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For The Love Of Uni! California Restaurant Group Goes All In.

Special sea-urchin menus are in the works
Feb 25, 2015 1:30 pm

Uni is one of the most polarizing foods out there. Some just cannot get enough of its delightfully slimy texture and creamy, buttery flavor, while others shiver at the mere thought of slurping up a sea urchin’s reproductive organs. If you happen to fall into the former group — as we do here at Food Republic — you'll be thrilled to learn that West Coast mini-chain Chaya is planning a limited-time-only menu composed entirely of innovative dishes starring uni.

5 Trends Spotted At The U.S. Coffee Championships

Cheerful baristas IN. Mugs with handles OUT.
Feb 24, 2015 10:00 am

Baristas from across the country showcased their skills while manufacturers rolled out some fancy new brewing gadgets during the U.S. Coffee Championships in Long Beach, California. Tien Nyugen reports on the most eye-opening trends from this very highly caffeinated event.

3 Events You Should Think About Attending This Weekend

NYC, LA, Texas showcase beer, travel, jalapeƱos
Feb 19, 2015 4:00 pm

A record cold is blanketing much of the Northeast, and (to us at least) that's just as good a reason as ever to reach for a brew — or choose from one of more than 40 local ones — this weekend in New York City. Or plan your next tropical getaway at the nation's largest travel show, taking place this weekend in Los Angeles. Here are the three food and drink events you should think about attending over the next few days.

At Questlove's Los Angeles Food Salon, Celebrities Actually Talk About Food

Hot topics include uni roe, Meyer lemons, sunchokes
Feb 19, 2015 11:00 am

Famed musician and noted foodie Questlove likes to bring elements of these two worlds together for extravagant dinner parties that he calls "food salons." The most recent star-studded event, held in Los Angeles during the Grammys, was quite different from previous incarnations. How so? Well, for one thing, there was "more talk about the food than at any other salon."

The Oysters Are Usually Fake: An Interview With A Hollywood Food Stylist

Melissa McSorley on the tricks of the trade
Feb 18, 2015 11:47 am

In an interview, the food stylist responsible for all those enticing Cubanos on the set of the movie Chef dishes up some tanalizing tidbits about her chosen craft, like making fake ice cream using "a knob of butter covered in sugar." Then there's the tricky matter of oysters. Here's how she does it.

Meet L.A.'s Rock & Roll Prince Of Paella

Chef Perfecto Rocher has mastered the rice dish
Feb 16, 2015 1:00 pm

It's 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. The minute the doors to the venue open, fans rush in. The show is Dia de Les Paelles (Paella Day) at smoke.oil.salt in Los Angeles, and the stage is a wood-fired grill from Texas tucked into the back wall of the dining room. There's definitely a rock star working that stage, and his name is Perfecto Rocher.

A Grilled Cheese Truck Company Is Valued At $100 Million

Now that is some serious cheddar
Feb 12, 2015 12:30 pm

If you thought the food truck craze had finally fizzled out, well, think again. Consider Grilled Cheese Truck Inc., a Florida-based company that recently went public, which, as you probably guessed, sells gooey cheese sandwiches out of vehicles currently wheeling around the greater Los Angeles and Phoenix areas. 

Famous Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold Can Now Be...Jonathan Gold

Pulitzer winning writer drops his mask
Jan 26, 2015 3:30 pm

It’s been a busy few days for Jonathan Gold. In a piece published in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, the longtime restaurant critic officially revealed his identity. But why? He is also the subject of an upcoming documentary at Sundance. Read on.

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