| Mar 3, 2014
| 6:30 AM
At precisely 10:46 p.m. Sunday -- after the Oscar-hand-out action inside the Dolby Theater was receding in the cultural rear-view mirror with every witticism of Ellen DeGeneres -- and the Academy Awards after-party festivities were in full swing on the...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:25 PM
On a hot July afternoon, Martin Riese sits in a suit at one of the patio tables at Ray's and Stark with eight bottles of water and 16 glasses in front of him. He laughs as museum goers pause in front of his table to smirk or make a comment about the odd...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 5:36 PM
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — This resort sometimes gets brushed aside because of all the attention showered on its big sibling just down the road, Vail.
But labeling Beaver Creek as an intimate little resort isn't entirely accurate. In addition to the...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Situated in Burgundy, one of the premier wine-growing regions of France, the Abbaye de la Bussiere has to be one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. As you pass through the elegant wrought-iron gates at the foot of the driveway, the imposing...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 3:53 PM
When Quinn Doan from the Hong Kong tourism board asked me if I could show a few chefs around the San Gabriel Valley last week, it may have taken me all of a second and a half to agree. I am forever going on about the diversity and high quality of local...
| Jun 15, 2013
Protip: You can tell a lot about a dude from the way he eats buckwheat "popcorn," the crunchy fried grain that tends to show up before the meal at Trois Mec, the new restaurant from Ludovic Lefebvre. The more primitive members of the species worm their...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 2:44 PM
Providence, Michael Cimarusti's celebrated seafood-centric restaurant in Los Angeles, has announced it will close briefly May 19 and reopen May 28 after a full redesign.
Providence has been listed as the No. 1 restaurant in Los Angeles by Times...
| Jul 6, 2013
I remember someone three seats down from me at Ginza Sushi-ko (the predecessor of Urasawa), eating an entire box of the ochre uni that Masa Takayama had specially sourced. Sometimes, if you were lucky, he'd hand you a cone of exquisite black green toasted...
| 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...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 11:57 AM
"Top Chef" season 11 kicked off Wednesday night in a swamp. There were alligators, frogs, a video of Padma Lakshmi dancing in the streets and Emeril Lagasse with a box of beignets. Oh yeah, this season's in New Orleans.
The winning prizes are still the...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 2:22 PM
Hong Kong’s fancy restaurants are overrated. Germany’s, on the other hand, don’t get enough credit. The best sushi restaurant in Japan looks like a utility closet in a parking garage. Modernist cooking is “Harry Potter cooking.&...