South Bay News

South Bay Lakers New Brand

April 19, 2017

South Bay LakersThe Los Angeles D-Fenders today unveiled the brand marks for the South Bay Lakers, the future minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers, featuring primary and secondary emblems. The D-Fenders rebrand will follow the conclusion of the 2016-17 NBA Development League season.

The new primary emblem is inspired by the classic logo of the team’s parent club. It has been reimagined to incorporate the oceanfront views of the region while “South Bay” is adorned across the top, adding subtle but unique twists to the timeless look of one of the NBA’s most prominent brands.

Each of the team’s new marks have been designed to further increase the synchronization between the South Bay Lakers and their parent franchise, while also honoring the community that has been home to the D-League affiliate for more than a decade.

South Bay Car Shows – Guest Post by Jason Mueller

April 17, 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe following is a Guest Post written by Jason Mueller featuring the most popular car shows in the South Bay listed by city. Enjoy!

When it comes to car shows, there is no doubt the Southland hosts some of the best shows in the country, and the South Bay is the hub of the Southern California car culture!

Car show season is about to get underway, so whether you live near or far, when you want to see some of the most beautiful, unique, rare cars on the west coast, you will definitely want to check out these great shows.

Bettolino Kitchen Gives Back

April 6, 2017

bettolino-exterior 2Being a part of the South Bay community means showing your love and support for non-profit organizations that give back; Bettolino Kitchen does just that. Owners Vince Giuliano, Sean Liguore, and Andreanna Giuliano-Liguore have implemented a creative way to give back by allowing their employees to donate time to organizations that resonate the essence of what their restaurant stands for.

Bettolino donates an hourly wage of $10 to any employee who volunteers for a local charity, up to $100 a year. Once an employee has completed their volunteer hours, Bettolino will write a check in their employee’s name to donate to a charity of their choice.

Fill The Pool Fundraiser

April 4, 2017

Fill the PoolSouth Bay Sports, Health and Recreation announced today that the El Segundo Aquatics Center is kicking off the Fill the Pool spring community fundraising initiative to raise $500,000 towards the completion of the world-class facility.

The three-week fundraiser will run from April 4 until April 24, and proceeds are part of the effort to help raise the final $3 million still needed for the project. The facility is scheduled to break ground on Thursday, April 27, where the total from the Fill the Pool fundraiser will be announced.

Lucille’s Smokehouse & BBQ New Brunch Menu

March 28, 2017

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was recently invited to Lucille’s Smokehouse & BBQ at Del Amo to sample the new Brunch Menu.

Anyone familiar with my website already knows I’m a big fan of Lucille’s. I’ve dined there regularly since they opened for business and I always bring visiting family and friends in for a meal.

The substantial menu offers something for everyone, the portions are generous, the quality is consistent, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and it’s just a really fun place to eat.

While the menu occasionally features new or seasonal items, I couldn’t imagine the food getting any better. Boy, was I wrong. The brunch dishes I sampled were extraordinary and there is something for every taste profile.

Killer Shrimp @ The Mermaid

March 8, 2017

killer shrimpI was recently invited to sample the new Killer Shrimp menu now available at The Mermaid in Hermosa Beach.

Killer Shrimp’s lease at their location on Pier Avenue came up for renewal last year, but instead of renewing the lease, the owners decided to combine two of their holdings, bringing the Killer Shrimp menu to the historic Mermaid property located on The Strand.

Some longtime South Bay locals will recall the Killer Shrimp location in the Redondo Shores shopping center about 20 or 25 years ago. There were a few other locations in Southern Cal at that time (Studio City, Marina Del Rey) and they were renowned for their signature Killer Shrimp dish – a large bowl filled with whole shrimp swimming in a rich, spicy broth, served with plenty of French bread to sop up all that savory goodness.

Shade Hotel Offers Locals Only Rate

February 15, 2017

Shade RB 6Shade, the new luxury waterfront boutique hotel in Redondo Beach, announced today the launch of their ‘Locals Only’ room rate for South Bay residents looking for the perfect seaside staycation experience.

