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Restaurants, Squid Ink 3 Fun Food Events This Week, Including an "EastSide" Food Festival

3 Fun Food Events This Week, Including an "EastSide" Food Festival

iHeartSilverlake EastSide Food Festival Silver Lake is getting its own food festival, with 25 vendors, chefs, DJs, musicians and more, hosted by  Mack Sennett Studios, Castle Gourmet and Food Is the New Rock. Who's coming? Alimento, Auntie Em's Kitchen, Angel City Brewing, Black Hogg, Donut Friend, HomeState, Kitchen Mouse, Little Beast, Mexicali...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Paula Deen Is Back, But With Trust Issues

Paula Deen Is Back, But With Trust Issues

On her recent trip to Los Angeles, Paula Deen taped a number of television shows (Fox and Friends, etc.) and holed up in the Montage Beverly Hills, where she did a few more interviews, including one with us. Thus on a weekday morning, we chatted with the white-haired queen of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Halloween Food Fest, French Roots Dinner and Baja Culinary Fest

Top 3 Events: Halloween Food Fest, French Roots Dinner and Baja Culinary Fest

Halloween Food Fest The inaugural Halloween Food Festival (presented by the KTOWN Night Market and Councilman Herb Wesson’s office) will mean that part of Koreatown will be closed off for food vendors, pop-up stores, carnival games and more. Who's coming? Eight Korean BBQ, Ramen Burger, IOTA Brew Café, Shin-Sen-Gumi, Swirl...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Little Flower Candy Co.'s Christine Moore to Open Lincoln in Pasadena

Little Flower Candy Co.'s Christine Moore to Open Lincoln in Pasadena

If you, like many of the rest of us, dream of Christine Moore's sea salt caramels, you'll soon have another place to get your fix. And a whole lot more than caramels. Moore and business partner Pam Perkins have spent the last year quietly at work turning a 1920s-era brick...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Red Velvet Cakes in Los Angeles (VIDEO)

10 Best Red Velvet Cakes in Los Angeles (VIDEO)

Thanks to the resurgence of traditional American cooking and so-called comfort food in the last decade or so, red velvet cakes have grown, and grown a lot, in popularity. It's easy to see why: They're gorgeous, delicious and just a little weird. Considered by many an example of traditional Southern...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Pint-Sized Beer Festival, Sriracha Festival and Cupcake Icing Classes

Top 3 Events: Pint-Sized Beer Festival, Sriracha Festival and Cupcake Icing Classes

Pint-Sized Beer FestivalIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, four Los Angeles breweries — Eagle Rock, Golden Road, Highland Park, Angel City Brewery — have teamed up to support the Keep a Breast Foundation with a locals-only mini beer festival. Flatiron and Truckquito food trucks will be on site with food...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Hans Röckenwagner's <i>Das Cookbook</i>: German Engineering For California Cuisine (Recipe)

Hans Röckenwagner's Das Cookbook: German Engineering For California Cuisine (Recipe)

Among the handful of Los Angeles chefs who have defined this town's restaurant scene, Hans Röckenwagner often seems to go under-appreciated. Maybe because he doesn't show up on flashy food television. Or maybe because he spends a disproportionate time baking pretzels and making his outstanding traditional German-style holiday cookies. Or...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Now You Can Eat Your Birthday Cake and Its Candles, Too

Now You Can Eat Your Birthday Cake and Its Candles, Too

You know the drill: You bake a birthday cake, or have somebody else bake one for you, then you populate its surface with candles, light them, watch them get blown out, then separate the inedible melted wax from the frosting you do want. Depending on the candles and how many...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Restaurants in Highland Park

10 Best Restaurants in Highland Park

Even before York Boulevard morphed into a jumble of trendy boutiques and bars, Highland Park was an eater's paradise. You could eat tacos for days and never even go inside, so good are the taco trucks in this neighborhood. All kinds of regional Mexican delicacies could be found in the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Artisanal L.A. Show, Pie Class and Hot Sauce Talk

Top 3 Events: Artisanal L.A. Show, Pie Class and Hot Sauce Talk

Artisanal L.A. Fall Show  The fall show from Artisanal L.A., the pop-up shop and recurrent event, is coming. This one again showcases new and returning vendors, book signings, demos and lots of fun stuff. Look for the launch of Leah Ferrazzani's Semolina Pasta; Stowaway Ginger Beer; Buttermilk, Inc.; QUIN candy from Portland, Oregon; and Zoe Nathan,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Greenbar, L.A.'s First Distillery Since Prohibition, Opens Tasting Room (VIDEO)

