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.
August 28, 2012 |
Walter Manzke, the former chef of Bastide and Church & State (who left the latter 2½ years ago to open his own restaurant Republique, which is still forthcoming), will be cooking at Colonial Wine Bar on Sept. 7. Colonial's the new spot on Melrose that used to be TiroVino and before that All'Angelo. Carolyn and Mary Anne Reyes (of Mandalay restaurant and the Pearl Cocktail Lounge) and sommelier David Haskell (Bin 8945) are focusing on wine pairings with Mediterranean cuisine from chef Pippa Calland.
May 20, 2012 |
The sleepy Central Coast town of Arroyo Grande, population 17,000, is the ideal place to shut out the mayhem of city life for a few days. There's not much to do except relax, drink wine, read your book and take sunset strolls. The bed. House of Another Tyme Bed & Breakfast (227 Le Point St.;  489-6313; rooms for two, $120) is a remodeled Victorian home that dates to 1916 and contains three guest rooms. The B&B is run by husband-and-wife Jack Tiedemann and Judy Zwarg.