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December 30, 2010 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Well, that was interesting. A couple of days before Christmas, one of the owners of the new Beverly Hills restaurant Red Medicine created a firestorm by confronting Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila while she was waiting for a table, snapping her picture, kicking her and her party out of the restaurant and then posting the picture on the Internet for all to see. By the next morning, more than 15 years of working to remain anonymous were...
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March 8, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Are restaurants that thrive on insulting their customers a dying breed? It seems the Chinese restaurant dubbed “London's rudest restaurant” is giving up the insults and promising to reopen with kinder, gentler service. BBC News Magazine reports . According to writer Jon Kelly, the patrons of Wong Kei in London's Chinatown “were cajoled, bullied, insulted and mocked by waiting staff. Perversely, many diners loved it. Each night scores would queue up at the 500-cover restaurant to be verbally abused over the chicken satay and pork fried noodles.” Doesn't sound much different than the famed San Francisco Chinatown restaurant Sam Wo, also known for insulting customers and world's rudest waiter, Edsel Ford Fung.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1990 | DAVID SIBLEY, Sibley, an owner of Lunaria, is director and past president of the Westwood Homeowners Assn.
Angelenos are fortunate that Ruth Reichl isn't our only restaurant critic. She so often overlooks what is good and unusual in new restaurants. If we were to act solely on Reichl's recommendations, we would all be scrambling for seats at the only four or five institutions she repeatedly recommends. The culinary diversity that our city represents, the variety of tastes and styles that make us the restaurant capital of the country, would have been stillborn.
FOOD
August 31, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila
At this point, it's hard to imagine Californian and Mediterranean cuisines without tomatoes. But that was the case until the tomato plant was discovered in Mexico by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, and from there it disseminated to the rest of the Americas and the Mediterranean. In some climates, New Jersey, say, the tomato season is short. Not so in Southern California. We'll be enjoying our heirlooms and beefsteaks well into November. Right now, the season is at its height, and tomatoes play star roles on menus, from the BLT to haute cuisine.
NEWS
January 24, 2000 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Craig Claiborne, who in a three-decade career as food editor and restaurant critic for the New York Times was one of the most influential culinary writers in America, has died. The 79-year-old Claiborne died Saturday at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. No cause of death was announced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
Michael Winner, a British film director who specialized in thrillers and action movies, including three "Death Wish" movies, died Monday. He was 77. A bon vivant who became a restaurant critic after his film career wound down, Winner died at his London home after an illness, said his wife, Geraldine. Winner directed a few dozen films but was best known for "Death Wish," which starred Charles Bronson as a law-abiding citizen who turns vigilante when his wife and daughter are attacked.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
Circling Valley Boulevard in Alhambra, lost in suffocating, 100-degree heat, I'm wondering: What could possibly justify leaving my air-conditioned office to stumble around this too-familiar Southern California bleakscape of tire outlets, big box stores, nail parlors and fast-food joints? A few minutes later, I've finally limped into 101 Noodle Express, and the answer is at hand. It's the restaurant's beef roll, something like a crispy Chinese pancake, rolled around thin layers of savory beef and topped with a homemade bean sauce.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Tribune newspapers
The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat Thomas McNamee Free Press, 339 pp., $27 Ask your average Food Network viewer or Yelp poster about Craig Claiborne and you're likely to be met with a blank look and a "Who?" How fleeting is fame in the food world. Claiborne is one of the giants of this modern age, even if today - less than 20 years after his passing - he is largely forgotten. People remember James Beard because of the foundation that keeps his name alive. Julia Child lives on in television reruns (even if some fans now believe she looked just like Meryl Streep)
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Have you read Pete Wells' New York Times review of Guy Fieri's new restaurant , American Kitchen & Bar, in Times Square ? Did it blow your mind when you realized the restaurant critic wrote the entire review in questions? Did you guffaw at the menu item "Guy's Pat LaFrieda custom blend, all-natural Creekstone Farm Black Angus beef patty, LTOP (lettuce, tomato, onion + pickle), SMC (super-melty-cheese) and a slathering of Donkey Sauce on garlic-buttered brioche"? What about those Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds and Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila ducked into Red Medicine, a new Beverly Hills restaurant, for some modern Vietnamese food the other night, but got nothing to eat. Instead, she was outed and ousted, her party turned away, her picture snapped and critic's anonymity shredded by the restaurateur himself. "I always knew at some point a blogger or somebody would take a secret photo. But I never expected that a restaurateur would stick a camera in my face," Virbila said Wednesday.
