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Kismet Lights Up, Eco-Friendly Restaurants, and the Benefits of Losing Your Job

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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.

Keeping things eco-friendly

FoodGPS tackles the tough issue of keeping things sustainable in the restaurant industry, talking to a number of veterans of the game about how they’re reducing waste in their own kitchens. From eco-friendly building materials at the start to donations of leftover food to decisions on where to purchase produce, there are plenty of ways to be more aware about your restaurant’s global footprint.

Free bagels for voters right now in Compton

Right this very moment, the Yeastie Boys rig is tossing down free bagels to voters in Compton, and they're colored bright red in collaboration with rapper YG. Want a free bagel with cream cheese? Better get there now, says Pitchfork.

The benefits of losing your job

Roy Choi talks with Inc. about why losing his job ended up being the best possible thing to ever happen to him, and the benefits of being free to get it wrong. The gist of his argument: listen to your gut, it’s probably going to lead you in the right direction.

Kismet lights it up

Things are starting to glow in Los Feliz, as neon signage is up and in for Kismet, the upcoming restaurant from Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson. Expect a late-year arrival for the anticipated eatery.

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Talking it up with Snacky Tunes

The live edition of podcast Snacky Tunes that taped at this year’s Eastside Food Fest is now live, and features a conversation with folks behind Eagle Rock’s popular Little Beast restaurant. It’s worth a listen for the tunes alone, though the conversation is also great.

The danger of it all

A new op-ed in the LA Times sheds light on the disappearing nature of restaurants that have become old news. It's a scary proposition to just flit from place to place, says the author, and could make for some seriously unsteady times ahead.

Santa Monica’s new dining stars

Bella Mag takes a look at the new dining stars cropping up in Santa Monica, showing off spots from Mare to Erven to Nighthawk. You’ll also hear some love for Michael’s, the reborn Westside legend now being helmed by Miles Thompson.

Da Kikokiko hits the streets

Hawaiian newcomer Da Kikokiko is going up on wheels, but not with a food truck — they’re using a food tricycle. Now if you want your next order of poke or musubi delivered fresh around the Playa Vista Runway area, just call ahead and they’ll pedal it right over.