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Review: Wood-fired pizza blazes a path northward in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • February 11, 2021
While the Neapolitan pizza trend has spread like wildfire in recent years, it has mostly avoided the northern reaches of Orange County. So the opening of Pietrini Pizza Napoletana in Los Alamitos is overdue news. Owner Landon Pietrini imported one...

Best thing I ate: Don’t sleep on this lemon-curd morning bun

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • February 10, 2021
I often dream of living next door to a little bakery like Rye Goods, which opened last month in Lido Marina Village. I imagine waking up at the crack of dawn to the smell of sourdough loaves and sugar-dusted morning buns being pulled from the...

A Cantonese Lunar New Year feast we could all use right now

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 5, 2021
At Pearl River Deli, Johnny Lee’s tiny Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, weekends bring revolving specials that expand his short staple menu of char siu, silky scrambles and sandwiches. Come Saturdays there may be Hainan chicken...

Review: What to know about the new East Borough in Costa Mesa

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • February 4, 2021
East Borough has moved, but not very far. For nearly a decade at The Camp in Costa Mesa, this scrappy little Vietnamese banh mi shop occupied an open-air stall adjacent to the curb. A few months ago, they relocated to a larger space within the...

Kuya Lord’s Filipino feast is food of power, finesse and delight

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 3, 2021
Like most of the dishes Lord Maynard Llera prepares for Kuya Lord, the pop-up he operates out of his home in La Cañada Flintridge, he packs his version of kare-kare into an aluminum tray lined with banana leaf. The stew, a staple of Filipino...

Review: Birria ramen is delicious even when it’s not perfect

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • February 3, 2021
The next culinary mashup has arrived, and it is delicious, even if it still needs a little work. Birria ramen could very well become the next Kogi taco. The idea is brilliant: rich, fragrant, mildly spicy beef birria and its accompanying consommé...

Edna Jane’s BBQ Brings a Taste of the Carolinas to a Hollywood Side Street

Jessica Ritz • Los Angeles Magazine • February 3, 2021
Backyard barbecue has been an L.A. cottage industry since well before the pandemic. Now, in the COVID-19 era, you can pull up to a pair of garages on a densely populated Hollywood side street to pick up Carolina-style smoked meat. Clay Blair...

3 New L.A. Restaurants to Try in February

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • February 2, 2021
From upscale sushi in Atwater Village to a pizza place with Hot Cheetos wings in Boyle Heights, here are some new spots to check out this month. Morihiro Rejoyce! Sushi master Morihiro Onodera, who earned a Michelin star at Mori nearly a decade...

Notes of red wine and nutmeg? This black pepper is an epiphany

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • January 30, 2021
Last week I was messaging with my friend Deno, who lives in San Francisco and was a chef in a previous life. We were texting about how much we were cooking, and somehow we rolled the subject around to peppercorns and I mentioned the spice brand...

Where to buy the best L.A. chicken wings for Super Bowl 2021

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • January 28, 2021
There are certain absolutes that should be included in any basic dating profile, among them whether or not you want children, and if you prefer drumettes or flats. Chicken wing lovers can be intensely discriminating when it comes to wing...