November 20, 1997 |
When Campanile recently began a new Monday night series of family-style dinners, I called a couple of friends and signed up for the first one: bouillabaisse. Family-style means everyone at the table eats the same menu. It's like eating at home--except you're in a restaurant and Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton are much better cooks than most of us. For this first series of dinners, they've wisely chosen festive and elaborate dishes few amateur chefs would have the time or moxie to take on at home.
February 24, 2000 |
After closing briefly to remodel, Celestino Drago (Drago, Il Pastaio, Celestino) has essentially opened a new restaurant in the space where L'Arancino, his West Hollywood Sicilian, used to be. Sicilian cuisine just didn't go over there--and it's a real shame. There's a silver lining in that cloud, though, because his new concept, an Italian steakhouse called Celestino, is smart and appealing.
April 4, 2001 |
DEAR SOS: My best friend took me to the Sow's Ear Cafe in Cambria, Calif., where they served a wonderful dessert called White Velvet. We both loved it. It would be such a surprise for my friend if I prepared this dessert. Do you have the recipe? DAWN FINK Santa Barbara * DEAR DAWN: Now we do. Our request came through with a nice note from owner Bruce Block: "This is not one of our proprietary recipes, so we are happy to send it along."
April 7, 2012 |
When Nguyen Tran emailed to tell me about an extravaganza he was setting up at an acquaintance's house, a special herb dinner in which each of the many courses would involve fresh marijuana, I did not necessarily beg to be included in the feast. The first time I met Tran, on a social-media panel somewhere, he happened to be wearing a banana suit, and he has been known to show up to food events dressed as a tauntaun from "The Empire Strikes Back. " I like his Starry Kitchen, a pan-Asian lunchroom in a downtown office-building food court, and I admire the running pop-up restaurant he mounts with chef Laurent Quenioux.
May 13, 2013 |
Who doesn't love a cucumber? Picklers, slicers, green or yellow, smooth or bumpy, thin- or thick-skinned, chubby Kirbys, little cornichons, English, Japanese, Persian. Good thing then that with the impending heat comes cucumber season. They peak with the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and those other cucurbits, squashes and melons, but among all these, cucumbers are the most like Johnny Depp -- very, very cool. With their refreshing herbaceous flavor and their snappy crunch, cucumbers are exactly what we want to eat right now -- still (they've been cultivated for more than 3,000 years)