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Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: bartender Jeremy Lake (Playa + Rivera)

Jeremy Lake got started behind the bar at Jerry’s Deli and skipped a birthday blowout in Cabo to train with industry leader Julian Cox. The gambit paid off. Lake now works as Program Director...
Chef Los Angeles

Playa Utilizes Rooftop Cielo Verde Garden

On June 21, Playa invited media types to climb a pair of ladders…after drinking seasonal cocktails. It was a tricky proposition, but led to a unique garden, which has eliminated their need to visit...
Korean Food Los Angeles

Week in Pictures: Bulgogi, Kale Tacos + Meatloaf

Every week involves a seemingly continuous stream of food, drinks and people. Of course not every taste or conversation is post-able, but the range of experiences is usually pretty amazing. Discover favorites from June...
Bartender Los Angeles

Top Selling Cocktails at Los Angeles Bars (Part 2)

I asked 8 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, just as they...
Pork Los Angeles

Playa Puerco [CLOSED]

Playa has been open for less than two weeks, and chef/co-owner John Rivera Sedlar is still turning the screws on a playful menu that furthers his exploration of urban Latin cuisine. However, he’s already...
Pork Los Angeles

Playa Pork Belly at Test Kitchen [CLOSED]

Repeated meals at Rivera have convinced me that when John Rivera Sedlar is in the kitchen, it’s a very good idea to be on the receiving end. When word went out that he’d be...