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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beer

4th Game of Thrones Beer Is on Its Way

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM
HBO
  • HBO
With the latest beer linked to the hit HBO series set to debut Oct. 1, it's apparent that Game of Thrones fans are also beer fans (we're not surprised). The first two releases in HBO Licensing’s partnership with Cooperstown, NY-based Brewery Ommegang, Iron Throne Blond Ale (spring 2013) and Take the Black Stout (fall 2013) sold out in just a few weeks. The most recent release, Fire & Blood Red Ale (spring 2014), flew off the shelves just as quickly, despite being brewed at almost twice the volume of the previous releases. (Who’s been drinking all this ale, the Hound?!)

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ChocoChicken to-go - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • ChocoChicken to-go
Back in August when I reviewed ChocoChicken, one of my main complaints was the chocolate overload of the endeavor. The chocolate-flavored chicken itself wasn't that bad, but the heaping on of more and more chocolate items — from sides to cocktails — made for a wholly unbalanced meal. 

Now, it appears that the owners of ChocoChicken have decided to dial back that chocolate dependence. Eater reports that the restaurant has launched a new menu which relies far less on gimmicky chocolate sides, and focuses instead on things that might act as a foil to the chocolate chicken (which remains). 

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Garlo's Pie Shop in Westwood - B. RODELL
  • B. Rodell
  • Garlo's Pie Shop in Westwood
Step into Garlo's Pies, the new Westwood pie shop, and it's likely a good-looking bloke with a broad Australian accent will bound up to you and happily regale you with all kinds of facts about the operation. "G'day!" he'll bellow. "First time here? Yes? Great! That means I get to do more talking!"

There's something about Australians playing up their Australian-ness for American enjoyment that makes me a wee bit queasy, but that's because, being Australian myself, it's what's been expected of me my whole life. Just because I hate the shtick doesn't mean you will. If I take the jaded scales from my eyes, I can see how Garlo's sunny outlook would be welcome and inviting when you're in the market for a quick, cheap lunch. 

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Cortado at Andante Coffee Roasters in Echo Park - TIEN NGUYEN
  • Tien Nguyen
  • Cortado at Andante Coffee Roasters in Echo Park
Happy belated National Coffee Day — or not, since every day is national coffee day, isn't it? Just little over a year after it opened its first location on Beverly Boulevard, Andante Coffee Roasters opened a second shop in Echo Park on Monday, taking over the space formerly occupied by The Hedgehog at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street. Should you happen to need a caffeine fix before your beer one, note that the cafe is mere footsteps away from Mohawk Bend.

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Mozza's butterscotch budino - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Mozza's butterscotch budino
Believe it or not, the holiday season isn't that far away. A few months may seem like a long time, but if you're an event-planner or a baker or pastry chef or candy-maker or chocolatier, it's really not. Which is why we're already inviting you to a holiday party. This year we wanted to have a different kind of food and drink event, one that showcases and celebrates our town's best bakers and pastry chefs and bartenders, while at the same time having a party where you can buy holiday gifts AND we can raise money for a worthy cause. 

So this December 7, on a Sunday afternoon in The Majestic and The Reserve downtown, we're having a holiday dessert and cocktail party, to which you're invited to come and eat cookies and drink holiday cocktails, buy some new cookbooks by local chefs and shop for gifts and give some money to Food Forward, which will also make sure that no cookie gets left behind. Called Sips & Sweets, you can even bring your kids to this one. Happy holidays — a few months early! So who's coming?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Beer

4 Things We Learned Bar Hopping with Firestone Walker

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:32 PM
Firestone Walker Wild Ride at LA Beer Week - COURTESY FIRESTONE WALKER
  • Courtesy Firestone Walker
  • Firestone Walker Wild Ride at LA Beer Week
On Saturday, Sept. 27, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. celebrated the end of LA Beer Week with their third annual Wild Ride. In a 1964 Series 2A Land Rover named Olivia, they delivered kegs of specialty sour beer from their Barrelworks brewery in Buellton to four different bars throughout Los Angeles County. From Burbank to Long Beach, they pulled up, tapped kegs, poured beers and chatted with drinkers.

Co-proprietor David Walker was the driver, in a Barrelworks T-shirt and jeans, while Barrelworks Director Jeffers Richardson was both comic relief and wingman, tucked into the passenger seat in an aviator cap, goggles and harem scarf. 

“Ever since my grandfather owned one of these Land Rovers, when I was growing up in England, I wanted one,” Walker said, as we pulled onto the PCH. “The idea for the Wild Ride was to separate the sour beers from the ‘real’ brewery. Olivia is contaminated like the beer, and the idea conjured images of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride so it just seemed right.” What better way to close out Beer Week than riding between kegs in the back of a Safari truck across Los Angeles? Here are a few things we during our own wild ride. 

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The recalled chicken - FSIS
  • FSIS
  • The recalled chicken
Guess Foster Farms missed being in the spotlight.

A mere two months after the Centers for Disease Control declared the company's 16-month-long salmonella outbreak finally over, Foster Farms chicken is now being recalled for listeria.

About 40,000 pounds (1,223 cases) of Foster Farms' frozen, pre-cooked Chicken Breast Grilled Strips have been pulled from the marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency issued a warning statement about the chicken on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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sushi at Sushi Tsujita - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • sushi at Sushi Tsujita
Maybe the city planners who oversee Sawtelle Blvd. north of Olympic — that stretch of Japanese-intensive shops and restaurants many people call Little Osaka — should just hand over the keys to the folks who operate Tsujita. Of course we've all been lining up for bowls of noodles at Tsujita L.A., probably this town's best ramen shop,  since it opened in the summer of 2011. Then they opened the Tsujita Annex, a casual ramen-ya across the street, with more ramen and tsukemen and the happy addition of lawn chairs and umbrellas outside for the people in those lines.

Now they've opened a third restaurant, Sushi Tsujita, a few steps further north, in the former location of Soba Sojibo. Open for about a month now, this is an equally cozy spot, but which — as the name suggests — showcases not noodles but classic Edo-style sushi, with omakase by Tokyo sushi chef Shigeru Kato.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Coffee

4 Ways to Get Free Coffee on Monday

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Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 9:05 AM
Espresso in an edible cup from Zia Valentina - AMY SCATTERGOOD
  • Amy Scattergood
  • Espresso in an edible cup from Zia Valentina
The National Whatever Day scam gets awfully tiresome, but there is one good byproduct — all the free stuff. Monday, Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day, which means there are quite a few coffee promotions going on around town. 

From espresso in edible cups to beloved chain doughnut store coffee, see below for the coffee deals around L.A.

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AMAZON, PROSPECT PARK BOOKS
  • Amazon, Prospect Park Books
Although the Los Angeles restaurant scene continues to grow and chefs and restaurateurs continue to dazzle us with innovative cuisine in inspiring new spaces in new parts of town, we can’t eat out every night — even if we want to. And with the remarkable surfeit of farmers market produce available at our fingertips year-round, it's kind of nice to cook at home anyway. Cheaper too.

So in an attempt to dust off that stove, turn on that oven (in the brief moment when it's not insanely hot) and start chopping, here are ten things that everyone in L.A. should have in their kitchen.  Nothing fancy, just old favorites — because sometimes we all need a reminder of what's in our own backyards. 

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