| Mar 23, 2011
| 10:36 PM
Three chefs remained after a winnowing season of Top Chef: Mike (the overachiever from season 6 who has been on a roll), Antonia (a season 4 finalist with two wins and a string of near misses this year) and Richard (another season 4 finalist who has...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 4:47 PM
Oh. So. Close.
Antonia Lofaso thought she had made it through to the finale of Top Chef's all-star season last week when Tiffany Derry was sent home. This, she thought, was going to make up for exiting at the last possible minute in season four.
| Apr 8, 2011
| 5:06 AM
If you want to spend April in Paris but can't afford it, a short hop to Philadelphia may at least give you that French feeling.
After nearly three years of planning, the city kicks off the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts this...
| Apr 14, 2011
Before Chasen's and the Brown Derby, way before Sam Nazarian or even Wolfgang Puck, the first restaurant guy who catered to Hollywood was Adolph "Eddie" Brandstatter. He had the "Brandstatter touch": one part dapper European suavity — he brought a...
| Dec 30, 2010
I could practically hear the gentleman reader spluttering as he typed out his e-mail to me, complaining that a restaurant I'd recommended wasn't up to his idea of fine dining. No captain, he lamented. Rock music pounding! And the sommelier looked too...
| Jan 9, 2011
I pulled aside the curtain and peered out the motel window. Palm trees swayed gently in the breeze. A cyclist pedaled along the oceanfront. Beyond him, the Pacific stretched out calm and blue as far as the eye could see.
Nice view, I thought, given...
| Jan 6, 2011
For a long time, Los Angeles chefs had the city to themselves. Outsiders might have turned up for a guest chef turn or two, but never much more than that. But then a couple of years ago that all changed, and Los Angeles was suddenly as attractive as Las...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 12:03 PM
LAS VEGAS — Deciding where to dine in Las Vegas is a little like determining where to gamble. Or shop, for that matter. The choices are seemingly limitless.
Ten years ago, when an influx of culinary talent first revved up tourists' appetites, the...
| Dec 29, 2011
The fellow I met at a holiday party had just one question for me: Where do you find a great steak in this part of the country? He grew up in Texas on grass-fed beef and complains he's never found a steak here with as much flavor. He's disappointed every...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 6:30 AM
For most of the last 20 years, it’s been my job to leave Los Angeles and bring home tips on travel elsewhere. But let’s face it: Elsewhere can get expensive. And there’s a lot of elsewhere here already.
So a year ago, I turned my...
| Jan 10, 2012
Q: Several years ago in the food section of the Chicago Tribune there was a sidebar on creating a lettuce "rose" or "flower" to display on a buffet. The tiny box had a color photo of a head of lettuce transformed, I believe, into a flower with eight...