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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 Jason Neroni Has Not Forsaken Los Angeles — Despite New NYC Pizzeria

Jason Neroni Has Not Forsaken Los Angeles — Despite New NYC Pizzeria

Jason Neroni announced in late June that he was leaving his post as chef of Superba Snack Bar in order to open a new restaurant with Bill Chait some time in 2015. But yesterday on Instagram, Neroni announced the opening of a pizzeria called Bside in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. ...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Would You Pay $25 For a Dinner Reservation?

Would You Pay $25 For a Dinner Reservation?

Back in May, the New York food world had quite the debate over the idea of paying for reservations at prime dinner times. The spark for this conversation was Resy, an app launched by Gary Vaynerchuk and Ben Leventhal (Leventhal is also the co-founder of Eater). Resy offered last minute reservations at...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Rita's Italian Ice Giving Away Free Italian Ice For a Year

Rita's Italian Ice Giving Away Free Italian Ice For a Year

Here's a trend to love: More and more new businesses are giving away free food to promote themselves. In recent weeks we've seen free pizza, free hot dogs, free burgers, more free pizza — and now, free shaved ice. Rita's, the Italian ice and frozen custard chain, is opening a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink KFC Japan Is Giving Away Completely Wacko Chicken-Themed Computer Accessories

KFC Japan Is Giving Away Completely Wacko Chicken-Themed Computer Accessories

Remember the Ninja Burger? The amazing black-bunned monstrosity that Burger King Japan released last year? It was just one more reminder that Japan has all the fun when it comes to bizarre food items.  Now KFC Japan is taunting us with their own kind of awesomeness: They're giving away chicken-themed...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Saint Martha Review: A Young Chef With Exciting Food in Koreatown

Saint Martha Review: A Young Chef With Exciting Food in Koreatown

The rectangular block on the table before us looks as though it's made from pink marble. It's actually a slab of salt. Sitting atop the slab is a glistening white substance that looks like the flesh of a lychee but is, in fact, Santa Barbara spot prawn tartare, topped with...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Taco Bell Thinks We Want to Eat a Biscuit Taco

Taco Bell Thinks We Want to Eat a Biscuit Taco

It is with great sadness and consternation that I must report this news: Taco Bell is releasing a biscuit taco.  The biscuit taco joins Taco Bell's other forays into breakfast foods, which began this past March and include such atrocities items as the waffle taco and dough balls that ooze...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Berocca, the World's Best Hangover Cure, Comes to America

Berocca, the World's Best Hangover Cure, Comes to America

In a dresser drawer somewhere in my house lies my secret stash of Berocca. I keep it hidden because it is precious as gold — I wouldn't want someone just deciding to use it without good reason, and I never know when I'll be able to get more. But all...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Free Belcampo Hot Dogs at Grand Central Market

Free Belcampo Hot Dogs at Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market has recently been hosting game nights on Thursday evenings as a fun way to get people out to the market during dinner hours. This week, Belcampo, the butcher and food counter, will be giving away free hot dogs to visitors of the market on Thursday night.  From...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Don Chente and Aro Latin Reviews: Two New Ventures from Rocio Camacho

Don Chente and Aro Latin Reviews: Two New Ventures from Rocio Camacho

For the past few years, Rocio Camacho has been spreading her love around Los Angeles, in the form of mole. Beginning as a cook at Moles La Tia in East L.A. and then at her own venture, Rocio's Moles de los Dioses, Camacho has redefined mole for some of us,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The 3% Surcharge Catches On: The Lucques Group Introduces Healthcare For Employees

The 3% Surcharge Catches On: The Lucques Group Introduces Healthcare For Employees

Back when Republique opened late last year, the most hotly debated aspect of the restaurant was not the food or the redesign of the iconic building in which it's housed, but rather the 3% surcharge added to all checks to cover healthcare for the restaurant's employees. On Yelp and in...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Get Free Burgers For a Year at Meat District Co.

Get Free Burgers For a Year at Meat District Co.

