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Where to find longevity noodles for Lunar New Year

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 25, 2022
Every year, on the first day of the Lunar New Year, Esther Yuan eats a bowl of noodles. Growing up in Dalian, a seaside city in northern China, her father would make them by hand, kneading the dough with a stick and serve a bowl to each family...

Iranian flatbreads and spiced sweet rolls you have to try

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 22, 2022
In 2018, pastry chef Sahar Shomali was between restaurant jobs — she’d concluded career-making stints at Spago and Lucques and would soon be making desserts at Hearth & Hound — when she was gripped by an idea for a side project. She began teaching...

¿Quiere reducir el consumo de carne en 2022? Probamos y clasificamos 9 alternativas proteicas

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 22, 2022
Si se pregunta cómo podría mejorar su dieta en 2022, sepa que un ejército de empresarios espera tener la respuesta: proteínas alternativas. Utilizan plantas, células cultivadas y hongos para crear imitaciones de carne con sabor a ternera, pollo,...

Review: Blinking Owl in Santa Ana is not just for drinking anymore

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 20, 2022
Before the pandemic, Blinking Owl Distillery’s tasting room in Santa Ana existed more or less for one purpose: drinking, as a means of introducing customers to the brand’s own spirits. The drinks they make with those spirits are very, very good,...

NFTs could be the ticket to your next great meal

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 19, 2022
Chef Brad Miller and restaurateur Luke Tabit have tested and eaten hundreds of burgers over the past six months. The two friends and former colleagues have experimented with countless varieties of cheese to observe how they melted, tasted numerous...

L.A. Hotspot Craig’s and Illesteva Team Up for a Limited-Edition Collaboration

Matty Wells • Los Angeles Magazine • January 18, 2022
It was a match made in heaven when the iconic Los Angeles restaurant Craig’s, equally known for its clubby atmosphere as its celebrity clientele, came together with Illesteva for an exclusive collaboration. The “of the moment” designer sunglass...

Taco Tuesday: A new Stanton taco shop goes all in on birria

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 18, 2022
The only thing spreading faster through Orange County than COVID-19 is birria. And while I’m still trying my best to avoid the former, I’m here to inhale as much of the latter as I can. The latest taqueria to join the birria revolution is Tacos el...

My return, yet again, to takeout and outdoor dining

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 15, 2022
At the beginning of this week, a colleague and I had dinner at a restaurant we left feeling excited about. On-point cooking, friendly staff, lots more on the menu to come back and delve into. This particular place didn’t have any outdoor seating,...

Vegetarian and vegan restaurants to try in L.A. this year

Jenn Harris, Stephanie Breijo • Los Angeles Times • January 13, 2022
Metropolitan Los Angeles is one of the most creative, pluralistic places in the world to eat, and that goes for vegetarians and vegans, who can choose from an astonishing array of restaurants. Whether you’re already a plant-forward person or...

Try these protein alternatives if you're eating less meat

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 13, 2022
If you’re wondering how you might upgrade your diet in 2022, know that an army of entrepreneurs hope they have your answer: alternative proteins. They’re using plants, cultured cells and fungi to create meat mimics that taste like beef, chicken,...