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  • New Torrance Tavern in the Heart of the Beer Trifecta

     Torrance Tavern owner John Shapiro’s South Bay beach town neighbors at 24th and Strand unknowingly inspired him to open his brand new pub. They inspired him by throwing parties at their place and serving beer served fresh from their bathtub. Yeah, the neighbors were Strand Brewing Co. founders, Marcello Joel Elliott and Jeff...

  • PURE Beverly Hills is Pure “French Wave” Healthy

    French Chef, Isabelle Azoulai,has been at the apex of a new wave of fast food alternatives in France that focus on seasonal and healthy pre- portioned and pre-packaged meals, freshly made every day.   She need only say that she was formally trained by Alain Ducasse and in Robuchon’s Atelier to establish her credentials.  Ha...

  • Angeleno Celebrates “Sweet 16” with Live & Dine LA

    Live & Dine LA: Celebrating Angeleno’s Sweet 16 on Sunday, September 20, from 3 to 6:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401).  This is a must-do event with top marks in the event department since its first year at the turn of the century.  This is […]...

  • Asian Fusion

    Asian Fusion Brings Banh Mi to the Westside (Lisa Deutch) There’s a new Asian spot that we’ve driven by at least a dozen times without noticing it.  We  stopped in at Asian Fusion today and were beyond surprised to find an impressive Vietnamese kitchen tucked inside. The menu is an eclectic mix of Vietnamese, Chines...

  • Nawab of India: Curry With My Grandfather

    My grandfather grew okra for me. He tended the bushes carefully, harvesting and freezing it so he’d have some when I came to Texas to visit. I’d walk out to the back porch, move the cases of Coke bottles off the deep freeze onto the painted cement floor. Lifting open the freezer, I’d marvel at the bags of f...

  • LA’s Best Coffee: AROLATIN’s Café de Olla Corretto

                    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Cafe de Olla Corretto, a beauty of a drink, was first created for me one hot, lazy day in South Pasadena this summer at the AROLATIN bar.  And there is no hotter or lazier than on this quaint street. Alejandro Chavez revamped and elevated the drink [&h...

  • East India Grill Defines “Hole-in-the-Wall”Treasure

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) East India Grill  has aged gracefully from its original 1986 cutting-edge format, complete with performance kitchen and fresh ingredients geared toward the lighter California palate, into a funky hole-in-the-wall ethnic landmark.  But its classic menu with consistently strong, clear flavors, along with f...

  • Akbar Restaurant: The Secret is in the Sauce (read Spices)

      (Gerry Furth-Sides) The secret of what makes an Indian restaurant a standout are sauces, and spices are  secret of those sauces.  They are the secret of Akbar Cuisine of India Restaurant top ten Los Angeles Indian Restaurant rankings for the 30 years they have been in business, with all five spaces remain family ow...

  • Bodhi Kosher Thai: Gourmet That Happens to be Vegetarian

    Bodhi Kosher Thai is one of a trio of ethnic kosher cafes in the Pico-Robertson “hood” with owner-chefs devoted to authenticity and bright flavors known to be the best kosher restaurants in Los Angeles.   Add “colorful” to this restaurant’s description and “vegetarian.” Since Bodhi Kosher Thai serves dairy, the c...

  • Jaipur (Northern) Cuisine of India in a Southern Party Setting

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Enter what feels like a whitewashed Southern garden party inside the French glass doors of Jaipur Cuisine of India, doors away from the Westside Pavilion addition.  Pink is the color Jaipur, the city in India and here it is as well.   The chairs may be lacquered black but you can hardly see them; […...

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