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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.
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 | 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.
October 21, 2009 | RUSS PARSONS
Sometimes, listening to the pundits and ponderers, I get the feeling that cooking is my duty. It's good for the environment; it's good for my health; it's good for society; it's good for my family; it's good for the small farmers and food producers who depend on my business. But though all of those things are doubtless true, the one reason for cooking I rarely hear mentioned is that it's just plain fun. Granted, that's not always true. Tuesday at 8 p.m. after I've gotten off the Blue Line hungry and tired from a long day at work, stove-time does not seem remotely recreational, even for me. But other times it certainly does.
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.
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.
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.
February 9, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
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.
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.
August 3, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
No mistaking when you meet Semsa Denizsel. She is the real deal: a female chef in a place where that's unusual enough, self-taught, outspoken in her opinions, fierce in her love for Turkey and its food. She's been called the Alice Waters of Istanbul. Not only do they share a farm-to-table philosophy, but they also have the same uncompromising sensibilities. Her cooking at Kantin , her simple but sophisticated restaurant in Istanbul, is lusty, exuberant, real. The plating is natural, unforced, a woman's eye. "I don't like fussy.
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