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Times Restaurant CriticEverything you've learned about British superstar chef Gordon Ramsay on television is a crock. On his hit television shows, "Hell's Kitchen" and especially "Kitchen Nightmares," the three-star Michelin chef hams it up, cajoling and bullying some of the...
Special to The TimesIn the middle of a transcendent BLT, I felt the sadness coming on. It happens every year, around the end of summer. How, I worry, can I possibly make it through another winter bereft of the pleasures of the season's perfect tomatoes? We are blessed with...
Tags: Pasta, Salt, Parsley, Foods and Beverages, Garlic
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCa' Brea is back, after being closed nearly a year for renovations. And, for the first time in a long while, chef-owner Antonio Tommasi, who founded the place in 1991 with Jean-Louis de Mori, is playing a much more active role in what's coming out of...
Tags: Restaurants, Potatoes, Butter, Gnocchi, Pumpkin
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: For asparagus stock, reserve cooking liquid from other preparations. 3/4 pound thin asparagus 1/4 pound shell-on shrimp 5 cups water or reserved asparagus stock 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1/2...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt takes just a sip of water to tell you that Restaurant Omakase in Riverside is something different. It arrives in a tall glass with a slice of citrus half submerged in shaved ice. Innocent enough, but this is anything but the usual lemon used to...
Tags: Foie Gras, Radishes, Salt, Restaurants, Limes
Such a pretty Gewürztraminer from Alsace -- aromatic, scented with spices and flowers, it has the faintest touch of sweetness married with a lively acidity, so it's never cloying. Helfrich's 2007 Gewürztraminer excels as a match for Asian foods -- Thai,...
Times Restaurant CriticThe server asks the two of us about coffee. We look at each other knowing there's no question -- we're going with the siphon, a Japanese contraption for brewing coffee that looks straight out of a chemistry lab. I love the magic-show of it, the moment...
Tags: Sandwiches, Restaurants, Cinnamon, Salads, Mushrooms
WEDNESDAY The wine life Enjoy a five-course wine-tasting dinner in the relaxed, neighborhood environs of Risotto Ristorante in the San Fernando Valley. Winemaker Ardison Phillips from McKeon-Phillips Winery in Santa Barbara County will host and chef...
Francois Villard makes one of the northern Rhone's most stunning Condrieus, but this talented young vintner also makes a haunting wine called "Les Contours de Deponcins," which is made from the Viognier grape but doesn't carry the Condrieu appellation....
South Florida Sun-SentinelLOS ANGELES 1. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows Still lording from its leafy roost in pink and green. Even if you don't stay here, you can stroll the halls, admiring the photographs of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford (who lived up the street),...
Total time: 45 minutes plus at least 2 hours chilling Servings: 12 to 16 (makes 64 bites) Note: When Regina Schrambling wrote about the evolving aperitivo scene in Italy, she shared recipes for snacks to serve with cocktails, including this...
Total time: 45 minutes Servings: 8 5 cups chicken stock 5 cups water 4 tablespoons butter, divided 1/4 pound sliced prosciutto, cut in 1/4 -inch-wide strips 2/3 cup minced onions 1 (1-pound) box or 2 1/3 cups short-grain rice, preferably Arborio,...
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