Tag: California

The Divining Rod Wines From Marc Mondavi

The Divining Rod Wines From Marc Mondavi

The Mondavi name means quality, so the release of their first new product in fifty years is something of an event. Divining Rod Wines consist of a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and both are priced at $17 retail. The 2010 Chardonnay comes from the Santa Lucia Highlands and the 2010 Cabernet from Alexander Valley, both […]

| February 18, 2013
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Checking Out The Chinese Influence In Mexicali… And More

Checking Out The Chinese Influence In Mexicali… And More

Mexicali is the largest border town in Baja and before my visit there last month I had no idea about the cultural identity of the town, assuming of course mostly Mexican. However it was the Chinese that virtually founded this bustling city and today their influence is everywhere, not least of all the 350 Chinese […]

| February 5, 2013
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Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The Frei Brothers 2009 Reserve Cabernet from Alexander Valley exhibits all of the characteristics of a truly wonderful Cabernet. Dominated by dark fruits and berries, this bold wine has a nice full body and displays a fine balance with suggestions of cedar and spice, followed by a satisfying lasting finish. I selected this as a […]

| January 24, 2013
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El Cid Restaurant-Still Going Strong In Silverlake

El Cid Restaurant-Still Going Strong In Silverlake

For those of you old enough to remember the classic movie “EL CID” starring Charlton Heston, a visit to El Cid restaurant in Silver Lake is at the very least a nostalgic experience. The restaurant has been around forever and the building itself, even longer. We went on a bitterly cold night to check out […]

| January 13, 2013
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Bru Haus German Restaurant and Craft Beer Pub

Bru Haus German Restaurant and Craft Beer Pub

Bru Haus in West Los Angeles is not exactly a German themed restaurant, but more of a beer driven restaurant for the local party crowd—one that is focused on offering a German-inspired experience. This is manifested with traditional offerings such as sausages, sauerkraut and over 25 beers brewed in Germany, Belgium and the USA. We […]

| January 3, 2013
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Peking Duck For The Holidays

Peking Duck For The Holidays

A visit to Chinatown this week alerted me to the fact that it might be smart to actually try a Peking Duck this year for the holidays, either as a replacement, or to accompany the turkey. The inspiration was a delectable sample recently experienced at the Mandarin Chateau restaurant, alongside six or seven other tasting […]

| November 17, 2012
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Sunday Brunch at Rolling Stone Restaurant

Sunday Brunch at Rolling Stone Restaurant

The first restaurant bearing the ROLLING STONE moniker has now been open about 1 ½ years at the Hollywood/Highland Center, right on Hollywood Boulevard, and four others are in the planning stage. Executive Chef Chris Ennis has the somewhat difficult job of crafting a menu that not only caters to the Hollywood  rock and roll […]

| November 4, 2012
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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill Rockin’ in El Segundo

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill Rockin’ in El Segundo

This new restaurant has only been open about three weeks in El Segundo, but it is really kicking up a storm already. There are ten of them already in the San Diego area, five in Las Vegas, one in Palm Desert and now this one. The very first one opened in La Jolla in 1989 […]

| September 19, 2012
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PARK GRILL RESTAURANT AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL

PARK GRILL RESTAURANT AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL

Hotel restaurants still suffer from a bad perception about their food in general, but luckily there are always exceptions that buck the trend. The Park Grill at The Hotel Intercontinental in Century City falls into that category, and the new menu launched quietly last month deserves to be a success. I have written about the […]

| September 18, 2012
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Mucho Ultima – Brunch Time in Manhattan Beach

Mucho Ultima – Brunch Time in Manhattan Beach

Mucho Ultima Mexican restaurant in Manhattan Beach has to have the largest selection of tequila choices in town. You can find out for yourself at this popular South Bay establishment when you check out their excellent weekend brunch which runs from 11am-3pm. We got there rather late on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago, […]

| September 15, 2012
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