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Night + Market chef Kris Yenbamroong shows you how to make tasty nam khao tod

When Kris Yenbamroong was in junior high in Thailand, he went to an exclusive private school. But somehow, he says, he always found himself eating lunch not with his well-heeled classmates but with the groundskeepers and maintenance guys. It's a perspective that has come to define his cooking. ...

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      Oktoberfest on tap at Rockenwagner, Lucques, Bar Bouchon and in Ojai

      Still haven’t firmed up your Oktoberfest plans? Here are some more options.

      Cafe Rockenwagner’s annual party is in full swing, featuring an updated German menu, stein-hoisting contests, and cookie decorating. It runs through Oct. 26. Appetizers include red cabbage fritters, an “Obatza” plate with...

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      Diwali fundraiser dinner, Redbird preview, Nobu 20-year anniversary omakase

      The L.A. Mumbai Sister City Affiliation is celebrating Diwali (India's festival of lights) with a special fundraiser dinner Oct. 12 at the Bombay Cafe. The evening will include food, and wines by Alexana Estate Vineyards and Winery, as well as a dance performance, tarot readings, henna painting...

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      Caricatures won't be making the trip when Palm restaurant relocates

      Bruce Bozzi Jr.'s great-grandfather knew how to draw attention after he opened a restaurant in an Italian section of New York City in 1926.

      Pio Bozzi and his friend John Ganzi had arrived from Parma, Italy, and intended to name their restaurant after their hometown, but their thick accents made...

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      Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, All Star Mixology contest, James Beard Taste America

      Veuve Clicquot is hosting the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Park Oct. 11. VIP picnic attendees will be treated to a meal prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering and Veuve Clicquot bubbly, as well as a seat to watch the polo match. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at www.vcpoloclassic.com...

    • Palm Restaurant to close in West Hollywood, reopen in Beverly Hills
      Palm Restaurant to close in West Hollywood, reopen in Beverly Hills

      After nearly 40 years in West Hollywood, the Palm Restaurant announced it will close its doors Sept. 30. The restaurant will reopen at a location in Beverly Hills in early November. 

      The classic steakhouse with its white-jacketed servers has been a place for those in the entertainment industry...

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      Don't want extra noise with your meal? Try Providence, Jar or Tower Bar

      The emails come in with the question: Can you recommend a quiet restaurant? Other readers write in to rant, saying they've given up going to restaurants because it's impossible to have a conversation anymore. I can't offer much solace. Even fine dining hotel restaurants, with their thick carpets...

    • Chef of the Moment: Church Key's Steven Fretz is the man behind Top Round too
      Chef of the Moment: Church Key's Steven Fretz is the man behind Top Round too

      Steven Fretz is the executive chef and a partner at sandwicherie Top Round Roast Beef in Mid-Wilshire and executive chef of the Church Key on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, where snacks such as sliced Benton ham and cocktails including canned Negronis are served from dim-sum-style carts.

      Fretz...

    • What are Los Angeles' hottest restaurants? Alma, République and Pot
      What are Los Angeles' hottest restaurants? Alma, République and Pot

      What are the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles? That’s subjective, of course, but one obvious way of measuring it would be which restaurants do the most people want to go to.

      And judging by the readers voting on our Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants page, the hottest restaurants in L.A. are...

    • What's the most-visited great restaurant in Los Angeles? Border Grill
      What's the most-visited great restaurant in Los Angeles? Border Grill

      Southern California is full of great restaurants. But which ones do people really go to the most?

      At least according to the voters at Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, it’s Border Grill by a landslide, followed by the Kogi BBQ Truck, Langer’s Delicatessen and the Mozza-plex (Pizzeria and Osteria...

    • Happy Hour: $7 Smoked Negronis and oysters aplenty at Harlowe
      Happy Hour: $7 Smoked Negronis and oysters aplenty at Harlowe

      Name of the bar: Harlowe

      Happy hour: 5 to 7 p.m. daily at the newly opened 1933 Group bar in West Hollywood. Happy hour bites are all priced at $5 and include cheese puffs made with cheddar, whipped ricotta and caramelized onions, market oysters, bruschetta piled high with caponata, yucca fries...

