It’s lunchtime, and I’m getting hungry and thirsty. A food and drinks post is in order. The taco truck results are in: Kogi, the famed rising star, and probably the only Korean BBQ taco truck in the known universe, did not win LA Taco’s face-off. Rather, Yuca’s, a perennial local favorite, took home the top taco. I don’t know why food and drink needs to be a contest — but Angelenos seem intent on giving out awards. And there are yet more to be doled out.
The Los Angeles Beer Festival, held over the weekend in Culver City, declared some winners, including People’s Choice: Phuket, which beat out some 60 entrants. Not a beer person? Don’t worry, there are more food-and-drink festivals coming. So many that it’s sort of confusing. In addition to the LA Cabal beer fest we mentioned last week, there’s the upcoming Sake Festival on April 23; the LA BBQ Festival on May 9 and 10; and LA Wine Fest in June. No wonder I’ve gained ten pounds since I moved here. Seriously. There’s a new food blog in town: The LA Weekly has started Squid Ink with contributions from Weekly staff, including Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, as well as contributions from Gourmet critic Margy Rochlin and food blogger Jessica Ritz. So far they’ve got posts about the opening of gourmet grocer Bottega Louie; tips about spending Passover in LA, and a review of Sunday brunch at Barbarella.
Ivan Kane, he of Forty Deuce fame, is facing the depression head on. (Yeah, I’m calling it now. Depression.) He’s got a daily “Stimulus Plan” for his revelers at Ivan Kane’s Cafe Wa s. Every night, you can drink bottomless carafes of red and white table wine for $15. Or you can eat the “Bohemian Feast” (four-course prix fixe menu) every Sunday through Wednesday night for just $30. He’s also got “Wino Wednesdays” and “Hobo Mondays.” Cheap and cheerful, as they say.