Food

Starbucks quietly raises Southern California prices up to 30 cents |Sep 18, 2017

With McDonald’s serving $2 McCafe drink specials as part of a revamped coffee menu, what does Starbucks do in return? Raise prices. The Seattle giant has quietly raised prices from 10-30 cents in various U.

McDonald’s challenges Starbucks, Dunkin’ with new McCafe menu, look |Sep 6, 2017

In 2009, McDonald’s operator Patti Widdicombe was more than nervous when the chain dipped its toe into uncharted waters with the McCafe launch. The in-house espresso bars were developed as a fast, less expensive alternative to rival coffee houses, including Seattle-giant Starbucks.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Sept. 3 |Sep 5, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

A San Gabriel Valley mainstay, boba proves to be no passing craze |Sep 4, 2017

SAN GABRIEL >> When a New York Times article described boba as “the blobs in your tea” last week, Elton Keung could only shake his head.

What’s new at the Rose Bowl in time for UCLA football |Aug 31, 2017

Dog Haus, a Pasadena-based restaurant chain known for its gourmet hot dogs and sausages, is about to unveil a new eatery in the Rose Bowl. Dog Haus and the stadium’s management announced a multiyear partnership Wednesday, making Dog Haus the first restaurant to have a permanent location at the iconic venue.

LA County Fair 2017: 5 food trends to try |Aug 31, 2017

Sure, you can ride a Ferris wheel and hang out with a sloth at the LA County Fair, but you’re going to get hungry. Satiate your rumbling stomach with the decadence of all things fair food, whether you want to snack on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos atop a cornucopia of deep-fried fare, sample unicorn-themed treats or try, gulp, a taco filled with crickets for some protein.

In-N-Out sues Smashburger over alleged ‘Triple Double’ burger trademark infringement |Aug 29, 2017

Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Monday, Aug. 28 against Denver-based Smashburger, claiming the fast-food rival’s “Smashburger Triple Double” is too similar to its famed “Double Double” burger.

Move over Two-Buck Chuck: Target debuts $5 California Roots wine |Aug 29, 2017

Two-Buck Chuck, you’ve got some company.Target on Monday announced it’s rolling out a new line of bargain wines, a $5 bottle called California Roots.The wine comes in five blends made from California grapes: chardonnay, pinot grigio, moscato, cabernet sauvignon, and a red blend.

Follow us on Instagram and Snapchat for a peek at the LA County Fair’s food |Aug 29, 2017

Can’t wait until Sept. 1 to get a look at the 2017 LA County Fair? Well, you are in luck. Starting around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, reporters and photographers will be at the LA County Fair preview to show all the food and fun that awaits you on Friday.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 27 |Aug 28, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 20 |Aug 22, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

At LA Taco Fest, you can try tacos from around the world in one spot |Aug 22, 2017

By now it’s clear that while the taco is a traditional Mexican dish, it’s pretty much an American staple, much like pizza and burgers. What may not be as obvious, however, is just how international this delicious little item has become, with flavors from all over the world finding a warm home in the middle of a tortilla.

Pennywise Partners with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery |Aug 21, 2017

Punk rock music, beer and good times are all pretty much synonymous, which is why it made perfect sense for Pennywise to release its own craft beer. The quartet from Hermosa Beach partnered with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery for the release of Pennywiser, a Session IPA that will be available in limited release in Southern California starting Wednesday, Sept.

Taco Bell’s Naked Egg Taco has unusual ‘shell’ |Aug 15, 2017

Taco Bell should have named its latest taco invention the Unicorn Taco because a fried egg shaped like a taco shell looks like a mythical fast food creature. You have to see it to believe it. Irvine-based Taco Bell, which knows no boundaries when it comes to creating bizarre food mashups, is adding the Naked Egg Taco to its morning breakfast lineup Aug.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 13 |Aug 14, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

We made a map of all the breweries in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties |Aug 11, 2017

Here’s a guide to more than 150 places to go tasting in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties with our writers’ picks leading you to some of the best brews. While San Diego may have started it all, you might be surprised at how many craft breweries have bubbled up near you.

The craft brewery is quickly becoming a community staple like your library, grocery store and coffee shop |Aug 11, 2017

Admit it, pessimists: the craft beer movement has defied your gloomy predictions. A year or two ago, even supporters of the dozens of neighborhood breweries that have popped up all over Southern California were predicting the movement had reached its apex.

10 of the best breweries to get craft beer in Los Angeles County |Aug 11, 2017

Culver City-based Richard Guzman and Torrance-based Nick Green teamed up to create a highly subjective list of 10 recommended-in-no-particular-order Los Angeles County breweries based on tasting room atmosphere and beer quality, while attempting to ensure that all areas of greater Los Angeles are represented.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 6 |Aug 8, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 30 |Jul 31, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Why Dunkin’ Donuts won’t be known as Dunkin’ Donuts in Pasadena |Jul 28, 2017

Dunkin’ Donuts is gearing up to open a restaurant in Pasadena next month under the rebranded name Dunkin.’ The name change speaks to the growing popularity of the company’s various coffees, iced drinks and frozen drinks.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 23 |Jul 26, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Cheers to a mom and ice-pop shop: Anissa Rivera |Jul 22, 2017

Geoff Jennings, 41, was an MBA grad in between jobs, and yearning for adventure, when he accepted work as a safety kayaker in Guatemala. It was a bust: “The owner was a crazy drug addict, my room was a plank in the jungle with a tin roof.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 16 |Jul 17, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Can fancy remodels save the fast-food industry? |Jul 15, 2017

Communal tables. Self-serve ordering kiosks. Rustic brick walls. Bar counters with outlets for plugged-in millennials. The snazzy decor is popping up at redesigned restaurants across Southern California.

