Richard Foss

Spotlight on the hill – Wine for the millennials

Spotlight on the hill – Wine for the millennials

Peninsula’s Kristin and Stephen Jolley produce a wine aimed at the happy hour generation

 Richard Foss

Wild, But Civilized [restaurant review]

Wild, But Civilized [restaurant review]

Sometimes I’m delighted to be proved wrong. Usually that’s when I’m being pessimistic, as was the case when a restaurant in North Manhattan Beach closed and someone asked me to speculate about what would move in. “Something more expensive and aimed at an upscale crowd,” I answered. It was a safe bet based on present […]

 Richard Foss

Mexican, the way it used to be [Restaurant Review]

Mexican, the way it used to be [Restaurant Review]

The illusion at Pancho's is as potent as the margaritas.

The illusion here is as potent as the margaritas

 Richard Foss

Shake Shack debuts, Rive Gauche closes, Wine Dinner in a Magical Setting, and More Dining News

Dining news for 09 November

A cult favorite arrives… California burgerphiles celebrate In & Out’s offerings, Texans cherish their Whataburgers, and other regional chains have their passionate supporters. South Bay locals may now make comparisons with New York’s entry in the burger cult sweepstakes — Shake Shack recently opened on Rosecrans. For those who don’t know about this chain, the […]

 Richard Foss

The Great Room for families [restaurant review]

A North Redondo restaurant offers a different take on family dining.

One of the most condescending things you can say about someone’s cooking is to call it “kid food.” It’s a term is reserved for the most unformed of palates, and it has a specific meaning. Is the recipe rich, sweet, and one-dimensional? Was there an element of novelty or cuteness in its presentation? Is cheese […]

 Richard Foss

Sea Change for the better [Restaurant review]

Sea Change for the better [Restaurant review]

Chez Melange stays ahead of the curve with a new name and a new focus

 Richard Foss

Dining with specialists [Restaurant review]

Newly opened Taishi Hainan Chicken and The Empanada Shop prove the merits of specialization

Some of the most successful restaurants in the world serve only one thing. I haven’t visited Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House, which has been serving chicken and noodles in the Chinese city of Kaifeng since 1153, but I fondly remember the Regensburg Sausage Kitchen, which has been serving grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut since 1806 […]

 Richard Foss

New Mediterranean in Redondo, New Japanese restaurants and food festival, Wine Dinner, More Dining News

South Bay dining News for 26 October 2017

New And Interesting… Nuna’s Mediterranean Kitchen is open in Redondo. They’re serving more than the standard Middle Eastern food you’d expect. Nuna is from Morocco’s Jewish community and is offering some of his family specialties alongside the usual falafels, shawarma, and hummus. He is trying out specials to see which ones are popular, so the […]

 Richard Foss

Sea Change at Chez Melange [Restaurant review]

There's a sharper focus at the South Bay's iconic contemporary restaurant

There was a time when restaurants fit into categories, serving only the French, German, Mexican, Italian, American coffee shop, or whatever else was their specialty. California cuisine blew up that expectation, creating eclectic cuisine as its own category. Suddenly you had to scan the menu carefully and weigh unanticipated flavor combinations in your head. The […]

 Richard Foss

Chasing the perfect cup

There’s a reason coffee costs more than it used to. It’s better than at any other time in history, says Redondo Beach coffee brewer Jeff Melodia

If Jeff Melodia’s caddy had preferred tea, he would be in a different business right now. Melodia had finished playing golf in Hawaii and started chatting with the caddy cleaning his clubs, a friendly fellow named Lee. The conversation was sufficiently interesting that they decided to continue it over a cup of coffee, and the […]

 Richard Foss

Bretons come to the beach [Restaurant review]

As word gets out about Les P’tits Bretons, the only Breton restaurant south of San Francisco, expect to hear more French than English at the tables.

It makes sense that the most popular variant of French cuisine in California is from the Mediterranean coast of Provence. The climate there is similar to ours so the same produce is readily available, and the use of olive oil and robust seasonings fits our concept of healthy dining better than richer and more delicately […]

 Richard Foss

Intriguing Italian on Pier Avenue [restaurant review]

Parisian Vincent Deshayes’ menu is rooted in Rome

Once in awhile I get reminded that the logical explanation for something is often wrong. Consider what you might think of a restaurant named Casa Vincenzo with your sole starting point being that it is an Italian restaurant owned by a Frenchman. Since Italy and France share a border that is over 300 miles long, […]

 Richard Foss

A Simple Paradise on PCH [restaurant review]

Barsha lives up to its name, which translate as “abundant hospitality.”

My favorite poem is “The Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam,” an extended meditation on life and death, pleasure and destiny, that was penned in 16th century Persia. The nineteenth century translator Edward FitzGerald brilliantly condensed the sprawling manuscript of more than 1,000 verses into a mere 101 quatrains, of which the most famous is A book […]

 Richard Foss

Mermaid A Memory, Wild North Manhattan, Action on Aviation – A La Carte South Bay Dining News

South Bay dining News for 28 September 2017

A Proud Name Disappears… To the surprise of nobody who has noticed how empty the place was even when nearby restaurants were slammed, Killer Shrimp at the Mermaid recently closed. The name hinted at the identity crisis here. They lost much of the crowd that had liked the place when they painted the walls black […]

 Richard Foss

Category breaker

Category breaker

If you haven’t seen Roman Aroma Café, that’s no surprise. It’s hidden next to King Shabu Shabu and a car wash. The surprise is the ‘60s Italian decor

  by Richard Foss Categories are useful. If you’re with someone and they suggest going to a coffeehouse, you know what they’re craving. This sets up problems for non-native speakers who have to be told that a coffeehouse is different from a coffee shop. One is a place for gourmet coffee with only a cursory […]

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