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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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More Food and Booze at Barnsdall This Saturday

Woo her with wine at the Hollyhock House For those of you who couldn’t make it out to the Taste of the Eastside last weekend, there’s hope yet. Take a second chance at soaking up some culture (and some booze, of course) at the Eat. Drink. Art. Festival at Barnsdall Art Park this Saturday from [...]

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Longtime chef D.J. Olsen leaving Lou

D.J. Olsen, the popular longtime chef at Lou wine bar near Hancock Park, is leaving the restaurant. This is not unexpected, since founder and original owner Lou Amdur recently sold the place to a new owner, Troy Stevens. Olsen says he's given notice with a final day of June 7. Olsen is widely regarded as [...]

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Researchers Test Three-Second Rule, With Mixed Results

Depending on how you were raised, food dropped onto the floor was subject to the three-second rule, the five-second rule, the one-minute rule, or the before-the-dog-gets-it rule. That homespun … Continue reading “Researchers Test Three-Second Rule, With Mixed Results” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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Gratuity Included: A Quick History of Big Celebrity Tippers

Is this what he means by “why you ridin my tip?” We’ve spent enough time working restaurant jobs and slogging through part-time drudgery to truly appreciate any baller who knows how to tip big. And in celebrity circles, a huge gratuity (made public) is a surefire path to good PR and image rehabilitation. Yesterday, we [...]

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Behind the scenes at the Beard Awards

"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date" kept running through my head as I sat stuck in New York traffic on the way to the James Beard Restaurant Awards on Monday night. I'd just rejoined the awards committee, but had never attended the actual event, held this year at Lincoln Center. It's a [...]

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‘The Avengers’ Shawarma Bump + Where to Feed Your Craving

Remember that scene in E.T. with the Reese’s Pieces? It reportedly boosted sales of the candy so high in 1982 that the Hershey corporation was forced to keep a factory open minting the candies 2… Continue reading “‘The Avengers’ Shawarma Bump + Where to Feed Your Craving ” > Read the full post on Squid [...]

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Susina Owner Opens Sunset Junction Coffee Shop Today in Silver Lake

Sunset Junction now has an eponymous coffee shop The Silver Lake space that once housed Eat Well and later Alfredo Diaz’s K2, which shuttered in just a year last fall, is reopening today as a new cafe called Sunset Junction Coffee Shop. Jenna Turner, the Susina Bakery owner who recently revitalized Echo Park’s Chango Coffee, [...]

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Food FYI: Is the craft beer bubble about to burst?

SO MUCH CRAFT BEER Craft beer sales are gangbusters, but some wonder whether the burgeoning number of breweries will clog distribution channels, the Washington Post reports.    POWER OF THE BIG MAC The Big Mac is a technological marvel and an international barometer of economic activity beyond even the Economist's annual Big Mac index, the [...]

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Jamie Oliver Is Back with Meals in Minutes. Do We Like Him Again?

We’ve pissed off Jamie Oliver again. But this time, it not what we’re allowing our children to be served in the school cafeteria, as was the case on Food Revolution. It’s what we’re serving the… Continue reading “Jamie Oliver Is Back with Meals in Minutes. Do We Like Him Again?” > Read the full post [...]

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