As the Day of the Dead nears (as does Roky’s latest LA landing), get prepped for a visit to MacArthur Park this weekend. From CityBeat‘s Bites:
The International Tamale Festival descends again on MacArthur Park Oct. 31-Nov. 2 for the fourth annual meeting of the masas. Past points of tamale interest include cooking up the world’s biggest tamale (which topped out at a respectably human-sized six feet), though things look a little less record-breaking this year, focusing instead on unwrapping all-around family fun. For that, there’ll be cook-offs and craft booths, cooking demos, a tamale eating contest and more. Visit eastlosangeles.net/tamalefestival for additional info.
Parsing The Park’s seasonal shifts:
PHOTO by ROSHEILA ROBLES
It wasn’t that long ago that the menu at the Park read like a mid-summer supper, a complete seasonal experience full of heirloom tomatoes and grilled vegetables that seemed only to be missing a gingham tablecloth. But even as those dishes dragged their way into October, they still felt right, with the Santa Anas sweeping in and trailing Didion references behind them.
Leaving nothing else to enjoy in this New Depression, Japan issues a major ramen recall:
First, Nissin – which invented the instant noodle – recalled 500,000 pots after a woman became ill. She had eaten from a cup containing insect repellent.
Now another Japanese food giant, Myojo, says it too has found the same substance in two of its own pots.
The incidents are the latest in a series of scares that have shaken the confidence of Japanese consumers.
Downey’s comfortable Korean-Chinese eatery from this week’s District:
PHOTO by ROSHEILA ROBLES
Peking Restaurant looks like it sprouted straight out of Downey’s past, an old space built right along with the rest of the city’s post-bean-field boom. And in those few modest midcentury blocks that make up downtown Downey, the restaurant is a fine fit, the kind of spot where decades can drag by before the menu sees even the slightest shift.
Last year’s list got thoroughly ripped, but here comes Michelin’s second stab at pinning down the top dining in L.A. Per Eater, the stars (still no restaurants earning three) are as follows:
Per my own words in CityBeat:
Pining for the past is Osteria La Buca on Melrose, which is taking things ancient on Oct. 20 with a wine-paired dinner built from the recipes of the Roman Empire. According to the restaurant, dishes will be re-created from archival documents cataloged by the British Museum of London and the wine will be sourced from producers still fermenting the only way they know how: underground. Call (323) 462-1900 to RSVP.
The District‘s second Best of Long Beach hit this week and here’s a quick bite from beer baron Gabe Gordon of Beachwood BBQ:
ILLUSTRATION by JOE MCGARRY
Beachwood BBQ (131 1/2 Main St., Seal Beach 90740. 562.493.4500; beachwoodbbq.com) began as a little brick box, a place just steps from the sea, where racks of slow-smoked ribs met an equally appealing (and ever-changing) mix of craft beers. The restaurant is nearing its second anniversary now, and with one expansion behind it (adding on to both the bar and the dining room), Beachwood almost seems a different place. But always at the center of the restaurant is sideburned chef-owner Gabe Gordon. Though it’s sometimes tough to fit anything into his hectic restaurant schedule, here’s where Gordon heads in those few off-hours: