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 […]
Rich flavors and superb ingredients catapult a new Hermosa Beach restaurant, featuring both stratospheric quality and prices, to regional acclaim by Richard Foss The chef’s art has an interesting bell curve. At one end is simple diner food, uncomplicated home cooking served somewhere other than home. As prices and expectations rise, the […]
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, […]
Photos by Ed Solt A Dewey Weber “Performer Model,” a Greg Noll “Da Cat Model,” a Rick “UFO,” a Bing “David Nuuhiwa Model,” and a Hap Jacobs Balsa as well as other local surf memorabilia adorn the ceilings and the walls of the Riviera Mexican Grill in the Riviera Village of Redondo Beach. While many restaurants […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Some spicy talk with Homeira Goldstein Composer Richard Wagner broadened the way we experience opera, and now Homeira Goldstein is expanding our definition of art. Towards this end she has created an impressive website, but it’s not for self-aggrandizement, nor is it simply for the promotion of studio or gallery art, but rather […]
From a light breeze in China to a store in Torrance, the history of tea in a cup.
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 […]
All photos by Mark Kawakami In the thick of the bar scene on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza, it’s easy to get distracted by the beats of electronic fuzz and chirps, high heels, and designer drab. Even with the beach and the Strand a mere 100 feet away, a pseudo-club scene emerges late nights. On the […]
The legendary North Hermosa Beach tavern is beloved for its bartenders, throwback vibe, and food, not necessarily in that order.