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  • A mole tamale Oaxacan Christmas feast

    A mole tamale Oaxacan Christmas feast

    How do you know it's Christmas at Bricia Lopez's house? There's a big Christmas tree in one corner of the art-filled hillside bungalow; a baby bobs in his bouncy chair. Bricia, her sisters Elizabeth Lopez and Paulina Lopez Velasquez, and her mother, Maria de Jesus, wear coordinated Oaxacan aprons...

  • Jonathan Gold: Five of the tastiest Chinese restaurants in the SGV with the name 'Tasty'

    Jonathan Gold: Five of the tastiest Chinese restaurants in the SGV with the name 'Tasty'

    In last week’s column, I alluded to the flood of San Gabriel Valley Chinese restaurants  with the word "Tasty’" tucked somewhere into their English-language names. Depending on whether you count doughnut shops, burger stands or branches of the same restaurant as Tasty, Not-Tasty or Tasty in their...

  • Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2015

    Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2015

    A decade or two from now, when line-caught sea bass will seem as rare and unobtainable as sturgeon caviar is now, drive-through windows sell more lentil bowls than cheeseburgers and we have gotten used to the idea of Taylor Swift as the governor of Pennsylvania, 2015 may well seem in retrospect...

  • Jonathan Gold's Los Angeles: Cheddar Bacon Biscuit

    Jonathan Gold's Los Angeles: Cheddar Bacon Biscuit

    David Lefevre.  Manhattan Beach Post.  No one can say no to this signature dish – a cheesy, meaty biscuit accompanied by a smear of maple butter.

  • Jonathan Gold review: Trois Familia, where the Trois Mec chef makes Mexican brunch

    Jonathan Gold review: Trois Familia, where the Trois Mec chef makes Mexican brunch

    So a French chef walks into a Mexican restaurant. Maybe he has a bowl of cocido, maybe he doesn't. It is a good bowl of cocido; he may as well. So a French chef opens a Mexican restaurant. It is on the site of what used to be Alegria, an artists' hangout beloved for its mole. The former owner is...

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