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At Cake Monkey, they're making Passover Crack

It’s been called Matzo Brittle and Matzo Toffee Cracker and, according to the American Jewish online magazine Tablet, was invented by a freelance food writer named Marcy Goldman who, back in the mid-'80s, happened upon a recipe for saltines topped with chocolate chips and toffee, made it Passover-friendly...

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  • Jon & Vinny's is a sort of contemporary art take on a pizza joint

    Jon & Vinny's is a sort of contemporary art take on a pizza joint

    The best vantage of Jon & Vinny's, the new pizzeria across the street from Canter's Delicatessen, may be from Helen's, the tiny, glassed-in wine shop behind the dining room. Helen's is superbly air-conditioned, even on a miserable summer day, and the restaurant's groaning hip-hop sounds almost...

  • Helen's Wines at Jon & Vinny's blends curated finds with a sense of humor

    Helen's Wines at Jon & Vinny's blends curated finds with a sense of humor

    The wine shop at the back of Jon & Vinny's on Fairfax Avenue, the new red sauce Italian restaurant from the chefs behind Animal and Son of a Gun, is about the size of a walk-in closet. And yet the 6-by-8-foot space holds a whole world of wine. Open the door and it's like walking into someone's...

  • Perfecto! L.A.'s best paella maker shares his secret rituals

    Perfecto! L.A.'s best paella maker shares his secret rituals

    Anyone who believes you need to have a fancy kitchen full of expensive equipment to make great food should watch Perfecto Rocher cook paella at home. Because he doesn't even have a charcoal grill, he balances the paella pan on two cinder blocks over a fire made with newspapers and lathing scraps....

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