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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Beer

20 Ways to Celebrate L.A. Beer Week 2014

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM
L.A. BEER WEEK
  • L.A. Beer Week
Get ready, Angelenos. The 6th annual L.A. Beer Week starts Sept. 20, kicking off nine days of appreciation of the county’s rapidly growing craft beer scene. Now being organized by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, L.A. Beer Week is taking on a more local focus this year, with a series of signature events that showcase their members’ strengths. Unfortunately, this Saturday’s kick-off festival is already sold out, but that doesn’t mean your chance to drink and celebrate local beer is over. Far from it.

There are dozens and dozens (seriously — we looked at them all) of non-Guild-organized events being hosted by breweries, restaurants, bars and even music venues across the region, each one with their own twist, highlight or special tapping. From beer pairing brunches to tap takeovers to musical beer crawls to brewer’s karaoke, L.A. Beer Week is the wackiest assortment of clever beer-centric events, guaranteed to (further) raise the profile of the local beer scene.

Here are 20 events we thought were weird, interesting, cool or just plain important enough for your presence. For a full schedule, visit labeerweek.com/events or check your local craft beer bar as they probably have something scheduled too. Happy L.A. Beer Week!

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Goat stew. - JAMES GORDON
  • James Gordon
  • Goat stew.
It’s no secret that Koreatown’s restaurants are often a one dish affair. If you find yourself at a restaurant that specializes in cold noodles – say, Yu Chun – you are almost certainly eating nothing but naeng myun and kimchi. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that you may stumble into Mirak and be served goat and only goat.

There are actually two dishes you are meant to order at Mirak: the signature goat stew, yumso tang, and the “iron plate,” which is also served with goat. The restaurant once offered duck stew, but no one ordered it, so if you're interested in eating a duck instead of a goat, you need to call ahead.

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Beer

L.A. Beer Banter with the Brew Dogs

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 8:03 AM
The Brew Dogs: Martin Dickie (left) and James Watt - JOE PUGLIESE
  • Joe Pugliese
  • The Brew Dogs: Martin Dickie (left) and James Watt
Scottish craft brewers James Watt and Martin Dickie, AKA the Brew Dogs, have their own show on the Esquire Network devoted to high-brow beer. Each episode concentrates on a city or region recognized for it's brewing prowess — and this season, one of the cities they chose to profile our is very own hometown. The episode will helpfully be re-airing throughout L.A. Beer Week, which starts Saturday, Sept. 20.  (The L.A. episode airs, repeatedly, on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m., Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., and Sept 28 at 6 p.m.; the original broadcast, if you missed it, was Aug. 27.) Check out what the duo has to say about the art of brewing, the L.A. beer scene and what they'd both be doing if they weren't making beer. 

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Squid Ink reader Violet demonstrates the typical American meal, at Bob's in Burbank - S. BONAR
  • S. Bonar
  • Squid Ink reader Violet demonstrates the typical American meal, at Bob's in Burbank
A new study published Sept. 17 in the journal Nature says that artificial sweeteners found in diet soda, yogurt and other foods consumed by millions of people may actually raise blood sugar levels instead of lowering them, the Wall Street Journal reports, contributing to the development of diabetes and obesity.

Zero-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose and aspartame, introduced into diets about a century ago, may cause these metabolic changes by altering the population of bacteria in the gut, according to the research.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Burgers

Free Burgers Today in Silver Lake

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Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 9:52 AM
Haché burgers - COURTESY HACHÉ LA
  • Courtesy Haché LA
  • Haché burgers
Haché LA has been in soft-open mode for a few weeks now on Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake, but the hours have been dinner-only. Today marks the restaurant's grand opening, and they're marking that milestone with new hours and a burger giveaway.

Haché is owned by Michael Schepers, who also owns Mick's Karma Bar in Irvine. Mick's Karma Bar has become well known for its French-style steak haché burgers — "haché" being the type of burger as well as the restaurant's name — which are made from freshly ground sirloin that's seasoned on the outside, as you would a steak.

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The menu at POT - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • The menu at POT
In the future, pot smokers who get the munchies will have an entire automated support system designed to learn their pattern of consumption and predict their every need. Their iWatch will sense a change in their body temperature; their Google Glass will recognize that they’re watching an old DVD of Kids in the Hall, and an Amazon drone will automatically head towards their location, spilling not a drop of Mountain Dew as it touches down on their doorstop. 

