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Restaurants, Squid Ink Copenhagen Pastry Opens Second Location in Pasadena

Copenhagen Pastry Opens Second Location in Pasadena

Copenhagen Pastry opened this month in Pasadena, just in time for Danish pastry lovers to stock up on Christmas goodies without the long trip to the original shop in Culver City. Even better, customers can drop in on Christmas Eve (today!) and New Year’s Eve too, from 7 a.m. to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Project Taco's New Mid-Wilshire Location Serves Craft Beer With Fusion Tacos

Project Taco's New Mid-Wilshire Location Serves Craft Beer With Fusion Tacos

Project Taco just popped up in Mid-Wilshire, so now you don’t have to go all the way to Hermosa Beach to taste some of L.A.'s most creative fusion tacos. The new outpost of the South Bay favorite is just west of Crescent Heights Blvd., not far from the food trucks...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 85C Now Open in Pasadena — to the Delight of Coffee Lovers

85C Now Open in Pasadena — to the Delight of Coffee Lovers

Thirteen is a lucky number for Pasadena, which just acquired the 13th California outlet of the Taiwanese bakery cafe 85°C. In case you’re not familiar with this chain—until now the closest branches were in Torrance and Gardena—the name indicates the perfect temperature for hot coffee. This leaves out the bakery...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A.'s Little Bangladesh Expands With Biriyani Kabob House

L.A.'s Little Bangladesh Expands With Biriyani Kabob House

Little Bangladesh's restaurant row is growing. Yes, there is such a restaurant row. It runs along West 3rd Street between Western and Vermont Avenues and around the corner onto Vermont. The latest addition is Biriyani Kabob House in the first block west of Vermont. The restaurant is named for its...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Very Unusual Mole Comes to This Weekend's Mole Festival

A Very Unusual Mole Comes to This Weekend's Mole Festival

No matter how savvy you are about mole, here's one you probably haven't heard of. It's mole de caderas, a goat mole from Tehuacán, Puebla. If you want to taste it, go to La Feria de Los Moles this Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at La...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Guelaguetza Celebrated 20 Years With Renowned Oaxacan Chef Rodolfo Castellanos

Guelaguetza Celebrated 20 Years With Renowned Oaxacan Chef Rodolfo Castellanos

There wasn’t a tlayuda or plate of mole negro in sight when L.A.’s popular Oaxacan restaurant Guelaguetza celebrated its 20th anniversary with a dinner on August 11. Instead, guests dined as if they were in the trendy restaurant Origen in Oaxaca city. Its chef, Rodolfo Castellanos, flew in to recreate...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Tacos Tumbras a Tomas: 1,000 To-Die-For Servings of Carnitas, Every Day

Tacos Tumbras a Tomas: 1,000 To-Die-For Servings of Carnitas, Every Day

While the city sleeps, Tomas Martinez is wide awake. By 4 a.m. the day's work has begun at Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, the stall at Grand Central Market he's run for nearly two decades with brothers Manuel and Jesus. Four in the morning is actually late for Martinez. When the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Old-School Vendors Keeping Grand Central Market Classic

5 Old-School Vendors Keeping Grand Central Market Classic

China Cafe The venerable China Cafe rivals the trendiest hot spots in L.A. — if not in the food, definitely in the competition for a seat. Would-be diners crowd around salivating as they wait their turn to tuck into old-fashioned wonton soup, chop suey or chow mein — the sort...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Learn Chichén Itzá's Restaurant Secrets at Free Cooking Classes

Learn Chichén Itzá's Restaurant Secrets at Free Cooking Classes

The cuisine of Yucatán may seem remote and exotic, but you can become pretty good at it in just four short classes. These will take place in August at the Mercado La Paloma, which is celebrating the month of Yucatán in partnership with Chichén Itzá restaurant. Gilberto Cetina of Chichén Itzá...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Hatch Chile Alert and a Recipe for a Grilled Cheese Hatch Chile Sandwich

Hatch Chile Alert and a Recipe for a Grilled Cheese Hatch Chile Sandwich

Hang onto your hat-ch. New Mexico’s famous Hatch chiles are almost here. The season is short, from early August to the end of September, so you’ll want to get your share before they’re gone. If you’re a Hatch fanatic, you’ll line up with your stash at a chile roasting —...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <i>Chueotang</i>, the Korean Soup That Will Make You Gorgeous, Even If It's Not

