Articles in the “food” category

RIP Trick-Or-Treating: LA Cancels Halloween

RIP Trick-Or-Treating: LA Cancels Halloween

No treats for you. COVID-19 has officially, temporarily, ruined the best secular holiday of the year.

LA Twitter Mourns Loss Of The Weirdly Named Cugurt

LA Twitter Mourns Loss Of The Weirdly Named Cugurt

Your unsettling name will live on in our hearts.

City Bean Makes The Best Coffee You've Never Heard Of -- And That's By Design

City Bean Makes The Best Coffee You've Never Heard Of -- And That's By Design

City Bean paved the way for L.A.'s current coffee scene. In the pandemic, it's trying to highlight the importance of locally owned businesses.

Officials Are Not Chill About The Community Fridges Popping Up Around LA

Officials Are Not Chill About The Community Fridges Popping Up Around LA

Organized and overseen by residents, these fridges are filled with free food but they exist in a legal gray area where health codes can sometimes hinder community nourishment.

Why Grab-And-Go Meals Around SoCal Could Change This School Year

Why Grab-And-Go Meals Around SoCal Could Change This School Year

The answer lies in the complicated rules governing school nutrition.

With BCD Tofu House, Hee Sook Lee Built More Than A Restaurant Empire -- She Created A Cultural Phenomenon

With BCD Tofu House, Hee Sook Lee Built More Than A Restaurant Empire -- She Created A Cultural Phenomenon

"She has a very gentle smile but behind that, she has nerves of steel," her son Eddie says.

Next Move: What Happens To Board Game Cafes In The COVID Era?

Next Move: What Happens To Board Game Cafes In The COVID Era?

When L.A. County guidelines for reopening restaurants forbade certain activities -- including board games. If you run a board game cafes, what do you do next?

For Restaurants Trying To Ditch Delivery Apps, The Struggle Is Real

For Restaurants Trying To Ditch Delivery Apps, The Struggle Is Real

Steep commissions. Marketing fees. Concerns about safety. No wonder restaurants have issues with food delivery apps.

How One New Jersey Transplant Finally Found An Indian Restaurant That Feels Like Home

How One New Jersey Transplant Finally Found An Indian Restaurant That Feels Like Home

Namaste Spiceland caters to a diverse clientele but still feels like it's run by Indians, for Indians -- and that's no easy trick.

Foraging In A Pandemic Means Digging Up A New Business Model

Foraging In A Pandemic Means Digging Up A New Business Model

Jess Starwood used to forage wild fruits and herbs for some of L.A.'s top restaurants. When they fully reopen, she's not sure she'll sell to them again. 

Mis Ángeles: A Legendary Restaurant in Southeast LA Survives, For Now

Mis Ángeles: A Legendary Restaurant in Southeast LA Survives, For Now

In the middle of March, chefs and owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana shut the critically acclaimed Bell restaurant all the way down due to the pandemic. The future looked uncertain. Now there's a ray of hope.

How A Healer, An Artist And A Chef Are Fighting For Black Food Sovereignty In South LA

How A Healer, An Artist And A Chef Are Fighting For Black Food Sovereignty In South LA

"When we take care of each other, when we give half of our very little to other people, it's because we're all connected in this collective struggle."

The Gelatina Gets A Pop Culture Glow-Up

The Gelatina Gets A Pop Culture Glow-Up

Business is booming for Myra Vasquez, who updates a classic Mexican dessert with a world of flavors and unapologetic Latinx pride.

Sqirl Is In Berry Hot Water With Allegations Of Moldy Jams And POC Erasure

Sqirl Is In Berry Hot Water With Allegations Of Moldy Jams And POC Erasure

The bastion of "south Silver Lake" foodie hipsterdom allegedly sold moldy jam, operated a secret (and illegal) kitchen, and failed to credit the its opening chef, as well as other employees of color, for their contributions.

LA's 'Wet Markets' Could Be On The Chopping Block

LA's 'Wet Markets' Could Be On The Chopping Block

Also known as live animal markets, they fill a need for thousands of residents. City officials want to ban them -- but first, they need to figure out what "wet markets" are. 

