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Each month, HuffPost LA joins our friends at Tasting Table to highlight our five favorite finds from the city's sprawling culinary scene. After eating around the city, here’s what caught Tasting Table Los Angeles editor Willy Blackmore’s eye in September.
It takes the entirety of summer’s blaring heat to ripen Southern California’s chile and pepper crop to a bright red hue. Luckily the harvest spans late summer and early fall, because summer’s cold salads and fall’s earthier flavors can all benefit from the smoky and sometimes spicy flavors of the roasted peppers and chiles sold by Weiser Family Farms at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. From meaty piquillos to ripe red shishitos, owner Alex Weiser torches numerous varieties in his spinning, propane-fired roasting cage. <a href="http://www.weiserfamilyfarms.com/">Weiser Family Farms</a>
Hollywood’s newest Southern-accented bar specializes in barrel-aged cocktails. These booze-heavy libations rest for at least six weeks in oaky confines, their flavors mellowing and marrying, before being stirred over ice and served. Enjoying the warming burn and pleasantly bitter edge of drinks like the dark-rum-based Club Cocktail is the perfect way to welcome (or ward off) fall’s first chill. <a href="http://www.sassafrashollywood.com/">Sassafras</a> 1233 N. Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Expertly made fresh pastas and rich, earthy sauces abound on the menu of this new West Hollywood Italian spot. We last dined here during the heat wave, but the long-simmered flavor of the venison Bolognese was almost enough to make us see fall foliage. <a href="http://www.osteriadrago.com/">Osteria Drago</a> 8741 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Dirty & Rowdy Family Wine Co.
Mourvèdre grapes from a far-flung Santa Barbara County vineyard are the basis for two wines in this new winery’s initial release. We prefer the 2011 over the 2010, a more mineral- and spice-driven expression of the grape, which will play well with the incoming fall vegetables and the roasted or braised meats you’ll likely serve with them. Craving roast chicken? This is your wine. <a href="https://dirtyandrowdy.com/">Dirty & Rowdy Family Wine Co.</a>
An impressive-looking machine manufactures <em>hodo kwaja</em>, the warm, walnut-shaped pastries sold at this Koreatown bakery. Its mechanized molds and tubes and arms fill each of the tender, cakey sweets with earthy red-bean paste and half of a walnut. The flavors scream autumn, especially when paired with coffee. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cocohodo-buena-park-2">Cocohodo</a> 5327 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90621
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