Lazy post:

Mignon is a lovely place. It’s not Covell, but for DTLA, it’s a respite away from all that assholish shit that goes down at say… Varnish, or Exchange, or the food factory that is Bottega Louie.

Mignon’s proprietor, Santos Uy, is a Francophile (hence he also co-owns Papilles). It’s natural for him to celebrate his bar’s second anniversary on Bastille day, and it’s so very American to do it by offering bottomless drinking. While Wednesdays at Mignon are chock full of French natural wine, there’s no telling what will come out of this $20 wino-infested French love-making. Deets:

Mignon Wine
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818 Shaokhao is so dirty and dingy, yet it’s so amazing. It is nearly impossible to explain away the oxymoron of that is Yi’s Kitchen/JN Kitchen/818 Shaokhao. This restaurant lives as comfortably in Los Angeles as it would in Dalian. The owner, with his middle aged gangster ponytail, constantly occupies one minuscule 2-top set dead center in the restaurant. When the staff is stagnant, they sit outside on garden chairs, facing the front door, chain smoking smuggled Chinese cigs.

Just like Jitlada, the operator’s fave dish is a cauldron of spicy, soupy smorgasbord, filled to the brim of the stoneware with every ingredient known to (a China)man. Its name is simply, and aptly, spicy soup. Yi himself is eating it, while proudly skyping his lover somewhere in Middle China. It’s the embodiment of a working man’s comfort food, if the working man happens to be from Dongbei.

With a bowl of rice, this personal sized pot with a mystery soupbase is more filling than a bowl of cassoulet, and it will leave your mouth tingly, your pores dripping with sweat. It’s nearly 80 degrees in the San Gabriel Valley right now, but this soup can still be found on majority of the occupied tables even as late as 1am. So the question is: do you want some lamb chuar at midnight, or do you want some pathetic mac & cheese balls.

Yi’s Kitchen
818 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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It is, of course, food festival season again in LA. Saban is back with Extravganza for the Senses:

The event will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Sunset Gower Studios. Considered “one of Southern California’s top 100 events,” there will be nearly 1,000 attendees who will be treated to unlimited samples from dozens of LA’s top restaurants that include Jar, Chaya, AOC, Upstairs 2, Angelini Osteria, An Catering/Tiato Kitchen (just to name a few), and 60+ wineries, as well as several entertainment options, including: music, fortune readings by mystics, photo booth and a lively silent auction. Year after year, guests enjoy a fun night out at Extravaganza for the Senses while supporting a great cause, The Saban Free Clinic!

The Saban Free Clinic provides affordable quality health care, dental and social services to the most vulnerable members in the Los Angeles community. With 100% of Extravaganza net proceeds benefiting the Clinic, the Clinic will be able to continue to provide services to thousands of men, women and children in need.

For tickets: www.thesabanfreeclinic.org/extravaganza

For 20% discount code off GA tickets, text ‘clinic’ to 72727

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