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Naya: New look, new name, same Tantra chef

Naya’s dining area goes white-on-white ¬†Most restaurants could use a little freshening up every few years, and after 10 years as Tantra, the Sunset Junction Indian spot has gotten a re-do as Naya. Naya’s grand opening is on Monday. We stopped by for the preview night and saw that the menu is similar to Tantra [...]


Beer Week: Still plenty of Eastside events left

¬† L.A. Beer Week is actually two weeks this year, so there’s still time to catch some hopping events. It’s true many of the great beer stops (Naja’s, Beachwood Brewery, etc.) are a couple of DUIs down the freeway for most of us, but that’s no reason to miss beer week. Here’s a few choice [...]


Tijuana: Six places you must go now

When a dozen or more food writers descend on a town for the same event, there’s sure to be plenty of write-ups on the highlights. Dave Lieberman pointed out 5 Products You Didn’t Know Came from Baja in the OC Weekly, while Javier, aka The Glutster, took readers course by course through the special Mision [...]


Settebello: One more step to a better Pasadena

Diavola pizza features peppered salami Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is the latest entry in the ongoing push for Pasadena not to suck so badly, foodwise, and it’s a worthy attempt. Like nearly everything else along Colorado, there’s a whiff of the corporate about Settebello, which has two locations in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, a [...]


Beer, ice cream and charity = winning!

I can’t believe I’ve missed FoodGPS’ Beer Float Showdown, benefitting Share Our Strength, two years in a row. Well, the third time is going to have to be the charm, because hosting it at the Eagle Rock Brewery is just too convenient for me. I could even ride my bike, like FoodGPS and EatingLA did [...]


Ma ma mia, it’s time for the Taste of Italy

Whether you have a drop of Italian blood of not, you can try food from Il Grano, Il Moro, Claro’s , Il Pastaio, La Bottega di Marino, Paciugo Gelato and more, as well as drinks from Ventura Limoncello, Fernet-Branca, San Antonio Winery and more at next Saturday’s benefit for the Italian American Museum of Los [...]


The first Baja Culinary Fest: Why you should go and how to do it

Baja bluefin tuna tostadas and Baja cheeses at the Baja Culinary Fest preview at Playa restaurant. John Sedlar of Playa is participating in Friday night’s dinner at Tijuana’s Mision 19 restaurant. Tequila. Mescal. Amazing seafood. Unusual cheeses, game and tropical fruits. No, it’s not the Yucatan, but nearby Tijuana and Ensenada, which are fast becoming [...]


And the winner of the great Silver Lake cookoff is…

Niki’s clams with chorizo I was honored to be asked to judge a cook off between my tenants Christian and Tyler and their friend Niki, a longtime EatingLA reader. The cook off took place over two evenings, and there were no real rules except that no vegetarians were invited. Each contestant chose a starter, entree [...]


It’s LQ day today!

Well, not officially, but chef Laurent Quenioux is all over the city today. First, he’s creating the menu for Cart with a Cause, which is parking conveniently in front of my office at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. For the lunch, he’s partnering with Starry Kitchen where’s he’s been doing a residency the past few months for [...]


Mixto: Los nuevos burritos de Silver Lake

The arrival of Mixto in the old Burrito King spot is a sure sign of the Silver Lake of the future: grass-fed, compostable, vegan-friendly, and of course more expensive than the old Silver Lake. From the owners of Tomato Pie, Mixto’s menu sticks mostly to tacos, burritos, tortas and quesadillas with a few sides and [...]


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