Monthly Archives: November 2013
Nov 24 2013
American Express Small Business Saturday November 30, 2013 @ShopSmall
American Express Small Business Saturday November 30, 2013
American Express has declared next Saturday to be “Small Business Saturday”

**Get a one-time $10.00 statement credit when you spend $10.00 or more on your American Express Card at participating businesses.**

Guess What?

Grinder Restaurant and many other businesses accepts American Express and we are inviting you to join us!

This is how it works:

 1. Register  any eligible American Express Card at or register here.

Registration is limited. Registration opens at 12:00 A.M. MST on Nov 24, 2013 and continues until 11:59 P.M. non Nov 30, 2013, unless the registration limit is reached sooner.

2. Come to Grinder Restaurant or any of your favorite shops, restaurants and spend at least $10 and pay with your registered American Express Card.

3. Get a one-time $10 statement credit for that transaction from American Express within 90 days after Nov 30, 2013

 That’s it! It’s just like eating for FREE!

Register your AMEX card now and enjoy a FREE meal!

Here’s another local business participating in Shop Small from American Express.

Saturday, November 30 at 11:00am

Nov 24 2013
Ozell Williams Sets World Record Backflips Video

Ozell Williams Sets World Record Backflips 105

Check out this video

Here’s Ozell’s posting on Facebook:

I just want to say Thank You to everybody who believes in me, still have faith in me and Know I’m destined for greatness. I will be setting the record NOV. 23rd at Folsom Stadium at the CU vs. USC game. Get your tickets now and come out to support the football team, and spirit squad(“O” & Family) as we plan on putting CU on the MAP. Get your tickets now before it’s to late because my record setting will be unbelievable and we need help counting. Thank You to The Marketing team, My few close friends, My Family Frydry’s, and everybody else that believed in me. COme out and help us Count and I’m going to set it for the Distance Covered in the least Amount of Time. WORLD RECORDS HERE WE COME……NO PRESSURE(Sike)!! LOL
(Repping Colorado, Chicago,New Orleans,Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, University of Colorado,O Fly High Inc & Mile High TumblersUniversity of Louisville,University of Colorado Boulder,Kevin JohnstonRobert FrydrychowskiCindy FrySamantha FrydrychowskiAnthony FrydrychowskiNick FrydrychowskiChris FrydrychowskiMegan Alyssa FrydrychowskiD.j. Moore, Lindsey Young Edwards,Cori DeJamal SmithMarie Renee GarciaJared PetersPeter AndersonLamar M WestMile High Tumblers 5280Oli BurnsAlyssa CasillasTravon Allen BookerTaylor UllemeyerKevin HartAnd More.

Nov 23 2013
Chocomize – Personal Chocolate Bars
  • 100% premium Belgian chocolate
  • 300 million possible combinations
  • Made fresh to order in NY
  • Orders arrive within approx. 5 business days (US only)
  • The perfect gift for any occasion
  • Logos & pictures on your chocolate bars for bulk orders over 50 bars
  • $6-$6.50 retail, cost is $2
At you can create your ultimate chocolate bars! Choose from Belgian dark, milk, or white chocolate and add your favorite toppings from a selection of over 90 ingredients!

Chocomize Inc.
30-10 41st Ave, 4th Fl.
Long Island City, NY 11101

+1 800 621 3294

Nov 22 2013
Crowdfunding Workshop, Dec. 10 Adam Chapnick Indiegogo

Crowdfunding Workshop, Dec. 10


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce  invites you to:
Crowdfunding Workshop

Build your campaign
Tuesday, Dec. 10
1 – 3:30 p.m.

$30 for Chamber members 

$40 for non Chamber members 

Space is limited – only 20 registrants will be accepted!
Venue host:

1333 2nd St., Ste 400 

Santa Monica, 90401


Crowdfunding is a great way to provide capital for your business, build your customer base, and create buzz and press. But how do you position yourself for success? Bring the assets and information you have on your project: your idea, your pitch, your video, your perks, even your Indiegogo draft campaign, and we’ll work with you to get your campaign “launch-ready.”
Indiegogo’s Adam Chapnick will share best-practice insights from data pulled from more than 150,000 Indiegogo campaigns across multiple categories. What you learn will make you many times more likely to succeed, no matter what you’re funding.
No walk-ins will be accepted 

Guest Speaker:

Adam Chapnick



2-hours of free parking next door at Public Parking Structure 4
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For more information,
contact Warren Lee.
Nov 22 2013
Cell Carrier Ratings November 2013 – Verizon #1 – Sprint Last Place

Cell Carrier Ratings November 2013 from Consumer Reports

How does your cell phone carrier rate?

Sprint as many have reported ranks as the lowest rated.  Reports that Sprint went from #2 to last place.

Verizon ranks #1 as the best carrier in the United States.

Here’s the original release: Consumer Reports’ press release


Smaller Providers of No-contract and Prepaid Service Continue to Rate High; Seven Ways to cut Phone Costs

YONKERS, NY Sprint is now the lowest-Rated carrier in Consumer Reports’ latest annual cell-phone service Ratings, based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. While it trailed only Verizon in overall customer satisfaction among the major carriers in last year’s ratings, Sprint received dismal marks this year for value, voice, text and 4G reliability.

Verizon Wireless was once again the top major carrier, receiving high marks for data service and some aspects of customer support. AT&T and T-Mobile got mostly ho-hum marks, though AT&T was the lone carrier to receive the top rating for the reliability of its 4G service.

