Good Food

Good Food

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

At Tirsa’s Mexican Cafe near LA’s Chinatown, there are   half-pound burritos   and colossal Hot Cheetos concoctions. L.A. Times restaurant critic   Patricia Escarcega   checks it out.

Patricia Escarcega gets acquainted with the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto sope

At Tirsa’s Mexican Cafe near LA’s Chinatown, there are half-pound burritos and colossal Hot Cheetos concoctions. L.A. Times restaurant critic Patricia Escarcega checks it out.

“There is literally no downside to eating beans,” says   Meghan McCarron  . She rounded up her favorite bean varieties and obsession with Rancho Gordo in her   latest story  .

Food nerd alert! Beans are trending

“There is literally no downside to eating beans,” says  Meghan McCarron . She rounded up her favorite bean varieties and obsession with Rancho Gordo in her latest story .

How are people eating beans around the world? How do you  cook a perfect pot of beans during cooler winter months?

Simmering beans in our global melting pot

How are people eating beans around the world? How do you  cook a perfect pot of beans during cooler winter months?

The first black franchised McDonald’s opened in December 1968.By 1971, the number of black franchises grew to almost 50.

Relationship status between McDonald’s and Black America? It’s complicated

The first black franchised McDonald’s opened in December 1968.By 1971, the number of black franchises grew to almost 50.

There’s a parade of papayas at the market this week, and Market Report correspondent   Gillian Ferguson   talks about homemade tajin with acclaimed pastry chef, Cecilia Leung.

Papaya pageantry hits the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

There’s a parade of papayas at the market this week, and Market Report correspondent Gillian Ferguson talks about homemade tajin with acclaimed pastry chef, Cecilia Leung.

With restrictions on international travel and a steady increase of reported cases, the coronavirus is taking a toll on Chinese businesses in the United States.

Racism spreads to Chinese establishments in the wake of the coronavirus

With restrictions on international travel and a steady increase of reported cases, the coronavirus is taking a toll on Chinese businesses in the United States.

Dating can be a drag and online apps just add stress to the equation.  Amanda Shapiro experimented with booze-free dating and documents her success in a   piece   for Healthyish by  …

Do you really need booze to get boys? Dating without alcohol

Dating can be a drag and online apps just add stress to the equation.  Amanda Shapiro experimented with booze-free dating and documents her success in a piece for Healthyish by …

L.A. Times restaurant critic  Patricia Escarcega  heads to Bebot in Long Beach, with menu items that have been described as “  millennial Filipino food  .”

Patricia Escarcega tracks down soulful Filipino

L.A. Times restaurant critic Patricia Escarcega heads to Bebot in Long Beach, with menu items that have been described as “ millennial Filipino food .”

Writer   Gideon Brower   uncovers the quirky origin story of “Candypants,” the original edible underwear that involves cutting-edge food science, disco, Tokyo Rose, and a suitcase…

Sizing up the creation of edible underwear

Writer Gideon Brower uncovers the quirky origin story of “Candypants,” the original edible underwear that involves cutting-edge food science, disco, Tokyo Rose, and a suitcase…

Verjus, a green juice used since the Middle Ages, is having a resurgence among chefs and mixologists.

Low-alcohol alternatives are having a moment

Verjus, a green juice used since the Middle Ages, is having a resurgence among chefs and mixologists.

The restaurant prix fixe menu is to Valentine’s Day as Cupid is to a bow & arrow.

Do you really want to go out on Valentine’s Day?

The restaurant prix fixe menu is to Valentine’s Day as Cupid is to a bow & arrow.

Market Report correspondent  Gillian Ferguson  catches up with Brittany Cassidy at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, where she shares how she is putting seasonal citrus to work at…

Giving citrus the squeeze at the Farmers’ Market

Market Report correspondent Gillian Ferguson  catches up with Brittany Cassidy at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, where she shares how she is putting seasonal citrus to work at…

ohn Becker and his wife, Megan Scott, took on the daunting task of updating his great-grandmother’s legacy book, “  The Joy of Cooking  .”

Modernizing the ‘The Joy of Cooking’

ohn Becker and his wife, Megan Scott, took on the daunting task of updating his great-grandmother’s legacy book, “ The Joy of Cooking .”

L.A. Times restaurant critic  Bill Addison  takes us to Boyle Heights for a taco circuit must:   El Ruso  .

Bill Addison gets a taco fix in Boyle Heights

L.A. Times restaurant critic Bill Addison takes us to Boyle Heights for a taco circuit must: El Ruso .

Lior Lev Sercarz   has mastered the art of spice blends, creating seasonings that unlock global flavors and transform simple ingredients into sophisticated meals.

Spicing up the homecook’s repertoire

Lior Lev Sercarz has mastered the art of spice blends, creating seasonings that unlock global flavors and transform simple ingredients into sophisticated meals.

Market Report correspondent Gillian Ferguson visits Chef Balo Orozco   of   Onda   at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, where he shares his take on the sweet potato.

Welcoming sweet potatoes back to the Farmers’ Market

Market Report correspondent Gillian Ferguson visits Chef Balo Orozco of Onda at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, where he shares his take on the sweet potato.

Known for his smoky slabs of ribs, Woody Phillips was a big name in the Los Angeles barbecue scene.

Remembering barbecue master Woody Phillips

Known for his smoky slabs of ribs, Woody Phillips was a big name in the Los Angeles barbecue scene.

Known as the “Mushroom Lady” and “the Mick Jagger of the produce world,” Frieda Caplan was a game changer for how Americans eat.

Breaking through the glass ceiling one kiwi at a time

Known as the “Mushroom Lady” and “the Mick Jagger of the produce world,” Frieda Caplan was a game changer for how Americans eat.

Citrus season is at its peak!

Putting citrus in the limelight

Citrus season is at its peak!

The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined.

Rethinking our love affair with shrimp

The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined.