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The best pizza dumplings and more Frankenstein dumplings

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • December 5, 2022
Some dumpling fillings are expected. Pork, cabbage, potato, ground beef and just about any combination of protein and vegetable fillings can be found in restaurants and on street corners around the world. This week’s episode of “The Bucket List:...

Where to get great French onion soup in L.A.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • December 5, 2022
Some weeks, there is a through-line connecting the dishes I recommend. Other weeks, it’s completely random. This is one of those weeks. The first dish is a playful presentation of a classic French soup and the second is a bowl of won tons that...

2022's 101 Best Restaurants in L.A. guide is almost here

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • December 3, 2022
Every July since 2019, I go for a solo lunch at Mariscos Jalisco, where Raul Ortega has been parking his white lonchera along Olympic Boulevard in Boyle Heights for more than 20 years. The meal is a ritual. It kicks off for me the task of creating...

Ditch your pumpkin spice latte and warm up with dizi instead

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 28, 2022
I will never understand the pumpkin spice craze, or the need to associate a season with a specific flavor. I enjoy cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove separately and in my pumpkin pie. I don’t need it in a latte, Spam or Cheerios. This week, I have...

An L.A. fried chicken restaurant to obsess over plus cheesecake

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 21, 2022
I try not to write about fried chicken. After an entire season of a video series devoted to excellent fried poultry, I thought I should give it a rest. But I still eat some form of fried chicken (cutlet, wing, drumstick, thigh, cartilage) a few...

Where to find the best sheng jian bao dumplings

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 21, 2022
Sheng jian bao might be one of the most difficult dumplings to get right. They’re part yeasted bun, part potsticker and a soup dumpling all in one. The best sheng jian bao have a thick, crispy bottom, a fluffy middle, a thin and chewy top and a...

Need pie? 9 local bakeries for last-minute Thanksgiving orders

Stephanie Breijo, Jenn Harris, Betty Hallock, Lucas Kwan Peterson • Los Angeles Times • November 16, 2022
If you aren’t baking your own pies and instead want to pick up dessert for Thanksgiving, you’re in luck ... but the clock is ticking. Make your pie orders for pickup before the big day. Los Angeles is a city of terrific bakeries and bakers, and...

Sizzling skillets of meat and cheese and a 7-course tasting menu worthy of a celebration

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • November 14, 2022
When is the last time you completely lost yourself in a meal? This week’s recommendations will have you dreaming of Buenos Aires in a tiny Van Nuys strip mall and reminiscing about the last time you went camping and licked marshmallows off your...

Avant Garden Bistro Brings Unique Vegan Flavors to WeHo

Maureen Harrington • Los Angeles Magazine • November 10, 2022
Avant Garden Bistro is a surprise vegan addition to a block that’s home to Melrose Umbrella Company and a couple of taco and pizza joints. In the furthest reaches of West Hollywood, the entrance is up a flight of stairs; once you arrive, the skill...