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Chef Geeta Bansal wants to change the SoCal food world
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Chef Geeta Bansal wants to change the SoCal food world

“I never learned to cook,” Geeta Bansal tells me. “I have none of those Padma Lakshmi stories about a spice box from my grandmother.” Of course, she’s talking about a couple lifetimes ago, back before she became the chef-owner of Clay Oven, a standard-bearer of northern Indian cooking in Irvine… October 05, 2018October 05, 2018Read...

Hip Hot’s chef remixes Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines. Her next mission is to open two new restaurants
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Hip Hot’s chef remixes Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines. Her next mission is to open two new restaurants

Tiantian Qiu navigates the narrow passageways of her kitchen at restaurant in Monterey Park, moving between the stove, installed with woks of various sizes, and an island loaded with containers, jars and bottles. She adjusts the temperature of the burners by turning a lever with her knee… September 20, 2018September 20, 2018Read More

Christina Tosi is opening her L.A. Milk Bar dessert shop this Saturday, with crack pies — and an ice cream truck
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Christina Tosi is opening her L.A. Milk Bar dessert shop this Saturday, with crack pies — and an ice cream truck

This Saturday , Angelenos who have long been waiting for pastry chef Christina Tosi to open her dessert shop Milk Bar will finally get their sugar fix. Milk Bar will open its doors to a retail store, dessert classroom, production kitchen and distribution center in Fairfax. “It’s the whole wonderland,”… September 19, 2018September 19, 2018Read...

In his latest cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi goes ‘simple’
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In his latest cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi goes ‘simple’

It probably won’t come as much of a surprise when I confess that, like a lot of food-minded folks, I own every single one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s six cookbooks. They’re on bookshelves, also underneath bowls of fruit, between jars of tea and heritage beans, stacked among cookie sheets and cutting… September 12, 2018September 12, 2018Read...

See chocolate bars be made from scratch at LetterPress Chocolate’s new Los Angeles store
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See chocolate bars be made from scratch at LetterPress Chocolate’s new Los Angeles store

We’ve become accustomed to restaurants with open kitchens, coffee shops with on-site roasters, taquerias where you can see the tortillas being made — but how about a shop where you can watch your chocolate go from bean to bar? That’s the case at LetterPress Chocolate’s new retail shop in Beverlywood,… September 10, 2018September 10, 2018Read...