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The Good Eats at Smorgasburg: Umame Nuts

By Diana Tsuchida | September 24, 2013

Umame Nuts

Umame Nuts

Taking seaweed to elevated heights from its association as wrapping for sushi or a simple salad is no easy feat. But Li Liang has embraced the sensory power of this ocean greenery. He is the owner and creative force behind Umame Nuts, a name he’s coined for a healthy snack inspired by Shanghainese and Taiwanese street food. Each Umame Nuts blend is a textural experience, as they are blended with tai cai seaweed, organic brown rice crisps, tapioca syrup and a small amount of cane sugar. The umami, or fifth taste (other than sweet, sour, bitter, salt), naturally occurs in the seaweed. Natural glutamates creates the savory note in Umame Nuts. No MSG and absolutely nothing artificial is found in the recipe. The company has already garnered recognition and acclaim, having won the grand prize at the Entrepreneur Challenge & Competition, a prestigious platform that showcases Taiwanese American entrepreneurs who are engaging and inspiring the community. Read More

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LA List: Sticky Rice at Grand Central Market

By Marcus Samuelsson | September 19, 2013

Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice
Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice

Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice

Tucked away in Stall C-4-5 of L.A.’s iconic Grand Central Market, the 4-month old Sticky Rice stands out among the pupusa, ceviche and tacos stands that litter the food court. The Thai takeaway spot is one of the first tenants of this new class of vendors that are bringing brought in to modernize the offerings at Grand Central Market, which has occupied the space on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles since 1917. Owner David Tewasart, who also owns Soi 7 and Spirit House, wanted to open a spot that highlighted the food he ate in the kitchen, instead of the dishes that were offered on Americanized menus to guests. Read More

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Uncle Boons

By Marcus Samuelsson | August 29, 2013

Uncle Boons
Photo courtesy of Uncle Boons

Photo Courtesy of Uncle Boons

Like so many things that happen in New York, Uncle Boons came onto the food scene with a bang. Owners Matt Danzer and Ann Redding (who also happen to be married) met while cooking at Per Se and decided to open this Thai spot tucked away in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Moving away from traditional takes on pad se ew and mee krob, the latter gets a dose of spicy sweetbreads while curries have additions like sour orange and crispy duck thigh (gaeng som). Beer slushies and a decent wine list are available to help temper the heat of the spicy roasted chicken salad (yum kai hua pli), and the crab fried rice (kao pat pu) and grilled head on prawns (koong) are not to be missed. If there’s room, you have to try the fresh coconut ice cream sundae. Read More

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New Dining Options Come Uptown to Harlem

By Christopher Stewart | August 6, 2013

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The memo is steadily being passed around that Harlem is now the place to be for dining. Within the hot summer months, several new restaurants are popping up all over Harlem and current restaurants are switching things up and changing not only the menu items, but also adding additional touches. With new restaurants coming uptown, you can literally eat at a different establishment every night, have a new experience and also have a great time. Whatever you are craving, whether it be Italian, African, Soul Food or a variety of beers, Harlem is continuously growing the food scene.  Check out these 5 new places to dine Uptown. Read More

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Picnic Basket: 4th of July in Your Own Backyard

By Ashley Beck | July 4, 2013

Fourth of July Picnic

The great thing about picnicking at home or in your own backyard (balcony, roof deck, what have you) is that the sky’s pretty much the limit. You can make all your favorites, open a bottle of rosé or two or three or…(it is a holiday), spread a blanket on the floor, cop a squat and enjoy your independence from needing to be anywhere but in your own backyard. Here are some ideas: Read More

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Picnic Basket: Motorcycle Day Trip

By Ashley Beck | June 27, 2013

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If your mode of transportation is two wheels and if those two wheels are powered by an engine, this ones for you. Now I know that if you ride a motorbike, the stopping and eating part is the least exciting part. However, if you want to bring that special someone along, they most likely will be looking forward to that part the most. So why not make it romantic and delicious! Or even better? Get a group together and make a day of it.

When riding via motorbike, you’ll be amazed at what type of spread you’ll be able to configure once you get where you’re going. So get your backpack ready or strap a picnic basket to the back (I’ve seen it done) and check out these great food options to fill it up. You will discover that you can easily refuel yourself with better foods than those found at pit stops and gas stations. Not to mention the points you’ll score with the one who’s along for the ride. Read More

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Picnic Basket: At the Beach

By Ashley Beck | June 20, 2013

photo by: Wickerfurniture

When planning a picnic on the beach there are a few things you want to remember. Like, there is sand, and salt and a lot of it. Therefore bringing things that can be eaten with minimal utensil usage, things that have less moisture to attract wind-blown sand, or keeping wet foods covered are all good rules to abide by when planning your day at the beach. Below are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your day at the beach, pack in the flavor, while keeping your food free of unwanted seasonings. Read More

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Now Serving: Spiked Snow Cones at Red Rooster!

By Ashley Beck | June 13, 2013

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It’s here… The ultimate adult beverage. The one you didn’t know you wanted and now won’t be able to live without this summer. The perfect combination of your favorite summer treat as a kid: that icy, crunchy, sweet and refreshing combination of crushed ice and fruit-flavored syrup. Add booze. Eat, slurp, crunch and repeat. That’s right, the adult snow cone is here and now available at Red Rooster. Read More

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