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Noshing at Chinatown Summer Nights

Noshing at Chinatown Summer Nights

Thanks to our finally-summer weather, the next two Saturday nights will be peak time for the neon-lit pleasures of Chinatown Summer Nights, a food festival and neighborhood open house. Restaurants, food trucks, art galleries and entertainers are all contributing to a street-fair feeling in the blocks between Broadway and Yale Streets from College to Bernard. Here’s [...]

Fun Food-Lover’s Auction for the Schools

Fun Food-Lover’s Auction for the Schools

In June, teams of westside children, upset at the budget cuts impacting their schools and teachers, starting having lemonade sales to help their schools. It came to be known as Project Lemon-Aid. Their efforts so impressed the adults around them that they started pitching in, having fundraising yard sales, yoga classes and more. Now local [...]

The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point

This week, as part of our partnership with the KPCC show Off-Ramp, I joined host John Rabe and guest David Lazarus to talk about tipping—specifically, an issue recently uncovered by Lazarus, the consumer columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He noticed that an increasing number of credit-card receipts list tip amounts based on 15%, 18% [...]

Paul Greenberg at Ammo

Paul Greenberg at Ammo

Paul Greenberg is an award-winning seafood writer. You’ll find his work fairly regularly in the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. His new book is Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. In it, Greenberg explores the history of salmon, bass, cod, and tuna—the four fish species we eat the most of—as [...]

Pico’s Kosher Corridor

Pico’s Kosher Corridor

Pico Boulevard between Beverly Drive on the west and a little beyond Robertson on the east is a Miracle Mile of multiethnic, multicultural Jewish foods. The dense concentration of mostly kosher restaurants, cafés, groceries, bakeries, fish markets, fast-food spots and delis make it a rich source of specialty items for cooks, a meeting place for [...]

South Pasadena Farmers’ Market

South Pasadena Farmers’ Market

This neighborly, charm-packed certified market used to be better for prepared foods than produce, but new manager Greta Dunlap is kicking things up a few notches, and now it’s the best market east of Hollywood. There’s an abundance of great produce, including amazing mushrooms from LA Funghi, berries from Pudhill, grass-fed beef from J & [...]

The Hot Dog Days of Summer

The Hot Dog Days of Summer

This week on Off-Ramp, John Rabe, Kevin Ferguson and I ate at Slaw Dogs and talked about hot dogs—and there’s a whole lot more to hot dogs in L.A. than standing in a tourist-filled line at Pink’s. To listen to the podcast of our talk, click here for KPCC’s Off-Ramp site. Here’s our short list [...]

Food Trucks Arrive (Finally) in the SGV

Food Trucks Arrive (Finally) in the SGV

The city of Pasadena has not been real friendly to food trucks, so the mania that’s swept L.A. was slow to hit there. But Kogi figured out that it could stop in Altadena, just over the Pasadena border and in unincorporated L.A. County territory, and soon others followed suit. We invited the Grilled Cheese Truck [...]

Relishing Around Town

Relishing Around Town

On this week’s EAT LA/Off-Ramp collaboration, KPCC host John Rabe and I headed to Vicente Foods to taste relish. Lots and lots of relish. Straight up. Ya, crackers probably would have been a good idea. All the relishes we tasted are from small L.A. producers like Jim Brown. Some are zippy burger and hot dogs [...]

The Smokin’ Joint

The Smokin’ Joint

WHY For Q that rivals meats at the best steakhouses. WHAT This tiny, casual restaurant serves only grass-fed organic meats and uses organic produce from local farmer’s markets for sides like hand-cut fries, fried onion loaf and roasted vegetables. Chef Shari Teremotos brines the meats in apple juice and then adds spice rubs before smoking [...]