Melissa Caskey

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Shop Local: More Freedom For Farmers Markets

Farmers market organizers may have an easier time setting up shop in residential and commercial areas if a new ordinance is passed by L.A.'s City Council. If the plan is approved, markets could be set up in any area of a residential neighborhood, and approval for commercial-area markets would no......
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[Updated:] Deal Reached in Grocery Store Labor Feud

Update:9/26, 10 a.m. On Sunday night, workers voted and approved a new contract, ending an eight-month dispute with Ralphs, Vons, Pavilions and Albertsons. According to insiders, workers will pay $7 a week for health insurance, or $15 per week for a family. The health insurance clause had been the most......
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Jack's Banana Pancakes at Jacks N Joe

The pancake menu at Jacks N Joe offers cryptic pancake titles like Pudgie Elvis, Hula Girl and Chloe's Blues. But don't be afraid to try something mysterious, especially Jack's Banana Pancakes (a nod to a Jack Johnson song perhaps?) Opened less than two years back, Jacks N Joe specializes in......
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China's Restaurant Smiley System: Eating Based on Emoticons

As most of us know, Los Angeles uses a grading system when it comes to rating restaurants after a safety inspection. A, B, C, etc. But according to China Daily, China is considering doing something a little more cutting edge: posting cartoon happy faces, straight faces and sad faces......
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The Italian American Museum's 3rd Annual Taste of Italy

For carb-lovers in Los Angeles, a great day is nearing. On October 1st, the Italian American Museum will host its 3rd Annual Taste of Italy at the 1869 Pico House and its cobblestone plaza. More than 50 restaurants will invade a tiny portion of L.A. for a day, but should......
This California farmer was given money from the Department of Homeland Security to buy a lock for his dairy barn.; Credit: Associated Press

Is the War on Food Terror Useless?

A report released by the Associated Press yesterday, September 13th, found that the post-9/11 plan to protect the American food supply is mostly ineffective and unorganized. Over the last 10 years, $3.4 billion has gone into "food counter-terrorism" -- all without an official person or department in charge of the......
Chicago-style pork ribs and coleslaw.; Credit: Melissa Caskey

The LA BBQ Festival: Barbecue on the Beach

For three glorious days, barbecue companies from across the country gathered this past weekend at the Santa Monica Pier for the 3rd annual LA BBQ Festival: all-you-can-drink-and-eat on the beach. In case you missed it, turn the page for a look at some of the smoky spread......
The 65-year-old Santa Monica location is scheduled to close.; Credit: Guzzle and Nosh

[Updated:] What's Up With the Original Hot Dog On A Stick?

Update: 9/12, 10:00 a.m. Laurie Sonia, executive vice president of Hot Dog On A Stick, says the plan for a demolition and rebuild is still in the works. HDOS still has to go through various city committees, including the coastal committee, for necessary permissions. "We need to bring up to......