Baba Ghanouj sets the mood, table for the tastes of Lebanon in Long Beach

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Go for the craft beer, but have a bite too at Belmont Brewing Co. in Long Beach

If you head into the Belmont Brewing Co. through the main entrance, and follow your nose out to the deck that overlooks the beach and the water beyond, you may not notice that this really is a brewing company, with gleaming tanks of beer and ale ...

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    Taste of Arcadia, Pasadena events among food happenings in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Akasha: Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $6-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-845-1700. www.akasharestaurant.com AR Cucina: Italian-style Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $9-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9531 Culver Blvd.,...

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    Crepes, chocolates and pies – new shops in Downtown Long Beach cater to dessert-lovers

    Saints and Sinners Bakeshop — a new arrival to downtown Long Beach — is part of what may be considered to be a mini trend of dessert vendors setting up shop along a short stretch of Pine Avenue. Crepe Crafters and Romeo Chocolates also opened during the summer months on Pine Avenue. The area is also home to The Pie Bar, which

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Entertainment

    For American cuisine served with a view, take the Plunge in Long Beach

    Plunge (or as it’s called in full, Plunge at 1900 Ocean Beach Club) is a restaurant hidden in plain sight. There is (occasionally) a sandwich board in front of the building, an apartment house that likes to call itself a “beach club,” that announces the presence of Plunge. But it’s easy to miss. And when you get to this imposing, 18-story high-rise at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Cherry Avenue, you won’t find gaining admittance to be all...

    Merrill Shindler
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    MOM in the Mail cookies among food events this week in the Los Angeles area

    Los Angeles area EVENTS MOM in the Mail: Cookie mail order service from Sharon Graves, baker and owner of BLVD Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Varieties include: Classic Chocolate Chip, Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies, Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars, Peanut Butter and Whisky Oatmeal Dried Cherry Bars. See website for treat and seasonal menu (plus dietary options) and extras to be added to package. 1-877-454-4666. Email:...

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    Opening of English pub The Stalking Horse among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events The Stalking Horse: Opening of the English pub inspired by Cornwall, England, 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Specialties include Cornish-style pasties and other savory pies and a vegan Welsh Rarebit. The bar offers beers, unusual gins and whisky. Hours: 5 p.m. daily until Sept. 18, when doors open at 11 a.m. (call to confirm hours). 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

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    Seabirds Kitchen brings vegan cuisine to Long Beach nest

    Seabirds Kitchen’s route to Long Beach started in New York City. The journey began a little more than a decade ago, when restaurant founder Stephanie Morgan started to pay close attention to food labels while she was still pursuing a career in the financial services industry. Taking heed to the oft-given advice that humans should not eat any food products with unpronounceable ingredients, Morgan gravitated to a more healthful diet and eventually reached the point where she...

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Entertainment

    Military-themed No Toro Cafe is on a mission to serve great breakfasts in Artesia

    The name “No Toro Café” is actually a polite version of “No Bull Café,” which the restaurant says is the driving concept behind this mini-mall breakfast and lunch shop, on the north side of Artesia, a short distance from the Little India section of town. It is, as we’re told, “military owned and operated by Yara Casas and Yvonne Magana ... together they started as a gourmet food truck ... with a vision to cultivate and elevate your...

    Merrill Shindler
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    Boneyard Bistro seasonal tastings among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Boneyard Bistro: The barbecue restaurant offers chef-owner Aaron Robins and executive chef Erica Abell’s seasonal tasting menu using hatch chilis including Tex Mex Tostada Salad ($18), Smoked Brisket Torta ($20), Ancho & Coffee Rub Hanger Steak Enchiladas ($38) and Hatch Chili & Apple Fry Pie ($11), 4:30 p.m.-midnight Aug. 30. Check website for the full...

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  • Entertainment

    Where to say ‘goodbye’ to summer and ‘hello’ to school with a family meal

    Summer is just about over, and school is getting underway again. For some kids this is a total disaster, while others may enjoy hitting the books, or at least seeing their school friends. What’s certain is that the end of summer and the start of the school year are special family occasions that should be celebrated, or at least acknowledged, with a special meal. Here are some family friendly restaurants in the area to mark these occasions. Au...

    Richard Guzman
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  • Entertainment

    Here’s a free, guided walk through Southern California’s most walkable city, Long Beach

    Just about every day is a good day for a walk in Long Beach. And that’s not just hyperbole. For the second year in a row, Long Beach has been named the 10th most walkable city in the United States by residential real estate company Redfin. And like

    Richard Guzman
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