A rendering of a Sonic Drive-In. The company has announced plans to open 15 locations in the greater Los Angeles area and San Diego over the next six years.

Sonic Drive-In tots, shakes and more headed for Los Angeles

Sonic Drive-In, the national burger chain known for its tater tots and milk shakes, has announced a major expansion plan that will include 1,000 new locations in the next 10 years. The company plans to open 15 of those locations in the greater Los Angeles area and San Diego County.

That means a menu full of real ice cream shakes, corn dogs, molten cake sundaes, fruit slushes and flavored sodas could be headed to a city near you. Sonic also boasts more than 1 million drink and slush combinations. 

There are currently 3,500 Sonic locations in 44 states, and the expansion effort will focus on new...

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New Klondike ice cream candy bars

Klondike launches new ice cream candy bars

Klondike, maker of the iconic square ice cream bar with the hard chocolate shell, is launching a new line of ice cream "Kandy" bars. 

There are three flavors: Caramel & Peanuts with vanilla ice cream, caramel, milk chocolate-flavored coating and crunchy peanuts; Fudge Krunch with chocolate ice cream, chocolate fudge, a milk chocolate-flavored coating and rice crispy pieces; and Cookies & Cream with vanilla ice cream, cookie crunch pieces, chocolate fudge, white chocolate-flavored coating and a chocolate cookie crunch. 

They taste like the candy bar version of Ben & Jerry's core ice creams with...

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Sea Fever Seafood's John Wilson, a longtime fixture at the Hollywood Farmers Market, has been arrested on suspicion of stealing fish from other fishermen.

Farmers market favorite arrested for stealing fish

One of the Hollywood Farmers Market’s most popular vendors has been arrested on suspicion of stealing other people’s fish and has been permanently kicked out of the market.

John Wilson of Sea Fever Seafood, a longtime fixture at the market, was arrested Sunday in Santa Barbara after a two-month investigation by the California Department of Fish and Game on suspicion of stealing rock crabs caught by other fishermen. Wilson, 53, from Santa Ynez, and Kai Griffin, 23, from Buellton, also are accused of selling other seafood out of season, including sea urchins and whelks.

Both are...

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There's no denying the appeal of bacon.

Why does bacon smell so good? It's all in the chemistry

The smell of bacon cooking is so popular there is now a perfume made to mimic it. But did you ever wonder why, if bacon smells so good, nobody ever makes pork-scented perfume? Me neither, actually, but one team of researchers did.

The result is “A Study of the Aroma of Fried Bacon and Fried Pork Loin,” published in 2004 by María L. Timón, Ana I. Carrapiso, Ángela Jurado and Jürgen van de Lagemaat in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, and recently resurfaced by the chemistry website Compound Interest.

The team analyzed the volatile chemicals that resulted from...

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How to make a "surprise-inside" Bunny Cake

A bunny cake for Easter: A hopping good way to delight your guests

The new cookbook "Surprise-Inside Cakes" should come with a big fat warning: "Will cause an uncontrollable urge to run into the kitchen and get baking."

Author Amanda Rettke -- known is the blogosphere as I Am Baker -- has carved out a niche for herself making cakes that are as intriguing on the inside as they are on the outside.

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Pine & Crane, a Taiwanese spot in Silver Lake

Pine & Crane for when you crave beef rolls and 'three cup chicken' in Silver Lake

Name of restaurant: Pine & Crane Noodle Co.

Chef: Chef-owner Vivian Ku and "old school" Taiwanese chef Allan Lai.

What dish represents the restaurant and why? "Three cup chicken" (sanbeiji). It's a chicken dish that's a specialty of Ningdu in the southern Chinese province of Jiangxi, whose name comes from a traditional recipe that called for a cup each of soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. But it's so popular in Taiwan that there's a saying: "A restaurant that can't cook sanbeijiisn't a true Taiwanese restaurant." Here it's Jidori chicken, served heaped in a small pot, sticky with the...

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Even more easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

Easy dinner recipes: Stir-fried shrimp, beef or chicken in an hour or less

When I'm looking for a fast dinner solution, I often turn to the wok. Food cooks so quickly over the high heat, flavors building as each ingredient is tossed in with the mix. Check out these quick ideas using shrimp, chicken and beef.

Yang Chow slippery shrimp: This slightly sweet, slightly spicy shrimp dish was introduced at the original Yang Chow, which opened in Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles in 1977. Start to finish, it's ready in only 25 minutes.

Ginger soy chicken wings: These Asian-inspired chicken wings are a tempting take on the classic finger food. The crunchy wings are deep-fried...

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Bricia Lopez, co-owner of Guelaguetza, hosts a tasting of rare small-production mezcals with a Oaxacan meal on April 23 at the restaurant.

Eat and learn: Two tastings and dinners focused on mezcal, tequila

Want to learn more about mezcal and tequila? There are two events coming up that will help you get started.

On April 23, Bricia Lopez is hosting a special tasting seminar called “El Lenguaje del Mezcal” at Guelaguetza in Los Angeles. Erick Rodriguez, an expert on mezcal history and production, will be discussing the making of the seven rare mezcals that are part of Wahaka Mezcal and its sister non-profit Fundación Agaves Silvestres' “Vino de Mezcal" collection.  The profits from these rare mezcals, which can cost hundreds of dollars a bottle, go to save wild agaves. And when...

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Fried chicken replaces bread in the KFC Double Down.

KFC will bring back its Double Down fried chicken bun sandwich

Remember the KFC Double Down sandwich? It was a bacon, Swiss and pepper jack cheese sandwich with two fried chicken fillet buns. Yes, instead of bread, there was direct fried-chicken-to-hand contact. 

The breadless sandwich was on the menu for a limited time in 2010, but the chicken chain is bringing it back for a limited time again, April 21, reported USA Today

This massive sandwich contains 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, 150 milligrams of cholesterol and 1,380 milligrams of sodium. If you opt for the grilled chicken version, it comes in at 460 calories, 23 grams of fat and 1,430 milligrams...

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Homemade 'peeps' and more! 9 kid-friendly recipes for Easter

Chocolate-covered eggs! Marshmallow daisies! Pastel mints! Homemade "peeps"! We've compiled nine recipes to help you and the kids celebrate Easter and all things spring in the kitchen.

