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Times Staff WriterA bite of sweet ivory-pink shrimp with a slice of dried chorizo and a dab of dusky olive paste — it does exactly what it's supposed to do, amuse. A gift from the chef, it's like a bright flurry of trumpet notes announcing the beginning of the meal...
Times Staff WriterIn the years BC — before Cimarusti — Water Grill was just another expensive fish restaurant. It was Michael Cimarusti who turned the downtown seafood house into one of the best restaurants in all of Southern California. So when he left last...
Tags: Pistachios, Potatoes, Ice Cream, Lemons, Petroleum Industry
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOver lunch the other day a friend mentioned how hard it is to plan a menu for a dinner party anymore with all the food scares and scary diets loose in the land. "You can't serve salmon, you can't serve beef, you can't serve pasta," she said. "Rabbit is...
Tags: Arugula, Lifestyle and Leisure, Sage, Salads, Butter
Tribune staff reporterMy wife and I are relaxing in the hot tub, which is also occupied by a handful of other adults and exactly two children--a pre-teen girl and presumably her younger brother, whom she's carrying on her hip. The boy is having a fine time, and eager to let...
Tribune entertainment reporterCharlie Trotter now says that using the words "dumb," "idiot" and "not the smartest guy on the block" to describe a rival chef -- before suggesting that the chef's liver be served up "as a little treat" -- is not generally his "M.O." when it comes to...
Tribune staff reporterQ. How long does it take to get there? A. Well, from Chicago, we flew to Los Angeles on American Airlines (4 1/2 hours), L.A. to Sydney on Qantas (14 3/4 hours), and Sydney to Cairns, also on Qantas (4 1/2 hours). That's just about 24 hours in the air--...
Chicago Tribune wine and food columnistThe plane obediently changed course, dipping the wing on my side, making it easy to see the harbor below and some of the jewels that line its shore: The celebrated Opera House with its arched roofs, the Harbour Bridge, the green swath that marks the...
Restaurant criticCharlie Trotter's with an ocean view. That had to be an easy concept to sell. Trotter, who hasn't opened a restaurant outside of Chicago since his short-lived Las Vegas project nearly 10 years ago, opened shop in January on the sunny shores of Los Cabos-...
Tags: Caviar, Lifestyle and Leisure, Mexico, Ice Cream, Appetizers
Six months ago, it would have been just a sandwich between two Chicago journalists. But now, almost overnight, it's a sandwich created by Ted Allen, nationally known food expert, taste guru, man over whom the golden wand of television has passed. And it'...
Special to The TimesSomewhere buried in an old cupboard is a brittle sheet of newspaper with a photo spread of a 6-year-old boy making s'mores on an outdoor grill. The boy has a burr haircut, wears a grubby Cub Scout uniform and has the chubby cheeks of an avid eater. In the...
RedEyeStarbucks has a venti-size plan for Chicago, the country and the world. Like someone pumped up on its caffeine drinks, the Seattle-based coffee chain is speeding ahead with plans to more than double the number of stores in the U.S., from 6,100 to 15,000,...
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