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Little Saigon Tour

Little Saigon Tour
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Robert Danhi, chef and author of Southeast Asian Flavors, is leading a series of tours through Little Saigon in Westminster. The first, this Saturday, focuses on the cuisine of northern Vietnam, and the 20 tour-takers will learn about — and, more importantly, taste — such dishes as banh tom co ngu (sweet potato and shrimp […]

Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café

Tropicana Bakery & Cuban Café

WHY Sweet Cuban classics and worthy sandwiches and entrees. WHAT Like Porto’s, Tropicana Bakery blurs the line between bakery and restaurant. There are lots of great pastries here — rum-soaked raspberry tarts, éclairs sweetened with dulce de leche, empanada-like pastelitos stuffed with the likes of cheese and guava — all of which go down even […]

Hello, Mr. Chips

Hello, Mr. Chips

When is a chip not a chip? When it’s an art form. Here’s a short list of great chips — potato, rice, corn, even lotus root — found around town. Potato Chips The Daily Pint McG’s Irish Pub They’re not on the menu at the Daily Pint because there isn’t a food menu there, but […]

Hollywood Tomato Festival

Hollywood Tomato Festival

If you’ve been to a farmers’ market lately, or you’re a gardener or lucky friend of a gardener, you know that tomato season has hit, and it appears to be a humdinger this year. (I was late to work this morning because I had to make a big bowl of checca before the mound of […]

Cube Café

Cube Café

WHY For the complimentary prosecco and cheese to “toast” your arrival, as well as the in-the-know staff, eager to pair the perfect Barbera with your tagliatelle with Fatted Calf sausage ragú. Oh, and for the spiffy upscale market. WHAT This intimate neighborhood café, cheese bar and marketplace serves a pricey Italian-driven menu rich with farmers’ […]

Tea Lover’s Sale

Tea Lover’s Sale

Swank tea merchant Algabar is closing its L.A. store, Algabar Tea & Life, so starting today (September 9th) it’s clearing everything out with a 50% sale. And we mean everything: not just teas and tea accessories but furniture, home accessories and even the store’s fixtures, including a stone counter, antique tasting bars and a rock […]

7 Bastions of Quality Service

7 Bastions of Quality Service

When you spring for a really special dinner out, you expect the food, drinks and service to be top drawer. Unfortunately, even famous restaurants don’t always deliver the goods. Any place can have an off night — perhaps the chef is ill, or the kitchen gets overwhelmed with an unexpectedly packed house, or the place […]

Go Hungry to Greek Fest

Go Hungry to Greek Fest

The region’s biggest Greek festival, L.A. Greek Fest, arrives this weekend, with celebrity hosts Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (that’s right, she’s Greek) and three days of eating, drinking, cooking demontrations, live music and really fun dancing, both by performers and by crowds of attendees shouting, “Opa!” It’s hosted by St. Sophia Cathedral, L.A.’s hub […]

Koreatown

Koreatown

Chapman Plaza, the late 1920s marketplace on 6th Street with Churrigueresque flourishes and romantic drive-through archways, is a striking icon of old Los Angeles. The plaza is also a symbol of the new L.A. — a bustling, high-style warren that’s the perfect starting point for exploring Koreatown, which boasts an staggeringly […] Visit the Eat: […]

La Oaxaqueña Taco Truck

La Oaxaqueña Taco Truck

One of the benefits of trends (say, short-rib-and-tofu-toting taco trucks) is rediscovering the original inspiration behind them. La Oaxaqueña is one such classic that has drawn late-night crowds to Lincoln Boulevard in Venice for years. And at a pop, the fantastically messy grilled onion, salsa, guac and cilantro-topped carne asada […] Visit the Eat: Los […]