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No. 212: A few favorite winter cocktails around town

Now that the cold weather is really upon us (OK, comparatively speaking), what better occasion to warm yourself up with a wintery cocktail? Rather in the form of actually high temperature toddies or teas, or just warming from the spices and aromas, here are a few of my faves from the recent weeks: Holiday Champagne Cocktail [...]

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Pig: A Restaurant Coming to UCB, Before Pigg Gets to Umamicatessen

Nice ink. Vag Magazine creator Leila Cohan-Miccio left her position as the editor of Grub Street Boston in September 2010 to concentrate on her comedy writing career. The initial fruits of her labor are now uncovered in Pig: A Restaurant, a one-woman show that follows seven characters crossing paths at the opening night of a [...]

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Cliff’s Edge brings in chef Benjamin Bailly for a fresh direction

Cliff's Edge, the popular Silver Lake restaurant with one of the most attractive outdoor dining patios on the eastside, is switching gears. It has quietly brought in James Beard-nominated chef Benjamin Bailly to revamp the menu and give new direction to the kitchen. Bailly, who was nominated as Rising Star Chef of the Year in [...]

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Forklore: Pity the parsnip

The parsnip has served humanity honorably. It's brightened many a dish of salt cod, perfumed many a stew and stock, been made into many a pie (Martha Washington's personal cookbook included a parsnip pie). Boiled parsnips with butter were once so common that they gave rise to the proverb "Fine words butter no parsnips." But [...]

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2012 EcoFarm Conference to be held in February

During the first week of February, the Ecological Farming Assn. will host its 32nd annual EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, Calif. The EcoFarm Conference brings together farmers, ranchers, food activists, merchants, educators and researchers, not to mention those just plain interested in sustainable agriculture, at the largest ecological agricultural gathering in the West. According to [...]

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Gastronomico: Get on the bus to Los Feliz

Gastronomico’s cured salmon sandwich The Gastrobus was one of the earlier stabs a mobile gourmet food, though I never got to try it. As with several other food trucks, the Gastrobus has morphed into a brick and mortar spot called Gastronomico. Tucked in the corner of the same Hillhurst Ave. mini-mall that houses the Drawing [...]

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The History of Ramen; Kimchi; School Lunch

A ramen aficionado’s history lesson on the popular noodle, a mother-in-law’s 21-year-old kimchi recipe goes to New York, and a doctor on how vinegar can save your life.

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Snooki Spied Squealing at STK; Taylor Armstrong Has a Date at Craig’s

Fortunately, there is still some remaining vodka left for the Golden Globes after Snooki stormed L.A. this week Here we are on star-powered Golden Globes weekend, but all we spy is reality biting. Literally. STK constantly trumpets appearances made by Jersey Shore cast-members (not particularly famous for great taste) and didn’t disappoint as none other [...]

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Does Paula Deen have diabetes?

Looks like TV chef and butter champion Paula Deen may soon reveal she has Type 2 diabetes. According to Jeannine Stein at L.A. Times Booster Shots blog: The Internet is buzzing with rumors that TV chef Paula Deen, queen of the deep fryer, could soon reveal to the world that she has Type 2 diabetes. [...]

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Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 1/9-1/13

Flickr/Lauren Manning​ In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. “You probably should get a “garlic knot,” which here is a hollow sphere of pizza dough, tied at th

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