Andie Dinkin is an illustrator from Los Angeles currently pursuing an Illustration BFA at RISD. She has a very specific style that dips into more artistic, painterly work that always focuses on people of bygone eras. She very much enjoys Golden Age Hollywood, a time period that recurs in her work. The only item that doesn’t fit in with her typical style are a series of paintings of people sleeping. The work is called Sleeping Project and is exactly that: studies of people sleeping.
It’s basically a requirement for every Angeleno who can cook to be able to cook Mexican food. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the *best* Mexican food but you should be able to make guacamole or tacos or enchiladas, dishes emblematic of a big culinary culture in the city. This is to appeal to hungry locals but mostly visitors who find the abundance of Mexican food to be really, really special. Why not indulge them by making your best South of the border treats?
That’s what happened last night: Mexican was requested as the cuisine of choice for a dinner party and we had to rise to the occasion. Somehow, that is easier said than done for me and I’m not particularly good at making anything in that world outside of a (secret) family recipe for guacamole. So what happened? I took the arrow pointing at Mexico and pushed it upward, into trendier and slightly more comfortable territory: Tex-Mex. Inspired by Downtown’s Bar Amá and Chef Josef Centeno’s Super Bowl recipes for Bon Appétit, we made a Tex-Mex feast that was surprisingly easy to do and totally delicious. We had to share (despite our forgetting to take any photos of the process).
LA is to tacos what New York is to pizza, Chicago is to hot dogs, and Santa Fe is to green chili. Each city can’t claim to inventing the dish but they have certainly made it their own. Everyone has their favorite and, to some extent, that’s ok. You’re allowed to like what you like, even if there are “better” ones out there.
But who has a stamp on breakfast?
In the 1920s, a plum job in newspapers was to open a foreign bureau. It was considered a role for the brave and the bold. You’d land in a new place, set your typewriter on a make-shift desk, haggle with the phone service, find the nearest coffee house (or hostelry called “The American Bar” by hopeful locals) and start building a underground network of contacts, filing your stories over the wires back home.
A year ago, Doree Shafrir moved almost three thousand miles West to do the modern version of just that. As Executive Editor at Buzzfeed, she left Brooklyn and unpacked her laptop in Los Angeles to start the West coast operation, building contacts, hiring staff. One might argue that L.A is not exactly a foreign bureau for a New York Internet media company. But we know different, right?
Dianna Xu is an illustrator from Los Angeles whose work could be described as “cute.” There are a lot of animals and pastels present, items that make it easy to say that her point of view is adorable. And it is! But it’s a lot more than that: there’s an ambition there and, more interestingly, personal themes that recur in her work. What are those themes? Food and animals, two things we probably can all agree are great—especially when done in Xu’s style.