August 2, 2013
Almond biscotti Total time: 1 hour Servings: Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies Note: Adapted from "A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes," by David Tanis. Biscotti will keep for weeks in an airtight container. 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt 3/4 cup sliced almonds 1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
July 29, 2013 |
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred. The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of quick-stop mall chow. But come November, a Fig & Olive will open in a 12,000-square-foot space at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, beating out 50 others for the prime spot away from the main shopping plaza. There will be ocean views, a garden with a fireplace, wine shelves and a white room inspired by the Cote d'Azur.
July 12, 2013
For the most part, figs are a late summer crop, coming at the end of August into October. But for many varieties, there is a very small early harvest as well, called breba figs. While most figs grow on new branches, breba figs grow on branches that developed last season. Connoisseurs debate whether these figs are sweeter than fruit from the main harvest. The rest of us are just happy to have them available. How to choose: Figs are quite fragile, and because they don't continue ripening after harvest, choosing them is a balancing act. You want them soft and ripe but not smashed.
July 4, 2013 |
A sprawling parking lot across the street from Staples Center and L.A. Live is up for sale and drawing bidders eager for a prime piece of downtown Los Angeles real estate. The 4.6-acre site at the southeast corner of 11th and Figueroa streets has been approved for a high-end mixed-use complex called Fig Central. Moinian Group bought the property from Staples owner Anschutz Entertainment Group about seven years ago when L.A. Live was under construction. At the time, New York-based Moinian, one of the country's largest privately held real estate firms, paid $80 million for the lot. "We have a broad range of interest in the property, including Asian, Middle Eastern and U.S.-based developers of major infill mixed-use developments," said broker David Hasbrouck of Cushman & Wakefield, who is representing Moinian in the sale.
July 3, 2013 |
Scrubs didn't get much love from 1990s girl group TLC. But two local entrepreneurs feel differently. Trina Spear and Heather Hasson co-founded Figs, a Culver City start-up that is hoping to shake up the medical clothing industry -- starting with those baggy scrubs. The company says it wants to do for medical clothing what Lululemon did for workout apparel. By using nicer-quality, antimicrobial fabrics with an emphasis on comfort, fashion and performance, the duo hopes to rid the industry of ugly scrubs, shapeless lab coats and cheap fabric.
May 30, 2013 |
Chefs don't come more farm-friendly than FIG's Ray Garcia . He even helps teach schoolchildren to grow their own vegetables. And, of course, his favorite farmers market growers are featured prominently on his menus. So when Garcia throws a farm dinner series, you know it's going to be good. (FIG was listed at No. 43 in Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants list.) The summer series features a who's who of local farmers market heroes. The first, featuring Camarillo's McGrath Family Farm , will be Wednesday, June 5. Look for dishes such as Santa Barbara prawns with horseradish and peas, sweetbreads with fava beans and sauce gribiche, and duck with forno beets served family style.