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Gordon Ramsay’s Hellish Grove Grub Has LA Weekly Critic Retching

A la New York Times and Guy Fieri, LA Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell starts off with three consecutive questions. Our favorite involves her puzzlement over the fact that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s PR folks refused to acknowledge the British insult echoes of his new Grove restaurant name (The Fat Cow).

From there, Rodell ditches the question marks in favor of full-on, why-why-why!?-subtext sentences as she ponders her $28 cheeseburger and more. The review is a heck of a fun read and one that though it may not affect the captive walk-in tourist trade for the establishment, could have Ramsay hollering a few choice new epithets.

Here’s one of our favorite passages:

Branzino ceviche was so besmirched by dollops of goo both green (avocado?) and yellow (horseradish?), it looked like a science experiment gone wrong. It was so disturbing it prompted me to take a picture and send it to a friend, who responded, “That looks malignant.”

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Snooki and the The Situation take MTV to Number One in New York

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Led by the hugely-successful “Jersey Shore,” MTV grabbed the number one spot in the weekly ratings for its August 12 episode.

MTV pulled in an estimated 819,000 viewers with a 4.1 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

Meantime, as the summer winds down, the pennant races heat up.

The Yankees shot to number two for the week (656,000/3.3), in a game broadcast by WWOR/Channel 9 on August 10.

Five other Yankee telecasts cracked the Top 30, all of which were on the YES Network.

The Mets, despite struggling in the standings, helped lift ESPN to a Top 15 showing. It was “Sunday Night Baseball” loss to the Phillies.

Taking hold of the third position was Fox reality show “Hell’s Kitchen” starring Chef Gordon Ramsay (620,000/3.1).

Also on Fox, the “So You Think You Can Dance” two-hour finale spun its way to number four (612,000/3.0) on WNYW/Fox 5.

With that lead-in, “Fox 5 News at 10,” with anchors Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander catapulted to 17th place (454,000/2.3).

Other highlights:

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LA Marathoners Not Really Into LA Mayor

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At the starting line of the 25th LA Marathon at Dodgers Stadium yesterday, the crowd of roughly 25,000 runners gathered waiting for the horn that would be echoing through the all the adjacent neighborhoods as far off as Mt. Washington. The emcee announced Councilman Tom LaBonge and Councilman Ed Reyes and the crowd cheered. He announced the “celebrity” runners, The Bachelor Andy Baldwin and Hell’s Kitchen’s Gordon Ramsay to an enthusiastic reaction. Then the emcee announced the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa and there was a deafening silence broken with a slight and quick “boo.”

A girl standing next to us remarked to her friend,”Yeah, nobody likes him.”

Pictured Mayor Villaraigosa and marathon owner Frank McCourt with winners Wesley Korir and Edna Kiplagat. Photo by Rich Cruse.

Gordon Ramsay is Running the LA Marathon

Gordon Ramsay, the Simon Cowell of cooks, announced on Jimmy Kimmel last night that he’s running the LA Marathon next month. It’ll be hard to recognize him without him screaming.

Previously on FBLA:

  • LA and Its Rash of Triathlete Journos