Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Primitivo Wine Bar, Venice – Los Angeles

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
image credit: Primitivo Wine Bar

1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Tel. 310 396 5353

Chef Eddy Shin had seven years of on-the-job training at the Patina Group and was most recently the executive chef at Chapter 8 Steakhouse and Lounge, where he prepared a menu of handcrafted new American cooking, and prior to that made his mark as executive chef at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse in Downtown Los Angeles. Shin is a self-taught chef specializing in global cuisine and his aim is to combine fresh seasonal ingredients in a harmonious way to please the senses.

Pressed Juicery, Brentwood & Malibu – Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Pressed Juicery

26th St & San Vicente
310.477.7171 ext. 120
address: 13050 San Vicente Blvd, #120
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(corner of 26th street and San Vicente – in the courtyard)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 8pm / Sat-Sun 8:30am – 8pm

3939 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am to 7pm / Fri-Sun 9am – 9pm

Order online or by phone 310.477.7171

It’s not a revolutionary concept, but it seems that with every step we’ve taken towards making the world more connected, we have some how lost sight of the basics. At PRESSED, we want you to have it all. Our organic juices are pressed daily, and personalized to your lifestyle, providing you with the option to hop online and order individual bottles or a cleanse, straight to your doorstep as often as you’d like. Life gets complicated, but at the end of the day all of your goals are possible if you have a fine-tuned vehicle to help you accomplish them. So, let us do the work, while you enjoy the ride.

Pressed Juicery’s signature cleanses are designed to help you detox in a simple, streamlined manner that won’t get in the way of your everyday life. We know you’re busy – so let us do the work.  You can choose from a 3 or 5 day cleanse to suit your lifestyle. Cleanses consist of 6 fresh juices that are delivered to your doorstep each morning and will sustain you throughout the day in place of meals.

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Eataly to Spawn More Branches Over Next 10 Years – NYC

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Eataly is a mega-Italian-food-destination in NYC, a collection of many dining, or produce venues that are intended for sale to take home, in the sprawling food-hall complex, which one of the founders, Mario Batali, prefers to call “food temple”. Eataly—what a weird name—is somewhat overwhelming at first, until you become acclimatized to the hustle & bustle of the carnival-like atmosphere of the “super” supermarket.

Expect that Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Toronto and Mexico City, in any order, will be getting Eataly locations over the next ten years.

Eataly is a mega-Italian-food-destination in NYC, a collection of many dining,  or produce venues—intended for sale to take home—in the sprawling food-hall complex, which one of the founders, Mario Batali, prefers to call “food temple”. Eataly, what a weird name, is somewhat overwhelming at first, until you become acclimatized to the hustle & bustle of the carnival-like atmosphere of the “super” supermarket.

Expect that Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Toronto and Mexico City, in any order, will be getting Eataly locations over the next ten years.

Zagat Eataly NYC

Eataly Torino

Sad News: LA Chef Amy Pressman Has Passed Away, Just Before Opening Her New Project, Short Order with Nancy Silverton – Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011


Amy Pressman has passed away on September 30, 2011 just before the scheduled opening of Short Order, a Gourmet Burger project she was a partner in with Nancy Silverton, opening in October at the Farmer’s Market. Link to our recent post on Short Order


Philippe Chow Restaurant on Melrose, Reportedly For Sale – Los Angeles

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Culinary Tidbits . . . Philippe Chow on Melrose Avenue is reportedly on the market for under half a million dollars. The owner however, denies that it is.

This was the former location of the Art Nouveau restaurant Le Chardonnay with its mirrored walls, ornate tile work and dark wood owned by Chef  Claude Alrivy and his partner Robert Bigonnet. It was one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in Los Angeles. Then designer Dodd Mitchell got a hold of the property and utterly destroyed it.

