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10 Favorite Food Quotes in Simpsons' "The Food Wife"

The food media world was chomping at the bit to see last night's highly anticipated Simpsons episode. "The Food Wife" has Marge, Lisa and Bart write a food blog called The Three Mouthkateers as they make their way through the surprisingly eclectic Springfield food scene. There are snotty foodies and......
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

Top 5 Halloween Treats for the Kid-At-Heart

No matter how you slice it, Halloween brings out the sweet tooth in all of us. Sure, you can raid your kid's bag for something sweet, or grab that family-size bag of Kit Kats at Target (you feel the pull, whether you're giving out candy or not), plenty of local......
Mendocino Farms Mascot inspired the new concept; Credit: LA Wad/Flickr

Mendocino Farms Opens Blue Cow "Sandwich Atelier"; Closes Casa

Mendocino Farms is known for its quirky sandwiches -- the one that first got us was an addictive combo of duck confit with duck-skin cracklins -- and its approachable farm-to-table lunch fare at its three locations (two downtown and one in Marina del Rey). Some of the more ambitious sandwich......
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Psychic Fortune Cookies: Move Over Miss Cleo

Those little scraps of paper with prophetic statements like "You will always be surrounded by good friends" are fun to read after polishing off a plate of lo mein (with or without "in bed" at the end.) But no one really takes the fortune cookie for the cookie. Like a......
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David Myers Update: More Pizza Coming to Hollywood

Sit back and think for a moment -- where's the best artisanal pizza in the heart of Hollywood? And we don't mean Mozza down on Melrose and Highland, but closer to Hollywood and Vine. Right. Well, by this time next year, there will be a version of David Myers' Costa......
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Dinner + a Show: Sing-a-long Coen Brothers

In L.A., dinner and a show doesn't have to mean parking at the Arclight and walking to one of the myriad bars and restaurants near the movie theater. There are some great spots around town where you can dine and be entertained at the same time, and we don't mean......
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Marky Ramone Brings His Pasta "Sawce" to Whole Foods

If you told us that one of the last remaining Ramones would one day shill his own jarred pasta sauce at an upscale, gourmet, health-leaning grocery store, we would probably spit our cheap beer in your face with laughter. But why waste good cheap beer? It's all true. Marky Ramone......
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Fig's Bacon Waffle: Bacon, Bacon + Yeah, More Bacon

Some say bacon has hit the tipping point. It's everywhere, from cupcakes and chocolate bars to cakes, pies, and, yes, even guns and cologne. But just because something as delicious as bacon is trendy, doesn't mean it's any less important. Sure, sometimes it's over the top, but we love bacon,......
Terri Wahl among her gourmet goods.; Credit: Photo: L. Balla

Auntie Em's: Your New Go-To Marketplace

There's something new happening at Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock, and it's not just the seasonal strawberry cupcake with orange cream cheese icing. A few months ago, chef and owner Terri Wahl updated the space and opened a fantastic little marketplace for take-out food, cheese, charcuterie and gifts. She......
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Rosewood Tavern Debuts on Friday

Although it feels as if he just debuted District in the heart of Hollywood, owner George Abou-Daoud is at at it again, bringing yet another bar-restaurant concept, Rosewood Tavern, to the scene this Friday, May 20th. But instead of Sunset Boulevard, where all of his other spots live (Delancey, Mission......