February 23, 2004 |
Now that Mike Weir has wrapped up a second consecutive Nissan Open title, he can start devoting time to really important things, such as deciding what kind of food will be served at the Champions Dinner at the Masters. As the defending Masters champion, it is up to Weir to determine what is on the menu. "I've been kicking around a few ideas," Weir told the Miami Herald a while back. "My mom cooks some awesome Italian food. My wife is Mexican, and I love that.
April 14, 1994 |
Long before trendy pasta restaurants began sprouting up on the Westside, Sorrento's Market was quietly selling authentic Italian food. Since 1963, in fact, the store has offered variety after variety of olives, cheeses, meats and other products, many of which are imported from Italy or made fresh locally. The quality is high--but not the prices.
January 24, 1988 |
The eastern San Gabriel Valley might just as well be the moon for many residents of Los Angeles. "By the time you get out there," said one of my trendy Westside friends, "you're halfway to Las Vegas." The restaurant scene is improving there, though. The population is increasing, and recent years have brought many fine new restaurants, places with R s like Rosa's, Rapport, and Rapscallion.
August 4, 1991 |
Once upon a time, Italian food in America was what you ate when you didn't have much money. You went to dark, square rooms where the ceiling was covered with dusty, straw-covered bottles of undrinkable wine, and the tables were covered with (slightly spotted) red-and-white-checked tablecloths. Meals began with big, balloony slices of bread, continued through spaghetti in red sauce and usually ended with something called spumoni.
November 6, 1991 |
If they had chosen a different name for their growing restaurant business, a good choice might have been "Five Guys From Italy." Next month, when they open a new restaurant called Emporio Armani Express in South Coast Plaza, the five businessmen will have three Italian restaurants at or near the giant Costa Mesa shopping mall. Their flagship business, the stylish L'Opera restaurant, is in downtown Long Beach.
February 27, 1994 |
Seated in one of the vibrantly blue booths at El Caserio, you may notice how the music switches from a classical Spanish guitar to a beautiful aria from a Puccini opera. You may also notice the bottom of the menu reads grazie and muchas gracias. And, after studying the menu, you'll know the food matches the music and the thank-yous, for this restaurant features Italian and Ecuadorean cuisine.
November 8, 1991 |
Three or four years ago, it was hard to predict what would happen next on the Los Angeles restaurant scene. Upscale Cuban cuisine? Commuting French chefs? Mediterranean cooking? More bar & grill American? Unfortunately, the recession has since tempered the more outlandish and chancy culinary impulses. And the public, too, leaned toward easier, safer food. What this seems to have led to is not just a trend but a glut of contemporary Italian restaurants. Don't get me wrong.
July 5, 1996 |
It's been too hot to cook, so I have been making and renewing my acquaintance with some of the city's local take-out food. Abiento on South Lake in Pasadena has opened a gourmet deli case. Take-out service is still very new--in fact, it felt as if my friends and I were the first serious, load-it-up customers. Our server was helpful if inexperienced, but somehow, eventually, we left with picnic fare and dinner.
October 4, 1992 |
The search for a new chef is over at L'Escoffier. The Beverly Hilton Hotel has hired one of the city's most respected chefs for its newly redecorated room with a view--Michel Blanchet. "We are lightening up the food," says General Manager Richard Cotter. "We certainly want our old customers back, but we believe it's a room with excitement that can attract new and younger crowds as well."
October 22, 2012 |
The Lakers recently cut two players (Ronnie Aguilar and Reeves Nelson) with more to come as the 18-man roster needs to be trimmed to at least 15 by opening night. Guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, a last-minute invite to camp, may have made enough of an impression on the Lakers to make the regular season roster. Douglas-Roberts spent last year overseas in Italy playing for Virtus Bologna. His recent interview with Mike Trudell, of Lakers.com , included a comment that caused a bit of a firestorm among the die-hard Italian basketball community: "We ate pasta every day. EVERY day. That's what it is over there.