[Annenberg Radio] Rosslyn Hotel now a home to 75 veterans
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[Annenberg Radio] Rosslyn Hotel now a home to 75 veterans

Lionel Muldrew picked up his keys on Monday for a renovated apartment at the Rosslyn Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles — not only a new home, but also his first home in six years. Continue reading

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[Blog] ‘Celebrate L.A.’ at Grand Park: Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo + Stevie Wonder (+ Video)
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[Blog] ‘Celebrate L.A.’ at Grand Park: Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo + Stevie Wonder (+ Video)

What do Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo and Stevie Wonder have in common? They were all on the same stage last Friday evening at City Hall for “Celebrate L.A.,” a so-called “block party” — free and open to all — honoring cultural heritage month and Villaraigosa’s final days as L.A. mayor. (See post for video of Bill Clinton’s comments and Stevie Wonder’s performance.) 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] Casey Lane’s The Parish Opens Friday
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[LA Weekly] Casey Lane’s The Parish Opens Friday

Not too long ago, many Angelenos had never heard of a “gastropub.” (Some of us confused it with “gastropod” — a snail or slug with one big foot doubling as a stomach.) The word emerged in London in 1991, combining “gastronomy” and “pub” to describe bar fare more sophisticated than the traditional shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and pickled eggs — whatever might go down well with beer. Chef Casey Lane’s newest restaurant, The Parish in downtown L.A., follows the example of England’s elevated pub grub. It opens Friday, July 27 for dinner… Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Los Angeles Chefs Discuss Downtown L.A. at ALOUD
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[LA Weekly] Los Angeles Chefs Discuss Downtown L.A. at ALOUD

“We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares and go downtown … everything’s waiting for you!” When Petula Clark sang this line in 1964 — albeit about New York — who could have known she was she forecasting the future of downtown Los Angeles as a culinary destination? Numerous chefs have claimed downtown spots over the past several years, bringing an array of styles and cuisines…. Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Ricardo Zarate’s New Mo-Chica: Sangrecita, Paiche + More Ceviche
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[LA Weekly] Ricardo Zarate’s New Mo-Chica: Sangrecita, Paiche + More Ceviche

Ricardo Zarate wants you to know something before checking out his new Mo-Chica. Slated to open Wednesday, May 30, it replaces an earlier version of the same name thatclosed yesterday. “Peru. It’s in South America,” says Zarate, mock-serious. “Its limits are Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.” He recalls how one guest had thought Peru bordered Spain. “The point is, I’m trying to introduce my country through my food.”… Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Ricardo Zarate Closes One Mo-Chica May 24 + Opens Another May 30
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[LA Weekly] Ricardo Zarate Closes One Mo-Chica May 24 + Opens Another May 30

This Thursday probably won’t be your last chance to try chef Ricardo Zarate’s renditions of Peruvian staples such as aji de gallina or lomo saltado. But it could be your final opportunity to eat them at Mercado la Paloma — the colorful warehouse-turned-marketplace just south of downtown. Zarate has just announced he’ll close Mo-chica on May 24… Continue reading