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Jon Favreau Once Made a Roy Choi Fried Rice Recipe Every Day For Three Months

Plus some frank talk on labor issues, a new food festival, and big new national awards

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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.

The power of Choi

It’s no secret that Roy Choi and Jon Favreau, star of the film Chef, have remained fast friends. After all, Choi consulted heavily on the movie, and the pair even spent time working together on a Cubano sandwich pop-up truck for a time. They’re so buddy-buddy, in fact, that Favreau tells People Magazine that he once made a fried rice recipe he learned from Choi every day for at least three months. Apparently a creature of habit, Favreau says he tried his darndest to perfect his methods, but has since moved on to other things like Tartine sourdough baking.

Here’s Looking, indeed

One of LA’s best new restaurants is getting the love it deserves. Here’s Looking at You in Koreatown just got a Food & Wine best new restaurant nod this morning, and with chef Jonathan Whitener’s cooking and Lien Ta’s hospitality, it’s not hard to know why.

Latte parties

Looks like a latte art party at FrankieLucy Bakeshop in Silver Lake tonight, filled with fun and actual cash prizes for the winner. Can’t get enough? Dinosaur Coffee up the street is doing one as well!

NEXT THURS 5/4: #female #barista #TNT. all are invited!

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A flavorful block party

CBS Studio Center is the site of LA’s next big food block party, called appropriately Flavor of LA. The May 21 event includes restaurants from all over, including The District by Hannah An, Salt & Straw, The Six, and many more. You can get your tickets here, and some of the proceeds going to local charity Food Forward.

Donuts galore

Looks like there’s a new doughnut-maker in town, operating under the name Hot Fat Donuts. The newcomer is a collaboration between Tyler Wells of Nice Coffee and pastry maestro Lincoln Carson, says Food GPS.

Some Glendale coffee

There’s a hip new coffee shop in the Adams Hill section of Glendale, called KAFN. Despite sounding like an old-time radio station handle, the shop keeps things rather modern with sleek white decor, a rotating list of roasters, and nitro cold brew on tap. 1019 E. Palmer Ave., Glendale. Open daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A better beer party

Downtown’s Boomtown Brewery is hosting their first beer pairing dinner on Thursday, May 16, a collaborative effort with chef Alan Matheus, formerly of Redbird and Bouchon. The $85 per head party offers five courses across one seating, with paired beers to match.

More Gold Room run-ins

Someone seems to have been stabbed in front of Echo Park’s Gold Room, reports LAist. The bar on Sunset Boulevard has long had issues of violence over its storied run, with this latest case going down around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Labor issues

The LA Times Food Bowl is tackling the tricky issue of labor with a new panel slated for the end of the month. They’re actually calling it a Labor Crisis Summit, and it will involve chefs like Michael Voltaggio, Yousef Ghalaini, and many more speaking at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica on May 23.