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Foie Gras Is Legal Again in California: L.A. Chefs Throw a Twitter Party

Jan 7 2015
And lo, there was much rejoicing. A U.S. District Court ruled today that the law banning imported foie gras from being served in restaurants goes too far.…

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Odys + Penelope, Karen and Quinn Hatfield's New Churrasco, To Open Monday on La Brea

Jan 7 2015
Less than two weeks after closing their Melrose Ave. fine dining restaurant Hatfields, Karen and Quinn Hatfield are poised to open Odys + Penelope, a "contemporary, casual churrasco and grill" on La Brea Ave. 

The restaurant will be centered around cooking over fire, with a Brazilian churrasco, a wood-fired smoker and an open grill. Located in an old printing press, the name is inspired by the building's history, paying tribute to the couple Odysseus and Penelope of Homer’s Greek epic, The Odyssey.…

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10 Restaurant Picks From Redbird's Amy and Neal Fraser

Jan 7 2015
Redbird has been a long time coming. The seasonal modern American restaurant  inside the rectory building of downtown's gorgeous Vibiana from chef Neal Fraser (also of BLD) has been in the works since 2009.…

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Sweeney's Ale House Is the Coolest Place to Drink in Encino

Jan 7 2015
Let's face it, Encino isn't exactly the epicenter of cool. Stuck pretty much midway between Sherman Oaks' Restaurant Row (where craft cocktail and craft beer abound) and the eager culinary destination of Woodland Hills (where buzzy restaurants like Local Peasant and Salt and Pepper are drawing eaters west), the tony neighborhood is more well known for its role in that 80s Brendan Fraser movie than as a nightlife hotspot. 

In fact, Encino was until last Friday so devoid of places to grab a good beer along with a bite to eat, that the locals were forced to convene at the bar at the Ventura Boulevard Chili's.…

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Happy Birthday, Elvis! Eat Salt & Straw's Fool's Gold Ice Cream All Month Long

Jan 7 2015
To celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday on January 8, Salt & Straw ice cream on Larchmont is scooping a special flavor for the entire month.

Known for their unusual flavor combinations, like tomato-and-olive-oil sherbet, the Portland-based company embraces the King’s favorite flavor combination of banana/bacon/peanut butter – really quite visionary if you think about it – with a dedicated ice cream.

Salt & Straw’s interpretation of this trio of ingredients starts with a banana pudding ice cream, mixes in Marionberry Jam from Oregon Hill Farms and adds homemade peanut butter-bacon butterfingers.

Fool’s Gold, a sandwich rumored to be amongst Elvis’s top cravings, starts with an entire sourdough loaf, stuffs the inside with blueberry jam and peanut butter and then fills it out with a pound of bacon, equaling about 42,000 calories.

Nearly as famous for his gluttony as for his music, Elvis died at 41, and was alleged to have eaten as much as 65,000 calories a day.…

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Water's Hottest New Trend: Maple. (No, For Real.)

Jan 6 2015
Since last April, shoppers at L.A.'s Sprouts Farmers Markets may have noticed a bizarre new product moving in next to the coconut water. It's name?…

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Get a Sneak Peek at Mark Peel's Plans Tomorrow Night at AMMO

Jan 6 2015
In case you hadn't heard, Mark Peel is opening a seafood-driven restaurant stall at Grand Central Market. Right now, he's in the research and development stages of the menu, and he's looking to test-drive some of his ideas.…

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10 Best Classic French Toasts in Los Angeles

Jan 6 2015
This is a list celebrating the best classic French toast in Los Angeles, from Montecito Heights to Venice, Northridge to San Pedro. We chose to highlight the basics of this decadent breakfast treat: bread dipped in egg, dairy or some mix of the two, then fried in a copious amount of oil (or butter if the cook feels generous).…

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It's Twelfth Night, Which Means It's Time for Cake and Wassail!

Jan 5 2015
You’ve heard about the 12 Days of Christmas, but how many of you were actually keeping track? Today, Jan. 5, is officially Twelfth Night, the 12th day after Christmas (according to the Catholic Church and Church of England, which counts Dec. 25 as day one), and the day that your lucky someone should soon be receiving those 12 drummers drumming you ordered for them on Amazon.…

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Starry Kitchen Needs $500,000 Or It Will Shut Down Forever

Jan 5 2015
It sounds like an ultimatum in a crime thriller: If Starry Kitchen doesn't get $500,000 by 3 p.m. on Feb. 1, it'll be the end of Nguyen Tran's life. 

At least it will be the end of the life he and his chef wife, Thi, know now as owners of L.A.'s much-loved perpetual pan-Asian pop-up Starry Kitchen, a project they plan to close forever unless they are able to raise $500,000 for a brick-and-mortar through a monthlong Kickstarter campaign that launched Jan. 1. 

"My life is on the line right now," Nguyen Tran tells the Weekly. "At the end of this month, we either make the money and open a restaurant or we close down Starry Kitchen forever.…

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Meet Postre Chaja, the Hard-to-Find South American Pavlova

Jan 5 2015

If you're at a South American bakery and see a sweet in the display case that looks like an imploding planet Krypton, don't be alarmed. It's only postre chaja, a relatively obscure and luscious Uruguayan sponge cake filled with peaches, whipped cream, sometimes dulce de leche, and topped with delicate shards of French Meringue that you absolutely must try.

