November 20, 2011 |
As the sun set over Angkor Wat, the temple built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, I nosed my Vespa out into the line of three-wheeled tuktuks, bikes and cars. In my pink crash helmet and Gucci bike goggles, I felt as frivolous as an extra in the '60s movie "Quadrophenia," but my mission was a serious one: I was planning to travel the nearly 200 miles from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in three days, stopping on the way to sample some of the weirdest and most wonderful foods Cambodia has to offer.
April 28, 2011
EVENTS L.A.'s gourmet food truck onslaught has been the culinary story of the last few years. At the KCRW Global Street Food festival, local twitterati will get a reminder that this is how the rest of the world has eaten since well, the first street-side ad hoc stove. "Good Food's" Evan Kleiman hosts a discussion on the scene with Jonathan Gold, chef Jet Tila, Gustavo Arellano and food writers from Malaysia and Mexico City. And, yes, there will be tasting from India Jones, Nom Nom Truck, Let's Be Frank and many others.
April 21, 2012 |
Sometimes it's not the places you travel that you remember most, but the people you meet. That's certainly true of Kaaloa's Super J's Authentic Hawaiian restaurant on the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was on a mission to try as many plate-lunch places as I could. Surely I must be missing something, I thought, after yet another meal of mushy rice, overcooked meat and bland macaroni salad. Then, our last night on the island, our hosts at Pomakai “Lucky” Farms bed and breakfast insisted we try local favorite Super J's. We'd driven past it several times and it didn't look like much, basically a convenience store with some chairs out front.
November 17, 2004
What can one say except I am in complete agreement with S. Irene Virbila regarding the horror of the near $400 meal served with panache at Bastide ["Foie Gras Pina Colada?" Nov. 3]. The foie gras sorbet did me in. The sauces and/or drizzles on everything clogged the palate. But you said it much better. Thanks for telling it like it is. Jane J. Wallace Los Angeles It was with great dismay and disappointment that we read S. Irene Virbila's review of Bastide. We dined at Bastide and had many of the same dishes she reviewed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1986 |
Doug Organ is a good chef, as chefs go, and as chefs go, he's going. Having reigned both as the enfant terrible of local haute cuisine and the darling of the county's self-described "foodies," this 24-year-old master of the roasts and hashes (and the beurre blancs and sautes a la minute) soon will be departing his home range in search of more scintillating foreign stockpots.
July 1, 2010 |
I've always had a soft spot for Chaya Brasserie in West Hollywood. I love the soaring emerald bamboo grove in the middle of the room, the charming Asian-accented brasserie decor and executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe's sophisticated French-Japanese cuisine. By all rights, the place should feel dated but isn't in the least. After some 26 years (it opened in 1984), the Chaya brand is still going strong with Chaya Venice, Chaya San Francisco and the newish Chaya in downtown L.A., plus several macrobiotic M Café de Chaya cafes in the Los Angeles area.