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Personal Essays

Charcuterie Los Angeles

Decoding the L.A. Restaurant Scene: 20 Years Past and Future

I recently spoke to the Culinary Historians of Southern California at the LAPL Central Library. My talk, titled “Decoding the L.A. Restaurant Scene: 20 Years Past and Future” assessed the past two decades and...
Candy Delivery

Hidden Valley Camp Food Memories

Suddenly, all signs seemed to point to Freedom, Maine, a tiny town with 719 people. First, former Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin’s Editor’s Letter mentioned her son going to summer camp in Freedom....
Jamaican Food Los Angeles

Restaurant Problems That Need to Disappear

Considering that I dine at restaurants 2-3 times per day, certain patterns emerge. Not every impression relates to the food or drink before me. I also gain insights into how restaurants and cafés function....
Wedding Los Angeles

#StaceyPlusJosh Wedding Food Story

“That’s a lot of money for a one night stand.” Stacey and I were hosting a family dinner when my future in-laws, who were both born in southern China and sometimes let malapropisms slip,...
Restaurant Los Angeles

Chefs Leave, Then What?

Chefs leave. It’s inevitable. They leave to open their own restaurants. They’re fired. They leave the industry entirely. In the past two years, some of my favorite chefs have left L.A. restaurants. Since I’m...
Childhood

Childhood Food Memories: Fact vs. Fiction

There’s a distinct possibility that personal preferences (or dislikes) form early in life, but is what we remember even reality? When visiting my mother last December in South Florida, where she grew up and...