Tracy Chabala

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  • 3 months ago | Desserts

    One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. To command the pastry kitchen at Spago, you've got to be somewhat superhuman. The sheer volume of diners, private parties, VIPs and special requests makes it easy for...

  • 6 months ago | Food Safety

    It’s cold and flu season, and everyone’s doing their best to avoid getting the bug — especially the cooks at your favorite restaurant. Of course no one wants to get sick (and we doubly wash our hands and binge on vitamin C to avoid it), but many p...

  • 7 months ago | Baking

    If you're at a South American bakery and see a sweet in the display case that looks like an imploding planet Krypton, don't be alarmed. It's only postre chaja, a relatively obscure and luscious Uruguayan sponge cake filled with peac...

  • 10 months ago | Coffee

    Syphons look cool, the French press allows you to ingest a quart of coffee in public while appearing chic instead of addicted, and the recent influx of "pourovers" is a slick way to charge $5 for a cup of plain-old drip coffee.  But there is ...

  • 1 year ago | Desserts

    If you live in L.A. and have even a modest sweet tooth, chances are you've tried a tres leches cake. And if you've tried a good one, you know it's one of the dreamiest cakes on earth. Drenched in three milks — sweetened condensed milk, evaporated ...

  • 1 year ago | Desserts

    Meet the alfajor, the French macaron of South America. The original alfajor  - an ancient Spanish-Arabic pastry born in the Andalucian city of Medina Sidonia in the southernmost region of Spain -  bears little resemblance to its ...

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