    • World Cup soccer ball buns at Rockenwagner, olive oil martinis at Dominick's
      World Cup soccer ball buns at Rockenwagner, olive oil martinis at Dominick's

      The World Cup is well underway, and some fans may be looking for ways to celebrate with food. Baker and restaurateur Hans Rockenwagner has created a special World Cup burger for foodie fans, and it includes a soccer ball bun. A 100% grass-fed beef patty is topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pork belly...

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      National Sushi Day: Six places for cheap sushi

      With a sushi restaurant on nearly every block of Los Angeles, it's not hard to get your fix. But it could be hard on your wallet.

      Low-priced sushi may sound like an oxymoron, but it does exist. And we're not talking about the stuff you pick up at a gas station. Here are seven places around town...

    • Comme Ca to close for renovations, Broadway Bar relaunches with redesign
      Comme Ca to close for renovations, Broadway Bar relaunches with redesign

      Comme Ca, the West Hollywood restaurant known for its raw bar, French fare and cocktails, will close on June 29 for renovations. The restaurant plans to add a patio dining space, and renovations are expected to be completed in the next six months. (Comme Ca is no longer affiliated with founder...

    • 8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot
      8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot

      This Sunday is Father’s Day. For a lot of dads, that might mean one thing -- meat. And when it comes to meat, what's more satisfying than a juicy steak? Take a stab at one of these eateries to satisfy your father’s beefy cravings:

      Oliver’s Prime is offering a “Steak and Scotch” special for dads...

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      6 stress-free picnic boxes to pick up for the 4th of July

      Red-checkered blankets and wicker baskets may seem like a cliche, but the American picnic is making a comeback in Los Angeles, just in time for Independence Day. Don't be fooled, your childhood picnic favorites aren't on the menu this 4th of July. Many popular restaurants in the L.A. area are offering...

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      Tools and tricks to bring out wines' best flavor during hot summer months

      Heat wave, with more scorching days coming our way. Time to put those whites and rosés and, yes, reds in the fridge at the ready. But if you didn’t plan ahead, no worries. There’s more than one way to get that bottle cold.

      To chill down a wine, anything from a galvanized metal bucket to a hand-hammered...

    • 10 places to get a great Bloody Mary
      10 places to get a great Bloody Mary

      The Bloody Mary, when done right, is a comforting meal in a cocktail. It's a tall glass of cool, rich, spiced tomato juice with a little hair of the dog to soothe that hangover the morning after a late night. Los Angeles Bloody Mary connoisseurs know they can count on the Bloody Marys at Fig and...

    • Beach Nation: A beach oasis with salads and sliders in West Hollywood
      Beach Nation: A beach oasis with salads and sliders in West Hollywood

      "Why can't you have a beach in the middle of the city?" asked designer Thomas Schoos as he sat in a wooden beach chair at his new restaurant Beach Nation. The sprawling outdoor space with a sand pit, lounge chairs and palm trees is a pop-up beach oasis on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and...

    • Mac-and-cheese beignets at Glazed, Gracias Madre tequila dinner, Mohawk Bend series
      Mac-and-cheese beignets at Glazed, Gracias Madre tequila dinner, Mohawk Bend series

      Glazed Donut Bistro in West Hollywood has introduced two new doughnut flavors to the menu, including mac-and-cheese beignets and donut French toast. The mac-and-cheese beignets are made with the restaurant's New Orleans beignets filled with housemade mac and cheese ($7). Each order comes with a...

    • 'I want everything to be sexy': Lisa Vanderpump's Pump opening in West Hollywood
      'I want everything to be sexy': Lisa Vanderpump's Pump opening in West Hollywood

      It's a little after noon on Friday and Lisa Vanderpump is walking around the soon-to-be-finished garden patio of Pump, her new restaurant, bar and lounge in West Hollywood. She's adjusting lighting fixtures, directing construction workers and figuring out where to put a shipment of 40 large decorative...

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      José Andrés for Umami burger, crawfish boil at Dominick's, oyster festival

      The Bazaar's José Andrés has created a special burger for Umami Burger as part of the Umami Restaurant Group's "Artist Series." The José Andrés Burger is made with a ground pork and prosciutto patty, piquillo pepper confit, caramelized onion and Manchego cheese. The burger is priced at $15, and...

