November 18, 2010
These are some of the things I've learned hosting my Thanksgivings potlucks outdoors for a large gathering: ? Invitations: Send online invitations so people can respond at a common site, such as Evite, Pingg and 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. Many online invitations offer specific potluck options in which you indicate what you need, and guests check items off the list.
February 9, 2012 |
Navigating downtown is - there's no getting around it - tough. Even though I work there, I can never remember which one-way streets go which way. You can turn a corner and suddenly find yourself in the middle of Downtown Art Walk, with sidewalks teeming with thousands of pedestrians, or just as easily find yourself on a deserted avenue, shops closed up tight. The scene switches moods - active, lonely, thriving, haunted - from block to block and street to street. One very alive stretch is Main Street in the Old Bank District.
November 13, 1991 |
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.
July 1, 1993 |
Little Saigon, the cluster of Vietnamese shops in Westminster and Garden Grove, is properly regarded as a valuable cultural resource for our community. Most of my friends, though, look at it as the place for cheap, delicious food. Last week I visited two of the more unusual restaurants there, and as usual, I got a lot more than I bargained for.
February 9, 2012 |
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.
May 25, 2011 |
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.
March 4, 2010
Here's a lively, fresh Pinot Grigio from the vineyards of the Alto Adige region of Italy, near the Austrian border. Scented with flowers and sweet grasses, the 2008 St. Michael-Eppan Pinot Grigio comes from a great little cooperative in the region. I'm taken with its bright acidity and touch of minerality, along with its notes of pear and ripe apple. Pinot Grigio is a tremendously versatile white wine that can go with all sorts of dishes. Minestrone and other rustic vegetable soups, pasta dishes, grilled fish and scampi come to mind first.
November 27, 1988 |
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.
September 2, 2009 |
Duck confit, pancetta-wrapped quail, butter-poached lobster tails, fried zucchini blossoms -- not exactly how most collegians are expecting to dine when they head back to their school dormitories this fall. But those are some of the dishes that may again delight the denizens of Norris Hall at Occidental College in Eagle Rock come this semester. Occidental junior Saul Sutcher is heading back to school with his '87 Volvo packed full of his cooking equipment and dishes. Without objection from the school administration, he'll again be setting up for CafÃ© Norris, preparing three-course gourmet meals served in the dormitory's common room most Saturday nights.
October 14, 2009
Wat Dong Moon Lek LOCATION 4356 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 666-5993. PRICE Small plates, $4.59 to $7.99; small and large noodle dishes, $3.99 to $6.99; main dishes, $5.99 to $10.95; desserts, $3 to $5.99. BEST DISHES Chile peppercorn over rice, larb tod , rambutan salad, tom yum udon, desserts. DETAILS Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cash only (in the process of getting credit card access). Lot and street parking. No alcohol.