Category Archives: Food and Drink

Left in Car While Mother Goes Dancing, Boy, 6, Drinks Fatal Shot of Whiskey

Harry Truman, friend of libraries! Sept. 5, 1944 Maria Fierro of 879 1/2 Lookout Drive decided to go dancing with Robert Fierro (apparently her brother) and Robert Gomez at a cafe in the 4600 block of Brooklyn Avenue (now Cesar … Continue reading

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Downtown Los Angeles Invaded by Hipsters With Dogs

The renaissance of downtown Los Angeles has brought us fancy bars, expensive lofts, pricey restaurants and sidewalks full of hipsters with dogs. Don’t get me wrong, I like dogs, I have owned dogs. But they don’t belong in eating establishments. … Continue reading

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Buy a Rave Review on Yelp … only $30!

Did you think Amazon was the only website with fake reviews? Maybe not. Here’s a current ad on Craigslist. And for $40 you can get a review on two other websites as well!

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Clifton’s Cafeteria Offers Food for Thought

Clifton’s Pacific Seas, 618 S. Olive St. Long before kitschy was cool and themed restaurants like tiki bars, Planet Hollywoods and Rainforest Cafes existed, downtown Los Angeles sported eclectically decorated and festive Clifton’s Cafeterias. Over the top and lavishly theatrical, … Continue reading

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Los Angeles, Hollywood’s Back Lot

I went to dinner last night at Grand Central Market and got these shots of a group filming a video. And since we’re all good Angelenos, we went “oh yeah, a film crew, a guy with a Stedicam”  and went … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — Pisco Punch

Just in time for New Year’s, we’ll take a look at a “lost drink,” making a brief inquiry into San Francisco’s Pisco Punch, made famous by Bank Exchange saloon owner Duncan Nicol (often spelled Nichol or Nicoll), who  died in … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Celebrates Christmas, 1913

Dec. 25, 1913: The Times carries a biblical passage across the nameplate (notice the artwork of the new and old Times buildings) and a Page 1 cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale. “Cartoonist Gale” frequently drew a character known as … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Bronx Cocktail

Dec. 20, 1934: In case you doubted me (but you wouldn’t, would you?), here’s a recipe for the Bronx Cocktail, from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, courtesy of In case you plan to mix one up, a Bronx Cocktail is … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Brooklyn Cocktail

Yes, the Manhattan cocktail once had competition from drinks named for the other boroughs. Here’s a recipe for the Brooklyn Cocktail, from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 7, 1937. The Brooklyn Cocktail as made by Brad Dewey consisted of Two … Continue reading

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Mason Opera House

This program from the Mason Opera House for a 1920 performance of “The Mikado” has been listed on EBay, with bids starting at $5.50. The Mason was one of the leading theaters on Broadway. It was demolished in the 1950s … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

A vintage 1972 iron-on transfer of Harvey Wallbanger himself, on EBay for $12. We have been looking at some historic drinks for this holiday season. To the millennials in the audience: This is what mom and dad used to drink … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — Tortilleria Jalisco

In case you just tuned in, Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner did a weekly series on some of the old landmarks in Los Angeles, many of them doomed by the impending construction of Union Station. Unlike the … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: A Brief History of the Tom and Jerry

A recipe for the Tom and Jerry from the San Francisco Call, June 30, 1912. Over on Facebook, Christopher McPherson asked whether the Tom and Jerry was named for the MGM cartoon characters. I said I suspected the opposite was … Continue reading

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The L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide

A set of five Tom and Jerry mugs listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $20. We don’t keep a bottle of Scotch in our desk in the city room of the L.A. Daily Mirror. In fact, we are … Continue reading

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The Times marks the end of Prohibition with a front page cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale, who  quit in 1934 and went to the Examiner in a dispute over The Times’ editorial policies. Dec. 5, 1933: With the passage … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — Bonner Fruit Co. Cans San Fernando Valley’s Peaches

The San Fernando Valley has experienced a great evolution over the last several centuries from bucolic fields to economic powerhouse. Quiet and peaceful for years, it served as Southern California’s breadbasket for decades until Angelenos looked to its empty vistas … Continue reading

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Matzo Brawl!

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project and I’m reposting it for newer readers. Nov. 29, 1907 Oh Those Shriners: Recall, if you will, the grisly train wreck that killed a large number of Shriners … Continue reading

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An 1890s Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

Here’s a traditional roast turkey recipe from the “Every-Day Cook-Book and Family Compendium,” written about 1890 by Miss E. Neill. Be sure your fire is bright and clear and watch out for the gall-bag.

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L.A. Celebrates a Wartime Thanksgiving, 1943

A wartime Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, with many service personnel welcomed into people’s homes for a holiday meal. The Times published cooking tips for war workers, advising cooks who were otherwise engaged “for the duration” to use prepared mixes, packaged … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — El Capricho de los Dorados

Dec. 2, 1935: In this installment of Rediscovering Los Angeles, Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit El Capricho de los Dorados, a tiny Mexican restaurant on Aliso “below Alameda Street.” Turner says: “These little places are generally … Continue reading

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