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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 10 Best New Los Angeles Restaurants of 2014

10 Best New Los Angeles Restaurants of 2014

There's not much in the life of a restaurant critic about which it's OK to complain. Waaah, I have to eat so much! Boo, I never get to eat at home. I know — it's a sweet gig and I should be grateful for it. And I am. But one...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cassell's Burgers Opening Next Week in Koreatown

Cassell's Burgers Opening Next Week in Koreatown

Back in 2012, longtime L.A. favorite Cassell's Hamburgers shuttered their last location with a promise to reopen in Koreatown's Normandie Hotel. The restaurant was originally opened in 1948 by Al Cassell, who died in 2010 at 98. The business had moved a few times and eventually been sold to new...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Food Gifts From Trusted L.A. Chefs

5 Food Gifts From Trusted L.A. Chefs

Out chefs in L.A. are so clever. They cook great food. They write great cookbooks. Some of them even make things we can give to other people, things that will make the giftee happy and the gifter look like they have really good taste.  This year, allow your gifting consumerism...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Chi Spacca Review: Artistry Well Beyond the Butcher's Block

Chi Spacca Review: Artistry Well Beyond the Butcher's Block

By the time your waiter has finished telling you about the folklore of the focaccia di Recco at Chi Spacca, you might stop wondering why you paid $18 for a piece of bread. It's a very large, very round piece of bread, the size and shape of a medium pizza,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink All Star Chef Classic Returns: Tickets on Sale Today

All Star Chef Classic Returns: Tickets on Sale Today

This year, L.A.'s lineup of swanky food events got a newbie in the All Star Chef's Classic, a four day series of dinners, tasting events and a kid's cooking class. This coming March, the event returns to L.A. Live, and tickets are on sale today.  The event, which is put...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink White Chocolate Pringles, 2014 Williams Sonoma Hater's Guide: This Week in Food News

White Chocolate Pringles, 2014 Williams Sonoma Hater's Guide: This Week in Food News

From disgusting potato chip flavors to McDonald's new menu changes, here at the food stories this week that caught our attention.  Pringles has released this year's holiday flavors, and they are horrifying. As if white chocolate wasn't bad enough in chocolate form.  The 2014 haters guide to the Williams Sonoma...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Drink Better Wine, Start a Revolution

Drink Better Wine, Start a Revolution

I stand looking resentfully at the large shelf of craft beers and scowl. The supermarket I’m in, the Vons on Sunset Boulevard on the border of Hollywood and Los Feliz, takes its beer fairly seriously. You can get four different varieties of Allegash, a few truly local brews and many...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Rivera Closing: Why We're Sad, Yet Sadly Not Surprised

Rivera Closing: Why We're Sad, Yet Sadly Not Surprised

Yesterday, Eater reported that Rivera, John Sedlar's modern Latin restaurant Rivera will close at the end of this year. They also reported that Sedlar is relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico to open a Southwestern restaurant. Last night, representatives for Sedlar confirmed the closing, saying: Rivera restaurant owner/chef John Rivera Sedlar announced...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Sean Brock on Chefs as Academics, Southern Food and His New Cookbook <i>Heritage</i>

Sean Brock on Chefs as Academics, Southern Food and His New Cookbook Heritage

Sean Brock is not the chef he used to be. When I first ate his cooking, it was in 2006, right after he took over the kitchen at McCrady's in Charleston, S.C. At the time, Brock was getting a reputation as one of the South's most interesting molecular gastronomists, using...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Monzo Expands to Torrance, Alimento Solicits Kitchen Tips: This Week in Food

Monzo Expands to Torrance, Alimento Solicits Kitchen Tips: This Week in Food

Openings, closings and gratuities for cooks — here's the food news that grabbed our attention this week: In what was probably the most controversial L.A. food news of the week, Los Angeles Magazine broke the news that Alimento chef/owner Zach Pollack has decided to add an extra gratuity line on...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Hatfield's to Close at End of Year

Hatfield's to Close at End of Year

This sad news just in: Hatfield's, the ambitious fine dining restaurant from Quinn and Karen Hatfield, will be closing at the end of December.  A statement from Karen Hatfield is as follows: Hatfield's will close its doors at the end of December. The restaurant has had an amazing run and we...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Jason Neroni Hosts Italian-American Dinner This Weekend in Culver City

Jason Neroni Hosts Italian-American Dinner This Weekend in Culver City

Right now, the only place to get a Jason Neroni-made menu is in New York City, at Bside, the pizza place he opened in Hell's Kitchen back in September. But while waiting on his new L.A. project to come together, Neroni is throwing a pop-up dinner this weekend in conjunction...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Night + Market Song Review: Kris Yenbamroong Creates a Restaurant as Pop Art

Night + Market Song Review: Kris Yenbamroong Creates a Restaurant as Pop Art

Is food art? It's an unanswerable question, a debate that's simultaneously fascinating and played out, up there with "Beatles or Stones?" and "Is there a God?" Yet it's come up repeatedly in my conversations about Night + Market Song. The artistry here is not about food manipulations, or plating-as-painting, or...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink New Orleans&ndash;Inspired Preux &amp; Proper Set to Open Downtown

New Orleans–Inspired Preux & Proper Set to Open Downtown

When Casey Lane's Parish closed in September of last year, we wondered what would become of the beautiful two-story wedge of a building on the corner of Spring and Main in downtown. Months of speculation eventually lead to confirmation that the building had been taken over by Joshua Kopel and Mark...…
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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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