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October 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Chipotle Mexican Grill will open the first West Coast branch of its ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen concept in Santa Monica in early 2013, the company said. The nascent chain already has two locations -- one operating, one still under construction -- in Washington, D.C. In the Los Angeles area, ShopHouse will have to distinguish itself in a booming market crammed with Asian food options stretching from the San Gabriel Valley through Little Tokyo to the Westside. The brand operates Chipotle-style, with an assembly line model that allows for customized meals made with food from sustainable sources.
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August 29, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Looking for the ultimate tailgate party? Check out this weekend's 626 Night Market , a sweeping and smoky street food festival at Santa Anita Park featuring 150 vendors. Think of it as the Comic-Con of Asian street food. Prices begin at $1.50 to $2 for chicken wings or sausages. Portions are generous, yet most small plates are about $4. Admission is $2 (from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and $3 (after 6 p.m.). Children 12 and younger are free, as is parking. Squid on a stick.
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BUSINESS
December 13, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Californians couldn't get enough of Ray Kroc's hamburgers and Col. Harland Sanders' fried chicken. So Thomas Burnham figures they must be ready for his moo goo gai pan. The former Domino's Pizza executive is banking that the Golden State and its multicultural populace will embrace a food delivery chain offering entrees that some customers may have trouble pronouncing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
So much for the theory that chef Gordon Ramsay used his save to bring Bri back so "MasterChef" would have its first vegetarian winner. Bri was undone this week after her team lost one of the most demanding challenges in "MasterChef" history -- waltz on in to Wolfgang Puck's WP24 and turn out a fleet of complex Asian fusion dishes. Not helping Bri a bit in this restaurant takeover challenge: The fact that her teammate, Krissi, "hates" Asian food and quickly became befuddled by the challenge, contributing to her team's last-place finish.
FOOD
December 23, 2010 | S. Irene Virbila
  2009 Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon Blanc " Ronco delle Mele" A single sip of this stunning Sauvignon Blanc from northeastern Italy immediately gets your attention. The 2009 Venica & Venica "Ronco delle Mele" is one intense mouthful, ripe yet fresh, with an overlay of citrus and flowers and a lingering finish. At the holiday table, it makes a great alternative to Chardonnay, and it's a wonderful foil for chilled shellfish, lobster or spicy Thai or Szechuan dishes.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Smashburger has brought its brand of so-called better burgers to Thousand Oaks, the first of as many as 60 outlets it plans to open in the Los Angeles area in the next seven years. The Denver fast-casual chain arrives with a luminous pedigree and solid potential. Its founder, Tom Ryan, has shaped menus and marketing campaigns at McDonald's, Quiznos, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. And last year, Forbes named Smashburger the most promising company in the country, beating out tech companies, alternative energy start-ups and healthcare firms.
FOOD
April 21, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Arneis was a grape that was practically extinct when Alfredo Currado of Vietti and Bruno Giacosa brought it back from obscurity in the early '70s. Theirs are still benchmark examples, but I also like very much the Arneis from Giovanni Almondo. On one of these lovely spring evenings, this 2010 Arneis makes a perfect aperitif. It's light and refreshing, perfumed with white peaches. And yet there's an underlying minerality that gives it some weight. Never one-dimensional, Almondo's 2010 "Vigne Sparse" Arneis is one of the best I've tasted.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Fans of Asian food can sample dishes from a variety of nations without any jet lag during a visit to Richmond , British Columbia , the city that's home to Vancouver 's international airport (YVR). Within three blocks along Richmond's Alexandra Road -- in the suburb's Golden Village district -- 200-plus restaurants feature styles including Cantonese, Szechuan, Korean, Malaysian and more. While many are small “holes in the wall” tucked into strip malls,  the food befits the city's residents, two-thirds of whom are of Asian descent.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
So much for the theory that chef Gordon Ramsay used his save to bring Bri back so "MasterChef" would have its first vegetarian winner. Bri was undone this week after her team lost one of the most demanding challenges in "MasterChef" history -- waltz on in to Wolfgang Puck's WP24 and turn out a fleet of complex Asian fusion dishes. Not helping Bri a bit in this restaurant takeover challenge: The fact that her teammate, Krissi, "hates" Asian food and quickly became befuddled by the challenge, contributing to her team's last-place finish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1991 | LARRY SPEER
Harbans S. Chahal thinks his luck might finally be on the upswing. He was forced to close his Asian-American Market in Ventura last March after water damage from a fire upstairs wiped out his inventory and severely damaged the building.
