Links: e*starLA Elsewhere in 2015

[caption width=“640” align=“aligncenter”] Catch & Release, Marina del Rey[/caption] Apologies for not updating the blog, but here’s a post to push its revival into the New Year. Here I come, 2016! This week, I’ll be posting a round-up of sorts on 2015 and noteworthy dishes at noteworthy restaurants. In any case, feel free to catch up with a few of my freelance articles, and my comments forthwith, that I wrote for other online publications the latter half of 2015 here. Also, a plug to follow me on other social media channels, which I’ve been updating pretty regularly: Instagram, Twitter, and eventually Snapchat (@estar_la)!

  • A personal essay I wrote for Eater National. It’s crazy how ever since Fresh Off the Boat aired, we’ve gotten Dr. Ken and Netflix’s Master of None as far as Asian American representation on TV. After a lifetime of not seeing hardly anyone who was even the same shade I am on TV, 2015 felt like jackpot:

How ABC’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Tells a Familiar First-Generation Story

  • During Eater LA’s Cheap Eats week, I culled a memory from my college days, commuting from Westwood to Alhambra just for boba milk tea and fried pork chop. For Cocktail Week, I rounded up some sherry-based cocktails as well as cocktai

The Fried Pork Chop at Old Country Cafe Taught Me to Embrace My Taiwanese Heritage
How L.A.’s Top Bars Are Using the Spice Trade to Their Cocktail Advantage
13 Fine Sherry-Based Cocktails in Los Angeles

  • I did a few round-ups for Time Out Los Angeles, a couple of which were on the sandwich beat. We’re talking extensive, exhaustive research, here. Let’s put it this way: I haven’t had a pastrami or banh mi for quite awhile. Dim Sum? Plenty.

The Best Pastrami Sandwiches in Los Angeles
The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles
The Best Banh Mi in Los Angeles

  • I did a couple stories for Thrillist Los Angeles on the illustrious L.A. Armenian chicken institution that is Zankou Chicken and a story about a whole bunch of Bloody Marys around the city:

Fifteen Things You Didn’t Know About Zankou Chicken
L.A.’s 12 Best Bloody Marys

Happy reading. I’ll catch you guys with another 2015 update tomorrow.

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Bánh Mì My-Tho 304 W Valley Blvd Alhambra, CA 91801

Phorage 3300 Overland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90034

Catch & Release 13488 Maxella Ave Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Langer’s Delicatessen 704 S Alvarado St Los Angeles, CA 90057

Wexler’s Deli, GCM 317 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013

Old Country Cafe 2 E Valley Blvd #1e Alhambra, CA 91801

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village 250 W Valley Blvd San Gabriel, CA 91776

Zankou Chicken 5065 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027