Burgers, hot dogs plus a side of food nostalgia hit the spot in West Hollywood

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, July 25. I’m Andrew J. Campa, a metro reporter writing from the San Gabriel Valley (you know, the place where In-N-Out 🍔 was invented!).

It’s been a month of nostalgia dining in West Hollywood (WeHo, if you know), where warm memories and hot plates fed a crowd of salivating well-wishers.

Our Food Team documented a pair of returns in the iconic Westside enclave, leading with Irv’s Burgers.

The stand reopened July 1 after a four-year hiatus and has been celebrating a month of ceremonies, including a ribbon-cutting event ✂️.

Scores of crowds waited in long lines and shared recollections with our Stephanie Breijo, who documented the stand’s renaissance.

Among the fans were couple Dovie Mamikunian and Laurent Suchel, who lived in Paris until recently, and ventured to West Hollywood to and from Los Angeles International Airport.

“We … would have a hamburger before the plane,” Mamikunian said. “When we got off the airplane, first place we’d come is here.”

The duo visited Irv’s for 20 years at all three of its locations, including the newest version on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The burger stand has become a family tradition for Mamikunian, who grew up in Los Angeles. She discovered Irv’s with her brother, dined there with her husband, Laurent, and passed down the culinary custom with her daughter.

Like Mamikunian, regular diner James Evans was ecstatic to hear about the return of Irv’s. The location’s closing in 2018 brought about a sense of communal loss, said Evans.

“I was devastated — I felt so bad for them because they’re such a staple of the neighborhood,” he said.

On the first day back, Evans ordered his usual: a single cheeseburger, fries and a Coke. Mamikunian’s first trip back also heralded her familiar order of a patty melt.

The food was a welcome comfort for both. However, what made Irv’s stand out for Mamikunian, Evans and scores of others was the return of Sonia Hong, the restaurant’s former owner.

Hong ran and owned the locale from 2000

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From dogs to drones: the merchandise Travelodge company left behind in 2021 | Journey & leisure

A dog known as Beyoncé, a Roland drum kit, a 1940s typewriter and a suitcase entire of Blackpool rock were among the objects remaining powering by persons who stayed at Travelodge accommodations last year.

Other goods that company forgot to take home with them bundled a DJI Phantom drone, 6-foot feathered angel wings, a coin selection that was started out nine decades back and a Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoe.

Staff members at Travelodge’s 582 resorts noted a major improve in holiday break products currently being remaining behind about the past calendar year.

The suitcase of rock was discovered at the firm’s South Promenade location in Blackpool, a costume built out of postcards was left in Bournemouth and housekeepers at the Rhyl Seafront hotel in north Wales uncovered a huge inflatable unicorn pool float on the mattress of home 13.

A Pomsky pet termed Beyoncé was still left guiding at Manchester Central, and the owner of a miniature horse identified as Pink Rum was explained to be beside herself when she received house and realised that she had forgotten her horsebox in the Cockermouth resort automobile park.

Brides, grooms and marriage ceremony friends left behind a number of things, which include an Islamic marriage certification and a wedding cake piñata.

A bridesmaid being at the Liverpool Exchange Road resort still left guiding the bride’s pet lovebirds, Will and Kate, which she was supposed to choose to the ceremony.

Amongst other items still left guiding were:

  • A clever robotic puppy

  • A very first version of Watership Down

  • A banana boat

  • A GT V8 Bentley convertible

  • An Angora rabbit called Thumper

  • A wedding ceremony proposal message in a bottle

  • An ice-cream cart

  • A telescope

  • A start chart and tarot studying

Travelodge’s communications director, Shakila Ahmed, stated: “In 2021, following liberty day, we welcomed back again millions of shoppers to our 582 British isles Travelodge resorts and we noticed a considerable boost in bookings. This has led to a array of fascinating products staying still left driving by our consumers throughout our Uk resorts.

“When it will come to why so many of our

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