NEWS
May 1, 2013
Jonathan Gold, the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic and self-proclaimed “belly of Los Angeles,” is selecting his 101 favorite restaurants for a special section to be published in The Times on May 23. And if you're lucky, you could get an advance peek and a sampling from some of those hot spots. On May 21, The Times and Gold are hosting Bite Nite, an intimate tasting event with more than 20 selected restaurants. A limited number of tickets are available, and they will be sold only to Times members, starting May 8. Lunchtime with Mr. Gold The featured restaurants cover the rich variety of food in Los Angeles and include Alma, Chichen Itza, Corazon y Miel, Cut, Guelaguetza, Hart & Hunter, Jitlada, Ink, La Casita Mexicana, Lucques, Meals by Genet, Mozza, Sqirl and  more.
NEWS
April 2, 2013
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold returns Wednesday for his weekly live chat, "Lunchtime With Mr. Gold. " Stop by at noon and bring your questions. He'll answer as many of your dining queries as he can get to in half an hour. So get ready!  Got a craving for BBQ? Need to get your hands on a glazed doughnut? Need a recommendation for someone who loves Indian food? Have more culinary questions? Gold's your man. More Jonathan Gold quizzes: Sandwich time | Pickles | Birds Come back here Wednesday at noon.  LIVE Lunchtime with Jonathan Gold » ALSO: What I'm drinking now: David Rosoff of Osteria Mozza Food & Wine names Michael Voltaggio of L.A.'s ink. a best new chef Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Muddy Leek gets comfortable in Culver City  
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Red Medicine is undoubtedly a fine restaurant. But the way things are going, it may wind up better known for its antics than its food. The Twitter and Facebook worlds are abuzz about its latest stunt. Over the weekend, the Beverly Hills restaurant vented its frustration over no-show reservations by tweeting and Facebooking the names of offending customers.   “Hi Kyle Anderson (323), I hope you enjoyed your gf's bday and the flowers that you didn't bring when you no-showed for your 815 res. Thanks,” one such tweet read.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
There are a lot of smart people in the food world, but not many smarter than Ruth Reichl. So when she says formal fine dining is going to make a comeback, maybe it's a good idea to pay attention. Reichl was the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times in the 1980s and '90s, then restaurant critic for the New York Times, editor of Gourmet magazine and author of a series of best-selling food memoirs. I was talking to her for a story I'm working on when she pointed out that "the people who really spend a lot of money in restaurants now are the 20-30somethings and they really think of restaurants as an important part of their lives.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Ruth Reichl has always been fearless, as a restaurant critic, as a boss and as a friend. She'll tell you exactly what she thinks, good and bad. In an interview this weekend with the fashion website Daily Front Row , it's good to see nothing has changed. Writer Alexandra Ilyashov got the former L.A. Times and New York Times restaurant critic and former Gourmet magazine editor-in-chief to open up over lunch at Barbuto. Although, knowing Ruth, "getting her to open up" probably consisted of turning on the tape recorder and asking the right questions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
Michael Winner, a British film director who specialized in thrillers and action movies, including three "Death Wish" movies, died Monday. He was 77. A bon vivant who became a restaurant critic after his film career wound down, Winner died at his London home after an illness, said his wife, Geraldine. Winner directed a few dozen films but was best known for "Death Wish," which starred Charles Bronson as a law-abiding citizen who turns vigilante when his wife and daughter are attacked.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1989
Dan Sullivan writes, "Phantom would get four stars from any restaurant critic . . . for its presentation, but it is serving Campbell's Tomato Soup." Sullivan should stay out of the kitchen, since it is apparent he has difficulty in even boiling water. BRUCE COMINGS Irvine
FOOD
October 22, 2008 | Betty Hallock
The 2009 edition of the Michelin guide is out, and Providence in Hollywood has been added to the list of L.A.'s two-star restaurants. Providence received one star last year in the much-criticized debut edition of the Michelin guide for Los Angeles. Providence joins the ranks of Melisse, Spago and Urasawa, which each received two stars last year and retained their stars this year. Still no three-star restaurants in L.A. This year, Hatfield's, Bastide and Osteria Mozza each get one star (they weren't on the one-star list last year)
FOOD
January 19, 2013 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
The kimchi dumplings at Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E. restaurant in Santa Monica might be the poster dish for modern raw cuisine: origami-like bundles of cashews, pickled cabbage and tahini, packaged in wrappers made with dehydrated coconut purée mixed with cilantro juice so that they're bright green, and served with sesame-ginger foam, nasturtium flowers and micro-cilantro. Hello to the new raw food. The dumplings, one of the most popular items on the menu at the 3-month-old restaurant, reflect a culinary leap from that '80s raw food stalwart, zucchini "noodle" lasagna (though that's on the menu too - what one restaurant critic called the best version of this dish she's ever had)
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