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Notorious Dine-and-Dash Dater Says He Didn’t Do Anything Wrong

Plus a Christmas party in July, and even more pasta at Eataly

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Mercado Pasadena
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Wonho Frank Lee

New news

There’s been an update to the notorious dine-and-dash dater story that has commanded headlines on and off for the past two years. Convicted criminal Paul Gonzales, who is said to have skipped out on the bill with more than a dozen women across the Southland after meeting them on dating apps, is now out of jail after serving his 120-day sentence, and is said to still be poking around the city, popping up from Santa Monica to Pasadena — though he hasn’t been running out on the tab this time around. That’s per the Daily Beast, who went long on a new story tracking the crimes of Gonzales and the officers who ultimately reeled him in. Among the best bits of the entire feature? Gonzales telling police that he didn’t feel as though he had done anything wrong, that he was perpetually “the one getting catfished” by women he went on dates with. Oh, and he apparently had an ailment that meant “he only felt better when he ate fine foods.” Wild.

That winter feeling

TimeOut LA has details on the Christmas in July party going down tomorrow at Here & Now in the Arts District. The colorful summertime celebration comes complete with carols, fake snow, one-off cocktails, and more.

Not mad at it

The NoMad is starting up a series of seafood boils on the open rooftop this summer. The first kicks off on July 28, with follow-ups in August and September as well. For $59, diners get a slew of shrimp, crab, sausage, and more, plus cocktails and wine for purchase.

A real gem

Woodland Hills restaurant the Brothers Sushi has earned high praise from Food & Wine, with writer Andy Wang saying the place feels like a perfectly seasonal confluence of Japan and California, all at once.

Another entrant

Tavern House is now open in Orange County. The Newport Beach waterfront spot at 333 Bayside Drive overlooks Balboa Bay, and the menu spans the gamut from burgers and salads to salmon carpaccio and fried chicken.

Carb time

It’s a night of pasta on pasta at Eataly on Thursday, August 1, when Downtown’s Cento Pasta Bar heads to Century City for a one-night in-store pop-up featuring a lot of the casual spot’s best dishes.

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