Week in Pictures: Artisanal LA, Biscotti, Charcuterie, Fish Heads + More

Pizza Los Angeles

December 7, 2011 - Milo & Olive is the latest Santa Monica venture from Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan. Seating is limited, but show up after about 9:30 and it shouldn't be too hard to snag wood-fired pizza, seasonal sides, breads and pastries.

Every week involves a steady stream of food, drinks and people. Of course not every taste or conversation is post-able, but the range of experiences is usually pretty amazing. Lucky me. Discover highlights from December 5 – 11, 2011, some of which will help to fuel full posts.

Cocktail Glass Los Angeles

December 5, 2011Jack Spade, a bag and clothing designer from New York, also sells some fun gifts at their Abbot Kinney outpost, including a glass that rates the level of alcohol pours from “acceptance” to “denial.”

Pork Los Angeles

December 6, 2011The Tasting Kitchen once again displayed their commitment to pork by preparing an enormous Berkshire croquette with pickled shallots, frisée and tart caperberries.

Charcuterie Los Angeles

December 8, 2011Wood & Vine, located near the iconic intersection of Hollywood & Vine, has become well known for their charcuterie, which chef Gavin Mills makes in-house, including smoked salmon, country pate and bresaola.

Japanese Food Los Angeles

December 10, 2011 – “Fish heads, fish heads: Roly-poly fish heads: Fish heads, fish heads: Eat them up , yum!” For Matthew “Mattatouille” Kang’s birthday dinner at Sushi Gen, we once again learned that these words don’t just apply to an atrocious ’70s song from Barnes & Barnes.

Jam Los Angeles

December 11, 2011 – Laura Ann Masura of Laura Ann’s Jams and Jessica Koslow of SQIRL helped stage a jam session at the holiday themed Artisanal LA event at Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts.

Biscotti Los Angeles

December 11, 2011Viking Biscotti‘s founders get style points for their biscotti display at Artisanal LA, and for wearing Viking helmets.


Joshua Lurie

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

Blog Comments

Ahem… biscotti are wonderful things, but please call that beautiful Scandinavian almond-pastry tower what it is. It’s a kransekage (kransekake in this case, given the Norwegian rather than Danish flag) and, with a bottle of wine tucked in the centre, it’s the traditional Danish wedding cake (except then it’s on its side, larger, and called an overflødigshedshorn or cornucopia).

–your resident Dane who went to a Norwegian college and married a Swede, who’s feeling particularly Scandinavian today on Luciadag.


Nobody would ever be able to slip a kransekage by you. The kind man in the viking helmet called them biscotti. Are you saying a viking may have knowingly deceived me?

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