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Squad goal: Try all 6 of these hot pot styles at restaurants in L.A. and O.C.

When you're going out for hot pot, don't just invite any group of friends: First make sure your companions are reasonable, considerate, even empathetic diners, the sort of people who are good at trust games. Because when you reach your chopsticks into that boiling, shared kettle of broth, there...

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    • Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa

      Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa

      Beginning Sunday at Bacari PDR and Jan. 25 at Bacaro L.A., both restaurants will offer a "beefsteak Sundays" dinner special. The special takes place Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat grilled hanger steak, oven-roasted potatoes, onion rings and toasted baguette for $35. Dinner...

    • New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips

      New year, new spices for your kitchen -- plus other pantry tips

      Now that you’ve cooked your way through the holidays and used up every bit of chocolate, almonds, honey and spices in your cupboard, you’ll probably want to replenish them. Chocolate prices are going up, so buy what you’ll use over the next few months. Almond prices, too, are bound to rise as California’s...

    • 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...

    • Coffee beer, or how to drink your craft beer and coffee at the same time

      Coffee beer, or how to drink your craft beer and coffee at the same time

      Brewers have been mixing their buzzes with coffee-fueled beers for decades, but nowhere else in the country does coffee beer quite like Southern California. The region is home to many fantastic small-batch coffee roasters, and these bean-loving artisans share the flavor-fanaticism that also fuels...

    • Five questions for Love & Salt chef Michael Fiorelli

      Five questions for Love & Salt chef Michael Fiorelli

      Michael Fiorelli, executive chef at the new Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach, never went to culinary school. Instead, the New York native learned his way around the kitchen working at restaurants all over the country, including at Susanna Foo in Philadelphia; the Tavern Room at the Greenbrier resort...

    • 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,...

    • 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...

    • The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe
      The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe

      The flat white -- that espresso-and-milk drink that is as ubiquitous to Antipodean culture as meat pies and Lamingtons -- is having something of a moment in Los Angeles. You can, with increasing frequency, find it on the menu boards at specialty coffee shops around the city, from Coffee + Food...

    • Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday
      Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday

      Each November, on the third Thursday of the month, the French giddily celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau. That’s when the fresh, fruity Gamay from the new vintage is rushed from the vineyards into shops and wine bars in Paris and elsewhere across France. On that day, it’s almost obligatory to pick up...

    • Love & Salt opens, bringing duck fat crackers to Manhattan Beach
      Love & Salt opens, bringing duck fat crackers to Manhattan Beach

      Love & Salt, a new Italian restaurant by chef Michael Fiorelli (Terranea Resort), Guy Gabriele (Zazou) and Sylvie Gabriele (Zazou, Farm Stand) will open Nov. 25 in the former Cafe Pierre space in Manhattan Beach. 

      The restaurant, named for its owners' philosophy that great food mostly needs love...

    • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones
      No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

      It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name.

      But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

    • Five great brewed-in-L.A. IPAs to drink right now
      Five great brewed-in-L.A. IPAs to drink right now

      Love 'em or hate 'em, the popularity of India Pale Ales in Southern California cannot be denied, and there are more choices than ever for hop-forward IPAs from Los Angeles breweries. Forget the big names from San Diego, here are some new IPAs (and one classic) from local breweries that deserve...

    • Scouting Report: J.Sweets at Mitsuwa Marketplace
      Scouting Report: J.Sweets at Mitsuwa Marketplace

      Name of shop: J.Sweets, inside Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. It’s actually a conglomerate of different brands located in one section of the store. They are: Mochi Cream, Minamoto Kitchoan, Yoku Moku, Kobe Fugetsudo, Rokumeikan, Kyo-Hayashiya, Boul'Mich.

      Chef: The confectionery shop is operated...

    • Scouting report: Uni garlic bread, lobster rolls at Playa Provisions' Dockside
      Scouting report: Uni garlic bread, lobster rolls at Playa Provisions' Dockside

       

      Chef: "Top Chef" runner-up Brooke Williamson and her husband and partner Nick Roberts. The two also own Hudson House and the Tripel. 

      Concept: Four different concepts in one space, just off the water in Playa del Rey. In the front you can pick up sandwiches and salads at the King Beach before...

    • LeFevre and partners announce 'steak-centric' the Arthur J.
      LeFevre and partners announce 'steak-centric' the Arthur J.

