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Restaurant Critic and Columnist — LA Times
As seen in:  LA Times, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly

The belly of Los Angeles. @LATimes restaurant critic.

Review: Garlic & Chives by Kristin in Little Saigon reconfigures the familiar in startling new ways — Here we are at the Mall of Fortune, the vast strip mall that many people consider the heart of Vietnamese Garden Grove. There are sprawling noodle complexes, a crowded bakery and a seven-courses-of-beef restaurant that seems as large as a soccer field. Interested in bun cha Hanoi (charcoal-grilled pork patties with noodles)?
Sep 04, 2015

Could toothpick lamb possibly get any better? Why yes - yes it could.

Lobster rolls and 'HoJo-style' clams at Catch & Release — The life of a certain kind of restaurant, one is given to understand, can be nasty, brutish and short. A bakery-cafe concept, reborn as an Asian fusion restaurant, may already be out of business in its new incarnation as a Mexican-leaning nose-to-tail beer garden. Your great-aunt's favorite pasta place serves barbecue now.

N.W.A: A Hard Act to Follow — This article was originally published on May 5, 1989. August '88: Eazy E props his Air Jordans up on a desk, stares at the ceiling, and leaves the room whenever the beeper on his belt goes off, which is often. He answers most of the reporter's questions with a...
Aug 14, 2015

"One promotion guy cackles in the corner, muttering, 'I love to work dirty records. I love to work dirty records.'”…

Aug 17, 2015

When Jonathan Gold told me he'd asked N.W.A. to pose with AK's back in 1989 I don't think I believed it at first.…

Sambar brings an enlightened plane of Indian cuisine to Culver City — Your ideas about porchetta may have been formed in the hills east of Rome or at a truck parked in Umbria, or perhaps with the fennel-scented suckling pig they sometimes serve at Sotto, the stuffed roasts in the case at McCall's Meat & Fish Co. or the sandwiches from Mozza2Go.
Aug 17, 2015

Let's say it's Monday, and you've forgotten to peek at the weekend's restaurant review...

Bryant Ng's Cassia in Santa Monica stars a brilliant pot-au-feu — Pot-au-feu is at the heart of the French kitchen; more than a beef soup, it is the enduring symbol of hearth and home, an emblem of a life well lived. The revolutionary Mirabeau called pot-au-feu the foundation of empires. Anthony Bourdain calls pot-au-feu soul food for socialists.

Where to find a great steak in Italy — My favorite kind of restaurants in Italy tend to be the ones where a well-loved relative might be taken to celebrate his 83rd birthday. The food is traditional, the service kind, the prices not so high. The wine is probably from the next town over.
Aug 11, 2015

My favorite restaurants in Italy are the ones where you might take an uncle on his 83rd birthday.

From Italy, with porchetta — Are you in the mood for tacos? If you are in Tuscany or Umbria you are out of luck. Tacos aren’t really a thing here, although I did recently run across a nachos specialist in Florence.  What you will find, especially on back roads around lunchtime, are porchetta trucks.

Some meals worth stopping for in Italy on a summer road trip, Part 2 — While we were in Modena, my wife maintained, we should try to visit Arnaldo Clinica Gastronomica, a restaurant in the nearby town of Rubiera we had enjoyed on our first trip to Italy 25 years ago.

Some meals worth stopping for in Italy on a summer road trip — Summers in Italy, my summers in Italy at least, tend to begin with a drive, several hours in a rented Fiat pointed toward whatever point on the peninsula best suits the moment's semi-rural needs.

Counter Intelligence: Sqirl sticks to the very basics — Isaiah Berlin, in his famous essay, once divided thinkers into two groups: hedgehogs, who know one big thing, and foxes, who know many things. Proust and Shakespeare. Separating writers into one camp or another has long been a sport of undergraduate humanities majors when the 2 a.m.
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Sep 04, 2015

Could toothpick lamb possibly get any better? Why yes - yes it could.

Sep 03, 2015

So cute! "Cuddle fish, fettuccine, lobster emulsion, tomato confit, Lima Bean"

Sep 03, 2015

We get menus: Foie Gras seared, black waffle, grape jam, charred meringue.

Sep 03, 2015

@mallelis I do not Know, but its Unrepentant Scowl crashed my Browser.

Sep 03, 2015

"The kitchen is a place that sometimes makes you want to hide." A wonderful piece from @John_Birdsall.

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