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Harmony Farms

Harmony Farms

WHY Hey, they’ve got game… try the buffalo burgers, quail and venison. The frozen turkey meatballs are great, too, but this time of Harmony is most valuable as a resource for holiday meats, especially excellent turkeys that cost less than the overpriced online ones — but order soon! WHAT Run by a goofy bunch of [...]

Autumnal Arrivals at the Farmers’ Markets

Autumnal Arrivals at the Farmers’ Markets

Last week marked the return of Laura Ramirez (J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch in Riverside County) to the Santa Monica and Hollywood markets after her late-summer hiatus. She brings fully ripe Hachiya persimmons, the oblong type you can only consume when they’re utterly soft and jammy. Their spicy, deep-orange flesh is a perfect reminder of right [...]

Platine Sweets & Savories

Platine Sweets & Savories

WHY Customized, “couture” cookies, brownies and teeny pots de crème for parties and gifts, and impulse treats to take home for yourself. WHAT This boutique gourmet cookie biz occupies a bare-bones commercial kitchen in still-untrendy west Culver City, with a tiny counter and no seating. But though the surroundings are spare, the product has all [...]

Artesia

Artesia

Alive with the color of brilliant silk saris, the aroma of a hundred different curries and the rhythms of Bhangra-inspired folk hits pouring out of music shops: This is Pioneer Boulevard, the heart of Little India on a typical weekend. It sits in the middle of Artesia, a suburb north of [...] Read the Full [...]

Hard Ciders Worth a Sip

Hard Ciders Worth a Sip

It’s that time of year when apple-anything sounds good, but the fermented versions so often disappoint. Apple ciders tend to be sticky sugary, particularly those from the commercial giants that dominate the Los Angeles market (do Hornsby’s and Strongbow or the pear cider from Wyder’s ring a bell?). A good cider, like beer, shouldn’t [...] [...]

La Grande Orange’s Egg Salad Sandwich

La Grande Orange’s Egg Salad Sandwich

A sandwich, salad or burger at La Grande Orange will set you back $8 to $14 — not exactly unusual for a Santa Monica lunch spot. But then there’s that $9 bag of giant house-made sourdough English muffins that you won’t be able to bike home without. The bargain hunter’s solution? The [...] Read the [...]

The Yard

The Yard

WHY Regulars have been frequenting The Yard mainly for its bargain happy hour (everything tastes better at $6 a pop). But for the past few months, this neighborhood bar (think late-night DJs and $3 martini specials) has been quietly turning into a true gastropub. Former personal chef as well as Axe and Campanile alum [...] [...]

Venice Cooking School

Venice Cooking School

Two of the country’s most respected cookbook authors and cooks have joined forces to open the Venice Cooking School, and the pending holiday-season roster of classes is tempting indeed. The partners are Martha Rose Shulman, author of some 25 cookbooks, including The Vegetarian Feast, Provençal Light and Entertaining Light, and Clifford A. Wright, author of [...]

Echigo

Echigo

WHY Because sushi masters are judged by their rice. WHAT “No cooked stuff,” warns a hand-scribbled notice at this no-frills Tokyo-style sushi restaurant in a generic West L.A. strip mall. They’re not kidding — there’s no miso soup, no edamame, no California rolls, no attitude. Just Hitoshi Kataoka’s glistening, warm sushi rice topped with supremely [...]

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

Most turkey burgers are generic things, coming out of the mass-produced, Foster Farms operation, making a person wonder if they really are a more responsible choice than beef burgers. But when they’re done right, a turkey burger is a beautiful thing — not just lower in fat and less environmentally bad than beef burgers, but [...]

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