— Watch Mark Bittman discuss the evolution of Chinese and Chinese-American cooking in the L.A. area. He drops by China Cafe inside Grand Central Market, as well as the heart of Chinatown. It might be better to just watch The Search for General Tso, which is now streaming on Netflix.
— Hidden LA has unearthed some great videos from 1986 about waitresses at Du-Par's and Canter's. A sassy quote from the footage: "Waitresses are great. They're either old time hookers or drunks." Seriously. Another thing that hasn't changed over the last three decades: don't snap your fingers to call a waitress or click the glass with your silverware. [via LAist]
— For an underrated cheap eat find in Little Ethiopia, FoodGPS gets the market fish with veggie combo for $12.99 at Buna Ethiopian Market. The order comes with a whole fish and five different kinds of vegetable sides. Oh, and some sour sponge bread acts as your utensil.
— A writer spends an entire weekend at Chateau Marmont drinking just sparkling wine. It's a parade of champagnes and bubbly. That hangover must've sucked. But what better place for the good stuff than the Chateau? [Munchies]