Although the majority of health department closures listed on the next page can be found in areas such as Gardena, San Gabriel Valley and Artesia, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the sketchy foods many of us have or will encounter also appear in Beverly Hills (Beniha ... More >>
That new metro stop whose opening you've been awaiting: not complete. Those suspension-shredding chuckholes on your street: not filled. But there is still good news. It's not as hard to find good Japanese okonomiyaki in Los Angeles these days as it once was. Even a hardened cynic must admit that's s ... More >>
Taco BellTaco Bell gives thanks for being sued over the contents of its meatA look at this year through the lens of the food-related lawsuits is like watching the first season of The Killing: an exercise in frustration, bewilderment, and, occasionally, excitement. From the mother who sued N ... More >>
How often do you see an immense animal in its full form just before you eat it? Unless you are serious about fishing and hunting, live on a farm, or spend a lot of time at Lindy & Grundy, that experience is rare.
If the idea sounds intriguing, and you enjoy yellowfin tuna, the place to be is the ... More >>
Inferno's self-heating "chicken booyah" is, simultaneously, the most impressive and most terrifying apocalypse food we've taste-tested.
1. It's called Inferno. (Unless it's lava cake or the onion volcano at Benihana, we try to avoid violently named foods.)
2. It's self-heating. (That's halfway b ... More >>
Does anybody hate fried rice? If they do, we assume that some sort of repressed, emotional event is responsible. Did dad have a few too many mai tais at your Benihana birthday party, and crash face-first onto a steaming hot teppan? Or maybe you just ate too much of it as a kid. But for the rest of u ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"The fetish object of the week? My money's on the uni goma tofu at the new Aburiya Toranoko in Little Tokyo, which is to say a smallish cube of firm, blackish tofu made from ground, toasted sesame ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshScenes from Benihana in San Francisco.Bloggers, beware. Writing a bad review of Benihana could get you sued for $18,000 -- at least if you live in Kuwait.
Mark Makhou, a Lebanese national working in Kuwait, wrote a fairly mild but definitely negative review of his nearby Benihan ... More >>
In yesterday's first part of our interview with Hideo Yamashiro, the chef talked about fusion cuisine and his path from juggling knives at Benihana to pairing cheese and wine at Orris, his 6 year-old restaurant on Sawtelle Boulevard. In the second part of the interview (turn the page) Yamashiro resu ... More >>
Naomi IwamotoYamashiro with a glass of wineHideo Yamashiro, one of the first chefs to blend French and Japanese cuisine in Los Angeles, has been at his Westside bistro, Orris, for almost six years now.
Japanese chefs working their way up the hierarchical ladder is more common than not, wit ... More >>
N. GalutenA piece of okonomiyaki at Gaja Moc in Lomita
Okonomiyaki, a popular and widely varied dish in Japan, is often described as a savory pancake. But that can be a little confusing and, perhaps, misleading. Picture a thick, hearty batter made from yam, cabbage, water and flower. Then ad ... More >>
10. Sea Wolf-Leaves in the River
At times, Leaves In the River reads a little predictably quirky, but Alex Church's pop heart salvages this from being the effort of another accordian-toting, maritime metaphor-using copycat. The sound might not be the most original (I can't wait for Colin Meloy' ... More >>