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Scott Bridges has covered the Los Angeles scene as a journalist and food critic. He is a member of the Southern California Restaurant Writers.

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Brunch Season Heating Up

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 7:08 PM

Three-hour marathon meals, drinking bubbly before noon and enjoying it all on a patio are just a few reasons why brunch is part of the Southern California culture. And here's a few places to get the brunch season underway.

In the wake of its success on Melrose Avenue, Rick...

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The Art of Driving: Driving Art

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 8:23 PM

It's not often one gets to press the pedal to the metal. So when I got the opportunity to drive a professional test course at the StubHub Center in Carson, I buckled in.

The event included three courses: the technology course, the dynamic course and the performance course. Professional...

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Carlsbad Farm to Table

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 8:44 PM

I've come to see a garden. Oh, a lot of restaurants have "gardens" -- most of which consist of a rug-sized patch of ground with some herbs, maybe some onions or lettuces. But how many chefs have a three-acre farm just up the road from his dining rooms? Eugenio Martignago...

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Culinary L.A. Springs New Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Now that the days are getting longer and spring has sprung, here are some of the coolest things I've been enjoying around town.

With a new location on Sunset Boulevard across from the director's guild, 9021Pho is branching out again. Chef Kimmy Tang stays involved in each...

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Dining Musts on a Santa Barbara Getaway

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Just 75 miles up the road from Los Angeles -- or roughly the same amount of time it would take to drive from one side of the city to the other -- is the lush coastal pearl that is Santa Barbara.

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The...

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Historic Hollywood at La Quinta

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Somewhere between the second and third martini by the fireplace at Morgan's, or perhaps it's the poolside moment the warm wind hits you with the fragrance of orange blossoms -- wherever it eventually happens -- you can feel what it must have been like to be Hollywood royalty escaping to...

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The Trysts of Avalon

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:03 PM

26 miles across the sea, or so the song goes, Santa Catalina awaits. A land of Buffalo Milk and honeys, you're sure to get your wiki wacked. 90 percent of the 75-square-mile island is primitive, held in a conservancy established in the 1970s by the chewing gum magnate Wrigley family,...

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Bounty of the (Ski) Season

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Complaints of a lack of snow fell upon deaf and frostbitten ears in Park City, where skiers recently flocked for good powder (note to my L.A. friends: flocking for good powder is not what you think it is). Simultaneously, indie filmmakers made their annual pilgrimage to the high ground, exchanging...

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Staycation: Santa Monica

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:51 AM

The old-fashioned notion of a vacation as two weeks of summer spent lying under a beach umbrella after countless hours on the road or at the airport is as outdated as the idea of working 40 years for a single employer and retiring on a pension that was still there...

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San Diego Winter Weekender

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:21 AM

It's chilly out, and by San Diego standards, that means the mid- to high 60s. And while the birds fly south for the winter, Southern Californians are better served by terrestrial transportation. And while driving is always an option, America's Finest City is nearly equally accessible by train.

I...

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4 Timeless Tips for Event Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 2:42 PM

A working title of what follows might have been "What I Learned at Art Basel," but these tips are transferrable and might fairly be considered pillars of wisdom with regard to any event or festival travel.

1. Schedule Realistically
Now, this is easier said than done, as foreknowledge...

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Ojai: Paradise up the Road

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 5:54 PM

When Frank Capra was looking for a location to double for the paradise of Shangri-La for his 1937 film, "Lost Horizon," it was the Ojai Valley he chose.

A mere 65 miles northwest of L.A., Ojai is known for the "Pink Moment," when the sun sets and everyone stops,...

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Tri Valley: Northern California's Hidden Wine Country

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:27 PM

The lush vineyard-laden valleys of Napa and Sonoma counties have been well-documented, but not far away is a less-frequented wine-producing region located in a trio of valleys stretching from Alameda County north into Contra Costa.

The verdant Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys are home to a thriving wine...

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Fall Heats Up in Culinary L.A.

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 3:42 PM

The weather is cooling off around town, but the culinary scene is just getting warmed up. Many restaurants are rolling out new menus and deals to bring in diners; drinking establishments are featuring all-new happy hour specials; and new trends in dining are currently emerging.

Autumn means a cornucopia...

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Del Frisco's Grille: Turf at the Surf

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Santa Monica's Ocean Avenue is getting a facelift. Across the street from the pier, you'll no longer find Italian stalwart Il Fornaio. In its place is carnivore-friendly Del Frisco's Grille, which has locations in New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston and Phoenix (Fort Worth and Palm Beach locations are...

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Red O: Mexican on Melrose

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Top Chef Masters winner and James Beard Award-winner Rick Bayless deserves credit for his role in reinventing Mexican food in America with his PBS series Mexico -- One Plate at a Time and his Beard-nominated Mexican Everyday. He has been honored as Midwest Chef of the Year, National Chef of...

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Best of Summer 2013

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 5:36 PM

It's been one of the mildest summers in years in L.A., but for food lovers it's been ghost-chili hot (and for ghost chili lovers, new Indian gastropub, Badmaash, is serving it up in a curry). So here are some highlights to check out before fall.

One of the hottest...

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Olive & Thyme: Toluca Lake Hot Spot

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Olive & Thyme, for those who haven't heard, is a favorite gourmet restaurant and market with the studio crowd. Owner Melina Davies places on an emphasis on cheese, charcuterie, condiments, desserts and wines. She creates decadent gift baskets like the Romance & Relaxation basket, the Coffee and Tea Lovers basket,...

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Clash of the Cooking Crews

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Last month in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield, a cooking competition was held unlike the any of the various reality show-types you've seen on TV -- and it offers hope for the future.

Held at the stage kitchen at Henry Ford Hospital, the Clash...

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How to Spend a Week in Carmel

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 7:07 PM

Widely regarded as one of the most romantic getaways in America, Carmel more than lives up to the reputation with its scenic white-sand beaches, world-class golf, boutique shops, fine dining and burgeoning wine region. The resort town is about a five-hour drive from L.A. and only an hour...

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