A Lunch Field Trip to In-N-Out and Five Guys

California is In-N-Out territory. Ask its residents what the Golden State’s signature food is and it is a guarantee that over 50% of the responses would be an In-N-Out Burger. How a hamburger or cheeseburger with a Thousand Island dressing inspired, mayonnaise and ketchup based sauce came to represent dining in the land of endlessContinue reading “A Lunch Field Trip to In-N-Out and Five Guys”

Cocktail of the Week: Tequila Cocktail, Ink, Los Angeles

To accompany Michael Voltaggio’s  sterling, ambitious modern inspired masterpieces currently being produced at the cult chef’s Melrose restaurant Ink, Gabriella Mlynarczyk and Brittini Rae Peterson are presenting diners with equally inspired, cutting-edge cocktails to excite them for the riveting dinner to come. Yes, this is mixology, but it’s mixology like the molecular gastronomy Voltaggio displaysContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: Tequila Cocktail, Ink, Los Angeles”

Restaurants: Spago, Beverly Hills

This being Los Angeles, the story must be enthralling in a grand, cinematic mystique sort of way, full of glamour, plot twists, and complete re-models externally and internally. No, it’s not a Raymond Chandler era, Los Angeles story. For that, head up north to Hollywood Boulevard for a definitive martini at Musso and Frank’s, completeContinue reading “Restaurants: Spago, Beverly Hills”

Wine of the Week: 2009 Viña Leyda, Las Brisas Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile

Thanksgiving might be over, but you might still need some more Pinot Noir for all of those turkey leftovers. But, what really does the always flexible, light red grape not go with? A lot more than turkey that’s for sure. Nowadays, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Sonoma Coast, and Santa Barbara County grab the headlines forContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2009 Viña Leyda, Las Brisas Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile”

Happy Thanksgiving From Trev’s Bistro!

The big day is just hours away and for many of us the dinner prep work has already begun in full force…yet somehow we almost always manage to fall behind on Thursday morning and barely get everything ready in time for dinner. Just remember, there is a reason you probably have never seen turkey tartareContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving From Trev’s Bistro!”

Cocktail of the Week: The “Running Leap” from The Spare Room, Hollywood

On this Thanksgiving Eve, Autumn is very much on the mind of everyone. Well, maybe not as much if you’re in Los Angeles where it still feels like late summer. The days of pumpkin this, apple that are soon fading into snowy winter days, so let’s celebrate a strike of an Autumnal cocktail from TheContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: The “Running Leap” from The Spare Room, Hollywood”

Bites of The First Half of November

It’s been a few weeks since we savored some of the most special dishes enjoyed each week. Here are some of the bites that stop you in your tracks and make you want to order another round, all based in the San Francisco Bay Area this time around. Next week we’ll get ready for Thanksgiving,Continue reading “Bites of The First Half of November”

Beer of the Week: Brooklyn Brewery-Schneider Brewery, Hopfen-Weisse

The craft beer world loves its collaborations much like winemakers enjoy creating blends and mixologists take great pleasure in making a new view on a classic cocktail. Collaboration beers are often the trophy beers for brewery, packing more punch, more hops, more herbs, more…something. They often aren’t collaborating together to make the finest Czech-style lager.Continue reading “Beer of the Week: Brooklyn Brewery-Schneider Brewery, Hopfen-Weisse”

Wine of the Week: Domaine Matthias Roblin, 2010 Sancerre Origin, Loire Valley

Ah Sancerre. Just the name evokes plush, restrained harmony in the bottle where dominant herb notes mingle effortlessly with some spice and some fruit. These are elegant wines without being forceful. This is your best friend who you can just be yourself with and almost always rely on for a good laugh and a smile.Continue reading “Wine of the Week: Domaine Matthias Roblin, 2010 Sancerre Origin, Loire Valley”

Thanksgiving Projects: Pumpkin Rosemary Bread

There is a reason we call these “projects.” They are experiments and not every time do you produce a resounding success like pumpkin caramel whoopie pies. During my time living in and writing about the Los Angeles food scene, every Autumn I would be as excited for Thanksgiving as I would be for the annualContinue reading “Thanksgiving Projects: Pumpkin Rosemary Bread”