By Merrill Shindler | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: July 19, 2018 at 11:05 am | UPDATED: July 19, 2018 at 11:06 am Let me say from the get-go, that Shibuya, a very popular sushi bar in a mini-mall across from the sprawling Commons at Calabasas is a fine sushi bar, one of the best in the West Valley, if not, indeed, the best in the hood. I’ve eaten well there. The quality of the seafood is first-rate. The chefs are skilled. The crowd is lively. But…I do have a gripe. As was said in “The Godfather: Part III,” “I’ve got a stone in my shoe…” Which is simply this: There are no prices on the menu at Shibuya. This is not to say there are no prices at all — the paper checklist sushi, sashimi and standard rolls menu has prices. But the appetizer, soup, salad and special rolls menus…have no prices. I find this more than a bit disconcerting, for I like to know what the price of an item is, when I’m considering ordering it. And the … [Read more...] about Shibuya is Japanese food with a following in Calabasas that, yes, you can put a price on
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By Merrill Shindler | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: July 19, 2018 at 11:25 am | UPDATED: July 19, 2018 at 11:25 am With a grandiose name like Willingham’s World Champion BBQ, you’d expect a Las Vegas style production, with neon, fireworks, skydivers — goodness knows what else! What you might not expect is a storefront in a Redondo Beach mini-mall, dominated by a local bottle shop called Ruby Liquor. There’s a Ramada next door. But then, as those of us who believe firmly that barbecue is a gift from God know, the best ’que is often found in the least expected of locations — in funky markets in the Texas outback, in cinderblock shacks in the Carolina Low Country…and right here in a Redondo mini-mall. How good is Willingham’s? Let me tell you — I’d gladly shut down my laptop for the day for a bite of John H. Willingham’s much lauded brisket, his sublime chili, his astonishing St. Louis pork ribs. The man wears the title of … [Read more...] about Barbecue at Willingham’s in Redondo Beach lives up to its ‘world champion’ designation
MusicConcerts of note: For music fans this weekend, Chris Brown is in town at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($39.99 and at livenation.com) with openers 6lack, H.E.R. and Rich the Kid. Synth pop band Erasure (Always, Chains of Love) performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater ($39.50 at themahaffey.com) Prog rock and emo, together at last? Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($29.50 and up at livenation.com). ComedyDan and Phil: Interactive Introverts: YouTube comedy stars Daniel Howell and Phil Lester rode the social media wave to their own show on BBC Radio, a No. 1 bestselling book (2015’s The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire) and a world tour with their new theatrical stage show Dan and Phil: Interactive Introverts. It’s loaded with off-the-wall sketches and audience interaction. Before you see the Internet nerds engaging in rants, roasts and other … [Read more...] about Plan your weekend July 6-8: Chris Brown, YouTube stars Dan and Phil, steampunk fan festival, Cinderella, Etsy Craft Party
Charles Chapman holds up his replica trophy as confetti shoots into the air as crowds wait for the start of the Warriors parade in Oakland, Calif. on June 12, 2018 (Laura Oda/Bay Area News Group) Fans wait on Broadway during the Golden State Warriors championship parade in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Izzie enjoys the atmosphere before the start of the Warriors parade in Oakland, Calif. on June 12, 2018 (Laura Oda/Bay Area News Group) Willie Jones, 65, of Oakland, found a shady grassy area near the corner of Oak and 13th Street to lay out his Warriors blanket where he and his dog Samantha could watch the very end of the Golden State Warriors championship parade on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. He attended one of the playoff games against the Houston Rockets this year and is just "enjoying the third championship" in four years. (Joseph Geha/Bay Area News Group) Korean War … [Read more...] about Warriors fans swarm Oakland for ‘interactive’ victory parade
In Acquired Tastes, The Takeout explores the food and drinks we can’t live without. Last summer, five years after moving to New York City, I went looking for scrapple. I don’t mean in the form of an innovative reimagining added to a bougie menu because upscale offal is trendy (although: if you know of an especially worthwhile example of that, please tell me where I can find it). I wanted a block of refrigerated meat mush that could be equally described as “gray” or “brown,” purchased by the pound, and stored in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator for regular consumption. I ended up running through a muggy downpour to The Meat Hook in Williamsburg, where they informed me that while they occasionally stock scrapple, it was a special-order item that they usually produced only upon request. It is objectively fine for any one particular butcher or grocer to not stock an undeniably niche item. But it says something that, unlike almost every other edible … [Read more...] about How do you like them scrapple?