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  1. Hey Susanne, Just so you know... Ciudad is now Border Grill - they changed over about 2 weeks ago Grace is closed - Neal is trying to open a place downtown at St. Vibiana's The rest are ok, but I would recommend Hatfield's out of the bunch. Or come downtown to the Nickel. No booze tho Cheers! Monica
  2. Oh yes , please go to Wilson - a little overlooked jem IMHO . Although I haven't eaten there in about 8 months it's been pretty consistent for both lunch and dinner on previous occasions. His flavors are really bold - if there's mussels or sardines on the menu definitely get them - they've been excellent in the past. I once enjoyed a rabbit "sloppy joe" with a glass of Dolcetto for lunch that was out of this world. Hope his stuff is still as good. Eat in the front room - there's a great photo mural of French chefs exercising . It's fabulous.
  3. Thanks Aaron. Yes, we are trying to open for dinner, although it's not our neighbors we're concerned with but the people who are concerned about our neighbors that have lots to say about us opening later. You can read the comments here. We have become this lightining rod for gentrification vs. skid row, with an unhealthly dash of racism thrown in for good measure. It's a little unnerving. We're just trying to feed the neighborhood, make a little money and show people a good time. This shit is wild.
  4. Impoverished writers used to get their agents to take them to Musso and Frank's for breakfast. Opening at the sensible hour of 11:30 am, I recommend a Saturday morning eating Eggs Benedict, skillet hash browns, and flannel cakes washed down with spicy Bloody Marys made by the 72 year old bartender. Not a cheap date, and a hit or miss menu - stick with the grilled meats - but you can rub elbows with Hollywood ghosts and professional waiters whose median age is 65 and wonder at which booth Faulkner and Fitzgerald used to pass out. Very old school Hollywood and very LA.
  5. What no phone call? I'm crushed, crushed, I tell you. Let me know if you still want a cocktail. Friday nite I'm in. Saturday day I'm on the line.
  6. Patti Smith at the Orpheum Theater last Saturday nite. At 62, the most powerfully awe -inspiring, take no prisoners performer ever. Rock and Roll Nigger indeed -she kicks ALL our asses. Big Love, Patti, Big Love.
  7. Not to make you all jealous or anything, but Dave Foley lives in my building and just had lunch at the Nickel yesterday. Made me so fucking happy - I am such a fan.
  8. I know bars in LA - dunno if that helps but I can offer a good time...
  9. Hey Everyone, just had a chance to check in... a big Thank You from K and I for all your kind wishes! It has been a crazy rollercoaster ride and I still feel like I'm in the front seat going up up up waiting to drop and hurtle around steep corners with both hands in the air. Publicity at times is an overwhelming thing. As we well know, people say whatever they want - fortunately the response has been more than favorable. Special thanks and shout out to Joan for her prompt bean deliveries and suggestions - hey Bean Boy Downtown LOVES your stuff! Miss having time playing onli
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    Great Summer Songs

    Silly People. Of course it's War - "Summer" Ridin round town with all the windows down Eight track playin all your favorite sounds The rhythm of the bongos fill the park The street musicians tryin to get a start Cause it's summer Summer time is here Yes it's summer My time of year
  11. Having been burned at too many group dinners - always order the most expensive thing on the menu, because you're going to pay for it anyway
  12. De Witt: We're a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theater folk. We are the original displaced personalities. Miss Casswell: [interrupting] Oh, waiter! De Witt: That isn't a waiter, my dear. That's a butler. Miss Casswell: Well, I can't yell, 'Oh, butler!' can I? Maybe somebody's name is Butler. De Witt: You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point. Miss Casswell: I don't want to make trouble. All I want is a drink. Max: Leave it to me. I'll get you one. Miss Caswell: [smiling] Thank you, Mr. Fabian. De Witt: Well done. I can see your car
  13. I would add "Lust for Life" opening if only well recognized as the Carnival Cruises theme song...Iggy I hope the drugs you scored for that sellout were really really good. Priscilla and Ivan - Greetings! Lovely to see you around again. MM, hearing "Lust for Life" on that commercial puts a smile on my face. I like to mull whether it's an attempt at superdoublepsycheout... not that it works, and it is equally possible that it is just more-of-the-same clueless song placement, but what if there was a little element of trying to subconsciously make that cruise appealing to those who m
  14. I would add "Lust for Life" opening if only well recognized as the Carnival Cruises theme song...Iggy I hope the drugs you scored for that sellout were really really good. Priscilla and Ivan - Greetings! Lovely to see you around again.
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    I have absolutely no interest in the Oscars this year. The only film I've really seen is There Will be Blood (twice) and thought it was good, not great. Daniel Day of course is The Magnificent (...."if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw")... nothing but brilliant. Robert Elswitt's cinematography was pristine. HATED Juno. Walked out after 30 minutes, so annoyed by cloying absurd dialogue and an infantile saccharine soundtrack shoved done my throat in a pathetic cover for emotion ressonance. Jason Reitman continuing the schlock Reitman film dynasty for the iron
  16. The part that sucks is when you are a huge strike supporter and you've been nominated for awards. What do you do? A friend is the writer/producer of "Mad Men" - his show is up for a number of GGs and now he's banged both ways from Sunday. Would he have attended? Of course not, but there's always that bit of ego saying the hell with friends and principle - I want my place in the sun. Especially in Hollywood.
  17. I hate fun. Good. More for me.
  18. The difference is that ritual in the examples you give are structurally integral parts of the process, or else an issue of social politeness, not a mere extraneous physical add-on. Absinthe spoons are, if you will, the Hummel figurines of liquor consumption. So art and beauty can't enter into the process? We should all be drinking out of jelly jars and stiring with coffee spoons? Yes, not necessary to the function, but the form baby, the form...
  19. Cool. I've got family in Brooklyn Heights. We tend to meet at their old stomping grounds in Brighton Beach. But now with Mrs. Stahl's gone, this is a good thing to know. (No facetiousness intended).
  20. I would if I could. I'd be fucking Marie Antoinette everyday given the chance. I appreciate a sense of cultural reference. I love accoutrements. And while I don't read Verlaine everytime I drink absinthe, I like to think of the images it inspired while I do. I dig the process and the mystique. Is it necessary? Obviously not. But as Wilde said "Illusion is the first of all pleasures". So it is for me. Sake has ritual. Martinis have ritual. There is nothing more beautiful than the process of a well made Martini. Ritual is sexy. Green faries kissing my lips and the illusion of my mi
  21. Yes, I always preferred Teresa's. When did it close? I ate there all the time when I was in NYC...
  22. Why? Why not keep the ritual and romanticism attached? Must everything be explained? There is a new bar in LA called the Green Door, complete with ice wells and spoons for each table, so that the young and dumb can get as walleyed as from drinking shots of Jager or Tequila, other great alcohols with ritual attached. Are they going to understand Rimbaud and Verlaine any better? Or does this mean when they puke from their search for that gnarly thujone high, it's just going to taste better?
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    Ike Turner

    I fixed it for you. RIP Ike. One of the great pleasures in my life was dancing with Chuck Berry in the basement of a dive club off Hollywood Blvd. One smooth motherfucker, let me tell you. A woman who I used to work for was a manager at The Whiskey A Go Go back in the 60's. Along with her many claims to fame (she was Sinatra's bookeeper at Reprise for awhile - what a record collection!) not only did she train the Whiskey's go go dancers, but she used to book Ike and Tina for 50 bucks a night when they first came to town...the mind reels. RIP Ike Keep rockin Tina
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