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January 7, 2001 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
First there were two, chefs/partners Josiah Citrin and Raphael Lunetta, who opened JiRaffe four years ago. Then there was one, when Citrin left his childhood friend and surfing buddy to open his own, more formal restaurant in 1998. Judging from meals I've had at JiRaffe recently, maybe one is better than two. Since Lunetta has been on his own, the 33-year-old chef has found his own style.
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May 7, 2006 | Randye Hoder, Randye Hoder has written for West and The Times' Op-Ed page.
Raphael Lunetta is no stranger to exotic ingredients. The owner and chef of JiRaffe in Santa Monica routinely turns out dishes with the likes of barrel-aged Banyuls vinegar, purple Peruvian gnocchi and lotus root. Still, he found himself utterly captivated by Valley Produce in Reseda, where shelves brim with canned goods labeled in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, Armenian, Russian and Hindi. The cheese section is crowded with offerings from Mexico, France, Egypt and Iran.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI
* Chef and owner of JiRaffe restaurant in Santa Monica. Into the Ocean: Saturdays I start out early, at 6 or 6:30 a.m., and I head north on Pacific Coast Highway with a couple of surfboards to Zuma Beach. The reason I pick Zuma is that the water is clean, the surf is always a little bit better. It's a powerful wave, and you're not looking at a big city behind you. It's crisp, and for me, that's the best way to start the day. I've been surfing my entire life.
MAGAZINE
March 17, 2002 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
I spent almost a month in Tahiti, on Moorea, last July. It's a great place to take a family trip. The ocean is as blue and clean as it gets, and the beaches are pristine. There's a lot of traditional native culture in Tahiti. The men are fishermen. Every day you're on the beach having fruit for breakfast, and you see everyone piling by on their Tahitian canoes. The women are very much into their native French Polynesian dances. The food is pretty good.
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March 17, 2002 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
I spent almost a month in Tahiti, on Moorea, last July. It's a great place to take a family trip. The ocean is as blue and clean as it gets, and the beaches are pristine. There's a lot of traditional native culture in Tahiti. The men are fishermen. Every day you're on the beach having fruit for breakfast, and you see everyone piling by on their Tahitian canoes. The women are very much into their native French Polynesian dances. The food is pretty good.
MAGAZINE
May 7, 2006 | Randye Hoder, Randye Hoder has written for West and The Times' Op-Ed page.
Raphael Lunetta is no stranger to exotic ingredients. The owner and chef of JiRaffe in Santa Monica routinely turns out dishes with the likes of barrel-aged Banyuls vinegar, purple Peruvian gnocchi and lotus root. Still, he found himself utterly captivated by Valley Produce in Reseda, where shelves brim with canned goods labeled in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, Armenian, Russian and Hindi. The cheese section is crowded with offerings from Mexico, France, Egypt and Iran.
MAGAZINE
August 1, 1999 | Leslee Komaiko
It's snack time. And if you think your favorite Los Angeles chef refuels with braised endive or baked brie, the salty, hydrogenated, sugar-laden truth might hurt. Hey, when you're around white asparagus, soft shell crab and truffles all day, you're bound to crave some j-u-n-k. Match who's munching on what. (See below for answers.) 1. Susan Feniger, Border Grill & Ciudad 2. Mark Peel, Campanile 3. Raphael Lunetta, Jiraffe 4. Nobu Matsuhisa, Matsuhisa & Ubon 5. Joachim Splichal, Patina 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 1993 | LAURIE OCHOA
When rumors first surfaced about a rustic lodge-style restaurant on the outskirts of Beverly Hills, we were suspicious. It's true that Hollywood types like to roam around in jeans and Range Rovers, but their eating habitats, especially close to home, are most often white-walled sorts of places, the better to show off big art and big-name stars.
FOOD
December 13, 2000 | ANGELA PETTERA
Thursday Fall Extravaganza: Chef Raphael Lunetta shows how to make an elaborate meal of dishes like roasted venison with sweet and sour cabbage, seared scallops with risotto and more. 6:30 p.m. Sur La Table, 301 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-0390. $50. The Feast Noel: Tina Reynolds teaches a Provencal meal perfect for holiday entertaining. Dishes include sorrel-wrapped salmon and lavender creme bru^lee. 6:30 p.m. Toby's Kitchen Store, 2721 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 643-4577. $40.
NEWS
February 23, 2006 | Leslee Komaiko
Cuvee Not up for that other Robertson Boulevard restaurant nearby? You know, the one with the picket fence and the packed patio? Check out this charming wine and gourmet shop, which, incidentally, also has patio seating. Nearly a dozen prepared salads are offered every day, including a spunky Asian-style cole slaw. For dessert, don't miss the banana bar: banana pound cake slathered with a rich sour cream frosting. * Three salad combo, $8.50. 145 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A., (310) 271-4333.
MAGAZINE
January 7, 2001 | S. IRENE VIRBILA
First there were two, chefs/partners Josiah Citrin and Raphael Lunetta, who opened JiRaffe four years ago. Then there was one, when Citrin left his childhood friend and surfing buddy to open his own, more formal restaurant in 1998. Judging from meals I've had at JiRaffe recently, maybe one is better than two. Since Lunetta has been on his own, the 33-year-old chef has found his own style.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI
* Chef and owner of JiRaffe restaurant in Santa Monica. Into the Ocean: Saturdays I start out early, at 6 or 6:30 a.m., and I head north on Pacific Coast Highway with a couple of surfboards to Zuma Beach. The reason I pick Zuma is that the water is clean, the surf is always a little bit better. It's a powerful wave, and you're not looking at a big city behind you. It's crisp, and for me, that's the best way to start the day. I've been surfing my entire life.
NEWS
July 6, 2006 | Leslee Komaiko
You don't want a fast-food burger, but you don't have time for a proper dining experience either. What to do? Go "fast casual." * Auntie Em's Kitchen The display of oversized frosted cupcakes in a variety of flavors en route to the register makes it nearly impossible not to indulge. But this funky restaurant also does some nice savories. Consider the moist and surprisingly light beef meatloaf sandwich. Swell soups too, like chilled cucumber and cumin for summer. * Cupcakes, $3.
MAGAZINE
June 10, 2001
SEAFOOD QUARTET, clockwise from top left, Japanese Octopus with Gazpacho Granite; Yellowfin Tuna with Avocado and Osetra Caviar; Hamachi with Pink Pepper and Lemon Confit; and Oyster with Tomato and Water Noodles from WALTER MANSKE / PATINA, Los Angeles * Michael Schmidt silver mesh bra with rhinestones, $1,200, at Maxfield, Los Angeles. Erickson Beamon @ Showroom Seven Lucite bracelet. Nars eye shadow in "Goldfinger" and "Rebecca," with mascara in "Bamboo." Poole lip gloss in "Icon No. 6."
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