Every week involves a seemingly continuous 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. Here are some of the highlights from the past seven days, some of which will help to fuel full posts.
8/22/11 – Four-star pastry chef Waylynn Lucas and Nancy Truman debuted fonuts midway between The Grove and Beverly Center, specializing in faux donuts, better known as fōnuts. The baked delights are available in gluten-free, savory and sweet varieties, including maple bacon.
8/24/11 – Posts from bloggers like Daniel “Effing Dericious” Dy and Matthew “Mattatouille” Kang led me to Soban, an old school Korean restaurant that apparently specializes in dishes like flower crab and short rib. My meal with someone allergic to shellfish involved cod stew, bony, pan-fried cutlassfish and over a dozen different bottomless bowls of panchan.
8/25/11 – Back in my TV days, Bossa Nova was a work night standby for Brazilian comfort food. They still have the touch when it comes to grilled seafood, as evidenced by a recent business lunch. Their sole plate came with rice, black beans, farofa and fried plantains.
8/26/11 – Saint Estèphe, the Manhattan Beach restaurant from Chef John Rivera Sedlar and sommelier Steve Garcia, debuted in 1981 and helped define Modern Southwest Cuisine. Sedlar previewed a menu of Saint Estèphe classics that he planned to prepare all September long at Rivera.