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FOOD
September 30, 1993 | LAURIE OCHOA
Sure, the inhabitants of Biosphere 2 ate a high-fiber, low-fat and mostly vegetarian diet while safely ensconced in their lovely domed world. But what did they really want after two years of enforced isolation and health food? Chocolate, caviar, Genoa salami, lots of fancy cheese, pate, peanut butter . . . and on everyone's wish list, gourmet coffee.
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MAGAZINE
February 6, 2005 | MARTIN BOOE
"The way to a man's heart is through his stomach," goes the old saw, which I believe I first heard Wilma tell Betty on an episode of "The Flintstones." Not exactly a paradigm for romance, but there is truth in cartoon shows. And I've done enough cooking for women to tell you it works both ways. Of course, we all know it's not necessarily the literal heart of the matter we want to get to. Happy Valentine's Day, darling. Me, Tarzan. You, Jane. Now what's for dinner? Aphrodisiac cooking, anyone?
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NEWS
November 27, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
The grande dame of the Sunset Strip, Le Dome, has just reopened after a major makeover. Done up by designer Dodd Mitchell in Gothic windows with metal straps, ziggurat plaster-work and smooth log walls, she now seems a grand old dame tarted up to party. There's no denying the place was looking shabby before and, though the space hasn't really been reconfigured, the effect is now much more spacious and glam. The opulent curved leather booths are perfect for hushed conversation.
FOOD
January 14, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
Le Dome, the famous rocker and music industry haunt on Sunset Strip, was seriously in danger of going the way of the dodo bird and Chasen's when longtime owner Eddie Kerkhofs found new partners -- Ronald Tutor and David Bergstein -- with the cash for a radical makeover. If ever there was a fashion emergency this was it. The once-glamorous venue was looking decidedly dowdy and dispirited. Even the TV executives and music moguls legendary for hitting on anything that moved seemed in short supply.
FOOD
January 14, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
Le Dome, the famous rocker and music industry haunt on Sunset Strip, was seriously in danger of going the way of the dodo bird and Chasen's when longtime owner Eddie Kerkhofs found new partners -- Ronald Tutor and David Bergstein -- with the cash for a radical makeover. If ever there was a fashion emergency this was it. The once-glamorous venue was looking decidedly dowdy and dispirited. Even the TV executives and music moguls legendary for hitting on anything that moved seemed in short supply.
NEWS
April 9, 1995
Le Dome is finally getting a dome. After 18 years in business, the Sunset Boulevard restaurant is undergoing some cosmetic surgery. Tomar-Lampert (designer of homes for Barbra Streisand, Johnny Carson and Jon Peters among others) is installing a garden terrace overlooking Sunset Plaza, pale sherbet colors and faux limestone walls inside--and a proper dome. "I felt Le Dome should have a dome," said Stephen Tomar. "The dome over the bar is really just a skylight.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1988 | RUTH REICHL
I know there is a view at Le Dome--but I've never seen it. Every time I go there for dinner, I get plunked down in that drafty passageway near the door that passes for a dining room. Once, I must admit, they let me go inside to one of the dimmer rooms (it must have been a slow night). And when I finally did get over to look out of the window, it was lunchtime, when the real view has nothing to do with the landscape.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic. and
The 48,000 rock fans at Giants Stadium are impatient as the clock moves past the midnight hour. It has been almost 90 minutes since Metallica ended its blistering set, yet there is still no sign of Guns N' Roses. "Where the hell is Axl?" shouts a young man wearing a bright new Guns N' Roses T-shirt. Other fans near him raise their fists as if also demanding an answer. "Yeah," screams another youth. "Maybe he's in jail in St. Louis." The fans nearby howl with laughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 1988
Marco, Le Dome's waiter to the stars (Calendar Letters, Feb. 28), is exactly the reason the best service in town is still at McDonald's. ERIK GOSSWILLER Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1986
As a couple who make their living in "the industry," we read with interest Paul Rosenfield's article "High Anxiety" (Calendar, Jan. 26). After 3 1/2 pages we failed to find any point further than the obvious: Stress and anxiety are definite byproducts of the business . . . unless, of course, his point was to plug Le Dome, which he manages to mention not once, but three times. JANIS & PETER COLLISTER Los Angeles
NEWS
November 27, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
The grande dame of the Sunset Strip, Le Dome, has just reopened after a major makeover. Done up by designer Dodd Mitchell in Gothic windows with metal straps, ziggurat plaster-work and smooth log walls, she now seems a grand old dame tarted up to party. There's no denying the place was looking shabby before and, though the space hasn't really been reconfigured, the effect is now much more spacious and glam. The opulent curved leather booths are perfect for hushed conversation.
