| Mar 23, 2011
Mark Bitterman calls himself a "selmelier," a made-up word meant to evoke his wish to do for salt what sommeliers do for wine: educate, surprise, delight. Co-owner of The Meadow, a specialty food and flower shop with branches in New York City and...
| Mar 24, 2011
One unexpected benefit of enhanced airport security is that airport dining options have never been better. The arrive-early dictum (to allow for screening delays) has resulted in airports full of travelers with time on their hands and the sure knowledge...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 8:28 PM
At the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party, we had the pleasure of talking with Chef Chad Blunston from bambú Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel. He was very excited about his new customized menu catering to guests' special dietary needs.
| Nov 11, 2010
On a mission to suss out the Santa Monica gastropub the Yard, I'd invited a friend who'd lived in the neighborhood way back when but had since moved away. As we negotiated the crowds streaming past us on Broadway a couple of blocks from Ocean Avenue,...
| Nov 25, 2010
Fresh herb salad with seeds
Total time: 25 minutes
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 cups Italian parsley leaves
1 cup cilantro leaves
3/4 cup basil leaves, preferably purple basil, torn into pieces
4 cups chilled baby salad leaves
| Dec 29, 2010
| 12:21 PM
The top 10 dishes of 2010 (in no particular order and not a list of the 10 best restaurants):
Café Grill (Fountain Valley): Sweet Potato Ravioli is a winner! Looking more like cannelloni, the toothsome pasta is wrapped around an exquisite sweet potato...
| Jul 7, 2010
| 7:29 AM
Canlis Prawns paired with NV Jean Milan Canlis Cuvee, Oger, FR
5-15 Blue Hawaiian Prawns, shells removed and reserved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice, fresh...
| Jul 27, 2010
| 10:42 AM
"It's just been a hellacious day," Deb Marsden proclaims early on a recent Wednesday afternoon.
The calls had started at 6 a.m. Between extensive heat and torrential downpours, lettuce was lost, beets were bad, radishes were cracked, zucchinis were too...
| Jul 29, 2010
On an overcast Saturday morning, Christopher Nyerges — the head of Eagle Rock's School of Self-Reliance — gingerly skirts a feral clump of bright green weeds.
"Always watch where you're stepping 'cause you might be stepping on our lunch,"...
| Jan 12, 2011
| 4:22 PM
January spells excitement for home gardeners because that's when the new seed catalogs arrive. Vic shows no interest in them, but I study each catalog with care, planning out my year's garden in advance.
Each seed company offers at least a few seed...
| Feb 1, 2011
| 2:17 PM
Today is New Year's Eve. In China and some other countries in Southeast Asia, tomorrow — Thursday, Feb. 3 — is the first day in the new year.
Chinese families get together to exchange gifts, wear red-trimmed clothes, decorate with red and...