Dawna Nolan

The lines of people waiting for food are getting longer at St. Francis; Credit: St. Francis Center

September is National Hunger Action Month

September is National Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort to engage the public in fighting hunger in America . For those interested, the LA Regional Food Bank has set up a Virtual Food Drive especially for Squid Ink readers, and for every dollar donated the Foodbank can purchase $5 worth......
Ben Azimi

Street Food: Grilled Kabobs Downtown

Ben Azimi, owner of the Market on Spring, knew his customers were looking for something different for dinner, so he decided to set up a barbecue outside his tiny store most Tuesday through Sunday evenings, where he grills "Persian-style" kabobs to order. For around five bucks, patrons can order a......
Crema Catalana from a recent Test Kitchen Tuesday; Credit: Dawna Nolan

Corkbar: Test Kitchen Tuesdays and More

Downtown's Corkbar wants your help in the kitchen. On Tuesdays, beginning at 5 pm and continuing until "it runs out," they host "Test Kitchen Tuesdays." Chef Albert Avila dishes out best-of-the-farmer's market surprise small plates like Cabernet braised oxtail with fennel dusted green tomatoes, candied fennel chips & marrow emulsion,......

"Chicken that Tastes Like Lexus:" LA Chicken in Little Tokyo

So what, exactly, does Lexus taste like? According to owner of LA Chicken, Masamichi Kiyomiya, it's obvious: "Lexus is the most expensive luxury car imported from Japan." He says a customer told him, "...you're like the Japanese Pollo Loco, man." Kiyomiya was tickled by the idea, and his crazy chicken/Lexus......
Suicide on a bun.; Credit: Samantha Spanos

I'd Like a Black Eye, Please: Secret Fast Food Menus

In a town that elevates VIP treatment to a level that, at the very least, approaches absurdity, it makes sense that the rest of us would want a taste of it too. The easiest, and cheapest, way to be special and in-the-know? Ordering secret (and not-so-secret) off-menu stuff at fast-food......
Fresh carrots

Food for Those in Need: The LA County Regional Foodbank

"Our vision is that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County." So reads the vision statement of the LA County Regional Foodbank. Simple, right? The vision may be simple, but the work of the Los Angeles County Regional Foodbank is anything but. Started in 1973 by Pasadena resident Tony......
Buy booze where Bukowski did.; Credit: Richard Schave

Blood, Dumplings, & Nicotine Gelato: Esotouric's Unusual LA Tours, With Food

It still feels like summer vacation, and whether you have guests, or just feel like exploring a bit, Esotouric isn't your cookie-cutter tour company and promises an "intelligent, unpredictable ride into the secret heart of the city we love." The tour's themes integrate literature, rock and roll, architecture, classic film......
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