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Hard Ciders Worth a Sip

Hard Ciders Worth a Sip
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It’s that time of year when apple-anything sounds good, but the fermented versions so often disappoint. Apple ciders tend to be sticky sugary, particularly those from the commercial giants that dominate the Los Angeles market (do Hornsby’s and Strongbow or the pear cider from Wyder’s ring a bell?). A good cider, like beer, shouldn’t […] […]

La Grande Orange’s Egg Salad Sandwich

La Grande Orange’s Egg Salad Sandwich

A sandwich, salad or burger at La Grande Orange will set you back $8 to $14 — not exactly unusual for a Santa Monica lunch spot. But then there’s that $9 bag of giant house-made sourdough English muffins that you won’t be able to bike home without. The bargain hunter’s solution? The […] Read the […]

The Yard

The Yard

WHY Regulars have been frequenting The Yard mainly for its bargain happy hour (everything tastes better at $6 a pop). But for the past few months, this neighborhood bar (think late-night DJs and $3 martini specials) has been quietly turning into a true gastropub. Former personal chef as well as Axe and Campanile alum […] […]

Venice Cooking School

Venice Cooking School

Two of the country’s most respected cookbook authors and cooks have joined forces to open the Venice Cooking School, and the pending holiday-season roster of classes is tempting indeed. The partners are Martha Rose Shulman, author of some 25 cookbooks, including The Vegetarian Feast, Provençal Light and Entertaining Light, and Clifford A. Wright, author of […]

Echigo

Echigo

WHY Because sushi masters are judged by their rice. WHAT “No cooked stuff,” warns a hand-scribbled notice at this no-frills Tokyo-style sushi restaurant in a generic West L.A. strip mall. They’re not kidding — there’s no miso soup, no edamame, no California rolls, no attitude. Just Hitoshi Kataoka’s glistening, warm sushi rice topped with supremely […]

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

Most turkey burgers are generic things, coming out of the mass-produced, Foster Farms operation, making a person wonder if they really are a more responsible choice than beef burgers. But when they’re done right, a turkey burger is a beautiful thing — not just lower in fat and less environmentally bad than beef burgers, but […]

A Misguided War on Cookies

A Misguided War on Cookies

Our own Jenn Garbee also writes for the new national food site Zester.com, and she’s just posted a fine rant responding to the new ban on bake sales by New York City public schools. Yes, it’s New York, not L.A., but this foolishness is catching on, and what New York does others will mimic. LAUSD, […]

Luscious Dumplings

Luscious Dumplings

WHY Pan-fried dumplings that will have you eating far more than health or propriety demands. WHAT Given the amount of competition, particularly in this neighborhood, it takes a lot of chutzpah  to call yourself “Luscious  Dumplings,” but this simple café’s wares deserve the  appellation. Each dumpling’s covering sports a different decorative pleating that indicates its filling […]

The Chaya Bargain

The Chaya Bargain

DineLA’s Restaurant Week has been extended another week (making it Restaurant Three Weeks), but one of the better deals in town right now is separate from that: Chaya’s $25 anniversary menu. The original Chaya Brasserie is 25 years old (I’m sorry to say that I’m old enough to have gone there when it was brand […]

Beer Week Highlights

Beer Week Highlights

The 90-degree temperatures arrived just in time, because Beer Week has begun, and we’re all getting a little thirsty. This “first annual” event is really a series of events at restaurants and pubs all over town, culminating in a festival at Descanso Gardens on  Saturday, October 24th. Here’s a link to the calendar of events […]