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The inside scoop on food in Los Angeles
Introducing the world's first beer pong ball-washer

When you're playing beer pong, and don't pretend you haven't, dirty ping pong balls are often a problem. Sure there's the wash cup (a cup of water you rinse the balls in before playing each turn), but what good does that do if they're all going into the same wash cup, especially after your ball ricochets into a pile of dirt or rolls onto someone's bathroom floor?  Tyler Dobush, founder of the Clean Cup, the first automatic beer pong ball washer, wanted to find a solution. He turned a college engineering project into a way to wash beer pong balls. Dobush has set up a Kickstarter campaign for his invention, and he's hoping beer pong fans with a pension for cleanliness will help him raise the $40,000 he needs for production.   "Everyone loves beer pong, but nobody likes a set of dirty balls," says Dobush in a promotional video for the Clean Cup. And he manages to keep a straight face.  The washer uses the combination of a high-pressure stream of water and bursts of air to wash the ball....

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Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest, Salt's Cure at Domaine LA, Olvera Street mole fair

The 3rd Annual Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival is back this summer on Sunday, Aug. 17. The fest is from 4 to 7 p.m. in Chinatown’s Central Plaza and is hosted by Bolthouse Farms. Chefs from around Los Angeles will be putting their spin on fried chicken throughout the festivities, with this year's participants including Nakul Mahendro of Badmaash, Ray England of Craft, Alvin Cailan and Johnny Lee of Egg Slut, Jesse Furman of Free Range LA, Homegirl Cafe, Kris Morningstar, Brian Dunsmoor of Ladies’ Gunboat Society, and Jason Travi of Superba. Cocktails and desserts will also be available. General admission tickets are $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door if still available. VIP tickets are $90 in advance, $100 at the door if available. Get tickets at www.foodgps.com/friedchicken. Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles. Domaine LA is hosting a tasting on Sunday inspired by the Aperol Brunch Society meetings that have taken place around L.A. all summer. The meal...

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Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund event at Wally's canceled

Top Central Coast wineries, 50 of them, were set to pour their wines for the ninth annual Central Coast Celebration for Michael Bonaccorsi at Wally’s in West Los Angeles on Sunday. But there was bad news on Thursday: Due to a permit snafu, the event, which benefits the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at Allan Hancock College's department of viticulture and enology in northern Santa Barbara County, has been canceled. A statement from Wally’s tells what happened: “Wally’s has hosted the Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi sScholarship Fund ince 2004 and over the years we have successfully raised over $300,000. This Sunday’s event was scheduled to be a huge success and was slated to raise an additional $50,000 for the charity. Unbeknownst to us, within the last year the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has changed their regulations on licenses and permits for wine-related events. Despite our exhaustive efforts with the ABC, consultants and...

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These fruit-flavored beers are not the pits

Summer is a time for stone fruit, and the flavors of peaches, apricots and plums find a natural harmony in beer. Craft brewers exploit this kinship in many ways, from using the fresh fruit in the beers to finding hop varietals that mirror the flavors, so fans have many options for slaking their cravings.   Peaches, nectarines and apricots are relatively common ingredients for brewers looking to fruitify their brews, and Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery has a delightfully tart take on the traditional Berliner Weisse style. Festina Peche is a summer seasonal beer that is extremely light and refreshing with a great peach-skin mustiness that’s balanced by the brew’s acidity. Local start-up Highland Park Brewery is also making a Berliner Weisse with peaches and nectarines from Masumoto Family Farms fruit. The beer, Lazy Susan, is finishing a secondary fermentation and should be released in a few weeks (brewer Bob Kunz is hoping to bottle much of the batch for release in September as well)....

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to offer $2 Ice Blended drinks

For many, mornings aren’t complete without frozen coffee. To others, these blended confections are just milkshakes for adults. Regardless of the various opinions, we have Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to thank (or curse) for these now-classic beverages. The company created its Ice Blended beverage 25 years ago, and claims to be the sole inventor of frozen, blended coffee as we know it today. To celebrate the Ice Blended, Coffee Bean is debuting the Summer Open House today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is one day only. The Summer Open House will feature $2 Ice Blended drinks of all flavors. Besides the classic coffee, vanilla, and chocolate choices from the year-round menu, guests can also take advantage of the deal with the summer seasonal specials. This summer’s choices include Mud Pie and Caramel Brownie flavors. The special will be available at all participating Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations, excluding Hawaii, Ralphs and airport stops. The deal applies only to their 12-ounce Ice...

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Dreaming of a seedless mango? Scientists are getting there, but not quite yet

Imagine digging into the flesh of a sweet, ripe mango without having to pause and nibble around that huge annoying seed in the middle. In search of a better mango, researchers at the Bihar Agriculture University in India are attempting a seedless variety, reported The Independent .   Despite multiple media outlets reporting the invention of a seedless mango, BAU researchers have not actually grown a seedless mango, they are simply running tests on a mango called Sindhu.  In 2011, BAU planted Sindhu mangoes, and this is the first year the trees have produced fruit.  The mangoes are a cross between the Ratna and Alphonso varieties of mangoes developed in 1992 by Konkan Krishi Vidyapith, Dapoli agriculture university in Maharashtra, according to  Quartz .  The BAU is just the latest of many researchers in India to conduct trials on the Sindhu mango. The Sindhu weigh a little less than half a pound and have a smaller seed than other types of mangoes, resulting in fewer fibrous bits around the...

