| 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...
| Oct 14, 2010
Hotel dining rooms don't come much cozier than the one at the updated Hotel Shangri-la on Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica. The chairs are round, barrel-shaped numbers with deep tobacco-colored leather cushions and a propensity for swiveling, the better to...
| Dec 2, 2010
2009 Verdad Albariño, Sawyer 'Lindquist Vineyard'
Albariño isn't a grape that's much grown in California, but winemaker Louisa Sawyer fell in love with the Spanish white and planted some in the cool-climate Edna Valley vineyard she owns with husband...
| Feb 10, 2011
Spiced mushroom borscht
Total time: 2 hours
Note: This recipe requires cheesecloth and butchers twine to make a sachet.
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| 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...
| 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...
| May 20, 2010
When I was in college and for years after, whenever I went into San Francisco to catch a late set of jazz, the evening always ended in Chinatown with a bowl of congee. I can't think of anything more restorative that late at night. Or any other time,...
| Oct 21, 2010
Autumn vegetable hash
Total time: 1 hour
Note: Goose and duck fat can be found at select well-stocked markets as well as at many gourmet markets and cooking supply stores
2 tablespoons goose or duck fat, or butter
1 onion, cut into ½-...
| Jan 28, 2011
Valentine's Day is one of the biggest restaurant evenings of the year. Here are some places that are offering special menus and deals.
Alegria: Long Beach's Alegria combines a four-course dinner for $65 and live flamenco dancers. Offered from February 10...
| Jun 24, 2010
Four of us stare at our menus at the new District on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. "Duck fat Yorkshire pudding," one friend exclaims when she reads the first item. Let's save that for later, I tell her. Why don't we order some biscuits before we decide...
| Jun 2, 2011
Is there a more stunning hotel lobby than the one at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel? With its heavy painted beams, chic leather daybeds and grand proportions, it exudes old Hollywood glamour. A stately hush hovers over the vast room, and most of the...