Silver Lake’s Pine & Crane stirs the pot; Clare V. hosts sample sale in Atwater; savor Boyle Heights birria mini-tacos

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Silver Lake’s Pine & Crane owner Vivian Ku was recently featured in the L.A. Times as a mover and shaker in the Asian food scene. The article reported that the young chef  is continuously experimenting with dishes at her Taiwanese restaurant. One example: “trotters” or pigs feet, a common Chinese dish that was too gelatinous for Pine & Crane’s diners. “Sometime we will introduce a new dish that is more traditional and less likely to be liked,” Ku said in the L.A. Times article. “We are constantly trying to push those limits.”

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Echo Park resident and breakout purse designer Clare Vivier is hosting a sample sale at her Atwater Village design studio this Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., LA Racked reports.
  • Tacos carts are a dime dozen in Los Angeles. But one has captured the attention from Los Angeles Magazine: Boyle Heights’ Tacos El Morro and its tacos dorados de birria. Served up Guadalajara style, the corn tortillas are soaked in consommé, a spicy stock made up of chile ancho and chile guajillo. Then the tortilla is filled with goat birria and the mini-taco is fried until crispy. Tacos El Morro operates on Saturdays and Sundays on the corner of Whittier Boulevard and Albertine Street.
  • Burgerlords head over to Eagle Rock’s the Oinkster for its fifth annual Burger Week, held from Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7. Each day, chef-owner Andre Guerrero features a new burger that is only available for that day. Standout ingredients include bourbon-bacon jam and pork rind dust (The Klogger), black garlic cream cheese (Bet it all on Black Garlic) and green curry mayo (The Big Kahuna). To top it off, the folks at the Oinkster and Highland Park Brewery teamed their talents to create a Burger Week beer they dubbed Red Tick ale.

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