| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:27 PM
The best chocolate dessert I have ever eaten was a kind of chocolate fondue served at the old Alain Ducasse restaurant in New York's Essex House hotel. The melted chocolate was thick, dark and almost piercingly bitter, relieved only by the caramelized...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 12:54 PM
If you weren’t lucky enough (or temporarily unpolished enough) to reach your hand in for a piece of buttery, rare salmon, bite into a warm raspberry-filled doughnut or listen in on a panel discussing (with not a few obscenities) the power of the...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 11:14 AM
Food lovers lucky enough to attend Los Angeles Times’ The TASTE over Labor Day weekend devoured dozens of savory samples and gulped cupfuls of craft cocktails. If you’re feeling left out, the best I can offer is a rundown of event highlights...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Three of Southern California’s finest chefs and one of its founding mixologists will be serving as co-hosts at the Taste, the Los Angeles Times’ third annual celebration of food and wine, to be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 on the back lot of...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 2:07 PM
More than 4,000 oyster tags cover two walls at Connie & Ted's, the soon-to-open West Hollywood seafood restaurant from Providence chef-owner Michael Cimarusti. Many of them are ones Cimarusti has collected over several years, Cryovac-ing them in plastic...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 12:29 PM
How can one more restaurant review app make your smartphone any smarter? While “To Yelp” has become a popular verb in some circles, Zagat is making a comeback bid with a slightly different approach.
Monday the well-known guidebook company,...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Some of L.A.'s hottest chefs and bartenders will take part in the Los Angeles Times' third annual The Taste event happening Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 on the back lot of Paramount Studios. Attendees will also have a chance to meet the Los Angeles Times...
| Jun 1, 2013
You can cook live lobsters, but I prefer to kill them first. There are a lot of theories about the best way to do this, but I like the one recommended by Trevor Corson, seafood expert and author of "The Secret Life of Lobsters." He chills the live...
| Jun 1, 2013
I ate my share of lobsters while spending summers in Rhode Island. My family still talks about the 10-pounder we bought from a shop in Galilee. We spent an hour scouring the neighborhood looking for someone who owned a pot big enough to cook it. Lobster...
| Aug 3, 2013
Once I had dinner at my friend Christine's house in Paris. Three women and a big bowl of raw clams. She gave us each a knife and told me to watch for the moment the clam shell opened a crack, then plunge the knife in and open. She and her friend Jeanne...
| Aug 17, 2013
Michael Cimarusti is the chef of Providence, the modernist French-Asian restaurant that is often considered the finest kitchen in L.A. He can do things with sea urchin, Santa Barbara spot prawns and Japanese sea bream that occasionally cause reactions I...
| Jul 6, 2013
I remember someone three seats down from me at Ginza Sushi-ko (the predecessor of Urasawa), eating an entire box of the ochre uni that Masa Takayama had specially sourced. Sometimes, if you were lucky, he'd hand you a cone of exquisite black green toasted...