I always forget just how good the coffee they serve in Vietnamese restaurants is (cà phê sua nóng).
First, they put a good dose of sweetened condensed milk in the cup, then they put the filter (which works like a Melitta) over the cup, and then you wait. And wait. The holes in the metal are so small it takes about ten minutes before your cup is ready, and it doesn't help to fiddle with the filter. You just have to wait. But when it's done, it's sweet and strong and rich. In the summer, pour it over ice (cà phê sua dá), but it's too cold for that now.
My favorite place for the coffee, Pho, and vermicelli with egg rolls and bbq pork, is Pho 87 at the northern end of Chinatown (1019 N Broadway 90012). It looks pretty dumpy, but the food is delicious, the service is fast and very friendly, and it's generally filled with all kinds of people, especially kids (teens and twenties) who aren't eating Taco Bell of McDonald's, which always makes me happy. (If you check out that Yelp link, I don't know what "Judy T" is talking about, saying there aren't any Vietnamese in the joint. Maybe she misunderstood and was looking for Viennese people?)
The Long Beach Gazette’s Harry Saltzgaver outlines the draft EIR for a project called The Art Exchange, which would replace the late lamented Acres of Books in Long Beach, one of the best book stores in the galaxy*.
“About two-thirds of the Broadway block, between Broadway and Third Street from Long Beach Boulevard to Elm Avenue, would remain a parking lot waiting for future construction. The new building would fill the northwest corner of the block over to the Acres of Books building.”
Harry’s report also includes info about how you can respond to the plan.
*Portland is in a different universe, as we all know.
(Manuel Salazar, who reopened Villa Sombrero. Credit: Steve Julian)
I have never – ever – had a favorite restaurant reopen as it was. The original Lowenbrau is no more. Algemac’s on San Fernando is reopening as a cofffee shop, but it ain't gonna be the same without the original Googieosity. Alto Palato is dead and mourned by many. And that little sandwich joint in Saint Paul was killed by Subway.
But in Highland Park, un milagro has happened, and we can now officially tell Tom Wolfe to go to hell, and buy a new suit while he's at it.
Steve Julian, our local Morning Edition host, gushes gustatorily about it in the LA Weekly's Squid Ink food section.
Nice work, Steve. I guess it’s time to go back. Alas, I’m allergic to avocado -- but not margaritas.
(Check out John's weekly show Off-Ramp!)
LA County just sent out its guidelines for dealing with O Trashenbaum. On Mackinac Island they use old Christmas trees to mark the ice bridge between the Island and Saint Ignace, the closest town on the mainland. Since they don't need buoys between the Port and Catalina, best refer to the news release below.
Holiday Greening is Easy - Recycle your Christmas Tree
Between Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than during any other time of year. This year, help reduce the trash load and take the work out of getting rid of your Christmas tree - recycle it!
Starting December 26, 2009 through January 16, 2010, residents can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them at curbside on their regular collection day or taking them to a collection site.
To enjoy the benefits of this special holiday recycling service, residents must remove all ornaments including tinsel, decorations, and metal and plastic tree stands from their trees before placing them at curbside or turning them in at a collection site. Trees over six feet tall should be cut in half for easier collection.
Residents who miss the curbside recycling dates can cut their trees into smaller pieces and place them in their green waste container. The trees collected by residential waste haulers will be recycled into compost, mulch, or ground cover. This helps preserve our natural resources and reduce waste too.
I swear this photo was in focus when I took it. My camera must have been thrown off by Charles Phoenix’s suit.
Charles celebrated his 47th birthday with a full house at the Egyptian Theatre Sunday. His annual retro holiday slide show was an Off-Ramp newsletter recommendation, and we’d love to hear from you below if you went.