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Malibu Coast vintners gain recognition with new AVA

Malibu Coast vintners — all 52 of them — are doing a victory dance right now. Three years after first applying for AVA (American Viticultural Area) status for the Malibu Coast, the vineyards there have been granted their own AVA. What does that mean exactly? Wines from Malibu-based estates now have the option to include Malibu Coast AVA on their labels. Elliott Dolin of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, one of several winery owners to spearhead the application process, says, "It allows us to establish a sense of place and an identity for our wines. It also gives us some credibility in the wine world at large and reestablishes the history of wine grape growing in Malibu. “Malibu is world-famous, but very few people are aware of our wine grape growing history, which dates back two centuries. While people sunbathe on the beaches, up here in the hills, our vines have been catching rays of their own.” The new AVA is about 46 miles long and 8 miles wide, mainly in the Santa Monica Mountains,...

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Night Market Monterey Park, 'A Film about Coffee' screening, Melisse protege dinner

The Monterey Park Night Market (MPK Night Market) series will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. at Barnes Park. The event will include street food from more than 25 food trucks and booths, art exhibitions during the first MPK Art Walk, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, carnival games and a beer and wine garden. Admission is free and the event will go on until 10:30 p.m. The series is scheduled to take place once a month, with the next events scheduled for Aug. 22 and Sept. 19. The dates for October and November have yet to be announced. Barnes Park, 350 S. Mcpherrin Ave., Monterey Park, www.mpknightmarket.com. "A Film About Coffee," a new film that takes an in-depth look at the coffee industry through the eyes of farmers and baristas, is screening at the Vista Theater Thursday. The film is presented by Allegro Coffee and Blue Bottle Coffee. Coffee will be served when the doors open at 6:15 p.m., followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. Immediately after the film, there will be a Q

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Drinking it all in: Latin wine and food at East L.A. Meets Napa

For one night out of the year, East L.A. Meets Napa takes over Union Station's historic Dutch Colonial-Mission Revival courtyard and turns it into one of Los Angeles' premiere wine tasting events. The annual fundraiser for Altamed took place Friday evening, and it was as bustling as ever as it celebrated its ninth year of operation. The event is exactly what its name infers, nearly three dozen Latino-owned or -operated wineries from the Napa area (and some from Baja California, Mexico) paired with East Los Angeles' top Mexican American restaurants. More than 1,500 thirsty partygoers arrived to the sold-out event replete with live salsa music and plenty of free-flowing wine. Check out of some of our favorites in the photo gallery above. 

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Chef of the Moment: up-and-coming Philip Pretty at under-the-radar Fundamental LA

Philip Pretty is the executive chef at Fundamental LA, the Westwood Boulevard restaurant that by day is a sandwich shop and by night becomes a charming dinner spot with seasonal California small plates and a three-course menu (plus dessert) for $39 (you might also want to opt for the $18 wine pairings). Born and bred in Southern California, Pretty is a self-taught chef who has worked in kitchens across Los Angeles, including Providence, Sona and Joe’s in Venice. He was chef de cuisine at Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel and executive chef at Axe on Abbot Kinney. On his menu at Fundamental LA: kanpachi sashimi with apple, avocado, cilantro and chile lime; steak tartare with smoked aioli, caper, cress and toast; house-made agnolotti with oxtail, peas, grapefruit, brown butter and Pecorino; kung pao octopus; carrot risotto with mint and Manchego; and California bouillabaisse with bass, tiger shrimp and mussels. What’s coming up next on your menu? Next on the menu is a fresh take on...

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NBC to premiere Adam Richman show after #Thinspiration Instagram fight

TV personality Adam Richman is bouncing back with a new show on NBC after the Travel Channel postponed the premiere of his series "Man Finds Food" earlier this month. Richman will play host on "Food Fighters," a show that pits home cooks against professional chefs for a chance to win $100,000. The show will premiere on NBC on Tuesday at 8 p.m.  The Travel Channel announced it was postponing Richman's "Man Finds Food" after Richman got into an Instagram brawl over the use of the hashtag #Thinspiration. In late June, Richman, who had lost weight on a diet, posted a photo of himself on the photo sharing application, using #Thinspiration in his caption. 

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How to get a free Togo's sandwich Thursday

Want to know how you can get a free lunch, or dinner, Thursday? Togo's is giving away free sandwiches to celebrate selling 24 million sandwiches since the chain opened in 1971.  Togo's plans on giving away 10,000 of the #24, one of its best-selling sandwiches. The sandwich comes with turkey and avocado and your choice of toppings.  To receive a coupon for a free regular size #24, "Like" Togo’s Facebook page and join the Togo's email club by Tuesday. The promotion is limited to 10,000 coupons, given out on a first-come, first-served basis.  To snag your free sandwich, bring your printed coupon to any of Togo's 250 participating locations, including new locations in downtown Los Angeles and Torrance. The coupons are valid only Thursday.  Like freebies? Follow me for more on Twitter @Jenn_Harris_

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Easy dinner recipes: Three quick pasta ideas for Meatless Monday

