Week in Pictures: Dead Santa, Lebanese Flatbreads, Farewell Pasta + Ginger Beer

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Pasta Los Angeles

January 4, 2012 - Dinner with friends took place at Angeli Caffe, closing on January 13. Our meal included a big plate of linguine alle vongole. Congratulations to chef-owner Evan Kleiman on operating the Melrose institution for 27 years, which is quite an achievement.

Every week involves a steady 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. Lucky me. Discover highlights from January 2 – 8, 2012, some of which will help to fuel full posts.

Thai Food Los Angeles

January 2, 2012 – The New Year started spicy at Thai Town institution Ruen Pair . Their spicy combination salad was also plenty funky, with black 1000-year-old egg, salted egg, crusty slices of pork sausage, crunchy pickled cabbage, red onion, dried shrimp and more.

Lebanese Bakery Los Angeles

January 3, 2012 – Liana Aghajanian’s Squid Ink article led me and Matthew “Mattatouille” Kang up the 2 freeway to a La Crescenta strip mall for Shanto’s Bakery, where we experienced Shaunt Adessian’s savory Lebanese flatbreads and a baked falafel sandwich.

Italian Food Los Angeles

January 4, 2012 – My all-Italian eating day began at a southern Italian culinary stronghold called Sotto. Each visit brings surprises to Steve Samson and Zach Pollack’s seasonal menu, but some dishes endure, like panelle, chickpea fritters with grated Ragusano cheese and a squeeze of lemon.

Sandwich Los Angeles

January 5, 2012Golden Road Brewing debuted the latest component in their beer-fueled arsenal, a 152-seat gastropub in the compound’s yellow building. The blackboard menu includes a Sloppy Joseph with crispy onions on a Kaiser roll. It comes with a side for an extra 3 bucks. For us, that meant four-bean salad.

Craft Beer Los Angeles

January 6, 2012Little Bear debuted in downtown’s Arts District across from Church & State, complete with chef Andre Guerrero in the kitchen, certified cicerone Ryan Sweeney running the bar, Belgian influences in both the food and drink, and plenty of communal seating.

Ginger Beer Los Angeles

January 7, 2012 – Lunch led us past Randy’s gigantic donut to Airport Plaza and Front Page Jamaican Grille, a five-year-old restaurant from a Saint Thomas native and his Angeleno wife. Their son made some ginger beer in-house that brought some serious heat.

Fish Los Angeles

January 7, 2012Larry’s Venice hosted Cismontane brewmaster Evan Weinberg, who brought seasonal beers from south Orange County, including Dead Santa brown ale and Oaked Barrel Aged Dos Cone Es Imperial IPA. Chef Brendan Collins and chef de cuisine Joe Cook continued to attract beachgoers with dishes like bacon wrapped salmon with beets and gnocchi.


Joshua Lurie

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

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