Thursday 14 March, 2013

Brought To You By The Letter ‘Y’

Surely anyone with a good-food radar knows about Bouchon Beverly Hills, the only Southern California outpost of venerated Napa chef Thomas Keller. But it seems like a lot don’t know his French bistro in the Montage Beverly Hills also features one of his Bouchon Bakery walk-ups, full of classic and creative delicacies. At least judging [...]

Guanciale, green olive, Fresno chile, bufala pizza
Sunday 10 March, 2013

Gjelina: Go Early, And Often

It isn’t any news that Gjelina is a must-do on the Westside of LA, and a cornerstone of the Abbot-Kinney food scene. If you love food and you want to experience the best of LA, this is on your list, period. But it struck me that for all the respect Gjelina enjoys, most of the [...]

Wednesday 06 March, 2013

Y Ask Y: Lyfe Kitchen Culver City Reviewed

Talk about making a splash: For their flagship location, LYFE Kitchen has opened in a huge space right at the intersection of Washington and Culver Boulevards in Culver City. That’s practically the Times Square of the progressive Southern California food scene—Akasha and Ford’s Filling Station are across the way, and of course there’s a Chipotle [...]

Monday 04 March, 2013

Too Big To Fail: Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill

“Shitshow” is a strong word, implying an almost total fail of the basics of running a decent food & beverage operation, and it’s one that should be used carefully. Too many junior foodies who haven’t dined with any chef older than David Chang like to throw it around with glee like a caged monkey on [...]

Thursday 28 February, 2013

Wading In The Shallows at Muddy Leek

What does it mean when a new-ish Culver City restaurant’s specials are more rewarding than it’s menu offerings and signature dishes? It could mean a few things–indecisive direction, political struggles between owner and chef, or just random luck. Nevertheless, that’s what I came up with during a recent lunchtime visit to Muddy Leek, the sleek [...]

Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Happiness Is A Warm Bao: Fat Choy, Las Vegas

Sheridan Su is kind of a cross between Jet Tila and Sam DeMarco–with a bit of Ludo Lefebvre thrown in (Pull out your Vegas chef trading cards if you have no idea what I’m talking about, lol). On one hand, he’s clearly driven by ingredients and demystifying the traditions of his Asian heritage. On the [...]

Tuesday 26 February, 2013

Snack Dat: ISO Healthy Habits

Plain ol’ potato chips really aren’t that bad for you (especially if you can get them fairly freshly made with minimum of preservatives and moderate salt). In fact, within the spectrum of a balanced diet, they have a reasonable protein/carb/fat ratio, some C and other vitamins, as well as iron, and even a bit of [...]

Monday 25 February, 2013

Pei Wei opens on Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

Just stuck my head into this new outpost of Pei Wei on North Beverly Drive, almost at the epicenter of haughty downtown Beverly Hills. While a new outlet of this Panda Express-competitor normally wouldn’t inspire notice, with this marquee-level spot (certainly this is *not* a cheap piece of real estate), the PF Chang’s company seems [...]