January 1st. The first day of the new year on the old Gregorian calendar. For most of the Western world, it's a day to start fresh, assess things, make pledges to change and maybe just beg the sweet merciful gods to make the room stop spinning because goddamn you over-indulged the night before.
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Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.
47: Lucky Baldwins' Traditional Full English Breakfast.
Breakfast can mean many things to many people. A perfectly constructed pastry from Joan's on Third. Bru ... More >>
Ketchup, with its pleasant balance of sweet and bright, for many people becomes ingrained in memory, often the first exposure we have to umami's savory taste. Which is why, no matter if daintily dipped or slathered on, ketchup exemplifies Merriam-Webster's definition of condiment, "to enhance the f ... More >>
What a time to be alive: It appears that the reign of terror caused by stubborn condiments is finally over. Soon we might no longer have to struggle pounding on a bottle of Heinz and waiting for a dollop of ketchup to come out, all thanks to six MIT researchers who claim they've solved the problem ... More >>
Nutella isn't a health food? But it's made with hazelnuts -- nuts are good for you. And chocolate -- doesn't chocolate contain healthy antioxidants?
Two class-action lawsuits against Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, say the company's claims in a recent TV commercial that Nutella spread on toast makes ... More >>
Scattered around Los Angeles are restaurants that could be used as examples for teaching kids how to differentiate among objects. "One of these things is not like the others" lessons. Petrillo's on Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel, a solo Italian neighborhood restaurant bobbing up and down in a sea o ... More >>
This weekend, Burger King will "celebrate the luck of the Irish" by giving away its own version of a pot of gold: value-sized French fries. Yes, the fast food chain's connection between St. Patrick's Day and a fast food side item is fairly strained, but since it's gratis, we'll make the allowance. ... More >>
Campbell's Soup Co. has announced that it soon will stop using the notorious chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in the linings of its cans, the Environmental Working Group reports. The move comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to decide by March 31 whether to ban the chemical's use in ... More >>
Jodi Louie, via FlickrThe United Kingdom has such a confusing culinary reputation. At once birthplace to a few of the world's blandest dishes, and yet, the same place that brought us Gordon Ramsay and some of the most hilariously named foods imaginable.
It's those foods that we honor today: ... More >>
Today, on National Taco Day, we honor the humble taco. Not some fancy, "perfect taco of griddled shrimp with tamarind" or some culturally authentic delicacy so regionally specific it can be pinpointed not just to the neighborhood but to the block where it originated. No, today, we honor the most ign ... More >>
T. NguyenThe Oinkster's homemade ketchup and Belgian fries.
Some people like their French fries au naturel, unadorned with any condiments. We are not those people. No, we prefer our fries dressed a little bit, usually with that great American classic, Heinz ketchup. After all, this is the ke ... More >>
Sitting at the windowside counter at Rounds Premium Burgers in West Hollywood, watching drunk and soon-to-be-drunk clubgoers flit from bar to bar, we couldn't stop thinking about buns. Specifically, brioche buns, the de facto frame for every upscale burger, often lending them an unearned gravitas. ... More >>
A. ScattergoodLucky Baldwins
It's Super Bowl time -- a day when football players and their fans have much in common. They toss around pigskins; we eat pigskins. They play a game of inches; we loosen our belts by several inches. They get blitzed; we get blitzed. It's a true spectator sport, on ... More >>
H. J. Heinz CompanyThe future of (fast) foodI've been thinking a lot about inefficiency. I've been thinking a lot about ketchup packets. The ubiquitous plasticized-foil sachets furnish 10 grams or approximately .4 ounces of product each. Heinz, the world's leading manufacturer, reports they a ... More >>
Tomorrow begins the the most widely watched sporting event in the world, the 2010 FIFA World Cup. And for the next month, from June to July 11th, even Laker mania will take a back seat to soccer. The World Cup, held for the first time in Africa, showcases 32 countries. And while you can of co ... More >>
Maryanne BilhamJin Patisserie's Kristy ChooAs we wrap up our holiday cookie recipe roundups this week (not to worry, we promise more to come after the New Year, as cookie diets are all the rage), we wanted something to really impress your Christmas Eve guests: French-style macarons. So for th ... More >>