Favorite Posts From August 2 – 8, 2010

Mexican Food Los Angeles

Is RED O truly "LA’s Ultimate Palace of Pretense," as Bill Esparza describes?

Follow these links to read my favorite posts from L.A. food writers over the past week.

Caroline on Crack

On August 3, Caroline on Crack founder Caroline Pardilla shares 10 Things I Learned About Caviar From Petrossian West Hollywood, including “the way to eat caviar” and “Champagne actually isn’t the drink of choice to go with caviar.”

Eater LA

On August 4, Eater LA editor Kat Odell reports on Midget Bar at Beacher’s Madhouse Coming to Roosevelt Hotel. It appears that comedian Jeff Beacher and actor David Arquette have taken a politically incorrect leap, as Odell writes, “’Little people’ will fly across the room and operate a ‘midget bar.’”

On August 3, Eater LA contributor Daniela Galarza updates the notorious whale meat story, reporting The Hump Reinvented As The Pan Am Room at Typhoon.

Eating LA

On August 6, Eating LA founder Pat Saperstein unearths a noble Silver Lake find: Mark Stambler and his Pagnol bread: Silver Lake’s wild yeast man.

Gourmet Pigs

On August 7, Gourmet Pigs founder Fiona Chandra shares her impressions of April Bloomfield Dinner at Melisse, featuring a seven-course feast courtesy of April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin), Josiah Citrin (Melisse) and Ray Garcia (FIG). Even though the meal was far from competitive, Chandra has strong opinions on which chef’s cuisine reigned supreme.

L.A. and O.C. Foodventures

On August 5, L.A. and O.C. Foodventures bon vivant H.C. shares his impressions of 320 Main (Seal Beach), which has become increasingly popular with Southern California’s most discriminating drinkers. H.C. considers bar owner Jason Schiffer’s Sweet Bricia “a provocatively delicious cocktail” and found the Mai Tai “in tune with the beach season.”

LA Weekly

On August 3, The Golden State co-owner Jason Bernstein shares his impressions of Orval, writing that the Belgian beer’s “flavor density makes it a nearly perfect match for almost every food imaginable.”

On August 2, Squid Ink contributor Jessica Ritz anoints The Spice Station as Best Spice Shop. She says visiting the Silver Lake original “feels like stumbling onto a quiet secluded temple. But one that’s full of specialty spices, teas, and other dried goods from around the globe.”

Savory Hunter

On August 4, Aaron Tell, the Savory Hunter, shares his impressions of Matt Biancaniello’s Krisomou, LA’s most expensive cocktail?.

Street Gourmet LA

On August 2, Street Gourmet LA founder Bill Esparza unloads on Red O in a review titled Tinga tu Madre and Guacaviche at LA’s Ultimate Palace of Pretense, Cuisine by Rick Bayless?. Esparza, one of L.A.’s leading arbiters on Mexican cuisine, credits Bayless with being “an enthusiastic American ambassador of Mexican cuisine, and a food anthropologist” before taking serious issue with Bayless and Red O on several counts.

Table Conversation

On August 6, Table Conversation founder Barbara Hansen asks a thought provoking question in relation to Chef McDang’s Thai cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu: How is L.A. Thai Food?.

Thirsty in LA

On August 4, Thirsty in LA founder Daniel Djang reports that Caña Happy Hour Debuts New Tropicalia Cocktail Specials.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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