| Oct 6, 2011
At L'Epicerie Market in Culver City, the escargots arrive in a small heap on the plate, not served in the usual shells but napped in a silky white wine sauce with ribbons of ham and velvety leaves of sautéed spinach. The dish is escargots in the style...
| May 27, 2010
2008 Hirsch Vineyards' Pinot Noir 'The Bohan-Dillon'
Pinot Noir seems to thrive on the Sonoma coast. Here's one beauty with real Pinot character from a renowned vineyard site near Fort Ross. Made primarily from the estate's younger vines, Hirsch...
| Jan 6, 2011
Dear SOS: I love the chicken salad from Lunch in Culver City. It's so delicious, and I always want it when I'm at home in Burbank. Please help!
Dear Laura: Lunch's chicken salad is a deliciously simple dish. It combines...
| Mar 1, 2012
I once had a friend in Paris who assiduously followed neighborhood bistros' plats du jour (daily specials) around town. And when I first moved into the arrondissement, he presented me with a scribbled crib sheet of his favorite dishes, which night they...
| May 27, 2010
In the late afternoon of April 12, 32-year-old Nguyen Tran of North Hollywood stepped into the KFC at the corner of Witmer and West 6th streets near downtown Los Angeles. After a few minutes of scrutinizing the menu board, and glancing at the store's...
| Jun 3, 2010
In the beginning, there was grilled cheese, and it was good. How could it not be — creamy melted cheese, bread crisped in butter? And then, of course, came the panini, once a simple Italian snack bar staple, turned seemingly ubiquitous. Now it looks...
| Sep 1, 2011
The white grape Grechetto has a long history in Umbria in central Italy. It's an essential part of the blend for the region's best-known white, Orvieto. But winemakers in Todi, a medieval hill town near Perugia, use the native grape on its own to make...
| Aug 25, 2011
I sincerely hate to break it to anybody who hasn't heard by now, but mamma's gone. Mamma Loredana moved out, with her son Filipo Cortivo, from Osteria la Buca two chefs ago and opened her own place, Osteria Mamma, on Melrose Avenue a few blocks west of La...
| Sep 8, 2011
Total time: About 1 hour
Servings: 1 chicken breast
Note: Chicken breast, so often overcooked and dry, is a wonderful ingredient for this sort of precision cooking. Here the breast is presented plain, but in the restaurant we...
| Oct 21, 2010
This year's Beaujolais Nouveau is about to be sprung on the public with much hoopla. While the festivities are fun (not to mention a great marketing ploy), there's more to Beaujolais than Beaujolais Nouveau.
Namely, Beaujolais Villages, and even above...
| May 6, 2010
2007 Quinta do Vallado Douro Vinho Tinto
Dry red wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal, the traditional source for Port grapes, are the new story in this gorgeous wine region to the north of Lisbon. Top Douro wines command high prices, but here's...