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  • Entertainment

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

    There is a fine tradition of naming restaurants after dishes those restaurants serve, sometimes dishes that are not really well-known by the general public and which are just a small part of the restaurant’s cuisine. But you know, if the name sounds cool, then there it is. There are sundry Middle Eastern restaurants named for hummus and falafel, many named kabab in some fashion, several tabouli-named restaurants, and more places named for pita than I can remember. But...

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  • Reviews

    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 behind the bar, patiently aging for those in need of a proper quaff. But there they are, some half a dozen beers, with such names as Marathon, Top Sail and Long Beach Crude. Having noticed them, and paid proper obeisance, it’s still...

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  • Entertainment

    Going to Queen Mary’s Halloween Dark Harbor? Here are some places to eat

    The Queen Mary is busy with events like concerts, comedy shows, dance parties and even MMA fights happening there. But it’s ghosts, monsters and other creatures that draw some of the biggest crowds of the year during the ship’s annual Dark Harbor event. The popular Halloween event runs Sept. 28-Nov. 1 and includes mazes, monsters and a macabre carnival that attracts about 120,000 people during its run. And while these visitors are looking for scares, they...

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  • Dining

    It’s barbecue goodness in bowls and sandwiches at L.A. Brisket in Artesia

    L.A. Brisket is definitely not the restaurant I expected to find in the location where I found it. If you come from the north, you’ll go past a branch of the largely Chinese 99 Ranch Market, along with Daiso Japan, Pho 2000 and It’s Boba Time Cafe. If you come from the south, you’ll go through Little India, the largest Indian community in Southern California, with an estimated 120 shops offering items from the Asian subcontinent. And then, there’s L.A.

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  • Things to do

    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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  • Restaurant operators

    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

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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...

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