| Jul 5, 2013
| 10:46 AM
My wonderful mother studied one year at Occidental College before she went on to UC Berkeley, so maybe that was the reason she never liked the term "oxymoron." But that brings to my mind that the biggest oxymoron in our lives today is the term "controlled...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Overall impression: The red banquettes and oversize mirrors are here. So are the steak frites and the escargots. But as much as I wanted to love this charming, 5-year-old French bistro, I left only liking it. Call it the summertime blahs, but the staff...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 1:29 PM
An autopsy has confirmed that "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini died of natural causes from a heart attack Wednesday in Italy. Meanwhile, a newspaper report took aim at what the actor may have had to eat and drink at dinner the night he died --...
| May 16, 2013
| 8:29 AM
Jacob Anaya had some big shoes to fill when he was named chef at Azul one year ago. Michelle Bernstein came to fame here. Clay Conley, who oversees not one but two Palm Beach restaurants, cooked here.
Each chef brought a unique perspective to the...
| May 2, 2013
| 9:58 AM
A Laguna Beach chef says animal rights activists posted personal information — including his cell phone number and credit card transactions — online because he served foie gras.
Activists hacked into the website of Hudson Valley Foie Gras,...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 2:25 PM
The first time you come to n/naka, a kaiseki restaurant a bit north of Sony studios in the Palms area of Los Angeles, you will inevitably soar right by the place, a low, featureless building in a strip of dry cleaners and tarot-card readers surrounded...
| May 11, 2012
| 12:31 PM
Everyone knows that Langer's serves the best pastrami sandwich in town. Guidebooks say so. National magazines say so. The subway disgorges so many Langer's-bound fressers that it has sometimes been called the Pastrami Express. Many of us think Langer's...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 1:56 PM
If you want to eat foie gras in California before July 1, especially at a feast dedicated to the smooth, super-fatted duck liver, your pâté may be seasoned with a grain or two of political theater.
Outside Santa Monica's Mélisse earlier this month, there...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The politics of pate are back. More than 100 of California's top chefs are lobbying lawmakers to reconsider the state's impending ban on the duck-liver delicacy known as foie gras. With the prohibition set to take effect in July, the......
| Apr 30, 2012
| 9:40 PM
A so-called Super PAC has bought nearly $500,000 in cable TV political ads to support Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village). Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), Berman's main opponent for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat, wants more details...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Grow! garden festival at L.A. Arboretum...