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One of my favorite things to do is to go to a restaurant and let the chef create a tasting menu for us. It’s one of the perks of being in the biz and/or knowing the chef at a particular restaurant. For me, it’s an opportunity to see what the chef can really do, how...
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Small plates are all the rage here in LA and Bow & Truss in NoHo has made it their specialty. The name is derived from the restaurant’s bow & truss ceiling and is owned by Knitting Factory Entertainment, who also brought us The Federal Bar. The menu, created by Executive Chef Aaron Grissom, is based...
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It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when we found ourselves done with our event and were looking for a comfortable and interesting place for happy hour. Coming from DTLA  we decided to go visit La Poubelle, the French translation being “the trash can”. With a name like that, how good could it be? Names aren’t everything,...
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The first thing you notice about The Old Place is the smell of the oak grill wafting in the air, luring you in and whetting your appetite for a great meal. Located in the former town of Cornell it was originally Hanks country store and the post office was in the back. It was bought...
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There are so many things to love about the Saddle Peak Lodge with its stone fireplaces, timber frame structure and hunting lodge feel complete with Michelin Star food and service. It’s always had a stellar reputation for serving wild game as well as seasonal menus and chef’s tasting menus. The latest addition is their refreshing...
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By G. Stassi.  This review is dense, delicious, and detailed because this little, impressive restaurant truly delivers a wonderful and satisfying experience. For years, Fanoos has provided fresh and conscientiously prepared “zabihah halal” Persian comfort food, and the service has been consistent and courteous. So if you want to understand more about Persian food, what...
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By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer. For Labor Day, pack your corkscrew, some sun screen and head to Avila Beach, a picturesque getaway with a special draw for wine lovers. Sheltered in a cove between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific, it makes an ideal seaside hub for exploring nearby Edna Valley and...
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“We should look for someone to eat and dink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf.”  Epicurus (Greek philosopher, BC 341-270) By G. Stassi. This quote is on the menu of Mama Terano in Rolling Hills. It’s very true and I...
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By G. Stassi. So every time this friend and I go on a road trip we end up somewhere very unusual but always seem to order and share a split of Qupe Syrah. Her itineraries are excellenct and adventurous and she’s obsessesd with dive bars — that’s what happens when you grow up too well...
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