JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery scores a hit with the Bigger Badder Asser Burger

Jason with BA Burger I recently sat down with Jason Schmid, owner of JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery in Anaheim and Tustin. Our mission was to eat their signature hamburger at JT Schmid’s the BBA Burger. The BBA Burger, or as it is also known, the Bigger Badder Asser Burger, is perfect for a group night out, a Superbowl party, or any other time when you want a fun and delicious burger with some great beer. Jason described the burger as, “That’s our BBA Burger, Bigger Badder Asser Burger, a six-pound cheeseburger. There are some places that I know that do a big burger but they do one patty. Its like mom’s meatloaf that you remember as a kid”. Mom’s meatloaf tended to be dry and tasteless, depending on how much ketchup you put on it to add moisture and flavor.

The development of the burger took awhile. About 15 years ago we had a 12 ounce chophouse burger and then probably about 10 years ago we created an expensive burger, a twenty dollar burger, which was basically a 10 ounce patty, topped with eight ounces of prime rib and then onions……..and then that evolved into a ‘what else could we do’, then the burger craze kind of took off, so we wanted to come up with a fun novelty item that tasted good, so we literally spent three months on it, trying to tweak the recipe. I think we’ve got it, it’s a good burger. “About 15 years ago we had a 12 ounce chophouse burger and then probably about 10 years ago we created an expensive burger, a twenty dollar burger, which was basically a 10 ounce patty, topped with eight ounces of prime rib and then onions……..and then that evolved into a ‘what else could we do’, then the burger craze kind of took off, so we wanted to come up with a fun novelty item that tasted good, so we literally spent three months on it, trying to tweak the recipe. I think we’ve got it, it’s a good burger”. Continue reading

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This Year’s “Winter Surf Fest” Blows in & Blows Up At Surf Dogs In Huntington Beach

WinterSurfFest2015For those of you hip to the Surf Music scene will already be well informed about the resurgence of Surf Music in Southern California. I covered Winter Surf Fest last year in my article, “Winter Surf Fest: The Surf ‘s Up, Keeping The Winter Hot!” You will know all the action that’s coming your way tomorrow at Surf Dogs in Huntington Beach. This year’s lineup features: The Hypnotic IV and will be supported by John Blair & The Trespassers, The Orbitrons, Paul Johnson & Friends and The Counselors. The show should be a blast of burning guitar drenched reverb and pounding drums with a no holds barred surf’s up attitude!

This is an opportunity to soak up some suds, groove to the vibes and enjoy a tasty burger, sammie or pizza with friends bathed in great music. You may make a new friend or two, while the bands lay down fierce music that should get the Deb’s and Betty’s shaking it. The Winter Surf Fest starts at 3pm and bring in the big waves till 10pm. Last years show was “Groovilous” with lots of fine Surf music. I’m expecting the same high tide this year!

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“Dame Edna’s Goodbye: The Farewell Tour” Hails a Hasty and Hearty “Hello” to Hilarity!

Photo Courtesy of Matt Jelonek

Photo Courtesy of Matt Jelonek

Dame Edna Everage says what everyone is thinking (sometimes even before we know we are thinking it!). Part adult, matriarchal Mary Poppins, part riotously reproachful Royalty, she will tickle our adult and childlike funny bones in kind as she prompts mature behavior out of everyone in the most enchanted, reproving, and best-babysitterish of fashions.  It also doesn’t hurt that her voice sounds just a trifle bit like that of a euphoniously, lilting Miss Piggy which only adds to the consistent giddiness provoked by her performance.

It is a warm and vibrant evening on the patio to the fore of the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. One can near-palpably feel Dame Edna’s proximity as everyone and her sister–who’s anybody in the media–parades away from the press table sporting the most stunning Corinthian-rimmed, bejeweled sunglasses.  Big, burly, hulking men loiter Paparazzi-side bearing the most bombastic of feather boas the color of Day-Glo Play Dough and you just know you’re in the right place!

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Slapfish to Open in Newport Beach Monday, February 2: Casual Seafood Done Right

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Slapfish, the excellent fast casual seafood restaurant from Chef Andrew Gruel specializing in extremely fresh and extremely flavorful (and reasonably priced too) is opening a new location in Newport Beach. Minutes from the water, it will be a perfect place to go when visiting Balboa Island or one of the many fine beaches in Orange County. The Grand Opening will be Monday, February 2nd. Featured items run coast to coast—-New England Lobster Rolls, Clam Chowder, Baja and Grilled Fish Tacos and much more. Here are a few of the delicious dishes they will be serving. Enjoy!

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Los Angeles Homeless Count 2015

Every two years the homeless population in Los Angeles county is counted.this date account is required to repeal requirements of the US department of housing and urban development.

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The data gathered from the count is used by not perfect and local political leadership to make cases for obtaining additional resources for homeless in LA County.

Photos by Paula Lauren Gibson

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Saturday, January 31, 2015: 10th Annual Museums Free Admission Program

Los Angeles County Museum - Photo by Paula Lauren Gibson

Los Angeles County Museum – Photo by Paula Lauren Gibson

This Saturday, January 31, 2015 there is free admission to many of the museums throughout the city as part of the 10th Annual Museums Free-for-all program.

Right now LACMA is showing paintings from the Hudson Valley River School, Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, and Samurai: Japanese Armor, which will close Sunday. Right next door is the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Current exhibits are Insight: The Path of Bodhidharma and A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century.The two museums are located in the heart of Little Tokyo, making for a nice day trip, including ramen from Daikokuyu.

