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Restaurants, Squid Ink Elysian "Night In" Dinner Series Relaunches

Elysian "Night In" Dinner Series Relaunches

Is it a restaurant? Is it an event space? Is it a home for cutting edge cultural programming? These are the questions that arise when the multipurpose venue known as Elysian in Frogtown comes up in conversation. The answer is: all of the above, and then some. Any attempt to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through L.A. Design Fest

How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through L.A. Design Fest

The sprawling L.A. Design Fest kicks off over two weeks of events this year on June 13, with a heavily food and drink-oriented agenda. Its Design Hooky series fills three afternoons and evenings showcasing architecture and art studios, retail spaces, galleries and other design-conscious spaces, along with standouts in the dual sensory categories of sight and...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <i>The Auntie Em's Cookbook</i> and a Recipe for a Summer Salad

The Auntie Em's Cookbook and a Recipe for a Summer Salad

On a Friday during brunch - if you can identify the time straddling breakfast and lunch by that descriptor on a weekday - Terri Wahl takes a break to refuel on a savory and sweet spread of the hearty, seasonal comfort foods her super casual Eagle Rock restaurant is known...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Second Oinkster Finally Set to Open in Hollywood

Second Oinkster Finally Set to Open in Hollywood

Restaurateur and chef Andre Guerrero knows that building a new restaurant in Los Angeles isn't an exercise in speed. Nonetheless, he's now antsy because for almost two years, the less preferable for this context adjective in Oinkster's "slow fast food" slogan better describes the process of launching Oinkster Hollywood. Come the week of April 21,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Trencher, a Sandwich Restaurant, Opens in Echo Park

Trencher, a Sandwich Restaurant, Opens in Echo Park

While some Los Angeles residents might get tired of hearing gripes about what our metropolis lacks compared to other cities, some folks decide to do something about it. Take, for instance, business partners and native Angelenos Justin Foster, Hussein Katz and Danny Zackery, who today are opening Trencher in Echo Park to fill...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink New San Marino Farmers Market Opens

New San Marino Farmers Market Opens

San Marino, known for its air of gentility and perhaps most famously as the home of the Huntington Library and Gardens, will host a new regular event starting tomorrow night. City Farm, which organizes farmers markets in unique locations, including on the Warner Brothers studio lot and at Yamashiro restaurant, kicks off the San Marino Farmers Market...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink NYC's Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck Coming to L.A.

NYC's Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck Coming to L.A.

Add another enticing entry in the wave of recent news regarding New York City-based frozen dessert peddlers heading west. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, which started as two retro-style trucks in New York City in 2008 and now has six in its rotation along with three shops, will hit the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Now Open: Lucky Duck Restaurant in Silver Lake

Now Open: Lucky Duck Restaurant in Silver Lake

Restaurants cooking with grass-fed beef, organic dairy products and blink-and-you-miss-it seasonal produce are now as much a presence around Silver Lake as affordable bungalows and Johnette Napolitano sightings once were. But given the neighborhood's arguably disproportionate share of media attention, it's easy to forget that the era of full-fledged grown-up restaurants…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Where to Dine Out and Give Back at the Same Time

Where to Dine Out and Give Back at the Same Time

Opportunities to give back during the holiday season are many. But since we still need to eat, some local food and drink businesses are thankfully getting into the holiday spirit by pitching in with their own charitable programs...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Kuishimbo Restaurant in Koreatown Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Kuishimbo Restaurant in Koreatown Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Kuishimbo is a Koreatown mainstay, cranking out Japanese grilled, deep-fried and stir-fried basics in a no-frills strip mall on the northwest corner of Wilshire and Wilton since 1979. While a visit to the restaurant might suggest it has remained mostly untouched by the neighborhood's relentless evolution, longtime customers recall a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Q & A With Homegirl Cafe's Pati Zarate: Her Cookbook, Father Greg Boyle's Cooking Skills + Thomas Keller's Support

Q & A With Homegirl Cafe's Pati Zarate: Her Cookbook, Father Greg Boyle's Cooking Skills + Thomas Keller's Support

"Would you like to be a guinea pig?" chef Pati Zarate asks with an easy grin in the open kitchen at Homegirl Café. She then hands over a plate with a green bean-and-spinach egg-white omelet, served with a side of honey-drizzled grilled queso panela and a tomato mint salad. Given...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Why Are L.A.'s Parks So Lacking in Good Food?

