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Emily Ratajkowski at Otium, Umami's Ups and Downs, and More A.M. Intel

Plus Lodge Bread Co. goes mobile, and more on the Super Amazing Restaurant Show

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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.

Lodge Bread Co. adds truck service

Want your freshly baked bread delivered right to your doorstep? Well that's not easy to pull off just yet, but it's a wish the Lodge Bread Co. team is hoping to fulfill down the line thanks to their new bread truck. Taking a page from the old Helms Bakery trucks that used to roam the streets, owners are (for now) parking at farmers markets, but with hopes to expand into home delivery with a slew of other trucks if possible, says the LA Times.

The best Chinese restaurant you don't know about

Take it from the man who's eaten at countless Chinese restaurants around Los Angeles and the world: you're missing out if you don't know about Embassy Kitchen in San Gabriel. According to David Chan, it's a long-running "hidden gem" that not only makes great all-around food, it also serves up some Hong Kong specialties that are increasingly hard to find around the city. Run, don't walk.

Big names at Otium

Lots of folks have been traveling through Otium lately, leading to tons of star-sighting opportunities for diners at the Downtown hotspot. Case in point, Emily Ratajkowski.

In the kitchen with @emrata

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Craft coffee in Montebello

Looking for a great cup of coffee in Montebello? Consider The Hangar, which officially soft-opens this week at 614 1/2 W. Whittier Boulevard. To celebrate the opening, the company will be giving away free cups of coffee all day Saturday as well, before keeping normal daily hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More love for the Super Amazing Restaurant Show

Arjun Mahendro, Nakul Mahendro, and Alvin Cailan's new LA restaurant podcast The Super Amazing Restaurant Show continues to gain traction, as The Observer goes in hard on the show's three-episode arc so far. Sure, some of the edges of the show are still rough (and others miss the mark completely) but it's almost meant to, the piece argues, as a way to really bring listeners into the true discussions that happen between industry folks all the time. More importantly, the podcast is quietly offering a critical lens by which we could all be looking at the LA restaurant scene as a whole, the Observer says.

The ups and downs of Umami

Umami founder Adam Fleischman talks with Inc. about his process for creating the company that ultimately made him famous in the food world. It's a fascinating look at process, and offers some keen insight into what it takes to pivot from being a restaurant owner to a restaurateur to leading the search for a hospitality CEO.

Far Bar's whiskey dominance

LA Downtowner takes a look at the whiskey situation inside Far Bar in Little Tokyo. The place is known for their craft beer prowess but actually contains a formidable catalog of whiskey as well, which makes for quite the drinking destination Downtown.

A 3D urban farm party

Ever wondered what it's really like inside one of those newfangled urban gardens the news keeps writing up? You can virtually walk through Local Roots Farms right this very second if you'd like, as the Southeast LA company now has a 3D experience up on their site for visitors to enjoy. It's even augmented with details on the shipping containers the company is currently using to grow lettuce and other greens for purchase.

Bar Moruno gets wine

Grand Central Market newcomer Bar Moruno is already hitting the high notes thanks to its stellar food and great build-out on the Hill Street side of things. Now they've got their beer and wine license locked up too, which means effective immediately you can swing through to enjoy their collection of wines, vermouth, and more. The full menu is below.

Bar Moruno Wine List by Farley Elliott on Scribd