It’s the last weekend before
Thanksgiving is the biggest food holiday of the year, but it’s a meal that is profoundly about comfort food. After a brutal election season, it’s a good time for comforting, both on the table and around it. In this vein,
Thanksgiving with a barbecue master
Adam Perry Lang may be known more for his barbecue pop-ups, but he's also cooked for some of the biggest names in French cuisine — and he likes to spend his Thanksgiving cooking traditional dishes, albeit with some serious technique. This year, the chef shares his Thanksgiving dinner menu — and no, he's not cooking his bird in a smoker.
A bird and a shot
Sure, you can open bottles of wine with your Thanksgiving feast, but why not pair a few shots with your bird as well? Deputy Food editor Jenn Harris details seven whiskeys that match up with turkey and side dishes, cranberry and all that pumpkin and pecan pie. This year especially, a few extra bottles of rye and bourbon might come in handy — a panacea for any fraught conversations about politics or football.
In this week's review, Jonathan heads to Koreatown, to a 24-hour joint that specializes in Korean comfort food. Whether you're soothing a hangover or warding one off, or just want a huge bubbling cauldron of spicy beef ribs and oxtails, Sun Nong Dan is just the place. The restaurant specializes in sullungtang, a soothing soup, but you're there for the galbi jjim, "a favorite in the old royal courts and often served on Chuseok, which is more or less the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving." Enough said.
Your barbecue update
Kevin Bludso's Compton restaurant Bludso's BBQ is a standard on Gold's 101 Best Restaurant list, and one of the best barbecue joints in town. It's been closed since September for what Bludso hoped was a remodel; now it's staying shuttered until he finds a new location. Not to worry: Bludso will be doing pop-ups and spending more time at his second L.A. restaurant, Bludso's Bar & Que, while he finds a new location — yes, in Compton.
Our cookie bake-off returns: It's time to vote for your favorite cookie recipe in our sixth Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Voting closes on Nov. 28.
"City of Gold," Laura Gabbert's documentary of Jonathan Gold's Los Angeles, is available on Amazon.
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