Monthly Archives: February 2014
Feb 13 2014
Comcast To Buy Time Warner TWC-CMCSA

Comcast (CMCSA) deal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC)

would create a pay-television giant with approximately 30 million subscribers

Feb 12 2014
Jamba Juice – BOGO Free Smoothie or Juice February 13-17, 2014

Jamba Juice – BOGO Free Smoothie or Juice February 13-17, 2014  

Hurry in now and get a free smoothie or juice when you buy one.

Offer valid 2/13-2/17/14.


Feb 12 2014
Le Mervetty Opens in Beverly Hills on Valentine’s Day @LeMervetty

1394205_252144428268283_1929046891_nJust in time for Valentine’s Day, Le Mervetty – specializing in Merveilleux, a meringue and whipped cream based French confection – launches in Beverly Hills. With flavors such as chocolate, coffee and praline, the delicate dessert makes the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.


Opening in February 2014 in Beverly Hills, Le Mervetty is a new French concept shop specializing in Merveilleux, a meringue and whipped cream based French confection. The shop, named after pastry chef and owner Etty Benhamou, means “Le Merveilleux d’Etty.” Etty has created a version of the French classic with elements that reflect both her vision and her time spent living in France.

Le Mervetty offers guests the real Merveilleux from Paris, using artisan ingredients from the meringue to the whipped cream to the imported French and Belgian chocolate. The take-away patisserie will feature five flavors including chocolate, nutella, coffee, praline and speculoos in two sizes, as well as larger cake-sized offerings upon request. Seasonal specials and special event offerings will also be available on occasion, including the signature Pavlova Merveilleux made with meringue and strawberries. Each morning guests can also enjoy freshly baked individual meringues and canelé, a perfect addition to their daily coffee.

The boutique retail space, designed by Anna Nikitina, features modern French décor. Inspired by the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, the logo is carried throughout the store from the tutu aprons on the servers to the luxurious packaging.

Le Mervetty will bring an entirely new pastry experience to Beverly Hills with a selection of the Merveilleux from Paris prepared to perfection daily.

About Owner / Pastry Chef Etty Benhamou

Born and raised in Israel, Etty had a creative mind from a young age and was always looking for an artistic outlet, whether it be painting, singing, or cooking. Fascinated by ballerinas, Etty became inspired by the story of AnnaPavlova, spending hours researching her life. During her research, Etty discovered the origin of the Pavlova dessert, created in honor of the dancer during a tour of New Zealand in the 1920s. The story of ballerinas and AnnaPavlova not only became an inspiration for the theme, but also for the signature offering, the Pavlova Merveilleux, made with meringue, cream and fresh strawberries.

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While living in Paris, Etty affirmed her love for merveilleux through her travels, which would set the base for the creation of her merveilleux years later. In 2008,Etty moved back to Los Angeles with her family, where her passion for making merveilleux turned into the dream of bringing the dessert she so loved in Paris to the city she called home. With a desire to bring the best to Los Angeles,Etty mastered the art of making the delicate dessert with the help of her assistant pastry chef, Daniel Stein, as well as consultant Raphael Soroczinsky, who came from both Providence restaurant in Los Angeles and Sanderens, a two-star Michelin restaurant, in Paris.


319 North Canon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Tuesday–Sunday, 9:00am–6:00pm


Facebook /LeMervetty

Twitter | @LeMervetty

Instagram | @LeMervetty


Feb 12 2014
The Walt Disney Company Announces Startup Accelerator Program @DisneyAccel

The program will be based in Los Angeles. 

Feb 12, 2014 – Applications Open

April 16, 2014 – Application Deadline

June 30, 2014 – Program Begins

Late September – Demo Day –

Follow @DisneyAccel

Apply now on the F6S site.  Where founders grow together.


Disney Accelerator

Initiative Will Mentor 10 Technology-based Companies Focused on Transformative Media and Entertainment Experiences

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 12, 2014–

Today The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced that it will select ten startup companies for a three-month mentorship and seed-stage investment program. Disney Accelerator, which will be based in Los Angeles and powered by Techstars, is now accepting applications from early-stage companies with innovative consumer media and entertainment product ideas.

