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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 [...]

Julia Child’s Oscar Eats?

Julia Child’s Oscar Eats?

With the countdown to Meryl Streep’s possible Oscar (fingers crossed!) win for Julie & Julia only days away, we’ve been thinking of Julia Child every time we grab a quick bite for lunch or pop open the Burgundy to go with a weeknight roast. Were Julia still alive, we can only imagine she’d be chatting [...]

The Smoke House

The Smoke House

My not-so-secret vice is a plate of baby back ribs and an order of the neon-orange garlic cheese bread at Burbank’s Smoke House Restaurant, but the price of that dinner has crept up in recent years. Happily, this Toluca Lake mainstay, founded in 1946, is currently offering some specials that make dinner out much more [...]

Silver Lake Truck Stop Starts Saturday

Silver Lake Truck Stop Starts Saturday

Food Truck Block Party in Silver Lake! On Sunday (rain canceled today) the Silver Lake Art, Craft and Vintage Market is hosting the first of a once-monthly lineup of food trucks at Micheltorena Elementary School. Starting February 27 and 28, food trucks will be arriving on the last Saturday and Sunday of every month, vending [...]

Jonathan Gold in the Driver’s Seat

Jonathan Gold in the Driver’s Seat

Like a famous film director, L.A. Weekly’s star food critic gets his name above the title these days. “Jonathan Gold Presents” is what it says on the paper’s announcement of this Sunday’s tasting event at the Petersen Automotive Museum. And why not? The party coincides with Gold’s annual round-up of restaurant recommendations, a list that legions of L.A. [...]

Sunday Night at Church & State

Sunday Night at Church & State

Good-value Sunday-night menus are all the rage in town, and it’s a trend we applaud — especially the one at Church & State in Downtown’s loft district. The prix-fixe menu is $39 a head for four courses, served in a way that allows for sampling a lot of good things. Three of us went last [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

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