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Foodie Round-up: Crudo, Veggie "Burritos," $40 Tacos

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  • Oh Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan Gold! Where will you eat this week? Why, Hacienda Heights, my dear foodies: at Earthen, a wildly popular new Chinese deli in - what else - a strip mall. I'll take an order of potstickers, please.
  • Top Chef Recap: Lordy, lordy, what an upset! The underdog quartet of Howie, Hung, Sara, and Dale captured the win in Restaurant Wars, cleaning up their menu and sporting a new name: Quatre. Tre got handed his knives after failing to lead CJ, Bonnie and that Malarkey guy to victory with their half-assed "April" concept. Oh, and they gave Rocco DiSpirito a blog over on the Bravo site, but who gives a fuck when you've got Tony Bourdain?
  • LosAnjealous asks a vegetarian about Oki-Dog: want the vegetarian burrito? Here's what comes in it: "Iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes, onions, sliced dill pickles and shredded cheese wrapped in a giant white flour tortilla by a toothless man." Yum!
  • The LA Times talks about techniques and tips for making crudo that tastes of the Italian seaside - and shares some restaurant recommendations for those of you wary of handling raw fish at home.
  • What on earth would possible compel two Hasidic Jews and an evangelical Christian to work together? Why, the pursuit of truly organic and sustainably farmed food, proving that the environment could and should be a top concern for religious voters. Via NY Times.
  • Bon Appetit's website, Epicurious, has started - gasp! - a blog! What sets this one apart are the inside looks into the magazine's test kitchen: check out the Epicurious team already working on the Thanksgiving issue.
  • Where are Los Angeles's most expensive tacos? Why, in Brentwood, of course, where two filet mignon tacos will run you a cool $38.50. Yeah, and with that, I will be enjoying my $1.25 carne asada tacos from Dos Burritos for lunch, thank you very much.
  • Fodor's Travel Wire reviews Wolfgang Puck's seventh Los Angeles venture, Red Seven, which gets top marks despite the usual disclaimer about "why so many restaurants [in Los Angeles] turn heads but don't always pass the taste test." Yadda freakin ya.
  • How many miles does your food travel to reach your plate? Gristmill examines this vexing question: the conclusion? We're still not sure, and it's hard to figure out. Keep going to your Farmer's Market, though. Photo of Johnie's by omaromar via Flickr.