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Toons and tipples: Tasting Lasseter wines at Patina

¬†Pixar founder John Lasseter and his wife Nancy have been wine lovers almost as long as they’ve been animation buffs. They started making wine after moving to Sonoma County in 1993 — just before "Toy Story" catapulted Pixar into the animation big leagues. Nancy is the force behind Lasseter Family Winery, the Glen Ellen winery [...]


Help make backyard bread legal — pass the Calif. homemade food act!

Mark Stambler’s rustic Pagnol loaf Silver Lake food artisans are on the cutting edge of making urban agriculture pay off and benefit makers and consumers, but local laws often try to prevent their activities. Silver Lake Farms’ proprietor Tara Kolla kicked off the push to pass Los Angeles’ Food and Flowers Freedom Act in 2010 [...]


Plan Check: Avoid that soggy bun with ketchup leather

Plan Check burger Plan Check opened today on Sawtelle Blvd., and as one of the few non-Japanese restaurants on the strip, it needs to rock a few great hamburgers to be a respectable gastropub. So chef Ernesto Uchimura, former executive chef at Umami Burger, has created ketchup leather, a solidified sheet of ketchup that locks [...]


Maxmiliano does brunch, for your next Highland Park bacchanal

smoked salmon eggs Benedict In retrospect, we should have walked both to Maxmiliano and back for brunch, although that would have come to four miles. But we had certainly worked up an appetite after walking the two miles there, so I didn’t hesitate to immediately order a breakfast pizza, with potatoes, two baked eggs, bacon, [...]


Veggies, and more: Pasadena gets a CSA

The Market on Holly is partnering with Silver Lake Farms to create what is possibly Pasadena’s first Community Support Agriculture program. For $30 a week, members will receive at least 12 different items including fresh local sustainable produce and Market on Holly gourmet items like homemade soups or cheeses. A 6 or 12 week commitment, [...]


Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar: Bring on the vegetables…and cocktails

Roots and berries salad What: Sandwich wizards Mendocino Farms grows up into Blue Cow, a full bar and restaurant. Where: 350 S. Grand, Downtown (California Plaza, across from Starry Kitchen) What to get: Lamb Lavash, Spanish Chicken Tartine, Smoked Brassica, Root Salad, Smoked Pecan Bourbon Old-Fashioned. When: Opening Monday Feb. 13 or thereabouts Who: Mario [...]


Abricott is a juicy choice for Pasadena

Is this the coziest lunch spot in all of Pasadena? You can mostly forget Old Town Pasadena for decent food, but thank goodness, other areas of town such as Lake Ave. are starting to really improve with solid casual spots like Cham Korean Bistro. Daisy Mint was one of the first of such nouveau Pasadena [...]


Cooks County turns into Soba city on Wednesday

Can’t wait until Common Grains launches its Soba-Ya Restaurant in late February in Torrance? Want to see what happens when artisanal Japanese buckwheat soba noodles meet the modern cuisine of recently-opened Cooks County? On Wednesday night, Common Grains, a collaboration between soba maker Sonoko Sakai and rice company Shinmei, hosts a pop-up East Meets West [...]


L & E Oyster Bar: Silver Lake gets its oysters

Apparently the people of Silver Lake have spoken, and they’ve asked for…oysters? It’s hard to say if an oyster bar was exactly what was needed in the former Domenico’s and Michelangelo spot, but judging from the crowds of the first few nights, it was a popular choice. Dustin Lancaster and Matt Kaner of buzzing Los [...]


Tijuana trolley to Manhattan: The New Yorker on Javier Plascencia

In this week’s New Yorker, Dana Goodyear profiles Javier Plascencia, the Tijuana chef who is a vital figure in bringing respect and reason to dining in Baja California. Goodyear made numerous trips to Baja to research the profile called The Missionary: A Food Renaissance in Baja, one of them with our October blogger trip (in [...]


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