Jean-Marie Auboine and partner Melissa Coppel (left) at the tempering machine
Tuesday 27 March, 2012

The Candy Man Can: A New Las Vegas Institution

For the Las Vegas Weekly, I had the pleasure of meeting with world-renowned chocolatier Jean-Marie Auboine and touring his new factory and training kitchen. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ORIGINAL STORY The aroma hits you as soon as you open the door. On a bright winter morning in a nondescript corporate park on West Harmon [...]

Monday 26 March, 2012

Kogi Truck: What The Fuss?

ORIGINALLY POSTED 9/18/2009 I admit I have been overdue to check out Koji BBQ, the gourmet mexikorean fusion “taco truck” that has sparked a mini-trend in LA (Portland, OR apparently already has a very strong gourmet truck food scene, so don’t feel too special, El Lay). To be honest, Korean isn’t one of my favorite [...]

Sunday 25 March, 2012

Brick + Mortar: A Strong Foundation

  Main Street, Santa Monica is not hurting for places to eat and drink. From the bustling celeb-spotting Urth Café southward to the sushi firehouse (which might be over the Venice border), there are almost more restaurants and bars than anything else. However, they do tend to separate into two camps: old school casual or [...]

Thursday 22 March, 2012

Don’t ‘Passover’ Jonathan Waxman’s Matzoh Meal

The rite of Passover—Pesach—is a fascinating conundrum in the calendar of Jewish holidays, a celebration centered around edibles, in which people tend to dread the eating. Somehow the replacement of basically one ingredient-chometz, or leavened/improper flour–inspires all manner of marginally edible recipes to be endured. But under the creative hands of many prominent Jewish chefs [...]

SML Fluke Crudo at Fig & Olive
Wednesday 21 March, 2012

Fig & Olive is NOT located at Fig and Olive ;)

A bit of confusion is to be expected when it comes to Fig & Olive. To begin with, in New York (where the restaurant originated), no one would mistake the name for referring to anything but two of the Mediterranean’s most essential fruits. But in Los Angeles, Fig & Olive is an intersection (Figueroa, to [...]

Monday 19 March, 2012

James Beard Foundation: A Historic Las Vegas Dinner

The events today surrounding the James Beard Foundation final nominees announcements in Las Vegas reminded me of the last time the JBF was in Las Vegas: It was a truly historic weekend of events, highlighted with a meal assembled by some 18 star chefs, and I was fortunate enough to be able to cover it [...]

Truck Norris Food Truck
Sunday 18 March, 2012

Truck Norris doesn’t feed you, you feed it.

Caught a recent truck-up in the SF Valley with a few new LA Food Trucks I hadn’t seen yet: Truck Norris is obviously more inspired by a good pun than any particular cuisine. Surprisingly, all the dishes aren’t as macho as one might expect. Though you can get a FULL ONE POUND “TNT” Burger for [...]

Cut Beverly Hills tempura squash blossoms
Thursday 15 March, 2012

Just a slice of CUT

Though I’ve been fortunate enough to dine at the Las Vegas CUT, not to mention many other Wolfgang Puck destinations, for some reason I have yet to experience one of his biggest recent successes, CUT Beverly Hills, in the impressively revamped Beverly Wilshire hotel. But for the restaurant’s fifth anniversary, Sommelier Dana Farmer (who’s been [...]