Participants will receive $120,000 in investment capital to develop their ideas, along with mentor support from top Disney executives, including Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. Mentors will also include other entertainment industry leaders, venture capitalists, and Techstars’ extensive network of entrepreneurs, investors and executives. Participants will have access to stories, characters, technology and other resources from across The Walt Disney Company. The program begins June 30, and it concludes with an Investor Demo Day in September where each team will present their company to industry leaders and investors.

“Disney has always been defined by innovation, leveraging the technology required to build the future of entertainment,” said Kevin A. Mayer, executive vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, The Walt Disney Company. “Disney Accelerator offers a unique collaboration between some of the best creative minds in the entertainment industry and the modern-day visionaries who are starting businesses on the strength of exciting new ideas.” Overseeing the Disney Accelerator program is Michael D. Abrams, Disney’s senior vice president, Innovation.

Visit for details on the program and to apply by April 16, 2014.

As much as 1.2 million is expected to be invested by Disney.


Feb 10 2014
Urb-E Scooter Last Mile Battery Powered #Pasadena @urberides

URB-E. The world’s most compact e-vehicle. The common commute can drive anyone ape. The URB-E helps make your commute more civilized. Watch Herb, the civilized gorilla, enjoy the benefits of riding his URB-E portable electric folding scooter!

URB-E is the world’s most compact e-vehicle that is small enough to fit in between your legs while sitting in a train, bus or car. We are passionate designers, entrepreneurs, engineers and believe disruptive solutions can be sustainable and scale to the masses.

URB-E was developed out of ideapiphany through their new urban mobility venture called Egological Mobility Solutions. Personal needs and experience in researching the problems of urban planning and transportation worldwide fueled the fire to launch a solution for the first and last mile problem.

With 70% of world’s population living in urban cities in 2025, commuters will need more useful options for 1st & last mile problem and today that need is already growing. Current products are expensive, bulky and not easy to use, so we developed URB-E in January 2013 and built many interations of prototypes, testing with consumers and constantly refining to be better and solve the problem.

We feel that we have created a quality and fun product that people will love and this is just the start.

The world’s most compact e-vehicle.

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Feb 9 2014
Artisanal LA Spring Show 2014 April 26-27, 2014 @ArtisanalLA

Artisanal LA Spring Show 2014

Stay tuned for details and ticket info on the Spring Show on April 26th and April 27th!

Exhibitor Application + Agreement
Artisanal  LA  SPRING  SHOW
Saturday,  April  26  – Sunday,  April  27,  2014
Event  Hours:  10am – 6pm

Interested in applying as a vendor, application is here.

Spring Show 2014

Spring Show


Feb 9 2014
Grifone Sangiovese Trader Joe’s $3.99


Don’t let that crazy-low price fool you – this is a seriously good-drinking wine!  Grifone (that’s Gree-pho-nay) wines all have been extremely well received.

Grifone Sangiovese comes from a family-owned winery in Italy’s Tuscany region. A Sangiovese that would shake up expectations a bit.

Sangioveses tend to be very big, very complex, and very tannic wines. Grifone Sangiovese is all of those things, but without the “very”.

Its nose of raspberry and cherry is intense, its floral, balsamic, and spice flavors are complex, and its long, lingering, satisfying finish is replete with smooth, approachable tannins. Grifone Sangiovese is entirely approachable, easy to drink whether as an aperitif or with a big meal.

At $3.99 don’t miss out on this special buy!

Feb 9 2014
New Downtown Glendale Market Thursdays 9am-1:30pm #DGMarket

Downtown Glendale Market

DGMarket PosterJoin us at the new Downtown Glendale Market!


Every Thursday (Rain or Shine)


First Baptist Church Parking Lot, Maryland Avenue between California and Wilson
(behind the Alex Theatre)


Parking available in the Maryland Lot (90 minutes free)

About the Downtown Glendale Market

The Downtown Glendale Association took over management of the former Farmers Market in 2013 and opened under a new name with a new location in 2014. The market has been renamed “The Downtown Glendale Market” and is now located in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church in the 200 block of North Maryland (just behind the Alex Theatre.)

Along with the new location and name, the market has a new manager who has brought in new vendors. Eventually, we hope to have as many as 75 vendors. For now, we are pleased that the Downtown Glendale Market has vendors with organic produce, raw dairy products, fresh fish and prepared foods, such as fresh baked goods and bagels. Other vendors sell delicious specialty items such as genuine New Orleans-style pralines, and boutique foods such as spicy tomato jelly and candied jalapenos. The market has interesting clothing and accessory vendors with one-of-a-kind items.

