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Eat what Obama and Bourdain ate: Where to find great bun cha ha noi

The new trade agreement with Vietnam? Historic, no doubt. And President Obama’s speech on the intertwined histories of Vietnam and the United States was thrilling — who knew that Thomas Jefferson was a fan of Vietnamese rice? But what caused a small portion of the food universe to explode Monday...

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  • Three of Jonathan Gold's favorite soup dumplings in the L.A. area

    Three of Jonathan Gold's favorite soup dumplings in the L.A. area

    What? There are soup dumplings outside the Republic of Georgia? I could scarcely believe it myself. Xiao long bao Wang Xing Ji is the first American branch of the most popular dumpling house in Wuxi, a lakeside city about 45 minutes outside of Shanghai. The dishes are famous for their sweetness...

  • Alhambra's ramen row: 4 ramen shops, 2 miles

    Alhambra's ramen row: 4 ramen shops, 2 miles

    On a map, it may look like anywhere in Los Angeles is a 30-minute drive away, but turn on the traffic-aware settings and a short drive may turn into an hour of bumper-to-bumper traffic.  It’s times like these when diners on the Eastside may think twice about heading west on the 10 Freeway for ramen...

  • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

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  • San Gabriel family still displaced after home partially collapses in storm

    San Gabriel family still displaced after home partially collapses in storm

    Los Angeles County building inspectors have yet to determine if a San Gabriel family’s home can remain standing after a public works project was overwhelmed with stormwater and caused the back of their property to collapse into a flood control channel, officials said. Amid the chaos of Tuesday’s...

  • Glendale runs past San Gabriel to open with 'W'

    Football: Artavia-led Nitros give Maiale his first victory in 27-17 triumph.

  • San Gabriel reaches immigrants on Chinese network Weibo

    San Gabriel reaches immigrants on Chinese network Weibo

    As California's immigrant populations grow, it's not just neighborhoods that are seeing demographic change — online worlds are growing more diverse as well. Social networks like Line in Japan, KakaoTalk in South Korea and Chinese networks Weibo and WeChat are popular with Southland immigrants trying...

  • San Gabriel Valley quarantine for citrus disease expands

    San Gabriel Valley quarantine for citrus disease expands

    Agricultural officials have expanded a quarantine in the San Gabriel Valley after discovering several more trees infected with citrus greening disease, a malady that has devastated orchards in Florida, Mexico and Brazil. The quarantine, which extends more than 87 square miles around the city of...

  • Female victims of homicide often know their killers

    Female victims of homicide often know their killers

    The victims vary in age. They were killed in upscale Stevenson Ranch and on the most dangerous streets of South L.A. The specifics may differ, but the homicides of women in Los Angeles County this year take on a deadly rhythm. On Jan. 14, Mary Matsumoto, 72, was found shot to death in her San Pedro...

  • Two-vote margin in recount returns incumbent to San Gabriel council

    Two-vote margin in recount returns incumbent to San Gabriel council

    Incumbent San Gabriel City Councilwoman Juli Costanzo was named the winner of a tied election after a manual recount Thursday, officials said. A machine count of the vote performed last week had both Costanzo and challenger Denise Menchaca at 1,276 votes. But on Thursday, two teams of city employees...

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