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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Breakfast

Fortified Cereals May Pose Risk to Kids

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Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 5:00 AM
a bowl of raisin bran - FLICKR/MARY
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  • a bowl of raisin bran
We all know that kids' cereal has way too much sugar. But, especially if you try to buy the "healthier" varieties such as Wheaties, Raisin Bran or Bran Flakes, you may be exposing your kids to unhealthy amounts of added vitamins, too.

According to a new report, "millions of children are ingesting potentially unhealthy amounts" of vitamin A, zinc and niacin, with fortified breakfast cereals the leading source of the excessive intake because all three nutrients are added in amounts calculated for adults.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Zach Pollack - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Zach Pollack
Alimento, the new restaurant from chef Zack Pollack, opens tonight in Silver Lake. 

Pollack is best known as one part of the two-man chef team behind Sotto, the Pico Boulevard Southern Italian restaurant that serves some of the city's best Italian food. Pollack and co-chef Steve Samson opened Sotto in 2011 in partnership with restaurateur Bill Chait. While Pollack is still very much a part of Sotto, he's currently focusing about 110% of his energy on his new project. 

Pollack spent 12 days traveling around northern Italy recently doing research for Alimento, and found a lot of inspiration from the more Germanic flavors found in the regions of Italy near the border. "It's kind of like a little world between worlds," he says. But Alimeto won't be a straightforward homage to any particular region of Italy — it will be an expression of Pollack as a chef. The short menu focuses on strong-flavored smaller plates (lamb belly, mackerel conserva), pastas and a couple of platters (whole fish, huge hunks of pork shank). Brunch will be coming on weekends in four to six  weeks. 

We spoke to a very sleep-deprived Pollack about the neighborhood, the menu and what's sure to become a controversial charge for water. 

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Urban Fruit Foraging Feeds L.A. Needy

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

If you live in Southern California, you may take the abundance of fresh fruit for granted. We have farmers markets every day of the week, with fruit growers and even expert pomologists bringing gorgeous citrus and stone fruit, picked hours before. You may even have trees of your own, where you can walk outside to pick your own Valencia oranges, kumquats or Santa Rosa plums. But what if you don't? Food Forward is an organization that fills this gap, helping to bring fresh fruit to people who don't have easy access to it.

Founded in 2009 by Rick Nahmias, a professional photographer, writer and filmmaker who focused on marginalized communities, Food Forward is a nonprofit, volunteer-based group that works to rescue fresh produce that otherwise often would go to waste. The foraged produce then is brought to food banks or other connecting points, where it's connected with those who need it. 

For the last three years, Food Forward has gathered at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena to harvest oranges. Because the Huntington is far more than a botanical garden and weekend destination. It originated as a large orange grove, and now reserves seven acres for those oranges. 

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wine tasting - FLICKR/JESSICA SPENGLER
There are all kinds great places around Los Angeles to visit to taste wine. A couple of hours up the 101 and you'll find yourself in Santa Barbara wine country, while an hour and a half down the 15 will land you in Temecula. And if you don't want to drive out of town then there's no shortage of places to taste wine right here in the city, but there are some things you should know before you go tasting because, while wine tasting is a social event, it's not quite the same as happy hour.

Here are eight simple rules to follow when attending a wine tasting event. 

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Superba Snack Bar chef Jason Neroni with son Atticus - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Superba Snack Bar chef Jason Neroni with son Atticus
As of last week, chef Jason Neroni is no longer with Superba Snack Bar or its parent company, Gonzo Food Corp.

"I've relished my time with Gonzo," Neroni told us, "and am so grateful to Paul [Hibler, Gonzo's owner] that he gave me the opportunity to do what we did with Superba. But another opportunity came along, and I've gotta take it."

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Whole Foods' mac and cheese - FLICKR/RICK
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  • Whole Foods' mac and cheese
Just last week we went into Whole Foods for quinoa and came out with one $150 grocery bag of God-knows-what (we think Parmesan crisps, an organic T-shirt and beer made by Franciscan friars was in there). We are used to, but puzzled by, this phenomenon. So we were more than a little annoyed when we learned that Whole Foods has just been slapped with a fine for engaging in tom-dickery with their pricing throughout the state of California.

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Beer

Mohawk Bend's Summer of Sour Beers

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Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Mohawk Bend Beer Buyer Lauren O'Neill - FARLEY ELLIOTT
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  • Mohawk Bend Beer Buyer Lauren O'Neill
It's summer sour season at Mohawk Bend. The Echo Park purveyor of California craft beers is planning to ramp up its seasonal offerings with a run of sour beers, those often rose-colored pours that tend to be a little tart, fruity and, well, sour.

Beginning June 22 and running through September, the bar will tap a new keg of special sour beer every Sunday at 3 p.m. sharp, including a few special releases, rarities and hard-to-source options. The list, which still maintains its California-brewed-only cred, features sours from the likes of Lost Abbey, Russian River and Orange County darlings the Bruery, and are hand-picked by Mohawk's own beer buyer, Lauren O'Neill.

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the 2011 Food & Wine Festival - STAR FOREMAN
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  • the 2011 Food & Wine Festival
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
This huge food and wine event, the fourth of its kind, isn't until August, but you might want to plan ahead and reserve your tickets (and your time and appetite) now. Presented by Food & Wine magazine over the course of three nights and four days, this year's festival will have unlimited tastings, cookbook signings, wine and cocktail tastings, culinary demonstrations and dinners. Spread out downtown along Grand Avenue, the huge event will include Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Chiarello, Scott Conant, Graham Elliot, Dominique Crenn, Pierre Gagnaire and Ari Taymor, as well as television personalities such as Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible. Closer to home: chefs Nancy Silverton, John Sedlar, Celestino Drago, Ben Ford, Bernard Mairinger, Kuniko Yagi, Ricardo Zarate - and lots more. 
WHAT: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
WHEN: Aug. 21-24.
WHERE: Grand Avenue, downtown.
COST: Tickets range from $50 to $350, with full weekend packages at approximately $1,000.

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Cold noodle box at Asian Box - FARLEY ELLIOTT
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  • Cold noodle box at Asian Box
Attention, archeologists of the future: If you find yourself sorting through the rubble of post-America, trying to figure out what led to our downfall, here's a tip — check Burbank.

While not exactly a cultural touchpoint on its own, Burbank has of late become ground zero for a very particular sort of warfare: the box versus the bowl. And it's exactly this high-level, shape-specific fighting that's going to tear this society apart at the seams. Or, at the very least, make choosing a quick service midweek lunch option that much harder.

Smack in the middle of downtown Burbank is Asian Box, a recently opened Palo Alto import that specializes in rice bowls — err, rice boxes — along with chilled rice noodles, a slew of quick-fired protein options and a few vaguely Southeast Asian vegetable choices to toss the whole thing together. The shop is already a Bay Area hit, and has long had expansion plans in the Los Angeles area.

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