September 25, 2013 |
Buddy Valastro, a.k.a. the Cake Boss, will open his Las Vegas restaurant on Oct. 7. Buddy V's , which will open in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian , is his first venture into the restaurant business. Valastro and family-run Carlo's Bake Shop (often called Carlo's Bakery) in Hoboken, N.J., are probably best known from the TLC reality show “ Cake Boss ,” which chronicles the interactions among family members and the public in the pursuit of confectionary perfection.
September 20, 2013 |
It's officially a trend. A few days ago Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara launched its SOMM Series Wine Club for highly allocated wines. And now Michael Mina and his longtime wine director and sommelier Rajat Parr have started their own high-end wine club called - what else? - the Michael Mina Wine Club . Since Mina owns 18 restaurants across the country, the idea is to offer members bottles from the wine lists of Mina's restaurants, thereby giving members access to hard-to-find wines from small producers around the world. Who's picking, or rather, curating the wines?
September 19, 2013 |
Cool Culinaria , a publisher with a self-described mission to rescue vintage menu art from obscurity, has just brought out a set of note cards based on vintage Los Angeles restaurant menus. When I say vintage, I don't mean the 1990s, but way back - so far that most of us have never even heard of these restaurants, let alone were taken there for a Shirley Temple as a toddler. Think about how menus are presented today - those minimalist single sheets of paper with or without a clipboard, menus that are printed every day, not twice a year.
September 17, 2013 |
Josef Centeno is only a few inspections away from his return to fine dining with Orsa & Winston in downtown Los Angeles. The 33-seat restaurant is set to debut on Sept. 24 with an exclusive five-day run for a special MasterCard preview, and he plans to open to the public the first week of October. Orsa & Winston, Centeno's third restaurant, happens to be right next door to his second restaurant, Bar Amá, and around the corner from his first, Bäco Mercat. Centeno named Bar Amá after his great-grandmother and this one, well, it's named after his two dogs . Orsa & Winston will be small and intimate.
September 12, 2013 |
Public health officials know that Angelenos like to go out to restaurants a lot. They also know that means eating a lot - sometimes too much. So they came up with an idea: Convince restaurants to make changes so customers can dine out and make wise choices at the same time. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched a partnership Thursday with restaurants throughout the region to promote healthier options for customers. To be part of the Choose Health LA Restaurants program, places must offer smaller portion sizes and healthier children's meals with less fried food and more fruits and vegetables.
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September 10, 2013 |
A McDonald's manager in the Bay Area was arrested on suspicion of using a gun to rob his own restaurant and another one and ordering workers into the freezer in both incidents, police said Tuesday. Felix Becerra, 42, manages a McDonald's in Pleasanton and is accused of donning a white mask and using what was described as a small-caliber handgun to rob the restaurant Aug. 28, according to police. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and told ordered workers into a freezer, the Pleasanton Police Department said.
September 8, 2013 |
Telegraph Avenue may be the spiritual heart of Berkeley and the University of California campus the focal point, but from a visitor's point of view, downtown is the ideal place to stay. It's close to everything and has its own vibe, with an eclectic hodgepodge of iPhone-wielding professionals, hippies young and old, students and the homeless. I stayed downtown for the weekend and met my friends Susan and Rich, who live nearby. The tab: $510, including $370 for two nights at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza and $140 for meals.
September 5, 2013 |
An email sneaked into my mailbox sometime over the weekend from a Central Coast winemaker who's notoriously picky about restaurants. “ We finally have a really good restaurant in our gastronomic black hole ,” it read. ”I think I'm going to light a candle in some church ... I am so happy.” He didn't have to tell me the name. I knew it already: Lark. I'd peeked in last month at the Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting held in the courtyard in front. The 130-seat restaurant had literally opened the day before.
August 31, 2013 |
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.
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August 30, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - As his last apparent act as mayor, Bob Filner issued a stop-work order for a Jack in the Box expansion in North Park. As his first act as acting mayor, Todd Gloria rescinded the order. At issue is whether Jack in the Box played fast and loose with city rules by rebuilding a restaurant much larger than neighbors thought was permitted. Neighbors complained bitterly that the expanded restaurant would bring added noise and traffic to the area. In an order signed Thursday, and made public Friday, Filner ordered that all work be stopped.