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How to burn cheesecake

The top food stories from this week at the Los Angeles Times:

Freshly baked Basque cheesecake made by chef Dave Beran of Dialogue restaurant in Santa Monica.
Freshly baked Basque cheesecake made by chef Dave Beran of Dialogue restaurant in Santa Monica. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

BURNT CHEESECAKE

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Genevieve Ko explores the joy of burnt Basque cheesecake with Dialogue chef Dave Beran, and yes, there’s a recipe.

The classic hummus at Hasiba, a hummusiya and pita restaurant in Los Angeles' Pico-Robertson neighborhood.
The classic hummus at Hasiba, a hummusiya and pita restaurant in Los Angeles' Pico-Robertson neighborhood. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

A PICO HUMMUSIYA

Patricia Escárcega reviews Hasiba, the hummusiya (great word, that) on Pico from the Lodge Bread Co. folks.

Kale, avocado and grapefruit salad from Alta Adams.
Kale, avocado and grapefruit salad from Alta Adams. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

CALIFORNIA SOUL FOOD

Bill Addison pulls up a chair at Alta Adams, chef Keith Corbin’s West Adams soul food restaurant.

Sara Lezama operates her organic bakery Rye Goods out of a converted garage.
Sara Lezama operates her organic bakery Rye Goods out of a converted garage. (Rye Goods)

A GARAGE FULL OF RYE

A bowl of menudo at Mr. Menudo.
A bowl of menudo at Mr. Menudo. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

IN PRAISE OF MENUDO

Hadley Tomicki checks out Mr. Menudo Oficial, a pop-up menudo stand in Compton.

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