Here's a way to get people in the door on opening day: The new Pasadena meat-focused restaurant Meat District Co. is giving away free burgers to the first 100 people in their door on opening day, Tues., Sept 2. But not just one free burger — they're giving each of these...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Petit Trois Will Offer Full Menu All Day and Add Weekend Hours

Petit Trois Will Offer Full Menu All Day and Add Weekend Hours

Petit Trois, the new bar/eatery from Ludo Lefebvre next to Trois Mec, has been fairly quiet during the day recently. At night the space is jam-packed with drinkers and diners, indulging in cocktails, escargot, steak frites and more. But the daytime crowd has not been a crowd at all, more...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Le Creuset Releases iPhone Case, Plus 5 More Phone Cases For Food Dorks

Le Creuset Releases iPhone Case, Plus 5 More Phone Cases For Food Dorks

Attention cooking nerds: Le Creuset, the gorgeous, expensive, French enameled cast iron cookware, has just released a new line of iPhone cases.  Sadly, the cases are not actually made of cast iron, though that would make them a tad heavy. Presumably they're made of plastic. The cases fit an iPhone 5...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Maison Giraud Provence Dinner, The Taste + Sylmar Olive Festival

Top 3 Events: Maison Giraud Provence Dinner, The Taste + Sylmar Olive Festival

Provence Dinner at Maison Giraud Maison Giraud's Four Star Dinner series continues its Tour de France, with each dinner exploring a different part of chef Alain Giraud's home country. For one night only, Giraud will create a seven-course tasting menu featuring food and wine from the region of Provence. Seating...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink El Condor Review: An Old Silver Lake Mexican Joint Gets Tarted Up — But at What Cost?

El Condor Review: An Old Silver Lake Mexican Joint Gets Tarted Up — But at What Cost?

My oxtail taco has alfalfa sprouts on it. In many ways, this is just about everything you need to know about El Condor, the new Mexican spot in the old El Conquistador space, from the folks behind L&E Oyster Bar and Covell Wine Bar. How you feel about El Condor...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes Leaving Röckenwagner, Heading Back to Spain

Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes Leaving Röckenwagner, Heading Back to Spain

In recent months, we've become quite enamored of pastry chef Cesar Bermudez Cifuentes, and particularly of his beautiful pastries and desserts at Röckenwagner Cafe. Cifuentes has been acting as pastry chef at Röckenwagner, and has also been running a tapas popup in the evenings at 3 Square Cafe called Le Sal. But he's leaving...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Wildcraft (Re)Opens Today in Culver City

Wildcraft (Re)Opens Today in Culver City

About six weeks back, Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza announced that they'd be closing and reopening as a more upscale Italian concept. Well that reopening is happening today.  Led by chef Tin Vuong (also of Little Sister, Abigaile, and Día de Campo), the new iteration, now simply called Wildcraft, is a modern Italian...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Blaze Pizza Is Offering Free Pizza Today in South Gate

Blaze Pizza Is Offering Free Pizza Today in South Gate

Sick of free pizza yet? Didn't think so. Blaze Pizza is at it again, giving away free pizza today at their new South Gate location in the Azalea shopping center in South Gate.  The free pizza action will take place today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The company claims that it's...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Can't-Miss Vendors at <i>L.A. Weekly</i>'s Pancake Breakfast (Plus a Special Discount!)

5 Can't-Miss Vendors at L.A. Weekly's Pancake Breakfast (Plus a Special Discount!)

It's almost here: our yearly Pancake Breakfast will take place this Sunday, August 24 at the Park Plaza Hotel. And lucky you — there's still time to get tickets (see the end of the post for a special discount for Squid Ink readers).  So what can you expect from this...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Upcoming Sriracha Festivals: Yes, There are a Lot of Them

Upcoming Sriracha Festivals: Yes, There are a Lot of Them

Last year, L.A. had a Sriracha festival downtown, and people dug it. This year, that festival has spawned a twin: San Diego is getting its very own Sriracha festival.  The 1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20 at Liberty Station. There will be drinks,...…
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