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Kathy A. McDonald

Sake at Sushi Gen; Credit: Kathy A. McDonald

Sake Day 2013: Sake is Better Than it's Ever Been

Most designated days celebrating a specific food or drink originated as a marketer's ploy. Not so with Sake Day. In Japan, the first day of October marks the official beginning of the sake brewing season -- a tradition that dates back more than 1,000 years. Outside of Japan, Oct. 1......
Pizza + wine at Pitfire Artisan Pizza; Credit: Pitfire Artisan Pizza

What to Drink with Your Pizza: Pitfire Pizza's Wine Program

Drop into one of L.A.'s seven Pitfire Artisan Pizzas and the casual approach to dining is apparent. Order at a counter, find a table (either inside or out) and wait to dig into freshly prepared and flavorful wood-fired cooked pizzas, salads, soups, paninis and pastas. What's not so apparent is......
Ana Martinez; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

Ana Martinez: The Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Girl

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here. In other cities, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce would not be considered a flashy gig. But in Hollywood, it's a dramatically different story and one unique to Los......
Wine list at Hinoki  Credit: Kathy A. McDonald

Behind the Wine List: David Myers' Hinoki & the Bird

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 flowing......
CoWineCo's new storefont; Credit: Kathy A. McDonald

Colorado Wine Company: A New Location in Eagle Rock

Six weeks into its new Eagle Rock location, Colorado Wine Company buzzes. A customer asks for a "yummy" Prosecco; another wants a well-priced Chardonnay. Owner Jen Nugent quickly obliges and welcomes a couple who've arrived for the weekly Friday night wine flight tasting. At the same time the Mandoline Grill......