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  • Counter: A bistro, a rice bar

    We were reminded this past week of how vibrant a food town Los Angeles is — not that we ever need much reminding of that, granted. But when the folks from Lucky Peach came downtown to the Million Dollar Theatre to do a food event, with Jonathan Gold reading an essay and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon...

  • What We're Into: Ciro's avocado salsa; escargot congee; Button Mash's tamarind-intense wings

    What We're Into: Ciro's avocado salsa; escargot congee; Button Mash's tamarind-intense wings

    Avocado salsa: When I am out of town for longer than a day or two, the place I start to long for, even more than Rustic Canyon or Jitlada, is Ciro's, an old-school Mexican-American restaurant in Boyle Heights. Ciro's is best known for its flautas probably, crisply fried cylinders of happiness that...

  • A Filipino native who's cooked for Guy Savoy and Thomas Keller opens Rice Bar in downtown L.A.

    A Filipino native who's cooked for Guy Savoy and Thomas Keller opens Rice Bar in downtown L.A.

    Rice Bar, a diminutive Filipino counter restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, is to a normal restaurant kind of like what tiny houses are to conventional houses. Seven neon yellow stools are jammed up to an L-shaped marble counter that takes up the majority of the 275-square foot space. Behind that...

  • Memoirists weigh in with 'Why We Write About Ourselves'

    Memoirists weigh in with 'Why We Write About Ourselves'

    When Dani Shapiro was writing about her mother in her memoir "Slow Motion," she imagined sending her on a cruise around the world that would last exactly as long it took the book to "pass from public consciousness." Instead, she had a close friend, a parent of a teenager, give the manuscript a...

  • Like the taste of that beer? Try adding it to your cooking too

    Like the taste of that beer? Try adding it to your cooking too

    It's one thing to pair beer with food, especially for holidays or events like this weekend's 50th Super Bowl — where you'll probably be serving or drinking a lot of it — but beer is also pretty fun to cook with. (After all, we do it with wine all the time.) You can add beer to almost anything,...

  • Where to get great chocolates for Valentine's Day

    Where to get great chocolates for Valentine's Day

    Sure, you can take your beloved out for a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day — or better yet, make it yourself. But for many of us, the best thing about this time of year is neither the hyped prix-fixe dinners nor the cliched bunches of flowers, but the chocolate. Chocolate makes any day worth...

  • Christopher Sorrentino's 'The Fugitives' spins a story of deception and double-dealing

    Christopher Sorrentino's 'The Fugitives' spins a story of deception and double-dealing

    At the heart of Christopher Sorrentino's stunning new novel is a storyteller. To writer Alexander "Sandy" Mulligan, John Salteau is an Ojibway man who tells native tales to children at the Cherry City public library. But to newspaper reporter Kat Danhoff, the storyteller is Jackie Saltino, a bagman...

  • Pliny the Younger is here: What you need to know about craft beer's most famous brew

    Pliny the Younger is here: What you need to know about craft beer's most famous brew

    The beer fanatics are already congregating in California Wine Country. The first Friday in February traditionally marks the release of Russian River Brewing’s world famous Pliny the Younger. It’s maybe the most storied beer in the world, with a mythology that’s almost as grandiose as the proclamations...

  • How L.A. became itself: Jean Stein's new oral history 'West of Eden'

    How L.A. became itself: Jean Stein's new oral history 'West of Eden'

    When Raymond Chandler left Los Angeles in 1946, decamping with his elderly wife for the calmer environs of La Jolla, he did so because he had become fed up with the city. Once a place that that had captivated his imagination and made him the writer that he was, he said Los Angeles had finally become...

  • Is this the rarest sandwich in L.A.? You can only get it once a month

    Is this the rarest sandwich in L.A.? You can only get it once a month

    If you're looking for a truly great sandwich, head to Boyle Heights. More specifically, head to the Primera Taza Coffee House across from Mariachi Plaza, where co-owner Chuy Tovar and his wife, Rosalinda Hernandez, are making two kinds of lonches.  The catch? You can only get them about once a...

