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What’s in Season at the Farmers Market: Chinese Dates, a k a Jujubes

Each year the arrival of the jujube — the small, date-like Chinese tree fruit — surprises us. People have been growing it in the U.S. for almost a century now. It was once fruita obscura, tr… Continue reading “What’s in Season at the Farmers Market: Chinese Dates, a k a Jujubes” > Read the full [...]


April Bloomfield; Beer Week; Tex-Mex Comes to LA

Chef April Bloomfield defines the gastropub. Michael Ruhlman muses on professional cooking and Chef Josef Centeno previews his next restaurant concept, Tex-Mex.


Where to Find Great Flan in LA

Its roots are French, but flan is a popular dessert in Latin American cuisine, with many versions across Los Angeles. It typically contains eggs, sweetened milk, and vanilla, with a layer of caramel that sometimes has a slightly crunchy texture. A recent discussion on Chowhound offered opinions about where to find the best flan in [...]


Former La Brea Bakery Space Becoming Manzke Family’s Bakery and Wine Bar

The Manzke and Margarita Following up on Gayot’s scoop that Bill Chait is taking over Campanile, The L.A. Times learns that Walter Manzke’s Republique could be up and running as soon as next spring. In addition to the chef’s “bistronomics”-inspired French concept, the original La Brea Bakery adjunct will become the home of Margarita Manzke’s [...]


Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 9/17 – 9/21

In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. “Rice, seemingly so bland and innocuous, harbors the same deadly poison beloved by Victorian mystery writers.” Consumer … Continue reading “Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 9/17 – 9/21″ > Read the full post on Squid Ink


BierBeisl: Authentic Austrian in Beverly Hills

Los Angelenos with a hankering for schnitzel, sausage, and strudel are now in luck, says a recent Chowhound discussion. BierBeisel joined the city’s diverse restaurant scene earlier this year, serving up delicious, authentic Austrian cuisine. Ciao Bob calls BierBeisl’s Bernhard Mairinger a “talented and passionate chef” who produces consistently great meals. To try a good [...]


City Sip: 2.0 version debuts tonight in Echo Park

Former "CSI" production coordinator turned wine bar proprietor Nicole Daddio has soaked up a lot about the Echo Park sensibility since she opened City Sip four years ago. One of the things she learned is that Echo Park’s wine bar enthusiasts are pretty much allergic to high prices, formality and fussy wine protocol in general. [...]


Margrit Mondavi Charms at WP at Bel-Air; Halle Berry Hits Osteria Drago

Margrit Mondavi Margrit Mondavi, the elegant 87-year-old who helped put Napa on the map with her late husband of 28 years, Robert, entertained a rapt table in the private dining room at Wolfgang Puck at Bel-Air on Wednesday night. Introducing her recently released memoir, Margrit Mondavi’s Sketchbook, the graceful, engaging storyteller had her audience absorbed, [...]


Governor Brown Signs California Homemade Food Act Into Effect

Breaking homemade brownie news: Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616) into effect today. If you’ve been following the bill, backed by local Assemblyman Mike Gatt… Continue reading “Governor Brown Signs California Homemade Food Act Into Effect” > Read the full post on Squid Ink


5×5 Chefs Collaborative @ ink. (Los Angeles, CA)

5×5 Chefs Collaborative Dinner ink. 8360 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90069 Dining date: 9/16/12 This past weekend was the final 5×5 Collaborative Dinner of the season. I was lucky enough to attend 3 of the 5 dinners, which were some of my most anticipated dinners in LA this year. For this final dinner at Michael [...]


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