Get your coupon for free Farmer Boys fries |Jul 11, 2017

Thursday is fries day at Farmer Boys. To celebrate National Friday Day on July 13, the Riverside-based chain is offering a free order of fries with any burger purchase. To participate, go to

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 9 |Jul 11, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Today is 7-Eleven Day. Don’t forget to grab a free Slurpee |Jul 10, 2017

Looking for a fun and free way to beat this brutal heat? 7-Eleven has you covered. 7-Eleven Day really could not have come at a better time. If you (like many Californians) are looking for a way to stay cool, maybe a free Slurpee will do the trick.

Costco testing Shake Shack copycat cheeseburger in Southern California |Jul 5, 2017

Forget pizza and hot dogs. Costco, often secretive about its merchandising strategy, is selling a Shake Shack-style cheeseburger made with an organic beef patty at a few of its fast-food courts in Southern California.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 2 |Jul 3, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 25 |Jun 27, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Everything you need to know about Claremont Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk |Jun 22, 2017

Get ready to down a few at the eighth annual Claremont Blues and Brews Craft Beer Walk. Visitors can take their time wandering the friendly streets of the downtown Claremont Village enjoying brews they love and ones they may want to try.

Where’s your favorite food truck right now? Bistro Planet’s app plans to find it for you |Jun 21, 2017

There was a time when food trucks were better known as “roach coaches,” and would only serve burritos and other fast food to construction workers. Those times have clearly changed. These days, an increasing number of food trucks are selling gourmet offerings that rival some of the fare found in Southern California’s more upscale restaurants.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 18 |Jun 19, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 11 |Jun 13, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Iconic LA hot dog stand will have its day at new home in the Valley |Jun 13, 2017

A famous hot dog stand looking like a giant weiner-on-a-bun that left Los Angeles a dozen years ago will soon turn tail and return home. But Tail o’ the Pup, a walk-up hot dog stand that once wagged its buns before a parade of L.

A tasty challenge: Auto Club Speedway home to attempt to make world’s largest pizza |Jun 12, 2017

The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday took part in a tasty challenge: the Guinness World Record for the longest pizza. What goes into making a 7,200-foot-long pizza? Eight thousand pounds of dough, 5,600 pounds of sauce and 3,600 pounds of cheese.

Golden State Warriors win earns America a free taco from Taco Bell |Jun 8, 2017

Thanks to a Game 3 win by the Golden State Warriors on the home turf of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Finals, America gets a free taco from Taco Bell. Last week, the Irvine-based fast-food chain announced its “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion.

Creamistry ramps up global expansion with 70 new stores this year |Jun 8, 2017

Irvine-based Creamistry is on a global expansion tear. The liquid-nitrogen ice cream chain, founded in 2013 by entrepreneur Jay Yim, is expected to open 70 locations this year including the brand’s first shops in New York, China, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 4 |Jun 5, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of May 28 |May 31, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

The most hyper-local beer in the world uses yeast from your backyard |May 25, 2017

Scott Hale wrangled on land marked by dust and spiky trees. A visual artist by trade and an aficionado of fermentation, Hale, of Twentynine Palms, sought something microscopic and, critically, something that had to find him.

‘MAINopoly’ in Santa Monica among food events this week in the LA area |May 23, 2017

Events Marie Callender’s: New “Southern Kitchen Menu” includes Chicken and Barbecue Ribs ($15.99), Southern Fried Chicken ($12.99), Southern Fried Chicken Po’ Boy Sandwich ($11.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of May 21 |May 22, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

McDonald’s partners with UberEats for delivery from 375 Southern California restaurants |May 17, 2017

Starting Wednesday, Southern California Big Mac fans can satisfy their craving without leaving their driveway. McDonald’s has launched doorstep delivery through UberEats at 375 restaurants in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

Mission Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles partners with Amazon for fast one-hour delivery service |May 17, 2017

Got a hankering for some beer, wine or whiskey on short notice? Amazon has got you covered. The e-commerce company announced Wednesday that its Prime Now delivery service is offering super-fast delivery of beer, wine and liquor from

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of May 14 |May 16, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of May 7 |May 8, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Bartenders go shaker to shaker in the annual May Mix-Off in downtown Los Angeles |May 8, 2017

In bartending culture, competition comes with the territory. See for yourself when nine of Los Angeles’ best mixologists shake and stir it up behind the bar at the “

Here’s where you can find the Frork, the french fry utensil from McDonald’s |May 4, 2017

In its effort to attract millennials with gimmicky marketing campaigns, McDonald’s is introducing a wacky new utensil called the Frork at select restaurants. Available only Friday, May 5, the fork-shaped Frork is a silicon utensil with tines that look like french fries.