Monday, October 05, 2015
Restaurant: Habitat Coffee
Location: 3708 Eagle Rock Blvd (Glassell Park)
Type of restaurant: Coffee Shop
We stipulated: We frequently pass by Habitat, and finally decided to step inside and try it for brunch one recent weekend morning.
They stipulated: "Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, paleo or a true carnivore, you’re sure to find something delicious to suit your palate. We also have a full coffee bar featuring organic espresso and a wide variety of organic loose leaf teas. Some say our cold brew is the best in town."
What we ordered: Breakfast Tostada: with 2 fried eggs, pico de gallo, black beans, sour cream and quasi fresco ($7.50); Egg white scrambled eggs with green chile, chorizo, spinach ($10)
High point: The prices are decent.
Low point: The grease smell inside the restaurant sticks to your clothes and lingers.
Overall impression: Not sure if the slow service and small portions are worth the low prices.
Will we return: We haven't, and with so many options in the area, we may not.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Nostalgia ruled Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, as children of the 1980s crowded into the ampitheater in order to hear classic tunes from both iconic groups. It was the first Hollywood Bowl concert for Duran Duran, which still features original members singer Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, and drummer Roger Taylor.
Solid-out crowd at the Bowl.
It's a little bit disconcerting to realize that yes, you're now attending concerts sponsored by an oldies station. And that "oldies" means 1980s music. And that 1980s music is 30 years ago. Just as in the 1980s, music from the 1950s was from 30 years ago. Sigh.
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers setlist:
Dance, Dance, Dance
I Want Your Love
I'm Coming Out / Upside Down / He's The Greatest Dancer / We Are Family
It's truly impressive the number of hits that Nile Rodgers has been involved with through the decades. "He is RICH," Maria proclaimed.
Chic's set ended with a dance party on stage, as several people -- including Craig Robinson -- were brought out to groove behind the group during "Good Times." (Nile also did a solid first verse of "Rapper's Delight," which, of course, used "Good Times" as a back beat.)
Duran Duran setlist:
Hungry Like the Wolf
A View to a Kill
Last Night in the City
What Are the Chances?
White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise
Too Much Information
Girls on Film
Simon Le Bon turns 57 later this month, and still had ladies swooning in the audience.
Some interesting choices for their Hollywood Bowl set, including their 1995 cover of Grandmaster Melle Mel's "White Lines."
The show ended with "Rio"; unfortunately, things had to end there, as the Hollywood Bowl has a strict 11 p.m. curfew. Which meant planned performances of "Save a Prayer" and "Wild Boys," reportedly planned to be a part of the encore, had to be scrapped.
Friday, October 02, 2015
On the latest edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off, Joe and I are joined by the LA Times' Libby Hill to talk about the start of the fall season:
There's a noted lack of pizazz around this year's crop of freshman shows. Last year there were lots of fresh faces and ideas coming to the small screen, but this year seems to retread a lot of concepts from many years past. In some ways, this season is highlighting the slow collapse of linear television.
Even ABC's The Muppets, a show many people were excited about, so far seems to be...just OK.
Not all is lost though. Ratings show people are still watching some shows in real time, especially Fox's mega-hit Empire. The hip-hop soap opera kicked off Season 2 with massive numbers, both in terms of how many people were watching, and how many people were tweeting about it. Though that big push for social media engagement fell flat for another Fox show, Scream Queens. Despite a weak debut, the show did pick up some significant numbers in delayed viewing.
For viewers who stick around after primetime, they're seeing some new faces on late night. Stephen Colbert has a few week's worth of hosting under his belt at The Late Show, while Trevor Noah is just settling into his first week as host of The Daily Show.
In Noah's first night as host, the show stuck very much to the familiar structure of The Daily Show as it was hosted by Jon Stewart. Time will tell if Noah sticks to that routine or breaks out to make the show more of his own.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
KABC/Channel 7 devoted its 4 p.m. newscast this afternoon to a story that literally hit home for the station. A bomb scare forced the evacuation of the station, located in Glendale, along with a few nearby buildings on Disney's Grand Central Creative Campus.
That means the station had to hustle and broadcast live from nearby Flower St., utilizing live trucks and the station's helicopter. The broadcast broke for commercials, but otherwise it was wall-to-wall coverage from the street.
"Our plan worked," Rebecca Campbell, the head of ABC's owned-and-operated stations, told anchors David Ono and Ellen Leyva. "We have a job to do, and our viewers are being served as we stand here and are a part of the story. We'll be talking about this tomorrow, for sure." Meanwhile, meteorologist Dallas Raines -- the hippest man you can have at a bomb scare -- tried to get Campbell to do the "Dallas Dip." And yes, he referenced it as the "Dallas Dip."
Campbell noted she had experienced a similar situation at ABC's Philadelphia station WPVI, when a water main break forced that station to broadcast outside.
"This is insane," anchor Mark Brown said. Meanwhile, Raines gave his weather forecast with the help of an iPad and ABC7's weather app. (Below)
By 5 p.m., the all-clear sign was given, and the station resumed regular newscasts.
A few Tweets from the KABC/ABC7 team:
Not kidding. A bomb threat @ABC7 has us setting up for an outdoor newscast at 4pm pic.twitter.com/b8gqvVqG70— Danny Romero (@ABC7Danny) September 30, 2015
We've been evacuated due to a bomb threat. Doing the 4pm on the streets of glendale! @ABC7 crazy! pic.twitter.com/wbmdAJJaLh— David Ono (@ABC7DavidOno) September 30, 2015
Breaking news: there's a bomb threat to @ABC7. We've evacuated our building. Police have Flower St. shutdown. pic.twitter.com/RiuxGPbtpe— Melissa MacBride (@ABC7Melissa) September 30, 2015
If you have a kid or know someone with a kid under the age of 10, chances are you've spent some time at Travel Town in Griffith Park. But right next door is The Los Angeles Live Steamers, which is open for the general public to ride from 10:45am to 3pm most Sundays.
Walt Disney's Carolwood Pacific Railroad "Barn" is there, as are a Santa Fe Steel Caboose, Southern Pacific Steel Caboose and Union Pacific Steel Caboose. Steam, diesel and electric locomotives ride down the 1 1/2 mile track, through tunnels, old West re-creations and more. Riders even pass directly by Travel Town.
During the second half of October, a "Ghost Train" experience takes riders of all ages through a spooky course.
The railroad was established in 1956. Suggested donations are $3. Some pics from a recent visit with the Blogger Kids: