Richard Foss

A La Carte: Dining News For 19 January 2017

One Problem Solved, Bigger One Created… People who go to restaurant websites usually want to know one of three things: where it is, when it’s open, and what they serve. Though the first item is usually easy to find, on many websites the other two are often either well-hidden or entirely absent. I find this […]

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Great ambitions take flight at The Great Room

Great ambitions take flight at The Great Room

The Great Room, and when you first enter you might not think of it as a child-oriented business at all.

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North Italia defies expectations

Italian restaurant at the Point development serves remarkably good handmade pastas

Whenever I experience a new restaurant, I ask myself some obvious questions: do they show basic competence at food and service, create a pleasant environment, and deliver value for money. Since I also appreciate a bit of culinary daring, I also hope they’ll bring something new to the table, literally as well as metaphorically. My […]

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The ten best new restaurants

The ten best new restaurants

by Richard Foss Whatever your opinion of other aspects of the year that has just passed, it was a good one in the local dining scene. Some of our homegrown restaurant operations have been getting critical recognition from a wide area, as well as expanding both in and out of our region. Many that didn’t […]

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A La Carte: Dining News for 05 January 2017

Openings in Hermosa, new French restaurant in MB, whiskey and wine dinners, and more

by Richard Foss Long Awaited Openings… Over two years since the previous tenant departed, the Laurel Tavern has opened just north of the corner of Hermosa Avenue and Pier. The décor is classic, the cocktail selection abundant, the food menu a brief list of sandwiches and sides. They seem to anticipate confusion about their ordering […]

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Europe meets Africa in Brazil

Stroganoff “on a tropical vacation” is among the authentic treasures of Brazuca

The most distinctive regional cuisines in the United States came about when African and European ingredients got into the hands of cooks who straddled those same cultures. The gumbos of Louisiana and soul food of Georgia are probably most famous, but there are hearty, spicy dishes from Maryland through the Carolinas to Texas that show […]

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Square meal, good deal, in a Torrance hotel

The Marriott’s 21 Square restaurant is deliciously fun

Restaurants inside corporate hotels have a tough time drawing a local clientele for a variety of reasons. Since the primary business at the premises is selling overnight stays, their restaurants are perceived as an afterthought, something for the convenience of out-of-towners who either lack transportation or are too timid to venture into the wider world. […]

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Beach 2016: The Year In Dining

Creative Cuisine Continues To Thrive

It seems strange to say it, but 2016 was a comparatively quiet year in much of the South Bay dining scene. This isn’t because few places opened, because over fifty did, but because after several years in which outrageous and eccentric concepts were brought to the market, this year was relatively sane. Perhaps the high […]

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Here’s to the holidays: the South Bay’s best mixologists share uniquely festive drink recipes

Here’s to the holidays: the South Bay’s best mixologists share uniquely festive drink recipes

Drinks that go well with mistletoe

  by Richard Foss There are traditional drinks of Christmas around the world; Germans enjoy Glühwein, hot red wine with lemon and spices, Argentines a mix of sparkling wine, pineapple juice, and lemon that is famous for exacting revenge the next day. The English favor hot spiced wine or ale drinks called wassails, or the […]

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Far flung feasts: Ethnic markets provide novel holiday flavors from around the world

Far flung feasts: Ethnic markets provide novel holiday flavors from around the world

Ethnic markets provide novel holiday flavors from around the world

by Richard Foss Think of the smells of Christmas for just a moment – got it? You probably thought of baking spices, the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves that accent everything from fruitcakes to holiday candles. Those seasonal flavorings go back to nineteenth century London, to Queen Victoria and her German-born husband Albert who took […]

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Kurisaki Sushi, Redondo Beach: An elite sushi restaurant attracts a fanatical local following

Kurisaki Sushi, Redondo Beach: An elite sushi restaurant attracts a fanatical local following

An elite yet modest sushi restaurant attracts a fanatical local following

by Richard Foss My wife has gone to the same coffee shop every Saturday morning for so long that the staff knows her order by heart. They ask “The usual?” when she gets to the counter, but the speed at which it is delivered suggests that they started making it while she was still in […]

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The way of Kurisaki

The way of Kurisaki

A sushi master alights in Redondo Beach

by Richard Foss When I showed up to interview sushi master Kurisaki, he was in his kitchen arranging a tray of glistening white blobs. When I asked what it was, he explained that it was shirako, codfish sperm. I must have looked confused, because he said helpfully, “Like eggs, but from the males.” He gave […]

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A Family Of Games

Moms want games that are played by families and have a lot of eye contact. They want people sitting around the table…”Game Artist Kathleen Keifer"

In what appears to be a familiar holiday tradition, a Manhattan Beach family of three sits around a board game in their comfortable apartment, decorated with paintings of California landscapes. In this particular case, however, quite a bit more is going on. Jim and Kathleen Keifer and their daughter Lucy designed the game they are […]

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South Bay Dining News: Laurel Tavern opens in Hermosa Beach, 21 Square Bar + Kitchen, Café Roma, and The Schooner in Torrance, “A Feast of Seven Fishes” and more….

Schooner opens, new restaurants on the way, gourmet doughnuts coming to Metlox Plaza, Boxing Day, Italian feast, and more...

             Old Name, New Place, Now Open… There isn’t a nautical theme to be seen at The Schooner, the restaurant that opened at the corner of Inglewood and 190th. The place has a split personality, a sports bar connected to a quieter dining room. They opened last weekend and are […]

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The Chocolate Life: Jeffray Gardner and Marsatta Chocolates finally find a home

The Chocolate Life: Jeffray Gardner and Marsatta Chocolates finally find a home

Jeffray Gardner and Marsatta Chocolates finally find a home

by Richard Foss You probably wouldn’t think of running a small gourmet chocolate company as a subject for high drama, but the experience of Jeffray Gardner of Marsatta Chocolates suggests otherwise. In the past three years he has gone through some extraordinary experiences while moving his business from Redondo Beach to Torrance. The business was […]

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