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Drago Santa Monica to close at end of January

Southern California will say arrivederci to another Italian dining institution when Celestino Drago closes Drago in Santa Monica after 21 years — following on the heels of the shutting of Evan Kleiman's Angeli Caffe on Melrose Avenue. Drago, who also owns Celestino, Drago Centro,  Dolce Forno, Enoteca Drago and Il Pastaio, says he is shuttering [...]

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5 Questions for Waylynn Lucas

Waylynn Lucas is the co-owner of Fonuts, the Third Street doughnut shop she and Nancy Truman opened earlier this year. She's the mastermind behind Fonuts' baked doughnuts — some are vegan and gluten-free, too, in flavors such as olive oil and rosemary, chorizo cheddar, salted caramel, strawberry buttermilk and more. Lucas was formerly pastry chef [...]

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Our top 10 food stories of 2011

It was a big year for the Los Angeles food world. The city saw more food trucks than it can count, there was a welcome influx of great, inexpensive wines and we introduced readers to our Master Class series, where top chefs shared special recipes and cooking tips. We're excited for the year ahead but [...]

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Forklore: Fruit loops

In the 18th century, Europeans got to know the tropical world on an unprecedented scale. In the process, they got to know tropical fruits, which had the same sort of exotic appeal for them that they have for us today, except that they were vastly more expensive. Only a few varieties had any hope of [...]

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3 Events: Wild Game at Whist, Eveleigh’s Rehab, Brunch at Street

Game on: My Last Bite and "Top Chef" contestant Chris Crary announce a five-course "Wild Game" tasting menu at Whist restaurant at the Viceroy in Santa Monica. "I’m a HUGE fan of 'Top Chef,' so when we lunched together recently (at Jitlada Thai, of course), we thought it would be fun to host a dinner [...]

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Test Kitchen video tips: Homemade almond meal

Almond meal can generally be found in well-stocked markets in the Los Angeles-area. but occasionally I'll hear from a reader who can't seem to find it at any local stores. No worries. Almond meal (or flour) is nothing more than ground almonds. Simply pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Be careful [...]

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This week’s Culinary SOS: Euro Pane’s mocha cookies

This week's Culinary SOS comes to us from Lisa Richmon in Hawthorne: I am in love with a cookie from Euro Pane in Pasadena. It is the mocha cookie. We were in the restaurant last weekend, and I asked for the recipe, and they laughed at me. I thought you might have a better chance. [...]

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Evan Kleiman to close Angeli Caffe after 27 years

Evan Kleiman, the host of KCRW's "Good Food" and the owner of Angeli Caffe, says she will close her 27-year-old Melrose Avenue restaurant next week.  "I was open for years when I probably should have closed," Kleiman said over the phone just after she'd told her staff about the closure. "It was my personal mission [...]

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Restaurant roundup: Yet more New Year’s Eve options

We've already listed several restaurants in and around L.A. that are celebrating New Year's Eve. But if you're still figuring out your plans for Saturday night, here are even more additions to our previously posted restaurant roundup: Ammo: Ammo's celebrating with a special New Year's Eve menu that includes options such as blini with caviar and caraway [...]

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From the bookstore: ‘Mourad New Moroccan’

This has been a great year for Moroccan cookbooks. We got Paula Wolfert's "The Food of Morocco," which takes a very traditional approach — and the recipes all work, brilliantly. But this year also brought "Mourad New Moroccan" from acclaimed San Francisco chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza. In this book and at his restaurant, Lahlou [...]

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