Richard Foss

The Pastor’s in the Kitchen

As my friends can attest, I find it hard to pass any new restaurant without stopping in to see what it is. It’s both a function of my job as a reviewer and my character – I’m naturally curious about what is going on in my neighborhood. I didn’t have particularly high expectations when a […]

 Richard Foss

Robinson Helicopters Flying Higher

What is Torrance know for worldwide? Not the beach – we have one, but even many locals don’t seem to know that it is there. Is it the malls? That’s a local draw, but not anything that people in other countries are likely to be aware of. Here’s the surprising truth – Torrance is known […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte 08/27/15

An Institution Goes Dark… It’s a sad time for soul food lovers across the South Bay, as Flossie’s has closed after 25 years in business. This may be hard to tell for the casual passerby, as the dark windows always made the place look closed, but according to the sign on the door they have […]

 Richard Foss

Dining news: Japanese food fest in Torrance, L’Amande Bakery closes, a Basq breakfast and a hatch chile dinner in Redondo Beach, fish happy hour in Hermosa….

Dining news: Japanese food fest in Torrance, L’Amande Bakery closes, a Basq breakfast and a hatch chile dinner in Redondo Beach, fish happy hour in Hermosa….

Japanese Regional Culture in Your Neighborhood… If you know only one place in the Tohoku region of Japan, it’s probably Fukushima – and the people who call that area home would like to change that. Though the region is noted for its harsh weather and rugged terrain it has a rich culture and distinctive cuisine, […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte

A La Carte

Moving and Improving… Hermosa’s Café Bonaparte will be moving into the former Froyo space a few doors away from their current location so that Palmilla can expand, but you won’t have to miss the Pier Plaza’s favorite croissant sandwiches for long. The move won’t take place for months depending on the speed of the permit […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Tara Thai, a pleasant surprise

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Tara Thai, a pleasant surprise

Architects like creative spaces, odd curves and alcoves that give a building character, while tenants generally prefer symmetrical squares and rectangles. The regular spaces make it easy to find furniture and to rearrange it at will, though the resulting business is more likely to look mathematical than artistic. Restaurants are like water, fitting into oddly […]

 Richard Foss

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Redondo

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Redondo

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 […]

 Richard Foss

Restaurant review – La Sosta serves rare tastes of Venice

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 […]

 Richard Foss

A la carte 07/09/15

A la carte 07/09/15

  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 […]

 Richard Foss

Cooking outside the box

Cooking outside the box

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.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – Bettolino Kitchen

RESTAURANT REVIEW – Bettolino Kitchen

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 […]

 Richard Foss

La Esperanza brings Central Central America to the fore [restaurant review]

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 […]

 Richard Foss

The simple pleasures of the North End in Hermosa Beach

The simple pleasures of the North End in Hermosa Beach

The legendary North Hermosa Beach tavern is beloved for its bartenders, throwback vibe, and food, not necessarily in that order.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW – Cal-Ital star in the making

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 […]

 Richard Foss

A La Carte for 18 June

A La Carte for 18 June

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 […]

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