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These Beers Will Keep Even LA Cool

Summer 2013 was a relatively mild one in Southern California, but already you get the sense that the upcoming season will be a scorcher. Tuesday almost reached into the triple

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Southeast Asian Fried Shallots Are So Very Awesome

All of us have pantry staples, things with a long shelf life we tend to think of as indispensable. Most of them stay the same our whole lives—cereals, grains, canned

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It’s Taco Tuesday! Make These Pan-Fried Tilapia Tacos

Tuesdays: not as good as Thursdays, when you can drink and no one judges, but definitely better than Mondays. Tacos are a fine way to celebrate this less-than-worst day of

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Chili

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out on what’s supposed to be the laziest day of the week. This rich, smoky chili is a family-pleaser for the

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Oyster Loaf, Bunny Bread

For the past three years I’ve been making my way out to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. I stay in a duplex in an area called Mid-City, a 10-minute stroll

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LA Is a Great Place for Doing Bowls

When I first met my editor, John Birdsall, he admitted to eating lots of sandwiches. “It’s my shame.” I only bring it up because we see eye to eye on

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Take Me Out to the Bunker: Gorging on Dodger Stadium’s A-List Eats

Last week I went to Dodger Stadium and saw how LA’s upper crust studies the finer mechanics of a baseball game: safe inside an underground tunnel called the Lexus Dugout

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Pine & Crane, Taiwanese with California Flavor in Silver Lake

Asian food with a Chez Panisse approach? We’ve seen this in Oakland, where Ramen Shop is rotating bowls of ramen nightly with produce and raw materials distinct to Northern California.

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Adoboloco Hot Sauce Is Our Favorite Burrito Blaster

John: A few years back, Tim and Summer Parsons of Maui started homeschooling their three kids. Their edible education curriculum called for expanding the garden on their half-acre plot. “Everybody

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This LA Sandwich Is Like a Vegan McGriddle, Sir Nasty–Style Optional

You ask what’s my favorite sandwich, I say it’s the Baaadasss Breakfast Sandwich from a health-food boutique called Locali (locations in Hollywood, Venice, and as Localita, in DTLA). It tastes

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Our 4/20 Q&A with Nguyen Tran, LA’s Weed-Cuisine Pioneer

Nguyen Tran, an ambassador of the underground dining scene in LA, held two cannabis pop-up dinners back in 2012 along with renegade chef Laurent Quenioux. The restaurant Starry Kitchen, which

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It’s Slow Cooker Sunday! Make This Spicy Pulled Pork.

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday, a new feature to inspire you to plug in and chill out on what should be the laziest day of the week. This variation on

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Chefs and 420: A Taste of Weed Culture from America’s Cooks

Chefs are sensitive to flavor and aroma and the complicated psychology of pleasure. When a chef is also into weed, those same elements are definitely in play. For 4/20—cannabis Christmas

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Where to Buy Amazing Flour Online

It’s a brave new world for the home baker. In the now-distant past (as late as a year ago, actually), if you were serious about making bread at home the

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Kosher Soul: Michael W. Twitty on Freedom, Diversity, and the Passover Table

Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrating a journey of emancipation, symbolized by food on the Seder plate. That’s fertile ground for a culinary historian who also happens to teach Judaic

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Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

Community-sourced goodness: On our General Topics board, in a discussion about current food obsessions, AngelalD posted this recipe for panko-coated asparagus “fries” good enough for kids and other veggie skeptics

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Making Matzo Ball Soup for Passover with the Wise Sons Deli Guys

Leo Beckerman (above, left) and Evan Bloom opened Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2012 after carving out space in the city’s pop-up food scene, and

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LA’s Cheese Shop Sandwiches Are Amazing

Like sommeliers discussing ’95 Petrus, cheesemongers weigh in on Appenzeller with a deep level of flavor knowledge, an authority that translates to sandwiches. That’s why LA cheese shops have become

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Roy Choi’s POT Is Essential to Understanding LA Right Now

Only Roy Choi could spin floral cotton bibs as OG status at his new K-Town place, POT. The restaurant is Choi’s unabashed take on Korean food, more straightforward than his

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Make Your Own Free-Form Herb Crackers

I have a confession to make: I spend a lot of time on the King Arthur Flour blog. I’ve found some fantastic recipes there; this one for Gourmet Soda Crackers,

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We Checked Out Song, Night + Market’s Spin-Off in Silver Lake

Located in a Necco-pink building in the heart of Silver Lake, Song (“two” in Thai) is the latest venture from Chef Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market in West Hollywood.

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