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Yelper brings #Asianhate to Long Beach restaurant owner

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • March 24, 2021
On Friday night, in the middle of a dinner rush, restaurant owner Diana Vu McDonough says a woman with two children walked into her Long Beach restaurant and asked for popcorn chicken. McDonough, who runs Lacquered restaurant with her husband,...

Best thing I drank: A week’s worth of cocktails to-go, including a purple drank

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • March 24, 2021
Nobody knows how long we’ll be able to continue buying ready-made restaurant cocktails to-go. The state suspended the law that normally prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to-go at the beginning of the pandemic, and authorities have said all...

How the pandemic changed L.A. food culture

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • March 20, 2021
For this weekend’s Food section, the Food team marked the anniversary of the pandemic-related shutdowns and its rippling effects on Los Angeles’ dining and cooking culture. Jenn Harris profiles four longtime hospitality workers to find out how...

Review: This new Mexican restaurant has an old soul

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • March 18, 2021
A restaurant opened in Dana Point a few years ago called Bistro Provincia. It looked more or less like a Mexican restaurant, but the chef, Manny Diaz, served Eurocentric fusion fare. It was a loosely defined menu of French, Italian and pan-Asian...

Four hospitality workers look back at a year of COVID-19

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • March 17, 2021
Restaurants provide solace, sustenance, acceptance, joy and a much-needed escape for countless communities. The employees who greet you at the door, take your order and mix your cocktails are essential workers who create memories and make magic...

Brothers Meatballs Is Redefining Italian Comfort Food in Hollywood

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • March 17, 2021
What does “meat” even mean anyway? Must protein come from animals, or can it be engineered from plants in a lab? Sardinia-born brothers Mauro and Sergio Corbia, who cofounded Mauro’s Cafe at Fred Segal on Melrose and co-own Fabiolus Cucina in...

Best thing I ate: Beef carpaccio with a Spanish accent

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • March 17, 2021
Ysidora, the signature restaurant at the beautiful new Inn at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano has a small dining room that hasn’t yet opened, although I suspect it will soon. However, the kitchen is up-and-running, serving a Spanish-inspired...

Ready to eat inside a restaurant again?

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • March 13, 2021
It’s been more than eight months — July 1, 2020, to be exact — since restaurant dining rooms in Los Angeles County have been open to customers. But yesterday afternoon, county officials gave the green light for restaurants, starting Monday, to...

Best thing I ate: Is it okay to eat cookies for breakfast every day?

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • March 11, 2021
They say it takes about 21 days to establish a new habit. But my recent research suggests four days in a row is enough to get hooked on eating cookies for breakfast. Now I’m starting to wonder if there’s anything wrong with that. These cookies...

A Luxe New Delivery Concept Is Taking Takeout Up a Notch

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • March 10, 2021
Even before the pandemic, Paul Abramowitz was often dissatisfied with delivery meals. “Everything came in cardboard boxes or in plastic clamshells. It was always cold,” says the 65-year-old entrepreneur. So he teamed up with esteemed chef Robert...