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Christine Chiao

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Best Lab to Taste Up-and-Coming Restaurant Concepts

The state of L.A.'s restaurant landscape will have you invoking Charles Dickens. It's gotten easier to find new restaurants and more difficult to settle on a favorite. Consistency is an issue and hype is ubiquitous. Chefs and restaurateurs face steeper-than-ever startup costs, while the city has (finally) received recognition for......
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Best Vegan Doughnuts That Can Quell Any Carnivore

If you eat eggs or dairy, a doughnut missing those things often tastes like a pastry don't. Until you've bitten into one of the Caffeinated Kitchen's 35 baked renditions, found in more than half a dozen Long Beach (and several Orange County) cafes. Not leaden, and certainly not gummy or......
LAPD's airborne division flies above the clouds.; Credit: Ani Ucar

Best Kombucha That Will Curb Your Ambivalence

Kombucha is not brewed for the fermentationally timid. Fizzy, often tart, sometimes too pungent, the tea can prove a barrier point for even the most health food–forward — unless you start with the jasmine peony or the lemongrass oolong from Fine Feathers Kombucha. Husband-and-wife Jay Penev and Jodine Penev West......
With Love Market  Credit: Christine Chiao

A New, Healthy Market Invests in Pico-Union With Fresh Produce

During a recent cooking class at With Love Market & Café, Karla Vasquez prepared what she described as a healthier version of a grilled cheese sandwich, using pepper Jack and pesto.   "We can use less cheese with a more flavorful kind," says Vasquez, the store's director of community programs......
A supreme tlayuda at Tlayuda L.A.; Credit: Christine Chiao

Don't Call It a Pizza When It's a Tlayuda

Tlayuda L.A. is on one of the denser segments of Santa Monica Boulevard, a block from Western and the 101 in each direction. Parking is almost always an issue. You’ll end up drawing jagged loops around surrounding streets for a while. The search is emblematic, in a way, of the......
Yaka mein booth at New Orleans Jazz Fest; Credit: Flickr/Jim Hobbs

You Can Now Find Yaka Mein, a NOLA Hangover Cure, in L.A.

At Louie's of Mar Vista, there's a rare version of an African-American/Asian-American noodle soup that originated in New Orleans called yaka mein. All but non-existent in L.A., it's lovingly known as "Old Sober" to many who have stumbled out of a bar in NOLA's Bywater district after midnight.  The curative bowl......
Crispy duck arroz caldo at a previous LASA dinner; Credit: Paulo Rafael

LASA Filipino Pop-Up Headed to Chinatown

Have you tried new wave Filipino-American food yet? Without a doubt there's a growing group of Filipino-American chefs, often second or third generation, sharing familiar flavors of their childhood across the country. It was kind of hard to ignore the array of options that cropped up in L.A. alone throughout 2015......
A selection of baked tofu donuts from Ring; Credit: Aya Maeda

Are You Ready for the Tofu Doughnut?

Tofu does not immediately come to mind when considering the long list of donut possibilities in Los Angeles.  L.A. is hope to doughnuts strewn with maple bacon, stuffed with fresh strawberries and cross-bred with a croissant. You can find doughnuts made to order to accommodate vegan and gluten-free predilections. There's a fun savory one inspired......