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Restaurants, Squid Ink Q & A With Mendocino Farms Founder Mario del Pero: Happy National Sandwich Month

Q & A With Mendocino Farms Founder Mario del Pero: Happy National Sandwich Month

This month is National Sandwich Month. And although exactly how and why that came to be escapes us, it's as good a reason as any to celebrate a dish truly worth the celebrating. Mendocino Farms -- and its six locations around Los Angeles -- has carved out a successful sandwich-making...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Los Angeles

10 Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Los Angeles

Even though July is National Ice Cream Month, nobody needs an excuse to indulge in creamy cones, cups and sandwiches any time of year. Ronald Reagan was the president to drum up this designation in 1984, decreeing that the third Sunday of the month would be National Ice Cream Day...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Reasons to Drive to Claremont for Its First-Ever Restaurant Week

5 Reasons to Drive to Claremont for Its First-Ever Restaurant Week

One week before our own dineLA launches on July 15, Claremont kicks off its first-ever Restaurant Week from today through July 16th. Home to the seven Claremont Colleges, a botanic garden covering 86 acres, a bustling Sunday farmers market and Ben Harper's Folk Music Center, Claremont is looking to expand...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles for Outdoor Dining

10 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles for Outdoor Dining

Summer living -- and eating -- in Los Angeles is sweet. From sweeping seaside and rooftop views to Spanish-style patios and glamorous Hollywood hangs, Los Angeles offers an amazing selection of restaurants where you can take in the sights on your plate and the natural ones around you at the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Eat Psy's Favorite Foods at Bibigo Korean Restaurant

Eat Psy's Favorite Foods at Bibigo Korean Restaurant

This summer at all three Los Angeles locations of the Korean restaurant Bibigo, Korean pop megastar Psy, also known as the King of YouTube -- or his actual name Park Jae-sang -- is everywhere. On the front windows, the servers' T-shirts and even on the menu. Millions of people dance...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Wine and Food Pairings from Vintage Enoteca Sommelier Danielle Francois

5 Wine and Food Pairings from Vintage Enoteca Sommelier Danielle Francois

It's rare that a small wine bar has an onsite sommelier. It's even rarer that a restaurant has a female sommelier. Vintage Enoteca has both in Danielle Francois who, along with Jennifer Moore, owns the Hollywood wine bar. Their philosophy is simple: Wines should be accessible, affordable and, most important,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Memorial Day Grilling Tips From Chef Govind Armstrong

Memorial Day Grilling Tips From Chef Govind Armstrong

While chef Govind Armstrong is busy this Memorial Day in the kitchen of his 2 1/2-month-old restaurant Willie Jane on Abbot Kinney in Venice, scores of Angelenos will be firing up the grill. To get ready for the second-biggest BBQ holiday of the year -- July 4 is the biggest...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Octopus Dishes in Los Angeles

10 Best Octopus Dishes in Los Angeles

Cooking octopus can be tricky. But when done right, it's tender, delicious and loaded with health benefits (low-calorie, lean, vitamin-rich). Japanese and Mediterranean diets are swimming, as it were, with octopus options -- as is this town, where many restaurants have the dish on their menus. According to a sampling...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Reasons to Drive to Santa Barbara for Film Feast

5 Reasons to Drive to Santa Barbara for Film Feast

This week, movie folk -- both celebrities and cinephiles -- will flock 95 miles north to the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Running in conjunction with the festival is Film Feast. In its third year, Film Feast is not your ordinary restaurant week. There's a catch: All of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Taylor Boudreaux of Napa Valley Grille: On His Table + Yours for dineLA 2013

Taylor Boudreaux of Napa Valley Grille: On His Table + Yours for dineLA 2013

"The smoother the skin, the juicer the pulp, especially with limes and lemons," says Taylor Boudreaux, the chef at Westwood's Napa Valley Grille. Boudreaux is walking around the Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, picking up produce. It's not his usual shopping spot, but Boudreaux is a busy man,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Happy Repeal Day: Drink Up at the Longest Continuously Running Bar in L.A.

Happy Repeal Day: Drink Up at the Longest Continuously Running Bar in L.A.

