| Sep 23, 2010
In Los Angeles, 25 years entitles a restaurant to, if not a medal, then at the very least the title of institution. And this year (how time flies) marks the 25th anniversary for La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights. Way back in 1985, Jose Rodriguez...
| Oct 27, 2011
It's just before the dinner rush at Huong Giang, a central Vietnamese restaurant in Westminster's Little Saigon, and dozens of dim-sum-like dishes obscure our tabletop. Chopsticks eagerly reach for fat little shrimp-filled dumplings and impossibly...
| Jul 18, 2011
John Mosca, proprietor of a two-room roadhouse near New Orleans famed for its Italian-style garlicky shrimp, oysters, chicken and marinated crab dishes, has died. He was 86.
Mosca died Wednesday at his home in suburban Harahan, said his daughter, Lisa...
| Jun 23, 2011
Third Street is on its way to becoming the latest restaurant row with a slew of openings slated for the next few months. Already open, a second restaurant from Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal in the old Cynthia's space just east of Orlando Avenue....
| Oct 27, 2011
White beans with chorizo, clams and shrimp
Total time:1 hour, plus 2 hours baking time for the beans
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Note: Spanish chorizo can be found at Spanish markets as well as at select gourmet markets and cooking supply stores.
| Dec 15, 2011
The wild gastronomic mix along Ventura Boulevard is a magnet for culinary dreamers. They envision thriving among the crush of sushi bars, the newest gastro pubs, the endless parade of strip mall franchisees and countless mom-and-pops convinced that...
| Nov 10, 2011
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
Note: The best dried shrimp are plump and rosy and about 2 inches long. These may be harder to find in the States; just look for shrimp that have some color and don't seem too dried out.
| Dec 22, 2011
Total time: 55 minutes, plus soaking time
Note: My grandma uses Sho-Chiku-Bai brand sweet rice. The rice, light soy sauce, lop cheong and dried black mushrooms are available at Chinese markets.
3 cups sweet rice
6 dried black...
| Jul 8, 2010
It's farmers market day in Santa Monica and I have tempura on my mind.
The Japanese farmer carries most of my staples — shishito peppers, burdock, kabocha squash and daikon radish, which I like to grate and put in the dipping sauce; it's like a...
| Dec 8, 2011
Wind storms, below-70-degree days and chilly, chilly nights — it's enough to drive one to soup. We're talking big pots of steamy, spicy crab stew. Or the kind of soup you lean over and dip your own ingredients into. Soups with springy noodles and...
| Aug 5, 2010
Pull up in front of the new Red O on Melrose and, before deigning to take your car, a valet in an embroidered guayabera and natty straw hat will lean into the window to ask, politely, if you've got a reservation. It's Mozza all over again. No reservation,...