  • 17 Mardi Gras recipes for king cake, gumbo and more

    17 Mardi Gras recipes for king cake, gumbo and more

    Mardi Gras is Tuesday — do you have your king cake? It's not too soon to start planning your Mardi Gras party. From king cake to classic gumbo, freshly fried beignets and warm bread pudding, shrimp and grits or hearty muffulettas, we've got all the dishes you need to let the good times roll. These...

  • Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, opens Monday

    Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, opens Monday

    Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, the Metropolitan-Water-District-turned-apartment-building that towers above Sunset Boulevard just west of Chinatown, is scheduled to open Monday. Restaurant owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous, the duo behind the Spare Room, are hoping Winsome...

  • John Wray is hard to pin down

    John Wray is hard to pin down

    In "The Lost Time Accidents," John Wray combines literary fiction and far-out scientific theory for a narrative of a lovelorn exile from time. The book sounds a little like Kurt Vonnegut and nothing like John Wray. Which is sort of a problem. These days, writers have brands. Nicholas Sparks pens...

  • In 'The Lost Time Accidents,' John Wray balances the logical and the ludicrous

    In 'The Lost Time Accidents,' John Wray balances the logical and the ludicrous

    "Chronology is an illusion, if not a deliberate lie," a character posits in "The Lost Time Accidents," the fourth offering from novelist John Wray. "The steady, one-way current we seem to be suspended in is actually a jumble of spherical 'chronocosms' that can be moved through in any direction,...

  • Ring in the lunar new year with a barrel of monkey merchandise

    Ring in the lunar new year with a barrel of monkey merchandise

    Out with the goat, in with the monkey! The Chinese Lunar New Year begins Monday and this is the year of the fire monkey, associated with the ninth zodiac animal sign and the element of fire. In celebration, luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Michael Kors, Estée Lauder and Chopard...

  • Is Amazon really going to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores?

    Is Amazon really going to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores?

    According to the latest reports, probably not. But read on... When you ask Amazon, they will simply reply "no comment" to the rumors that they're planning to open 300 to 400 brick-and-mortar bookstores. But is that because it's not true or because the company isn't ready to let the cat out of the...

  • Three great Mexican restaurants in El Sereno

    Three great Mexican restaurants in El Sereno

    El Sereno is a mostly quiet community, not commonly known by those outside of its immediate vicinity. But the neighborhood has plenty to offer despite its low profile, including a vibrant and diverse collection of Mexican restaurants. There are trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants, kitchens...

  • Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Have a craving for Caribbean food? Need a recommendation for sushi? Want to know where to find the best tacos in the city? Need more dining questions answered? Jonathan Gold is your man. Come back here today at noon for a live chat with him. You can ask your question via Twitter using #AskJGold,...

  • Survey: 70% of millennials say they would date a mixologist

    Survey: 70% of millennials say they would date a mixologist

    If someone claims to know how to make a good cocktail in a dating profile, are you more likely to swipe right? According to a new survey, commissioned by Southern Comfort 100 Proof, being able to make a cocktail can boost your chances of getting a date. The liquor company commissioned a survey...

  • 6 satisfying soup recipes for chilly winter nights

    6 satisfying soup recipes for chilly winter nights

    There are times when it's just too cold out to cook anything other than a comforting bowl of soup. We've combed our recipe database to find six of our favorite soup recipes, perfect for those chilly winter nights.   Soupe a l'oignon gratinee Start with a generous amount of slowly caramelized onions,...

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  • Entrepreneurs find opportunity after the military in key cities

    Entrepreneurs find opportunity after the military in key cities

    John Lentini carefully considered his career options after leaving the Navy. He decided to leverage the leadership skills fostered in the military by starting a business in Asheville, North Carolina, specializing in search-engine optimization. "I had the infrastructure to do it, and there wasn't...

  • 5 tips to ensure you get romantic wedding photos

    Planning your wedding can feel like you're running a major corporation. From budgeting spreadsheets to seating charts and managing unruly relatives, there are times when the number crunching and Post-it notes can make your big day look like it will be anything but romantic. But when your wedding...

  • 6 tips for surviving the winter blues

    6 tips for surviving the winter blues

    It’s the most trying time of the year. The holidays are a distant memory, while the warm weather and carefree getaways of spring are several weeks away. No matter how much you insist you love the seasons and that you’re really a winter-loving gal, chances are you need a little help getting through...

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