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Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.

George Byrne’s “Post Truth” at domicile (n.) Gallery

George Byrne is an Australian artist whose work pays homage to Los Angeles. He creates abstractions from photos of fragments of local buildings – some iconic (the Hollywood Palladium) and some a bit less so (the 99 Cents Only store … Continue reading

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Don’t Panic! Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinners to the Rescue (2020)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and during a crazy year like 2020, we can use all the help we can get to make it to Turkey Day. Avoid the mobs at the market and keep things simple by ordering … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Review: Gastro Garage at The W Hollywood

Does relaxing on a Hollywood hotel rooftop as speakers blast AC/DC’s  “Thunderstruck”and a band of masked men and women cook your meal with blowtorches sound like a good time? If so, you might want to check out Gastro Garage’s “Torched,” … Continue reading

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How a Hollywood Comedy Venue Evolved Into a Nashville-Style Fried Chicken Shop

If you’ve eaten at a comedy club, it was probably more about satiating hunger or making sure the two-drink minimum doesn’t inebriate you rather than any sort of foodie experience. Poultrygram, a new to-go chicken spot at the Hollywood Improv, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Patch, Pickle Pop-Up & Produce: Three Reasons to Visit The Original Farmers Market This Weekend

Want to buy a pumpkin to help celebrate the season? For a classic sort of experience, visit an iconic LA location — The Original Farmers Market — this Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18. Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch … Continue reading

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James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” to Spotlight Oaxacan Eatery Guelaguetza

The James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” returns to Los Angeles to celebrate and support our local restaurant community on October 18. The 2020 incarnation of this gastronomic happening is a national virtual event. Angelenos, however, will have the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Alert: Gastro Garage on the Rooftop of The W Hotel Hollywood

Fiery blowtorches and molecular gastronomy are on the menu when Gastro Garage brings their month-long pop-up dinner series TORCHED to the W Hotel in Hollywood. You may have seen the members of Gastro Garage on The Travel Channel or Bravo … Continue reading

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Standout Ocean Flavors Make Leviathan a Must-Visit New Restaurant

Leviathan is an adventurous, pesca-centric restaurant that just opened its doors in September.  Located in Encino, the 16-seat outdoor eatery was conceived by Philip Frankland Lee. This innovative young Top Chef alumni also created esteemed restaurants Scratch | Bar, perched … Continue reading

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Celebrate Oktoberfest This Weekend at Market Tavern at The Original Farmers Market

Oktoberfest will be a different experience this year, with COVID an ongoing issue. LA’s large festivities have been canceled, but for a taste of Oktoberfest without the teeming crowds, why not try a smaller, safer outing – and one with … Continue reading

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Minority-Owned Chado Tea Room Turns 30

The story behind Chado Tea Room is a great example of the American Dream. Fostered by minority immigrants passionate about their trade, this groundbreaking endeavor proved influential to Los Angeles (and, eventually, the entire country). Chado began in 1990 with … Continue reading

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