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Best food gifts for the 2020 holidays: Treats, gear, classes

Jenn Harris, Patricia Escárcega, Bill Addison, Ben Mims, Lucas Kwan Peterson, Garrett Snyder, Alice Short • Los Angeles Times • October 30, 2020
Here's a chance to give friends and family a "taste" of L.A. for the holidays. We’ve collected items from individual entrepreneurs and restaurants working to stay afloat during the pandemic, small businesses that give back to the community, shops...

New L.A. Restaurants to Try in November

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • October 30, 2020
From a reimagined steakhouse in Playa Vista to a new onigiri and donburi spot in Echo Park, here are some new spots to try out when you’re tired to cooking at home. Bull & Butterfly Playa Vista At this reimagined steakhouse, starters include...

The Best Thanksgiving Takeout Options for Any Size Gathering

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • October 30, 2020
The 2020 holiday season will likely be a bittersweet one for many families, with lots of us celebrating alone, with a roommate, or with just our immediate family, rather than the collection of relatives we might normally look forward to seeing....

Review: Ghost kitchens are everywhere, but are they good?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 28, 2020
It’s almost dinnertime, and once again I find myself frantically scrolling through menus on delivery apps like Doordash and Grubhub. I pause whenever I come across a nearby restaurant that I’ve never heard of. “Hmm,” I think. “Where exactly is...

Over a (Virtual) Pasta Dinner, Phil Rosenthal Talks Saving the Restaurant Industry, the Power of Good Food, and More

Tim Greiving • Los Angeles Magazine • October 26, 2020
Phil Rosenthal is like a cartoon everydad who was magically brought to life. His eyes bug out and his mouth spreads into a Cheshire Cat grin when he eats something he loves, and he punches his fists into the air in delight. When he dances...

Why one Iowa restaurant owner says 'No love, no tacos'

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • October 24, 2020
This summer, Alfonso Medina installed a small yard sign in front of La Carreta Mexican Grill, the restaurant in Marshalltown, Iowa, that he opened in 2018. The “We believe” sign (whose origins journalist Chris Taylor traced recently to a group of...

Porridge + Puff's Minh Phan debuts Hollywood pop-up Phenakite

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 21, 2020
In late September, Minh Phan walked among generously distanced outdoor tables at Second Home, a Hollywood workshare space set among dense vegetation, with a blowtorch in hand. She ignited the blue-orange flame and waved it over a black pot...

New event brings L.A.'s best taqueros and taqueras to Downtown L.A.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 21, 2020
Five of the most lauded taqueros and taqueras in Los Angeles will take part in Taqueando, a taco pop-up series in downtown Los Angeles. Starting Thursday, a rotating lineup of chefs will serve tacos out of the former Church and State restaurant...

Where to find the best karaage in Japan and Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • October 20, 2020
On this week’s episode of "The Bucket List," we head to Tokyo. Well, we head back to last year, when I was in Tokyo with some friends, running around eating ramen, aged sushi, really expensive fruit and, of course, karaage. When most people in the...

L.A.’s Most Obsessed-Over Cookies Are Coming to the Grove

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • October 20, 2020
The height of a pandemic might seem like a risky time to start a small business, but for Lara Adekoya, who launched the cookie bakery Fleurs et Sel in April, the reward has been sweet. “I always dreamed of having my own business, however, it was a...