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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.

Luggage Room Pizzeria Unveils New Take Away in Pasadena

Located on a charming stretch of Raymond Avenue that’s home to the Victorian-era Castle Green and Pasadena Croquet Club, Luggage Room Pizzeria is worth visiting just for the vintage atmosphere. Happily, the food makes the Luggage Room worthy of repeat … Continue reading

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DIY (or Buy) Mister O’s Incredible Penicillin Cocktail

A Studio City restaurant and lounge with a mid-century, Palm Springs vibe, Mister O’s is renowned for excellent cocktails, among them the Chain Riachtion, a standout version of that modern classic, the Penicillin. Anchoring the Chain Riachtion is Benriach Smoky 10, a … Continue reading

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A True LA Legend, Zankou Chicken Expands to Downtown

Beloved by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Jonathan Gold, Zankou Chicken is undeniably a Los Angeles institution. Hailed as “a legend” by The New York Times, Zankou’s presence has been impactful. The affordable mini-chain is referenced in Beck’s song … Continue reading

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Wine Documentary “A Wonderful Kingdom” Celebrates Portuguese Traditions

The stunning mountain ranges of Portugal’s Douro Valley are the setting for “A Wonderful Kingdom,” a poetic observation of traditional winemaking in northern Portugal. This new documentary focuses on the Douro Valley, a remote area that’s the oldest demarcated wine … Continue reading

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These Cocktail Nerds Have Created the Barware of Their Dreams

Crafting cocktails at home is more popular than ever — the pandemic truly brought at-home cocktail making to the fore. If you enjoy mixing your own drinks, you’ve likely noticed that the tools involved can be nice to look at … Continue reading

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Here’s How to Get 35-Cent Gas & Free Hamburgers This Week

Savor free hamburgers, French fries, and milkshakes — along with gasoline prices right out of the 1960’s — during a celebration of ABC’s new reboot of the iconic TV show “The Wonder Years.” It’s all happening at a gas station … Continue reading

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Iron Chef Morimoto’s New Pan-Asian Restaurant is Now Open!

Chef Masaharu Morimoto (“Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America”) has opened a new restaurant in LA. Located within the Doheny Room on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, Sa’moto serves pan-Asian cuisine in a glamorous setting. Chef Morimoto is internationally … Continue reading

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Koreatown’s Lock & Key is Back & Better Than Ever

Like so many bars and restaurants in Los Angeles and around the country, Lock & Key had a rough go of it recently. Soon after the pandemic began, the Koreatown craft cocktail den pivoted to serving customers from its to-go … Continue reading

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‘GO by Citizens’ is the New Fee-Free Food Delivery App We’ve Hungered For

A new food delivery app, GO by Citizens, makes it easy to order food for delivery or pickup from multiple restaurants in one order — with zero fees. GO by Citizens is a welcome alternative to third-party food delivery platforms … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Sensation Chris N Eddy’s Just Opened a Brick & Mortar Location

Sinking your teeth into Chris N Eddy’s smashed sliders just got easier. On Friday, August 27, they finally opened their first brick-and-mortar location. Childhood friends Chris and Eddy launched their dream of owning a restaurant during stay-at-home orders last year. … Continue reading

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