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Test Kitchen tips: Mashed Potatoes 101 (plus 7 recipes)

There is an art to comfort food, and mashed potatoes are no exception. And while personal preference may have a lot to do with what you might consider "perfection" — do you like your mashed potatoes smooth or lumpy? Creamy or fluffy? — there are nevertheless some tips you can follow to elevate your spuds [...]

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Spago Cooking Up 20th Birthday Lunch in Vegas

Puck Before Las Vegas’ top-tier selling-point became its legion of famous chefs running their own Sin City satellites, there was just Wolfgang Puck, who was told he was crazy for bringing Spago to the town of free fried shrimp buffets and three-dollar steak specials. Two decades later, we all know who’s having the last laugh [...]

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Test Kitchen tips: Quinoa 101 (plus 6 recipes)

Quinoa is a South American grain-like crop that is increasingly becoming popular in North American cuisine. While the leaves of quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) plant can be cooked as a potherb, the seeds, or "grains" (while quinoa is not a true cereal, its seeds resemble and are similarly used like grains) of the plant are probably [...]

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Takeout Paella at La Española

The best paella in Los Angeles doesn’t come from a traditional restaurant; it comes in a humble Styrofoam takeout container from La Española Meats, a Spanish meat market in Harbor City. “The cruel reality is that there is no consistently great restaurant paella in L.A.,” J.L. says. But the takeout paella from La Española is [...]

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Toasting L.A.’s new Greenbar distillery with a Vanilla Shandy cocktail

L.A. welcomed its first commercial distillery since prohibition Sunday evening as Greenbar Collective had its grand opening in a Downtown warehouse. (Unfortunately the draconian local liquor laws mean there’s no tasting room, so it’s wholesale only.) Litty Mathew and Melkon Khosrovian’s company has come a long way since we voted on fruit and herb-infused vodkas [...]

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John Sedlar Revisits Mother Russia at Rivera

Ешь вволю, пей в меру While we continue to tinker with our own birria-borscht hybrids at home, John Sedlar is honoring Mother Russia at Rivera with a $70, May 2 menu available today to Blackboard Eats subscribers. The chef is celebrating “the end of Communism” with cocktails of Russian vodka (but probably stolen from the [...]

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Test Kitchen pop-up: MessHall preview at Short Order

The pop-up series Test Kitchen's latest installment takes place on Thursday at Short Order with a preview (dubbed "Boot Camp") of the coming restaurant MessHall. MessHall, slated to open later this year, is replacing the Louise's Trattoria in Los Feliz, partly spearheaded by Bill Chait, the restaurateur who's also behind Short Order (as well as Rivera, [...]

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Food Review or Dorothy Parker?

flickr4jazz/Flickr A drink at The Algonquin Hotel’s Blue BarInspired by The Awl’s fantastic — and surprisingly somewhat difficult — “Edith Wharton? Or Girls Review?” pop quiz last week, we created

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Simmzy’s Now Serving Lunch, Dinner and Beer in Belmont Shore

The new beer hall Mike and Chris Simms opened their second outpost of Simmzy’s in Long Beach this weekend, bringing even more taps, burgers and Anne Conness’s menu is similar in spirit to the original location, but featuring new additions like farmers’ market fritters and wood-fired pizzas, plus weekend brunch. Specials change nightly, with homey [...]

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Recipe Box: Pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner

  A tall stack of pancakes covered in sticky syrup is an obvious choice for breakfast, but what about having pancakes for lunch or dinner? These fluffy disks can be enjoyed as a sweet morning treat or a savory, hearty meal any time. For breakfast, try a classic Dutch baby, or for lunch or dinner, [...]

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