| May 12, 2011
Skirt steak carpaccio with raw asparagus and fava salad
Total time: 40 minutes
Note: Adapted from Travis Lett of Gjelina. Buy the skirt steak from a quality purveyor, as this steak will be served still raw in the center. Lett suggests...
| Jul 21, 2011
Come summer, mezze, those small dishes drawn from a vast Middle Eastern tradition, are just about the perfect food. The flavors are vivid. Many of them are served at room temperature. No rush. I love this way of eating, a bite here, a bite there, as the...
| Nov 12, 2010
One of the rarest and most sought-after fruits, the Australian finger lime, has started showing up in significant quantities at the Santa Monica farmers market, creating a minor sensation. The fruit's appearance is enough to excite wonder: from the...
| Apr 28, 2011
Lunch is the meal of the proletariat. While the leisure class brunches, the worker bees among us grab that much-anticipated moment of down time that comes with the consumption of a hearty sandwich, plate of meat or lightly dressed salad that is known to...
| Feb 16, 2012
Italians really know how to eat. A meal always begins with wine, and since no one ever drinks wine without food, a selection of antipasti (literally, "before the meal" snacks) appears on the table or sideboard. No rush, you talk, sip wine and nibble,...
| Jul 28, 2011
The concrete walls of the new M.B. Post (short for Manhattan Beach Post) are stenciled with giant faded postmarks beneath a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The design by Stephen Francis Jones of SF Jones Architects plays off the fact that from the '50s through...
| May 6, 2010
Valentino is back.
I know, I didn't quite believe it myself. But I kept hearing that the cooking was good again — and not just from die-hard fans who have retained a deep affection for the 38-year-old restaurant despite all the recent ups and...
| Aug 25, 2011
I sincerely hate to break it to anybody who hasn't heard by now, but mamma's gone. Mamma Loredana moved out, with her son Filipo Cortivo, from Osteria la Buca two chefs ago and opened her own place, Osteria Mamma, on Melrose Avenue a few blocks west of La...
| Apr 9, 2012
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The get-foie-gras-while-you-can menu at Melisse...
| Oct 24, 2011
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Ivette Soler: Author Ivette Soler, who wrote "The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden," discusses stylish ways to blend edible plants with ornamental ones....
| Feb 25, 2012
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Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a cocktail reception for Women In Film's annual pre-Oscar bash, attended by her mom, Blythe Danner; Octavia Spencer; Vanessa Hudgens; Selena Gomez; and more....
| Aug 15, 2011
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The final installment of our travel tips from the north country. I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of memorable characters in my writing career, and a few of them have actually become friends. So it is with Pauline Zamboni.......