It also may be your last chance to see Andy Warhol: Shadows at MOCA, which closes February 15th. While you are there, check out Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, which opens tomorrow. Try Viet Pham’s buzzed-about seasonal menu at Rays & Starks, Or drive a few blocks up Wilshire to visit the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.

It is also a good time to check out museums you have never visited before. One of LA’s newest museums is the California African American Museum (CAAM). They will be presenting a workshop on painting with sugar on cotton fabric. The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach has over 1,600 fine artworks.

There are countless other fantastic exhibits. Find a list of every museum participating after the jump.

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Movies ‘Till Dawn: Your Friday Morning Scheduled Programming

12 a.m. “Why Don’t You Play in Hell” – Action/Drama

816MCK53JWL._SL1500_(2013, Drafthouse Films) Director Sion Sono’s frantic, brutal pigpile of trigger-happy movie conventions and tropes also manages to be an affectionate tribute to the joys and thrills of amateur filmmaking – no mean feat, as he manages to shoehorn both sides into a story about warring yakuzas, amateur martial arts, a jingle-singing juvenile performer turned fame-ravenous starlet and an over-caffeinated group of rogue moviemakers. In Sono’s world, movies and crime spring from the same go-for-broke creative urges, and work best sprinkled liberally with gouts of blood (and other bodily fluids) and lopped off limbs. “Why Don’t You Play in Hell” also has enormous energy and style and a lot of morbid humor, and should serve as notice (or reminder) of Sono’s exceptional reservoir of talent. The Blu-ray includes an interview with Sono (at what appears to be a Tower Records in Japan) and a foldout poster by comic artist James Callahan.

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‘Come Together’ Documents Nicely the Beatles Tribute Bands and Their Fans

Photo courtesy of Devolver Digital Films.

Photo courtesy of Devolver Digital Films.

The Beatles hold a unique place not in just our musical history but our cultural history as well. A new documentary from Devolver Digital Films, Come Together, covers the role that tribute bands play in keeping the Beatles music alive on a global scale. Filmed primarily in and around Liverpool during International Beatleweek, the movie really shows the passion both the bands and the fans have for keeping the music and feeling of the era that the Beatles influenced. Scheduled for release through video on demand, the movie will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, VHX, Gumroad, PayStation, Xbox, VUDU, Vimeo on Demand, GooglePlay, YouTube Rentals and many more.

Directors Steve Ison and John Scofield have taken a look at the tribute bands from the side of the bands as well as the side of the fans. Adding an in-depth perspective to the movie is on-camera narrator Julia Baird, John Lennon’s younger sister. Steve Ison spoke about Julia’s role, saying, “I think it made it more interesting and more real. And then, part of it I had asked, ‘Would you mind taking us around some of the parts that you remember that were important to you?’. So she showed us around to John’s house and other places in town. We were at the place that John and Paul met and she said, ‘Well they really didn’t meet here’. So she walked us across to a graveyard, parted some bushes and said ‘it was more like here that they first saw each other’. Then she started telling the story and that was just amazing. So I think she kind of got into it too. She was really appreciative that we were doing something to honor them, not just something to cash in on”.

Photo courtesy of Devolver Digital Films.

Photo courtesy of Devolver Digital Films.

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Your New Favorite Band: No Small Children

Relatively new on the L.A. scene, all lady trio No Small Children have been tearing it up, one dive bar and one small club at a time. Expect them in larger (and more expensive) venues, soon. Right now, though, you can see them in a neighborhood near you. And you should.

With songs ranging from an awesome “drive to work” song, Might Get Up (I might get up slow, but I get up), to a song with actual real no shit YODELLING (especially awesome live)! Not gonna name the song. See them. You’ll get it.

Most of the songs are super tongue in cheek, but then you get one or two that are from-the-heart empowerment shit, be you female or male, such as Survivor Face, and a Let it Go  that has NOTHING to do with the song from that Disney movie.

A super slice of amazing pop-culture awesome is KMA (Aka You Can Kiss My Ass). Taylor Swift wishes she wrote this. It’s that sweet. Charlie Girl and Mary Tyler Moore would be soooo jealous, Mr. Grant would approve. We think.

This writer’s fave of faves? The beautiful ode of all odes to a a mature LTR: Baby I Love You, Even Though.

Power anthem: Eff You in any Language. I mean, really? In ANY language. Yep.

They play this Saturday at El Cid. The video above is a soft nod to the goofs at the local dive where they cut their live show teeth.

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Check Out the New Dengue Fever Video

Rom Say Sok is the first video from Dengue Fever’s fifth album, “The Deepest Lake” that just dropped today. It is available in CD format, downloads or colored vinyl. Buy it here. The record release show will be held at the Echoplex Thursday, February 5th. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

This indefinable band has been described as “Southeast Asian pop,” “Surf music,” “Psychedelic,” “Garage Rock” and “Khmer folk music.” It is perhaps best described by NPR as a throwback to the 60s and 70s psychedelic rock that flourished in Cambodia prior to the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Although the tunes are catchy and familiar American-style pop, there are strong influences from Cambodian music. Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals) describes the “falsetto thing that’s called a ghost voice, where they crack into higher registers.” Personally, ghost voice reminds me of Bollywood’s vocal stylings. Like any great band, they mix the familiar and the innovative to create some truly original and memorable music.

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