Let’s do liquid lunch … near Metro

Dr. J juice drink. Photo from Dr. J's official Facebook

Dr. J’s juice drink. Photo from Dr. J’s official Facebook page

It’s fashion week in New York and even if you’re not interested in finding out what the hot color combos are this season, you really should take pride in the fact that New York is once again copying L.A. style.

The hot trend at fashion week this year isn’t skirt lengths. It’s liquid lunch juice concoctions that serve the dual purpose of filling fasting fashionistas (so glad we don’t have to say that out loud) and helping them stay slim and, well, cleansed. It is, at least, better than smoking.

In New York, models in sky-high heels are trotting around town in search of the latest in juice concoctions and the chosen color is green. Marie Claire – a fashion and style magazine — has even hired a truck to show up outside popular runway events. But juicing is nothing new in California. Jamba Juice and Robeks started here decades ago. And every day we find new juice joints — and new combos — near Metro stations and stops.

In downtown L.A., juice joints abound. A quick walk from the Red and Purple Line Pershing Square Station (unless you’re in heels) is a place called Dr. J’s (334 S. Main St.) that serves a variety of juice blends in fashionable jars. Among them is the Skin Beautifier of apple, carrot, celery, cucumber, the Immunity Builder of banana, cabbage, carrot, dandelion greens and the Green Energizer, which is avocado, banana, baby bok choy and baby spinach. Drinks run between $7 and $8.50.

But do juice drinks have to be green to be good for us? Can a pink juice be healthy and delicious? Do Ben & Jerry’s smoothies count? You tell us.

Ben & Jerry's smoothies. Photo by Anna Chen

Ben & Jerry’s smoothies. Photo by Anna Chen

A few other juice suggestions along Metro:

Liquid Juice Bar on Melrose, a block west of Crescent Heights (Metro Local Line 10)

Pressed Juicery on Ventura in Studio City, between Coldwater and Valley Vista Blvd. (Metro Rapid 750 or Metro Local 150)

The Punchbowl, 4645 Melbourne Ave. (Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station)

So where do you like to juice? Send your suggestions for great juice bars near Metro (put Ride & Dine in the subject field) to sourcemetro@gmail.com and we’ll post them on our beautiful Ride & Dine map.

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 14 – 15

This Saturday is the last Eat See Hear movie screening of the season. The Breakfast Club will be showing at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s starting to get a little nippy in the evenings, so make sure to bring a jacket or some blankets! Save $2 on tickets with your TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day this weekend at Olvera Street. Admission is free, and there will be dancing, food, music and more. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. (Metro Gold/Red/Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for all bus routes)

Another place to celebrate is at Plaza Mexico. The free event takes place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Go Metro and save at Cafe Canela and La Huasteca, both located within Plaza Mexico. (Metro Green Line to Long Beach Blvd. Station, Metro Bus 120, 612 to Imperial/State)

P.S. Metro’s Destination Discounts page now has a great new calendar of events. Click on any day to see what events are taking place around town and find out how to score a discount with your TAP card!

Destination Discount: Save $5 on LivingSocial’s 5K dance party with Metro

Photo: LivingSocial 5K Dance Party Facebook

Photo: LivingSocial 5K Dance Party Facebook

Get ready to light up the night at LivingSocial’s 5K Dance Party on Saturday, September 21. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Historic Park in Chinatown, starting at 7:15 p.m. Upon arrival, load up with glow-in-the-dark gear and your official race T-shirt. After the 5k run/walk, the party will continue on inside the park.

Save $5 on tickets with Metro. Use the exclusive promo code METRO5K when purchasing tickets online to receive the discount. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

The easiest way to get to the party is with the Metro Gold Line. Hop off at Chinatown Station and walk on over! LASHP is also walkable from Union Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Free Screening of Alfred Hitchcock Film at Metro’s Historic Los Angeles Union Station on Friday, Sept 20

alfred-hitchcock-presents-opening-creditsMetro and Echo Park Film Center will host a free public screening of a classically enthralling Alfred Hitchcock film at historic Union Station on Friday, Sept. 20. Don’t miss the chance to see a visually outstanding work by the brilliant master of suspense in the similarly dramatic setting of Union Station.

