upstairs. The Studio PCH website states claim to a “Spring 2012″ debut, but like Nobu Malibu, the restaurant is still under construction and thus will likely open later this year. · Malibu Cantina Will Open Next to New Nobu Malibu [~ELA~] See more here: Sneak Peek : A Look Inside The Sleek New Malibu Cantina
DOWNTOWN— LAmag reports that a Medieval-themed restaurant called Excalibur opened yesterday across from the Staples Center on Figueroa. According to Facebook the eatery offers “an old-world dining experience” and “guests are encouraged to transform into a knight or fair maiden by dressing in costumes provided in-house and digging into family-style, mouth-watering feasts with their bare hands .” The menu . [LAmag, Facebook] MID-CITY— Did you know that Playa is offering a secret menu through March 31? The three course meal costs $37 and is offering during dinner service. [EaterWire] TORRANCE— Menchie’s froyo opens at Rolling Hills Plaza on February 11. Free froyo for all from 11AM-1PM. [EaterWire] SANTA MONICA— Brad Metzger of Restaurant Solutions has organized a pricey benefit dinner in support of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. The meal takes place on March 18, 6:30PM, at the Restaurant Solutions test kitchen and costs $750 (apparently $650 of that is tax deductible) per person with 15 seats open. The evening includes passed appetizers made by chefs Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry), Evan Funke (formerly of Rustic Canyon), and Raphael Lunetta (Jiraffe) followed by a two-course dinner with wine pairings by Baribault Family. RSVP here. [EaterWire] The rest is here: EaterWire : Excalibur Medieval Resto Opens, Playa’s Secret Menu, Free Froyo at Menchie’s, More!
VENICE— Chaya is rocking out with all things oyster. From February 16 through March 3 the restaurant will serve an Oyster Fair menu during dinner service featuring hot and cold oyster preparations from Kumamotos on the half shell to Striped Bass and Oyster Papillote. [EaterWire] MIRACLE MILE— According to construction workers on site , Five Guys at 5550 Wilshire will open February 13 . [EaterWire] DOWNTOWN— On the subject of UMAMIcatessen , a reader reports: “I’m sure you know this already, but windows and doors are installed, signage was going up today. It’s looking close, really close! I work across the street and cannot wait for Umami to be in my area for lunch.” Check out some plywoody pics here . [Eater Inbox] MALIBU— Chipotle will next expand to the revamped Malibu Village Shopping Center on Cross Creek Road between the PCH and Civic Center Way. [EaterWire] K-TOWN— Beer Belly is launching New Order Mondays and switching up its happy hour. Taste Terminal breaks it down. [TT] WEST SIDE— Those guys that shot the Whole Foods Parking Lot YouTube video have a new one out called “Put Your Phone Down.” They shot a bunch of scenes at Huckleberry, Rustic Canyon, and what appears to be Rawvolution. [YouTube] See the article here: EaterWire : Oysters at Chaya, Five Guys Opening Feb 13, More!
Matt Damon, one of Barack Obama’s earliest supporters and once one of his most staunch advocates, slammed the President in the new issue of Elle Magazine . “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,’” Damon tells the magazine . “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.” Referring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, Damon continued: “If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate — people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off … Imagine if they had a leader.” That echoes the President’s own words to Diane Sawyer in March of 2010 when he said, “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president… There’s a tendency in Washington to think that our job description, of elected officials, is to get reelected. That’s not our job description. Our job description is to solve problems and to help people.” The slam follows in the same vein as a number of other criticisms Damon has made of the President and the Democrats, including in March, when he criticized Obama’s education policy. “I really think he misinterpreted his mandate. A friend of mine said to me the other day, I thought it was a great line, ‘I no longer hope for audacity,’” Damon told CNN host Piers Morgan . “He’s doubled down on a lot of things, going back to education… the idea that we’re testing kids and we’re tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We’re training them, not teaching them.” Later that month, he hit Obama on his handling of the economic crisis. “I think he’s rolled over to Wall Street completely. The economy has huge problems. We still have all these banks that are too big to fail. They’re bigger and making more money than ever. Unemployment at 10 percent? It’s terrible,” he told the Independent . Damon also criticized the President’s inability to get transformative things done, saying, “They had a chance that they don’t have any more to stand up for things. They’ve probably squandered that at this point. They’ll probably just make whatever deals they can to try to get elected again.” Currently, Obama and the