HOME & GARDEN
August 9, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I should've been born with two tongues and five stomachs. As it is, one ventricle of my heart is devoted entirely to Asian sauces, particularly of the soy variety. Lots of men are built this way, with special ventricles devoted to the liquids they love: beer, milkshakes, Cabernet. Like express lanes to the soul. So when I came upon the newest craze in gluttony this summer, the Asian night markets, it felt like I had belly-flopped into heaven. If you're unfamiliar with the Asian night market concept, join the crowd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Emily Gian has slashed prices on shark fins, the astoundingly expensive ingredient of a coveted and ceremonial soup, in hopes that she will sell out before a California ban on sale or possession of the delicacy takes effect Monday. "The law is unfair," said Gian, whose store in Los Angeles' Chinatown sells shark fins for $599 a pound. "Why single out Chinese people in California when shark fins are legal in many other states?" Across town, retired science teacher Judy Ki offers an answer.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Aasif Mandvi is no Google honcho, but he does play one in the new Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson comedy "The Internship," opening this week. In doing so, the 47-year-old actor and "Daily Show" correspondent got a first-hand look at the unique culture of the search engine giant, which allowed the production to spend two days filming at its campus in Mountain View, Calif. On a recent phone call from his home in New York City, Mandvi shared what it was like going inside the Googleplex.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Fans of Asian food can sample dishes from a variety of nations without any jet lag during a visit to Richmond , British Columbia , the city that's home to Vancouver 's international airport (YVR). Within three blocks along Richmond's Alexandra Road -- in the suburb's Golden Village district -- 200-plus restaurants feature styles including Cantonese, Szechuan, Korean, Malaysian and more. While many are small “holes in the wall” tucked into strip malls,  the food befits the city's residents, two-thirds of whom are of Asian descent.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Chipotle Mexican Grill will open the first West Coast branch of its ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen concept in Santa Monica in early 2013, the company said. The nascent chain already has two locations -- one operating, one still under construction -- in Washington, D.C. In the Los Angeles area, ShopHouse will have to distinguish itself in a booming market crammed with Asian food options stretching from the San Gabriel Valley through Little Tokyo to the Westside. The brand operates Chipotle-style, with an assembly line model that allows for customized meals made with food from sustainable sources.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Smashburger is finally in town, bringing its brand of so-called better burgers to Thousand Oaks on Wednesday. The Denver-based chain comes with a luminous pedigree. Founder Tom Ryan has shaped menus and marketing campaigns at McDonald's, Quiznos, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. Last year, Forbes named Smashburger the most promising company in the country, beating out tech firms, alternative energy start-ups, healthcare firms and more. Since launching in 2007 with the “goal to get into every town in America sooner or later,” Ryan said in an interview this week that the Thousand Oaks store is the chain's 163rd.
FOOD
May 12, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Calera is best known for its compelling Pinot Noirs, but the limestone soils of the Gavilan Mountains east of Monterey Bay work their magic on Viognier too. That's the genius of the site founder Josh Jensen chose for Calera Wine. This Viognier comes from the Mt. Harlan vineyard, first planted with the grape in 1983 and farmed organically. The bouquet of jasmine and ripe stone fruit draws you in right away. Then comes that lush texture and the tastes of honey, pear and tropical fruit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2004 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Stacked two stories high at a food importer's warehouse in Commerce are cardboard boxes filled with packets of rice vermicelli, cans of coconut milk and bottles of chili sauce -- ingredients as common in Southern California's Asian community as mustard and ketchup in the American kitchen. The products shipped into Southern California from Asia are worth $250,000 but are weeks, perhaps months, away from finding their way onto supermarket shelves and dining tables.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Smashburger has brought its brand of so-called better burgers to Thousand Oaks, the first of as many as 60 outlets it plans to open in the Los Angeles area in the next seven years. The Denver fast-casual chain arrives with a luminous pedigree and solid potential. Its founder, Tom Ryan, has shaped menus and marketing campaigns at McDonald's, Quiznos, Long John Silver's and Pizza Hut. And last year, Forbes named Smashburger the most promising company in the country, beating out tech companies, alternative energy start-ups and healthcare firms.
FOOD
May 12, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Calera is best known for its compelling Pinot Noirs, but the limestone soils of the Gavilan Mountains east of Monterey Bay work their magic on Viognier too. That's the genius of the site founder Josh Jensen chose for Calera Wine. This Viognier comes from the Mt. Harlan vineyard, first planted with the grape in 1983 and farmed organically. The bouquet of jasmine and ripe stone fruit draws you in right away. Then comes that lush texture and the tastes of honey, pear and tropical fruit.
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