South Bay residents can book one of the serene, luxurious guest rooms from now until March 31, starting at $199 and will also receive a $50 credit to Sea Level Restaurant and Lounge, the contemporary waterfront dining destination located on the grounds of the hotel.

Shade hotel’s ‘Locals Only’ rate entices neighbors to indulge themselves in a luxurious coastal escape, complete with first class amenities and opulent accommodations at an unparalleled value, without the hassle of traveling a long distance.

A Basque Dining Adventure

February, 7, 2017

_8391I was recently invited to sample the menu at A Basq Kitchen. Located on the International Boardwalk in Redondo Beach Marina, it has been one of the hottest destinations in the South Bay for the last year.

I’ve already attended several events at this restaurant – Chamber mixers; the one year anniversary blowout; and I would pop in during bike rides. I’ve sampled a few cocktails and noshed on appetizers but I had yet to have a sit down meal.

But before I continue, a little history…..

The rental units along the International Boardwalk were originally intended for boat and marine-centric storage. For whatever reason, that never took hold, and the spaces were eventually leased to a variety of businesses.

Catalina Kitchen Reopens

February 6, 2017

Catalina Kitchen 2Terranea Resort announces the reopening of Catalina Kitchen. The new restaurant features redesigned interior and exteriors and food and beverage menus, and offers guests an overall enhanced dining experience centered on quality ingredients, thoughtfully crafted dishes and sincere hospitality.

Chef de Cuisine David Tarrin’s menu is both broadly appealing and adventurous, with rustic plates that showcase local ingredients and an attention to sustainability.

Cambria Hotel & Suites Seaside Soiree

January 15, 2017

CambriaI recently attended the Pre-Grand Opening of the new Cambria Hotel & Suites, a Choice Hotel, in El Segundo.

It was a bit different than any of the other hotel grand openings I’ve attended, in that, the hotel is still under construction, so attendees were unable to tour it.

Instead, a giant tent was erected in the parking lot for a Seaside Soiree intended for community outreach.

‘Vote No On Measure C’ Kicks Off 2017 Campaign

January 13, 2017

No on Measure CThe Vote No On Measure C campaign held its election kick off at campaign headquarters on Wednesday, January 11, hosting residents and local business leaders interested in learning more about this upcoming ballot measure.

Vote No On Measure C campaign Chairwoman Arlene Staich and local dignitaries offered their insights and analysis of the harmful environmental and economic impacts that would result from Measure C being approved by Redondo Beach voters in the upcoming March 7 election.

Hermosa Beach Chamber 2017 Man & Woman of the Year Award Winners

January 5, 2017

HB Chamber LogoThe Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced the 2017 Man and Woman of the Year Award winners….

Man of the Year, Ryan Nowicki

Woman of the Year, Jackie Flaherty


El Segundo Aquatics Center Update

November 30, 2016

Aquatics Facility 3The City of El Segundo and Wiseburn Unified School District – in partnership with South Bay Sports, Health & Recreation – have finalized the $13.8 million development and construction budget to complete the El Segundo Aquatics Center, an Olympic-caliber facility to be located at 300 Duley Road. The aquatics center will be funded with $6 million from Wiseburn, $1.8 million from the City of El Segundo, and an additional $6 million from private sponsorships and public fundraising.

Shade Redondo Beach Grand Opening Recap

November 28, 2016

P1030163 aWOOHOO!!!

Shade Redondo Beach, the new seaside luxury boutique hotel, is officially open for business!!!

It seems as though we’ve been waiting an eternity for this first phase of the Marina revitalization process, and after a few inconceivable setbacks during the construction phase, the time has finally arrived.

The Grand Opening Celebration took place on Friday, November 18 and the entire South Bay community came out en mass to mark the occasion.

Introducing 21 Square Bar + Kitchen

November 21, 2016

DSC_6711The Torrance Marriott lobby bar and restaurant recently underwent a massive makeover into the chic, new 21 Square Bar & Kitchen.

21 Square offers handcrafted, coastal, comfort cuisine bridging the gap between city and beach lifestyles, and a hyper-local design concept.

I attended a Media Preview Dinner a few days before the official opening on Saturday, November 19, and along with a sampling of several menu items, there were a few truly unique and fun surprises.

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