What is it about Christy Wilhelmi's three-minute tip-of-the-week podcast Gardenerd that makes it feel like essential listening? Is it that it's so short and informative? Or maybe that Wilhelmi's pealing bell voice makes everything garden-related -- even getting rid of pesky powdery mildew -- sound e ... More >>
There are myriad reasons to stop by Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery in Santa Monica. The freshly baked bread, often still warm. The jars of Nutella. The Godmother sandwich. The rows and rows of pastas and olive oils and wines and tins of this and that. But it's even more worthwhile than usual -- an ... More >>
A few months ago, a friend returned home from Italy with a gift for us. When we first unwrapped it, we were totally befuddled. "What is this,?" we wondered. "Is it a paddle for badminton on Mars? A space shuttle heat shield with a handle? A fan for a robot Geisha?" As it turns out, it was for maki ... More >>
Back in 2009, I was assigned by the LA Weekly to cover a wedding that was being held at Angeli Caffe. I can't remember how the story came to me but I've known Evan Kleiman for longer than either of us would like to see in print. Yet I don't see her very often. Over the years, she's become the friend ... More >>
Food writers have been stoked this week about the The Simpsons' upcoming episode on gastro culture. Our own Margy Rochlin interviewed Simpsons Executive Producer Matt Selman, who admits he's a big fan of Jonathan Gold. "We kind of make fun of foodies," he says, "but in real life we actually l ... More >>
Margy RochlinTomato and coriander jam (left), sauerkraut (right).This Wednesday, what was fleetingly Gus' Lunch Box will officially become Sqirl (pronounced "squirrel"), where you can buy over 15 varieties of owner Jessica Koslow's small-batch jams and preserves. Produced in custom-made coppe ... More >>
Margy RochlinFarmer's Market in Vancouver's West End
We have often studied the notation on our Day-At-A-Time calendars -- Thanksgiving (Canada) -- and wondered what the festival entails. As it turns out, it's a national holiday that lands on the second Monday of October and mirrors our nation ... More >>
From the Department of Silly Hats we have Mozza's Nancy Silverton sporting a stylish horizontally-challenged balloon hat at last weekend's 28th American Food & Wine Festival, Wolfgang Puck's charity event for Meals on Wheels. (The handsome yet oddly bare-headed guy to her right, is of course, is Moz ... More >>
Margy RochlinBy all reports, Kathy Griffin's Wednesday night appearance at Vroman's Books provided Pasadena with the kind of crowd crush it usually only sees during Rose Parades. Griffin was promoting Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. According to attendees, Griff ... More >>
Margy RochlinTaking the cure: Mozza's Wall of Guanciale
On the corner of Highland and Melrose, somewhere in the murky depths of a well-known restaurant's back kitchen, in the farthest reaches of the walk-in hidden behind three rolling racks, there hangs a secret treasure.
Behold Osteria Mozza's ... More >>
View more photos in LA Weekly's Grilled Cheese Invitational slideshow.
Drew TewksburyThe power of cheese
The beauty of the Grilled Cheese Invitational is that it gives the power of judging and ultimately naming the Grilled Cheese Champion to the people. But this is a problem too.
Up to 1700 tas ... More >>
Margy RochlinIn Development: Suzpree's eggplant saladEverytime Jar chef/owner Suzanne Tracht and her chef de cuisine Preech Narkthong visit Narkthong's hometown of Bangkok, Thailand, they return with ideas for new dishes, antique silk purses and fairly crazy-sounding tales of two massages a day and ... More >>