Seeing her in November at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, it was clear that at 87, Mexican cuisine doyenne Diana Kennedy has mental and physical acuity worthy of envy by those half a century younger—a real-life exemplar of the find-something-you-love-doing-and-then-do-it aphorism. Rare enough! But when that something documents huge swathes of a country’s regionally varied indigenous cuisine, the benefit to all of us quickly outdistances mere role modeldom.
Raise your hand if you're tired of reading about which wine goes with turkey. The food ranges so wildly—low-rent green bean casserole and marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes to turkey with oyster stuffing—it really should be paired by course. Last Thursday I got a big lesson on how it should be done as a guest at Hammersky Vineyards in Paso Robles. No, you can't make a reserva
You've got to start thinking "festive" for the holiday season and no wine is more of a party girl than Champagne in all its forms. I love it and in general, the more expensive, the more I love it. But when you're entertaining a crowd you need one that hits the mark in the midprice range. Recently I found a nifty sparkler. It's from Alsace of all places where bubblies are called "cremant d'Alsace." Gustave Lorentz makes the one I like: it's lemony and powerfully effervescent. I like that bec
I get home last night and there's a $135 bottle of Robert Mondavi Cabernet on the counter. My first thought is "To Kalon Vineyard? Wonderful!" My second thought is "Damnit! What the hell am I gonna do with this?"
Irvine's a little hard to call home when your old stamping grounds are the rural hills of Italy's Piedmont region. So when chef Ugo...
All food-loving grownups eventually will have to skip the drive-through and dine alone. That’s right. You. In a restaurant. By yourself. Those soloing for...
Published July 2010
Published June 2010
AnQi arrives with all the buzz of a Hollywood A-lister. Its famous sister is celeb-friendly Crustacean in Beverly Hills. It’s run by the An...
Published May 2010