Farewell to the 18th Amendment. Seventy-nine years ago today, on Dec. 5, booze in the United States flowed freely again. Celebrate the repeal of Prohibition at the longest continuously running bar in Los Angeles. "We never technically closed during Prohibition," General Manager and Beverage Director Brandon Ristaino says, referring to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Tony Kushner Explains How He Adapted <em>Lincoln</em> for the Age of Obama

Tony Kushner Explains How He Adapted Lincoln for the Age of Obama

Tony Kushner isn't shy about politics. He's opinionated, and he stirs up controversy. In his own words, he's a "man of the left." His 1992 Tony Award-winning play Angels in America tackled AIDS at the height of its epidemic. In 2005, he co-wrote Steven Spielberg's Munich, which took heat for...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Stave Wine and Beer Bar Opens Tonight: Where Everybody in Long Beach Knows Your Name

The Stave Wine and Beer Bar Opens Tonight: Where Everybody in Long Beach Knows Your Name

"What's this going to be?" a passerby yells into the cavernous, under-construction site at the corner of Broadway and Downtown Long Beach's Promenade. "Not a chain, I hope." Two weeks before the doors roll up and any Pilsner is poured, Natalie van Waardenburg and Garry Muir are walking through The...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Santa Barbara Never Tasted So Good: Epicure.sb in October

Santa Barbara Never Tasted So Good: Epicure.sb in October

Two crates of Pinot Blanc grapes have arrived at Margerum Wine Company on Industrial Way in Buellton. Owner Doug Margerum and winemaker Jason Barrette are excited about the delivery; the lull between the white and red grape harvests has made it quieter than usual. A group of wine enthusiasts has...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Roxrite, an Angeleno Who Became a World B-Boy Champion

Roxrite, an Angeleno Who Became a World B-Boy Champion

Two days after Thanksgiving Day 2011, hardcore b-boy fans poured into Moscow's Nikulin Circus for the annual Red Bull BC One Championship. The event is one of the largest and best-known international competitions, tagging itself the "Official Breakdance World Championship." Sixteen of the world's top b-boys traded rounds of headspins,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Krump Dancer Manny Fernandez Was Hit by a Car. That's When He Started to Kick Ass

Krump Dancer Manny Fernandez Was Hit by a Car. That's When He Started to Kick Ass

In August of 2010, Echo Park krump dancer Manny Fernandez was on his way home from work when a Ford F-250 truck hit him from behind, knocking him off his bike and smashing the frame. He was rushed to the hospital. When he came to, doctors told him he had...…
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Know Your L.A. Hip-Hop Dances: Popping Birthed the Moonwalk

Popping Popping is harder than it looks: Like a robot, or even a mime, your body is stiff and you move slower than usual. The trick is contracting your muscles to create a "pop," or jerking motion. Background: Boogaloo Sam of The Electric Boogaloos from Fresno is credited with inventing...…
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Know Your L.A. Hip-Hop Dances: Locking Is So Easy, Even Dom DeLuise Can Do It

Locking Not to be confused with popping, locking is the signature move of Rerun from What's Happening!! The funky dance style is characterized by bending knees and elbows, rotating forearms, hops, and pointing fingers. Background: In Los Angeles in the late 1960s, while attempting the Funky Chicken, Don "Campbellock" Campbell...…
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Know Your L.A. Hip-Hop Dances: Who, Exactly, Is Allowed To Crip Walk?

Crip Walk "I'm C-Walkin' on the mutherfuckin' concrete," raps Ice Cube on "Go To Church." Other Crip Walkers include Xzibit, Kurupt, and Snoop, who does it in the "Drop It Like It's Hot" video, above. Indeed, while West Coast gangster rappers usually don't dance, they quite often C-Walk. Background: The...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Know Your L.A. Hip-Hop Dances: The Cat Daddy

Know Your L.A. Hip-Hop Dances: The Cat Daddy

Cat Daddy Background: Filmed on Venice Beach and featuring Chris Brown, the Rej3ctz's "Cat Daddy" video has over 55 million YouTube hits. The dance itself is rather odd looking: You circle your hands like you're pushing your own wheelchair, while bending your legs. The second part resembles the arms and...…
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