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Bohemia goes Hollywood at BoHo

P1010421Thursday night marked the preview party for Adolfo Suaya's new restaurant and bar, BoHo, which is located in the ArcLight complex directly across the street from Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard. Before making its debut as BoHo, the space was called Charcoal and was also owned by Suaya. However, Charcoal's standard American grill fare never succeeded in turning heads, and toward the end of its run a mini controversy erupted over the fact that Charcoal didn't provide change, but instead rounded up or down to the nearest dollar.

For BoHo, Suaya hired a frequent collaborator, Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft Design, to create an original-looking space evocative of the so-called Bohemian lifestyle. Keith, who specializes in lush, detailed and often over-the-top restaurants and barscapes (Kitchen 24, Bar Delux, the former Goa), has crafted a cozy, rather oddball spot flush with kitschy knickknacks, mismatched thrift store lights and chairs, elaborate candelabras, indoor ficus trees, an extraordinarily wide and somewhat distressed simple wooden bar, a deer head wearing a tie and a bizarre overabundance of curio cabinets.

It's as if someone with (relatively) refined, modern taste decided it would be fun to play at being poor. There's a lot of that going on in Los Angeles these days (Cafe Wa s' Hobo Mondays, the Edison's Soup Kitchen), and for those of us who really do have to think twice before throwing down $10 on a martini, it's beginning to feel a bit gratuitous. Do we really need a Hollywood bar named BoHo winking at us through its carefully curated (and secretly expensive) rags?

However, in all fairness, BoHo is trying to keep prices at a reasonable level. Eater L.A. reports that nothing on chef Andre Guerrero's menu is more than $20. The proposed menu (BoHo is shooting for a March 20 opening) will be full of farmers market-driven small plates, fancy pizzas, meats, cheeses and ribs; and most things will be meant for sharing. There is also a list of 25 draft beers that our friend Pat Saperstein at Eating L.A. says is better than the good list at Barbarella Bar in Silver Lake.

The verdict is far from in on this one. It'll be interesting to see what kind of a crowd it claims and whether it'll be able to draw the mix of relaxed neighborhood denizens, ArcLight goers and Amoeba frequenting uber-hipsters that it seeks. 

BoHo, 6372 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo by Jessica Gelt

Deep-fried cupcakes? This Is Why You're Fat

Cupcake

Do you like to look at pictures of "deliciously gross food" such as this cupcake that has been deep fried and then drenched in chocolate syrup and topped off with sprinkles?

Well, someone out there does. Within three days of launching this month, a blog and website dedicated to food porn -- the aptly titled ThisIsWhyYoureFat.com -- pulled in more than 3 million pages views. (The blog's subtitle: Where dreams become heart attacks.)

"We thought it was a very good idea, but we were both very surprised at how it caught on." That's one of the co-creators -- she prefers to be identified as Creator No. 1 and declines to be identified because she and her partner are in the media and want to avoid making themselves part of the story behind the blog, to keep the focus on the food.

A little mystery never hurt either.

"It started because we were joking about how there are all these really nasty pictures of fatty foods floating around on the Internet. We’re like, "Do people really eat this? Are people posting these photos as a badge of honor?'"

They started collecting images on Feb. 1 and launched Feb. 9, and it's been pinging around the Internet ever since, thanks in no small part to mentions by Time, The Atlantic, the New York Times, etc.

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Bacon chips: Bet you can't eat just one

Bacon chips Why can't we have a version of this on our supermarket shelves?

This photo comes via Flickr, and paper or plastic? According to the photo caption, this is a Korean snack. It lands at #9 on our list of 1,001 things to do with bacon.

The rest of the list is below....

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