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Foodie Round-Up: Try Our Thai, Won't You?

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  • We're still kind of obsessed with the cooking videos over at imcooked, especially the oddly soothing clips of Thai street vendors cooking their wares: in the video above, check out a fried mussel dish prepared in less than four minutes.
  • The LA Times heads north this week to seek out culinary finds in Ventura and Santa Barbara, respectively: first at new vegan restaurant, Mary's Secret Garden, and then at the Santa Barbara outpost of chef David Lentz's Hungry Cat.
  • The Times returns closer to home to explore some far-out flavors and taste experiences: live baby octopus? Dining in complete and utter darkness? The SPICIEST RAMEN EVER? Nice.
  • Jonathan Gold discovers what he thinks may well be the best (L.A.-style) sandwiches on the East Side at Cemitas Poblanos Elvirita and Las Nuevas in East LA.
  • Heidi over at 101Cookbooks has been trying out recipes from the Hearst Castle cookbook lately, and whips up some shortbread cookies with historic value.
  • Who are the fifteen most eco-friendly chefs in America? Alice Waters tops Grist's list, one of four Californian chefs who meet the site's standards for ecologically conscious restaurant practices.
  • On the list of places we are now tempted to try: Potatomato turns in a great review of Uzbekistan, an Eastern European restaurant in Hollywood with solid food and a surprisingly classy touch.
  • Pat Saperstein over at EatingLA wonders why there is no destination spot for dining and watching classic films in Los Angeles (no, the apple-chicken "gourmet" hot dog at the ArcLight doesn't count).
  • Have you been keeping an eye on our Thai? So far in LAist's Thai One On culinary initiative, we have visited Ganda, Ruen Pair, and now Banam Khanom. Just you wait and see where we go next....