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The reason you don't often hear the word boffo in every day language is that it is part of a sub-lexicon known as slanguage deriving from the Hollywood trade newspaper Variety. It's most common usage is in headlines of this particular journal and rarely is it found anywhere else--including in the articles of the journal. It's probably not a coincidence that it was picked up and used by Trader Joe's whose headquarters is not that far from Hollywood in California.

 

@abautze Welcome to LA! Did we miss you at Hopkins in Hollywood? http://boffosocko.com/2017/01/15/recap-and-photos-from-hopkins-in-hollywood

 
 

Sorry to hear about the passing of Hollywood creator Garry Marshall. He was 81 | Variety http://variety.com/2016/film/news/garry-marshall-dead-dies-pretty-woman-happy-days-1201817964

 

Hollywood Age Gap: A website showing the age difference in years between movie love interests http://hollywoodagegap.com/

 

Replied to a post on github.com :

UI suggestion: Sort M/F or F/M · Issue #11 · lynnandtonic/hollywood-age-gap https://github.com/lynnandtonic/hollywood-age-gap/issues/11

Given the prevalence of older men with younger women and the fact that currently the largest gap is actually a MUCH older woman and a younger man, it would be interesting if the sort could be done on a gender basis with the +# indicating one direction and a -# indicating the reverse. This way one could more easily emphasize the larger M/F gap and the way in which it skews. It would also more easily highlight the far fewer cases in which women exceed men in age.

 
Reposted Shannon and Swift's tweet

I don't know if this is real but it's certainly a Hollywood warning about something. cc:

 

After engaging storytelling like "Taking on Hollywood" everyone should be following journalist @hollymawilliams http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-preview-taking-on-hollywood/

 

Restaurant Review: A revamped upscale burger joint in Glendale, CA

4 out of 5 stars

Eden on Brand, right next to the Alex Theater, has taken a dramatic step up from its prior location further North (which is now closed, by the way).

The atmosphere is stunning and very chic and borders on Hollywood night club with staff dressed to match, and apparently two more floors set to open soon according to employees. The darker theme with wood, stone, metal, and leather highlighted brilliantly with subtle lighting was fantastic. The restaurant is large and spacious and I can only imagine how fantastic the kitchen must be to work in. The space was actually so large, I almost wondered why they didn't try to sneak in a few more 2 tops on the first floor to give things a bit more bustle amid the hip music vibe being piped in.

The food, while a tad on the high side for standard burger fare, is generally great and exceptionally tasty. I loved the Royal Blue burger which had just enough blue cheese to be spectacular without going overboard. Similarly their signature Black Label Burger was fantastically beefy and even juicier than the Royal Blue. Both burgers were cooked perfectly. Given their burger creativity, I'm surprised that they didn't have a Kobe beef burger on the menu.

The shoestring fries, while cooked wonderfully and garnished with just the right amount of parsley were lacking a bit in flavor and could have used some more salt.  Perhaps frying them in flavored oil or adding a light sprinkling of garlic could have lifted them to the level of the rest of the fare and the surrounding ambiance? The spicy ketchup was a nice attempt, but was far too overpowering given the flatter fries and didn't fit in with the flavor profile of the burgers. Larger ketchup vessels might make it easier to dip a burger if desired.

The appetizers were passable, but not nearly as creative as the burger options. I tried their carrot appetizer which sadly, while interesting, didn't put the carrots front and center and left them a bit overcooked.  The chefs might consider updating the appetizer menu with some more creativity or possibly swiping a few ideas from the Smith Brothers in Pasadena or Crossings in South Pasadena as this seems to be what they're chasing after, but still keep things in the mold of the high-end burger joint.

Their beer selections were nice as was the list of harder alcohols, but I'm surprised they didn't have a signature drink menu which could go a long way towards highlighting their bar for increased revenue.

The staff, while warm and welcoming still needs to up their game a tad, though hopefully this will come with time as they settle into the new space which is only about a month old.  Refinements could include: tipping customers off to the fact that the ketchup is spiced; not being so clumsy as to ask diners if they want to keep their silverware, but just bringing out new sets automatically with changes in courses (especially given the higher bar of dining that's being portrayed); pronouncing duck confit properly (it's French); and possibly suggesting beer pairings with particular burgers (if they're not going to be suggested on the menu). Check averages would also be a higher if they checked on refills or alternates during the meal as well.

I can certainly see where they're going with the ambiance and the food, and would certainly come back again. It would be a complete five star experience if they can up their game just a tad to have everything match their fine location and decor.

Also posted on Yelp

 

Restaurant Review: A revamped upscale burger joint in Glendale, CA

Eden on Brand, right next to the Alex Theater, has taken a dramatic step up from its prior location further North (which is now closed, by the way).

The atmosphere is stunning and very chic and borders on Hollywood night club with staff dressed to match, and apparently two more floors set to open soon according to employees. The darker theme with wood, stone, metal, and leather highlighted brilliantly with subtle lighting was fantastic. The restaurant is large and spacious and I can only imagine how fantastic the kitchen must be to work in. The space was actually so large, I almost wondered why they didn't try to sneak in a few more 2 tops on the first floor to give things a bit more bustle amid the hip music vibe being piped in.

The food, while a tad on the high side for standard burger fare, is generally great and exceptionally tasty. I loved the Royal Blue burger which had just enough blue cheese to be spectacular without going overboard. Similarly their signature Black Label Burger was fantastically beefy and even juicier than the Royal Blue. Both burgers were cooked perfectly. Given their burger creativity, I'm surprised that they didn't have a Kobe beef burger on the menu.

The Royal Blue Burger

The shoestring fries, while cooked wonderfully and garnished with just the right amount of parsley were lacking a bit in flavor and could have used some more salt.  Perhaps frying them in flavored oil or adding a light sprinkling of garlic could have lifted them to the level of the rest of the fare and the surrounding ambiance? The spicy ketchup was a nice attempt, but was far too overpowering given the flatter fries and didn't fit in with the flavor profile of the burgers. Larger ketchup vessels might make it easier to dip a burger if desired.

The appetizers were passable, but not nearly as creative as the burger options. I tried their carrot appetizer which sadly, while interesting, didn't put the carrots front and center and left them a bit overcooked.  The chefs might consider updating the appetizer menu with some more creativity or possibly swiping a few ideas from the Smith Brothers in Pasadena or Crossings in South Pasadena as this seems to be what they're chasing after, but still keep things in the mold of the high-end burger joint.

Their beer selections were nice as was the list of harder alcohols, but I'm surprised they didn't have a signature drink menu which could go a long way towards highlighting their bar for increased revenue.

The staff, while warm and welcoming still needs to up their game a tad, though hopefully this will come with time as they settle into the new space which is only about a month old.  Refinements could include: tipping customers off to the fact that the ketchup is spiced; not being so clumsy as to ask diners if they want to keep their silverware, but just bringing out new sets automatically with changes in courses (especially given the higher bar of dining that's being portrayed); pronouncing duck confit properly (it's French); and possibly suggesting beer pairings with particular burgers (if they're not going to be suggested on the menu). Check averages would also be a higher if they checked on refills or alternates during the meal as well.

I can certainly see where they're going with the ambiance and the food, and would certainly come back again. It would be a complete five star experience if they can up their game just a tad to have everything match their fine location and decor.

Also posted on Yelp

 

Review of Eden on Brand | An upscale burger joint in Glendale, CA

4 min read

Eden on Brand, right next to the Alex Theater, has taken a dramatic step up from its prior location further North (which is now closed, by the way).

The atmosphere is stunning and very chic and borders on Hollywood night club with staff dressed to match, and apparently two more floors set to open soon according to employees. The darker theme with wood, stone, metal, and leather highlighted brilliantly with subtle lighting was fantastic. The restaurant is large and spacious and I can only imagine how fantastic the kitchen must be to work in. The space was actually so large, I almost wondered why they didn't try to sneak in a few more 2 tops on the first floor to give things a bit more bustle amid the hip music vibe being piped in.

