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Ryan E. Smith

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Wear I’ve been

Joseph had a coat of many colors; I have a sweatshirt of many patches. I haven’t worn it in years — it dates back to when I was in elementary ...
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The Leo Panini features lox, eggs and onions. Photos by Lynn Pelkey

At Stacey’s Cafe Delish, it’s about community

Stacey Solomon isn’t one to drop names — so she lets her menu at Stacey’s Café Delish in Valley Village do it for her. There’s Trudy Fav, ...
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Bao House: Brent Stein’s world of flavors opens up the Asian steamed bun

Brent Stein has a knack for taking something traditional and giving it a serious tweak. Consider his newest restaurant, Take A Bao, on Ventura ...
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Remembering Max Steinberg

There can be no bigger pain than losing a son, a sibling, a friend. But for a select few, even in these moments, there remains the comfort of ...
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The California Drought: Forgive Me, H2O

Maybe this will be the year. Maybe, finally, when I sit down by a body of water for tashlich, I’ll do more than think about the sins I’ve ...
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