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Restaurants, Squid Ink Giving Away Brownies at Border Grill For No Good Reason

Giving Away Brownies at Border Grill For No Good Reason

Some of you may recall that Chris Knight — the Iowa-born, Paris-based journalist who started a project called Darn Brownies — came to town recently, to continue his mission of making and giving away free brownies just to make people happy and, hopefully by example, to so something good for their...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Ramen Yokocho Festival Returns to Little Tokyo, With a Gyoza-Eating Contest

Ramen Yokocho Festival Returns to Little Tokyo, With a Gyoza-Eating Contest

Yeah, yeah, we know it's not ramen weather, nor is it likely to be on the weekend of August 16-17, when the next Ramen Yokocho will be taking over Little Tokyo. Suck it up, literally, and just have an umbrella and a jug of ice water handy. Because ramen transcends minor...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Big Bite Bacon Fest, Doner Revolution Pop-Up + Fried Chicken Festival

Top 3 Events: Big Bite Bacon Fest, Doner Revolution Pop-Up + Fried Chicken Festival

Big Bite Bacon FestSince we will not collectively ever tire of bacon, and since everybody who went to the San Diego County Fair for Big Bite Bacon Fest probably is out of that food coma, the sizzling pork adventure will travel north for its debut at the Queen Mary in Long...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Giving Away Brownies For No Good Reason

Giving Away Brownies For No Good Reason

A random act of kindness starts like this: a rain of cocoa powder, dark and rich and intensely chocolatey, poured into a big ceramic bowl with sugar and butter, then creamed with vanilla and eggs, then flour and salt (a very simple recipe; use excellent chocolate; don't forget the salt)...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner, Mélisse Protege Dinner + Luckyrice L.A.

Top 3 Events: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner, Mélisse Protege Dinner + Luckyrice L.A.

BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner at Si Laa Chef Bernhard Mairinger of the much-lauded Austrian restaurant BierBeisl is popping up at Si Laa Thai Restaurant, joining the folks there to create a five-course dinner of the cuisines of both Thailand and Austria. It's a pretty cool conceit, in which each of the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Aro Latin Restaurant's Oaxacan-Indian Influence on South Pasadena

Aro Latin Restaurant's Oaxacan-Indian Influence on South Pasadena

At the rate he's going, Karan Raina soon will have his very own restaurant row along Mission Street in South Pasadena. Radhika, which the Punjab-born Raina owns and operates with his wife, Candy Garcia Raina, has been turning out addictive Indian dishes for more than four years now. And in late March,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: MPK Night Market, Hungry Cat Crab Fest + Josey Baker Bread Bake

Top 3 Events: MPK Night Market, Hungry Cat Crab Fest + Josey Baker Bread Bake

Monterey Park Night Market The first MPK Night Market is coming, with food booths, food trucks, merchandise vendors, art exhibitions, live entertainment, carnival games, sponsor tents and more. The city also approved its first public beer and wine garden at a park for the event, brining local craft beers from...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Restaurants in the San Fernando Valley

10 Best Restaurants in the San Fernando Valley

The vast quadrant of L.A. that is the San Fernando Valley, with Simi Valley to the west and Glendale to the east, is not, as some people seem to think of it, a food desert. Far from it. In fact, the Valley is home to such a disproportionate number of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 4 Events: DineL.A. Restaurant Week, Taste of Farmers Market, Claremont Restaurant Week + L.A. Garagiste Festival

Top 4 Events: DineL.A. Restaurant Week, Taste of Farmers Market, Claremont Restaurant Week + L.A. Garagiste Festival

DineL.A. Restaurant Week DineL.A.'s restaurant week, a recurring event, is back for another week, or rather weeks. Organized by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board and presented in partnership with American Express, DineL.A. showcases more than 300 restaurants, who create prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. There are no tickets...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Perfect Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos and Stumptown Coffee at Cofax

The Perfect Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos and Stumptown Coffee at Cofax