Providence Restaurant – Los Angeles

Monday, August 29th, 2011
By Sandy Driscoll

Providence 3-2The beautifully appointed dining room
Providence Restaurant
5955 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90038
Phone:  323.460.4170
Lunch:   Friday – 12 noon – 2:30 pm
Dinner:  Monday-Friday 6pm-10pm
Saturday – 5:30pm – 10pm
Sunday – 5:30pm – 9pm
Ever since Providence opened in 2005, it has received accolades as one of the top restaurants in the country from
everyone including Gourmet and Esquire magazines, the James Beard Foundation, Gayot, and Michelin (two stars).  Chef
Michael Cimarusti and co-owner Donato Poto (who is always there to greet you!) make dining here an unforgettable culinary experience.
Having eaten at Providence several times, to me, there is no finer restaurant in Los Angeles.  On all levels……food, service,
ambiance……it is superb.  It’s comfortably elegant, service is spot on, and the food (they specialize in fresh fish) is unsurpassed
in its category, similar to Le Bernardin in NYC.
They frequently have special tasting menus, and the chefs table, which is in a very private, quiet and lovely room all its own seats 4-6. It has an unfettered view of the gleaming kitchen and all of its beautiful orchestration.  For those of us who love to cook, and love to watch good cooks in action, there is no finer treat than to enjoy the chef’s multi-course tasting menu at this table.
My most recent meal, pictured below, was a Friday lunch.   Fortunately, they were featuring Australian Black Winter Truffles,
shaved over a choice of Risotto, Pasta alla Chitarra, Soft Scrambled Eggs or Raviolo alluovo.  After the delicious complimentary
Amuse assortment, I started with the Bigeye Tuna Tartare, stunning in its gorgeous presentation.   The truffle-topped and perfectly cooked risotto was memorably delicious (just looking at the photos makes me want to order it again!) and was one of those dishes where you hoped it would never end……just one more bite, please!
Confident that I will always have a perfect dining experience, I can’t wait to return!
Providence 2-3 Complimentary Amuse – Beautiful and delicious assortment of tastes (including frozen Mojito-Screwdriver Baja Shrimp cooked sous-vide with piquant chile, Carrot Soup with foam)
Providence 3-1
Bigeye Tuna Tartare, exquisitely plated!
Providence 4Presenting the Australian Black Winter Truffles
Providence 5
Risotto awaiting the truffles!
Providence 6
Shaving the Black Truffle over the Risotto
Providence 7
Providence 8Complimentary Dessert Bites

Le Chene French Restaurant – Los Angeles

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Le Chene

Le Chene French Cuisine

‪12625 Sierra Highway‬
‪Santa Clarita, CA 91390‬
‪Tel. (661) 251-4315‬‬‎

Le Chene’s (The Oaks) cooking is, and has always been, very consistent over the many years I have been driving to this lovely French country “Auberge”, owned by Chef Juan Alonso. It is always a pleasure to re-visit classic favorites such as: (Starters) Shrimp Monegasque, Tongue Vinaigrette, Artichoke Vinaigrette, and Mushroom Salad (Mains) Veal Forestiere, Calf’s Liver Bercy, Rabbit with Mustard Sauce, and Sandabs Meuniere (Desserts) Profiteroles Au Chocolate, Poire Belle Helene, Tarte Tatin, and Peach Melba.

Le Chene has an underground natural cellar housing more than 32,000 bottles and has consecutively won the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for many years.

Dining Room overlooks a beautiful gardenYou will not find “frou-frou” designs swirled onto the plates or precariously constructed food towers here,  just well-arranged dishes containing Juan’s fine quintessential cooking.

Shrimp Monegasque

The climate in Mint Canyon near Agua Dulce is warm during the day but cools off at night due to the breeze blowing up the canyon and is well suited for growing wine grapes, although when Juan first started to plant them, he was warned that it would not be successful. He has proved that these critics were wrong, and is presently growing Grenache, Sirah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alvarino and other varietals.

I tasted a wide variety of the wines, which they produce at their various properties during a long, leisurely lunch on my most recent visit last May, and all of them were pleasant and easy to drink. I could not complain about any of the bottles I tasted, and that is what drinking wine on a Sunday afternoon is all about, and the reason I took so few photographs, as I was having too good of a time!

