FROM Katherine Spiers
Music festivals become can't-miss events for foodies Angelenos will be flocking to Coachella this weekend and next. The Arroyo Seco festival isn’t far behind in June, and FYF Fest is in July. While all three festivals boast big names in their music lineups, their food lineups are equally packed with celebrity chefs.
LA has a new Jewish deli, even as old ones die off “Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey” opened this month in the Fairfax neighborhood to long lines. It has most of the staples you’d expect at a standard kosher deli: pastrami, smoked salmon, brisket. But there’s no rye bread -- a move chef Eric Greenspan says is intentional.
Mall food court goes gourmet When you think of a mall food court, you probably think of greasy pizza and Wetzel’s Pretzels? Well food courts are growing up, and one of the most interesting can be found in Santa Anita.
Where to find traditional Chinese New Year dishes in LA The year of the rooster begins on Saturday. We look at the meaning behind the rooster in the Chinese zodiac, as well as traditional new year dishes like long noodles, mandarin oranges and spring rolls. L.A. Weekly food editor and host of the podcast "Smart Mouth" Katherine Spiers ran down a list of where to find some traditional Chinese New Year foods in LA right now. Here are her suggestions: Mama Lu 's in Monterey Park for stir-fried dumplings Luscious for pot sticker style dumplings Five Star Seafood Restaurant for steamed rock cod Wang Jia in San Gabriel for sweet rice balls; they serve them stuffed with sesame paste and topped with bits of Osmanthus flower. Class 302 for miswa, a dish made with long noodles Sea Harbour for spring rolls Sam Woo Barbecue for pre-roasted whole poultry Lunasia in Alhambra for turnip cakes or for a one-stop shop for a full, traditional Chinese New Year meal.
Spending Christmas at LA’s Chinese restaurants What will you be eating on Christmas? Gingerbread? Mashed potatoes? Or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, how about sesame noodles and orange chicken? The idea of Jews eating Chinese food on December 25 is so ingrained that it’s become a punchline. But is it a provable phenomenon, and if so, how did the trend start?
Gingerbread, chocolate, sugar: Where to get your fill of holiday cookies Bakeries throughout L.A. are making special seasonal treats. We talk about where to find the best ones, and the history of the holiday cookie.
Where to find the best desserts in LA You are not going to lose weight until January. There was Halloween. Thanksgiving is coming up, then the holidays. So just give in: eat dessert. And do it now, because LA is going through a kind of dessert renaissance. Katherine Spiers Katherine Spiers
Where are the best breakfast tacos in LA? The breakfast burrito is a Los Angeles staple. But the breakfast taco is quickly gaining ground. It’s the battle you didn’t know about, between two delicious tortilla-wrapped meals. And LA eaters have surprisingly strong feelings about it.
Western Exterminator wants eating bugs to be mainstream On Saturday, October 8th , a daring new pop-up restaurant hits the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s not put on by Roy Choi or any other chef you might know; it’s a pop-up from Western Exterminator. Yes, the bug killer. And the menu will be built around bugs. The pop-up may or may not sound appetizing, but it is one more sign that the trend of eating insects is going mainstream… maybe.
Which city has the best Chinese food west of the Mississippi? Los Angeles is constantly in competition with New York. Whether we want to be or not, we’re often pitted against the East Coast city in the news and popular culture. But now LA is in a surprising new competition with a city in the West – Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s a battle over which city has the best Chinese food west of the Mississippi.
LA ‘gourmet-ifies’ Hawaiian grub There’s no need for Angelenos to hop on a plane to Hawaii to get a taste of island fare. LA’s long had an abundance of Hawaiian food, but now there are a number of new places to get a taste of Hawaii, Spam and all.
In the great bagel debate, is LA finally catching up with NY? New Yorkers have long bragged that their bagels are best, and with good reason. But it looks like Los Angeles could finally be catching up in the great bagel debate, but in a distinctly LA way.
Tossing out the rules for a proper charcuterie There’s always some new food trend sweeping Los Angeles, whether it’s some fabulous thing wrapped in bacon or bone broth in a cup fashioned from a hollowed-out zucchini. That's all well and good, but the beautiful thing about a good charcuterie is that it can encompass every trend, from a Vietnamese spin on the classic to good old fashioned prosciutto.
San Francisco, Santa Clara challenge Trump's sanctuary policies San Francisco and Santa Clara have filed suit to block President Trump’s executive order to withdraw federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. A hearing is set for Friday.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.
LA cleantech's future, music photographer Mick Rock As President Trump embraces dirty fuels, what happens to LA's burgeoning cleantech industry? Start-up companies are planning for an uncertain future but staying optimistic. Veteran photographer Mick Rock defined a musical era. Now the camera has been turned on him. Mick Rock and Barnaby Clay talk about capturing glam and its legacy in Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.