March 24, 2011 |
A carload of friends and I are heading west on Ventura Boulevard on the lookout for the Studio City restaurant and lounge Firefly . Where exactly is it? We're scanning the south side of the boulevard for the facade. (I could have found the address and cross street on Google Maps, but that would have been too easy.) It's just past a corner, a bit dark, no sign, I remind everyone. "Oh, you mean the the Chia Pet place?" Chia? I'm thinking a topiary or a lawn. But when we spot the telltale valet umbrella, sure enough, the building is entirely swathed in ivy. Nine years after party-planner impresario Jeffrey Best opened this place, it's still happening.
October 27, 2011
As October glides toward November, the weather skates the edge — one foot in summer, the other in fall. Leaves begin to drift from the trees. Morning brings a cooler edge to the breeze. And every evening the sun sets a little earlier. Time to put away the rosés and lighter reds and bring out the big guns: Cabernet, Bordeaux and Barolo, Chinon and Cahors, Syrah and Sangiovese. Chefs are already anticipating the change of season with heartier dishes. Bring it on, I say. Here are some restaurants that serve rustic fall dishes and have wine lists replete with extraordinary bottles to drink with them.
June 22, 2013 |
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.
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 23, 2013 |
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 |
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.
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.
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.
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...