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  1. The Other Critics
    Miles Clement Finds Little La Lune; Jonathan Gold Gets inked.The L.A. Weekly critic also goes whole-hog at Mozza.
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    Virbila is Moved by Picca; Gold Feels The Heat at Guisado’sElsewhere, J. Gold tells you where to find vegetarian Spanish eels.
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    Jonathan Gold Channels Allen Ginsberg at Next Door by JosieThe critic has seen some of “the best chefs of my generation employed by gastropubs.”
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    Gold Picks Picca, But Casts Out the Causa; Burum Finds Afghan ExpressGold loves Zarate’s new spot, but feels the few mistakes should not occur at a restaurant of this caliber.
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    Gold Goes Nostalgic Over Saint Estephe; Virbila Drinks in OmbraThe critic takes us on a trip back to the eighties, where even then, you could tell John Sedlar was on the cusp of great things.
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    The Brothers Gold Go Hunting for Shark Fin (On the Menu)Mark Gold opposes a provision that would allow for so-called sustainable shark fins to be sold.
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    Virbila Picks Five Fried Chickens; Gold Gorges at Ink.SackThe L.A. Times critic goes high-end while scoping out the city’s best golden bird.
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    Virbila Boosts La Buca; Gold Munches on Molcajetes at ‘The Monobrow’The L.A. Times finds the popular neighborhood Italian new and improved.
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    Gold Says Moko is What Culver City Needs; Looks Into LudoBites 7.0LudoBites may be missing a little bit of magic, but it’s certainly not felt in the food.
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    Virbila Purrs at Hungry Cat; Gold Eats Beaver and Bear at Starry KitchenThe L.A. Weekly critic also gets initiated into the cult of Mother Dough Pizza.
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    J. Gold’s Brother Goes Behind the Scenes of Shark Fin Op-EdThe activist even claims to have once physically threatened his brother for eying the shark fin at a Chinese restaurant.
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    Jonathan Gold Backs Ban on Shark Fin“We either stop eating it because we choose to preserve the species, or we stop eating it because soon there will be none left to eat.”
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    Virbila Praises M.B. Post; Gold Claims IOTA Coffee Is Perfect for Teenage GirlsIn other news, The L.A. Times plans to run a restaurant review every other week now. Shouldn’t a big city paper probably have a weekly review?
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    Virbila Munches at Mezze; Gold Chews on ChimuThe L.A. Times> recognizes the new Middle Eastern restaurant’s ambition, while the L.A. Weekly loves Downtown’s new “neo-Peruvian.”
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    Gelt Learns The Hippie Lingo at Cafe Gratitude; Gold Offers Tipping TipsSorry kids, it’s 20% every time. Yes, EVERY time.
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    Bayless Beat Down (Again) By a Graceful Jonathan GoldThe critic finally responds to the whole “timid” thing, and declares L.A. “a center of regional Mexican cooking.”
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    Virbila Declares Sotto a Game-Changer; Gold Champions Son of a GunThe L.A. Times thinks Sotto is the first serious contender to the dominance of Northern Italian restaurants in L.A.
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    Virbila Shoots Blanks at Son of a Gun; Gold Gorges on Soondae, FeelsThe L.A. Weekly discourses on Korean blood sausage and digestifs, while Patrick Kuh sums up his experience at Tim Goodell’s new restaurant.
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    Gold Explores Umami’s Modernist Approach; Virbila Sups at Spice TableJ. Gold would rather have a turkey burger than indulge those truffle oil-abusing scoundrels at Umami Burger.
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    Jonathan Gold Remembers Joan Luther; Morningstar Scores With VirbilaThe L.A. Times boosts the new Patina restaurant at LACMA, while The L.A. Weekly eulogizes a dearly departed force.
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    Jonathan Gold Inhales The Glories of Spice Table; Brad A. Deems Son of a Gun TheBryant Ng scores big with L.A. Weekly, while the former Angeleno critic thinks the Animal team has another hit on their hands.
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    Virbila Appraises Playa; Jonathan Gold Hoists A Glass at SteingartenJohn Sedlar brings out the artist in The L.A. Times, while L.A.’s beer craze sweeps up L.A. Weekly.
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    Virbila Gets The Specials at Aburiya Toranoko; L.A. Weekly ExaminesThe L.A. Times goes crazy for Downtown’s all-encompassing izakaya, while Jonathan Gold deals with Nathan McCall.
  24. Mediavore
    Where To Buy Bernie Madoff’s Wine Collection; Jonathan Gold Gets a Movie RoleThe swindler’s massive collection goes on auction on May 18th.
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    Virbila Sups in London; Jonathan Gold Takes ManhattanBoth of L.A.’s primary restaurant critics hit the road this week and like what they find.
