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Chef Los Angeles

Interview: chef Miles Thompson (Michael’s Santa Monica)

Nobody can say that Miles Thompson’s trajectory has ever hit a plateau. In 2014, Star Chefs named him a Los Angeles Rising Star. This fall, Jeff Gordinier honored Thompson as Esquire magazine’s “Rising Star...
Bloody Mary Los Angeles

Esters Wine Shop & Bar Bloody Mary (Drink of the Week)

It wouldn’t be a “Boozy Brunch” without booze. Esters Wine Shop & Bar, the destination Santa Monica establishment from Kathryn Weil-Coker, husband Tug, and the Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants, recently rolled out weekend...

Rudy & Hudson Dutch Baby with Kale, Bacon + Cheddar (Food of the Week)

To say that I saw the promise in a Santa Monica IHOP would be revisionist history. Thankfully, vaunted chef Joe Miller (Joe’s and Bar Pintxo) and seasoned restaurateur Lawrence Rudolph (Gonzo American Food Corp)...
Meatballs Los Angeles

Cassia Pork Meatballs with Cashew Curry (Dose of Vitamin P)

At Cassia, the modern Southeast Asian brasserie from chef Bryant Ng, Kim Luu-Ng, Josh Loeb, and Zoe Nathan in Santa Monica, they ostensibly focus on Singaporean and Vietnamese flavors, but extend their sphere of...
Ice Cream Sandwich Los Angeles

Rori’s Artisanal Creamery Ice Cream Sandwich

By starting with a waffle cone at Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, an ice cream concept that launched in 2012 at Santa Barbara Public Market and later expanded to Los Angeles, I was clearly missing the...
Pork Chop Los Angeles

Rustic Canyon Pork Chop (Dose of Vitamin P)

In honor of Rustic Canyon‘s 10th Anniversary, I interviewed founder Josh Loeb and executive chef Jeremy fox, reminding me to revisit a Santa Monica restaurant that may be at the height of its powers....
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