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Ryan E. Smith

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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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Good Eats & Sweet Treats at Sara J Pastries & Cakes

The customer slowly reached out her fork for a bite-sized piece of coffee tiramisu. “Honey, just shove it in your mouth!” a voice chastised. ...
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Oh Brother, Here Art Thou

I used to think that becoming a man was a big deal. After all, isn’t that the point of a bar mitzvah? Today I am a man, and all that? Following ...
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