March 20, 2011 |
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.
December 10, 2012 |
With the holiday season in full swing, more than a few of us will be hosting a festive dinner party, buffet or potluck. Following are a few helpful tips and tricks I've learned from hosting my own gatherings over the years: LISTEN: Noelle talks buffet psychology with "The Splendid Table" host Lynne Rossetto Kasper BUFFET PSYCHOLOGY 101: As pleasant as any holiday event may be, it seems like the moment someone rings the dinner...
January 10, 2007
FOR native Angelenos of my vintage (ancient), Welsh rabbit ["Clever Rabbit Tricks," by Charles Perry, Jan. 3] and the old Cock N' Bull restaurant on Sunset will be forever intertwined. There, Welsh rabbit was the standard first course. In my younger days I used to make the Cock N' Bull Welsh rabbit at home from a recipe printed in a small cookbook devoted to the famous dishes of old-line L.A. restaurants. That recipe has long vanished into the mysterious abyss where lie cookbooks that were only used for one dish.
January 10, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2012 |
There's more to Oktoberfest than sausages and suds. Stuff like couscous, rabbit tagine, and lamb mechoui , for example. Farid Zadi, chef and owner of Spanish Fly Gastropub is holding his second annual Couscousfest/Oktoberfest celebration Saturday and Sunday, featuring North African street food, Algerian cold drinks and craft beers. “The first annual Couscous Festival in Pasadena was a bit nerve-racking, since we didn't really know what to expect in terms of crowd turnout or appetite for more exotic North African dishes,” Zadi wrote in a press release.
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.
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.
April 10, 1986 |
Some people have trouble with washing dishes; others do not. Take a careful look at these two groups of people. Their work patterns show some subtle differences. Because food preparation is the largest work process in most homes, these seemingly insignificant details are greatly magnified. One woman stopped to chat at a recent workshop. "I can't figure out why I have a problem. I live by myself. I am divorced and my four children are raised. For 20 years, my children washed the dishes.