Even if you're not a morning person, there are two things that you can probably agree on: excellent coffee and breakfast burritos, perhaps the greatest morning combination since, well, coffee and whatever else you got. But, for reasons that maybe somebody should quiz Howard Schultz about, these two things are...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Sweet Rose Creamery Pops Up Downtown at Woo Souvenir Shop

Sweet Rose Creamery Pops Up Downtown at Woo Souvenir Shop

Thankfully, given the holidays and the heat, the trend of pop-up restaurants extends to ice cream shops. It's a natural fit anyway, since ice cream has a long and happy history of being mobile. Starting this Saturday, July 5 and extending to every Saturday and Sunday during the month of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 5 Events: Il Grano Tomato Wednesdays, Guittard Guest Chef Series + Backyard BBQ Battle With Josiah Citrin

Top 5 Events: Il Grano Tomato Wednesdays, Guittard Guest Chef Series + Backyard BBQ Battle With Josiah Citrin

Il Grano's Tomato Wednesdays Every Wednesday during summertime's peak tomato season, Il Grano chef-owner Sal Marino puts on a show, constructing a menu built entirely around the tomato. These are not your average tomatoes, or even ones he brings back from the nearby Santa Monica farmers market, but tomatoes Marino...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Milo's Kitchen: Your Dog's Very Own Food Truck

Milo's Kitchen: Your Dog's Very Own Food Truck

You knew this was coming, right? Because in a world where you now have bakeries for dogs and bakeries for people that also sell dog treats, in addition to the stuff that we already take for granted (dog parks, dog sweaters), it was only a matter of time before there...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink LuckDish Brings Japanese Curry to the Streets in a 1968 Airstream

LuckDish Brings Japanese Curry to the Streets in a 1968 Airstream

If you didn't grow up eating Japanese food, you probably came to it through sushi, long ubiquitous in this town. Then probably ramen, thankfully pretty common lately. Then maybe other iterations of noodles or bar food, thanks to your local izakaya - assuming you have one, which you probably do...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Urban Fruit Foraging Feeds L.A. Needy

Urban Fruit Foraging Feeds L.A. Needy

If you live in Southern California, you may take the abundance of fresh fruit for granted. We have farmers markets every day of the week, with fruit growers and even expert pomologists bringing gorgeous citrus and stone fruit, picked hours before. You may even have trees of your own, where...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink And Now, A Brief Message From The Onion

And Now, A Brief Message From The Onion

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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Tanabata at Hinoki + Food GPS Rib Festival

Top 3 Events: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Tanabata at Hinoki + Food GPS Rib Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival This huge food and wine event, the fourth of its kind, isn't until August, but you might want to plan ahead and reserve your tickets (and your time and appetite) now. Presented by Food & Wine magazine over the course of three nights and...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Lavender & Honey Opens in Pasadena: Excellent Espresso and Toast

Lavender & Honey Opens in Pasadena: Excellent Espresso and Toast

Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar owners Melanie and Charlie Porter have officially fired up their La Marzocco. The coffeehouse and deli had its grand opening on Saturday, June 21, as a crowd of obviously caffeine-deprived locals filled the corner brick building on E. Washington Blvd., on the northern edges of Pasadena...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 12 Best Affogatos in Los Angeles

12 Best Affogatos in Los Angeles

Among the many excellent mash-ups in the food world, one of the simplest and most blissful is the affogato, the marriage of two of Italy's finest exports, espresso and gelato. The word comes from the Italian affogare, to drown, and it's a pretty accurate summation of the dish, in which...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: DTLA Night Market, Wine Wednesdays + Tavern South Carolina Dinner

Top 3 Events: DTLA Night Market, Wine Wednesdays + Tavern South Carolina Dinner

DTLA Night Market Brought to you by the 626 Night Market folks, this two-day food event will be in downtown L.A. this time, instead of in the actual 626 area code, where the extremely popular Asian street market began (and continues). Filled with arts, crafts, entertainment, music and food -...…
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