| Nov 14, 2007
I'M flipping through the hefty reserve wine list at the new Melrose Bar & Grill in West Hollywood and can't believe my eyes: 23 wines from Alsace and more than 20 Champagnes and sparkling wines at a restaurant where the pub steak is just $17. The more...
| Jan 7, 2009
Just because the expense-account lunch is largely a thing of the past doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy the meal, even celebrate it. Instead of depending on the kindness of menus, use a little homespun imagination.
Thinking outside the lunch box is...
| Jun 18, 2008
Plenty of L.A. cafe owners have realized that ethnic food can have enhanced crossover appeal if healthful characteristics of the cuisine are emphasized. Lately, even fast-food places are oriented toward fresh and good-for-you offerings, often because...
| Aug 27, 2008
HERE'S THE experience I'm always on the prowl for: a simple, golden, tender rotisserie chicken, bursting with juice, lifted off its skewer when it's just cooked and placed in my hands. I run home and pull apart the warm, delicate meat with my bare...
| Oct 22, 2008
On a warm Indian summer night in Sherman Oaks, my friends and I occupy a corner table framed by fashionably rusty metal trellises on the sidewalk terrace in front of Max. Outside, couples stroll by, some walking the dog, others, friends out for dinner...
| Aug 27, 2008
Where to buy the best birds in L.A. County
THE FOLLOWING, in alphabetical order, represents a broad spectrum of sources for beautiful rotisserie birds, freshly made and ready to go. Some offer excellent meal package prices; several have exceptional...
| Jul 10, 2008
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The original shish kebab, they say, was broiled over campfires on Turkish nomads' swords.
Oh, sure. Give me a break. A nomad warrior, whose life depended on his razor-sharp blade, would ruin the temper of his sword's steel by sticking it in a fire,...
| Apr 15, 2009
One Saturday night in May 1964, a group of friends from UCLA and their wives gathered together for a dinner that whimsically celebrated the French Revolution. There were crepes, fromages, French wines and true Champagne.
It was so much fun they decided...
| Aug 29, 2007
VENTURA'S favorite son, Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason mystery books, never wrote about a meal that didn't begin with a martini and include a steak and baked potato, but times have changed since his fictional hero's mid-century heyday....
| Mar 9, 2008
Early travelers crossing the desert to Syria got their first view of Damascus from the top of Jebel Qassioun, a gently sloped mountain northwest of town. It was not a sight they soon forgot.
The prophet Muhammad refused to descend into the city,...
| Dec 21, 2008
To me, travel means trying to understand places, appreciating them for what they are, and making them my own. But sometimes my ability to do that breaks down.
It happened in Jerusalem, one of the oldest, most revered and emotional cities in the world....