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Medflies: It Just Takes Two

Medflies: It Just Takes Two

Where were we? Right, Medflies. You’ve been seeing the signs of a quarantine (such as netting over produce) in farmers’ markets in Santa Monica, Culver City and adjoining areas (see my original post on the subject here). They’re not beneficial insects — they don’t pollinate fruit, they destroy it — so once their presence has [...]

Supper Liberation Front

Supper Liberation Front

Blame it on our nose-to-the-grindstone L.A. County health inspectors, who always seem to ferret out a food festival or suspicious food truck, or maybe it’s the traffic’s fault, but Los Angeles has never had its fair share of underground restaurants (we admittedly find it hard to imagine willfully eating in someone’s attic or basement after [...]

Free Dirty Movie

Free Dirty Movie

DIRT! The Movie, inspired by Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth (what better title exists in any bookstore?), screens free Tuesday night at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Dirt teems with life, and gives life, but is increasingly scarce; if we expect to be nourished by this fast-disappearing resource, this award-winning documentary [...]

Slaw Dogs

Slaw Dogs

WHY West Virginia may have figured out a long time ago that cole slaw goes good on a hot dog, but here in California it’s a revelation. WHAT You can create your own dog from the many varieties and toppings at this new destination hot dog joint in Pasadena, but you won’t do better than [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Pubs

St. Patrick’s Day Pubs

So many Irish bars, so little time — particularly on St. Patrick’s Day. Some are more “bare bones,” as one of our editors refers to them (that’s code for dive bar), while others can all too quickly cross the line into Riverdance territory. Here are a few that will be pulling out the green carpet [...]

Norms — That’s Right, Norms

Norms — That’s Right, Norms

I remember very few childhood outings in the 1960s with my rather sickly grandfather Charlie, but I do remember Norms. For a rare treat he’d take a few of his many grandkids to the now-gone Norm’s in Los Feliz, and we thought it was just swell. Today 17 branches remain, most notably the parent in [...]

Day & Night Food Fare

Day & Night Food Fare

On Thursday, Food Fare, one of the mothers of all L.A. tasting events, makes its annual return to Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. When Planned Parenthood L.A. Guild  held its first Food Fare fundraiser 30 years ago, times were different. Julia Child was the event’s demo chef and there were probably fewer “gourmet restaurants” in all [...]

Dish Bistro & Bar

Dish Bistro & Bar

WHY The sort of intelligent modern American bistro that towns like Santa Monica have in spades but Pasadena has mysteriously lacked. WHAT The opening of chef Job Carder’s new side-street bistro instantly ramped up Old Pasadena’s culinary status — between Dish, Green Street Tavern and the even-newer Quadrupel, there’s hope away from the dull chains. [...]

Medfly Confusion at the Farmers’ Markets

Medfly Confusion at the Farmers’ Markets

You’ve seen the quarantine signs, the netting draped over fruits and vegetables-that-are-really-fruits, such as tomatoes and avocados, and the fans propelling streams of air over some produce displays. What does it all mean? First of all, there is nothing wrong with the fruit that growers bring into Los Angeles, so don’t stop buying. The problem [...]

John Rabe’s Cookbook Quest

John Rabe’s Cookbook Quest

I’m an habitué of used bookstores. Cliff’s in Pasadena, the late Acres of Books in Long Beach, Brand Bookstore in Glendale. I buy books at these stores and usually read them, and am always looking for cookbooks, as our kitchen bookshelf attests. For years, I’d seen the two-volume “The Gourmet Cookbook” for sale at these [...]