The James Beard award nominations are out. Congrats to Jonathan Gold for a well-deserved nod for his Korean restaurant series and a few other articles. A few L.A. restaurants were nommed -- Spago in the old-timers category, Angelini Osteria, A.O.C.
Excellent exploration of salt in the L.A. Times. Now I'm ashamed that I use regular superfine popcorn salt on my gourmet red popcorn from Surfas. I guess it's one way to use up all that fleur de sel.
If you're heading to the Bay Area, here's 20 pizza places to try. They sound slightly more promising than L.A.'s paucity of pleasing pizzerias.
R.I.P. Algemac's. Probably not the best coffee shop in the world, but certainly one of the few places near Silver Lake with cheap breakfasts, real hash browns, and trout 'n eggs on the menu.