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    Individuals with the same DNA

    I’m a Chaya restaurant virgin. I can’t dip in the past of this restaurant group’s long lineage, but only embrace the present. Chaya Downtown and Chaya Modern Izakaya are individuals though they share the same DNA. Comparing and contrasting the two is irrational. They live and breathe on their own terms.

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    Meals With Meaning|Brunch tales from The Raymond in Pasadena

    Brunch is a meal without formalities. No rhyme or reason on what to order and when. It’s a blend of meal times where you can call the apple fritter donut holes your appetizer. They’re delicate but not fragile or flimsy. The crust has the golden crunch and the full-bodied apple filling is nourishing enough to cleanse the palate, and make one’s appetite grow.

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    Can I get tots with that?

    Burgers. Fries. Shake. These three are the quintessential make up for the perfect meal, it being the one combination of comfort, ease, and simplicity that tends to hit just the right spot when the craving strikes. Rock House Sliders has just landed in Los Angeles on Sunset Blvd and they are here to show Angelenos that Sliders are the Burgers of 2018. Now I know my diehard In-n-Out fans out there that are reading this are probably ready to scroll to the next article, but you guys need to hear me out.

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    EASY’s Does It. Straight Outta the Beverly Center

    These are the treasures from Easy’s, acclaimed restaurateur, Jeremy Fall’s newest manifestation. It’s a major enhancement on the diner that services every tastebud from the ages 0 to 105 (maybe even older).

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  • Individuals with the same DNA
    Individuals with the same DNA

    I’m a Chaya restaurant virgin. I can’t dip in the past of this restaurant group’s long lineage, but only embrace the present. Chaya Downtown and Chaya Modern Izakaya are individuals though they share the same DNA. Comparing and contrasting the two is irrational. They live and breathe on their own terms.

  • Meals With Meaning|Brunch tales from The Raymond in Pasadena
    Meals With Meaning|Brunch tales from The Raymond in Pasadena

    Brunch is a meal without formalities. No rhyme or reason on what to order and when. It’s a blend of meal times where you can call the apple fritter donut holes your appetizer. They’re delicate but not fragile or flimsy. The crust has the golden crunch and the full-bodied apple filling is nourishing enough to cleanse the palate, and make one’s appetite grow.

  • Can I get tots with that?
    Can I get tots with that?

    Burgers. Fries. Shake. These three are the quintessential make up for the perfect meal, it being the one combination of comfort, ease, and simplicity that tends to hit just the right spot when the craving strikes. Rock House Sliders has just landed in Los Angeles on Sunset Blvd and they are here to show Angelenos that Sliders are the Burgers of 2018. Now I know my diehard In-n-Out fans out there that are reading this are probably ready to scroll to the next article, but you guys need to hear me out.

Foodie Events

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The Secret Burger Showdown Was a Burger Battle Royale | LA Food Bowl

The Secret Burger Showdown was put on in conjunction with the LA Food Bowl, a month long and 2nd annual foodie extravaganza coordinated by the LA Times. The LA Food Bowl celebrates the outstanding food that we Angelenos tend to take for granted. We have access to some of the most important ingredients to outstanding, unique and exciting food: world renowned chefs, the perfect climate to support locally grown produce and… celebrities! One of the over 200 hosted foodie events was the Secret Burger Showdown was on May 26 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Gracefully hosted by the folks at Off The Menu Club and Postmates benefitting No Kid Hungry & Feeding America.
Here’s how it worked, 9 burgerists from all corners of the city collaborated with a special celebrity to come up with a first time tasted, over the top burger that would win them the ever so coveted Championship Trophy, complete with a triple stack burger topping to the 3 foot tall trophy.

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LA FOOD BOWL Night+Market, Grand Park “Pop-Up” Festival

The L.A. Times, LA Food Bowl Night Market “Pop-up” at Grand Park was one of the events we were enthusiastic to cover since the LA Food Bowl lineup of foodie-centric activities were first announced at the press conference a few months ago.

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A Thai Tribute to Chef Tui Sungkamee at The LINE Hotel | LA FOOD BOWL

Groening and chefs Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market restaurants), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Jet Tila (Chef Jet), Louis Tikaram (E.P. & L.P.), and LA SON: Roy Choi (Kogi/The Line Hotel/POT/Sunny Spot/A-Frame, Locol..& the new TV Series “Broken Bread”) came together at The Line Hotel to honor Tui Sungkamee, the beloved chef and co-owner of Los Angeles’ notable Thai restaurant, Jitlada who was passed last October.

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The 3rd Annual Masters of Taste, Raising awareness and funds for USHS

With the Spring/Summer Food festival event season off to a kickstart it’s no surprise we found ourselves at this years 2018 “Masters of Taste”, “Eat More Give More” tasting event at The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena eating our way through Los Angeles’ new wave of seasoned restaurant offerings to Angelos sprinkled across the great city of Angels.

