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    • Ikea, a place to get shelves, wine glasses -- and free breakfast
      Ikea, a place to get shelves, wine glasses -- and free breakfast

      Who knew that at the same place where you can pick up a build-it-yourself futon or Lack floating shelf, you could also pick up a free plate of potatoes, sausage and eggs? Beginning in September 2014, all Ikeas across the U.S. started offering free breakfast on Mondays, as part of the company’s...

    • 818 Roundup: Wacky stories from the public safety desk; Missing hikers rescued
      818 Roundup: Wacky stories from the public safety desk; Missing hikers rescued

      Good morning, 818! Happy New Year's Eve! Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 57 degrees and a low of 34 degrees with frost in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. For those celebrating the end of 2014 tonight, stay warm and...

    • Dining Review: Dining in the New Year
      Dining Review: Dining in the New Year

      Area restaurants offer special menus for patrons saying goodbye to 2014.

    • Freebie alert: Free Blaze pizza in Canoga Park, $1 tacos at Komodo Venice
      Freebie alert: Free Blaze pizza in Canoga Park, $1 tacos at Komodo Venice

      Blaze Pizza, the chain known for its build-your-own pies, is opening a new location in Canoga Park on Wednesday. To celebrate, the restaurant is giving away free pizzas Thursday at the new location. From 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook can...

    • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat
      Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

      Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic. 

      If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

    • Get your hands on Schweddy Balls, Dusty Muffins, more for the holidays
      Get your hands on Schweddy Balls, Dusty Muffins, more for the holidays

      If you're one of the many "Delicious Dish" fans whose mouths watered over Pete Schweddy's Schweddy balls, you'll be happy to learn you can buy his balls for the holidays.

      "Saturday Night Live" has teamed with candy company It'Sugar to offer a line of candy and novelty items celebrating the show's...

    • Celebrate Repeal Day with $1 cocktails and free moonshine
      Celebrate Repeal Day with $1 cocktails and free moonshine

      Friday is Repeal Day, a time to shake up a couple of martinis and celebrate the end of Prohibition. For those who may need to brush up on their history, on Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages....

    • Barrel & Ashes: A classically trained chef does barbecue in Studio City
      Barrel & Ashes: A classically trained chef does barbecue in Studio City

      Los Angeles, in the last several years, has become something of a paradise for what I’ve taken to calling Chefs Without Portfolio, highly skilled young cooks, killing time between major projects, who have done things like reinvent gastropubs, run oversubscribed pop-ups, or open taquerias that honor...

    • What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?
      What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

      The pairing possibilities for craft brews at your Thanksgiving feast are nearly limitless. From lively pilsners to awaken the appetite to syrupy barleywines to settle you into your turkey-coma, beer offers the versatility to fit into any menu.

      One way to include beer at the table this Thanksgiving...

    • Food rules are tough to swallow
      Food rules are tough to swallow

      District hews to government prohibition of selling items offered in cafeteria during school hours.

    • Ago Sciandri to open Vespaio downtown; Cardamom, the One Up are open
      Ago Sciandri to open Vespaio downtown; Cardamom, the One Up are open

      Chef and restaurateur Ago Sciandri (Ago) will open a new Italian restaurant called Vespaio in downtown L.A. at the Emerson later this year. The 5,500-square-foot space will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as weekend brunch. Sciandri plans to also have extensive...

    • Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley
      Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley

      Lady Gaga has shelled out $23 million to bowl in Malibu.

      Set on an ocean-view six acres, the gated Mediterranean-style villa she hooked was built in 2005 and features open-concept living and dining rooms, high ceilings with exposed beams, numerous chandeliers and, yes, a two-lane Brunswick bowling...

    • The Gadarene Swine is a carnivore chef's complicated vegan venture
      The Gadarene Swine is a carnivore chef's complicated vegan venture

      The pleasures of veganism, not so long ago the far frontier of meat-free dining, are not as elusive as they used to be. The strictures of raw-food enthusiasts, macrobiotic restaurants and paleo devotees make the demands of vegans, who demand only that their food be free of animal products, seem...

    • OktoBURfest on tap downtown

      Event featuring beers from 30 breweries and restaurants returns for second year.

    • Scouting Report: Mac-O-Licious, one cook chasing a cheesy dream
      Scouting Report: Mac-O-Licious, one cook chasing a cheesy dream

      Name of restaurant:  Mac-O-Licious in Valley Village

      Chef/Owner: Kelly Chapman, a singer-songwriter from Cleveland, grew up cooking Southern food with both of her grandmothers. She perfected her mac and cheese recipe with the help of her mom, Wilma. An avid philanthropist (and former Microsoft...

    • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles
      Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

      Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta.

      A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

    • Gauchos Village reopens, Ray Garcia leaves Fig, Dog Haus to open in Burbank
      Gauchos Village reopens, Ray Garcia leaves Fig, Dog Haus to open in Burbank

      Gauchos Village, the Brazilian churrascaria in Glendale has relocated to a space on Maryland Avenue. The new location features the churrasco (grilled meat) with live entertainment on the weekends, and a couple new additions to the menu, including pizza. The pizza calabreza comes topped with cheese,...

    • Spaces remain a premium at Magnolia Park
      Spaces remain a premium at Magnolia Park

      Change to parking restrictions is delayed while notifications go out to local businesses.

    • Restaurants with wine in kegs
      Restaurants with wine in kegs

      Some places where you can try wines on tap:

      Bäco Mercat

      This popular downtown L.A. restaurant has just one wine on tap, but it's a terrific one: Alta Maria 2013 "Carbonic" Pinot Noir made in the style of Beaujolais, $13 a glass.

