Does anyone have a comment on this week's West magazine restaurant issue?
OK, I'll go first. I thought the conceit of categorizing dishes by which utensil they are eaten with was pretty forced, but I can certainly understand the desperation for fresh ideas. But usually in this type of issue I can at least find two or three places I'd like to try. This one just seemed small and flat. Tuna burger at M Cafe, pastrami sandwich at Langer's...I think we've heard this song before. The only place that might be a discovery was S Vietnamese in Westminster. In his editor's note, Rick Wartzman mentions "all the Mexican and Thai places that, for relatively little money, offer their own culinary bliss." Well, maybe we'd like to hear about some of them.
On the other hand, today's Times Food Section story "Koreatown 24/7" is informative and packed with new places to try...wish I was in the mood more often for a 3 a.m. pick-me-up of jampong, bubbling cauldrons of "deep red, searingly hot soup chock-full of octopus, shrimp, crab and mussels." Hopefully it's just as good at 7 p.m.
In other news, CurbedLA updates the status of Mario Batali's Mozza...apparently phase one is due for August. And why wasn't I invited to the pizza tasting with Jake Gyllenhaal?
Curbed also reports via A.V. Newbie that a Famima is coming to downtown Glendale...that's pretty cool, because there are few things I love more than fishy flavored or green tea flavored Japanese snack foods.