Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Starbucks Launching McCartney's Latest

IN THE NEWS: If you can't stand Paul McCartney music, you don't want to go into one of the many San Jose-area Starbucks on June 5. That's the day the Seattle coffee giant will launch McCartney's first album recorded on Starbucks' Hear Music label, called "Memory Almost Full," the Pugent Sound Business Journal reports. The album will be played in all Starbucks stores, all day, all over the world, Starbucks officials said. "Customers from Taipei to Topeka have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary album all within a span of 24 hours," said Ken Lombard, who is president of Starbucks Entertainment and runs Hear Music, in a statement. In March, Starbucks Corp. announced that former Beatle McCartney would be the first musician signed for Los Angeles-based Hear Music. ... The Mercury News' Aleta Wastson awards three and a half stars in her review of The Grill on the Alley (172 S. Market St., at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose), while Steven Chae stops by Whiz Burger (802 N. 13th St., San Jose). . mercurynews.com ... Metro Active's Stett Holbrook reviews three Afghani eateries: Ariana's Kabob House (4342 Thornton Ave., Fremont), Zaytoon Steak and Kabab (3701 Peralta Blvd., Fremont) and De Afghanistan Kabob House (37405 Fremont Blvd., Fremont). metroactive.com ... A Boston Globe story details Boston chef Chris Douglass' (co-owner of Icarus in the South End and Ashmont Grill in Dorchester) recent stint as a "celebrity chef ambassador" at Monterey Bay Aquarium's conference on fish stewardship. boston.com ... Blogger Food Notebook foodnotebook.com stops by Little Belmont Cafe (232 Harbor Blvd, Belmont).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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