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February 3, 2018 civiccouch

Yamaya Japanese Wagyu and Grill in Torrance

We venture slightly outside the bubble for this 2 Minute Review to feature Yamaya Japanese Wagyu & Grill in Torrance. This reminds us of wine tasting but with top shelf beef. So good! This episode is hosted by Steve Napolitano and yes, Brad Jacobson stepped out from behind the camera to help with the tasting. As usual, special thanks to Manhattan Beach Toyota for their continued support. Produced by Civic Couch


March 8, 2017 civiccouch0

Entry Level Camera’s For the First Time Buyer 

People ask us what’s a good entry level camera that would be a nice step up from their cell phone camera?
We went to visit our friend Mark Comon at Paul’s Photo in Torrance to get his assistance with choosing that first camera. Paul’s Photo has been serving the South Bay community for more than 50 years.

February 10, 2017 civiccouch0

Beer Craft- A Tour of Smog City Brewing in Torrance
Smog City Brewing Company owner Laurie Porter takes us on a tour of their brewery in Torrance,Ca.  Smog City opened their Torrance location in 2013. Since gaining recognition for their flagship beers, the brewery’s Coffee Porter and Saber Tooth Squirrel (the latter was the winner of 2016’s World Beer Cup silver medal in Philadelphia and bronze finisher the Great American Beer Fest (GABF) amber ale/red ale category), SCBC has been looking to expand its take on craft brewing via a satellite tasting room.


June 17, 2015 civiccouch0

By Brad Jacobson

The Civic Couch Show brings you another restaurant view, this time we take a look at Lou’s on the Hill in Torrance.

Just as you begin to drive up the hill on Hawthorne Blvd you will see Lou’s on the left side of the street.  I was there on a shoot for the Easy Reader Newspaper.  I met Lou Giovannetti, the owner of Lou’s, on a video that the Civic Couch Show produced for the closing of the Side Bar so I was interested to see what he had produced.  Immediatley upon walking in I was impressed.  I like the use of wood floors and matching wood tables, large bar and lighting.  Each table has enough room so you’re not shoulder to should with the people at the next table.  I also like the use of natural light, not overpowering.  Please keep in mind that this is not a food review (I did not try the food), just giving you a view of the restaurant.  I did run into some friends there and they raved about the food.

Lou’s on the Hill interior

The manager of Lou’s on the Hill (CJ Manning) greeted me at the door and was very pleasant.  He gave me a quick tour and even showed me one of their dishes (as seen in the photo below).

Lou’s manager CJ Manning with a 24 month cured prosciutto
Brick oven in Lou’s Kitchen



Lou’s on the Hill drink menu offers some unique options, something for everyone.



Another angle of the interior.

Lou’s on the Hill is open for lunch M-F from 11:30 – 2:30 and dinner is served from 5-11pm M-Sat.  They are closed on Sunday.  They also have live music on certain nights.  Click here to view the times and dates.

March 31, 2015 civiccouch0

By Brad Jacobson

“Sound is God” states Aloke Dasgupta as he sits in his living room in a quant house in North Torrance.  Aloke has performed along side of some of the greatest performers including Clapton, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Gwen Stafani, and the LA Philharmonic at venues ranging from India to the Hollywood Bowl.  His sitar music has also been featured in major film and and television soundtracks.

I first met Aloke on an assignment for the Easy Reader.  I went to his home in Torrance to take a few pictures of him for an article.  Once I started talking to him I knew I wanted to make a video for the Civic Couch Show.  His stories and the way he played his sitar were amazing, and I wanted to share them.

To read the full Easy Reader story about Aloke, click here.