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Best stories of 2011

10 of our most viewed and notable stories

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Based on your views, Facebook likes and whatnot, here is our best stories of 2011 with commentary from the pens and cameras. Read More

Old Homestead Steakhouse open in Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

The steakhouse with over 140 years of history moves into Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Old Homestead is one of New York’s most historic restaurants specializing in steaks like 32-ounce Gotham rib steak on the bone, USDA prime dry-aged porterhouse designed for multiple people, filet Mignon on the bone and the 18-ounce empire cut of prime rib. 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. 877-346-4642.

Photography provided by Denise Truscello/WireImage

Food Drink Report

More L.A. spots to spend New Year’s Eve

Ring in 2012 at these four locations

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Didn’t like our first list of places to go for New Year’s Eve? How about another one? Here’s a few more spots for you to welcome 2012 across Los Angeles. Read More

Best photos of 2011

We took a lot of pictures this year, most of them will never see the light of day. But we’ve gathered up the best photos we took in 2011 for you right here. Read More

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Events & Festivals

‘International Fiery Foods Challenge’ at the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

For the traveling foodies

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More details are out for the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show this January 14 – 15 at the Long Beach Convention Center for the “International Fiery Foods Challenge.” Offering a variety of tasty dishes to sample from around the world, interactive cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Stage, a cooking class, and learn helpful tips for foodies from your favorite travel personalities. Read More

Spend NYE at the Surly Goat in WeHo, Bru Haus’ ‘New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball’ and ‘New Year’s Day Jammy Jam Brunch’

The Surly Goat, a craft beer centered bar in West Hollywood is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with special pours of hard to get beers like: Firestone 15, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Lost Abbey Red Poppy and more. Happy hour starts from 6 PM to 8 PM with (selected) $4 drinks. Entrance is free before 8 PM and $20 at the door after, which includes two selected taps and/or well cocktails. Music provided by resident DJs Hey Mesa & Bad Knews. No RSVP required. 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046.

German style restaurant and bar, Bru Haus on Wilshire in L.A. is having a “New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball” on Saturday, December 31 from 8 PM to 2 PM. The event features all-you-can drink well drinks and selected beers plus appetizers and dessert (chocolate covered strawberries). Champagne to be provided moments before 2012. $80 pre-sale and $100 at the door. Next morning (if you can get up), the “New Year’s Day Jammy Jam Brunch” will feature items like: brioche French toast and German potato pancakes. Guests dressed in their pajamas (onesies and lingerie) will receive a free shot. 11831 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. 310-473-2337.

2011 video round up

If you don’t like to read our stories, at least watch them. Here is a round up of all the videos from 2011. Read More

The Scoop

America’s drunkest cities in 2011, caffeine addict’s guide to the world

M.B. Post to start brunch service, sports and brunch at Rush Street

Kick off the New Year with M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach as they kick off their brunch menu on Monday, January 2 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Serving up small plates such as pecan sticky buns; truffle honey laced organic fried chicken; ricotta-stuffed French toast, and the M.B. Post Benedict – an organic egg, La Quercia Prosciutto, rocket greens, bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuit and hollandaise. Regularly scheduled brunch will begin January 7th, opened Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 310-545-5405.

Join Rush Street in Culver City for their Super Sports Sunday on January 1st to enjoy all New Year’s Day games at once while you load your empty belly with the Red Zone Brunch offering build-your-own omelets, breakfast burritos and tater tots, as well as a bottomless bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas. As an added treat, you can enjoy brunch Monday, January 2 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM for the “Overtime/Bonus Brunch.” 9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. 310-837-9546.

El Carmen, tequila & mescal bar wants you to celebrate your ‘last year on earth’

On Saturday, December 31 from 7 PM to 2 PM

El Carmen on 3rd in Los Angeles is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a “Last Year on Earth Party”, a tribute to the end of the Mayan calendar. The Saturday event will have no cover and comes with a Champagne toast at midnight plus music by Indie 103.1’s DJ José Galván. El Carmen currently houses more than 400 tequilas and mescals. For reservations call 323-852-1552. 8138 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

2011 brewery round up

For all you beer lovers, we’ve compiled a list of all the breweries that we’ve visited this year with the interviews from brewers you wish you met. Read More

2011 chef and restaurateur round up

Check out the restaurants we hit up this year and the many chefs/restaurateurs that we had the privilege to sit down with. Read More

Get healthy with Shore Hotel’s ‘New Year’s Resolution’ package

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica has a New Year’s Resolution package from January 1 – 31, 2012. They have partnered with Pressed Juicery, ASICS America, and Tikkun Spa to create a healthy package to start 2012. Rates start at $435 based on single occupancy. Read More

The Dish 2011 round up

Food porn from 2011

Yes, you are a voyeur. You can’t stop looking at our food porn. So here is a round up of our featured dishes from 2011 for your viewing pleasure. Read More

Short Order: Frisée Lardon Raft

From the Farmers Market at The Grove in L.A.

Not for deserted-island escape use. Grass-fed beef, frisée, artisan slab bacon pieces, fried egg, and lemon vinaigrette make up the open faced burger. You wouldn’t get very far off with a Frisée Lardon Raft, but you probably wouldn’t want to leave if you had a Short Order on the island. Float away at the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Read More

‘New Year’s Eve Under The Stars’ at Eric Greenspan’s The Roof on Wilshire

The Roof on Wilshire in the Hotel Wilshire is having a New Years Eve Under The Stars celebration with a buffet from Chef Eric Greenspan, which will include Bone in Rib Eye, Whole Roasted Leg of Lamb, Truffled Risotto, Lobster Tail, Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters on the Half Shell, Poached Salmon, plus tray passed hors d’oevres, chocolate fondue, and other assorted desserts. Complimentary Bubbly, plus Wilshire Mules, a New Year’s Eve specialty cocktail are included as well for $100 per guest.

Wake up with the Day After Recovery New Year’s Day Brunch, featuring Chef Greenspan’s famous Pancake Lasagna, Stuffed French Toast as well as other breakfast choices and bottomless Mimosas for $30 per guest.

Book a New Year’s room package for 2 which includes access to the party and brunch the following day with rates starting at $550. 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Photography provided by The Roof on Wilshire

5 Things

Florida’s top 5 food challenges

From Florida4Less' extensive research

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Adam Richman has battled several dishes around America, and they have been epic. But Florida still has some opponents that are ready to whip his ass. Florida4Less did a search for the top 5 challenges in Florida, check out how we ranked them. Read More

Travel

Air travel health tips

From the LA County Department of Public Health

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It’s almost time to get on your planes, and the last thing you want is to be sick for the holidays. You might think the recirculated air is a risk to your health, but it’s actually the very dry cabin air and fatigue that cause most upper respiratory infections. Not to mention germs and bacteria all over the plane. Here are some tips from the LA County Department of Public Health. Feel free to ignore all the tips on your flight back to legitimately call in sick after the holidays. Read More