| Jul 1, 2010
I've always had a soft spot for Chaya Brasserie in West Hollywood. I love the soaring emerald bamboo grove in the middle of the room, the charming Asian-accented brasserie decor and executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe's sophisticated French-Japanese cuisine....
| Mar 24, 2011
A carload of friends and I are heading west on Ventura Boulevard on the lookout for the Studio City restaurant and lounge Firefly. Where exactly is it? We're scanning the south side of the boulevard for the facade. (I could have found the address and...
| May 5, 2011
| 9:09 AM
Heralded as "the first new cake in 100 years" when it was introduced, the chiffon cake — one of the darlings of midcentury cuisine — became famous for its wonderfully light and airy texture, seemingly weightless as angel food but with a...
| Aug 15, 2010
Alfred A. Knopf: 318 pp., $25.95
There is a game in which one child suggests several things — a rose, say, a chocolate cake, a steam engine — and another improvises a story linking them. Giles Foden's...
| Jan 13, 2011
Snap. Snap. Snap. In my mind's eye, I see a layout for a design or architecture magazine. The salvaged wood boards, some silvery and weathered, a few whitewashed, used for the restaurant's exterior. The wide barn doors leading out to the courtyard in...
| Jan 24, 2011
| 12:48 AM
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period. They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Jan. 10.
Two weeks into all of this and starting the third, there is a lot I have learned: Fruit juices may be...
| Jan 27, 2011
Chaya Brasserie, the 27-year-old French-Japanese restaurant, closed for a week in November to freshen up the interior. And when the doors swung open again, it had a new menu and a new chef. Shigefumi Tachibe, corporate chef of the Chaya Group, which...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 5:08 PM
| Sep 30, 2010
Baking is my Zen state; my meditation aids include a cherry-red standing mixer, a big-bowl food processor, a blender and a hand mixer.
The kitchen is the best room in our Santa Monica house. It is also about the same size as the studio apartments I've...
| Mar 3, 2011
Chefs seem to be caught playing musical chairs more than usual lately, so much so that it's hard to keep up on all the moves. In mid-November, Ben Bailly, the baby-faced French chef at Petrossian, grabbed the head chef job at Fraîche in Culver City,...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 11:01 AM
Eric Carle's famous book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has become a foot soldier (well, a many-footed soldier) in the war against child obesity.
The storybook character, beloved by parents and children since he emerged from an egg -- pop! -- on a...