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The Very-Last-Minute Oscar Go Go: Ocean View Oscars, Million Dollar Oscars, Oscar Interruptus

The Very-Last-Minute Oscar Go Go: Ocean View Oscars, Million Dollar Oscars, Oscar Interruptus

The Academy did not recognize the genius of your groundbreaking sci-fi/inter-species romance about kittens and puppies in space. Your  invitations to the Vanity Fair party and the Governor’s Ball have, apparently, gotten lost in the mail. Despite the criminal oversight of your creativity and the incompetence of the U.S. mail, you’re still looking for a good […]

Mutiara Food & Market

Mutiara Food & Market

WHY An LAX-adjacent taste of Burmese and Malaysian cuisines. WHAT Owner Myo Aung honed his simple, satisfying Burmese cooking at Jasmine Market, and here, he’s added a number of Malaysian specialties. It’s all halal, with standouts like the crèpe-esque murtabak loaded with ground chicken, finely spiced lamb biryani and daging lembu, a Malaysian stew of […]

Mendocino Farms

Mendocino Farms

WHY Never the same old brown-bag lunch. WHAT When a former Lucques line cook moves to the sandwich line, quality ingredients follow. The roast chicken with herb-marinated goat cheese and ancho-cranberry chutney on Dolce Forno wheat is as good as it sounds; the albacore with citrus aioli and green apples on buckwheat you’ll want to […]

Gorbals, The

Gorbals, The

WHY An eccentric Jewish-Scottish hipster spot that’s surprisingly affordable given the celebrity status of the chef—the most expensive dish is $15. WHAT Helmed by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall, the Gorbals is anything but flashy—an almost-barren candlelit room tucked into the aging Alexandria Hotel, now used for affordable housing. The small menu draws inspiration from […]

Wine Detective

Wine Detective

WHY A comfortable place to sit, sip, nosh and talk, with two lounge-y seating areas, a wooden communal table, and room to stand and chat around the gleaming tasting machines. WHAT Part retail store, part wine bar and part high-tech tasting center, this quiet little spot was created by two wine-loving couples who invested in […]

Mercantile, The

Mercantile, The

WHY French charm and very good café cuisine. WHAT Yes, it’s owned by serial restaurateur George Abou-Daoud, but nonetheless we love this order-at-the-counter café, wine bar and gourmet market (its adjacent dinner restaurant, the District, ain’t bad either). High ceilings, vintage fixtures, sidewalk tables and nice people make the experience enjoyable, and the kitchen turns […]

Mercantile, The

Mercantile, The

WHY French charm and very good café cuisine. WHAT Yes, it’s owned by serial restaurateur George Abou-Daoud, but nonetheless we love this order-at-the-counter café, wine bar and gourmet market (its adjacent dinner restaurant, the District, ain’t bad either). High ceilings, vintage fixtures, sidewalk tables and nice people make the experience enjoyable, and the kitchen turns […]

Mercantile, The

Mercantile, The

WHY French charm and very good café cuisine. WHAT Yes, it’s owned by serial restaurateur George Abou-Daoud, but nonetheless we love this order-at-the-counter café, wine bar and gourmet market (its adjacent dinner restaurant, the District, ain’t bad either). High ceilings, vintage fixtures, sidewalk tables and nice people make the experience enjoyable, and the kitchen turns […]

Mercantile, The

Mercantile, The

WHY French charm and very good café cuisine. WHAT Yes, it’s owned by serial restaurateur George Abou-Daoud, but nonetheless we love this order-at-the-counter café, wine bar and gourmet market (its adjacent dinner restaurant, the District, ain’t bad either). High ceilings, vintage fixtures, sidewalk tables and nice people make the experience enjoyable, and the kitchen turns […]

Obika

Obika

WHY Without booking a trip to Rome, you can taste farmstead mozzarella di bufala from cheese makers working in the DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin). The cheese, sourced from Agro Pontina (where the bufala roam) and Paestum (south of Naples) is flown to L.A. three times weekly. WHAT Based on the sushi bar concept, Obika […]