| Jan 8, 2014
| 3:27 PM
When I think about Roy Choi, I miss my friend, Laura Canales.
Choi is the Korean-American, Los Angeles chef who reinvented the food truck with his gourmet Kogi BBQ Korean taco trucks. He is the author of “L.A. Son,” a thoughtful cookbook/...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It's ironic that at Frame 128, a restaurant dedicated to luxury, the shining star is the humblest of foods: soup. With the Soup King in charge, how could it be otherwise?
Chef Kareem Shaw was dubbed Soup King by none other than the governor of Michigan....
| Oct 18, 2013
| 1:31 PM
This article was updated.
It's always sad to see landmark restaurants close. Take the venerable Bucket in Eagle Rock. There for more than 50 years, then suddenly and unceremoniously gone. Larkin's in Eagle Rock wasn't there for decades, but the soul...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 7:08 PM
The city of Glendale is a step closer to requiring businesses, hotels, car dealerships, shopping malls and multi-unit housing complexes to buy a $198 license, and pay a $50 annual fee to renew it, to have outdoor smoking areas.
Earlier this year, the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Everyone has their favorite Thai takeout place. Where I live, I typically do Min's Kitchen or Woodlands Cafe. But if I lived near Kozy Korner, I'd be going there regularly.
It's for people who, like me, enjoy strong Thai flavors — lemon grass,...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 12:16 PM
There are as many ways to do Thanksgiving dinner as there are things to be thankful for. Some like home-cooked dishes handed down through the generations. Others attempt the latest foodie trend (is that turkey deep fryer gathering dust?). Some order in...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 3:48 PM
“It's a Mustache Bash! It's big. It's stylish.” That was the flier's catchy description of last Friday's event at Katsuya Restaurant at the Americana at Brand.
The gimmick was that party-goers were encouraged to come dressed as a character...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:54 PM
For vegans, gluten-free eaters, allergy sufferers, and those concerned about added hormones and antibiotics, going out to eat must be like stepping into a mine field. Is the food truly toxin-free? Has there been cross-contamination? For sufferers of...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:03 PM
Not everyone loves shabu shabu, but I do. You have to enjoy the simplicity of water-simmered food, to like cooking it yourself, and to not mind making a bit of a mess.
There's a sleek, new shabu shabu joint in what I'm boldly labeling the loft...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
Continuing with my wrap-up of the best Happy Hours in town, this week focuses on the 626 and 323 area codes. There is an overabundance of great Happy Hours in Pasadena, South Pas, Eagle Rock and Highland Park. Here is an incomplete list:
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:32 PM
After over a year of construction, Glendale's Five Star Cinema is open and its owners are betting that Glendale residents are ready to pay premium prices, such as almost $20 per ticket, for a luxury movie-going experience.
The theater, which was...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 11:32 AM
A conspicuous vacancy at the eastern gateway of Montrose Shopping Park for more than seven months, the site of the former Rocky Cola Café may soon reopen as a restaurant and bar under different ownership and a new name.
City operating permits and a...