DSC02391-200x300Jennifer Sommer is The Dish. Want to know where to eat, take your favorite date, impress your clients from out of town? Just ask Jennifer or check out her directory. She cuts through the clutter and only her favorite eating, drinking and cooking discoveries are featured here.

And, as Food & Wine’s Los Angeles Correspondent and a Tastemade Tastemaker, she has a bit of credibility. So follow along, share with your friends and eat, drink, discover.

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Fantastique at Republique

While the above Tastemade video is actually from a recent lunch at Republique, it was dinner last Saturday night that had me at hello. From the moment we walked in with our crew of six, I was entranced. This is a truly magical restaurant that is destined to become a Los Angeles classic. Not only do the service and food from husband and wife team Margarita (she of the sweet) and Walter Manzke (he of the savory) exceed expectations, so too does the energy. Topped off with a buzzing bar program and a wine list that changes daily thanks to playful, brilliant sommelier Taylor Parsons and you have one unique ride each and every time you visit. Relaxed and welcoming, hip yet unassuming and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Republique is the quintessential spot to eat and drink in LA.

And, P.S. you can make last minute reservations here at Table8!

http://republiquela.com/

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Yay for Artisanal LA!

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My kids generally roll their eyes when I say we are heading to yet another food related event. However, after being “dragged” last spring to Artisanal LA, they- and even my husband- were all excited to hear that it is returning this weekend. Perfect for an early jump on holiday gifting, there is really something for everyone to discover. Here is what’s on our list to visit this weekend:

Billiamarie

Baia Pasta

Buddy Pops

Chocotal

Donut Snob

Health-Ade

Ink + Smog Editions

Le Bon Garcon

Middlebar

Quin

Robert Siegel Studio

These just barely scratch the surface. The lineup of fab programming includes food styling and photography from Julie Lee (check out her prints here), fermented sodas with Emily Ho and a book signing and treats from Zoe Nathan of Huckleberry!

Buy tickets here and see you there!

http://artisanalla.com/

 

 

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