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Where to find the best summer desserts in L.A.

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 24, 2020
The dessert landscape of Southern California is a wonderland of ice cream, tarts, cakes, pies and rainbow shaved ice. Here are eight summertime favorites to seek out now. Bouza at Le Mirage Pastry in Anaheim Walking into Le Mirage Pastry in...

Who Serves the Best Brunch in L.A.? You Decide

Los Angeles magazine • Los Angeles Magazine • July 24, 2020
There are few L.A. traditions more beloved than weekend brunch. Besides the joy of being given license to drink with your friends before noon, there’s something thrilling about having the option to decide between a burger and pancakes at a...

Recipe hack: How to make Vaca’s frozen gin and tonic at home

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 23, 2020
It’s no secret that I love the Vaca tonic at Vaca in Costa Mesa. This frozen gin and tonic is one of the most refreshing cocktails in Orange County. And since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve been selling that drink to-go, which is...

Best thing I ate: Noble Bird’s takeout rotisserie chicken is small but mighty

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 22, 2020
I thought it was going to be yet another fast-casual takeout place. But this rotisserie chicken restaurant is much fancier than that. Noble Bird opened in December in Long Beach at 2nd and PCH, just across the bridge from Seal Beach. The dining...

Here Are the Dishes Angelenos Have Been Ordering Most During the Pandemic

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • July 20, 2020
Angelenos have a reputation as a healthy, clean-eating crew, so you would think that, as global pandemic set-in and we sheltered in place, we would be keeping ourselves sustained by placing delivery orders for salads and juice. Not so, says new...

Tasting the future of L.A. dining via takeout

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 18, 2020
Susan Yoon was furloughed from her job as chef de cuisine at Orsa & Winston shortly after the mid-March shutdown. At home, she cooked her way through a “pandemic pantry cleanout” and embraced projects such as transcribing her mother-in-law’s...

O.C. and L.A. dumpling delivery service helps COVID-19 relief

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • July 16, 2020
On the afternoon of March 14, restaurant owners Candace and Allan Tea exchanged vows at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. Three days later, restaurants in L.A. and Orange counties shut down due to the pandemic, and the world, as they knew...

Review: Sushi Ii in Newport Beach feels like a private sanctum

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 16, 2020
“I need to take your temperature if you don’t mind. It’s touchless,” says the manager at the entrance to Sushi Ii as she gingerly points a handheld device at my forehead. “And if you would please…” she says, not finishing her sentence but instead...

Sqirl Accused of Moldy Jam, Questionable Practices, and Stolen Recipes

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • July 14, 2020
One of L.A.’s best-known restaurants has found itself engulfed in a growing scandal. Just days before the debut of a new cookbook full of recipes for jams, workers at Sqirl leaked images of what they say is mold growing on batches of jam headed to...

Taco Tuesday: Pork al pastor at home for days

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 14, 2020
Taquiero Taco Patio in Irvine maintains one of the most impressive trompos in Orange County. The trompo is that vertical rotisserie that resembles a giant, spinning top. The spit is stacked with layers and layers of marinated pork al pastor, which...