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Psycho Eats LA: Salsa and Beer (Van Nuys)

I have recently had the hilarious pleasure of reconnecting with a friend from elementary school.  We lived down the street from each other, attended the same school, and even carpooled to Hebrew school.  We ended up at different middle schools, and lost touch, but Los Angeles has brought us back together.  Through myriad conversations, I have deduced that we were essentially the same in third grade as we are now.  I am a contrary, elitist snob (thought not without my charms), and I tend to move and think slowly, deliberately.  Lisa is approachable, animated, uninhibited, and thinks and talks quickly.  […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Sugarfish (a tasty gimmick)

Sushi is one of my greatest food passions.  People often ask me if I make sushi or plan to learn; my answer is always a resounding “no.”  Sushi is an art form best left to the masters.  Trying my hand at it would only be making a mockery of a revered practice (and it would be a waste of time and money on my part.  There’s no way my amateur sushi would satisfy me, and I’m sure I would end up drowning my sorrows in nigiri at the nearest sushi bar, reeking of defeat).  My austere reverence for sushi could […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Langer’s Deli

I have a soft spot for Jewish deli food for a number of reasons. The most obvious: I am Jewish, thus deli trays were a staple at larger family events, piled with corned beef, pastrami, and cheese. Additionally, when I was seventeen, I unwittingly began my decade-long waitressing career at a metro Detroit deli, called The Stage. It was a wild experience – the patrons wanted their coffee hot, their corned beef lean, and they would never hesitate to convey when you failed to fulfill their exacting specifications. I learned some great life lessons working there, and I also ate […]

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Cabbage Fried Rice with Bacon

I love cruciferous vegetables. Cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts: I love them all. These vegetables tend to be pungent, and stand up well to aggressive cooking methods and flavors; they can be roasted, caramelized in a hot sauté pan, or braised; they do well with curry, soy sauce, garlic, and chilies. Lately, I have been eating a lot of cauliflower and kale; they serve as a great foundation for quick, weeknight meals. (Sauté some half a head of cauliflower with a diced link of chicken sausage, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Pile it into a bowl, and sprinkle some […]

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Psycho Eats LA: Bay Cities

I have heard it repeatedly since I moved to LA; in fact, I had heard of it before I moved here (a scene from Entourage was filmed there, and it always stayed with me).  The message was clear: I had to go to Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica, and I had to order the Godmother.  Bay Cities’ has quite the reputation. The gist: they churn out old school Italian style sub sandwiches, and they are not screwing around.  It is so packed around lunchtime that you can expect to wait up to an hour for your sandwich, and […]

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