L.A. Oktoberfest -- October 20-21:
Bust out the lederhosen for this one, because it's likely to get a little crazy. This two-day festival at the Vanguard in Hollywood sounds like a scene from the movie Beerfest: busty Bavarian babes, beer song sing-a-longs, roving accordion players, stein-holding co ... More >>
Between pop-ups and sausagefests, there's been a lot going on at downtown wine bar Mignon lately. First came the news that Gary Menes would be continuing his Le Comptoir dinner service on Monday and Tuesdays at Mignon through the end of October, a happy sign for fans of the chef's 18 year-old starte ... More >>
Repressed? Depressed? Hungry? You can deal with all of these in one place starting May 6. That's when BierBeisl, the new Austrian restaurant in Beverly Hills, will be packed with people who can help you -- therapists.
May 6 is the birthday of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Freud was A ... More >>
Anne FishbeinBurger Kitchen's breakfast hamburgerFood blogs aren't the only publications with endless lists or pictures of pretty things people like to eat. National Geographic, the magazine many of us fondly remember from grade school science classrooms and dentists' offices, is the latest t ... More >>
Los Angeles has seen a spate of German-themed bars and restaurants open in the past few years (Wurstkuche, Biergarten, Steingarten, the upcoming Currywurst), but very few of them (Berlin Currywurst is a notable exception) are actually run by Germans. Set to officially opening this Friday (July 29th ... More >>
Anne FishbeinSteingarten's bratwurst with sauerkraut
Summer is almost upon us and that is good enough reason to drink more beer, as if you needed one. With or without bratwurst. With or without baseball. And thus to this week's Counter Intelligence and Jonathan Gold's review of Steingarten, t ... More >>
F. FriesemaJonagold apples
Whatever the current style in Los Angeles restaurants ends up being named, all of it -- from the small-plate thing to the fixation on local, organic produce; the off-center proteins to the international palette of flavors; and the resistance to even modest customer ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshNever mind the Flying Pink Pig's metaphorical sausage party. Grindhaus will be an actual one. Located in the former Lithium Cafe space in Hollywood, the Grindhaus Sausage Shop is scheduled to soft-open (ahem) next week.
The quartet of owners, two chefs and two restaurant manage ... More >>
FOTO: DAPDthe Wursttoaster
The toaster is possibly one of the greatest of all inventions, just behind the electric car, the soft-serve ice cream machine and, perhaps, the wheel. But who says it has to be just for bread? Two Germans have now expanded the machine's horizons, as it were, invent ... More >>
Sifu Renka/FlickrDon't call it voluptuous.
Meat may or may not be murder, but descriptions of it certainly murder plenty of restaurant reviews. In general, food can be challenging to describe, particularly for lazy writers. After all, there are only so many ways to inform readers that the b ... More >>