      David LeFevre and his partners already have a lively bistro in Manhattan Beach and a perpetually crowded oyster bar next-door. Now they’re going to add one more spot down the street that LeFevre describes only as “steak-centric.”

      After acquiring the late Circa space recently, LeFevre and brothers...

    • Redefining tofu: Gardena's Meiji takes the artisanal route
      Redefining tofu: Gardena's Meiji takes the artisanal route

      Fresh tofu is manna from the heavens and impressive in its austere simplicity. If you can get your hands on a new slab, all you need to do is take a spoon and give it a little taste. No heat or additional adornments are necessary; the natural sweetness of the soy is enough to hold you over and...

    • Buzzed-about Three Weavers brewery opens Saturday
      Buzzed-about Three Weavers brewery opens Saturday

      In a slate gray industrial building in Inglewood, a towering grain silo marks the newest tenant of the building - Three Weavers Brewing Co., a new project from a small team of industry veterans led by financial planner, entrepreneur and home brewer Lynn Weaver that is already generating considerable...

    • 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...

    • LAX kicks off $508-million renovation of Southwest Airlines terminal
      LAX kicks off $508-million renovation of Southwest Airlines terminal

      The modernization of outdated terminals at Los Angeles International Airport forged ahead Tuesday as work began on a $508-million renovation of one of the busiest passenger facilities.

      City leaders and airport officials broke ground at Terminal 1, home to Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran...

    • The Dudes' Brewing opens tasting room in Torrance
      The Dudes' Brewing opens tasting room in Torrance

      Another craft brewery tasting room opens in Torrance as The Dudes’ Brewing unveils a 13-tap bar with a weekend-long celebration. 

      The Dudes Brewing opened in 2013 and pint cans of the pungent Double Trunk Imperial IPA and nutty Grandma’s Pecan brown ale rolled off the automated canning line and...

    • 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...

    • 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,...

    • Ceviche in Los Angeles: 8 great spots for the cool fish dish
      Ceviche in Los Angeles: 8 great spots for the cool fish dish

      Summer may be almost over, but that stubborn Southern California sun isn't going anywhere. For better or worse, Los Angeles is stuck with stunningly perfect weather, a perfect excuse to eat ceviche every day.

      Ceviches are in the same category as tacos and sushi: foods that our city absolutely excels...

    • Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off
      Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off

      It’s summer, if you haven’t noticed, and though ice cream is a year-round treat, it’s especially sweet when the sun shines without mercy. Frozen yogurt and shaved ice are nice, but you and I both know true happiness comes with more butterfat than that.

      Los Angeles is full of top-notch ice cream,...

    • Outdoor dining standouts for those pleasant summer nights
      Outdoor dining standouts for those pleasant summer nights

      Just can't get enough outdoor dining in. Who wants to sit inside on these long summer nights? Or even at brunch? For those who are connoisseurs of eating outside, here are three more spots with not only a covetable patio but also covetable food from notable Los Angeles chefs. You can go comfort,...

    • Events: Doner Revolution pop-up, $1 oysters, talking Baker-to-Baker
      Events: Doner Revolution pop-up, $1 oysters, talking Baker-to-Baker

      Doner Revolution chef Farid Zadi is hopping on the Carb & Nation food truck for a one-night-only Algerian menu. The truck will be parked at Angel City Brewery in downtown L.A. Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The menu will include New York-style halal chicken, lamb, falafel, chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped...

    • Drink some great ales, help fight ALS
      Drink some great ales, help fight ALS

      Breweries across the country are joining the Ales for ALS project with special brews that help fund research to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, and several local breweries are participating.

      The project was begun by the hop farmers at Loftus Ranch who’ve partnered with hop supplier Hopunion to provide...

    • Lindy & Grundy kick back, Texas L.A. BBQ, Darren's restaurant charity dinner
      Lindy & Grundy kick back, Texas L.A. BBQ, Darren's restaurant charity dinner

      Lindy & Grundy butcher shop will participate in the Fairfax Summer Kick-back Sunday. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include music, BBQ, coffee and cocktails. The Lindy & Grundy team will serve hamburgers, bratwurst with grilled onions and mustard, adobo-marinated brick chicken,...

    • Boyle Heights: Where old meets new and vegan pizza meets spicy goat
      Boyle Heights: Where old meets new and vegan pizza meets spicy goat

      You can tell a lot about a neighborhood by the type of restaurants that inhabit it, especially in the emerging community of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, immediately over any of the bridges by the arts district, to be exact.

