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Longtime Wolfgang Puck Chef Matt Bencivenga Has Died

January 28, 2016

“Catering is a lot like a military operation; it has little room for error,” says Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events President Carl Schuster. “A lot of chefs don’t understand that. But Matt Bencivenga is that rarity: he never misses a beat.”

Chef Bencivenga’s page on the Wolfgang Puck site: http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/company-info/managing-partners/matt-bencivenga includes a playlist.

Reposting: http://la.eater.com/2016/1/26/10831862/chef-matt-bencivenga-passed-away

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He’ll be missed.

It’s a sad day for the restaurant industry, as news spread late yesterday that longtime Wolfgang Puck chef Matt Bencivenga died from pancreatic cancer.

Bencivenga began his career on the East Coast in the 1990’s before moving to Los Angeles and eventually landing as sous chef at Patina. In 1998 he joined up with Wolfgang Puck, eventually helping to open Spago Beverly Hills as executive sous. Not long after, Bencivenga undertook the catering arm of the Puck empire as both executive chef and managing partner, where he would remain until the end of his life.

With a long history in Los Angeles kitchens and more than two decades in hospitality overall, Bencivenga touched many of the chefs and restaurateurs who still make this city run today. Reached for comment, the Wolfgang Puck team had the following to say:

It is with a heavy heart that we share that Matt Bencivenga, Partner and Executive Chef of Wolfgang Puck Catering, passed away this past Monday morning after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  In his twenty years with the company, Chef Matt touched the hearts of all that worked with and around him. His talent, compassion, and drive will continue to inspire.

In honor of Matt, the family asks you to please consider a memorial gift to advance the neuroendocrine tumor research program at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center/UCLA under the direction of Dr. Tim Donahue. Donations may be directed to Melissa Brody, Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation ; 8-950 Factor Building, Box 951780, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1780.  (310) 206-0675www.cancer.ucla.edu/donate (noting “In honor of Matt Bencivenga.”)

Matt Bencivenga will be missed.

LA Weekly Picks at its Indian food in W. SFV @tasteofindiala @Anarbagh1

July 22, 2013

ImageOnline this week, the L.A. Weekly blog, Squid Ink, included a suggestion of Indian restaurants in Los Angeles,  “where there are dozens of wonderful and popular Indian restaurants.” Sadly they gave up the role of culinary sleuth only to pander exclusively to one region, West San Fernando Valley. Investigating and posting about Indian restaurants throughout Los Angeles would have been more worthy of the truly great hidden gems that deserve attention. Journalist, Emily Dwass, has no voice in the online quirkiness that online editors have chosen to post her article. For those trying to read or navigate this list online, be prepared for an excess of visual noise pollution – ads, photos, bad programing.  http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2013/07/10_best_indian_restaurants_in.php

For those with a taste for Indian and can afford the gas tank to head for West SFV, please enjoy!

Dilli Express:
When we wandered into Dilli Express, we actually were looking for another restaurant. It turned out that the prior place had closed, and there’s now a new name, owners and menu, described as fusion and Indian. While the décor is a work-in-progress, the food is ready for its close-up. You order at the counter, either from a large list on the wall (including unexpected dishes like chicken curry taco and spinach chole burrito) or from that day’s buffet, which is the best bargain. For $8 you get an all-you-can eat combo of mostly North Indian specialties. There are even cheaper vegetarian combos, as well. We’re not always fans of self-service buffets, but props to this buffet, where there’s a shield of glass separating hungry folks from the food. The wait staff fills your plate, but don’t let that discourage you from going back as many times as you want. 8406 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park; (818)347-6900.

Taste of India:
The first thing you’ll notice upon entering this cozy restaurant located between Ralphs and Sprouts, is how dark the interior is, with such low lighting that at some tables it’s hard to read the menu. Never mind. You can close your eyes and point to any page and find something to enjoy, especially if you’re an adventurous eater who is not intimidated by dishes like pudhina mutton (goat meat cooked on a slow fire, with a ginger, garlic and mint gravy) or nargisi kofta (lamb meatballs.) There are many signature North Indian specialties, such as onion kulcha, a naan stuffed with onions and seasoned with a mild mint sauce. Desserts include mango ice cream and gulab jamun (savory, deep fried cheese balls with rose syrup.) The best bargains are the combination dinners for around $15, with two entrees, rice, naan and salad or raita. On weekends there’s an all-you-can-eat Champagne buffet for $12.95. 21833 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 999-0600. http://tasteofindiala.com/

