Favorite Posts from January 7 – 13, 2013

Middle Eastern Food Orange County

Olive Tree made Barbara Hansen’s Little Arabia round-up thanks to dishes like fattit hommus.

Find links to some interesting posts from L.A. food writers over the past week.

Daily Breeze

Daily Breeze writer Kristin S. Agostoni reported, New York pizza chain, Grimaldi’s, to open El Segundo site, featuring 280 seats and specializing in coal-fired pizzas and calzones at 2121 Rosecrans Avenue. This will be the first of six California locations.


On January 7, EatMx founder Barbara Hansen shared, How to Make Really Great Rajas.

Eater LA

On January 11, Eater LA contributor Matthew Kang reported, Up For Grabs: Union Station’s Harvey House Seeks Full-Time Operator. Hopefully the historic space doesn’t just open its doors for special events like LA Beer Week anymore.

On January 10, Eater LA contributor Matthew Kang shared his picks for The 18 Biggest Restaurant Openings of 2012, including Bestia, Superba Snack Bar, and The Hart + The Hunter.

On January 10, Eater LA editor Kat Odell reported, Talia’s in MB to Shutter for David LeFevre Restaurant. We knew about the concept, but didn’t know the space.

Eating LA

On January 13, Eating LA founder Pat Saperstein reported about The Taste: Bourdain and Lefebvre serve up a preview of their new cooking competition show. The show debuts January 22 and “looks like a fun twist on the ‘Top Chef’ or ‘Chopped’ formats.”

Grub Street LA

On January 8, Grub Street LA editor Hadley Tomicki reported, Chè Chè Chè Serving Sweets Beside Brodard in Little Saigon.

LA Mag

On January 10, LA Mag contributor Bill Esparza reported, Bar Amá Offers Two Little-Known Mexican Spirits: Bacanora and Sotol.

LA Times

On January 7, in the latest installment of The Enabler, LA Times staff writer Jessica Gelt wrote about Love and whiskey at the Blind Donkey.

LA Weekly

On January 11, LA Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell reported, Two Great Fundraisers: Animal and N/Naka Both Have Benefit Dinners Coming Up.

Midtown Lunch

On January 10, Midtown Lunch LA founder Zach Brooks reported, Hummus Bar Express is Now Open (and Dominating Lunch) on the Promenade.


Barbara Hansen contributed a story to Saveur about Anaheim’s Little Arabia, complete with restaurant and market recommendations and photos from a talented couple I know, Dylan + Jeni.

Street Gourmet LA

On January 8, Street Gourmet LA founder Bill Esparza shared a remembrance of the dearly departed host of California Gold in a post titled, Churros and Tequila With My Friend Huell Howser, October 18, 1945 – January 6, 2013—Vaya Con Dios.

Table Conversation

On January 8, Table Conversation founder Barbara Hansen teased her latest contribution to a national magazine in a post titled, Little Arabia—See the Gorgeous Food in Saveur.


On January 7, Zagat LA editor Lesley Balla shared, 16 Restaurants to Get Excited About, aka LA’s 2013 Dining Preview, including Hinoki & the Bird, Connie & Ted’s, Republique, and Fishing With Dynamite.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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