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October 6, 2005
We beg to differ with S. Irene Virbila's article "One Big Garden Party" (Sept. 26), in which she characterizes Knoll's Black Forest Inn as "dowdy." The Knoll family provided an elegant linen service that was the center of European cuisine for the Westside for 40 years. The restaurant was immaculate, the service and food superb. It is a disservice to besmirch the memory of this former standard of excellence. RICHARD HUBACHER West Los Angeles
November 21, 2002
S. Irene Virbila seems to have no idea what authentic Mexican cuisine is like ("Confusion in the Kitchen," Oct. 31). We knew that we were going to educate people on this matter. That is why we opened the Spanish Kitchen. However, for a food critic to insinuate that soft tacos, guacamole and green enchiladas are the only authentic things on the menu is embarrassing. Soft tacos, like most tacos, are a relatively new item to Mexican cuisine and meant to be eaten as a roadside snack much like a hot dog. It has no place on a dinner menu.
May 1, 1993
I understand that Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry have often dreamed of playing together on a championship team. The altruistic Dodger management should grant them their wish by sending them on a bus up Interstate 5 to their single-A team in Bakersfield. If they can't hit there, they can blame their failing on the blazing hot weather and the town's scarcity of fine French cuisine. JOHN RHYNE Fresno
April 28, 2013
Nobu Hotel, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas; (702) 785-6677, . Doubles $169 to $459 a night. Adjacent to the hotel is the dramatic 12,775-square-foot Nobu restaurant, whose Latin-infused Japanese cuisine (entrees $14 to $95) informs the hotel's in-room dining menu; hotel guests get preferential reservations. At Qua, the Caesars Palace spa, therapeutic treatments are $50 to $1,200.
November 6, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
Stake out a cool view of the Gulf of California from the renovated pool at Mexico 's Las Ventanas al Paraiso , an upscale Baja resort that is celebrating its 15th year with a multimillion-dollar upgrade. The hotel, between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas , has updated its pool, redesigned the spa adding an indoor/outdoor setting and opened La Marisqueria raw bar and demo kitchen. There are new beach cabanas with private plunge pools and Jacuzzis.  The resort also is offering a new menu, which managing director Martein van Wagenberg calls "locally sourced, nationally inspired.
November 5, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Noto Suzuki, wearing a peach and light blue silk kimono with its flowing sleeves strapped back by two of his three assistants, held above his head a pair of chopsticks as long as a conductor's baton and a fierce single-edged knife. Kneeling at a low wooden table that already had been ritually cleansed, he readied to perform a Japanese knife ceremony that dates to the 1st century. The zither-heavy music had stopped and a packed auditorium at the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday was silent as the ceremony unfolded -- traditionally a show of hope for an abundant harvest and gratitude for all ingredients that might be sliced by a knife.
June 13, 1999
My wife and I, having read your article about the language school Ecole des Trois Ponts in Roanne, France ("Off to Learn the Lingo," Jan. 11, 1998), decided to try it out. We went in May 1998 and were so delighted that we returned in October and then again in May. Our French has improved enormously, and more important, we have made many new friends. The friendly staff, excellent cuisine and peaceful ambience of this country chateau make for a wonderful, relaxing vacation. Many thanks for your article.
March 15, 1987
Regarding the ongoing series, Body Worry, I hereby offer myself as a subject for a Chunk Factor Study whereby I will be sent to luxuriate (and exercise) on a tropical isle, travel to exotic locales to report on fine cuisine, have my measurements taken, and maybe even learn to ride a bike. I have all my hair, have only lifted heavy boxes of textbooks in a school library, and am sincere about stopping the spread of fat below the Equator. The way Mr. Remar Sutton is braving the battle appeals to me. LOIS COHN Long Beach
August 7, 2003
Paul Brownfield can easily find a medianoche at Porto's on Brand, right in downtown Glendale ("Chewed Up, Spit Out," July 31). Avoid going on Friday afternoon, which is when hordes of people throng the place to pick up their baked goods for the weekend. The medianoche might not be as stellar as, say, the first one I ate in Tampa long ago (a serious Cuban colony from way back), but it's good enough, and cheap. I'm sure there's great food in Manhattan's grand halls of haute cuisine -- ethnic specialties so authentic as to make a transplant cry for her homeland -- but I've never had a really great meal there.
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