Wednesday 15 August, 2012

LAFW: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza

Of all the events I attended during this year’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, this was my favorite. The outdoor evening tasting (and Third Eye Blind concert) had just the right balance of chefs, activities and crowd. Shoot, even the port-a-potty trailers were the nicest I’d ever seen. Rather than belabor that point with [...]

Andrew Zimmern Jenn-Air
Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Andrew Zimmern Cooks, like, Normal Food!

An opportunity to see Andrew Zimmern cook at the LA Food&Wine fest this year no doubt brought out all kinds of speculation. What would the host of TV’s “Bizarre Foods” bring to cook? How would he cook it? Would we be getting  snake poison-marinated yak tendon? Or coal-roasted arachnid on a sugarcane stick? The imagination [...]

Tuesday 14 August, 2012

LAFW Saturday Grand Tasting

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival did something interesting with the obligatory “Grand Tasting” this year: it split the event in half. So while all 200 wineries (!!) were pouring on both Saturday and Sunday, each day had 30 distinct chef/restaurateurs sampling food. That had good and bad aspects to it: On the good [...]

Monday 13 August, 2012

What Makes A Perfect Brunch?

The Southern Brunch, Perfected with Chefs Dean Fearing and Michelle Bernstein at JW Marriott Some chef pairings seem as natural as nuts and chocolate. Others are so random, they have the potential for either sparks or combustion. Putting Dean Fearing together with Michelle Bernstein was definitely in the latter category. Cowboy-boot wearin’ Mansion on Turtle [...]

Monday 13 August, 2012

Champagne & Caviar: What Is Not To <3?

Los Angeles Food& Wine Festival: I Heart Champagne & Caviar at The Montage Beverly Hills If you are going to do a big star-studded food festival in this era littered with big star-studded food festivals, booking Giada DeLaurentiis and Guy Fieri is a good idea. But an even better idea, since they can’t carry the [...]

Saturday 11 August, 2012

Historical Hamburgers: Downey’s McDonald’s, Big Boy

Not that I feel the need to promote the world’s biggest “restaurant” chain, but it’s always interesting to see the origins of such a huge empire. So on a recent trip to Downey, CA (south of LA), I revisited the oldest existing original McDonald’s–the building design which gave it the nickname “The Golden Arches.” It [...]

Saturday 11 August, 2012

Doggin’ Around

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2010 While street foods of other countries seem to be treated with an outsized reverence these days, it struck me recently that the rather strong regional traditions of street food in the US seem to get mostly a sort of semi-sarcastic kitsch appreciation. I’m not about to get on a bandwagon about [...]

Saturday 11 August, 2012

Clean Plate Club: Scarpetta New York

ORIGNALLY POSTED OCTOBER 2010 As most West Coast foodies are aware, Conant’s empire is expanding significantly by the end of the year with two more of his Scarpetta restaurants—one at the Montage Beverly Hills, and another at the new Cosmopolitan Resort on the Las Vegas Strip (the Cosmo address will also have a casual Italian [...]