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Bag up some tasty seafood at Shrimp By You in Torrance

Sadly, I stopped writing about the tidal wave of incredibly messy shellfish-in-a-bag joints a while back, simply because they were all pretty much the same place. It’s a culinary trend that began (at least locally) with a restaurant from the Gu...

By Merrill Shindler|

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  • Dining

    5 South Bay restaurants, 1 food vendor reopen after health inspection closures

    Here is a list of restaurants and food vendors closed or allowed to reopen by the county Department of Health Services for the week ending Sept. 16: • La Pastta Italian Cuisine Location: 1318 Sepulveda Blvd., Harbor City Close date: Aug. 29 Reopen date: Sept. 11 Reason for closure: vermin infestation • Big Family 99 Cents Location: 1041 S. Prairie Ave., Suite 14, Inglewood Close date: Sept.

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  • Police

    After PR nightmare, Pieology executives break bread with Torrance police

    Two executives of the Pieology pizza chain brought over a dozen pizzas and met privately with Torrance police officers at a roll call Wednesday to apologize for an employee’s profane message that she typed onto a policeman’s receipt last week. “Pieology apologized to our officers and thanked them for their service,” the department said on Facebook. “They also reaffirmed their support for all first responders by making a generous donation to the...

    Larry Altman
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  • Things to do

    Taste of Arcadia, Pasadena events among food happenings in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Akasha: Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $6-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-845-1700. www.akasharestaurant.com AR Cucina: Italian-style Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $9-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9531 Culver Blvd.,...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Entertainment

    Indian vegetarian specialties highlight the menu at Samosa House in El Segundo

    I do like to watch the transition, almost inevitable, from one restaurant in any given space to another diametrically opposed restaurant in that same space. Which is why it’s worth noting that one particular space at the corner of Allied Way in the back satellite shopping zone at the Plaza El Segundo used to be the meat-intensive burger joint called The Counter. And now it’s a branch of the South Indian vegetarian chain Samosa House. Talk about going from one end of the...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Dining

    2 South Bay/Harbor Area restaurants, 1 food vendor reopen after health inspection closures

    Here is a list of restaurants and food vendors closed or allowed to reopen by the county Department of Health Services for the week ending Sept. 9: • Del Taco Location: 1006 N. Western Ave., San Pedro Close date: Sept. 5 Reopen date: Sept. 8 Reason for closure: vermin infestation • Dollar Tree Location: 4747 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood Close date: Sept. 6 Reopen date: Sept. 8 Reason...

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  • Food

    MOM in the Mail cookies among food events this week in the Los Angeles area

    Los Angeles area EVENTS MOM in the Mail: Cookie mail order service from Sharon Graves, baker and owner of BLVD Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Varieties include: Classic Chocolate Chip, Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies, Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars, Peanut Butter and Whisky Oatmeal Dried Cherry Bars. See website for treat and seasonal menu (plus dietary options) and extras to be added to package. 1-877-454-4666. Email:...

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  • Dining

    5 South Bay area restaurants reopen after health inspection closures

    Here is a list of restaurants and food vendors closed or allowed to reopen by the county Department of Health Services for the week ending Sept. 2: • Pho & Chinese Food Location: 445 E. Anaheim St., Suite A, Wilmington Close date: Aug. 23 Reopen date: Aug. 31 Reason for closure: vermin infestation • Blue Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine Location: 21705 S. Main St., Carson Close date: Aug.

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  • Food

    Opening of English pub The Stalking Horse among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events The Stalking Horse: Opening of the English pub inspired by Cornwall, England, 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Specialties include Cornish-style pasties and other savory pies and a vegan Welsh Rarebit. The bar offers beers, unusual gins and whisky. Hours: 5 p.m. daily until Sept. 18, when doors open at 11 a.m. (call to confirm hours). 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

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  • Dining

    10 South Bay area restaurants, food vendors reopen after health inspection closures

    Here is a list of restaurants and food vendors closed or allowed to reopen by the county Department of Health Services for the two-week period ending Sept. 26: • Bevaris Alliance Location: 14830 Van Ness Ave., Gardena Close date: May 22 Reopen date: Aug. 21 Reason for closure: no water/hot water • Tia Laura’s Location: 858 W. Gardena Blvd., Harbor Gateway Close date: Aug. 10 Reopen...

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  • Entertainment

    Italian food combines deliciously with the delights of Hermosa Beach at Casa Vincenzo

    It’s no small accomplishment to take over a space long occupied by an iconic restaurant and then make the new establishment succeed. That was the task facing new owner Vincent Deshayes and his stepson Francois when they took over the much loved Buona Vita, which closed in May. They reopened it as Casa Vincenzo in June — an amazingly fast turnaround, with a chef they brought in from France, to cook a more modern version of the Italian food long served at Buona Vita. And...

    Merrill Shindler
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