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Hope for Cottage Food Producers

Hope for Cottage Food Producers

This weekend on KPCC’s Off-Ramp, I talked to breadmaker Mark Stambler and California Assembly Member Mike Gatto about the in-the-works legislation to legalize “cottage food” businesses—breadmakers, nut roasters, and other creators of non-dangerous food items for sale. The whole issue first came to head when Stambler appeared on Off-Ramp; then Eat LA contributor Jenn Garbee [...]

Cheese Store of Pasadena

Cheese Store of Pasadena

WHY L.A.’s passion for cheese spreads eastward, into a spacious gourmet shop facing Shopper’s Lane. WHAT A solid collection of imported and domestic cheese is kept in a temperature-controlled cold room, so shoppers tell the counterfolk what they’re in the mood to sample or choose from the cheese menu. Wine and cheese tastings are held [...]

Fung Brothers Love for the 626

Fung Brothers Love for the 626

Three cheers for SGV entertainers and video makers the Fung Brothers for this terrific music-video shout-out to the joys of the 626. Sorry, Altadena, they don’t mean you: This love goes out to the south end, where the good food and late-night café action live: Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Rosemead and even El Monte. [...]

Jin Patisserie

Jin Patisserie

WHY For delicate, sculpturally gorgeous chocolates and pastries that taste as good as they look. WHAT After conquering Abbot Kinney with what may be L.A.’s most refined and serene chocolate shop and tea garden, Kristy Choo has branched out with this white-and-Lucite gallery-style shop in the Intercontinental. Same incredible chocolates and quality tea and coffee [...]

Sexo y Violencia, Decadent Fairies, and Exquisite Edwardians

Sexo y Violencia, Decadent Fairies, and Exquisite Edwardians

Go Go’ers, if you have plans for this week, cancel them immediately.  If you were heading out of town, unpack now.  And Ms. Go Go will wait while you set the DVR to record a week’s worth of every TV show you watch. You won’t be sorry. Simply put, there is more high-octane entertainment in [...]

Start Loving This Weekend

Start Loving This Weekend

Last weekend may have been a cultural desert because of the Super Bowl but Friday kicks off a fortnight of nearly nonstop fun. Eat your Wheaties.  Start your engines.  Go. Go. Go. Crushtastic Ms. Go Go says, what better way to kick off the pre-V-Day weekend than with a big ‘ole free love fest? Remain [...]

Sunnin

Sunnin

WHY For earthy Lebanese classics with an edge of sophistication, served all day long. WHAT Some may remember owner Em Tony’s handiwork from the luxe Al Amir opposite LACMA, where she cooked in the ’80s. Now she reigns over a sparkling open kitchen in a big, buzzing space, where you can often watch her turning [...]

‘lette Macaron

‘lette Macaron

WHY Parisian-style macarons, displayed like objets d’art, in the shop formerly known as Paulette (they dropped the ‘Pau’ after a trademark tussle). WHAT French macarons are not the dumpling-style macaroons (normally made of coconut) that we see in the U.S. These are light, tender-crisp sandwich-style cookies that look rather like colorful, miniature hamburgers, except the [...]

Monsieur Marcel

Monsieur Marcel

WHY L.A.’s best-kept-secret French bistro. WHAT Almost hidden in a corner of the Farmers Market is a café as authentically French as any in Lyon. It’s part of the adjacent Mr. Marcel market, home of French cheeses, olives, wines, table linens and an array of gourmet foods. Unlike most Farmers Market eateries, which are order-at-the-counter [...]

Mignon

Mignon

WHY A wee, charming spot with good, affordable wines, cheeses and charcuterie—just the place to transition from the work day to the evening. WHAT The smart folks behind one of our favorite wine bars, Bacaro, run this 600-square-foot spot in the heart of Downtown. Where Bacaro’s focus is Italian, here it’s French, with good, affordable [...]