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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 A First Look at The Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market

A First Look at The Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market

As I sit and sip my glass of Muscadet and prepare to slurp my first oyster, the smell of carnitas faintly wafts through the air towards my perch at the counter of the new Oyster Gourmet in Grand Central Market. Once I'm done here, I resolve to go get myself...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Little Jewel Review: Bringing the Soul of New Orleans to Chinatown, Los Angeles

Little Jewel Review: Bringing the Soul of New Orleans to Chinatown, Los Angeles

Creole and Cajun food never appealed much to me until I ate it in Louisiana, just as Texas-style barbecue never seemed like a necessary part of life until I had brisket at a shack outside Dallas, and just as I never liked green algae in my smoothie until I had...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Hamster Thanksgiving, L.A. Drinking Guide, Martha vs. Gwyneth: This Week in Food

Hamster Thanksgiving, L.A. Drinking Guide, Martha vs. Gwyneth: This Week in Food

This week's must-read food stories from around the web: The tiny hamster is back! Occasional LA Weekly contributor Farley Elliot has created yet another tiny hamster video, this time showing the joys of hamster Thanksgiving.  Nestle is creating a drink that claims to be exercise in a bottle.   The...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Chef Ben Ford's 10 Favorite Places to Eat in L.A.

Chef Ben Ford's 10 Favorite Places to Eat in L.A.

Ford's Filling Station L.A. LIVE finally has an official opening date: Dec. 3. Chef Ben Ford's new downtown restaurant, which will be similar in concept to the Ford's Filling Station that closed over the summer in Culver City, will anchor the Marriott hotel at L.A. Live, and there's even been...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A.'s Best Options for Thanksgiving To-Go

L.A.'s Best Options for Thanksgiving To-Go

For some of us, most of the joy of Thanksgiving comes from the long hours in the kitchen, sweating over a hot bird, mashing potatoes, rolling out pie crusts and making cranberry sauce from scratch. But not many of us.  For the rest of us, there are a number of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink California Cocktail Conference Returns to L.A. in January

California Cocktail Conference Returns to L.A. in January

The Golden State of Cocktails, a California-based cocktail conference that debuted early this year, will return for a second year in January. The conference, which has events for industry professionals as well as the public, will take place from Jan. 26-29 in downtown.  Consumer events (events open to everyone) include...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Afraid Your Favorite Restaurant Will Close? This TV Show Is Looking to Help

Afraid Your Favorite Restaurant Will Close? This TV Show Is Looking to Help

The restaurant game is notoriously risky, and there's nothing sadder than someone sinking a lifetime's worth of passion and money into a project just to see it fall apart. If that's the position you're in, a production company launching a new TV show wants to help.  The unnamed show comes...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Commissary Review: A Hotel Restaurant in Wood Nymph Disguise

Commissary Review: A Hotel Restaurant in Wood Nymph Disguise

Roy Choi cannot help himself. Even the most straightforward project must be bound in meaning, wrapped up in philosophy, imbued with some sort of higher purpose. The dude is a bona fide food prophet, a weed-addled street crusader fighting for truth, justice and the Korean-American way. So it makes sense...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Ramnuts, Appletinis and Chef Symposiums: This Week in Food

Ramnuts, Appletinis and Chef Symposiums: This Week in Food

It's Friday. And on Fridays, our brains tend to wander a bit, work seems less interesting, and perhaps we just want to be distracted until the weekend comes. Well, we're here to help with all your procrastination needs. Here (and every Friday from now on) we'll be giving you a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Gabrielle Hamilton's <i>Prune</i> Brings the Sticky-Close Energy of a Restaurant Kitchen to the Home

Gabrielle Hamilton's Prune Brings the Sticky-Close Energy of a Restaurant Kitchen to the Home

This week, Gabrielle Hamilton's cookbook Prune debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list after being released on Nov. 4. It's hardly a surprise given that Blood, Bones and Butter, her 2011 memoir, was also a huge hit, and her restaurant Prune is one of the most essential...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink An Early Peek at Dinette, Now Open in Echo Park

An Early Peek at Dinette, Now Open in Echo Park

At 8 a.m. yesterday morning, the 99 Cents Only store on Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park got a shiny new neighbor: Dinette opened its doors — or more accurately, window — serving pastries, cookies and breakfast items.  The sleek glassed-in space sits in stark contrast to its more worn-down neighbors,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Stir Market, Jet Tila's Food Hall & Restaurant, Opens Today on Beverly Blvd.

