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Review: Blu SkyBar is the best restaurant to open in Anaheim in years

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 17, 2021
The best part of the paella is the socorrat, if you can find it. Blackened and crusted with the burnt residue of fish broth that evaporates before it can be fully absorbed, the socorrat is that layer of rice on the bottom and around the edges of...

Best thing I ate: This tiny piece of tuna is a gigantic flavor bomb

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 16, 2021
Admittedly, it doesn’t look like much, judging from the photo taken with my phone. It didn’t look like much in the moment, either. Although it’s just one small bite of an hour-long omakase experience at Sushi Ii in Newport Beach, it’s the one bite...

How restaurants feel about June 15 California reopening

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 14, 2021
At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, California will retire many of the pandemic-related restrictions that crippled restaurants and other businesses for much of the last year. Restaurants will be able to return to 100% capacity, host parties larger than six at...

Better than pizza delivery? Khachapuri to your door

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 12, 2021
Later this month I’ll return to writing weekly reviews. It’s time. On Tuesday restaurants will be permitted to fill their dining rooms again to normal capacity. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that California will continue to allow...

How 4 premade earthquake kits compare on supplies, price

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 12, 2021
If you purchase the kits linked to on our site, The Times may earn a commission. Everyone needs an earthquake kit. When the big one hits, you’ll need basic supplies, food and water to last you at least a couple of days until help arrives. There...

L.A. chefs share their earthquake kit food wish lists

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 12, 2021
It’s an hour after a big earthquake and you’re stuck without power, on the side of the road or somewhere far from home. Help won’t arrive for at least a couple of days, but you’ve got your earthquake kit. You’re set with water. You have enough...

How chef Ray Anthony Barrett is celebrating Juneteenth differently this year

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 10, 2021
Hoppin’ John, as holiday dishes go, is synonymous with New Year’s Day: Eating black-eyed peas richly seasoned and mingled with rice purports to bring good luck. But Ray Anthony Barrett’s extravagant rendering makes a persuasive case that Hoppin’...

The fight to save the Boulevard, Pasadena's only gay bar

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 10, 2021
Steve Terradot learned how to play pool in the back room at the Boulevard bar in Pasadena in 1981. He spent many nights there, relishing the feelings of safety and community the space provided. “We used to sneak in the back door,” he said,...

The Daughters of Two NYC Hip-Hop Legends Are Opening a Pizza Place in Hollywood

Juliette Cornet • Los Angeles Magazine • June 10, 2021
The Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy lives on—on the West Coast, of all places—at a new pizza parlor opening on Saturday in Hollywood. Juicy Pizza, named after Biggie’s iconic 1994 hit “Juicy,” is the result of collaboration between Biggie’s own...

Critic’s Notebook: Cautiously excited about the post-pandemic dining rush

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 10, 2021
Something weird happened last week when I came back from vacation. I tried to make a reservation at a newish restaurant, but it was fully booked — on a Wednesday night. I couldn’t even get a late table. That’s not totally unusual for a hot new...