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iPhone app that pours you a beer, top ten spookiest buildings around the world

  • We all know about the Siri on the new iPhone, but how about the Beeri?
  • LonelyPlanet.com rates the top ten spookiest buildings around the world.
  • Airlines collect $1.5 billion in fees in the second-quarter.
  • EVA Airways launches “Hello Kitty” planes.
  • What happens to the items left at security checkpoints?
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L.A.'s popular beer garden returns for the winter, Ellen DeGeneres to open vegan restaurant and more!

ColLAboration, L.A.’s popular pop-up craft beer garden is back with a “ColLAboration Winter Wonderland Craft Beer Garden” event on Saturday December 3 from 12 PM – 5 PM. The event will will be held at the newly opened Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. $15 for membership glass, beer tokens and food from local eateries available for purchase.

The Hollywood Report reports Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi is set to open an animal-product free restaurant with menu by chef Tal Ronnen, somewhere on Ventura Blvd. in the Valley.

The 3rd Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl is set for Saturday, December 17. Crawlers are encouraged to dress in ‘Santa/Holiday’ attire. $10 for entrance fee.

El Carmen in L.A. is celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” on November 2 from 8 PM – 2 AM with drink specials including El Carmen’s Classic Margaritas for $5. Guests are encouraged to be in their “Dia de los Muertos” costumes. Dj Garron Gash will be spinning live.

Photo: the grand opening of Golden Road Brewing

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Mimi's House: Golden Fried Fish Balls with Fish Roe

This new age Taiwanese street food is available from Mimi’s House in Diamond Bar, CA, hidden inside a strip mall.

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Bravo’s ‘Top Chef: Texas,’ big as its namesake

Top Chef returns for it’s 9th season with a record 29 contestants and new judges Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. See what host Padma Lakshmi and judge Tom Colicchio have to say about the contestants.

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Get your crab on – Dungeness Crab Fair at Chaya Venice

If you love eating crab but hate working for it – not a problem, Chaya Venice is doing the work for you! Kicking off this week at Chaya Venice is the Dungeness Crab Fair from October 24 to November 6. For the next two weeks, Executive Corporate Chef Shigefumi Tachibe – whose formal culinary training in French technique began at age 15, has created a six item savory Dungeness crab dinner menu in addition to the regular fare at Chaya Venice.