All in This Taste So Good

Experience the Upside of Getting Lost At Sea

One thing that makes dining at Lost At Sea so special is the high chance of running into chef Carey. He jovially walks around the restaurant greeting his guests and genuinely inquires about their dinning experience. You can tell that he absolutely loves what he does and that love shows up in every bite of his deliciously prepared food.

It's Lunch Time: Go Bonkers at Baco Shop!

Earlier this year, chef Centeno decided to address the overwhelming demand for his distinctive sandwiches, by opening up Baco Shop in downtown Culver City. Another popular lunch or dinner fast-casual spot for those of us who work and live in the area, Baco Shop offers bacos, bacorritos (thinly rolled and grilled dough—burrito style) or bowls filled with your choice of coffee-rubbed steak, sriracha Chile shrimp, slow roasted pork, green herb chicken or fried chicken.

It's Lunch Time: Loqui

Ordinarily, I would never recommend flour tortillas over corn. There’s something so gringo and sacrilegious about eating a mouthwatering taco encased in a flour tortilla. That is until you have a handmade flour tortilla from Loqui.

Cooking Up a Feast in Tuscany

After we selected the meats, cheeses, olives, balsamic vinegar, and sun-dried tomatoes; picked up the bread from the local bakery; and tasted the wines we’d be pairing with our meal, a chartered minibus drove us up to the Tuscan hills surrounding the city. There we encountered a beautiful rustic farmhouse sitting on acres of land.

Rosaline!

I flew to the top of Machu Picchu when I tasted the “Chaufa Paella.”  Not since visiting Segovia, Spain, have I had paella this good. The signature, scorched bits of rice called socarrat one finds at the bottom of the cast iron skillet were mixed in with the fluffy rice to create the ideal texture.

Masters of Taste

From Miro to Mama Lion, over 30 of LA’s top restaurants, most celebrated chefs, master mixologists, hand-crafted breweries, local wineries, and pastry extraordinaire’s assembled on the 50 yard field to feed and quench the salivating masses.  What I love about these events besides the all-you-can-eat-and-drink aspects of them is, being able to try a variety of cuisines I normally wouldn’t taste in one place.

Here's Looking At You, Koreatown!

This Koreatown gem promises progressive SoCal food that hails predominately from the Asian corner of the globe. In preparation, flavor profiles and presentation that Asian influence boldly shines through along with a distinctive Mexican interpretation. It fuses the best of the continent’s varied cuisines with Mexican flare on the side for good measure.

A TBOT 2016 Best of Retrospective

More likely than not, in a few hours I’ll be clinking a glass of bubbly before planting a kiss on my partner for good luck while a group of friends stumble through the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” (why is it that no one can ever remember the words to that damn song? I sing it every year and still have no idea what comes after “Should all acquaintance be forgot.”)

The Magic of Manuela!

A tangy, smoky pulled-pork sandwich on a milk bun topped with a fermented jalapeño and the best coleslaw I have ever tasted, stopped me dead in my tracks. I inhaled it and marveled at the fact that me—a professed despiser of coleslaw, was eating it by the forkful. I couldn’t believe how incredible this sandwich was—probably the best pulled-pork sandwich I’ve had in Los Angeles.

Fonuts!

Now I know what some of you must be thinking, the words gluten-free and vegan might as well be synonyms’ for “cardboard” and “yuck,” but trust me, these babies are light and moist, and extremely flavorful.

Salt & Straw!

Ever tried “Green Fennel and Maple” ice cream, or “Garam Masala and Cinnamon Cauliflower?” Neither have I. Reading the names of these ice cream flavors might leave you feeling a little incredulous, but at S&S, tasting is believing.

Jon & Vinny's

The food feels traditionally inspired with recognizable crowd pleasers like spaghetti Bolognese and Meatballs. Much more than a pizzeria, you’ll find a new American take on the old-faithful’s. Like I said, they’ve done it again, and what they’ve done will make you want to slap somebody like Cher slapped Nick Cage in Moonstruck it’s so good!

Delfina! My San Francisco Treat

Too long-in-the-tooth to be considered the new kid on the block; Delfina’s modern take on Italian cuisine has consistently impressed local and visiting foodies alike for over 15 years. Our early dinner quickly turned into a perfect three-hour food comma as we ate our way through the something-for-everyone menu, signifying our approval with each Italian finger kiss. Benissimo!