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Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 5/7 – 5/11

In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. “I was never trying to make a statement about vegetarianism at Ubuntu, I was just trying to showcase the best ingredients … Continue reading “Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 5/7 – 5/11″ > Read the full post [...]

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The Origins of Sushi; Baking with Kids; Bacon Crackerjacks

What did sushi look like before refrigeration? What does the word sushi really mean? The answers may surprise you. Plus, embracing the mess when baking with kids.

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Redemption for UMAMIcatessen Via The Goldster; SIV Lists Her Fav Spots For Long Lunches

UMAMI’s pastrami Sheesh! Talk about timing. Just a few days after Midtown Lunch posted his slam on UMAMIcatessen in his 7 Reasons to Hate L.A. column, the LAT redeems the food hall/deli/cafeteria/thingie-mabbober with a glowing review. Brooks contended that there’s really no reason on earth to bother serving pastrami sandwiches within a 5 mile radius [...]

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Book review: ‘At Home on the Range’ by Margaret Yardley Potter

You've probably never seen the fine art of bread-making broken down quite like this in a recipe: "Now relax. Sit down, light a cigarette, write a letter or make your own plans for the next fifteen minutes while the dough 'tightens up' as we bakers say. "Is your cigarette finished? Let's go. This is fun." [...]

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Lawsuit Seeks Federal Ban on Foie Gras

And the foie gras wars continue: According to Courthouse News, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal rights organizations filed a lawsuit this week against the U.S. Department of Agricu… Continue reading “Lawsuit Seeks Federal Ban on Foie Gras ” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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More Food and Booze at Barnsdall This Saturday

Woo her with wine at the Hollyhock House For those of you who couldn’t make it out to the Taste of the Eastside last weekend, there’s hope yet. Take a second chance at soaking up some culture (and some booze, of course) at the Eat. Drink. Art. Festival at Barnsdall Art Park this Saturday from [...]

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Longtime chef D.J. Olsen leaving Lou

D.J. Olsen, the popular longtime chef at Lou wine bar near Hancock Park, is leaving the restaurant. This is not unexpected, since founder and original owner Lou Amdur recently sold the place to a new owner, Troy Stevens. Olsen says he's given notice with a final day of June 7. Olsen is widely regarded as [...]

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Researchers Test Three-Second Rule, With Mixed Results

Depending on how you were raised, food dropped onto the floor was subject to the three-second rule, the five-second rule, the one-minute rule, or the before-the-dog-gets-it rule. That homespun … Continue reading “Researchers Test Three-Second Rule, With Mixed Results” > Read the full post on Squid Ink

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Gratuity Included: A Quick History of Big Celebrity Tippers

Is this what he means by “why you ridin my tip?” We’ve spent enough time working restaurant jobs and slogging through part-time drudgery to truly appreciate any baller who knows how to tip big. And in celebrity circles, a huge gratuity (made public) is a surefire path to good PR and image rehabilitation. Yesterday, we [...]

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Behind the scenes at the Beard Awards

"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date" kept running through my head as I sat stuck in New York traffic on the way to the James Beard Restaurant Awards on Monday night. I'd just rejoined the awards committee, but had never attended the actual event, held this year at Lincoln Center. It's a [...]

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