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FOOD
February 9, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
This is the first vintage for Jack Hammer Wine Co., and they've come out with a terrific Pinot Noir for the price. The grapes come from all three Central Coast counties - Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara - and the juice sees some aging in old French oak barriques . The result is a delightful Pinot Noir with bright fruit flavors, gentle spice and round, smooth tannins. It goes down very easy and marries with all sorts of dishes. Drink it with hors d'oeuvres and vegetable dishes, with grilled salmon or duck breast.
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FOOD
January 10, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Wanted: a restaurant perfect for dinner for two. It could be a first date, blind even. Or a night out without the kids. Or an evening spent taking a friendship or love affair to another level over a marquee chef's tasting menu. We've all been in that tight spot, casting about for the right restaurant to suit the anticipated evening. Acabar Acabar (the former Dar Maghreb) could be the most romantic restaurant in L.A., a sleek fantasy of Morocco complete with intricately carved bar and lounge.
NEWS
November 13, 1991 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an action likely to raise concerns around dinner tables throughout California, the state attorney general joined an environmental group Tuesday in suing 10 major dishware manufacturers for failure to warn consumers of potentially dangerous amounts of lead that can leach into food from household cups, plates and bowls. The legal action by Atty. Gen.
TRAVEL
March 20, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
WHERE TO STAY Lodging options are slim around Griffith Park, perhaps because there are so many rooms in nearby Hollywood. But there are a few spots, including these. Hotel250, also known as the Hollywood Silver Lake Hotel & Suites, 250 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles 90004; (213) 639-1920, http://www.hotel250.com . This former Holiday Inn, set on a hillside south of the 101 Freeway, has 65 rooms, free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast and an unheated outdoor pool.
NEWS
June 22, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
It doesn't matter how sunny it might be right now, it takes a month or so of that much heat to get most tomatoes to that perfect, juice-dripping ripeness we all crave. But until then, look for little grape or cherry tomatoes. They're smaller, so they ripen earlier and they are bred to be high in sugar. Late-summer flavor without a long wait. How to choose: Tomatoes should be vibrantly colored with taut, shiny skin. There should be no soft or wrinkly spots. How to store: Never refrigerate tomatoes -- it kills the flavor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2010 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Remember the original Woo Lae Oak spot on Western just below Wilshire? Well, restaurateur Young Sook Choi, who developed the Woo Lae Oak concept, has completely remodeled the space as the site for a West Coast version of Bann Restaurant and Lounge, his Korean restaurant in New York's Soho district. This Bann pulls out all the stops with its design, which features soaring ceilings hung with giant stylized lanterns. Grills are set into rust-and-green marble tables, with no hoods in sight.
NEWS
May 25, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
No need to overcook pork, the USDAadvised earlier this week. The agency lowered its recommended cooking temperature to 145 degrees from 160 degrees, to a round of applause from chefs. But don’t start thinking this lower-cooking-temperature advice holds up across the board. The safe minimum temperature varies by food. Here’s a quick primer, from the appropriately titled USDA brochure “Is It Done Yet,” on how high internal temperatures should be to kill bacteria. -Steak and roasts: 145 degrees.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1988 | Compiled by Kathie Jenkins
When you feel like turning the tables back to the past. DAN TANA'S, 9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 275-9444. $15-$35 per person. Style: Old Hollywood hangout serving substantial Italian food. Decor: Red and white checks; tan celebs. Recommended dishes: Spaghetti with meatballs; cannelloni; steak. KING DRAGON, 170 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 652-4187. $20-$40 per person. Style: Chinese chow from the 50's updated 80's style. Decor: Dark.
FOOD
August 27, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
It doesn't seem to matter what day of the week it is or whether it's early or late: Every table at Bombay Cafe is taken. It's not so easy to walk right in and find a seat. When you drive around to the back alley to find the valet, you can see why: Cars are packed into the small lot like sardines. The entrance, a nondescript door in the wall, doesn't promise much. But follow the narrow hallway to the end, where a delicious drift of spicy aromas wafts in from the kitchen. You can eat only so much Italian or French or California eclectic before longing for something more exotic.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
There are a number of things I've learned hosting my own Thanksgiving and holiday potlucks. Whether you're planning for a large gathering or small, indoors or outdoors, I hope some of these tips are helpful to you this holiday season: Invitations--Send online invitations so people can respond at a common site, such as Evite, Pingg or Crusher, and indicate which dish they'll be bringing. This is a great way for both you and your guests to keep a running tally of what you will have and what is still needed.
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