August 14, 2012 |
This year's L.A. Taco Festival was a great excuse to take a subway, explore Mariachi Plaza, and listen to live banda music, while supporting the Jovenes Inc. foundation in its efforts to help at-risk Boyle Heights youth. The tacos, as you'd expect, were delicious, although the temperatures were high and the lines were long. Taquerias are as popular as the Dodgers in this part of town. I had a great time. But on the walk back to the car, I couldn't help myself.
August 5, 2012 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Lynne Lipcon in Wayland, Mass.: There are plenty of good reasons why President and Mrs. Obama chose to return to Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard this summer. In my opinion, the best reason would be to delight in a bowl of white gazpacho with steamed clams, grapes, almonds and smoked paprika oil. I have never had anything like it, but it is an experience I would love to re-create at home. Can you pry the recipe from them?
August 4, 2012 |
Dear SOS: There are plenty of good reasons why President andMrs. Obama chose to return to Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard this summer. In my opinion, the best reason would be to delight in a bowl of white gazpacho with steamed clams, grapes, almonds and smoked paprika oil. I have never had anything like it, but it is an experience I would love to re-create at home. Can you pry the recipe from them? Thanks. Lynne Lipcon Wayland, Mass. Dear Lynne: Puréed cucumbers and grapes form the base of this wonderfully fresh, bright soup, with yogurt and sour cream adding tangy richness, fresh lemon, a nice touch of garlic, sherry vinegar and a dash of hot sauce rounding out the harmony.
June 9, 2012 |
The cold fried chicken sandwich at Michael Voltaggio's ink.sack is one of the restaurant's bestsellers. The meat is cooked sous-vide with piment d'espelette and then breaded in corn flakes and fried. It's topped with crisp lettuce, pickles and tangy housemade ranch cheese and drizzled with a small-batch year-old hot sauce called Gindo's Spice of Life. Made by a local bartender and home chef named Chris Ginder, Gindo's Spice of Life has been generating buzz among local chefs who favor its fierce but forgiving heat and rich, well-balanced flavor.
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April 22, 2012 |
He's been blind since age 15. But nobody can say that Mason Ewing lacks vision. Overcoming a nightmarish childhood, Ewing, 30, has been a successful fashion designer in Paris. For the last six months, however, his mind has been set on Hollywood, where he hopes to create a teen comedy and a dramatic series for television. Born in Cameroon to an American father and a Cameroonian mother and raised in France, his own life has been filled with drama. His mother, a seamstress and dressmaker, was murdered when Ewing was 4, he said.
April 18, 2012 |
Smartphones, burgers and oil wells may be big moneymakers, but they can't compete when it comes to speed of expansion. The fastest-growing industries in the U.S. actually involve 3-D printers, solar panels, self-tanning products, Pilates and yogastudios and hot sauce. So says a new report from research group IBISWorld, which measured industries based on their contributions to the economy, revenue growth and expected future performance. In a season of rising gas prices, consumers and businesses are increasingly feeling the strain of dependence on fossil fuel.
February 10, 2012 |
Say goodbye to the drinker's golden rule, "Beer before liquor, never been sicker. " A new style of mixing the two favored forms of alcohol is emerging with frothy force in L.A.'s increasingly sensual drinkscape: the beer cocktail. Novel mixtures of beer, gin, vodka, whiskey, juices, infusions and herbs, beer cocktails are pouring two of the city's most hedonistic obsessions — craft beer and mixology — into a single glass, one that showcases the properties of fine beer rather than shunting it to the side as just another ingredient.
December 1, 2011
Hot fudge sauce Total time: 25 minutes Servings: Makes about 4 cups Note: Coffee extract is available at cooking and baking supply stores, as well as at select gourmet markets. The fudge sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, stored in an airtight container, for up to several weeks. Before serving, warm the fudge sauce over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to prevent it from scorching. Use the hot fudge sauce immediately or set it aside to cool to room temperature.
December 1, 2011
Total time: 2 hours, plus cooling and tempering times Servings: 12 Note: Suggested wine pairing: Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito (Umbria) 2/3 cup heavy cream 1 pound bittersweet chocolate (minimum 66% cacao), cut into pieces 1/4 cup brewed espresso (you can use decaf) 4 extra large eggs 4 extra large egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar Hot fudge sauce, to garnish the cake Cioccolati perugini (candied hazelnuts, honeycomb, candied almonds), to garnish the plate 1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
January 6, 2011 |
First, locate the tiny, unassuming entrance to Little London Cafe, a long, narrow, white linoleum corridor of a diner in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley's Chinese food paradise. A sign outside claims that the restaurant specializes in fish and chips. Ignore this sign. Inside, you will be presented with a laminated, black menu that lists pedestrian fish and chips and Americanized teriyaki bowls. Ignore this also. Ask for the Kalimantan menu. There may be some confusion because some of the servers, though extraordinarily sweet and accommodating, speak very little English.