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Umi (Tokyo, Japan)

Umi 3-2-8 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Dining date: 10/29/12 While I’ve had a fairly smooth experience dining by myself at various sushiyas around town, I’ve largely been missing out on a lot of the interaction and dialogue. It’s a key part of the experience, so I was excited to finally go to one with a [...]

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San Diego’s Suja Launches in L.A.

suja Hydraulically cold-pressed juice and San Diego imports are both something we’ve seen a lot of this year and now the two are coming together with the arrival of Suja, a 100% organic, cold-pressed raw juice that comes bottled in twelve flavors. The juice is now being sold at each of Brian Malarkey’s restaurants and [...]

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Sunny Spot Venice Gets a New Menu Format + Nixes Shared Plates

The move from the phrase “tapas” to the more inclusive “small plates” signaled the fact that the shared food phenomenon could apply to almost any cuisine, not just Spanish. Restaurants opened w… Continue reading “Sunny Spot Venice Gets a New Menu Format + Nixes Shared Plates” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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Historic L.A.: Eagle Rock’s Rite Spot was hopping before Cindy’s

Bluffside dining in Eagle Rock at the Rite Spot, circa 1937 I was inspired by L.A. Observed’s post on L,A. photographer William Reagh to go digging into the L.A. Public Library photo archives again for more historic restaurant shots. Photographer Herman Schultheis, for some reason, exhaustively photographed the Rite Spot cafe where Cindy’s now stands [...]

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Where to Mediatate on Chocolate in a Yurt

We’re feeling better already Siddhartha may not have found spiritual redemption in pleasure and excess, but that’s no reason not to give it a go yourself. On November 17, Malibu’s Great Spirit Ranch will play host to The Chocolate Invitational Festival, ten-and-a-half hours of chocolate indulgence featuring ten chocolate makers set between (get this) a [...]

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Cast Your "Beer Votes" at Barney’s Beanery Tomorrow Night

It’s that time of year again. Months of handshaking and politicking are about to coalesce into a single sweeping turn of the cogs of democracy. Yes, we are referring to Barney’s Beanery’s quadr… Continue reading “Cast Your “Beer Votes” at Barney’s Beanery Tomorrow Night” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Episode 5, Butchering + A Trip to Lindy & Grundy + A Minor Panic Attack

See also: The Martha Stewart Cooking School archives. It’s time for a confession: I have never butchered a chicken. Why? Well, mostly because raw chicken gives me the willies. I like chicken, … Continue reading “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Episode 5, Butchering + A Trip to Lindy & Grundy + A Minor Panic Attack” > [...]

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Proposition 37; Vandana Shiva; Agritourism in Hawaii

Proposition 37 would require the labeling of genetically modified food in California. Hear from those for and against Prop 37. Plus, can GMO’s end world hunger?

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The Early Word on LA’s Humble Potato

Humble Potato, a new place in Westchester, is serving up American classics like hamburgers and fries, but with a Japanese flair. The Curry-baga, for example, has the expected beef patty, tomato, and onion like a traditional hamburger, but it’s topped with pickled radish and a Japanese curry sauce. Garlic and Parmesan fries are dusted with [...]

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Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 10/29 – 11/2

In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. “You were expecting maybe Jeff Koons and a chocolate fountain? No.” Michael McCarty Updates Michael’s Restaurant: Bar Fo… Continue reading “Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 10/29 – 11/2″ > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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