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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Food Science

Walnuts May Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease

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Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM
click image Carrot cake with walnuts - FLICKR/MARNALBANO
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  • Carrot cake with walnuts
A new study published in the October Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicates that a diet including walnuts may help reduce the risk, delay the onset, slow the progression of and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Research led by Abha Chauhan, head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), found significant improvement in learning skills, memory, reducing anxiety and motor development in mice fed a walnut-enriched diet.

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Squid ink radiatori, red wine-braised squid, mussels, peas, dried tomato at Alimento - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Squid ink radiatori, red wine-braised squid, mussels, peas, dried tomato at Alimento
iHeartSilverlake EastSide Food Festival 
Silver Lake is getting its own food festival, with 25 vendors, chefs, DJs, musicians and more, hosted by 
Mack Sennett Studios, Castle Gourmet and Food Is the New Rock. Who's coming? Alimento, Auntie Em's Kitchen, Angel City Brewing, Black Hogg, Donut Friend, HomeState, Kitchen Mouse, Little Beast, Mexicali Taco & Co., McConnell's Ice Cream, Starry Kitchen, Sticky Rice, Oinkster and more. 
WHAT: iHeartSilverlake EastSide Food Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 9, 4-8 p.m.
WHERE: Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., Silver Lake.
COST: Tickets are $45 to $75.

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PHOTO COURTESY RAINBEAU MARS
  • Photo courtesy Rainbeau Mars
Horror stories about apples with razor blades and anthrax-laced candy terrified trick-or-treaters in the 1980s and '90s. But this year, one Beverly Hills mom is purposely resurrecting the fear and paranoia surrounding trick-or-treating, with a modern spin.

Rainbeau Mars (and yes, that's her real name, according to her publicist, who says she was born in a teepee under a double rainbow) will be dishing out something really scary to trick-or-treaters in her gated community — live worms.

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A haunted restaurant is a thing of delight. - PHOTO BY JARED COWAN
  • Photo by Jared Cowan
  • A haunted restaurant is a thing of delight.
Forget mazes, rides, haunted hayrides and houses of horror with their hordes of mask-wearing actors providing cheap thrills. Instead, grab a drink at one of L.A.'s haunted restaurants — seven dining and drinking spots that all have real resident ghosts far spookier than most made-up macabre.

Befitting their age, most are downtown, but Hollywood and Long Beach also offer eerie places for your dining delight this spooky season.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coffee

85C Now Open in Pasadena — to the Delight of Coffee Lovers

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Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Pastries at 85C Bakery Cafe - PHOTOS BY BARBARA HANSEN
  • Photos by Barbara Hansen
  • Pastries at 85C Bakery Cafe
Thirteen is a lucky number for Pasadena, which just acquired the 13th California outlet of the Taiwanese bakery cafe 85°C.

In case you’re not familiar with this chain—until now the closest branches were in Torrance and Gardena—the name indicates the perfect temperature for hot coffee. This leaves out the bakery cafe’s most famous beverage, sea salt coffee, which is served iced. The salt is in thick cream on a base of strong Guatemalan coffee. You shake it up before you drink. If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can have sea salt green tea.

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Mung Bean Jelly Noodle with Chili Sauce, Chengdu Taste, Alhambra - JIM THURMAN
  • Jim Thurman
  • Mung Bean Jelly Noodle with Chili Sauce, Chengdu Taste, Alhambra

Folks that have been in Los Angeles for a while know that fall still brings plenty of hot days with it. On days when highs near 90 in the San Gabriel Valley — which is the forecast for today — one of the best ways to beat the heat is with some cold noodles.

If you find yourself on the Eastside (the real Eastside) or are willing to make a short drive, here are three different cold noodle dishes and where to find them in the SGV.

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Butternut Squash and Sage Soup with Maple Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Gruyère  Croutons - HEATHER PLATT
  • Heather Platt
  • Butternut Squash and Sage Soup with Maple Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Gruyère Croutons
We've all been there. When we were kids it was trick or treating and sugar highs. Later, we found ourselves at out-of-control Halloween parties where, for some reason, wearing costumes empowered guests to behave erratically.

Now, you fancy the idea of a quiet night in handing out candy to lots of adorably dressed children. But your neighborhood is sadly not exactly trick-or-treat friendly and you usually end up eating that untouched bowl of Jujubes all by yourself. So if you have a “been there, done that” attitude towards the spooky holiday but still want to celebrate in a more relaxed way, there’s always the good old-fashioned dinner party. And what better time of year in Los Angeles than late October for an enchanting fall menu? Don't forget to remind your guests to wear a costume. It's still Halloween, after all.

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Lou Amdur - PHOTO BY RYAN ORANGE
  • Photo by Ryan Orange
  • Lou Amdur
If we loved Lou Amdur's little wine shop when it was tucked in next door to Sqirl (and we did), we really love his new wine shop, 1.5 miles away in Los Feliz. With a much bigger selection and a tasting counter, it's a wine-geek's paradise, especially if you get Lou himself to start rhapsodizing about what's on the shelves. 

If you haven't had a chance to make it over there, there's a pretty great reason to go: Amdur, along with Santa Barabara sea urchin diver Stephanie Muntz, will be holding an uni and wine pairing/tasting tonight. You have to buy tickets in advance, and choose from a 6 or 7 p.m. time slot, but for $20 you get to taste four different wines along with your very own whole urchin. 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Owner Denise Assad slices pumpkin pie. - C. SOUDRY
  • C. Soudry
  • Owner Denise Assad slices pumpkin pie.
At Bountiful Bakery in Montrose, owner Denise Assad is no stranger to early mornings (if you can even call them that): She wakes up at 3 a.m., makes her way to some Stumptown coffee and then heads to the kitchen where hours are spent kneading, twisting, stirring, pounding. The real fun begins around 9 a.m., when that buttery sweet aroma fills the air and customers trickle in to sample the goods.

"I try to bring back the time in my life when I was baking with my grandmother. Whatever I bake, that’s what I remember," says Assad. She stays true to tradition. Nothing is too sweet; there's lots of spice and lots of butter. "Butter satisfies the soul," Assad adds, "It's a taste of your youth, your family. That’s what I do. I bake to remember."

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Marcus Samuelsson - PETER ROSS/COURTESY MARCUS SAMUELSSON
  • Peter Ross/Courtesy Marcus Samuelsson
  • Marcus Samuelsson
Last week, Marcus Samuelsson released his latest book, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. As the title suggests, this is not a restaurant cookbook but rather a look at how a famous chef likes to cook for himself and his family (or in this case his gorgeous supermodel wife, Maya Haile).

But the home-cooked theme won't stop Samuelsson from serving these recipes in a restaurant setting, at least not while he's traveling around promoting the book. 

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