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  • Entertainment

    Restaurant review: Enjoy tastes of Honduras and Ecuador in Lawndale

    I’m not sure that two restaurants, just a few blocks apart, make for a “Little” anything. But the presence of a Honduran restaurant just three blocks from an Ecuadorian restaurant on generally industrial Prairie Avenue, just south of Rosecrans Avenue in Lawndale, is worth noting. Let’s call it a Very Little Little South of South of the Border strip, where you can delve into two of our least- represented Latin American cuisines. And where, I should add,...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Dining

    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 Gulf Coast called The Boiling Crab and which picked up an untold number of imitators. That’s fine because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as they say. But, as with the perhaps even larger tidal wave of poke shops, the...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Entertainment

    Going to Queen Mary’s Halloween Dark Harbor? Here are some places to eat

    The Queen Mary is busy with events like concerts, comedy shows, dance parties and even MMA fights happening there. But it’s ghosts, monsters and other creatures that draw some of the biggest crowds of the year during the ship’s annual Dark Harbor event. The popular Halloween event runs Sept. 28-Nov. 1 and includes mazes, monsters and a macabre carnival that attracts about 120,000 people during its run. And while these visitors are looking for scares, they...

    Richard Guzman
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  • Entertainment

    Feed your Italian deli cravings at Giuliano’s in Gardena

    I grew up in New York City, where there were Little Italys everywhere. Not just the famous one in downtown Manhattan, between Chinatown and the Village, but in the Bronx (Arthur Avenue), Brooklyn (Bensonhurst) and pretty much the whole borough of Staten Island. I moved to San Francisco, where there’s a thriving Little Italy in North Beach (also next to Chinatown). And then, to Los Angeles, where there used to be a Little Italy on the east side of Dodger Stadium. But these days,...

    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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