When will L.A. have its sake moment? Craft beer and cocktail mixology have hit the mainstream without question, so on International Sake Day (Nihonshu no Hi), consider L.A.'s sake drinking culture. In Japan, Oct. 1 marks the start of the sake-brewing season. In North America, it's a day to investig ... More >>
Another celebratory day for an alcoholic drink: October 1 is traditionally known as National Sake Day in Japan and marks the official start of the sake brewing season. For us in the U.S., with only a handful of domestic sake makers, it is becoming an opportunity to expand knowledge of the rice-made ... More >>
Susan Parktartines and salad
It's hot. So hot, that we can't bare to turn on the oven and we're more in the mood for shopping than cooking. We went to the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sunday to buy Japanese Momotaro tomatoes from Yasutomi farms and salad greens from Living Lettuce Farms for a ... 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 >>
Farid ZadiRib Steak or Côte de Boeuf
Suggesting a hunk of grilled meat for Father's Day seems predictable. But the weather is perfect just about this time of year and bonding with dad outdoors over an open fire seems like an almost universal pastime. Besides, grilled steak tastes better tha ... More >>
A. ScattergoodJoseph Mahon in the Bastide kitchen
The trajectory of a fine dining chef these days is circuitous -- see: Ludo Lefebvre -- more often than not encompassing pit-stops, pop-ups, food trucks, food festivals, fried chicken epiphanies, grilled cheese sandwich trophies, then back to b ... More >>
Los Angeles sommelier David Haskell (Le Cirque, Bin 8945) -- whose Magnum event with chef Joseph Mahon at Royal/T on April 17th through April 19th will benefit the Japanese sake industry devastated by March's earthquake and tsunami -- usually likes to tell a story when he does a ... More >>
Courtesy of Pal CabronChef Diego Hernandez of BajaPal Cabron, which recently hosted former Bastide chef Joseph Mahon and sommelier David Haskell's restaurant-surfing Magnum pop-up, will bring chef Diego Hernandez all the way from Baja for a three-night stint.
Hernandez, who made his LA debu ... More >>
Flickr/Lana's Dazzling Desserts
While they should probably just rename Valentine's Day's Restaurant Prix Fixe Day, we understand not everyone is into a rousing (and often wildly expensive) multi-course dinner. Perhaps you don't have a sweet tooth, are chicka-pescetarian (yes, there is such a ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"If a Korean Public Enemy were to record an album on the subject, they'd call it Fear of a Kimchi Planet." First Bite: Simon King Cooks Suburban Korean in Pasadena at Gaon.
"These days, it's all about knowing a book's shippi ... More >>
Caroline on CrackThis $24 Mas du Soleilla Coteaux du Languedoc is perfect with malt balls and Dijon chips. Kid you not.
Self-professed "wine pimp" and Magnum pop-up restaurateur David Haskell (Le Cirque, Bin 8945) is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, claiming he's worn black and gold since ... More >>