This Week in L.A. Food: December 21 Edition


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:
Eater Maps: A Guide to the Best Korean Restaurants in Koreatown [Eater LA]
Langer’s Pastrami Delivery: From L.A. to You [Squid Ink]
OPENING ALERT: La Monarca Bakery is a Sweet Spot in Pas [Eater LA]
A Look at Vartan Abgaryan’s New Menu at Cliff’s Edge [Grub Street LA]
Dose of Vitamin P: Bestia Housemade Salumi [Food GPS] 

Tasty Thai Curry with Frog Legs at Lum-Ka-Naad in Northridge [LA Mag Digest]
Your Ultimate Guide to Christmas Dining [LA Mag Digest]
Magic Castle Reveals New Craft Cocktail Menu [LA Mag Digest]
7 Delicious Latin American Spirits that Won’t Break the Bank [LA Mag Digest]

The Bad:
Junk Food Tied to Higher Colon Cancer Risk [Squid Ink]
Japan Bringing MaiDreamin’ Maid Cafe to Little Tokyo [Grub Street LA]
City Council Bounces Food Trucks From Mid-Wilshire [Grub Street LA]
Nation’s Largest Raw Milk Dairy Sues FDA Over Interstate Ban [Food Safety News]
Fire Temporarily Closes Du-Par’s in Studio City [LA Mag Digest]

The Ugly:
The ‘Worst,’ Unhealthiest Cookbooks of 2012 [Eater National]
The McRib Returns and a Small Piece of Me Dies on the Inside [LA Mag Digest]