We include a variety of treats that make great projects in the kitchen for kids of all ages -- whether you're looking to enlist little ones to help shape and decorate treats, are looking for a recipe you can work on together, or have kids who can tackle a project independently from start to finish.

RECIPES: 9 kid-friendly treat recipes for Easter and Spring!

Check out the video above for a quick demonstration on...

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The simple art of hard-boiling eggs, with a heaping side of geekery

How do you cook a perfect hard-boiled egg? It’s really quite simple, thanks to a neat little bit of kitchen physics.

  • Arrange the eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a pan and cover completely with room-temperature water.
  • Set on high heat, and when the water just begins to boil, cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn off the heat and let the eggs stand in the pot for 12 minutes.
  • If you’re going to use them right away, drain the eggs, shake them in the pan to crack the shells and plunge them into an ice-water bath to cool for a few minutes. If you’re going to store them, plunge them into...
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Santa Barbara Public Market opened this week, offering artisanal products such as fresh pasta, local olive oils and more.

Santa Barbara Public Market opens to big crowds

At the corner of West Victoria and Chapala streets, the Santa Barbara Public Market opened its doors over the weekend. The already bustling market was filled with locals shopping for organic produce, cheese, meats and baked goods, while others were waiting until the Pasta Shoppe and Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar were fired up and ready to start serving lunch.

Inside the certified green building, shoppers browsed the diminutive egg cartons filled with tiny chocolate blackberry syrah cupcakes at Enjoy Cupcakes, giant tomahawk chops at Belcampo Meat Co. and rows of fusti filled with California...

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The new Specialty Chicken dish from Dominos. It's fried chicken nuggets with sauce, toppings and cheese.

Dominos launches fried-chicken-nugget pizzas

Dominos may be bored with simple pizza crust. The fast-food chain is taking the whole sauce, cheese and toppings on dough idea and turning it on its head, with a new line of fried-chicken-nugget pizzas. 

It's calling the fried chicken/pizza hybrid Specialty Chicken and describing it on the Dominos website as "our boneless chicken covered in toppings, sauce and cheeses."  We're thinking fried-chicken-nugget pizza sounds more appropriate. 

The new Specialty Chicken is basically 12 chicken nuggets, clumped together in a crust-like row, then smothered in sauce and cheese. It's half pizza, half...

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Manuel Benitez works in the packaging area at Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha factory in Irwindale.

Sriracha factory could be headed out of Irwindale

The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, makers of the popular hot sauce with the rooster on the label, may be ready for a big move. 

Amid its current legal woes with the city of Irwindale, which voted last week to declare the factory a public nuisance, Huy Fong Foods owner David Tran says he's considering moving the business to another city, reported The Times' Frank Shyong.  

According to Shyong, Tran has expressed a desire to stay put, but took people from 10 states and numerous cities in California on a tour of his factory Wednesday to discuss relocating. 

"[City officials] tell you one thing,...

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The tasting room at Alpine is colorful, but you no longer need to make the drive to San Diego to taste its beers.

Cult favorite Alpine Brewing now shipping to Los Angeles

Whenever a keg of one of Alpine Brewing’s hoppy IPAs made it to Los Angeles from San Diego, or when bottles landed at a restaurant or bottle shop, news would spread like wildfire across social media. If you’re plugged into the beer-geek social networks, then you’ve probably seen many more Instagrams of Alpine's previously scarce Nelson IPA recently, and it looks like this trend is going to continue. The cult-favorite brewery has long struggled to meet demand for its most famous brews, and it's finally found a solution thanks to help from another San Diego Brewery. And that...
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red wines for lamb

11 red wines to go with lamb -- for Easter or any other time

One of the revelatory taste experiences of my life was eating baby lamb grilled over vine cuttings at the wine estate Tinto Pesquera in Ribera del Duero, Spain. Owner Alejandro Pesquera waited until the fire had died down to embers to cook the lamb, watching it carefully, turning the pieces to brown them evenly. It was unbelievably succulent and sweet and when you followed a bite of lamb with a sip of his gorgeous Tinto Pesquera, sublime.

Lamb is a constant on menus in almost every wine region. Pinot Noir with roast leg of lamb is classic. Or baby lamb from the salt marshes with Châteauneuf-...

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New Blue Raspberry Peeps are available at Walmart.

Look! New blue raspberry Peeps, just in time for Easter

Attention, Peep fans -- there's a new flavor of your favorite marshmallow chicks, just in time for Easter. 

The Blue Raspberry Peep is on Walmart shelves across the country. It was voted the winner during a contest to find a new Peep flavor last year. 

The price for a box of blue Peeps is $1.08. The store is also selling Sour Watermelon, Sweet Lemonade, Bubblegum, Party Cake and Original flavors. 

PHOTOS: The secret life of Peeps

How did we ever manage Peep dioramas of the Blue Man Group, the Smurfs, Genie from "Aladdin" and Mystique from "X-Men" before the new deep blue color? 

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Celebrate Easter with a spring-fresh menu

14 spring-fresh recipes for Easter

Deviled eggs, asparagus, roast lamb and gravlax? It must be Easter!

If you're looking to make brunch or dinner for your family Sunday, consider a menu that highlights the season's freshest ingredients.

For a main course, try a ham and potato quiche with a simple salad for brunch. And for dinner, an impressive roast leg of lamb

PHOTOS: 14 Easter recipes 

The possibilities for side dishes are endless, but we love this recipe for a smooth lemon aioli to pair with plump, seasonal asparagus. Or you could try starting your meal with this recipe for a fresh watercress soup with Stilton and pecans. ...

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Even more easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

Easy dinner recipes: Hearty salad ideas for Gluten-Free Wednesday

It's Gluten-Free Wednesday. Whether you're looking for a substantial one-dish meal or great gluten-free side for your main course, you can't go wrong with these robust salads.

Roasted potato salad: This is far from a one-note recipe. Roasting the potatoes concentrates their earthy flavor, and binding them and the bacon together with mayonnaise spiked with the sharp flavors of capers and red onion makes for a wonderful contrast.

BLD's fresh vegetable salad: BLD tosses its homemade dressing -- fresh, lightly herbal, sweetened with a touch of honey and with just the right amount of tang -- with a...

