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  • Things to do

    Taste of Arcadia, Pasadena events among food happenings in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Akasha: Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $6-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. 310-845-1700. www.akasharestaurant.com AR Cucina: Italian-style Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $9-$28 per item. Reservations required. 9531 Culver Blvd.,...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Entertainment

    Chinese food and dumplings for every taste at Mama’s in San Gabriel

    With the opening of Mama’s Dumpling House on Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel, there are now four branches in the Mama Lu’s mini empire — two in Monterey Park called Mama Lu’s Dumpling House (both on Garvey), one in Monterey Park on Garfield called Lu Dumpling House … and now the first outlet north of the 10 Freeway, in a sprawling shopping center, on the side of the San Gabriel Superstore. Have some soup dumplings, chew on some scallion pancakes, and...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Dining

    For Chinese food in Alhambra, Henry’s Cuisine is a happy melting pot

    Every day, for three meals a day — breakfast, lunch and dinner — Henry’s Cuisine serves a trio of menus that feature dishes you might expect, and dishes you might not expect. This Hong Kong-style cafe in Alhambra is run by a pair of Henrys — Henry Tu and Henry Chau — who have created one of Valley Boulevard’s most madcap restaurants, packed with extended families, confronting tables piled with dishes from a variety of worlds. How the kitchen...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Fairs and festivals

    Where you’ll find Alhambra’s Chinese cultural festivals this year

    ALHAMBRA >> For the past week, the Edwards Renaissance Theatre courtyard has been adorned with colorful lanterns and four framed pieces of Chinese art telling the mythological story of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality. That’s because the city is celebrating the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, from now until the end of the month, culminating in a street festival on Second Street between Main Street and Commonwealth Avenue on Sept. 30 and...

    Christopher Yee
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  • Food safety

    Cockroaches force temporary closures at 2 Diamond Bar restaurants

    Two restaurants in Diamond Bar were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, 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 inspections,...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Entertainment

    Chinese food comes with a Uyghur influence at Xinjiang BBQ in Monterey Park

    While those of us who follow the always intriguing culinary ebb and flow of Chinese cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley — watching the rise of dishes from Szechuan that range from hot to hotter to downright incendiary, and enjoying the steady spread of the Dumpling Gospel of Din Tai Fung — a bit of Uyghur skewer madness crept in around the edges. The Uyghurs are the people of Northwest China, with a strong Muslim influence to the cooking, which means largely no pork, and...

    Merrill Shindler
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