July 20, 2013 |
How many ways can you stuff an egg? It seems like today's chefs are determined to find yet one more way. Here are a few favorites from L.A. area restaurants: Clementine: Radishes and chives. Freddy Small's: "Buffalo deviled eggs" - blue cheese and hot sauce, garnished with crisp chicken skin and micro-celery. Haven Gastropub: Smoked salt, bacon, pickles and chives. Jar: Homemade aioli, mustard, Tabasco and topped with crab, chives and Spanish paprika Josie: Crispy bacon, pickled beets and scallions.
January 26, 2013 |
Maybe it's the sense of danger that reels you in at first. The crazy name, the wild picture slapped on the bottle. Before you know it, you're on for the ride, and the best ones leave you reduced to a sweaty and speechless mess. When it's finally over, you can't help but want more. I'm talking about hot sauce, a virtual thrill ride for the taste buds. And for fans, nothing beats the feeling. So what makes hot sauce so attractive? Blame it on the capsaicin, the chemical behind a chile's heat.
December 11, 2012 |
Bar Amá, the newest restaurant venture from critically acclaimed chef Josef Centeno is slated to open Saturday downtown. Centeno, whose restaurant Bäco Mercat was recently named one of Bon Apetit's best new restaurants of 2012, will focus on Tex-Mex flavors and tequila and mezcal in the bar at Bar Amá. Centeno drew from family recipes when creating some of the dishes on the menu with items such as Grandma's menudo (served Saturdays and Sundays only) ($12); Mom's chile verde ($11)
February 27, 1993 |
If jalapeno peppers and hot sauce leave you cold, researchers have something that will set your taste buds on fire and make them beg for mercy. They have developed a new cayenne pepper "more than 20 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper" and two to three times hotter than peppers used in hot sauce, said Philip D. Dukes, a plant pathologist with the Agricultural Research Service.
March 24, 1999 |
Mo Hotta Mo Betta, the hot sauce mail-order outfit, kept getting complaints from habanero-guzzling parents whose children wanted to eat hot sauce like Mom and Dad but whose palates were too tender. The company tested dozens of sauces on 100 children aged 4 to 16 and came up with four that were widely liked, ranging from Cool Baby (a slightly spicy ketchup) through Wild Child (a barbecue sauce) and Crazy Kid (chipotle-based) to Screaming Teen (a jalapeno sauce).
December 1, 2012 |
Dear SOS: We ate at Bar/Kitchen on Flower Street in L.A. after a theater matinee. Plenty of great dishes, but the shrimp and grits was amazing - shrimp laid on top of grits that must have been flavored with a shrimp stock and speckled with the addition of crispy bits of chorizo sausage. If L.A. were not such a long drive, I would be going there to eat this dish often. Could you please ask them for the recipe? Janet Wingert Dana Point Dear Janet: It doesn't get much simpler than shrimp and grits, but Bar / Kitchen at the O Hotel takes this classic comfort food to new heights, with large Mexican shrimp cooked in a rich creamy sauce spiced with minced Spanish Bilbao chorizo and a helping of Sriracha hot sauce.
August 6, 1998 |
Not one but 25 of the Valley's best chilies are served at Chili My Soul in Encino. You scoff at the idea of 25 chilies, I can tell. But each recipe was separately developed and is spiced differently, just as every curry would have its own spice mixture in the hands of an accomplished Indian cook. Chef-owner Randy Hoffman is passionate about chili--and talking about it; don't get him started unless you're really interested.
August 24, 2012 |
Bartender Calixto Hernandez has a wrist as loose as Steven Tyler's tongue, so the results can be menacing if you're not careful. Every Sunday, Hernandez lords over one of the most popular build-your-own Bloody Mary bars in the city on the back patio of La Cita in downtown Los Angeles. He provides a pint glass half full (or more) of vodka and you go to work mixing and garnishing it from the movable feast of condiments, crisp bacon, sauces and pickled veggies he lines up on the side of the bar. Thanks to the oppressive August heat, which mandates a healthy amount of escapist day drinking, the Enabler has lately been obsessed with build-your-own Bloody Mary bars.