Stir Market, Jet Tila's Food Hall & Restaurant, Opens Today on Beverly Blvd.

Food halls are the new black, the new gastropubs, the new hotness. Eataly is coming to L.A., Anthony Bourdain is opening a food hall in New York, and we are still anxiously awaiting the food hall attached to the Helms Bakery that's forthcoming from Sherry Yard and Sang Yoon. And...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Trois Mec Chef Ludo Lefebvre Teaches Adorable Kids to Make Gnocchi (VIDEO)

Trois Mec Chef Ludo Lefebvre Teaches Adorable Kids to Make Gnocchi (VIDEO)

Every eight weeks or so, the tiny dining room at Trois Mec, L.A. Weekly's Best Restaurant of 2014, throws off its fancy restaurant guise and becomes a playground of sorts. The restaurant is usually only open during the week. But on these Saturdays at 11 a.m., tables normally reserved for...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Waterloo and City to Close at End of Year

Waterloo and City to Close at End of Year

Waterloo and City, chef Brendan Collins' Culver City restaurant, will close at the end of 2014. Taking its place will be Hatchet Hall, a new project from Brian Dunsmoor and Jonathan Strader. Dunsmoor was one of the chefs at Hart and the Hunter, where Strader worked front-of-house. Both of them recently left...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Food Events This Week: Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques, Macaron Making Class

Top 3 Food Events This Week: Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques, Macaron Making Class

"A Dinner For Prune" — A Celebration for Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, presents a special evening inspired by Prune, the new cookbook by Gabrielle Hamilton. The dinner is Hamilton’s exclusive appearance in Los Angeles.Goin and Styne  will present a four course menu drawn from the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cheap Oysters in L.A. for Every Night of the Week

Cheap Oysters in L.A. for Every Night of the Week

It's basically always oyster season in Los Angeles, where we're lucky enough to have the bounty of the cold Pacific and are able to enjoy it year-round. But for those of us raised with the adage that you should only eat oysters in months ending in "r," November still feels...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Brilliantshine Review: Where the Bartenders Are in Control

Brilliantshine Review: Where the Bartenders Are in Control

It must feel obscenely gratifying to be a certain breed of bartender these days, those who believe in the craft and take it seriously, whose parents likely despaired that their progeny threw away bachelor's degrees to pursue baffling, boozier aspirations. Bartending hitherto seldom made anyone famous, or rich, or even...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 66 Cent Martinis Tonight at Dominick's

66 Cent Martinis Tonight at Dominick's

Cocktails: delicious, fun and pretty damn expensive. But not tonight.  In celebration of its 66th anniversary, Dominick's in West Hollywood will be serving Russian standard martinis for 66 cents each.  What's the catch? Well, the martinis are "mini" and made with Russian vodka (no gin). But apart from that, no...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Second Look: Tar and Roses in Santa Monica

Second Look: Tar and Roses in Santa Monica

On a Tuesday evening, the back patio of Tar & Roses is packed. It was packed at 6 p.m., it is packed at 9 p.m., and it will be packed practically every moment the restaurant is open all week long. For a place that opened almost three years ago, this...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Been to Lou Amdur's New Wine Shop Yet? Two Words: Uni and Wine

Been to Lou Amdur's New Wine Shop Yet? Two Words: Uni and Wine

If we loved Lou Amdur's little wine shop when it was tucked in next door to Sqirl (and we did), we really love his new wine shop, 1.5 miles away in Los Feliz. With a much bigger selection and a tasting counter, it's a wine-geek's paradise, especially if you get...…
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