| Nov 13, 2011
"Where you headed?" asked the cheerful driver of the rental-car shuttle at the Detroit airport.
"Detroit!" I answered, equally cheerfully.
"Southfield, Birmingham or Rochester?" he asked, referring to well-to-do northern suburbs.
| Jan 12, 2013
If you want to understand Bestia, you should probably take a look at the cassoeula, a version of a traditional cabbage stew popular in Milan.
At Alfredo de Gran San Bernardo, the Milanese businessmen's restaurant where I first tried the dish,...
| Feb 25, 2012
At Crabby's restaurant in Montebello, Hector Chacon sipped from a steaming bowl of shrimp soup, trying to soothe a nervous stomach.
It was election day last November in the small, working-class cities southeast of downtown Los Angeles. For Chacon, a...
| Sep 1, 2012
How does your garden grow? That's a question that can be posed to a number of restaurants around town. And I'm not just talking old olive oil cans sprouting Genovese basil or flat-leaf Italian parsley. Restaurants are adding giant pots or raised beds...
| Sep 29, 2012
The restaurant business is remarkably volatile, and anyone who has spent much time around it is used to seeing his or her favorites sputter out of business after good long runs. You grow up going to Angeli, you have your first date there, you become a...
| May 19, 2012
Is a hyper-curated playlist the new house-made charcuterie? Whether a restaurant's playing Lady Gaga or Langhorne Slim says as much about the place as its Mason jar drinking glasses or farm-to-table pickle plate. And in an era when even Facebook tracks...
| Mar 30, 2012
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First published on Jan. 30, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
The tourists think big. Arriving in Southern California, they expect to conquer Disneyland and Hollywood, perhaps on the same day, in between the surfing and snowboarding. Then...
| Feb 17, 2011
The semifinalists for the 2011 James Beard Foundation's restaurant and chef awards were announced Thursday. (Good luck getting on the James Beard website.) There are 19 categories, including best new restaurant, outstanding chef, rising star chef of the...
| Mar 2, 2011
Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" is back April 6 -- and everything has changed. There's will be a brand new format, a new host (celebrity chef Curtis Stone) and a new judge (former Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl). Among the 12......
| Mar 10, 2011
Coffeebar comes to Spring Street The coffee options for loft dwellers on Spring Street have expanded with the opening of CoffeeBar, a 2,000-square-foot cafe that recently debuted just a couple of doors down from downtown favorite Spring for Coffee. Owners...
| Apr 13, 2011
Mary Sue Milliken called it "my evil vacation." John Rivera Sedlar considered escaping to Paris. Professional chefs are used to cooking under intense pressure, but the two Los Angeles restaurateurs battling in "Top Chef Masters" underestimated the...