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dineLA’s Restaurant Week: Mojo’s Top Picks

Jan. 19 through Feb. 1 marks dineLA’s Restaurant Week, where foodies living in and visiting Los Angeles have the chance to sample from specialized, price-fixed menus while taking advantage of some great deals. Whether your looking to try a trendy, upscale restaurant for dinner or maybe just a casual spot for lunch, Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity with multiple course meals based off the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The following restaurants are our top picks, located in-and-around the Westwood area.

For Lunch… 

Farsi Cafe

Located on Westwood Boulevard, Farsi Cafe serves, as its name suggests, authentic Persian cuisine. At less than two miles away from campus, the walk there is definitely doable. For just $20 per person you will get an appetizer, entrée and dessert. I highly recommend the ground beef kabob which is served atop a bed of white rice. The food here is delicious; however, it could potentially put you into a major food coma.

Emporium Thai Cuisine

Also located on Westwood Blvd. at a walking distance from campus, Emporium Thai is another fantastic pick for lunch. For $15 per person you can get a two-course meal, and if you check in on Yelp while at the restaurant, you receive a complimentary Thai Iced Tea and $5 coupon for Aqua Thai Spa. While I haven’t sampled any of their Restaurant Week dishes, I have tried Emporium’s award-winning Pad Thai and loved it. If you’re looking for amazing Thai food and a cozy, classy atmosphere, then definitely visit this restaurant.

TLT Food – Westwood

A product of a successful food truck, TLT (The Lime Truck) Food serves American street-style cuisine. Since it is conveniently located within Westwood Village near the intersection of Westwood and Kinross, you can easily stop by here for your lunch break if you have an hour or two between classes. For $15 you can get your choice of two tacos or an entrée, along with a side, drink and dessert. If you want to experience a restaurant favorite, its steak fries are highly recommended, as evidenced here by countless reviews.

 

For Dinner… 

Fundamental LA

If you’re looking for a trendy new restaurant to try with friends for dinner look no further than Fundamental LA. For $40 per person, you can have a five-course meal, including dessert. While this restaurant may seem a bit pricey for the average college student, keep in mind that each dish is made with organic and fresh ingredients. Its location on Westwood Boulevard makes it a short walk and an even shorter Uber ride, from campus.

 

Blue Plate Taco

This last pick combines an oceanfront view with authentic Mexican cuisine. Located in Santa Monica, Blue Plate Taco offers a three-course dinner for $30. In terms of transportation, you’re best bet will most likely be taking an Uber, a Lyft or if you want to save some cash, the Metro. One possible route is to take the 20 line from the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood and get off at Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica, which would end up costing less than $2. For beautiful views, delicious food and a casual atmosphere, try Blue Plate Taco.

 

Restaurant Week is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the diverse types of cuisine available here in Los Angeles. It ends on Feb. 1, so take advantage of it this week while it lasts!

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Food and DiningMojo Asks Students

Mojo Asks Students: How do you like the generic brand Sriracha sauce in the dining halls?

Stephanie Orpilla / Daily Bruin

UCLA dining halls are officially part of the Sriracha apocalypse. Easily recognizable by its green cap and rooster logo, Huy Fong Foods’ Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce must now be held for 30 days before being shipped to consumers. Because of this new regulation by the California Department of Public Health, the continuous shipping of Sriracha has been halted, causing a Sriracha shortage. This week our dining halls finished off the last of their supply of Huy Fong Foods’ Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce and made the switch to Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Sauce. Victoria Sandoval, a manager at Feast, feels optimistic about the switch and commented, “I think it tastes better than the old brand. A little more authentic!” Sandoval does not know if or when the UCLA dining halls will get Huy Fong Foods’ Sriracha hot sauce back. (more…)

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Fashion

Where to Get Student Discounts

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Admit it – you just spent your last five-dollar bill on a half-caff soy mocha latte at Kerckhoff Coffee House. We’ve all been there.

As college students, our budgets are limited. Thankfully, many retailers and services are aware of this and offer student discounts as a result. We’ve compiled the best ones below, so take note and don’t forget your BruinCard! (more…)

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