Closed! Open! Closed Again! Bar Owners Get Whiplash After Latest Order To Shut Down

Closed! Open! Closed Again! Bar Owners Get Whiplash After Latest Order To Shut Down

One owner worries, "Everyone's going to freak out and not feel safe to go out" but also believes, "What the state is doing is the right decision."

Long Beach's Wrigley Tavern Reopens -- With Face Masks, Temperature Guns And Tons Of Hand Sanitizer

Long Beach's Wrigley Tavern Reopens -- With Face Masks, Temperature Guns And Tons Of Hand Sanitizer

This is the new normal, not just for Tommy Mofid but for the proprietors of most L.A. County bars -- if their establishments haven't closed for good.

LA County's Restaurant Reopening Has Been Like Trying To Cook A Pot Roast In A Microwave

LA County's Restaurant Reopening Has Been Like Trying To Cook A Pot Roast In A Microwave

Which is to say: very fast, messy, and possibly risky to your health.

Want To Support LA's Black-Owned Restaurants? Here's One Way

Want To Support LA's Black-Owned Restaurants? Here's One Way

There's an excellent Google doc that lists a bunch of them. We can't take credit for it but we want to spread the word.

LA Restaurants Can Reopen For Dine-In Service As Soon As Tonight

LA Restaurants Can Reopen For Dine-In Service As Soon As Tonight

They just have to follow the county's health and safety guidelines... even though the health department hasn't yet released detailed guidelines.

How SoCal-Grown Flour And Grains Are Powering LA's #QuarantineBaking

How SoCal-Grown Flour And Grains Are Powering LA's #QuarantineBaking

At the King's Roost, Roe Sie is spreading the gospel of heritage grains -- and because of coronavirus, more people are listening.

You Might Be Able To Drink In LA's Streets This Summer

You Might Be Able To Drink In LA's Streets This Summer

You'll almost certainly be able to eat in the streets later this summer but what if you want a beer with nosh? It just got a little easier.

How Hard Is Coronavirus Hitting San Gabriel Valley's Restaurants?

How Hard Is Coronavirus Hitting San Gabriel Valley's Restaurants?

Old school restaurants pivoting to stay afloat, new ones struggling to establish themselves, diners showing their support. A glimpse into the 626's vast and diverse restaurant culture.

Long Beach Will Let You Dine In The Streets -- And Other SoCal Cities May Follow

Long Beach Will Let You Dine In The Streets -- And Other SoCal Cities May Follow

Pasadena, Palm Springs and Sierra Madre are all considering similar initiatives.

ESSAY: Feel Free To Cry When You See The New Plans For Taix. We Did

ESSAY: Feel Free To Cry When You See The New Plans For Taix. We Did

Here's our question: Does this new iteration of Taix even deserve the name?

Warning 'Countless Restaurants' Face Closure, LA May Act To Curb 'Exorbitant' App Delivery Fees

Warning 'Countless Restaurants' Face Closure, LA May Act To Curb 'Exorbitant' App Delivery Fees

Concerns about delivery app fees have been growing for the last few years but the COVID-19 quarantine has given them new urgency.

Coronavirus Hasn't Ruined Iftar -- But It Has Changed The Way Muslims Break Their Fasts

Coronavirus Hasn't Ruined Iftar -- But It Has Changed The Way Muslims Break Their Fasts

"In a way, this feels almost like a spiritual lockdown within a physical lockdown."

People Are Souper Sad About Souplantation Closing -- And What That Means For Buffet Restaurants

People Are Souper Sad About Souplantation Closing -- And What That Means For Buffet Restaurants

Coronavirus might be the death knell for other buffet restaurants.

Santa Barbara Sea Urchins, Prized By High-End Restaurants, Are Being Sold To Home Cooks

Santa Barbara Sea Urchins, Prized By High-End Restaurants, Are Being Sold To Home Cooks

Only thing is you've got to crack them open and scoop out the gonads on your own.

Yeah, LA Got Shafted By The James Beard Awards (Again)

Yeah, LA Got Shafted By The James Beard Awards (Again)

In a particularly bitter irony, two restaurants just named as finalists announced last week they're closing.