Film Screening Details:

Friday, September 20
Screening begins at 8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.)
Union Station North Patio
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The event is free to the public. Seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Guests may bring chairs, blankets and picnics, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

RSVPs are recommended but not required. Email zellerh@metro.net.

Show your valid Metro TAP card at check-in for access to preferential seating. Feel like dinner and a movie? Show your valid Metro TAP card at Traxx Restaurant at Union Station and receive a 10% discount on your dinner bill. Guests are encouraged to make reservations at 213.625.1999 or www.urbanspoon.com.

The public film screening continues Metro’s newly launched program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station. Past events featured a screening of the film Chinatown and a performance by G.G. NineNet, a nine-piece jazz band.

“We’re excited to partner with Echo Park Film Center to screen a deliciously thrilling Hitchcock film,” said Maya Emsden, Metro Deputy Executive Officer, Creative Services. “Our plan with this new series is to temporarily embellish the varied spaces of Union Station in new ways so people have the chance to keep rediscovering this special LA place.”

Can you guess which film will be screened? Comment below!

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

Go Metro to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Plaza Mexico

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, September 15 at Plaza Mexico. The free event features performances by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Los Aktivos, Muzik Junkeez, a re-enactment of the Battle of Puebla and much more! The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A civic ceremony featuring the Mexican Consul General of Los Angeles will take place at 8 p.m.

Go Metro and save at Cafe Canela and La Huasteca, both located within Plaza Mexico. Just show your valid TAP card to your server at either cafe to get 15% off your bill. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to Plaza Mexico, take the Metro Green Line to Long Beach Blvd. Station or Metro Bus 120 or 612 to Imperial/State. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Dinner and the Dodgers: gearing up for the playoffs

Dodger Stadium with the Metro HQ building in the background. Photo: Mark Luethi via Flickr Creative Commons

Dodger Stadium with the Metro HQ building in the background. Photo: Mark Luethi via Flickr Creative Commons

With the Dodgers looking to clinch a playoff spot, you won’t want to miss any of the action. Celebrate each win with Dinner and the Dodgers. Go Metro to dine at any of the following four restaurants before or after a game and get a special offer on the house.

Qdoba Mexican Grill – located in downtown Los Angeles, open 7 days a week until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, 9:30 p.m. on weekends. Their 3-cheese nachos are to die for. Show your valid TAP card and save 15% on your bill. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro, located directly outside Hope Street exit)

Casey’s Irish Pub – located in downtown Los Angeles, open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Fish and chips, Irish bread pudding and live music on weekends. Show your valid TAP card and save 15% on all food. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro)

Bar Celona – located in Old Pasadena, open until 11 p.m. on weekdays, 2 a.m. on weekends. Dine on chorizo croquettes, garlic shrimp or paella. Show your valid TAP card and receive 15% off on your bill. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Raymond)

The Federal Bar – located in Long Beach, open from 11:30 a.m. Mon – Fri, 10:30 a.m. Sat – Sun. Chow down on burgers, crispy chicken sliders and pulled pork sandwiches. Show your valid TAP card and save 10% on all food items. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, Long Beach Transit 111, 191 to First/Shelter)

After eating, head to Union Station and hop on the free Dodger Stadium Express to the game!

Metro and USC encourage fans to take Expo Line to Saturday’s game against Washington State

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas salutes the USC band at this morning's event.

After the Trojans' win over Hawaii in their opener this past weekend, USC is ranked 22nd and 25th in the AP and USA Today polls, respectively. Their game Saturday night against Washington State is a chance to continue their momentum.

The news release from Metro:

With an anticipated 90,000 football fans expected to attend USC’s first home game of the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7, against Washington State, officials of the university and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined with the Spirit of Troy band to urge fans to ride Metro’s Expo Line to all home games.

At a campus news conference held at Pardee Plaza, directly adjacent to the Expo Park station, participants reminded fans the Metro Rail route scored big when it debuted in 2012.

“Last year we launched enhanced service to the Coliseum and moved about 8,000 Trojans fans to each of the six home games. That represents about 4,000 vehicles removed from the streets for each game,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “We’re putting on extra train cars and bus service to make sure fans get to the Coliseum and home safely and conveniently.”

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