Food

Michael Young of Ombra: an accidental chef

An eclectic path ending at his own restaurant

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Chef Michael Young of Ombra in Studio City, CA has been cooking for nearly 19 years, but he wasn’t always into cooking. With a diverse upbringing from his family owning sandwich shops in Brooklyn to playing college soccer in Boston and going to law school in California, Michael somehow ended up owning his own restaurant. We followed chef around the kitchen as he showed us how to make homemade ravioli, shared his thoughts on wine, the Ombra concept and soccer. Read More

Drink + Food

Los Angeles happy hour round up: Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills

Taste Terminal's Happy Hour Round Up

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Got the Monday blues? Been a long week? Been a long day? Heck, been a long hour? We all need happy hour sometimes (if not all the time), so here is Taste Terminal’s Happy Hour Round Up from Hollywood to Santa Monica! Read More

Food

Spike’s Fish House opens second location in Laguna Niguel

Fresh fish, all up in their grill

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First opened in Rancho Santa Margarita a year ago, partners Tim Aspel and Bob Turner opened a second location last month in Laguna Niguel at 27020 Alicia Parkway #D. Spike’s Fish House has a simple formula, serve fresh grilled fish in a fast casual setting. Tim says, “there aren’t any secret recipes. We just start with the best ingredients to deliver great food, at a great price.” Read More

Food

Motif: cafe and high end retail store

Eat and shop through a "treasure chest" of a store

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Beverly Hills welcomes Motif, a unique shopping destination and lifestyle store conveniently attached to Cafe Motif, where you can have a mid day snack or a healthy and affordable meal and shop through an eclectic selection of goods. As co-owner Sasha Shokrian tells us, “we chose the name Motif because we didn’t want to stick to any certain pattern, the pattern is there is no pattern.” Motif provides a wide variety of art, furniture, and haut couture as well as affordable items in their retail store. Read More

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Food

Sitting down with restaurateur Will Karges of The Six

The Six's second location in Studio City now open

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Jake King (pictured left) and Will Karges (right), two guys that are no strangers to the restaurant industry. The newly opened, “Prohibition-era inspired” restaurant The Six in Studio City, CA, might be called “Six” but it’s far from a number representing the undertakings of co-owner Will Karge. The Six is Will’s 16th endeavor and the second of its kind, the first Six opened in West L.A. in 2010. It’s also the fifth collaborating project for the two. Read More

Food

Traditional Mexican fare at Casa Azul in Westwood Village: soft opened

Officialy opens in January 2012

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Chef Vicente Del Rio, inspired by the local cantinas that he grew up around, is opening Casa Azul Cantina in L.A.’s Westwood Village, “the idea is for Casa Azul to be a place that feels like home.” They will be serving a full spectrum of traditional and inspired Mexican cuisine alongside cocktails utilizing traditional, authentic ingredients headed by bartenders Felipe De La Tejera and Roxanne Schmarsow. Read More

Food

Neveux Artisan Creamery scooping sweet and savory ice creams

25 rotating flavors

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Here to “save Los Angeles from frozen yogurt” with his housemade, sweet and savory ice creams is owner and creator Leo Neveux of Neveux Artisan Creamery & Espresso Bar in Los Angeles, CA. Neveux Artisan Creamery focuses on flavors that are out of the box using both sweet and savory ingredients providing Angelenos with a different experience. Read More

Food

Where to go after a night of drinking in Los Angeles

5 after hour spots for more than just sobering up

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You know that time of night, when the bars and clubs are dialing in their last calls. When the few remaining revelers are loitering outside, hailing cabs or looking for their dreary-eyed DDs. There’s usually nothing left to do but sit down on some comfy seats or huddle over some grub while sobering up. Or perhaps you want to mark the end of the night with something delicious, gossiping over the night’s events with friends, lovers, or both. The problem is, it’s not always easy to score a good meal late into the evening, so we’ve vetted out a few great spots in L.A. to hit after you’ve had that last drink. Read More

Food

‘Top Chef’ contestant Marcel Vigneron’s tips on caviar

From the 'Beverly Hills Caviar' tasting

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Nestled in the hills of Bel Air, Beverly Hills Caviar hosted a caviar tasting by Top Chef contestant Marcel Vigneron for the Harold Robinson Foundation, dedicated to enriching the lives of inner city and underprivileged children, with performances by the Malibu String Quartet. Here’s the dishes and some tasting tips from Marcel. Read More

Food

Where to eat out this Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Roundup of turkey day dinners around L.A.

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Get out of the kitchen and hit up one of the many choices around town. Traditional and specialty options are available this Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. Check out what the city’s got to offer. Read More

Food

How Cecconi’s Executive Chef Andrea Cavaliere celebrates Thanksgiving

Plus chef shows us how to make Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes

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Originally from Turin, Italy, Andrea Cavaliere has cooked around the world. From England to New York and now Los Angeles, he’s been working for the SoHo House Group for seven years, an English hospitality company that operates hotels, private clubs and restaurants around the world. Andrea is not only responsible for Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, he spends about ten days out of the month overseeing the kitchen operations at Soho Beach House, a private members’ club, in South Beach and New York. So, What does a busy chef like Andrea Cavaliere do during Thanksgiving? Read More

Drink + Food

L.A. Beer Float Showdown 3: Andre Guerrero, Jan Purdy and Eagle Rock Brewery take home the win

The 3rd Annual Beer Float Showdown, presented by FoodGPS.com, where five chefs are paired with five California breweries to create an original beer float wrapped up today. The judges were prominent beer and ice cream aficionados; the attendees. The competition included chef Ilan Hall of The Gorbals and “Top Chef” with Tustin Brewery and Smog City Brewing Co. brewer/owner Jonathan Porter, chef CJ Jacobson of The Yard and “Top Chef” with Firestone Walker rep Jace Milstead, chef Laurent Quenioux of Vertical Wine Bistro and LQ@SK with Beachwood BBQ and Brewing brewmaster Julian Shrago, chefs Andre Guerrero, Jan Purdy of The Oinkster and Maximiliano with Eagle Rock Brewery brewmaster Jeremy Raub and chef Thi Tran and Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen with Ladyface Ale Companie brewmaster Dave Griffiths and owner Cyrena Nouzille. Read More

Food

Chicago’s Pat Bertoletti downs 264 gyozas at the 5th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship

Eating contests are never pretty, just watch an episode of Adam Richman’s Man V. Food. Last weekend, in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, top MLE (Major League Eating) competitors like Matt Stonie, Sonya Thomas and Patrick Bertoletti came to compete for $5,000 and bragging rights at the 5th annual gorge-fest that is the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship and joined by hundreds of spectators. The previous record was held by 2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion, Joey Chestnut with 231 gyozas. And this time the record was broken by number two competitive eater in America, Chicago’s Patrick Bertoletti with 264 gyozas in ten minutes. Read More

Gordon Ramsay raises the bar on ‘MASTERCHEF’

TV personality and chef Gordon Ramsay says he’s “excited” for the new season of “MASTERCHEF” — the contestants have stepped it up a notch and they are determined to win the title of “MASTERCHEF.” Read More