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Blacktop espresso bar to open downtown

Downtown espresso bar Blacktop to open next week

Downtown's Arts District has a new neighborhood specialty coffee shop. Blacktop, a tiny espresso bar from Handsome Coffee Roasters co-founder Tyler Wells, is set to open April 23.

Wells teamed with Wurstkuche owners Tyler Wilson and Joseph Pitruzzelli to launch Blacktop, a 240-square-foot cafe next to retail and gallery space Alchemy Works on 3rd Street. (The two spaces are connected by a sliding barn door.) Both Blacktop and Alchemy are located in the building that also houses Wurstkuche's offices and commissary. 

Designed by Kellie Patry (Honeycut, Seven Grand San Diego), Blacktop will serve...

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Zazzz is a new automated purchase machine for pot dispensaries.

A new pot vending machine with marijuana-laced treats could be coming to California

In the mood for a marijuana-laced brownie or lemon bar? Imagine walking into a pot dispensary, bypassing the line and getting the snacks you need from a vending machine. It could be a vaporizer, a pot brownie, a marijuana-infused drink or any of your favorite products from your local dispensary. 

American Green, an Arizona-based medical marijuana dispensary brand owned by the Tranzbyte tech company, is hoping to make that experience a reality with its new pot vending machine, Zazzz. The machine will allow users to swipe an ID for age verification, then make a purchase. 

"The idea is that we...

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The Villa at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, site of the Bounty of the Valley, a benefit for the Family School in Los Olivos on April 26.

Escape to the wine country for these late April events

Who can stay inside on these balmy spring days? It may not be warm enough for the beach yet, but this is perfect weather for a wine country jaunt. Throw a bag in the car and head out for one of these four wine events coming up before the end of the month.

Paso Robles is the site of the second annual CABs of Distinctionfestival April 25-26. Friday's calendar is filled with winery visits and winemaker dinners. Eberle Winery, for example, will be barbecuing tri-tip and pouring current vintages (complimentary). Halter Ranch winemaker Kevin Sass is giving a seminar on oak ($65) and Justin...

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Jonathan Gold is your man for culinary questions.

Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold!

Have a craving for Thai food? Need a recommendation for barbecue? Want to know where to find the best sushi in the city? Need more culinary questions answered? Gold's your man.

More Jonathan Gold quizzes: Music | Carrots | Pasta | Asparagus | Flowers | Sandwich time

Come back here today at noon.

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Bierfilzl, or felt beer coasters, date back to Bavaria and the 19th century, but the local company Graf & Lantz updates the look with coasters in bright saturated colors.

Do you need a bierfilzl? Maybe not, but you'll surely love these felt coasters

Do I need some bierfilzl? Probably not. But I’m loving the thick German felt wine coasters from the local Los Angeles company Gräf & Lantz, which specializes in well-designed felt objects such as iPad sleeves and eyeglass cases. 

According to their website, “As traditionally used for beer mugs in Bavarian taverns until late 19th century, felt coasters are functional, durable and sure to protect your table.”

When a friend serves me tea, she always places one of these thick felt coasters beneath the cup. Who knew that they were originally intended for beer? Gräf & Lantz point...

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Downtown restaurant Alma now serves a single nine-course tasting menu for $95.

Alma's tasting menu, DIY tofu, Balaboosta pop-up

As of today, downtown's Alma restaurant (whose chef, Ari Taymor, recently received a Best New Chef nod from Food & Wine magazine) is offering a single nine-course tasting menu for $95 dollars, with optional beverage pairings for $55. "This is a decision to better utilize our farmer and forager, Courtney Guerra's Flower Avenue Garden, with an ambition to source close to 100% of our own produce," Taymor wrote in an email. "We have always felt that our longer tasting menu is the best expression of our restaurant, and we would like to offer our guests a unified, curated experience." 952 S....

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One currywurst choice among many.

Berlin Currywurst is the latest opening at the Grand Central market

Do not go to the new Berlin Currywurst at the Grand Central Market if you are afraid of making choices. In  Germany a currywurst is a kind of grab-and-go operation, not unlike a hot dog stand, but at this local chain, you have options. Lots of options.

You can choose from seven sausages, including such traditional favorites as bratwurst and paprikawurst and also, because this is Los Angeles, experimental riffs such as a chicken and cilantro, and tofu. You can opt to have it served simply on a bun, but because that is not a currywurst, you will decline in favor of the full treatment. That means...

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Downtown's Little Bear cafe is throwing Sourfest 2014 on Thursday.

Explore the sour side of beer at Little Bear's Sourfest

Sour beer, wild ales and funky wood-aged brews -- once the purview of the most dedicated of beer geeks -- have crossed over to mainstream favorites, and while the best examples of these tart tipples are often hard to find, you’ll be able to drink your fill Thursday at Sourfest 2014.

Downtown’s Belgian beer cafe Little Bear is throwing the fete, and beginning at 11:30 a.m., the typically Belgian-heavy beer list will be dominated by renowned sour beers from around the globe.

Beer lovers looking to explore the world’s acidic offerings can order their libations in three sizes...

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A Tillamook ice cream truck will be giving away from ice cream in Westwood on Thursday.

Tillamook has an ice cream truck, and it's giving away free samples Thursday

Tillamook, the Oregon-based dairy brand known for its block cheddar and pepper jack cheese, is bringing an ice cream truck to L.A. on Thursday. 

The truck started an ice cream tour around the U.S. in March and is making its way to the Simplethings location in Westwood. But don't expect to see cheddar cheese ice cream on the menu. 

The refurbished VW-van-turned-ice-cream-truck will be giving out samples of its Oregon strawberry flavor, made with strawberry ice cream and pieces of strawberries; old-fashioned vanilla made with Madagascar vanilla; and one called White Chocolate Raspberry Um, with...

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Ice cream, such as the vanilla ice cream cone pictured here, is pleasurable enough on its own, but your favorite flavor may seem boring compared to the Viagra ice cream created by a U.K.-based food inventor.

There's a Viagra ice cream, and it's blue

Ice cream is pleasurable enough on its own, but your favorite flavor may seem boring compared to the Viagra ice cream created by U.K.-based food inventor Charlie Harry Francis.

