March 16, 2013 |
Remember when you couldn't go to a restaurant without coming across yet another flourless chocolate cake? And when that trend finally passed, the chocolate fashion became precious, over-elaborate tastings of this and that. I'm glad that's finally passé. When something is good, you want more than one bite, no? Over the years, I've loved Sherry Yard's chocolate musings at Spago and Nancy Silverton's thick, gorgeous chocolate pudding. Not to mention Roxana Jullapat's fresh chocolate cherry tart at Cooks County, which I hope she'll be revisiting as soon as cherries come into season later this month.
February 14, 2013 |
Hey Girl, Happy Valentine's Day. It's me. Ryan Gosling. Wouldn't it be great if you picked up your ringing phone today and it was Ryan Gosling calling? His smirking face with that signature furrowed brow and blue eyes filling your calling screen? Well now you can, sort of. Hasty Torres of Madame Chocolat at D.L. & Co. Beverly Hills has created a custom chocolate iPhone. For $35 you can make it look like Ryan Gosling, a.k.a. Mr. Perfect, or whoever your crush may be, is calling.
February 6, 2013 |
Patina's black truffle dinners are back: Downtown L.A.'s Patina will be offering three-, five- and seven-course tasting menus during the restaurant's annual black truffle dinner series today through Friday. This year's menu will feature butternut squash velouté with black truffle brioche, a filet of John Dory with black truffle venoise , salsify and bitter greens; Scottish wood pigeon and black truffle roulé ; veal served with wild mushrooms; and for dessert, vanilla pain perdu with roasted pear and black truffle crème anglaise . The three-, five- and seven-course truffle tasting menus are priced at $85, $125 and $175 per person, respectively.
January 10, 2013 |
Little Dom's “In Bocca” dinners: Chef Brandon Boudet of Little Dom's pays tribute to the “In Bocca” cookbooks, an out-of-print collection highlighting Italy's regional cuisines, with a dinner series beginning this evening. Tonight's a la carte menu is inspired by the “In Bocca Milano” edition printed in 1976, and features dishes such as spinach croquettes, saffron risotto and prosciuttini di pollo . Call for reservations. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., (323) 661-0055, www.littledoms.com . Truffle time: Starting on Feb. 7, Saam at the Bazaar will be offering a black truffle dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 2. Chef Jose Andres and team will prepare a 16-course menu spotlighting black truffles foraged by Truffle Brothers Michael and Marco Pietroiacovo.
November 28, 2012 |
Fresh winter truffles are in season, and if you've managed to score one of the world's more expensive foods, odds are you can't wait to showcase it over something special. There's no better way to show off that pricey fungus than with an official truffle slicer (also known as a truffle shaver). A flat, smooth -- and often stylishly sleek -- plane is fitted with an adjustable blade, allowing you to shave your fragrant truffles into paper-thin slices for a most luxurious garnish. Prices vary by make and model, but a basic truffle slicer should run you no more than $25. When truffles are out of season, use it to shave chocolate (an equally luxurious garnish, in my humble opinion)
November 23, 2012 |
If, like me, you haven't cottoned to the fact that it's the latter half of November, and that December starts in just over a week, listen up. If you're planning on a wine country trip in January, the Napa Truffle Festival is coming up Jan. 18 to 21, the third such event. The festival celebrates Tuber melanosporum , the winter Périgord black truffle (not to be confused with the much less pungent and pricy summer truffle). Food writer and editor Colman Andrews will be speaking.