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Nine things we learned about gelato -- after a day at Gelato University

The pistachio comes out of the gelato machine, a fat ribbon of palest khaki green. “It’s not bright green, because the color comes from just the roasted pistachios, no added coloring,” explains Luciano Ferrari of Carpigiani Gelato University. Carpigiani is a Bologna-based manufacturer of professional...

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    • Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

      Jonathan Gold: Barbecue you need to be eating right now

      Barbecue may be a religion in the South, but this time of year, it is everywhere in Los Angeles -- in backyards, storefronts, suburban chains, farmers markets and barrel smokers in church parking lots. Here are a few places we like a lot. No reservations required. Bigmista’s Barbecue Can the downtown...

    • Best barbecue? Says who?

      Best barbecue? Says who?

      On its website today, OpenTable.com announced the top 30 barbecue restaurants in the U.S., a list that includes local restaurants Gus’s, Naples Rib Company and Boneyard Bistro. The votes were culled from 16,000 reviews from what the company calls "verified diners," people who both made and kept...

    • Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

      Crumbs Bake Shop chain closes: 5 foods that could be the next cupcake

      Crumbs Bake Shop Inc., one of the bakeries that helped fuel the cupcake craze that swept the country a couple of years ago, closed all of its stores Monday. But before you shed too many tears over your beloved frosted mini cakes, know that Sprinkles is opening a new location at the Americana at...

    • Chipotle to open its first location in Compton

      Chipotle to open its first location in Compton

      Chipotle is bringing its customizable burritos and bowls to South Los Angeles. The burrito chain has announced it will open its first location in Compton on Thursday.  The company is hiring around 25 crew members for the location, opening on Alameda Street near East Artesia Boulevard.  "In recent...

    • Dunkin' Donuts to expand in California

      Dunkin' Donuts to expand in California

      East Coast staple Dunkin' Donuts is starting its California expansion with five stores opening by year's end. Beginning this fall, the purveyor of everything breakfast will debut locations in Santa Monica, Long Beach, Whittier, Downey and Modesto. Those new spots will kick off an aggressive push...

    • Reporter at tea taste contest wonders: Who am I to judge?

      Reporter at tea taste contest wonders: Who am I to judge?

      Five hours, 122 cups of tea and a dimly lit room. That might sound like the beginning of a bad joke or a fraternity hazing ritual. The reason I'm here, pencil in one hand and a matcha brew in the other, may be nearly as ill-advised. I'm judging iced tea at the North American Tea Championship, a...

    • An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.
      An around-the-world tour with 6 great rice salads in L.A.

      If you are like most readers of The Times' Food pages, you probably read Russ Parsons’ article on rice salad last weekend. You may have even saved that great-sounding recipe for cucumber-yogurt rice salad to your Evernote. But did you also wonder where you might find rice salad in a restaurant?...

    • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization
      Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

      City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel.

      To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

    • Hillshire Brands to buy Van's Natural Foods for $165 million
      Hillshire Brands to buy Van's Natural Foods for $165 million

      Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm.

      The deal will add a line of healthful, frozen breakfast and snack foods to Hillshire's existing brands,...

    • 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...

    • Nightclub shooting leaves valet driver dead, security guard injured
      Nightclub shooting leaves valet driver dead, security guard injured

      A shooting at a Pico Rivera nightclub over the weekend left a valet worker dead and a security guard wounded. 

      The mayhem at El Rodeo nightclub in the 8800 block of Washington Boulevard took place at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday when a man who had allegedly caused a disturbance earlier in the night returned,...

    • Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more
      Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more

      Freddy Smalls' Summertime Backyard BBQ takes place Aug. 18. in the West L.A. gastropub's back parking lot. It's $45 for an all-you-can-eat menu of beer-steamed Maryland blue crab, smoked Mary's chickens, grilled tri-tip with Texas toast and chimichurri, roasted pork shoulder tacos, grilled corn...

    • Football: It's a linemen feeding frenzy [Video]
      Football: It's a linemen feeding frenzy [Video]

      If there were a play-by-play announcer for Saturday's hot dog eating competition among linemen at the Huntington Beach passing tournament, the first three words uttered would have been, "Oh my God."

      A dozen linemen were supposed to devour 13 hot dogs within 10 minutes. It wasn't even close. Elijah...

    • Secret restaurant menu items: 5 great off-the-menu dishes in Los Angeles
      Secret restaurant menu items: 5 great off-the-menu dishes in Los Angeles

      This list of off-the-menu dishes doesn't include anything from In-N-Out or McDonald's; you already know about those. These, which you might not be familiar with, are iconic items from places particular to Los Angeles. And though access to a couple of these dishes (and drinks) depends on your relationship...

    • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Corazón y Miel satisfies heart's desires
      Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Corazón y Miel satisfies heart's desires

      "Corazón y miel," your waitress wants it to be known, is the signature dish of Corazón y Miel. Corazón y miel, hearts and honey, is a small bowl of warm, seared chicken hearts in a sweet, honeyed vinaigrette, tossed with a few slivers of onion, like a chicken heart escabeche. The grayish hearts...

    • The Find: Mama Fina in Bellflower
      The Find: Mama Fina in Bellflower

      From the kitchen of this Bellflower restaurant comes home cooking, Dominican style: mangu, sancocho and chivo guisado.

    • 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,...

    • 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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