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The California Tipping Quagmire, Checking In on the Drought, and More A.M. Intel

Plus a voodoo-themed pop-up from a familiar name.

Drought in Folsom
Drought in Folsom
Robert Couse-Baker

California's confusing tipping legislation

Tien Nguyen files this one to Medium about California's confusing tipping legislation, and the 'grey areas' that could mean it's legal for kitchens to be tipped out appropriately. It's an interesting, fairly intensive read on the background of one of the country's hottest restaurant industry conversations right now.

More news on the terrible drought

Life & Thyme files their second photo-intensive look at the effects of the ongoing drought, particularly in the hard-hit Central Valley.

Samuel Monsour’s Antibellum pop-ups get spooky

Adding a voodoo theme to his rotating Southern-inspired pop-ups, chef Monsour is making his latest dinners something more akin to spiritual theater than pure dinner experience. As LA Mag reports, there’s a faux High Priestess, talk of black magic — and shrimp etouffé.

Another look at Clifton's

Here's a pretty great shot of the second floor bar at Clifton's, which has finally started to slow down after some seriously busy opening weeks.

The ambiance at @cliftonsla. #cliftons

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The best falafel around

We did a falafel map not long ago, and now it’s LA Weekly’s turn, naming Falafel Arax, Dune and Ta-Eem, among others.

Khao Soi so hot

The Times puts together a live look-in at the state of khao soi in Los Angeles right now, offering up a handful of maybe lesser-known options (read: no Night + Market) for the Northern Thai curry dish.

All about Baroo

Continuing the 'bloggers love Baroo like they used to love Love2Eat Thai Bistro' trend, Kevin Eats puts together a post on Hollywood's most perplexingly wonderful strip mall fermentation restaurant. It's fairly photo-heavy, which makes the post a worthwhile resource if only to help decipher what you'll be eating when you finally make it in.

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