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Congregation Ale House: A Sip At The Gastropub’s New Pasadena Altar

Much as we are Beer Church believers, our drive-by impression of Congregation Ale House’s latest branch across from Pasadena’s Central Park was hardly revelatory. The freestanding building is bo… Continue reading “Congregation Ale House: A Sip At The Gastropub’s New Pasadena Altar” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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Tom Bergin’s: Better beer, shinier shamrocks

Afternoon delight: an Irish coffee at Tom Bergin’s vintage bar Except for an awkward blind date with a guy named Michael Bolton (don’t ask), most of my visits to Tom Bergin’s have involved standing up in a packed the bar area, saying goodbye to somebody leaving Variety. Tom Bergin’s Fairfax location makes it a perfect [...]

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Forklore: How sweet it is

Manna isn't just a miraculous food that saved the Children of Israel during the Exodus. There are a number of mannas in the modern world, all being sweet things that appear mysteriously. One is Lecanora esculenta, a sweet lichen that grows in the deserts of the Near East. Most mannas are droplets of sugar that [...]

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Vegas Uncork’d 2012: Grand Tasting (Las Vegas, NV)

Vegas Uncork’d 2012: Grand Tasting Caesar’s Palace 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109 Dining date: 5/11/12 Las Vegas seems to have something to offer any tourist, whether it’s browsing the large resorts, the gambling, the shopping, the hot weather and pool parties, or the nightlife. It’s really become a food destination as well, [...]

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We’re looking for a few (more) good butchers. Can you help?

My story about the return of good butchers drew a couple of email responses that made me think. Wayne DeBord commented: "I can't tell you how I miss the corner butchers that were in every corner grocery when I was a kid. Maybe down the road the Times' food department would consider an investigation to [...]

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Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 5/7 – 5/11

In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. “I was never trying to make a statement about vegetarianism at Ubuntu, I was just trying to showcase the best ingredients … Continue reading “Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 5/7 – 5/11″ > Read the full post [...]

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The Origins of Sushi; Baking with Kids; Bacon Crackerjacks

What did sushi look like before refrigeration? What does the word sushi really mean? The answers may surprise you. Plus, embracing the mess when baking with kids.

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Redemption for UMAMIcatessen Via The Goldster; SIV Lists Her Fav Spots For Long Lunches

UMAMI’s pastrami Sheesh! Talk about timing. Just a few days after Midtown Lunch posted his slam on UMAMIcatessen in his 7 Reasons to Hate L.A. column, the LAT redeems the food hall/deli/cafeteria/thingie-mabbober with a glowing review. Brooks contended that there’s really no reason on earth to bother serving pastrami sandwiches within a 5 mile radius [...]

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Book review: ‘At Home on the Range’ by Margaret Yardley Potter

You've probably never seen the fine art of bread-making broken down quite like this in a recipe: "Now relax. Sit down, light a cigarette, write a letter or make your own plans for the next fifteen minutes while the dough 'tightens up' as we bakers say. "Is your cigarette finished? Let's go. This is fun." [...]

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Lawsuit Seeks Federal Ban on Foie Gras

And the foie gras wars continue: According to Courthouse News, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal rights organizations filed a lawsuit this week against the U.S. Department of Agricu… Continue reading “Lawsuit Seeks Federal Ban on Foie Gras ” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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