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December 22, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The first responsibility of any great restaurant is to keep you in the bubble, the soft-serve cocoon of illusion where you forget the world exists for anything but your pleasure. And the newly redesigned Spago, from the moment you toss your keys to the valet to the moment you stagger back out again, gives good bubble. The thick prime rib steak sings with the flavors of blood, age and char; the tagliatelle with white truffles perfumes half the observable universe when its glass dome is whisked away.
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FOOD
December 22, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The first responsibility of any great restaurant is to keep you in the bubble, the soft-serve cocoon of illusion where you forget the world exists for anything but your pleasure. And the newly redesigned Spago, from the moment you toss your keys to the valet to the moment you stagger back out again, gives good bubble. The thick prime rib steak sings with the flavors of blood, age and char; the tagliatelle with white truffles perfumes half the observable universe when its glass dome is whisked away.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1989 | Ruth Reichl
"I was so nervous when I left Ma Maison," Wolfgang Puck once said. "I put on 25 pounds. Patrick (Terrail) went around telling everybody that I was a great cook but that I couldn't manage anything. It was a terrible time." That, of course, is history. Less than a year later, on Jan. 16, 1982, Spago opened. This is what it did not do: It did not introduce the gourmet pizza (Alice Waters had already been serving that in her Cafe at Chez Panisse in Berkeley for a year). It did not inaugurate the open kitchen (the Cafe at Chez Panisse already had one)
MAGAZINE
March 30, 2003 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
For 20 years I used to go to London and never got out to the countryside. Now every time I go I try to stay at two different historic manor houses. This time I went to see "The Tempest" with Sir Derek Jacobi. The next day I set off for Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire. They say it's fit for a king because it has all this historic legacy. The third Duke of Buckingham, Edward Stafford, started building it in 1510.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1997
Prime time's final wave of new spring TV series arrives this week, amid echoes of the dull thud that greeted most of the dozen or so new arrivals that premiered in March. The latest newcomers include the ABC dramas "Gun" and "Leaving L.A.," which will be paired Saturday night; Fox's "Pacific Palisades," Aaron Spelling's latest soap with an L.A. ZIP Code; and NBC's "Fired Up"--the third comedy this year to get a shot in the plum time period after "Seinfeld."
MAGAZINE
March 30, 2003 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
For 20 years I used to go to London and never got out to the countryside. Now every time I go I try to stay at two different historic manor houses. This time I went to see "The Tempest" with Sir Derek Jacobi. The next day I set off for Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire. They say it's fit for a king because it has all this historic legacy. The third Duke of Buckingham, Edward Stafford, started building it in 1510.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2002 | Corie Brown and Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writers
After months, if not years of rumors, the power couple behind the Puck restaurant empire are splitting up. While it's no surprise to friends and those in the food world, it leaves the future of their international group of restaurants and other businesses in limbo. Citing "irreconcilable differences," Barbara Lazaroff filed for divorce from her husband of 19 years, Wolfgang Puck, the day before Thanksgiving. The couple separated Nov. 16, according to court papers.
MAGAZINE
November 4, 1990 | MARGY ROCHLIN, Rochlin is a contributing editor to Los Angeles Times Magazine and a commentator on National Public Radio.
The first party that I really, really remember was the 25th birthday party that I gave for myself. I took a column from Variety to a typesetter who made invitations that read, "Unemployed Actress Throws Surprise Quarter-of-a-Century Birthday Bash for Herself." Then, I cooked for a week. Lasagna. Things like that, because some of it had to be frozen. Two hundred people came. You know, my most intimate friends. Shortly after that, I met Wolf (husband Wolfgang Puck). Now, it's great.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2005
Barbara Lazaroff hosts the Human Rights Campaign's anniversary party.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Super chef Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff Puck are also the parents of their first child, a son, born Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Cameron Lazaroff Puck weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces. His father owns Spago's, Chinois and the recently opened PosTrio in San Francisco.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2002 | Corie Brown and Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writers
After months, if not years of rumors, the power couple behind the Puck restaurant empire are splitting up. While it's no surprise to friends and those in the food world, it leaves the future of their international group of restaurants and other businesses in limbo. Citing "irreconcilable differences," Barbara Lazaroff filed for divorce from her husband of 19 years, Wolfgang Puck, the day before Thanksgiving. The couple separated Nov. 16, according to court papers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1997
Prime time's final wave of new spring TV series arrives this week, amid echoes of the dull thud that greeted most of the dozen or so new arrivals that premiered in March. The latest newcomers include the ABC dramas "Gun" and "Leaving L.A.," which will be paired Saturday night; Fox's "Pacific Palisades," Aaron Spelling's latest soap with an L.A. ZIP Code; and NBC's "Fired Up"--the third comedy this year to get a shot in the plum time period after "Seinfeld."
MAGAZINE
November 4, 1990 | MARGY ROCHLIN, Rochlin is a contributing editor to Los Angeles Times Magazine and a commentator on National Public Radio.
The first party that I really, really remember was the 25th birthday party that I gave for myself. I took a column from Variety to a typesetter who made invitations that read, "Unemployed Actress Throws Surprise Quarter-of-a-Century Birthday Bash for Herself." Then, I cooked for a week. Lasagna. Things like that, because some of it had to be frozen. Two hundred people came. You know, my most intimate friends. Shortly after that, I met Wolf (husband Wolfgang Puck). Now, it's great.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1989 | Ruth Reichl
"I was so nervous when I left Ma Maison," Wolfgang Puck once said. "I put on 25 pounds. Patrick (Terrail) went around telling everybody that I was a great cook but that I couldn't manage anything. It was a terrible time." That, of course, is history. Less than a year later, on Jan. 16, 1982, Spago opened. This is what it did not do: It did not introduce the gourmet pizza (Alice Waters had already been serving that in her Cafe at Chez Panisse in Berkeley for a year). It did not inaugurate the open kitchen (the Cafe at Chez Panisse already had one)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1990
A power outage caused a major blackout in the Sunset Strip area of West Hollywood on Friday night, cutting electricity to nightclubs and causing a major traffic jam on Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, authorities said. "Traffic has just come to an absolute standstill and it's giving us fits," said Sgt. Gaylord Cox, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. An explosion in an underground vault may have caused the 8:45 p.m. outage, said Melanie Savage, a Southern California Edison Co.
REAL ESTATE
November 10, 1985
Noted painters, sculptors, ceramists, graphic, fashion and interior designers will transform 30 conventional dining tables into works of art Saturday at the Design Center, 433 S. Spring St. The "Designers as Diners" exhibition, sponsored by Otis/Parsons School of Design and Mark Krasne Inc., will be on display through Nov. 30. It features works by Billy Al Bengston, Barbara Lazaroff, Kent Twitchell, David Jones, Jack Lowrance, Betye Saar, Peter Shire and others.
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