Why Are L.A.'s Parks So Lacking in Good Food?

What began as a public-private partnership bidding process to find a food vendor for a beloved urban park launched a massively successful mid-market burger chain. Granted, any business gets a leg up when an already successful restaurateur such as Danny Meyer is at the helm. Shake Shack now has locations...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Ludo Lefebvre, Evan Kleiman and 11 More L.A Chefs Share Food Lessons Learned from Mom + Grandma

Ludo Lefebvre, Evan Kleiman and 11 More L.A Chefs Share Food Lessons Learned from Mom + Grandma

While planning that super sweet gesture for mom this Mother's Day -- remember, it's coming up on Sunday -- think back to all the valuable nuggets she taught you over the years. Chances are a lot of them have to do with food, right? That's certainly the case for many...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <em>The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage</em>, Author Event at Book Soup + Recipe for Apple Pie

The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage, Author Event at Book Soup + Recipe for Apple Pie

It's a relief to know that a writer on The New York Times food beat has kids whose tastes don't sound all that much more adventuresome than those of your own children. Given that people are obsessed with food and what the kids are up to, and perhaps more importantly,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Now Open: AltaEats, Chef Paul Ragan's New Altadena (Sort Of) Restaurant

Now Open: AltaEats, Chef Paul Ragan's New Altadena (Sort Of) Restaurant

Naming a neighborhood restaurant after its own neighborhood, or what's perceived to be its neighborhood, can be dicey business in greater Los Angeles. Take AltaEats, located on North Allen Avenue near New York, for example. Chef and co-owner Paul Ragan notes that the restaurant he recently opened with his co-owner...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 9 Great Latkes in Los Angeles

9 Great Latkes in Los Angeles

Sure, there's fun to be had cooking your own deep fried holiday foods. But sustaining this ritual for a celebration that spans eight nights? Not so appealing. Most households tend to max out at one, maybe two, latke frying sessions, since ventilation methods can only be so effective. And besides,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Holiday Prep Essentials: Ross Cutlery's New Location Downtown

Holiday Prep Essentials: Ross Cutlery's New Location Downtown

Ask where to get knives sharpened, especially during this time of year when optimal equipment is essential for taking on holiday fowl and hams, and chances are you'll hear the same name from committed steel blade owners across Los Angeles: Ross. Just because a business like Ross Cutlery has been...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Watch Michael Voltaggio Cook at the 24th Street School Garden + Garden School Foundation's Kickstarter Campaign

Watch Michael Voltaggio Cook at the 24th Street School Garden + Garden School Foundation's Kickstarter Campaign

A quest to win over the hearts, minds and palates of young Angelenos? Maybe so. In collaboration with the Garden School Foundation and its new Kickstarter campaign to publish a guide to garden-based learning, chef Michael Voltaggio (ink., ink.sack.) will pitch in at the GSF's next community workday at the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Now Open: The Sqirl Cafe With G&B Coffee

Now Open: The Sqirl Cafe With G&B Coffee

If there was ever a moment in which L.A.'s community of small-scale artisanal food and coffee makers located east of Vermont spontaneously coalesced, it would be hard to rival the soft opening at Sqirl café featuring G&B coffee service this morning. If someone looked vaguely familiar, odds were strong that...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink McCall's Meat and Fish Co.: Expanding in Los Feliz

McCall's Meat and Fish Co.: Expanding in Los Feliz

Embracing the renaissance of the specialty neighborhood food shop means accepting some inconvenience. You're there for say, a jar of jam and a wedge of cheese. There might be bread, there might not be. It could depend on the amount of limited shelf space, or it might vary day to...…
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