Los Angeles Mag’s Best of L.A., Starring Carrot Cake

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READ IT AT LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE (in print too)

For the first time in my life, I found myself with a cheese budget. It was glorious. Sadly, the results of that painstaking research appear in print only: the crowning of Cheesemongers of Sherman Oaks as the best (duh) cheesemongers in the city. On the L.A. Mag site, though, you can find my entries on carrot cake, gin joints, Filipino food, bone broth, dinner and a gigbird-watching, outdoor gun ranges, and build-a-bot classes for kids. How’s that for range?

A Coffee Snob’s Guide to Camping, and More

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READ IT IN LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE (print only)

It sucks that you can’t read this online, but if you’re headed to the wilderness soon, you’ll want a hard copy of Los Angeles Mag’s Camping issue. I’ve got several contributions: the Coffee Snob’s Guide above (click the pic for a bigger image); a breakdown of the Channel Islands’ offerings; select sites in the big list (Joshua Tree, Sequoia); and a few additions to the camping etiquette ticker. Remember, if a bear is a’wanderin’, you should get to hollerin’: Comin’ yer way!

Best Beer Shops and DIY Home Barkeeping

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READ IT AT LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE (mostly in print)

Well, you’ll have to track down the issue to read both of my contributions to Los Angeles Mag’s booze-soaked new issue, but it’s worth it to be able to — ahem — tap into the liquid knowledge of so many professional drunks journalists. You can peep my Best Beer Shops in the greater L.A. area online. The one that’s only in print: DIY must-makes for home barkeepers, featuring expert advice from Miracle Mile Bitters Co., Pickled by Hattie, and Bäco Mercat chef Josef Centeno.

Munchella: On Culinary Stars and Coachella

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READ IT AT LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE (in print too)

Coachella is right around the corner and good grub awaits. I talked to Short Order chef Christian Page and Sweet Clementine’s pops boss Layne Eiler about the relatively fresh phenomenon of fine dining and epicurean snacks coming to a music festival near you. If you’re actually going to Coachella (I am), look for the next hot Buzz Bite while some band plays in the background. :/

The Battle of the Bean: Coffee Roasting in L.A.

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READ IT ON LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE (in print too)

I’m a coffee geek and a cheerleader for Los Angeles, so I nearly spit out my brew when I realized I’ve been favoring beans roasted by out-of-towners—Verve, Blue Bottle, Heart, Stumptown, Four Barrel. So began my quest to find out the truth about L.A.’s caffeine scene. Is there a homegrown roaster who can finally put my town on the map? Yes. No. Well, sort of. Let me explain…

A Few of My Favorite Things, Silver Lake Edition

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I still don’t *really* understand what this site is or who uses it, but they gave me a (pro-bono) chance to shout out my favorite places for food, music, booze, caffeine, etc. in Los Angeles. Plus, they promised to call me an expert. To see my picks, go to Utrip, click “See Itinerary,” and then enter an arbitrary date (you’re not going to do this, I know, it’s okay). From there (ha), click on the little “Overview” tab above the map. FINALLY, you can scroll down Continue reading