Me and My Nine Iron

March 13, 2012

A night at L.A. Live


I went out to my first L.A. Clippers game this year so I decided to grab dinner at The Original Pantry Cafe across the street before the game. This iconic restaurant owned by former L.A. mayor Richard Riordan and is open 24/7 has served many celebrities and is even featured in Knocked Up. It’s a good price for a steakhouse, but the quality makes it an after-hours only option, which at that time, I would never be in the area or make the drive to come here.

I got the New York ($17.45), which was pretty good quality and perfectly portioned, and also tried the Top Sirloin ($15.25), which is not good at all. I’ve been told the T-Bone ($24.50) is good and saw every other table have an order of Spaghetti and Meatball ($9.45). Steaks come with a plate of potatoes and a bowl of peas, which aren’t good, and bread and cole slaw come with each table.

A neat place to try, but I’d probably try any of the other eateries in L.A. Live next time.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Across the street from Staples Center was the world premiere of The Hunger Games. Fans were behind a rail across the street hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars. I saw on the big screen Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and girlfriend, Miley Cyrus on the red carpet.

Looking forward to the movie, which comes out on 3/23.

Lob City was largely unentertaining, and basketball, like baseball, is slowly creeping up on me as not a fun game to watch in person. (I’ll still go see an Angels game this year.) As for the game itself, it was a sloppy, low-scoring game that was streaky throughout, had six technical fouls and was the 30th consecutive sellout dating back to last season (19 this season). But how ugly was it?

Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul had a combined 10 turnovers.
Caron Butler, Paul and DeAndre Jordan shot a combined 9-for-35 (26%).
The Clippers shot 37% from the field.
Kenyon Martin and Eric Bledsoe looked awful, going 0-for-3 with 3 turnovers and four fouls in a combined 13 minutes off the bench.
And Blake Griffin was unspectacular.

Boston (22-19) 94 – LAC (23-17) 85

Overall, a horrible value for the inflated ticket prices.

Rating: 2 stars out of 5

BJ

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