| Jun 10, 2010
Southern California can be thought of as a crazy quilt of humanity stitched together with the spices and flavors of many nations. And at no time is that more apparent than during the FIFA World Cup, which takes place every four years and riles up every...
| Dec 29, 2010
| 5:45 PM
Celebrating the New Year in Las Vegas fashion, AOC will have a buffet and an Elvis look-alike. The first seating offers a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes wood-oven-baked cannelloni and petrale sole with caramelized endive. $75,...
| Apr 25, 2011
The best way to get to know the culture of any place is to eat your way through it. This is especially true in Barcelona, the epicenter of Catalonia. Perhaps it's because Catalan food is such a good reflection of the culture. Historically, Catalans have...
| Apr 25, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO BARCELONA, SPAIN
From LAX, KLM, Air France, American, Lufthansa, Delta, US Airways, Continental, British and Iberia offer connecting service (change of plane) to Barcelona. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $400, excluding taxes and...
| Jul 11, 2010
THE BEST WAY TO GILROY
From Los Angeles, head north on the Interstate 5 through the Central Valley, then take California 152. It's about a five-hour drive.
WHERE TO STAY
Best Western Forest Park Inn, 375 Leavesley Road, Gilroy; (408) 848-5144, http://...
| Jul 29, 2010
2004 R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja 'Crianza Viña Cubillo'
Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta winery, founded in the late 19th century in Rioja, Spain, is still one of best in the region, famous for its gorgeous top-of-the-line Viña Tondonia. But the...
| Mar 20, 2011
Oakland is feeling its oats. Steel-cut oats, that is. Sprinkled atop a puree of onion soup ladled over smoked dates at the Michelin-starred Commis, this coarse grain is being transformed into something wonderful and different, much like the rough-hewn...
| Oct 14, 2010
The dimly lighted dining room pulses with gritty hip-hop and clanking silverware as diners eagerly await what's being constructed in a kitchen filled with tattooed chefs, steam and sharp focus. A bartender wearing blinged-out earrings swaggers over to a...
| Sep 8, 2011
A 4-year-old red from Rioja for less than $20? That's why Bodegas Sierra Cantabria always gets such high marks for its price/quality ratio. Winemaker Marcos Eguren conjures up a delicious intro-level Rioja, one that anybody would be proud to serve. Modern...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 12:39 PM
Looking for an alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? Lately, some interesting whites are coming out of Rioja, and Allende's Rioja blanca is one of them. A blend of Viura and Malvasia aged in French oak, the 2008 is a rich, almost oily wine,...
| Sep 22, 2011
As life gets ever more hectic, I rely more and more on the civilized custom of a before-dinner apéritif. Sometimes it's all I can do to make it to that magical hour when I'm handed a Campari and soda or a glass of rosé and take a first bite of dusky olive...