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Front row at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

When Noma in Copenhagen was anointed No. 1 at the 10th annual World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards ceremony in London, the assembled crowd of world-renowned chefs, journalists and foodies let out a roar. It wasn't a big surprise — Rene Redzepi and his team pulled top rank last year and the year before. It took [...]


5×5 Chefs Collaborative @ Melisse (Santa Monica, CA)

5×5 Chefs Collaborative Dinner Series Melisse 1104 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 Dining date: 4/29/12 The 5×5 dinner series has been around a number of years now, but this is the first (certainly not the last) one that I’ve been to. I don’t know why it took so long. The concept is thus: 5 [...]


Toastabags: Or, How to Grill Cheese in a Bag

It’s difficult to decide what to say first about this new product, called Toastabags and created by the Dutch company Boska, a toastable sandwich bag that supposedly simplifies the process of ma… Continue reading “Toastabags: Or, How to Grill Cheese in a Bag ” > Read the full post on Squid Ink


Mangia Gratis Tomorrow at GustoItaliano, Popping Up in Hollywood

Pasta tri-color While Victor Casanova works to get his Gusto open on Third Street, a one-day pop-up of gourmet Italian products will take over The Hollywood Renaissance tomorrow named GustoItaliano. From noon to five on Tuesday, a gang-load of Italian vendors and food makers will offer unlimited tastings, including beers from Italian microbrewery Birra Valscura, [...]


Recipe Box: Brussels sprouts to love

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. It's understandable –  no one wants to eat a bowl of bitter boiled mini-cabbage. But when prepared properly, Brussels sprouts are downright addictive.  Here are six recipes for Brussels sprouts that are sure to convert the skeptics and reconfirm the most devoted lovers. Brussels sprout salad with mustard vinaigrette [...]


Sushi Gen (Los Angeles, CA)

Sushi Gen 422 E 2nd St Los Angeles, CA 90012 Dining date: 4/6/12 and 4/11/12 Sushi Gen is one of Little Tokyo’s most popular restaurants (4.5 stars on Yelp with 1500 reviews is a good indication), seemingly always having people waiting outside. It’s probably one of my favorites too, and one of the first restaurants [...]


Bluefin Tuna Sashimi

Dining date: 4/14/12 Last weekend, I was browsing my local Japanese Nijiya market when I stumbled upon an advertisement for a tuna filleting demonstration. It would be a prized bluefin tuna and the fish would be sold at the end of the demonstration! I knew tuna could be huge fish so I was curious to [...]


LudoBites Best of Foie Gras @ Gram & Papa’s (Los Angeles, CA)

LudoBites: Best of Foie Gras Gram & Papa’s 227 E 9th St Los Angeles, CA 90015 Dining date: 4/18/12 If there are two ingredients with which I’ve had the most fond LudoBites memories, it might be foie gras and chicken. I’m not counting on a “Best of Chicken” night anytime soon (but I’d love to [...]


Dan Moody & Adam Horton @ Raphael (Studio City, CA)

Dan Moody & Adam Horton Collaboration Raphael 11616 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604 Dining date: 4/17/12 My visit to Raphael has been long overdue. I first sampled chef Adam Horton’s food at Test Kitchen, towards the end of his stint at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabases. Horton departed Saddle Peak and came to Raphael [...]


Milo & Olive (Santa Monica, CA)

Milo & Olive 2723 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90403 Dining date: 4/10/12 Milo & Olive is the newest restaurant (opened in November) in Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s quickly expanding empire in Santa Monica that already includes Sweet Rose, Rustic Canyon and Huckleberry. I’ve been to both Sweet Rose and Rustic Canyon and enjoyed [...]


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