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Robyn Brown

M&M Donuts: Is This Doughnut Worth a Two Hour Wait?

Anaheim's M&M Donuts is about two and a half miles west of Disneyland Park, but the line that snakes outside it each night has been known to rival the switch-backing queue for Space Mountain. Some Yelpers claim to have waited as long as two hours for a box of the......
Pandan tofu pudding at V.P. Tofu; Credit: Matthew Kang

Eat This Now: Soy Tofu Pudding for the Soul

Grandma's chicken soup may have the general public snowed, but we know the truth: There is no food on earth more comforting than a freshly made batch of tofu pudding. Especially when said pudding comes from cult favorite soy purveyors V.P. Tofu (in Monterey Park) or Thanh Son (in Westminster,......
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Best Shaved Ice: Class 302

If having a fellow food blogger diss your favorite dessert as boorish ain't fighting words, they at least are eating ones. So when a certain blogger read our Squid Ink story on Korean patbingsu and commented that the Taiwanese shaved snow dish baobing was so far superior, we suddenly found......
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Put Down Your ePhing iPhone and Eat Night

Dear Reader, Tomorrow, that would be Thursday, February 17, please join Squid Ink in celebrating its completely unofficial first food-related holiday: Put Down Your ePhing iPhone and Eat Night. To illustrate the need for such an event, please consider the following: The Yelp Listing for Osteria Mozza has no fewer......
Stumptown coffee comes to Venice

Stumptown in the Alley: Coffee for the Real Intelligentsia

Once upon a time, hitting the cool, independent coffee shop in Venice Beach did not require a twenty minute see-and-be-seen line with an ear-thrumming soundtrack for a four dollar cup of organic Peruvian roast. You're shaking your head, aren't you? You don't believe us. But it's true. Why, just last......
The Lantern Festival

The Ugliest Dish We've Ever Loved: Jiu Niang Tang Yuan at Mei Long Village

The Chinese dessert called jiu niang tang yuan consists of stuffed, glutinous balls floating in fermented rice wine. Has there ever been another food that required as many unfortunate adjectives to describe? Glutinous. Balls. Floating. Fermented. Just reading as far as this sentence has probably earned you some amount of......

Pressed Juicery: What Hollywood Is (Not) Eating

At a recent women's magazine fashion shoot, we interviewed a celebrity so skinny she looked like you could practically suck her through the straw of the algae-colored drink she was nursing. The plastic one pint bottle (slapped with a chicly adorably label for the Brentwood juice delivery service, Pressed Juicery)......
Korean store window display for patbingsu; Credit: Supafly

Top 5 Spots for Korean Shaved Ice: Or, Your Patbingsu Fix

The Korean shaved ice snack called patbingsu handily trumps even the most elaborate Fosselman's sundae when it comes to sheer, omg-inducing visual impact. For the uninitiated, patbingsu is like Pinkberry on psychotropic drugs: a delirious-looking desert that seems sprung from a foodie's weirdest, acid-fueled dreams. Next to one, a banana......