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A Big Ol’ Slab of Treat

A Big Ol’ Slab of Treat
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The world’s largest Rice Krispie Treat — a 10,460-pound creation that seemed spawned from Willy Wonka’s factory — came to be on Sunday on the field outside the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. A new TLC show called Mega Bites, hosted by San Diego restaurateur and Top Chef season-three finalist Brian Malarkey, created the treat for its pilot […]

Lazy Ox Canteen

Lazy Ox Canteen

WHY To pretend you’re in Barcelona, or the East Village, or maybe Berkeley, if only for an evening. WHAT On an anonymous-looking block in Little Tokyo is this Downtown hot spot, where chef Josef Centeno is turning out food that will make you think you’re not in Los Angeles anymore. There’s a printed menu as […]

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. […]