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

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(Photo illustration by LL for Food Bowl)

YOUR GUIDE TO FOOD BOWL

Food Bowl, our monthlong food festival in May, is almost here. We have some tips for how to strategize and make the most of all the pop-up dinners, classes, tours and parties.

(Gaby D’Alessandro / For The Times)

A LIFE DEFINED BY FOOD

Gustavo Arellano reflects on his dying mother’s life through the food memories the two share. To honor her, he shares the recipe for her Zacatecas-style capirotada, the classic Mexican bread pudding dessert for Lent.

(Evan Sung / For The Times)

PASS THE VEGETABLES

Food writer Adeena Sussman checks in with some Los Angeles chefs to create a vegetable-driven meal for the Passover Seder.

(Silvia Razgova / For The Times)

PLATES WITH NO BOUNDARIES

Restaurant critic Patricia Escárcega finds that Mei Lin’s Nightshade restaurant in the Arts District is not always perfect, but it’s always interesting.

(Silvia Razgova / For The Times)

KIBBEH FOR DAYS

Restaurant critic Bill Addison considers Akkad Mediterranean & Iraqi Grill, a casual, an all-day restaurant in a Glendale strip mall serving Iraqi specialties not often found in restaurants locally or nationally.

(Colin Price / For The Times)

CALIFORNIA SAKE

Emily Timberlake discusses sake with Yoshihiro Sako, the sake brewer behind Den Sake Brewery in Oakland.

(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE

Food writer Amy Scattergood decided to make a list of her nine favorite birthday cakes in Los Angeles. Thank you, Amy.

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Food Bowl 2019 is almost here. Our annual month-long food festival is back in May, and tickets are now on sale for the hundreds of events happening across the city. Go to lafoodbowl.com for a calendar, plus links for tickets. The month kicks off with Mesamérica L.A., chef Enrique Olvera’s food symposium, this year held as part of our opening night. Our five-night outdoor Night Market is back. We hope you’ll join us for #31daysoffood.

Our 101 Restaurants We Love list for 2018 is out. The list incorporates restaurants and trucks from around Los Angeles and Orange County, in alphabetical order (no rankings this time). Plus there’s a bonus list of 10 classic restaurants.

Check us out on Instagram at @latimesfood.

And don’t forget the thousands of recipes in our California Cookbook recipe database.

Feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at food@latimes.com.

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