Democrats are fighting with the House GOP over passing a compromise two month extension of the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits, amongst other things; they’ve already removed increased taxes on the wealthy from the deal. Damon’s criticism rings with disappointment after he so publicly lent his support to the then-Senator Obama during the 2008 election. He spent time campaigning for the then-candidate at rallies , promoting him through a MoveOn video contest and attending fundraisers for the man who would become the 44th President . In August, the star ripped a cameraman and reporter from a conservative publication who challenged his stance on education at a Save Our Schools event in Washington, DC. He then moved on to economic policy criticism. “The wealthy are paying less than they paid at any time else, certainly in my lifetime, and probably in the last century,” Damon told a reporter at the same event . “I don’t know what we were paying in the roaring 20′s; it’s criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much. I don’t mind paying more. I really don’t mind paying more taxes. I’d rather pay for taxes than cut ‘Reading is Fundamental’ or Head Start or some of these programs that are really helping kids. This is the greatest country in the world; is it really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it: you get to be American.” Speaking of the then-protracted negotiations over the debt ceiling, he did show some sympathy for Obama. “I’m so disgusted,” he said. “I mean, no, I don’t know what you do in the face of that kind of intransigence. So, my heart does go out to the President. He is dealing with a lot.” Scarlett Johansson, Damon’s co-star in the upcoming film “We Bought A Zoo,” recently said that she wanted Obama elected to another four year term . The President still enjoys support in Hollywood, having recently attended fundraisers in Los Angeles filled with stars. Obama responded jokingly to Damon’s criticism at his White House Press Correspondents Dinner in late April, saying, “It’s fair to say that when it comes to my presidency, the honeymoon is over … Matt Damon said he [has been] disappointed in my performance. Well Matt, I just saw the ‘Adjustment Bureau,’ so … right back atcha buddy.” Earlier this month, Damon said he found the dig, which referenced his poorly reviewed sci-fi action film that came out last winter, pretty funny . For more, click over to Elle . Visit link: Matt Damon SLAMSs President Obama
South Los Angeles: Detectives released a video that captured the robbery of a neighborhood restaurant. On January 30, 2012 at 10:08 am, a man entered a restaurant located in the 6200 block of Broadway and walked directly behind the cashier counter. He pulled out a handgun and brandished it in front of the cashier and demanded money. The cashier, in fear for his safety, opened the cash register and stepped away. The suspect walked up to the register, removed the money and walked out of the restaurant. The suspect is described as a 25 to 27-year-old African-American, who stands around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was wearing a black beanie, black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Newton Area Robbery Detective O’Brien or Detective Medina at 323-846-6572. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may contact Crime Stoppers bytexting the number 274637 (CRIMES on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.
Today Sher dishes out a fairly straightforward one and a half star review of Andre Guerrero’s Maximiliano , backhanded compliments and all. She finds the restaurant charming and dependable, but nothing to write home about: …his tribute to “kinda old school” Italian-American cooking seems perfectly pitched for the area. Set in a loft-like space on the corner of York Boulevard and Aldama Street, the newcomer brings some big-city zing to Highland Park without being over-the-top trendy… Maximiliano has a warm, friendly vibe and cheerful decor, not to mention an accessible menu (with prices to match) and a good little wine and beer list. The restaurant is just what it’s supposed to be: a good place to eat …And though his Italian food is updated with svelte contemporary touches, Maximiliano isn’t really the kind of place you’d drive across town to visit . SIV recommends ordering one of the restaurant’s thin crust pizzas, “not the most flavorful in town but good,” or one of the “hearty and familiar” pasta dishes. Despite the mixed review, she concludes that Maximiliano’s is “[s]oon to become a fixture on York Boulevard.” [ LAT ] The Goldster checks in to the Westfield Culver City Food Court to taste test Five Guys, Kyochon, 101 Noodle Express, Panda Express, Viet Gourmet Express, Sarku Japan . [LAW] The Elsewhere: Caroline on Crack drinks at Ray’s and Stark Bar , e*star LA talks Cooks County , kevinEats at Post & Beam , Midtown Lunch checks out the new Mid-City Jinya , Refined Palate hits Farmshop , and Sinosoul talks about burgers at Stout and The Churchill . Read the original post: Week in Reviews : Maximiliano’s Italian-American Cuisine Earns 1.5 Stars