For Chinese food fans, Chengdu Impression makes many good ones

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Mexican food includes street favorites at Dia de los Puercos in West Covina

The wonderfully named Dia de los Puercos (Day of the Pigs) began life as a food truck in East L.A., an homage to the many pork dishes that are possible in the world of Mexican street food. And while the truck is gone, the food is far from gone. ...

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  • Dining

    ‘Geeking out’ on food: Uptown Whittier transforms into restaurant incubator

    WHITTIER >> There’s a revolution going on in Uptown Whittier and the participants are armed with cutlery, grills, spices, pots and pans, and an array of original beverages and dishes. The leaders in this culinary insurgency have said the historic district, established in 1887, provides a creative space for chefs and restaurateurs. At least a dozen new restaurants, which city officials describe as niche, have opened for business in Uptown the past two...

    Sandra T. Molina
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  • Food safety

    Rodent infestation, invalid health permit lead to closures at La Puente gas station, Glendora restaurant

    A gas station store and an Asian restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, those facilities had their health permits suspended for a rodent infestation and for not having a valid public health permit, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Food

    Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night wine tasting among LA area food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Farmers Market at Northridge Fashion Center: Seasonal blood oranges for sale, 5-9 p.m. Aug. 16. Market is open on Wendesdays through October 26. Parking lot, 9301 Tampa Ave. 805-643-6458. www.coastalpacific.info Hatch Chile Roasting events at Gelson’s: The New Mexico chile season is celebrated with cooking...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Public health

    Cockroaches shut down 3 restaurants in Walnut, South El Monte

    Three restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between July 30 and Aug. 5, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Things to do

    Studio City Farmers Market among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Marie Callender’s: “Summer Backyard BBQ Menu” for a limited time. Entrees $9.29-13.99; build-your-own platter $15.99; plus tax and tip. Check website for locations. www.mariecallenders.com Don Francisco’s Casa Cubana: New. Cuban-style coffee drinks, breakfast items, desserts, savory and...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Food safety

    Cockroaches shut down El Monte market

    A market and restaurant in El Monte was closed last week due to a major public health hazard. Colima Tortillera, 4711 Peck Road, had its health permit suspended July 25 for a cockroach infestation, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. The market received a B (81) grade and the restaurant received a C (75) grade when the facility was closed. The facility was still closed Thursday, according to the report. Restaurants and markets whose permits...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Food

    California Strawberry Commission charity benefits among LA area food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events California Strawberry Commission: Food truck stop selling strawberry dishes to benefit No Kid Hungry, 5-10 p.m. Aug. 1 at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. Also, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5 at Olvera Street, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles. www.californiastrawberries.com Casa Vega: The Mexican...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Dining

    Upland’s Buffalo Inn property to be auctioned off

    Dormant for two years, the Buffalo Inn is heading for the auction block due to unpaid taxes. Bidding opens at $500,000 for the storied Route 66 property in Upland, which encompasses the buildings at 1812 and 1816 W. Foothill Blvd. and the expansive lot behind. Too rich for my blood, and besides, registration for the bidding has already closed. The online auction is scheduled for Monday by the San...

    David Allen
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  • Public health

    Cockroaches, lack of hot water force closures at 4 San Gabriel Valley restaurants

    Four restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between July 16 and July 22, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations and a lack of hot water, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Food

    Luckyrice LA Feast, LMU Beer Fest among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Aroha - New Zealand Restaurant and Bar: The restaurant introduces a new seasonal menu that includes main dishes New Zealand Elk Rack, New Zealand Hapuka (if available; substitute Bluenose) and New Zealand Lamb Loin, and the desserts Hokey Pokey and Pavlova. Hours: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; brunch and lunch, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations. 30990 Russell Ranch Road,...

    Elaine Lehman
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