| Jan 16, 2014
| 10:54 AM
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is America's annual celebration of the automobile. Manufacturers from all over the world display their latest products to the public, reveal new ones to the media, and show off concept cars to spark...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 12:56 PM
I was on a bus, headed to b. patisserie to try the kouign amann as recommended by San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer, when a fellow passenger asked where I was going. California and Fillmore streets. He was puzzled, which didn’t...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:57 PM
After 13 years of countless wine pours and meals prepared by chefs-in-training and home cooks, Laguna Culinary Arts is about to say farewell to Laguna Beach.
Founder Nancy Milby, who along with executive chef Laurent Brazier created a wine and food...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:06 PM
HARO, Spain — Given the hours spent oozing along roads in L.A., you’d think my ideal vacation would not include driving. Zooming around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris? Dodging Fiats and Ferraris in Rome? Not for me.
But tooling down...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The essentials: North Pond
2610 N. Cannon Drive 773-477-5845
Looks like: Honeyed woods and umbrella-like chandeliers
Sounds like: A crackling fire, the tinkle and clank of glassware and the low murmur of conversation
Smells like: The season. Green and...
| Aug 28, 2013
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — There ought to be more to the home of some of the best bacon and country ham in America, the stuff preferred by chefs with Michelin stars, TV shows and cookbooks on best-seller lists. The building should at least have a...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:17 PM
Oh, to have pockets lined with gold. And an extra-large bib. Because there are a couple of food events coming up that, though extremely pricey, would tempt even the most abstemious.
First, Piero Selvaggio is going all in for truffles at Valentino in...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:49 PM
I was chatting on the phone with French Laundry chef Thomas Keller last week when I complained that it seemed like ages since we’d had a chance to just hang out and talk. “Hey, we’re going to be doing the L.A. Food and Wine Festival on...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:50 PM
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — If vineyards at harvest time call to you — grapes plump on the vines, leaves turning red and gold — consider a visit to Yountville, in the heart of California's famed Napa Valley.
Yountville is tiny: about 12...
| Dec 5, 2013
My wife took a bite of the scallop-crab motoyaki, one of the specialties at Kabocha, and smiled beatifically.
"Now this is a signature dish," she said happily. "This rocks."
My wife doesn't dazzle all that easily (though she married me; make what...
| Dec 8, 2013
If a jug of wine and loaf of bread does it for you, stay put. On the other hand, if you crave life's full pleasures — the best of the best wines, the most luscious breads to accompany a wealth of assorted gourmet delights — head to Burgundy,...