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Restaurant Critic and Columnist — LA Times
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The belly of Los Angeles. @LATimes restaurant critic.

No country for old kale

latimes.com — Are gardeners happy when their kale starts to bolt? To the best of my knowledge, they are not. Because as attractive as we non-gardeners may find the tiny pale flowers, the people who mulch them, water them and fight off beetly predators see bolting as the end of the plants’ useful life.

26 great cocktails in the Los Angeles area

latimes.com — Cheers! It's six o'clock somewhere. And while your attention may have been diverted elsewhere, Los Angeles has become a cocktail town, a city where the sommelier thing seems just a bit old-fashioned, the craft-beer thing is a little played out and, as far as I know, there is still only one restaurant...

Cocktail Issue: Jonathan Gold's guide to drinking and more

latimes.com — The Cocktail Issue (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times) 26 great cocktails in Los Angeles By Jonathan Gold Cheers! It’s six o’clock somewhere. And while your attention may have been diverted elsewhere, Los Angeles has become a first-rate cocktail town. May we refresh your drink? Read more The...

Hatfields' technique at Odys + Penelope lends itself to myth

latimes.com — Will I riff on for a while about the name of the new restaurant Odys + Penelope? I will not, although it is hard not to. I spend more time than I probably should contemplating the thoughts of faithful Penelope when her disguised husband, Odysseus, slaughters her hapless suitors on his return to the palace after decades abroad.

Josh Ozersky dies at 47; Esquire magazine food editor

latimes.com — The well-loved food writer Josh Ozersky, food editor of Esquire magazine, was found dead in his Chicago hotel room Monday morning. He had written about restaurants under the byline Mr. Cutlets for the New York Daily News, pioneered food blogging at New York magazine's Grub Street, written about food for Time, and founded Meatopia, a riotous celebration of carnivorousness that popped up in New York, London, Florida and Pebble Beach.

Jonathan Gold: Asanebo in Studio City elevates your state of being

latimes.com — If you want to understand Asanebo , the sleek Japanese restaurant at the heart of Studio City's sushi bar strip, you could do worse than to look at the tiny dish of chawanmushi there, the inevitable beginning to one of the long, multi-coursed omakase meals that are the restaurant's reason for being.

Taco Tuesday: Naan tacos at California Chutney

latimes.com — The Chipotlization of the world seems inevitable at this point. A quick glance at Google turns up the Chipotle of South East Asian food, the Chipotle of Mediterranean food, the Chipotle of Japanese food, the Chipotle of mac 'n’ cheese and more Chipotles of pizza than you can shake a pepperoni at.

At Empress Pavilion in Chinatown, it's not 1991, but not bad either

latimes.com — Empress Pavilion is the biggest restaurant in Chinatown, a glittery, hangar-size seafood palace built at the height of the late 1980s boom.

Cadet, Kris Tominaga's new Santa Monica restaurant, not yet a major

latimes.com — If you were a restaurant guy tasked with opening a chill but on-trend restaurant in the city of Santa Monica at the moment, you might come up with something that looks a lot like Cadet. The exposed brick goes without saying, and the big grill for wood-roasting and the low-key music that could probably pass for a weekend DJ set on KCRW.

Redbird sets a divine scene at St. Vibiana's in downtown L.A.

latimes.com — Redbird may be the most anticipated Los Angeles restaurant of the current decade, a venture involving the city's highest-profile food entrepreneur at the moment, an actual deconsecrated cathedral and a chef for whom greatness has lain just out of reach for more than a decade.
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May 21, 2015

@robertsietsema @evankleiman As opposed to El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula.

May 20, 2015

RT @mariabustillos: Happily, @thejgold ID'd the @MussoFrankGrill martini as the best in Los Angeles; o/w I would have had to challenge him to pistols at dawn.

May 20, 2015

@robertsietsema From the actual Puebla de Los Angeles, one observer notes rice, guacamole and grill marks; sighs.

May 20, 2015

Piping hot samosas! Please stop by for Lunchtime With Mr. Gold, live chat at noon. lat.ms/1Lme3Gv

May 20, 2015

Oh, Bite Nite. I already miss your Harvey Wallbanger doughnuts and your blowtorched eel: lat.ms/1c56YgV

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