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Noma Chef Rene Redzepi Returns to LA For Big Book Signing in Chinatown

Plus taco night and new eats in Pasadena

The New Yorker Festival 2012 - In Conversation - Rene Redzepi And Jane Kramer
Rene Redzepi
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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.

Noma news

Rene Redzepi of Noma is once again going to be in Los Angeles, and this time he’s hosting an author event at Now Serving in Chinatown. The Thursday, October 18 event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with signed books available as well as a meet and greet with Redzepi and co-author David Zilber. Tickets are available now, and must be purchased in advance.

Taco night

Tallula’s in Santa Monica is starting up a rotating taco series featuring other chefs from Southern California and beyond. The next one is Wednesday, October 17 starting at 4 p.m., featuring tacos from Christine Rivera, the chef de cuisine of Galaxy Taco in San Diego.

Ten years in

The Ninong family is celebrating ten strong years of restaurant business up in Northridge. Their eponymous Ninong’s Cafe has been supplying the northern San Fernando Valley with Filipino food since 2008, and to celebrate the milestone they’re doing free stacks of ube pancakes today through the weekend, along with other fun giveaways and prizes.

Northridge new

Northridge has a new Filipino restaurant to know about. It’s called Mambo International Kitchen, and it lands at 8300 Tampa Avenue. The colorful, casual space is where diners can dig into everything from pork adobo, tapsilog, and other bites from around the world.

Fresh faces

There’s a new name in Valley Village dining: Sloane’s. The casual new American spot keeps a neighborhood perspective with an easygoing menu and beer and wine, whereas the previous tenant in the space — Urban Dacha, which had a ten-year run — rocked a decidedly Russian theme.

Mendo’s moment

Mendocino Farms has finally come to Pasadena, opening today along Lake Avenue. The fast casual mini-chain is rocking the same menu of sandwiches and salads from a big new space at 283 South Lake Avenue, keeping hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.