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LA FOOD BOWL: THE POWER OF FOOD: THE CHEF INTERVIEWS (Viva LA Foodies x Restaurant Fiction)

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the LA Food Bowl, LA’s largest premiere food extravaganza, kicked off at the famous Wiltern theatre. The celebrity chef’s in attendance were Jose Andres, Nyesha Arrington, Susan Feniger, Tim Kilcoyne, and Ray Garcia. The Hollywood starlet of the night was actress Zooey Deschanel.

Before their talk on food awareness, sustainability, and lessening one’s carbon footprint, Viva LA Foodies and the Restaurant Fiction podcast asked them a few food related non sequitur questions to get them warmed up.

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LA FOOD BOWL KICKOFF: Things in a bowl at Rossoblu

The LA Food Bowl Launch Party was filled with LA’s Culinary Industry Celebs and social media influencers commingling with regular fans of LA’s diverse dining scene from street food to soul food to fine dining and there was literally something for everyone to nosh on.

The Los Angeles Food Bowl is back this May.

The Food Bowl is back. People dressed to the nines at 10:30 in the morning on a Tuesday to attend the kick off party. The raw energy filled with eager anticipation reminded me of a large crowd awaiting Bruno Mars to take the stage at one of his concerts. The event was held at Otium, a posh place next to The Broad in DTLA. The stars of the event were CEO and publish of the LA Times, Ross Levinsohn, and their award-winning food critic, Jonathan Gold. Chef Wes Avilla of Guerilla Tacos served his cauliflower tacos, a subtle preview of what to be expected at this years 31 day event: a food festival that puts all other food festivals to shame.

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A Prelude to ChefDance (Inviting Great) 2018 at Sundance from Hollywood

ChefDance, a private VIP dinner series “Pop-Up,” began in 2004 at Sundance Film Festival by Mimi Kim, a finance investor from Los Angeles with an extensive and impressive resume. Her aspiration was to combine the creativity and talent of the films with unique chefs and menus to complement the Sundance experience.

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Vagabond Cheese Company & Boomtown Brewery Collaborative Cheese & Beer Pairing

Boomtown is a large and in-charge brewing facility and event center in what seems to be a soon-to-be gentrified part of DTLA neighboring the 101 freeway and Los Angeles River. Different portraits of Ziggy Stardust greet you as well as paintings of sexy women in see-through clothing. Inside, the custom artwork continues with a behemoth gold owl mural. Community tables sit adjacent from the bar pouring beers with some of the most creative titles ever put on lagers, ales, and Goses.

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Summer Luvin: Silky Suds and Sexy Cheeses.

Luckily, Viva LA Foodies, will be covering Boomtown Brewery’s first ever Beer and Cheese pairing on Wednesday, August 2 that is not only going to school us and our knowledge, but provide an opportunity for all of Los Angeles to see how they are the ultimate couple.

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Eating my way through the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Night+Market

As part of the LA Times Food Bowl’s commitment of “31 days of food” driven culinary events for Angelenos looking to explore the cities diverse dining options and destinations curated by the LA Times talented team of food writers and critics including the infamous Jonathan Gold amongst others have taken over our great city with an abundance of unique experiential dining experiences that are truly one of a kind.

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The 2017 “Masters of Taste” received an Outpouring of Support

The 2nd Annual Masters of Taste event received an outpouring of support from the local foodie community despite the unexpected May shower downpours throughout the day. The luxury food and beverage festival took over the grassy field of the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium this past Sunday, May 7th, 2017 where a 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships went directly to Union Station Homeless Services!

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LA TIMES FOOD BOWL | Hollywood at the Table at Skirball Museum

Phil Rosenthal, an overly animated Jewish American, who created Everybody Loves Raymond, swapped stories with Chef Ludo Febvre, an objective Frenchman, who created Trois Mec. Veteran food writer, Dr. Lara Rabinovitch dished out the questions and with the help of an audience of over 200 observed the biggest commonality between the two men: their passions for food.

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Chef’s Fable Pow Wow

Today’s society is primarily focused on the pictures of food which is the last thing on a chef’s mind. Niki also supported Magnus by saying that all of the chefs on the panel besides her (Massimo Bottura of Osteria Franciscan and acclaimed LA Times Food Bowl, Best New Restaurant first annual award recipient Roy Choi of (LOCOL, Kogi, The Line Hotel, POT, Commissary, Chego, A-Frame, Sunny Spot et:al ), believe that they are artisans not artists.

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Earth Day 2017: Where Food, Art, & Education Converge at the Huerta Del Valle Community Garden featuring mural art by Man One

Huerta Del Valle is a community garden located in Ontario, California about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The organization’s urban farm plot grows over 100 different types of vegetable crops ranging from pantry staples like cherry tomatoes and zucchini to specialty produce including fennel, kohlrabi, edible flowers, and a colorful array of aromatic herbs. Wild sunflowers and poppy flowers decorate the landscape of the property and the picturesque San Bernardino mountains in the distance provide a beautiful backdrop and make it feel like you are in a painting.