March 15, 2006 |
THERE'S more to a menu than meets the eye. A carefully designed one, such as this dinner menu from Providence, chef Michael Cimarusti's high-end seafood palace on Melrose Avenue, conveys as much about food fashion, the L.A. dining scene and even the diners themselves as it does about the food. -- Laurie Winer CIRCLE GAME: To suggest an aesthetic direction for Providence, which opened last June, designers Satoko Furuta and Stacey McCombs produced a 64-page book of photos, drawings and word play, all reflecting images of the sea. This they boiled down into the restaurant's logo.
January 28, 2011 |
Valentine's Day is one of the biggest restaurant evenings of the year. Here are some places that are offering special menus and deals. Alegria: Long Beach's Alegria combines a four-course dinner for $65 and live flamenco dancers. Offered from February 10 to 14, the pan-Latin menu includes chicken mole, Spanish paella and Brazilian rotisserie chicken. 115 North Pine Ave., Long Beach; (562) 436-3388; http://www.alegriacocinalatina.com Campanile : A five-course prix-fixe menu Feb. 13 and 14. For $75, the dinner includes dishes like baked oysters with creamed spinach, grilled prime rib with a black olive tapenade and a chocolate truffle cake with Armagnac ice cream for dessert.
May 11, 2005 |
What's a week or two more to get things just right for a restaurant opening? A little delay is par for the course. But lately, a number of high-profile Los Angeles area restaurants-to-be seem to be stuck in some kind of quicksand. Since last year, the food world has been buzzing about the imminent openings of ex-Water Grill chef Michael Cimarusti's new restaurant, a new Thomas Schoos-designed spot on the Westside, a Dodd Mitchell-designed steakhouse in Beverly Hills and several more.
May 12, 2012 |
Whenever my friend Roberta comes to town, we try to have lunch at Providence on a Friday. That's the only day the Michelin two-star restaurant is open for lunch, in fact. Lunch has a different character than dinner. You tend to talk about different things, maybe because you're more alert at 1 p.m. than at 9. Restaurants are usually less crowded then, so it's quieter. I have a sneaking suspicion that chefs enjoy lunch too, because of that more leisurely pace. I'm not talking about grabbing a sandwich, I mean a meal at a good restaurant.
November 2, 2005 |
AFTER months of anticipation and weeks of gossip, Michelin issued its first ratings of New York City restaurants Tuesday, and the results were mostly safe, with a few surprises. Four restaurants -- Alain Ducasse, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges and Per Se -- were awarded three stars, the top honor, while four received two: Bouley, Daniel, Danube and Masa. Thirty-one others were deemed worthy of one star, including two off the island of Manhattan, in Brooklyn.
May 16, 2002 |
* The chef at the downtown seafood restaurant Water Grill also worked at the original Spago. Old Spoons and Wacky Spatulas: Many times, my family and I have gone to the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena, which is the second Sunday of every month. We've gotten all sorts of things there. I've picked up some old albums and we'll find things for our kitchen. Being a chef, I collect funky little utensils like automatic spatulas that flip things over by pressing them or old spoons or knives.