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Joseph Mahon turns up in Fullerton to open Early Bird

MahonEver wondered what happened to Joseph Mahon? He is the onetime chef at the celebrated Bastide restaurant in West Hollywood, the guy who took it California casual (and earned good reviews while doing it). He's popped back up again, this time in his old stomping grounds of Orange County.

Mahon's been running a semi-permanent burger pop-up Wednesday through Saturday nights at the Rialto restaurant in Fullerton (his burger was a big seller at Bastide). And now Mahon, who has also worked with Daniel Boulud and David Myers, is opening a breakfast and lunch spot appropriately called Early Bird in Fullerton.

The place is scheduled to open July 16 with Jonathan Moulton as chef de cuisine. Moulton has worked with Rafael Lunetta and Josiah Citrin at Lemon Moon in Santa Monica and with James Boyce at Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach.

The menu is sketchy at this point, but, according to press materials, will include dishes such as brioche French toast with almonds, toad-in-the-hole with grilled asparagus and smoked salmon, and a morning pizza with puff pastry, tomato compote and eggs for breakfast. Lunch items include coconut-curry soup, fried chicken salad, grilled cheese and penne arrabiata.

Early Bird,1000 B E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton.

-- Russ Parsons

Photo: Mahon at Bastide. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

50 Shades of Food: Sunday brunch fantasy double feature


Pull up a chair and settle in for our 50 Shades of Food series, where we introduce you to mouth-watering, shiver-inducing, hot, sexy food porn. It's safe for work browsing, sure to get your heart racing and your palms a little sweaty, and the only drawback is a possible hunger pang or two after viewing.

This week's installment is a Sunday brunch fantasy double feature courtesy of @djjewelz. On the left, the sausage McBelly from BeerBelly LA in Koreatown, and on the right, the Slim Jim Bloody Mary, made with soju, also from BeerBelly.

"The Sausage McBelly is made with chef Wes Lieberher's homemade bratwurst," wrote @djjewelz. Eat your heart out, McMuffins. That glistening bratwurst sausage patty and fried egg on an English muffin has us weak in the knees, and who wouldn't swoon over an ice cold Bloody Mary?

If you'd like to get in on the food porn action, upload photos of your food to any of our food galleries --  What did you eat this weekend?, Our recipes, your kitchen or our Cheers! What are you drinking? -- and we'll be on the lookout for photos that make our eyes pop. You can also share photos with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter. Be sure to include your name, a description of the photo and any personal blog or Twitter handle you'd like us to give a shout-out to.


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The Hudson launches weekday brunch; the Raymond goes for breakfast

RaymondThe Hudson in West Hollywood is now serving weekday brunch while the Raymond in Pasadena is launching weekend breakfast.

At the Hudson, beginning at 11 a.m. daily, brunch lovers can linger over a menu of huevos rancheros; prosciutto benedict; steamed artichoke with arugula, lemon and capers; a "hangover" burger with bacon, avocado, charred jalapeno cheese sauce and a medium fried egg; fish tacos and more.

On the Eastside, the Raymond is bent on taking the late-morning stigma off weekend brunch by offering breakfast instead. The meal is served at the ungodly hour of 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. But fear not, if you like the idea of eating breakfast at 1 p.m. you still can. In fact, the menu is served up until 2:30 p.m.

Offerings include traditional omelets, eggs benedict, croissant sandwiches and pecan and banana griddle cakes with whipped honey butter and warm maple syrup.

The Hudson, 1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 654-6686; www.thehudsonla.com.

The Raymond, 1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. (626) 441-3136; www.raymond.com.


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--Jessica Gelt

Photo: The Raymond. Credit: The Raymond.


3 Events: Fig & Olive, Descanso Gardens, Ombra

ExtraVirginity_W2'Extra Virginity' tasting:  Olive oil authority Tom Mueller and Fig & Olive owner Laurent Halasz will be hosting a complimentary olive oil-tasting as well as a signing of Mueller's new book, "Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil." After the tasting, executive chef Pascal Lorange and pastry chef Andrew LeStourgeon will serve a four-course olive oil-driven menu for $85 per person,  including wine pairings.  The menu will feature such items as zucchini carpaccio with olive oil, lemon pine nut and parmesan, paired with Chemlali olive oil from Tunisia; striped bass papillote with zucchini, eggplant, fennel and saffron, served with olive oil-mashed potato and chives and paired with Arbequina olive oil from Portugal; and roasted veal tenderloin with fig chutney paired with Manzanillo olive oil from California.  Mueller and Halasz will share their extensive olive oil knowledge during the dinner. Dec. 5.  Reservations are recommended, as there are only 40 spots. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, (310) 360-9100, www.figandolive.com.

Breakfast with Santa: On Dec. 10 and 11, children can visit Santa and enjoy a sweet three-course breakfast.  The menu includes crêpes with assorted fillings, including sliced strawberries; vanilla ice cream; and warm maple or blueberry syrup; brown  sugar-baked sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows; gingerbread people cookies; and holiday sugar cookies with warm apple cider to wash it all down. This morning activity is complete with a picture with Santa. ($45 for members; $53 for nonmembers, $19 for children ages 4 to 12). 1418 Descano Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, (213) 864-2241, www.patinagroup.com/descanso.