      The Metro Gold Line runs right through one of its...

    • DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck
      DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck

      DineL.A., the two-week Los Angeles restaurant tasting event, is happening July 14 to 27. Eateries around the city are offering special, prix-fixe menus designed to give diners a taste at a discounted price. 

      Those in the know use DineL.A. as an opportunity to try all the restaurants on their bucket...

    • Hot dogs with yakisoba and Japanese curry: Six great Asian-fusion dogs
      Hot dogs with yakisoba and Japanese curry: Six great Asian-fusion dogs

      What started with Roy Choi's Kogi truck and the Seoul Sausage crew bringing an Asian fusion sensibility to street food has grown into a full-blown culinary movement. Sriracha has become the new ketchup, and kimchi and pickled ginger are the new sauerkraut. 

      The all-American hot dog in Los Angeles...

    • GQ names Manhattan Beach the best beach for food
      GQ names Manhattan Beach the best beach for food

      The July issue of GQ magazine has named Manhattan Beach "America’s Best Beach for Chowing Down." The magazine also commended Manhattan Beach as one of the best beaches in the United States.

      GQ credited Manhattan Beach’s culinary success to the growth of “foodie magnets” in the area, namely chef...

    • Events: Fido's first food truck, LA Craft Beer Crawl, DeSano pizza class
      Events: Fido's first food truck, LA Craft Beer Crawl, DeSano pizza class

      Milo’s Kitchen, a California-based dog treat company, is hopping on the food truck bandwagon with Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck. The truck is selling treats exclusively for man’s best friend and will be visiting several dog parks around Los Angeles starting Thursday. Dogs can choose from a selection...

    • Sommelier not required? The new WineGlass app could be a game changer
      Sommelier not required? The new WineGlass app could be a game changer

      A new iPhone app called WineGlass is poised to change the way wine drinkers order wine in restaurants. Partnering with CellarTracker, the online database of wine prices and opinions, WineGlass helps both the clueless and the semi-knowledgeable pick an appropriate wine.

      No more calling a hotline...

    • Chef of the Moment: Tin Vuong on dry-aged beef, 'monkey burgers' and chiles
      Chef of the Moment: Tin Vuong on dry-aged beef, 'monkey burgers' and chiles

      Tin Vuong, chef and co-founder of a restaurant chain, dishes on Asian comfort food, bird's-eye chiles and In-N-Out's Monkey burger. Say what?

    • Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest
      Japanese Gourmet Fair, Tacolandia, DTLA Night Market, L.A. Street Food Fest

      The next two weeks are for you, aficionados of global street food. Love Tokyo shio ramen and Hokkaido crab inari? Beijing-style lamb skewers and Taiwanese shaved snow? Carnitas tacos? Cochinita pibil? Grilled cheese sandwiches? Spam musubi? Ramen burgers? Then the Japanese Gourmet Fair, DTLA Night...

    • World Cup continues: Guelaguetza or Rosalind's?
      World Cup continues: Guelaguetza or Rosalind's?

      Mexico v. Cameroon, Friday 9 a.m.

      Cameroon’s national team, friends assure me, is more or less the Boston Celtics of African soccer, with Samuel Eto’o as its aging Larry Bird. The team has over the years gone on mini-strikes until they were paid – they did it again just this week. And who wouldn’t...

    • Now open at LAX: the airport version of the Original Farmers Market
      Now open at LAX: the airport version of the Original Farmers Market

      Now open across from Rock & Brews (“serving those who rock!”) in Terminal 5 of Los Angeles International Airport is the air-travelers satellite of the 80-year-old Original Farmers Market (“meet me at Third and Fairfax!”), dubbed Farmers Market at LAX.

      On Thursday the airport version of the Original...

    • A World Cup fan's dilemma: Cevapcici or churrascaria?
      A World Cup fan's dilemma: Cevapcici or churrascaria?

      Where do I go to watch soccer? Usually down in the living room, early on Sunday mornings, until somebody decides that Charles Osgood is more fascinating than the Juventus-Parma match. Soccer can be a lonely pursuit, unless you are one of the hearties who make a habit of nipping down to the pub...

    • 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.

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    • 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.
      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...

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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.

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

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    • The $10,000 martini
      The $10,000 martini

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    • 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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