Chueotang, the Korean Soup That Will Make You Gorgeous, Even If It's Not

Want to be insanely gorgeous or drop-dead handsome? Then eat as much chueotang as you can. This Korean fish soup is said to be a beautifier, and it's super healthy too. It's full of calcium, proteins and vitamins that Koreans believe make the complexion sparkly, smooth and fresh. This is...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Crustacean's Red Hour: A Color-Coded Happy Hour (Cocktail Recipe)

Crustacean's Red Hour: A Color-Coded Happy Hour (Cocktail Recipe)

This Wednesday, May 21, Beverly Hills will glow red, but not from a wild fire or gaudy sunset. The warm hues will come from Crustacean, which launches its Red Hour, a color-coded happy hour, from 4 to 8 p.m. Don't try to get in if you don't have an invitation. Only...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Jesse Gomez: The Mexican Restaurateur

Jesse Gomez: The Mexican Restaurateur

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. All his life, Jesse Gomez wanted to be a lawyer, until one semester in law school cured that. Now he's into restaurants, not courtrooms. By the end of this year, he'll...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Spanish-Language Version of <i>Sabores Yucatecos</i> Now Available (Recipes)

Spanish-Language Version of Sabores Yucatecos Now Available (Recipes)

If you've already bought Sabores Yucatecos, the cookbook from Chichén Itzá in the Mercado La Paloma, you may want to buy it again.  This doesn't mean getting two of the same thing - well not exactly. The new version contains the same 140 recipes from Yucatán, but this time they're in...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Melissa's <i>The Great Pepper Cookbook</i> Shows You How to Cook With Chiles (Recipe)

Melissa's The Great Pepper Cookbook Shows You How to Cook With Chiles (Recipe)

If you have The Great Pepper Cookbook from Melissa's, you can cook your way up the Scoville heat scale from zero (bell peppers) to "insanely hot" (bhut jolokia and scorpion chiles). As a major distributor of peppers and chiles, Melissa's/World Variety Produce has put into this book all the info...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A.'s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, and How to Get the Real Thing

L.A.'s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, and How to Get the Real Thing

Buy extra virgin olive oil off a supermarket shelf, and chances are that it's extra virgin in name only. "Unfortunately, in the United States, many of the companies that have sold olive oil have done so without having to comply with any standards for many, many years," says Paul Vossen,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Anne Willan Cooks From <i>The Burma Cookbook</i> (Recipe)

Anne Willan Cooks From The Burma Cookbook (Recipe)

Burmese food is getting so hot in L.A. that even Anne Willan, our doyenne of French cuisine, is cooking it. Well, not every day but one time, for a cookbook launch at her home in Santa Monica. What lured her into the kitchen was The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Jesse Gomez's Second Mercado: Great Mexican Cuisine Near the Grove

Jesse Gomez's Second Mercado: Great Mexican Cuisine Near the Grove

Open since September, the newish Mexican restaurant Mercado is in a super-busy spot, adjacent to the Original Farmers Market and a little west of the Grove. But if you drop in for happy hour, you'll feel as relaxed as if you were seaside in Mexico. You'll sit in a large patio room...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Parsi Cuisine in Artesia at Woodlands

Parsi Cuisine in Artesia at Woodlands

Ever eaten Parsi food? Probably not, because you won't find it in L.A. or SoCal, unless you have Parsi friends who invite you to their homes.   But now there is one restaurant where you can taste it: Woodlands in Artesia's Little India.  Annu Dangore, the owner, is Parsi and this year...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Chef Who Cooks Tandoori Chicken in a Toaster Oven (Recipe)

A Chef Who Cooks Tandoori Chicken in a Toaster Oven (Recipe)

Yes, you can cook tandoori chicken in a toaster oven. But you won't find that procedure in Farhana Sahibzada's cookbook, Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian/Pakistani Cooking (Trafford, $25). For six years Sahibzada was chef-owner of Cinnamon STIX, a cappuccino café and Indian snack shop near her home in Woodland Hills. There, she subbed...…
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