Richard Foss

Astro Kitchen fuses Japanese and French cuisine beautifully

A Gem in a Torrance mini-mall shows how well an unlikely culinary mash-up can work.

by Richard Foss The fusion of Japanese and French cuisines is one of the weirdest success stories in culinary history. French cuisine uses rich, heavy sauces based on cream and cheese, neither of which the Japanese historically regarded as food, and meat, which they ate sparingly. French cooking is rich in long-simmered stocks, Japanese in […]

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Classics with a bit of frill served at Salt Creek Grille

Classics with a bit of frill served at Salt Creek Grille

I have had many conversations about what effect the Farm-to-Table movement has had on the way we cook, and there seems to be agreement on one positive outcome. The focus on the quality of the ingredients has given chefs permission to cook simply. They’re still allowed to come up with brilliant or outrageous pairings, but […]

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Farm to Terranea – Chef Bernard Ibarra

Farm to Terranea “We are venturing into uncharted waters with different flavors and textures…” — Terranea Chef Bernard Ibarra by Richard Foss Most of the people who attended the Third Annual Farm-to-Terranea Celebration of Food and Wine at Terranea last month probably didn’t give much thought to the way that the event was put together. […]

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Beach Dining – HT Grill

A change of courses HT Grill unveils a new menu that challenges expectations. by Richard Foss I have been told by people who are experts in such things that the pattern of taste buds on your tongue is as individual as your fingerprints or retinal pattern. Along with the chemistry of your saliva, this affects […]

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Shade Hotel Redondo opens

Shade Hotel Redondo opens

by Richard Foss It was over a year behind schedule, but Shade Hotel in Redondo is finally fully open. All of the guest rooms are complete (and as the management was happy to note on a recent evening, fully booked), and the restaurant and bar are transitioning from preliminary menus to more challenging fare. It’s […]

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The cuisine of India you didn’t know

The cuisine of India you didn’t know

  Kochi focuses on the cuisine of Southern India by Richard Foss If you ask anyone at a business seminar what they should do if they offer a unique product, you’ll get the same answer every time: flaunt it! Give samples! Train all your salespeople to explain its virtues so customers will be climbing over […]

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South Bay dining news: ramen on the Redondo Boardwalk delayed, cheese store opening in Hermosa, Kogi comes to El Segundo, new Indian on 190th, a Peruvian sensation, Cozymel closes, Primo’s primo wine dinner, and more…

South Bay dining news: ramen on the Redondo Boardwalk delayed, cheese store opening in Hermosa, Kogi comes to El Segundo, new Indian on 190th, a Peruvian sensation, Cozymel closes, Primo’s primo wine dinner, and more…

Local dining news for the South Bay

by Richard Foss   Waiting Hopefully… Ramen N.A.O. opened on the Redondo Boardwalk on September 24 and got great reviews, but shuttered only two weeks later. They cited unexpected problems with the building and expressed hope that the closure would be brief. It hasn’t been, and after a month there is no firm reopening date. Previous […]

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The Art of the Meal

Stripe Café creates culinary masterpieces at the PV Art Center

There is a time-honored ritual for the opening of an art gallery, and every new exhibition must bring a smile to the owners of nearby wine and cheese shops. Pity the artist who is lactose intolerant and doesn’t drink, because most of the food at their own receptions will be off limits. One local art […]

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Il canto Italiani [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Il canto Italiani [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Chef Aliaga’s in-house pastas and sausages and co-owner Lou Giovanetti voice make for magical meals

Chef Aliaga’s in-house pastas and sausages and co-owner Lou Giovanetti voice make for magical meals

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Restoration in Old Town [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Restoration in Old Town [RESTAURANT REVIEW]

Former Bouchon Chef Camden Hershberger opens a lively new bistro in Torrance

by Richard Foss The word restaurant comes from a French term meaning “I restore you,” and while that presumably refers to restoring hungry people to happy fullness it can be applied more broadly. A thriving restaurant can also restore life to a neighborhood, benefitting not only the proprietors but neighboring businesses that get more foot […]

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Dining with a view (of the clothing department)

Bazille, tucked away inside Nordstroms, is a hidden gem

The South Bay has had a fair number of restaurants themed around art, including eateries named after Picasso, Matisse, Boccaccio, and other painters ancient and modern. This is usually an excuse to decorate the place for the appropriate century, hang a few impressionists or old masters, and get to the more important business of ordering […]

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South Bay Dining News: a parent friendly coffee shop in Redondo, Chicago For Ribs replaces Casa Pulido, Nikau Kai adds burrito bar, Culinary Masters at Strand House, Terranea’s Celebration of Food and Wine, and more….

South Bay Dining News: a parent friendly coffee shop in Redondo, Chicago For Ribs replaces Casa Pulido, Nikau Kai adds burrito bar, Culinary Masters at Strand House, Terranea’s Celebration of Food and Wine, and more….

New Casa Pulido Tenant Revealed, South Indian Cuisine in Hermosa, Norwegian Feast By The Bay, And More Events

by Richard Foss New Concept In North Redondo… An interesting new place will bring some fresh air to the somewhat staid Artesia corridor. The Great Room will open in the space near the Galleria that used to be Mysterious Galaxy, and it’s a first. They plan to be a parent-friendly coffeehouse where children can enjoy […]

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Town To Table – A Chef In The Garden

Town To Table – A Chef In The Garden

Chef Diana Stavaridis plants seeds and ideas at local schools for the produce she serves at her restaurant.

by Richard Foss The term Farm-to-Table is used frequently in the local restaurant community, though many who toss it around find it difficult to say exactly what it means. Manhattan House chef Diana Stavaridis’ understanding is practical rather than vague and mystical. “I interpret that as a direct channel from the grower to the chef, […]

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South Bay dining news: BBQ, Brewport and Two Guns come to El Segundo, Italian wine dinner at Hostaria Piave, Brazilian Plate House opens in Torrance, Terranea hosts wine, whiskey, and nose-to-tail pork dinner….

South Bay dining news: BBQ, Brewport and Two Guns come to El Segundo, Italian wine dinner at Hostaria Piave, Brazilian Plate House opens in Torrance, Terranea hosts wine, whiskey, and nose-to-tail pork dinner….

by Richd Fos Everybody’s Going to El Segundo… Mayberry By The Sea has been getting some good eating lately, and the rush continues. Johnny Memphis Smokehouse BBQ will soon move into the former Mandy’s on Main and Two Guns Espresso takes the former Steve’s Burgers down the street. The latter establishment is called Two Guns […]

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Mama Terano’s Boy Chef: Robert Bell

Mama Terano’s Boy Chef: Robert Bell

Brooklyn born Robert Bell traces his love of cooking to dinners at his grandma Terano’s. He named his new restaurant in her honor

by Richard Foss Most chefs have someone in their background who inspired them to get into cooking, often a kitchen veteran who saw promise in a new dishwasher and evolved from a boss to a mentor. In the case of Robert Bell, chef and co-owner of Chez Melange, the inspiration started at home in Brooklyn, […]

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