March 13, 1986 |
Before the Spanish regime began in the Philippine islands from 1521 to 1898, the chicken and the pig were used by Filipinos as ritual food for ancestral worship. The animals were slaughtered and offered to the spirits, and then cooked and lavishly eaten by all. Today when you ask a Filipino what he thinks of as special food, chances are he'll say the pig and the chicken.
August 23, 1987
A Peter Greenberg article listed Doral Park Avenue Hotel, at 38th and Park in New York City, as a convenient location with special summer weekend rates. It was not only tops, but not as expensive as he quoted. The $129.50 weekend special rate is per room, not per person, although an extra person is only $20 a day. We were greeted by a pleasant staff, plus champagne, chocolate truffles and two "big apples." A special rate was extended from Thursday night to Sunday at 2 p.m. A continental breakfast for two was included.
February 12, 2006 |
HEAVY mist lingered on the morning of our great adventure -- a truffle hunt in the grape-laden hills of the Piedmont region in northern Italy. Our truffle hunter appeared out of the fog to greet us, strolling up a lovely country road as a brown-and-white mutt trotted at his side. He had on worn black boots, carried a curved walking stick and had deep crinkles on his face. Hollywood could not have produced a more appealing practitioner of the ancient truffle-hunting trade than Beppe Farenetti.
March 16, 2011 |
Whether you long to savor truffles or New Mexico scenery, this deal offers an April getaway to Santa Fe . The deal: The 25th Anniversary Package gives guests 25% off the Eldorado Hotel's best available rate, which often starts at $169 during April. Guests also receive a box of truffles. The Eldorado is in downtown Santa Fe near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Its pueblo-revival style guestrooms include 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms include wood-burning kiva fireplaces.
November 18, 2010
2008 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir "Dussin Vineyard" It's a beautiful Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley and winemaker Lynn Penner. The fruit is dark and ripe, but there's no trace of jam in this elegant and lush wine from the vineyard that surrounds the estate's cellars. But there's more than just fruit ? sweet spices, a hint of vanilla and smoke. Save this bottle for dinner with someone who will appreciate its finesse. I'd serve it with roasted chicken with truffle butter, or even better, truffles slipped under the skin.
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.
December 21, 1986 |
Great American Food Almanac by Irena Chalmers with Milton Glaser and Friends (Harper & Row: $14.95, 232 pp., illustrated). This almanac includes culinary quizzes, quotes, trivia, lists and recipes. The eclectic collection examines both fun and serious food issues. The is a book food enthusiasts will enjoy curling up to read on a rainy day. Check out the current culinary ins and outs, learn a bit about U.S. agribusiness and aquabusiness, explore the changing world of eating in, eating out, food on video and cottage industries.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1998 |
Today is going to be one mother of a shopping day. Florists who have seen steadily budding business all week expect sales to burst into spectacular bloom. Leslie Adkinson of Leslie's Hallmark in Ventura, which has the good fortune of being next to a florist, expects nothing short of "bedlam" as last-minute shoppers crowd the aisles.