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Elements Kitchen

Elements Kitchen

WHY The quiet bar is a great pre- or post-movie or theater spot for a glass of wine and a burger or Korean tacos; if you have more time and money, head for the lovely dining room. WHAT After spending the last couple of years building a loyal clientele for his catering and tiny lunchtime [...]

Early Spring in the Markets

Early Spring in the Markets

Punxutawney Phil may have seen his shadow a few days ago, but here in the SoCal farmers’ markets, early spring green is already here. Namely, the exiting arrival of the first small, tender, sweet English shelling peas. Tamai Farms has them at Mar Vista on Sunday and the Wednesday and Saturday Pico Santa Monica markets. [...]

Haitian Libations at Vertical

Haitian Libations at Vertical

Can you think of a better way to help people in a desperate situation thousands of miles away than by getting sauced on Saturday? You probably can, which is good, so go ahead and do that — and then afterwards come to Vertical for the Haitian Libations Charity Event. After 10 p.m., 50% of the [...]

Chin-Ma-Ya of Tokyo

Chin-Ma-Ya of Tokyo

WHY Brothy and flavorful ramen with lots of add-on toppings, like enoki mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and boiled eggs. WHAT Tucked away in the back of Weller Court, this restaurant serves some of Little Tokyo’s best ramen. There are seven different kinds of ramen, but it’s the tan-tan men that keeps us coming back. [...]

DineLA Returns

DineLA Returns

Just when you thought it was time to diet and swear off three-course meals, along comes DineLA, the ever-popular prix-fixe-a-thon that gives budget-conscious diners a chance to try new restaurants for less. The city-sponsored DineLA Restaurant Week is in fact two weeks, from January 24 to February 5 (excluding Saturdays). To participate, restaurants offer three-course [...]

So You Think You Can Cook?

So You Think You Can Cook?

Cooking-show mania is showing no signs of abating, and the newest one is seeking passionate home cooks with absolutely no professional experience. If that describes you, and you’re looking for fame, possible fortune, and the chance to have Gordon Ramsay yell at you, then head over to Farmers Market for the casting call on Sunday. [...]

Coffee Shops For Tea Drinkers

Coffee Shops For Tea Drinkers

Sure, they can paint a perfect fleur-de-lis in cappuccino foam, but can L.A.’s best baristas also brew a great cup of tea? Here are a few coffee shops that know their pekoes from their Ceylons. Espresso Profeta Hand-pulled espresso drinks may be the main draw at this  two-year-old UCLA café hangout, but don’t overlook the house [...]

Truckapalooza for Haiti

Truckapalooza for Haiti

It’s no great sacrifice to eat a grilled cheese sandwich and some ribs — and when doing so raises money to help the desperately needy in Haiti, well, it’s pretty much a moral imperative. That’s the motivation behind the gathering of 20 of L.A.’s hippest food trucks in West L.A. on Saturday. Organized (no doubt [...]

Sunday Supper Deal at Marché

Sunday Supper Deal at Marché

It’s a rainy Sunday night, the Golden Globes are on, and most Sherman Oaks restaurants are half-empty at best. But Marché is not only full, it’s overbooked. The reason? Chef/owner Gary Menes is debuting his first Sunday supper. Instead of the usual eclectic, market-driven menu of cocktail nibbles, small plates and excellent desserts from pastry [...]

Free Night with a Cheese Nerd

Free Night with a Cheese Nerd

Tired of the same old gouda? Ready to move beyond brie? Then head to Vroman’s Bookstore on Friday evening for a guided cheese tasting by Alex Brown of South Pasadena’s Nicole’s. A multiple grilled-cheese contest champion, Alex calls himself a “certifiable cheese nerd,” and he doesn’t do the usual food-pairing thing. Instead you’ll learn, as [...]