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Behind the Scenes at Glendale's Best Kabob Shop, Pasadena's Poutine Revival, and More

Plus, it turns out vegans really do love Los Angeles

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel, Downtown
Upstairs at the Ace Hotel, Downtown

Vegans love LA

Surprise, surprise — Los Angeles is among the most vegan-friendly cities in America. This according to PETA, says CBS LA, announcing that the animal-helping organization ranks LA as the second-best city for vegans, right behind Portland, Oregon.

A day in the life of Mini Kabob

Ever stopped into the diminutive Glendale shop Mini Kabob for a bite to eat? You should, the food is fantastic. But in the meantime, check out this behind-the-scenes look from the son of the owners, Armen, who talks about what it's like to step into his family's shoes and start helping out at the nearly 20 year old restaurant, with his parents at his side.

Poutine comes to Pasadena

Though fries, gravy, and cheese curd are nothing new in cities like Montreal, poutine hasn't necessarily reached the edges of expansion here in the States. There was a time when the unofficial national Canadian dish was a rather popular choice in Los Angeles, but now a newcomer named Spudds is hoping to lead the charge in Pasadena. They do 11 kinds of the stuff, says the LA Times, plus burgers and more. Open lunch through dinner at 1802 E. Washington.

Brunch is up at Wax Paper

Frogtown's very own Wax Paper sandwich shop, situated right by the river just east of Silver Lake, is kicking up brunch on the weekends. The new menu just launched last week, but already includes options like the below.

#youcanhaz Brunch Sandwich: Soft-Boiled Egg, Turkey Sausage Gravy, Pickled Fennel & Onion, Brioche.

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Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach is coming

Feel like getting out of town, while still enjoying food from some of LA’s best chefs? Try for the Taste of the Nation food event at the Montage in Laguna Beach on May 15, where chefs Ben Ford, Ray Garcia, Walter Manzke, and Kris Morningstar will be among the attendees. They’re also bringing in Flynn McGarry from EUREKA in New York for the three hour chef’s tasting event, which runs $200 a pop.

Eating and drinking your way into that Swingers life

Curbed LA peeks into the 20-year old world of Swingers, the iconic LA movie about struggling actors trying to figure out themselves (and their relationships). The important question: Could you live that Swingers life today, bowling shirts and all? Minus the increased rent and the mostly closed-down big band music scene, it's apparently easy enough to do, just start by dining at drinking at places like 101 Coffee Shop and The Dresden. Those places certainly haven't changed much in the intervening two decades.

Seattle's Eric Johnson parties at the Ace Hotel

As part of the Ace Hotel's ongoing One Night Only dinner series up on the Mezzanine, Seattle's Eric Johnson is coming into town on May 9 and cooking a Vietnamese multi-course feast. Jonhson's Stateside restaurant in Seattle was that city's restaurant of the year, meaning the multi-course party should be a fun one. Tickets are $75 and run three courses, plus a welcome cocktail.

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