[Neon Tommy] Minimum wage plan tastes bitter to Café Demitasse
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[Neon Tommy] Minimum wage plan tastes bitter to Café Demitasse

Paying higher wages could threaten Bobak Roshan’s business, already burdened by fees and taxes. Continue reading

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[LA Weekly] 10 Best Eats in Little Tokyo: Neighborhood Grub Crawl
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[LA Weekly] 10 Best Eats in Little Tokyo: Neighborhood Grub Crawl

L.A.’s Little Tokyo is home to at least 100 eateries — Japanese and non-Japanese, old and new, traditional and innovative. And it is just about 0.13 square miles in size — dense, compact, and easily explored on foot. (Roughly bounded between 4th, Alameda, Temple, and Los Angeles streets.) That means just one thing: It is the ideal setting for our ultimate grub crawl fantasy. Imagine the chance to explore a colorful, historic neighborhood bite by bite, from early morning to late at night. We’ve devised a potential walking tour featuring ten of our favorite foodie spots. (Plus a few extra. The trick is to graze!) What about the other 90-something restaurants? Well, now you have at least that many reasons to come back. 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

[Blog] Jean-Michel Basquiat Dumpster: Art is Everywhere!
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[Blog] Jean-Michel Basquiat Dumpster: Art is Everywhere!

He’s at it again. The artist known as Wild Life is bringing our attention to the mundane, and calling it “art.” He the claims the art has been created by some of our most esteemed contemporary artists. And he’s giving it the seal of approval of the City of Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s all a hoax, of course… Continue reading

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Bäcos + Tuna in the LA Weekly: I am a Food Writer!

After writing LA-centric features for the school newspaper, arts and entertainment articles for the LA Times, and one op-ed about African-American newspapers for the Pasadena Star News, my journalism career is taking yet another turn.  I am becoming a food writer!   Today, my first posts for the LA Weekly food blog, Squid Ink, were published. Continue reading