Friday, February 25, 2011

Los Aliens - 'The Battle of Los Angeles' 76th anniversary

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Copy of Los Angeles Times Article on Battle over Los Angeles
  • Copy of Los Angeles Times Article on Battle over Los Angeles
Earlier this week, after reading a press release about the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Los Angeles, I thought it was a hoax. A clever made-up PR campaign to peddle Columbia Picture's new alien invasion film, Battle: Los Angeles. I'm no historian, but I know enough about World War II and its battles - and Los Angeles was never a topic discussed in that vein anyway. Well imagine my surprise to find out that its true - there was a Battle of Los Angeles that took place on this day. But let's set the record straight - there was no real skirmish over the City of Angels.

According to Wikipedia, the Navy let loose a barrage at what they thought was another Japanese attack force but the object(s) they fired upon were never determined. The assault created a panic in the city as the media tried to capture another potential attack on U.S. soil. Later the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox declared it a false alarm and bad case of "war nerves." After all, this was a mere two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After further investigation from the Air Force, they declared it was probably an errant weather balloon.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

W Hotels Valentine's Day lush list

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The Sweet Tart
  • The Sweet Tart
About a week ago, I braved the cold, wet Atlanta night to check out a preview event held at Whiskey Park. The very intimate soiree titled, "Love & Bites" was an invite-only preview of the Gerber Group's Valentine's Day/seasonal drink menu additions. The Gerber Group who owns Whiskey Park and Whiskey Blue located inside the W Hotels Midtown and Buckhead, respectively, revise their drink menu regularly to reflect seasonal themes and ingredients. With Valentines approaching, it seems the mixologist kicked whimsy in overdrive to develop a trio of unique gastronomic offerings.

For my first sampling of the night, I decided to try the Candy Heart, a chocolate liqueur, vodka-laced martini. At first glance it looks like any other chocolate concoction until you see the bartender pour this thick, red potion containing strawberry puree and whipped cream on the corner of the glass. The heavy crimson mix retreats to the bottom, but leaves a red spot that transforms into a rustic heart once a stirrer is drug through its center. How clever is that? Aesthetics aside, the Candy Heart is a rich, cocoa-infused mash up of party chic and nostalgia. Taking the first sip, the creamy libation taste less like a martini and more like melted neapolitan ice cream. For anyone who loves the tri-flavored ice cream, is at its absolute best when it starts to melt and the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors start to merge. Once you reach the bottom of the glass, you're left with a tasty treat of the fresh strawberry mixture that surprisingly tastes like pure candy on the finish. While it may not be the most masculine of drinks, this is a sure fire for a girls night out or a sure fire conversation starter and possibly as one guy told me while at the party that night, LPR - liquid panty remover.

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  • Re: Fresh air

    • Local band Manchester Orchestra, who provided the soundtrack, probably would have appreciated a shout-out.

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