French macarons are glorious confections, little sandwiches of buttercream or ganache filling pressed between two meringue disks. (They are not to be confused with macaroons, which are coconut, and most definitely do not resemble tiny round pastry sandwiches.) When well-made, macarons are delicate c ... More >>
February was a big month for restaurant openings: Umami Burger continued to grow its empire with a $20 million dollar acquisition and a 14th location in Pasadena. On a smaller scale, Josh Gil and Daniel Snukal opened Tacos Punta Cabras in Santa Monica. The tiny taqueria replaces Utopia Cafe.
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For all of you who love nothing better than to sip tea and eat Kristy Choo's glorious macarons on Jin Patisserie's charming outside patio, you're going to need to get there soon for a few last tea times. Choo's Abbott Kinney shop will be closing its doors for good on Sunday, March 24.
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Summer is nearly over, but the heat shows no signs of slowing. Here to help is Brentwood's newest sugary addition, Sweet Crush Ice Bar. The frozen dessert shop brings "traditional Asian shaved ice to the masses" with flavors such as Earl Grey, mango, coconut and grapefruit ginger.
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Guzzle & NoshAssorted macarons from Lette Macarons."Until recently, macarons have been difficult to procure in the United States," or so says the New York Times, in an otherwise lovely story about the airy French cookie. Macarons may be hard to find in the Big Apple, but here in Los Angeles, ... More >>
Bobak Roshan, DemitasseDemitasse's Clever brewing bar.
Most law school career service offices will tell you that a Juris Doctor degree is an invaluable life passport. "This is really open doors for you. You'll be able to do almost anything," they boast in the glossy admissions packets. Tel ... More >>
Long ago, in a time before the Venti Half-Caf Skinny No Whip Mocha Frappucino, there was tea. Not the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or even the Teavanas of today, but unadulterated, delicate green leaves blended only with hot water. While this may seem like an antiquated idea in a land o ... More >>
Celia SoudryJapanese Tea Ceremony at last year's festival
If you spend way too much on loose leaf teas or savor bags of one-dollar genmaicha from your local Japanese market, you'll want to check out the Kulov Tea Festival. It's free and can teach you a few things: how to make matcha properly ... More >>
Since we're on a tight budget (hey, the recession might be letting up but we're in no position to splurge) chocolate is our go-to Mother's Day gift. There's only a few days left until the big day so if you're in the last-minute "I need a present for Mom ASAP" predicament, we've created a neighborhoo ... More >>
This Sunday is a holiday, though not an ideal one for cynics, pessimists, depressives or alcoholics (that's what St. Patrick's Day is for). It is, however, a day to spend money on sinful indulgences, and when you do, we encourage you to shop locally. So rather than importing your chocolates from far ... 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 >>
A Taste of Abbot Kinney"An urban adventure," with oddly pirate-like insignia. Considering the recent succession of "Taste of" events (Downtown Burbank, The Americas, Arcadia) -- showcases of local culture through sips and bites from the creme of the community crop -- one might think that Ange ... More >>
Photo credit: Le Palais GourmetAnother way to be green: Matcha Madness all summer.Silver Lake new favorite Barbrix hosts a happy hour this Friday, but take note that the singular "hour" part is meant literally. Champagne is 50% off on July 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Granted the restaurant wants to get m ... More >>