January 31, 2013 |
L&E Oyster Bar , everybody's favorite little seafood shack in Silver Lake, is getting a little less little. Tonight L&E is opening its second story - an extension that will roughly double the seating capacity to nearly 100. The upstairs version of L&E will focus almost entirely on appetizers and cold dishes - oysters and some of the new fish “charcuterie” being cooked up by chef Spencer Bezaire. Think dishes such as beet-cured salmon, like gravlax served with Meyer lemon crème fraiche; house-cured tuna belly, called mojama , with harissa; albacore rillettes, served in their own little sardine cans; and assorted seafood terrines and sausages.
January 14, 2013 |
Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and AOC restaurant have had as many "absolutely final last days" as your average carpet store. But this time, they say, they mean it. The latest official closing date is Saturday, Jan. 19, before they move to their new digs at 8700 W. 3rd Street (the old Il Covo space). If you want to get one last meal at the pioneer small plates/wine bar, call (323) 653-6359. There's no final word yet on when the new place will be ready -- all indications point to early February.
December 24, 2012 |
I was at a holiday party on Friday when the subject of gun control reared its head somewhere between the appetizer table and the wine bar. The host -- my friend Alan -- is a Canadian who thinks the American attitude toward guns borders on the insane. While Canada, with tight limits on gun ownership, is relatively free of gun violence, the United States, awash in enough guns to arm every man, woman and child in the country, suffers repeated incidents of gun-related killings -- most recently the horrific slaughter of 6- and 7-year-olds in Newtown, Conn.
HOME & GARDEN
December 15, 2012 |
It was a stormy fall day a year ago when I met my friend Dave for coffee. He in turn had invited another of his friends to join us. The two men had just returned from a European trek, London to Croatia. I was surprised by Dave's friend. He was about 33, an incredibly handsome photographer with charm and confidence that made it clear he came from money. We matched wits with one another, an exchange that ended with seductive eye glances. After we left, I told Dave I was interested.
December 8, 2012 |
When I was in my 20s, studying wine and living on very little money in Paris, I couldn't afford to eat in real restaurants very often. But I'd stop at a favorite wine bar a couple of times a week. It always seemed to be cold weather, and the chill crept through the soles of my boots. To warm up, I would nurse a single glass of Chinon or Bourgeuil with a tartine (open-faced sandwich) or dark-flecked Poilâne bread with a crottin of goat cheese smashed on top. I can remember looking longingly at the end of the zinc bar where a tarte Tatin inevitably would be set out in all its glory, the apples satiny and glistening with caramel.
December 6, 2012 |
So I noticed a tweet in passing from Lou Amdur, founder of Lou wine bar, about a free wine app called Delectable for the iPhone . The name is a bit twee, but I thought I'd check it out. Little did I know I was signing up for a social network app. It took my name and then instructed me, "tell the world your life story, in the form of a short bio. " I didn't want to tell the world anything, particularly, and it turns out there's no option to...
November 30, 2012 |
Salt's Cure chef-owners Zak Walters and Chris Phelps are extending the restaurant's hours with an afternoon wine bar service between lunch and dinner, beginning Monday. The West Hollywood restaurant's wine list will be served Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons (it's closed Tuesdays) from 3 to 5:30 p.m. with house-made charcuterie, cheeses, a daily farmers market salad and the Salt's Cure Burger. Which makes for a nice pit stop if you happen to have a free weekday afternoon and are, um, cruising Santa Monica Boulevard.
November 5, 2012 |
Hotel guests and area residents can get their morning jolt of java or ease into the evening with a glass of wine at Stonehaus, which opened last week in Westlake Village. The rustic venue, a blend of coffeehouse and wine bar, is set amid the vineyard and olive groves at the Westlake Village Inn , a 141-room boutique hotel near the 101 Freeway in the Conejo Valley. For early risers, the gourmet coffeehouse serves private-label roasted coffee drinks, breakfast items and freshly baked pastries and breads.
September 13, 2012 |
Since opening a little less than three years ago in Echo Park, City Sip wine bar has seen huge changes to the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street. Among them: new designer lofts, the opening of Tony Yanow's massive Mohawk Bend across the street, the destruction and slow resurrection of Pizza Buona and the planned expansion of vegetarian cafe Elf. All the while cheerful and welcoming owner Nicole Daddio has kept a devoted customer base. One can assume, however, that that base has been changing along with the block.
September 4, 2012
Chef Scott Conant's D.O.C.G. is simpler and more rustic than Scarpetta, its sister restaurant next door. But don't let that fool you. Officially a wine bar (named after the highest level of Italian wine, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), D.O.C.G's fare is as good as it gets - few bites in, you'll be swooning as much over what you're eating as on anything you're sipping. Standouts from the refined Italian menu include the margherita pizza with a thin, chewy crust topped with tomatoes that pop with flavor, and the imminently shareable grilled filone - thick slices of bread served fondue-style with truffle oil and creamy duck egg. And, with 3,000 bottles of wine to choose from, the perfect pairing is guaranteed.