March 1, 2014 |
In the next few years, a new kind of chain pizza restaurant will pop up by the thousands across the country and beyond, pouring tomato sauce and grating mozzarella over America's culinary landscape in the race to become "the Chipotle of pizza. " That means diners get to customize their own pizzas as they're prepared in assembly-line fashion in an environment somewhere between fast-food and upscale. The pizzas are usually 11 to 12 inches, cost about $7 and are baked in a super-hot oven, so diners are sitting down to eat within minutes.
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March 1, 2014 |
A seaside breakfast at a Santa Barbara restaurant came to a violent halt Saturday morning when a giant wave smashed windows and scattered patrons. It was unclear whether anyone was injured at Moby Dick Restaurant at Stearns Wharf . Jill Freeland, who posted video of the wave, wrote in the caption: “High tide and big swell can make for some salty eggs!! Great front row seat for a much needed storm in our area.” The video shows a wave bursting through the window, eliciting shrieks from some restaurant customers.
February 23, 2014 |
Do you just live in your neighborhood, or are you a local voyager? This app offers travel tips from locals who discover and rediscover their cities as if they were on a hunt for hidden treasure. Name: Localeur Available for: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch What it does: Provides ideas on art and culture, entertainment, fitness and outdoors, food and dining, neighborhoods, night life and shopping in Austin, Texas; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City and San Francisco.
February 22, 2014 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma traces its contemporary history to pioneers who populated the prairies. Now, new urban pioneers are repopulating the capital, Oklahoma City, as restaurateurs re-imagine landmark buildings and create new communities around them. They could hardly have come at a better time: The local economy is booming, and Forbes ranks OKC as the nation's eighth-fastest-growing city, thanks to thriving oil, gas and wind-power sectors as well as fracking. I was here in September for a consulting job, and I extended my stay to find these restaurants with a previous life.
February 21, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO OKLAHOMA CITY From LAX, American and United offer nonstop service to Oklahoma City, and American, United, Southwest, Delta and Frontier offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $506, including all taxes and fees. WHAT TO DO Bricktown Water Taxi, 111 S. Mickey Mantle Drive; (405) 234-8294, http://www.bricktownwatertaxi.com . Closed in colder months. WHERE TO EAT Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante and Bar, 1 Mickey Mantle Drive; (405)
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February 18, 2014 |
I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down: Cafe Americano - $3.25 Quiche - $5 Tax - 0.77 Surcharge Healthy LA - 0.25 The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers. "This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare.
February 15, 2014 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The art of bartending, Matthew Pfohl says, is all about the performance, the subtle dance of bottle and glass. Over his career this virtuoso of the high-end pour has dazzled customers, effortlessly grabbing a top-shelf gin, say Bombay Sapphire, and making a delicate decant to create another liquid masterpiece. But in Utah, his act takes place backstage. He mixes drinks out of view in the kitchen, one result of strict regulations governing alcohol and backed by the politically powerful Mormon Church.
February 14, 2014 |
Really, River's End is a bit of heaven, where the beautiful Russian River meets the sea and the Sonoma coast in big rocks and crashing waves. A gourmet restaurant with drop-dead views is perched above the placid estuary of the river, separated by a sandy bar from the wild ocean beyond. After dinner, I had to walk only a few steps downhill to a knotty-wood cabin with a soft bed and a picture window instead of a TV. I stayed just one night, which cost me about $250 for dinner ($85) and the cabin ($162)
February 14, 2014 |
Have you ever tried the beets and berries at Rustic Canyon? Because the dish is kind of mind-blowing when you think about it, a mess of roasted beets and purple quinoa in a rustic pottery bowl. There are herbs scattered over the top, and a few crisply roasted pistachios, and a few chunks of buttery, ripe Reed avocado, along with a seedy smear of slightly unripe mashed berries that seems to be there more for its fragrance and acidity than for any particular flavor. There may be a hint of dairy, and I seem to remember a version of this dish with creamed horseradish, but it could probably pass as one of those vegan feel-good bowls at a place like Real Food Daily or Café Gratitude - at least until you realize that you have powered your way to the bottom without half realizing it, and that the berries are doing unspeakably wonderful things to the avocado and that this may be the first bowl of quinoa you have eaten with pleasure since the last time you went to Peru.
February 13, 2014 |
One of the tallest office buildings in downtown Los Angeles has been acquired by a major Hollywood real estate investor, CIM Group, in an unusual portfolio sale that included a regional shopping center in Montclair, a high-rise in Anaheim and a hotel in Bakersfield. The crown jewel of the seven properties acquired by CIM Group is Two California Plaza, a prestigious but troubled skyscraper on Bunker Hill where gleaming office towers erected during the last building boom decades ago are having a tough time attracting tenants.