There is plenty of space in the new market to wander and chat with our vendors about their products and their stories. The DGA has set up picnic tables for your enjoyment.

The Downtown Glendale Market is open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

More details on the website and a recent LA Times article.


Feb 8 2014
Avanti Cafe Wood Fired Pizza New Location East Pasadena Opening

Avanti Cafe home of delicious Italian food and wood fired pizza is opening a new location.
The existing location on Lake is will remain open, the new location is well under way and is scheduled to open in the coming months. Estimates according to latest ads, this new location is opening in November 2014.

Here’s the artist rendering of the new location.
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The project is currently under construction slated for a grand opening date of November 2014.

The new project Avanti Restaurant & Bar will be at

187 N. Sierra Madre Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 817-9180

(This was the previous location of Spring Garden Restaurant which closed)

To see more pictures check out the website here.

Avanti Cafe
111 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, California 91101
(626) 577-4688


Feb 8 2014
Olympic Games 2014 Dinner: Four Courses, Four Countries Plant-Based Parties

Olympic Games 2014 Dinner: Four Courses, Four Countries
Plant-Based Parties (Jennie Cooks Catering)
Los Angeles, CA

Olympic Games 2014 Dinner: Four Courses, Four Countries
Celebrate international friendship at our Olympic Games 2014 Dinner! Join the Urban Dinner Socials on Sunday, February 16, with four courses from four countries.

This menu is a tribute to the Olympic Parade of Nations, that powerful and peaceful vision of hundreds of flags and proud young people from all across the globe celebrating their homelands. Our four-course menu showcases four classic yet hard-to-find world cuisines: We’re waving the flags of Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Iceland, and Mongolia.

We’ll also have a brief presentation on the Olympic Games, human rights, and the Olympic triumphs of our featured four.

Seeded Rúgbrauð (Thunder Bread) with Coconut Butter, Eggplant Lox, and Chives

Buuz (Savory Steamed Dumplings) with Almond Cabbage Vinaigrette Salad

Spicy Grilled Jackfruit Jerk with Sweet Plantain and Coconut Rice

Sri Lanka:
Love Cake with Lemon Rind, Cardamom, and Puhul Dosi (Pumpkin Candy)


Sunday, February 16
7:30 p.m.
3048 Fletcher Drive, 90065
$25 online ($20 pre-sale tickets available)
Tickets at the door $40
Buy tickets here


All menu items are vegan.

Local and organic where possible. Menu is gluten-free with one exception: Our Buuz (Mongolian Dumplings) are wheat-based. All other menu items, including Icelandic Thunder Bread and Sri Lankan Love Cake, are gluten-free.

Produce from Whittier Backyard Farms for this dinner includes cabbage, scallions, carrots, onions, garlic, pumpkin, thyme, and apples.


Tickets online are $20-25 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alternately, you’re invited to join our volunteer kitchen crew: Purchase a volunteer dinner ticket online for $5 (must be purchased 24 hours or more before event). Arrive at the kitchen at 4:30PM on Sunday and we’ll show you what to do from there.

A two-course child’s menu is available for $7.


Whittier Backyard Farms provides the Whittier area with a CSA of fresh organic backyard produce and food education.

What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture offers different ways for community members to invest in local food. Join the Whittier Backyard Farms newsletter for updates on farm days, gardening workshops, artisan products, and produce box subscriptions:


Urban Dinner Socials: We are a pop-up vegan dinner project that reinvents world cuisine and comfort food using local, organic produce. For recipes, stories, and dinner dates, subscribe to our newsletter:

Why dinner? You’ll sit down with a stranger and get up with a friend at our community table. Come dine with some of the nicest people in L.A.

Why vegan? Our inclusive cuisine welcomes everyone. Not only is it vegan, we generally make it gluten-free, and it’s always GMO-free.

Why local? Supporting a neighborhood farm* means eating healthy, pure, sustainably grown food. It also means a reduced carbon footprint, increased independence for our local economy, and reduced reliance on non-local resources.

Why experimental? Vegan and allergen-free cuisine is the new Wild West for food lovers. We are at our happiest when pioneering this cuisine.

*The primary produce supplier for the Urban Dinner Socials is Whittier Backyard Farms, a community-supported local agriculture project in Whittier, CA.


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