Los Feliz renegade breadmaker shares his story; Silver Lake weighs in on Moby’s liquor license; hooked on East L.A. fish tacos


Mark Stambler

Breadmaker Mark Stambler at work | Leyna Lightman

Los Feliz resident and renegade bread baker Mark Stambler is sharing some of his tips, tricks and experiences on becoming one of the nation’s top bread bakers at the first Los Angeles Bread Festival at downtown’s Grand Central Market on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m.

Shopper and Diner buttonIn 2011, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health discovered that Stambler sold his sought-after bread from his home in Los Feliz. Although Stambler’s bread grew in popularity, officials shut down his bread-making business. For 18 months, Stambler fought for the legalization of selling homemade foods on the state level and won with the enactment of California Cottage Food Law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. Since then, Stambler unofficially became the first Californian to legally sell homegrown foods, opened Pagnol Boulanger Bread Sales, Stambler’s home-based baking business, and became one of the nation’s top ten bread bakers.

In other shopper & Diner news:

  • Little Pine, Moby’s all-day vegan restaurant that is slated to open this summer, has one more hurdle to pass – the Silver Lake community’s approval to obtain a liquor license, according to Eater L.A. A public hearing is set for Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Citibank on Glendale Boulevard for surrounding neighbors to share their thoughts about the restaurant serving on-site beer and wine, particularly because it is located close to two schools. Little Pine’s hours of operation is another hot topic, which are from 7:30 a.m. to midnight weekdays and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • The era of smoking while enjoying a tropical drink at Los Feliz’s Tiki Ti bar ended as of Saturday, May 30, says Eater L.A. The news was posted on its Facebook page seven days after the famous bar temporarily closed due to restructuring. Tiki Ti was one of the last bars in Los Angeles that allowed indoor smoking.
  • East Los Angeles’ Mi Ensenda Fish Tacos is taking the fish taco world by storm, according to Los Angeles Magazine. Juan Jose and Estela Aguilar opened the restaurant about a month ago and are currently serving the lightly-battered, Ensenada style fish tacos only on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons at the restaurant’s Whittier location.

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  1. Juan our photo

    Forget driving to east La for fish tacos. Ricky’s fish tacos are the best in LA. They are on virgil across the street from Vons

  2. Oh no! Someone will be able to have a glass of wine with dinner! Near a school! *faints*

    • Its ridiculous, people need to start thinking straight.
      In Europe there are far more alcohol serving establishments within small communities like Silverlake yet they don’t have the same amount of crime, murder and gang violence that we have.
      It’s baffling what people complain about around here.

  3. Mark Stamble has a rough road ahead of him if he is going to make a go at baking bread in an increasingly gluten intolerant city that at this point is probably majority intolerant, but if he was able to take on the Department of Public Health and win he is clearly made of tough stuff so I expect he will tackle the challenge of a gluten intolerant populace.

    • People have been eating bread for roughly 30,000 years. I don’t think that’s going to stop anytime soon.

    • There’s no such thing as gluten intolerance. Only celiac disease is supported by peer-reviewed, replicatable studies. ‘Gluten intolerance’ is what overprivileged people say they have to feel special. And because they eat too much mass-produced bread in the first place. And too much food.

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