Thursday 19 April, 2012

I CaMe foR The FOOD anD StayEd For The ARt

…No, really. I wanted to check out the temporary “pop-up” art event Transmission:AV Club at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo mainly for the involvement of Koji truckmaster Roy Choi (as I BLOGGED PREVIOUSLY). I mean, sure I like art, and having previously worked with Mike D, I knew he’d put together something [...]

Thursday 19 April, 2012

Could Jelly Beans Save Us?

Am I the only one who’s noticed in recent months that Jelly Belly, the California gourmet candy company that President Reagan first launched to stardom, has been dabbling in the health food arena? Crazy, right? How could jelly beans possibly be a health food? But here’s the evidence: “Superfruit” Jelly Bellys, made with “real fruit,” [...]

Thursday 19 April, 2012

You Got Tha Flavor!

A lot of hoopla has been made about rapper and reality star Flavor Flav opening a fried chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, but has anyone actually rated the chicken? Well I have. And the verdict? It’s good! Maybe not life-changing good. But honest, handmade, Southern soul food good. Don’t expect a lot of fancy business [...]

Wednesday 18 April, 2012

Wurstküche: German For ‘Kiss My Weiner’

As I write this, there are 2653 reviews of Wurstküche on Yelp (and a 4+ stars average), so I’m well aware that I’m a day late and a donut short (as my daughter likes to say) on this one. But it’s been a long time since a venue bugged the F out of me inspired [...]

Roy Choi is described as an "artist" in the official slug of this photo. So that must settle it, right? (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Is Food Art?

That seems like a silly question, but it’s one I imagine many will be asking as Chef Roy Choi, the man who revolutionized food trucks in LA (setting off a huge craze) with the original Kogi BBQ way back when, joins Beastie Boy Mike D’s Transmission LA: AV Club at the Geffen Contemporary from April 19-28th. [...]

Tuesday 17 April, 2012

No Baloney, Abalone!

As I’ve said before, it’s never a bad idea to know your food  sources. During a recent trip to Santa Barbara, I got to make a fascinating side-visit to a moderate-sized abalone and halibut farm just north of town, poetically called The Cultured Abalone. For those who may be most accustomed to seeing it on [...]

Monday 16 April, 2012

Making The Leap: Woodinville’s Barking Frog

Running the breakfast-lunch-dinner venue of a destination hotel is not exactly a marquee job for a chef: you have to make a lot of different people happy 18 hours a day. If you have any energy or budget left over for creative or adventuresome cooking after that, you’ve already beat the odds. So, despite a [...]

Sunday 15 April, 2012

About That “Secret Pizza Place” on the Vegas Strip

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a great slice of New York style Pizza. I mean really, does it get any better? Hot out of the oven, with the aromas of fresh dough, sweet herbed tomato sauce, and almost-burning melted mozzarella forming an intoxicating blend? Whoa, I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it. [...]