Month: April 2015

  • Sweetfin Poké

    Sweetfin Poké

    Poke is “having a moment” in Los Angeles, with no less than five restaurants specializing in the popular Hawaiian dish opening recently.  Of this new wave, the closest to me is Sweetfin Poké in Santa Monica, which opened just two weeks ago.  Anticipation has been high for this bright, modern space, fittingly next to the […]

  • Taco Madness 2015

    Taco Madness 2015

    L.A. Taco‘s “Taco Madness 2015” took place on Sunday.  Unlike the previous two years’ events, which took place at Grand Park and had free admission, this year’s was held at Villains Tavern in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles and you were required to buy a ticket to attend.  Tickets cost $10 and included […]

  • Szechuan Impression

    Szechuan Impression

    Sichuan cuisine has been on a hot streak (pun intended) in the San Gabriel Valley in the past few years.  Chengdu Taste in Alhambra is the star of this trend, its mid-2013 opening and rapid rise culminating in the opening of a second location in Rosemead last summer; a Rowland Heights location is in the […]

  • Michael’s Santa Monica

    Michael’s Santa Monica

    One of the mainstays of fine dining in Los Angeles, Michael’s in Santa Monica is a 36-year-old institution.  Through the years, its kitchen has been the training ground for some of the best chefs in the city, and the country. A 1997 L.A. Times article titled “The Six Degrees of Michael McCarty”—the online archive of […]

  • COCHON 555 Los Angeles 2015

    COCHON 555 Los Angeles 2015

    This past weekend, COCHON 555 descended on the Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica for its 2015 Los Angeles competition, pitting 5 chefs with 5 whole heritage pigs against each other.  The prize was the title of Prince of Porc and to move on to the Grand Cochon competition in Aspen, Colorado, where the winning chefs […]