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Wine Lovers Talk Cheese

Wine Lovers Talk Cheese

What do local wine merchants nibble with their favorite Côtes du Rhône? It depends on the wine, of course. But we asked a few of them for their of-the-moment cheese-pairing favorites. You can find most of these at your local cheese shop or at many well-stocked specialty markets, such as Whole Foods. Comté The Wine [...]

Takami-Nickel-Far Niente Wine Dinner

Takami-Nickel-Far Niente Wine Dinner

Will the recent pricing pinch on cult Napa wines mean more affordable local wine pairing dinners from top wineries in 2010? We sure hope so. Tuesday night’s $59 dinner at the view-rich Takami Sushi & Robata in a Downtown L.A. high-rise is a good start, with a five-course tasting menu prepared by executive chef Stan Ota [...]

Blu Jam Café

Blu Jam Café

WHY Mouthwatering omelets that don’t weigh you down and are made with fresh ingredients. WHAT This trendy breakfast and brunch spot on Melrose used to be an underground blues and jazz club, thus the name. Now it serves up a mean breakfast menu with savory omelets (we like the Toscana scramble), sweet french toast and [...]

Valentine’s Day Deals

Valentine’s Day Deals

If we’re lucky, most of us get one, maybe two years of white truffles and $150 bottles of Champagne on Valentine’s Day before we settle into true love — and real life. (Actually, we’re quite fond of shitakes and $10 Prosecco.) But occasionally, we all get that sentimental longing for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s [...]

Elements Kitchen

Elements Kitchen

WHY The quiet bar is a great pre- or post-movie or theater spot for a glass of wine and a burger or Korean tacos; if you have more time and money, head for the lovely dining room. WHAT After spending the last couple of years building a loyal clientele for his catering and tiny lunchtime [...]

Early Spring in the Markets

Early Spring in the Markets

Punxutawney Phil may have seen his shadow a few days ago, but here in the SoCal farmers’ markets, early spring green is already here. Namely, the exiting arrival of the first small, tender, sweet English shelling peas. Tamai Farms has them at Mar Vista on Sunday and the Wednesday and Saturday Pico Santa Monica markets. [...]

Haitian Libations at Vertical

Haitian Libations at Vertical

Can you think of a better way to help people in a desperate situation thousands of miles away than by getting sauced on Saturday? You probably can, which is good, so go ahead and do that — and then afterwards come to Vertical for the Haitian Libations Charity Event. After 10 p.m., 50% of the [...]

Chin-Ma-Ya of Tokyo

Chin-Ma-Ya of Tokyo

WHY Brothy and flavorful ramen with lots of add-on toppings, like enoki mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and boiled eggs. WHAT Tucked away in the back of Weller Court, this restaurant serves some of Little Tokyo’s best ramen. There are seven different kinds of ramen, but it’s the tan-tan men that keeps us coming back. [...]

DineLA Returns

DineLA Returns

Just when you thought it was time to diet and swear off three-course meals, along comes DineLA, the ever-popular prix-fixe-a-thon that gives budget-conscious diners a chance to try new restaurants for less. The city-sponsored DineLA Restaurant Week is in fact two weeks, from January 24 to February 5 (excluding Saturdays). To participate, restaurants offer three-course [...]

So You Think You Can Cook?

So You Think You Can Cook?

Cooking-show mania is showing no signs of abating, and the newest one is seeking passionate home cooks with absolutely no professional experience. If that describes you, and you’re looking for fame, possible fortune, and the chance to have Gordon Ramsay yell at you, then head over to Farmers Market for the casting call on Sunday. [...]