Hey Go Go’ers,

Ms. Go Go scoop for my Eagle Rock Patch column Eat/Drink/See Eagle Rock.


Grub Street picked it up; I’m their top re-post!  http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2010/12/fattys_closing_in_eagle_rock_s.html?mid=partnerfeed

And my media mogul pal Colleen Dunn Bates posted on Eat: Los Angeles


and will post on  her Hometown Pasadena website http://hometown-pasadena.com/

There is NOTHING like Kim Dingle’s maple cotton candy…and Aude Charles’s moussaka…and Fatty & Co’s wine cellar.

U.S. staged premiere of Wagner's "Die Feen" at the Pasadena Playhouse.


Reader Pamela wrote to Ms. Go Go asking for help with a birthday destination involving opera.  Ms. Go Go is sharing her response with all Go Go’ers as part of a new, occasional feature called Go Go Me! (Check out upcoming U Want 2 Go Go posts to learn how Ms. Go Go can help YOU have  more fun.)  

Speaking of fun, congratulations to the winners of the  EAT: Los Angeles contest:  Lisa Dupuy, Margaret Finnegan, and Connie Rohman.   Each will receive an autographed copy of  EAT: Los Angeles, published and edited by Colleen Dunn Bates with the help of her crack team of food journalists.  Thanks, Colleen, and thanks Go Go’ers for the great restaurant suggestions!  (Link to Ms. Go Go’s interview with Colleen is below the jump.)  


And now, GO GO ME! 

Pamela writes:  

“Kim aGoGo: It’s Kevin’s B-Day. What opera is in town and good for novice opera goers? His B-Day is tomorrow, 5/21, anything I can buy tickets for today for future use? How much fun your blog is!”  

Ms. Go Go replies:  

In terms of an actual opera performance on Kevin’s birhday, Pamela, you’re out of luck, unfortunately, and this is why….  

Brilliant (but controversial) German composer Richard Wagner’s mythic (Norse gods, dwarves, mermaids, giants, Valkyries and a Ring of Gold…no relation to Lord of the RingsRing Cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen) is about to open on May 29th at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with performances through the end of June.   It’s the first time the complete series of four operas is being staged in Los Angeles and as such, is a hugely anticipated event that has spawned its own artistic cottage industry with ongoing lectures, a festival, art events, even a special show at the Griffith Observatory.  (There’s a performance of The Light of the Valkyries tonight, May 21st, wink, wink!)   The LA Opera‘s spectacular show is getting rave advance reviews but with the premiere a week away, it’s wall-to-wall Wagner in Los Angeles.  

However, any opera lover would be THRILLED to have tickets to the Ring Cycle!   Here is the link to All Things Ring! http://www.laoperaring.com/index.php  

Also, as an adjunct to the Ring Cycle, The Lyric Opera of Los Angeles is performing the U.S. staged premiere of The Fairies (Die Feen), Wagner’s first completed opera (written when he was 20!) at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Four performances only starting on June 11th! http://www.lyricoperala.org/  

Thanks for reading U Want 2 Go Go, Pamela!   And “Happy birthday” to Kevin!  

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go!  


One more week to win autographed copy of EAT: Los Angeles 2010


Just a reminder, Go Go’ers, there’s one week to go before the end of the contest to win your very own autographed copy of EAT: Los Angeles, edited and published by Colleen Dunn Bates.  

Submit your favorite restaurant (or restaurants!) with a brief description of why you like it (them).   If your entry has been featured in EAT: Los Angeles 2010 or on the Eat: Los Angeles site (http://eat-la.com), it’s awarded one point.   If it’s new to EAT: Los Angeles readers, it’s awarded two points.  The three subscribers with the most points at midnight, Thursday, May 20th, get autographed copies of EAT: Los Angeles 2010

Bonus!  If one of  “your” restaurants makes it into the 2011 edition, you’ll get a free copy!  

Go Go check out the great suggestions so far in  “Comments”!  Add your two  cents to the dialogue!  And keep dishing up the deliciousness, Go Go’ers! 

Read interview with Colleen Dunn Bates: 


Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….  


Win your very own copy of EAT: Los Angeles, the must-have guide to L.A. dining!!!


Here are Ms. Go Go’s absolutes for eating wonderfully and well: a sense of adventure, a determination to include food in every possible activity, and EAT: Los Angeles, the indispensable guide to all things gustatory.     

Whether you need a Great Date Dinner, a Mom ‘n Pop Soda Pop Shop, or a Knowledgeable Knife Sharpener, editor Colleen Dunn Bates  and her talented team of food journalists have scoured L.A. County to find you the best choices in every category, in every part of town.  The  writing is informed, accessible and fun.  The “Good Food Neighborhoods” is an inspired feature that maps out ultimate foodie road trips…in your home town!   The book is impeccably organized (with tabs detailing sections such as “Restaurants”, “Gourmet to Go” and “Services + Events”), compact (despite 56 more pages in the 2010 version), and addictively readable.  (Ms. Go Go’s own copy is stuffed with torn Post-It strips marking Must-Visit and Must-Remember Spots!)   

EAT: Los Angeles is a great gift for mothers, graduates, fathers, friends, or (hint, hint!) yourself!   Go Go buy it now!    

Colleen, who is also publisher/owner of Prospect Park Books and the L.A. Food Critic for Westways Magazine,  gabbed with Ms. Go Go in between publishing, writing and dining.   

(Win your own copy of Eat: Los Angeles!  Details at the end of the interview!)   

Ms. Go Go: In Eat:Los Angeles, you make a passionate case for Los Angeles as an exciting city for food lovers because of “ethnic diversity, prosperity, adventurousness and year-round access to high-quality ingredients.”  So what’s with the lack of Michelin stars?   

Colleen Dunn Bates: Good question! It’s true that we don’t compete on a broad level for the high-end places that typically earn stars, at least compared with New York, London and Paris. I think that’s a function of what our residents are willing to pay for, and perhaps too many Angelenos are willing to pay for scene over food. But we do have some top contenders: Lucques, Melisse, Providence and Spago come to mind. Where we really shine, though, is in the inexpensive and mid-range places, in Asian, Indian and Latin cuisines, and suddenly in what we call Drink & Eat places: wine bars, cocktail bars with food, and gastropubs. And of course now the food trucks!