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      Where to get Mother's Day brunch

      Give mom the gift of brunch on Mother's Day. Here are some restaurants and bars around town offering brunch specials. 

      The Abbey Food + Bar will have a "drag-centric" brunch hosted by West Hollywood diva "Momma." All moms in attendance will receive a free mimosa with the purchase of an entree....

    • Happy hour: Caviar and vodka combos and uni lobster rolls at Petrossian
      Happy hour: Caviar and vodka combos and uni lobster rolls at Petrossian

      Name of restaurant: Petrossian

      The happy hour: The West Hollywood caviar emporium and cafe hosts a food-focused happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., including specials for caviar served traditionally with blinis and vodka or Prosecco, as well as small bites such as pomme frites with...

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      Boozy boba, 3-D latte art: 5 quintessential L.A. tea house drinks

      Tea doesn’t get enough credit. But luckily, Los Angeles has turned into a hub for tea shops; there is by no means a shortage. Head on over to the San Gabriel Valley and you will find that tea shops outnumber their coffee counterparts.

      The usual offerings are plain teas, milk teas and flavored boba...

    • L.A. restaurants and bars cope with 'The Great Lime Crisis of 2014'
      L.A. restaurants and bars cope with 'The Great Lime Crisis of 2014'

      On a typical Friday night, Gracias Madre, the new vegan Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood, sells about 600 of its signature La Purista margaritas, made with reposado tequila, agave nectar, house-made orange bitters and freshly pressed lime juice. 

      "It's not a margarita without lime juice," chef...

    • Tacos, tequila and churros at Sayulita pop-up at Mondrian on Sunset
      Tacos, tequila and churros at Sayulita pop-up at Mondrian on Sunset

      Sayulita, a new taco and tequila bar pop-up, has taken over a grassy area of Skybar at Mondrian on the Sunset Strip. You can sit at a long communal table, or lounge on a blanket and order fish tacos and strong margaritas, no shoes required. 

      The pop-up soft opened this week and will officially...

    • Deborah Madison, David Lebovitz and Martha Rose Shulman at book events this week
      Deborah Madison, David Lebovitz and Martha Rose Shulman at book events this week

      We’ve got a big week coming up for cookbook lovers. Three authors of terrific new books will be having signing events in Southern California.

      Los Angeles' own Martha Rose Shulman, author of more than 25 cookbooks and the longtime New York Times Recipes for Health columnist, will kick things off...

    • Korean barbecue pizza, Nutella carrot cake fried dough at Dough Pizzeria in WeHo
      Korean barbecue pizza, Nutella carrot cake fried dough at Dough Pizzeria in WeHo

      Name of restaurant: Dough Pizzeria and Bar

      Chef: 22-year-old Parker Shaw, who has spent time in the kitchen at Mozza, Obika Mozzarella Bar and Joe's in Venice. 

      Concept: An Italian eatery by entrepreneur Alex Ganjian in the former Frank and Johnnie's space on Sunset Boulevard. The pizza dough and...

    • Chef of the moment: Vernon Cardenas and his fried chicken tacos, Monte Cristo burger
      Chef of the moment: Vernon Cardenas and his fried chicken tacos, Monte Cristo burger

      Vernon Cardenas brings his background in Asian and Mexican cuisines and classic French training to a fusion-heavy menu at State Social House

    • Fatty's Public House to reopen as Open Air Kitchen and Bar with revamped space, menu
      Fatty's Public House to reopen as Open Air Kitchen and Bar with revamped space, menu

      Fatty's Public House, the West Hollywood bar and restaurant devoted to Fatty Arbuckle, is undergoing a massive revamp to become Open Air Kitchen and Bar. The Broseph Restaurant Group, also behind Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica and the now-closed Smoke steakhouse, opened Fatty's only last summer,...

    • Compound where singer Katy Perry never made a grand entrance sells
      Compound where singer Katy Perry never made a grand entrance sells

      Katy Perry has sold her fortress-like property in Hollywood Hills West for $5.565 million. She bought it in 2011 with then-husband Russell Brand, but they never moved in and divorced a year later.

    • Beloved burger joint Irv's Burgers reopens in West Hollywood

      Irv’s Burgers is back.

