April 11, 2014 |
It has never been easier to eat high-end sushi than it is now in Los Angeles - to surrender two hours and half a month's rent to the choreographed roll of the waves. You can experience the masculine crispness of Mori or the postmodern wackiness of Wa; the gentle experimentation of Kiriko or the discofied modernism of Nobu Malibu; the gold leaf and truffle oil of Go's Mart or the intellectual approach of Kiyokawa. The idea of purist edomae sushi, or at least its rigor, is well-established here.
March 28, 2014 |
Over the years as a chef, I've become fixated with understanding the intricacies of various ingredients, but I'd never given horseradish a second thought until fairly recently, when I became obsessed with the horseradish cream that my friend Suzanne Tracht serves at her restaurant, Jar. I dine there often, and every time I tasted that sauce - which she serves with her famous pot roast and as a dip for the potato chips she offers at the bar, among other...
March 17, 2014 |
Alain Passard, the chef and owner of l'Arpège in Paris, known for his cuisine a la vegetable , will be in Los Angeles to cook at the All-Star Chef Classic, which takes place this weekend at L.A. Live. Passard's l'Arpège received three Michelin stars in 1996 and has maintained the distinction every year since then. There are now three gardens in three regions of France that provide the restaurant with organic seasonal vegetables: in the Sarthe for carrots, asparagus and leeks especially; in the Eure for celeriac and cabbage; and herbs from the Manche.
March 14, 2014 |
MONTALCINO, Italy - " Scusi ," I said to a well-dressed man in this medieval Tuscan village, where even the gas station was somehow part of the farming landscape. "Can you tell me how to get to Castiglion del Bosco?" "Hmm, yes," he said in English, taking my map, then, " Un momento . " He dialed his cellphone, and I realized he was asking someone for the best route. Not the first or last time we found the Italians to be incredibly helpful. "I can tell you how to get there, but my wine is much better," he said, laughing.
March 10, 2014 |
With its multidisciplinary mix of movies, music and technology, the South by Southwest festival has a reputation as a hip, forward-looking affair. But one of the unofficial themes to emerge at this year's SXSW Film Festival, which kicked off Friday, is revisiting roots. Here are four movies - and one famous actor - making the old-school new again. "Chef" undercooked? Jon Favreau's new culinary comedy "Chef" marks a return to indie filmmaking for the writer, director and actor, who first made a name for himself with "Swingers" in 1996 but in recent years has turned out large, effects-driven Hollywood movies such as "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys & Aliens.
March 3, 2014 |
Jamie Carrano is the recently appointed executive chef of 320 Main in Seal Beach, the cocktail bar known for its drink roster from co-owner Jason Schiffer. It's where Carrano, who has worked at Bouchon Beverly Hills and Aureole in New York, has installed a new menu to go with cocktails: pork belly mac 'n' cheese; duck fries with duck confit, poutine-style duck gravy and cheddar; bacon-wrapped pâté with purple mustard, red wine prunes and grilled bread; bone marrow with braised oxtail and pickled red onion; gnocchi with mushrooms and grilled tomato vinaigrette; and the 320 Burger with braised pork, fresh ground beef, mojo sauce and Gruyère.