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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pizza

Blaze Pizza Is Offering Free Pizza Today in South Gate

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Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Blaze pizza - COURTESY BLAZE PIZZA
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  • Blaze pizza
Sick of free pizza yet? Didn't think so. Blaze Pizza is at it again, giving away free pizza today at their new South Gate location in the Azalea shopping center in South Gate. 

The free pizza action will take place today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The company claims that it's just free pizza, with no strings attached, though they do say it's for their "social media fans" so you may have to like them or follow them or something along those lines. 

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Chef Ari Taymor at work in Alma's open kitchen - COURTESY OF ALMA
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  • Chef Ari Taymor at work in Alma's open kitchen
What do you call a pop-up when it's being run by the same staff and owners as the restaurant it's taking over — Alma — which itself began life as a pop-up? A pop-within? A pop-up²? Whatever the title, expect Alma's latest mid-September one-night menu change to be spelled P-A-T-T-Y M-E-L-T.

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Eggslut will be serving up its delicious food at Pancake Breakfast - CHRISTINE CHIAO
  • Christine Chiao
  • Eggslut will be serving up its delicious food at Pancake Breakfast
It's almost here: Our yearly Pancake Breakfast will take place this Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Park Plaza Hotel. And lucky you — there's still time to get tickets (see the end of the post for a special discount for Squid Ink readers). 

So what can you expect from this year's breakfast bacchanal? A lot. Here's a peek at just a few of the vendors you shouldn't miss on Sunday. 

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Trejos Tacos artist's rendering - COURTESY OF SPACECRAFT
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  • Trejos Tacos artist's rendering
A former Taco Bell on South La Brea will start serving tacos again in 2015, but it’s a safe bet they won’t be made out of Doritos. The former fast-food joint is getting transformed into Trejos Tacos, actor Danny Trejo’s long awaited foray into the restaurant world.

Back in 2011, L.A. Weekly first broke the news that Trejo, best-known for starring in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete films, was planning to enter the food business. At that time, the tough-guy actor told the Weekly that his plan was to open a Mexican restaurant called Trejo’s Place in Huntington Beach. Those plans never came to fruition, but Trejos Tacos looks to be green-lit for an early 2015 opening.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Asian Cuisine

Upcoming Sriracha Festivals: Yes, There are a Lot of Them

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Sriracha - AUSTIN KIRK/FLICKR
Last year, L.A. had a Sriracha festival downtown, and people dug it. This year, that festival has spawned a twin: San Diego is getting its very own Sriracha festival. 

The 1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20 at Liberty Station. There will be drinks, and a DJ and a lot of Sriracha-based dishes. Including dessert. 

L.A. is also getting a repeat of last year's festival: The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Sriracha Festival will take place on Sunday, October 19 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Chinatown’s Central Plaza.

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Golden Soup with Fat Beef Slices - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • Golden Soup with Fat Beef Slices
Lines of people, some seated in plastic chairs, waiting in front of a small Sichuan restaurant along West Valley Boulevard. This has become a common sight. Except we're not referring to Chengdu Taste this time. Located several blocks to the west, Szechuan Impression opened recently and quickly established itself as a contender.

Szechuan Impression takes an approach that's increasingly popular in the SGV: restaurants with nice décor, slightly pricier food (well, by SGV standards), quality ingredients and trained chefs — in the case of Szechuan Impression, from a five-star Chengdu hotel. All of which provides a much-needed middle ground between sticky-tabled, mom-and-pop places and the opulent Cantonese palaces that dim sum restaurants can become for dinner service. In other words, a nice dining experience to go with great food while retaining the feel of home cooking.

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Beer sampler at Beer Belly in Koreatown - ELINA SHATKIN
  • Elina Shatkin
  • Beer sampler at Beer Belly in Koreatown
When we visit a website, we're used to entering “.com,” “.org” or “.net.” But what about “.horse” or “.beer”? Soon, it may not be so weird to visit websites like napa.wine or local.cafe, as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) rolls out its latest reserves of available domains, many of which include food- and drink-specific titles.

Thousands of these new cheeky, industry-specific website endings — also known as generic top-level domains (or gLTDs) — are being released this year in what many tech websites have called the biggest land rush in the history of the Internet.

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khao mok gai,  buried chicken rice - T. CHEN
  • T. Chen
  • khao mok gai, buried chicken rice
P’Toi A’prasert is a petite Thai woman, hardly 40 kilograms even when soaking wet in coconut milk. She took an early retirement from the Royal Thai Navy years ago and, in 2008, came to the United States, with her pensioner husband, looking for a fresh start. Without much English under their belts, the couple settled in Thai Town.

Thanks to her cooking family, A’prasert’s knowledge of her mother flavors runs as deep as any tattooed chef in America with formal training, and she quickly found a job cooking at Kruang Tedd restaurant on Hollywood. A’prasert happens to be a devout Muslim who observes halal.

The problem? The chef cannot taste the food she's cooked before it crosses the pass — because Kruang Tedd’s kitchen isn’t halal. This means that if you eat A’prasert's glorious khao mok gai, or buried chicken rice, you'll have to tell her that it's as good as she thinks it is. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Food Politics

Peanut Butter Recalled for Salmonella

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM
Double trouble - FLICRK/HIWARZ
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  • Double trouble
Nut butters sold at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and other stores nationwide are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Affected products include Arrowhead Mills peanut butters, MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters and specific private label nut butters sold under the Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway brands.

Please change the channel. We've already seen this episode.

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after hours at Grand Central Market - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • after hours at Grand Central Market

Many years later, as Grand Central Market faced the renovations that would once again shift its fortunes, Filomena Eriman remembered the day when she first arrived here, one of this country's oldest and largest public markets.

It was 1969, and Eriman had been hired as an accountant for the family that owned the Homer Laughlin building, part of the century-old jigsaw of buildings (a mash-up of vintage and new, reworked and decrepit) in the so-called historic core of downtown L.A. The centerpiece of that jigsaw, both now and when it opened in 1917, is the market — a wonderful, noisy, deeply multicultural synthesis of food and people, commerce and neighborhood, that has operated continuously for almost a century. It's at once a giant food court, a disassembled grocery store and an enduring civic paradigm, all wedged into 84,000 square feet between Hill and Broadway.

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