Thursday 12 April, 2012

Duck, Duck, Goose!

  It’s human nature: scarcity breeds popularity. So I had to laugh when I saw that celebrated chef Ludo Lefebvre’s next Ludobites pop-up in Los Angeles would be an April 17 “Best of Foie Gras” night (CLICK HERE TO TRY  TO GET A RESERVATION TOMORROW!). This, hot on the heels of tomorrow night’s sold-out “Farewell [...]

Monday 02 April, 2012

Taste Washington Day Two: Electric Boogaloo

You would think one afternoon in a huge exhibition hall (the CenturyLink Events Center, next to the Mariner’s stadium) would be enough to get intimate with bites from 50 restaurants and pours from 225 wineries, most of whom don’t even distribute out side the Northwest. But no, it takes two–at least. So on Sunday April [...]

Sunday 01 April, 2012

Pebble Beach: Ripples In A Big Pond

In the realm of prominent Food & Wine festivals, few have the cache of Pebble Beach—and it isn’t hard to see why. Take the muscle of American Express Publishing—Food&Wine magazine, Departures, Executive Travel ($$$) and combine it with the captive audience of one of the richest private developments in the country ($$$$) and, well, you [...]

Muckleshoot Casino smoked salmon with sasafras marshmallow
Sunday 01 April, 2012

Taste Washington: The Northwest Food Fest

I know what you’re thinking: really, people in Seattle put more in their mouths besides coffee? Yes, in fact the food scene in Puget Sound has boomed in recent years, taking advantage of a bounty of local produce that would even put Southern California to shame (from local oysters to local beer hops and much [...]

Susan Feniger inside STREET
Saturday 31 March, 2012

Susan’s Savory STREET Seder

Bubbe, we may just have to skip your tsimmes this year. A few days ago, I mentioned the festive Mexican Passover menu available at Rosa Mexicana on the Sunset Strip. Now I can share an equally exciting Seder menu available at Street by Susan Feniger, available ONLY on the Second Night of Passover, Saturday April [...]

Simon At Palms Place burger: the standard bearer against which all other Vegas burgers must be judged.
Friday 30 March, 2012

Who Has The Best Burger in Las Vegas?

ORIGINALLY POSTED OCTOBER 2011 My good friend and co-author Zeke Quezada has been the GoVegas Editor for the New York Times’ pretty much as long as anyone can remember. As such, he’s essentially the single most-read voice on Las Vegas anywhere on the interwebs (in other words, Anywhere, Period), and is remarkably humble about it. [...]

Koi's signature crispy rice with spicy tuna
Thursday 29 March, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Koi Hollywood

Best known as a celebrity and paparazzi magnet, Koi Los Angeles on LaCienega (flagship of the Koi sushi “empire”) turned ten last week-a landmark anniversary for any restaurant. To celebrate, Chef Robb Lucas invited a bunch of us foodie folk to an almost exhaustive fourteen course tasting dinner (I was pleased to share a table [...]

Driscoll's strawberry
Wednesday 28 March, 2012

Berry Interesting: A Visit To Driscoll’s

Whether you write about food or just enjoy it, knowing your sources is never a bad idea. So when the opportunity arose to visit the Cassin ranch in Watsonville, CA where Driscoll’s Berries conducts their research, I was thrilled to accept. Prior to my visit, I thought of Driscoll’s berries, particularly their raspberries and blackberries, [...]