The award-winning inventor and owner of the company Lick Me I'm Delicious -- remember that glow-in-the-dark ice cream? -- has turned that little blue pill into an ice cream for a one-time creation he's made for a celebrity client.  

He's calling the Viagra ice cream Arousal. And of course, it's blue to match the color of the pill. He laced the sweet treat with the popular drug, normally prescribed for erectile...

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More easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

Easy dinner recipes: Paella makes a perfect one-dish meal

Paella's always a perfect choice when you want to dazzle dinner guests but don't want to spend all your time in the kitchen. Many versions can be made ahead of time, giving you ample time to enjoy your company as well as the meal.

Paela de mariscos: Chef Joe Miller's seafood variation is bright with color and flavor, and can be made in less than an hour. Make it ahead if you'd like; the paella will keep for up to two hours at room temperature before serving.

Arroz con chorizo y camarones:According to creator Mayi Brady, "This rice with chorizo dish -- think of it as a simple paella -- calls...

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Oyster specialist Julie Qiu enjoys a sample from Blue Island Oyster Farms of New York at the 33rd Seafood Expo North America in Boston last month.

Looking for a wine to go with oysters? Keep it clean, crisp and cold

When it comes to a bottle of wine, an oyster’s demands are fairly simple. It should be cold, crisp and clean. Anything more is likely to create a clash of some kind. That’s just the way it goes with briny shellfish.

That point was made yet again at the 20th annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, sponsored by Washington state oyster grower Taylor Shellfish. Judging panels from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle spent afternoons sipping wines and slurping oysters and puzzling out which combinations worked best. The Los Angeles conclave was held at Water Grill downtown.

The...

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Kosher wines and spirits

Kosher wines and spirits for the holiday and beyond

Searching for a bottle to take to a Seder? Here are a few suggestions either to accompany dinner or to take as a gift to your hosts. The Cask at 8616 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles (310) 205-9008 has the best selection of kosher wines and spirits around. But kosher products are increasingly finding a space (or a shelf) in many fine wine shops as well. To find out if any nearby shops carry these products, check winesearcher.com. You can plug in the wine and/or spirit and your ZIP Code and search to find the source nearest you.

NV Freixenet  Excelencia Cava Kosher Brut ($15)

Spanish sparkling wine...

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Michael Teich, chef-owner of the Wallace in Culver City, highlights seasonal vegetables.

Chef of the Moment: The Wallace's Michael Teich, sprung on spring (and bonito)

Michael Teich, chef-owner of the Wallace in Culver City — a California vegetable-focused restaurant with hand-crafted cocktails — is getting ready to celebrate spring. Teich grew up in West Hills and studied culinary arts at the Art Institute in Santa Monica before working at Venice restaurant Axe. The former corporate executive chef for hotel, night life and restaurant group SBE also played minor league  baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He and his wife, Carol, who has worked in hospitality at restaurants including the Ritz-Carlton, Napa Valley Grille and Shutters...

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Buy your prom date a KFC fried chicken corsage

Choosing a corsage that matches your date's prom dress can be a major source of anxiety for some young men, but KFC has come to the rescue this prom season with a fried chicken corsage that goes with everything. 

No this is not a joke. The fast food chain has enlisted the help of Kentucky-based florist Nanz and Kraft to create a drumstick fried chicken corsage kit. You can have it delivered in time for prom and it costs $20. 

But if you're expecting a box with a piece of fried chicken on a bed of flowers to arrive at your door, think again. The florist sends a corsage with baby's breath and a...

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Best <i>banh mi</i> sandwiches

Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia.

The banh miof Beverly Hills, Venice, Santa Monica and Silver Lake are a different breed from our favorite sandwiches in Westminster and the San Gabriel Valley (Banh Mi & Che Cali, Tip Top, Dakao). With ingredients such as black cod, Dungeness crab, locally farmed cauliflower or Spanish blood sausage,...

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Kanpai Ramen in Glendale

The tomato ramen is calling at Kanpai Ramen in Glendale

Name of restaurant: Kanpai Ramen 

Concept: A tasty new ramen endeavor in a Glendale strip mall, expanding on the preexisting izakaya/roll sushi restaurant Sushi GP. GP is officially closed, but Kanpai seems to have swallowed it whole, incorporating its menu and grafting on the titular ramen. The GP side encompasses a whole lot of corny Asian fusion that is actually quite satisfying, but Kanpai’s ramen is the real draw. It deserves top billing -- while the non-ramen menu is decent, the tonkotsu ramen is delicious and almost stunningly ambitious.

What dish represents the restaurant, and...

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Taco Bell's latest is the Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco.

Taco Bell announces new spicy chicken cool ranch Doritos Locos Taco

Taco Bell announced the launch of a new Doritos Locos Taco during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. The Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco will be available for a limited time beginning May 1. 

The taco features a Cool Ranch Doritos taco shell stuffed with new spicy shredded chicken. The Irvine-based company's food innovation team was inspired by fans customizing their Doritos Locos tacos with chicken, according to a release for the new product. 

The price for a regular Spicy Chicken Doritos Locos taco is $1.59, and $1.89 for a supreme. 

Taco Bell is currently promoting its brand new...

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Passover: Pleasures of ritual cooking

31 recipes to celebrate Passover

From traditional brisket to pomegranate-glazed lamb, flourless chocolate cake to chocolate pecan brownie fudge cake, add new recipes and traditions to your Passover celebrations with these ideas from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

RECIPES: 31 great recipes to celebrate Passover

We've compiled 31 tempting recipes for your holiday festivities, both sweet and savory! Whip up chocolate haroset truffles and walnut- and herb-stuffed eggplant rolls, try a Mediterranean potato kugel or go small with spiced cauliflower kugelettes. Make a dramatic presentation with a salmon fillet garnished with marinated...

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The bar area at Waterloo & City is packed for happy hour. But this Wednesday chef Brendan Collins is cooking a 6-course dinner featuring a Gloucester Old Spot pig and the wines of Tablas Creek Vineyard.

Heritage pork, Tablas Creek wines, this is no ordinary wine dinner

Wine dinners come and go. Some are fabulous. Some are lame. But here’s one that seems destined for the fabulous category, a collaboration between the Culver City gastropub Waterloo & City and the French-accented Central Coast winery Tablas Creek Vineyard this Wednesday.

