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February 14, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
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.
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February 14, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
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.
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July 8, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
reporting from napa valley Every couple of years I feel that siren call to go up and spend some time in Napa Valley. For most of us, this was our first wine country experience, as exotic as anything discovered later in Burgundy or Piedmont. Who can forget the smudged violet of the hills, the rows of vines with mustard blooming bright yellow at their feet? The cool dark of the cellars or the view from Auberge du Soleil or Domaine Chandon?
FOOD
July 8, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
reporting from napa valley Every couple of years I feel that siren call to go up and spend some time in Napa Valley. For most of us, this was our first wine country experience, as exotic as anything discovered later in Burgundy or Piedmont. Who can forget the smudged violet of the hills, the rows of vines with mustard blooming bright yellow at their feet? The cool dark of the cellars or the view from Auberge du Soleil or Domaine Chandon?
BOOKS
December 31, 2006 | Stanley Moss
I salute a word, I stand up and give it my chair, because this one Zulu word, ubuntu, holds what English takes seven to say: "the essential dignity of every human being." I give my hand to ubuntu -- the simple, everyday South African word for the English mouthful. I do not know the black Jerusalems of Africa, or how to dance its sacred dances, I cannot play Christ's two commandments on the drums: "Love God" and "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Barnyard is the Venice restaurant whose opening has been hotly anticipated ever since Jeremy Fox signed on as chef-partner this summer. After all, Fox is the lauded chef who put Napa Valley's Ubuntu on the world culinary map -- no small accomplishment considering it's a vegetarian restaurant attached to a yoga studio. Fans have been tracking Fox's moves ever since he abruptly left Ubuntu a couple of years ago and eventually landed in Los Angeles, consulting on the opening of Freddy Smalls and refreshing the menu at Paper or Plastik.
NEWS
February 2, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Jeremy Fox is the new chef at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica, owned by Josh Loeb and Zoey Nathan. The former Ubuntu chef recently split from Barnyard in Venice and in December was running things at his Old Soul pop-up (hosted by This Is Not a Pop-Up). Fox succeeds Evan Funke, who left Rustic Canyon last year to open the forthcoming Bucato (and incidentally is cooking at This Is Not a Pop-Up for one night next week ).  "Yes, I have been busy with my new gig," Fox says via email, "and I couldn't be more excited about it. "After all this time, I finally feel right at home, like this is exactly where I am meant to be. I'll slowly be changing the menu over the next few weeks.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A new report says the global mobile phone market declined by 1.7% in 2012, down from 1.78 billion devices sold in 2011 to 1.75 in 2012. This is the first time the global mobile sales have fallen from the previous year since 2009, according to Gartner, the research firm that put together the report . “Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2011 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" may mark the end of the boy wizard's narrative; however, the franchise may live on as The Film Whose Opening May Eclipse "The Dark Knight. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Meanwhile, it may be a blustery weekend for Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood at the box office, but the new adaptation of A.A. Milne's books is getting honey-sweet reviews. ( Los Angeles Times )
SPORTS
February 26, 2009 | KURT STREETER
If, as expected soon, a certain surly New York point guard rides the northerly head winds and plants himself in Boston, the NBA firmament will seem suddenly a little more exciting, and the Lakers' most hated rival will get a sudden jolt of intrigue. In fact, judged in a certain way, with a premium on not knowing what's coming next, the Boston Celtics may well become the league's most exciting team. The point guard in question, you may know, is Stephon Marbury, basketball's biggest enigma.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
Mike Judge, creator and star of the estimable "King of the Hill," recently canceled by Fox after 13 seasons, has a new animated comedy, created with "King" vets John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, premiering tonight on ABC. A rather narrowly conceived spoof of what might be called, in a liberal way, liberal concerns, "The Goode Family" is about a family that lives by the question "WWAGD? -- What Would Al Gore Do?." That is, the Goodes try to tread lightly upon the Earth. Hilarity fitfully ensues.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When Apple launched its current line of operating systems, called OS X, it chose to name the various versions after cats, starting with "Cheetah" in 2001. Apple never gave a reason why, but it was a very fitting name, seeing as Apple was far behind its competitors at the time and needed to cover a lot of ground very quickly, like a cheetah could. And now, more than a decade later, Apple is sitting at the top, and again very fittingly, the next version in the line of OS X is named Mountain Lion.
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