Posts tagged "Dining"
LA Samples America: Five Foodie Treasures in the City of Angels

LA Samples America: Five Foodie Treasures in the City of Angels

  Allow me to begin by saying that I love food. Anyone who knows me at all knows at least that much. This is important to state because I think it necessary to establish my street cred right of the gate. So broad and far-reaching is my food obsession that I am the kind of...
Oakland Anew | Out of the Shadows

Oakland Anew | Out of the Shadows

Oaklanders love Oakland. Let’s begin with that understanding. On a visit to ‘The Town’, as the city is familiarly known, it’s nearly impossible not to take notice of the affection that the city’s residents bear for their municipality. It is an almost visceral pride that rivals that of Chicagoans and New Yorkers. In fact, so...
Day 20 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Carmel

Day 20 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Carmel

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that the only thing I abhor more than early morning activities is waiting in line to indulge in early morning activities. So when I tell you that, at my suggestion, we purposefully awoke at the crack of dawn on Day 20 in Jenner, CA just so that...
Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Immortalized in Vince Vaughn’s Swingers, the space formerly known as The Brown Derby, is today the epitome of Silverlake hipster chic. Messhall, as it is now known, has settled comfortably into its epic environs with an updated menu of comfort food that has afflicted locals and foodies from all over Los Angeles alike with brief...
Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

I can’t even remember the first time I heard about the amazing goodness of the signature menu item at Bodega Bay’s always buzzing Spud Point Crab Company, but, suffice it to say, it was a very long time ago. On every visit to Sonoma over the last several years, I found myself trapped in a...
London Chronicles: The Criterion Restaurant

London Chronicles: The Criterion Restaurant

Standing proudly in the thriving heart of lively Piccadilly Circus since 1874, The Criterion Restaurant in London hasn’t simply stood the test of time, it has aced it.   In an age where so many restaurants are hot today and forgotten tomorrow, The Criterion Restaurant has earned the designation ‘timeless’ not only because it has survived...
Tres: Tres Chic

Tres: Tres Chic

In Los Angeles, mention the name of José Andrés and you’ll likely hear shrill, near orgasmic moans about the James Beard award-winning chef’s celebrated The Bazaar restaurant at the SLS, to which foodies, local and otherwise, make regular pilgrimages. That the Philippe Starck-designed Bazaar has reached the apex of the ever-changing list of Los Angeles...
In Pictures: Holiday Cheer with Olga Valentina

In Pictures: Holiday Cheer with Olga Valentina

Olga Valentina may be relatively new to Hollywood, but she has certainly not let any grass grow under her high-heel clad feet since touching down in Tinseltown.  In the space of a few short years, the self-proclaimed ‘beauty from Moscow’ has completed a year-long conservatory program at the acclaimed Lee Strasberg School in West Hollywood and...
An Evening with Maurice Hennessy

An Evening with Maurice Hennessy

Maurice Hennessy is the name behind the “H” in LVMH, the world’s largest luxury brand. For nearly 250 years Hennessy has produced the finest cognacs on the planet and at a recent private dinner with Mssr. Hennessy at Lucques Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, I experienced firsthand yet another reason for the ongoing appeal of...
Underwood Bar & Bistro: Graton’s Shining Star

Underwood Bar & Bistro: Graton’s Shining Star

Up in northern California, just about 10 minutes down the road from Occidental, the even tinier borough of Graton pops up full of small-town bravado. Yet for all its brash swagger, the town had never quite registered on my personal radar on earlier excursions to the area. Even though I’d visited Occidental and Freestone before,...
Wildcraft: Pizza 2.0

Wildcraft: Pizza 2.0

As a general rule, I view new pizza joints the same way I view new burger stands – with a healthy dose of skepticism. I mean, let’s face it, it’s hard to improve upon a classic and when it comes to burgers and pizzas, the book has largely been written. But every once in a...
NYC’s Plan B Tapas is a Plan A Destination

NYC’s Plan B Tapas is a Plan A Destination

A few weeks ago, I tripped down to Nolita to sample the much vaunted creations of Chef Roberto Hanechak and owner/culture connoisseur Hemant Phul (Masala Times, Earth Nightclub). After many visits to Spain and in keeping with my unfettered fascination with the growing tapas trend across America, I was particularly enticed by the enthusiastically innovative Plan B...
Escape to Coronado: 48 Hours on San Diego’s Treasure Island

Escape to Coronado: 48 Hours on San Diego’s Treasure Island

By Duane Wells Fantastical sunsets. Gondola rides along spectacular canals. Picture-perfect beaches. Old-fashioned ice cream parlors. Bacon Bloody Marys.  No I’m not musing about the offerings of some far-off, exotic location, but instead about a few of the treasures I discovered just a little over two hours south of Los Angeles on the island of...
A Luminous Brunch at Luma

A Luminous Brunch at Luma

By Duane Wells   Few places in Sonoma County encapsulate its past and its future as decidedly as Petaluma. For as much as downtown Petaluma echoes a time gone by with its Gold Rush inspired, Victorian-era architecture and ‘every little town in America’ vibe, it is also remarkably progressive. Behind the town’s historic facades lie...
The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

The Churchill: Redefining Contemporary L.A. Cocktail Culture

A drink or a cocktail? It’s not the eternal question, but it is a frequently asked one. As those of us who partake know, there are times in life when you just want a drink. You know the moments. The ones where a couple shots of liquor poured over ice and mixed with juice or...