Streets of India Cafe:
This family run café in the heart of the Encino business district features homemade specialties from South India such as dosa (savory pancakes) and also from the north (tandoori dishes.) There are Indo-Chinese options, like chili chicken and other daily hybrid specials. Save room for the made-from-scratch desserts, including chikki, a candy with almonds and pistachios, and grajjar halwa, a lovely carrot pudding. You can order a variety of curries a la carte, but the best deal is the very popular weekday lunch buffet for $8.75 (on weekends and holidays it’s $10.75.) There’s also a dinner combo for $11.95. 16260 Ventura Blvd., Encino; (818) 325-2500. http://www.streetsofindiacafe.com/

Anarbagh:
Before anyone gets upset, we’re aware that half of the west SFV residents are on Team Anarbagh and the rest are on Team Shalimar, which is down the street. We’re not going to take sides — we think both restaurants are nice places to go for an evening out or a special lunch. Bring a friend with you to Anarbagh, because there are a lot of deals for duos, starting with a mixed vegetarian appetizer, with onion bhaje, vegetables, samosas and pakora, for $6.95. Midday, there’s the Executive Lunch for two, for $18.95 (not to be confused with the Business People Lunch for two, $16.95.) There’s a big selection of chicken, lamb, seafood, as well our favorites: more than two dozen great vegetarian entrees. We especially like the sag paneer, spinach and cheese cooked with onions, tomatoes and herbs, the best version of this classic we’ve had anywhere. Dishes can be ordered from very mild to very hot. We found medium pretty intense (in a good way) — so be warned. 22721 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 224-3929. http://www.anarbaghindiancuisine.com/

Shalimar:
This family-owned restaurant has been on the boulevard since 1983, with chef Salik Miah running the kitchen. The menu represents multiple regions of India, with traditional tandoori dishes, Punjab-style lamb and beef and a big selection of Bengali fish and seafood. We tend to go overboard on the appetizers, especially the vegetable samosas (with an order of mango chutney on the side) and savory papadam (lentil wafers), which are highly addictive. There are distinctive breads, including one that is grilled and stuffed with spiced potatoes and cauliflower (aloo gobi paratha). Monday through Friday there’s a lunch buffet for $7.99, which is a good way to sample the eclectic cuisine. 23011 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 225-7794.http://www.shalimarwoodlandhills.com/

Royal Delhi Palace:
The first time we visited here it was barely noon on a Sunday and the car thermometer read 99 degrees — no one in their right mind should have been in the mood for hot, spicy food. Yet the place was packed, which tells you something about how popular it is. When we arrived, a party was just beginning in the adjacent banquet room. As we watched the steaming trays being brought in, we were seriously tempted to crash the festivities and made a mental note to someday have a party there, or at least wrangle an invitation to one. Until then, we’ll be happy to keep sampling the many North Indian dishes offered in this family-run restaurant. We especially like the entrees from the clay oven, such as tandoori vegetables. While these look deceptively simple, each bite brings a burst of mystery spices. There are more than a dozen breads on the menu, including Peshawari naan, stuffed with cashews, raisins, cherries and coconut. Big crowd magnets are the daily lunch buffet for $7.49 and a Saturday and Sunday Champagne brunch for $10.95. 22323 Sherman Way, #11, Canoga Park; (818) 992-0913.

India Sweets and Spices:
Selfishly, we’re kind of reluctant to spread the word about this incredible place, because it will just get more crowded. Once you eat here, you’ll be back for more. This is a no frills, vegetarian, cafeteria-style eatery connected to a grocery store. The line is typically chaotic — and that’s part of the fun. Try to scope out what you plan to order before it’s your turn, because you won’t make any friends if you engage in a long discussion with the servers about what’s what. Trust us, it’s all great, even if you don’t know what you’re eating. For about five bucks you can get one of the specials, which will give you an overflowing plate. The masala dosa (stuffed pancake) and chai are considered some of the best in town. For the sweets part of the equation, pick something from the bakery case or get yourself a popsicle in the grocery store. 22011 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; (818) 887-0868. http://www.indiasweetsandspices.net/