Born in 1927 — the same decade that saw the first pavlova — from the mind of Orlando Castellano, owner of a tearoom in Paysandú, Uruguay, the dessert was named after the chaja, a bird indigenous to South America and notable for the air pockets beneath its skin.…

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Booze Bolsters Immune System, Starbucks' Flat White, Year-End Lists: This Week in Food News

Jan 2 2015
The end of the year brings about many food lists, reflections and looks forward. Here are the food stories that grabbed our attention this week:

Eater complied a whole lot of year-end lists, beginning with complaints from media and industry types.…

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13 Places in L.A. to Get Your New Year's Resolution Juice Cleanse

Jan 2 2015
It’s time to face the facts. Or in this case, your bathroom scale.…

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Cure That Hangover With a Bloody Mary: Here's Four L.A. Originals

Jan 2 2015
Ever wonder why people drink Bloody Marys in the morning? Well, aside from the obvious excuse to get your drink on at 10 a.m.…

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The 3 Best New L.A. Breweries That Opened in 2014

Dec 31 2014
Not all beer is created equal — at least not this far into the game. As Los Angeles approaches the five-year anniversary of having a craft beer scene to call its own, it’s time to reflect a little on the mind-boggling exponential growth in the number of breweries, brewpubs and beer-slinging establishments sprouting up in every pocket of the Southland.…

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There's Still Time! Your Guide to Last-Minute L.A. New Years Eve Dinner Reservations

Dec 31 2014
What's that you say? You only just realized it's New Year's Eve?…

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Keurig Recalls More Than 7 Million Coffee Brewers

Dec 31 2014
Keurig is recalling more than 7 million single-serving coffee brewing machines after receiving reports about burns. Hopefully you didn't get your grandma one for Christmas!

The Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System can overheat and spray hot water during brewing, creating the potential for burns, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.…

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What to Stock in Your New Year's Eve Hangover Survival Kit

Dec 31 2014
Every year the same thing happens on New Years Day. You look at all the pictures you took (and posted) from the night before and you would be washed with a tidal wave of shame if it weren’t for the pounding headache, nausea, fatigue and furry taste in your mouth, like something curled up on your tongue, farted and died.…

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Party Like It's 1936 At Tom Bergin's One-Year Anniversary Bash

Dec 30 2014
Despite several years of ownership changes, poorly received revamps and unexpected closures, the original iconic shamrock — a piece of cut-up beer box first painted green in 1951 — is still stapled to the ceiling at Tom Bergin's on Fairfax, emblazoned with the faded last name of its first memorialized regular, Bud Wiser (yes, his real name).

The shamrock now rests adjacent to the freshly framed felt Rams championship banner, near the autographed photos of Cary Grant and other old-school Hollywood celebs, and sits among hundreds of other green pieces of cardboard that have lined the bar/restaurant's crowded wood rafters for nearly six decades.

All of this character, personality and homey pride — which has defined the Miracle Mile's "House of Irish Coffee" since Tom Bergin opened the place himself (albeit in its original building down the street) in 1936 — almost evaporated last year when its then-owners unceremoniously closed the institution. 

But this New Year's Eve is one to drink to, as Bergin's takes the night to celebrate not only 2015 but the one-year anniversary of its most recent rebirth, which has restored the comfy digs to its proper nostalgic throne.…

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Search for General Tso with Midtown Lunch and Evan Kleiman

Dec 30 2014
This Sunday, Zach Brooks of Food is the New Rock and Midtown Lunch is hosting a screening of The Search for General Tso, a movie about Chinese food in America. After the film, Brooks will be joined by Evan Kleiman from KCRW’s Good Food after the screening for a Q&A with the film’s producer Jennifer 8 Lee (author of the Fortune Cookie Chronicles).

According to the film's synopsis:

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Best Places to Eat in View Park-Windsor Hills

Dec 30 2014
In case you aren't familiar with the neighborhood known as View Park-Windsor Hills, allow us to introduce you to this awesome part of town.

It's the place you end up if you drive south from Culver City or trek to the other side of the Baldwin Hills.…

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Four Great Champagnes for Your New Year's Eve Fête

Dec 30 2014
If anyone knows high-end Champagne, it's Francois Vera. As general manager of Pour Vous, Vera pours Champagne — whether by the glass or for bottle service — on a nightly basis.…

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Cadet Review: Hart & the Hunter's Kris Tominaga Strikes Out on His Own

Dec 30 2014

It's fascinating to pull apart the dynamic of a two-chef team, especially a particularly strong collaboration. Will their solo work be like Dre without N.W.A, newly powerful and focused?…

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6 Hot and Cheap Wintertime Dishes Under $8

Dec 29 2014
When the nighttime temperatures drop below 50 degrees, you know it's winter in Los Angeles. But what to eat during these nippy 60-degree days?…

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Travel Around the World With These 5 L.A. Porridges

Dec 29 2014

In The Porridge Manifesto, Rachel W. Cole proclaims porridge the “perfect pre-dawn bite.” Nutritious, easy to prepare, warm and delicious, hot cereal (aka porridge) hits all the marks.

A traditional dish with a number of iterations from around the world, porridge is like the United Nations of foods, with the only real criteria for being in the club being grain. Almost, but not always, porridge is served hot, but pretty much any grain can join.…

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