Just look at the menu, which involves a Gloucester Old Spot pig raised on the Tablas Creek estate near Templeton. For those who don’t follow pigs obsessively, Old Spot is a much-coveted heritage breed. And big -- sows can weigh up to 500 pounds, the boars a good 100 pounds more.

The dinner cooked by chef Brendan...

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Coachella 2014 Outstanding in the Field dinner with Sotto

Coachella 2014: Outstanding in the Field does fine dining without a dress code

Just behind the Sahara stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, in a corner of the rose garden VIP area, a long table with white table cloths, wine glasses and fine dishware was set for a dinner party of almost 200 guests.

As EDM blared, guests wearing cut-off denim shorts, bathing suit tops, flip-flops and flower headbands made their way through a picket fence into the dining area for the $250-a-seat dinner. They grabbed a cocktail, sat down at the table, put the cloth napkins on their laps and waited for the first course. 

It was an odd sight to see, when dinner for...

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival food

Coachella 2014: Good food -- bacon sticky buns, Baco wraps and more -- joins the show

Some of Los Angeles' hottest restaurants poped up at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend in Indio, providing concertgoers with some welcome new food options. 

In the Rose Garden VIP area, downtown restaurant Baco Mercat set up shop serving a limited number of its signature flatbread sandwiches along with wraps (burritos), blistered wax beans, caramelized cauliflower and more. 

Next door was downtown L.A.'s Semi Sweet Bakery, which served its macaroni and cheese empanadas, bacon sticky buns and chocolate chip cookies. And one of the most coveted spots at the festival...

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More easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

Easy dinner ideas: Simple frittata ideas for Meatless Monday

Frittatas are easy to make and are versatile, perfect for breakfast or brunch, even dinner. Stop by the store for a few select ingredients, or improvise with what you have at home, and that includes leftovers. Serve slices hot, fresh out of the pan, or make the frittata ahead of time and cool to room temperature before eating.

Substantial enough to eat on its own, you can also serve it alongside a colorful salad, or thinly sliced as an appetizer or first course.

Wild mushroom frittata: Love mushrooms? You can't beat this frittata combining thinly sliced wild mushrooms with tangy creme fraiche,...

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National Grilled Cheese Day: Celebrate with a 20-layer grilled cheese! [Video]

Saturday is National Grilled Cheese Day, and it only seems fitting to have a day devoted to reflecting on the wonder that is two slices of buttered bread with cheese, all grilled to melted perfection.

Here at The Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen, we take our grilled cheese seriously.

So to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day, Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter decided to build the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. And by ultimate, we mean 20 layers of all your favorite cheeses, a few surprises, and plenty of buttered bread.

PHOTOS: 12 grilled cheese recipes

Watch a video of the making of the...

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Stone Brewing looks to musicians for newest collaboration

Apart from “devastatingly bitter” beers and well-known arrogance, Stone Brewing Co. built its reputation on some fantastic collaboration beers with some of the country’s best brewers. The Escondido brewery’s next installment sees two musicians team with Brewmaster Mitch Steele for -- what else -- a big double IPA, and the beer is going on tour. 

Journeyman metal guitarist Keri Kelli, who’s played with Skid Row, Night Ranger and Alice Cooper, and the String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth are the featured collaborators on the beer, which follows...

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Our love-hate affair with favas, and 6 recipes you'll adore

Fava beans are one of those ingredients cooks love and hate in roughly equal proportions. We love them, of course, because they are delicious. There’s nothing like that bright flash of green flavor you get from a fresh fava. But we hate to have to prepare them -- first you have to shuck them, then peel them again before you actually cook them. And you’d better allow a pound of beans for every eater.

If favas weren’t so delicious, they’d probably be extinct by now.

But  poach the cleaned beans in cream with a little bacon, or simply braise them briefly with white wine...

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Bakers Will Bake

Butter cake, malva pudding and more at pastry chefs' Bakers Will Bake sale

If you're more inclined to eat baked goods than bake in the sun at the first weekend of Coachella, then the 2nd annual Bakers Will Bake sale is calling you.

On Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hollywood Farmers Market, the bake sale will gather pastries from some of L.A.'s best bakers and chefs to raise funds for the Garden School Foundation, a local organization that focuses on developing garden-based programs at under-served schools throughout the city.

Confirmed treats include:

Cooks County – fruit nut granola, strawberry heart tarts and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
Little Flower...

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The skunky aroma in some beers is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when ultraviolet light interacts with bitter hop compounds.

Three myths about skunky beer

There is a whole spectrum of “off flavors” that can plague beer, but there is one flaw that is so common many people feel that it’s an intentional flavor in certain brands -- especially a particular brand of Mexican lager. Beer with the distinct aroma of skunk seems inescapable, but  the realities of the scourge are simple and (mostly) preventable. There are lots of myths and misinformation surrounding skunky beer, but let’s set the record straight.

Myth No. 1: “Beer gets that skunky flavor because ... ”

We’ve heard just about every explanation for...

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More easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

Easy dinner recipes: Great ideas with 6 ingredients ready in 30 minutes or less

It's Friday. Who wants to fret over an involved dinner? Get a great meal on the table fast using these ideas; with only six ingredients each, they come together in 30 minutes or less.

Slow-poached shrimp: Only a handful of ingredients are used in this easy recipe. The shrimp and all the flavorings are combined in a resealable bag and slow-poached for maximum flavor while keeping the shrimp tender and moist. It's dinner in 15 minutes, and is perfect served over a bed of rice.

Broccoli soup: Luxurious yet frugal, this quick soup comes together in minutes. Broccoli is simmered in chicken broth...

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The El Conquistador margarita.

Stuffed quesadillas, Milanesa tortas and margaritas at El Condor in Silver Lake

Name of restaurant: El Condor

Concept: A new Mexican restaurant by L&E Oyster Bar owners Tyler Bell and Dustin Lancaster in the former El Conquistador space. They're serving up tacos with handmade tortillas, green- and red-sauced enchiladas on hot skillets, tortas stuffed with Milanesa and chorizo and an entire section of the menu devoted to stuffed quesadillas. The atmosphere is festive with colorful furniture and lights strewn across the dining room to the upstairs bar. Natural light floods the new patio, surrounded by bright yellow walls and patterned tiles.  

