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Make Your Own Flour Tortillas

It was the mid-'90s; I was in a band. We all lived in San Francisco, in the Mission District. My bandmates and I, we’d eat in the same two taquerias almost every night, then head to the Toronado to drink beer until 2 a.m. When we did cook at home all I remember are my girlfriend Aurora’s perfect flour tortillas. In the past two weeks I’ve tried to re-create the flavor and texture of those tortillas four times. My first attempts were terrible: dry, brittle, not chewy the way I remember them. Then, Chowhound Antilope shared this recipe from Rick Bayless’s Mexico: One Plate at a Time. It’s really close to Aurora’s, a little bit of the '90s back in my kitchen. Thanks, Antilope! READ MORE

3 Party Salsas in 30 Minutes

I’m not a multitasker. Ordinarily, I never attempt more than two recipes at a time, because structure and planning just aren’t my strong suits. I spent last year cooking my way through most of Jamie Oliver’s 30-Minute Meals—almost all of them took me 1 1/2 hours. The only exception to my two-recipe rule is salsas. I have three go-to recipes, all different: avocado pico de gallo, mango salsa, and tomatillo guacamole. I make all three at the same time, production-line style—it’s as organized as I ever get in the kitchen. READ MORE

The Best Burgers in LA (OK, Technically Only Westside)

Greater LA offers up so many burgers you could eat a different one every day for three-plus years and still not manage to plow through every one.

With such an endless roster, it can be overwhelming to choose a burger binge spot. Luckily, this Chowhound discussion has made the hunt more manageable by narrowing the search to just the Westside. The list ranges from “classic hamburger stands” to “nouveau” and “restaurant” burgers. READ MORE

Curtis Stone Gets Killer Early Reviews for Maude

Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone, best known as the host on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, opened his very first restaurant in Beverly Hills last month.

Maude’s $75, nine-course prix-fixe menu is inspired by a single ingredient each month. The early word on Chowhound calls it a steal, considering the cost of other fine-dining tasting menus around town. READ MORE

We Tried Purple Donuts. How’s Your Day Going?

We read via the OC Register a couple weeks back that Friendly Donuts in Orange was frying up Fil-Am sinkers. The thing about these cake donuts is that they get their purple color not from food science, but from ube, or purple yam. It’s huge in the Philippines, and getting more common in California. Like my friend, the food blogger Jun Belen says, Filipinos love purple sweets. So do a lot of non-Filipinos, once they see how awesome ube sweets can be. I mean: purple cake. READ MORE

March Madness: Finding LA’s Best Pies

There aren’t enough days in the year to sample all of LA’s great pies, but Chowhounds are going to attempt the impossible in just the month of March, eating their way through slices of sweet and savory versions citywide—think Key lime pie, turkey pot pie, and chicken-bacon-mushroom hand pies. Get in your stretchy pants before you join this scrumptious scavenger hunt!

Seafood Spot on Santa Monica Pier Gets a Refresh

Though it’s full of thrills, the iconic Santa Monica Pier is hardly a foodie destination. But The Albright, an upgraded version of the old SM Pier Seafood, is doing its darndest to change that notion. Stop by the refreshed dining room for a pint of craft beer and a giant bowl of spicy seafood soup (pictured).

Where to Keep It Edgy in LA (Your Knife, That Is)

When it comes time to don your apron and get to work in the kitchen, a well-sharpened knife can make all the difference. Uneasy about using the honing steel? Spare yourself the stress and bring those dull knives to one of a few sharp shops around LA.

Where to Eat in Long Beach

With Modica’s deli sandwiches, Schooner or Later’s pancakes, and Enrique’s pork shank, living is indeed easy in Long Beach—and not just in the summertime. Here’s where Chowhounds pencil in a meal when they’re in the LBC.

Take Two at LA’s Twins Sliders

Cheeseburgers and spicy fried chicken sandwiches reign at Twins Sliders, a small shack on Sunset Boulevard that’s been serving up sandwich duos, fries, and milk shakes since last fall. The Hollywood location is going strong, but the second shop, on Fairfax Avenue, is currently moving to a yet-to-be-disclosed location.