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  1. Interviews
    L.A.’s Celebrated Alma Will Close“Short of continuing to roll the boulder up the hill, we were going to destroy our staff and ourselves.”
  2. Interviews
    Why Critically Acclaimed Alma May Have to CloseWriters called L.A.’s Alma the country’s best new restaurant. Now it needs $40,000 just to stay open. Chef Ari Taymor explains what happened.
  3. Interviews
    Ari Taymor x Mads Refslund Collaboration“If you don’t have the passion, I think you should stop working as a chef.”
  4. Foiemageddon
    L.A. Chef Ari Taymor: Why the Foie Gras Ban Was an ‘Absolute Sham’“We didn’t start serving foie until the ban.”
  5. Foodievents
    L.A.’s Ari Taymor to Host Dinner at Beach Plum Restaurant onTaymor will likely be looking for wild sea-beans and stinging nettles to serve.
  6. Word Play
    Nonsense Names: The Rise of Restaurant GibberishEstela, Piora, Contra, All’onda, Narcissa, blah, blah, blah,
  7. The Other Critics
    The Other Critics: Wells Takes Telepan Local to Task; Ryan Sutton Does Dim SumPlus: Reviews of Gato, the Writing Room, and more.
  8. Quote of the Day
    Ari Taymor Would Rather You Didn’t Instagram Your DinnerJust put the iPhone down.
  9. In Like Flynn
    16 Strong Reactions to the Times Magazine’s Teen Chef Cover-Story“I suggest you get some therapy, deal with those bullying impulses,” writes Alma chef Ari Taymor.
  10. The Grub Street Diet
    Chef Ari Taymor Eats Whole Tuna Head at Roberta’s, Gets ‘Borderline“Then I went to Minetta Tavern for Scotch and a chocolate souffle.”
  11. Foodievents
    Alma’s Ari Taymor Cooking at Contra Next MonthThe L.A.-based Taymor is a rising star chef.
  12. Lists
    Bon Appétit Unveils Its 10 Best New RestaurantsAska, Fat Rice, and Saison made the cut.
  13. Grub Guide
    Twelve Outstanding L.A. Bars and Restaurants Bottling Their Own Booze and SodasPinot noir, natural sodas, sake, and bottle-conditioned cocktails are available across L.A. from some of our favorite places to eat.
  14. Menus
    What to Eat at MSG, Popping Up Weekly at Brick House in VeniceAlma may have left Venice for Downtown, but now a whole bunch of its crew is back.
  15. The Other Critics
    Rodell Labels Alma A Gem; Gold Gobbles Fish Heads at Hunan MaoDown in the O.C., Brad A. Johnson squeezes into The Cellar in San Clemente.
  16. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Derrick de Jesus Moving MSG Pop-Up To VeniceThe chef is making ramen for a main course.
  17. Oeno-File
    What’s On Alma’s Wine List Now That It’s Approved For BoozeThe offerings come from a global mash-up of progressive, natural wine-makers.
  18. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Alma’s Derrick de Jesus Popping Up With MSG at City SipThe chef will prepare an American menu of vegetable and seafood-based dishes with an Asian angle.
  19. Winners
    Nominate Your Favorite Chefs For The James Beard AwardsRock the James Beard vote drive
  20. Leftovers
    Seoul Sausage Wins The Great Food Truck Race; $45 Tasting Menu EveryThe Korean sausage truck opens its brick and mortar this Saturday.
  21. Openings
    Ari Taymor Opening More Permanent Alma Space, June 27 in DowntownThe chef will offer an a la carte menu plus an $80 tasting menu.
  22. Closings
    Hasta Luego, AlmaChef Ari Taymor plans to explore brick-and-mortar options.
  23. Chef Shuffles
    Salute Wine Bar Becoming Brick & Mortar, Ari Taymor Leaves for Pop-Up at FlakeThe Flour and Water veteran has parted ways with the wine bar after just three months.
  24. BK Waterfront
    Columbia Street Is Smith Street … on Sleeping PillsIt’s trying hard to wake up.
  25. Chef Shuffles
    Former Red O Chef Michael Brown Comes Back to CaliThough he earned accolades from The New York Times, the chef is fleeing Alma in Dallas to come home.
  26. The New York Diet
    Comedian Eugene Mirman Starts His Days With SoupYou’ve probably seen self-described absurdist nightclub comedian Eugene Mirman in Flight of the Conchords, opening for bands like Modest Mouse, or in hilarious online shorts like the one in which he plays a mustached Russian émigré having his first, ill-fated encounter with vegetable wonton soup. In actuality, Mirman has for several years lived and dined in Park Slope — where he’s at work on a book of fake advice, The Will to Whatevs, and a documentary about returning to his birthplace, Russia — and he’s such a fan of soups that he fixes them for breakfast. As he gears up to record a Comedy Central special that will air in the winter, we asked him what else he’s been noshing on.