Vignalta dinner: Chef Michael Young is highlighting the Vignalta wine label in a five-course dinner with wine pairings ($89 per person) on Dec. 7.  The menu is centered on Vignalta founder Lucio Gomiero's garden-grown radicchio. Dishes include savory radicchio pastry with bitto cheese, cannolicchi pasta with gorgonzola cream and yellow radicchio, and stuffed and braised radicchio leaves with beef. Reservations can be made by calling (818) 985-7337.  Ombra Ristorante, 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, www.ombrala.com.             


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Your new caffeine fix: Cookies

Coffeecookie It might be painful, but just for a second, imagine skipping your morning coffee. Gasp! For some, having that morning cup of coffee is not only a ritual, it’s a godsend. And when time is short, sometimes adding a bite to eat is out of the question. 

Esther Kang, the owner of Batch from Scratch, a Los Angeles-based bakery offering gourmet sweets, is hoping you’ll turn to them for your all-in-one morning fix. Her online bakeshop features two new caffeinated cookies meant to give you a sugary treat and your morning coffee kick: the cardamom caramel macchiato cookie and the Mayan chocolate inferno cookie.

The bakery describes the cardamom caramel macchiato as a mix between a caramel macchiato and a bolder Turkish coffee with a hint of cardamom and cloves. The cookie gets its caffeine from instant espresso powder and coffee grounds.  

The Mayan chocolate inferno is a double chocolate cookie with some spice. You get the inferno heat from a mix of cayenne pepper and chipotle and a hefty dose of caffeine from instant espresso powder.

The cookies are available at Batchfromscratch.com and exclusively at Scoops Westside.

Might be a fun treat to have on your way to work or even for dessert. And for those addicted to caffeine, even a snack with your coffee.


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Photo: Mayan chocolate inferno cookie from Batch from Scratch. Credit: Barch from Scratch

Trails Cafe: Grab a bite after your hike

Trails300 July marks the six-year anniversary of Trails Cafe, a favorite stop for Griffith Park regulars and out-of-town visitors alike. The cafe's ultra-small setting can be a baker's challenge, but this before- or after-hike stop still manages to pull off an efficiently run production. Its baked goods are made in house, from scratch daily. Scones, quiches, galettes, pies and cookies, with daily changing flavors, are on display in the cafe's windows for the indecisive to "ohh" and "ahh" at while waiting in line to order. Stumptown Coffee is a recent addition to the menu, and as of late, weekend specials include homemade ice cream. There are vegan options too. 2333 Fern Dell Drive, L.A., (323) 871-2102, thetrailslosfeliz.com.


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Photo: Trails Cafe sign. Credit: Michelle Youssefzadeh

Your Easter dining guide

Many Los Angeles-area restaurants are offering special dishes or deals for Easter. Here are just a few, listed in alphabetical order. If you know about any other offerings tell us in the comments section below:

A.O.C. Suzanne Goin’s small plates restaurant is carrying over its brunch menu into Easter Sunday along with the usual offerings for dinner. 8022 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323)-653-1390, www.aocwinebar.com

Chaya: Diners can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe brunch. The menus and prices vary slightly from location to location. Beverly Hills: 8741 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90048; (310) 859-8833. Downtown: 25 South Flower Street (and 5th), Los Angeles, (213) 236-9577,  http://www.thechaya.com/

Clementine: The café in Century City conveniently has a catering menu in place for Easter consisting of everything from its baked goods of hot cross cinnamon buns, scones, bacon-leek quiche, a host of cakes and pies. 175 Ensley Avenue, Los Angeles, (310) 552-1080, www.clementineonline.com

Ford’s Filling Station: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., sample an eclectic menu at the gastropub that includes rainbow trout with salsa verde, squash blossom flatbread with harissa, huevos rancheros and a lobster BLT. 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 202-1470, www.fordsfillingstation.net

Fraiche: Brunch runs late, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., consisting of a three-course prix-fixe menu for $35. Go with the tried-and-true eggs-veggie hash and Scottish salmon, or get over Lent with the brioche French toast and vanilla mascarpone, an interlude of bucatini carbonara, and another sugar rush with the pistachio crème brulee for dessert. 312 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-7482, www.fraicherestaurantla.com

Huckleberry Café: Take it easy on Sunday and place a catering order to bring home. There’s plenty to choose from that serves up to 12 people such as braised lamb with farro and green garlic, spring vegetable succotash and a coconut passionfruit layer cake. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-2311, www.huckleberrycafe.com

Jar: Fill up on comforting braises and roasts for Easter with coq au vin or a traditional pot roast. 8225 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, (323) 655-6566, www.thejar.com

La Cachette Bistro: La Cachette is hosting brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that includes a bounty of egg dishes, Easter ham and charcuterie to start. 1733 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, (310) 434-9509, www.lacachettebistro.com

