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Chef Los Angeles

Interview: Chef Minh Phan (Porridge + Puffs)

Chef Minh Phan is leading a new wave of highly personal Historic Filipinotown restaurants at Porridge + Puffs. Her seasonal restaurant builds on lessons learned at California School of Culinary Arts and at farm-to-table...
Thermometer California

Do Restaurants Deserve Second Chances?

When somebody lives in a place like Baker, a desolate California town in the Mojave Desert with only 735 residents that’s best known for The World’s Tallest Thermometer, it gets tougher to write off...
Dumplings Los Angeles

Why Food Writers Must Stop Promoting “Cheap” Eats

It’s imperative that editors and writers stop describing food as “cheap eats.” Most of the time, they’re stigmatizing culinary contributions from immigrant cultures. Avoid such indignities and these family-run and indie restaurants stand a...
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...
Food Writer Los Angeles

Interview: Author, TV Personality + Podcaster Simon Majumdar

Noted British-born storyteller Simon Majumdar continues his mission to “Go Everywhere. Eat Everything.” He started a popular blog called Dos Hermanos with brother Robin in 2005, which propelled him to prominence. Since then, he’s...
Chefs Los Angeles

Interview: Restaurateur Michael McCarty on 40 Years of Michael’s Santa Monica

Michael McCarty opened Michael’s Santa Monica in 1979, helping to signal the rise of seasonal California cuisine, which predated the debut of the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market by two years. He followed that...