March 2, 2013 |
Echo Park has a new fancy cocktail den in Allumette. In the old Allston Yacht Club space next door to the neighborhood liquor store House of Spirits Allumette is the new restaurant by Vagrancy Project chef Miles Thompson. To complement his intricate small plates, including raviolo of liquefied blood pudding with scallop carpaccio and caramelized anchovy; and fried oyster with kimchi ranch dressing, Asian pear mignonette and sea spinach, he's brought on former Pour Vous and Harvard & Stone mixologist Serena Herrick.
October 12, 2012 |
When I was in Washington, D.C., recently, I got turned around and took the wrong bus. When I got off, I realized I must be very close to Jaleo , the first restaurant of Spanish chef José Andrés (The Bazaar). It had just been redone and I wanted to check it out. All quiet on a Saturday afternoon. We took two seats at the bar and ordered a glass of Albariño and the cocktail a new friend had enthusiastically recommended: Hometown Hero. I loved the cocktail's tart sweetness, the almost smoky taste of the mezcal and the bitter herbs of Cocchi Americano vermouth with a high note of cinnamon.
July 1, 2011
Hard-drinking writers are such an archetype that they've spawned at least one book of cocktail recipes, "Hemingway and Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers," which was published in 2006. In a similar spirit, Literati Bar & Grill in Brentwood — which is next door to the popular writer's hangout Literati Cafe — has created a list of drinks for literary lushes. These include Goodnight Moon and Lord Gin, but chef Christian De La Vara and owner Paty Kouba, who created the cocktails, say that the most popular is Fahrenheit 451. The drink pays homage to the Ray Bradbury novel by creating a fire of the alcoholic variety.
September 22, 2011
Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: The best way to make this dessert is with a mandoline or a very sharp knife, in order to slice the fruit as thinly as possible. It can be served on individual serving plates or from one large central plate. Use the fruit options given below for the carpaccio, or substitute with fruit that can be sliced thinly without falling apart, or any fruit that will make a lovely, colorful, contrasted plate. 2 ripe but firm peaches, cut into paper-thin slices 4 fresh figs, cut in quarters 1/2 pineapple, peeled and cut into paper-thin slices 1 mango, cut into paper-thin slices 1 ripe but firm kiwi, peeled and cut into paper-thin slices 1 carambola (Chinese star fruit)
March 25, 2010 |
Dear SOS: We spent the weekend in Los Cabos and had an incredible scallop ceviche dish at the Tequila & Ceviche Bar at Las Ventanas. It was so fresh, I think it came straight from the Gulf of California. The chef said they marinate the scallops in lime juice to "cook" them. It looked beautiful, tasted even better and seemed pretty simple to make. Could it be that easy? Would they be willing to share the recipe? It would be a great way to impress my friends this summer. Amanda Saxe Encino Dear Amanda: Las Ventanas al Paraiso was happy to share their recipe for this bright and simple dish.
August 4, 2012
Watermelon salad with feta, mint and cumin-lime dressing Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 2 pounds watermelon cubes 1 pound feta, cut in cubes 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds 3 tablespoons lime juice Salt 1 1/2 tablespoons oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 1. Combine watermelon, feta and jalapeño in serving bowl....