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Category: Koreatown

Sampler Platter: ice cream & burgers control your brain, Bangladeshi goat, red velvet cookies

A street vendor sells a roasted goat on the first day of Ramadan at the traditional Iftar market at Chalkbazaar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

From roasted goats to red velvet cookies to recalled waffles to trayless cafeterias:

--Bangladeshi goat on the cusp of Koreatown at Taurat Tandoori. Mattatouille
--The 99 Cent Chef answers five questions for Time's Cheapskate Blog.
--Car smashes through front of Wokcano in downtown L.A.; two injured. Los Angeles Times
--Red velvet cookies at the Studio City Farmers Market. Sku's Recent Eats
--The ultimate mobile candy shop -- in Afghanistan. New York Times
--Chocolate and avocado cake with avocado buttercream. Not Quite Nigella
--Doing pullups at a Waffle House will get you arrested. NWF Daily News
--The cafeteria of the future is trayless. Los Angeles Times
--Are your friends making you fat? The power of social contagion. New York Times
--Kellogg recalls Eggo waffles over Listeria fears. Oregon Live
--Fannie May recalls 43,000 candy bars. Forbes
--Ice cream and burgers can control your brain. Reuters

--Elina Shatkin

Photo: A street vendor sells a roasted goat on the first day of Ramadan at the traditional Iftar market at Chalkbazaar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Abir Abdullah / EPA.

Korean BBQ Festival and Cook-off Saturday

A waitress prepares bulgogi beef next to a plate of kimchi at a North Korean restaurant in Beijing, China.Our own Russ Parsons will join chef Evan Kleiman and LA Weekly food writer Jonathan Gold to judge the Korean BBQ Festival and Cook-off Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m. at Summit on Sixth.

Hosted by Yelp and located in the heart of Koreatown, you can gorge on kalbi, bulgogi and more from 10 local restaurants including: Beverly Soon Tofu, Beul Dae Po (Star BBQ), Ham Ji Park, Moo Dae Po, Park's BBQ, Seoul Jung, So Hyang and Soowon Galbi.

Highlights include an eating contest with a mystery ingredient at 2 p.m.; a cooking demo at 3:30 p.m. and the cook-off at 5 p.m.

The after-party starts at 8 p.m. at nearby R Bar.

Location: parking lot, Summit at Sixth: 3223 6th St., L.A. 
Cost:$10-15 per plate of food.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: A waitress prepares bulgogi beef next to a plate of kimchi at a North Korean restaurant in Beijing. Credit: Nick Fischer / Bloomberg News

Where does a pirate drink artisanal cocktails? R Bar. Really.


Aaron Barnhart learned the hard way that the artisanal cocktails on offer at R Bar on Monday nights are meant for sipping, not for pounding. Barnhart is the Koreatown bar's new piano man, and during a break between sets, bartender Naomi Schimek offered him one of her specialties: a mix of habanero-infused vodka and muddled fresh pineapple and mango that she calls the Prop. 8. Maybe Barnhart just really needed a drink, or maybe he was misled by the sweeter fragrances coming off the glass, but he downed the whole thing in one gulp and spent the next 10 minutes panting from the heat, with a look suggesting that Satan himself was back there jostling the cocktail shaker.

As surprised as Barnhart must have been by the not-kidding spiciness of the drink, it's even more of a surprise to find seriously adept and inventive cocktail craftsmanship along this stretch of 8th Street, where the most creative drink decisions usually involve choosing what style of paper bag to wrap your 40 oz. of Miller High Life in.  But Schimek, a bartending vet of 14 years (she also works at Bar 107), is the Svengali of a cocktail gourmand’s mecca on Monday nights at R Bar.

Her concoctions bring a new intensity to the term “locavore” -- the hibiscus syrup is steeped in-house, kumquats are gathered from an office park’s grove close to her home, and a forthcoming batch of mulberry brandy is made from the bounty of a tree in her backyard.

“My mom was an herbalist, and when I make people drinks I really like the sense that the ingredients came from your own seeds,” she said. “I’ve always rented, and I’ve just been lucky that I’ve found houses with these amazing trees.”

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Snoop Dogg blows off Jonathan Gold

SnoopdoggBefore he wrote about food, Jonathan Gold wrote about music. During a guest DJ spot on KCRW last week, Gold recounted his early love of classical music and revealed a super-soft spot for both punk rock and gangsta rap.

"Snoop Doggy Dogg is kind of the Miles Davis of rap," Gold tells host Garth Trinidad before launching into a story about being repeatedly blown off by Dr. Dre and the man who penned the always classic "Gin and Juice" while writing a cover story about the pair for Rolling Stone.

"It was when they were recording 'Doggystyle,' they kept blowing me off, so I kept showing up at the recording studio every day at noon, waiting till they showed up about three and then they'd blow me off and blow me off -- but I got to talk to all the bodyguards, all the best friends, to the moms, to the preacher. There was a time when I spent more time with Snoop's family than I did with my own," Gold tells Trinidad.

What else does Gold listen to? The Germs. He got into punk after seeing X and the Screamers at the Whiskey. "And it was as transforming as anything I've ever done," he says. That was obviously before he ate a live prawn at the Living Fish Center in Koreatown.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Frank Micelotta / MTV

Doremi Market closes in Koreatown

Doremiclosed3 Less than five months after its splashy grand opening, spacious Korean supermarket Doremi and its adjacent noodle shop Doremi Udon (located on Olympic Boulevard near Hoover) have shut their doors. There are plenty of other Korean markets big and small in Koreatown -- including Market World half a mile west at Olympic and Berendo -- but it's always sad to see one bite the dust. You'll just have to go elsewhere for your gallon jugs of kimchi and assortment of Korean fruits, vegetables, juices, seasonings, seafood, candy and noodles.

The parking lot is locked, the shelves have been stripped and calls to the market, the noodle shop and Sunny Hill Group Inc. have gone unanswered or unreturned.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Elina Shatkin / Los Angeles Times


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