Koreatown’s next big thing
LA Weekly files a story on Square Mixx in Koreatown, a semi-hidden but massive marketplace that’s attracting tons of attention from restaurant chains in Korea proper. The food court sits atop the Gaju Marketplace on Western Ave., and is apparently becoming a home for Korea’s best imported ideas.
Of course, with Korea and Koreatown each offering a ton of cross-cultural culinary overlay, Square Mixx also serves up twists on popular dishes that involve, say, Thai flavors. As for what the future holds? Co-founder Eunice Tak says there are plans to bring a larger version of Square Mixx to Buena Park next year.
Eat and bike
There’s a great new bike-and-eat event happening along Temple Street and beyond tomorrow, and it’s hosted by Metro directly. Anyone interested should RSVP so the restaurants can get a heads up, but otherwise the trip is wide open for riders. Expect stops at Dollar Hits, The Park’s Finest BBQ, FrankieLucy Bakeshop, and more.
Or drink and bike
Newcomer A Bloc is now pouring coffee mostly for the cyclist community in Highland Park. The smalll, casual York Boulevard address softly opened about a week ago, and is doing daily hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., turning out espresso drinks and power bars and more. 5025 York Boulevard, Highland Park.
New doughnuts cometh
It’s a new day for Blinkie’s, the longstanding Woodland Hills doughnut shop. Ventura Blvd. Magazine says that the spot is now venturing into the weirder, wilder side of doughnut flavors, including options like Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch, with real cereal on top.
Stop the local presses
There’s still money to be made in the local printing press game, says LA Times. They point to Prospect Park Books in Altadena as proof; the company has not only been publishing and selling cookbooks for a decade, they’re actually the only such independent publisher left in Los Angeles.
Cactus Taqueria moves
Looks like a new location for Cactus Taqueria on Vine, as the small late night shop expands into a former Chinese food takeout restaurant just to the north. A mural for the taco and burrito shop is going up now. 1320 Vine Street, Hollywood.