It's Friday afternoon. The clock is ticking slower than ever and you're already mentally checked out at work. To help pass the time, we present you with a weekly recap of some of the food-focused gems we've mined from our own site and from friends around the interwebs, to help keep you in the know. Read on and try to enjoy your last few hours of office thumb twiddling... that drink will be in your hand soon enough.
The Good: Downtown landmark Grand Central Market is getting radical overhaul [LA Times Daily Dish] Golden Deli's Cupcakes: Chocolate Bacon, Thai Tea + About 54 Other Flavors [Squid Ink] Lunch is Served at Bar Amá [Grub Street LA] Feliz Año Nuevo 2013: Ring in the New Year, Tijuana-Style [OC Weekly] L.A. Weekly Seeks Part-Time Food Blogger [Squid Ink] Year in Eater : Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2012 [Eater LA] Ride the River with L.A. River Brewing [Food GPS]
El Segundo Brewing Co. Beers Available in Bottles Soon [LAmag Digest] Vitamina T: The Enigmatic Crunchy "Tostado" at Henry’s Tacos [LAmag Digest] As the Rainbow Roll Turns: Conveyor Belt Sushi [LAmag Digest] 10 New Year's Day Hair-of-the-Dog Brunches [LAmag Digest]
The Bad: Year in Eater : Industry Tastemakers on Their 2012 Restaurant Breakups [Eater LA] 10 Best L.A. Restaurants That Closed in 2012: An Elegy in 10 Parts [Squid Ink] More Restaurants Closing: Junior's Deli, Sierra's Mexican, and Fraîche [LAmag Digest]
The Mixed: 2012 in the San Gabriel Valley: A List of Restaurant Openings + Closings [Squid Ink]
The Ugly: Former NHL Players Busted For Fracas at Laguna Beach Jack-in-the-Box [Grub Street LA]