Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From Trev’s Bistro!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and now some much deserved relaxation time before the big New Years celebrations in a few days to welcome in 2013! The lack of recent articles is obviously reflective of the increased activities and travel of the Holiday season. As 2012 comes to a close, we’ll countContinue reading “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From Trev’s Bistro!”

The Bites of Los Angeles in Late Autumn

With winter lingering just a week away, it’s almost time to bid adieu to the fall. Of course, nothing speaks of the autumnal spirit of crisp winds and spectacular foliage than the 70 degree sunshine and swaying palm trees of a late November day in Los Angeles. Here now, on display the spectacular creativity ofContinue reading “The Bites of Los Angeles in Late Autumn”

Wine of the Week: 2007 Cellers Ripoll Closa Batllet, Priorat, Spain

Rioja gets all of the attention. Spain’s leading wine growing region is synonymous with Spanish red wine, and known for its rugged, dry climate that perfectly suits Tempranillo grapes. Rioja is one of two DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada) in the entire country, the highest classification for Spanish appellations. Who could possibly be the otherContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2007 Cellers Ripoll Closa Batllet, Priorat, Spain”

Tuesday’s Project: Chicken Cacciatore or “Hunter’s Chicken”

This Tuesday, we’ll celebrate the end of the game season and the end of Autumn with… poultry. “Hunter’s Chicken” is one of the classic Americana dishes of the 1950’s with origins not based in America. Hold on a second. Repeat that again for me. “Hunter’s Chicken?” What is that? It sounds like some stew DavyContinue reading “Tuesday’s Project: Chicken Cacciatore or “Hunter’s Chicken””

Staying Awake on the Freeway: Coffee in Los Angeles

Los Angeles doesn’t strike you as a coffee town like its rainy Pacific Northwest friends Seattle and Portland, or its foggy neighbor San Francisco to the north might. The sun is always shining. The temperature hovers in that 65-75 degree sweet spot seemingly year round. Hence there is no need for a warm-up mocha, right?Continue reading “Staying Awake on the Freeway: Coffee in Los Angeles”

Restaurants: Ink, Los Angeles

In today’s television driven culture, what exactly constitutes being, every food writer’s favorite term, a celebrity chef? In the young days of chef television, there was the Food Network constantly, and then chefs teaching Diane Sawyer and Matt Lauer new recipes on morning news programs. These were a highly select group of gifted restaurant chefsContinue reading “Restaurants: Ink, Los Angeles”

Wine of the Week: 2010 Sandhi Chardonnay, Rita’s Crown Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills

Plain and simple– if this is where California Chardonnay is going, book me a ticket now. The days of ye olde oak and butter explosions in a bottle fortunately are evaporating to make way for a new crop that burst with citrus fruit, balance the oak often with neutral oak aging, and reflect the mineralContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2010 Sandhi Chardonnay, Rita’s Crown Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills”

Plat du Jour, December 5, 2012: Los Angeles and Plate Sharing

Having written about Los Angeles dining for a few years during the pop-up restaurant and food truck boom, it was great to visit the sprawling freeway-filled metropolis recently and  see what the latest fads are in the continually changing city. Often in these parts, what is in vogue at 8 am is no longer whatContinue reading “Plat du Jour, December 5, 2012: Los Angeles and Plate Sharing”

Tuesday’s Project: Duck à l’Orange

Duck à l’orange, je vous adore. I admit to eating it year round, though it really is a dish to be emphasized during the autumn game season, when the crisp winds start biting. Duck needs a good fruit forward, sweeter sauce. It’s just one of those perfect pairings that clicks. Sample duck breasts, we’re notContinue reading “Tuesday’s Project: Duck à l’Orange”