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    Virbila Finds Room for Improvement at Lukshon; Brad A. Johnson Is No Playa HaterMeanwhile, Jonathan Gold takes us behind the music at Cochon 555.
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    Gold Meets The Noodle Guy; Merrill Shindler Chooses Chun ChonThe L.A. Weekly critic also takes a first bite at Ray’s and declares Morningstar the current market menu master.
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    Lukshon Gets The Gold; Virbila Visits JulienneThe L.A. Times critic spends a night with some farm-to-table, nose-to-tail dining in Santa Barbara, while L.A. Weekly’s goes crazy for Sang Yoon’s new restaurant.
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    Time for Waylynn Lucas to Make the ‘Fonuts"; J. Gold Recalls A Meal inThe former Bazaar pastry chef has invented a new take on an old favorite.
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    Virbila Slams The Cooking at Craig’s; Brad A. Johnson Loves LukshonL.A. Times is more charmed by the man than the menu at Craig Susser’s new industry hot-spot.
  31. Mediavore
    Jonathan Gold At The Universiy of Oregon; Caffeine Cravings Could Be GeneticThe critic speaks of the growing power-shift from food critics to consumers on social networks.
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    Jonathan Gold Lowers Himself Into the Olive GardenLest you call him elitist, the Pulitzer Prize–winning cheap-eats champion is the first to declare, “I’m the snob.”
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    San Francisco Lights Virbila’s Fire; Gold Finds Figs on PlatesL.A. Weekly turns an attempted April Fool’s day joke into its next big review.
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    Jonathan Gold Opts for Robata Jinya’s Ramen; Ecco’s Pizzas Please S. IreneStrangely, it’s not the robata that wows L.A.’s number-one critic at Robata Jinya.
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    J. Gold Glows Over Gator Schnitzel and Geoduck at Son of a Gun“What is the seafood equivalent of pigs’ ear?”
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    Virbila Is Not Feeling Firefly’s Glow; Gold Ducks Into Beijing Duck HouseJason Travi’s cooking has a ways to go, cries The L.A. Times, while L.A. Weekly finds itself in a Chinese poultry paradise.
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    Virbila Visits Hostaria del Piccolo; Gold Plays at Playa and Picks Out PoutineThe L.A. Times calls Piccolo’s more approachable branch authentic, while L.A. Weekly finds much to enjoy at John Rivera Sedlar’s breezy new restaurant.
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    Vibrila Raves About The Royce; Jonathan Gold Humors The ArgentinesDavid Feau’s cooking pries a third star from the tight fists of S. Irene Virbila, while Mr. Gold gets called out for his saltenas story.
  39. Foodies With Benefits
    Who Will Be at This Sunday’s Gold Standard EventIt might be the only event where Tacos Baja Ensenada and Vincenti share the same space.
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    Virbila Finds Beechwood Improved; Jonathan Gold Bugs Out at GuelaguetzaL.A. Times gets in another dig at Fabio Viviani, while L.A. Weekly eats insects at a familiar favorite.
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    Gold Decodes Lukshon; Virbila Labels Petrossian a FindL.A. Weekly welcomes Sang Yoon’s restaurant to the neighborhood, while The L.A. Times checks in on Petrossian’s new chef.
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    Jonathan Gold Arouses V-Day AppetitesWe may never look at uni the same again.
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    Patric Kuh Bids Adieu to Havana at Xiomara; Gold Digs The Duck at Sun Ha JungMeanwhile, S. Irene Virbila is hot on the trail of one of Steve McQueen’s favorite steak spots.
  44. Mediavore
    J. Gold Addresses UC Riverside; Diet Soda Could Increase Stroke RiskThe Pulitzer Prize winning critic pooh-poohs the need for authenticity.
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    J. Gold Predicts L.A.’s Newest Japanese FetishUni-topped tofu at Aburiya Toranoko might become the most in-demand bite in Downtown L.A.
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    Jonathan Gold Doesn’t Mince Words on Jordan KahnThe critic calls Red Medicine’s chef “kind of a dick.”
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    Gold Paints A Majestic Vision of Red Medicine; Virbila Gives A-Frame One and aL.A. Weekly deems Jordan Kahn’s cooking “the most modern in Los Angeles at the moment.”
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    Gaon Flavor-Bombs Gold’s Suburbs; Virbila Checks Out Chaya’s New ChefL.A. Weekly doubles down on Korean food, while L.A. Times approves of the work being done by Harutaka Kishi.
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    Plastic Bag Ban Gets Approved in Santa Monica; Which Coffee Not to DrinkStarting September, the restriction goes into effect, while six widely sold caffeinated beverages are seriously bad for your health.
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    Gold Crowns a New BBQ King; Patrick Kuh Picks 2010’s Best New RestaurantsLos Angeles magazine puts Lazy Ox Canteen at the top of its list, while Capo vets do brisket and beef ribs just right in Van Nuys.
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