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Counter: What to eat with all those martinis

Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Nice to see you again. This week we’re doing something a little different here on Planet Food – a blowout issue devoted to the art of the American cocktail, including Jenn Harris’ bartender profiles, Amy Scattergood’s musings on ice, and my survey of the 26 essential cocktails in Los Angeles at the moment. We have not included a listicle ranking the top 10 Lyft drivers in town, although we probably could at this point, and as a public service, Amy did write about a few of her favorite mocktails.

In other news, Jo Stougaard finds a Studio City restaurant that serves tacos from a VW bus, Jenn journeys...