The food, while a tad on the high side for standard burger fare, is generally great and exceptionally tasty. I loved the Royal Blue burger which had just enough blue cheese to be spectacular without going overboard. Similarly their signature Black Label Burger was fantastically beefy and even juicier than the Royal Blue. Both burgers were cooked perfectly. Given their burger creativity, I'm surprised that they didn't have a Kobe beef burger on the menu.

The Royal Blue Burger

The shoestring fries, while cooked wonderfully and garnished with just the right amount of parsley were lacking a bit in flavor and could have used some more salt.  Perhaps frying them in flavored oil or adding a light sprinkling of garlic could have lifted them to the level of the rest of the fare and the surrounding ambiance? The spicy ketchup was a nice attempt, but was far too overpowering given the flatter fries and didn't fit in with the flavor profile of the burgers. Larger ketchup vessels might make it easier to dip a burger if desired.

The appetizers were passable, but not nearly as creative as the burger options. I tried their carrot appetizer which sadly, while interesting, didn't put the carrots front and center and left them a bit overcooked.  The chefs might consider updating the appetizer menu with some more creativity or possibly swiping a few ideas from the Smith Brothers in Pasadena or Crossings in South Pasadena as this seems to be what they're chasing after, but still keep things in the mold of the high-end burger joint.

Their beer selections were nice as was the list of harder alcohols, but I'm surprised they didn't have a signature drink menu which could go a long way towards highlighting their bar for increased revenue.

The staff, while warm and welcoming still needs to up their game a tad, though hopefully this will come with time as they settle into the new space which is only about a month old.  Refinements could include: tipping customers off to the fact that the ketchup is spiced; not being so clumsy as to ask diners if they want to keep their silverware, but just bringing out new sets automatically with changes in courses (especially given the higher bar of dining that's being portrayed); pronouncing duck confit properly (it's French); and possibly suggesting beer pairings with particular burgers (if they're not going to be suggested on the menu). Check averages would also be a higher if they checked on refills or alternates during the meal as well.

I can certainly see where they're going with the ambiance and the food, and would certainly come back again. It would be a complete five star experience if they can up their game just a tad to have everything match their fine location and decor.

Also posted on Yelp

 
 

LA Times Real Estate features one-time home of @JohnsHopkins alum ('39) & noted screenwriter Millard Kaufman

In the Sunday section of the Los Angeles Times, this week's "Home of the Week" is that of noted screenwriter and Johns Hopkins alum Millard Kaufman (class of 1939).  Kaufman passed away in 2009 just two years after publishing his debut novel.

Kaufman is often best known as the co-creator of the cartoon character Mr. Magoo as well as for his Academy Award nominated screenplays for Take the High Ground (1953) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He's also known for having fronted the screenplay for Gun Crazy on behalf of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo who was the subject of the recent film Trumbo.


The Modernist home at 3574 Multiview Drive, Los Angeles, is listed at $2.495 million. (BelAirPhotography.com)

Click through to the article which features a gallery of 21 fantastic photos of the interior of the Millard Kaufman residence.

Three noted architects shaped a Midcentury Modern in Hollywood Hills
This Midcentury Modern house in Hollywood Hills is named the Millard Kaufman residence for its one-time owner, who was a screenwriter, an author and the co-creator of the cartoon character Mr. Magoo. A trio of notable architects left their marks on the two-story post-and-beam house, which features exposed wood ceilings, walls of glass and original paneling.
Location: 3574 Multiview Drive, Los Angeles 90068
Asking price: $2.495 million
-- Source: Lauren Beale writing for the Los Angeles Times

The home has also been featured before in Curbed [here and here] when it was previously for sale. There's also a video walk through on YouTube (see below.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTYtYr5NfMw