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Roy Choi Wants the Olympics, Kris Yenbamroong Gives Thanks, and More News

Plus LA's best barbacoa and a Phantom Carriage birthday party.

Maru, Santa Monica
Maru, Santa Monica
Wonho Frank Lee

The best new lamb barbacoa

LA Mag files on the best lamb barbacoa in town, shouting out a street spot called Barbacoa y Birria Estilo Taxco, a Guerrero-focused taco specialist working big piles of meaty lamb daily. And in truly amazing birria form, they open at 8 a.m. on weekends.

Phantom Carriage turns one

There’s a big party in Carson coming up, with upstart barrel-aging beer house Phantom Carriage turning one. On Saturday, March 12, the popular spot will open up to 500 of their closest friends from noon to 6 p.m., offering five beer tasters, food, and more for a $36 ticket fee.

Check out the real Night + Market team

Kris Yenbamroong got a Best Chef West semifinal nod last week, and immediately threw it back out to the ladies who help to make his restaurants what they are. Awesome move.

Bye bye Liquid Nutrition

Looks like the healthy-drinking Liquid Nutrition couldn’t hold on in Beverly Hills, with Toddrickallen saying the green-tinted juice store folded somewhat recently. A U.S. branch of a Canadian chain, the place apparently never found much of a U.S. foothold.

Maru wine dinner

Spell Estate Winery from Sonoma is coming down to Santa Monica next week, landing a $125 six-course affair at Maru. The Wednesday evening event will include dishes like sea bream sashimi and lamb confit, and reservations can be made directly through the restaurant.

Blue Window now open Saturdays

Everyone's favorite walk-up window on Highland is expanding their hours, now opening up on weekends to passersby. They've got a new-ish menu to work through, after all, and with everything $7 or less, there's been lots of demand.

A Roy Choi Olympic cameo

What will you be doing in the year 2024? That's what the LA Olympic bid committee wants to know, and they reached out to everyone from the mayor to Kobe Bryant to Roy Choi to ask them to answer for themselves.

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