| Nov 17, 2010
| 6:00 PM
Ammo: "Hyper-seasonal" menu includes wild mushrooms and heirloom turkeys from Diestel ranch. Dishes are ordered a la carte. Orders must be placed by phone or e-mail by noon on Nov. 22, ready for pickup on Nov. 24 between 2 and 6 p.m. Prices range...
| Jan 27, 2011
| 11:43 AM
While mandarin cultivation in California has quadrupled over the last decade to about 40,000 acres, the classic Dancy variety has fallen by the wayside, becoming rare to find even at farmers markets. That's a shame, because it's a charismatic, flavor-...
| Dec 23, 2010
At Salt's Cure, an endearing new WeHo restaurant, the server brings out a wooden board with a few of the cured and smoked items we've chosen from the day's short printed menu. There's a deep red, thinly sliced duck ham that seems to concentrate the rich...
| Nov 25, 2010
Like their brethren here, sommeliers in France are making their own wines. One is Marc Besnardeau, a Paris sommelier, who married Mireille Farjon and became a vigneron. Her family estate, Domaine Les Grands Bois in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, has vines...
| 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...
| Nov 18, 2010
This, after all, being Hollywood, if SBE's Sam Nazarian is going to name a restaurant for the queen of Egypt, it's obligatory to vamp it up a little. Set in the crimson Redbury Hotel, a stone's throw from Hollywood and Vine, Cleo references the alluring...
| Sep 2, 2010
On a warm summer night, the terrace at Saddle Peak Lodge seduces with its view through a pine tree to Saddle Peak and, beyond, the sky. We're wrapped in the quiet of the Santa Monica Mountains halfway between Calabasas and Malibu, with just enough light...
| Apr 21, 2011
2008 Cogno Barbera d'Alba 'Bricco dei Merli'
When Barbera is good, it is very, very good. And the 2008 Barbera d'Alba "Bricco dei Merli" is one of those bottles. A deep ruby red, it's soft and velvety on the palate, conjuring up flavors of cassis,...
| Jan 27, 2011
Chaya Brasserie, the 27-year-old French-Japanese restaurant, closed for a week in November to freshen up the interior. And when the doors swung open again, it had a new menu and a new chef. Shigefumi Tachibe, corporate chef of the Chaya Group, which...
| Apr 14, 2011
There are signs the American economy is improving, at least as far as wine shops are concerned. But if you think that means a return to the glory days of $150 cult Cabernets … well, not so fast.
Instead, most wine store owners, far from declaring...
| Jan 20, 2011
2009 Domaine Diochon Moulin-à-Vent 'Cuvée Vieilles Vignes'
Now that all the folderol over Beaujolais Nouveau is long gone, we can start drinking the real stuff: cru Beaujolais. And this Moulin-à-Vent from Domaine Diochon's old vines is definitely...
| Nov 26, 2010
Purple variants of common vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and potatoes have been increasingly popular at farmers markets in recent years, but none is as intriguing as the red Brussels sprouts just now showing up at the Santa Monica...