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Happy National Tequila Day! Celebrate with 21 recipes for food and drinks

National Tequila Day 2014? That’s today. And we have 22 ways to help celebrate -- with refreshing cocktails as well as creative food ideas. If you love a classic margarita, we've got you covered -- it's only one of a number of cocktail variations we found. Or maybe you're thinking something more substantial, like chipotle roasted salmon? Or grilled corn with tequila-lime butter? Perhaps a cool scallop ceviche with tequila? We've compiled all those and more. Just to get you in the mood, you'll find recipes for the chipotle roasted salmon and a ruby red grapefruit margarita below. Whether you raise a glass, or a fork, remember to enjoy responsibly. Cheers! CHIPOTLE ROASTED SALMON Total time: 35 minutes including marination | Serves 8 to 10     2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce     1/4 cup sesame seeds     1/2 cup tequila     3 tablespoons olive oil     3 tablespoons sesame oil     2 large cloves garlic, minced     4 scallions, green part only, thinly sliced     1/2 cup chopped cilantro     1...

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To make wine glasses look perfect, try this microfiber polishing cloth

While sitting at the bar of Zach Pollack's new Alimento in Silver Lake, you might notice wine manager Ryan Wenger polishing stemware. As he finishes each glass, he holds it up to the light: perfect. What's that he's using to polish the delicate glasses to such good effect? Turns out it's a special cloth from Riedel, the famed Austrian glass company that makes a special glass for just about every wine in the world. “You can find the Riedel microfiber polishing cloth online at Amazon or from Williams-Sonoma,” Wenger says.  When faced with a barrage of wine glasses to wash and dry after a particularly wine-intensive dinner party, that polishing cloth comes in handy. At Williams-Sonoma each cloth costs $8.45.  They really are terrific, polishing the glasses without leaving a speck of lint behind. The texture is different from many other microfiber cloths. It’s very smooth, almost a satin, and thick but flexible.  It comes with instructions: After washing the glass under warm water with...

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Easy dinner recipes: Tempting fish and shellfish recipes for the grill

With weather this great, why spend it doing all your cooking indoors? Get grilling tonight with these simple recipes for lobster, mussels and mahi mahi: Maine lobsters grilled with herbs and lemon: You can't go wrong with a dish from chef Michael Cimarusti. Lobsters are seasoned with a little chile powder and salt, then brushed with a bright, fragrant, herbed garlic oil before grilling. Brush the lobsters again with melted butter and serve with lemon wedges and more melted butter. Sounds heavenly, right? Hurley's grilled mussels with red wine and chorizo: The mussels in this dish are first grilled to open them, lending light smoky notes to the shellfish. They're then tossed with a flavorful blend of chorizo, a rich wine reduction, tomatoes, parsley and butter. Hungry yet? Grilled fresh mahi-mahi with jalapeno cilantro sauce: You'll love the pairing of fresh cilantro and jalapeno in this very rich, bright and gently spiced cream sauce, which works well served with the simply seasoned...

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Scouting Report: A sensory experience is what's for dinner at Tink's House

Name of restaurant: Tink’s House Concept: A temporary, underground, multi-course dinner series combining art, design and sensory stimulation, located in a secret location in downtown Los Angeles. In other words, one doozy of a meal.  Chef: Jon Sewitz. He's a 19-year-old chef who already has had cooking stints at Cafe Boulud, Noma and Wolvesmouth. His partner responsible for the art angle of this project is Kelsey Isaacs, a 20-year-old artist currently studying at Rhode Island’s School of Design. What dish represents the restaurant, and why? Raw and fried pompano "carcass" with sweet corn juice, black olive and fresno chile. The meaty sashimi-like raw fillet part of the fish was undeniably fresh and boldly seasoned, and the extra crispy bones were just as pleasurable to eat. Your chair and table will be completely covered in a fishing net, adding a never-before-experienced physical effect to your food, especially since you are barefooted and will probably get stuck in the net as you get...

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Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

Barbecue may be a religion in the South, but this time of year, it is everywhere in Los Angeles -- in backyards, storefronts, suburban chains, farmers markets and barrel smokers in church parking lots. Here are a few places we like a lot. No reservations required. Bigmista’s Barbecue Can the downtown Bigmista’s open quickly enough? Because while some people calibrate their weeks to the appearance of Neil Strawder’s rig at the Sunday Atwater Farmers Market and the Wednesday market at Pershing Square, many of us need our dose of Bigmista’s pig bacon, brisket and mega-smokey pastrami on a somewhat more regular basis, even if his current schedule does let us pretend that we’ve really gone out for chard or organic kohlrabi. It is hard not to love a barbecue guy whose offerings include a combination he calls a Big A$$ Pile of Meat. Mobile; (562) 423-4244(562) 423-4244; bigmista.com Phillip’s Barbecue When I did my first barbecue roundup for The Times 20 or so years ago, I got dozens of...

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Events: Doner Revolution pop-up, $1 oysters, talking Baker-to-Baker

Doner Revolution chef Farid Zadi is hopping on the Carb & Nation food truck for a one-night-only Algerian menu. The truck will be parked at Angel City Brewery in downtown L.A. Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The menu will include New York-style halal chicken, lamb, falafel, chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates with roasted peppers, fried baby potatoes with romesco sauce, parsley and lemon zest, along with Carb & Nation’s unique sodas. Angel City Brewery has a craft beer pairing for each Doner Revolution menu item. All menu items are under $10. Angel City Brewery, 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, (213) 622-1261, www.angelcitybrewery.com The Rockefeller is attempting to “cure the Monday blues” with $1 oysters and $5 Champagne and wine pairings on Mondays all summer long. They’re calling the special “Oyster Mondays” and it is offered at their locations in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Diners can mix-and-match between three seasonal types of oysters, each for a dollar. The Rockefeller...

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