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How 4 premade earthquake kits compare on supplies, price

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 12, 2021
If you purchase the kits linked to on our site, The Times may earn a commission. Everyone needs an earthquake kit. When the big one hits, you’ll need basic supplies, food and water to last you at least a couple of days until help arrives. There...

L.A. chefs share their earthquake kit food wish lists

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 12, 2021
It’s an hour after a big earthquake and you’re stuck without power, on the side of the road or somewhere far from home. Help won’t arrive for at least a couple of days, but you’ve got your earthquake kit. You’re set with water. You have enough...

How chef Ray Anthony Barrett is celebrating Juneteenth differently this year

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 10, 2021
Hoppin’ John, as holiday dishes go, is synonymous with New Year’s Day: Eating black-eyed peas richly seasoned and mingled with rice purports to bring good luck. But Ray Anthony Barrett’s extravagant rendering makes a persuasive case that Hoppin’...

The fight to save the Boulevard, Pasadena's only gay bar

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 10, 2021
Steve Terradot learned how to play pool in the back room at the Boulevard bar in Pasadena in 1981. He spent many nights there, relishing the feelings of safety and community the space provided. “We used to sneak in the back door,” he said,...

The Daughters of Two NYC Hip-Hop Legends Are Opening a Pizza Place in Hollywood

Juliette Cornet • Los Angeles Magazine • June 10, 2021
The Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy lives on—on the West Coast, of all places—at a new pizza parlor opening on Saturday in Hollywood. Juicy Pizza, named after Biggie’s iconic 1994 hit “Juicy,” is the result of collaboration between Biggie’s own...

Critic’s Notebook: Cautiously excited about the post-pandemic dining rush

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 10, 2021
Something weird happened last week when I came back from vacation. I tried to make a reservation at a newish restaurant, but it was fully booked — on a Wednesday night. I couldn’t even get a late table. That’s not totally unusual for a hot new...

Best thing I ate: Japanese A5 wagyu in a bento box to-go

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 9, 2021
One of the region’s best Japanese barbecue restaurants, Yakiya in Hacienda Heights, is far more elegant than anything else in its genre. The restaurant features an omakase-style menu focused on Japanese A5 wagyu and American USDA Prime beef. It’s...

In Hollywood, Three Guys from Jersey Opened an East Coast Deli That’s an L.A. Original

Josh Lurie • Los Angeles Magazine • June 7, 2021
Noah Holton-Raphael, Max Bahramipour, and Jack Biebel grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, a town where The Sopranos frequently filmed and Italian sandwiches are gospel. The longtime friends felt like L.A. would benefit from their bread-framed...

Randy’s Donuts Says It’s Been Famous Since ’62. History Tells a Different Story

Chris Nichols • Los Angeles Magazine • June 4, 2021
For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive. Q: Why does Randy’s Donuts say, “World Famous Since ‘62”? My dad said it was there in the 50s. A: An astounding 13,000 crullers, cakes, and crumbs pass through the windows...

L.A.’s Best Doughnuts? We Asked Local Shops What Their Customers Love

Vinz Karl • Los Angeles Magazine • June 4, 2021
It’s National Doughnut Day, and this year we’re celebrating the doughnuts that Angelenos dough-nuts for. We called up shops from downtown to the Valley and asked them one question: What’s your best seller? We’ve put together a list so you know...