Cathy Chaplin was born in La Mesa, California, educated in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and cultured in Saigon, Vietnam. Now based in Los Angeles, she documents all things delicious on and is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Los Angeles. Her writing and photography have appeared in numerous publications including Los Angeles Times, Saveur magazine, National Geographic, and Condé Nast Traveller.

Sqirl’s Sticky Toffee Whole-Wheat Date Cake

Well, that was fun sharing a bit...more

The Suburban Years: Move-in Ready

Before moving in to our...more

Suburban Years: Lessons Learned in Home Buying

You should have seen us with our Zillow apps. Every night after June went to bed, we’d get on our phones and...more

Welcome to the Suburban Years

For the past two weeks, I’ve been struggling with which restaurant to write up next on Gastronomy. I have a substantial queue of eateries to select from, but I can’t seem to focus on anything other than matters of the home. You see, we closed on our first house in late August, and since then, […] ...more

Chim! Thai Street Food – Pasadena

The Astronomer, June, and I...more

Banff Sweets: Beavertails, Nanaimo Bars & more!

Earlier this summer, June and I tagged along with The Astronomer to Banff for a physics conference. While most of our travels in the era before baby were more or less focused on stuffing our faces, we prioritized fresh air and breathtaking scenery on this trip—#welliguessthisisgrowingup. Even though foodie pursuits took a backseat, we still […] ...more

Jonathan Gold’s Scouting Report #6: Eastern Spice

What’s better than eating...more

Yang Chow Restaurant – Pasadena

When the family’s...more

Here’s Looking at You – Los Angeles (Koreatown)

A few days before Here’s Looking at You officially opened to the public, my friend Thien and I attended a sneak peek for friends and family. Lien Ta, the restaurant’s co-owner and front-of-the-house maven, is our friend and family, and seeing her longtime dream of opening a restaurant come true this evening was, dare I […] ...more

{swoon} Southern Biscuits from Good Gravy Bakes

I was beyond thrilled to stumble upon Good Gravy Bakes...more