This Week in L.A. Food: February 8 Edition

The Good, The Bad, AND The Ugly

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:
Frysmith truck to launch four pop-ups including Quesadillasmith [LA Times Daily Dish]
Ricardo Zarate Flies a Flag For Paiche, Opening This Spring in Marina Del Rey [Grub Street LA]
Eater Inside: Octavio Becerra is Back With Circa in Manhattan Beach [Eater LA]
Recipe: Spring Rolls with Pork, Shrimp, and Mint Leaves (Goi Cuon) [KCRW Good Food]
10 Best Halal Dishes in Los Angeles [Squid Ink]
The Best Date Bars in Los Angeles [LAist]
From The Sea: Loving Our Lost (Spiny) Lobster [Edible Westside]
Drink of the Week: Eagle Rock Brewery Threes [Food GPS]

From Shacking Up to Breaking Up: Valentine’s Day Dinners for the 10 Stages of Love [LAmag Digest]
Pan Dulce 101: The Shape of Sweet Things to Come [LAmag Digest]
Hair Moss, Bamboo Fungus, and More Lucky Foods to Eat for Chinese New Year
Stalking Matthew Biancaniello [LAmag Digest]

The Bad:
Man held in theft of $864 in meat, detergent from Vons [LA Times]
(Mean Old) Teacher Forces Student To Eat From The Trash In Orange [Grub Street LA]

The Mixed:
Marcus Samuelsson Cooking at Post & Beam; Umami Burger Closing Original Location [Grub Street LA]
dineLA Restaurant Week Hits and Misses: January 2013 [Food GPS]

The Ugly:
SoCal School Districts Cited For Misusing Millions in School Lunch Funds [Grub Street LA]