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April 26, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
Once diners add their names to the waiting list clipboard at the entrance of Tsujita Annex, ramen fanatics have accepted the challenge -- to stare down others as they wait for one of the coveted 11 seats at West L.A.'s newest ramen-only restaurant. Thursday's grand opening of Annex on busy Sawtelle Boulevard, right across the street from its nearly 2-year-old sibling, Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle (which serves ramen only at lunch), garnered a diverse crowd of twentysomethings. Many had requested exclusive invites on Facebook.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Elizabeth Stein wanted to create a nutritious gluten-free product, because she found that as a holistic nutrition counselor there was too little to recommend to her clients who avoid gluten. So in January she introduced her line of three quick-cooking and one slow-cooking hot cereals. Purely Elizabeth cereals are made with oats, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, kaniwa, hemp, flax and chia. She also has four versions of granola, including cranberry-pecan and pumpkin-fig.
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February 20, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
It's a good week for birthdays -- the birthdays of Westside burger joint Plan Check, Little Tokyo ramen temple Daikokuya and downtown's Varnish bar -- all of which are celebrating by offering free or discounted food or drink. Today only guests who visit Plan Check in West L.A. will receive one of chef Ernesto Uchimura's free crullers in honor of the restaurant's first birthday. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 288-6500, www.plancheckbar.com . Little Tokyo's Daikokuya is 11 years old today.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
Once diners add their names to the waiting list clipboard at the entrance of Tsujita Annex, ramen fanatics have accepted the challenge -- to stare down others as they wait for one of the coveted 11 seats at West L.A.'s newest ramen-only restaurant. Thursday's grand opening of Annex on busy Sawtelle Boulevard, right across the street from its nearly 2-year-old sibling, Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle (which serves ramen only at lunch), garnered a diverse crowd of twentysomethings. Many had requested exclusive invites on Facebook.
FOOD
February 2, 2013 | Jonathan Gold, Restaurant Critic
When you order shoyu ramen, you see the noodle chef spoon soy sauce into the bowl before he ladles in the bone broth; when you specify that you want your noodles al dente, you see him check their status a couple of times before swishing them out of the boiling water. If you ask for green-chile butter, the restaurant's equivalent of what some other noodle shops call a "flavor bomb," you are served it on the side, to mix in as you like. Sitting at the counter is kind of a demystifying process, in the way that being able to see a sushi chef flash his knife through a half-dozen kinds of silvery fish helps you to understand what the difference might be between mackerel and gizzard shad.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2011 | Tiffany Hsu
Employees who worked overtime to serve the crowds at Little Tokyo's Daikokuya ramen restaurant — which attracts long lines of young, late-night diners — weren't properly paid for their extra hours, according to a government agency. Los Angeles-based Bishamon Group Restaurants, which owns Daikokuya, has agreed to pay $145,000 in back wages to 66 employees, the U.S. Labor Department said. The agency's wage and hour division found violations not only at the Little Tokyo location but also at six of the company's other restaurants in Monterey Park, Covina, Arcadia, Costa Mesa and downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Elizabeth Stein wanted to create a nutritious gluten-free product, because she found that as a holistic nutrition counselor there was too little to recommend to her clients who avoid gluten. So in January she introduced her line of three quick-cooking and one slow-cooking hot cereals. Purely Elizabeth cereals are made with oats, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, kaniwa, hemp, flax and chia. She also has four versions of granola, including cranberry-pecan and pumpkin-fig.
NEWS
February 21, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Handsome Coffee Roasters turns 1 on Monday, Feb. 25, and the downtown cafe is celebrating by offering free coffee to customers who stop by from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free coffee is just part of the onslaught of birthday freebies and discounts this week -- there's still time to get $5 bowls of ramen at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo through Friday, and Varnish bar downtown will be pouring free drinks on Sunday. (See the link below.) 582 Mateo St., Los Angeles, (213) 621-4194, www.handsomecoffee.com.
TRAVEL
June 20, 1993
I was very disappointed in your article "A Vacation Becomes an Adventure" (Taking the Kids, April 25). I felt you discouraged people from traveling with their kids. Yes, it is difficult to travel with children. It's hard to have kids period. But by the time my daughter was 4 and my son 6, they had traveled to Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Italy, France, England, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Although it was never easy, my children know how to sit still on a plane or in a restaurant and they can order rice, count to 10, say hello, goodby and please and thank you in several languages.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2009
As host of the weekly show "Off-Ramp" on KPCC-FM (89.3), I take exception to Susan Harris' letter about the death of talk on KLSX [Letters, Feb. 28]. She wrote, "There is always NPR when you feel like being educated." OK, granted there's lots of education and enlightening debate and all that on KPCC, but my producer Queena Kim and I always strive to include at least a modicum of mindless entertainment on our show. Surely my bad Andy Rooney impression ("I knew Burl Ives, and he hated that snowman with his fancy vest.
