Champagne with a punch

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

Noir mystery

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?"

Ugo Allesina

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...

Dining Solo

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...

Deborah Schneider

  Published July 2010

Michael Jordan

 Published June 2010

Jenny Ross

Published May 2010 

AnQi by Crustacean

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...

Marc Cohen

The man behind 230 Forest, Opah, and Watermarc carves out time to cook at home with his wife and kidsThere’s a promise chefs make...

Marc Cohen

 There’s a promise chefs make to themselves at least once in their careers: Cook what you know, and they will come. It’s a saying...