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August 11, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
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.
July 20, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Footnote" Sony, $30.99;Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Writer-director Joseph Cedar's foreign-language Oscar nominee is about academics who study the wordings of ancient texts, a fairly dry subject rendered here with some snap. Shlomo Bar Aba and Lior Ashkenazi play father and son philologists with differing views on how to research the Talmud; when the father wins an award that was meant for the son, the latter has to find a way to prevent his colleagues from righting the wrong, lest they shame his old man. Cedar gets across the history of these two - and the nature of their professions - by using every stylistic trick at his disposal, from direct addresses to the camera to on-screen text, aiming to show how even something as remote and imposing as the word of God can be personalized through the art of interpretation.
July 18, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Paula Deen, welcome back. The Queen of Southern Cooking who made a guest appearance on "MasterChef" has had a rough go of it as late, battered and deep fried by the media after she revealed that she had diabetes, hid it from the public, and oh, by the way, is now touting a new diabetes drug. But here's the reality: Everyone outside the media? They don't care. Leave Paula Deen alone already. She reminds everyone of their momma -- either the momma they had, or the momma they have, or the momma they wish they had -- so just get off her back and let her do her thing.
April 29, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hungry for a change of pace? Eat, drink and indulge your need to escape during a foodie weekend, a tasty trend sweeping the hotel industry. You can compare flights of wine, learn how to make sushi or whip up a classic French dessert. Then retreat to the hotel pool, spa or tennis court for alternative forms of recreation. It's all part of your weekend itinerary. The events, most of which are at high-end hotels, focus on food lovers who aren't content with simply dining at expensive restaurants.
April 22, 2012 | By George Fuller, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Here are some good places for eating experiences: Local eatery. Hawaiian Style Cafe, Waimea. This low-key breakfast joint is an obsession with those who have tried it. Lines of locals form on weekends, and the place closes when it runs out of food. The Loco Moco (eggs, hamburger and gravy over rice) is the "local food" you are looking for. (808) 885- 4295. Romantic dinner. CanoeHouse, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. A beachside location, indoor-outdoor seating, live Hawaiian music and plenty of fresh fish make CanoeHouse the place for a romantic splurge or special occasion.
October 13, 2011
King's Burgers/Got Sushi? LOCATION 9345 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, (818) 885-6456 PRICES Burgers, $5.59 to $7.99; specialty bowls, $7.50 to $8.99; sushi rolls and appetizers, $4.50 to $7.50; specialty rolls and sashimi plates, $7.50 to $15; omakase , $60 and up. DETAILS King's Burgers is open 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Got Sushi? is open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner.
June 24, 2011 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Loews Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., is teaching kids how to mix fun with the art of sushi in a series of classes dubbed SushiSKool on the first Saturday of each month. The next one is July 2. Chef Osamu Fujita, a third-generation sushi chef, guides grade-schoolers through teens through the basics of ordering, using chopsticks and sushi etiquette. Participants sample items such as as gari (pickled ginger) and wasabi (Japanese horseradish) while making sushi and sipping ocha (green tea)
May 19, 2011
Aburiya Toranoko Rating: two stars Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. . . : Outstanding on every level. . : Excellent. . : Very good. : Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory. Location: 243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, (213) 621-9500, Price: Vegetables, $2 to $10; seafood dishes, $6 to $16; meats and poultry, $8 to $10; sumiyaki , $3 to $8 per stick; oden, $3 to $12; rice and noodles, $4 to $12; sushi and sushi rolls, $4 to $28. Details: Open daily 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. (until midnight Friday and Saturday)
March 25, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly
A Night Out With ...Trevor Donovan Trevor Donovan is a blue-eyed, handsome scamp best known for playing Teddy on the CW's "90210. " Teenage Angelenos of the female variety would compare him to a young Brad Pitt when not busy shrieking, and his character's coming out has considerably raised the actor's profile. Don't waste your time counting abdominal muscles, however; let this young man show you how to paint the town red. Any rituals at home before you hit the town? I hop on my right leg three times, spin around, open a book, get through 20 pages or so, play my guitar, then fall asleep and end up not going out at all. When you manage to get out, what's the perfect place for starter drinks or appetizers?
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