• Beer

    Like beer? Like to run? These clubs are made for you

    Beer and running have finally found a happy medium through a growing social trend: pub runs. Throughout Southern California, more and more running groups are meeting in the vicinity of local breweries to run a few miles before mingling over beers. The point of the pub runs is not to become a stronger or faster runner — although one certainly can reap these benefits as well — but to have a place where one can socialize over beer. Ultra marathoner Justin Flores, 30, of...

    By Jackie Moe @jackieemoe on Twitter|

  • Fairs and festivals

    22nd Redondo Beach Lobster Festival kicks off Friday

    Lobster lovers will get their feast on this weekend at the 22nd annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival at Seaside Lagoon. The three-day event north of the Redondo Beach Pier at 200 Portofino Way kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m., then runs from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. In addition to an array of Maine lobster eats, the festivities include live music from a lineup of bands including Wayward Sons,...

    By staff reports|

  • Music festivals

    Music Tastes Good: 10 rock star chefs you gotta try

    When it comes to most music festivals, the musicians are the stars of the show. But things are a little different at the two-day Music Tastes Good festival, which returns to Long Beach Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Marina Green Park. At this festival, which celebrates food as much as it does music, the rock stars share the spotlight with culinary stars. More than 40 bands are on the busy lineup, including headliners Ween, who perform on the Long Beach stage at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 30 and...


  • Bar and night club operators

    Here’s why the iconic Mermaid bar suddenly closed in Hermosa Beach

    The Mermaid, an iconic “dive bar” at the end of Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, closed its doors just after Labor Day weekend with little fanfare. CEO Kevin Michaels of Killer Shrimp, which merged with The Mermaid in January, blamed the “last-minute business decision” on a few factors — high rent, an increase in employee wages and the city’s “inability to let us do anything.” “It’s not profitable based on the...

    By Michael Hixon @MichaelJHixon on Twitter|

  • Entertainment

    How a legendary death in a Queen Mary oven inspired Dark Harbor’s new Halloween haunt

    This is a grisly Halloween tale. Decades ago, so goes the story, a chef was murdered on board the Queen Mary by being shoved into his own oven and burned alive. And now, dressed in a tattered and charred chef’s coat and apron, this frightening foodie is once again roaming the ship’s kitchen as the latest spirit to join the band of ghosts, monsters and ghouls who take over the ship for the annual Dark Harbor...


  • Coffee

    Starbucks quietly raises Southern California prices up to 30 cents

    With McDonald’s serving $2 McCafe drink specials as part of a revamped coffee menu, what does Starbucks do in return? Raise prices. The Seattle giant has quietly raised prices from 10-30 cents in various U.S. markets including Southern California. The adjustments were made in early September to everything from drip coffee to espresso beverages. “In Southern California, customers will experience increases of 10 to 20 cents on select sizes of brewed coffee, and...


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