This Undocumented Farmworker Is Worried About How She'll Feed Her Kids If Coronavirus Takes Her Job Away

This Undocumented Farmworker Is Worried About How She'll Feed Her Kids If Coronavirus Takes Her Job Away

"It's not just me, it's thousands of people," said Maria, choking up. "I feel a sense of despair, I feel worried.

How LAUSD Handed Out 13 Million Free Meals In 6 Weeks

How LAUSD Handed Out 13 Million Free Meals In 6 Weeks

Since March 18, nearly 3,000 workers and volunteers have distributed hundreds of thousands of meals each day.

Denied By Their Insurance Companies, These LA Restaurants Are Waging A High-Stakes Battle In Court

Denied By Their Insurance Companies, These LA Restaurants Are Waging A High-Stakes Battle In Court

Musso & Frank is the most famous local restaurant to file a lawsuit against its insurance company for denying its coronavirus-related claim.

MacArthur Park's Street Vendors Are Hiding But Not Gone

MacArthur Park's Street Vendors Are Hiding But Not Gone

A few food vendors are willing to risk their health and freedom so they can make ends meet.

Kura Sushi Will Return Its $6 Million Federal Loan After Outrage

Kura Sushi Will Return Its $6 Million Federal Loan After Outrage

The Irvine-based restaurant chain has 25 locations, $24 million in cash on hand, and access to $20 million more.

How LA's Victory Gardens Helped Win WWII

How LA's Victory Gardens Helped Win WWII

"Soldiers of the soil" planted 20 million victory gardens and they supplied 40% of the produce in the U.S.

No, Major Chain Restaurants, You Can't Take Millions Of Dollars Meant For Small Businesses And Expect People Not To Hate You

No, Major Chain Restaurants, You Can't Take Millions Of Dollars Meant For Small Businesses And Expect People Not To Hate You

How did Shake Shack, which has earned $143 million in 2020, even qualify for the PPP?

SoCal Food Banks Are Seeing Epic Lines And Epic Need

SoCal Food Banks Are Seeing Epic Lines And Epic Need

"No one's ever seen anything like this," says the CEO of Second Harvest.

Mis Ángeles: How A Downey Food Bank Is Helping Feed Families Who Have No Safety Net

Mis Ángeles: How A Downey Food Bank Is Helping Feed Families Who Have No Safety Net

The food bank is one of the few places that has been a consistent source for Latinos from around Southeast L.A., including undocumented and mixed-status families left out of federal stimulus relief. 

Pop-Up Markets In LA Restaurants -- Your Neighborhood Guide

Pop-Up Markets In LA Restaurants -- Your Neighborhood Guide

It's one way to turn all those unused lemons into lemonade.

Coronavirus Help: Where To Get Free Food In LA This Week

Coronavirus Help: Where To Get Free Food In LA This Week

Community organizations are hosting drive-thru pantries and other food distribution events every day for people in need. Here's a list of upcoming events around L.A. County. 

24 Million Pounds Of Strawberries Each Week Might Get Thrown In The Trash

24 Million Pounds Of Strawberries Each Week Might Get Thrown In The Trash

Strawberry season is about to peak in California. So is coronavirus.

A No-Stress Guide To Grocery Shopping During The Coronavirus Pandemic

A No-Stress Guide To Grocery Shopping During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Here's everything we do and don't know, so far, about COVID-19 and food -- and here's what you can do to minimize your risk.

Classic LA Recipes For Your Quarantine Cooking Needs

Classic LA Recipes For Your Quarantine Cooking Needs

Take a trip to L.A.'s scrumptious past for a zucchini casserole, Hungarian comfort food and a chili so delicious Elizabeth Taylor requested it in the hospital.

Asian Grocery Stores In The Time Of Coronavirus

Asian Grocery Stores In The Time Of Coronavirus

Say hello to short(er) lines and extra provisions -- but not necessarily a lot of rice.

How You Can Help Feed Our Health Care Workers

How You Can Help Feed Our Health Care Workers

Here's what Southern California is doing to feed the medical personnel on the frontlines, fighting the coronavirus.