Mother India Restaurant:
Drive here from outside the SFV, and you’re going to feel like you’re traveling to the end of the earth. Look on the bright side — if you start on Topanga Canyon by the ocean and take it all the way to Devonshire Street, you will experience a multitude of microclimates. Make it a road trip. You can sharpen your shopping skills at the Westfield Topanga Mall or get a different kind of workout hiking or rock climbing at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth. Either way, bring a hearty appetite for lunch or an early dinner (they close at 8 p.m.) to this small, family-run eatery. We’re big fans of the Mumbai street food, especially pani puri, little puffs filled with potatoes, garbanzo beans and chutney. Another favorite is the uttapum, soft crepes topped with vegetables. Owner and chef Bharati Gholkar often stops by the tables to help you figure out what you want to order, and she’ll tweak the menu if you have any dietary concerns. 21032 Devonshire St., Chatsworth; (818) 534-8267.

Agra Tandoori:
Say what you will about the Kardashians, they (or someone on their team) have good taste in restaurants. On one of their infernal shows, the clan came here for dinner, helping put this Tarzana restaurant on the map. Even without reality television, Agra Tandoori already had a loyal following, with good reason. Not only is the food great but, of all the restaurants on our list, this is the nicest room in which to linger over your meal, especially when seated in one of the large, circular booths. We try to order something new whenever we’re here; so far, our favorites are chicken mango masala, mushroom biryani and eggplant bharta. There’s a good selection of Indian beer and a decent $4 glass of wine (how often can you say that?). The manager, Frank, is always charming and remembers you if you’re a repeat customer. (And he’ll graciously give you the discount, even when you forget your coupon.) 19560 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; (818) 342-2290.

Taj Mahal:
Located on the upper level of an awkwardly designed Encino plazo, Taj Mahal is definitely worth the trek up the stairs or the elevator ride from the free parking structure. Family owned and operated since 1993, there’s a pleasant dining room and also an outside patio. Start off a winning meal with a chilled lassi yogurt drink (sweet, salted or mango) or share one of the four Indian beers. All of the reasonably priced entrees come with basmati rice and raita. Our favorite dish is malai kofta, round vegetable fritters in a tomato and onion sauce. Also popular is fish vindaloo, Chilean sea bass cooked with potatoes and hot spices. Monday through Saturday there’s an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with some 15 choices, for $8.95. On Sunday the buffet has more than 20 items and unlimited Champagne for $10.95. 17815 Ventura Blvd., suite 201, Encino; (818) 345-2215. http://www.tajmahaldining.com/

 

Looking for Aloo Paratha?

April 9, 2013

Salomi Restaurant http://www.salomiindian.com

5225 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood (across from the television academy)

818-506-0130

Indian and Bangladesh restaurant serving delicious traditional favorites – tandoori, korma, masala, biryani, vindaloo, naan, plus more – with a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch and dinner in the heart of No Ho, I was surprised to learn that Salomi had been serving since 1979. Portions are very generous and so flavorful. The attentive staff never hovers yet your glass is always quickly refilled and special requests are easily answered. Prices are very reasonable for table service menu this robust. A hidden gem, in plain sight on Lankershim.

On a Friday night after a long week of deadlines I was looking forward to seeing a friend in a production at the Actor’s Workout Studio. Grabbing a sandwich or burrito by myself after work didn’t interest me so I launched Open Table to find someplace nearby to eat. To my delight, Salomi didn’t have any reviews posted on Open Table, so the thrill of discovery whetted my appetite as much as as the promise of good Indian food.

As I walked into a lovely yet empty restaurant, greeted by several smiling faces, it looked promising. Looking over the lengthy menu, I knew I had found a new favorite. Names of dishes came rattling off my tongue – chicken korma, saag paneer, vegetable biryani, and of course aloo paratha. Iced Tea please. Did they open recently? How did they find the neighborhood?

Turns out, according to the chatty head waiter that Salomi had been open since 1979. He was oh so proud of their Yelp status, “Do write a review and you will see.” I explained that I found them on Open Table. His professed claim of how popular Salomi was simply wasn’t evidenced by butts in the seats. Where were all the loyal fans?

From my window table I could see the tall walls of the Television Academy screening rooms across the street, nestled in its driveway courtyard. Down the street was the latest Laemmle Cinema. With lunch specials this place must be a real hit in the arts community. Why was it empty?