Little Next Door: Here, families with seven or more people can enjoy a private, outdoor brunch in the garden. On top of that, specialty cakes and Easter platters are available to order if you’re celebrating at home. 8142 West Third Street, Los Angeles, (323) 951-1010, http://www.thelittledoor.com/lndhome.html

Lucca: A brunch buffet will be featured from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($29.95 for adults, $34.95 with Champagne) with a variety of offerings including eggs, veggies, a carving station, morning pastries and desserts. A special deal is included for children under 12 that allows them to pay in accordance with their age. Quail Hill Village Center, 6507 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine, (949) 725-1773. http://luccacafe.net/

M Street Kitchen: This spot will be serving up an Easter brunch from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of omelets, benedicts and sweet and savory pancakes, along with their famous homemade English muffins. 2000 N. Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 396-9250. http://www.lagrandeorangesm.com/

Malibu Cafe: At the Calamigo's Ranch, in addition to a special brunch menu, Sunday festivities include a traditional Easter egg hunt (10-11 a.m. for children, noon to 1 p.m. for adults) and a “Dog Bunny” contest with prizes via Facebook for guests who bring their dog dressed like a bunny. Also, the Billy Wilson Band will play live from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 327 South Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, (818) 540-2400. http://themalibucafe.com/

Nine Thirty: Take in the scene in the outdoor setting with a two-course brunch for $20.11, or make an event of it with bottomless mimosas or bloody marys. 930 Hilgard Avenue, Westwood, (310) 208-8763, www.ninethirtyw.com.

-- Emma Wartzman and Max Diamond

Photo: Easter eggs benedict will be on the menu at several restaurants. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Flipping for National Pancake Day

You have two ways to celebrate National Pancake Day.

You could go to IHOP -- the International House of Pancakes -- and receive a free short stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes for free. Can't beat that price! But there is a "catch": You're encouraged to leave a little something behind for charity.

IHOP launched National Pancake Day in 2006 as a fundraising campaign. Since then, it has collected more than $5.35 million for charities including the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. (And IHOP has given away more than 10 million buttermilk pancakes during that time as well.)

You can get in on this National Pancake Day special at IHOP until 10 p.m. Tuesday night at participating outlets.

Your second option is to make your own flapjacks. And no worries if you've already had breakfast: You could serve them for dinner. Here are three pancake recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen. But if you do make your own, perhaps you can still drop a buck or two into IHOP's collection tin, or the charity of your choice.

--Cornmeal Pancakes

--Country Gourmet's whole wheat pancakes

--Mesquite pancakes


--More breakfast recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

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--Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Cereal and cupcakes: All that and a bottle of milk


Hey, baby. Can I get a little sugar with that cereal? For every dessert fan's inner Jerry Seinfeld, our friends at cupcake blog Cupcakes Take the Cake have compiled a list of cereal-themed cupcakes, including the above Rice Krispies treat that Ashley Weber, a.k.a. Miss Cupcake, created for an Iron Cupcake Milwaukee challenge (the necessary ingredient for that month's throw-down: cereal, obviously).

See Weber's recipe after the jump, in case you'd like to make your own snacks go snap, crackle and pop!

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A cereal bar, deviled eggs, look who's getting into Harvard, and more

--Cereal meets grilled cheese at the new Mix 'n Munch in South Pasadena, with 30 varieties of cereal plus mix-in and milk options, and pretty much every grilled cheese combo you can think of. EaterLA asks: "Why?" I ask, "Why not?" and "Can I show up in my pajamas?"

--The Washington Post reports that chefs Ferran Adrià and José Andrés will teach a first-of-its-kind course in culinary physics at Harvard University. The mind reels. The pressure of bringing snacks? (You know they are taking food breaks.) What would you have to do for extra credit? Is it safe to have liquid nitrogen knocking around in your backpack?

--Two weeks ago, Amy Scattergood wrote a glorious article for us about the joys of green garlic. Some of you asked, "Where can I buy it." There are many places, including farmers markets and well-stocked specialty stores. But this just in: Christopher Ranch -- "the largest domestic garlic grower" -- is bringing green garlic to market this spring. Here is the news release, which includes a recipe for green garlic puree with roasted garlic miso salmon.

--Blogspotting: Tired of the same 'ol deviled egg recipe that you serve each Easter? Lori Lange over at Recipe Girl is giving it a bacon-and-balsamic makeover. To which we say, Brava! Check out her blog, and consider this your Twip of the Day: Follow @recipegirl. But tread cautiously: It will make you want to cook.

--"Dancing With the Stars'" Brooke Burke claims she loves to eat. Here, she lists her favorite dining spots in and around L.A.

Kudos to L.A. Youth magazine -- written by teens, about teens, and not by a bunch of adults trying to be teens. They've tackled the thorny issue of healthy eating. Be sure to read student Ernesto Pineda's article about the challenges of fending off fast food when it's all around.

-- Rene Lynch
On Twitter @renelynch


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