CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 |
So much in Los Angeles changes fast. Treasure the good things that don't. "Hello, Doris!" goes the chorus of regulars at the Original Farmers Market, when they stop by to see Doris Perez, who has been there as long as they know. Her first job was at the Desert Date Shop, with its saltwater taffy, plump medjools and deglet noors - though, truth be told, not many who visit remember her from way back then. They do from Du-par's, where she worked pies for 38 years, selling thousands each Thanksgiving Day from the parking lot when the rest of the market was closed.
November 13, 2013 |
Amid this season's flurry of massive cookbooks from important chefs such as David Kinch (Manresa), Daniel Patterson (Coi), Daniel Boulud (Daniel) and more, comes this modest entry from former Chez Panisse chef David Tanis, “One Good Dish: The Pleasures of a Simple Meal” (Artisan, 2013, $25.95). I sat down with the book the other day and read his short, but sweet introduction. What he means by one good dish is "tasty, simple and real," i.e., something a home cook could make without devoting the entire weekend to one recipe.
November 1, 2013 |
When I was in Korea a few weeks ago, I fell in love with something called tteok galbi , hand-chopped beef short ribs mixed with vegetables, aromatics, sometimes even pork, then grilled over a hot charcoal fire. Tteok is the Korean word for rice cake, but the patties are so called because they look a little like rice cakes, not because they include rice among their ingredients. They are more or less the local equivalent of hamburgers, served bare on a plate accompanied by neither rice nor bun. The best tteok galbi tends to be served with the bones inserted back into the patties as a sign of authenticity, and maybe to add a little flavor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
For years Sonia Hong has dished out hamburgers and fries on paper plates decorated with customers' smiling portraits and the inscription "just for you. " But fans of Irv's Burgers in West Hollywood will understand Thursday if there are frowning faces sketched on their plates as the 63-year-old walk-up eatery closes for the last time. The burger stand, once a haunt for musicians such as Jim Morrison and Janice Joplin and featured as album artwork for a Linda Ronstadt recording, is being squeezed out by rising rents and the property owner's demand that the owners replace its leaky corrugated tin roof - something Hong says she cannot afford.
October 28, 2013 |
Bibimbap is so ubiquitous on Korean restaurant menus that it's almost impossible to single out just one. Adding to the complications - as with so many other dishes in Korean cuisine - there are several varieties. Of course, so much depends on personal taste. Do you like your bowl to be sizzling? Egg or no egg? Seafood or meat? Spicy or mild? The most popular is the dolsot bibimbap ( dolsot = stone pot, bibim = mixed, bap = rice), served in a flaming-hot stone bowl, seasoned and lightly greased with a thin layer of sesame oil. Usually a raw egg is cracked into it just before serving.
October 27, 2013 |
Mendocino gets most of the ink when the virtues of quaint, oceanside Northern California villages are written up, but Fort Bragg, its more working-class neighbor to the north, is no slouch when it comes to charms. My sweetheart and I spent a few days here last winter and could have filled a few guidebook chapters with all the good goings-on. Tallied up, we spent about $650, which included $340 for two nights at the North Cliff Hotel, just listed on TripAdvisor as a 2013 Travelers' Choice for Romance.
October 23, 2013 |
Katy Perry got chatty with W magazine for the release of her new album, "Prism. " The pop vixen opened up about her early days in L.A., her marriage and her love life with boyfriend du jour, crooner John Mayer. "I actually am dating my crush," she told the magazine in a video Q&A . "I had a crush on him for a long time, and it just so happens we fit together great. " But we can't address Mayer without talking about the 28-year-old's short-lived marriage to British comedian Russell Brand. PHOTOS: Katy Perry in concert: onstage and offbeat "I really loved [being married]"
October 16, 2013 |
Mischa Barton isn't the same person she was in 2009. That woman was in a bad way, out of control and finally committed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after blacking out under the influence of a sedative. Today's 27-year-old Mischa, as represented in a new People cover story, seems settled enough to reflect back on those crazy days and offer something by way of explanation. "It was a full-on breakdown," she tells the mag. "I was under enormous pressure. " "It was terrifying," she adds, via ABC News . "Straight out of 'Girl, Interrupted.' Story of my life.
October 13, 2013 |
You probably best know actor, singer-songwriter and musician Darren Criss as the impeccably groomed Blaine Anderson on "Glee," which started airing its fifth season Sept. 26. Off-screen, the 26-year-old is just as serious about high-quality grooming products as his alter ego - so much so that over the summer, he made the leap from consumer to investor and third partner in a Silver Lake-based e-tailer of men's grooming products called the Motley alongside the site's founding siblings, Matthew and Madison Ruggieri.
September 30, 2013 |
Dish Network subscribers don't have to worry about losing ESPN or Disney Channel ... yet. Walt Disney Co., parent of ABC, ESPN, ABC Family and several other networks and the satellite broadcaster have agreed to a short-term extension of their current contract in the hopes of coming to terms on a new distribution deal. The pact was set to expire Monday night. However, neither side has taken out attack ads against the other, which is often a telltale sign that talks are going south.