August 17, 2012 |
Who makes the best croissant in Los Angeles? Apparently, that has been a subject of hot debate on the news side of the Los Angeles Times staff. To settle the argument, they came to the experts - the Food team. They brought in their favorite 10 croissants from various sources and four judges - Jonathan Gold, Betty Hallock, Noelle Carter and I - settled in for a tasting. Often with contests like this the votes are widely scattered as the differences tend to be minimal. Not so in this case.
June 29, 2012 |
The Santa Monica farmers market is more exotic. The Hollywood market is bigger and the new Altadena market more devoted to tiny organic farms. But the most charming place to buy vegetables in Los Angeles may be the Sunday morning market in the Pacific Palisades, a village street lined with flower merchants and fruit growers and bakers of dense sourdough breads. It's just a bit politer, a bit spiffier than the markets tend to be in town - even the strawberries seem to be arranged into neat rows.
January 11, 2006 |
IN the end, Bastide was just too French for commercial director-cum-restaurateur Joe Pytka. Later this month, Pytka will be closing the tony Provencal restaurant on Melrose Place that he famously spent $3.5 million to open in October 2002. In its place, he plans to open a new restaurant this spring that will be, well, less French. "I want the restaurant to be more reflective of Southern California," he says.
November 24, 2004 |
Alain GIRAUD, the Provence-born chef who has had a long and successful tenure in Los Angeles, most recently at Bastide, has started a company called Four Stars Private Cuisine. Although Four Stars might sound like a small catering company, Giraud rejects the "catering" label because, he says, "I don't have the structure to do big mass catering." Instead, he says, he's doing small dinner parties for 12 to 20 people, drawing clients from fans of his food at Bastide.
July 14, 2004 |
Franklin CANYON PARK, a sprawling wilderness in the Santa Monica Mountains high over Beverly Hills, is one of L.A.'s best-kept secrets -- a place to hike, to read in the shade, to relax -- a place, perchance, to picnic. A Mercedes SUV pulls up at road's end next to an open field framed by lazy sycamores and California live oaks. Out jumps Alain Giraud, L.A.'s leading French chef (and until recently the chef at Bastide), followed by his wife, Catherine.
October 8, 2003 |
First there was the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Now, there's the Bastide Mini Cooper. We've seen chef Alain Giraud tooling around town in the cream-colored cutie. Giraud, with his shoulder-length white-gray locks, and his company car, with its "B" logo and Bastide license plate, are a memorable sight. Joe Pytka, Bastide's owner, got the idea from his kids. "I had to send lunch over to my daughters, to the school," he recalls.