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West Hollywood’s Trendy Rooftop Lounge Promotes New Filipinx Head Chef

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Plus Primo’s has Dodgers donuts while a new hot chicken spot opens in Torrance.

Sabel Braganza, head chef at E.P. & L.P.
Sabel Braganza, head chef at E.P. & L.P.
Jakob N. Layman

A new chef at E.P. & L.P.

After the rather sudden departure of Louis Tikaram from West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P., the combination restaurant and rooftop lounge has replaced the opening chef with Sabel Braganza, who will be incorporating “California Asian” dishes to the mostly Thai and Vietnamese menu. Think chicken inasal, a marinated chicken thigh with kalamansi, and pork lumpia Shanghai. The 30-year-old Filipina chef says she would watch cooking shows on Saturdays instead of cartoons then join her grandfather in making dinner. Braganza helped open E.P. & L.P. as a line cook, then moved up to sous chef before getting this recent promotion.

Oktoberfest incident in Huntington Beach

Over the weekend two firefighters and at least two civilians were injured during an Oktoberfest event in Huntington Beach after a transformer exploded, according to ABC 7 News. The explosion caused a panicked response from those at the event, say observers.

Dodger donuts just in time for the postseason

Dodgers baseball-logo white donuts with a marble background.
Dodgers donuts at Primo’s
Bel Air Branding & Erica M. Allen

Primo’s Donuts is making special Dodgers-themed, baseball-shaped donuts in time for their World Series run. Reserve the donuts online at Primos’ website. Available either jelly-filled or plain, they’re available until the Dodger season ends. Hopefully, with a World Series win.

Another day, another hot chicken spot

This week, yet another hot chicken restaurant rides the wave called Pinky’s Hot Box in Torrance, which opened in mid-September. The spicy chicken shop offers sandwiches, tenders, loaded fries, and a few sides in a variety of spice levels. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 to 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sundays). 24416 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance

Mangoes galore

Ever had a mangonada? Think a sweet, refreshing mango dessert loaded with spices and sour flavors like chamoy, Tajin, chiles, and lime juice. LAist has a handy guide on where to find this dessert specialty around town.

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