Little Tokyo Fights To Preserve Its Soul In Face of Coronavirus

Little Tokyo Fights To Preserve Its Soul In Face of Coronavirus

An effort is underway to save cornerstone businesses in Little Tokyo that relied on foot traffic by creating takeout menus and getting them on social media.

How Carnicerias, Liquor Stores, Tienditas And Latino Supermarkets Are Feeding Their Neighborhoods

How Carnicerias, Liquor Stores, Tienditas And Latino Supermarkets Are Feeding Their Neighborhoods

These mom-and-pop shops have played a key role keeping their shelves stocked and people fed.

Where Are All The Beans? What The Run On This Staple Teaches Us About The Supply Chain

Where Are All The Beans? What The Run On This Staple Teaches Us About The Supply Chain

One bean supplier reassures us calm is coming and then 'walking into the supermarket will not look like you're in Venezuela or Cuba.'

How LA's Restaurant Industry Is Trying To Save Itself -- And What You Can Do To Help

How LA's Restaurant Industry Is Trying To Save Itself -- And What You Can Do To Help

Empty dining rooms. Shuttered businesses. Laid off employees. For restaurants and bars, the stakes are dire.

SoCal Distilleries Start Making Hand Sanitizer Instead Of Liquor

SoCal Distilleries Start Making Hand Sanitizer Instead Of Liquor

How can they do this? The liquor you pour in your martini and the sanitizer you rub on your hands have the same key ingredient.

Chinatown's Restaurants Were The First To be Upended By The Now Industry-Wide Crisis

Chinatown's Restaurants Were The First To be Upended By The Now Industry-Wide Crisis

All L.A. restaurants are hurting now because of coronavirus. But some Chinese restaurants felt it weeks earlier.

Maps: LA & OC Families In Need Can Get Free Food At These Places While Schools Are Closed

Maps: LA & OC Families In Need Can Get Free Food At These Places While Schools Are Closed

We are updating this list as we hear more - and we want to hear from you.

Mis Ángeles: It Hurts To See Los Angeles This Way

Mis Ángeles: It Hurts To See Los Angeles This Way

What's happening to L.A.'s service industry right now is terrible but necessary. What's going to happen to the street vendors will likely be worse. 

Here's What Happened The First Day LAUSD Handed Out Free Meals

Here's What Happened The First Day LAUSD Handed Out Free Meals

There are 60 spots around the district where kids can pick up breakfast and lunch while schools are closed.

Some Grocery Stores Are Letting Seniors Shop For Food An Hour Before Everyone Else

Some Grocery Stores Are Letting Seniors Shop For Food An Hour Before Everyone Else

Does it actually reduce the coronavirus risk? And where can you find Southern California stores doing this?

Your No-Panic Guide: The Supply Chain Is Fine. So When Will Everything Be Back In Stock?

Your No-Panic Guide: The Supply Chain Is Fine. So When Will Everything Be Back In Stock?

We asked experts to help us understand the supply chain and let you know what to expect to see on the shelves of your local stores.

Here Are Places That Will Provide Food To Families In Need While Schools Are Closed

Here Are Places That Will Provide Food To Families In Need While Schools Are Closed

We are updating this list as we hear more - and we want to hear from you.

7 Takes On Pao Doce, The Portuguese Treat Also Known As Hawaiian Sweet Bread

7 Takes On Pao Doce, The Portuguese Treat Also Known As Hawaiian Sweet Bread

Portuguese laborers and traders brought pao doce to the world -- and the world has brought it to Los Angeles.

Alpine Village Says Auf Wiedersehen To Its Restaurant

Alpine Village Says Auf Wiedersehen To Its Restaurant

The Bavarian hamlet off the Harbor Freeway is shutting down after 51 years of sausages, schnitzel and sweets.

Why Did Curry House's Closure Break LA's Heart?

Why Did Curry House's Closure Break LA's Heart?

After 37 years, the chain's demise was nasty, brutish and swift. Its most devoted fans roux the day and attempt to curry on.