Greenbar, L.A.'s First Distillery Since Prohibition, Opens Tasting Room (VIDEO)

Many things have changed since the repeal of Prohibition, but one that that's only recently changed is the arrival of actual distilleries in Los Angeles. When Greenbar opened in 2011, it was the first distillery — legal at least — to open its door in 95 years. Owned by husband-and-wife team...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Clark Street Bread Pops Up at Grand Central Market

Clark Street Bread Pops Up at Grand Central Market

Those of us who shop at Grand Central Market, the almost century-old food court downtown, have long been going for mole and spices, goat tacos and carnitas, and more recently bagels and lox and hunks of cheese. But the historic city marketplace hasn't had a bakery for a long time...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Help Save the Dessert Hearse

Help Save the Dessert Hearse

Imagine a food truck operated by the folks at Six Feet Under — or maybe Tim Burton, or Evelyn Waugh. (You pick.) This is probably the best way to describe Deb Dawson's mobile catering company, Desserts to Die For, which the Ventura-based baker operates out of the back of a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Banh Mi Day, Food Truck Week and Phillippine Festival

Top 3 Events: Banh Mi Day, Food Truck Week and Phillippine Festival

Banh Mi Day with Andrea Nguyen Viet World Kitchen's Andrea Nguyen, author of The Banh Mi Handbook, is coming to downtown's Grand Central Market for a food tasting and recipe showcase featuring variations on the Vietnamese sandwich banh mi. Using ingredients from GCM vendors, Nguyen will demonstrate and offer tastings of different banh mi sandwiches, using...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Come to Sips & Sweets, a Holiday Dessert and Cocktail Party

Come to Sips & Sweets, a Holiday Dessert and Cocktail Party

Believe it or not, the holiday season isn't that far away. A few months may seem like a long time, but if you're an event-planner or a baker or pastry chef or candy-maker or chocolatier, it's really not. Which is why we're already inviting you to a holiday party. This...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Yes, Tsujita Does Sushi as Well as Ramen and <i>Tsukemen</i>

Yes, Tsujita Does Sushi as Well as Ramen and Tsukemen

Maybe the city planners who oversee Sawtelle Blvd. north of Olympic — that stretch of Japanese-intensive shops and restaurants many people call Little Osaka — should just hand over the keys to the folks who operate Tsujita. Of course we've all been lining up for bowls of noodles at Tsujita...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Harvest Festival, Feast of San Gennaro and Whole Grain Cooking Class

Top 3 Events: Harvest Festival, Feast of San Gennaro and Whole Grain Cooking Class

Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival Beginning Sept. 27 and running through the month of October, Underwood Family Farms will host its 17th annual harvest festival. Each weekend will feature different events, including a Pumpkin Drop (a pumpkin filled with candy is dropped from 150 feet up), various local Ventura...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Soon You Can Binge-Watch All of Roy Choi's <i>Street Food</i> Episodes on CNN

Soon You Can Binge-Watch All of Roy Choi's Street Food Episodes on CNN

Yesterday, Roy Choi and Anthony Bourdain held court at Pot, Choi's Koreatown hot pot restaurant, to talk about what they've been up to at CNN. (Yes, much food was served; and yes, Bourdain wore an apron.)  As you may recall, Choi and Bourdain have worked together before, with Choi appearing...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink KCRW’S Good Food Pie Contest Returns

KCRW’S Good Food Pie Contest Returns

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens: It's pie time. KCRW’S Good Food Pie Contest is returning for its sixth year, on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2-4 p.m. This year, the pie fest moves to UCLA's Fowler Museum, and is adding two new pie categories: Cooked Custard and World Pie (inspired by...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Joan's On Third in Studio City Is Finally Open

Joan's On Third in Studio City Is Finally Open

At 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, Joan McNamara is finally opening the doors of her Studio City outpost of Joan's On Third, the much-loved Third Street cafe and market. That sound you hear is the entire San Fernando Valley rejoicing, as well as a lot of people on the...…
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