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More than 4,000 oyster tags cover two walls at Connie & Ted's, the soon-to-open West Hollywood seafood restaurant from Providence chef-owner Michael Cimarusti. Many of them are ones Cimarusti has collected over several years, Cryovac-ing them in plastic...
The amount of secrecy surrounding Trois Mec, the new restaurant by Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal and Son of a Gun) and Ludo Lefebvre ("The Taste" and Ludo Bites) would rival a top-secret CIA mission. The restaurant is hidden away at the back of a...
Los Angeles TimesJeff Fischer doesn't have a vineyard or a winery. He has no formal training and zero employees. Yet in a short time he's managed to land his small-batch Habit wines in nearly 50 of L.A.'s top restaurants, including the Chateau Marmont, Spago, AOC, Ink,...
Tags: Celebrities, Grapes, Alcoholic Beverages, Hatfield's, Wines
Popular local chef K.C. Ma was killed Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in the Central Valley, according to friends and family on his Facebook page. His wife Ivy was also reported to be injured but recovering. Ma had worked in the L.A. area at Providence,...
Los Angeles Times Restaurant CriticThe 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...
Los Angeles TimesThe first dish served on Miles Thompson's five-course tasting menu during the Vagrancy Project's residency at Allston Yacht Club on a recent Monday was called "Oyster." But it was so much more. The 24-year-old chef had encased a raw oyster inside a...
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.¿ —Isak Dinesen Salt is the one ingredient that every person has in his or her cupboard. If you are like me, you might have several varieties from various far-flung sources. I've got...
Los Angeles Times Restaurant CriticIf 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...
Justin Pike, the talented bartender at the Tasting Kitchen in Venice, draws detailed pictures of the artisanal ingredients and specialty liqueurs he uses in his cocktails on the restaurant's large chalkboards. Pike, who studied illustration at...
Tags: Jessica Gelt, Arts and Culture
Los Angeles Times Restaurant CriticAt Water Grill, the raw bar rules. Always has. And in downtown Los Angeles, Water Grill is an institution on the order of Tadich Grill in San Francisco (though not nearly as old). I don't know what it is about being away from home, but it seems to bring...
Tags: Foods and Beverages, Oysters, Shrimp, Seafood, Salads
Daily DishConstruction to start soon on Connie & Ted's...
Daily DishMore than 100 California chefs have formed a group called the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards (yes, the acronym spells CHEFS) to fight California's pending ban on foie gras. The ban on fattened duck or goose liver is set to take...
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