May 5, 2012 |
Any discussion of Tar & Roses must begin, as your dinner probably will, with what is probably its simplest appetizer, a concoction of popcorn tossed with brown sugar, lardons and chile, like a bowl of Cracker Jack with chewy cubes of bacon instead of peanuts. (Why can't there be chewy cubes of bacon and peanuts? That is an excellent question.) The popcorn falls solidly into a genre new in Los Angeles cooking, something we may call an elevated bar snack, a staple of the many, many gastropubs that have come to dominate casual dining here over the last couple of years.
March 30, 2013 |
We spent our 25th wedding anniversary in Italy. We stayed at the wonderful Borgo Argenina B&B in the Chianti area of Tuscany as our home base. We visited Siena and Montalcino, as well as many small villages and castles in the area. The true star was Elena Nappa, who runs the B&B. Her cooking class was wonderful, and her hospitality and knowledge of the area are second to none. Meeting and getting to know her was the highlight of our trip. Borgo Argenina, Gaiole in Chianti, Siena; 011-39-0577-747117, http://www.borgoargenina.it . Rooms from about $219, villas from about $309.
May 5, 1989 |
If you've been tempted to drink your way through Trattoria Angeli's wonderful wine list, here's the chance you've been waiting for. Starting Monday, the restaurant will devote the second Monday of every month to a series of special food and wine dinners. The first dinner, dedicated to Chianti and Vino da Tavola, offers 10 wines. They will be served with a rustic five-course meal that starts with melanzane in carozza and ends with a baked ricotta tart. The price is $65; reservations, (213)
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March 12, 1999
Re "Richard Kiley; Epitomized 'Man of La Mancha,' " obituary, March 6: My first contact with Richard Kiley was in the winter of 1969 as a graduate student on semester break visiting the Big Apple for the first time. My fiancee was meeting me in Manhattan for a pre-wedding shopping spree, the first of many in our years of marriage. A relative provided us with center circle seats to "Man of La Mancha." Dinner at Mama Leone's, a bottle of Chianti, the magic of our first time in a Broadway theater and Kiley's hypnotizing voice took these two Fairfax High School kids to heights unknown before or since.
October 1, 1995
After reading William B. Whitman's article on Gargonza, Italy ("An Ancient Tuscan Village Transformed for Guests," Nov. 15, 1992), my wife and I visited this restored 13th-Century Italian village/hotel/archeological project. It was as charming and interesting as reported. Gargonza is conveniently located in the rolling hills close to Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Orvieto and provides a respite to the traffic, crowds and hustle of those Tuscan/Umbrian cities. The famous Chianti wine country is nearby.
August 23, 2007 |
A new brew on Melrose The Village Idiot is looking pretty smart. Locals have taken like ducks to water to the pub and restaurant at the former Chianti on Melrose. It's quite the neighborhood scene these days. Kirsten Dunst hung out there on Saturday night with a couple of cute actors from "Mean Girls," and word is the Belgian ale-steamed mussels are the hot item.