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The Tasting Kitchen (Brunch): Dialing in a Hybrid Meal

The Westside of Los Angeles has a thing for hybrids. No wonder so many Priuses (or is it Prii?) are silently traversing mean streets like Montana, San Vicente and Abbot Kinney. That fact also...
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Top Selling Cocktails at Los Angeles Bars

We asked 6 prominent L.A. bartenders one question: “What’s your best selling cocktail, and why do you think that’s the case?” Their responses provide insight about both clientele and bar programs.
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The Tasting Kitchen: Showcasing the Seasons on Abbot Kinney

I started hearing rumblings about The Tasting Kitchen last fall. A young, hungry crew of Pacific Northwesterners invaded Abbot Kinney Boulevard, taking over the short-lived home of AK restaurant + bar. Chef Casey Lane,...
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Interview: mixologist Justin Pike (The Tasting Kitchen)

Several L.A. bartenders are inspired by farmers markets. Others incorporate molecular elements. Justin Pike charted a different path, drawing on pre-Prohibition traditions to produce his own bitters, liqueurs and other “medicinal” ingredients. Pike grew...