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."
January 13, 2012 |
While Republican presidential nominees duke it out on endless debates and President Obama tweaks his reelection strategy, chef Gordon Ramsay is noisily taking over the world. Hotels and restaurants might as well just start hanging out "Gordon was here" signs to warn the rest of us. Here's what's been announced this week alone about happenings on Planet Gordon. The cranky charmer from "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares" will launch "Hotel Hell" on Fox in March -- yes, yet another reality TV show riven with dramatic spats in the "Hell" franchise.
May 4, 2008 |
Hannah and Jeff Kirschner eat at Wilshire, the relaxed yet sophisticated restaurant in Santa Monica, at least once a week. It's hard to say which they love more--the food or the chef. The food is earthy and honest--wood-grilled steaks, tangerine-and-chili-spiked mussels, a dramatic deep-fried whole Thai snapper. The chef is their youngest son, Andrew.
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)
July 20, 1995 |
For better or worse, here's my definition of a dinner party: A group of people gathered together to eat . . . and a flaw. I have given countless dinner parties, privately and as part of a catering crew, and even, ever so briefly, as a catering company of one.
July 23, 1995 |
About 25 years ago, Second City, the Chicago-based improvisational theater troupe, included in its repertoire a snide little sketch about vegetarians that contradicted the stereotype of the pale, passive carrot lover. It was about two shoppers who encounter each other in a supermarket aisle--but each time the vegetarian was crossed he became more and more hostile, until he exploded in some kind of blood rage, as though he were, well, a carnivore. Big laughs. Vegetarians have always gotten a bum rap for being somehow less than full-blooded; it is as though their refusal to eat flesh or its by-products (or wear it; I knew a kid in college who lived in fabric shoes and hemp belts)