Garden at Le CheneThe garden where many weddings have taken place under the arborPicking blood orangesPictured above: Juan and my daughter picking citrus fruit at his home

Blood OrangesBlood oranges growing very well on his beautiful property nestled in the hills overlooking the vineyards on one side and the canyon on the other

Marix Tex Mex Cafe, West Hollywood – Los Angeles

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

MarixThe dining room at Marix, it really starts to heat-up around cocktail hour and into the late evening

Marix is located in West Hollywood and gets very, very busy around cocktail hour and serves excellent margaritas and other drinks along with taco chips and bowls of fresh tomatoes. It is fun to watch the scene go on, even if you are not of the same persuasion; after all this is in the heart of “boystown”.

MargaritaThis is their famous “kickass” margarita that really packs a punch!GuacamoleTheir version of quacamole is really excellentBlack BeansBlack beans and riceChile RellenoTacos, chile relleno and enchilada assortment

R&D Kitchen, Santa Monica – Los Angeles

Friday, April 15th, 2011

R&D Kitchen
1323 Montana Ave. (14th St.)
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tel. 310-395-3314
Great French Fries

R&D Bar

R&D Kitchen is a very popular cafe and bar, with a no reservations policy. the large bar is chock-a-block at night with an animated crowd waiting for tables. The reasons for this are:  it is the only establishment on Montana Avenue with a full liquor license, and has an abbreviated food menu with classic American comfort food which is always fresh and well executed, and a more than adequate wine/wine by glass list.

Back Bar at R&D Bar & Cafe

Rubin Sandwich“Rubenesque” sandwichChinese chicken saladChinese Chicken SaladcheeseburgerR&D HamburgerR&D Bar & CafeGreek Chicken

Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach – Los Angeles

Friday, January 21st, 2011

shade 1

1221 N Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, California 90266
USA 310.546.4995 phone
310.546.4985 fax
866.SHADE77 toll free

Shade Hotel –
The only luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan Beach.
Inside and out, Shade was built to provide the best of everything, with every detail considered for
your comfort and enjoyment. From Zinc to the Skydeck, from the Heat & Glo™ Cyclone Fireplaces to
the Tempur-Pedic™ bed, you will see evidence of our concern for you. Set the mood by taking
advantage of our chromatherapy lighting system as you slowly unwind in your personal Sanijet™
spa. Relax and make an espresso with your in-room Lavazza™ machine or drift away after choosing
the perfect head rest from our Pillow Library. You’ll find this attention to detail in our people too.
Our staff considers it their pleasure to ensure your pleasure. 24/7, we’re here for you.
Enjoy Shade’s complimentary Beach Breakfast Buffet. Available every morning from 7am – 10am
featuring fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, bagels and lox, hot oatmeal, an assorted variety of pastries
and cereals, fresh juices, and Lavazza coffee.

38 Luxury Guestrooms including 5 Distinct Suites, 3 Blocks from the Pier and Ocean, 24 Hour Room
Service, Zinc Lounge & Bar , Rooftop Skydeck with Bar and Relaxation Pool, Breakfast Terrace,
Complimentary Wi-Fi/Data Port, Internet Access, Concierge Assistance, Courtyard Event Space,
Complimentary access to Equinox Fitness Club, Complimentary Beach, Breakfast Buffet, Meeting and
Entertainment Space, Proximity to LAX (5.2 miles / 10 minutes), Complimentary Strand Cruiser
Bicycles, Valet Parking, Complimentary business center, Adjacent spa.
Complimentary WiFi/ Data Port Internet Access, iPod Docking Station/ Alarm Clock/ Radio
Lavazza™ Espresso Machine, Oversized Sanijet™ Hydrotherapy Tub with Color Therapy, Heat & Glo™
Cyclone Fireplaces (in some rooms), Chromatherapy Lighting, California King Size Deluxe Tempur-
Pedic™ Bed, Spa Services provided by Trilogy, 32″ TV and DVD/CD player, Egyptian Cotton Towels,
Goosedown Duvet, Plush Bathrobes, Pillow Library (seven pillows in each room)
Personal Safe with Power Supply inside for Laptop, 2 Telephones with Personal Voicemail
Iron and Ironing Board, Hairdryer, Luxurious Bath Amenities, Mascioni™ Linens, Mini Bar, Spacious
Balcony (in most rooms), Martini Shaker and Blender.