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Alex Sarkissian is a natural. I've rarely encountered a restaurateur so relaxed and engaging, whether he's chatting with neighborhood regulars or checking on a table of newcomers. He moves around Momed, his 6-month-old eastern Mediterranean cafe, like...
Every chef dreams about opening his or her own restaurant — someday. For Paul Shoemaker, that day jumped closer when he arrived for work at Bastide one morning in 2008 to find out that owner Joe Pytka had abruptly decided to close it down, just...
The Lockes have tilled the rich soil along the Mokelumne River since 1850. Now Chris Locke, 57, looks forward to passing down his orchards of 40,000 walnut trees to his four sons. But the threat of global warming has him worried. "I talk to my boys about...
There are deals, and then there are delicious deals. But sometimes it's tricky to distinguish between the two when restaurants' offers of "buy one, get one free" and "half-price on Wednesdays" are as commonplace as tuna tartare or beet salad. This is...
Tags: Anchovies, Pies and Tarts, Mangos, Sports, Hamburgers
Total time: 1 hour Servings: 6 Note: Adapted from "Moro" by Sam and Sam Clark. They write, "This Lebanese pudding is delicious warm or chilled. Some fruit on the side, although not necessary, is a nice addition. 3 eggs, separated 1/4 cup plus 3 1/2...
Tags: Vanilla Bean, Vanilla, Lemons
The Dish RagBristol Palin's baby daddy Levi Johnston makes his television commercial debut today on the Wonderful Pistachio???s ???Get Crackin?????? campaign The first-ever pistachio TV campaign stars eight celebrities cracking open a pistachio. Pretty exciting, huh?...
Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from "Moro" by Sam and Sam Clark. Dried barberries generally can be found at Middle Eastern markets. To make caramelized crispy onions, peel and halve an onion, and slice each half thinly. Slowly fry...
Show TrackerI'm sure there are quite a few viewers out there who have a morning-after beef with the finale of "Top Chef: Las Vegas." Although the final three -- and, this season, they were the right three -- were villain-free this......
Restaurant CriticWhist, the restaurant in Santa Monica's excruciatingly trendy Viceroy Hotel, opened with a bang in 2002. That was when Tim Goodell (Aubergine, Red Pearl) was doing the food, and it was startlingly good for a hotel restaurant. I remember pork belly...
Tags: Chestnuts, Mushrooms, Pies and Tarts, Arugula, Apples
Wild rice porridge with apricots and pistachios Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 2 2 cups cooked wild rice 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half, plus more for garnish 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling 1/2 cup...
2 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed 20 slices provolone 8 (7-inch diameter) slices mortadella with pistachios 1 (1-pound) jar roasted sweet red peppers, drained, seeded and halved lengthwise 25 slices mozzarella 10 slices cappicola 6 (4-inch...
Tags: Salt, Peppers, Foods and Beverages, Sausages, Salami
In October 2002, a trim, white-haired poet named Don Thompson sat down in a farmhouse in the San Joaquin Valley and wrote a poem called "Turning Sixty." In it, he compared his birthday to the climb of "a few degrees on the thermometer" that "add up to the...
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