November 8, 2013 |
So, a French restaurant group seats guests according to how good looking they are, according to a report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail . "Guests at Le Georges, a restaurant at the top of Paris' Centre Pompidou with stunning panoramic views of the French capital, and Café Marly, near the Louvre, are given tables following a strict appearance policy - the better looking they are, the better the table," the story suggests. Quoting from the French newspaper Le Canard Enchainé, the articles goes on to say "As for the non-good-looking ones, it is imperative that they be dispatched to the corners of the room.
November 6, 2013 |
Work is underway on an $80-million shopping and dining complex in El Segundo that its owners hope will become a meeting place for South Bay families and workers. The center, to be called the Point, is being built at the northeast corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. It is being built by Federal Realty Investment Trust, which also owns the Plaza El Segundo shopping center next door. The Point is intended to complement Plaza El Segundo, which houses large retailers such as Best Buy, Whole Foods Market and Dick's Sporting Goods.
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November 5, 2013 |
A man accused of stabbing his wife to death more than a decade ago in Arcadia is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Richard Keith Cole, now in his 70s, is accused of using a knife to kill Charlotte Cole, his wife, who was found with multiple stab wounds behind an Arcadia restaurant in September 2001. Cole pleaded not guilty in November 2012 to one felony count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He is expected to enter a new plea after a judge determined there was enough evidence to go to trial.
November 2, 2013 |
If you have spent much time in L.A.'s farmers markets, you have probably run into C.J., Chris Jacobson, an affable chef, tall enough to be an NBA power forward, who seems to know every farmer in town. He worked on the line for a while at the old Campanile, where everybody called him Stretch, and he ran the Yard, a small gastropub in Santa Monica known for its beer list and fish tacos but which he managed to nudge toward fine dining at the end. As you might expect from a young Los Angeles chef, Jacobson did his time on TV, including "Top Chef," and he consulted for restaurant owners more interested in building a bar crowd than in nurturing cuisine.
November 1, 2013 |
Temecula is just 86 miles from downtown L.A. That's about an hour and a half drive when the traffic gods are with you. And yet the fun-loving, party-happy wine region is hardly ever at the top of avid wine buffs' bucket list. But now, with the opening of Farm House Kitchen, it can boast a serious wine restaurant to sweeten the wine region's appeal. Part of the golf resort Temecula Creek Inn , the new restaurant cost about $2.5 million to renovate. That's a serious investment and Farm House Kitchen will be doing the heavy lifting, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus everyone's favorite, weekend brunch.
October 24, 2013 |
"Spinning Plates" is a foodie phantasmagoria and something more. On one level a series of mini-docs on a trio of wildly different eating establishments, it becomes a group portrait of the restaurant business as well as an involving look at personal dramas that go well beyond the kitchen. This is the first documentary feature for writer-director Joseph Levy (who previously produced the Food Network series "Into the Fire"), and he has been shrewd in the three restaurants he profiles - places that have passionate, articulate key personnel who would all agree that, as one of them puts it, "This is not just our job; this is our life.
October 20, 2013 |
HONOLULU - As the afternoon turned to early evening, I glanced out my hotel window, hoping for a glimpse of the legendary Waikiki sunset. I watched as the sun bathed the hills and hotels of the city in liquid gold before slipping into the Pacific in an orange and red explosion of color. I couldn't have asked for a better welcome to one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Especially because I was paying only $89 a night for this view. Waikiki - where $1,200-a-night hotel rooms are commonplace - is considered unaffordable by many people.
October 18, 2013 |
Had your fill of brutally competitive cooking shows? Ready for a more thoughtful take on food and restaurants? Then the documentary " Spinning Plates " which opens at the Landmark on Oct. 25, is for you. Directed by Joseph Levy, the film interweaves the stories of three very different restaurants, taking the time to really understand what each is about and why the chefs and cooks of each are so dedicated to their places -- and to the customers...
October 16, 2013 |
Today only, Du-Par's at Los Angeles' original Farmers Market will offer a few classic menu items, including hamburgers and pancakes, at 1938 prices. Coffee is a nickel and hamburgers 25 cents as part of the promotion to celebrate the restaurant's 75th birthday. The Farmers Market Du-Par's was the first to open in the L.A.-based chain, named for founders James Dune and Edward Parsons. The chain changed hands in 2004, and the Farmers Market location was closed for two years for renovations. When it reopened, the chain noted that the pancake recipe was still 1938 vintage.
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October 14, 2013 |
Two men who were shot outside the Bossa Nova restaurant in Hollywood on Sunday were expected to survive, police said. The men, who were not identified, were wounded when gunfire rang out at about 4:20 a.m. in front of the restaurant in the 7100 block of West Sunset Boulevard , according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Witnesses told KTLA-TV the trouble started when a fight broke out and someone pulled out a gun. The two men who suffered gunshot wounds were taken to area hospitals.