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How Long Beach’s Taste of Brews will combine big breweries and up-and-comers this weekend

By Richard Guzman|

New American culinary surprises abound at James Republic in Long Beach

There’s a blank line in the upper right corner of the menu at James Republic where someone writes in the date by hand to let us know the menu changes from day to day. And indeed it does, though not in any sort of radical fashion. Still, ...

By Merrill Shindler|


  • Entertainment

    How to eat around the world at Long Beach’s Taste of Downtown Waterfront

    About two dozen Long Beach restaurants will set up their kitchens under canopies and right by the water to take part in the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s Taste of Downtown at the Waterfront. The Aug. 23-24 tasting event happens at Rainbow Harbor as restaurants offer sample-sized portions of some of their signature dishes. It’s not only a good way to taste a bit of what local restaurants have...

    Richard Guzman

  • Restaurant operators

    New restaurant, The Pizza Press, coming to Belmont Shore in Long Beach this week

    Hot off the presses, there’s a new pizza place coming to Belmont Shore. Second Street on Thursday will welcome The Pizza Press, a “newsworthy” fast-casual chain that sells its pies whole, not by the slice, and specializes in letting guests customize their toppings for no extra charge. The Pizza Press also is known for its selection of craft beer on tap. General manager Eddie Castaneda, who joined the company in 2015 and worked his way up through the ranks, is...

    By Ashleigh Ruhl Special to the Press-Telegram|

  • Food

    Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night wine tasting among LA area food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Farmers Market at Northridge Fashion Center: Seasonal blood oranges for sale, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 16. Market is open on Wendesdays through October 26. Parking lot, 9301 Tampa Ave. 805-643-6458. Hatch Chile Roasting events at Gelson’s: The New Mexico chile season is celebrated with cooking...

    Elaine Lehman

  • Things to do

    Studio City Farmers Market among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Marie Callender’s: “Summer Backyard BBQ Menu” for a limited time. Entrees $9.29-13.99; build-your-own platter $15.99; plus tax and tip. Check website for locations. Don Francisco’s Casa Cubana: New. Cuban-style coffee drinks, breakfast items, desserts, savory and...

    Elaine Lehman

  • Food

    California Strawberry Commission charity benefits among LA area food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events California Strawberry Commission: Food truck stop selling strawberry dishes to benefit No Kid Hungry, 5-10 p.m. Aug. 1 at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. Also, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5 at Olvera Street, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles. Casa Vega: The Mexican...

    Elaine Lehman

  • Eco-friendly practices

    New Long Beach restaurant system recognizes energy efficiency

    The Long Beach Water Department launched a new system to recognize local eateries that meet water efficiency standards, with the newest addition being a restaurant in West Long Beach, officials announced on Tuesday. The first business ushered into the Certified Blue Restaurant Program is the Boba Tea House, a Vietnamese cafe serving sandwiches, pho and boba, or “bubble tea,” near the intersection of Willow and Easy...

    Courtney Tompkins

  • Food trends

    The once and future coolness of TGI Friday’s

    Popular culture follows a reversal of the second law of thermodynamics: All things that are cool can one day become uncool. Guitar rock is for dinosaurs who got old and sober, or at least fell behind trends in substance abuse. Starter Jackets’ peak years are long over, and TGI Friday’s went from being one of Manhattan’s swingingest bars to a chain where diners can buy a purportedly unlimited quantity of bacon nachos for $10. Take it from no less an authority...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Food

    Luckyrice LA Feast, LMU Beer Fest among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Aroha - New Zealand Restaurant and Bar: The restaurant introduces a new seasonal menu that includes main dishes New Zealand Elk Rack, New Zealand Hapuka (if available; substitute Bluenose) and New Zealand Lamb Loin, and the desserts Hokey Pokey and Pavlova. Hours: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; brunch and lunch, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations. 30990 Russell Ranch Road,...

    Elaine Lehman

  • Dining

    Knott’s Boardwalk Barbecue now open

    Fans of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park now have another spot to relax and eat, as the Boardwalk Barbecue is finally open. The name may sound familiar, as there was a walk-up eatery with the same moniker which closed and there has been a buzz about this new rendition since construction began in April. Located in the Boardwalk area of the park near Xcelerator, Boardwalk Barbecue is a fast-casual dining space offering smoked pork ribs,...

    Michelle Mills

  • News

    How San Pedro’s 70-year-old wiener dog sign dodged the wrecking ball

    If you live in San Pedro, you’ve passed it a thousand times. Probably more. Perched on a pole high above the 800 block of South Gaffey Street, a midcentury cutout of a dachshund dog is something of a funky but oh-so-familiar icon in the port town. News spread recently that the wrecking ball was on the way to make way for a new drive-through

    Donna Littlejohn

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