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If You Can’t Beat Them …

What do the nutritionists, dentists, and other health advocates pass out on Halloween night? Inquiring minds (and the L. A. Times) want to know. READ MORE

Items You Will Never Need

If only there were a battery-powered column reader to do this for you. READ MORE

Crushed Out

CHOW visits Napa winery Clos Du Val and learns how wine is made. READ MORE

Discoveries in a Chow-Free Zone: Burbank

Das Ubergeek has finally found something worth eating in southeast Burbank–and it’s in a liquor store. Inside this liquor store is a counter, and behind the counter is a man named Olvis, who’s long worked at Fish King, the excellent fish market in READ MORE

Pho Hanoi

ahong likes Pho Hanoi for its mild but delicious pho. Their pho is different from most restaurant pho in the area; the flavors of clove and anise are much less intense, and the broth has the rich mildness of boiled bones. The place is little-known outsi READ MORE

Continental Breakfast in Sonoma

For coffee and pastries in Sonoma, check out Artisan Bakers, the most chowish of the Sonoma bakeries, says Sam B. You’ll find real fruit in the Danish, good quality chocolate in the pain au chocolat, and strong, good coffee. The only place in town to or READ MORE

The Minotaur(e) Arrives, Bringing Tapas

Minotaure, a new place in Playa del Rey, is a nice spot offering hot and cold tapas every night till midnight. Cinnamon loves the seafood paella; it’s rich, tasty, and moist. Another winner: chorizo and red pepper. ... READ MORE

Joyce Bakeshop: Fresh Treats in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights has an inviting new sweet spot in Joyce Bakeshop. Scones, muffins, macarons, pain au chocolate, and Russian tea cookies all win praise. Fans also appreciate the well-brewed coffee and well-mannered staff. “Cozy, busy, yummy, and baby frie READ MORE

Beyond Bao at Chatham; and Other Chinatown Bites

Chinatown’s diner-like Chatham Restaurant has long been a go-to spot for fresh, cheap bao, buns, dim sum, and other daytime bites. But hounds have been largely silent about the rest of the sprawling Cantonese menu, which offers rice plates, noodles, casse READ MORE

Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream

Oatmeal raisin ice cream is probably the best kind maillard’s ever made, he raves. It’s got a nice flavor for fall…and you can almost justify eating it for breakfast! Here’s the recipe: ... READ MORE