February 1, 2013 |
The shuttered Hump restaurant in Santa Monica and two of its sushi chefs have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including selling sei whale meat, an announcement from the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles says. Typhoon Restaurant Inc., the parent company of the Hump, and Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda were named in the nine-count indictment. Other charges include conspiracy to import and sell meat from the endangered sei whale and lying to federal investigators. The Hump closed in 2010 after an associate producer of the documentary "The Cove," which investigated the killing of dolphins in Japan, orchestrated a video sting.
January 7, 2013 |
Sensible business strategy wasn't really top of mind for Tokyo sushi chain Kiyomura K.K. when it shelled out $1.76 million this weekend for a single 489-pound bluefin tuna. The company dropped a record 155.4 million yen for the honor of buying the first fish up for auction at the famed Japanese seafood mart Tsukiji Market. The Saturday bid was nearly three times the 56.49 million yen high set by Kiyomura last year, according to market data . The chain snatched the record set in 2011 by a Hong Kong bidder.
November 30, 2012 |
An upscale Walgreens is coming to Hollywood. As the first West Coast flagship store for the drugstore chain, the newest location on will feature a juice bar, soda fountain, sushi chef, a barista brewing caffeinated drinks and a selection of more than 700 wines. It's all part of an effort by the Deerfield, Ill., company to localize offerings at a time of increased competition from dollar stores and big-box retailers alike. "Trying to have the right offer for the right location is definitely what we are moving towards," said Bryan Pugh, a vice president of merchandising.
November 7, 2012 |
Chanel No. 5 perfume, one of the most popular scents ever made, is raising a stink as European regulators threaten to ban one of the product's key ingredients. A type of tree moss used to create woody undertones in the fragrance may cause allergic reactions, according to the European Commission's Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety. As a result, the ingredient may be banned starting as soon as January 2014, according to the Telegraph . The moss is also used in top-performing brands such as Miss Dior and Angel by Thierry Mugler.
October 5, 2012
With the most coveted location at the beach, steps from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier, restaurants and world-famous shopping, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel serves up the very best Southern California has to offer. The resort's signature Ocean & Vine restaurant with Sushi at Sunset sushi and sake bar, features Chef Keith Roberts' creative California farm-to-table cuisine. Locally caught seafood and fresh produce inspire the creative dishes presented in indoor or outdoor dining areas with breathtaking views . In the eco-friendly Ocean Spa, guests unwind in one of four calming rooms for body and facial treatments.
September 24, 2012 |
Sam Nazarian is taking his popular Katsuya Japanese restaurant brand global. The Los Angeles night-life impresario just signed a deal with behemoth retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya to develop 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017, with the first two scheduled to open in Kuwait and Dubai in 2013. The announcement underscores how quickly Nazarian, founder and chief executive of SBE hospitality group, is pushing his company's key brands both nationally and internationally.
September 22, 2012 |
In Los Angeles, your next great meal could be anywhere, from a pop-up installed in an art gallery to the truck parked outside the place where you get coffee in the morning. If you've been here awhile, you almost expect your bliss to come from that place in the mini-mall next to the dry cleaners. But in the rush to quantify banh mi specialists and loncheros , the Japanese supermarket food court - that bastion of quick-service sushi and reliable fried pork, omelet rice with ketchup and octopus fritters squirted with Kewpie mayonnaise and sprinkled with dried bonito shavings - is often overlooked.
September 14, 2012 |
Another sign of rising food prices, this one unrelated to corn costs: The price of sushi in New York City rose so much this year that its raw fish and rice is now more expensive than in Los Angeles. The price of the Japanese cuisine gained an average of 10% in the Big Apple, according to the Sushinomics Cost-of-Living Index compiled by Bloomberg. The data are based on prices for spicy tuna and California rolls in restaurants in 25 major metropolitan areas. New York City landed the highest score of 132.98, which means that its prices are 32.98% higher than the nationwide average.
September 10, 2012 |
Sublime Stitching - “this ain't your gramma's embroidery” - out of Austin, Texas, transforms the craft with retro-inspired designs not of sweet kitties or flowers, but roller derby babes, monsters, robots, cigarette smoking bad girls, skull and crossbones, vital organs and tattoo designs. ”Tattoo your towels!” the site urges. Er, maybe not. For the food obsessed, founder Jenny Hart puts out sushi-themed transfer patterns . Stitch away while watching the film “ Jiro Dreams of Sushi ,” of course. There's also an old-fashioned cocktail series (for embroidering cocktail napkins, what else?
August 11, 2012 |
We all think we know what to expect from a great sushi meal in Los Angeles, a progression of fish and rice that runs from the vinegared dish at the beginning to the warm crab hand roll at the end. If we are in a restaurant influenced by Nobu Matsuhisa, there may be some ceviche or spicy tuna along the way; if we are at a modern sushi bar, there may be cooked oysters or a salad. So the last thing I was expecting on my first visit to Shunji Japanese Cuisine, the Westside restaurant that is the newest darling of local raw-fish cognoscenti, was a bowl of vegetables, served at the sushi bar, at the point in the meal where you might be expecting an elaborate sea urchin presentation or a saucer of tuna nuta . Shunji is not an ordinary sushi bar. PHOTOS: The cuisine at Shunji It's not just Shunji's modest location.