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  • Alhambra shave ice shop Ice Que opens; ice cream, pies and juicery coming

    Alhambra shave ice shop Ice Que opens; ice cream, pies and juicery coming

    It may be what passes for winter in Los Angeles at the moment, but it's never too cold — or certainly too hot — for ice cream or shave ice, particularly when the bowls of it are made by an excellent pastry chef. You may remember that John Park, a veteran of the dessert kitchens at Lukshon, Providence...

  • 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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