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March 24, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Food Critic
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.
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February 22, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
A concert and cuisine: If you're looking for Friday date night ideas, there are still tickets available for tonight's Salastina Music Society performance at the Wine Vault in Glendale. This evening's program will include a musical performance, featuring the likes of Mozart and Brahms, followed by a five-course menu from Gary Menes of Le Comptoir. Tickets are $155 per person and include the concert, dinner and wine pairings. Tickets can be purchased online . 929 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (323)
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February 22, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
A concert and cuisine: If you're looking for Friday date night ideas, there are still tickets available for tonight's Salastina Music Society performance at the Wine Vault in Glendale. This evening's program will include a musical performance, featuring the likes of Mozart and Brahms, followed by a five-course menu from Gary Menes of Le Comptoir. Tickets are $155 per person and include the concert, dinner and wine pairings. Tickets can be purchased online . 929 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (323)
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April 15, 2011 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Green almonds, which look like small, immature, teardrop-shaped peaches, have started showing up at farmers markets, attracting attention from adventurous chefs. A traditional snack in the Mediterranean and Middle East, they're a foretaste of the main almond harvest to come. But they also have a particular allure from their velvety appearance and ultra-seasonal availability. The first green almonds are tender enough to eat whole and have a herbaceous taste, like a raw pea pod, but tart and astringent.
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April 15, 2011 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Green almonds, which look like small, immature, teardrop-shaped peaches, have started showing up at farmers markets, attracting attention from adventurous chefs. A traditional snack in the Mediterranean and Middle East, they're a foretaste of the main almond harvest to come. But they also have a particular allure from their velvety appearance and ultra-seasonal availability. The first green almonds are tender enough to eat whole and have a herbaceous taste, like a raw pea pod, but tart and astringent.
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August 13, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
At Firefly, everybody arrives with an entourage in tow, or at least a friend or a date as social armor. The Studio City restaurant and bar is too cool to have a sign out front. So you drive up and down Ventura Boulevard until you realize that the darkened, ivy-swathed facade with a couple of valet parkers at the ready must be the spot, if the clutch of young fashion plates stepping out of fancy leased convertibles is any indication. Firefly may be the hippest thing to hit the Valley in years.
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August 13, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Restaurant Critic
YOU SNAG a parking spot on the street in the middle of Brand Boulevard's endless row of car dealerships and as you get out of the car, you can feel the salesmen go into high alert. A possible buyer for that gas-guzzling truck? No, just another food lover on the way to the most exciting and delicious new restaurant to open in a very long time -- Palate Food + Wine. This is the breakout restaurant for Octavio Becerra, who put in years with Patina Restaurant Group and was the original chef at Pinot Bistro in Studio City.
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November 11, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila, RESTAURANT CRITIC
It's back to the Boulevard for Gary Menes, who first made a splash when he was cooking Moroccan-accented dishes at the then-newly opened Firefly on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Last year he landed as chef de cuisine at Octavio Becerra's Palate Food + Wine in Glendale, where he did some of the best cooking in his career. And now he's joined up with André Guerrero as chef and partner at Marché L.A. on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. The space, in fact, was formerly Guerrero's Max Restaurant.
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August 31, 2013
Watch top chefs cook; taste food from some of Southern California's best restaurants; listen to discussions of food issues. You can do any or all of these things starting Saturday at the Los Angeles Times' fourth annual festival of food and wine, the Taste, at the Paramount Studios back lot. Tickets for the events, each of which will feature complimentary tastings from dozens of restaurants, wineries and spirits brands, are $85 and are available online...
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February 25, 2010
Mom's nilaga Total time: 2 hours, 45 minutes Servings: 6 Note: Adapted from Gary Menes, chef-partner of Marché L.A. Menes says you can also make this in a slow cooker. Serve the nigala atop a bowl of steamed white rice. 5 pounds of bone-in beef short ribs 1 large onion, cut in half and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips 3 large celery stalks, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces 3 whole cloves garlic 8 whole black peppercorns 1 tablespoon kosher salt 5 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered 1/2 head nappa cabbage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1. Place the short ribs in a large (7-quart)
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March 24, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Food Critic
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.
FOOD
November 11, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila, RESTAURANT CRITIC
It's back to the Boulevard for Gary Menes, who first made a splash when he was cooking Moroccan-accented dishes at the then-newly opened Firefly on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Last year he landed as chef de cuisine at Octavio Becerra's Palate Food + Wine in Glendale, where he did some of the best cooking in his career. And now he's joined up with André Guerrero as chef and partner at Marché L.A. on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. The space, in fact, was formerly Guerrero's Max Restaurant.
FOOD
August 13, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Restaurant Critic
YOU SNAG a parking spot on the street in the middle of Brand Boulevard's endless row of car dealerships and as you get out of the car, you can feel the salesmen go into high alert. A possible buyer for that gas-guzzling truck? No, just another food lover on the way to the most exciting and delicious new restaurant to open in a very long time -- Palate Food + Wine. This is the breakout restaurant for Octavio Becerra, who put in years with Patina Restaurant Group and was the original chef at Pinot Bistro in Studio City.
FOOD
August 13, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
At Firefly, everybody arrives with an entourage in tow, or at least a friend or a date as social armor. The Studio City restaurant and bar is too cool to have a sign out front. So you drive up and down Ventura Boulevard until you realize that the darkened, ivy-swathed facade with a couple of valet parkers at the ready must be the spot, if the clutch of young fashion plates stepping out of fancy leased convertibles is any indication. Firefly may be the hippest thing to hit the Valley in years.
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September 16, 2009 | Betty Hallock; Elina Shatkin
Patina, the flagship of Joachim Splichal's dining empire located in Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall, is getting a new chef. Tony Esnault, former executive chef of Alain Ducasse's New York restaurant Adour, is expected to start at the downtown landmark this month. Patina Restaurant Group says Esnault will be working closely with Splichal on a new (presumably Cal-French) menu. Esnault was executive chef at Ducasse's Essex House in New York before opening Adour in the St. Regis Hotel in 2007.
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April 8, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Sometimes the smallest thing can arouse the most passion. Last month I wrote a Daily Dish post about my fava bean harvest. I measured how many pods I harvested and what that worked out to in double-peeled beans (8 pounds turned into 3 cups). I thought it was kind of interesting, so I posted a link on Facebook. And boy did I hear about it. Good cooks from Italy and Spain chewed me out in terms as diverse as gently corrective and “How Dare You!” It seems double-peeling favas (removing them from their pods and then taking off the skin as well)
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