| Sep 26, 2014
| 11:42 AM
Part of the ritual of wine drinking is opening the bottle, teasing the cork from the bottle and pouring that wine into a crystal glass. That's no longer the default, though. First, they came out with fake corks, then screw cap bottles — and, sacre...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 3:20 PM
Raised in Houston and now living in Los Angeles, actress Erica Dasher is the star of ABC Family's new series "Jane by Design." A graduate of the University of Southern California, Dasher also is the producer of the upcoming documentary "Speak Easy." Of...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 12:46 PM
Beginning with almost Dickensian roots, working in his parents Felice and Lidia’s Italian restaurant in Queens, washing dishes, cleaning the sidewalk, and touring the jungle-like meat markets of the Bronx, Joe Bastianich’s life charts a...
| Nov 10, 2011
Especially at this time of year, when relatives roll into town eager to live it up. It's fun to introduce them to L.A.'s ethnic dining scene, chase food trucks around town and stop in at the latest cutting-edge venues. But at some point, they may want...
| Dec 22, 2012
One of the things that keeps me excited about what I do is that I am always learning.
When I was making puff pastry not long ago, someone asked me why I made a tic-tac-toe-like slash in the process of making the dough. I had been slashing puff pastry...
| Feb 9, 2013
I was 45 minutes late to our first date at Osteria Mozza when the Cute Gardener took one look at me over the rim of his glasses, pushed a menu toward me and asked if I would mind if we just ordered a bunch of plates to share. Flustered from my driving...
| Feb 23, 2013
I remember my first encounter with amaro, the Italian bitter liqueur. It was the first time I went to Italy and had overindulged the night before. "Drink it. You'll feel better," my Italian friends urged, handing me a glass of Fernet Branca for its...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Maybe one of your New Year's resolutions is to finally visit all of Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles. And if you want to get started on New Year's Day, here are the restaurants among the 101 that are open on Jan. 1. Start 2014 right,...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:26 AM
Frank Fermin is the chef at the newly opened South End pizza and wine bar on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, Fermin has worked in some of L.A.'s most well-regarded restaurants, including BLD, Osteria...
| Apr 6, 2013
The first time you visit Chi Spacca, you are probably going to want the bistecca fiorentina, a sizzling cliff of meat that weighs in at a stunning 42 ounces, all salt and char and dripping red flesh, rising from the plate in a spectacle that seems...
| Apr 27, 2013
Call me old-fashioned, but I am not a fan of the current trend wherein bacon, avocado and other ingredients normally considered staples of savory cooking are used to make desserts, instead of, say, a BLT. The only exception to this rule, and it's an...