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Restaurants, Squid Ink Dunkin' Donuts Opens Its First L.A. Location

Dunkin' Donuts Opens Its First L.A. Location

Going back to work after the Labor Day weekend just got a little easier, at least for Dunkin' Donuts fans who live in or near Santa Monica. Well, easier if you want to spend your early morning lining up with doughnut lovers badly in need of caffeine. The first Dunkin'...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink At Grand Central Market, a New Wave of Vendors Is Changing Up an L.A. Mainstay

At Grand Central Market, a New Wave of Vendors Is Changing Up an L.A. Mainstay

Many years later, as Grand Central Market faced the renovations that would once again shift its fortunes, Filomena Eriman remembered the day when she first arrived here, one of this country's oldest and largest public markets. It was 1969, and Eriman had been hired as an accountant for the family...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: PigOut 3.0, The Taste + L.A. Food and Wine Festival

Top 3 Events: PigOut 3.0, The Taste + L.A. Food and Wine Festival

PigOut 3.0  This is the third edition of this annual pig-centric event, which features chefs, specialty pork, cocktails, a pig-deconstruction demo, a pig farmer Q&A and a knife-skills demo. This year's main attraction will be a  250-pound Templeton Rye Duroc pig from the Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project. Among the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Ramen Yokocho Fest, International Tea Festival + L.A. Taco Festival

Top 3 Events: Ramen Yokocho Fest, International Tea Festival + L.A. Taco Festival

Ramen Yokocho FestivalThe Ramen Yokocho Fest is back! The latest one is part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a weekend of celebrating Japanese culture with not only noodles but live entertainment and food trucks. The festival includes the Day-Lee World Gyoza Eating Championship on Saturday afternoon (watch, not eat). As...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Ramen Iroha Closed; Chef Opens Restaurant Shu-Chan

Ramen Iroha Closed; Chef Opens Restaurant Shu-Chan

When one ramen shop closes, another one opens. Just remember that, when you show up at Marukai market in Gardena and stare longingly at the ramen-ya-shaped hole where Ramen Iroha used to be. Yep, Iroha closed about a month ago. So go buy some baumkuchen and bags of dried squid...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Noodlepalooza: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian Noodles in L.A.

Noodlepalooza: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian Noodles in L.A.

If you’ve driven by Sawtelle during lunch hours lately, you’ve likely noticed a crowd around Tsujita, the artisan noodle shop that has grown famous for the specialty ramen dish called tsukemen. The crowd is part of a growing legion in Los Angeles who've chosen to dig deeply into noodle culture...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Butcher and Beer Night, Nyesha Arrington Pop-Up + Mexico Food Fair

Top 3 Events: Butcher and Beer Night, Nyesha Arrington Pop-Up + Mexico Food Fair

Butcher & Beer Night at Picnik Picnik butcher Michael Puglisi joins chef Eduardo Ruiz for an evening of butchery demos, dinner and bottomless Eagle Rock Brews. Other than beer and meat, there will be a whole hog breakdown and instruction demo, which will include information on cuts and techniques, brining...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Pancake Breakfast Is Coming!

The Pancake Breakfast Is Coming!

It's August in Los Angeles. Time to listen to Vin Scully on the radio (here's that Time Warner petition), dream of rain, and get tickets to our Pancake Breakfast. Plan your weekend events and juice fasts accordingly. If you haven't seen the (pink!) artwork on your neighborhood's LA Weekly newspaper box, here's a...…
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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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