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La La Land’s Famous Jazz Club Seb’s Is Popping Up Across America

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• Seb’s, the fictional jazz club that provided a major plot point in the Oscar-winning La La Land, is popping up in real life. Bars in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and San Francisco will transform into their version of Seb’s on April 25 — a promotion for the film’s DVD release and yet-another example of pop culture establishments becoming real-life stunts. In Long Beach, CA, a bar called the Blind Donkey is participating in the transformation — a nice fit considering it provided the literal backdrop for the film’s version of Seb’s.

• Mars Cheese Castle, a cheese-focused Wisconsin tourist destination that pretty much sounds like the happiest place on earth, is expanding. Chicago Mag reports the spot will literally double in size to 46,000 square feet later this month, with a larger 80-seat restaurant that will “serve several kinds of curds.” The re-opening is set for May 25.

• Culinary wizard (and Modernist Cuisine founder) Nathan Myhrvold, along with MC head chef Francisco Migoya, will team up with the Heritage Radio Network for a podcast that focuses entirely on bread. Modernist BreadCrumbs is inspired, of course, by Myhrvold’s upcoming bread opus Modernist Bread, which will finally be released in fall 2017.

• The first west coast location of the beloved chain Cracker Barrel debuted earlier this week in Tualatin, Oregon, about 12 miles south of Portland. Nearly 100 people lined up at 6 a.m. opening day to be among the first Oregonians to consume chicken and dumplings and pecan pancakes on native soil.

• Pint-sized culinary competition MasterChef Junior is partnering with meal kit brand BlueApron in an upcoming episode — meaning that BlueApron subscribers will soon find a recipe in their boxes that was literally concocted by someone under the age of 13.

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