Month: June 2015

  • Paninoteca by Scarpetta

    Paninoteca by Scarpetta

    Despite being relatively close to Bay Cities Italian Deli, the Godmother of Italian sandwich shops on the Westside, I was still disappointed when Santa Monica’s Ciboteca, from the folks behind Piccolo and Hostaria del Piccolo, closed last winter after opening just earlier that year.  Coincidentally, another Italian sandwich shop backed by a higher-end Italian restaurant, […]

  • BeerBowl Ticket Giveaway

    Update:  Congrats to Kelly K. for winning the first giveaway on my blog. If you didn’t win, you can still use Promo Code offalogiveaway to get $20 off BeerBowl at A-Frame tonight, and it works even for existing Reserve users! To celebrate LA Beer Week, Reserve & A-Frame are throwing their first ever BeerBowl this […]

  • Cassia by Bryant Ng (Opening Night)

    Cassia by Bryant Ng (Opening Night)

    Cassia*, the highly anticipated Singaporean/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian brasserie from acclaimed chef Bryant Ng, his wife Kim Luu-Ng, and partners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan of Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, and Sweet Rose Creamery fame, finally opened this weekend!  To recap, Ng’s The Spice Table closed at the end of 2013 due to the MTA’s […]

  • Tacolandia 2015

    Tacolandia 2015

    LA Weekly‘s and Bill “Street Gourmet LA” Esparza’s third annual Tacolandia food festival took place this past Saturday, June 6, 2015, at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, same location as last year, adjacent to historic Olvera Street.  This year, the number of participants ballooned to 80+ while the number of attendees increased 60%, from 2,500 […]

  • Broken Spanish Pre-Tacolandia Night of Modern Mexican Cuisine

    Broken Spanish Pre-Tacolandia Night of Modern Mexican Cuisine

    Tacolandia 2015 is upon us!  For those not in the know, Tacolandia is an annual event that Bill “Street Gourmet LA” Esparza and LA Weekly host, and it is the most epic taco-centric food festival ever!  This is the third year of the event, and the third I will be attending.  The events have not […]