Author Archives: Ed Simon

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

I'm a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether I'm looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! I also love a good drink. I've had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, tequila in Mexico and rum in Jamaica. My wine escapades have taken me to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And I've had beer all over the world!

Rockers Against Cancer to Hold Two Charity Concerts in October at the Whiskey A Go Go and Cook’s Corner

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Rockers Against Cancer is holding two charity events to benefit Miracles for Kids, a group that helps families of children with terminal diseases such as cancer. The feature event this year is … Continue reading

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Moulin Bistro in Newport Beach Will Have you Thinking you are in Paris

It was a warm, sunny Sunday morning. As I walked, I enjoyed the artist’s goods that were set up along the way. A chanteuse sang Feuilles d’automne while people nearby enjoyed baguettes, espresso, wine and Pain Perdu. As I entered … Continue reading

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Long Beach’s “Retro Row” Hosts a Happy Hour Event this Saturday: Wine, Beer, Music, Great Food and Lots of Shops

One of the nicest places to take a stroll is Long Beach’s “Retro Row”—a section of 4th Street situated between Cherry and Temple with stores featuring vintage & contemporary clothing, furniture and accessories, art, antiques & collectibles, books, roller skates … Continue reading

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Blowin’ Smoke R&B Band With The Fabulous Smokettes Debuts at the New Mrs. Fish in DTLA This Wednesday Night

The Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band featuring the Fabulous Smokettes, by popular demand, will be doing a debut performance at the new Mrs. Fish in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 23. The group, led by singer/bass player Larry … Continue reading

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Interview: Booker T Brings His Classic Hits and New Tunes to the Ventura Blues and Brews Festival

Green Onions is one of those songs that everyone knows. Some know it not by name but only by the distinctive beat that it carries, while many others know it as a classic R&B song from Booker T and the … Continue reading

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‘L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade’ Provided Great Food From Great Chefs to Help Find a Cure For Children’s Cancer

On a sunny day at UCLA’s Royce Hall Quad, many culinary and entertainment stars got together for the 6th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event. The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started in 2000 when cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott … Continue reading

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Del Frisco’s Grille in Irvine Premieres Some Great New Menu Items Starting Monday

In an exclusive to The Los Angeles Beat, Del Frisco’s Grille in Irvine sampled some of the new menu items that Executive Chef Sarah Daniels has created for their new menu premiering on Monday. Appetizers, main dishes, sandwiches and more, … Continue reading

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Bluespower to Play at Real Blues Festival Orange County this Weekend

There’s a lot of good blues music going on in the LB/OC area these days. And like a hurricane, at the center of things is Bluespower, the power trio consisting of Kenny “Big Daddy” Williams on guitar, Joe Dolci on … Continue reading

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‘Sip and Savor’ Scotch Tasting at PIRCH in Costa Mesa: Great Food; Excellent Teaching by Scotch Connoisseur Ray Pearson

Last Wednesday, PIRCH, purveyor of quality high-end goods for kitchen, bath and outdoors, held a ‘Sip and Savor’ event featuring noted Scotch Whisky expert Ray Pearson. Ray took the guests through the basics of Scotch, how it is different from … Continue reading

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Delicious Poutine is the Star at The Kroft in Tustin’s Grand Opening

Today, The Kroft opens in the Union Market in Tustin’s District. The Kroft brings a nice selection of delicious sandwiches to Tustin, however their specialty is a gift from our Northern friends, the Canadians. This dish is called poutine and … Continue reading

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