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Tamales Elena y Antojitos is best new L.A. Mexican restaurant

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 8, 2020
The pozole verde at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens is a dish to savor in stages. Start at the baseline, with a spoonful of broth. Maria Elena Lorenzo, matriarch of the family that runs the restaurant, mixes pork and chicken in her...
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New L.A. Restaurants to Try in October

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • October 8, 2020
Need to mix up your take-out routine? Here are four new options, including a Greek spot with all-day brunch and grab-and-go Cambodian sandwiches in Lincoln Heights. Theía Beverly Grove You couldn’t make it to Mykonos this summer, but you can check...
Theía    Ichijiku    Tartine Silver Lake    Gamboge   

Top 5 Italian restaurants: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 8, 2020
Going out for an oversized bowl of New York-style spaghetti and meatballs and a bottle of Chianti will never grow old, but the Italian restaurant scene in Orange County has grown vastly more diverse than that in recent years. Bologna, Rome,...
Oliver's Osteria    Bello    Pizzeria Mozza    Ciao Pasta    Filomena's   

5 takeout splurges when you want to celebrate: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 7, 2020
Birthdays and anniversaries in 2020 have definitely felt different. But not necessarily in a bad way, thanks to a handful of restaurants that stepped up to make special occasions at home even more memorable than usual. Here are five ways to...
The Capital Grille    Hana re    Hendrix    Marché Moderne    The Ranch Restaurant   

The Secret Behind Some of Southern California’s Best Cobbler

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • October 7, 2020
On a quiet side street just off Pasadena’s busy Colorado Boulevard, the sweet, smoky smell of barbecued meat and buttery fruit cobbler mingle in the air. Through the front window of an unassuming storefront, a neon open sign shines brightly and,...

Top 5 hot new restaurants: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 6, 2020
New restaurants don’t just open overnight. Most involve years of planning and months of consternation. Delays are inevitable. Permits take forever. So when the doors finally open it’s always a massive relief. But if you had told any prospective...

Where to eat in Orange County in 2020: A guide to the best places

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 6, 2020
For the previous five years, this guide has served as an adventurous scavenger hunt, a bucket-list ranking of the 75 best places to eat in Orange County. But 2020 changed the way we eat, so you’ll notice that this year’s installment is a bit...

Tasting Notes: The meaning of mooncakes and tea

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 3, 2020
“There are two reasons why you want tea with mooncakes,” said Peter Luong, owner of Song Tea & Ceramics in San Francisco, over FaceTime this week. “First, it’s a traditional pairing. Second, those things are calorie bombs. The pastry is often lard...

Sid Weiser, founder of L.A.'s Weiser Family Farms, dies

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 2, 2020
Sid Weiser had a rough start as a farmer, growing apples in Tehachapi, Calif., in the late 1970s. He was 55 years old, recently retired from teaching and facing consecutive years of spring frost. Weiser and his son Alex decided to focus on new and...

Review: Heritage Barbecue is pure Texas in San Juan Capistrano

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 30, 2020
Never has a new restaurant filled me with such equal measures of excitement and dread as Heritage Barbecue, which opened in August across the street from the mission in San Juan Capistrano. My first couple of attempts to dine here end in dread. As...