August 1, 2012 |
It kind of makes sense when you think about it, but I was still taken aback by the announcement that the launch party for Joseph Shuldiner's new cookbook "Pure Vegan" will be held at Lindy & Grundy . That, of course, is a butcher shop, albeit of a very particular type. Anyway, the party is Aug. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be very interesting to see what is served. And will the meat cases be full or empty? This is not the time to proselytize, girls. Shuldiner is the founder of the Institute of Domestic Technology, a kind of new-age, back-to-the-roots home ec department.
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July 22, 2012 |
To the little girl, going to work with her father felt like visiting a petting zoo, with chickens, ducks, doves and rabbits in cages in the back of the shop. Even as she fed the animals, she knew about the other part of Al Salam Polleria. The part with things like the boiler, the de-featherer and the cutting station. "But I guess, yeah, if you think of it as a butcher shop then that might be weird," said Iman Elrabat-Gabr, now 37. "But the memories I have of it are not a butcher shop, more of a farm.
January 20, 2011 |
To the connected diner, it may seem that Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada arrived in Los Angeles ages ago. The larger-than-life personas behind Lindy & Grundy are practically household names among local foodies, though their butcher shop selling locally sourced, pasture-raised organic meat on Fairfax Avenue has yet to open. This tweeting team of cleaver-wielding butcherettes, as they call themselves, has been tapping into the city's technologically engaged food culture, making the presence of their shop known well before it sells its first beef cheek.
August 2, 2010 |
You have to know tradition to break with it. Which is why Fabrizio Di Gianni and Enzo Sanseverino, two old-world Italians full of New World bravado, are turning out such deliciously rebellious food at their new restaurant, 81/2 Taverna in Studio City. Angus beef and foie gras burger, anyone? Born and raised in Turin and Naples, respectively, Di Gianni, 35, and Sanseverino, 34, met in Los Angeles and bonded over a passion for cooking. Di Gianni revered his grandmother's hearth and her intricate sauces, while Sanseverino began serving coffee and pastries at 10 and entered culinary school at 15. "At 13, Enzo started working as a pastry chef, and he ate a lot of pizza," Di Gianni says of his friend's formative years in Naples.
June 25, 2010 |
In "Eyes Wide Open," the quietly effective new Israeli film, the love that dare not speak its name is too terrified to even whisper. That's because the two men who are powerfully attracted to each other are members of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, a world where homosexuality is so rigidly taboo that, as director Haim Tabakman has said, it simply does not exist: "It's just an evil urge. It cannot be part of a human being's essence." While there is a certain familiarity to lovers battling against society's hostility and repression, "Eyes Wide Open" makes the situation seem fresh and involving through Tabakman's low-key but confident directing style, convincing acting and, perhaps most surprising, an accurate and respectful treatment of the community that is making these men's lives so unendurable.
December 4, 2009 |
Julie Powell's new book is not for the squeamish, in more ways than one. It opens with her in the back of a butcher shop, flecked with blood and reeking of meat. She's busy slicing a raw, slippery liver with a foot-long knife. By the end of the book, another internal organ -- her heart -- has been filleted: Powell dissects the pain caused by her two-year affair with an old college flame that sent her into an emotional tailspin and almost sank her marriage. It's all a bit, well, messy.