Posts tagged "Food"
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...
Breakfasting at Glen Elen’s Gaige House

Breakfasting at Glen Elen’s Gaige House

Too popular to be a secret and too small to be overexposed, Glen Elen’s Gaige House is one of the many surprisingly deceptive gems tucked away in the bosom of Sonoma County. Now a part of the highly-regarded Four Sisters Inns Collection, Gaige House embodies all of the elegant flourishes that have become synonymous with...
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...
In Pictures: Savor Sonoma 2013

In Pictures: Savor Sonoma 2013

In Sonoma Valley there is much to savor. A bucolic landscape and dirt roads that harken back to simpler times. Roadside restaurants where menus overflow with the bounty of the Valley and its equally, naturally blessed surroundings. And, of course, wine – glorious, world-class wine that has earned California bragging rights around the globe. One...
Drenched in History: Taking the Waters in Bath

Drenched in History: Taking the Waters in Bath

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen or 19th century English literature in general, then you are probably already familiar with the phrase “taking the waters.” However, to the uninitiated, the meaning of the phrase may seem somewhat dubious, so allow me to illuminate. Essentially, “taking the waters” refers to drinking or bathing in the famed,...
Scene + Heard: Beaver Creek Food and Wine

Scene + Heard: Beaver Creek Food and Wine

I just touched down back in Los Angeles early last week after a whirlwind weekend in Colorado, where I attended the third installment of the Beaver Creek Food and Wine event, which annually draws scores of food and wine aficionados from around the country, along with a more than a fair amount of celebrity chefs....
A Very Mancunian Life

A Very Mancunian Life

First off, for the uninitiated, a couple of definitions: Mancunian: A person from Manchester. Mancunian Life: Fierce, fun, vibrant, independent, sometimes raucous, always original, forever unbuttoned and decidedly passionate about music. Now, with that settled, if you follow this blog, you already know that I just returned from my second thrill ride of a visit to Manchester...
In Search of... The Best Burgers in the World

In Search of… The Best Burgers in the World

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA 25 DEGREES At 25 Degrees, the more reasonably priced relative of the Roosevelt Hotel’s Dakota steak house, hamburgers not only take center stage, they are every bit as captivating as the stars that frequent the place. The burgers at 25 Degrees stand out for one simple reason—the ingredients. You start with a high...
Staycation Vacation Malibu: Carbon Beach Club at Malibu Beach Inn

Staycation Vacation Malibu: Carbon Beach Club at Malibu Beach Inn

So I think I have already pretty well established that experiencing Malibu is all about “location…location…location” right? That settled then, it’s not a huge leap to accept the fact that the Malibu Beach Inn, the next door neighbor of Malibu Beach Rental Properties and the Dolphin cottage on Carbon Beach which served as my home...
Bier Biesl: Austrian Cuisine Comes To Beverly Hills

Bier Biesl: Austrian Cuisine Comes To Beverly Hills

I love a surprise on a Tuesday. There’s always something so delightfully festive about it. So when a girlfriend invited me to lunch at Bier Biesl, the newly opened outpost of former Patina chef, Bernhard Mairinger, I thought to myself ‘It’s Tuesday…I’ve got to say yes!’ After all, it’s not every Tuesday that a boy...
The 10 Hottest Celebrity Restaurants

The 10 Hottest Celebrity Restaurants

Everyone seems to be obsessed with food these days. Either we’re talking about where to eat and marveling at a particular chef’s culinary skills or we’re talking about what not to eat and the latest fad diet. It’s just food…food…food… all the time. While chefs have become mega-celebrities (‘Hello Mario Batali and Michael Symon’), some...