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Not Your Bubbe’s Latkes

Joshua Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • June 8, 2022
Creative chefs are adding glitz to humble potato pancakes, hash browns, and latkes, coming at the dish from different directions. Leading examples from four forward-thinking chefs build on time-tested methods and include personal, often...

Critic’s Notebook: A closer look at the Chef’s Table at Bello

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 8, 2022
Last week I published my annual dining guide to Orange County, the 75 Best Places to Eat. The restaurants were ranked again for the first time since 2019, and for the first time ever this year’s guide also included star ratings. At No. 7 (with 3...

A glorious pork butt makes this new torta ahogada from Carnitas El Momo a must-eat

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 6, 2022
Torta ahogada and mulitas from Carnitas El Momo The torta ahogada at the new Carnitas El Momo in Monterey Park is a beautiful, massive sandwich. The dish is near and dear to chef and co-owner Vanessa Hermosillo, who grew up in Juanacatlán,...

Diving into the wonders of Chiu Chow cooking in L.A.

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 4, 2022
“I went for a chicken sandwich at Daybird, had breakfast at Destroyer, and swung by United Bakery and Pastry on a recommendation from a friend,” Lee F. Man was telling me. Man lives in Vancouver and was visiting Los Angeles over the weekend. He...

Map of the 75 best places to eat in Orange County in 2022

Brad A. Johnson, Nikie Johnson • Orange County Register • June 3, 2022
Brad A. Johnson’s 75 Best Places to Eat, 2022 Orange County offers a lot of ground to cover, and I try to get around. Despite the pandemic, I drove more than 8,000 miles over the past year, dining nearly 250 times (less than usual but still a lot,...

14 places to pick up a picnic for the Hollywood Bowl

Stephanie Breijo, Jenn Harris, Lucas Kwan Peterson • Los Angeles Times • June 2, 2022
Few Los Angeles experiences feel more idyllic, more summer-quintessential, than a picnic and a show at the Hollywood Bowl. As the sun sets over the hills peeking out behind the venue’s iconic dome, world-class musicians, screenings of classic...

What a gas stove ban means for Korean and Chinese cooks in L.A.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 2, 2022
Dinner at Park’s BBQ in Koreatown inevitably starts with a small flame. Even before a greeting and the drink order, your server lifts the grate on your table grill and turns a knob. There’s the faint smell of gas and a barely audible hiss. At the...

Grapes of Worth: 7 Wines That You Need to Taste

Coleman Andrews • Los Angeles Magazine • June 1, 2022
UNTIL THE LATE twentieth century, the average California wine drinker came into contact with only a handful of the 10,000 grape varieties that are used to produce wine: cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, zinfandel, chardonnay, maybe an occasional...

DTLA’s Camphor Wants Patrons to Get Lost in Spice

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • June 1, 2022
The main plan for this restaurant was to transport people,” says Max Boonthanakit, of the new Arts District bistro, Camphor, that he opened with Michelin-starred chef Lijo George. “Bistro” is an understatement, given the restaurant’s stunning...

Critic’s Notebook: Another sneak peek at the 75 Best Places to Eat

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 1, 2022
Research for my annual guide to the best places to eat in Orange County involves a lot of eating. It also involves some good drinking. These are the seven drinks from this year’s 75 Best Places to Eat that I can’t stop thinking about. The Vaca...