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

To find the oldest continuously operating tortilleria in Southern California, you need to hop on the 10 Freeway and drive   all the way to the outskirts of downtown Indio to Arriola’s…

Arriola’s Tortilleria in Indio has sold tortillas longer than anyone in Southern California

To find the oldest continuously operating tortilleria in Southern California, you need to hop on the 10 Freeway and drive all the way to the outskirts of downtown Indio to Arriola’s…

When you’re introduced to a cuisine by eating in restaurants, often times the process and pantry seem impenetrable.

Making Korean meals at home is easier than you think, says Sohui Kim

When you’re introduced to a cuisine by eating in restaurants, often times the process and pantry seem impenetrable.

KCRW and Gustavo Arellano’s second annual   Great Tortilla Tournament   is now underway, with 32 tortilla makers from across Southern California moving on to the second round this…

Defending champion Sonoratown aims for tortilla perfection

KCRW and Gustavo Arellano’s second annual Great Tortilla Tournament is now underway, with 32 tortilla makers from across Southern California moving on to the second round this…

Over at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, chefs are flocking to  Weiser Family Farms    for biquinho peppers.

Now in season, Biquinho peppers are coveted by chefs. Here’s why

Over at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, chefs are flocking to Weiser Family Farms  for biquinho peppers.

LA is a city that runs on corn tortillas, and the best of them start with quality masa.

Making masa at Carnitas Uruapan

LA is a city that runs on corn tortillas, and the best of them start with quality masa.

In 2018,  Gustavo Arellano  wrote for the New Yorker about Le Mirage Pastry, a Syrian bakery in Anaheim making bouza, a chewy ice cream studded with pistachios.

Le Mirage Pastry in Anaheim is a destination for Syrian ice cream

In 2018, Gustavo Arellano wrote for the New Yorker about Le Mirage Pastry, a Syrian bakery in Anaheim making bouza, a chewy ice cream studded with pistachios.

These days Los Angeles chef  Jet Tila    is recognized by millions as a presenter on Iron Chef America. But cooking well, and teaching others how to do it, is still a passion of his.

Improving on the classics with Team Tila

These days Los Angeles chef Jet Tila   is recognized by millions as a presenter on Iron Chef America. But cooking well, and teaching others how to do it, is still a passion of his.

You never know who just might win! Tasting notes from the judges.

#TortillaTournament week 1 recap: Upsets galore!

You never know who just might win! Tasting notes from the judges.

Chris Smith  is a UK native and author whose fascination with okra began when he first encountered it at a greasy spoon diner in Georgia.

Okra finally gets some respect

Chris Smith is a UK native and author whose fascination with okra began when he first encountered it at a greasy spoon diner in Georgia.

It’s grape season in Southern California.

Market Report: Grapes

It’s grape season in Southern California.

Last year, I approached KCRW with the most ridiculous idea, in a career admittedly built on them: What if we did a sports-like tournament, but centered on tortillas?

KCRW & Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament is back, bigger and better!

Last year, I approached KCRW with the most ridiculous idea, in a career admittedly built on them: What if we did a sports-like tournament, but centered on tortillas?

Konbi  is a minimalist ten-seat lunch counter on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.

Konbi’s tribute to the Japanese convenience store sandwich

Konbi is a minimalist ten-seat lunch counter on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.

Orange County residents might remember the fast food chain Naugles, which was a competitor to Del Taco and Taco Bell in the 1970s and 80s before eventually going defunct.

At Naugles, a heavy dose of Cal-Mex nostalgia

Orange County residents might remember the fast food chain Naugles, which was a competitor to Del Taco and Taco Bell in the 1970s and 80s before eventually going defunct.

On a brisk, June morning in Silverlake, food writer     Karla Vasquez     stands in front of a shady backyard table, speaking to an audience of nine.   
  She’s hosting her third…

Writer Karla Vasquez strives to preserve Salvadoran food culture in L.A.

On a brisk, June morning in Silverlake, food writer   Karla Vasquez   stands in front of a shady backyard table, speaking to an audience of nine.  She’s hosting her third…

On a brisk, June morning in Silverlake, food writer   Karla Vasquez   stands in front of a shady backyard table, speaking to an audience of nine.

Writer Karla Vasquez strives to preserve Salvadoran food culture in L.A.

On a brisk, June morning in Silverlake, food writer Karla Vasquez stands in front of a shady backyard table, speaking to an audience of nine.

Last year, I approached KCRW with the most ridiculous idea, in a career admittedly built on them: What if we did a sports-like tournament, but centered on tortillas?

KCRW & Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament is back, bigger and better!

Last year, I approached KCRW with the most ridiculous idea, in a career admittedly built on them: What if we did a sports-like tournament, but centered on tortillas?

At various points in director Lulu Wang’s movie "The Farewell," a Chinese family is shown interacting around the dinner table.

How food communicates love and tension in 'The Farewell'

At various points in director Lulu Wang’s movie "The Farewell," a Chinese family is shown interacting around the dinner table.

Good Food Market Report correspondent  Gillian Ferguson  is back at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, this time with “fruit detective”  David Karp .

Market Report: Greengage Plums

Good Food Market Report correspondent Gillian Ferguson is back at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, this time with “fruit detective” David Karp .

Nearly a decade ago, John and Molly Chester were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment.

“Biggest Little Farm” shows the triumphs and troubles of sustainable farming

Nearly a decade ago, John and Molly Chester were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment.

LA Times restaurant critic  Patricia Escárcega    visits  Bulgarini    in Altadena, named for the restaurant’s chef, Leo Bulgarini.

Handmade pastas and gelato star at Bulgarini

LA Times restaurant critic Patricia Escárcega  visits Bulgarini  in Altadena, named for the restaurant’s chef, Leo Bulgarini.