Whatever Your Valentine's Mood, There's An LA Bar For You

Whatever Your Valentine's Mood, There's An LA Bar For You

On February 14th, revel in or renounce your romantic choices. Either way, we salute you.

13 Of The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In LA

13 Of The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In LA

Sandwiches don't get more basic than cheese and bread yet a grilled cheese sandwich is much more than the sum of its parts.

In-N-Out Is Selling Sneakers -- For Real This Time

In-N-Out Is Selling Sneakers -- For Real This Time

Remember those faux In-N-Out sneakers that weren't actually sanctioned by In-N-Out? These are different.

A Natural Wine Happy Hour For Every Day Of The Week

A Natural Wine Happy Hour For Every Day Of The Week

From Monday through Sunday, we've got you covered.

Crimes Against Hummus-manity: Or Why Most Hummus In LA Is So Terrible

Crimes Against Hummus-manity: Or Why Most Hummus In LA Is So Terrible

In a world of bastardized, barely edible supermarket hummus, what is truth?

Are Coronavirus Fears Keeping Diners From Chinese Restaurants? The Answer May Be Regional

Are Coronavirus Fears Keeping Diners From Chinese Restaurants? The Answer May Be Regional

It's a different tale at two acclaimed San Gabriel restaurants, and it's Chinese diners who are steering clear of the one specializing in Wuhan cuisine

How To Find SoCal's Best Olive Oil -- And What You Need To Know About It

How To Find SoCal's Best Olive Oil -- And What You Need To Know About It

Your perfect bottle is out there. Here's how to find it.

LA's Vintage Diners, Then And Now

LA's Vintage Diners, Then And Now

Old-school cool still reigns in Southern California... except when it's being demolished by developers.

How To Shop A Chinese Supermarket Like A Pro

How To Shop A Chinese Supermarket Like A Pro

Black fungus, pi dan, haw flakes and taro rolls. Happy eating!

The Northwest Pasadena Taco Survey, A Comprehensive Study

The Northwest Pasadena Taco Survey, A Comprehensive Study

Ever wonder how many places in your area make a great taco? Someone decided to find out... for one 'hood.

It's Lights Out For Pho Broadway In Chinatown, But No One's Getting The Secret Recipe

It's Lights Out For Pho Broadway In Chinatown, But No One's Getting The Secret Recipe

The beloved restaurant is in a strip mall that's set to become a 25-story apartment complex, as Chinatown continues to gentrify.

The Best Café De Olla In Los Angeles -- And Why You Need To Drink It

The Best Café De Olla In Los Angeles -- And Why You Need To Drink It

At its most basic, café de olla is an old timey way of making instant coffee. It's also a ritual that nourishes the soul.

8 Of LA's Most Fabulous Falafels

8 Of LA's Most Fabulous Falafels

Crunchy on the outside, moist and fluffy on the inside, falafel is a simple food prepared with exceptional technique.

7 Of The Best Lomo Saltados In LA

7 Of The Best Lomo Saltados In LA

Starchy, beefy and satisfying, lomo saltado is one of Peru's most popular culinary exports.

13 Places To Find Pork-Free Ramen In Los Angeles

13 Places To Find Pork-Free Ramen In Los Angeles

Ramen isn't just for pork lovers. Warm up to these vegetarian, chicken and beef bowls.

Is LA Ready For New Street Vending Rules?

Is LA Ready For New Street Vending Rules?

As of Jan. 1, every L.A. street vendor of tacos, pupusas, hot chicken sandwiches, even clothes, or anything really, will have to buy a permit or eventually face fines.

 18 Years Of Al Pastor At Taqueria Vista Hermosa

18 Years Of Al Pastor At Taqueria Vista Hermosa

For Raul Morales, the road to success was paved with slowly roasted pork.

LA's Street Vendors Won't Be Fined -- At First -- As City Rolls Out New Rules

LA's Street Vendors Won't Be Fined -- At First -- As City Rolls Out New Rules

LA City officials appear to have heard the please of street vending advocates who have been warning for weeks neither the authorities or the vendors seem ready for the new rules that go into effect Jan. 1.

Sweet, Fruity, Boozy Ponche Is The Flavor Of Christmas

Sweet, Fruity, Boozy Ponche Is The Flavor Of Christmas

The aromatic Christmastime staple conjures memories of childhood -- and has a high-octane kick.

Grab Your Spoon For A Country-By-Country Tour Of SoCal's Porridge Scene

Grab Your Spoon For A Country-By-Country Tour Of SoCal's Porridge Scene

Congee. Bobar. Chok. Juk. Bubur ayam. One of the most comforting comfort foods, it goes by many names and has many preparations.

Your Essential Los Angeles Cookbooks

Your Essential Los Angeles Cookbooks

Give everyone on your gift list -- or yourself -- a taste of Los Angeles.

Is It OK To Take Avocados And Other Fruits From Your Neighbor's Tree? LA's Favorite Question, Revisited

Is It OK To Take Avocados And Other Fruits From Your Neighbor's Tree? LA's Favorite Question, Revisited

One of our colleagues asked if she should take avocados from her neighbor's tree. We decided to ask all of Los Angeles for the answer. 

The Best Fresh Kimchi Shops In Los Angeles

The Best Fresh Kimchi Shops In Los Angeles

Get ready to go hard on Napa cabbage, mu radish, garlic chives and petite cucumbers.

LA's Street Vendor Permit Program Is About To Begin. Why One City Councilman Is Already Trying To Tighten It

LA's Street Vendor Permit Program Is About To Begin. Why One City Councilman Is Already Trying To Tighten It

It took years of debate before L.A.'s City Council passed the new law. Now a motion seeks to tighten street vendor permit enforcement just weeks before it starts.

The 7 Best Holiday Foods At Disneyland And Disney California Adventure

The 7 Best Holiday Foods At Disneyland And Disney California Adventure

No one goes all out for the Christmas season like Disney does -- and that includes the food.

Where To Find Great Holiday Tamales In SoCal

Where To Find Great Holiday Tamales In SoCal

Christmas is barreling down on us, as relentless as a winter storm. So order your tamales now.

A Few Of LA's Best Vegan Tamales

A Few Of LA's Best Vegan Tamales

These aren't your mama's tamales but they are packed with flavor and they have the texture you've come to expect from this holiday heavyweight.

The Source, LA's Cult Favorite Vegetarian Restaurant, Returns -- For One Night

The Source, LA's Cult Favorite Vegetarian Restaurant, Returns -- For One Night

Here's how a dude named Jim Baker rechristened himself Father Yod and planted the seeds for a food revolution.

I Attended A Natural Disaster Dinner Party And It Made Me Feel Better About The Big One

I Attended A Natural Disaster Dinner Party And It Made Me Feel Better About The Big One

Your Twitter followers won't be around to dig you out of the debris -- but your neighbors might.

How Hot Chicken Sandwiches Conquered San Fernando Valley Car Washes

How Hot Chicken Sandwiches Conquered San Fernando Valley Car Washes

Want to find the best spicy fried chicken in the 818? Head to a car wash after dark.

Where To Find The Best Poutine In Los Angeles

Where To Find The Best Poutine In Los Angeles

Here in Los Angeles, poutine is having its deep-fried, stains-on-the-shirt moment.

Cha Cha Cha Rises Like A Neon Phoenix In Virgil Village -- Except Now It's Condos And No One Asked About The Name

Cha Cha Cha Rises Like A Neon Phoenix In Virgil Village -- Except Now It's Condos And No One Asked About The Name

If you want a microcosm of gentrification in Los Angeles, circa 2019, you won't find a better case study.

A Love Letter To The Lynwood Pizza Parlor That Raised Me

A Love Letter To The Lynwood Pizza Parlor That Raised Me

For 56 years, this unassuming pizzeria has been serving delicious, ultra thin pies and their trademark shredded pepperoni.

This Saturday Experts Prep You For The Holidays At The Original Farmers Market on 3rd & Fairfax

This Saturday Experts Prep You For The Holidays At The Original Farmers Market on 3rd & Fairfax
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Artisan grocers, butchers, and retailers will be open for the event, along with 10 workshops lead by specialists in each topic.

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