NEWS
February 21, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Handsome Coffee Roasters turns 1 on Monday, Feb. 25, and the downtown cafe is celebrating by offering free coffee to customers who stop by from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free coffee is just part of the onslaught of birthday freebies and discounts this week -- there's still time to get $5 bowls of ramen at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo through Friday, and Varnish bar downtown will be pouring free drinks on Sunday. (See the link below.) 582 Mateo St., Los Angeles, (213) 621-4194, www.handsomecoffee.com.
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
It's a good week for birthdays -- the birthdays of Westside burger joint Plan Check, Little Tokyo ramen temple Daikokuya and downtown's Varnish bar -- all of which are celebrating by offering free or discounted food or drink. Today only guests who visit Plan Check in West L.A. will receive one of chef Ernesto Uchimura's free crullers in honor of the restaurant's first birthday. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 288-6500, www.plancheckbar.com . Little Tokyo's Daikokuya is 11 years old today.
FOOD
February 2, 2013 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
What do some of Southern California's top bowls of ramen - the tsukemen at Tsujita, tonkotsu ramen at Daikokuya and kotteri shoyu ramen at Asa in Gardena - have in common? Their noodles come from the same place: a small factory near the Compton-Gardena line called Sun Noodle. The L.A. branch of a Honolulu-based company launched nine years ago, making just 10 kinds of fresh ramen noodles. Now, in the midst of a global ramen boom, the factory makes 160 kinds, to customers' exacting specifications - 31/2 tons a day, or enough for 30,000 servings, says Vice President Keisuke Sawakawa.
FOOD
February 2, 2013 | Jonathan Gold, Restaurant Critic
When you order shoyu ramen, you see the noodle chef spoon soy sauce into the bowl before he ladles in the bone broth; when you specify that you want your noodles al dente, you see him check their status a couple of times before swishing them out of the boiling water. If you ask for green-chile butter, the restaurant's equivalent of what some other noodle shops call a "flavor bomb," you are served it on the side, to mix in as you like. Sitting at the counter is kind of a demystifying process, in the way that being able to see a sushi chef flash his knife through a half-dozen kinds of silvery fish helps you to understand what the difference might be between mackerel and gizzard shad.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Tamashii Ramen opened in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday, another tonkotsu stop along the great L.A. ramen trail, from chef Akira Imamura. The English translation of tamashii is "soul," used to describe the comforting quality of the food, Imamura says. Imamura, who is from Nagoya , Japan , says his lifelong dream has been to open a business in California (inspired by the Eagles' "Hotel California" and descriptions in Japanese magazines such as Popeye). In Nagoya, he ran a California-cuisine-inflected Italian restaurant called MoonGlow for 19 years.
FOOD
September 22, 2012
Hannosuke LOCATION In Mitsuwa Market, 3760 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles PRICES Tempura bowls, $9-$11 DETAILS Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Cash only. (ATM on premises.) Lot parking. Ramen Iroha LOCATION In Marukai Market, 1740 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena PRICES Ramen, $7.95-$12 DETAILS Open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Cash only. (ATM on premises.) Lot parking.
TRAVEL
January 21, 2007
I was very pleased to read Andrew Bender's article on cheap (but quality) eats in Tokyo ["Stretching Your Yen in Tokyo," Jan. 14]. I travel to Japan -- mostly Tokyo -- for pleasure twice a year. Like Bender, I often get asked if eating in Japan is expensive, as if eating at Nobu-style restaurants is the norm. It was great to see some of my favorite places listed, especially Kyushu Jangara ramen, where I took some friends from England who met me in Tokyo over New Year's. They didn't understand why I nearly forced them to go until they sipped the soup base and sighed.
FOOD
February 3, 2011
Ramen Yamadaya LOCATION 3118 W. 182nd St., Torrance; (310) 380-5555 PRICES Ramen, $8 to $13; other entrees, $6 to $10; sides $2 to $5 DETAILS Open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight Monday to Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Soft drinks, tea. Cash only. Lot parking.
FOOD
September 22, 2012 | Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
In Los Angeles, your next great meal could be anywhere, from a pop-up installed in an art gallery to the truck parked outside the place where you get coffee in the morning. If you've been here awhile, you almost expect your bliss to come from that place in the mini-mall next to the dry cleaners. But in the rush to quantify banh mi specialists and loncheros , the Japanese supermarket food court - that bastion of quick-service sushi and reliable fried pork, omelet rice with ketchup and octopus fritters squirted with Kewpie mayonnaise and sprinkled with dried bonito shavings - is often overlooked.
FOOD
October 6, 2011
If ever Los Angeles were having a ramen moment, this might be it. Ramen pop-ups and shops are springing up from West L.A. to downtown. Ramen -ya stalwarts are facing competition as Yamadaya and Tsujita have opened on the Westside in Santouka territory and Shin-Sen-Gumi unveiled a new branch a block from Daikokuya downtown. Thick noodles, thin noodles, extra fatty pork broth, dipping sauce, toppings such as fried garlic, purple cauliflower, fried pork skin or slabs of roasted pork….
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