Once a term gets embedded in language, it’s pretty hard to dynamite it out. A case in point – we still speak of dialing a phone call, even though the last rotary phones were manufactured in 1985. Children who are shown a phone with an actual dial have no idea what to do with it […]
When my neighbors down the block talk about Italian food, I listen very closely. While neither are professional chefs, he comes from a Philadelphia neighborhood where authenticity is a big deal, and she has traveled very widely and has excellent taste. They enjoy cuisine both rarefied and rustic, and when I want to put an […]
Doma Kitchen has reopened and the transformation of the space at the north end of the Manhattan Village Mall is startling. The former chain taco joint is now a pretty, sophisticated restaurant with original art on the walls and a pleasant outside patio. The food is every bit as good as in their previous […]
Kyle Ransford wanted to cook gourmet meals, but didn’t have time to shop for them. So he started a web site that will deliver all the ingredients needed for a gourmet meal.
Bettolino Kitchen: Modern times from old Italian family Italians have an whole vocabulary for places where you can buy a meal, depending of the level of formality, culinary specialty, and style of decor. They know the difference between a ristorante, trattoria, cucina, osteria, enoteca, bari, and locanda, plus a variety of regional terms with more subtle […]
Twenty or thirty years ago, if you asked most Americans to name items from Mexican cuisine they would be stuck after they mentioned tacos and burritos. The more culturally sensitive at least suspected that that the country might have regional variations, but some probably believed that Mexicans ate nothing but tacos and burritos, perhaps with […]
The legendary North Hermosa Beach tavern is beloved for its bartenders, throwback vibe, and food, not necessarily in that order.
Lou’s on the Hill innovative blending of Italian and Californian cuisines promises to make it the area’s newest destination restaurant When you’re considering a restaurant for a special occasion, the character is at least as much a factor as what they serve. We all can think of a place we don’t visit because the food […]
It’s Alive! The Boardwalk Is Alive! Three places have opened within a week of each other on the Redondo Boardwalk, adding life and color to the area. The Slip’s menu fits the Blue Zone standards for fresh and healthy food and the redecorated interior is quite pretty. It looks like they’re going upscale with their […]
In the age of the megastore, a few small, specialized businesses still thrive in Old Town Torrance by William Foss There was a time when most stores specialized in delivering just one product or service, before the advent of ‘department’ stores that do almost everything. It might seem that specialty retailers are becoming obsolete in […]
RESTAURANT REVIEW – Orlando’s Pizzeria and Birreria: where Italy and Canada meet, with delicious results
Ask most Americans about Canadian food and they’ll mumble something about maple syrup. Savvy diners might mention poutine, the Quebec specialty of French fries topped with gravy and cheese, but it’s not too likely that they’ll come up with anything else. In fact Montréal is one of this hemisphere’s great dining cities, with items […]
Think of the menu at a typical gala dinner and certain culinary clichés pop up – the plate of shrimp as an appetizer, followed by the entrée that earned speaking tours the nickname “the rubber chicken circuit.” There are vegetables on the plate because the lump of protein looks lonely all by itself. That won’t […]
The big news this week comes from El Segundo, where several restaurant projects were announced. The most interesting is Sausal, which history enthusiasts will recognize as this area’s name during the Spanish rancho era. Chef Anne Conness, formerly of Tin Roof Bistro, will serve a menu derived from Early California recipes. The flavors of the […]
Part aviation museum, part flight deck for LAX, the iconic local restaurant offers a dining experience unlike any other the LA area by Richard Foss If you’ve driven past the LA Airport on Aviation you’ve seen the Proud Bird’s eye-catching collection of real and replica aircraft. The project was the dream on an aviation-obsessed restaurateur […]
Before a book called A Year In Provence came out in 1989, most Americans had never heard of this sun-drenched region of Southern France. That book launched a thousand vacations among people who had never thought about visiting the French Mediterranean, but suddenly had to go there. It also started a craze for Provençal food […]