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Restaurants, Squid Ink Night + Market's Kris Yenbamroong: New Dishes + A Trip to Thailand

Night + Market's Kris Yenbamroong: New Dishes + A Trip to Thailand

In Bangkok and barely over jetlag, Night + Market chef Kris Yenbamroong of helped his diminutive 81-year-old paternal grandmother, Vilai Yenbamroong, into the back of a white van for what he calls "an epic trip." Their game plan was to head out of the city up the Friendship Highway through...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Seoul Sausage Update: <em>The Great Food Truck Race</em>, Their New Restaurant + Buying Equipment With Bed Bath & Beyond Coupons

Seoul Sausage Update: The Great Food Truck Race, Their New Restaurant + Buying Equipment With Bed Bath & Beyond Coupons

The last time we talked with the Seoul Sausage guys about their new venture, it was late April and owners Ted and Yong Kim and Chef Chris Oh, were busily building out their new brick-and-mortar space on Mississippi just off Sawtelle in Little Osaka. Then, shortly after their announcement, the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Eat This Now: Dragons' Whiskers Salad + Specialty Vegetables at Cafe Fusion

Eat This Now: Dragons' Whiskers Salad + Specialty Vegetables at Cafe Fusion

It's a great time to eat at Café Fusion. May officially kicks off dragons' whiskers salad season at the eight-year-old Taiwanese restaurant, and it also marks the seasonal arrival of locally grown baby bamboo shoots, yam leaves and other produce you rarely see elsewhere. The restaurant attained cult status among...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Our Next Meal: Got Kosher Cafe

Our Next Meal: Got Kosher Cafe

Never mind molecular gastronomy. When you bite into Tunisian-style brik a l'oeuf at Got Kosher Cafe you experience one of the world's great feats of culinary alchemy. Stab into the crunchy, paper-thin crepe (called malsouqua) and the runny egg yolk oozes out, enriching both the potato chip-crisp pastry and its...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Standing Room: A Hawaiian Lunch &#x2028;in Redondo Beach, &#x2028;Without Chairs

The Standing Room: A Hawaiian Lunch 
in Redondo Beach, 
Without Chairs

It seems crazy to find a line winding out the door of Catalina Liquors. But a stream of hungry humanity queues up at this nondescript Redondo Beach convenience store to score the outrageous sandwiches and Hawaiian-inspired lunch plates sold at The Standing Room within. This minuscule, seatless deli, opened on...…
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Into the Melding Pot

Photo by Anne Fishbein When our Auntie Tesmelina would harass waiters to wrap even the tiniest scraps of leftovers into a doggy bag, we kids would roll our eyes. But when those morsels joined leftover bread in her delicious Italian rebollita, or when she would ply us with our favorite...…
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Out and About Food

Maybe it’s because I’m basically a slacker, but outings that involve planning for days, packing up the car, finding a pet nanny and then driving more than a 100 miles for a chance to relax miss the point of “getting away from it all.” Unless I’m doing some serious traveling...…
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From Spaetzle to Saimintosoda

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Bob’s Big Boy

In the bright, innocent days of Gidget, when there really was a Bob at Bob’s Big Boy, cruisin’ the drive-ins was part of every West Coast baby boomer’s lifestyle. "After club meetings or Friday-night games, we’d pile into someone’s car and drive by Bob’s on Van Nuys Boulevard to see...…
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Smoke House

"Do many people order the Escargots de Casa?" I wonder as I peruse the all-American classic menu at the Smoke House in Burbank. Probably not. The three regulars in the booth next to me have just requested the famous cheese-laden garlic bread and a round of dry martinis with two...…
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Sierra’s

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Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria

"Clifton’s was my Disneyland, an escape from the turmoil at home," remembers restaurateur Jim Lucero, who loved the waterfall cascading down the restaurant’s three-story façade. In the grottolike interior, caged birds dotted tropical foliage; giant neon calla lilies lit a limeade fountain and a sherbet volcano. Its food lines, which...…
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Sawtelle Boulevard

Illustration by Patricia Lanquedoc For years I thought the only place to get authentic Japanese food in L.A. was in Gardena, or maybe on the third floor of Little Tokyo’s Yaohan Plaza. The food snob in me lived to drive at least 50 miles to find obscure places with hand-cut...…
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Taste Globally, Picnic Locally

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