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Noir Food & Wine

Noir Food & Wine
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WHY For the great wine list, with lots of worthy choices for $7 to $9 a glass; the well-conceived and fairly priced small-plates menu; and the gregarious charm of chef Beltran, who spends a lot of time checking on diners. WHAT Noir is the new venture of chef Claud Beltran and wine expert Mike Farwell, […]

Give Us Your Best Chicken Soup

Give Us Your Best Chicken Soup

The cold and flu season is upon us (wasn’t it 95 degrees just last week?). That means many of us need chicken soup, and fast. Here are some of our favorites around town. We suspect some of you may politely (cough, cough) disagree. “Ancient” Ginger Chicken Soup at Noodle Island The Hong Kong-style “ancient ginger” […]

La Española Meats

La Española Meats

WHY L.A.’s only outpost for house-made Spanish charcuterie, plus imported oils, wines and more. WHAT Inconspicuously lodged in an industrial side street, La Española makes the most of its Harbor City location by using its warehouse space to produce excellent sausages — including five types of chorizo and two types of morcilla — as well […]

Chocolate for a Cause

Chocolate for a Cause

The first cooking class that St. Joseph Center in Venice did as a fundraiser for its culinary training program was such a success that they’re back with more. First up, on October 21s, is a Chocolate Spectacular, being taught by Gourmandise Desserts. You’ll make — and eat — three courses of chocolate, and learn about […]

Ricardo’s Fish Tacos

Ricardo’s Fish Tacos

WHY Excellent Baja-style fish tacos. WHAT Ricardo (better known as Ricky) moves his poquito stand around Silver Lake, but you can reliably find him either in front of Le Bar (3922 Sunset Blvd.) or the laundromat on Saturdays during the Silver Lake Farmers’ Market. He makes just one thing, fish tacos ($2.50), and they’re […] […]

Chocolate City

Chocolate City

The International Chocolate Salon — which sounds terribly grand but is really just a chance to wander around and try all kinds of chocolate and chocolate confections — returns to the Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday, October 11th. Unlike most tasting events, this is not a fundraiser — it’s a for-profit event run by TasteTV […]

Rockwell, VT

Rockwell, VT

WHY A fabulous outdoor space, a good happy hour and flatbread pizzas to share with friends. WHAT The new venture from the owners of the elegant restaurant Vermont is larger than its parent, a two-level, mostly outdoor space built around a grand and artfully lit coral tree. The vibe varies greatly depending on when you […]

L.A. Chef Cookbooks

L.A. Chef Cookbooks

L.A. is a home cook’s paradise, with farmers’ markets galore, fantastic cheese shops and butchers, and even quality kitchen-supply stores like Surfas that can satisfy your sudden need for cannoli molds. We’ve also got an impressive collection of local cookbooks on our library shelves. There are so many great ones to choose from — Nancy […]

Exile on Breed Street: LAPD Shuts Down Street Food

Exile on Breed Street: LAPD Shuts Down Street Food

I’m just back from meeting my college girl at the Breed Street food fair, an ad-hoc, parking-lot, street-food fiesta that’s been getting a lot of attention in the last several months. I’m sorry to report that the attention seems to have done it harm, for just after we dug into our deep-fried quesadillas from Nina’s […]

Dine L.A. Returns

Dine L.A. Returns

After a run last spring that was so wildly successful it stretched from a week into a month, Dine L.A. Restaurant Week returns starting October 4th, this time for two weeks instead of one. Here’s how it works: The participating restaurants offer special three-course, fixed-price menus for lunch and dinner. They choose one of three […]