Angela Matano

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  • 3 days ago | L.A. Restaurants

    Like calamari, this once-exotic protein now seems as foreign as mozzarella sticks. But while octopus is common, perfectly prepared octopus is not. Here are eight octopus dishes we find unusually delicious. Smoke.Oil.Salt Every forkful of chef Perf...

  • 2 months ago | Food Trends

    A plate of the tiny, mild smelt fish is the perfect finger-food appetizer. Usually served like calamari — fried up in a pile with some sort of dipping sauce — a small plate is enough to share. Averaging six to eight inches in length, these little ...

  • 3 months ago | Vegetarian

    It’s no longer the norm for the vegetable to sit idly on the sidelines as a mere side item. Though meat-focused restaurants are hardly diminishing in popularity, veggie-centered places are having their moment in L.A. and beyond.  Here are fiv...

  • 3 months ago | Candy

    Instead of being touted as a day of love, Valentine's Day should just be rechristened to “National Chocolate Day," where it will be scrubbed of any treacly, romantic tropes and turned into a day of friendship. It could be a glorious day of gorging...

  • 4 months ago | Neighborhoods

    Venice Boulevard, one of L.A.'s main arteries, has never gotten a lot of love. Always the means, never a destination, Venice is like the perennial bridesmaid, never blessed with a trip to the altar. But in the neighborhood of Mar Vista, on Venice ...

  • 4 months ago | Burgers

    Burgers made completely from scratch with specifically sourced, organic ingredients sounds like a simple enough idea, but few have the stamina, like Pono Burger’s Chef Makani Gerardi, to see this concept through so completely — especially when the...