[LA Weekly] The Lazy Ox Chef Cycle: Josef Centeno to Travis Chase
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[LA Weekly] The Lazy Ox Chef Cycle: Josef Centeno to Travis Chase

The Lazy Ox Canteen is known for many things: The New American menu peppered with global influences. A soundtrack booming with The Animals and Soft Cell. The compact dining room outfitted with naked light bulbs and a pair of ox horns. Its unassuming setting — a calm Little Tokyo street near Skid Row. Most notably, its creative kitchen that helped propel founding chef Josef Centeno to national acclaim….Now another up-and-comer, Travis Chase, is putting a new stamp on the three-year-old restaurant as executive chef. Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Ikemen Ramen Open Today in Little Tokyo
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[LA Weekly] Ikemen Ramen Open Today in Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo’s array of ramen eateries attests to the dish’s versatility — and booming popularity….Now, yet another variety has set up shop: Ikemen Ramen, opening today in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court. (Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.) Ikemen may be new to Little Tokyo, but not L.A. — it debuted in a Hollywood strip mall in fall 2011. The style? Just call it “Hollywood,” says co-owner Max Kawabata. The menu — and techniques behind it — aim for innovation rather than tradition. Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Langer’s Pastrami Delivery: From L.A. to You
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[LA Weekly] Langer’s Pastrami Delivery: From L.A. to You

The pastrami sandwich at Langer’s Delicatessen is legendary. So delicious that it made our “100 Favorite Dishes” list. So distinctive that Nora Ephron deemed it “the finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world.” So beloved that Angelenos regularly queue up for a taste — and out-of-towners bemoan their loss.

But there is a solution for those hapless souls: Fed-Ex.

Langer’s has teamed with the mail service to deliver vacuum-sealed packages of pastrami to nearly anywhere in the U.S. Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Josef Centeno’s Bar Amá Opening Tomorrow
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[LA Weekly] Josef Centeno’s Bar Amá Opening Tomorrow

Josef Centeno dubbed his new restaurant “Bar Amá” in homage to the foods his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother cooked in his native San Antonio, Texas. (Amá is short for mamá.) But don’t expect a replica of their kitchens. “It’s the food I grew up with, but my version,” says the chef.

Bar Amá, focusing on Tex-Mex, is slated to open Sat., Dec. 15, just down the street from Centeno’s Bäco Mercat in downtown’s Old Bank District. At first, hours will be 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

Many scorn Tex-Mex for its “Macho Combos” and “Pancho Villa Platters.” But Centeno counters that the cuisine began simple and homey… Continue reading

[LA Weekly] 10 Best Moles in Los Angeles
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[LA Weekly] 10 Best Moles in Los Angeles

Let’s count the reasons we love mole. It’s rich and intense. Warm and comforting. Spicy, yet sweet and often savory. A seamless blend of 20 to 40 (or more) ingredients that have been toasted, roasted, ground, blended and cooked. Radiant and colorful. A mix of Old World spices with New World chiles and chocolate. Mole, more than a mere sauce for chicken or enchiladas, is considered Mexico’s national dish — and it has traveled to L.A. restaurants with traditional recipes largely intact. Keep reading to learn more, and see 10 of our favorite mole spots in L.A.
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[LA Weekly] Feria de los Moles This Weekend: Puebla vs. Oaxaca
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[LA Weekly] Feria de los Moles This Weekend: Puebla vs. Oaxaca

Last year’s Feria de los Moles (or Mole Fair) at L.A.’s Olvera Street drew 30,000 people — and with good reason. The annual event, now in its fifth year and happening Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., celebrates this classic Mexican dish with food, music, dance, workshops, and even a friendly competition. Admission is free. Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Best of Los Angeles 2012
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[LA Weekly] Best of Los Angeles 2012

I contributed a dozen articles to the LA Weekly’s jam-packed “Best of Los Angeles” issue. To me, L.A.’s “best” means cultural foods (Cafe Bolívar’s arepas, Good Girl Dinette’s potpie, Mo-Chica’s peruvian cuisine, Rivera’s tamales, Kokekkoko’s yakitori), unique shopping (Ted Gibson’s framing shop, Eagle Rock Plaza for Filipino goods), killer music (Subsuelo night at Eastside Luv Bar), fun museums (the LA Times Globe Lobby museum, Grammy Museum, Heritage Square) and classical dance (adult ballet classes at The Colburn School). No wonder we love Los Angeles so much. Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Emmy Awards Governors Ball: 3 Courses, 656 Servers + 1,425 Pounds of Beef
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[LA Weekly] Emmy Awards Governors Ball: 3 Courses, 656 Servers + 1,425 Pounds of Beef

As soon as the doors to the Emmy Awards Governors Ball at the L.A. Convention Center opened Sunday night, the band started to play. Songs like Coldplay’s “Clocks,” “Bésame Mucho,” and suddenly a fast and frenetic tune like something out of “Riverdance.” Back in the kitchen — actually an enormous room lined with long tables — the staff worked at the same pace as the musicians. Their immediate task? To plate and serve the second of three courses from Patina Catering to 3,800 guests, including television’s hottest current stars… Continue reading