Tiny Consumer Cellular was the overall leader in the Consumer Reports cell service satisfaction survey, with stellar scores across the board – even though it uses the same network of lower-ranked AT&T. As in previous CR surveys, no-contract and prepaid service from smaller companies such as Consumer Cellular and TracFone rated better than the major standard providers in customer satisfaction. Those carriers offer high-quality phones, relatively reliable service, and simpler, more consumer-friendly plans.

“Our latest cell service satisfaction survey revealed a somewhat precipitous decline by Sprint that shuffled the rankings of the major standard service providers,” said Glenn Derene, Electronics Content Development Team Leader for Consumer Reports. “And smaller, no-frills, no-contract and prepaid service providers continue to do a better job of satisfying customers, and provide an increasingly viable alternative to some of the expensive, long-term contracts that many consumers find themselves locked into.”

The new Consumer Reports cell service Ratings can be found online at and in the January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports, which hits newsstands next week.

The Consumer Reports survey also revealed that among the respondents who had data plans that set limits on usage, 38 percent used only half, or less, of their monthly allotment. As a result, many customers may well have overpaid for their wireless service. CR recommends seven ways consumers can cut their phone costs and saved hundreds of dollars in the process. Among them:

  • Wait to buy that hot phone. Resist buying the latest must-have phone until a newer model comes out and you may be able to get it at a much lower price. For example, if you bought the Samsung Galaxy S III from Sprint when it first came out,  it would have set you back more than $200 up front. When the S 4 arrived, the S III price   dropped to $100, and now it’s $0 with most service contracts.
  • Consider a prepaid service.  Pay-as-you-go plans used to come with limited service and bare-bones phones. Not anymore. Prepaid providers now have more smart phones, and some offer fast 4G connections. If you’re not a marathon talker, texter, or Web surfer, you’ll usually come out ahead by paying only for what you use.
  • Think twice about add-ons. Like other service providers, cellular carriers try to lard on extras, including navigation, insurance and GPS tracking of your children. Assess those offers carefully. You might be better off paying $1 per day for maps and directions only when you need them, rather than paying a $5 navigation fee every month.

Additional advice on cutting cell phone costs can be found at


Nov 22 2013
President Obama Visiting Los Angeles – DreamWorks November 25-26, 2013

President Obama Visiting Los Angeles – DreamWorks November 26, 2013

Earlier in the day

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg donated $2 million to Obama re-election campaign.

President Obama is expected to make remarks on the economy especially as it relates to entertainment jobs.

President Obama will be in the Beverly Hills area visiting Magic Johnson and his wife, then on to another event with Mr. Saban.

Then in the morning to Glendale and then he leaves the area.

Why the President comes to town right at rush hour is perplexing to many.

Chances are that once Obama is done in Glendale he will be flown by helicopter to LAX and the traffic impact will be minimal.

The visit to DreamWorks is expected on Tuesday November 26, 2013, so if you plan to be in the Glendale, Burbank areas be sure to watch for traffic conditions.  No schedule has been released, but usually President Obama arrives to LAX and flies via helicopter to Burbank Airport, and then goes by car to the locations.


Nov 22 2013
Altadena Open Studios Dec 8, 2013 10-5pm

Open Studios –

Greg Marquez Studio – 523 W. Loma Alta Drive, Altadena

Gothard Studio – 215 Laurel Drive

Kathleen Swaydan & Friends – 3061 Ridgeview Drive

LA General Store Design Studio

149 W. Altadena Drive (626) 529-3386

Sidewalk Cafe –

2057 N. Los Robles (626) 797-9225 – (Bring your own mug and get a coffee for 99 cents)

5 Locations – 30 Artists – Lots of fun


Nov 21 2013
BULGARINI GELATO – Cremino Bars for Thanksgiving! @bulgarinigelato

Order Cremino Bars for Thanksgiving

There is still time to order Cremino Bars or Torta di Gelato for the Thanksgiving. Order by Tuesday evening for Thanksgiving pickup.

Available in Large or Mini. Large Cremino Bars are $7 each; Presentation boxes of mini Cremino Bars – box of 4 is $25; or box of 5 is $30. Our flavors are:

  • Pistacchio, Pear, Crema/Pomegranate, Macadamia Nut, and Coffee – all covered in chocolate.
  • Also pumpkin in white chocolate

Small serves 4, Medium serves 6, and Large serves 12. Kilo and Half Kilo containers are also available. Our combinations are:

  • Chocolate Salt and Pear
  • Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate
  • Pistacchio and Pomegranate
To place an order, call 626.376.7662;  email; or just come into the gelateria. Pick up both at our Altadena and Culver City locations.
(Culver City pickup on Wednesday only.)

Altadena Store Open Thanksgiving Day   9am to 2pm

Nov 21 2013
Chef Eric Bechard Opens Albatross in Astoria, Oregon

Albatross, will serve wine and “farm-to-table sandwiches” from the former Sea Breeze Fish & Chips

Chef Eric Bechard

Trinket, a neighborhood-focused brunch spot, at 2035 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Was just there this past weekend. Great spot. Packed!  One diner commented that it was the best burger they have ever had!

Portland Food and Drink has more details.

Albatross Fine food and drink – 1811

is located at:

222 14th Street, Astoria, OR

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 5pm – Late-night

Telephone: 503.741.3091


Nov 21 2013
Volcano Creating New Island Islet – Tacocat [video]

Volcano Creating New Island Tacocat

Tokyo Japan Coast Guard issued advisories for smoke and ash from the explosion.

The islet is approx 200 meters or 600 ft in diameter.

This location is in the ring of fire where most of the earthquakes and volcanic activity occur in the Pacific.

The Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts say a volcanic eruption has raised a new island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo. Pictures filmed by the Japanese coast guard showed clouds of heavy smoke, billowing steam and waters roiling over the newly formed crater.


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