[LA Weekly] 15 Great Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles
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[LA Weekly] 15 Great Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles

You won’t find “Perutown” or “Little Lima” in Los Angeles. The Peruvian and Peruvian-American population is spread out around Greater L.A., and so are our Peruvian restaurants. So maybe you haven’t noticed these eateries — often small and unassuming spots, tucked in strip malls far from trendy restaurant rows. But you probably have been hearing about Peruvian food lately — some say it may be our next major food trend, becoming as popular as sushi and as widespread as Mexican cuisine. To learn more, turn the page for a list of 15 of the best Peruvian restaurants in L.A. and nearby. And keep reading… Continue reading

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[LA Weekly] Diana Kennedy at LACMA: Oaxacan Foods, Book Signing + Proper Tortillas
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[LA Weekly] Diana Kennedy at LACMA: Oaxacan Foods, Book Signing + Proper Tortillas

Diana Kennedy, the Mexican cuisine authority and cookbook author, doesn’t often travel outside of Mexico, where she lives in rural Michoacán a few hours from Mexico City. For the past 65 years, Mexico has been her home, and a laboratory for her studies and writings about Mexico’s regional cuisines. So her appearance last Sunday at the L.A. County Museum of Art for a brief talk and book signing presented a rare opportunity for Angelenos to meet the woman who’s often called “the Julia Child of Mexican food.” Like Child, Kennedy has shared her vast knowledge on a topic that had previously been both exotic and esoteric in the United States. Her latest book, Oaxaca al Gusto from 2010, ismuch more than a cookbook. The 450-page tome presents a study of Oaxacan cultural history illuminated by glorious photographs, many taken by Kennedy herself…. [keep reading] Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Chef Jet Tila’s Coffin Knife Case: More Fun With Kitchen Gear
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[LA Weekly] Chef Jet Tila’s Coffin Knife Case: More Fun With Kitchen Gear

In every profession, you’ll find those who care about flaunting style on the job. Even the most mundane accessory is a chance to make a statement without words. Jonny “Coffin” Edwards, whom we profiled recently in the People issue, knows this well. Since the mid-’90s, his company Coffin Case has made coffin-shaped guitar cases that musicians — especially punk and metal rockers — adore for their anguished, anti-establishment connotations… 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] Jonny Edwards: Ax in the Box
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[LA Weekly] Jonny Edwards: Ax in the Box

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly’s People 2012 issue: When in character as his alter ego, Jonny Coffin, Jonny Edwards sports a black trench coat, gloves and a top hat. With his flowing dark hair, chiseled features and dramatic makeup, he exudes an aura of sinister mystery. Completing the look is his highly curious black guitar case, which is shaped like a coffin, made from wood and vinyl, and lined with plush velvet… 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

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[LA Weekly] Q & A With Joel Stein: The “Intolerable Foodie” on Organics, Foodie Culture + Man Food

Readers of Joel Stein’s column in Timemagazine may remember when Stein hobnobbed with the super-rich over bottles of wine valued at more than $5,000 each. The night he sampled dishes inspired by Escoffier’s 1903 cookbook in the Alinea kitchen. Or the time he gobbled up KFC’s Double Down sandwich, made with fried chicken instead of bread. … Continue reading