However until that future food-topia is realized, the stoners of Los Angeles have to rely on a friendly Lyft driver, an X-Pen Vaporizer, and this list of the 10 best places to eat when stoned.

The incredible availability of legal cannabis in Los Angeles may be rivaled only by the proliferation of creative, inexpensive and delicious snacks. If your eyes are red and your stomach is empty, here are our favorite destinations for stoney L.A. eats.

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the Fritzi Dog - DEVIN CURRAN
  • Devin Curran
  • the Fritzi Dog
A veggie dog, ironically, is often not made from vegetables. Or not enough of them, anyway. Instead, the vegan versions of hot dogs often are made of an array of soy-based products, which makes customers at Fritzi Dog do a double take when they discover that the Original Farmers Market eatery's veggie dog is made from a carrot. 

Even in vegan circles, a carrot-based veggie dog isn't the norm, so we caught up with Fritzi Dog owner Neal Fraser (BLD, the late and lamented Grace, the forthcoming Redbird) to ask why he prefers a carrot to tofu and what diners think of his unique creation.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pop-up Restaurants

Three Chefs Named Dinner Lab Finalists

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Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Chef Aaron Grosskopf will be cooking in L.A. next week as part of Dinner Lab's ongoing chef's tour. - DANNY LIAO
  • Danny Liao
  • Chef Aaron Grosskopf will be cooking in L.A. next week as part of Dinner Lab's ongoing chef's tour.
Back in August, I did an extensive profile of Dinner Lab, the national pop-up company that had nine chefs touring the country in the hopes of winning the chance to open a brick and mortar restaurant.

This update is in from Dinner Lab: From those nine chefs, three have emerged as the strongest candidates, and those three continue their road-testing to see who will prove most appealing to customers from around the country. One of those chefs is cooking next week in Los Angeles. 

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Alpine Village's Master of Ceremonies, Hans. - D. BODINE-FISHER
  • D. Bodine-Fisher
  • Alpine Village's Master of Ceremonies, Hans.
Oktoberfest in Los Angeles has for years been an excuse for German expats to relive their faraway food and drink heritage and a chance for Americans to drink and eat large amounts of German goods in the presence of a polka band. Some of the longer-running Oktoberfest celebrations in the area (including in Orange County) have even taken on more of a club vibe as of late — scantily clad ladies, pop music DJs and beer halls full of slovenly drunks.

But this year feels different. You can still get your echt German-style celebration at the original Alpine Village and Los Angeles Oktoberfest events, but there’s also the world’s first Vegan Oktoberfest and a slew of craft beer-oriented Oktoberfests that are turning the Southland into a hotbed of stein-filled activities. Because L.A. Beer Week lands during the traditional last-week-of-September Oktoberfest starting date this year, several breweries are also hosting their own Oktoberfests for the first time, offering alternative locavore ways for you to get your schnitzel on.

Here are the top 8 L.A. Oktoberfest celebrations, in chronological order, including some making their debut this year. Prost!

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Alex's Lemonade - KRISTEN HONEY PHOTOGRAPHY 2013
  • Kristen Honey Photography 2013
  • Alex's Lemonade
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern) and David Lentz (the Hungry Cat) host this year's Alex's Lemonade, a huge food and drink event, which supports Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. (The ongoing event has raised nearly $2 million to fund research so far.) Local chefs and chefs from across the country will prepare dishes and mixologists will be making drinks, and many of those chefs and bartenders will be on hand to chat during the party. And what a lot of chefs there'll be: John Besh, Roy Choi, Chris Bianco, Giada De Laurentiis, Jeremy Fox, Ben Ford, Ludo Lefebvre, Matt Molina, Mary Sue Milliken, Zoe Nathan, Valerie Gordon, Michael Voltaggio, Kris Yenbamroong and many others. 
WHAT: L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 20, 12- 4 p.m.
WHERE: Wilson Plaza, UCLA, Westwood.
COST: General admission, $195; meet-and-greet tickets, $1,500; reserved table for 10, $5,000.

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