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May 19th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm
Highway Articles

A few days ago a friend from a long, long time ago recently reinstalled AIM and contacted me out of the blue. While we were chatting I started to mention something about a road trip I’d taken in another life. I was going to say that I had once gotten lost in Washington D.C. on […]

May 15th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm
Aly and AJ Party at Les Deux, Hollywood

Last night we celebrated the birthdays of Aly & AJ with a big bash at Les Deux in Hollywood. My girlfriend fiancée and her cohorts planned the whole thing and it was pretty rad. The girls made a grand entrance on a caravan of roaring motorcycles, the Plain White T’s performed, and I spent most […]

May 7th, 2007 @ 5:57 am
Los Angeles Gas Prices

“The cheap stuff” in LA right now is creeping up to $4.00/gal. It’s ridiculous. 17.478 gal x $3.659/gal = $63.95

April 23rd, 2007 @ 7:21 am
West Restaurant, Los Angeles

At the top of a tall, round building casting a shadow on the highway — right where Sunset meets the 405 — is a restaurant called West. I ate there Friday night with my girlfriend fiancée and her mom. The view of the city is just incredible and the bone-in New York strip was one […]

March 16th, 2007 @ 12:01 am
Friday Five: Eating Well

Friday Five: My Last Five Dinners

March 12th, 2007 @ 7:51 am
Comedian Richard Jeni Found Dead

One of the all-time best stand-up comedians, Richard Jeni (official page, currently down), apparently committed suicide this weekend. My girlfriend and I read about his death on Perez last night as we were getting ready to watch Rome. Just the night before, while celebrating a friend’s birthday at the Dresden, a few of us were […]

March 5th, 2007 @ 8:50 am
Los Angeles Marathon

When I ran the LA Marathon last year my goal was to finish in five hours. I had trained for about two months and gotten down to a slender 186 lbs, the least I’ve weighed since my last year of college. Because of a disastrous combination of being mentally unprepared for the event and wearing […]

February 28th, 2007 @ 9:57 am
Los Angeles Cooking Class

For Valentine’s Day this year I enrolled my girlfriend and myself for a class at Los Angeles’ coolest cooking class: hipcooks. Our class was “The Surprise Guest”, the only one available when I registered. We made an endive appetizer, roasted honey pear salad with tarragon dressing, pistachio-crusted swordfish with a light curry sauce, herbed couscous, […]

February 27th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm
The Perfect Victim

After last night’s 6.7 mile run — Death by Doheny, I call it — my girlfriend and I headed to Hollywood to catch The Perfect Victim (previously mentioned here) at The Knitting Factory. These kids put on a damn good show. The lead singer is energetic and bounces around the stage like a young Billie […]

February 26th, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
Free WiFi in Los Angeles

I added my house to Hotspotr. If you are desperate for free WiFi in Los Angeles, feel free to sit in my driveway and use some of my bandwidth. I have had a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router with no password for years and I’m also broadcasting with the free FON wireless access point I got […]

February 25th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
Seeing Stars in LA

Seeing celebrities in Los Angeles is still pretty cool, even though I’ve lived here for 6+ years now. It seems like they’ve been coming out of the woodwork lately. Here’s a quick summary of the last week or so: On President’s Day I saw Chad Lowe at the Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood. On Friday […]

February 20th, 2007 @ 7:56 am
The Other Wine Country

On Saturday morning I ran a quick 7 miles at 6 am, came home, and told my girlfriend to get ready for an adventure. We packed the truck and headed for wine country (photos). The President’s Day traffic was brutal so it took us almost 3 hours to go what should have only taken an […]

February 20th, 2007 @ 6:55 am
Running to the Pier

There is a point on San Vicente while running West when one rounds a corner and is confronted with — shockingly — what appears to be the entire Pacific Ocean. It is an awe-inspiring sight, even at night. It is at this point, during what is more or less a fifteen mile run, that I […]

February 14th, 2007 @ 10:05 am
Free Ride on Race Day

When the LA Marathon first announced its new point-to-point course last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke to the significance of transporting participants for free on the Metro on race day. Yesterday, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, in her capacity as MTA Chair, said in a committee meeting that marathoners should not be provided […]

February 7th, 2007 @ 6:59 am
Cucina Paradiso and The Palmer Room – Los Angeles

Last week my girlfriend and I had dinner at Cucina Paradiso. It’s a great little Italian restaurant that shares a building with The Palmer Room on Motor Ave. The Palmer Room is a bar / club with a tiny stage for live music; Their website is fairly bland, but the bar itself is quite cozy […]

February 6th, 2007 @ 6:39 am
How is this a mystery?

You have to get out of bed pretty early to pull one over on the local coroner in Los Angeles. Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was drunk when he plunged over a cliff to his death, but the cause of his death was “undetermined,” according to a coroner’s report released Monday. He’s a football player […]

February 1st, 2007 @ 9:42 am
Memphis Hollywood

We found yet another fabulous restaurant last night: Memphis. (map). This “Southern Style Dining” establishment is located in Hollywood in “the last remaining residential house … left on this highly commercialized street.” It’s quirky and fun to eat in a restaurant that used to be a house. The lighting is very romantic and the food […]

January 25th, 2007 @ 7:43 am
Shotgun Blast – Von Cotton

Last night was another crazy cool one in Los Angeles. The fun began with dinner on the Sunset strip: Ron Jeremy was at the table on our left and Scott Baio was at the table on our right. The service was uncharacteristically craptacular, but the food was excellent. (You can’t do much better than the […]

January 22nd, 2007 @ 7:01 pm
Speeding in Los Angeles

On May 20, 2006 I was tagged for speeding on the 405 while returning from my friend’s wedding in Valencia. This was one of the (rare) instances when I felt I was undeserving of a speeding ticket. There were cars on either side of me and a guy was coming up my rear like a […]

January 17th, 2007 @ 6:33 pm
Von Cotton – LA Music

Got plans for January 24th? Of course you don’t. Now you do. Mark it down. Von Cotton will be live at Molly Malone’s next Wednesday. These guys are excellent. You must be there. Come see them now before they sign a multi-record contract for millions of dollars. That way you’ll get to say, “I saw […]