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Artist Lauren Halsey brings produce to underserved areas

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • July 31, 2020
On a recent Thursday morning, artist Lauren Halsey, dressed comfortably in jeans, sneakers and a straw hat, gathered a small group of volunteers inside a warehouse in South Los Angeles to help unload two refrigerated box trucks filled with some of...

Is It OK to Eat at a Restaurant During the Pandemic?

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • July 31, 2020
After months of living with COVID-19, many of us feel like we’ve become experts in what we’re supposed to do to stay safe­. We’re washing our hands, wearing our masks, disinfecting our surfaces. But, while we may have thought a great deal about...

Josef Centeno's Orsa & Winston is The Times' Restaurant of the Year

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 30, 2020
What does it mean to be an exceptional Los Angeles restaurant? None of us could have known how complex the question would become in 2020. But Josef Centeno’s adaptive, graceful version of excellence in the maelstrom is one reassuring answer. On a...

Review: Porch & Swing takes on Southern food without the drawl

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 30, 2020
Editor’s note: Instead of our usual star system for restaurant reviews, we have instituted a temporary COVID Comfort Rating of restaurants to accompany our traditional criticism of the food, service and ambiance. “That’s too much butter, don’t you...

How BLM and COVID-19 impact L.A.'s Black Restaurant Week 2020

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 29, 2020
Warren Luckett likes to say that he grew up around the family dinner table. While he bounced around from St. Louis to New Jersey to South Africa and then Houston, the dinner table was always a safe space to discuss politics, religion and whatever...

Best thing I ate: Dr. Pepper braised pork, family-style takeout

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 29, 2020
Do yourself a favor. Go to the grocery store and buy some high-quality hamburger buns. And maybe a couple of habaneros. Then go home and order the Dr. Pepper barbecue pork from Harley in Laguna Beach. The pork stars in of one of the restaurant’s...

Recipe hack: How to make Vaca’s frozen gin and tonic at home

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 29, 2020
I am crazy about the Vaca tonic at Vaca, a Spanish tapas spot in Costa Mesa. This frozen gin and tonic is one of the most refreshing cocktails in Southern California. And since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve been selling that drink to-go,...

The Glendale Galleria Parking Garage Is Officially the Bleakest ‘Al Fresco’ Dining Destination

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • July 27, 2020
We are all extremely eager to get back to a world where we can have meals at restaurants with friends or even go shopping at the mall, gathering up bags worth of fast fashion “going out tops” (which we would, in this hypothetical, wear to, you...

New service will deliver Dodger Dogs to select L.A. areas

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 25, 2020
For those of us who miss eating Dodger Dogs at the stadium, a new service called Home Plates, will start delivering Dodger Stadium food favorites to the Los Angeles area on Monday. The Dodgers teamed with Postmates and the Home Team Kitchens...

Our critic's favorite L.A. barbecue restaurants

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 24, 2020
Barbecue is the epitome of American food — a style of cooking, with myriad regional variations, built on indigenous traditions, perfected over centuries (particularly, with its early Southern roots, by enslaved African cooks) and continuously...