Keep it fast and easy this Meatless Monday with three pasta ideas that come together in minutes: Noodles with cabbage, poppy seeds and pepitas: This simple dish contains only a handful of ingredients. Shredded cabbage is cooked with chopped onion until tender, then combined with pasta, and the finished dish is tossed with poppy seeds and crunchy toasted pepitas.  Spaghetti with crushed black pepper and pecorino cheese: Why clutter pasta with sauces and too many add-ins when you can keep it simple? A little fresh cracked pepper and grated cheese is all it takes to turn basic noodles into a tempting dish. Dinner is ready in almost no time. Tagliolini al limone: You'll love the wonderful simplicity to this dish: Fresh basil and a touch of lemon are infused with a little heavy cream, which is cooked down just until it thickens, and is poured over pasta. Topped with fresh grated Parmesan and fresh cracked pepper, it makes for a remarkably easy but elegant meal. You can find the recipe below...

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McDonald's, Yum Brands stop using supplier accused of using expired meat

McDonald's and Yum! Brands, the company behind Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, apologized to customers Monday after footage from a Chinese TV station alleged workers at a Shanghai supplier for some of the two companies' Asian outlets used expired meat and products that fell on the ground, reported Reuters. Dragon TV channel reported that workers at Husi Food Co. in Shanghai repackaged and sold expired chicken and beef by mixing it with fresh meat. The channel's footage also alleged workers picked up meat off the factory floor and used it rather than disposing of it.  "We are committed to the highest standards of food safety and our customers are always our number one priority," U.S. McDonald's spokesperson Heidi Barker told The Times in an email.  "If confirmed, the practices outlined in the report are completely unacceptable to McDonald's."  The two fast food companies have asked all outlets to stop using Husi Food Co., resulting in limited quantities of some menu items, reported...

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Escondido's craft brew giant Stone announces plans for a Berlin expansion

Stone Brewery, the Escondido-based 10th-largest craft brewery in the country, has announced  plans to invade Europe with an ambitious new brewery in Berlin. The fan-favorite will break new ground in the world of craft beer when it becomes the first American brewery to independently establish and operate a brewery in Europe, according to the news release. (In 2013 the Brooklyn Brewery announced it would open a brewery in Stockholm in a partnership with D. Carnegie & Co. and Carlsberg Sweden.) Stone’s estimated $25-million investment will convert a historic German gasworks plant into a destination outpost encompassing a production brewery, a packaging and distribution center, a World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a company store. The new brewery is projected to open in late 2015. In the statement announcing the new project, Stone president and co-founder Steve Wagner says, “Stone’s future European home will serve as the company’s international hub; a central location promoting goodwill...

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Fresh figs - one of summer's most fleeting pleasures, with 12 recipes

It wasn’t so long ago that if you said “fig," it was almost automatically assumed that you were talking about the dried kind. If you wanted fresh, you practically had to have your own tree. Well, having your own tree is still a really good idea, but these days fresh figs are plentiful at both farmers markets and in fancy supermarkets. The big question is why did they ever go away? Figs are one of the glories of summer. Truly ripe ones are melting in texture with a tender crunch from the little seeds. The flavor is like a combination of honey and berry jam. They're terrific eaten right out of hand, or you could do something simple like serve them with lightly sweetened mascarpone or whipping cream. If you can find some really good, fresh ricotta (or make your own), that is best of all. Most of the figs you’ll find will be dark-skinned Black Mission or Brown Turkey. They are very good. Green figs are usually Kadota – a variety that is best for drying but is still OK fresh (though the...

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Celebrate National Hot Dog month with 61-cent chili dogs at Wienerschnitzel

July is National Hot Dog Month, and to celebrate, Wienerschnitzel is rolling back prices on three of its classic menu items.  On Sunday, you can order Wienerschnitzel's original chili dog, mustard dog and kraut dog for 61 cents each. Tax is not included, and if you want cheese, that will be extra.  The hot dog chain, which has been around since 1961, is also celebrating its 53rd anniversary. What started as a single hot dog stand in Wilmington has grown to more than 350 locations selling 120 million hot dogs a year. If you're in the mood to celebrate Sunday, you can order the 61-cent dogs at all participating locations. And if you want to order 10, go right ahead. Wienerschnitzel says there is no limit to the deal.  Like to play with your food? Follow me on Twitter @Jenn_Harris       

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Use Uber to order ice cream on Friday

If you're sitting at your desk wishing you could be eating an ice cream cone, all you have to do is grab your smartphone. Uber, the dial-a-ride app, is offering ice cream delivery on Friday. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., users can order ice cream treats from All American Softy soft-serve catering service and B Sweet, a catering company with dessert trucks. For $25 you can get five unspecified ice cream treats and some custom Uber swag, according to the Uber blog.  The ice cream will be delivered via an ice cream truck or an uberX car. The company also partnered with six Los Angeles-based street artists to deck out some of the trucks with custom art. For a chance to win one of the canvases, you can follow @Uber_LA for contest tweets.   To order the ice cream, open the Uber app and choose the ice cream option. If a car is available, Uber says you'll receive your ice cream in minutes.  And don't worry about running to the ATM. The ice cream will be billed to your regular Uber account.  ...

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