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Let Us Now Praise the BLT

When the days get cold and dark like this, nothing quite does it like basic comfort food. My current kick is the BLT: a little genius of a sandwich that’s stellar when tomatoes are in season, bread is fresh and bacon is high-quality, but is even damn good when all its elements are merely mediocre.

My current three local BLT faves are each a little different in scope and genre:


Liverpool Lil's BLT with avocado.

1. Liverpool Lil’s version is simple and down-home, with basic sliced bread and the always-nice addition of avocado.

The Band with No Name

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Glasgow-based brit-pop super group Travis rocked the Fillmore on Tuesday, November 20. Indie group Maximo Park started things off.

TRAVIS
Travis

Travis

Travis Travis

Rock N' Roll: Aussie Style

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Aussie rock trio Silverchair—best known for their '90s hit album Frogstomp which they wrote as teens—played a decidedly grown up set at the Independent on Sunday, November 18. Toledo, Ohio garage outfit We Are The Fury started off the night.

SILVERCHAIR
Silverchair

"The Missing Peace" Exhibit and Opening Night Party

"The Missing Peace"
"Regarde" by Gabriela Morawetz courtesy of The Committee
of 100 for Tibet & The Dalai Lama Foundation

Hotel Kabuki Opening

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

To celebrate the launch of the newly refurbished Hotel Kubuki in Japantown, hotelier Joie De Vivre threw a lavish Japanese-inspired gathering on Thursday, November 15. Guests were treated to an array of samplings from the boutique hotel’s brand new adjoining restaurant O Izakaya Lounge.

The Ginger-Barn (Day 2)

Jessica is out of town, lounging around somewhere on the island of Kuai.

Unfortunately, I'm not.

Instead, I'm here to give you an update on the gingerbread barn we're working on at the Palace Hotel (along with chef Russell), for their annual gingerbread competition, which I know you're absolutely dying to hear more about.



Very small photo of Jessica
helping with our very
big gingerbread barn.

Film Happenings Around Town

Margo at the Wedding
Margo at the Wedding; courtesy of Paramount Vantage

Hey fabulous film friends, here are some groovy film picks happening around your neighborhood. Check in next week for another exciting installment of the Reel. Until next time kids, be bad and get into trouble baby.*

Film Happenings Around Town

•  Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007) Dir. Swanberg - Red Vic

Children of War

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Long Beach, California-based indie outfit Cold War Kids rocked the Warfield on Saturday, November 17. New Barbarians and Robert Swift opened the bill.

COLD WAR KIDS
Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids

Lotus Vodka Party at W Hotel

Lotus Vodka and Virgin America Airlines hosted a night of high-flying art and cocktails at the W Hotel on on November 15.  The flying themed event featured art from former Jefferson Airplane frontwoman Grace Slick and Blue Lotus caffeinated vodka cocktails.


Kendra Basner, Joanna Braynin, Maya Aramendia       Alesandria Fonseca, Jessica Cushman
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