Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jewel City Photo: Crazy Cadillac

Spotted this awesome befinned beast outside of the American Way thrift store on Magnolia in Burbank.

Friday, March 13, 2009

An Americana Farmer's Market?

This is in response to a comment on my previous post regarding the current dust-up over the application to host a Sunday Farmer's Market at The Americana, which some say would hurt the Montrose Harvest Market. If the proposed market does draw traffic from the Montrose Harvest Market, that would be because there is demand in south and central Glendale that is currently poorly served by the Harvest Market's location.

Montrose is just too damn far away for me to go to the Harvest Market regularly.

Consider it from my perspective in SW Glendale. I usually patronize the downtown Glendale Farmers Market (one mile away) and the Atwater Village Farmers Market (also one mile away, and also on Sunday) - with two options less than one mile away, why would I drive six miles to Montrose?

From my location, even the awesome Hollywood farmers market on Ivar is closer than Montrose. It would be unfair to protect the Montrose Harvest Market by euthanizing an additional option for those of us in south Glendale.

Glendale History Drive Event, Saturday, March 14th

From the Glendale Public Library's Book Talk blog:

"The Glendale Public Library is interested in collecting and/or scanning items to add to its collection of:

  • photos and documents relating to Glendale’s cultural and civic events,
  • images of landmark family celebrations in Glendale, and
  • photos and documents pertaining to buildings, houses and places of interest in Glendale.
Selected items will be scanned at the Kick Off event or at a later date. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

The Glendale History Drive will continue by appointment through the end of June.

Saturday, March 14th
Glendale Public Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard Street
Glendale CA 91205

I'll be volunteering for the duration of the event with the Glendale Historical Society, so please bring in any historically interesting Glendale photos you might have, I'd love to see them.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tropico Station Rates-A-Restaurant: Pacific Dining Car

Restaurant: Pacific Dining Car
Location: 1310 West 6th Street (Downtown)
Type of restaurant: Steakhouse

We stipulated: When Mike and Maria of Franklin Avenue announced they were hosting a lunch for bloggers and fans at Pacific Dining Car in honor of their 200th Rate-A-Restaurant review, I jumped at the opportunity to enjoy a fine meal with good company. I had previously been to Pacific Dining Car several years ago and had a very good meal.

They stipulated: That we order from the set menu and hopefully write a review in the style of the excellent Rate-A-Restaurant blog. I wasn't aware that our parking was comped, so I cheaped out and parked at a FAIL meter a block away. Would the meter reset itself and set me up for a parking ticket? If only the LA City Nerd was there to ask! I snapped a photo of the meter displaying FAIL with my camera and hoped for the best.

What I ordered: The one-time $40 Rate-A-Restaurant prix fixe included: Appetizer -- Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Spring Mix Salad & Mango Beet Dressing; Entree -- Petit Filet Mignon and Monkfish with Lobster Sauce with Vegetable Medley; and Dessert -- Strawberry and Vanilla Vacherin / Compote of Seasonal Berries

High point: The medium-rare filet mignon was superb, which is certainly fitting from a restaurant with a giant steer mounted on their sign.

Low point: I would've appreciated a more substantial and savory helping of vegetables as a counterpoint to the beef and fish. As Mike noted in his review, the vegetables served with the monkfish were slightly sweet, which seemed a bit odd given that they were following a sweet salad course.

Overall impression: The food, service, atmosphere and company were excellent. A special nod goes to the wait staff, who were omnipresent without being intrusive and kept my water and coffee full. The salad was delicious and substantial, the meat and fish cooked perfectly, and the dessert completely satisfying. Courses were timed well and our large party was served simultaneously. For an extra classy touch (beyond the chandelier made of antlers) - there were actual cloth towels to dry your hands in the restroom. No need to grab 6 paper towels!

Chance I'll go back: The Pacific Dining Car is a bit steep to make it into my regular rotation (as I recall, the last time I was there dinner for two came out to around $190), but for special occasions or a tasteful late night date (it's open 24/7), I'd definitely go back. I've heard from several sources that their breakfasts are excellent, so I will have to stop by soon in the AM as well. They also offer a shuttle to Disney Hall several nights a week.

Thanks to Franklin Avenue and Pacific Dining Car for organizing such a fun event.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Jewel City Photo: Glendale From Brand Park

Overheard At Jax...

Ah, barflies:

"I would never want to live in The Americana - think about it, you're in a building with a thousand cars rumbling around, breathing all of that smoke from the cars all the time -- and then you've got three thousand people walking around FARTING -- all those farts go up into the building -- I couldn't possibly live there."