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Sample Platter: exploding couscous, El Coyote protests, Hawaiian carbs

November 14, 2008 | 11:46 am


  • Jonathan Gold's 99 essential LA restaurants. New additions: Akasha, Animal, Anisette, Comme Ça, 8 Oz. Burger Bar, Father’s Office II, Jitlada, LA Mill, the Nickel, Osteria Mozza, Palate Food + Wine, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. LA Weekly
  • 5 lbs. heavier and presumably many $$$ richer, backburnered bartender settles discrimination suit against Foxtail. CBS2
  • Brian Wilson loves El Coyote. Prop 8 protesters don't. They're boycotting the joint but not because of its food. WeHo News
  • Exploding couscous! Daily Telegraph
  • Locanda Veneta getting new owners. New name too? Eater LA
  • "Rock 'n' roll chef" Kerry Simon (you may know him from Simon L.A.'s diabetes-inducing junk food sampler) looks for late-night dining deals in Las Vegas. NY Post
  • Gross science: Mouth bacteria make some food, wine taste better. Reuters
  • Tantra in Silver Lake closed for good? Eating L.A.
  • "Bacon is the new black." In other news, "X is the new Y" cliché shows no signs of dying. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Any excuse to drink before noon: Happy 56th birthday, Irish coffee! SF Gate
  • Michigan library lets readers pay late fees with food. MLive.com
  • Salt Lake City cafe lets customers pay what they want. They can’t turn a profit, but they could get all the library books they want ... from Michigan. Salt Lake Tribune
  • Supplies dwindle at Ventura County food bank. Sadly, it's part of a larger national trend. Ventura County Star
  • Another winner in the 2008 presidential election: carbo-loading, Hawaiian-style. NY Times
  • Europe welcomes bent fruit, double entendres. news.com.au

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times