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Review: The Blue Box Cafe delivers a uniquely Tiffany lunch

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 13, 2021
Forget breakfast. Afternoon tea is where it’s at. While the highly anticipated Blue Box Cafe at Tiffany at South Coast Plaza isn’t yet open for dine-in service (that should come in June), the jewelry store’s new kitchen is up and running for...

4 Refreshing Mint Chip Ice Creams to Try Around Town

Grace Jaeger • Los Angeles Magazine • May 12, 2021
Dessert maestros are scooping up fresh takes on this classic flavor. Here are four we love. Fresh Mint Chip from Sweet Rose Creamery Fresh spearmint leaves from Kenter Canyon Farms—rather than spearmint extract—give this scoop a more herbaceous...

Best thing I ate: Great burger, but the mess is out of control

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 12, 2021
The cashier at Burger Monster in Buena Park hands me a gigantic stack of napkins with my burger, and I think to myself, “That’s way too many napkins.” But I take the whole pile anyway. Moments later, after a single bite of my Mighty Melt, I’m up...

Faithful Fans Swear Courage Bagels Is Worth the Wait

Paul Schrodt • Los Angeles Magazine • May 11, 2021
To the faithful, Courage Bagels is much more than a bagel place. It opened quietly and sporadically in October in Virgil Village, a rapidly gentrifying Eastside pocket. In March, it was featured in a barn burner of a New York Times article...

Review: Little Sister in Irvine is the bigger sister to LSXO

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 6, 2021
Six feet away, at a neighboring table, I see several dishes arrive from the kitchen and everything looks delicious. I recognize chef Tin Vuong’s impressive imperial rolls and papaya salad, each plate elaborately crowned with a nest of fresh herbs....

Review: Stella Jean’s reimagines the ice cream rainbow

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 5, 2021
I didn’t earn a single badge in Cub Scouts. I failed scouting miserably. I’ve never been a big fan of sleeping in tents or whittling sticks or tying knots. But I’ve always loved campfires. Mostly I like the burnt marshmallows. I like letting the...

This cookbook finally restores 'fusion' cuisine to a place of dignity

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • May 1, 2021
Reem Kassis thought for sure she was a one-and-done cookbook author. In 2017 Phaidon published “The Palestinian Table,” written so Kassis could codify her family recipes and help preserve — or “safeguard,” a word she uses often — an everyday...

These Small-Batch Bakers Are Achieving Pretzel Perfection

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • April 30, 2021
Pretzels, that most delightfully loopy of bread products, are on the rise in L.A.–and, as happened with the pretzel’s close cousin, the bagel, in recent years, pop-up and Instagram-based artisans are at the vanguard. These makers are hand rolling...

3 New L.A. Restaurants to Try in May

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • April 29, 2021
From Mei Lin’s new chicken sandwich spot to a new casual takeout spot from Tancredi DeLuca, here are some new restaurants to check out this month. Sant’olina The buzzy h.wood Group has taken over the rooftop at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to launch...

How to make the perfect margarita

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 29, 2021
I’m not a bartender but I am a professional drinker. So while I’ll leave the intricate mixology to the folks behind the bar, when I’m at home I do enjoy making margaritas. And for decades, without much thought, I have defaulted to the classic...