The Donut Hole
Friday 05 June, 2015

Celebrate National Donut Day by Driving Through The Donut Hole

Okay, this is just a totally overdue post (aren’t they all…almost) I am rather shamelessly throwing up at the last minute to ride the glorious sugar and yeast infested coattails of #NationalDonutDay. #hashtaghashbrowns Still, I love the fact that The Donut Hole still thrives in all its glory in the middle of La Puente–rather rakishly [...]

Friday 15 May, 2015

Where To Celebrate National Burger Month on the Las Vegas Strip

It’s well established that the Las Vegas Strip has become ground zero for burgermania, from Celebrity Chef spots like Mario Batali’s B&B Burgers & Beer to quality chains like Shake Shack and Fatburger, and a whole lot inbetween. But I have to give the Hard Rock Cafe points for creativity: They leveraged their worldwide chain [...]

Saturday 18 April, 2015

Steve Martarano Is Not A Chef

Ask him. He will tell you himself. Of course, what he means is something a little different than you might think. “I never had that opportunity, to go to cooking school and all that,” he told me, standing in the kitchen of his newest Martarano’s restaurant, in the Paris Las Vegas hotel & casino. “But [...]

Grand Central Market LA
Tuesday 30 December, 2014

The 10 best restaurants I ate at in L.A. in 2014

Tis the season for listing (oh who am I kidding, these days it’s always the season), and I am not immune. Before the door shut on 2014, I wanted to give some quick shout outs to some of the places where I ate in L.A. this year that for one lame reason or another I [...]

cassell's hamburgers
Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Cassell’s Hamburgers: Accept Some Imitation

I think even most fervent burger freaks will admit we are long into the late afternoon of the fancy burger heyday. Nevertheless, the re-opening of Cassell’s, long considered to be the “original” gourmet burger joint in LA (since 1948), created enough curiosity to make me want to check it out. Now located on 6th and [...]

Friday 07 November, 2014

Is Glazier’s Food Marketplace the Best Supermarket In Vegas? PLUS Free Groceries Contest!

I’ve never posted a generally positive blog before thinking that it would probably get me banned from the business I was writing about, but there’s always a first… Let me explain: Since moving to Las Vegas, I was increasingly curious about Glazier’s, a market in the Southwest that had won a local Best of Las [...]

Patina Omaha Shortrib ANA
Thursday 06 November, 2014

Dine at Patina on your way to Japan on ANA Airways

Chef Joachim Splichal and All Nippon Airways Senior Vice President Yuji Hirako hosted a luncheon this week to announce and preview an impressive new service for ANA Business Class customers heading to Japan from Los Angeles. Starting this December 1, ANA will be serving a seasonal menu for all meals designed by Splichal and his [...]

Esquire best new restaurants 1990
Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Thinking Back On Esquire’s Best New Restaurants… Waaay Back!

Culture has such an interesting influence on perception. In France, the Michelin Guide, which uses a team of anonymous reviewers (even the number is confidential, but it is believed to be at least a dozen), is criticized for giving too much power in the hands of too few. In the US, however, our cult of [...]