| Oct 15, 2011
| 11:10 AM
When a menu ranges from Mediterranean to Mexican to seafood to burgers, you can usually expect at best mediocre food. It’s like going to a movie starring Jim Belushi, Eric Roberts and Carmen Electra. Gerlach’s Grille in Pasadena is the...
| May 12, 2011
Sometimes, you cannot conceive of how much love can be cooked into a falafel. Many falafel are sad, desiccated creatures made from powdered mix; it's the rare place that makes falafel from fresh ingredients. But Habayit Restaurant's falafel are beyond...
| May 18, 2011
| 4:45 PM
It's always fun to go back to Sapphire Laguna because the peripatetic Chef Azmin Ghahreman continues to travel throughout the world seeking new experiences in food in order to continually refresh his eclectic menu.
On other occasions, we've dined on...
| May 18, 2011
| 12:13 PM
Best reason to go: It's good to expose kids to foods they're not used to eating. Greek food is just different enough to spur discussion at the table but not so unusual that kids won't find suitable choices. The restaurant is decorated like a Greek villa,...
| May 19, 2011
| 2:34 PM
The Hot Spot Café & Pizzeria, from all appearances, is just that — a hot spot. The Glendale Police Department is a few steps away out the back door; City Hall is a stone’s throw away, and the courthouse is diagonally across the street. Next...
| May 22, 2011
| 5:08 AM
1 English cucumber, peeled
1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
1/4 cup coarsely chopped mint
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed
| May 24, 2011
| 3:08 PM
What do you do when it's time to eat? Stop at a restaurant on your way to wherever you need to be next?
Pick up food at the grocery store or deli on your way home? Pull an "emergency" meal from your freezer and reheat it? Serve a meal from your slow...
| May 26, 2011
| 6:12 PM
There are hundreds of kebab restaurants in the Burbank-Glendale area. This is one of them. Garni Kebab sits like a beacon at a fork in the road where Scott Road and North San Fernando Boulevard part company.
This family-owned restaurant is clean and...
| May 31, 2011
| 2:23 PM
The French "tartine" is a savvy sandwich standby: a slice of buttered bread topped with whatever you have on hand.
That could be jams, meats or cheeses. Even better: grilled veggies.
The Kansas City Star's Grilled Vegetable Tartine takes inspiration...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 7:09 AM
Feta and Sundried Tomato Tapenade Excerpted from JUST MARRIED & COOKING: 200 Recipes for Living, Eating, and Entertaining Together. Copyright © 2011 by Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione. Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a Division of Simon &...
| Jun 2, 2011
Herb-marinated feta cheese with za'tar-toasted pita triangles
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 as an appetizer
Note: Za'tar is a Middle Eastern spice blend commonly consisting of thyme, toasted sesame seeds, marjoram and sumac. It is...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 2:56 PM
It is important here to use high quality meat. Grind your own if you can, or use organic grass-fed beef or any wild roaming game such as bison or elk. The key to cooking with such low-fat product is to NEVER overcook.
Here are my rules for perfect...