Saturday 12 April, 2014

Simon Says Fight MSA Benefit With Bill Murray PHOTOS

I was happy to be able to write about the Kerry Simon MSA benefit a few weeks back for Inside F&, not only as a fundraiser for a chef in distress, but also as an impressive food event. Wish that I had even more food photos… but here are all my shots from the evening [...]

Wednesday 05 February, 2014

The Filet Mignon of Beef Jerky–Literally

Recently my daughter referred to me as “The Snack Monster.” I’m not sure what that’s about–I suppose I’m no stranger to nibbling in between meal times, but when I do, I try to make it reasonably healthy. That said, I admit I indulge in jerky often enough (usually beef, turkey on occasion, but have avoided [...]

Monday 03 February, 2014

Las Vegas City Life: reviews and more

Now that my run at Las Vegas City Life has come to an end, with the paper’s unfortunate demise, I thought it would be a good idea to collect my favorite pieces here-at least while they are still live online. Enjoy! Container Park Culinary Crawl Eating Your Words: Resolution Dining Review: Tony Gemigiani’s Pizza Rock [...]

Friday 31 January, 2014

Chefs To The Max: PHOTOS and DETAILS of a historic Vegas Chef Collaboration

On January 19th, an historic dinner was held in Las Vegas at Rx Boiler Room, raising approximately $275,000 for hospitalized food critic Max Jacobson. The$1000/plate  event was historic not only for the gesture but for the impressive array of talent gathered to prepare the meal for 100 guests. While others reported on the night as [...]

Sunday 26 January, 2014

The Hat’s Pastrami Burger: Does Guy Fieri Know About This?

Did I miss the episode where Guy Fieri or Adam Richman visited The Hat? I must have–it’s not possible that both of those greasy spoon-loving Food Network shows have overlooked this SoCal legend, going on 63 years of heart-attacking a proud populus (ok, don’t hate. You’re not going to get heart disease unless you eat [...]

Saturday 11 January, 2014

What to Order: Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas

Refined Chinese dining has for a long time been something of an open secret in Las Vegas: nearly every major resort has an elegant, somewhat secluded Chinese restaurant, catering to the Asian gambling clientele, some more attuned to Western tastes than others. Wing Lei at the Wynn Resort has been one of the more noticed [...]

Sunday 08 December, 2013

What to Order: Badmaash Indian Gastropub

It’s taken a while, but I finally had a chance to sit down and sample a lot of the menu at Badmaash, a self-declared “Indian Gastropub” in Downtown LA near City Hall and the LA Times bldg.¬† I put gastropub in quotes because the vibe isn’t really pubby–more a converted post-mod loft space, more cafe-casual [...]

Friday 06 December, 2013

Made to Order: Factory Kitchen

I haven’t had as pleasurable a meal in recent memory as I’ve had at Factory Kitchen, a new unassuming Italian ristorante on a very nondescript side street off Alameda Ave., more or less in the Arts district. It wasn’t just the quality of the food that made it so (though it was almost uniformly excellent) [...]