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This week’s Culinary SOS: Mexican pot de creme from Carpe Diem

This week's Culinary SOS comes to us from Shirley Burke in Los Angeles: My husband and I recently visited downtown Napa, Calif. The amazing chocolate dessert at Carpe Diem is absolutely the best chocolate dessert I've ever tasted! And I am not a big dessert person. Satin-smooth chocolate with a texture between a pudding and […]


Beer cocktails blossom in L.A. bars

Beer cocktails, which mix hard alcohol with different varieties of craft beer, are appearing with increased frequency on menus at bars and restaurants across the city. This novel approach to mixing has been spurred in large part due to the boom in the popularity of craft beer in Los Angeles, in addition to the always-creative […]


Blue Cow opens in downtown Monday

Blue Cow opens its doors Monday in downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant is a partnership between Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen of Mendocino Farms, which pays homage to the sandwich. They envision the shop to be a good neighborhood restaurant: "We are doing creative sandwiches for people who appreciate that," Del Pero said. The […]


A final glass for Robert Lawrence Balzer

Friends and fans of Robert Balzer are invited to gather at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana on Saturday for a final toast to the longtime Los Angeles Times wine writer, who died in early December at the age of 99. Balzer, who taught and wrote about wine for more than 65 years, saw California […]


Highlights from the 2012 EcoFarm Conference

The Ecological Farming Assn. hosted its 32nd annual EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove last week, attracting farmers, food activists, educators, researchers and others to the Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey Peninsula to discuss all things related to sustainable agriculture. A daylong bus tour Wednesday was sold out. Amigo Bob Cantisano of Organic Ag Advisors, […]


Angeleno wins Almost Famous West regional competition

Joseph Johnson, of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, is the winner of this year's S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef West regional competition in Hollywood. The event, one of 10 held regionally, serves as a mentoring program for culinary students with a mission to help launch careers for today's chefs-in-the-making. Aspiring […]


Sommeliers get ready to rumble

You love "Iron Chef," but are you ready for "Iron Sommelier"? Don't laugh; it's actually a pretty cool idea. The Farmhouse restaurant in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley just outside Forestville is running a series of wine dinners in which noted sommeliers will compete at pairing wines with a set menu. The Farmhouse Inn and […]


This week’s Culinary SOS: Thai green chicken curry from Novo Restaurant

This week's Culinary SOS comes to us from Julie Simonsgaard in Thousand Oaks: "Recently my best childhood friend treated me to a creekside birthday dinner at beautiful Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. We both had the Thai green chicken curry, and it was absolutely incredible. I tried an online recipe that was good but […]


Oliveto’s annual Whole Hog Dinner kicks off in Bay Area next week

Headed up to the Bay Area next week? Call right now to reserve a place at Oliveto’s Whole Hog Dinner happening Tuesday through Friday. This is not a new thing with the 25-year-old Oakland restaurant: Oliveto is, after all, where Fra’ Mani’s Paul Bertolli was partner and chef before he turned to making salumi full […]


Test Kitchen tips: Stove-top smoking

Sometimes nothing beats smoking a nice cut of meat outdoors on a lazy, hot day — that is, so long as the weather cooperates. But the great outdoors can get a little testy, especially during these winter months. Even in Southern California. Next time you're hankering for a smoked rack of ribs, consider smoking in […]


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