A restaurant is in many ways like a party: You need atmosphere, music, good food and choice of drink. At the recently opened Hinoki & the Bird in Century City, the party is in full swing: entrance jammed, bar, dining room and patios full, and the cocktails and wine are equally flowing. Begin with ... More >>
We all know that bees are attracted to colorful flowers -- but colorful candy shells that melt in your mouth, not in your hand? Bees are irritating normally sanguine French beekeepers because the insects are gathering sugar from a nearby M&M waste plant and coloring their honey in rainbow shades o ... More >>
This year marks the fourth annual Summer of Riesling in the U.S., a hostage program established in 2008 by "Acid Overlord" Paul Grieco of the restaurant Terroir in New York, in which white wine by-the-glass programs are hijacked by what most sommeliers and wine professional think of as the most thri ... More >>
Susan ParkFoie Gras Fat Fingerling Potato Chips If you imagine that Test Kitchen has a full pantry of ingredients from all over the world, including luxury products like foie gras, you would be correct. We happen to have half a case of IQF frozen foie gras in our freezer. We use them to make ... More >>
Google MapsThe day-care creeper's sex van?South L.A.'s Chelsea Nichole McClelland might just beat out Orange County children's book author "Mr. Mike" (who's in jail for molesting a 12-year-old relative) in creep factor. McClelland is likewise around kids 24/7: She was providing regular day c ... More >>
Froyo samples at Menchie's No such thing as a free lunch? That's just what we tell the suckers to keep 'em off our turf. You stick with us, kid, and you'll soon be eating 1,000 calories a day out of tiny white cups. The free sample phenomenon is a beautiful thing, and we have spent countle ... More >>
Joan NathanIn the first part of our conversation with Joan Nathan, we drove around the hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, (via speakerphone) of this award-winning cookbook writer and authority on all things Jewish cuisine, as she explained who loves matzo in France (apparently everybody), ... More >>
Tonight's sundown is the sixth night of Chanukah. To celebrate this occasion, we check in with Joan Nathan, award-winning author of ten cookbooks about Jewish cuisine, the latest being Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France (Knopf). It's part cookbook, part inve ... More >>
Helfrich WinesAnne-Laure HelfrichIf you're contemplating which specific Alsatian Riesling or Pinot Gris -- or screw it, Gewürztraminer -- to bring to LudoBites, or if like us, you simply think it's entirely too hot to even consider the word "buttery" and white wine in the same sentence (CA C ... More >>
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Photo Credit: Ralph UndenKimchi When September comes around -- in Southern California, the month is often hotter than June or July -- it's time for pickling. Yes, the heat that's causing you and your bountiful summer cabbage to wilt is choice weather for fermentation. Hence, Kraut Fest 2009. ... More >>
Ludovic Lefebvre Brings Post-Molecular Gastronomy to Third Street
It's time to fire up the Weber and make some hamburgers. What kind of wine should I have on hand?
Like Woodrow Wilson, Doron Weinberg had 14 points he wanted to share with his audience. These had nothing to do with the status of Alsace-Lorraine, however, but with the emotional state of Lana Clarkson, the House of Blues VIP hostess who took a one-way ride to music producer Phil Spector's mansion ... More >>