Newsletter Gardens and fields and Filipino food

  Clockwise from top left: Twice-cooked pork belly with smoky eggplant and bagoong from Lasa; bringhe adobo from Rice Bar; cassava cake toasted fig Leaf tres leches from Lasa; fried baby anchovies, kare kare, prawns, ube brown sugar pie, adobo at Irenia. (Los Angeles Times) We’re more than halfway through May, as crazy as it sounds, and thus well into Food Bowl, our month-long food festival. Hope you’ve been enjoying it! It’s been a good month to celebrate this town’s dining scene, which we’ve continued to do this past week,…

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Welcome to Open Thread, Our New Fashion Newsletter

This year should be particularly jaw-dropping, since the exhibit the gala celebrates is a one-woman show dedicated to Rei Kawakubo, the founder of the Japanese brand Comme des Garçons, and only the second living designer ever to be granted a retrospective at the museum. (The first was Yves Saint Laurent, in 1983.) Ms. Kawakubo’s work challenges all conventional notions of beauty, femininity and the way garments are constructed; she dares to go where most designers — and, frankly, people — do not. Once, I talked to her backstage after a…

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