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LA (LA BREA): SHAMELESS SELF (AND TACO) PROMOTION

By Nora Zelevansky / August 5th, 2010

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I'm still in Sonoma, basking in the warmth of my heated bathroom floors, so I'll keep this brief!  Yesterday's Daily Candy by moi was about the opening of Tinga's taqueria on La Brea.

I went to the soft opening party and sampled many delicious treats including the signature Chicken Ting sitch and this really awesome tart and fresh watermelon lemonade.  So so good!  They also have these spicy peppers that are super tasty.

Basically, the owners–a very cool married couple–are hardcore about their ingredients and make as much as they can from scratch.  But you can read more on Daily Candy.  Cause I need to go loll in my awesome bed.

xo – N.

LA (LA BREA): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 24th, 2009

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(Umami Burger . . . Yum.  Maybe?)

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More happenings on La Brea: according to The LA Times' Daily Dish, a Bottle Rock co-founder has launched Umami Burger (a spot dedicated to 'the Japanese fifth taste' alongside sweet, salty, sour and spicy).  Not sure if that's a yummy prospect or not.  The idea seems a bit one note, but I still totally want to check it out.

Isn't it weird how an abstract concept can become trendy?  Suddenly, everyone has umami fever.  Maybe I should make t-shirts that say, "Whose U-mami?" (That was bad–sorry).  I'm just waiting for the "Umami Elimination Challenge" on Top Chef.  (If all the contestants were still on the show, Jamie would make umami scallops, Fabio would make umami pasta, Jeff would make umami 800 ways and Leah would leave scales on umami fish).

That said, I'm a big fan of the burger and sausage movement happening in and around LA right now: Umami Burger, 8 Oz. Burger Bar (where I LOVE the chorizo stuffed fried olives), always Father's Office, Golden State (still waiting), Wurstk├╝che and more.

Pretty, pretty good.  (Oh, how I miss my Curb).

xo – N.