And yet more love for Baroo
The LA Times is back on the Baroo case, this time sending in test kitchen director Noelle Carter to discuss the diminutive restaurant's heavy use of fermentation. She, like everyone else, comes away impressed with chef Kwang Uh's dedication, drive, and menu.
LA's disappearing diner
LA Weekly has some mournful words for Los Angeles, detailing a list of ten things that are quickly disappearing from the city. Among them? The venerable diner, a place for coffee and pie lovers to congregate over some Formica. The list of defunct options includes Johnnie's, Twains, Jan's, and Victor's, just to name a few.
Roy Choi's strong words for anyone who doesn't love Pot
It's well-known that Roy Choi's Koreatown restaurant Pot has been a touch divisive since it came alive, with some folks arguing that it's not 'Korean enough' for the neighborhood, or that the prices don't match the food compared to other strip mall options nearby. Choi himself hasn't discussed the issue too much, but did let one go last night on Instagram, rattling off all the folks who "have never supported" the restaurant. That apparently includes folks who stay at the restaurant, with Choi saying they "hardly ever come thru." Take a look.
Almost all the first generation Koreans, foreign exchange students, elders, office workers, and ajushis/ajumas have never supported POT saying it isn't Korean food. Hotel guests hardly ever come thru because for some reason we don't fit the mythology of a hole in the wall. Yelpers knock us saying every Korean restaurant in Koreatown is better than us. Well... I know who we are. We are not one thing or another. We are our own thing and I thank all those that get the weirdness of us and have become addicted to our style. The team sees you licking your fingers every night. The warped in-betweeners like us. Kindred. I know how Korean we are, even if we're not. #POT
Peek inside David LeFevre's house
You'll know chef David LeFevre from his Manhattan Beach restaurants: M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite, and The Arthur J. But here the LA Times offers a new look — the chef's own home. In a fun profile, LeFevre lets the paper into his beachy bungalow to scrutinize his eye for design. Ultimately they come away rather impressed, but it's no surprise to LeFevre: he's been helping to design his own restaurants for years.
What to get at IXLB Dimsum Eats
LA Weekly takes a look at the offerings of Hollywood's IXLB Dimsum Eats, from their har gow to siu mai to their namesake xiao long bao. The weekly comes away mostly impressed with the offerings, saying the place is a worthy replacement for anyone not willing to drive to the SGV.
Big moves for the Beverly Hills Wine Merchant
The award-winning Beverly Hills Wine Merchant has completed their move into the Montage at 210 N. Beverly Drive. The shop has been slowly transitioning away from their previous location on Canon Drive, and officially come online for business today, says a rep for the company. Photo by Josh Lurie of FoodGPS.