| 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,...
| 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...
| Feb 10, 2011
Ricardo Diaz is on his way to building a culinary empire with Mexican restaurants that innately reflect the attitudes and fluctuations of the Angeleno appetite.
Three years ago, Diaz and his in-laws opened Cook's Tortas in Monterey Park. There, sturdy,...
| Feb 17, 2011
The chips are falling into place for Homeboy Industries.
The hottest-selling snack item at 256 Ralphs deli sections across Southern California in the first weeks of February wasn't pretzels, or cheese puffs, or pita or bagel crisps. According to the...
| Mar 10, 2011
Chirmole, a high-intensity soupy sauce as black as squid ink, is poured over tender poached chicken and holds a single hard-cooked egg. This classic Maya dish, dubbed "black dinner" in tiny Central American Belize, is based on darkly charred chiles,...
| Sep 15, 2011
Last week, chef John Sedlar celebrated the 30th anniversary of his seminal, erstwhile restaurant Saint Estèphe with a sparkly cocktail party and an elaborate tasting menu for a select group of admirers who remember the go-go '80s and his particular mark...
| Nov 24, 2011
After Thursday's extravaganza, it might be the right time to think about the lightest meal of the day — or the meal that affords us the rest of the day to burn off some calories, anyway. Forget pancakes. How about savory Taiwanese crullers dipped in...
| Dec 8, 2011
"Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas From an Improbable Restaurant" is as much a book with which to spend a few hours on the couch as it is a book that inspires your next meal. And it'd be an entertaining few hours.
The book tells the story of Mission...
| Sep 29, 2011
Florida's 1st GOP governor of 20th century
Claude Kirk, 85, a flamboyant self-promoter who became Florida's first Republican governor of the 20th century, died Wednesday at his West Palm Beach home, his family announced.
| Oct 13, 2011
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The Spanish are on to a good thing with tapas, those lusty little bites that bars in Spain put out in the early evening. Ever wondered how the Spanish can eat dinner at 11 or later? Because they stave off hunger pangs and socialize earlier in the...
| May 19, 2011
Bear Flag Fish Co. is the seafood wonderland we all long for on idle summer days, a fish market-cum-restaurant where brilliant slabs of tuna glint like rubies and the spindrift of crashing waves hangs in the air. It's minimalism at its seafaring best ...