Chef: Spencer Bezaire,...

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L.A. landmarks as cake

The Capitol Records Building and more L.A. landmarks in the form of cake

Baker Sara Heslington of Heslington Cakes in Corona del Mar estimates that she spent 120 hours creating a cake that represents the Chinese garden at Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. Good thing she loves making sugar flowers.

Her cake and several others that were made to resemble Los Angeles landmarks such as the Capitol Records Building and La Brea Tar Pits were created for a gala for Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. They were transported to Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills where they will be on display Friday through Sunday.

The Capitol Records building was created by Duff Goldman's...

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Customers can order online and have local food delivered by Good Eggs.

Online store Good Eggs offers artisan products from all over L.A. -- for free delivery

People who want to buy locally grown food or who like artisan products probably know there are vendors all over the L.A. area, but the work of tracking them down is beyond most shoppers. The online store Good Eggs means to solve that problem.

Its mission is bold: “Grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.”

And shoppers can find more than 130 vendors who sell such foods as homemade gluten-free sandwich bread from Roses in the Kitchen ($10). Or dumplings from Bling Bling Dumpling in Hollywood, where the recipes come from the owners’ Taiwanese grandmothers and their own...

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Cinnamon roll hack: Use a waffle maker for cinnamon roll waffles

Celebrate National Cinnamon Roll Day with a 2-minute cinnamon roll waffle hack

Waiting for a batch of cinnamon rolls to bake can be torture. It's easy to get hangry (angry because you're hungry) as soon as you smell the scent of cinnamon wafting out of the oven. 

For National Cinnamon Roll Day -- yes it's an actual food holiday, and it's happening Thursday -- we decided to speed up the cooking process. Instead of waiting half an hour for your rolls in the oven, try two to three minutes of cook time in a waffle maker.  

All you need is a waffle maker and nonstick spray. Make your favorite cinnamon roll recipe and icing or buy pre-made dough from the store and have it...

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Manuel Benitez works in the packaging area at Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha factory in Irwindale.

Irwindale declares Sriracha factory a public nuisance

The Irwindale City Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to declare the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, makers of the popular hot sauce with the rooster on the label, a public nuisance.

The hot sauce maker has been battling the city since Irwindale filed a lawsuit in October, after numerous residents complained of sore throats, nosebleeds, burning eyes and other health conditions claimed to have been caused by the chile odor from the plant. 

Huy Fong Foods was in the process of submitting an action plan within 10 days to have the smell taken care of by June 1, reported The Times' Frank...

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More easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

Easy dinner recipes: Three simple ideas for peanut butter lovers

Peanut butter isn't just for sandwiches. If you're a fan, consider adding it to salad dressing, marinades and more.

Peanut coleslaw: Peanut butter forms the base of this tangy-sweet dressing, which combines vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, lime juice and garlic. Toss with a colorful blend of cabbage, red bell pepper, chiles, onion and jalapeño for a crisp, colorful side or light main that comes together in minutes. 

Sesame-crusted salmon:Peanut butter and sesame make a great flavoring pair, and they work well to lend richness to the salad dressing with this quick salmon...

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Trois Mec's non-alcoholic drinks

You won't miss the booze with these fancy non-alcoholic drink pairings

Wakame seaweed. Mugwort. Manzanita berries. You might expect these kinds of ingredients on your plate during a meal at Trois Mec, but probably not in your glass.

At Ludo Lefebvre's strip-mall restaurant, going sober no longer implies settling for a bottle of Perrier. The innovative French chef and his team have introduced a new beverage program that’s unlike anything else in Los Angeles -- and it’s entirely booze-free.

Alongside Trois Mec’s buttery, bonito-enriched riff on pommes aligotthe sommelier pours a flinty Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fumé. But for those who opt for...

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ChocoChicken, the soon-to-open downtown restaurant with a chocolate-chicken hybrid, will open a second location, in Santa Monica. Shown here are pieces of the chocolate chicken, white chocolate mashed potatoes and a biscuit.

ChocoChicken to open a second location, in Santa Monica

Adam Fleischman, the man behind Umami burger and Roadhouse L.A., has announced plans to debut a second location of his ChocoChicken fried chicken restaurant, in Santa Monica, this fall -- and the first hasn't even opened yet.

The first ChocoChicken, slated to open downtown by the end of May, will serve a chocolate fried chicken hybrid first developed by chef Keith Previte and film and television producer Sean Robins. It involves steeping chicken in a marinade that includes chocolate, dredging it in a flour and chocolate mixture and seasoning it with a spice rub. 

“Since we first...

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Carl's Jr. thinks women can't handle its meaty burgers in new ad

Carl's Jr. is letting women know that they aren't man enough to eat its new Western X-tra Bacon Thickburger in a new ad.

In the video ad shown above, Mystique, the stealthy female changeling from "The X-Men" movies, is shown holding the new burger. But instead of digging in, she uses her super-cool mutant powers to transform into a young man. 

He takes a bite and the screen reads, "Man up for two times the bacon." He then rips out a piece of bacon, takes a bite and then transforms back into Mystique's body. 

"Eat like you mean it," reads the next message. 

So let's pause for a moment to fully...

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Cranberry muffins made with a recipe in "The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook" from "America's Test Kitchen."

'America's Test Kitchen' does gluten-free with new cookbook

"America’s Test Kitchen" has trained its persnickety palate on gluten-free food.

“We were really surprised how hard this was,” says Jack Bishop, "America’s Test Kitchen" editorial director. “We thought we would just figure out which flour to plug into existing recipes.”

Not even close, as it turned out.

Eight people spent almost a year in the kitchen working on “The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook.”

Perfecting biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, muffins, sandwich bread and pizza “was an insane amount of work,” Bishop says.

But that's...

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Former Taco Bell interns are claiming they came up with the idea for the Doritos taco shells in 1995.

Former Taco Bell interns claim they invented Doritos tacos in 1995

Four former Taco Bell interns are claiming they are the real masterminds behind the chain's Doritos Locos Tacos. One of the ex-interns, Andrea Watt, says she came up with the idea to make a Doritos taco shell in 1995, years before the Irvine-based chain launched them in 2012. 

