Los Angeles Archive

  • LET’S TALK SUSHI / 4,000 restaurants, so little time

    LET’S TALK SUSHI / 4,000 restaurants, so little time

    By Larry Levine – Ask someone in California to recommend a sushi restaurant and the reaction is likely to be akin to asking for a barbecue recommendation in Texas. Virtually everyone has a favorite. For some people it’s serial favorites. I remember a time many years ago, when a friend recommended that I try a […]

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  • WHERE TO EAT IN L.A. / what our readers have to say

    WHERE TO EAT IN L.A. / what our readers have to say

    By Larry Levine – Ask 10 people in to name their favorite restaurant for a celebration dinner and you’ll get at least 20 recommendations. Big city or small town, west coast, east coast or in the middle, people everywhere will be passionate about the places they like to eat. Tell someone where you get your […]

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  • THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    THE TWO-PART SECRET TO A GOOD STEAK / on the grill, in the broiler, or at a steakhouse

    By Larry Levine – There’s a secret to a good steak: 1) Buy a great piece of meat, and 2) don’t mess it up. Number 1 isn’t difficult – expensive, but not difficult. It starts with “know your butcher and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.” And make sure the meat is USDA prime, […]

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  • A BONA FIDE SUSHI PLETHORA DILEMMA

    A BONA FIDE SUSHI PLETHORA DILEMMA

    By Larry Levine – I can hear the sarcastic groans of sympathy even before I write these words. But I’m suffering with a sushi plethora dilemma. There are too many excellent sushi restaurants in my life. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know; there can’t be such a thing. So, how many is too many? Certainly it […]

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  • TRAVELS WITH JENNIFER AND LARRY / Chapter 9 – Let’s Talk Deli, Part 2

    TRAVELS WITH JENNIFER AND LARRY / Chapter 9 – Let’s Talk Deli, Part 2

    By Larry Levine – It’s official – Jewish deli in New York is dead. Even though I knew the Manhattan deli world was in dire straits a decade ago, I held back on the final pronouncement until today. No, I haven’t tried every deli in the city, so I expect I will be challenged. But […]

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  • A BRATWURST BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A SAUSAGE

    A BRATWURST BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A SAUSAGE

    By Larry Levine – Stop at 40 sausage shops in Germany and ask for bratwurst; there’s a good chance you could get 40 different sausages. That’s right. Bratwurst is not a name of a specific sausage. “Brat” is German for chopped meat and “wurst” is German for sausage. So, if you asked for bratwurst you […]

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  • 15 TOP PICKS BY READERS IN 2012

    15 TOP PICKS BY READERS IN 2012

    By Larry Levine – Can you name 132 countries? I can’t. I tried it recently and topped out somewhere in the mid-80s. The venture was precipitated by information that came to me by way of Google Analytics: The online food magazine you currently are reading has been read in 132 countries and on every continent. […]

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  • MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    MEMORY LANE / where old favorite restaurants go to retire

    By Larry Levine – Jonathan Gold’s excellent ode to Campanile in the L.A. Times food pages (Saturday, September 29, 2012) was enough to launch a trip down memory lane. Gold’s piece is warm, touching and human. Campanile, which will close later this year, clearly played an important role in his personal and his professional life […]

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  • LET’S TALK DELI / stop claiming what’s new is old

    LET’S TALK DELI / stop claiming what’s new is old

    By Larry Levine – Let’s talk deli – Jewish deli. It will be a discussion inspired by the latest edition of Bon Appetit. The cover of the September issue touts: “Holy pastrami. The Jewish deli is back.” That’s more than enough to pique my curiosity and send me hurrying to page 28, where I found a […]

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  • REMEMBERING DAVID SHAW / a hot dog retrospective

    REMEMBERING DAVID SHAW / a hot dog retrospective

    By Larry Levine – It couldn’t be said that we were close friends. What tied us together were our love of food and journalism; our friendship existed mostly in emails and phone conversations about those two subjects. We were two guys who dined in many of the finest restaurants in the world. To me it […]

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