Combo Plate: Smoothies, Chinese brown sauce and more
-- McDonald's is reportedly halting its planned giveaway of its new real fruit smoothie. I can't help but wonder: Is this really because of the building demand? Or is it to help build said demand? Either way, now I really want to try one. [Wallet Pop]
-- Finding the speakeasy-style Basement Tavern in Santa Monica requires some work: You have to enter through a parking lot, pass by the wafting stench of trash bins, navigate a loading dock....
-- What IS Chinese "brown sauce"? The Atlantic is glad you asked.
-- The British pub Ye Coach & Horses is set to close in Hollywood -- after 73 years in business. [Eater LA]
-- Have any linking news for Combo Plate? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Rene Lynch
Photo: Patrons enjoy the fun hideaway of the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times