| Sep 28, 2013
At a new restaurant, I check out the bar not so much for the cocktails but to see what the menu is like and take in the scene from a bird's-eye perch. I actually love to eat at the bar, a great choice on the later side, or even the earlier. And it's...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:49 PM
I was chatting on the phone with French Laundry chef Thomas Keller last week when I complained that it seemed like ages since we’d had a chance to just hang out and talk. “Hey, we’re going to be doing the L.A. Food and Wine Festival on...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 8:09 PM
When Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Mark Curry cooks dinner at Station 29 in Koreatown, the last thing anyone wants is a fire call just as their grub is served.
Curry never disappoints in the kitchen.
Sunday night, Curry — defending...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Taste of Farmers Market: To celebrate its 79th birthday, the Third and Fairfax Farmers Market is holding a wandering feast, offering tastings from the market's restaurants and grocers, on July 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. The extensive menu includes chicken pot...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Kyushu and Okinawa Festival: Mitsuwa, the largest Japanese supermarket in the U.S., will be hosting a Japanese food fair from July 18 to 21 during store hours at its Torrance and Costa Mesa locations. Tokyo ramen shop Tanaka Shoten returns with its...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 9:05 AM
Father's Day is just around the corner (it's Sunday for those who haven't checked their calendars). So here's a list of Father's Day barbecues and brunches for celebrating with dad.
Go "Hog Wild" for dad: On Father’s Day, Bouchon Bistro Beverly...
| Jun 14, 2013
Drinking with dad is an underrated pleasure. After a whiskey or maybe a few beers he'll start to open up. He might tell you about that time in college when he got busted for something he once busted you for. He'll tell you how he fell in love with your...
| Mar 16, 2013
Remember when you couldn't go to a restaurant without coming across yet another flourless chocolate cake? And when that trend finally passed, the chocolate fashion became precious, over-elaborate tastings of this and that. I'm glad that's finally passé....
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Father's Day 2012 dining guide: Freebies, cocktails and more...
| Jul 15, 2012
If all of California had been created by a romance novelist, it would probably look like Santa Barbara -- whitewashed walls, red-tile roofs, gentle slopes, lapping waves, swaying fronds, stately churches and private estates suitable for Oprah, Rob Lowe...
| Jul 15, 2012
WHERE TO STAY
Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai; (805) 646-2536, http://www.ojairetreat.com. Main house and four cottages (12 units in all) on 5 acres. No TV or phones, free Wi-Fi. Rates $99-$289 (and no lodging tax, because it's a nonprofit)....