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The Darrell Hammond Project Jan 31, 2015

Darrell Hammond, the longest-tenured cast member in the history of Saturday Night Live, tells his own life story in a one-man show.

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Friday, January 23,2015
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Pan Bon dishes out around-the-clock Italian

Brand new place in Little Italy beckons with pastries and other fare from morning till night

By Mina Riazi
I visited Pan Bon on Day 3 of its new life—my server said Luciano and Giancarlo recently shuttered the Verona branch. I didn’t expect the place to be busy, and it wasn’t.
Friday, January 9,2015
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Trilogy Sanctuary packs a three-in-one punch

An imaginative vegan menu sets the La Jolla eatery apart

By Mina Riazi
Mere mention of kale doesn’t cause eyebrows to rise in confusion, and restaurants serving up vegan, gluten-free fare are no longer the oddballs. Take Trilogy Sanctuary, which opened recently in La Jolla (7650 Girard Ave.).
Friday, December 26,2014
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Get your fill of pupusas at El Salvador Pupuseria & Restaurant

Why try anything else at this City Heights place?

By Mina Riazi
El Salvador Pupuseria & Restaurant is loud and messy on a Sunday night. Each tabletop bears its very own, perfectly unique constellation of chip crumbs.
Friday, December 12,2014
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Table No. 10: uncommon precision

East Village joint’s brunch menu reimagines the classics

By Mina Riazi
My late grandfather, stubbornly devoted to his usual breakfast of thick-sliced ham, sunny-side-up eggs and hash browns, would find the brunch menu at Table No. 10 aggravating.
Friday, November 28,2014
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Chicken Charlie’s FryBQ comes to Claremont

County-fair staple promises (some) gut-busting favorites at its new location

By Mina Riazi
Charlie Boghosian is the king of deep-fried food. It’s a well-deserved title, considering the ever-growing list of foods Boghosian has dunked in a deep fryer throughout his decades-long career.
Friday, November 14,2014
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Eclipse Chocolate delivers a serious sugar rush

Desserts eclipse entrées at South Park bistro

By Mina Riazi
Few sentences fill me with more anxiety than “Pass the chocolate.” Though an early adopter of the mom-administered “sharing is caring” mantra, I struggle to part ways with the sweet stuff.
Friday, November 7,2014
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Homespun comfort food at Trieu Chau in City Heights

Decades-old eatery offers a crowded menu in a cluttered setting

By Mina Riazi
On a sun-scorched twist of University Avenue, beneath a cloudless blue sky, sits Trieu Chau. The restaurant’s faded exterior and barred windows begin a visual story that develops inside.
Friday, October 31,2014
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Leilani’s Café in Pacific Beach perfects lazy weekend brunch

Say ‘Aloha’ to classic Hawaiian dishes in an idyllic setting

By Mina Riazi
The menu at Leilani's reflects Hawaii's cross-cultural cuisine, shaped by the immigrant groups that began arriving in the late 19th century. 
Friday, October 24,2014
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Saja Korean Kitchen needs to narrow its focus

Food is rich but uninspired at new Gaslamp joint

By Mina Riazi
Saja Korean Kitchen is young and bright-eyed and eager to improve.
Friday, October 10,2014
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Salt & Cleaver is a carnivore’s paradise

Inventive sausages are the strongest link at this Hillcrest joint

By Mina Riazi
Don't take your borderline-vegetarian, quinoa-adoring, sodium-shunning friends to Hillcrest's Salt & Cleaver.