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R.I.P. Hotel Caesars

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 7:55 PM

In honor of the Caesar Hotel, where the Caesar salad was invented, which died today...

With its ornate facade (what is this style called?), and a sort of museum to trajes de luces,--which translates "suits of lights," the shimmering, adorned outfits that bullfighters wear--in the lobby, the...

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Yay Cupcakes! And You Thought I Was a Hater....

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2009 | 3:34 PM

For reasons having to do with the fact that I had no idea how much work it would be and that I would have had no idea what else to get my friend Julie for her 40th birthday, I baked 100 cupcakes last week for Julie's milestone party. Yes, you...

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A Hold on Hope

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 12:14 PM

Last night I was sitting at the bar at Canele eating a Not Nancy Silverton Burger with some friends and chatting with the very cool Lesley Balla (LA Editor of about Twitter and why she Twitters and whether she thinks anyone really cares where she is or...

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A Cupcake a Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2009 | 11:43 AM

Somehow, thanks to the power of Ed Levine's website Serious Eats, I have gotten a reputation as something of a cupcake hater. I don't like to think of myself as a hater of anything, least of all inanimate object as insipid and inconsequential as a cupcake. So just to...

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What Makes Julie (and Julia) Great

(8) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 5:05 PM

After I read the book Julie and Julia, a memoir upon which half of the #2 box office hit movie Julie and Julia was based, I never would have thought that I would be the one coming to her defense. Powell has gotten a lot of flack thanks...

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My (Ongoing) Beef with Chipotle

(10) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 11:49 AM

First let me say that in the pantheon of fast food, I think Chipotle is the lesser of countless evils -- and I am not even saying that it is evil. I'm just, in my ongoing beef with them, questioning whether what they are doing is a marketing strategy or...

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Picture Perfect

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2009 | 5:14 PM

Yesterday in a moment of editorial justice the New York Times ran an article about my friend Susan Spungen and her work on the soon-to-be-released movie,Julie & Julia. Susan is a food stylist, but she's not just any old food stylist. It's arguable that she is responsible for the...

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The Great American Melting Pot

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2009 | 5:42 PM

I'm not much of a kitchen gadget person -- one-task-wonders make me feel that the American marketing machine is winning -- but every once in awhile I buy myself something for the kitchen that makes me so happy, and makes so much sense, I wonder how I ever lived without...

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Who Grows Your Food?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 8:43 PM

I stopped by Chino Farm yesterday, thinking they were open on Mondays during the summer but it just goes to prove I haven't been anywhere near these parts in the summertime in awhile. The farm was closed, which turned out to be even better, because it gave me the...

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Chew On This, Chipotle!

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 11:25 AM

I went to a screening of the movie Food, Inc. last night hosted by Chipotle -- the Mexican fast-food chain that I was always under the impression was owned by McDonald's but that from what I gleaned through various unreliable sources on the world-wide-web turns out to be...

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A Burger That Is Proud to Be American

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 7:51 PM

Today's New York Times article about burgers struck me as odd. Not because there was an article about burgers. Burger stories is what food publications do for the Fourth of July, which might as well be called: National Burger and Hot Dog Day because four out of five Americans...

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Ask a Mexican

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 6:53 PM

The Foodinista and I, both being, essentially, big talkers and guacamole-making novices, have each found ourselves facing an impending Guac-Off, with molcajetes, and no real idea what to do with them. Both of our molcajetes were sold to us as "pre-seasoned," but I found out the relative nature...

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Am Food. Will Not Travel

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 4:13 PM

Today's NYTimes story, When Local Makes it Big, is a great story that shows just how removed Americans are from their food. I mean really, if anyone out there truly believes that because Frito-Lay shows them a farmer on television (sadly most people have never seen a farmer!) that...

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The NYTimes Scooped My Blog

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 5:58 PM

I guess I'm one of the few people who still believes in the power of newspapers, because I wrote this two weeks ago and decided not to post it because I hoped to write it for a newspaper, which I imagined would have two advantages: a) I would get paid...

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Celebrating Mexican Pork Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 12:31 PM

Today's posting on TastingTableLA, about micheladas, an iced beer-and-something cocktail in a salt-rimmed glass (and similar Mexi-food centered posts all over the web), got me thinking about the holiday that Americans have come to associate with my native country to the South, a holiday that here might be...

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