Ordering beloved dishes that I had ordered from India’s Oven, Angara, Addi’s Tandoor, I had a good point of comparison. Would this food measure up? The spinach was not creamed but well-cooked in the saag paneer and lightly-spiced to bring out the flavors. I melted at the chicken korma! So “nummy” in taste and texture with a vibrant saffron yellow hue. The biryani tasted really, really good, a personality among rice dishes yet way too many peas or is it that I just plain don’t like them and will hand flick them out of any plate served to me…Salomi was a hit! (And the play to follow was too!)

A family arrived, kissed and hugged the staff nearest the door and sat in what sounded like their usual spot. Other people entered and were seated as my meal was enjoyed. (Upon leaving I think I even saw Hawk Koch, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences enjoying a conversation and meal.) So much for my thought that this place was unknown. Yet with food this good and reasonably priced, Salomi on a Friday night should be hopping!

When favorite restaurants shutter their doors in Los Angeles, which happens too frequently, it is easy to forget that neighborhood gems are still out there to be found. When word-of-mouth and local publicity don’t bring in the patrons, services like Open Table can help non-franchise dining thrive.

Christmas Tamales in Los Angeles with Mom’s on Riverside

December 20, 2012

Networking is a beautiful thing! Check out http://momstamales.com/Tamales.html

moms

Today, a co-wacko and I were talking about where I could score some homemade tamales for Christmas. She didn’t know a resource but she knew someone who might. Having tamales as my contribution to Christmas dinner with my sweetheart’s family is my idea of a good thing! And that conversation at work got me talking with another co-wacko who highly recommended Mom’s Tamales (see link above) later in the afternoon.

You may have seen Mom’s, this hole-in-the-wall treasure, on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network. Sitting at lunch today I quickly scoped this place out on Foursquare, located the menu, address and phone number (323) 226-9383.

Mom’s offers several tamales to tempt you: Pork, Beef, Chicken, Cheese or try some of their specialties: Chicken with Mole, Cheese with Spinach, or a sweet tamal with pineapple. Yow! Buying them frozen to steam later (for 1 hour, 15 minutes) will save you $2 per dozen. Mix and match.

Remember it’s cash only, they close their doors at 4:00 pm and checking in on Foursquare will make it more visible to other tamale lovers seeking a source for handmade tamales. Mom’s Tamales & Mexican Food, 3328 Pasadena Ave, Los Angeles CA, 90031

If tamales for Christmas are not something you have time to make, try some love from Mom’s instead.

The Fine Art of Fine Dining at @Alinea

November 27, 2012

After you view the video of a dessert being created by Chef Grant Achatz, please read more about Alinea Restaurant where you purchase tickets rather than schedule a reservation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afGpptxz_qE&feature=related

Visit their site at www. alinearestaurant.com, or better still, visit the restaurant, located in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, 1723 North Halsted. No walk-in dining options. All dining must be ticketed. Although tickets are transferrable, they are nonrefundable. Chicago, home to many fine restaurants including Henri, EL Ideas, Acadia, Everest, L20, Moto, Naha, and Schwa among others, is a destination where chefs and foodies pilgrimage. Even aspiring locations, like Goosefoot, make their mark with innovative combinations and redefining American (new) cuisine. Alinea brings the dining experience to a new level as artform/performance.

If you can’t secure your New Year’s reservation… TICKETING – which opened Nov 7 – you can still purchase the cookbook, Alinea on Amazon. Since dining, food, and art are fused at this restaurant, it would make sense that it is more suited for coffee table than kitchen as a cookbook.

“A pioneer in American cuisine, chef Grant Achatz represents the best of the molecular gastronomy movement–brilliant fundamentals and exquisite taste paired with a groundbreaking approach to new techniques and equipment. ALINEA showcases Achatz’s cuisine with more than 100 dishes (totaling 600 recipes) and 600 photographs presented in a deluxe volume. Three feature pieces frame the book: Michael Ruhlman considers Alinea’s role in the global dining scene, Jeffrey Steingarten offers his distinctive take on dining at the restaurant, and Mark McClusky explores the role of technology in the Alinea kitchen. Buyers of the book will receive access to a website featuring video demonstrations, interviews, and an online forum that allows readers to interact with Achatz and his team.”

[http://www.amazon.com/Alinea-Grant-Achatz/dp/1580089283]

If visiting Alinea’s website to buy tickets for your first dining “event” at Alinea proves to be fruitless, I can share some online advice from fellow California foodie, Kim T. of Tustin, CA:

“Tip:  Stalk their facebook page for “day-of” openings.  We were able to snag a 2-seater for prime-time that night.  Btw, our table could have easily seated 4 people so it depends on the luck of the draw.  I guess we were really lucky.”

