Tag: California

Panini Cosmopolitan Café Opens in Westwood

Panini Cosmopolitan Café Opens in Westwood

This new Mediterranean style café that also specializes in Tequila has recently opened up in Westwood—not in the village but lower down Westwood Boulevard. Yes, parking can be a hassle, but at $3.50 it is manageable. The restaurant can loosely be described as a Mexican Mediterranean inspired café/bistro with several signature items on a very […]

| June 28, 2014
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Toms Urban Opens at L.A. Live

Toms Urban Opens at L.A. Live

In what is the perfect spot, opposite Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Toms Urban has just opened up in what used to be the now defunct ESPN Zone. One can only imagine the rent and overhead that the owners are paying for this prime spot, but this Denver-based operation seems to know what they are doing […]

| March 7, 2014
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Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach Hires New Chef

Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach Hires New Chef

Kincaid’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach is a destination restaurant and a new chef is in charge. Lance Corrales is no young up and coming hot shot looking to make a quick name for himself, but more of an experienced chef who was hired over younger competition because he knows how to deliver when […]

| March 1, 2014
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Oxnard on the Rise

Oxnard on the Rise

Oxnard, a seaside town about 70 miles from Los Angeles and on the way to Ventura and Santa Barbara, has historically struggled a bit as a poor relation. While Ventura and Santa Barbara remain very fashionable, this gap is closing and a recent, albeit brief, early New Year visit confirmed this. The foodie scene is […]

| February 6, 2014
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Badmaash  Arrives In L.A.

Badmaash Arrives In L.A.

Badmaash Indian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles is a place I have continually heard about and I am pleased to report that this small, yet comfortable eatery is doing a few things interestingly different with Indian food. Billed as an Indian gastro-pub and only serving beer and wine, the alcohol menu is as compact as […]

| December 11, 2013
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Thai Select Awards Salute Best In The West

Thai Select Awards Salute Best In The West

Last week at the famous Castaways Restaurant in Burbank, California, the Thai Select Awards were presented. These awards honored the top ten Thai restaurants in the Western United States—certainly a great marketing tool for the owners of these establishments in a fast growing segment of the ethnic food market. Ever since the omnipotent foodie, Anthony […]

| November 20, 2013
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Doing The Pho In Beverly Hills

Doing The Pho In Beverly Hills

Forget the fact that Kanye West injured his head on a sign while going into 9021PHO last week, as well as creating quite a scene inside the restaurant with the pursuing pack of paparazzi. It is the food here that is the headline maker. This is a stellar example of superior Vietnamese food in a […]

| July 9, 2013
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Matisse Restaurant At The Ayres Hotel

Matisse Restaurant At The Ayres Hotel

Henri Matisse is my favorite artist of all time, and a visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice was something of a pilgrimage visit a few years back. I do have some prints in my office and home, so when the opportunity came to check out Matisse Restaurant at the Ayres Hotel in Hawthorne, I […]

| June 22, 2013
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Anne Amie 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Anne Amie 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

I recently realized that about half of the wine that I pour in my house is Pinot Noir. It is, admittedly, my favorite red wine to drink unpaired with food. But more importantly, I find Pinot Noir’s pricing to be somewhat more telling than other varietals and so I am often priced out of ordering […]

| March 28, 2013
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Mas Malo – Still Hip Enough for Downtown L.A.

Mas Malo – Still Hip Enough for Downtown L.A.

After two years, and 638 Yelp reviews, Mas Malo is going strong and satisfying the palates of those in search of fine Latin cuisine. Management is well aware that trends and tastes can change very quickly in this town, but Chef Robert Luna, who grew up with this cuisine, seems to always have his thumb […]

| March 12, 2013
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