      The venerable West Hollywood burger stand that was shuttered in October reopened in a new Santa Monica Boulevard location just after the new year, owner Sonia Hong said Wednesday.

      “It’s a new place for the new year,” Hong said. “My customers are excited. I’m so happy to stay...

    • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: The Church Key's future comes on carts
      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: The Church Key's future comes on carts

      State Bird Provisions is probably the most influential restaurant to have opened in the United States last year, a smallish place in San Francisco's Western Addition that supplements the small plates issuing from its open kitchen with even smaller plates served from carts circulating the restaurant,...

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

      ...

    • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu
      Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

      Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt.

      Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

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      The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

      In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix.

      800 Degrees Neapolitan...

    • Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.
      Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants in L.A.

    • 9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now
      9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

      A perfectly balanced breakfast sandwich the size of your head goes a long way toward improving the prospects of almost any day. (And there’s nothing like it for curing a hangover.) It has to have melted cheese, protein (preferably crisp bacon), eggs (of course) and bread (from tortilla to loaf,...

    • 28 great L.A. bakeries
      28 great L.A. bakeries

      Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

      There's a bakery out there to suit any...

    • The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner
      The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner

      You're a coffee fiend keeping track of every new specialty coffee shop that opens in L.A.? With one new cafe opening after another, it's not so easy anymore. But it is a lot easier to come across a great brewed coffee or perfect pull of espresso, whether in south Santa Monica or North Hollywood,...

    • 5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)
      5 best not-Cronuts in L.A. (and a map that includes all the rest)

      It's easy to succumb to a faux-Cronut addiction. Intrigued by a meta-pastry trend, I've eaten every version of the croissant-doughnut hybrid in Los Angeles that I could find, from Spudnuts in Canoga Park to DK's Donuts in Santa Monica.

      I've had the original Cronut, the "half-croissant, half doughnut"...

    • Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix
      Falafel! 6 great places to get your fried-garbanzo fix

      There's an art to making falafel so that the ground garbanzo beans are perfectly light and fluffy, the exterior crisp but not greasy, the mix of textures and spices habit-forming.

      Falafel's exact origins are unknown, but it's believed to have started in Egypt, then made its way through the Middle...

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      Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.

      Shortly after Chipper Pastron opened the first Juice Farm in Pasadena in January, a developer asked if he'd be interested in setting up another in the same neighborhood. No way, Pastron said, thinking there wouldn't be enough demand.

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    • L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard
      L.A. restaurants: Top 13 spots on hotter-than-ever Sawtelle Boulevard

      The stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard often referred to as Little Osaka recently has expanded so quickly that it's bursting beyond its traditional boundaries. With so many new restaurant openings, they're popping up north of Santa Monica Boulevard and south of Olympic. 

      Shin Sen Gumi officially opened...

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      Chicken karaage list: 6 great places to get your fried fix

      Chicken karaage, the Japanese version of fried chicken, is addictive. Unlike its American cousin, karaage are boneless, cut small and mostly dark meat. It's easy to pop five into your mouth in quick succession. The coating, made of potato starch, is light, almost paper thin and delicate. And the...

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      Best banh mi sandwiches

    • Where to find the best bibimbap
      Where to find the best bibimbap

      Several locations specialize in the many varieties of the favorite Korean mixed-rice dish.

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      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

      99 EASY DINNER RECIPES to help you when you need something fast.

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      The $10,000 martini

      The $10,000 martini from Vaucluse is literally on the rock - a one-carat, rough cut diamond added to the drink.

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      The hunt's on: Three restaurants deep into game this season

      Critic's Choice: Josie Restaurant, Patina at Disney Hall and Saddle Peak Lodge are there to indulge your hankering for wild boar, elk, quail and other manner of game.

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      25 Cinco de Mayo recipes: Guacamole, tostadas, chiles rellenos and more

      Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with recipes for margaritas and tacos and other great fare. Avocado tips: Best way to get unbruised avocado

    • Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets
      Three L.A. restaurants that are good brunch bets

      Critic's Choice: Bucato, Girasol and Farmshop are three L.A. restaurants that know how to do brunch right, which can be a lifesaver when you have houseguests.

    • Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California
      Places to eat for $5 or less in Southern California

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      Pancakes, on a grand or silver-dollar scale, in L.A.

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