Get stuck on a ship with chef Nobu Matsuhisa

That's a good thing!

Skip over the the typical buffet style cruise ship dining and join chef Nobu Matsuhisa on-board Crystal Serenity of Crystal Cruises this May for the ultimate foodie cruise experience. Departing May 24th, chef Nobu Matsuhisa will be traveling with Crystal Cruise guests for a 12 day western European/Mediterranean voyage serving as the on board and in person Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar. Read More

Black truffles and foie gras dinner at the Royce at the Langham

Two February dinners

The Royce in Pasadena is throwing two dinners celebrating truffles and regional cuisine from the southwest of France. On February 8 and 9, chef David Féau is presenting a six-course tasting menu featuring “fresh, local produce and the finest products from around the world” with the main focus on black truffles. Dinner is $180 per person or $250 per person with wine pairings.

The second event, on February 28 and 29, features Ariane Daguin, founder and owner of D’Artagnan along with chef David Féau and Sommelier Eric Espuny for a five-course tasting menu. The menu includes game, foie gras, cassoulet, and other regional specialties from the Pyrenees, plus wine pairings. Dinner is $95 per person or $150 per person with wine pairings. For reservations call 626-585-6410. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

Would you eat a $100 hot dog infused with hundred year-old Cognac?

You'll need a plane ticket to Canda first

$100 can get you two iPod shuffles, a week of groceries for a small family or the Dragon Dog from DougieDog in Vancouver, BC. The $100 hot dog is a 12-inch bratwurst infused with Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac ($2,000 per bottle), with Kobe beer, lobster, truffle oil and secret sauce, designed by Proprietor Dougie Luv.

But why? “Two reasons. First, the launch of this hot dog coincides with the beginning of Chinese Year of the Dragon. It also coincides with our appearance on Dragon’s Den, the most popular show on Canadian television,” according to Dougie. 1011 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2, Canada.

Photography provided by DougieDog

Chipotle to offer half-price burritos for the Super Bowl

For six or more burritos using the 'Burritos by the Box' order form

Chipotle‘s “The Super Big Internationally Televised Professional Football Bowl Game Half Price Party in a Box” promotion is cutting the price of your burrito in half (if you order more than six) on Sunday, February 5 2012. To get the discount, order online using the “Burritos by the Box” ordering option on


Inside look at chef Vicente Del Rio’s Casa Azul Cantina

Authentic Mexican cuisine on the Westside


Mexican cuisine can be enjoyed by all walks of life, from your local taco stand to elevated restaurant cuisine. Now the folks of the Westside can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at Casa Azul Cantina in Westwood, CA from chef and restauranteur of the FRIDA Restaurant Group, Vicente Del Rio. Learning his craft from his mother and grandmother, Chef Del Rio’s authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine rivals that which you would find in Mexico. As Vicente tells us “if you go to any part of Mexico, you can find this food there.” Read More

Valentine’s Day specials at Koi, Casa Vega now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Japanese restaurant Koi Los Angeles, is offering specials from Friday, February 9 until Tuesday, February 14. The menu includes: White Kiss Roll for $22 (Yellowtail, Scallion and Cucumber Wrapped in Soy Topped with Sliced Halibut & Tomatoes with a Lemon Lime Ume(Plum) Sauce); Heirloom Tomato & Shrimp Cocktail with Sweet Yuzu Vinaigrette for $14; Tuna Caprese (Buffalo Mozzarella, Garlic Oil, Balsamic & Soy) for $16; Oven-Roasted Snapper with Habanero Dashi Salsa for $22; Trio Platter (5 Layer Chocolate Cake, Macaroon Ice Cream, Chocolate Covered Strawberry) for $15; Tres Leches Cake (Poached Cherries and Cherry Chocolate Sorbet) for $12; Champagne Chocolate Mousse Cake (raspberry bon bon and raspberry coulis) for $12; Koi Crush (vanilla vodka and strawberry liqueur topped with pineapple and cranberry) for $12. 730 N La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069. 310-659-9449.

Sherman Oak‘s Casa Vega is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14. Diners that make reservations will receive Champagne and roses. Aside from Mexican dishes, the restaurant offers a full bar including all sorts of margaritas. 13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. 818-788-4868.