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Ernesto Uchimura Does Cruise Ship Food, Colonia Taco Lounge Disappears, More A.M. Intel

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

To Live & Dine in L.A. wins big

Josh Kun’s To Live & Dine in LA is getting all sorts of attention still, most recently by the Southern California Booksellers Association, which dropped an award for nonfiction on the menu-specific tome. Based on a collection of publicly-available menus from days gone by, the book is a fascinating take on what restaurants used to be. Kudos!

Covina craft beer stalwart celebrates two years

In the growing LA craft beer scene, more and more breweries are heading east, not south, putting Alosta Brewing ahead of the curve. The Covina-based beermakers are celebrating two years in the game with a big party on Saturday, November 7, including craft beer pours, food trucks, and more.

No more Colonia Taco Lounge

The LA Times digs into the La Puente dining scene to discover that, much to the surprise of many, Colonia Taco Lounge has closed. Ricardo Diaz's game-changing taco shop never caught on in its funky location, but rejoice: soon enough, those tacos will be returning under the Colonia Publica banner in Whittier, where Diaz already enjoys several restaurants.

The arrival of fall at Hinterland

Santa Monica’s Hinterland is switching things up for fall, turning over both their lunch and dinner menus towards heartier, soul-satisfying fare. Chef Max DiMare is now serving everything from black mission figs with prosciutto to crispy pork belly to caramelized apple bread pudding.

What's up with this Great Food sign in Playa Vista?

Toddrickallen shows off a banner detailing either the idea of great food that's coming to a particular Playa Vista restaurant space... or the actual name of an incoming restaurant that's going to be called Great Food. This one's a head-scratcher.

MatchaBar teams up with Alfred Coffee

These two are a match made in heaven: MatchaBar, those well-known tea makers, are going permanent with their partnership with the blossoming Alfred Coffee franchise, which means they’ll now be serving matcha teas at every Alfred in town. Oh, and just in time, it looks like the temporarily closed Alfred Silver Lake is now back up and running.

Glassel Park's beloved Polka still down for the count

The Polish favorite has been shuttered since the summer due to an electrical issue at their strip mall location, but Eastsider LA is now reporting that there may be some good news on the horizon: Yelp says the restaurant will reopen at the end of November.

Ernesto Uchimura takes to the high seas

The Plan Check chef has partnered with Princess Cruises for a new only-at-sea concept called The Salty Dog. The plan is to serve a couple of craft beers, lots of burgers, and all sorts of other pub grub while over the open ocean. The first iteration will debut in mid-December, and here's a menu if you feel like looking.