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Restaurants, Squid Ink Your Google Map to Asian Noodles in L.A.

Your Google Map to Asian Noodles in L.A.

You pick up a few lessons when you pack away bowls and bowls and bowls of noodles — often one right after another — in the name of Asian noodle research. You quickly discover the elasticity, or lack thereof, of your stomach. You learn to bring at least one buddy along...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Noodlepalooza: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian Noodles in L.A.

Noodlepalooza: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian Noodles in L.A.

If you’ve driven by Sawtelle during lunch hours lately, you’ve likely noticed a crowd around Tsujita, the artisan noodle shop that has grown famous for the specialty ramen dish called tsukemen. The crowd is part of a growing legion in Los Angeles who've chosen to dig deeply into noodle culture...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cathal Armstrong's <em>My Irish Table</em>: Irish Cuisine Is a Lot More Than Bar Food (Recipe)

Cathal Armstrong's My Irish Table: Irish Cuisine Is a Lot More Than Bar Food (Recipe)

Chances are that much of your knowledge of Irish food is informed by classics you've come across at a neighborhood pub: Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie and corned beef. It's a tidy collection, commonplace enough to mask the fact that we don't know that much about Irish cooking, particularly compared to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Spork Food's Peanut Ginger Jackfruit Noodles (Recipe)

Spork Food's Peanut Ginger Jackfruit Noodles (Recipe)

Jackfruit probably doesn't show up as much - if at all - in your meatless meals. It's rarely stocked at grocery stores in Los Angeles unless there's an emphasis on South Asian goods. It's not even consumed as much in countries where they're commonly grown, according to a recent NPR post...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Valerie Gordon: The Sweet Shop Owner

Valerie Gordon: The Sweet Shop Owner

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Valerie Gordon has a work schedule that would confound even the most seasoned L.A. commuter. "There are many days now where I'm going to three different kitchens in the same day,"...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Recipe for Picnic Veggie Sandwich with Vegan Tzatziki

A Recipe for Picnic Veggie Sandwich with Vegan Tzatziki

It's not hard to find a vegetarian sandwich at most gastropubs in Los Angeles, but it's less common to come across a vegan version, unless someone on the team behind the menu advocates for it.  "When I was creating the lunch menu, I made the sandwich as vegetarian at first...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Farmers Market in Glassell Park Opens Today

Farmers Market in Glassell Park Opens Today

The neighborhood of Glassell Park will have a weekly farmers market to call its own today. After the grand opening hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the market will set up every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Goodwill Community Enrichment Center. It will be the latest member...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Recipe for Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers from <em>The New Persian Kitchen</em>

A Recipe for Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers from The New Persian Kitchen

If you've had a couple of veggie burgers at restaurants, you'll start to notice a handful of the ingredient standards that go in a patty. There's grated carrots, rice, and maybe oats. Some versions call for portobello mushrooms. And there's almost always a legume, like black beans or chickpeas.  Louisa...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Meatless Mondays: A Recipe for Chilaquiles From Gracias Madre

Meatless Mondays: A Recipe for Chilaquiles From Gracias Madre

Like sister restaurant Cafe Gratitude, the menu at  Gracias Madre, the newish vegan Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood, is pretty concise. There's a handful of savory snacks, such as local Mazanilla olives coupled with less than a dozen each of appetizers and mains that include spicy mole enchiladas. If anything,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Luke Nguyen's <em>The Food of Vietnam</em> + A Recipe for Vietnamese Coffee Tart

Luke Nguyen's The Food of Vietnam + A Recipe for Vietnamese Coffee Tart

An emphasis on freshness isn't the sole domain of Vietnamese cuisine, but you could be persuaded that it's made quite the art of market-to-table cooking as you thumb through Luke Nguyen's The Food of Vietnam (Hardie Grant Books). It's a compendium of regional recipes across the Southeast Asian country in...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 3 Great <i>Bhel Puri</i> in Los Angeles