Here’s to discovery!

@HarrietKCRW Evan Kleiman to close Angeli Caffe January 13 :(

January 5, 2012

On January 13, Angeli Caffe on Melrose will serve its last meals before closing forever. Evan Kleiman, chef, restauranteur, best-selling author, and host of “Good Food” on KCRW, shared her passion for Italian cuisine, especially for breads, with hungry Angelinos. “In December of 1984, Evan Kleiman opened Angeli Caffe, a hip Italian restaurant on Melrose Avenue designed to serve simple rustic food in a modern environment.”

It was only in March of 2010 that we were celebrating Angeli’s 25th anniversary. The web is abuzz this morning with news about this sad reality in the life of Los Angeles food culture.

Evan will continue to be featured on KCRW 89.9 FM, sharing her insights and her encounters with chefs and vendors alike at the weekly Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Very “Good Food” indeed.

Open Table reservations are recommended. The restaurant will be open every night for dinner up until closing except on Monday, January 9.

Angeli Caffe
7274 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-angeli-caffe-20120105,0,7238851.story

http://www.kcrw.com/people/kleiman_evan?role=host

http://www.angelicaffe.com/

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/60504/restaurant/Mid-City-West/Angeli-Caffe-LA

Thanks to @elinashatkin for the video link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWMSt0rNKSE

@EaterLA 1st evah Chinese Food Week 2011 special menus @ChurchStateLA @PiccaPeru @ConeyDogLa @SmithHouseLA

November 1, 2011

Chinese Food Week – Eater’s exploration of “Chinese food” in Los Angeles: see website for interviews, maps, guides, tips, and secrets from some of this city’s known and unknown gems.

http://la.eater.com/archives/2011/10/31/welcome_to_eater_first_ever_chinese_food_week_2011.php

Several of Eater’s very favorite non-Chinese restaurants are offering special menu items for a limited time only, made just for Chinese Food Week. Did Sun Tzu ever write on the Art of Food War – the definitive work on restaurant marketing strategy and business operations? This “ode to Chinese food” lacks some respect to venerable established and great Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles. Mànmàn chī!

@ChurchStateLA
www.churchandstatebistro.com
1850 Industrial Street at Mateo Street
Confit Duck Spring Roll, $9, served at dinner (except for Sunday night).

@PiccaPeru
www.piccaperu.com
Peruvian cantina 9575 west pico blvd., L.A. with tons of love
Alpaca Spring Rolls with Pineapple Aji Amarillo Dipping Sauce, $13, served at dinner.

http://tingabuena.com/
Tinga-licious on 142 South La Brea L.A., (Jonathan Gold-stamped, broken web links and no social media mojo and food truck in the planning stages)
JuanTon (short rib with five spice and Chinese mustard, rice, mushrooms, pickled red cabbage, green cabbage, cilantro, bean sprouts, Thai chili, and special sauce in a burrito) with “salsa” on the side, $12.50, served at lunch and dinner (takes 15 minutes to make).

@ConeyDogLa
www.coneydogla.com
Sunset Blvd. next to Whiskeyagogo
Chow Dog Roll (noodles, cabbage, egg, hot dog, and soy sauce rolled and fried), $5.95, served all day, this week only.

@SmithHouseLA
www.SmithHouseLA.com

10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, (across from Westfield Mall), Chef Angelo Sosa
Black Bean and Garlic Rice Bowl, $13.99, served at lunch and dinner.
Open Table reservations

@alpinevillageca 6 more days of Oktoberfest 2011 in Torrance

October 16, 2011

http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/

Nothing quite like it, since 1968.Alpine Village

According to the website (and you can buy tickets online):
“The Alpine Village celebrates Oktoberfest each and every year as it has since 1968. We recreate the great festival  for 7 weeks during September and October complete with oom-pah-pah bands flown in direct from Deutschland, German bier, and our authentic, homemade Bratwurst and Polish sausages. Last year nearly 70,000 of you came to revel with us in all of your chicken dancing glory. This year we will continue the fun—-come see what it’s all about!”

