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Milo & Olive (Santa Monica, CA)

Milo & Olive 2723 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90403 Dining date: 4/10/12 Milo & Olive is the newest restaurant (opened in November) in Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s quickly expanding empire in Santa Monica that already includes Sweet Rose, Rustic Canyon and Huckleberry. I’ve been to both Sweet Rose and Rustic Canyon and enjoyed [...]

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Mozza Whole Hog @ Scuola Di Pizza (Los Angeles, CA)

Whole Hog Dinner Mozza’s Scuola Di Pizza 6610 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 Dining date: 4/14/12 Mozza has really made use of their space at the corner of Melrose & Highland, creating their higher end Osteria Mozza, their sitdown Pizzeria Mozza, their takeout Mozza2Go and a sort of all-purpose Scuola di Mozza all within [...]

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Sous Vide Flank Steak with Arugula Chimichurri

Dining date: 4/9/12 The latest in my experimentation with sous vide has been beef. Actually, the first thing I cooked was beef (a flat iron steak) and I moved over to chicken, pork and lately, I’ve been cooking a lot of fish. Some duck was a gateway back to red meat, and I’ve been playing with a bunch [...]

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Plan Check (Los Angeles, CA)

Plan Check 1800 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025 Dining date: 4/3/12 Plan Check opened just over a month ago, bringing a ‘modern American’ gastropub to the Japanese-centric Sawtelle area of West LA. It’s a combination of ex-Umami Corporate Chef Ernesto Uchimura’s grub with drinks masterminded by Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix (Harvard & Stone, [...]

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Le Comptoir (Los Angeles, CA)

Le Comptoir Tiara Cafe 127 E 9th St Los Angeles, CA 90015 Dining date: 3/29/12 Le Comptoir has been sort of a longer-term pop-up, occupying the Tiara Cafe space in downtown’s fashion district for a number of months now. For three days a week (Thurs-Sat), Gary Menes cooks his version of seasonal farm-to-table food. What [...]

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Lazy Ox Canteen (Los Angeles, CA)

Lazy Ox Canteen 241 S San Pedro St Los Angeles, CA 90012 Dining date: 4/1/12 I’ve been to Lazy Ox Canteen a number of times and have always had a fairly positive experience (except for the time they ran out of fried chicken at 6:30). However, for me it’s been stuck in the “pretty good, [...]

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Foie Gras-loving Chefs Fight Ban With Last-ditch Petition

When the ban on foie gras takes effect on July 1, Californians with a taste for foie will be reduced to copping the creamy tan stuff in little, perfect slugs squeezed into wax paper packets like… Continue reading “Foie Gras-loving Chefs Fight Ban With Last-ditch Petition” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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No. 216: Foodventuring in Torrance

This past Sunday I was invited to check out the new brunch menu @ Lazy Dog Café. Since it’s all the way out in Torrance, I decided to make a daytrip out of it and check out a few to-try spots (and revisit some longtime favorites) in one fell swoop. To start the day right, [...]

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This week’s Culinary SOS: Elway’s charred red pepper soup

This week's Culinary SOS comes from Dave Wohl in Sudbury, Mass.:  I was reading the L.A. Times online edition today and saw that you were able to get favorite recipes! I get to Denver a few times a year, and at Elway's restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton, they serve a terrific charred roasted red pepper soup. [...]

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Del Monte Speakeasy and the awesome history of Prohibition tunnels

Did you know that during Prohibition whiskey boats from Canada would anchor offshore of Venice and row their whiskey barrels to utility tunnels and catacombs under the Venice Pier that led to the tony hotels and bars that lined the boardwalk? I didn't. But I love the idea. It's so very "Boardwalk Empire." Apparently the [...]

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