      Bäco Mercat, 408 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 687-8808, www.bacomercat.com

      ...

    • Free beer for life? MacLeod is going all in for its backers
      Free beer for life? MacLeod is going all in for its backers

      Few things in the world of beer taste as sweet as a pint on the house, and cask-focused brewery MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. is offering membership in their 54-degrees Founders Club that means you’ll never pay for a pint of ale at their bar again.

      The brewery opened in June and quickly built a following...

    • City looks into preserving historic signs
      City looks into preserving historic signs

      Planners move to protect treasured local assets as businesses change hands.

    • Joan's on Third is now open in Studio City
      Joan's on Third is now open in Studio City

      Joan's on Third, the popular Los Angeles marketplace and cafe that Joan McNamara opened as a small catering kitchen on West 3rd Street 16 years ago, has debuted its second location.

      The Studio City Joan's, located in a former post office on Ventura Place, opened Monday to eager customers who wandered...

    • 5 new breweries that have opened since last L.A. Beer Week
      5 new breweries that have opened since last L.A. Beer Week

      The sixth annual L.A. Beer Week is here again, and the craft beer scene in Los Angeles has grown impressively in the last 12 months. New breweries have opened from the San Gabriel Valley to the South Bay and beyond.

      After trying some new beers and checking out any of the dozens of L.A. Beer Week...

    • Food trucks park for a culinary cause
      Food trucks park for a culinary cause

      Food trucks are popular at Burbank High, including the school’s Back-to-School event held on Wednesday.They’re also at Burbank High every Thursday evening, when all sales benefit the school’s culinary arts program.The event is held from 4 to 8 p.m. on the basketball courts at 902 N. Third St. Entry...

    • Gadarene Swine by Phillip Lee open soon, Bacari PDR, the Anchor Venice now open
      Gadarene Swine by Phillip Lee open soon, Bacari PDR, the Anchor Venice now open

      The Gadarene Swine, chef Phillip Lee's (Scratch Bar) second Los Angeles restaurant will open Tuesday in Studio City. The menu is strictly vegan and includes kale and maitake chips, crispy yucca, roasted mushrooms with burnt sweet potato, shaved vegetable salad and more. You can also order a chef's...

    • 7 super L.A. cheese shops and what they have to offer
      7 super L.A. cheese shops and what they have to offer

      Rows of milky-white triple crèmes, mold-ripened fromage with rumpled rinds, logs of tangy young goat cheese, wedges of luxurious creaminess surrounded by bloomy crusts. These are a few of the splendors of a new wave of neighborhood cheese stores that opened recently across L.A.

      There's DTLA Cheese...

    • Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's
      Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's

      The next time you get a longing for mole, you don't have to start shopping for the couple dozen ingredients it can take to make one. You don't even have to hop on the next plane to Oaxaca or Puebla. In Los Angeles, we've got restaurants that specialize in bringing mole negro, mole poblano, mole...

    • Traffic commission advises against change to Magnolia Park parking rules

      Official says adopting limits on side streets near Magnolia Park may be an option.

    • Love & Salt to open in Manhattan Beach, WildCraft reopens, Cascabel to open
      Love & Salt to open in Manhattan Beach, WildCraft reopens, Cascabel to open

      WildCraft, formerly WildCraft Sourdough Pizza, has reopened in Culver City. The restaurant has a new extended menu, a full-service bar and a new chef, Bryant Wigger, joining existing chef Tin Vuong. The restaurant is the latest by the Blackhouse Hospitality Group, which also owns Little Sister,...

    • Parking issues vex Burbank merchants
      Parking issues vex Burbank merchants

      Popularity of Wi-Fi at a coffee shop has reduced customers at other Magnolia Park locations, business owners say.

    • On the Town: Booster Club, Tony's go after causes
      On the Town: Booster Club, Tony's go after causes

      With two different, and yet equally important goals, the Roosevelt Elementary School Booster Club and Tony Yanow, the proprietor of Burbank's Tony's Darts Away, staged respective fundraisers this past week.

      Gathering at the Canyon Grille at DeBell Golf Club, Roosevelt Elementary School parents...

    • Ciao Fabio! Firenze Osteria to close Thursday
      Ciao Fabio! Firenze Osteria to close Thursday

      Fabio Vivani's Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood/Toluca Lake will close Thursday as it undergoes a complete transformation with a new owner. Firenze plans to reopen in late fall.

      Vivani, the charismatic Tuscan-born chef who was a star on Season 5 of Bravo's "Top Chef," is planning on staying in...

    • Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover
      Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover

      If you're tracking chefs, here's what several Los Angeles toques are up to and/or which restaurants they've moved on to. In addition, several L.A. chefs will be appearing in a new Bravo reality series. And a few restaurants have recently closed, or are in the midst of a transformation.... 

      Four...

    • 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...

    • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza
      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...

    • MSG-free bowl
      No MSG, no worries

    • Cold-pressed juice, hot in L.A.
      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.

      Six months in and he and his partners are negotiating a space...

    • 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...

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

    • Best banh mi sandwiches
      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.

    • Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook
      Easy dinner ideas from the Los Angeles Times California Cookbook

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

    • The $10,000 martini
      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.

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

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

      Dining out for $5 or less may seem like a fantasy, but Southern California has much to offer for those on a tight budget. For affordable Vietnamese fare, venture to Garden Grove. Or look to food trucks for inexpensive eats. Even some pricier restaurants offer cheap eats during happy hours.

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

      Critic's Choice: Pancakes are an American comfort food favorite. Three L.A. eateries offer terrific examples: Cooks County, Valerie and Axe.

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