Dr J’s Vibrant Cafe

By Tsz on July 16, 2013

Dr. J's Vibrant Cafe

Gastrophoria is an organic, veggie-ful meal from Dr. J's Vibrant Cafe. A project of love from a mother-son duo, Dr. J's is a rare find in that it serves macrobiotic, gluten-free, organic and vegan (that's a mouthful) fare that is also delicious. Or as I like to say, food that you can stuff yourself silly and ...

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Paladar : USC Underground Supper Club Goes to Tribeca Film Festival

By Tsz on April 2, 2013

Paladar Underground Supper Club

Gastrophoria is a secret underground dinner made by Paladar. It seems underground dinners and pop-ups are all the rage these days. While the choices out there are vast, I've got a soft spot in my heart (and stomach) for Paladar. What makes Paladar stand out? Well, for one, it was created and ran out of an ...

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Short Order : My Dream BLT

By Tsz on April 1, 2013

Short Order pork belly BLT

Gastrophoria is a pork belly BLT from Short Order. I'm normally not the biggest fan of BLTs as they're always too something or another. For example, there's the classic too-little-bacon, or the too-much-mayo, or the much dreaded too-sour-tomatoes. I've never found one that was "just right" till an unexpected encounter at Short Order. The BLT there ...

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Crunch : 75th Birthday Showdown!

By Tsz on March 30, 2013

Nestlé Crunch 75th Birthday Showdown : Crumbs Cupcake

Gastrophoria is celebrating Crunch bar's 75th Birthday Showdown! To celebrate its momentous birthday, Nestlé Crunch is hosting a sugar-filled bakery face-off, where 15 top bakeries compete by creating sugary concoctions featuring Crunch bars. I was graciously invited to scope out LA's contenders, which meant an afternoon of chocolate, butter, and sugar! Imagine a kid after eating ...

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Racion : A Labor of Love

By Tsz on March 29, 2013

Racion caramelized calamari pintxo

Gastrophoria is a hearty plank of Racion's caramelized calamari pintxo. For the uninitiated, pintxo is simply an another word for tapas, most often used to describe foods from the San Sebastian area in Spain. It's a wondrous place where narrow streets are filled to the brim with countless pintxo bars, each serving small bites of Basque ...

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