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Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brings long lines to Torrance location

These photos were taken Wednesday over the course of the day, which was designated Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, at the Chick-fil-A located at 182nd and Hawthorne. I am going to guess that if you are reading my blog you probably heard about the controversy, and you have your own feelings on the subject. It really has no affect on my life as I don’t eat there anyway. They don’t show up on my fast food radar. Anyhow, I do have some observations as the most unbiased reporter you know.

I walk by the place at least once every day that I am home; at some point, the dogs and I are going by it. I do not do fast food, but if I am, I want good for you food, and the El Pollo Loco they replaced did that. I miss them; I am never going to do a deep fried chicken sandwich. That being said, they always have business, whenever I go by there there are cars in the drive-thru. This morning, at 9:00 AM there was no one. I thought that was pretty odd. After I walked the dogs I got my camera and came back. The first photos were at 10:00 AM and I thought it was pretty slow. I figured it was Torrance, not some Bible Belt town in MO or something.

At noon I decided to walk back and see what was up. I could tell that there was a line of cars to get in the parking lot. As I walked down the street I saw a guy in his truck eating his lunch, with a Chick-fil-A cup on his dashboard. I went up and talked to him. He said he waited about 40 minutes in the drive-thru. His photo is the beginning of the noon photos. You can see the crowd grew. Continue reading

Bottle Share at Sophie’s Place

These photos are from a Bottle Share we attended yesterday at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach. The event was put on by Adam’s Fine Wine and Liquor which is also located in Redondo Beach. I became aware of the event as I happened to meet one of the owners of Sophie’s Place a couple weeks ago, one thing lead to another and we linked up via Facebook. When I first heard about the event it sounded interesting enough, but I had never attended a bottle share before so I was not sure what to expect. As the event date drew closer a few beer names started appearing on the list. When I saw that someone was bringing some Three Floyds beer, I knew I had to attend.

So, what is a bottle share? Well, a bottle share is when a bunch of people get together, each bringing a nice bottle or two of their favorite beers, then everyone shares what they brought so people can try something new. I am not sure how many people came, but it was probably 20 or 30. Between all of us, this is the list of beers that were brought.

  • 8 Wired Batch 31
  • Alesmith Decadence ’08
  • Alesmith Decadence ’09
  • Alesmith Decadence ’10
  • Alesmith Decadence ’11
  • Alpine Nelson Growler
  • Alpine Odins Raven
  • Alpine Token – Infected
  • Avery Samael ’07
  • Avery The Beast ’06
  • Bell’s Expedition Stout
  • Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury
  • Boon Oude Gueze Mariage Parfait ’07
  • Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
  • Brasserie Troi Dames Saint Ni Touche
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Business N Beer at Monkish Brewing Company, Torrance

These photos are from our third Business N Beer gathering that we had last night at Monkish Brewing Company, in Torrance. We had a very nice group of people that showed up and it was our biggest group to date with about 17 or 18 attendees. The interesting thing, for me anyway, was that the group consisted of a few people from our first gathering at Select Beer Store; there were a few from our gathering last week at Abigaile and there were many people that were attending for the first time. As I looked around at our group it was hard to believe that most of the people did not know each other prior to their coming to Business N Beer. It was pretty cool to watch and listen as there was business being done.

It seemed that most of the attendees had never been to Monkish Brewing before, so I was quite happy to introduce them to the wonderful Belgian style ales and beer that Henry produces and it seemed most of the newcomers opted for taster flights, which is a great idea. Especially when trying a beer for the first time. With eight different offerings, Henry probably has something you will like. I like them all.

So, next week, August 2, we will be at Strand Brewing Company, also in Torrance. Strand Brewing is another micro brewery, which means they do not serve food. You can bring outside food in or have it delivered. I hope to see you there, and if you “Like” our Facebook page or sign up for our email list on you can keep in the loop for our upcoming events. If you enjoy craft beer and networking with other business owners, you are going to really enjoy our gatherings. I promise. Continue reading

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