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Review: French patisserie isn’t easy, and it is rarely as good as this spot in Newport Beach

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 13, 2022
Get one of everything. Or at least one of everything that tempts you in that moment because the next time you return to Shokuh Patisserie at Westcliff Plaza in Newport Beach, those items you skipped might not be there again. Everything in the...

Best thing I ate: Could this new pizza in Costa Mesa be OC’s best?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 12, 2022
I’m halfway into the “nacho” pizza at Kuro, a new counter-service pizzeria in Costa Mesa, when I realize I’m not going to finish it. And that makes me sad because this pizza is incredible. I’m ashamed to admit that I often leave portions of a good...

6 must-try dishes at San Gabriel's new food hall

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 8, 2022
The Omicron variant surges through Los Angeles and beyond; there’s no federal aid in sight for restaurants facing staffing shortages and temporary (if not permanent) closures as employees test positive for infections; and restaurant operators face...

Review: Horses is a new modern L.A. institution

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 6, 2022
As blocks along Sunset Boulevard go, the stretch between North Stanley Avenue and North Curson Avenue at the western end of Hollywood falls palpably silent after dark. The gates to a FedEx Office store and a luxury car-rental service have been...

Review: A new perspective on Thai classics in Lake Forest

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 6, 2022
A new Thai cafe has opened in Lake Forest, and it is intriguing. It is small. The dining room at Plern accommodates only about 30 people at a time, with some of those seats at a tiny counter facing the wall. I’ve not yet seen more than a dozen...

Degustamos 14 vinos y licores sin alcohol. Esto es lo que debería probar

Jenn Harris, Stephanie Breijo • Los Angeles Times • January 5, 2022
Hay muchas razones por las que alguien puede querer intentar pasar un enero seco. Tal vez se haya excedido un poco durante las fiestas. O simplemente quiere reducir el consumo de alcohol en el nuevo año. Nuestra colega Jessica Roy está embarazada,...

Best thing I ate: Pozole in a latin music club in La Habra

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 5, 2022
Brunch at Perla Azul in La Habra is a prix fixe multi-course affair with bottomless mimosas and live music, but I don’t realize this until after the hostess seats me at a prime booth beneath a large crystal chandelier with an unobstructed view of...

The most affordable from The Times' list of 101 Best Restaurants in L.A.

Bill AddisonRestaurant Critic • Los Angeles Times • January 3, 2022
Perhaps the truest glory of dining in Los Angeles is that a street-side taco can equal a white-tablecloth tasting menu in complexity and pleasure. In a season driven by flagrant spending, it’s always a good moment to highlight the most affordable...

José Andrés will open Bazaar Meat, more in downtown L.A.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 3, 2022
After a 16-month hiatus, José Andrés and his D.C.-based ThinkFoodGroup are returning to Los Angeles, with plans to open three restaurants and a bar at the Grand L.A., a new retail, residence and hotel development designed by Frank Gehry. Located...

14 alcohol-free solutions for your 'Dry January'

• Los Angeles Times • January 2, 2022