There are full lunch and dinner menus including Bavarian specialties like goulash (don’t you love just saying that word?), sausage, strudel, sauerbraten, wienerschnitzel, and potato pancakes. Don’t worry – they also offer hamburgers, fish and chicken entries as well. Come for the chicken dance, stay for the pastries!

Alpine Village offers a variety of German, Belgian and Craft Beers on 15 rotating taps. You’ll find: Bitburger Premium Pilsner, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Hofbrau Lager, Paulaner Pils, Paulaner Marzen Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Warsteiner Dunkel, Wernesgruner, Firestone Walker Solace Ale, Oskar Blues, G’Knight Imperial Red, Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard, Paulaner Lager, Reissdorf Kolsch, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA, and Weihenstephan Korbinian Doppelbock.

As a community landmark, Alpine Village does its part as a community leader by supporting charities with the annual Oktoberfest ticketing. In 2010, Alpine Village donated 10,000 event tickets to over 20 non-profit groups, school clubs and churches – groups then sold tickets as a fundraiser. It sounds a bit self-serving but connection within the community among nonprofits and local businesses is important.

Alpine Village In 2011 several groups, including the South Bay Center for Counseling (www.sbaycenter.com), are using this fundraising program to support their programs.

Get your Oompah pah on at Alpine Village while Oktoberfest 2011 is still happening. Follow on Facebook, Twitter or just stop by the website. Located on Torrance Blvd. off the 110 South, at the 405 South. LOTS OF FREE PARKING.

@Komida_LA Where Flavors and Cultures Mix

October 9, 2011

“Komida
where flavors and cultures mix. Kinda like L.A.
Only, you know, in a taco.”

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The next time you are in Hollywood on Thursday evening or lunch on Saturday, stop by Komida on 1738 N. Orange Dr. (just off of Hollywood Blvd., behind Grauman’s Chinese) and be ready for the ultimate Los Angeles food. Forget everything you know about tacos. They are the perfect food on many counts. Yet newly opened Komida offers THE ultimate taco experience with the Asian-inspired tacos that a more mainstream Southwest meal just lacks. Trust me, I conducted a personal taco tasting day as an informal experiment. Komida reminded me how satisfying life in L.A. can be when every detail is aligned by a skilled designer, such as Chef Brock. @ChefBrock

Chef Brock Kleweno who contributes to Yamashiro’s success on staff as a chef (@Yamashiro_LA), is gracious and personable as the visionary behind Komida. At the recent opening, he mentioned that Alice Waters was his inspiration, the founder of Chez Panisse who pioneered a new appreciation for locally-grown, seasonal food known as California cuisine – “Good food depends almost entirely on good ingredients.” At Komida, tacos are the perfect meal – good food from good ingredients, fusing the tastes, textures and colors of several cultures. As the eco-friendly poster child of cuisine, tacos require no cutlery, no frying, no elaborate preparation, serve 1 without promoting overeating, and leave very little carbon footprint to serve.

At Komida, be ready to meet corn tortilla tacos filled with miso sake black cod, chicken satay, spiced hoisin duck confit, soy and red wine braised short rib, or tangy veggies accompanied by salsas and tastes like a wasabi guacamole, ginger pico de gallo, and tequila salsa verde. No wheat, no cheese, no wrong choice. Bring a friend and try them all. Komida is open for dinner on Thursdays 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. and for lunch on Saturdays 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Cash only through October, so don’t let your sudden embrace of a cashless society allow you to miss out. Go! What are you waiting for?

And I didn’t win the free tacos for a year at the opening 😦 but if I don’t go back soon for more tacos, I’m a bigger loser for missing out on the limited availability!

Check out review (Oct 25, 2011) http://www.savoryhunter.com/

@YamashiroLA @Komida_LA Opening on Oct 6 Plan for lines! Be hungry for tacos!

October 6, 2011

Buy a taco before 8:30 PM on Thursday, October 6 and you’re entered to win a chance at free tacos for a year. What’s not to love? Come support Komida’s debut.

@YamashiroLA Executive Chef @ChefBrock Kleweno serves up his popular Farmers Market tacos in prime time with the grand opening of Komida on October 6. Down the hill from Yamashiro, Komida will debut in a very Hollywood space, using the patio and former bar area (of former H Wood location) at 1738 N Orange Drive, Los Angeles 90028 just off of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland. Confirmed tacos to be served include: Hoisin Duck Confit; and Sake Black Cod; Soy & Red Wine Braised Short Rib; Chicken ‘Satay.’

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