May 24, 2000 |
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel opened in 1984 as the chain's first resort hotel, but 60% of its guests nowadays are in business groups, creating challenges for managers--and grumbles from some leisure clients. Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, a high-end travel newsletter devoted to "unspoiled places," asked in a recent brief item if the "classic Ritz" is "losing its edge," citing readers' comments about "hordes of groups" and "service that's not up to snuff."
June 30, 1999
1. "Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill" (Little, Brown, $29.95). Wild and crazy recipes for the backyard chef. Last week: 1 Weeks on list: 5 2. "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. Last week: 3 Weeks on list: 39 3. "Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook," by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, $35). A contemporary spin to party finger foods. Last week: 4 Weeks on list: 12 4.
October 13, 1994
Want to celebrate somewhere deluxe? Head over to Auberge at Barnabey's Hotel in Manhattan Beach, possibly the most romantic dining room in the South Bay. This elegant Victorian restaurant, lit by small red chandeliers, features intimate booths, partially shielded with red velvet drapes. Even when full, the room is so quiet you could hear a quenelle drop. Fortunately, it's not only the decor at Auberge that's special.
March 6, 2013 |
There are a lot of smart people in the food world, but not many smarter than Ruth Reichl. So when she says formal fine dining is going to make a comeback, maybe it's a good idea to pay attention. Reichl was the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times in the 1980s and '90s, then restaurant critic for the New York Times, editor of Gourmet magazine and author of a series of best-selling food memoirs. I was talking to her for a story I'm working on when she pointed out that "the people who really spend a lot of money in restaurants now are the 20-30somethings and they really think of restaurants as an important part of their lives.
January 8, 2007 |
Some people who visit the acclaimed restaurant Deux Cheminees come for more than chef Fritz Blank's cuisine -- they come for his books. The Philadelphia mainstay that offers some of the city's finest dining also houses an impressive culinary collection that includes about 15,000 volumes: cookbooks, periodicals, menus and memorabilia.
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August 16, 2009 |
One recent morning, an employee of Ganahl Lumber in Anaheim walked out to his car and found a tea bag and a handwritten note under his windshield. Imprinted on the bag were several thoughts for the day offered by the tea company. The note read, "Give this to the person who puts the sayings on your reader board." The employee dutifully passed along the note to administrative assistant Lorraine Uribe, who has been posting daily witticisms on the company's Ball Road marquee for 11 years.