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Taco Bell's Expensive Cheese Obsession, Another Bev Hills Shutter, and More A.M. News

Plus a salad chain expansion and some colorful dumplings

Santa Monica Yacht Club, Santa Monica
Santa Monica Yacht Club, Santa Monica
Elizabeth Daniels

Taco Bell’s Quesalupa, by the numbers

The good folks over on the national side of Eater explored the new Quesalupa from Taco Bell, with its inherent cheesiness and viral marketing tendencies. It’s an interesting look at things like peak eating time (up to 15 minutes after preparation), fry time (90 seconds), and dollars spent on a 30-second Super Bowl ad to debut the new product ($5 million).

Colorful dumplings, right this way

Taste of China in Rowland Heights has a fun new take on LA’s never-ending dumpling craze: colored wrappers. Fortified with vegetable juices, the LA Times says these fanciful options are more than just looks though — they also taste delicious.

Northridge’s new Sichuan obsession

Head into the deep Valley (not the San Gabriel one) for taste of Sichuan food at the new Szechuan Place, says LA Weekly. The Northridge addition is a far cry fro the Chinese-American options that populate much of the Valley otherwise, and features a chef trained in Chongqing.

Watch Bruce Kalman cook squid ink pasta live

Last week, Food & Wine invited chef Bruce Kalman of Union in to cook some squid ink pasta live in the studio. They streamed the whole thing on Facebook too, which means you can catch all the action right this way.

Mexico’s influence on Coachella

LA Mag shares some intel on three Mexican chefs — Daniel Ovadia, Jose Manuel Baños, Francisco Ruano — who will join Coachella for weekend one as part of the ongoing Outstanding In the Field dinner series. Apparently they’ll be doing everything from whole hog carnitas to suckling pig tacos to ceviches, all out in the desert and within ear-splitting distance from the stage.

Coupa Cafe shutters in Beverly Hills

Looks like another loss for ritzy Beverly Hills, as Coupa Cafe on Canon Drive has called it quits. the only remaining locations are now up in the Palo Alto area, which means you’ll have to go elsewhere for your Venezuelan dishes and espresso.

Chop Stop expands to Glendale

Local DIY salad chain Chop Stop has expanded into Glendale, bringing their low-cost lunch menu to the neighborhood. This being Los Angeles, they also do burrito bowls, wraps, and soups inside the massive newcomer, which is meant to be a training space for the company's franchisees moving forward.

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