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  • 23 days ago

    The state of L.A.'s restaurant landscape will have you invoking Charles Dickens. It's gotten easier to find new restaurants and more difficult to settle on a favorite. Consistency is an issue and hype is ubiquitous. Chefs and restaurateurs face st...

  • 23 days ago

    If you eat eggs or dairy, a doughnut missing those things often tastes like a pastry don't. Until you've bitten into one of the Caffeinated Kitchen's 35 baked renditions, found in more than half a dozen Long Beach (and several Orange County) cafes...

  • 23 days ago

    Kombucha is not brewed for the fermentationally timid. Fizzy, often tart, sometimes too pungent, the tea can prove a barrier point for even the most health food–forward — unless you start with the jasmine peony or the lemongrass oolong...

  • 4 months ago | Pizza

    In the battle for regional American pizza dominance, Detroit seldom gets mentioned with much frequency or fervency. Even in Los Angeles, conversations mostly center on New York vs. Chicago – if there's much of a fight. We've been more consumed wit...

  • 6 months ago | Neighborhoods

    During a recent cooking class at With Love Market & Café, Karla Vasquez prepared what she described as a healthier version of a grilled cheese sandwich, using pepper Jack and pesto.   "We can use less cheese with a more flavorful kind," s...

  • 7 months ago | Mexican Cuisine

    Tlayuda L.A. is on one of the denser segments of Santa Monica Boulevard, a block from Western and the 101 in each direction. Parking is almost always an issue. You’ll end up drawing jagged loops around surrounding streets for a while. The search i...


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