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Review: Second A.O.C. in Brentwood boosts L.A. dining scene

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 22, 2021
My last memorable restaurant experience in 2020 was in November at one of the city’s modern classics: A.O.C. on West 3rd Street. I couldn’t have known the meal would be a finish of sorts to the year. It was about two weeks before the Los Angeles...

Review: Can Taste of Beauty raise the bar for vegetarian dining in Orange County?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 22, 2021
“Do you prefer vegan or just vegetarian?” the woman on the other end of the phone asks when I call to make a reservation at Taste of Beauty, a new Chinese fusion vegetarian restaurant in Fountain Valley. Open only a couple of months, the...

6 L.A. Brunch Spots to Hit Up When You’re in the Mood for Something Out of the Ordinary

Danny Palumbo • Los Angeles Magazine • July 21, 2021
If the point of dining out is to order something that you can’t make at home, then brunch is a consistently underwhelming endeavor. Eggs and french toast can be whipped up in an instant in any kitchen. Moreover, they can tend to become overpriced...

Best thing I ate: Peruvian-style scallop ceviche

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 21, 2021
Scallops don’t get much better than these. And these are only available three nights a week, for now. Chef Amar Santana and his team opened The Hall at South Coast Plaza a few weeks before the pandemic came to town. And while the mall has more or...

Best of L.A. 2021: L.A.’s Biggest Hits on Goldbelly

Los Angeles magazine • Los Angeles Magazine • July 19, 2021
Since launching in 2013, Goldbelly has built a thriving business that enables customers to order favorite food items from around the country via express delivery with UPS or FedEx and, often, a lot of dry ice. The e-commerce platform did...

'Black Smoke' gives African American pitmasters their due

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 17, 2021
When Adrian Miller was writing his first, award-winning book “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time,” he originally planned to include a chapter on barbecue. In soul food restaurants, barbecued pork is often an...

What Is Bread Maven Nancy Silverton Doing in a Subway Ad?

Oren Peleg • Los Angeles Magazine • July 16, 2021
Your eyes do not deceive you: yes, that is Nancy Silverton in a recent Subway TV ad. The local culinary legend and James Beard Award-winner is sandwiched between a series of athletes (Steph Curry and Serena Williams among them) in the new TV spot...

Review: Anaheim's House of Mandi celebrates Yemeni cuisine

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 15, 2021
At House of Mandi in Anaheim, a young server requires both hands to hoist a platter full of gold. The menu labels it “No. 7,” a hulking tray of rice, chicken and lamb stained in sunset shades of turmeric and saffron. So many meaty, half-buried...

7 stone fruit jams to buy in L.A. now

Jenn Harris, Ben Mims • Los Angeles Times • July 15, 2021
This story is a component of the feature “Seasons of Preserves: Stone Fruit,” which is part of a four-part series on preserving fruit at home called “L.A. in a Jar.” If all this talk of jam has you scrambling for a spoon and a jar, here are some...

Review: New look, new chef, same charm at Mazara Trattoria

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 15, 2021
Mazara Trattoria is sandwiched between an old Mexican bakery and a Thai takeout joint in vintage Huntington Beach strip mall that seems stuck in a time warp. When I dined at this 40-seat Italian cafe nearly a decade ago, I thought the food was...