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October 5, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Annual "best of" lists are made for arguing, but even given that, this year's restaurant round-up from longtime Esquire writer John Mariani contains at least one major “huh?” item. First, the good news: three Southern California spots were included on the best new restaurant list: Vic Casanova's Gusto , Josef Centeno's Baco Mercat and Bernhard Mairinger's BierBeisl . Restaurant of the year went to Atlanta's the Optimist , restaurateur of the year was Gabriel Stulman, from Perla, in New York City , and Drew Nieporent (Montrachet, the various Nobus, Tribeca , Corton)
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October 5, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Annual "best of" lists are made for arguing, but even given that, this year's restaurant round-up from longtime Esquire writer John Mariani contains at least one major “huh?” item. First, the good news: three Southern California spots were included on the best new restaurant list: Vic Casanova's Gusto , Josef Centeno's Baco Mercat and Bernhard Mairinger's BierBeisl . Restaurant of the year went to Atlanta's the Optimist , restaurateur of the year was Gabriel Stulman, from Perla, in New York City , and Drew Nieporent (Montrachet, the various Nobus, Tribeca , Corton)
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December 4, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
It's an axiom of food writing that the only restaurant critics chefs like are the ones who've just retired. Apparently, that's not quite true. In fact, The Times has two exceptions on its staff. Jonathan Gold and S. Irene Virbila are both in the Top 10 of the nation's restaurant critics, according to a poll of chefs and restaurateurs conducted by the Daily Meal website . In fact, Gold is No. 1 over all, earning the site's only three-star ranking. Virbila is No. 10, with 2½ stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1997 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, TIMES RESTAURANT CRITIC
After three tries got only the busy signal, I decide to chance it and head anyway to the new El Cholo in Santa Monica. At 1:40 on a recent weekday afternoon, cars are still idling at the curb, waiting to enter the parking lot. Two surfer types who have aced a parking spot on the street race toward the door--and one of El Cholo's humongous combination plates. To celebrate the L.A.
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September 26, 2001 | MARION CUNNINGHAM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For those of us who fancy ourselves "real cooks," who pride ourselves on making everything from scratch, it is an interesting exercise to go and study our cupboards. My pantry shelves contain everything from staples such as salt and oil to canned sardines, pumpkin and peanut butter. And, of course, there's my all-time favorite, mayonnaise. Over the years I've made mayonnaise in cooking classes many times, but I've never wavered from my preference for commercially made Best Foods mayonnaise.
FOOD
May 7, 1992
On Saturday night, at the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals convention in Miami, the best cookbook in the United States was "Bread In Half the Time" by Linda West Eckhardt and Diana Collingwood Butts. Two nights later, at the James Beard Book Awards in New York, it was James Peterson's "Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making."
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June 23, 1995 | KATHIE JENKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even if you live in the hills way above Hollywood, you've still got to have pizza. And Michael Eisenberg is the one who is going to bring it to you. Eisenberg, who co-owns Thunder Roadhouse on Sunset with former bad boy celebs Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Dwight Yoakum, has turned the motorcycle showroom next to his restaurant into a pizzeria, which is scheduled to open today. Of course, there is a deeper motive behind Eisenberg's delivery service.
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February 8, 1987 | RUTH REICHL
"Can I have a glass of water?" asked restaurant critic John Mariani at the International Food Media Conference in New York a couple of weeks ago. He quickly added, "No, I'm not going to throw it in Jay's face." So began what might, under better circumstances, have turned into this country's first serious debate about restaurant criticism. Jay Jacobs, former New York restaurant critic for Gourmet magazine, was on a panel with Mariani, critic for Esquire, Playboy and other publications.
FOOD
April 30, 1997 | CHARLES PERRY
There's no point comparing this season's foodie movie, "A Chef in Love," with last year's "Big Night." It's not about being true to your art as exemplified in a single monumental dish. It's more like "Babette's Feast"--a paean to a great cook's ability to transcend destiny. On the eve of the Soviet takeover of the Republic of Georgia in 1921, the hero makes an inspiring speech about how the eternal art of gastronomy will outlive any transient political regime.
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November 15, 1990 | CHARLES PERRY
A dress stitched together from pieces of flank steak is on display at the Donald Young Gallery in Chicago. Montreal artist Jana Sterbak's creation is slack and sleeveless and looks rather like a daring frock circa 1919, except for a certain lumpy quality in the folds. It has been salted so that in the course of the exhibition it will turn into jerky. Thanks for sharing with us, Jana. The Gastro-Computer Prodigy seems to be the most food-oriented computer information service.
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September 26, 1985 | CAROLE SUGARMAN, The Washington Post
Call it a tempest in a teapot or a classic case of sour grapes. Call it disorganized or a few coincidences. In the aftermath of the recent third annual National Rib Cook-Off in Cleveland, participants are calling the contest results and judging procedures all of the above. And that's not to mention what they're calling each other. The imbroglio temporarily puts questions of conflict of interest out of the political arena and into the barbecue pit.
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