The idea was submitted to Taco Bell executives during an intern competition to pitch ideas for Taco Bell appetizers called "Mexitizers." Watt, 20 years old at the time, and three other college students pitched the idea for the shells. 

Photos on the Huffington Post show Watt and her fellow internswith mockups of the...

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Superba Food + Bread

Superba Food + Bread opens in Venice

Superba Food + Bread, the 5,000-square-foot bakery-focused restaurant from owner Paul Hibler (Superba Snack Bar, East Borough, Pitfire Pizza), is set to open in Venice on Friday.

Inspired by the bustle of Rose Bakery during a trip to Paris, Hibler tapped chef Jason Travi, along with Jason Neroni of Superba Snack Bar, to create a California menu with a heavy accent on the breads from Superba Food + Bread baker Jonathan Eng. "What's both wonderful and frightening is we're making all this up, there's no template," Hibler said.

The 200-seat restaurant, designed by Design, Bitches, includes a wine...

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More easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

Easy dinner recipes: Three sweet gluten-free dessert ideas

It's gluten-free Wednesday. Keep it sweet with carrot cake, rice pudding and wedding cookie ideas.

Carrot cake with ginger frosting: You'll never miss the gluten in this rich and flavorful carrot cake from Gluten-Free Girl, a.k.a. Shauna James Ahern.

Ground rice pudding: This creamy pudding is flavored with aromatic orange flower water and almond oil and comes together in only 35 minutes.

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Amazon food book editor Mari Malcolm maps beloved and bestselling cookbooks on the site region by region. Guess what's on California's list.

Check Amazon's 'Great American Eats' map for bestselling cookbooks region by region

Amazon has just rolled out an interactive infographic, a map of the United States called “Great American Eats,” highlighting "editors’ picks for the best new and classic cookbooks from culinary innovators across America, region by region."

It's curated by Mari Malcolm, Amazon Books’ food editor. In an email, she explains, “I’ve long been intrigued by the regional trends in cookbooks, so I decided it would be fun for foodies and our cookbook customers if I actually mapped them. I started with my (super-long) long list of semi-recent and even upcoming...

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Platine bakery in Culver City is serving cookie shots -- chocolate chip cookie "shot glasses" lined with chocolate and filled with cookie-infused milk.

Platine bakery starts selling chocolate chip cookie milk shots

Dominique Ansel, the New York-based creator of the Cronut croissant-doughnut hybrid, recently launched the chocolate chip cookie milk shot, and already others are following suit. Starting today, the bakery Platine in Culver City is offering its own version.

"We saw Dominique Ansel's and thought they were so cute and so fun," Platine owner and pastry chef Jamie Ginsburg said. "We thought we’d pay homage, in the spirit of fun. And what is more fun than cookies? Our thing is cookies."

Ginsburg said she uses her chocolate chip cookie dough, bakes it in shot glass molds, brushes the interiors...

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Jonathan Gold is your man for culinary questions.

Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold!

Have a craving for Spanish tapas? Need a recommendation for a Thai restaurant? Want to know where to find the best burger in the city? Need more culinary questions answered? Gold's your man.

More Jonathan Gold quizzes: Pizza | Apples | Music | Carrots | Pasta | Asparagus | Flowers 

Come back here Wednesday at noon.

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BierBeisl's Bernhard Mairinger to open a casual spot in downtown LA. Meanwhile, he's still looking for a new location on the west side for BierBeisl, which he closed before the end of last year.

BierBeisl's Bernhard Mairinger to open Imbiss downtown this summer

Just before the end of the year, Austrian chef Bernhard Mairinger closed his Beverly Hills bistro BierBeisl with the idea of relocating to the Westside. He's still working on that, but meanwhile the chance to open a place in downtown L.A. came up and he's jumping on it.

Sometime this summer the 29-year-old, over-6'7" chef will open BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building on 5th Street between Broadway and Spring. The location is right in the thick of downtown's thriving restaurant scene, in a Beaux Arts/Spanish Renaissance building that dates from 1924.

His idea is to make BierBeisl...

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Starbucks Japan is launching two new flavors of Frappuccinos with fresh bananas and brownie crumbles.

Starbucks launches banana and chocolate cream Frappuccinos, in Japan

Starbucks Japan has launched a banana smoothie, a Frappuccino hybrid with fresh bananas and brownie crumbles. And we're still trying to get over bakeable Kit Kats! 

The new Banana and Chocolate Cream Frappuccino is a chocolate Frappuccino with fresh bananas blended in. It's topped with whipped cream, pieces of chocolate brownie and a chocolate sauce. 

There's also a caramel version with bananas and a caramel Frappuccino, whipped cream, white chocolate brownie crumbles and caramel sauce. 

And if you're wondering how you're going to get a little bit of everything in each sip, these Frappuccinos...

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Chef Michael Voltaggio's Oreo snack hack: Oreo tortilla chips with strawberry salsa.

Oreo snack hacks by Michael Voltaggio, Roy Choi and Nguyen Tran

Oreo tortilla chips, anyone? Oreo tapped three L.A. chefs for its #OreoSnackHack campaign, asking them to experiment with the classic chocolate sandwich cookie and create new snacks. Michael Voltaggio of Ink, Roy Choi of the Kogi empire and Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen each created his own four-step easy snack hack.

"They asked us to hack the Oreo in simple ways, in four steps that anyone can make at home," Starry Kitchen's Tran said. "It was actually really hard."

A series of videos show how to make Choi's Oreo-crusted chicken tenders, Voltaggio's Oreo tortilla chips and lemon Oreo shandy...

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Celebrate spring with a bunny hop for adults, Easter egg hunts and more

Is it just us, or are you also surprised to wake up and find that it's April already? And that Easter is just around the corner? Yep, it's true, and here are a few events to celebrate the season. If you know of other Easter, Passover and spring events, please share 'em in the comments section below.

Finally, an Easter egg hunt for adults! The Bunny Hop is being held Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza's X Barand features a "deluxe" Easter egg hunt with the chance to win goodies like handbags and free Hyatt stays. Hosted by Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, better known in L.A. and beyond...

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Colman Andrews' "My Usual Table."

