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|Housemade potato chips with onion and blue cheese dip|
Your New Year's resolutions are about a month away, so you might as well live it up, right? To help you with that is Bo Nuage, a pastry shop on Melrose specializing in French nuage (cloud) cakes, opening in mid-December. Pascal and Audrey Achcar whip up desserts that hold their own against the cronut and cupcake: Their Parisian mini-cakes are filled with whipped cream, housed between layers of meringue, then are covered in more whipped cream and topped with shaved chocolate. There are 15 flavors at $6 each. And, of course, gluten-free and non-dairy options.
Coming soon, organic vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre will settle into West Hollywood in January. With an outpost already in San Francisco, the menu will be very similar to its sister location. You can expect empanadas and ensaladas, tamales, posole and tacos with handmade corn tortillas. What might be different here is an ambitious beverage program, lead by Jason Eisner, who joins Gracias Madre from the bar at Drago Centro.
Husband-and-wife team Michael and Carol Teich hunt for seasonal ingredients at local farms for their new Culver City restaurant, the Wallace. The cocktail list is well curated by Carol and some stand-out items on the menu include roasted diver scallops with butternut squash puree and duck confit in hoisin barbecue sauce. In the past, Teich worked at SBE and oversaw the kitchen at Axe in Venice. The former professional baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates now hits home runs with roasted bone marrow with parsley, radish and tarragon pickled shallots, and shrimp and chickpea pancakes.
In closing news, it's an all-too-familiar story: Brentwood's romantic Italian restaurant Osteria Latini shut down because of a major increase in rent. Read on for a full list of openings and closings.More »