MAGAZINE
December 15, 1996 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
Scandia, once Los Angeles' most elegant restaurant, now stands shuttered. Sunset Plaza has replaced the Trocadero, where Bentleys and Rolls Royces delivered starlets and their leading men. The beloved diner Ben Frank's closed earlier this year. And yet dining on the most famous stretch of Sunset Boulevard hasn't gone the way of Norma Desmond. Old standbys like Le Dome continue to hold their own against brash upstarts like Billboard (Live).
NEWS
April 9, 1995
Le Dome is finally getting a dome. After 18 years in business, the Sunset Boulevard restaurant is undergoing some cosmetic surgery. Tomar-Lampert (designer of homes for Barbra Streisand, Johnny Carson and Jon Peters among others) is installing a garden terrace overlooking Sunset Plaza, pale sherbet colors and faux limestone walls inside--and a proper dome. "I felt Le Dome should have a dome," said Stephen Tomar. "The dome over the bar is really just a skylight.
FOOD
September 30, 1993 | LAURIE OCHOA
Sure, the inhabitants of Biosphere 2 ate a high-fiber, low-fat and mostly vegetarian diet while safely ensconced in their lovely domed world. But what did they really want after two years of enforced isolation and health food? Chocolate, caviar, Genoa salami, lots of fancy cheese, pate, peanut butter . . . and on everyone's wish list, gourmet coffee.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic. and
The 48,000 rock fans at Giants Stadium are impatient as the clock moves past the midnight hour. It has been almost 90 minutes since Metallica ended its blistering set, yet there is still no sign of Guns N' Roses. "Where the hell is Axl?" shouts a young man wearing a bright new Guns N' Roses T-shirt. Other fans near him raise their fists as if also demanding an answer. "Yeah," screams another youth. "Maybe he's in jail in St. Louis." The fans nearby howl with laughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1991
Re Ruth Reichl's "Dear Restaurant Critic," Dec. 30: Over the holidays we had several visitors from out of town, people with whom we had many things to talk about and who enjoy good food and wine. We invariably take such friends for dinner to Le Dome, where the ambience is sedate and quiet. Because Le Dome was closed and we did not want to pay the huge tabs of L'Orangerie and L'Ermitage, we settled on La Toque and Pazzia. However, we came to realize that what seems essential restaurant qualities for taking visitors to dinner have all but disappeared from our city.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1991
Re Ruth Reichl's "Dear Restaurant Critic," Dec. 30: Over the holidays we had several visitors from out of town, people with whom we had many things to talk about and who enjoy good food and wine. We invariably take such friends for dinner to Le Dome, where the ambience is sedate and quiet. Because Le Dome was closed and we did not want to pay the huge tabs of L'Orangerie and L'Ermitage, we settled on La Toque and Pazzia. However, we came to realize that what seems essential restaurant qualities for taking visitors to dinner have all but disappeared from our city.
MAGAZINE
December 15, 1996 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
Scandia, once Los Angeles' most elegant restaurant, now stands shuttered. Sunset Plaza has replaced the Trocadero, where Bentleys and Rolls Royces delivered starlets and their leading men. The beloved diner Ben Frank's closed earlier this year. And yet dining on the most famous stretch of Sunset Boulevard hasn't gone the way of Norma Desmond. Old standbys like Le Dome continue to hold their own against brash upstarts like Billboard (Live).
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1989 | COLMAN ANDREWS
Claude, who is 82 and hungry, wonders if six oysters apiece will be enough. "Maybe we should each have nine," he offers. I agree. He thinks for a moment, squinting at the small, separate shellfish menu we have been given along with the regular carte . "And maybe we should have some bouquets roses , too," he adds, referring to the delicious little rosy-pink prawns that are so abundant in France this time of year. I agree again. The waiter appears. We order six plump Belons, the pride of coastal Brittany; six Belondines, similar but raised in fresh water; six salty, smooth-shelled plates from Holland; and what an American Midwesterner might well have described as a "mess" of the rosy-pink prawns.
NEWS
April 25, 1989 | BETTY GOODWIN
The evening began with the French way of greeting, hellos followed by a flurry of kisses on both sides of the cheeks. The French also have their way of putting on a dinner party, which was really what Sunday night's festivities were all about. The dinner laid to rest the theory that too many cooks spoil the consomme. Michel Richard of Citrus, Jean-Claude Bourlier of Le Dome, Patrick Healy from Champagne, Claude Alrivy from Le Chardonnay and Michel Blanchet from L'Ermitage toiled together in Blanchet's kitchen preparing a five-course meal--the caloric count of which, one guest pointed out, was "off the wall."
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