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4 Exciting New Korean Spots to Try

Andy Wang • Los Angeles Magazine • April 28, 2021
New-wave Korean restaurants are opening across the city as talented chefs prove there’s a lot more to their cuisine than bo ssam and bibimbap. From seasonal banchan to Korean-Italian mash-ups, here are four new spots that are bringing the glorious...

Review: Dun Huang brings mostly familiar flavors to Irvine’s Diamond Jamboree

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 28, 2021
A new Chinese restaurant recently opened at Irvine’s Diamond Jamboree. Dun Huang is the ninth location of a New York-based restaurant chain focused on northwestern-style Chinese food. Dunhuang is a city in China’s northwestern Gansu Province, next...

Next time, order the oxtails

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • April 24, 2021
Oxtail stew is a favorite mainstay on Yonette Alleyne’s menu for Caribbean Gourmet, the pop-up and catering business that spotlights dishes from her native Guyana. She simmers the fleshy knobs long enough so the meat nudges easily from the bones;...

Review: Corazon exits Fullerton, resurfaces in Brea

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 22, 2021
Start with the horchata. It will likely be the best horchata you ever drink. That’s something I never imagined I would write. But the housemade horchata at Corazon in Brea is seriously in a league of its own, splashed with vanilla and a heavy...

16 L.A. chili sauces, oils, and crisps to try now

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • April 21, 2021
In February 2015, in a tiny ramen-ya in the Far East Plaza in Chinatown, Jonathan Gold led a hot sauce taste-off with chefs Roy Choi and Alvin Cailan. They assembled an array of fiery condiments, including hometown favorite Sriracha and bottles of...

How Local Landmark Lawry’s Fought Its Way Back from the Brink of Extinction

Jeanne Dorin McDowell • Los Angeles Magazine • April 21, 2021
In late February 2020, several weeks before Mayor Eric Garcetti officially ordered Los Angeles to shut down on account of COVID-19, Ryan Wilson was already moving to ensure the survival of one of the city’s oldest and most beloved restaurants. The...

Best thing I ate: Pizza, beer and fresh air

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • April 21, 2021
The world needs more beer gardens, especially in times like these. And there will always be room for more great pizza like the New York-inspired pepperoni at Pizza X in Anaheim. The pizza comes from a food truck parked behind Brewery X. Because...

At CAR Artisan Chocolate, a Coffee Pro Commits to a Different Bean

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • April 21, 2021
An intoxicating chocolate smell wafts through the air from behind a reclaimed wood bar. The man tending to the latest batch offers me a free sample, breaking off two fruity, bittersweet tiles from single-origin 70 percent Nicaraguan bar. Welcomes...

How L.A. cake virtuosos learned to thrive on Instagram

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • April 17, 2021
The 6-inch cake that pastry chef Casey Shea delivered was a barrel-shaped whirl of salted vanilla buttercream, sequined with sliced berries and candied kumquats. On an early March menu, Shea had presented her customers, who ordered via Instagram,...

Getting to the Bottom of Tyra Banks’s Smize Cream

Caroline Goldfarb • Los Angeles Magazine • April 16, 2021
Tyra Banks is a fascinating and iconic figure: a model, talk show host, and entrepreneur allegedly worth $90 million dollars. A woman who may or may not have gone to Harvard Business School. A woman with her own emojis (TyTyMojis), a YA novel, a...