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Besha Rodell

Besha Rodell 

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Besha Rodell has been LA Weekly's restaurant critic since 2012. She is Australian by birth, and has lived and eaten in Melbourne, New York, North Carolina, Atlanta, and too many other places to mention. She has been writing about food for over a decade, during which time she has received multiple awards, including... more
Restaurants, Squid Ink MPK Night Market Is Tonight in Monterey Park

MPK Night Market Is Tonight in Monterey Park

Just a reminder that the first MPK Night Market comes to Monterey Park tonight. From 5:30-10:30 p.m., the market will showcase food booths, food trucks, merchandise vendors, art exhibitions, live entertainment, carnival games and more. Entrance is free. The market is run by KCM Agency, the folks behind K-Town Night Market, and...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Hidden Cocktail Bar in Culver City

A Hidden Cocktail Bar in Culver City

FIN the restaurant opened in Culver City in November of last year. Serving a Asian fusion-ish menu with a loungy vibe, it provided the neighborhood with a new dinner option, if the neighborhood was in the mood for citrus salmon sashimi with truffle, or spicy rock shrimp tempura.  But in...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Free Pizza in Monrovia This Saturday

Free Pizza in Monrovia This Saturday

Like free things? Like pizza? You're in luck: This weekend, Blaze Pizza will be giving away free pizza to celebrate its new store opening in Monrovia.  Blaze Pizza is a build-your-own pizza chain, with locations throughout the country and plenty more in the works. The company's investors include LeBron James, Maria...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Free Ice Cream! Cheap Ice Cream! New Ice Cream! 6 Upcoming Ice Cream Events

Free Ice Cream! Cheap Ice Cream! New Ice Cream! 6 Upcoming Ice Cream Events

July is national ice cream month, so OBVIOUSLY you've been out eating ice cream all month because not to do so would be unpatriotic or something. No? You don't give a crap about national blah blah month? Oh. OK. Neither do we, really. But we do really like ice cream. ...…
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Ladies Gunboat Society Review: Southern Food, West of the 405

It has all the elements of a tall tale told in a Mississippi barroom: Have you heard? Bob's wife went out to Los Angeles and says a restaurant there is serving Hoppin' John for $14!! Can you imagine? Naaaw. It couldn't be. Hoppin' John: that murky side dish found at...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink No Tipping, No Reservations, No Phone at Petit Trois

No Tipping, No Reservations, No Phone at Petit Trois

Petit Trois, the long-awaited space next door to Trois Mec, will open tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Owned and operated by the Trois Mec team — Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo — Petit Trois aims to offer  Bar a la Carte, described as the traditional French bar experience.  "I...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Booze World Trend No One Saw Coming: Health and Wellness

The Booze World Trend No One Saw Coming: Health and Wellness

Tales of the Cocktail, now in its 12th year, has a reputation for being the drunken bacchanal to end all parties. Held in New Orleans every July, the five-day event brings tens of thousands of bartenders and drinking enthusiasts to a city that already delights in excess. It's a recipe...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Guisados Testing Breakfast: Weenie and Egg Tacos for Us!

Guisados Testing Breakfast: Weenie and Egg Tacos for Us!

Guisados, the king of taco joints, is cautiously stepping into the breakfast game. For the past few weeks on various weekend mornings, they've been open at both their Boyle Heights and Echo Park locations serving breakfast. The first run, on the 4th of July, offered 50-cent tacos. This week marks...…
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The Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar Review: Great Food in Malibu (Yes, Malibu)

It's a question for the ages: Why isn't there any good food in Malibu? The query is based on a generalization — certainly, there are some good things to eat in Malibu — but the pickings are notoriously slim. (VICE recently dubbed the place "a culinary wasteland.") For such a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza Transitioning to More Upscale Italian Restaurant

Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza Transitioning to More Upscale Italian Restaurant

This news just in from the folks over at Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza in Culver City: The restaurant has closed down in order to transition to a full-scale Italian restaurant called Wildcraft.  Chef Tin Vuong and restaurateur Jed Sanford have brought on chef Bryant Wigger (recently of Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena), and plan to evolve the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink California's Foie Gras Ban Possibly Headed to Supreme Court

California's Foie Gras Ban Possibly Headed to Supreme Court

It's been two years since California banned the sale and production of foie gras, and it seemed to be a done deal. But a group of attorneys, as well as 13 other states outside of California, are hoping to raise the issue again. In fact, they're hoping to take it...…
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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 Three Words: Bacon Cronut Burger

Three Words: Bacon Cronut Burger

Relax, Los Angeles. We now have a bacon cronut burger.  This is thanks to chef Marc Elliot and his new restaurant Old School Eatery, which opened this past Tuesday on the very eastern edge of Pasadena. The theme is retro cuisine with clever twists and local ingredients.  Elliot is quite the character...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Kush Sake Bar Now Open in Echo Park

Kush Sake Bar Now Open in Echo Park

The space formerly occupied by Cortez in Echo Park has a new tenant: Kush Sake Bar, an izakaya-type establishment serving yakitori, Japanese small plates and sake.  The tiny Allison Ave space has been empty since Cortez's owners (who also own Cookbook about a mile away) sold the spot back in April. Kush opened quietly...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Le Sal, a Summer Tapas Pop-Up From Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes

Le Sal, a Summer Tapas Pop-Up From Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes

Abbot Kinney in Venice certainly has plenty of restaurants. But nearby residents will tell you that tasty, affordable food is hard to come by. Even if you want to shell out the dough, many places are practically impossible to get into. A casual, last minute night out is tougher than...…
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Tasting Menus Are Everywhere in L.A. Right Now. That's Not (Always) a Good Thing

When Alma opened in June 2012, it served as a beacon for the possibilities of the new food movement. Debuting with little fanfare on the quiet, scuzzy end of Broadway, it was a restaurant where you could taste the promise of one of the city's brightest young chefs, without a...…
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Smoke.Oil.Salt Review: Spanish Tapas in West Hollywood

Spanish food has a problem in its American translation. It's not that we don't want to love it — we do. Certain aspects of the cuisine have even become annoyingly ubiquitous (small plates, anyone?). But the long, rollicking meal that stretches past midnight, which exists mostly as a series of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink California Legislature Repeals Incredibly Stupid Glove Law

California Legislature Repeals Incredibly Stupid Glove Law

Remember six months ago or so when it looked like everyone from your friendly neighborhood barman to your favorite sushi chef was going to remind you more of a surgeon than someone providing hospitality? That's because on Jan. 1, a law went into effect requiring plastic gloves for all hospitality...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Weekend Lunch Near the Beach Now at Little Sister

Weekend Lunch Near the Beach Now at Little Sister

Your day trip to the beach no longer need involve overpriced boardwalk food for lunch. Little Sister, the Manhattan Beach restaurant from chef Tin Vuong, begins lunch service today, June 27. Little Sister will now be serving lunch three days a week, Fri., Sat. and Sun. from noon-3:30 p.m. The lunch menu...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Alimento Opens Tonight: Zach Pollack on His Menu, the Booze and Charging For Water

Alimento Opens Tonight: Zach Pollack on His Menu, the Booze and Charging For Water

Alimento, the new restaurant from chef Zack Pollack, opens tonight in Silver Lake.  Pollack is best known as one part of the two-man chef team behind Sotto  the Pico Blvd. Southern Italian restaurant that serves some of the city's best Italian food. Pollack and co-chef Steve Samson opened Sotto in 2011...…
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