Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Beer Map and History on National Beer Day

As someone who loves a good holiday, I tend to ignore most of the dumb ones. You know the ones -- the dumb daily dumb food-related days created by grocery store trade publications (e.g. National Shrimp Day, National Shrimp Scampi Day, and National Fried Shrimp Day) or those "wacky" ones presumably invented by and for … Continue reading Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Beer Map and History on National Beer Day

April Fools Flicks!

April Fools' Day (or All Fools' Day) is celebrated 1 April, as we all know. The earliest likely written reference is in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales back in 1392. In 1509, a French poet referred to a poisson d’avril, likely a reference to the holiday. John Aubrey's 1686 mention of "Fooles holy day" is the … Continue reading April Fools Flicks!

Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era

            Happy St. Nicholas Day! For your enjoyment, a little somethin' to break the monotony of all that hardcore Christmas that has gotten to be a little bit out of control... Santa Claus (1898) was directed by George Albert Smith (Weary Willie, Making Sausages), a former portrait photographer and member of the UK's Brighton Set. … Continue reading Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era