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  • Things to do

    Taste of Arcadia, Pasadena events among food happenings in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Akasha: Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $6-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-845-1700. www.akasharestaurant.com AR Cucina: Italian-style Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $9-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9531 Culver Blvd.,...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Dining

    For Chinese food in Alhambra, Henry’s Cuisine is a happy melting pot

    Every day, for three meals a day — breakfast, lunch and dinner — Henry’s Cuisine serves a trio of menus that feature dishes you might expect, and dishes you might not expect. This Hong Kong-style cafe in Alhambra is run by a pair of Henrys — Henry Tu and Henry Chau — who have created one of Valley Boulevard’s most madcap restaurants, packed with extended families, confronting tables piled with dishes from a variety of worlds. How the kitchen...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Entertainment

    Chinese food comes with a Uyghur influence at Xinjiang BBQ in Monterey Park

    While those of us who follow the always intriguing culinary ebb and flow of Chinese cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley — watching the rise of dishes from Szechuan that range from hot to hotter to downright incendiary, and enjoying the steady spread of the Dumpling Gospel of Din Tai Fung — a bit of Uyghur skewer madness crept in around the edges. The Uyghurs are the people of Northwest China, with a strong Muslim influence to the cooking, which means largely no pork, and...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Restaurant operators

    Porto’s Bakery in West Covina finally a go, here’s the schedule

    Porto’s Bakery & Cafe could break ground on its fifth location in West Covina later this fall now that the city has given the family-owned business permission to demolish an existing vacant building and construct a new restaurant with outdoor patio. On Tuesday, the city’s Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve the precise plan to demolish...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Food

    MOM in the Mail cookies among food events this week in the Los Angeles area

    Los Angeles area EVENTS MOM in the Mail: Cookie mail order service from Sharon Graves, baker and owner of BLVD Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Varieties include: Classic Chocolate Chip, Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies, Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars, Peanut Butter and Whisky Oatmeal Dried Cherry Bars. See website for treat and seasonal menu (plus dietary options) and extras to be added to package. 1-877-454-4666. Email:...

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  • Food

    Opening of English pub The Stalking Horse among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events The Stalking Horse: Opening of the English pub inspired by Cornwall, England, 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Specialties include Cornish-style pasties and other savory pies and a vegan Welsh Rarebit. The bar offers beers, unusual gins and whisky. Hours: 5 p.m. daily until Sept. 18, when doors open at 11 a.m. (call to confirm hours). 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

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  • Food trends

    A San Gabriel Valley mainstay, boba proves to be no passing craze

    SAN GABRIEL >> When a New York Times article described boba as “the blobs in your tea” last week, Elton Keung could only shake his head. Keung serves made-to-order boba tea drinks at his shop, Labobatory on Las Tunas Drive, and to see boba described as a new treat from the “Far East” struck Keung as narrow-minded. “It felt like right from the get go,...

    Christopher Yee
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  • Public health

    Cockroaches shut down 2 Whittier restaurants

    Two restaurants in Whittier were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections,...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Dining

    Get your passport to delicious Middle Eastern food at The Diplomat in Monrovia

    The Diplomat sits in the space that, for many years, was home to the much loved, highly respected Restaurant Devon, an iconic, upscale California Cuisine eatery that actually inspired Westside foodies, who firmly believed that civilization came to an end east of the 405, to actually journey into Monrovia for a meal. It was a land of tomato cappuccino, shrimp and shiitake spring rolls, goat cheese wontons — very much the cuisine of the ’90s. And, as the ’90s morphed...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Things to do

    Boneyard Bistro seasonal tastings among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Boneyard Bistro: The barbecue restaurant offers chef-owner Aaron Robins and executive chef Erica Abell’s seasonal tasting menu using hatch chilis including Tex Mex Tostada Salad ($18), Smoked Brisket Torta ($20), Ancho & Coffee Rub Hanger Steak Enchiladas ($38) and Hatch Chili & Apple Fry Pie ($11), 4:30 p.m.-midnight Aug. 30. Check website for the full...

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