Three meals with 'My Usual Table' author Colman Andrews

Longtime food writer Colman Andrews has just written his memoir and is heading back to his old stamping grounds to talk about it (and eat a bit too).

Andrews was raised in Beverly Hills by show biz folk and started eating at Chasen’s from a kiddy seat. He went on to become one of the first restaurant critics at New West magazine, which helped popularize what we now call California cooking, and he also wrote for the Los Angeles Times for many years. [UPDATED: This story originally said Andrews was a restaurant critic for West magazine.]He  was the founding editor at Saveur magazine, a...

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Watch a bunch of cute babies eat lemons for the first time, in slow motion

Watch a bunch of cute babies eat lemons for the first time, in slow motion

Remember that adorable photo series called "Pucker?" Photographers April Maciborka and David Wile shot a series of photos of babies tasting lemons for the first time. 

The two photographers collaborated with Brought To You By and Clearhead Media to create a video of babies eating lemons, in slow motion. 

It's a little more than two minutes of ridiculously cute babies eating wedges of lemon with Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from "Peer Gynt" as a soundtrack.

The babies cry, they laugh, squint and make faces. And the shots of them throwing the lemons around in slow motion...

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KFC owner Yum Brands is testing a new concept in Texas called Super Chix.

KFC parent company testing new chicken restaurant; banh mi shop may follow

KFC owner Yum Brands is testing a new concept called Super Chix in Texas that claims to serve "the last true chicken sandwich." It looks a lot like a fancier version of a Chick-Fil-A sandwich. Another concept in the works in the Dallas area is Banh Shop, an Asian sub shop selling banh mi sandwiches.

The Super Chix menu includes chicken sandwiches with pickles, chicken tenders, fries, salads and frozen custards. The website says the chicken is marinated daily in-house, hand-breaded then cooked in 100% refined peanut oil. 

The selection is similar to Chick-Fil-A's limited menu, built around the...

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Easy dinner recipes: Make these great sandwiches in 25 minutes

Easy dinner recipes: Make these great sandwiches in 25 minutes

You can’t beat a good sandwich when you’re looking for simple comfort food. Stuff your favorite filling between two slices of bread and you're set. And because they're portable, you can grab and go on a busy weeknight. Each of these ideas comes together in 25 minutes or less.

'Spanglish' BLT with fried egg and melted cheese:
Take everything you love about a BLT and add a gloriously messy fried egg. And melted cheese. It's how Thomas Keller dresses up this classic; start to finish, it's ready in only 20 minutes.

Green panini with roasted peppers and Gruyere cheese:This simple...
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In new ad, Taco Bell wants you to ditch your old McDonald's breakfast

In new ad, Taco Bell wants you to ditch your old McDonald's breakfast

Taco Bell is taking another jab at McDonald's in its new ad "Get with the Times."

In the ad, a young man is pictured on a bus with a McDonald's Egg McMuffin sandwich.

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"I've been eating Egg McMuffins since 1984," says the narrator. "When I saw Taco Bell made a waffle taco, I figured I would get with the times."

He proceeds to get a haircut, buy tighter pants, ditch his flip phone for a smartphone, take down his "Loverboy" poster and start eating waffle tacos. 

"Move on from your old McDonald's breakfast with Taco Bell's exciting new breakfast menu," says the...

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The Ohana brew crew, from left: Owner Andrew Luthi, Erick "Riggs" Villar, Eric McLaughlin, Alex "Rhino" Rebollo

Ohana Brewing finally gets a tasting room of its own -- in Alhambra

Ohana Brewing Co. has been making beer for nearly two years, but until this week there was no dedicated taproom space for Ohana's fans to sample the beers. Though the downtown Los Angeles production brewery will remain closed to the public for the time being, a cozy tasting room is now open in Alhambra.

Just one door down from one of the L.A. area's best craft beer destinations, 38 Degrees Ale House, Ohana's new space was unveiled Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presented by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce. Although the tasting room is operating under a conditional-use permit that only...

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Blue Bottle currently has a dozen coffee shops, including in San Francisco's Ferry Building, shown.

Blue Bottle Coffee scoops up Handsome Coffee Roasters and Tonx

In a surprise move, Oakland-based cult coffee roaster Blue Bottle Coffee is acquiring two Los Angeles coffee businesses -- Handsome Coffee Roasters in the downtown Arts District and Tonx, the fresh-roasted subscription coffee service.

In a phone conversation, Blue Bottle Chief Executive James Freeman, Handsome Coffee co-founder Michael Phillips and Tonx co-founder Nik Bauman talked about how the deal went down.

Phillips of Handsome Coffee explained that he and his two partners, Tyler Wells and Chris Owens, had a wonderful three years growing the company. But by joining Blue Bottle, said...

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Jerry Greenfield, left, and Ben Cohen, founders of Ben & Jerry's, scoop ice cream cones during their 20th anniversary party at a shop in Burlington, Vt.

Celebrate Ben & Jerry's anniversary Tuesday with Free Cone Day

Calling all Ben & Jerry's ice cream fans. Grab a free cone filled with "Chunky Monkey," "Half Baked," "Cherry Garcia" or any of your favorite flavors during Free Cone Day on Tuesday. 

The Vermont-based ice cream company has been giving away free ice cream on its anniversary every year since the first shop opened in 1979. Thirty-five years later, 742 shops in 26 countries are stocked and ready to hand out thousands of free cones.  

On Tuesday, the freebies will be given out at participating Los Angeles locations from noon to 8 p.m. Here are six local outlets where you can get a free cone.  

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Chef-butcher Michael Puglisi is the meat man at Picnik in Pasadena.

Chef(-butcher) of the Moment: Michael Puglisi goes whole pig at Picnik in Pasadena

Michael Puglisi is the chef-butcher who is behind the sausages and cuts of roasted pork shoulder at Eduardo Ruiz’s Picnik in Pasadena and is soon to open his own Electric City Butcher Shop in Santa Ana. Puglisi, whose family is Sicilian, started cooking at a small bistro in upstate New York, then the Butchershop in Boston, learning the art of classic butchery and working his way up to head butcher. After helping to open the refurbished Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, he worked with chef Thomas Keller at Bouchon Beverly Hills, as lead butcher then executive sous-chef. Puglisi...

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