At a local restaurant, Family gets yelled at for speaking Spanish, then handles it exactly the right way…

…by shining a whole mess of daylight on the woman who yelled at them.

Can’t believe this is still a thing, but…apparently this is still a thing.

Courtesy NBC News:

It should have been a nice celebratory dinner at IHOP, but a Hispanic family got a scolding from a customer over their use of Spanish, and the video has gone viral.


A woman at the restaurant berated Norma Vazquez, of Highland Park, California, who had taken her son Carlos Steven Vazquez to dinner to celebrate his upcoming birthday.


Carlos uploaded video of the incident on Facebook and it has since gone viral with over 15 million views and almost 500,000 shares.


The woman interrupts their conversation telling Vasquez: “We speak English in America.”


Although Norma Vasquez is from El Salvador, the woman tells her to “go back to Spain.” She adds, “Spanish is from Spain. I’ve been to Spain, so I know.”


Norma Vazquez gets very emotional and shaken, as seen in the video, and tearfully responds: “I speak English. Not good, but I speak English,” also telling the woman she cleans offices and works hard and at times calling her “stupid.”

You can read the rest at NBC News.

You can see the video at Facebook by clicking here.

I feel terrible for the Vazquez, especially as a guy who walks into Chinese Restaurants all the time, and is frequently the only person not speaking either Mandarin or Cantonese inside.

Does the yelly-screamy lady think I should tell them to start speaking English…when I’m…the only…one…who…doesn’t speak…English??

Chris Burden, the sculptor of an L.A. Icon passed away today.

Chris Burden was a conceptual Artist living here Los Angeles.  He died in his home today.

You may not be familiar with his name, but if you’ve driven past the Los Angeles County Museum of Art along Wilshire, you are familiar with this work:



Urban Light 2014 1

Urban Light at LACMA.


The "Celebrating Cannonball Adderley" Tribute Concert at LACMA.  The first LACMA Jazz Concert of the year.

The “Celebrating Cannonball Adderley” Tribute Concert at LACMA. The first LACMA Jazz Concert of the year.


The new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center @TheHuntington

This weekend featured the opening of the new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

Huntington Library and Gardens


We’ve been tracking it’s progress for a while, two years in fact. So opening is welcome, after years of going to the Huntington and having to do everything in Trailers and temporary Metal buildings.


Remember, we started here with the original Visitor’s center from way back:

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That turned (temporarily) into this:

Huntington Library 3


And now we’re here, with a brand new campus, including Orientation Gallery, and well...just look!

Huntington Library and Gardens


Now, we have a new place to pick up your tickets:

Huntington Library and Gardens


Now we have full-on Coffee shop (no more Coffee Carts):

Huntington Library and Gardens


We have a beautiful new (and huge) new Museum Store:

Huntington Library and Gardens


And we have the Rose Hills Foundation Garden Court:

Huntington Library and Gardens


Huntington Library and Gardens


Huntington Library and Gardens


Huntington Library and Gardens


And, of course, a new Cafe:

Huntington Library and Gardens


And it wouldn’t be the Huntington without lovely new grounds:

Huntington Library and Gardens


Huntington Library and Gardens


Huntington Library and Gardens

You can read more at the Huntington Website, and of course, the Los Angeles Times.

The Owner’s statement on what happened at Conrad’s on March 21st.

The Owner’s statement on what happened at Conrad’s on March 21st.

Fair’s fair. I told the story of what happened at Conrad’s a couple of days ago, and it’s only fair I publish owner Nicolas Bissias’s statement on the matter that he sent to Is It Any Good yesterday.  It is published here in its entirely. The bolding is mine, just so you can see the good stuff, as it were.  Just make sure to click “more” if you want to read the whole thing.

More importantly, he answered the question who called the cops:

I am deeply saddened by all the erroneous and harmful social media reports over the last several days regarding an incident at Conrad’s Restaurant in Pasadena, so I want to take this opportunity to set the record straight. At the end of the day this is nothing more than a misunderstanding of the events that took place on the morning of March 21, 2015.


As the owner of Conrad’s, I came to this country with no shoes and only the clothes on my back. I know what it is like to not have money, and in part because of that, I have a lot of compassion for those who find themselves on hard times. We are a local business that has been in the community for a long time – over 40 years. The only way to stay in business is to have great customer service, put your heart into your food, and to give back to the community. We have done this regularly over the past 40 years.


It has been erroneously reported in certain social media outlets that on the morning of March 21, 2015, a homeless gentleman by the name of “Michael” was refused service at the Conrad’s Restaurant in Pasadena. This is not true. What really happened was that a gentleman identified as “Michael” was panhandling and trespassing in the Conrad’s parking lot and confronted two customers as they approached the restaurant. After having received a complaint from a customer, Conrad’s contacted the Pasadena Police Department and asked that the police come and ask the gentleman to stop this activity. Pasadena Police Department records establish that this call was received by the Police Department at 8:40 a.m. with specific reference being made to an individual harassing customers in the parking lot.


After the call was received by the police at 8:40 a.m., a customer and her son entered the restaurant with the homeless gentleman at 9:10 a.m. She directed the homeless gentleman to sit at the counter while she and her son sat in a booth across the restaurant from him. This customer advised the restaurant staff that she would pay for his meal. The restaurant allowed this gentleman to stay and eat his meal. At no time was he refused service.


Conrad’s in Pasadena really, really, really screwed up.

I eat out at a lot of restaurants.  It’s one of the hazards of writing a food blog.

So, I’d like to think I know how restaurants would behave given certain circumstances.

So, when it comes to this ABC 7 story, let me stay…I don’t believe the Restaurant:

A customer at a Pasadena restaurant said she invited a homeless man to eat with her and her son, but the man was then told to take his food to go by the owner.


Los Angeles…this could be your Stadium…hopefully, maybe.

Proposed Inglewood Stadium

This is what’s going to look like as soon as the shovels get to work.

There was a big article on it by Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times:

Stan Kroenke won’t be empty handed this week when he arrives at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona.


The St. Louis Rams owner will be packing finished schematic plans for the world’s most interactive and integrated football stadium, a futuristic, $1.86-billion, privately financed venue proposed for the Hollywood Park site in Inglewood.


Kroenke is not quite ready to put a shovel in the ground, but the major pieces of the project are now fully drawn, allowing the global sports and real estate billionaire to show the small army of architects and engineers at his disposal have made significant progress.


Representatives of Kroenke and HKS, the architecture firm he’s employed, met with the Los Angeles Times recently in San Francisco to provide a first look at the detailed plans.

I’ve been trying to keep an eye on this, via Fred Roggin on AM980 The Beast, but if you want to catch up, I’d start by reading this Sam Farmer Piece.