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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Good Food Festival: a $10 ticket for us commoners

The food fests just keep on coming: September 14 through 18 is the first Good Food Festival & Conference, sponsored by the Santa Monica Farmers Market, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and FamilyFarmed.org. The five-day event concludes with a weekend festival and street fair at Santa Monica High School (Go Vikings!). A number of [...]

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Tasty Noodle House: Dailin’ in to cleanly-flavored Chinese

cold sesame chicken noodles, Tasty Noodle House It can be strangely difficult to find a good-quality, straight-up place for a relaxed Chinese dinner in the San Gabriel Valley. Dim sum is out; the dumpling houses are great, but the menu can be limited for several people dining together. Newport Seafood and its like is good [...]

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Pubbing it through Hollywood at Blue Boar

The Blue Boar sports the Union Jack It would probably take a major earthquake to dislodge the venerable barflies from their spots at Ye Old Cat ‘n Fiddle — I’m pretty sure some of the patrons were stuck to the furniture when the Cat crawled down from Laurel Canyon. But if you’re up for a [...]

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Battle of the fall food fests: Will you go to the Taste or Los Angeles Food & Wine?

Todd English hosts Los Angeles Food and Wine’s bowling night Are food festivals the new film festivals? Los Angeles only recently started to see multi-day food festivals; last year, the L.A. Times’ first Taste festival was held on the same weekend as the Beverly Hills Celebration of Food and Wine. This year, the Taste has [...]

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