3 Great Bhel Puri in Los Angeles

A bowl of bhel puri is unlike any popular American snack you're used to enjoying, activating no less than three taste sensations and two textural contrasts with each bite at a time. A member of the savory snack family known as chaat, its origin is Gujarati, or so goes a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Sriracha Dinner, Vegetarian Entertaining + Jason Fullilove's Open Mic Night

Top 3 Events: Sriracha Dinner, Vegetarian Entertaining + Jason Fullilove's Open Mic Night

Sriracha Tribute Dinner In honor of the rooster sauce we all know and love, Neal Fraser and Lewis Chan will offer a five-course, Sriracha-themed dinner, which will begin with a lobster roll in a house-made brioche bun topped with Sriracha aioli. Courses to follow include a Sriracha tagliatelle with Santa...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Where to Find <em>Rosca de Reyes</em> in Los Angeles: 3 Bakeries With the King's Ring

Where to Find Rosca de Reyes in Los Angeles: 3 Bakeries With the King's Ring

The holiday season doesn't end with the ringing of a new year for those celebrating El Día De Los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day), also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, on Monday, Jan. 6. It will be the 12th day of Christmas, marking the arrival of the three...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Tom Bergin's Tavern Reopens This Saturday

Tom Bergin's Tavern Reopens This Saturday

Tom Bergin's Tavern on Fairfax had a somewhat rocky year in 2013, closing in July after it had undergone extensive renovations in 2012. And now, the 77-year-old Irish pub is really celebrating the new year, as it reopens this Saturday, Jan. 4, under new owner Derek Schreck...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink December Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

December Roundup of Restaurant Openings and Closings

December rounds out a year that's seen the closure of longtime institutions like Empress Pavilion and the introduction of restaurants that have shown a lot of promise in becoming classics in their own right. While it's too early to say which among the new will become a  favorite, there's been...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: A Wine Trip, Food Scavenger Hunting + Beverly Hills Bites Excursion

Top 3 Events: A Wine Trip, Food Scavenger Hunting + Beverly Hills Bites Excursion

All-Day Trip to Los Olivos & Solvang The Zuri Wine Bus will take passengers to Los Olivos and Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley for tastings of wine and olive oil. Price includes round-trip bus transportation, continental breakfast with mimosas, lunch at Petros and various tastings. WHAT: All-Day Trip to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink A Quick Food Guide to Bringing Good Luck in 2014

A Quick Food Guide to Bringing Good Luck in 2014

You can mark a new year with some drugstore bubbly, or you can try ringing in 2014 with a food tradition meant to bring good luck. There's plenty to pick from, whether it's enjoying a slice of vasilopita, a citrus-flavored cake, in Greece or pulling up a chair for media...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Must Bar Downtown Reopens

The Must Bar Downtown Reopens

After shutting down on Fifth Street in the summer of 2010, the Must Bar had its grand reopening last Thursday, Dec. 19. It's welcome news for those who missed the first iteration -- enough to pour out their disappointment months after its close. Owners Coly Den Haan and Rachel Thomas...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 3 Great Scallion Pancakes in San Gabriel Valley

3 Great Scallion Pancakes in San Gabriel Valley

A Chinese scallion pancake bears little resemblance to the American breakfast classic that shares a part of its name: It's a savory pancake shaped from a water-based dough rather than a batter. The decision to eat one, pan-fried in no moderate amount of oil, is a tacit agreement to set...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Whiskey Party, Wine Tasting + a Free New Year's Eve Party in Grand Park

Top 3 Events: Whiskey Party, Wine Tasting + a Free New Year's Eve Party in Grand Park

Whiskey in Winter Party Santa Anita Park will celebrate its opening day with a whiskey tasting featuring brands including Calumet, Lexington and Koval. A ticket comes with unlimited tastings of whiskey as well as complimentary prosecco, food, valet parking and a commemorative flask. WHAT: Whiskey in Winter Party WHEN: Thursday,...…
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