August 3, 2013 |
Once I had dinner at my friend Christine's house in Paris. Three women and a big bowl of raw clams. She gave us each a knife and told me to watch for the moment the clam shell opened a crack, then plunge the knife in and open. She and her friend Jeanne talked a mile a minute. For me, to follow in French and watch the clams at the same time proved difficult. And I'm sure the two of them got the bulk of the shellfish. I still love clams but prefer to have someone else open them. I can eat a couple of dozen on the half shell, but I enjoy them cooked when their briny flavor is heightened too. The Hungry Cat The Hungry Cat in Hollywood (or in Santa Monica Canyon and in Santa Barbara)
August 3, 2013 |
If you follow the peregrinations of local Chinese kitchens, you've probably been hearing a bit about Chengdu Taste lately, a new restaurant specializing in the dishes of its namesake city that was pretty much acclaimed as the best Sichuan restaurant in town from the first days of its opening. When I noted the unavailability of an appetizer translated as "Diced Rabbit With Younger Sister's Secret Recipe," the San Gabriel Valley cognoscenti knew what I was referring to even without a mention of the restaurant's name, and I was sent links to recipes, to articles noting the dish's ubiquity in Chengdu and a short biography of the woman who invented it. (According to Fuchsia Dunlop, second-sister rabbit cubes were popular enough to inspire a Chengdu poet to compose an ode in its honor.)
July 31, 2013 |
How can one more restaurant review app make your smartphone any smarter? While “To Yelp” has become a popular verb in some circles, Zagat is making a comeback bid with a slightly different approach. Monday the well-known guidebook company, owned by Google since 2011, released a revamped free app that incorporates both the expected restaurant review material with the addition of a roundup of blog posts from its various city editors. The app is available for both iOS and Android phones.
July 31, 2013 |
Diners at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace will have to wait a couple of weeks before seeing “Hell's Kitchen” winner Ja'Nel Witt claim her prize as the restaurant's head chef. Witt, whom Chef Ramsay declared the Season 11 victor on July 25, said she needs to relocate from Houston, her hometown, to Las Vegas before assuming her post. “I have been to the restaurant a few times meeting with staff,” she told me Tuesday afternoon. “I got to see the kitchen today for the first time and did a little bit of tasting.” Witt, 31, was executive chef at Tintos, a tapas restaurant in Houston, before trying out for the Fox TV show . “At Tintos, I learned how to lead a kitchen and run a staff and how to be creative and work on a menu,” she said.
July 29, 2013 |
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred. The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of quick-stop mall chow. But come November, a Fig & Olive will open in a 12,000-square-foot space at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, beating out 50 others for the prime spot away from the main shopping plaza. There will be ocean views, a garden with a fireplace, wine shelves and a white room inspired by the Cote d'Azur.
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July 27, 2013 |
Authorities are searching for a gunman in a fatal shooting early Saturday in Artesia. The slaying occurred about 12:20 a.m. outside a restaurant in the 11600 block of South Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. An argument between two men that began inside the restaurant escalated and moved outside, authorities said. The gunman brandished a handgun and shot the victim in the torso. The victim, whose name and age have not yet been released, was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital, authorities said.
July 25, 2013 |
How far will people go to get a reservation at a hot restaurant? I have a friend who was so desperate to get into the French Laundry that he devised an elaborate plan. He learned that there were two online reservations available for the restaurant every night at midnight (as opposed to the bulk of them, which must be made by phone, starting at 8 a.m.). So two months before the night he wanted to eat (the earliest reservations for that seating came available), he stayed up late with the restaurant's reservations page open on his computer and an atomic clock sitting beside him. As soon as the atomic clock clicked over to 12:00:00, he clicked the reservations tab. It worked.
July 20, 2013 |
You always know where to find me at a picnic or potluck: I'll be that guy standing by the deviled eggs, probably with my elbows out, the better to fend off all competitors. Sorry, I know it's rude, but these little things are so delicious. And until recently, they were one of those foods that were only served by the homiest of home cooks. To be honest, I can't remember the last time I made them myself. All that changed a few weeks ago when I had dinner at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey.
July 20, 2013 |
Paiche are enormous. Paiche have teeth on their tongues. Paiche, living fossils barely evolved since the Miocene epoch, have lungs and breathe air, which is pretty unusual for fish. Paiche are also easy to catch, a problem even in the sparsely populated Upper Amazon, where, despite laws against commercial fishing, they are becoming rare. If your experience with paiche, also called pirarucu, comes mostly from the Discovery Channel, you may be surprised to learn of the existence of the local restaurant named Paiche, where customers may be observed consuming paiche tiradito , paiche tucked into lettuce leaves, grilled paiche ribs glazed with chile and sweet miso and paiche stewed in a spicy sauce.
July 17, 2013 |
Restaurants fueled a 27,910 rise in franchise jobs in June, according to a report released Wednesday by a national payroll processor. About 75% of private-sector franchise jobs added last month were from restaurants, the ADP National Franchise Report found. It's an increase over the 19,160 jobs added in May. “Restaurants can be credited for the majority of the growth and are followed by, to a lesser extent, gas stations [and] auto repair shops, business services and accommodations,” Ahu Yildirmaz, senior director of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement.