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Los Angeles Food People During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Food people are remarkably resilient. Even a pandemic can’t dissuade chefs and restaurateurs from feeding people, whether that’s in a restaurant, from home or a parking lot. Through the COVID-19 crisis, I still encountered...
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Endorffeine Tamarind Thai Basil Tea (Drink of the Week)

A few things don’t quite ring true with Endorffeine‘s Tamarind Thai Basil Tea ($4.25). For instance, barista Jack Benchakul’s modern, glass-fronted coffee bar in
Coffee Los Angeles

Cognoscenti Coffee Cold Brew Lattes (Drink of the Week)

Nowhere on the Cognoscenti Coffee Chinatown menu does it say that they’re serving Thai iced coffee, but considering scientifically minded barista Jack Benchakul is Thai-American, and he’s using prominent Thai ingredients in each signature...
Coffee Los Angeles

Cognoscenti Coffee Antoinette (Drink of the Week)

A devilish sign signaled my arrival at Cognoscenti Coffee‘s latest outpost at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park. Cog, which Yeekai Lim launched in 2010, has already found success at Atwater Village’s Proof Bakery...